Thursday, October 30, 2008

I'm exhausted!

I have taken my kids to the doctor 5 times in two weeks and Tim took one to the dr. on Sunday. I don't want to even think about all the hours I have spent in dr's offices this week plus all the time I have spent dispensing medication. Sheesh! But, Taylor is finally well. According to his 18-month check-up he is skinny and has a big head, so basically he's a little bobblehead. ;) But he's a cute bobblehead!!! Kami went to the ENT today b/c she has another ear infection, but he says to wait before we do tubes again, which is what I was hoping he would say. She hasn't complained of pain except for one night even though her ear drum was buldging! Usually she is very sensitive to pain, but maybe she is used to it in her ear. *shrug* So she and Taylor are both on prescriptions, but thankfully they both take medicine fairly easily.

I'm really looking forward to tomorrow evening. Usually I dread Halloween night, but I think we will have lots of fun tomorrow. We are going to a pumpking carving/decorating party and then to TOT with some friends. Kami loves having an excuse to wear a costume out of the house. :) Have a safe and fun Halloween!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Some pictures

He's a garden gnome. :)

She's a fairy. :)

A few pictures from the Lubbock Christian School Fall Festival (not sure why all the pics aren't the same size):

The big 3-0!

So I'm 30. :) To be honest, I'm not hung up on age at all so it's not a big deal to me, but I do think beginning a new decade is a good time for reflection.

God has truly blessed me with so many things. First of all, I met Tim over 11 years ago. I was so lucky to have found the person I wanted to spend my life with (and who wanted to spend his life with me!) when I was so young. Sure we've had some growing pains, but we have grown through our 20's together and we are stronger for it. I am 30 and I have two kids. WOW! In this day and age that is pretty rare. If things had gone the way *I* had planned them, I would have had them 5 years earlier, but God (and Tim) knew better. :) My parents are another blessing that I can't imagine my life without. My mom and I talk on the phone everyday, sometimes 3 or 4 times if I'm working on something I need her help with. I can't wait until they actually move down here! They love my kids so much and my kids love them beyond words. It is such a wonderful thing to get to see them interact. I love it!

Another blessing are my friends. My church family is amazing and I can't imagine worshipping anywhere else than at Kings Ridge. Lara, I know you are reading this b/c you follow my blog ;) so I'll call you out. I probably never would have gotten to know you and come to love you and your family if it weren't for Kings Ridge. The community we have there with our young families group is incredible and I wouldn't trade it! Also, reconnecting with my friends from college in the last few months has been wonderful. I am so happy when someone updates a blog (Jamie, did you start yours yet?????) b/c I get a little peek into their lives and it makes me smile. Christi, girl, you inspire me day after day and I can't wait to get my hands on that book of yours!

Having all the material things in my life is just icing. To be in our second home and be able to have two cars that are paid off and be able to buy all the things we need and most of what we want are incredible blessings! I even have a little business that seems to be growing more than I ever expected. I started out making bows for Kami and now I sell bows and clips and streamers all over Lubbock. Pretty crazy! (I might as well post my gallery in case anyone is interested, hahahahha: .

Anyway, as you can see, I'm a blessed woman! I have no idea what the next 30 years will bring but if I have will be as lucky as I was in this 30, I'll be golden.

Monday, October 20, 2008

4-yr old check-up

For anyone who hasn't had to do the 4-year check-up yet, let me tell you, it's exhausting! They do a whole lotta stuff at that appointment, the worst of which is that Kami got FIVE shots. She was so not a happy camper, but she did ok. She got to choose a prize out of the prize box and she got a Dora sticker and we went to Rosa's for dinner and Sheridan's for dessert. I hope she feels ok tomorrow, but if not, I told her she could stay home from school. One of her little friends from pre-school was completely miserable the day after her shots and couldn't even get out of bed b/c her leg was so sore. Poor little muffin!

While we were at the doctor's office, she was kind enough to take a look at Taylor for us and his ears look great, his throat is fine and his molars aren't coming in. He is finishing cutting his canines, though so she suspects that is why he has been running fever since Saturday evening.

Speaking of Saturday, I did that craft fair in Wolforth and it went really well! The next one will be at Monterey church of Christ on November 15. I would love for you to come by even if it's just to say, "Hi!"

Well I need to get my kids ready for bed so I hope y'all have a great week!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

My faith is weak

Do you have one thing that really tests your faith in God?

For me it is the death of babies. I don't understand it. As a mother, I can't even processes it. My friends lost their baby girl in June and I almost turned my back on God. These two people are some of the most generous, kind, wonderful people I have ever known and she had to go through almost her entire pregnancy knowing she was going to lose her baby girl. They got to have her for 3 weeks, which is 3 weeks longer than they thought they would, but still. 3 weeks??? I found out today that another friend who lives in the DC area had her boy/girl twins very prematurely and her baby boy didn't make it. Her baby girl is hanging on, but is not out of the woods yet. How can this happen???

I understand that God gives us free will and that bad things can happen as a consequence. But babies?? What free will did they exercise? NONE! Yes, I know they are up in heaven now and will never have to suffer, but what of us left behind? What free will did those parents exercise to warrent the loss of a baby? I just don't understand. I know life isn't always roses and poetry and that sometimes it is very ugly. I know that as a Christian I am almost guaranteed hardships, according to Peter. But babies are pure and innocent and represent the best of this world. WHY DO THEY DIE?! WHY, GOD?!

Please pray for the parents of these precious babies. If I'm struggling with this I can't even begin to imagine the struggle they face and will face daily. I know it sounds a little ironic that I am angry at God but still ask for prayers and have said them myself. It isn't that I don't believe in Him or don't trust Him. I do. I just need some guidance and understanding. It's like when you get mad at your parents. I still love my parents and know that they will always do their best to take care of me and mine, but I still get angry with them. So I guess that's where I am in my relationship with God right now. I thought I had reconciled myself with this question after this summer, but apparently not. Please pray that I don't sin in my anger.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I'm so far behind, I think I'm first!

My mom used to have a coffee mug with that saying on it and that's about how I feel these days. :D It's all good, though.

So let's see, when last I left this wonderful blog, I was in the middle of getting ready for Kami's party and for Race for the Cure. As you can see from the slideshow, I did indeed run it. ;) I thought about coping out right before the race, but decided to go ahead and stick it out. I'm really glad I did and I only had to walk for a few minutes toward the latter half of the 5K. I finished in 46 min. which is well off the 30 min that was my goal, but so much happened in August and September that I didn't make training a priority. I have set a goal to push both the kids for the 5K next year, so that should be interesting. They weigh a total of about 55 lbs right now so I might be pushing 65 lbs plus the stroller next year! That should be a workout!

Anyway, Kami's party was a success. She had 4 friends come over and if you are on Facebook, you have probably already seen the pics. If not, this should let you see the pictures:

This weekend, I'll be at the Wolforth craft show. Not sure what the real name of it is, but it's in Wolforth and it's this Saturday. :D To throw a wrench in things, Tim is leaving on Friday morning to head down to College Station for the game on Saturday. But my sweet friend, Dena, volunteered to take my kids for the day. She's the greatest and my kids love her so I know they will have a blast. Hopefully they will be nice for her, too!

My kids are screaming at each other and since Kami bit Taylor this morning when she got angry with him, I better go referee. I'll come back another time. ;)