Thursday, November 29, 2007

My little nurse

Cosette is very excited about this new baby on the way. We keep telling her it will be a looooong time before the baby comes, but she doesn't seem to care (or understand, I'm not sure which) Whatever the case, here are some cute things she's said recently about it:

  • Mommy, should you eat some ice-cream for the baby?

  • Let me put those dishes away, Mommy. You need lots of help with that baby!

  • I see your belly popping out, Mommy! *sigh*

  • When asked in Sunday School on Thanksgiving Sunday to name four things she was thankful for, she promptly replied "My mommy, daddy, Eli, and the baby in Mommy's tummy" Her Sunday school teacher, who knew nothing of the matter yet, found this quite amusing :)

  • "Mommy, this shirt is too small for me. We can save it for the baby" (As she holds up an old, stained onesie.)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

An un-graceful mom and son

Eli will often times ask me to 'dance' with him if there is music playing. My sister caught this funny moment on her camera. I thought you all would get a kick out of it (I am posting this at the expense of my own dignity :) The little voice you can hear in the background is Cosette. Sorry the video is side-ways, I can't figure out how to flip it :/ Turn the music off in the side bar.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

My Four Blessings

Count my blessings with me......

Joel, Cosette and Eli. That makes three.........

And baby to comes makes four :)

Yes, we are expecting another little miracle sometime in mid-July. This came as both a big surprise and a big blessing to Joel and I in the midst of all of the other health issues I have been dealing with lately. We are so incredibly ecstatic!! You can imagine our relief as well when we received our good news from the cardiologist last Friday, because we also had to tell him we had a baby on the way :) He was totally supportive, and fortunately, I can treat this now as a normal pregnancy, no extra health issues involved. We will still try to search out the cause of my other annoying symptoms, but they are now in the waaaay back of our minds compared to this other fantastic news :) I thought that Thanksgiving Day would be an appropriate time to share this with you all.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Holy Season

We kind of 'un-officially' started our holiday season yesterday. The kids and I went shopping with some of Joel's side of the family. We spent most of the day out with our family, ate lunch, and shopped hard for most of the afternoon. And now, I am happy to say, I am completely done with my Christmas shopping! I have decided this year that the kids and I will be making our Christmas gifts. No, I'm definitely not a crafty type of person, but I've found some easy, clever ideas, and I'm hoping to have a good time with my children working on these projects. That way, instead of getting caught up in the crazy shopping crowds, the aisles and aisles of stuff we don't need, running around in the cold, the Santa clauses and lugging bag after bag from the car to the house---well, I'm just plain skipping it all :) ( Can you tell I don't enjoy shopping?) Not that I have ever really got caught up in all of that, but for some reason this year, I'm even more adament about missing it :) We purchased everything we need yesterday for our Christmas gift making and giving, and this is how we are going to spend the rest of our Holy Season:

1.) Reading a new book about Christmas to the kids each night for Advent. ( I have 16 on hold at the library!)

2.)Making fun Christmas ornaments

3.) Trying out new Christmas recipes

4. ) Taking time as a family to enjoy hot apple cider, cozy movie nights, and fresh California oranges till our fingers are sore!

5.) Enjoying holiday get-togethers with our friends and family and church family

6.) Hopefully doing some Christmas caroling

So, you get the idea. I am going to be doing everything I can to enjoy this season with my husband and kids. I want my family enjoying relaxing nights at home, not nights of running around shopping departments.

Oh, and I stand corrected. I do have one more shopping time--- Joel and I are going to make a date night one night, have dinner, and shop for items for the kids stockings. But that's always fun and a joy to do :)

So, what can you do to make this season 'Holy' for your family?

And speaking of hot apple cider, I have to go start heating some......

Friday, November 16, 2007

Good News

Thank you all so much for your prayers that I know were offered up for my cardiologist appointment today. We received better news than we could have hoped for. I will go ahead and update everybody with all of the info. I apologize if I get my terminology wrong--I'm a musician, not a doctor :)
Essentially, what we found out from the cardiologist is this:

1.) I do not have a hole in my heart, which is called an ASD. The cardiologist thinks that I may have what is referred to as a PFO, which is a much smaller, less serious issue. A PFO is more like a 'flap' between the two chambers of the heart that can open under hard pressure, not an actual hole. It's estimated that 1/4 of the population actually has one of these, and just doesn't know it. If I do have this, the good news is----no further treatment is necessary! The doctor feels that to do a heart cath to repair it would be un-necessary, and, in the long run, the small risk from doing that procedure would be even greater than simply leaving it alone. And the blood clot issue I mentioned before? Not an issue. Nothing to be concerned about.

2.) I do have a bi-cuspid aortic valve, rather than a tri-cuspid one, but again, this is something that is also very common, and nothing to be alarmed over. It's just something to keep in the back of our minds and have checked out every five years or so to make sure it's not causing any issues, which it is not at this point.

3.) Other than that, my heart looks great. There is no enlargement, my valves are working beautifully, oxygen and blood are getting where they are supposed to. Praise God!

So, I am still having my initial symptoms, which led me to discover all of these other things in the first place. They include shortness of breath and occasional chest pain. However, it was a HUGE relief today to find out that it is definitely NOT being caused by my heart. We will continue to look into other, more minor issues, such as thyroid problems, or possibly some kind of asthma. But these would be very minor compared to what I could have found out today!

So, thank you all so very, very, much for praying for me today! I feel like a huge burden has been lifted off my chest! Joel and I were actually rather giddy leaving the doctor's office today! It was suddenly like, "Let's relax! Let's recover from all of the stress that has been building up in our lives lately!" And mostly, we just thank God for giving us such wonderful news!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Okay, well, pride goes before a fall, right? I was trying to do a post to brag about these gorgeous clothes I bought today for Cosette at next to nothing at a local thrift store. But, my crazy computer down-loaded the picture sideways. So, go ahead now, have a good laugh!
And then, when you're done laughing at my stupidity, turn your head sideways and look at my great catch! For Cosette, I found this fancy dress and church-coat, an every-day coat, a colorful sweater, and warm winter pull-over dress. Not to mention a vest and pants outfit for Eli, for just over 15.00 today. I love GoodWill! My family and friends sometimes laugh at me for shopping there, but mostly just because I always leave with huge bags stuffed full of clothes! I just can't pass up a good bargain. It really urks me to go to any other store and pay sometimes ten times as much for something I could get at Good Will much cheaper, and usually in great shape. And, the nice thing is, I can go in there, shop till my hearts content, and not break the bank :) For instance, all of the clothes today, had I bought them new, probably would have cost close to 100.00, if not more.
So anyway, there you go. My plug for thrift stores :)

Monday, November 12, 2007

It was an egg-cident!

This, my friends, is what happens when you try to
stack two egg cartons on top of each other in the door
of your fridge. (Or, rather, your husband tries to stack
two egg cartons on top of each other in the fridge.....) Yeah.
Don't worry, Joel, I still love you! ;) When I opened the fridge
door and saw these eggs falling, it was like slow motion.
All I could do was say "Oh, oh, oh!!" But don't worry,
my floor is now cleaner and more sanitized than it has
been for a long while! :)

On another funny topic, Joel woke me up this morning saying "Wake up, we slept in!" I groaned and looked at the clock in our bedroom. Yep, sure enough, it was 6:35, and Joel had to leave in about ten minutes. I suddenly remembered "Oh man! I still have to scrub his lunch box out and fix his lunch!" I jumped up and ran out to the kitchen where I hurridly started scrubbing a filthy lunch box. But then I looked at the clock in the kitchen. 5:48 a.m. Groan! I ran back to the bedroom to check my watch. Yep! 5:48. Joel was in the bath-room shaving. When he came out, I asked him what time he thought it was. He looked at his watch, and then looked at the clock in the bedroom, very confused. Apparently, he had set his alarm for 5:15 this morning. Well, we were up late with Eli, who wasn't feeling well, so when his alarm went off, he thought, "No way! I'm re-setting it for 6:00" Well, all we can figure is that he reset the clock, not the alarm, and actually woke back up a half hour later, which made it 5:48 real time, 6:35 Joel's clock time. Follow all that? Fortunately, we're laughing about it now :)

Friday, November 09, 2007

Snow and Prayer Request :)

I don't know if you can tell in this picture or not, but we got a light skiffing of snow this morning, the first of the year. Eli was absolutely delighted. He must have called me to the window a dozen times to point and show it to me as it was flying around in the air. I guess he was too little to remember any snow from last year, so this was technically his first experience with it. It's so much fun watching kids discover things for the first time.


On another topic, this is not something I wanted to do a whole post about, so I thought I'd just mention it here for those of you who have been asking and wondering. Joel and I recently found out, through a series of events and tests that is too long to describe, that I have a small hole between the two chambers of my heart. It has apparently always been there, since I was born, and just never closed up the whole way. Most babies are born like this, actually, but in some people, estimated anywhere from 20-25% of people, the hole never completely closes. Why are we just now finding out I have this? Because it's so small. It can't be heard, like someone who has a large hole and a murmur, and it can't even be seen on an echo-gram. The cardiologist had to do a special 'bubble test' to even find that it was there. However, there it is, and we can't ignore that fact. The biggest issue is, that if I were to get pregnant again, it could pose a risk with blood clots. And, since Joel and I really hope to have more children, this is an issue we have to deal with. Here's where we need your prayer. I have a cardiologist appointment next Friday, the 16th of November. At that time we will find out one of three options. 1.) The hole may be small enough to not be an issue, and the doctor will suggest exercises to do and want to check it every now and then. 2.) He may want to put me on meds (aspirin is an option) to reduce the risk of blood clots 3.) He may want to go ahead and fix the hole. If this is the case, we are pretty sure it will be done through an out-patient not-surgical heart catherization, with full recovery, as I understand, in a matter of days. Any of those options are fine with us, and we're praying for God to give the doctor wisdom as to which is best for me. The good news is, that my echo-cardiogram showed that in every other respect, my heart is really healthy. There is no swelling or enlargement, all my valves are working normally, and my heart 'capacity' shows that of a normal, healthy person in good shape. This is a real blessing! We are thankful to God that we found this issue before it caused larger, more serious issues!! We will update everybody whenever we find out more next Friday. In the mean time, your prayers are appreciated :)

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Three things to do on a wet, cold day

Play with play-dough and mush it into the table-top
Learn how to sort laundry

And finally, fix the 'owwy' on your mommy's foot
(I know, I know, I can't believe I'm posting a picture
of my foot either!)

Monday, November 05, 2007

Going back in time...for a night

Well, I was hoping to show you a picture of my two little Indians who really enjoyed story time at the library(the theme of which was, incidentally, Thanksgiving and Native Americans), but they were way too wiped out to even let me take their picture. So, they're up snug in their tee-pees, I mean beds, snoozing away. Maybe I'll get a picture of them later :)

On another note, a good friend of mine from college is giving her Senior recital this month for her master's degree, and she was invited back to the college we attended together to do a solo guest recital. Joel and I are driving there tomorrow evening to see it together. I'm pretty excited about that. I haven't been back to my Alma Mater for several years.

It seems funny sometimes how that section of my life seems, like, well, a whole different life-time ago! It wasn't actually that long ago--I graduated from college in August '03, but somehow, it seems like a different 'me', if that makes sense.

I guess because, in a way, it was. At college, it was just me. I concentrated fully on what I had to do. My classes, my recitals, my practice time, my schedule, my friends, and so on and so on. Going back there tomorrow night will almost seem like Scrooge in 'A Christmas Carol', where he re-visits his early years.

I'm not saying there was anything wrong with that time. At that season of my life, it was right, it was what I was supposed to be doing. But how strange to think how different things are for me now. It's no longer 'me', it's 'us'. Joel and I--and our children. Everything I do now revolves around my family.

Still, it will be interesting to go back for a night. I'll sit there in the big chapel(recital hall) and remember all the hours I spent playing on that grand piano. I'll talk to former professors and remember the up-tight feeling of a soon-to-be exam. I'll listen to my friend play, and rejoice in the success that she's had. And most of all, I'll thank God that now, instead of sitting in that chapel alone, I will be holding the hand of the man I love :)

Friday, November 02, 2007

New discovery.....apples make you see better ;)

Cosette: Mommy, my back hurts.
Mommy:Really? Why do you think your back hurts?
Cosette: I think it was because of all those pumpkin cookies I ate at Grandma's house.
Mommy: Oh, really? The cookies made your back hurt?
Cosette: Yes, and those cookies had nuts in them! And Mommy, I liked the nuts! Nuts are good for me. They make me see better.
Mommy: They do??
Cosette: Yes, and so do carrots and oranges and apples and bananas......
(We never did find out what was making her back hurt... :)


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