Monday, November 30, 2009

Pre-Christmas Ramblings

It is really cold tonight, and with so many houses now decorated brightly, it's seems like Christmas is days away instead of weeks! I guess it could also be because our tree has already been up two weeks, thanks to my being outvoted to wait 'til after Thanksgiving. Christmas seems to take forever to get here (hence the phrase "slow as Christmas" I guess) and then it's over in a wink.

I finally ordered our Christmas cards today. I never seem to get them out as I plan every year, but I doubt anyone really minds.

Ava started sniffling and sneezing this morning. I knew that was coming after the kid-filled Thanksgiving. I just hope she's better enough for the parade this Friday. Oh, and my bronchitis-y symptoms subsided quickly.

I am really missing the cable right now. I haven't really since we cut if off in May, but I'm a sucker for holiday movies and specials. Maybe we could turn it back on for December. But then I don't miss all the toy commercials that are really cranked up right around now.

I am now off to see what cyber-Monday sales I can still catch. I need to narrow down what to get Ava and just the opposite, I have no idea what to get the hubby. As far as myself, I usually end up getting things I need more than the more frivilous-want-type stuff. I think that happens to a lot of moms.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, I can't believe Thanksgiving has come and gone! It seems we get so busy in the days before getting ready for it, that it's suddenly over before you know it. Our "Duggar-esque" get-together went very well. I can't say it feels as well physically now. I think I may have developed a bit of bronchitis from all the smokers that were there. I thought you could only get it from a virus 'til I looked it up. The restaurant we had it in did have a bar, but I wasn't expecting to feel like I was really in one! None of the 23 from Colorado smoke, but Many others from here do. I've never been around so many of them at once. I'm just glad, so far, Ava is not coughing. Maybe I wasn't as lucky because I was right at their height, and that made it feel like I was just puffing away with them at times. Unfortunately, it even affected eating, just couldn't enjoy it as much with all the smoke smell. Hopefully I'll get it cleared out soon.

Anyway, enough of my personal health update. We ended up with plenty of food, even with the around 40 people. I had no idea the Colorado folks were bringing food too! I don't know how they fit it all in the rv's with everyone! We probably would have still had more than enough, but what a blessing! The things they brought were a little less than traditional, but were all very very good. I may have to get a few of the recipes. We all exchanged email and home addresses so we can keep in touch better. We are thinking about going out there to visit in the spring.

Ava thoroughly enjoyed aaalll the kids that were there. At least 4 of the 12 or so were right at her age. They all wanted to keep running outside to play, but with the wind, it was quite cold. And would you believe I forgot my camera! I had extra batteries in my purse, but forgot to stick the camera in there. It was sitting not far from where I had my purse, just got in too big of a hurry.

My poor mother-in-law wore herself out of course. I hope it won't affect her health too much. They'd probably admit her if they saw the amount of swelling she probably has right now. But I know she enjoyed seeing everyone. I know she doesn't have too many more Thanksgivings with us here. Unfortunately, she was one of the ones puffing away. I wish so much that she could quit. I know she feels it's just too late to try, but she could only feel better after getting through the withdrawal.
Well, I'm wore out too. Before my eyes start crossing, I will just say I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and good luck in the stores tomorrow! I doubt I'll be there, or at least not too early!;)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Less Is More

This year Christmas is going to be a bit different around here. We went a little overboard last year to make up for the rough financial year we had the year before that. This year we are going to have her decide on three gifts that she wants the most. I got this idea from a fellow blogger and thought what a great idea. It represents the three gifts given to Jesus, but we also want to teach her about the overall spirit of giving. I thought this would be a good year to start her on understanding charitable giving. We will be sorting out toys from her way-too-many to donate. She understands as much as she can at her age that there are some children that don't have as many toys, some not at all.

Before she was born we had just about decided to let her know early on what Christmas really is, the celebration of the best gift to the world, Jesus and that Santa was part of a fairy tale someone long ago made up for fun around Christmas (or something like that). But, my dear husband decided to pass down our own childhood belief that Santa brings the gifts. Although, if you ask her, she knows what Christmas really means. She has already asked if we'll be making the birthday cake for Jesus again this year.
I know for some it seems like you're robbing your child of something by not carrying on the tradition of Santa, as my hubby, but I see it as robbing them of their trust by not telling them the truth. Okay, maybe that would only be if they were a bit older (if their belief lasts that long) when you tell them.
I've even struggled with letting her get her picture made with Santa. I know some of you may say it's just part of the fun of Christmas, and I should lighten up. But, I think the "going to see Santa" just confuses them against our saying he is not a real person. Then there's those (like my mother) that try to make you feel bad if you don't take them, but then that's how the world wants you to feel for not conforming to be like everyone else. Which is the exact thing Christians are to resist doing (Romans 12:2). But then we all deal with that in so many ways other than Christmas.

Whoooa I don't think I meant to go into all that! I am just trying to say by less is more meaning getting less things (like toys) in order to give to others is more for, most importantly, doing just as the one we celebrate did and wants us to do, and hopefully spark that giving spirit in our children that they can carry throughout life to pass to their children. And, of course, more to the hearts of those we give to.

And many Christmas blessings to those who made it through my rambling and run-on sentences!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Canvas Print Giveaway!

I have actually always wanted to get a photo printed on canvas. I just think that's one of the neatest inventions. Krystyn over at Really, Are You Serious? is sponsoring a giveaway from Digital Room of a 16 x 20 rolled canvas print! They are artist quality and come UV protected. You could have it professionally stretched and mounted for a great Christmas gift!
Just click on the link to Krystyn's blog above to enter! There is also a list of ways to get extra entries, so just head on over!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cough Cough Sneeze Sneeze and Prayers Needed For Mawmaw

Well, this sinus drainage I've had since this past Thursday finally decided to kick into high gear last night. I think making a trip to Memphis this past weekend thinking it wouldn't turn into anything may have caused it to do just that. So, because of some extreme symptoms this time (I won't gross you out with details), I went to the dr. today (haven't been for that in years). I usually just take some Advil cold and sinus and Afrin 12 hr., and deal with it. I thought I might need an antibiotic, but he didn't really think so, as it is just viral thank goodness. He did, oddly enough, give me an rx for one in case it didn't improve in a few days. That and some stuff to treat symptoms. When I get this it always reminds me of the Thanksgiving I was pregnant and couldn't take anything good. I was absolutely miserable for several days. Very thankful for medications right now!

Unfortunately, not as good news for mawmaw (my MIL). She found out today that she has diabetic nephropathy. Basically, her poorly managed diabetes is destroying her kidneys. They said dialysis would not help, but she said she wouldn't go on that anyway. About the best thing she can do is try to get her glucose levels way down and keep them down, as well as her blood pressure. She already has CHF (congestive heart failure), so it's going to be pretty difficult for her body to manage. So, we would appreciate your prayers for her.

I'm glad we will be able to be with her this Thanksgiving. Maybe that's why God has chose to keep us in this town for right now. It should be a pretty special one for her. Kevin's half brother and his huge family from Colorado are coming in. They have 10 kids, plus a few grand kids, plus some spouses, making around 21 people! They are coming in two motor homes that they will dock at a campground near by. It's going to be like having Thanksgiving with the Duggars! BUT, mawmaw also found out today that we now have a place to have the big get-together! A restaurant owned by a friend there in her town is letting us use the whole place, just as long as we clean up! What a blessing, because we were all a little concerned since my MIL lives in a small apartment, and no one else would have room for everyone (including all the rest of the family) either! I told her I would be there extra early to help however I can. I guess this also means I'm gonna have to double the side dishes I usually bring! But, that's fine, they only get to come every few years.

Mmmmm now I'm wanting some dressin' and my special green bean casserole!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halloween '09

We had a pretty busy Halloween week. We went to two church carnivals, daddy's work (employees bring their kids to go around the office and load up on candy from other employees) , and trick or treated. Ava was supergirl, by her choice. I had to talk her out of the boy's spiderman costume, she thought it would be fun to have tough-looking fake muscles. I didn't get it either. But at least she got to look tough in her own way.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Punkim Patch

Today we went to the roadside pumpkin (or punkim as Ava calls them) stand/patch. It was pretty windy and cool, but a nice day and Ava had fun. Except for trying to avoid the Heartland Catfish mascot that was there. She wouldn't go near him no matter how I tried to tell her it was a man in a costume! So, of course she wouldn't let me get her picture with him and I didn't think to just snap one with me until we were leaving. So, of course, as per usual for her, she did her own artistic interpretation of her reaction to Mr. Catfish (or whatever his name is).

Catfish with hat on, the catfish mobile (a VW bug with fins and logo), Ava crying, and me.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


I can't believe it's been over 20 years since that show came on! And I really can't believe I am and even more so as of this past Tuesday! Back then (I was 10 the first year it was on), they all seemed so much older, I guess because they were/are my parents' age. And now here I am "in my thirties", it's kind of mind-blowing, to me anyway.
Btw, Tuesday was nice overall. Nothing big. We went to my MIL's, she made enchiladas, yum. Another reason we went there was so she could babysit while we went to the movies. Oh, and I don't really recommend Zombieland. Not that I expected Oscar-quality, but we'd heard it was hilarious, and it just didn't even come as close as I was hoping. There were some aspects that made it a little more original than other movies of this type, but it wasn't enough for it to surpass them or anything.
Anyway, I guess 32 is better than what my hubby will be in 2 weeks! (He's 9 years older than me, heheh)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Wubbzy Halloween DVD Giveaway!

Monica over at Peapod Squad Stuff is giving away a "Wubbzy Goes Boo!" Halloween DVD!

"Wubbzy and his friends are back in an all-new DVD collection just in time for the fall season! Watch as Wubbzy, Widget and Walden clean up a crazy mess with Moo Moo’s magic wand, pick the perfect pumpkin and create the spookiest Halloween costume of all. There’s singing, dancing, trick or treating and kickity-kick ball too, plus plenty of positive values like creativity, patience and responsibility. It’s all here in the Emmy-winning Nick Jr./Noggin hit that’s so much fun it’s scary!"

All you have to do to enter is click on the link above and leave a comment, and of course there are details on how to get extra entries. There's also a trailer on her blog in case you want to actually see what it's like or in case you've never heard of Wubbzy. Ava has loved it since they started coming on Noggin a few years ago. We even had a Wubbzy cake when she turned 2. Below is a picture of my kinda sad attempt, but I guess I did pretty good for a first time.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Reminder: Check 'Em!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month(reason for the new background). It strikes 1 in 8 women! I've two aunts that had it. One is still alive after more than 20 years! She had a double mastectomy and it even metastasized to her trachea and chest wall. So, I know I should probably consider getting a mammogram next gyn visit even though I'm no where near 40 (although I will be getting closer on Tuesday). But I do check mine regularly, and that's one key to early detection which is the best chance of survival. About 6 days after your period, here's what to look for:

  • swelling of all or part of the breast
  • skin irritation or dimpling
  • breast pain
  • nipple pain or the nipple turning inward
  • redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
  • a nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • a lump in the underarm area

You just really need to get to know 'em, to know when something has changed. You can help spread the word by "going pink" on your blog. Another great site I found to aid in your self-check is (Hopefully I won't get too many weirdos putting that word on here).

Remind all the women you know to check 'em!

Monday, September 7, 2009


Ava decided to pretend to be the neighbor's puppy, Hootie. She never lets me put her hair in pony tails otherwise, so I took these pictures.

And my favorite, mean Hootie (although he's never mean in reality).

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My Turn Finally Came Today

In a bad way, that is. I ran out of gas for the first time today (on my way to the gas station), ever. I was in the turning lane to turn into the station, and it just wouldn't go any further. I make such short trips around here that I tend to (stupidly) push it to the edge, and well, it had to be physically pushed today. I'm still just sooo embarrassed for being so stupid. I am normally very careful to watch the miles I've gone once the light starts trying to come on. Well, I think with my car getting older, it's just not going as far as it used too, obviously.
So, God may have taught me a lesson and/or warned me about the car getting older, but He decided to shower me with blessings too. First, it was still daylight and not raining. Second, I was on a major road, in a turning lane, right at a gas station. Third, I wasn't sitting there more than a few minutes and a lady pulled up to ask if I needed help, and then almost simultaneously, two guys pulled over on the other side of the road and came over to push me on over to the station. I couldn't stop thanking them (and God, of course). And thankfully, Ava didn't freak out too much.

So, I guess for the first time, it could have been a much worse situation, but ended up not being all that big of a thing (except in my head).

Monday, August 3, 2009

Stormy Monthly Memphis Trip

Ava and I made our monthly trip to visit with my family last week. It ended up being a little scary Thursday and again on Saturday. Some pretty big storms with tornadoes came through Thursday evening doing quite a bit of damage just north of us (we were southeast of Memphis). They even had it on cnn. Two of the tornadoes to the south of us started up our direction but turned away (big blessing, I know). My mother's backyard was flooded for a short time. It was weird to see a small current going by the back door!

I had planned on leaving early Saturday because it was supposed to start up again that evening. Well, God decided to surprise us and brought it mid-morning. It was pretty rough, but after pulling over at a gas station for a bit to let the worst pass, it wasn't too bad. There were periods of heavy rain off and on the rest of the way.

As far as the rest of the time in Memphis, with the storms, we didn't get to do a whole lot. I did finally get to meet my younger brother's girlfriend from Hawaii. She flew in the day after we got there. How in the world did he wind up with someone from Hawaii? An online game, believe it or not. She is very very sweet, but painfully shy. One sort-of-problem is, they've been talking about marriage (hopefully further down the road for their sakes), but families are very close over there, many even live in the same house, so she is going to want them to live there. She wants her children to be raised there (can't say I blame her). I just don't think my mother could handle that (she won't be able to let her baby boy be that far away). And we all know how sky-high the cost of living is there. They should just take their time, as they should have plenty since they both need to finish college. But I know it will be hard, as they've only seen each other a few times in the few years together. Hopefully they'll be smart about it. And keep sending the chocolate covered macadamia nuts!;)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Hoops And Yoyo

Here's a picture Ava wanted to take to submit to the Hallmark Hoops and Yoyo site. People apparently take pictures of them in all kinds of places and then post them. This is from today at the chinese restaurant's little fish fountain thing (with Piddles too).

VBS '09

Last week Ava went to a friend's church for vbs since we missed ours this year. Their theme was crocodile dock. She loved it. Kevin and I enjoyed the time together, going somewhere most nights (it was an evening vbs).
Here's a few photos.

Ava reluctantly with the turtle she made.

Picking rocks out of the parking lot on the way out.

Ava and a new friend (that she came home talking about every day).

Friday, July 10, 2009

Give Your Kid A JumpStart!

My friend Krystyn over at her blog "Really, Are You Serious?" is hosting a giveaway of a 3-month subscription to a great educational website called JumpStart. It is for kids 3-10, and is a great way to learn and play at the same time. You get to pick your own "Jumpeez"character or make your own to go exploring different lands that teach math, reading, and more.
Ava and daddy tested it today (for over an hour) on the non-member trial version, and both loved it! Ava loves educational computer games, and this is another great option for her.

So, to win the subscription, just pop over to JumpStart and pick a favorite Jumpeez character. Then, head over to "Really, Are You Serious?" and leave a comment telling Krystyn your favorite. There are also some other ways to get additional entries (one is posting about the giveaway on your blog and then leaving another comment that you did will get you 3 extra). The contest will end on July 22nd. Good luck (uhm, to me too)!

And So It Begins...

We were in the car last night and Ava was drawing on her magnadoodle. She was drawing one of her usuals, her in my belly. Ever since I showed her my ultrasound pictures of her (as above), she has been somewhat fascinated by them. But, last night her fascination hit a new peak.
Ava: Momma, did you swallow me, is that how I got in there?
Me: Uuhhhm, no, God put you in there to grow into a new human being.
Ava: But, why?
Me: Because He wanted to bless momma and daddy with a special gift to love and raise up to be another of His children in the world.
Ava: Why does he need more children?
Me: That's how the world gets people in it. Aaaallll the people you see everywhere.

She just went on to something else after that. They say every generation is more advanced than the previous. I think that's a scary prospect now. I know our turning off the cable may not be enough soon.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New Veggie Disguise Attempt: Failed

This would have been at least a semi-wordless Wednesday post, but Ava wouldn't let me take her picture.
A picture of her trying veggie sausage. Yes, today I tried replacing one of her most favorite meats (I have a very carnivorous daughter, hence the need to sneak vegetables) with a veggie version. Well, it worked for a few bites, then she declared she "didn't want sausage, any sausage". Of course, I did not tell her it was veggie. I think part of the problem was the strange texture. I took a small bite and it was a little mushy. A little over-done on the spices, but not too bad to me. Next I think we'll try another favorite, burgers. That should be a little more successful, hopefully.
Also, some time this week I'm going to make spinach balls again. I made them a long time ago, and they were really good. They're good dipped in marinara sauce, plus that's extra veggies.
If she won't eat a vegetable outright, I'll get 'em in somehow!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Spring Fever?

For some reason I've been antsy lately, wanting to do something new. I guess you could tell by my changing my blog background again (or I just really love color coordinating) . Maybe it's just what they call spring fever. Yesterday I was trying to pinpoint some activities. I know I've always wanted to learn to knit, so I may get a book and/or look for the class I thought I saw in the paper here a while back. I had started working on silhouette cutting a few months ago after seeing a post on a friend's blog where she tried it. I made a list of supplies I thought I'd need. That would be something easy to practice, mainly because it would take a lot of practice to get really good. I know it sounds weird, but I really appreciate it as an art. It's amazing what some silhouette artists can do. I really need to back to making my hair clippies. I just need to get some new ribbon.

But there's the thing, I think of too many things and give up on deciding on one. Or I don't end up seeing a project all the way through. Like the big scrap boxes and no (100%) completed scrap books I have. This really frustrates me...about me. So, I'm determined to change and teach Ava about it in the process. I don't want her to start doing the same.

Plus with the temperatures already in the mid 90's and the fact that I decided to cancel the cable recently, finding a new hobby is gonna be pretty critical. I decided a long time ago one of the "talents" God gave me was creativity. I just don't know why I can't be creative enough to figure out the best way to use it!

To be continued...hopefully....

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Rain Rain Go Away!

You would think with all this raining it's been doing lately I'd be blogging more. I somehow just can't stay at the computer long enough. But really, I can't believe how much rain we've been getting. The river we live across from is waaaay up. I don't think there's any chance of flooding, but the little pump station has started going almost nonstop.

The rain is really not helping the little annual parking lot carnival that's back right now. Ava has been begging to go to it since they started setting up on Monday. She has a cold, again, so I'm gonna wait and see how she is this weekend. Hopefully it will stay sunny like it is for the second right now. For months after it was over last year she always wanted to drive by to see if it was back again yet.

Of course, it rained mother's day. Kevin has had a bit of bronchitis, so we didn't do much that day. We were supposed to go to his mother's. I guess we'll get over there when he's off next week. I had my mother's day on Friday before that. We went to Memphis and had some really good barbecue, and went to see Star Trek. I have never been into that series, but this new movie is really good. Kevin has always been a fan (really anything sci-fi), so he loved it. Like most other trekkies (or is it trekkers now?), he had a few complaints, but I didn't know the difference. We took Ava to Kid's Station during the movie. I think that's where she caught the new cold bug. She loves it there, though. It's like a drop-in daycare. They have a big indoor slide, tons of toys, and movies. It's also very secure. They have buzz you in the front door, and you have to have a password to check them in and out.

We're still working on our plan to get to St. Augustine. Poor Kevin is working hard at learning this new computer language stuff. He said it does look like the market is picking back up for the language he's always worked in, but the pay would be better with C# (sharp). We really need to do something soon. The only decent schools around here are the private ones, and are very expensive. Please pray for us that we make the right decisions, soon!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

An Eyewear Giveaway!

My friend Krystyn over at her blog Really, Are You Serious is having a giveaway of a pair of glasses from EyeBuyDirect. It is an awesome site offering huge discounts on some great frames and lenses! You can even try frames on (here's one I tried). So, if you're needing some new glasses as badly as I am, and/or just looking for a new look click here and enter to win. There are some ways to make additional entries for more chances to win!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Results To Report

We took Ava for the big test (VCUG) yesterday. It went pretty well (not going to count my parking nightmare), but most important is that she does not have any reflux or leaks going on, so yay and praise God! I was prayin' the whole trip down, and praisin' the whole way back.

I say pretty well because we ended up doing it without any sedation. So, I'm glad they let you stay right there with them through the procedure. The people/person that gives the medication goes to conference at a certain time everyday and they didn't end up getting us back until too late. But, as it turns out, what they use is just something to calm them down, no sleep. I mean, I knew they wouldn't be using general anesthesia or anything, but I thought it would be a bit more. So, it wouldn't have been all that much help during the procedure. Plus, the patient has to peepee during part of the test, so they have to be somewhat awake. I had wondered about that, but just thought they had a different way to do that part.

Anyway, needless to say, she got pretty upset through parts of it. Mainly the start (I don't think I'd be too happy about that part either) and the end, when she refused to peepee on the table for them. She finally released a tiny bit, but the dr. said, being a girl (apparently with boys it's more critical to check) and that he didn't see any reflux, it wasn't as big a deal. She was pretty calm through the middle, watching the screen as they filled her bladder to a small balloon. The nurses and dr. were very good with her the whole time. My promise/bribe to go play at Chick Fil A afterwards didn't work out quite so well. Unfortunately, the play area was closed, so we took her to Toys R Us where she got a nice toy. Oh, and no more antibiotic every night!

Thank you for your prayers! We're just glad it's finally over and done with.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

Today is our 7th anniversary, can't believe it! It seems like just yesterday I was running around trying to get everything done for our wedding. I only had a few months. We were engaged on Jan. 18th and married on April 6th. Don't ask me now why we were in such a hurry. I know one small reason was I didn't want it to get too hot as in June and didn't want to wait til fall I guess. And apparently absolutely couldn't wait the usual full year. We were in luuuuuve (still very much today). And I could not wait to move out, I was 24!

Of course, I also remember the few things that didn't turn out perfect (like my flowers, the grooms cake, and the bodice on my dress), but overall it was one of the best days of my life. I married a really great guy, might even say my "soul-mate".

Kevin crying, awwwwh

Thursday, April 2, 2009

What's Been Goin' On

First, this computer is about to get the best of me, but I aint gonna let it! Maybe one great day I'll get a new one.
Next, Kevin's CT came back pretty much normal. He just has fatty liver, which we pretty much already figured, even back a few years ago when he had weird liver levels. He just needs to lose weight to help that. He's, of course, not doing everything he's supposed to with the diabetes, but we're working on it.
Ava has her test next week. We had to reschedule it once because they scheduled it for a day Kevin couldn't go. Please pray for no reflux, or at least not enough to worry about. She's still taking the antibiotic everyday for now. I've been letting her eat tons of yogurt to combat any yeast problems.

We were in Collierville last week for several days to take my little brother to work while my parents were out of town. It turned into a little vacation for Ava. We went to some places we don't get to down here. Played at Chick fil A for a while, saw Monsters vs Aliens at the movies (which surprisingly she kept the 3-d glasses on and was never squirmy), and went to Chuck E Cheese. We also, of course, made the Target trip I always have to squeeze in while up there.

It's been storming off and on here all day today. But yesterday we did manage to out to the McDonalds play place. I would much rather take her to the park, but it rained the day before so it was too muddy. It takes forever for the parks to dry out around here. I met a couple of interesting ladies while there. One gave me her card with email address (and etsy site addresses). I may just keep in touch with her. She lives in Tupelo, but comes here every few months. Hey, I take whatever friends I can make around here.

Speaking of Etsy, I may just start my own little place on there. I've been making hair clippies for a while now, but just figured there was too much competition out there. I have a little different thing I do with mine. So we'll see. But isn't that one of the greatest sites ever? It seems to have really grown so quickly.

Ok I'm off to make supper, chicken pot pie. Yum, I hope.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Now An Update On Sweet BooBoo

And that's our nickname for Ava (not that she was a boo boo, not really sure how that started). We found out today she did indeed have an actual kidney infection, not just bladder. So, she will have to have the tests I mentioned before. We will soon be going to the pediatric urologist because there's no way I'm making her go through the VCUG without sedation. Of course, we will be praying it shows no reflux, but if it does, she may have to have surgery to correct it later on. But I'm not gonna worry about that right now.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34
She did great for the pee-pee cup today. She was actually excited to do it. I had been pumping her up about it for a few days so she wouldn't be hesitant. After the appointment, she got a little "toy surprise" as she calls it (mainly because she doesn't consider any food items a surprise). That was also because she did so well during the very long diabetic teaching appointment for Kevin yesterday.
Wow, so much at one time! But we'll make it, one day/appointment at a time.
But also, like I've read/heard before and agree, God does give us more than we can handle sometimes. He just never gives us more than He can handle. When we feel too weak to bare it all, it is His strength that gets us through when we seek Him at those toughest times.
"...My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 2Corinthians 12:9

Monday, March 9, 2009

Little Update On My Sweet Babah

That's my nickname for Kevin (long story). He was feeling better over the weekend, so thank you to those that prayed for him. The doubling up on medicine must have kicked in too. I hate that he has to do that right now, and I hope they don't put him on shots today at the diabetic clinic. I hope once he feels even better he can start exercising more and watch his diet to get it down to where he won't even have to take anything. And, of course, I'm still hoping getting that gallbladder out will help bring down that glucose too (and get rid of his pain).
For now, we'll take it one day at a time and trust God to get us back to normal soon.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Rollercoaster Week

That's what it has felt like this past week. We have been in and out of dr.'s offices all week. We still don't know everything that could be going on with Kevin. They do know part of the problem has been his glucose levels are suddenly way too high. Which when they sent him to the ophthalmologist about his eyes is what they attributed the blurriness and pain to (the internist's office actually called to have him rush back over while we at the eye center when they discovered how high his sugar was). It seemed inevitable he could eventually have to face diabetes since both parents have/had it. We were hoping to keep it at bay several more years. So, they put him on medication for it. It's just weird since it has always been at a good number til now. He had to have an ultrasound of the liver and gallbladder, which showed he has gallstones. They couldn't get a good picture of the liver they said, so he may have to have a CT.
He is still feeling pretty bad most of the time, including his eyes are not any better. We have more appointments next week, so hopefully we'll get it all figured out and treated. So, please continue the prayers for him.

I had to reschedule Ava's follow-up twice last week, and it's now Tuesday. She's still doing fine, but I guess we'll find out then if she has to have more tests. I may ask them to go ahead and do her shots to get them over with.

Today Ava and I got outside for a while for her to ride her scooter. What a difference in the weather from last Saturday. Looks like we're gonna have to go shorts shopping.
And I promise to try not to complain about the heat too much this year.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Prayer S.O.S.!

Ava had a really good birthday, I'll try to post pictures soon (I did manage a backyardigans cake, barely). But then the week took a bad turn for her while we were in Collierville to see mimi and pops, and go to Chuck E Cheese.
On Tuesday she started burning every time she went pee-pee. So, of course, I immediately thought UTI (even though she actually had no other symptoms). She already had an appointment for Wednesday for her 4yr check up, so we had to trade shots for a pee pee cup and blood work. It did show she has an infection, and apparently they take them a little more serious when the child is under 8. So, she may actually have to have some further testing. For now, they will do a culture on the urine and there's more to come back on the blood, then they'll let us know about other tests when she goes back this Wednesday.
Those may include a renal ultrasound just to make sure the kidneys look normal, and then a VCUG-the one I really am not looking forward to. That involves a cath (basically looks for kidney reflux), so we'll have the option of going to a ped. urologist and having it done with sedation. They do it at the office here, but no sedation. Uhm, I don't think so. She remembers things too well now (not to mention having to watch her go through it), there's no way I'm putting her through that kind of trauma awake. They're done pretty commonly, though, because getting infections this young and if they reoccur often can cause scarring in the kidneys later on.

Please pray for us everything comes back okay, and no further tests are needed. As of right now, the antibiotic they put her on seems to be helping because she has had no more burning since Friday. That along with all the cranberry juice I've been giving her (I think she may start looking like the cranberry version of the blueberry girl on Willy Wonka soon).

Aaaand, Kevin, my sweet hubby, needs your prayers too. We're not sure what's going on exactly, but he's had some weird symptoms since Thursday. I really think his thyroid is out of whack and his medicine he just started a few months ago might need adjusting. At least I hope that's all it is. He's just very lethargic, very blurred vision, thirsty, and a little lack in appetite. I'm concerned it could be his glucose levels too, although he's not diabetic as of now. He thinks the blurry vision could be optic nerve inflammation because they hurt at times and feel tired. I'm going to call early in the morning and see if they'll work him in at his internist.

So, it looks like I will be clinging to one of my favorites this week, Psalm 46, that starts with "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble". I actually have that first line on a fortune cookie-size piece of paper in my car's ashtray that I got attached to a flower pen at a women's conference a few years ago. I remember I wanted to hold onto it, so to keep up with it at the time I put in there. I like that I can pull it out every now and then when I'm sitting in the car. I may just have to put it in my pocket for the next few weeks.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Last Monday Ava Will Be 3!

Ok, first I cannot believe Ava will be 4 this Saturday! We're not doing a big themed party, but she has changed her mind on what kind of cake, again! It was Larry boy, now it's Backyardigans, something she hardly watches now. Good thing I didn't plan on having a big veggie party. I had planned on making the cake, but if she wants Backyardigans, I may have to find a place to get one. The following week (Kevin is working the day of) we're taking her to Chuck E Cheese, so maybe I could just talk her into getting a cake there. I don't think that will go over well.
Maybe I'll just check the grocery store bakery. Remind me not ask her a second time next year.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

(Image I've sent to Kevin a few times before)

We don't have huge plans for this year. Am I disappointed? Maybe a little, considering I was hoping for a bit bigger than last year's inability to do much. But that's ok, love is all that counts today. Instead, I'm about to get ready to go see my mother-in-law, who is spending her first Valentine's Day alone in over 40 years. Some of the family that would have gone over are out of town today. We will probably take her out to eat and then to the cemetery. So, when I think of big plans I could have had, I just remember her and am thankful they don't have to include just remembering my sweet bbah (my nickname for Kevin).
But in honor of him, I will do a quick list of things I love about him (in no particular order).

1. The way he says I love you (actually both of us) every hour or less when we are in the same room or car.
2. He says it if we wake a little in the night too.
3. His big bear hugs that just envelop me and make me feel so safe.
4. His sensitivity. He cries easier than I do at movies or some sad news stories he reads. Too sweet.
5. He always offers me a bite of whatever he's eating, even if it's the last.
6. He still opens the car door for me, if he's driving.
7. His incredible love for Ava.
8. Sometimes when we're sitting face to face, the way he likes to put his hand on my chest to feel my heartbeat.
9. Those sweet kissies on my forehead when he holds me. (I'm somewhat shorter than him)
10. His excitement when he sees something new and cool. He's such a big kid and can sound like it.
11. He puts up with my whining, indecisiveness, temper, and much more.
12. He is always telling me how beautiful I am, even if I never agree.
13. He always tells me to "get something I want if I see it" when I go to the store, even if I hardly ever actually do.
14. He lets me warm my cold (ok, they're usually frozen) feet on him.

I could keep going, but I'll leave it at 14 for February 14.
I love you today and always bbah! XOXOXOXOXO

Friday, February 6, 2009

Wow, Beautiful Day!

We had some great weather today, and it's supposed to continue through the weekend. I took Ava to the park, something she's been begging to do for a while now. Of course, I forgot the camera, but it was so nice out. It was like 70 and no clouds. I promised her we'd try to go again tomorrow. But I also told our neighbor we'd make it by their church rummage sale. I'll probably get up early and go to that since Ava would probably want to buy every toy they may have.
We're gonna enjoy this weather since I'm sure it will get cold again soon. I'm looking forward to late March/early April when it will stay like this for a while. Then come May I'll be begging for cold weather again.

All this weather talk is making me think of how it is probably so nice right now in St. Augustine, FL. Why? Because we are in the planning stages of gettin ourselves moved down there, we hope. Ever since we visited there in '07 we have talked about living there almost constantly. I've been doing a lot of praying over it. I'm still not quite sure it's where God wants us, but I (we) can't seem to shake this strong feeling for it. As you may know, it's the oldest city in the country, so it's full of historically interesting places. Something we both love. Kevin would probably be more likely to find a job in Jacksonville, so we'd have to live in between (and of course I already have a place in mind). 'Course, a new job will be the biggest obstacle with the economy the way it is, who knows if anyone will be hiring. But it's always been Kevin's dream to live near the beach. I love it too, but I grew up never getting to go to one much, so my feelings for it are more recent. Where we live now is supposed to be temporary. One of Kevin's closest friends helped get him the job here, so he (Kevin) said he would give him at least a year. Well, that's up at the end of March. But we'll see where God leads us. It might even be to stay here (I can't imagine that it would be) or in a totally different direction. Come March I'll be paying veeeery close attention.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Speaking Of Giveaways...

Over at a new blog I've been following there's a great giveaway that ends on Friday, Feb. 6th. A great, creative lady with a company called Easy Edges Studio is giving away this great bag:

It's easy to enter and there are chances to get more than one entry! Just click here to check it out and enter!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Bloggy Carnival (better late than never!)

Ok, I check the bloggy site every so often to see if there's any interesting giveaways. Apparently, it's been a while since I checked because yesterday I saw they're having a quarterly carnival right now. So, needless to say, I couldn't pry myself away for quite a while last night. Many are ending at the end of this month and some in early February. So, it's not too late to hop over there and try for a few (or several). Most offer more than one chance to win. Besides possibly winning some great items, it's also a great way to find some great new blogs (and friends) and also get your blog some traffic too! Just be sure you can spare a few hours, cause you won't be able to stop at just one (like the chips)!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Silly Ava

Today we went to a restaurant that had the line of "junk for 25-75 cents" machines, and of course Ava had to have something. Today it was a fake mustache. She just happened to get a color that matched her hair instead of the black advertised on the front, not that she cared. She had daddy put it on her immediately and she immediately became "mr. man". It was too funny. She said she was going to her business as mr. man. She insisted on looking like a "serious man" in the picture.

And here's another one I found on the camera I forgot all about.
I call it Ava Onasis.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Lazy Start To The New Year

I don't know why, but I've just had a lack of enthusiasm to blog lately.

It's already stuffy nose time again. Ava actually never caught what Kevin and I had around new year's eve, but she's making up for it now. She hasn't had a full-blown cold like this one since the summer. But she's still running around playing, so I'm hoping we'll avoid a dr.'s office trip once again.

Well, we now have a new president. I pray he will make good changes, and will do his best to live up to all the expectations. Unfortunately, some of the things I don't agree with him on is already being talked about as his first orders of business as president. I just hope he'll consider both sides of those and all changes in laws that come before him in the next four years.

Sunday was the seventh anniversary of the day Kevin asked me to marry him. I had planned a big post about it, but couldn't find the cd with the photos from that day. So I lost my enthusiasm to write about it. Maybe I can summarize.

Basically, he proposed to me at my job at the time, Memphis Gastroenterology. He was living in Blytheville, AR at the time and had driven to Memphis to pick up the rings the night before and drove right back, which I had no idea. The next day he wanted to surprise me at work, but wasn't exactly sure of how he wanted to do it. So, when he got to the clinic, somehow they snuck him to the back. One of the girls I worked with suggested he say something over the intercom. They got Dr. Wruble's (head dr.) and the office manager's ok. They then convinced and coached him through, and he proposed over the speakers for all to hear! At first I didn't really catch on, I thought they were working on the phones again and using my name to test the system. But then I realized it was Kevin's voice and listened closer. I was shocked, of course! There's actually a picture of me standing at my desk with my hand over my mouth and eyes bugged out (one of the nurses just happened to have her camera). He then came up to where I was and hugged me and gave me the ring. Everybody was cheering, even patients! I was totally embarrassed, but was just giddy in seconds. The majority of the office made there way up to my desk to congratulate us. I had patients mention it to me months later. It was definitely a different way to do it!

Oh, and we were married just 3 months later in April! I wanted to keep it simple so it could be planned quickly and I guess so we could marry quickly. I wish I had pushed the date out further so I could have planned it more easily, but I guess I was in looooove. No, I was, and still am! I can't imagine what I did before him, not much, I can tell you that. God blessed us both by having us meet (a blind date through my cousin actually) during a difficult time for each of us. I was trying to forget about someone that didn't feel the same for me, and Kevin was actually married before. It was short-lived and they were never really in love, it was more feeling sorry for a friend. It's really a sad story. Basically, she ultimately treated him pretty badly (including cherishing her many dogs more), and he just felt he probably couldn't do any better. But then she committed adultery, and that was it, he got out of that situation.

Whoa, didn't mean to go into all that! But it certainly brings to mind the verse at the top of my blog. God most certainly has plans for us and certainly nothing to harm us but give us hope, and make us stronger. Kevin always says he is actually thankful for everything that happened because it brought him to me and, of course, Ava. I have to say the same. It's not always as perfect as I dreamed of, but I am certainly thankful to have them both and yeah it's still a dream come true.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy (achoo) New (achoo) Year!

That's right, we all sneezed in the new year at midnight. I hope it's not bad luck to bring an old sinus infection into the new year 'cause we've had it since Monday evening. I'm already sick of being sick... and sounding like my mother-in-law who has smoked all her life. So, that means no big party here. Kevin and I watched The Ten Commandments through midnight actually, while Ava slept.

I had this big end of the year review post planned, but I'm just not up to it. I will say we had a better year in '08 than the previous. But then who is to say what is better or worse when it is all God's plan in which things generally happen for our own good in the end. Like that I feel I grew closer to Him during '07 and then on into '08, so I pray that will continue through '09.

Ok, well I may try for a resolutions post in a few days. 'Cause right now I keep typing double letters and backwards, must be the medicine. Glad you can't be contagious through the computer.

Hope everyone has a happy '09! And when are we gonna start saying twenty instead of two thousand like they do in the movies about way off in the future?
Ok, now I'm rambling, going to rest.