Thursday, July 31, 2008

A New Drama Queen Has Been Crowned

UPDATE: Bandaid removal did not go well, oh the crying. A minute or so after things calmed down she showed me her hand that seemed to be wet. I ask her what that was and she said, "It's okay mom, it's just tears."

From the day that I met Kate I knew that she was to be the reigning Drama Queen in our little family... and until yesterday she was.
This picture was taken almost 24 hours after Meigan's injuries occurred, and she is still unable to walk. In that 24 hours there has been much whining, crying and even sobbing. All of this over a pair of skinned knees, oh my! Granted, Meigan has been a pretty much injury free girl (this is actually the worst owee that she has had, and the only injury that really merited a band aid), but this reaction has gone a bit far.
I just don't know if this house is big enough for two queens.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I learned a lot from Summer School

Today was the last day of Summer School, yippee! I really did enjoy my stint on the administration part of things. I know that the job I did really was nothing in comparison to what happens during the regular school year, but nonetheless I learned a lot. I learned a lot about the behind the scenes working of a school, but I also learned a lot about me. Had you asked me 10 years ago if I would have ever tried my hand at something like this I would have said absolutely not... had you asked me 20 years ago if I would become a teacher I would have said no way... had you asked me only 5 years ago if I would be the single mom to two 4 year olds I would have said impossible. I am so glad that God has gently guided me in directions that I would never have dreamed possible. I just didn't have the confidence in myself. But, come to think of it confidence in myself probably wasn't going to get me far... it was all by faith in God that these "accomplishments" came to be. In Ephesians 3:20 God says that He is able to immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine... and that is certainly true in my life.

Ephesians 3:20-21
20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

My girl did great!

Friday was the big day, Kate's first cochlear implant surgery. My sister went up to Spokane with us on Thursday evening. I felt a little bad because Kate was so excited to be treated to a couple of days away. When we drove up to Grandma's house she just looked at Meigan and waved. She did not even want to get out of the car to drop Meigan off.

The day of the surgery went great, that is until she saw the hospital dressing gown. That is her cue that they are going to take her away from mommy, and she really doesn't like that. The nurses were kind enough to set the gown aside until she was asleep. While things were going great with Kate, I was not faring so well. Some kind of bug hit me hard about 30 minutes after they took her into surgery. The nurses let me stay in one of the pediatric pre-op rooms, and from there my sister took over with Kate's care. Jamie was such a lifesaver, I am so glad that she was there. I felt so badly that I could do nothing, but I was really sick. We finally got back to the hotel sometime after five. I laid as still as possible while Jamie worked hard to keep Kate still. Kate's pain medication seemed to wind her up rather than settle her down. Finally about ten she was off to sleep, and sleep she did... like a rock.

We drove home Saturday morning, all feeling a bit healthier. Kate has done wonderfully, she is off of any pain meds and taking a little Tylenol. She and her sister have played like crazy, and then had a good night sleep. I will be taking the dressing off today, yikes! They actually said I could wash her hair... I am going to have to wait and see how things look. If all goes well we may even head out to church this evening. Too many days confined to home can make all three of us a little crazy.

God was good to us this weekend! My prayers were answered... the operation was successful and Kate is health. Next step, activation! This will happen in about a month. I am so excited to see Kate's face when she first hears clear sound.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

A Grateful Heart

Life is good, but oh so busy! I have tried to post several times in the last week, but everytime I do it sounds like one long laundry lists of complaints and poor-me's. As I was washing the dishes this afternoon this verse came to mind, In all things give thanks. 1 Thes. 5:18 So here it goes...

Thank you for...
Dirty dishes, because dirty dishes usually means full tummies.

Bickering girls, because if you wait 2o minutes almost assuredly you will have giggling girls.

The never empty dirty clothes hamper, while I may not have the latest fashion I always have something clean to wear.

Yardwork, because my girls have space to run and play.

Working in the summer, because I am able to provide for my family... and maybe even take them for a fun weekend away.

Hornet's nest under the eves of my house, because I get the chance to show that I can be a brave momma.

Outrageously priced gasoline, because I am staying home with my girls more than ever.

Bills to pay, because of those bills we have things like water, air-contitioning, heat and electricity.

Housework, because I am cleaning a more beautiful home than I could have ever imagined owning.

So these are a few things that I sometimes have trouble being thankful for, but there are also many things that I say thank you for quite family, my friends and most importantly my salvation.

Hmmm... that feels better. I think I have a few dishes to wash.