Sunday, February 24, 2008
We are going to eat the pudding now. Yum!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
The story was also a way to tell our good news of our newest blessing, I left the whole letter in tact.
I would like to take the time to help explain our convictions on children. This is just to share with you why we think the way we do about children. This is not to try to get any one to believe as we do, or to judge anyone for their way of thinking. I just wanted to make that clear as I know many times a person’s intentions do not come across as clear in the written word. At least my words don’t! Everyone has a worldview. That worldview is based on many things. Jerry and I strive to take our view of the world by seeing what God has to say about each matter in the Bible. We are obviously fallen creatures and so therefore we strive, but we certainly flounder and fail much of the time. Psalm 127 likens children to arrows. It states that a man whose quiver is full of them is blessed. Now there are many Biblical scholars who can do amazing word studies on exactly how big a quiver is, and when it would be considered full. However I am a much more practical person. Ask Jerry, he can tell you: for my birthday I would take a new mixer over a gold necklace any day. So I give you this little illustration on my take of the arrow passage. It first must be noted that this life we live is more than physical, but also spiritual. And the Bible makes it clear that we are in a spiritual battle. And so with this backdrop, I find myself in front of the arrow distributor for the ‘troops’…
Arrow man (AM): Here ya go, a nice new arrow for ya.
Me: Um, aren’t I going to need more than one? We are headed into a battle are we not?
AM: Oh, yes, if you insist, here you go another arrow.
Me: Could I please have more?
AM: Ahhh, so you are in the “Three is the new two, crowd, are ya?”
Me: I’ve not heard of such a crowd, I’m in the “We are going into battle, and I plan on making it home alive crowd.”
AM: Suite yourself, here’s another one.
Me: [Just standing there looking at the Arrow man]
AM: What? You want more? You know these arrows take money. They need cleaning and fixing and other supplies to upkeep them. Do you know what you’re getting yourself into?
Me: Oh, the Commander has promised us that He will supply all of our needs, so I have no fear in how I will tend to the arrows. I just want as many as I can get.
AM: You will just be weighed down, be at the back of the pack, you won’t be able to do what all the rest of the troops are doing. You’ll be stuck carrying around all those arrows. You’ll be missing out….[He dumps a huge pile of arrows in my outstretched arms]
Me: Well you are right about that, I will be at the back of the pack. It will take time to learn the bent of each arrow. To see what each arrow’s strengths and weaknesses are. I want to make sure to send each arrow off on its flight so that it may reach its intended destination. So for a time I will remain in the back. But after a while, when the other troops’ arrows are gone, shot astray in desperation or carelessness, I will pull ahead. When the attack presses on I will be able to be out front with my well fashioned arrows. And at that given time I don’t think anyone is going to ask me why I have so many arrows. No, at that moment I do believe they will be wishing they had more of their own arrows…….
I hope you enjoyed my little story. It helps ‘explain’ why we think the way we do about children. Then of course there is always Doug Phillip’s great quote: “The Bible calls debt a curse and children a blessing; but in our culture, we apply for a curse and reject blessings. Something is wrong with this picture.”
Again these are our beliefs – it’s what makes us tick. The world around us may think we are strange, but we feel thoroughly blessed. No, that doesn’t mean that each day runs smoothly. It doesn’t mean that each arrow will be free from defects. But we have been given many promises that God will provide the means to raise each arrow for it’s future intended ‘flight path’. It is an immense responsibility, and one we do not take lightly; but it has been worth it. We eagerly anticipate the unveiling of our newest arrow, which should be sometime around June/July! We are all ecstatic. We found out the day after Thanksgiving, and thought we should have to celebrate Thanksgiving all over again. ☺ We will continue to rejoice in each arrow entrusted to us. Thanks be to our gracious God!!!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
So a little bit about Flannery....she is our most active child. Jerry describes her as the child with no off button. And it is true, she is the energizer bunny incarnate! She will be our logical one I believe. From the earliest time she would line things up in some order, maybe by color, shape or size. She has been figuring out this reading thing almost on her own. And she somehow, I truly do NOT know how, has learned to skip count. The thing is she uses the multiplication table to do it. That wouldn't be too surprising, but she will count odd numbers up to 100 using it. I don't know what numbers she is looking at as she does this as it makes no sense to me! She is lovie, dovie! Always giving hugs and kisses.
Well we are off to start our day. Flannery enjoyed her day yesterday as I would tell her, "This is the last time you eat breakfast as a five year old....this is the last time.....as a five year old." She thought that was too funny.
Flannery's first sighting of her birthday gift. She was a little excited!
Everyone enjoying the new kitchen set. Flannery checking out the window.
The dining room set up to celebrate. We stayed up late to get it done, as we would be leaving early for church the next morning. Flannery picked out the colors.
And the six year old! Ok, actually in this picture she was still five, but hey whose counting.
This morning, Flannery and her birthday sign. She asked for a farm scene, this is what I could muster at 6 a.m. this morning. I was going to do it last night, but I was too tired. Moira helped me with the coloring.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
OK, on with the show. So he is doing great physically. He is also saying words more and more. And drum roll please......he FINALLY hit the 18 pound mark!!!!! I was seriously going to have a party for when he hit 18 pounds, but it's Flannery's birthday, and this year it will be her day so we will have to celebrate some other profound milestone for Jedidiah. I will say this, no matter whose birthday it is, the day he gets his g-tube out will be party time. But we are looking at a very future date with that!
But we also had another huge development take place here yesterday. A little background first. There have been many times when Jedidiah has had to go without food. Whether it is for testing, or because he had been sick. He is actually a very good sick kid. He is quiet, and never really complains. He has NEVER shown signs of being hungry. He was very content to starve. This is no exaggeration. So Sunday night I put him to bed and a little while later I hook him up for his overnight feeding. But 10 minutes later he threw up. Ummm, that's not good. Especially seeing as how he only received ONE teaspoon of formula at that point. So an executive decision had to be made. And I decided to forgo his night time feeding. Now this is not a trivial matter as he receives half of his calories with his overnight feeding. But I knew something was up as it is not normal for him to throw up. Now two months ago that would have been normal, but for now it is not. I am glad I made that decision because it did turn out that he had the tummy bug. But now for the big shocker. He woke up feeling really yucky, he was not himself at all. I sat on the couch that has the view of our dining room. This is our normal couch to sit on in the morning, we look out the window and talk about the trees and birds. Well yesterday morning he was a basket case! He started fussing, crying, and arching his back. I tried putting him down, but he didn't want that, we tried giving him his favorite animal, book, you name it. He could not be comforted. Then after 10 minutes of this he finally wanted down. He ran over to the dining room table and started reaching up acting hysterical. And that is when I noticed that there was a jug of water on the table. That whole 10 minutes he was crying for water!!!! He never drinks more than an ounce at any given time. He drank 5 OUNCES!!!! Of course 15 minutes later he threw up, BUT he WANTED the water!! This is HUGE!!!! Later on, since I just gave him water that morning as he was throwing up he started acting up again. I gave him his water cup, nope that didn't help. Again we tried an assortment of things. I was thinking he must be in pain or something as he was MISERABLE! So I head to the medicine cabinet. He calmed down when I got there, but freaked out when I started leaving. I put him in his high chair just for a quick break for me. He kept crying. He finally used his hands to reach for the food cabinet (which is right next to the medicine cabinet). I gave him a jar of food and he scared it down! He was crying because he was HUNGRY!! This is amazing! He has never told us that he has been hungry or thirsty! It takes extreme measures for him to be hungry, like a night without food, but hey, this is monumental.
That's all the time I have for now, but had to pass this great news on.
Friday, February 15, 2008
We gave Flannery her birthday present early. One reason is for Jerry's sanity (I joke). Tomorrow there is a sewing day at church. A few people are going to teach the rest of us to sew. Now I know how to sew (primatively at least), but they are also going to teach us pregnant folk how to make this pattern into a maternity skirt. I am sooooo excited. Trying to find decent maternity clothing is like trying to find a needle in a hay stack!!! So it starts at 9 am tomorrow and goes through to early afternoon. And all the kiddies will be here at home with Daddy. This will give them hours of entertainment so that they won't even know I am gone :-)
Here are a few pictures I took this morning. Please note the big kid in the picture. This is the same big kid who said we were getting Flannery a baby toy when we told them what we were getting her for her birthday. Hee, hee. Part of it was that she was just hoping we were going to get her sister some more Playmobil. Playmobil is a HUGE hit over here, BUT it always, always, ALWAYS leads to two things. One being they will not pick it up. And if I do get them to pick it up we have number two.....they always fight over them. Always. Drives me batty, so we stuck all the Playmobil up in the atic.....again. It really is too bad. They love to spend hours setting up little villages or scenes and act them out with their little guys. But then it all starts...."no, that's my horse, no, that's my sheep....I said you can't play with my person...." On and on it goes. So anyways I thought it funny to see the big kid playing heartily with the baby toy this morning. And so far so good, no fighting :-)
Hmmm.....I tried putting up some pictures but Blogger is not letting me! Drats. Well, I will have to add them to another post. Maybe in her big birthday post I will.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
It is a beautiful day here, the baby is sleeping, and there are a few more things to be cleaned before we can go out and enjoy the day. So I need to get going. A time is a wasting! (Jedidiah has finally hit the "I need Mommy" stage, so when he's down for a nap it is time to power clean!)
Here's our cute little muffin. Look how sociable he is, waving to you all!
I don't know do you think he has my or Jerry's nose? Kidding. But see, it looks like a boy! Although I will have to say that the two times that we had an early u/s Jerry swore he saw boy parts! Those u/s were with Flannery and Saoirse! Sooooooooo......we'll see how it pans out when I think I see "parts". We can't wait!
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Have fun, and good luck!