Friday, October 24, 2014

the weekly recap

It is wonderful writing tonight from a body that feels good.
I have had a few things going on with my health the past month, but this latest thing was an awful reaction to a medication. I couldn't take it anymore, so I quit taking the medicine.

I'm so happy that I'm able to enjoy my kids' break now and the perfect weather and the beautiful leaves outside! 
I'm also enjoying the first 3 tracks that have been released from Taylor Swift's new album!

On Sunday, we drove down south to attend my nephew, Parker's 3rd birthday party!
We had a great time and lots of fun.
We stayed a few days and visited family. I didn't feel the greatest because I was still taking the medicine at that point. 
However, we had a wonderful time catching up with some of our very favorites!
 What your son might bring you when you ask him to go look for interesting things in the yard...
 Two peas in a pod.
 Tim and I had a donut date Wednesday night while the kids were at AWANA. 
Go get a pumpkin spice donut at Krispy Kreme. Trust me.
 B Boy had a playdate yesterday morning, so C Girl and I got a little girl time :-)
She then went to a sleepover that night and we had some time alone with the boy!
He had his last fall soccer game last night.
He scored a goal!
We had to go for treats and celebrate!
FYI: Spark Cafe downtown has really good pecan pie.
We ran some errands today, I took the kids to McDonald's for lunch so they could spend their giftcards, picked up some groceries, came home and made a cake, got some stuff ready for a family gathering tomorrow, and had dinner with daddy before he had to chaperone a school dance. We got comfy and watched, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and ate some of our pumpkin cake! It's been a good Friday!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

bad times make the good times better

Well, hello.

It has been a little bit since I have blogged. Everyone keeps asking how I'm doing. This has been something where I did not just get better one day. It has been a gradual, "feeling a little better every day" kind of thing.  And the truth is, I felt so awful for much of the time, that I had no desire to blog. Things in my house are very behind. It's just going to take some catching up. 
I heard the line, "bad times make the good times better" in a song recently and that is so true. I'm appreciating how good I feel now.

So, what has been going on around here?

  • C had a birthday party/slumber party with friends.
  • I was able to feel well enough to go watch Gone Girl with some friends.
  • We had parent/teacher conferences for both kids and everything is going really great!
  • B Boy was accepted into our school district's gifted and talented program. We are so proud of him!
  • The gentleman that I visit through our women's ministry turned 98!
  • The kids attended their costume carnival at school.
  • I attended a birthday celebration for one of my friends at a local place, Junque 2 Jewels. We had a great time crafting!
  • Today is day #1 of our October intercession from school. Things to note already from today: the children were up at 6 am. Thankfully they played and I got to sleep in. They play well and then they are screaming at each other. The fighting has hit all time new levels over the past few months. I have lots of fun things planned for the break and hopefully they behave well enough to get to do those things! I actually just had to put both of them in separate corners. Good grief.
  • We get to celebrate my nephew, Parker this weekend! He recently turned 3. We are so excited to go visit family for a few days!
  • My brother, Kevin has been in San Angelo, Texas for about 5 months training for his new job with the Air National Guard. His unit has been re-aligned and he had to apply for and then be trained on his new position. He has been doing so good at school there (I believe top of his class!!!) and we are so proud of him! He graduates next week and gets to come home!
  • Soccer is winding down to a close. We have only 2 more games! B Boy has loved playing and we have loved watching him learn a new sport and love it!
  • C Girl has been taking piano lessons and is doing so well! I really think that she has a great big love for music! She also sings in the kids choir at church. This is her 3rd year doing that and she loves it so very much!
  • We got the kid's school pictures back. I posted a picture of a picture of them below. I have yet to scan them in.
  • I have been so, so thankful for all of my friends. The amount of kindness and caring that they have showed us is so humbling. 
  • And what about this ebola business??? I was not super worried until they allowed a nurse to travel after caring for an ebola patient. What in the world? Things are already starting to get crazy. Doctors and hospitals are having to screen anyone with the symptoms and people are worrying about people around them who are sick. Why don't we have this kind of concern for the flu? It kills thousands of people every year.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

a quick update

I'm just doing a small update, real quick. I was diagnosed last week with gastritis and then yesterday, I had my "yearly" exam. I had some sharp pain and tenderness on my right ovary. 
They scheduled me for an ultrasound and found that I have a 2-inch ovarian cyst. 
I think the plan right now is to start a birth control regimen and see if that will shrink it. If it doesn't then I will have surgery to remove it. 
I have had such nausea and extreme fatigue that I can barely do anything. 
It has been very hard on me. I really just want to feel like myself again and to have energy. Who knew that a symptom of an ovarian cyst was extreme tiredness?!

Friday, October 3, 2014

when life is hard

I will be honest with you guys. The past two and a half weeks have not been great (but, there have been good times for sure.)
My cat died. 
Today would have been my precious mother in law's 76th birthday.
September 29th was the four year anniversary of her death.
I went to the ER Monday, was given medicine and that medicine has made me nauseated all week. So much so, that I have not been able to do anything. 
I've had to cancel every single thing this week. My entire goal yesterday was just to make dinner. 
One of the antibiotics is even giving me muscle pain. I take one twice a day and the other one, three times a day. I have so much dread before taking them.
I have been planted on my little sofa since Tuesday morning. 
I had fear last night that I might be getting an obstruction again. 

It's just been very hard. I don't feel well a lot, but I've realized this week that it could be a lot worse. I would give anything to feel my normal not feeling well. 
I've had these intestinal issues since 2007 and it really gets old. 
The doctor told me that the adhesions in my intestines from my appendectomy could cause an obstruction at any time and there is nothing I can do to prevent it. That makes me fearful.
It's something that I have absolutely no control over.
It's the kind of thing that you have to pray to God and say, I can't do anything about this, but I know that you will take care of me. Whatever your will is, that will be done.
I'm praying to get through these next few days of medicine and that I will feel so much better afterwards.

My Bible studies have been wonderful to help take my mind off of things. 
I love the one I am doing through church and another that I read on a blog. I've started following more Christian authors on Instagram and it is filled with inspiration and scripture everyday.
I'm thankful for my friends who call or text to check on me just about every day.
I'm thankful for my husband who has missed work, went grocery shopping, made dinners, cleaned the house, and taken care of the kids all on his own this week. That's not to say that he isn't capable of all of that stuff. It's just that I am normally a big part of that work!

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

the weekend recap

So, how is it already October?
Every year seems to pass faster and faster.

Sunday was our DNOW service at church.
DNOW is an event that our church puts on every year for high school students. They have an awesome speaker and a great worship band. They bring in college leaders and they have fun stuff all weekend, as well as the college leaders discipling the younger students.
It is a very cool event and I'm so thankful that our church puts so much into our children's and youth programs.
It's pretty much a guarantee that I will cry in church every Sunday- even during DNOW. Watching 14 baptisms, including two of my friends, was amazing. Watching hundreds of students worshipping God and lifting their hands thrilled my soul! Seeing a girl from Denmark, who has only lived here a month and only been to church twice, get saved- incredible.
Sunday evening, B Boy attended a birthday party for one of his friends at our local Bricks for Kidz. This was heaven to my Lego-loving boy!
As most of you know, I have a history of intestinal/GI issues. I haven't been feeling great for over a week and had some other symptoms that were worrisome, so Monday evening, Tim took me to the ER. As with most abdominal issues, it's very difficult to have a diagnosis without multiple tests. I'm being treated for what they think the problem is, but I still have some tests coming up to check things out further. 
I'm so thankful for everyone who called, texted and sent me messages. People reaching out when you don't feel well or hurting just means so much.
Right now, I'm trying to just resume normal life and take the meds that will hopefully help.
I'm very nauseated today but hoping that goes away soon so I can get a few things done.
I snapped a few pictures of the kids yesterday afternoon.
This boy has been obsessed with ball since he was an infant.
He loves to go outside every day after school and practice throwing the football on the roof and then catching it when it comes back down.
Tim has never told him, but he used to do the same thing when he was a boy!
DNA!
He also wants to play catch with Daddy every day when he gets home from work!
 C Girl was getting grass from the yard and making a "cake." She is a funny one!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

the weekly recap

On Tuesday, I went to an even called "Mom App" with my friend, Jennifer.
The top was "raising children in the digital age." I got so much good information. I feel like I'm pretty tech savvy and there were a few things I had not heard about!
The kiddos had their annual "well child" visit on Tuesday afternoon.  All is well and they are growing right on track!
Tuesday evening was my monthly book club meeting. Our book that we had read and were discussing was Divergent. I didn't read it again since I have read it in the last 2 years. It was fun talking about it again- I loved that series so much!
On Wednesday evening, we drove down to Fayetteville. Bikes, Blues and Barbecue started that day and every year, Tim's half brother comes with his company and sets up a booth. This was the first year we were able to go down and visit him. It was also our very first time to BBBQ.
I'm very glad that we went on Wednesday because it is pure craziness and busyness this weekend!
My kids were in heaven getting to climb on all of the display motorcycles.

This picture KILLS me!
It was so good to see Tim's brother! We left and B Boy said, "I sure do have a lot of uncles!"
After the visit, we headed to Washington Regional to visit our very good friends, Rick and Brittnie. Their little guy who is not yet 4 months old, was admitted for viral meningitis. He is going to be okay, but I know that it must have terrified them. He is just the cutest baby ever! I can't wait to visit him when he is all better!
I snapped a couple of pictures of the kids with their instruments recently.
I love that they are learning to play. That is one thing I wish I had learned. I guess it's never too late to start!
My friend, Jenn invited me and some other friends to be guests at her table for the Pink Ribbon lunch on Thursday.
I'm always so honored to be able to support and celebrate her beating cancer!
How cute are friends, Elizabeth and Laurie? They bought the same top!
We got to hear from Amy Purdy, who among other things, was a 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist and contestant on Dancing with the Stars. 
She lost both legs when she was 19 after contracting bacterial meningitis. She has such a positive outlook on life and began looking at her loss as a positive and continues to pursue all of her dreams.
Our emcees took a selfie :-)
Jenn walked in the fashion show! She did an amazing job and looked fabulous! AND she just had her last surgery the other day! She has blown me away throughout this whole journey with how much she has continued to do and always with faith and humor.
B Boy had a soccer game today. We melted in the sun, but loved getting to watch him play!
We are currently watching our Hogs beat Texas A&M. We are only ahead by 1 touchdown, but if we win, that will be SO BIG for us!