Showing posts from August, 2007


When Mike and I were driving to the hospital he had a funny perspective on what Samuel might be thinking. We're on the highway and Mike starts saying, "You know Samuel probably realizes that whenever we're driving this road that we got to one of two places, the hospital or the zoo. He's probably thinking in his head, 'Please be the zoo. Please be the zoo'." It made me laugh so hard to think of that. If I were Samuel I would have been hoping for the zoo and not the hospital.

Libby is saying some crazy things these days. While I was on the phone last night discussing Samuel with my mom she said, "Excuse mom." I said, "yes, baby?" And she informed me, "It's getting dark outside". We were sitting at Starbucks. i don't know if she was trying to keep me informed with the time of day or if I had been on the phone too long. She then said, "It's okay. It's all right mom. It's okay." I was trying not to lau…

He's Home!

Hello all! Samuel is home... early! We brought him at 11:30 a.m. and got seen at 1:00 p.m. He was given some "giggle juice" (something to help him relax-he acted like he was drunk-it was hysterical) and was taken away at 1:45. He had surgery starting at 2:45 and they were done at 3:10. We got to back at around 4:00 and they gave us some surprising news... he was being sent home. He was very angry when he awoke from surgery and his face was red and hot when we saw him. But he had stopped crying and was sucking down some apple juice... he quickly fell asleep in our arms. Since we've been home he has slept and slept and slept. We just gave him some ibuprofen but we'll see if he needs stronger drugs... we have Tylenol with Codeine if he needs it. So now it's rest and recovery. He can get sponge baths tomorrow but for the next 10 days no water immersion (soaking in the tub).

We are so grateful that all is well. They made a nice incision and we're just praying he co…

Surgery: No Food For You.

Samuel's surgery is tomorrow. We need to be at the hospital at 11:45. He can't eat after 11 p.m. tonight and he can only have fluids till 9:45 a.m. So he's going to be one hungry boy. My concern is he's already a really tough stick and I want to make sure he's well hydrated because he's going to need a lot of blood drawn in addition to an IV. Usually takes 45 minutes to an hour and a half for him.

Please be praying for all of us. For Libby that she would have peace with all of us gone. My mother-in-law will stay home and be with Libby but I want Libby to know that she's okay. I've been gone for several days so I'm praying this doesn't create any anxiety. For Samuel, that the surgery would go well and that his breathing would be stable after surgery. We will be staying overnight with him... For me, I'm a bit sleep-deprived and trying to get used to East Coast Time. For Mike, that God will give him grace and strength. He just wrapped up his las…

Heading on a jet plane...

So I need to get up in about, oh, 6 hours or so. I can't believe it's finally that time. I'm leaving for CA tomorrow and will get in to LAX at 1:16 Pacific Time. Yay! I'm happy to go and yet feel sad leaving Mike and the wee babes behind. Kissing them goodnight tonight was kind of emotional. I am thankful that Mike will be here to care for the kids as well as the Napiers (Thank You!)

My hope and prayer is that the time will be relaxing and refreshing but even more so that I would experience God in a new and deeper way. I'm hoping for some time to cry. Time to unwind. Time to give stuff back to God. To lay down my rights and embrace the freedom that comes from surrendering myself to God. My hope is that I will draw near to God and that He will draw near to me.

I am so thankful for my dear husband letting me go and have adventures without him for a few days. I'm so thankful for his support and love. Well, off to bed... if I can sleep, I feel too excited...

I'm a Mac. I'm a PC.

I just want to apologize to Mike's Dell. It wasn't it's fault. The pop-up setting wasn't right so I wasn't able to upload the picture. I am sorry Dell. Thank you for letting me use you right now. Even though Mac will be at home with you, I feel sad leaving it behind. Please take care of my friend. Even though the Mac is better I am thankful that I can check my e-mail on you and post on my blog... because of you.

Mac Down.

We've got a Mac down people. My laptop isn't working. The one I planned on taking to CA. Oh yeah. This happened to me before. Like right before my trip last year to Sweden. Dang. I think it knew it was going with me somewhere and decided it just wanted to stay home or maybe it just freaks out in August. So, I don't know how updates/e-mails will go. Please be patient. I will try and get it fixed soon. All my beautiful pictures I can't touch....

BTW- I don't like my husband's PC- it must be possessed or something. No wonder he loves my Mac...I can't even post a picture on my blog because it's not working.


We had a serious battle trying to get Samuel set up for surgery. We had a lot of hoop jumping to do. He had to be seen by a cardiologist to verify that he didn't need a cardiac anastheologist. And we have had a time and a half with the surgery coordinator. We also had to see a regular anasthesiologist which Mike took Samuel to see. But this wouldn't have been set up if it were not for our incredible doctor. She contacted me and found out that we hadn't been responded to by the people who were supposed to be in touch with us and she got the ball rolling. The coordinator would NOT call us back and was ridiculous time and time again. She couldn't find our file. She didn't get the response from the cardiologist (who had sent her the report 3 weeks prior). I had even went and saw her in person....This was supposed to take place in June!!!! Oh well... God is so good to give us such a great Primary Care Physician for Samuel. She was angry at the very least th…

Mouse: foe not friend, right?

We still have mice. They have eaten through our bread, nuts, cereal, peanut butter crackers, chocolate, etc. And all of it wasn't even open to start with. They're aggressive. I'm sitting her in Mike's oversized plush chair (with my feet tucked Indian style) and watching this little mouse. he's so dang cute. he keeps popping up and looking at me. Maybe it's just watching Stuart Little with Libby for the past several days. I have to keep reminding myself that this little guy keeps wreaking havoc (with his buddies) on my home. I think if my feet were on the floor I would have felt differently, but feeling "safe" makes me think they're cute. I mean these mice have been in my diaper bags (mulitple diaper bags, mulitple occasions), in my laptop bag, and even in my purses. They have been in my bedroom, the office, the kitchen, the living room, and dining room... and have nibbled on some expensive things... we really need to call our landlords.…

My haircut.

I was trying to think of a way I could show you all my haircut and since Mike isn't home to take my picture I decided that I would do a photobooth shoot and then try and post a picture. Of course you can't see what it looks like from the back or side, but it was the best I could do. I really love this cut... now if only I could keep getting the same hairdresser to keep cutting it this way. Probably should have been on some make-up or a cute outfit... oh well, not trying to impress you :)

Spa Night.

This past Tuesday Night I had a Girl's Night Out for the women in my Bible Study. I had so much fun getting to serve my group of girls. I did facials and foot soaks and hand scrubs and thought you might enjoy some of the recipes I used. The evening concluded with French Crepes and I was able to share with them a women's project I am involved in and promoting called Eternal Threads ( It's an organization that provides work for village women in the Southern part of India. The women make these beautiful totes and purses from nylon. I look forward to sharing more about the organization at another time.

Here are some fun and natural recipes!

Milk and Honey Scrub

The almond cleanse and exfoliate your skin, while the milk and honey moisturize it. Use nonfat milk if your skin tends to be whole milk or even cream if your skin tends to be dry.

1 Tbsp ground almonds
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. milk or cream

Mix all the ingredients together in a…


Dear Friends, You have a very dorky blogger on your hands. I have thought of a hundred different ways to post this blog. I'm not joking. This is my 100th post and I've been kind of excited about it. Excited that I have been keeping up with this blog. So in my silliness I had come up with all these ideas of how to present this post... 100 beauty tips, 100 books you should read, 100 places you should visit, etc. I think you get the idea. Instead of all those things I'll discuss my day... pretty normal.

I slept in till 11:00 today. Can you believe it? Mike took care of the kids this morning and I slept and slept. I made eggs, bacon, and toast for brunch. I got to go out and get a cute haircut. I came home and weeded the garden, planted my rose bushes, and used stakes to help my drooping tomato plants.

It's been a relaxing night. I think we're going to get some ice-cream...mmm, good night.

So there it is my 100th post. Nothing grand. Very simple. now done.

Bedroom Make-over?

15 minutes is good enough. In 15 minutes it will be Friday. Earlier today while washing dishes I had a brilliant question to pose to you. Unfortunately, I didn't write it down so you'll be left with something I make up at the spur of the moment. Aha- here it is....

My bedroom is the worst room in the house. It is the most cluttered and most blah room. Before I would paint and then I would love it. We can NOT paint... so do you guys have some ideas.... I had this thought of doing a before and after photo shoot to show you guys.... What can I do to change my bedroom and not let it be the junkiest room in the house? Also, I want to make it look romantic and inviting. a place of rest, relaxation, and intimacy. Any ideas? Help me!

at 2 a.m.

(This post was originally written on August 3 at 1:33 in the morning. I am now posting it on August 15. I was up way past 2 last night and am struck at the irony of having written this almost 2 weeks ago when I was also up late. Last night I was caring for Samuel several times... ha ha, again, the irony.)

Okay, so it's 1:33 in the morning and Libby is yelling. Let me go attend to that and come back. Pacifier retrieved. I'm utterly exhausted and have been laying in bed staring at blogs all night. It's late. And I'm doing that stupid thing I do... compare. "Why don't I do this? Why don't I take my children there? If I was a better mom I would ______________" I kow most of you are thinking, "Um, Jenn don't you touch on this subject a LOT?" Yeah, I still keep trying to beat this thing down but it keeps rearing it's ugly head. I feel never "enough". Never complete. The perfectionist in me wants to do all, be all. T…

When All Hell Breaks Loose...

It's been one of those days that I wish I could have just skipped. Bear in mind that to you this day is not going to probably sound that horrible or dreadful but to me my emotions kept me feeling like a woman on the brink of insanity. Let me also say that I am aware that I have so MUCH to be grateful for. That I'm a blessed woman and this is mostly an over reaction.

With all that being said, I really lost it today. I lost what little of my mind that I had left. The kids were fine this morning but it was just those little things. I started the day off feeling panicky and out of control. Mike helped me so much by hanging up some pictures and installing a broom and mop holder in the kitchen pantry. It was just a feeling of general stress and being overwhelmed. Samuel had an appointment with his physical thereapist at 11:30 today. Mike was running around and gathering dirty laundtry to be taken to the laundromat. I was bathing the kids before Lori (the therapist) arrived…

Are you missing Fridays?

The past two Fridays have slipped by without me posting my usual "advice question"... so now that it's already Sunday I'm going to try and catch up. I'm going to ask two questions to make up for lost time.

What is your best hospitality tip? This could mean how you prepare for a company/party/dinner or a cleaning tip in preparation. It could also be a favorite recipe for appetizer or a fun theme you enjoy.

Do you have any special traditions as a family- one that would be up for sharing? It could be a special plate you use for special occasions, a morning wake-up song, etc.

I'm looking for ideas to become a better hostess as well as traditions to use in my family/home. I hope you had a great week-end. I sure did. We had Michelle and Jeff come visit. It was a great time!

Being brave.

Okay, so I'm being brave even writing this knowing that there are menfolk out there reading my blog. So men, feel free and released and even encouraged NOT to continue reading this. But in case it's too much to resist I will try and "edit" this portion. But really you don't want to hear about this.

I had a women's appt. You know what I mean ladies. That special yearly exam where you get to feel like someone is checking you out as if you were a Buick. What's going on in there? Awkward. Doubly awkward since I don't know the medical profession up here and I have to choose someone that's on our insurance. I was a good girl and made the appointment without any prompting. No one reminded me or encouraged me, etc. I just called and set up the appt. Here's the deal... no female doctors in the whole practice. Yikes. Honestly the only guy I want touching me is my husband. I really miss my midwife in VA. Debbie was the best. So here I am …

Morning Reflections.

I woke up this morning to my son screaming in my ear. Screaming through the monitor. For a while it was actually a part of the dream I was having and then slowly very slowly I realized it wasn't a dream; it was my son. So I woke up abruptly with a raging headache and pulled myself out of bed. I got to the kid's bedroom and listened. Not a peep. I opened the door and could see him peacefully sleeping. What a mean prank. I get back in bed. He starts yelling again. It's like he knows the moment I'm in bed. So now I'm sitting downstairs with a few minutes of wake-up time before the kids wake. My headache is still there and I can hear the rain outside.

I had been trying to contemplate why I have such a bad headache and then I remembered. I had cried myself to sleep last night; missing my sister so bad I could hardly breathe. It doesn't go away. The pain of loss is still fresh, still present, still heavy on my mind. Sometimes I'm able to push it …

California Dreamin.

This picture is probably of Mexico or elsewhere but if fit the mood.

So, I'll be in California soon. Soon being in two weeks and two days. I can't wait. Right now I'm sitting in a very loud boisterous Panera and attempting to read my book and study and plan "leading" tomorrow night's discussion. Ha ha. I'm not even finished reading and I'm super distracted. I also feel nervous. It's been a while since I've "led" anything. With the exception of crazy children, I don't feel much of a "leader" and even then I wonder who is really in control.

I will be flying out to California to spend some time with my friend and little "sister" Kelsey. I am imagining some long, long uninterrupted conversations filtered intermittenly with coffee from Starbucks and lots and lots of laughter. I am also looking forward to time to clear my head and think. To reevaluate and pray. To let myself relax and unwind and sleep.


One earring. One flip-flop.

One of those days. At the beginning of the day we had some friends over for breakfast. Tosha made the yummiest pastries ever and we enjoyed them with eggs and bacon. I realized as soon as David and Tosha were over that I was just wearing one earring. Yep, I had taken the other one out a couple of days ago and realized I wasn't able to take the other one off becaue it was attached funnily. So that means when I was out last night at Trader Joe's and running other errands I was wearing only one earring.

Later this afternoon I discovered I was only wearing one flip-flop. Am I crazy? No. Not terribly. Okay, just a bit. I had been chasing the kids around and things were getting nutty and Libby's been acting up today. In a moment of attempted relaxation I kicked off a flip-flop meaning to kick off the other one. Libby had managed in that moment of kicking off the flip-flop to be playing with a toy that spins. Well, this spinning toy managed to wrap itself around Samue…

What happened to my "Angel"?

So, several Sundays ago was a bit of a day for us with Libby. Mike and I woke up to find her covered in my expensive make-up... the stuff Mike bought me for Christmas (Bare Minerals). It was also on the bathroom floor. Mike woke up and was quite worried when he saw her face... "What's on your face?" I don't remember if she answered or not, I still had my earplugs in. That would have been enough for the day. I cleaned up the bathroom floor and wiped off her face with baby wipes.

But it gets much worse.

That night, I don't remember what I was doing. Mike was in the living room with the kids and I think I was making dinner. I was in the kitchen. And I hear this, "Libby, NO!" But it was too late. She had taken a SHARPIE marker and drew lines on our new red couch. I was so frustrated. She was disciplined. Mike had told her she may not have the sharpie and she disobeyed. It was hard to explain to her though why the couch was a bad idea. She had ne…

Body Fluids.

Warning: You are to be warned. If you are eating do not read further. If you are about to eat do not read further. If you get grossed out, do NOT read further. Consider yourselves warned.

The thing about my kids is they have a hard time keeping things to themselves. Especially when they get carsick. On the car ride down to VA Samuel threw up everything he had possibly consumed in the past week. Thank God Alexis was with us! We stopped at Starbucks and I stripped the boy and threw the clothes away- they could not be salvaged! And Mike and I bathed him in the sink. But the car stunk so badly. I thought I would pass out and it was everything Alexis could do to keep from turning green. she had her head buried in her pillow but I know it wasn't enough! We were able to keep Samuel hydrated and so all was well.

The ride back... we stop at dinner for Chick-fil-A. Libby desperately wants some ice-cream. I told her to eat her chicken and fries first. Well, she tried. And the…