Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Family Videos



Here are some recent videos of the kids. The first one is of Treyton tonight while watching American Idol (he's our entertainer), the one of Alexa is the other night (she's our lover).

Enjoy

Lexie's Update

As of this morning Lexie has gotten diarrhea and she has also projectile vomited (once), I put a call into our doctor and they are fairly positive it is not a reaction to the amoxicillin, as she has been on this before with no problems.
They think that it may just be a part of the virus that she has contracted. We are to keep an eye on her over the next 24 hours supplementing pedialite with her normal formula bottles. She has also developed a low grade fever (99.3) but nothing serious. She is also in fairly good spirits playing with Treyton and following him around wherever he goes, which is a good sign that it's nothing too serious.
She is slightly more fussy than normal, wanting mom to be in the same room with her at all times, but she isn't needing to be held constantly or anything.

Please keep her in your prayers that she will get over this little bug quickly!
Thank you!

Monday, March 30, 2009

March Kettle Club: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told


I recently found this blog meme (through Amydeanne's blog) and just LOVED the concept of it, and wanted to join in. For more imformation on the meme, visit the exemplify website.

March Questions for Discussion

What are some practical ways you maintain a consistent “in the Word” time? I try to do it at the same time everyday, and I also try to have a place in my home that is specifically designated for my "quiet time" it's there all the time, so even if I miss it in the morning, any time throughout the day I can catch a few extra minutes.... I get there and at least read a little tidbit of scripture (even doing small segments, I'm never disappointed)

Do you have a certain morning system that accompanies your quiet time? If so, share it with us! I used to but I'm kind of in an adjustment period.... I have a yearly devotional and I am also reading through the Bible, so I also like to read just the good ole' Bible on it's own.

A special place in your home you go to read? A special devotional or Bible you use? Do you journal, drink tea, pray out loud or have a picture board of those you are praying for? I have my quiet time chair set up in my bedroom, I also have a big super soft blanket I snuggle under. I used to drink some cappucino in the very beginning of my quiet time while I was praying, but when I nearly gave my nice chair a new cappucinno coverlet I decided to take it easy with the drinks, and I've laid off on drinking too often around my chair (Yes, I know how silly that sounds).
I always start out with prayer, I sometimes struggle with rushing through this part, but I have found it really is the most important part. I have recently picked up a prayer journal that I plan on sharing more on in a different post however I LOVE it... it's written by Lisa Welchel.
I definetly do journal, and I encourage others to do the same. Even if it's not intimately detailed, it's important (to me, at least) to record my journey - the highs are crucial, because when I'm going through a low I like to be able to look back and know that I did in fact have a high, the lows are important to record because when I am on the other side of my valley I am able to see God's hand and faithfulness in spite of what my feelings were.... which is awesome!! I go back and forth as far as worship music, sometimes I find the silence the best and other times the music soothes me.... it all depends on the day.

If you are working on memorizing Scripture, can you offer a few tips that help you for our other Kettle Members? I am working on memorizing scripture, I am actually signed up on Beth Moore's blog and we pick two scriptures a month (on the 1st and 15th) and memorize them. Memorization Tips.... yikes, I write the verse alot, I also read it over and over.... then eventually something sticks. With my son I try to put the verse to a song, and that actually works REALLY well... I would recommend that.

Share a standout lesson you’ve learned this month and why it has made such an impact on you. Actually it wasn't really during my quiet time as much as a discussion with my husband but: You know when you recieve little revelations of God? When He just floors you with the most simple of concepts that you may have heard 1000 times before, but for some reason, this time, you just "get it" and you can't believe how little you understood it before. That happened to me, TODAY, we were talking about God and how we're not on plan B, God knew from the beginning that sin would corrupt the world and that mankind would fall.... He knew He would sin Jesus to die.... so why? Why the sin, why death? Why do it this way? I believe the answer to that question is so that we could NEVER doubt His love for us. 1 John 4:19 tells us that "We love Him because He first loved us." This.... creation, mankind, Jesus, the resurection, this is all part of the "Greatest Love Story Ever Told" it's all for us, for me, so that I know that I know that He loves me and that there will never be room for me to doubt what He has done for me. He had to give us choice when He gave us the ability to love Him, and when He gave us that choice He knew that we would fall and that we would choose wrong, but in the end, He will win us back and when we stand in heaven with Him we will know that we know that we chose wrong and we will never ever make that choice again.
I am the bride in the greatest love story ever told..... it's the most beautiful thing I have ever heard.

Praise You Father!!!

Another Doctor's Appointment :)

We just got back from bringing Lexie to the doctor. It looks as though she does have an ear infection in the left ear. She is now on an antibiotic.
She is in good spirits even with the ear infection - but now, hopefully, with the antibiotic she will actually sleep through the night again!! (?)
She weighed in at 18 pounds 13 ounces.

We went by the Kaukauna house while we were in town, it appears as though we have alot more left to do there than I remembered..... oh brother.
I also noticed that my flowers are beginning to bloom there (which is always exciting). Could it mean that spring may come sometime this year after all? The depressing side of my flowers blooming is that - I still haven't even decided where I would like to move them to at this house. I decided that I didn't necessarily want to put them up against the house (otherwise I can't see them) plus we have such a large yard it would be nice to add a little excitement out there, but I'm kind of at a stand still when it comes to actually having a place to put them.... hmmmm.... lots to do, lots to do.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

March Madness Link Clickin --- Enjoy!!

Yes, I do realize this is a ginormous post, however, it is jam packed with lots of awesome links so make sure you take the time to look through them, you won't be disappointed!!

Parenting
This article written by Amanda Jones (Beth Moore's daughter) was so refreshing to me, because it wasn't two weeks ago that I was in the exact same place with my 3-year old.... it's so nice to know "I'm not the only one"

Art Projects for Kids a blog set up by an art teacher with different art ideas

Parenting is all about Seasons (Praise you Lord!!)

Fun Things to do with our kids when the "Weather outside is frightful".... seems as though we need a few more good ideas before we get our warm weather!!

10 Ways to occupy your toddler

Home Living
Large Family Mothering makes a list of grocery items that she finds to be "a good investment"

Books & Authors
Old and New Testament Bible Commentaries: Reviews & Ratings

A List of great books for Spiritual Growth (recommended by Resurgence)

Just in case you haven't read G.K. Chesterton - to be honest I've never read any of his books, but I LOVE tons of his quotes, from what I do know I can tell - genius!!

A list of Great Books for Bible Study and Theology

Singles
"The Damage of Sexual Promiscuity" by Pastor Mark Gungor (Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage).... all I will say is Amen!

Marrieds
Marriage and Women sermon and notes from Mars Hill Church - Mark Driscoll, based on 1 Peter 3
Marriage and Men sermon and notes from Mars Hill Church - Mark Driscoll, based on 1 Peter 3

Abortion
12-Year old Stuns Pro-Choice Teacher and School with Pro-Life Presentation

Botched abortions: what they tell us and why they matter (thanks to Jess over at Making Home)

Christian Living
A humble and honest post written by Mary Beth Chapman (Steven Curtis Chapman's wife) after a long hard week. This was beautiful to me, to be able to see the honesty and emotion that Mary Beth is able to communicate through her blog. I hope that many of you continue to hold this family in your prayers, it takes so much more than just time to heal the wounds from a loss as great as theirs.

15 Kinds of Sufferings by Mark Driscoll as well as Part 1: Why do we suffer? and just in case you haven't had enough there is more on suffering

What celebrities are learning and teaching the world about giving to others, a lesson we could learn ourselves, by Randy Alcorn

Homeschooling
Top 5 Literature Choices by the Homeschool Post

Fun - Make sure you don't miss this category!!
PhotoFunia a website where you can add your own pictures in other pictures (you can see some examples of what I created on this post - this is so super easy!)

What does 1 Trillion Dollars look like - this is AMAZING!!

10 Most Unique Churches

Slow Motion Lightning Video - pretty cool (pause it a few times.... it's even cooler!!)

Free Scripture Buttons for your Blog

A news report in 1981 on the possiblity of reading your daily news on your home-computer.... imagine!!!

Know your states, place the states on the map of the U.S my score was 94% with an average error of 6 miles, in 296 seconds (my hubby was really impressed his exact comment was "not bad for a homeschooler" however, Tim's score was 90% with 27 mile avg. error in 512 seconds.... after he watched me do it which I personally think gave him an unfair advantage... but whatever:))

Men

Mars Hill Church put together a list of resources (on-line and otherwise) for men, I have heard some of the sermons, and was not disappointed - Tim also really enjoyed them.

Frugal Living
Calling all Homeschoolers: Educator Discounts thanks to "Knowledge House Academy"

Friday, March 27, 2009

Does Satan Exist?

If you've followed my blog for any length of time you have probably realized that I am a pretty big fan of Pastor Mark Driscoll in Seattle. I listen to tons of his sermons and I find his teaching to be some of the most convicting, theologically sound and interesting I have every heard. I once again will highly recommend that you take some time to listen to some of his sermons.

Last night, ABCNews aired a 30 minute debate on the topic "Does Satan Exist" this is a part 3 series started last year (I believe the first one was "Does God Exist" and the second one was something to do with Porn Addiction in America) Mark Driscoll was one of the debaters (for the existence of Satan).

The actual news program lasted 30 minutes with commercial but on-line they are showing the full debate - I have watched the first 4 segments and will try to watch the rest after I finish posting this but I absolutely LOVE these kind of things so I just HAD to share!!

If you're interested head on over to ABCNews to watch!

One of the questions that Pastor Mark was asked was:
"If God is a loving God why would he create Satan?"

His response was: "I Believe God created angels and people, and he gave us the capacity to have free will. For there to be virtue there must be the possibility of vice. That's what distingushes us from other forms of creation, we have vilitional will, consciousness, we have moral decision making. God didn't create evil God didn't create injustice, or tyranny or opression. He created free will in angels and people, and satan and the demons and human beings have chosen to disobey, to rebel, and that is the source of the trouble."

Doctor's Appointment Recall

I forgot to update on something Dr. L cleared up for me at the appointment yesterday.

In my original post I had said that Tim had completely damaged his A4 pulley but in reality he obliterated all of his pulleys and the only pulley that the doctor was even able to find pieces of to repair was the A4 pulley.

Also, for those of you who are interested, I do have pictures of Tim's hand (unbandaged) but in the protection of those of you who are totally not okay with seeing it, and/or get a little woozy over blood and gore pictures. I have decided NOT to post them on the blog (your welcome) however, if you're interested comment or e-mail me and I will send you the pictures.

And don't be scared, if you are interested in seeing them I won't think you're weird, it's human nature to be a little curious :) I'll be honest, I was.... but then again I'm weird like that :) (giggle, giggle)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Tim's Update 3/26

Treyton helping dress Daddy's fingers

This morning Tim had an appointment with Dr. L (his surgeon). At the appointment they undressed his hand and we got to see it for the first time since surgery.... appetizing... (or not).

After seeing his finger again, I am reminded by how amazing God is and how long of a road Tim has in front of him. Tim counted 25 stitches on just his pinky finger.

The Dr. was happy with how well it looked and said that Tim could undress and redress his hand once a day and that he could even shower without the splint on if he was able to tolerate the pain. They gave him a new splint (the last one was pretty goobered up), and said that he would see him in a week.

At this point, Tim's recovery is going as good as can be expected. He is no longer on pain medicine, though he is still experiencing pain he is able to manage it on his own. He is still easily exhausted but is improving a little everyday. If he does overdo it, the pain in his hand is less managable so he learned quickly to take it easy and take care of himself.

We want to thank all of you for your prayers this last week, I can't tell you how much we have felt them. Our God is such an awesome God and we thank Him for His faithfulness throughout this. Even in the middle of our storm, we feel the peace of God in amazing ways.

We do have to ask for your continued prayers for Tim. He still has a long road of healing ahead of him and we have some specific ways for you to pray (if you feel so lead):
~ We pray for complete functionality in the finger
~ We pray that the nerve damage that has occured will be reversed and that he will have complete feeling in both his ring finger and pinky
~ Pray that he will not need a skin graph
~ Pray for continued peace and strength throughout this time as our family adjusts to Tim being able to help less than he normally does

Thanks guys for being the best friends and family EVER!!
We love you!

(This is just an extra picture of Lexie --- she got stuck under the chair --- too cute!)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

My First: "In Other Words - Tuesday"

“To ease another’s heartache, is to forget one’s own.”
~Abraham Lincoln~

I love that this is the quote this week for "In Other Words - Tuesday"
It perfectly applies to my life right now and what I have been experiencing. Though this exact quote wasn't on my mind, I had just finished up a Beth Moore study that was focused on a scripture that says basically the same thing. I then read Lori's post, and knew that I had to post something this week.

Isaiah 58:10-11 says "If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday and the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail."

What a refreshing nugget of truth!! As women and mothers especially I find this to be a promise that we can (and should) cling to. Satan is doing everything he can to denigrate all areas of service but especially those of women and mothers.


Now, as a general rule of thumb our families may not be considered hungry or afflicted in comparison, but they are our primary mission field, and those that we are called to "pour ourselves out for" on a daily basis. How refreshing it is to know that with the calling to serve comes a promise of fulfillment.

Let's take a moment to take a closer look at some of these promises. According to verses 10-11 IF we pour ourselves out then:
~ "Your light [will] rise in darkness" - we will be more of a witness to those around us
Being a stay at home mom at times I find myself wishing I was doing more, serving more people, making a "bigger impact". The truth is, the impact that I am having on my children is immeasurable and I am the only mother they will ever have. But in extension to that, people are watching and the kind of mother that I am is a witness to the kind of God that I serve. People are watching you at times that you never realize.

~ Your "gloom" will be as the noonday - We experience the most gloom and emotional valleys when we are most self-consumed and absorbed. When we are busy serving others, the problems we are facing have a tendency to come into perspective.
~ The Lord will guide you continually - How many of us long for this? This is a promise that I want! The more we serve others, the more clearly our calling and direction will come into focus, if we obey the calling that the Lord has placed on our life He will be faithful in giving us more of Him.
~ "and satisfy your desire in scorched places" - The first thing that popped into my head when I read this was the dry and bruised places in our hearts where we have been hurt and damaged. The place in our souls that we have neglected and hardened. We serve from our heart, but if we have lived in the world for very long at all, odds are our heart has been damaged - true healing and fulfillment can come only through Jesus Christ and a closer walk with Him. 1 John 4 is a great chapter to read on abiding in God's love and through His love we are able to love others, I recommend you reading this entire chapter, but for our purposes I want to focus primarily on verses 18 & 19 "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because He first loved us."

All of these promises are real and more than enough reason to stand beside and serve others, but hold on, girls, it gets even better. The real beauty of this promise is that not only do we receive these promises but that this is what we are CALLED to do. Women were designed & created to be "helpers" (Genesis 2:18). Something in us, created in us from the very beginning longs to be helpers and servers of humanity, the calling to serve comes naturally to us.

Sadly, the Enemy has done a good job of deceiving us into thinking that somehow we are better off serving ourselves and that serving others is a degrading punishment of some sort, that we would be better off taking matters into our own hands and looking out for ourselves. That somehow the promises of God don't hold true for us. That our creator does not really have our best interest at heart and that we must look out for ourselves first. Beloved, this is not true!!

The truth is, God is GOOD, and He loves us. His original design was not flawed or broken. Serving others and emptying ourselves out to provide for, nurture, and encourage is more fulfilling than anything we could possibly do for ourselves.

When we live according to these promises and truths we are fulfilling something in ourselves as well as in the lives of those we serve. What an amazing design!

If you would like to read more posts on this quote, head on over to Forever His

Family Pictures

Last week the weather was so nice that we had taken one of our first walks of the year. Treyton had a great time, we actually made three laps on our street.

Getting ready for our walk.

This is Lexie, in her tights and cute dress with her first bow :)

Here is Timmy, I know it's not the best picture (quality) but wanted to give you all a glimpse of my man recovering.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Update on Tim 3/23

Hello Everyone, Tim and I just want to say thank you to all of you for your prayers, e-mails and thoughts.
Things at our house have been.... going.... not great, not terrible.
We are grateful that Tim's parents offered to take Treyton for a couple of days so it was just Tim, & I with Lexie last night and today. It seems like it should have gone smoother than normal but sadly, we got less sleep than ever. Lexie actually woke up 4 times last night (which is not normal) and has had a hard time napping all day. She's not fussy, but she's not as content and independent as she normally is either.
I have come down with a cold and am feeling pretty crummy myself.

Tim has decided against taking any more pain medication. It wasn't helping him at all and he decided for any benefit that it was giving him, the side effects and risk to his health just weren't worth it. He has found that if he holds his hand straight up for a long period of time he can get some temporary relief, but after a while his arm begins to get sore so he is only able to hold it up in spurts.
His fingers were pretty dirty and still bleeding some over the weekend which caused some gross buildup at his fingertips. The doctor said that we could go ahead and clean it out the best we could, as long as we were gentle and didn't directly touch the pinky (which we didn't even go near). But even cleaning the fingers a little bit really exhausted him, we were able to do a little, but as soon as I was done Tim needed a nap.

The pain has begun to take a toll on his body - I have never seen Tim sleep as much as he has in the last few days (even after we had our babies and got hardly any sleep at all!!) It doesn't take much activity at all for him to get tired. This is probably as hard on him as the pain. Tim cannot stand being still, he needs to always be doing something so to only be able to sit,rest and heal has been tough, and tougher still when he realizes he has a long journey ahead of him. (side note: Tim's next appointment is on Thursday morning, if you think about it, please pray for him, we are a little nervous about them messing with it at all, as it does tend to wear him down quickly)

I cannot tell you all how much the last few days have made me realize even more than normal all the reasons I love my man. I am amazed by how little he complains. The only time he will even express his pain is if I directly ask him. He really is unbelievable. He is such a helpful person and doesn't want to be a burden to anyone, even things that are obvious that he will not be able to so (like put on his socks) he will try before he will ask for me to help. Now that he isn't able to help around the house I realize how much he does on a daily basis and with the kids. He's really terrific.

Baby, if you're reading this, know that I am so proud of you and love you even more as I watch how you handle your pain and suffering. You are an incredible husband and father. I am so sorry that this happened to you, and I know that you are too. I wish that there was something I could do to take all the pain away. You are my hero!!

Oops

Seems as though I have had some problems with my feedburner for a while. Most of you (or all) have not been receiving e-mail updates.
I'm hoping that I have changed that - but could you please leave me a comment and let me know if you have received this as an e-mail update, if you're signed up for them, and if so have you been receiving them or did the updates just start up again?
Thanks for your help, sorry for the confusion....

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Heart Can Lie

Recently I found out that Ray Boltz "came out of the closet" and revealed that he was a homosexual. I'll be honest, this news really shook me up, I was beyond shocked and saddened; not only for Ray Boltz and the lies that he has not only agreed to but become ensnared by, but for the people for whom his testimony influences and decieves in the process.

Since his recent "coming out" Ray Boltz released a new single called "Don't Tell Me Who to Love" when I listened to the song, it literally brought tears to my eyes. It's tragic that such a talented artist, who was once able to portray and articulate the message of the cross and gospel in an inspirational, powerful, concise way is now using his platform to communicate a message that is in direct contradiction.

I want to be clear, this post is not mean to be a judgment, it's meant to be a warning for the rest of us. A star has fallen and many are watching and can easily be deceived. The truth is we all have the same ability and temptation to "follow our heart" right into sin. In our culture and society we are taught to do exaclty that. However the Bible warns us of this very thing.

Psalm 51:10 "Create in me a pure heart". This scripture shows that without direct help from God our heart is not pure or trustworthy. In addition to that, Proverbs 4:23 says "Guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life." Our heart is at risk - we have a responsibility to guard it - one of the primary things we must protect our heart from is lies and any teaching that isn't biblical. (This is called false teaching).

My prayer is that we (the church) can learn a lesson through Mr. Boltz's experience and that we will realize that our "heart" can lie to us. Our feelings don't always lead us down the "path of righteousness". We must be founded in the Word of God and trust the truth of the Word over whatever feelings, experiences or situation we are currently facing.

Check it out!

I have become a fan of Voddie Baucham in the last year or two, I especially respect his heart for families and children, though I don't share all of the same convictions, I think that he is right on with many of his theological and Biblical interpretations. I came across this video today and thought I would share it with you all.

This video was very humbling for me, because I realize that I often ask this question wrong.



This video (below) give you some good thoughts to think about. While, yes, I do intend to homeschool my children (for now), I think the more important issue in this video is that the involvement of parents in their child's lives are crucial - regardless of how/where they are educated!



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Quote of the Day
"You cannot escape it [pain] - why not make it meaningful?" John Piper

Saturday, March 21, 2009

God's Not Finished with Me Yet!

Yesterday afternoon, Tim called me from work and told me that he had hurt his hand badly and that he was on the way to the hospital (Tim being Tim, I thought he was kidding) until he began to groan and slur/mumble his words a little bit (one of his classic signs of pain). His cousin Jack who just happened to be out at the shop was driving him to the nearest hospital.

The kids and I arrived at the ER at about 4:oo, about 30 minutes after we had gotten the call from Tim. Tim was being X-rayed in his room when we arrived so we had to stand outside and wait, but I could tell by his pale and wounded expression he was in shock from what was happening.

When we got to go in, Treyton was a little leary (it was a small dim-lit room) but as soon as he saw daddy, he was more confident. Tim perked up alot at the sight of Treyton which was good to see. Tim wasn't as collected as he normally is (he was still making sense, but his response to questions, people and situations was much slower and even when they asked questions about things that he normally would know, his response was very uncertain). He was very pale but within 15 minutes after we arrived his color began to return a little. Treyton was incredible the whole time, not scared but you could tell he wanted to help. He behaved exceptionally well, especially considering I had woke him up from his nap to get there.

Tim's hand was in really bad shape. It was pretty hard to look at, even for him. His pinky and ring finger on his left hand were covered in blood. His ring finger looked a little "smooshed" (for lack of a better word) right at the top, but the pinky was completely mangeled. I don't want to gross anyone out here, but it was obvious that there was a dislocation and/or a break in the finger though the bone was not protruding, you could see multiple layers of skin and tissue and what I assume were tendons (or something).

The ER doc brought the X-Rays back: Tim had a tough fracture on the tip of his ring finger (which basically looks like LOTS of little pieces of bones - kind of smashed like) and his pinky had a spiral fracture - which is an actual break (slanted like) with smaller splinter like pieces of bone, as well. They called a hand specialists in, who decided right away that surgery would be necessary.

Tim was scheduled for surgery right away (at 7:00pm) and I began to look for someone to take the kids. The Lord was so faithful to us (as he always is), and we were so grateful and blessed to learn that our newest friends from church lived minutes away from this hospital. It was actually a miracle that I even thought to call them, but I had talked to Michelle the day before and set up a play date for this coming up week, so they were fresh on my mind - and what a blessing it was.
So, after getting the kids straightened out at her house and making arrangements with Mommer and Papa to pick up the kids when they got to town, I headed back to the hospital.

Soon after I returned to the hospital they brought Tim upstairs to the surgical floor. We waited upstairs until 8:00, when they took Tim to surgery. Talking to the surgeon, he had estimated about 1-2 hours for the surgery and then he said that depending on Tim they were going to try to send him home that evening. (Yea!)

Tim didn't get out of surgery until sometime between 10:30 - 11:00. The injuries to Tim's pinky were much more severe than they had orginially thought. The surgeon said that the X-Ray really minimized the actual damage that was done to the finger. He said that when the finger was crushed, the inside of it actually exploded. Hewas able to repair the bones with two pins and then wrapped it with wire, to draw together some of the "splinter pieces", he said he wasn't able to get them all but that considering the injury he was happy with what he was able to do. The tendons on the upper side of his hand which are the extending tendons were completely torn (caused from the bone "explosion" not the actual impact of the metal). He repaired the tendon but the concern at this point is that he may not have the ability to be fully extended the finger (so it would be curled under). Some of the nerves were stretched, which he tried to repair but it is impossible to say for sure what the permanent damage will be until the pins and cast come off. He also completely ruptured his A4 pulley (there are actually no muscles in the hand, the tendons are what actually control finger movement, the pulleys are the "tissue" that hold the tendon and bone together and they operate similairly to a brake cable on a bike). To be honest, I don't remeber what he said about how he repaired this but I do know that he said he did something.... hmm.... note to self, always take notes when doctor speaks to you about surgery, especially at 11 o'clock at night..... The surgeon also said that he repaired the torn skin and flesh the best that he could but that there was a large gap, and that eventually he may need a skin graph.
During the surgery they did take a look at his ring finger as well. There was damage to one of the arteries on this finger (there are three) but the damage was 2/3 of the way up so he wasn't too concerened with the circulation in the finger because it was only the tip of the finger and he still had two fully functioning arteries.

Overall, the surgeon was satisfied with the result of the surgery and said that he repaired what he could considering the extent of the injury. He said that he was extremely lucky that he didn't lose the finger, it was literally hanging on by a tendon. At this point, only time will tell the degree of functionality he will be able to regain.

By the time we left the hospital last night (at about 3am) the nerve block they had given him during surgery was wearing off. He was prescribed an oral pain medication but he remains in constant pain. Even in his sleep you can tell he is in pain. Our primary prayer right now is just for pain relief, peace and rest. We are all pretty exhausted here (including Tim's parents who crashed on our couches last night - God bless you guys!!). Our long term prayer request we are praying for functionality and complete healing of the finger.

We appreciate the prayers from those of you that were aware of what was going on last night, and for the prayers of those of you reading this now.

As a word of encouragement throughout this thing, God's faithfulness has been made very clear to us. Even in the midst of tragedy and struggle, He has given us peace and the eyes to see His helping hand throughout. He has not abandoned us, He is more present in our sufferings than ever, and His sovereignity continues to blow my mind!!

We Glorify Your Name!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Treytonisms

Last night for dinner we made kabobs (one of my favorites), Treyton doesn't enjoy them all that much because really the only thing he likes to eat off of them is the meat and green pepper. Overall Treyton is not a picky eater. He's always eaten veggies well and if we sit at the table long enough he will eventually eat whatever he is served. Last night however he was trying to "negotiate" (which is not abnormal for our future salesman), Tim and I tried the "starving children in Africa" approach.
We told Treyton that some kids don't have the nice food that he has, or even milk (he always wants Orange Juice) or even clean water to drink.
Treyton caught on right away and Tim and I smiled at each other with pride as Treyton listed off several more of his luxuries that other children don't have. The conversation went something like this:
"Other kids don't have a TV"
"No, you're right"
"Some kids don't have a fireplace"
"That's true"
"Those kids are really bored".....

Okay, so it didn't go the way we expected, but at least he understands he has things other kids don't have.... right?

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The other day Treyton wanted some gum, he knows that he only gets a half of a piece, so he brings it to me and says "Can I have some gum?" "sure" I say "but only half"
"I want the big piece" (meaning the bigger of the two halves)
"okay" I said and I broke it into two "Is that piece big?" I ask
"Oh yeah, that piece is HUGE" he said!

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For lunch today I poured Treyton a glass of lemonade and he said "Wow, that's alot of lemonade" and I said "What do you say when you get a lot of lemonade?"
He said "Whew Hewwww!!!!"
(I was looking for Thank You)

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Words with Meaning

I haven't had a lot of time lately to do in-depth quiet time. To be honest, I've been lucky if I did my quiet time at all in the last week. But the Lord was faithful to me (as always) and continued to drop little nuggets of His Truth in my lap that I'm so thankful for and wanted to share with you.

You can now prepare yourself for some "Random Thoughts" from my life

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Committing is a continual thing.

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"I am freed to know that my God is huge, and my God is able. So I know if I don't get what I asked from Him, if I'll cooperate, I'll get something bigger. I'll know that a greater yes is in progress" (Beth Moore, Believing God)

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Lord, my flesh is so resistant to what You want right now that I can hardly stand it. But don't stop. Insist on my best. Insist upon Your glory. Take me to the line on this. Don't let up on me until we've gone every inch of the distance. (Beth Moore, from Praying God's Word) I love this so much, how many of us have the strength to pray this prayer and mean it? And how many of us speak this honestly with God? Something to think about!

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The same one that walks ahead of me, clearing my path is the same one that never lets me go. So when it seems like God is walking away from me, He's not, He may just be clearing the path.

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God speaks with perfect timing. My response should be immediate obedience. (Priscilla Shirer Discerning the Voice of God)

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It's not about doing, it's about being. It's not what we do that matters, it's who we are [in Him].

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"A sacrifice of praise makes praise more glorious" (Joni Eareckson Tada in When God Weeps speaking of praising God in the midst of our sufferings)

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Indeed a time spent in prayer seems wasted to someone who has priorities other than a relationship with God. (Philip Yancey)

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He [Satan] will take away your prayer life little by little and cause you to Trust God less and less and yourself more and more.....
He uses the method of gradualism to wear down the people of God. (Watchman Nee)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Welcome Home Family!!

We're finally in our new home! I say finally not because it took so long (or maybe it was the opposite) but because it's a lot of work moving!! Yikes..... as of right now I don't see myself moving EVER again (okay, so that may not be the complete truth, but I'll say it anyway)

I hate even attaching pictures because we're not all put together yet (the pictures are not hung, and we're still finding places for everything) but so many of you have asked for pictures so here are a few to get you started! This is my side of the master bath.... I LOVE the space in our bathroom. We each have our own sides, closets, sinks, EVERYTHING - it's every girl's fantasy.

This is the kitchen looking into the dining room, it's a pretty open layout which is something that's a must for us! We also have tons of windows which is my favorite part for SURE!

This is the living room and the fireplace (which is Treyton's favorite part of the house)

Also, I just want to say thank you to my mother-in-law who did almost all of the painting for us (she is a God-send for SURE!) and to my sister-in-law Toni who helped me pick out paint colors and correlate things (something I'm not so good at)!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Love Affair

I read this in one of my devotional books this morning and I immediately knew I wanted to to share it and keep it close to my own heart as well:

If we could somehow have more of a love affair going with God, we wouldn't be so concerned about having the time to set aside with God. We have the time. The problem is, we're just not in love with God. Not hungry for Him. If we were, we'd eat more.
~ Calvin Miller ~

Monday, March 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Baby Girl

This is a day late, but I wanted to hop on-line to wish our little girl a Happy Golden Month Birthday. Alexa turned 8 months yesterday, on the 8th.

(This was in early February 2009, 7 months old)

What an incredible ride it has been. I wish that I would have gotten this out yesterday (on her exact birthday) but as you can imagine, I'm a little behind with everything right now. It appears as though the world doesn't stop just because we are moving :) Side Note: A funky little fact about our family: we moved at the exact same age with Treyton 3 years ago.
Tim and I were talking just the other day about how fast time has gone since Lexie was born. I thought that Treyton grew so fast, but it seems like nothing compared to Alexa. Even though it has gone quickly, I'm so happy/lucky to have this blog and my baby journal to record all the changes are taking place (if you have little ones I highly recommend at least a calendar to record things on as they happen, so that you don't forget, because trust me you will).

Developmentally Alexa has gone through huge changes and a growth spurts in the last few weeks. We noticed her third tooth a week ago, and yesterday we saw where the fourth one will be coming in. It hasn't popped through yet, but it will be in the next week for sure. Lexie is crawling all over the place. She can get anywhere she wants to go at a pretty quick speed, it's surprising to me how quickly she has taken off. Of course I think she is the most adorable crawler, she typically crawls on all fours but every now and then she will prop one of her legs up to the side and crawl just like her big brother used to crawl, priceless. Lexie also started pulling herself up to standing about 2 weeks ago. She can do it anytime she wants now, it's not surprising to walk into her room in the morning or after naptime and for her to be standing there, bouncing and smiling at you. She's not real great at balance yet and she thinks that she can do anything (like not hold on with two hands), and it has proven a hard lesson to learn that she's, ahem, not :) While I think it will be a while before a first step happens, she did manage to take 2 1/2 steps along the couch on Thursday. I was shocked, and I think she was too, because I haven't been able to get her to do it since! However, that was how Treyton learned to walk, at ten months he took his first step away from the couch and within a month he was cruising all over. (I suddenly had a flashback, YIKES, I'm so not ready for this :))

Lexie is also making lots of new sounds everyday and when she cries sometimes it actually sounds like she is saying "Ohhhhh MaaaMaaa" which is just adorable to me, and usually works for me to come over and pick her up (or fix whatever it is she is crying about). Right now, she is sitting on the floor at my feet saying "MMMMaaa" "MMMMuuuu" "MMMMaaa" "MMMMuuu" it really sound like she is trying to say "Mom"... how cute!!

She must be about to go through a growth spurt.... which is surprising as well, because I swear she just went through one, but she is eating like a mad woman!! At night for dinner she eats a #2 food, a handful of stars (or more), 8 oz. of formula, then I breast feed her and put her down to bed. She then will wake up between 12:30 and 3:00 absolutely starving at which point she will take another 8 ounces! I'm certain that Treyton must have eaten just as much, but for Lexie it seems like alot, especially considering that a few weeks ago she would eat a #2 and breastfeed before dinner and make it just as long during the night (if not longer).

I'm sure most of you have gotten more details than you needed about little miss Lexie, but to be honest I just can't say enough about her!!

She has the most fun personality, I was kind of hoping for a quiet one this time around, but I'm pretty sure I got another spunky one, which is also proving to be okay by me!! Alexa has quite the charming personality. If she comes into a room with new people she will likely wave and smile. If you say any word with a "Pa" sound you may set her into a fit of laughter and giggles (right now her favorite word is "poopy", which we discovered on our ride home from Florida... good times).

Some of Alexa's favorite things: being thrown into the air by daddy, licking her brother, and being held by mommy. She also like water bottles and other small household toys (but not so interested in the typical "fisher price/little tikes" toys), a cardboard box is more likely to entertain than any traditional toys.

I'm attaching a few pictures of the last 8 months: Hope you enjoy!

Lexie in Florida, showing off her "famous" tongue :)

February 2009, almost 7 months old

Beautiful Baby Girl, 5Months Old - December 2008

Lexie 5 Months Old, one of my favorite photo shoots :)

Siblings, I can't really explain it :)

3 1/2 Months Old, October 25th 2008 (Nana's wedding)

Big Brother Treyton and Lexie, Fall 2008

Chubby Cheeks, September 2008

2 Months Old, September 2008

A few weeks old, August 2008

1 Day Old, in the Hospital

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Treytonisms

This morning Treyton and I were playing catch. He had missed the ball that I threw to him (I'm sure it was totally his fault, too, seeings as I how I could never throw a ball, ahem, poorly) As he ran to go get the ball he said "Sorry, my bad!"

After lunch Treyton and Alexa were down stairs and I was upstairs going through our linens packing some and getting rid of some (the usual these days) and Treyton started yelling at Alexa for knocking his house down (he was playing with his big legos). I hollered down to him "Treyton, you need to be nice, she's just a baby." And he said back "Well this baby keeps knocking my house down."

(this is a picture of Treyton and his cousin Sawyer)

This morning, Treyton and I were having some quiet time in my room during the baby's morning nap. The baby woke up and I went to stick the pacifier back in her mouth when I heard Treyton yell, and then start to cry (never a good sign). When I got back to the room, all I can see is Treyton (shoulders on down) sticking out from under the bottom of my bed, legs and arms flailing.
I gasped and said "Treyton what happened?"
"My head is stuck" he sobbed
I dropped down on my knees beside him and evaluated the situation. Sure enough, his head was really stuck and he was starting to panic.
I ran to get the phone.... I had to call Tim... We have a queen size bed and I didn't think there was any way that I could lift it on my own for him to move his head out without the fear of dropping it back down on him.
I ran back to Treyton and held his hand while I relayed to Tim what was happening (yes, both Tim and I giggled a little).
Tim informed me that I could in fact lift the bed on my own and to go ahead and try it.
Luckily I was able to and all is well :)

Treyton's newest thing is saying "kinda like"
For example "cottage cheese is kinda like ranch" and I'll say "not really" and then he will say something like "they're both white"
Sometimes he's way off though, the other day as we pulled into Wal-Mart he said "Starbucks!! Yay!!"
I said "This isn't starbucks babe, this is Wal-Mart"
"Kinda like Starbucks"
"Not really. Not really like Starbucks at all. Starbucks serves coffee and Wal-Mart is a really big store."
"Kinda the same."
"Nope, not the same"

Monday, March 2, 2009

Learning through Teaching

I go through every day amazed by how my children, and parenthood, has changed me and taught me so many things.

Lately, especially it seems, I have been learning lots of big lessons out of little moments.

One of my favorite moments has been working with Treyton on learning his Bible verses: One of the first ones Treyton learned was the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) in sign language. I recently wrote out the verse for him to put on his door so that we see it and remember to say it together - when I wrote it out, I drew little pictures (Ha, funny I know) to represent some of the fruits. Since then Treyton has sparked several discussions with his questions about the fruit and what each one means. Some of my simple explanations are below:
Kindness - being nice to people (saying nice things to others)
Self-Control - stopping yourself from doing something you're not supposed to be doing (like throwing a fit when we don't get our way, yelling)
Patience - waiting without complaining (like when mommy or daddy are on the phone)
Gentleness - being soft and sensitive with/to others (like with the baby)
We have also taken time to talk about how the Holy Spirit helps us with these things and that as we talk to God more, the easier it becomes for us to produce these fruits.

I have been amazed at his comrehennsion level (which brings me to another point of underestimating our children), and WE are now able to recite the verse with sign language, but we also will talk about each fruit as we go through it.

It's amazing how often I take for granted some of the little detail of the Bible and my beliefs (like what some of the words mean that I recite so often). Taking the time to slow down for my child and answering some of his tough questions (like "why" or "what is that"?) I have learned that I really don't know all that I thought I knew, and I have to stay constantly plugged in to God to be ready for what's coming next!! God is so incredible, even though I am teaching my son I, too, can apply many of the lessons I am trying to instill in his (their) life to my own life. Go figure.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Little Announcement

Hello Everyone we are happy to announce a new addition to our family!!!

We're so very proud and a little surprised by how quickly this is all happening but excited nonetheless.
Number 3 has arrived!!

This past weekend mommy found out, incidentally, that Alexa now has her third tooth!!

(Had ya going, didn't I?)

Have a good week everyone!