Friday, August 31, 2007
Noah went to the Dr. today for his 15 month check up. It was good timing as well since he has been nursing this cough for awhile. He weighed in at 21lbs 9.5oz..keeping him at the 10th percentile. (He's still a little guy) He is 31" long (50th percentile) and his head maintains its 75th percentile at 48"....For all those who are interested. His chest is clear, so the cough, she thinks, is mostly due to drainage and not a bacterial infection. That's reassuring.
I know...I'm full of interesting tidbits today. :-) Well, since this blog is boring me...I should probably get back to cleaning while the wee one is sleeping.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
In other great news, I was able to talk with my other doctor who is allowing me to take penicillin for my toothache. It's not the one my dentist wants me to take, but it should offer me SOME relief...and frankly, anything along those lines will be welcomed at this point.
So, thank you for your prayers. The plans today are to take things VERY easy and relax on the homefront. Dave and Noah have already watched Handy Manny and I managed to lay down for a little bit as well. Dave is currently resting on the couch (which is an improvement from not being able to leave bed yesterday) and is at least able to SEE Noah, which I know that he enjoys. He misses his kiddo.
I'm reading Power Healing right now, which talks about divine healing. Last night, I truly felt it...the break that I needed to rest...Lately, I have been asking God to break me so that I could truly feel Him again. Last night, I truly was at my breaking point...and when I cried out to God, He answered by taking the pain away for a time. In doing so, He also restored my faith that He truly does care and desires healing...something I had honestly been struggling with for a little while. It's so reassuring to know that He doesn't long for us to suffer or to stumble alone. He is always there. His healing was not just physical, it was spiritual too. He truly is a great God. Amen.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I have had a horrible toothache the last 4-5 days. It encompasses the entire right side of my mouth both top and bottom and is excruciating. I have been popping tylenol like its candy and applying anbesol to the max dose recommended...and still have yielded minimal relief. I went to the dentist today. I have an infection in my back tooth and ultimately need a root canal. Unfortunately, due to a variety of circumstances...antibiotics have to be put on hold as does the root canal. Leaving me hurting and miserable and unable to really eat.
To top the night off, Noah went to bed and promptly threw up everything he had eaten all day. As I was stripping off his sheets, I just began to cry...it just became overwhelming. Summer called and prayed for our family, which has really helped my equilibrium. I just ran to Meijer to get Dave some meds and ran into our pastor (what are the odds at 9:30pm?). Again, that was encouraging.
Please be praying for speedy healing and a reduction of pain all around...as well as protection for Noah so that he doesn't get what Dave has. Thanks guys. Here's praying for a good nights rest for everyone.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Calvin is a troublemaker and drives his parents crazy, thus the dire need for a night out. Today, Noah has climbed up on the kitchen table and splattered milk EVERYWHERE, then fell in it. It took Dave and I quite a bit of time to clean it up. He has played in the toilet...before the flushing. He somehow managed to pull his dresser over on himself again. He bit mommy on the arm and got in big trouble. He poured water on the foyer, then promptly fell in it...among various minor indiscretions like climbing on coffee tables, grabbing cell phones/remotes, and hitting the dog. Aaaaaaarrrrggghh! It was literally one thing after another without breaks. Dave and I love our kid, but we have to get out...
Enter Rosalyn (Havilah). She has kindly offered her night to watch our child. I pray to God that he doesn't tie her up or lock her out or any of the other things that the real Calvin likes to do to his babysitters. We like Havilah and would like to keep her as a friend and a babysitter...so lets hope he's good and that Dave and I have a nice night out. Havilah is great with kids...she can hold her own...we hope!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Lord, thank you for showing me how to get back to You. Thank you for revealing areas that need to be addressed, and for not leaving me in the pit. As we continue reading this book, I pray that You would reveal more of yourself...I am hungry Lord...please fill me!
P.S. As an aside...do you find it interesting that this is also the lesson I will be teaching to the kiddos this upcoming Sunday? Perhaps God really wants me to take it to the bank this week...
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
My new phone came in today. I finally broke down and got a Motorola Razor when we have had to replace my last phone TWICE in less than a year because it has broken. (This is #3) Dave, who has the same phone as I once did, is having problems, but (for the moment) can at least still use it. My screen went completly white and so I couldn't see anyone calling nor could I call out. But, alas. I now have a lime green razor. It seems to be a more lasting phone based on the people around me who own one...so here's hoping it at least lasts the year until we can renew again!
Anyway, its been a nice relaxing day, and the rain can be soothing at times. Now, I'm off to go entertain my snotty kid. :-)
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Thanks to Ann for watching Noah so that we were able to really receive tonight. Afterwards we had our first experience at the Silver Dipper...an icecream shop. We went with the Taylors and Tony and had a great time. I love great community.
I worked in Sunday School yesterday...I love the older kids. One little girl told me she went swimming in Florida and drowned...even though she was there to tell me the story. Another one (who's mom is pregnant) said, "My mom is having a baby. It's human...and a girl." I love these kids. They bring such amusement to my day. :-)
Dave's parents came to watch Noah while Dave and I attended Next Step (the membership class for our church). Apparently, after all the excitement of the morning, he slept for 3 hours (pretty much the whole time they were watching him).
My friend Ann and I talked on Sunday and have decided to try and start meeting together. I am really looking forward to deeping my friendship with her as well as soaking in her wisdom on life, Jesus, and parenthood.
Noah was still walking with a limp at the end of the day, but he was starting to run again so I don't think he was in TOO much pain. Thanks to Mom and Dad Y. for driving here and taking of Noah for Dave and I...we really appreciate it!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Today, Dave and I examined the park and tried cleaning off some of the vandelism off the play equipment. We got the swear words off, but there is white spray paint everywhere and they broke the picnic table. I mean, come on...can you find nothing better to do than destroy community property? Seriously.
We met up for dinner with friends from Champaign, Jordan and Nikki Arseneau and their brand new son Cam...He's super cute with a head full of hair. We ate at Chilis...and we have come to the realization that restaurants and Noah (at this age) are just not a good combination. Anything that takes longer than 15 minutes just won't cut it these days...unless we go without him. Dave and I spent most of the time corralling. I ended up with food all over me and a fork jabbed in my ear (on accident...and long story...but not altogether pleasant). Dave had to entertain/reprimand Noah every 5 seconds. It was hard to have adult conversation.
However, here we are...at the end of the day, and I still wouldn't give him up. I realize that this "training" that we are all going through is a prelude...and that now is the time to teach Noah the right way to handle things such as frustration, and yes, even boredom. It's hard to believe that we have to start this so early, but I guess there is no time like the present. And hopefully, as the battle of wills continues, Dave and I will emerge as victors and present a son that is respectful and responsible to the world. (imagining Noah and Dave wrestling on the floor and it kind of makes me chuckle).
Lord, thank you for the responsibility that you have given us...to raise this child into a man that loves and knows you, and that respects himself and others. Help us along the way Lord. Give us strength through the journey. Thank you for the joy you have brought to us through our son and help us to continue to lead him in straight paths.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
I had a really nice chat and prayer time with my friend Melinda. We talked about finding balance (that elusive goal) and loving other's well. I realized that apart from God I can do none of these things. And although I am a Christian and have been following God intellectually (reading theology and scripture) I seem to be lacking the very essence of what first drew me to Him. I wanted the intimacy and the relationship back in my walk. Even though I thought I was doing what God "wanted", I realized that I wasn't always asking and I wasn't fully seeking Him. On vacation, I remember one night I just prayed, "Lord, I miss you". It was then that it hit me where I was truly at. I have been walking around sometimes angry or bitter, trying to "help" people and I realized...I was not dwelling in the spirit. It was a hard realization.
Melinda and I spent a long time today processing this and praying. I feel loads better, but I realize that I need to repattern my thoughts and my life. It would be very easy to be bogged down by the reality of life...but I HAVE to trust in God to carry me through. And if I stop long enough to (really) cast my burdens on Him, then maybe, just maybe I can finally get a good night's rest at home.
On a lighter note, Dave came home from work today with flowers and a little spending money in a sweet card for me. Awwwww! He's a great husband! He apparently got paid vacation from Thorntown...we had no idea! It was a nice surprise (for both of us)
IT was HOT! We were hoping that it would be cooler since we were in the forest in NORTHERN WI, but alas...it was still in the 90's most of the week.
- Noah went jet skiing with daddy...He liked it OK...
- He LOVED swimming with Dave in the lake though. They had oodles of fun out there.
- We took some very nice Pontoon rides.
- We took in stock car races...which was fun minus the cigarette smoke blown in my face and the excess dirt that got kicked up from the cars. There were a few good crashes that made it memorable. (Why do crashes make it memorable?)
- Thursday, Dave and his aunt Camilla rode 30 miles on bikes! They travelled all the way into the next town and back. It was pretty impressive.
- Friday- Dave and I went for a 5 mile bike ride...I was winded enough from that, so no 30 mile trek for me.
- Friday night (this is the best part) Dave and I drove into Rhinelander (about a 30 min drive) and saw "No Reservations". We both thought that it was a pretty good movie. Then, Dave took me to the place where we got engaged almost 5 years to the day (it would be tomorrow actually). It's a little pier down by a park in Rhinelander. We hadn't been back since, and it was so memorable. The sun was setting and we stood out there and reminisced about the last 5 years together. It was perhaps the best and most romantic date I have ever been on. Then, we left listening to "Come What May" from Moulin Rouge...the song we listened to leaving there after we got engaged...It was again...so romantic!
- Saturday we left and drove to Rochelle where we stayed with Dave's brother Mike, and family. Noah and Tyler (his cousin) had a blast playing together. It was really neat to see their antics! The boys both cried when we separated them to go our separate ways. This picture was taken when Dave was tossing them onto the couch and they would giggle and laugh. Goofballs.
We're home now and I have the bulk of laundry taken care of. I am enjoying easing back into life here. We've already had 2 of our friends offer to make us dinner this week! How great is that! We really do have an incredible life and people in it. We are indeed blessed. Thanks to the fam for a great vacation!