Showing posts from November, 2012

Calculator, Ma!

Okay, so yesterday I had five sick kids so I took them to the doctors... by myself.

Peter became fascinated with the calculator in the waiting room... and soon Samuel took interest as well. He started punching numbers.

"Look Mom. 8 plus 7 and it gives me the answer 15!"

Needless to say it reminded me of one of my favorite skits on SNL...

Guess what's going to be in Samuel's stocking for Christmas this year... Yep, a calculator.

(Dollar Tree has a tone of different colors/varieties!)

Hope you enjoy the skit as much as I do...

while you were sleeping...


Broken Christmas Cards

I found myself online looking through Christmas cards to find one for this years family photo. I’m a sucker. I really love picture Christmas cards. As I scrolled down the options on the page I was captured by the bright colors and sentimental words.
Something began to feel off. I noticed that each picture represented was perfect. No one was unhappy or ugly or crying. You looked at the pictures represented and couldn’t help but think these people live a charmed life… at least that’s how they’re represented. Now I recognize that these are beautiful models being used to sell Christmas cards but it felt so false and artificial.
Am I saying it’s wrong to use a good photo? No, of course you should use your best picture. Is it wrong to have cute kids? Absolutely not. My kids are adorable.
I guess I’m just realizing we’re not always smiling. Our clothing isn’t always perfect and pristine.And sometimes you can’t always see the heartache behind the smiles.
When did we stop being genuine? Why i…

Lib's Party

Libby's birthday party last week was a fun time of hanging out and laughing. Eating fun food. Playing pin the tail on the deer to accentuate our woodland themed party. A lot of her friends were unable to attend due to illness and to the party's change of date due to hurricane sandy. She worked through her disappointment and made the most of it... which to say, was a blast!

halloween reflections

Halloween was a strange day for us. Samuel's CT scan early in the morning. A day full of long crazy waiting. a day spent holding our breaths and frizzled and frazzled with the tension of much anticipated news. In the evening before we knew the results we gathered the kids and dressed them up. I took them to the mall for their first experience ever of trick or treating. they had a great time.

Big 2!

Today my baby is 2. Happy Birthday Peter Joel. The blessing of having you in our family is abundantly clear to all who know us. You are a joy to have in our lives. I love the way you seek to make your siblings laugh. You are already the class clown.
I will never forget meeting you on the day you were born. You were a huge sweet chunky bundle of love. 9lbs, 4 oz. and tremendously "short" at 18 3/4inches. I felt like I birthed a baby butterball. I loved all the rolls I could bite on and your beautiful head of dark hair. 
I remember praying that I could take you home the day I went home from the hospital and the Lord kindly heard my prayers! You were in the Special Care Nursery for a few days so we could get your sugar stabilized and then home you came the day I went home. I was so grateful. 
Peter you brought so much joy in the midst of such extreme suffering and intense trials. Samuel was so sick when you were born. He was throwing up all the time and the chemo was so rough on…
After a long painful wait and having to call the "on-call, urgent-only" oncologist we have our results.

No evidence of disease.

Yay! One year of "clear scans."

All is well.