Friday, August 31, 2007
Stuart still has a great fascination with much adult monitoring to boot. Dave and both agree that he really changed this past week. We will need to stay alert. He is hitting a severe curiosity stage. Which is great with adult eyes watching.
Soccer is starting up in great strides. Carter and Cole respected Kirk teams were put in the "A" bracket. Which makes for lots of excitement as the catholic teams are quite excellent. Cole's coach seems to think that his team was put in the wrong bracket. It was the other Kirk team that earned the "A" bracket last year. There was only one big team last year. Cole's team is a whole new team consisting of homeschoolers and Covenant kids. I do hope they can bump them down a bracket. I think Cole would enjoy a few more wins then losses. This team is the first time we have played with them. The last few years we have played for Twin Oaks.
With soccer starting it is reminding me of last fall. A year can fly by so quickly. So grateful for my current health. God is merciful.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Yesterday was the first day of school and everything went very well. Cole's "high" from the classroom was recess and his teacher giving out chocolate from Germany. Carter's was high on everything. Not drugs, though. I had to make that one clear for the previous sentence could be taken really out of context! He kept saying that his teacher, Mrs. Lee is "sweet, really sweet". He continued on to say "she is a good teacher for me". Both comments from each boy brought much delight to my heart.
On to today . . . Dennis the menance resides in the home as of this morning. Today was chapel for all parents and grandparents to attend at 8:30 this morning. Everything was flowing pretty fine until Stuart started to eat his pancakes. I was cooking more pancakes with my back turned to the table. The boys just used their pure maple syrup and it was still on the table. In no time at all Stuart aka: Dennis the menace poured the rest of the bottle onto his two pancakes thoroughly soaking them. He then said "I poured the syrup, Mommy." I whipped my head around to confirm he did just that. So thankful the bottle was only half full. Syrup was all over his hands, arms and legs. After transfering the dripping pancakes to a clean plate he gladly ate up the sugared ones. Yuck to me but a delight to him as he usually doesn't get syrup on his pancakes.
Keep in mind it was 7:49 am and I needed to leave the house by 8:15 for chapel. Time for a speedy bath. Stuart was cleaned off in seconds flat with no time to spare and changed into his clothes for the day. He decided he wanted to stay in the bathroom to watch the fish. I approved. Later to find out that was a mistake. I ran to blow dry my hair. I started to wonder why Stuart wasn't at my legs. He is going through a big "Be around mommy at all times stage". I turned off the blow dryer and called for him asking him where he was. I hear a voice. "I feeding the fish, Mommy." I bolt to the bathroom to find the tank FULL of floating fish food. Aghhhhhhh! He had climbed up to reach the food with the stool. I did my best to scoop out the floating food. Prayed that the fish wouldn't die till I returned home to clean out the tank. Out the door I was at 8:16 am. with makeup on. Whew!
Upon returning home the two older fish Ron Jon and his wife (not sure of the name) were swimming low in the tank. Not usual for them. Stuart willingly "helped" me clean out the tank. At the end while in the tub, he joyfully ran the water with all his clothes on. I had already filled the tank and at this point didn't care. I can changed his clothes. He was having a grand ole time.
At this moment "Dennis" is charging up his batteries. I have never seen him be more curious. Ron Jon is not coping well in the newly cleaned tank. Life on the second day of school has been eventful. Hopefully it won't end with a fish loss.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
"He did not get to have his radiation on Friday, the machine was not functioning properly. I will take him back to Hope Lodge tomorrow (Sunday) and he will have his treatment on Monday and Wednesday - if the machine is working again. No more dizziness since he has been home. I think a lot of it was anxiety."
Many thanks to all of you for not just praying for me and my family but also for Joe. Cancer is so far reaching. It affects not just some but many. It is so hard emotionally and physically. I am so glad I have Jesus.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Goofin' around in the not so hot tub
Cole and Stuart
The marshmellow robber!
We have been gone since Tuesday for one last family memory making trip. A previous coworker of Dave's has a wonderful lake home at the Lake of the Ozarks. She insisted we try to go to her home for some getaway time. We had such a great time of eating smores, jet skiing, swimming in the not so hot tub, fishing and tubing. Cole was excited about seeing the cool insects. There was even a snake in the water. Yuck for me but pretty neato for the older boys. I prefer not to see the snakes. That is one creature I don't particulary care about.
School is starting this Tuesday for Carter and Cole. Stuart and I will be doing two separate Bible studies this fall. One will be the book study of "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn. I only got to page 55 in my summer reading of the book. I really need some accountability. The other study will be Community Bible Study (CBS) on the Divided Kingdom and the Minor Prophets: I & II Kings, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah.
Many thanks to the Loewe family for being such a blessing and allowing us to make family memories at your lake home. Wade and Ramona you know how to have fun. Thanks for joining our family this week. We appreciated the long talks and laughter. Watch out for those scorpions!
Our early morning fisherman,Cole
Monday, August 20, 2007
A neighbor sent this quote over at the beginning of this trial when we found out that brain surgery was eminent. When asking what we were needing my reply was "tissues". She posted scripture and quotes like the one above on the tissue boxes . I wanted to share it with you today. The latter half of the quote is what strikes me the most.
I guess the positive part of it all is that at least one tissue box is still in use. Whew! Don't want to repeat that time over again any time soon.
Have a great rest of the week! I know we will.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Ouch! I have been struggling with pride. This is not a new thing. Since school is starting back up it is easy for me to "stir the pot" so to say in matters that are none of my business. I have made a vow to try and not engage in conversations that are going to lead me to sin. That is just what it is - SIN. I desire to make a new start this fall by encouraging not discouraging, being fully gracious in matters and kind. Please pray that I can do just that. Pray for my heart and eyes to be open. To be able to walk away graciously from a conversation that is not edifying.
Tuesday, September 11 - MRI at 1:15 pm
Thursday, September 13 - 10 am - Dr. Needles consult with results
I want to end with an encouraging verse on worry.
"He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Joe called yesterday to say thanks for the cards. I had sent him a goofy card with a dog on the front. The card read something like this; Happy Birthday to one big POOP! You then open the card and it states; Person Of Outstanding Pedigree! I about fell on the floor with laughter when I opened the card. Carter approved of this one as well for he was shopping with me. I was unsure about sending it but I figure Joe has seen enough in his days and I sure he would chuckle. He did come to find out.
His birthday was a weekend long event. Some of his many children came down to see him on Saturday while his daughter and grandson spent time with him on Sunday. Kay his neice treated him to a steak dinner on his actual birthday. I say he had it made.
So glad he enjoyed the cards. From the looks of my email he should total around 10 cards. Thanks to the many of you that participated. He even read to me some of your comments. Touching!
As for me I am having some little pain in the head and eye. Not enough for tylenol just yet. I am hoping it is due to not enough rest. My next MRI is Tuesday, September 11. Yes, not a great day for our country. I think it's a good day for people to remember to pray not just for the many people who lost loved ones on that terrible day but also for my MRI to be clear. I will have the results Thursday the 13th. Please pray I don't have a major breakdown prior to seeing Dr. Needles. I have been emotionally ok the past few months. The only sad time I have had lately happened on Monday. I was thinking about my funeral due to a radio show remembering a fun friend that was in this persons life. The radio announcer stated "Everyone should have a ____________ in their life." I couldn't help but ponder my own funeral. Sad but true. I called Dave as he was out of town and my mom. So glad to have them. God is good to me.
Thanks for your continued prayers not just for me but the whole family. We are really enjoying the last days of freedom prior to school starting on Tuesday, August 28. Carter and Cole have made our backyard into a driving range / golf course. I found them the other day with a trowel digging a hole for their golf balls. Not to alarm the neighbors - we use practice balls that look like swiss cheese. Thankfully they don't smell like it. My yard for that matter might look like swiss cheese. Not! Dave stopped the digging. I guess you could say they made up their own Snodgrass Country Club.
I have also found literally 15 paper airplanes throughout the home while cleaning up today. Each boy has a Klutz brand book that tells how to make some awesome planes. It even comes with designed paper. I burnt dinner last night due to being engrossed in making the "headhunter" plane for Cole. You see I just can't multi-task anymore.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
My friend, Joe is having his birthday on August 14. I would love to bless his socks off. Would you consider sending him a birthday card? If so, click on my blog profile and email me that you are interested and I will shoot you an email in return with his address. I hope to mail my card tomorrow (Friday).
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Aiming carefully for the target
Enjoying God's creation
Wild man Carter off the high dive!
All smiles on the bed - Love the toes Stu!
You can tell who the extroverts are in the family
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
As for the pool yesterday, without a life jacket Stuart jumped in the pool. I clearly did not give him permission. He was holding onto a kickboard but all the same my heart leaped. He was able to get his head up to the water level. I immediately jumped in and reprimanded him. Ohhh! He is a good swimmer but disobedience at the pool is not tolerated. I think I instilled some fear into this non fear water baby. I do hope. After that episode and some time out of the pool I decided to do some practice runs of him jumping into the water to me. He did great! He was able to pull himself up to take a breath. From a close distance he was able to swim to the ladder. For the first time his pool eyes were opened to the wonderful world of goggles as well. He thought it was fun to see things under the water so clearly.
I am also up early this morning due to Cole having a bad dream. He came in crying at 5:15. I was able to pray with him and ask him what the dream was about. All I got out of it was that him and his friend, Luke along with Dad were near water and something about a stingray. After asking if someone was hurt in his dream he ended up crying more saying that Stuart died. My heart ached to hear him cry about his brother's death in his dream. I reminded him that it was only a dream and that Stuart is sleeping soundly in his room. Of course, after that jolting time with Cole I wasn't able to go back to sleep. It was time to read my Bible. I was reminded that dreams seem so real. It brought back the time that I studied Daniel. To this day I vividly remember a terrible dream I had about Carter many years back. I also was reminded early this morning the tenderness of Cole and how I desire so much for me not to leave this earthly home till the boys are older. Seeing them cry about death is no fun for me. I am crying while posting this. No parent wants to see their child hurting.
Please pray for Cole today. Also pray for my right eye. It seems I am having more fatigue and weird sensations on the right back side. Not sure if it is my nerves growing back like Dave proposes. I do hope that is the case. I will make more of an effort to rest during the day. Also pray for little Stu to listen and obey with his heart.
Off to make zucchini muffins for breakfast.