Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Celebrating Micah's Day!

 Micah had such a sweet birthday.  Celebrating with a 2 year old is so much fun!
Of course we started off the morning with presents!

 He loved every gift and wanted to play with each one.  I think this was the year for eyewear for him.

 We bought him a Little People trash truck.  Micah loves to watch the trashtruck come and pick up our trash.  He gets so excited!  So, when he opened up his very own trashtruck that makes noise, he was thrilled!

 That evening we had our family over to celebrate with us.  So thankful for cousins!
 Lots of craziness mixed with some hugs, too!

 The boys all gathered around when it came time to open the scooter from Grandma and Grandpa.  Of course they had to help him!
 Micah was so thrilled with all of his new things that he really didn't want to take time to sit for cake.  So, we stopped him for a tiny second so we could sing....
 ....and he could blow out his candle.  I love how Logan is in the background blowing with him!

Not every 2 year old gets to celebrate their day with their great Mam-maw!  So thankful that she has been here for the winter.  But, now that spring is here, it's time for her to fly back to the north.  We sure will miss her!

It was a great day for Micah!  So thankful for our boy!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Happy 2nd Birthday Micah!

2 Years!  Happy Birthday to my boy!  What fun he is.  He is definitely our baby and we love to watch and listen for all the new fun things he is doing.

He's talking more and more and communicates very well.  He loves to be outside and loves to play "Mom and Dad" with Silas and Callie.  He loves to be read to and loves to sit and "read"

 I recently bought him a Bible with his name on it.  He loves to carry it around.  I love that he treasures it!  He loves to talk on the phone.  He's growing so quick!  But, I'm thankful he still wants me to cuddle him every morning when he wakes up.  It's our special time. Growing up....but always my baby.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cool Mom Status

Yup.  I received the "Cool Mom" status last night.  Who knew it was so easy!  My Silas sure was excited when he found out what I was making for dinner....PBJ, watermelon, and juice boxes!  I loved his excitement!  Warning to my other 5....this will be on the menu again soon! :o)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Summer on the horizon...hopefully!

 Homeschooling....so thankful we do it!  But, sometimes it can be a little overwhelming!  This year my Josh graduates.  And since his graduation is May 17th, I told him he must finish by the beginning of May.  He's pretty much on track and is nearing the homestretch!  yay! (I think)
 I told the girls that I want all of us to take our summer break together.  They are a little behind with this crazy year of unexpectedness.  (Is that a word?)  So, they have been working, working, working!

And sometimes feeling a little like this....
Oh, Summer, you are so close!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Enjoying some Patch

For Christmas we had a dear family give us "Camp Kookawocka Woods" which is one of our favorite Patch the Pirate CDs!

 We have loved Patch the Pirate ever since our older 3 were little.  But, since all of our CDs are in a box in St. Barths, our younger 3 haven't had a chance to get to know all about the Jolly Roger Adventures.  We were so excited to introduce it to them.
 They camp out right beside the CD player and listen and sing and laugh.  I just love it!
 Even Micah enjoys it!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A few more to the list

I saw my doctor again today.  While looking for the cause of my pain, we have accidentally uncovered some other unusual things happening with my body.  Lung nodules, Tuberculosis, Giant Cell Tumor, Vitamin D deficiencies,   and now two to add to the list...Anemia and Geographic Tongue.  Not very glamorous.  But, I am so thankful for my doctor that is committed to keep looking and hunting for what is going on.  He told me today, "Never feel bad about coming in my office.  We will keep looking and keep seeing if any of these things are a key."  He's also hoping a pattern will start emerging.

  I have had two of my other doctors want to put me on a long-term medication for my pain.  If you've seen the commercial for this it is quite scary.  The side effects take a whole lot longer to list than the good stuff the meds do.  Quite scary!  For now, Patrick and I feel it will be best for me not to take this medication.  My doctor today is supportive of that decision and wants me to keep up with the regime I am doing that helps...somewhat, sometimes.

I still have another appointment the beginning of April with a new Specialist I have never seen before.  My doctor thinks he might have some insight.  Then, I will see my doctor at the end of April again.

When Patrick and the kids were talking last week they needed to know the date for something.  It was one of those moments when reality hit me.  It is March.  The middle of March.  When we began our Medical Furlough in August, I never ever thought we would still be looking for a diagnosis in March.

Blogs can be betraying.  I know it's easy to read blogs and see all the good things, but I want you to know that through this trial I do have times of asking, "Why Lord?"  I have times of feeling guilty, as if this were my fault.  I have times of not having the right perspective.  But, I am writing this to let you know that the Lord never fails me.  Never.  It's when I choose to take my eyes off of Him, and put them on my situation that I struggle.  Last week was a time of discouragement for me.  I don't have all the answers, but I know some things that helped me through that week, and things that will help me in the days to come.

~Don't forsake your time alone with the Lord.  He's so ready to speak to you through His Word!  I find that He has written so much just for me!!  Now, I know that's not exactly true, but sometimes when I read, I feel the Lord saying, "This is for you Kami.  Because I love you."  Romans 8:35-39 were His "I love you" for me today.

~Cry out to God.  God doesn't mind hearing you cry and blubber through your prayers.  He wants to hear you and listens for you.  Cry to Him. One of the verses I have on my bathroom mirror is 2Kings 20:5 "Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears:  behold, I will heal thee."  This is one of those verses I felt as if it were written for me.  I know God is going to answer my prayer!

~Surround yourself with people who will encourage you.  I have a wonderful support group.  (I guess that's what you call them!)  My husband.  My kids.  My family.  My friends.  God has been so good to give me people that will give encouragement.   Don't shut yourself out from those who can help you.

So this is real life.  Ups and Downs.  But through it all Romans 8:28 rings so true,
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Beth's Day

My Elisabeth had a wonderful day for her 16th Birthday!

She started off with a breakfast date with her Daddy.  My kiddos love having that special time with him!  Then, it was time for presents at home.
I love to watch the face of the "giver" when the birthday girl opens her gifts.  I love seeing how excited they are.  Beth was happy with the lipgloss that Callie picked out for her!

Silas couldn't wait for Beth to open the plant he bought for her and the big bag of Reese's.  When she saw what it was he said, "You can share them with me if you want!"  Me too maybe?

One of Beth's friends found a book published in the 40s at the bookstore and gave it to her for her birthday.  My girl loves old books!
Then, Grammy brought over one of Beth's favorite cakes, The Fruit Basket Cake.  So delicious!
Brenna gave Beth a birdhouse kit and she was so excited to just relax and work on it.

For dinner we invited our family to meet us at a Mexican Restaurant. Even though we have a few non-lovers of mexican food, they came along anyway for our girl.  Dad said the chicken tenders were excellent!

Lots of fun on my girl's day!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy 16th Birthday to my Elisabeth Kristine

 Happy Birthday to my Elisabeth Kristine!!

 Is it possible my baby girl is 16?  As I tucked her in last night I started thinking about how excited I was when she was born.  I kept saying, "I have a daughter!  I have a daughter!"  I have loved watching Beth grow and experience new things.  I love how she looks at things and doesn't rush through life.  So many of us seem to do that, but my Beth is the type of girl that will take time and enjoy.  What a great quality!
 She is so diligent and has such a servant's heart.  She's not in a hurry to grow up, but is such a lady.
 But, as I was tucking her in, I realized that how much more every year we become friends.  We've always been close, and don't get me wrong, I will always be the Momma!  But, there is such a common bond between the two of us.  We can go for a walk and talk a mile a minute to one another even though we've been together all day.  Or we can work side by side and know what the other needs help with without having to say it.  I just love this girl!
Happy Birthday to my Elisabeth.  My daughter.  My helper.  My friend.