Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009

Where oh where has this year gone!?!? Since my last post too much has happened, but while we've experienced some uncomfortable growing pains, it's all been for the best.

First of all, in a crazy whirlwind, we moved in late August. We had only known of the move since early July. That was probably the most painful part to me. I loved my little corner of the world in Pittsburgh. I loved my house, my friends, my church, and all the amenities that were available to me (I had an IKEA and a Costco within 10 minutes of my house!!) We moved to the Raleigh, NC, area, near to where my husband is from, and it's been an adjustment- mostly good. However, we were miraculously able to sell our home without a loss (no gain since we only owned it for 2 1/2 years.) We moved into a much smaller town home, but as we are still getting settled I have come to the realization that this has been good for me since I'm getting rid of a lot of unnecessary stuff. We do live in a wonderful neighborhood, many home schoolers for my kids to play with and lots of nice moms to talk to. After several months we finally settled on a church (there is a church on every corner in this place!) and that has also helped make this place feel more like home. A few nights ago I had a dream that we were able to move back into our old home in the 'burgh. While I felt happiness, I was sad to leave our new life. Maybe this is finally becoming home.

The move came about because my husband was retired from the Army due to his health issues after this last deployment. That was rather bittersweet, but again, it was a God thing. He's now a full-time graduate student, taking advantage of the GI Bill. We've had to tighten our belts a bit, but in this economy it's easier to do. Having my husband home 24/7 has been an adjustment for me. I was so accustomed to the Army way of life where he traveled often or was away from home. I don't mind him being home, but we've had a "shifting" of roles in our household. In other words, I don't get my way as often as I would like. :)

There have been many other changes, but these were the biggest. Looking back on 2009 I would have never imagined that I would be where I am today, but I know God's hand has guided us here. It's been a lesson in trusting Him, but while growing sometimes hurts, I know the end results will be worth it. Jeremiah 29:11-13 has never been more real to me.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

My Life

Well, I didn't mean to abandon my blog for so long, but all I can say is, life happens. Mostly good things, mind you, but nonetheless, something had to give, and that something was temporary silence on my blog. I may not have any readers now, but I'm looking forward to getting back "into the groove" with writing. I've missed it- especially for sorting out my ideas and writing about my favorite things, and I look forward to catching up on my favorite blogs. Pictures will follow someday, but for now here is a quick recap...

During the last 3 months:
-H turned 6- gasp!
-my precious nephew was born
-I started my last on-line class for my certification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
-we decided to homeschool next year
-H graduated from Kindergarten
-E finished her first year of preschool
-I've lost 25 pounds- with hubby on Weight Watchers On-Line (and he's lost 30- SO not fair as I have been working harder with exercise especially- ha!)
-and we've been making some big decisions regarding where God wants us.
I won't go into any more details about the decisions right now, all good, just we are in "the process" and seeking His will. I've felt some big growing pains from it all- the Potter is really having to pound on this clay, but I'm excited about the future and look forward to sharing more one of these days.

I recently finished an awesome Beth Moore Bible Study called Esther- It's Tough Being a Woman. It was an incredible study, and I would highly recommend it. During our last session the leader gave each of us a poem written by Beth that pretty much sums up my life right now. I know it's been used on a lot of blogs, but I just had to include it here too. Enjoy.

The Life I Planned
Has someone seen the life I planned?
It seems it's been misplaced
I've looked in every corner
It's lost without a trace.
I've found one I don't recognize
Things missing that were dear
Promises I'd hoped to keep
And dreams I'd dreamed aren't here
Has someone seen the life I planned
Did it get thrown away?
God took my hand from searching
Then I heard Him say
"Child, your ears have never heard
Your eyes have never seen
Eternal plans I have for you
Are more than you could dream.
"you long to walk by sight
But I'm teaching eyes to see.
I know what I am doing.
'Til then, you must believe."
He's done so much, I felt ashamed
To know He heard my moans
To think I'd trade in all He's done
For plans made on my own.
I wept over His faithfulness
And how He'd proved Himself
How He'd gone beyond my dreams
And said to Him myself,
"No, my ears have never heard
My eyes have never seen
Eternal plans you have for me
Are more than I could dream.
"Yes, I long to walk by sight
but You're teaching eyes to see
You know what You are doing
'Til then, I must believe."
I felt His great compassion
Mercy unrestrained
He let me mourn my losses
And showed to me my gains.
I offered Him my future
And relased to Him my past
I traded in my dreams
For a plan He said would last
I get no glimpse ahead
No certainties at all
Except the presence of the One
Who will never let me fall.
Are you also searching
For a life you planned yourself?
Have you looked in every corner?
Have you checked on every shelf?
Child, your ears have never heard
Your eyes have never seen
Eternal plans He has for you
Are more than you could dream.
Perhaps you long to walk by faith
But He's teaching eyes to see
He knows what He is doing
Child, step out and believe.

See you soon...

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Cast for a Character

First of all, I must say after a good night's rest, I was able to put things into better perspective. Thankfully, D's fracture does not affect his growth plate, and the cast will come off in 3 weeks. I'm also very grateful it wasn't his leg as a dear friend of mine's 3 year old broke his femur, and my hat goes of to that strong lady.

D got his cast on this morning. I realized what a crazy scrapbooker I am when halfway to the appointment I almost turned around to get my camera. However, Mr. Happy-go-lucky turned into Mr. Scream-my-lungs-out when they began applying the cast, so I wouldn't have gotten any pictures anyway. Poor little guy just didn't understand what was going on and no lolly pops or any treat could calm him down. I was blessed with a very understanding doctor and nurses who were patient with my son (and me) and had us out of the office in record time. It took D about an hour to really acclimate to his cast, and although he still wants me to take it off, he's adjusting just fine (so much so he's using it as a "weapon of mass destruction" against his sisters.)

Telling family about his boo-boo.

Nothing is slowing this kid down.

And last but not least, the offending bench.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Mama Said There Will Be Days Like This...

Well, it's been one of THOSE days. I was supposed to be resting, or at least taking it easy since I had a small surgical procedure yesterday (just minor fibroid stuff). Just after I got a nice relaxing shower, hubby called me and informed me that he (or at least his car) was hit by a deer on his way to work. Fortunately, it just took out the passenger's side mirror, but unfortunately it meant it needed to be fixed. No big deal, though. At least he was safe.

I took my oldest to her ballet class in the early afternoon since the school is only 5 minutes from our house and all I do is sit. I could handle it, and to be quite honest, I was feeling pretty good. The class was in full swing and I was enjoying some adult conversation, when out of the corner of my eye I saw that D had fallen down and was laying on his left wrist (he is a lefty). Mind you, he had been standing on a short bench/locker(no higher than a foot) watching his sister dance- something he did each and every week without a problem. His screaming shot all of the moms in the waiting area into high alert mode. Fortunately, one of the instructors ran out with an ice pack, but 20 minutes later he was still crying. I was trying to reach our pediatrician, who then referred me to an orthopedist, who after I called them and waited on the phone, told me that they do not see children- huh?? I then contacted our insurance company who gave me 3 referrals for our area. Unfortunately, they all wanted a "confirmed fracture" before they would see him, and they couldn't see him before tomorrow. Several of the moms who had previous experience with broken bones definitely agreed that he should be seen by a doctor, although within 30 minutes he was back to playing with the other kids.

I made an appointment for later that afternoon with our pediatrician, went home, gave D some Motrin, and put him down for a nap. The little guy fell asleep right away. Hubby came home to watch the girls, and by the time I took him to our pediatrician's office, he was as chipper as could be, laughing and singing. He cooperated beautifully for the doctor, and didn't wince a bit when she poked and prodded his wrist. However, the doctor did feel it would be in his best interest to still get an x-ray at the hospital. Fortunately she wrote a prescription for the x-ray, so that we wouldn't have to wait in the ER.

Once again, D turned on the charm when we arrived at the hospital. He was fascinated with pushing the buttons on the elevator, and nicely and politely played with his trucks in the waiting area. We were whisked back to radiology since we had the prescription, and he was incredibly cooperative with the radiologist taking his wrist's picture- even said "cheese." Since it was supper time I briefly entertained the thought of going on home, but they told me the results would be ready in 20 minutes. D danced around the waiting room singing and playing, not at all acting in pain and using his left hand without hesitation. I began to feel a little foolish, wondering if it was "just" a sprain or a bruise, when the doctor called the waiting room to give me the results. She informed me that he had indeed fractured his wrist, which shocked me. She then asked how he was feeling and I babbled about how he was happy and playing as normal. The doctor felt that we could return home, get him to bed, and see an orthopedist in the morning for a cast. I was still in shock as we returned home, thankful the whole trip to the hospital took less than an hour, but shocked that my baby had a broken bone.

As I write, D is sleeping peacefully. Pictures will follow soon. I'm thinking of taking my mama's advice of eating some chocolate and going to bed early. That's the best way to end a day like this.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Here we are!

I honestly hadn't intended on abandoning my blog for so long. Nothing happened that was earth-shattering here, just keeping up with day to day living and trying to enjoy the precious moments with my family. I figured for my first post back I would do a brief recap of the last two + months.

The biggest event of December was enjoying my family visiting for Christmas. Although things were a little tight in our 3 bedroom house with 6 adults and 4 children, we had a wonderful Christmas.

H also lost her first tooth with the help of an apple.

I managed to fit in a quilting project. This was my precious niece's "I Spy" quilt with pictures of family. Since they will be moving back to the other side of the world, I thought it would be a good way for her to stay familiar with our faces.

There were also many classroom parties and Christmas performances.

E was a sweet little angel.

And of course there were parties at hubby's work.

Visits with Santa, and thankfully no one screamed this year. :)We celebrated the true reason for the season.

And after all the relatives left, we have dealt with snow, snow, snow, and did I mention, snow... However, since I was "deprived" of the stuff growing up, I haven't tired of watching it yet, just not of fan of driving in it.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Happy Birthday E!

I have this big hang-up that what I do for one child I should try to do for the others. Of course it doesn't always work out that way and children need to understand that life's not fair and not everything can be perfectly equal, but if I blog about one child's birthday I definitely need to blog about the other two!

Therefore, this really should be post-dated, but on November 17th E celebrated her big 4 year old birthday. She is my wonderfully strong-willed middle child. She was that way literally before birth- refusing to come on her due date but instead waited a little over a week. When the doctor decided to have me induced and sent me to the hospital, she came before he was able to start the induction- all on her own terms. That's the way it's been ever since, and I wouldn't change a thing.

For her birthday we did a combined party with her brother at the zoo since their birthdays are two weeks apart, and I certainly wasn't going to plan two separate parties with all the craziness that was going on. It was a big hit. They had a little animal show- totally up E's alley since she is the animal lover of the family (rode a full-sized horse with no fear when she was 18 months old.) Her favorite animal was the snake (that's her in the picture with the boa), and she spent the most time petting it. A few weeks later I was at her classroom Thanksgiving party and when I went to retrieve her backpack, much to my surprise there was our stuffed animal snake in there (big thing- about 3 feet long). I was surprised she had left the house with that in tow and my not noticing it. However, her teacher informed me that E had been telling everyone in class she would be bringing a snake to school that week. She really did. At least it wasn't a live one, but I wouldn't put it past her...

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thankful for rest

Can I just say that the month of November has flown by? I've been blessed with family visits (I absolutely cannot get enough of my favorite niece- and my sister and brother-in-law too, of course.) I've also been slowly but surely preparing the house for a wonderful Christmas with my parents and sister's family. It will be the first time all of us have been together since hubby and I were married 11 years ago. (That's what happens with the majority of your family live overseas.) Then there is just life with a husband whose love language is shared time (sigh! football season is tough for me, honestly speaking) and raising and enjoying 3 wonderfully vigorous children.

The biggest "drainer" of my free/ blog time has been my second on-line course for my professional certification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). This one has been challenging in it's own right, but I have enjoyed it more than my first course (partly due overcoming the learning curve and this one only has one textbook and no 12 page paper- WHEW!) I only have one more course to go in order to get my certification, but I'm going to wait until the summer. It's too much balancing school schedules and being flexible to take a class.

For Thanksgiving we drove 8 1/2 hours (10 + with stops for the kids) to my in-law's house. For various reasons I dreaded the trip- packing for EVERYONE, inclement weather, cleaning the house, classwork deadlines, not being in the comfort of my own home, etc. However, yesterday I realized that I was able to actually relax. When I'm home I can always find something to do- I never just sit. Here I have family to help, and except for cleaning up after the kids who have very few toys here (and this has totally convinced me how little my children really "need" or, better put, that they just have too much at home) I can just enjoy my time with my family. The kids have even slept in past 7 a.m. the last few days, and that is a luxury in itself. This has been a great time to just relax and reflect on what I have to be thankful for.

Perhaps once I get home and finish my final exam next week I will get back to regular blogging...