Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Hallow's Eve

1 Corinthians 10:31, "And whether therefore you eat or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God."

We used to "celebrate" Halloween until I really understood how it is not pleasing to Christ. My boys have gone trick-or-treating 1 time and it was horrible. They were scared and it was then that I was convicted by the Holy Spirit through the above verse. Now, we allow the children to wear a costume to their preschool fall festival, and then in the afternoon we go visit a local nursing home in their costumes. The residents love it, the kids love it, and I love knowing it brought joy to everyone involved. We no longer go trick-or-treating, and the costumes I permit the kids to wear cannot be evil or scary in any way. This year Th is a robot, Ta is Piglet, and T.G. is a pumpkin. I made Th and T.G.'s costume, and a friend gave me Ta's last year. I'll post pictures tomorrow from their festival at school and from the nursing home. Until then, read the devotion below taken from Proverbs 31 Ministries, and I pray it will open your eyes to the truth behind Halloween.

October 30, 2007

Spooks, Skeletons, and Saints
By Micca Campbell

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15 (KJV)

When Jesus said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,” did He mean for us to include ghost and goblins? I view every Halloween as an opportunity to witness to “the dark side.”

Many Christians don’t know what to do with Halloween. They wonder if they should ignore it; protest against it; go along with it, or find alternative ways to participate without offending their faith. We often reason, nothing good can come from evil so why take part in this holiday? Yet, Joseph tells us in the bible that what is meant for evil God can use for good. In that case, Halloween can be an opportunity for us to do good!

Some of you may be wondering if I’ve been living on a far away planet unaware of what Halloween is. No, I’m very much aware of its meaning and tradition. Before Christ, Halloween was part of the Celtic Feast of Samhain. This Druid priest celebration commemorated the beginning of winter. The Festivals consisted of animal sacrifices to the dead and bonfires in recognition of departed souls. Those who participated in the festival believed that goblins, demons, witches and elves were sent from the world beyond to harass the living. For self-protection, the Druid’s would dress up like ghouls and goblins and involve themselves in demonic activities. They believed participating in this way kept them from being attacked by real witches and demons.

The early church responded by moving All Saint’s’ Day from spring to fall and renamed it Hallows’ Eve. In doing so, Christians used the pagan festival as catalyst in which to proclaim Christ’s death and resurrection. Halloween, for the early church, became a time to evangelize. They took something evil and used it for good. We would do well to follow their example.

Halloween is full of trickery and illusions about mystical powers and the living dead. Christians today can use these illusions in comparison to the truth that Jesus overcame the grave by the power of God and is the true Resurrection and Life. Better yet, those who are in Christ will also conquer the grave and live forever in the presence of God. What good news to share on a dark day!

There are many ways to share the good news of the gospel. My church has a Harvest Party on October 31 every year. The children play games and collect candy while the adults enjoy hayrides and wiener roasts. The most significant part about our party is the gospel room. This is where a drama is presented sharing about the good news of Jesus Christ and His saving power. One way for you to share Jesus with others is to invite an un-churched family to your church’s festival.

Another way to participate if you’re a stay-at-home kind of person is not to turn off the lights and hide as some of us tend to do. Instead, be a shinning light on a dark night. Tie scripture or gospel tracks to some candy and hand it out at your front door with Christ-like love and joy.

If you have the gift of hospitality, then have a Harvest party at your house. Invite friends, family, and neighbors to sit around a camp fire or your living room floor and swap Holy Spirit stories rather than ghost stories.

Halloween is not a time for avoidance. It’s a time to communicate with your children, family, and friends that, “yes,” evil, death and the grave are real, but through Christ, we are more than conquerors over it all. What better time to share this good news with others then when our minds are on such things? It’s an opportunity to take something meant evil and use it for good.

Dear Lord, Give me your perspective on Halloween. Help me to be a shining light on this dark night by sharing about your saving power with my children, family and friends, in Jesus Name, Amen.

Monday, October 29, 2007

My Child

I want to share with you about my student who I have been working with at a local elementary school. She is a beautiful, sweet girl and I am extremely burdened for her and her family.

N. is 8 years old and in 3rd grade. She has pulmonary arterial hypertension, which is something I had never heard of until meeting her. She has a catheter that enters directly into her heart and wears a backpack that carries the liquid medication. If the catheter becomes dislodged, she has approximately 3 minutes to have it replaced before she faces death. One of my tasks at the school is to ensure this does not happen, and it is very daunting!

With her disability, she faces fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and a host of other side effects. Today I came in and her face and neck were covered in what looked to be red hives. It was caused by her medication. She looks like a normal 8 year old, and generally acts like one, too.

I did some research on this particular condition (you know me, I always love a challenge!) and found that it mainly affects adults over the age of 25. It is rare in children, and the prognosis is not very encouraging. One study I found said the median survival rate in children is 10 months- very short! I don't know much about N. so I can't give the details as to how or when she was diagnosed, but I can tell you she is one of the sweetest children I have ever met!

She has befriended another girl in the class who just moved here from a Spanish-speaking country. N. is the only one who can talk to her, and it is amazing to see God work in N.'s life through this unlikely friendship. I am burdened for N. and her family only because I am a mother myself. I don't really know all of the challenges N.'s family will be facing, only what I have read from the research. Regardless, please pray for N. and for me to be an encouragement to her.

Friday, October 26, 2007


I've not posted in a few days because I've been busy with school (as usual) and getting ready for last night and tonight. Specifically, this week is Missions Conference at church. We are blessed to have five excellent missionaries and their families in attendance, and even more blessed that we were able to get to know them on a more personal basis.

We ate lunch with them all at church both yesterday and today, hosted one last night and another tonight for supper, and the church is having its Fall Fellowship tomorrow evening in which all will be present. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have so much interaction with such a diverse group of people. I hope these past few days have been and will continue to be a memorable event for my children, particularly the meals. Sharing 4 meals with 4 separate families has really provided a great opportunity for the boys, Th especially, to get a better idea of what a missionary is and why it is such an important job.

The missionary we hosted last night is actually from our church. He is a pilot and is currently looking for support to be a full-time missionary to Papua New Guinea. We enjoyed learning more about the country, and what exactly he will be doing within the country. Tonight's family is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I'm sure they will have neat stories to share, as well. There is also a couple from China (they were born in Hong Kong) that is preaching the gospel to Chinese people here within SC. They have many neat artifacts from China and Th has enjoyed listening to him share about some of the items.

It's been a great week and again, I am so thankful for the opportunity to be in a church that has a passion for missions. All need the Lord, not just those in this country, and without these dedicated workers, many would still be lost.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tuesday Toast

Jenn gave me another award today. I don't really think I did anything special, but I appreciate her thinking of me. It brought a smile to my face nonetheless. Visit her blog if you're interested in finding out why she chose me.

The Man Meme

Jenn had this posted and I thought it was a cute way to get to know TJ and me better.

1. Who is your man? TJ

2. How long have you been together? Total 9 ½ years, married 8

3. How long did you date? 1 year and 4 months

4. How old is your man? 32

5. Who eats more? Unfortunately I do

6. Who said “I love you” first? He definitely did. I think.

7. Who is taller? I am by an inch

8. Who sings better? He definitely does! He sounds a lot like Travis Tritt, and I often encourage
him to join our church’s choir, but to no avail.

9. Who is smarter? We both have our strengths. I am much more knowledgeable about history and English (i.e. grammar), and we’re equally talented in math and science.

10. Whose temper is worse? Hands down. . . me. His temper debuts while driving, mine in pretty much everything else.

11. Who does the laundry? That’s a sore subject! I do the laundry and I HATE it! He’ll help but I usually have to ask.

12. Who takes out the trash? He does, unless I see it needs to be done while he’s at work. We’re pretty good about sharing household chores- it makes the house run smoother.

13. Who sleeps on the right hand side of the bed? I do. I am afraid of the dark, and the bathroom with the nightlight is on my side of the bed.

14. Who pays the bills? He does, although when we were first married, I did. I just don’t have the time it takes to do bills along with everything else. He is also the "saver" out of the 2 of us, so
it just makes more sense that he'd pay the bills.

15. Who is better with the computer? He definitely is- he’s the IT guy for a University!

16. Who mows the lawn? I have laundry, he has yardwork. Secretly I know he loves it!

17. Who cooks dinner? I do during the week, he does on the weekends.

18. Who drives when you are together? He does. I can’t watch though, because he makes me a nervous wreck. The kids think it’s great fun when he drives, but I get carsick. Plus, the roadrage only adds to my nervousness.

19. Who pays when you go out? If I remember, I do because I earn points through my debit card.

20. Who is most stubborn? Depends on the situation.

21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? See above!

22. Whose parents do you see the most? His, but our schedule keeps us pretty busy so we only see them once every 4-6 weeks.

23. Who kissed who first? He kissed me first.

24. Who asked who out? He asked me. Then he asked me again. Then he asked me again. Finally, after 5 or 6 times, I relented and we went to Applebee's and to see the movie "Titanic".

25. Who Proposed? Me. I told him if we didn’t get married I was moving (it’s a long story). We were married within a month! :)

26. Who is more sensitive? Me, but not as bad as I used to be. I used to be way more sensitive but learned that small stuff doesn’t really matter.

27. Who has more friends? Hmm... That’s difficult. He has friends at work and at church, and I
have friends through the MOMS Club and church. We usually do things as couples so I can’t really say who has more. Our best friends are married to each other so it works out well.

28. Who has more siblings? He does. He has 4 sisters and I have 1 sister and 1 brother.

29. Who wears the pants in the family? He does, but it took me a long time to learn to submit to his authority. Submission is still a struggle for me on some issues, but with God’s grace, I can do it. Looking back on our early years of marriage, we definitely fought more before I was willing to submit. I guess it goes back to stubborness- he knows what is best while I think I do.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Calling All Princesses

We do our grocery shopping as a family, although occasionally TJ will take only the boys to allow me to get some things done around the house. We typically go to the grocery store on Friday, but this past Friday TJ and I went to a wedding reception together, so our weekly grocery trip occurred Saturday.

Now, I'm sure you're wondering why I don't just go by myself or with T.G. , and it's because I spend more when I do that. I have a difficult time remembering what we're out of, and so rather than not have any, I buy it. I have 2 unopened bottles of Ranch dressing in my pantry, along with several boxes of noodles, macaroni. . . you get the picture. I don't know why I have so much trouble, but I do. So, TJ helps me remember what we have and don't have, and we save money because of his memory.

Okay, back to Saturday at the grocery store. I have heard stories about those who go to the grocery store and return home and as they're unpacking the bags, find they have purchased something they didn't intend to buy because their kids put it on the checkout counter without the parents looking. I never believed any of those stories; rather, I thought the parents were just idiots. However, I am not an idiot and it happened to me, only thankfully I caught it before we left the store.

T.G. was fussy so I was holding her, meaning her stroller was unoccupied. The boys were playing with these Disney Princess flip phone musical toy thingies and were actually being very well-behaved. TJ was unloading the groceries and reloading the bags into the cart, and neither of us were carefully watching the boys. After he had paid and I went to put T.G. back into her stroller, it was LOADED with the silly Disney Princess phones. There were at least 10 in her seat, and if I hadn't put her back in there but carried her to the car instead, who knows how far we would have gotten with those phones!

The Lord never ceases to use real life experiences to change my opinion about certain things, and this was definitely one of them!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

God Tests Us

As I wrote in my last post, Mark’s son C. preached at church this past Sunday evening. He did an awesome job! The subject of his message was about how God allows trials into our lives for various reasons. He presented text from Job 1:6-2:10, 42:1-6, 10-17. The entire time he was preaching I just kept thinking about what a strong young man C. is, his entire family is really, that he could apply the truths of God’s Word to the passing of Mark.

God really blessed me through C.’s message. First, I was caught up in the nursery getting Ta and T.G. settled. I entered the sanctuary just as the service was beginning. TJ and Th were already seated, so I found them and slid into the chair next to an older gentleman. I didn’t know who the gentleman was, but he shared his hymnal with me since the congregation was already singing the opening hymn. The service began with C. preaching, followed by 2 other teenage boys preaching. I already stated what C.’s topic was, and as I listened to him, I realized that if he could see the Lord’s hand at work in his life and understand the purpose of trials, I knew that I could do the same. I have not suffered loss like C. and his family and that was a very humbling moment for me. At the conclusion of the service, the gentleman I was sitting next to introduced himself and said he was the proud grandfather of C. I asked if he was Val’s father, and he said no. I immediately saw his face soften as he said he was Mark’s dad. I teared up and said I was sorry for his loss. He hugged me and said he would tell Val he met me. The blessing in meeting him is that it was sort of like seeing Mark again. Mark favors his father, and I was so grateful to be reminded of him. Val stopped me and we hugged, and of course I cried, as we talked about how proud Mark would have been of C. Words cannot describe the strength she has, the entire family has, and I am convicted each time I talk with her. God is SOOO GOOD, and it’s true His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9); the Stiling’s are living proof! I was very teary-eyed when I spoke to C. so I merely shook his hand and told him he did a good job. I really wanted to hug him and tell him how proud I was of him, so maybe I’ll have the chance soon. I am so amazed by this family, and am so blessed to know them.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Galatians 6:7-9

This weekend was so nice. It all began with a phone call Friday afternoon. . .

My friend J. called me and presented me with 2 propositions: we could go shopping for a wedding gift and then have dinner ALONE (as in a “girl’s night out”) OR we could do the same thing as couples (with her oldest girls staying with my children to baby-sit). I called TJ to get his input, and honestly, I was thinking he wouldn’t be up for either of J’s ideas. He had a rough day on Friday and I didn’t think he’d like the idea of being home alone with the kids and it was evident from his mood he didn’t feel like being sociable. But, he surprised me by telling me he and P. (J’s husband) had planned for J and me to get together for a girl’s night out while we were at the Wilds. So, J and I went shopping and then had dinner at the Olive Garden (which, if you know me, is my FAVORITE restaurant)! After dinner, we went to Panera for coffee and sat there 45 minutes after the store had closed drinking coffee, talking, and laughing, tuning out the world around us. It was very refreshing to just be able to finish a thought without being interrupted or having to share my meal with someone else. I cherish my friendship with J and I hope to make this a regular occurrence (i.e. once per quarter).

After Th’s soccer game on Saturday we drove 2 hours to visit TJ’s great aunt and uncle. We love spending time with them, and I can tell the feeling is mutual. The boys went horseback riding and had a blast. Then, we headed over to the community playground for a little while. Aunt Joan is a wonderful cook so after playing, we headed back to the house for supper. After supper, she took the boys on tractor rides, and that is always a highlight of their day. When talking with Th about the visit, he ranked horseback riding and tractor rides equally. Oh, the simplicity of being 5!

Today the Lord really spoke to me in Sunday school and then again this evening at church. I don’t have time to go into all the details about SS, but basically TJ and I are becoming involved with a campus ministry called “Cross Impact”. TJ is the Faculty Advisor and we are working with missionaries who just recently moved here from Vermont. They ironically moved down the street from us. They have 4 small children about the same ages as mine, and I look forward to getting to better know them.

I just gotta say, it is such a blessing to be able to serve the Lord daily. Not growing up in a Christian home, I have at times felt “left out” whenever around others who have been serving the Lord for a long time, especially those who are dedicated missionaries. Today, however, we were talking about Galatians 6:7-9 (the principle of reaping and sowing) as it applies to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to others. I got to thinking about how I feel it applies to me more so as a mother than as a Christian. If I want to reap spiritual fruit in my children, I must sow spiritual fruit. My greatest burden for my children is that they come to a saving knowledge of Jesus at an early age, and praise the Lord Th has! I just don’t want my children to experience life as I did, without the comfort of knowing and having a personal relationship with Christ. Anyway, I was blessed and convicted all in a matter of 15 seconds in SS. I am also beginning to see how the Lord is using TJ and I WHERE WE ARE HERE IN SC, not out in a far away country sleeping in a lean-to. It is very encouraging, especially because we have no idea what He has in store for us. This is where trust comes in to play, and based on what I know about the character of God, He only wants what’s best for us. Please just pray for the Cross Impact ministry and that many college students would come to know the Lord through it.

Well, I’ll finish tomorrow. Mark Stiling’s son preached tonight, and I want to share with you. He did an awesome job, and Mark would have been proud!

Friday, October 12, 2007

What Do You Think about. . .

It's registration time for next semester (I can't believe it- the semester is flying by!) and as I was going over my degree planning sheet, I came across something that I'm still not sure how to interpret. I found out that ALL Special Education majors also graduate with a certification in Elementary Education. Now, for those who may not know, Special Ed. is a K-12 certification, meaning I can teach any grade level but only in Special Ed. Elementary is specifically for grades 2-5, and I would LOVE to have this additional certification because then I wouldn't be limited to only being able to teach Special Ed. The problem lies in that I have a feeling I need to take some additional methods courses (i.e. how to teach) in science and social studies. I'm not sure, and when I went to ask the degree planning person, she is out-of-town until next Wednesday. The suspense is killing me, especially because I was hoping to complete my student-teaching next year and graduate. Additional courses may put me behind another semester, and that causes some anxiety. Like I said, I'm not sure how I feel about this. . .

On a different note, TJ had an endoscopy done yesterday to try to find the source of pain he's been experiencing since January 2006. The test revealed a hernia, but the doctor said it's small and probably not the cause of his troubles. On the one hand, the news is good because everything looks good in his digestive system. On the other hand, still no definitive answer, meaning more tests. He will be scheduling an MRI soon, so pray we will get an answer. I hate to see my husband suffer, and although he's a very strong man, his side causes him great pain and discomfort.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Laundry and Spiders

Of all of the many chores I do as a wife/mother, laundry is probably my most dreaded. Perhaps it is because it seems to be never-ending; there are always clothes to be washed. I have been the type to only do laundry once per week for that very reason: I hate it and couldn’t possibly bear the thought of doing laundry every day.

I should clarify that I don’t really hate laundry. I have no problems with sorting clothes, putting clothes into the washer and/or dryer, or even getting them out of the dryer. No, my problem is folding them. I do okay for the first 4-5 loads. After that, it’s all downhill. I fold laundry on my bed, so what usually happens is that any clothes that happen to get washed/dried after load 6 is left in the laundry basket until Wednesday, Thursday, or even Friday. By then, it’s slim pickin’s because we’ve picked through the basket, finding and wearing the necessary item of clothing. I’m usually left with a handful of stray socks, underwear, and a few shirts or shorts.

A couple of weeks ago, however, I decided to split my normal 8-9 loads of laundry that I completed on Saturday to 4 loads completed twice per week. I have chosen Tuesday and Saturday as my laundry days. It seems to be working well. In one day I can wash, dry, and fold all of the laundry without feeling overwhelmed or hopeless at the sight of huge mounds of clothes on my bed.

Putting the clothes away in the same day is another story. Every girl needs a dream, right?


My new favorite old book is Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. I read it to Th this summer, and I absolutely love it! I haven’t read this book in a long time, and it has such a wonderful story of friendship, unselfish love, and loyalty.

Every spring, we get several (10+) spiders who make their home in the bushes along our front porch. In the past, they really crept me out, especially because they grew to such a large size. However, after reading this book, we really enjoy having these spiders welcome us home each day. As the spiders grew, they all left (or were perhaps killed) except one. This particular one has grown to be exceptionally large. We have spent many nights sitting on the porch watching her in her web. The boys especially like to examine her and her markings. I took some pictures of our pet “Charlotte” for you to see.

I went out to get the mail today and she wasn’t there. I’m not sure if she left to go lay her eggs somewhere (last year it was on the water spicket on the side of the house) or if something happened to her. Th hasn’t yet noticed she isn’t there. I hope she returns soon, especially because we didn’t get to say goodbye.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Mom's Overature by Anita Renfroe

Above is a video that helps keep the humor in mothering. Remember, perspective is everything! I hope you enjoy it; I certainly did!

Friday, October 5, 2007

CDH Awareness Day

"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life." ~John 9:3

As you are aware, CDH is a little-known birth defect, that, according to Breath of Hope, Inc (2007), occurs almost as frequently as Cystic Fibrosis and Spina Bifida. Several families I know (some in person, some through the Internet) have been greatly affected by this. Out of compassion for them and my love for children (especially those with disabilities!), I am trying to help spread the word about CDH. With a minimal investment of time, you can help, too.

CDH families and friends are trying to get March 31 declared as CDH Awareness day and we are asking for your help! If you would like to participate, please email cdhawareness@breathofhopeinc.com and you will be forwarded a sample letter and the Proclamation to mail to your governor.

Please help us to bring this horrible birth defect to the attention of everyone and not just those personally affected.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Puzzle Pieces

Everyone is feeling better. . . except me. My stomach is killing me, and I don't know why. I have been fasting out of fear of vomiting, except if you know me, I LOVE food! So, for breakfast I settled on a handful of animal crackers. It's taken me 4 hours to eat them all because I'm afraid the next bite will put me over the edge.

I did my presentation today. I just finished it at 11:15. It went very well, and I think I did great. I presented the information and then we went from our classroom into the gym to do an activity. I used one of Th's giant floor puzzles and each student had 1 piece of the puzzle. The first time we did it, no one was allowed to talk. *Remember, my presentation was on PDD which includes disabilities such as Autism- communication skills are a deficit* The second time we did, I permitted the students to talk. We completed the puzzle faster the first time (silence) because everyone watched and patiently waited for pieces that matched their own. The second time, everyone jumped in and it was sort of like controlled chaos. The goal was to simulate how a child with Autism would feel completing this task. Again, I think my activity illustrated the points in my presentation well. I am glad it's over; now I can relax a little bit in this class.

Still no word about my sister's kidney. The OB specialist said the baby looks good now, but she will continue to see him through the remainder of her pregnancy. He wants to ensure the baby continues to receive adequate nutrition. Please keep her in your prayers.

Also pray for a couple at my church. Their daughter has been battling cancer for some time and she has stopped her treatments. She is grown, married with children, but her decision has greatly affected her parents. They understand her decision, but at the same time, feel as long as she is receiving treatments, there is still a chance she could beat the cancer. They received a phone call informing them that she doesn't have much time left. Our church took an offering for them to help pay for their travel expenses from here to Minnesota where she lives. It was heartbreaking to see Mrs. W at church on Sunday because she knows this will be the last time she sees her daughter, at least on this side of Heaven. My heart goes out to them; I can't imagine having to say goodbye to my child. I know some of my readers have shared in this experience because of various reasons, and I thank God that He gave you the grace and strength to go on. I imagine it is probably the most difficult thing to do. Psalm 118:14a, "The Lord is my strength and my song"

Take comfort in God and His Word.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

God's Plan- Revised

Well, apparently we are in for the long haul. The stomach bug has claimed another victim- T.G. I now have Ta and T.G. who can't keep anything down, and I feel nauseous myself.

Poor Ta, after getting another bath this afternoon because he vomited all over the kitchen floor (again!) said to me, "Me need medicine for my mouth. No more throw up. Me not like it."

Have you ever seen your heart crumble right in front of your eyes? I did after hearing that comment. I can't give him anything for I fear it would only make him vomit more. And poor T.G.! She doesn't know what's happening, and unfortunately I can't predict when it will happen, either. She got me, the playroom floor, and the hall floor all before I realized she was actually vomiting and not just "spitting up". Duh!

James 1:2, "Count it all joy. . ."

Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to learn kindness and compassion as I watch them suffer.

God's Plan

"Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts shall be established." ~ Proverbs 16:3 NKJV

My plan for last night and today:

Put the kids to bed at 9PM and work on the slides for my presentation Wednesday.
Go to bed around 10 or so and get a full night’s sleep.
Wake at 6:30AM
Drop off Th at preschool at 9
Go to a friend’s house with Ta and T.G. to make a craft to bring to the nursing home next week
Come home and work on Thank-You cards and make lunch
Eat lunch and head to church for Bible Study
Come home and put the kids down for a nap
While everyone is napping, finish my other Bible study lesson and finish up my presentation

God’s plan for last night and today:

Put the boys to bed at 9PM
Nurse T.G. and put her in her crib to go to sleep at 9:30
9:45 Ta woke crying with vomit EVERYWHERE in his bed
I give him a bath while TJ changes the sheets, deodorizes his room, and disinfects his mattress and pillow covers
Get him settled in bed at 10:15 and go get T.G. who has been screaming in her crib since I laid her down
10:45 put T.G. down for good and head downstairs to work on my presentation
11:00 Ta wakes crying again and a repeat of above (including the bath!)
11:15 decide to put Ta on our floor in our room since we don’t have anymore clean sets of twin sheets and we don’t want him to wake Th.
Up every hour or so because Ta is vomiting (no sound sleeping tonight!)
Wake at 6 when TJ’s alarm goes off
Wake for good at 6:30 when Ta vomits again
Change his pajamas and go downstairs so he can eat a cracker
Change his pj’s again while TJ cleans up the kitchen floor (Ta never ate the cracker- he drank a small amount of Gatorade and it upset his belly)
Cancel all my scheduled outings for today

As you can see, God and I had very different views of how the last 15 hours of my life would go. I am trying to remember that all things work together for good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28) and that I will be able to accomplish what needs to be done in His timing. Right now both kids are sleeping (Th is at preschool) and I was able to finish my presentation. I am going to begin working on those Thank-You cards, as well as finish folding some laundry and making lunch for TJ and Th. Please just pray no one else gets sick (especially me- I have my presentation tomorrow!) and that Ta doesn’t vomit anymore today. I have such a weak stomach and I get sick at the sight/smell of vomit (which is why TJ has had to do all the cleaning, changing, etc). I almost lost my stomach when Ta got sick in the kitchen this morning because it literally was at my feet.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Testing. Testing. 1-2-3

I've been busy with school lately. I had a test last Monday, some assignments due last Wednesday, and another test this morning. I just finished taking it, and I feel okay about it. I am giving a 30 minute presentation on Wednesday about integrating children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Autism, Asperger's, Rett's) in the physical education setting. I LOVE doing things like this because I have such a heart for children with special needs. I enjoy researching the various disabilities and finding the best methods (both physical and social) to incorporate these kids into the regular education classroom. I know a few children who have Autism and Asperger's, and I like talking with the parents to gain their perspective of the education their child is receiving, especially in the public school.

For those of you who attended Th's birthday party, I am going to try my best to write thank-you cards this week. Along with my college courses, I am leading a Bible study with friends and attending a Bible study at my church. I not only have homework assignments for my classes, but I have to read and respond to 2 Bible study books. I also have to begin planning a baby shower for my sister. I had hoped to have the invitations in the mail by the middle of this month, but I still need to find and order the invitations!

Speaking of my sister, please pray for her. She found out she is having a girl, but there is a problem with the umbilical cord. As I try my best to describe the problem, please keep in my mind I am an education major and not a pre-med student! I guess there are 3 tubes within the umbilical cord, and only 2 of the tubes are functioning in my sister. So far the baby seems to be healthy, but my sister has been having trouble with her kidney's and the doctor's can't figure out why. Her kidney's may be overloaded as they filter out both her and the baby's waste, but she doesn't have a definitive answer. She is going to see a specialist about the umbilical cord this afternoon, so please pray for answers and a healthy baby girl!

That's all for now. This week I also hope to finish the post on "my life". TJ begins grad school tomorrow so I'm not sure how much computer time I'll have in the evenings since he'll be taking classes now. Pray for us as we adjust to both of us going to school- it's definitely easier to do without having kids, but we appreciate our education more since having to work so hard! :)