Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Purge & Fundraise

Oh, it is time to purge our home...again.

We are moving, but more on that later. One day/post at a time!

But we also have friends bringing home two sweeties from Russia who have designer genes!

Garage sale time with two purposes...purge and fundraise!

Charlie sat in his corner, in charge of water sales. Unfortunately the weather was more suited to selling hot cocoa and coffee. He sold 3 bottles...2 were to Daddy.

During the down-times, Amarin drew...

Jacob read...

and Charlie sipped hot tea.

Jenna helped out with water sales on day two.

Laura was her cute self...until she started pulling everything off the tables!

Can't you just see the stinker-look in her eyes?

Finally, on day 2, the sun came out and warmed the air.

I knew I was in good hands with all of these protectors in the vicinity...especially the one wearing the swim mask and snorkel!

Don't you just love kids and their imaginations?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Within 2 Days

...this little girl went from being afraid to put any weight on her feet, to being excited to move.

"Help me walk, Mama!"

Are you catching this, Jacob?

Watch me stand up by myself...

and no hands!

Now she's walking short distances around the house by herself.

Tomorrow I have to pick up a cast shoe so she doesn't slip and fall,

and so she can walk around outside and around town.

We have places to go and things to do, ya know.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

New digs for the girls

Deep breath, please. And this day is done.

Let's see...homeschooled 3 kids before 10,

...packed a special diet lunch

...pounded in garage sale signs around our area

...made dinner ahead of time so we can eat as soon as we get home tonight

...dropped two boys off at friends

...oops...quick stop at the bank...almost forgot change for the garage sale

...drove one hour to get Laura's new braces fitted

...waited 1.5 hours for them to make necessary changes (they do a great job!)

...drove like a crazy mom to the medical building 9 miles away because we're running late

...prayed for a convenient parking spot in a crazy busy parking structure

...thanked Jacob again and again for helping with two girls in strollers

...waited 1/2 hour for Jenna's appt.

...rebuked the (moron) gal who showed us to our room who assumed Jenna's case

...comforted a sobbing Jenna as the dr. took off her bandages...she was so scared

...informed the dr. about comments from prementioned moron

...checked out and headed for an icecream treat for everyone

...and didn't find one until we were almost home!

...picked up two boys and a bushel of tomatoes that I need to can this weekend

...came home and threw dinner in the oven

...organized a few more things for the garage sale

...fed everyone dinner

...helped Jacob care for the neighbor's cats

...gave the boys haircuts

...showered Char

...washed Jenna's foot that's not bandaged and rubbed lotion on her dry little leg

...gave the girls vitamins for their colds

...tucked little ones in for the night

...prepped Laura's clothes and lunch for school tomorrow

...cleaned up kitchen

...and soon, I will fall into bed.

Just thankful that I'm able to do all of this, have a van that runs well, friends that are around the corner to help, professionals that are great at their job (minus the moron), easy prep meals, and warm weather to be out and about.

And, now, just look at these girls with their new braces and cast!

Laura's braces are great. One is a little taller than the other now to help her use both legs equally. And now we get to go shopping for new shoes since she has bigger braces!

As for Jenna Mei, she chose a bright yellow cast. I couldn't believe that she didn't pick pink or purple! But she was sure she wanted yellow, so that's what she got! Her feet look great, are much less swollen than the dr. had anticipated, and are healing very well. She should be out of her cast in one month. She's afraid to walk on her feet even though the dr. told her she could. But she's scooting all over the floor, and down stairs. It won't take her long, I'm sure.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wrestling an octopus

Guess who got to dodge a day of school today?

Boy, some kids really go the extreme to stay home!

Ha...hardly true...this girl loves to get on that school bus each morning!

Anyway, I got a call from Laura's teacher this morning saying that Laura took a fall while walking to her locker with a friend. She hit her head and there was some bleeding, and the nurse wanted to me take a look at it. Oh, and she was fine as we talked, all nestled in someone's arms. Yep...sounds like my girl!

So off we trooped to the school, and when we arrived, she was happily eating her pancake snack. We thought it best to have the dr. check out the cut, just in case.

So, after a TWO HOUR WAIT, (not that I was frustrated or anything), we were told it looked fine, wash it, put some cream on it, and it should heal just fine.

We were able to eat lunch together.

Oh, and I got to wrestle an octopus as I tried to wash her cut.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Michelle, you won the school logbook. Send me a comment with your contact info, and I'll mail it to you! Happy planning!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Whether you homeschool your children, or if you might be looking for a way to keep your children organized with assignments or chores, this is a great Logbook.

It is versatile, well put together, and easy to use.

Don't you just love practical tools?

I have one of these beauties on my desk as I type, and it can be yours!

Leave a message as to how it might be useful for your family, or maybe a friend's family,

and your name will be entered into the drawing.

I'll draw a name this Saturday!

Enjoy this demo video that Corina put together!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Where is your...

hope? In whom do you trust? What gives you true peace and contentment when times are difficult or when you're having a down day?

We've had a lot of hospital time this past week with family members, as well as trying to support a couple close friends whose relatives are battling cancer. Now, the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

I truly do not know how anyone can cope with life's struggles on their own. How desperate and hopeless it must feel without a strong relationship with God.

God has truly been our hope, refuge, and strength through tough times, tough decisions.

Psalm 146

1 Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

2 I will praise the Lord while I live;

I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

3 Do not trust in prinecs,

In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.

4 His spirit departs, he returns to the earth;

In that very day his thoughts perish.

5 How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,

Whose hope is in the Lord his God.

6 Who made heaven and earth,

The sea and all that is in them;

Who keeps faith forever;

7 Who executes justice for the oppressed;

Who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free.

8The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;

The Lord raises up those who are bowed down;

The Lord loves the righteous;

9 The Lord protects the strangers;

He supports the fatherless and the widow,

But He thwarts the way of the wicked.

10 The Lord will reign forever,

Your God, O Zion, to all generations.

Praise the Lord!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Princess Comin' Through!

Friday was the first full day at home after Jenna Mei's surgery. She's doing amazingly well...no complaints at all. Quite frankly, I think I'd be moaning about having to sit all day...er...maybe not. Anyway, she's being a great sport. We're trying to move her around, but her favorite place is in the glider chair in the kitchen, which is where we spend most of our time anyway. She only mentioned that her right foot hurt once (where they took out a bone..ya know...the one she reminded the dr. to throw in the garbage?)...but it was only a little and the meds have kept all else at bay.

We did school Friday, too, and she participated in the ice age outside with Char. The history program that we're using this year, Mystery of History, places history within the context of the Bible. Very interesting to learn about how the Ice Age fits into the Bible!

All the boys are helping out with Jenna, but Char has been her biggest helper. Such a big heart...a powerful personality...but just as big of a heart.

Here she is spending time with her new KaiLan colorforms. She thought it was cool that KaiLan has a tuba just like Jacob!
We have to carry Jenna everywhere...no moving around on her own. So, we scoop her up, and while we carry her she calls out, "Toot, toot! Princess comin' through!"

Thursday, September 8, 2011


We are home, and Jenna is recovering beautifully from her foot surgeries.

Let me tell you...she is one optimistic, bubbly patient.

For days ahead, she was excited to get her silly medicine, and for this whole experience.

The night before, she had her bunny purse, teddy bear, and backpack (stuffed...such a packrat) in anticipation.

And here she is with Daddy at the entrance of the hospital.

The bear was there to greet us, and per the nurse at check-in, the guy who took this photo was the VP of the hospital. Royal treatment for the princess.

After charming the gals behind the check-in desk, and receiving her new yellow bear, we made it in record time to a pre-op room.

She put on her "prilly" dress, hopped up onto the bed, and proceeded to smile at everyone that walked by her room. She also made it known to everyone that came into her room that she was ready for her ride (on the rolling bed), her big medicine, and that the dr. was going to throw her extra bone into the garbage. She even cleared this with the dr. when he came in to see her before surgery. I'm sure he's glad that she reminded him what he was to do.

This bone right here, dr. That goes into the garbage.

This was one of the many nurses she charmed during her stay.

Waiting for her turn to go into surgery. There was a baby in the next room that went in before she did, and we knew we'd be waiting a while. They were about 2.5 hours behind schedule. Thankfully there was a t.v. to keep her occupied. Even with getting very hungry and tired of waiting for her turn, she did very well.

This was taken before she even had her silly medicine!

Reading with Daddy to pass the time.

Watching t.v., and putting on her "lipstick."

She went into surgery at 12:30, escorted by 4 doting nurses who all promised her an extra long ride to the surgerical room, complete with a spin, for waiting so patiently. All smiles, she waved bye to us and off she went. The girl goes where the fun is!

80 minutes later the dr. came out and (after watching the Tigers hit a grand slam on the tv) informed us that her surgery was very successful...oh, and that she charmed everyone in the operating room. Do I see a pattern here?

A few minutes later, a worker asked just me to come back to the recovery room. Apparently Jenna was very upset. Of course, the first thing I think of is that she thinks she's abandoned again. I couldn't get there fast enough to reassure her. Poor thing was crying so hard while trying to drink a baby bottle with glucose water. She was hungry, waking up from anesthesia, alone, and obviously in pain. They gave her two more doses of meds but they didn't touch the pain. So, off to a room in the pediatric wing for pain management.

Thank God for morphine! She settled and slept for an hour. See her little bear? His feet were bandaged just like hers while in surgery.

It was decided that she and Mama would spend the night at the hospital just in case the pain came back intensely, and morphine would be close. But she didn't need it. She breezed through the night, ate like a trooper at dinner and breakfast, downed some sugary cereals and popsicles, and thoroughly enjoyed herself.

Once again, she charmed the food delivery person enough that the lady brought her back a strawberry shortcake for dessert. Seriously? No wonder she said she didn't want to go home yet!

While waiting for the guys to pick us up, we went for a ride around the pediatric floor. First class ride in her private wagon.

Now that we're home and reality has kicked back in, we have to keep her off her feet for 10 days...no standing, walking, weight bearing of any kind. Can I get some morphine for my back?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Surgery Tomorrow

This little sweetie goes in for foot surgery tomorrow. She has a bone growing horizontally,

pushing on her big toe. It doesn't hurt her, but will prove difficult if it's not removed.

And she's taking it like such a big girl...excited that she will be able to go buy some "prilly" shoes soon, happy that she will be able to wear the pink cowgirl boots that a friend gave to her, and so excited that she gets to have "silly medicine" to make her feel better.

Not to mention that she's heard us tell the boys how they'll need to help her when she gets home. Little princess is making her list, I'm sure...

My happy, girly girl.

Note the color of markers that she chose here...could she find another pink or purple?