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Goodbye, 2011

Yesterday, as I was finishing up the last pages from my P365 project, I was trying to think of a way to recap the year and to note what I wanted to remember from this year.  I don't know that I have it figured out, because it has been a doozy of a year, capped off by a pretty eventful week for my family.  Last year at this time, I was reading all about everyone's One Little Word (as explained by Ali Edwards) and while I had never chosen one little word for myself and didn't 'officially' choose one for 2011, I remember spending a lot of time focusing on the word 'persevere' and the Scripture from Galatians 6:9 "and let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due season, we will reap if we faint not." (as memorized from the KJV!)  That word just applied to so many areas of my life:
parenting--the boys who I love more than life itself are a bit of a handful and Micah was gone and busy for a LOT of this yearmy role as wife and caretaker of the houseexe…

Crazy day

I woke this morning to a text from my sister asking if my parents were going to be driving to Nashville. I very groggily replied that I didn't think so, but why? I immediately woke up when I got her text back telling me that my other sister Elizabeth was having a c-section at 6:30.   Her baby wasn't due until February 29th, so this was definitely a shock. I came out and talked to my mom who had been talking and texting with Liz.  Apparently, through the night, she was having extreme back and abdominal pain that sent her to the hospital and when she got to there, her blood pressure was dangerously high.  They diagnosed her with preeclampsia and wisely delivered her sweet little baby girl this morning:

Addison  2 lbs 14 oz
Both Addison and Elizabeth seem to be doing as well as can be expected.  Liz is worn out and they are watching her very closely.  Addison is going to be in the hospital for several weeks, but the nurses and doctors were all encouraged that she was crying as s…


We celebrated Christmas and had really a wonderful two days with Micah's family and then today, our plan was to seriously clean our house--it was in desperate need--since my mom, dad, brother, and sister Melissa and family were coming for a week.  Unfortunately, Melissa ended up in the ER early this morning after having severe abdominal pain all night long.  It seems that she has gall stones and is way too sick to travel.  I am sad and disappointed for all of us, we so love our time together.  And I am just frustrated for Melissa.  I just want her to be able to catch a break, to have a bit of time without some sort of medical event, and to enjoy the holidays with her family.  I have spent the entire day praying and asking God and trying to find some good.  I am thankful that it did not happen while they were on the road or already here, it would have been much more difficult if that had been the case. 

And I am thankful that my parents are still coming, it was up in the air for s…

Merry Christmas

From our family to yours,  I hope your day is filled with joy and many  sweet memories as we celebrate the birth of Savior and  that you are able to take a few minutes today to remember and appreciate that He is  Emmanuel, God with us.

Christmas Eve

I am writing this while we still have 30 minutes before Christmas is officially here.    I just know that in the craziness of the next few days, I may have little to no time to blog and wanted to give a quick recap and share a few pictures from our evening.

The day started with Micah letting me sleep in while he got up with the boys which was a special treat in itself.  We managed to spend a majority of the day cleaning and organizing and doing laundry in preparation for the great Hale family invasion set to take place in T-minus 48 hours.  My parents and brother and my sister Melissa and her family (unfortunately, my little sister's husband works for UPS and they don't really let them take off around this time of year, so they aren't able to come) will all be arriving on Monday.  So, I am making some last ditch efforts to organize my house and get ready for their visit.  We went to my in-laws house tonight and celebrated with Micah's entire family being together for …

Tis the Season

I don't pretend to think that we are busier than any one else, it is just that time of year for there to be things upon things upon things to go to and to get done.  And this week has been just that for us.  But, it has been good.  If I haven't mentioned it (and I think that I have), I am just loving the Christmas season this year.  This may be the first year ever (other than when we were in France) that we have not traveled and I have to say, that it is kind of nice.  We are celebrating with Micah's family this weekend and then my family is coming next week (if you listen closely, you probably just heard a big 'woohoo!' because I am super excited about my family coming).  But, just because we aren't traveling doesn't mean that we aren't busy....

Tuesday night, we went with Micah's mom and brother and family to the Christmas Train.  The boys loved it and William's first words on waking up on Wednesday were to declare "I am so glad that we g…

Multitude on Mondays

We had a great start to our week as I headed to orthotics place where I get my compression sleeve and glove each year (to keep my lymphedema in check) only to find out that my current insurance does not cover compression garmets, then back home where I started a load of laundry and heard some weird gurgling sound and came into the kitchen to see water backing up in the sink.  Wait a minute, you say, I thought you said it was a great start to the week....oh yes, that should have been prefaced by the instruction to "read with sarcasm".   Although the day did not start out that awesome, I will say that sitting here tonight I am feeling like the day hasn't been a complete waste.  First, even though my insurance doesn't cover my sleeve and glove, the nice lady at the office gave me information for an organization where I can most likely get financial assistance for the lymphedema garments I need.  And, I am choosing to be thankful that Micah got home early from work today…

Weekend Stuff

I had grand plans to write a blog post on Friday because it felt like very productive day:
finished all my Christmas shoppingmailed off some giftsmailed my Christmas cardsmade some serious headway in a pile of paperworkgot caught up on personal insurance EOBs/billsall of this on top of having an ultrasound of my gall bladder/liver that seemed to have shown nothing interesting(yay!)  Then, I realized that none of that was actually very exciting and probably wouldn't make for very riveting reading and thus never made time to sit down and type up a blog post.  

Yesterday was  Toys for Tots and my first time to get to work the actual event. Seriously amazing.  I don't know the exact numbers, but I know that there were close to 450 families registered (many with multiple children) and that we had an army of volunteers close to 400 strong.  I arrived at the church around 11 and left sometime between 5 and 5:30 completely exhausted, but also pretty exhilarated after serving countless…

2011, Week 50

Fifty weeks down, only two more to go!

Christmas Party

Yesterday was the boys' class Christmas party. Although I am not homeroom mom (or whatever they call it), I always have so much guilt any time they ask for helpers because I have not just one, but TWO little 'angels'.   But....if you know me very well, you also know that I get slightly extremely stressed out by small children in large numbers.  I just don't know how the teachers do it--all of the little people running around, talking, laughing, kind of wears me out.  Fortunately, there wasn't much to do yesterday besides getting the tables set up, handing out carrots and ranch dressing, and finally helping with a small craft.    In fact, I am getting so comfortable in their classroom, I agreed yesterday to start coming in weekly to help listen to the children read--I think I might have had a fever yesterday when I agreed to that.  I am looking forward to being able to see them a bit in their school environment. Obviously, it won't be the same as when I am not …

Cutest Shepherds on the block

Last night was the boys' Christmas program at school with the other kindergarten classes.  Serious cuteness, let me tell you.  The night before was their cousin's program and I decided that night that hearing a group of kids proclaim loudly  the Good News of Christ's birth just might be the sweetest thing ever.

While we were at my parents' house for Thanksgiving, the boys 'performed' their program at least three different times, so I wasn't too worried about them knowing the words.  They seemed to get a little sleepy throughout (it was a common theme, I saw a LOT of yawns), but all of the kids did great....although, I am going to need to play back the video because there seemed to be a little excitement on the other side of the stage involving a child, his shepherds staff, and the teacher carrying him off stage.

Before we left for the program, I made the boys get their costumes on so that we could take advantage of what natural light there was.

The kids all…

Random Tuesday

Nothing of real importance here today, just some random thoughts running through my mind:
Some favorite Christmas songs right:From David Crowder Band's Oh For Joy album:  "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" and "Silent Night"--you have to listen all the way to the end of both of them, he does some cool guitar stuff that I am lovingBarlowgirl's "Carol of the Bells/Sing We Now of Christmas"The boys' school Christmas program is tonight and let's just say that I am excited.  They are dressing as shepherds and are seriously cute! This week is shaping up to be super busy with Christmas programs and parties, doctor's appointments, tests, and Toys for Tots on Saturday.....and did you know that even during busy weeks, your family has to eat and have clean clothes?One of my favorite names for God for a long time has been Emmanuel (God with us) and I have been thinking over that a lot these days as I drive and listen to Christmas music.  If we could just r…

Multitude on Mondays

Still counting gifts:

Isaiah 35:3-10 "Encourage the exhausted, strengthen the feeble.  Say to  those with anxious hearts, take courage, fear not, behold your God will come with a vengeance..."an unexpected kid free eveningsleeping til 9:30 (see previous entry!)decorating tree, listening to Christmas music, making chex mixthat God gives wisdom liberally when we ask for it (James 1:5)Micah being home, cleaning kitchen, cooking supper while I read with the boysa week without something every single nightcoffee and conversation with a dear friend who loves the Lordnightly reminders of how each story of the Bible points to Jesus And a picture...the only slightly successful picture from our tree decorating adventure.  William really wanted the pom pom of his hat pointing forward and Xavier is wearing the hat that I bought for him when he was a year old :)

Sunday Night

I made myself sit down this weekend and get caught up on my Project 365 was not pretty.  Fortunately, I am now current and even though I am not loving the pictures I am taking these days (there is just a very small window when the boys are actually home that there is enough light to take a decent photo), I am thankful to be caught up.

Yesterday morning was our town's annual Christmas parade.  The last couple of parades we have walked with Micah's brother who is a part of the state legislature.  This year, they were going for "A Christmas Story" theme and my boys just needed to be dressed warmly:

...and even though you can't see them, they each had wooden BB guns hanging on those yellow straps.


Okay, how have we come to the second Friday after being home from our Thanksgiving trip?  Seriously, the days are flying around here.  I think I might have made it sound like I was stressed out in my last post and honestly, I am not.  Sure, we are busy, but it has been a good busy and I am allowing myself some grace to not have everything done and perfect.  It has been exceedingly helpful that Micah has had more free time and it is great having his help with emptying the dishwasher, helping getting supper started, and just little daily things that I have gotten used to doing by myself.  I am going to try to not get used to it, because I know that his schedule won't always allow for it. 

This morning, I had a coffee date with a friend and we had the best time visiting and just chatting about life and the holidays and the craziness of it all.  Now, I am sitting at our church answering phones for registration for our Toys for Tots event that is happening next weekend.  I am very exci…

Catch Up

Okay, so I confess that I have no idea where to start.  I have been a bit overwhelmed with life and all that the holiday season contains (no big surprise there, right?) that I have begun making lists for myself.  The last two days, that list has included blogging, but I couldn't bring myself to sit down and actually do it.  I  am pretty sure that some of the hesitation to blog has come from my desire to also post pictures and while I have still been taking pictures, I am feeling kind of in a slump as far as editing goes and my ability to edit and see them correctly and so it has become a slippery slope of wanting to blog, thinking I need to edit pictures, not wanting edit pictures, so I don't blog.

Good news for me is that my sister who is a way better photographer than I am was with us in Illinois for Thanksgiving and took most of the photos AND she blogged them.  She posted some really awesome photos of pretty much the cutest kids you will ever see, so I recommend visiting t…