Tag Archive | Family

It has been almost a month since I posted, and I am up to my elbows in paperwork while starting my Counseling business so I thought I would share this. My husband is the Student Ministries Director for this church, our church. Enjoy!

Churchspotting

Since the early weeks of Churchspotting one article in particular has attracted long-term, continuous interest.  At least once a week someone arrives at the blog looking for information on relevant Church, a group visited in Churchspotting’s fourth ever article (available here).  Our last encounter with relevant was all the way back in August of 2011.  This week, more than six months later, we return to see what’s changed.

When Churchspotting first visited relevant Church, the group hadn’t yet been an independent congregation for a full month.    Its senior pastor, Matt McGarity, had only recently separated his operation from River Hills Community Church (visited here).  Mcgarity, still relatively fresh from seminary, worked at the RHCC as a youth pastor and outreach minister; relevant began as an auxiliary program to the RHCC, a deliberately ‘contemporary’ service intended to draw in worshippers turned off by more traditional religious services.

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Valentine Story, One bed or Two?

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Butter Cookies

Made with Love for My Loves

I was making chocolate butter valentine cookies for my children when I looked over and saw the most precious site.

I have written about Maggie and Wattson our Miniature Schnauzer dogs who have been married for longer than most humans have. ; ) Well today is Valentine’s Day so I thought I would share a love story.  I  took this picture of  the two of them curled up in the same doggie bed.

puppies, love, marriage

Now each of our three dogs have their own beds but sometimes Wattson will squeeze in to Maggie’s bed.It reminds me of Lucy and Ricky, on the I love Lucy show. Too cute!

 

I know it's not Valentine yet but I'm full of ...

Love Sign

 

This is a short story however; it comes with a good lesson for those of us married. One of us needs to take the first step and move towards the other so that we can feel the warmth and love of the other. I hope you have enjoyed my Valentine Love story. As for my Valentine and me…He is working on our car, it died on him a couple of times on the way home and he is in the Wal-Mart Parking lot replacing a battery in his work clothes. Maybe I should cook for him. ? I did not plan anything because I thought we were going out…

 

 

Grand Baby, Life Lesson, Meet Kevin!

beautiful daughter

A carefree Life!

A few days ago, I became a virtual grandmother.  My daughter brought home one of those “For Real Babies” issued by the school.  This baby is to give the simulation of being a mom.  Yesterday was her third day to be a “Mommy”.  She is sooo tired of the JOB.  However, there is no, spit up, poopie diapers, or other “real life” situations, such as fever, croup, or medical bills.

The first day, the baby cried so hard and Missy Moo (my daughter) could not get the baby calm.  She was not at home with me, Grammie, because she said, “I can do whatever I want this baby won’t slow me down” famous last words…

Well by the time, she came back home my husband and I heard the door open, then a screeching crying. It was the baby; Missy Moo had tried for 45 minutes in a parking lot to get the baby to calm down with no luck.  Papa, my husband, took the baby as I tried to calm my baby.

Papa was able to calm the baby; Missy Moo, on the other hand, was not so easy to calm.  The baby was crying, she was crying and yelling.  I assured her that this assignment was temporary and she would be ok.  She finally calmed down once the baby stopped crying.

The next day, the back fell out of the baby, the batteries came out, and it “died”.  This gave us a good 20 minutes of silence; Missy Moo was in panic mode once again.   Papa and Big Man (my 16-year-old son) was to the rescue and was able to “fix” the baby. I calmed Missy Moo once again.

virtual baby

My Virtual Grandson "Kevin"

I had a great laugh yesterday.  We were at a fast food restaurant and the “baby” had not made a noise since 5pm.  What a great baby, however it was now 7:30pm and we just sat down to eat.  Missy Moo’s boyfriend was just walking towards us with the food. Wouldn’t you know it, just on cue, “Kevin” the baby, began to cry.  He was hungry.  I tried not to laugh, I really did.  However, I could not help it.   Hehehe!

Missy Moo had to sit there while her food was getting cold to feed the baby.  This took 30 minutes. Her boy friend kept trying to see if he needed to do something, to help in some way, but he did never stopped eating.  He is a great boyfriend and once he was finished eating he did  finish feed the baby and burped him.  I was sure to remind them that “Kevin” was an easy baby even on “his” worst day.  Nothing compares to a real baby.

So, as a mom it was hard not to do everything for Missy Moo and “Kevin” but this was a great lesson for my daughter, and for her boy friend for that matter.

Love, puppy love, happiness

They Think They Know It All!

Here is a real life confession: I cannot wait for grand babies.  I just do not want them until the time is right and the baby’s family is just that… “a family” and not just a random  hook up.

Well, I hope you had as good as a laugh as I did.

Please leave your comments or stories about your experience with a “For Real Baby”.  Thanks again for reading and commenting.

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Polotics, Family, Helping,what are your thoughts?

As I was surfing around the web this weekend, I ended up reading about the Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
Now do not worry, this is not my attempt at a political discussion, as I hate them with all my heart, mind and soul. 😉  Poor hubby, he so loves to talk about politics.
 

, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.

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The story I read was about how he had taken some time off to be with his wife and three-year-old daughter.  His daughter Isabella was hospitalized with double pneumonia on Saturday.
 
How scary!    My guess is that this is not their first experience with medical emergencies.  Little Isabella was born with a chromosomal abnormality called Trisomy 18 and along with that diagnosis is a life of medical issues.
 
My prayers went out for this family as I read about their weekend.
 
I know firsthand what it feels like to hand your small child over to doctors and just pray that they know what they are doing!  Praying that the doctors can just “fix” your baby so that life can get back to normal.
 
What happens when the doctors cannot “fix” the problem?
 
My little Boogie Bear (the name I call my youngest child) was born with a grade 4 bleed on his brain.  He spent 3 weeks in the NICU and went home.  We were told that he would NEVER walk or talk.  So when he walked at 18 months old and was already babbling we knew we dodged a HUGE bullet.
 

cuttie, 2 year old,

too cute


However, when he was just 2 years old our lives changed drastically.  Boogie Bear had a seizure that lasted 3 hours and 45 minutes.  I am not exaggerating; he was taken by Care Flight helicopter to the nearest children’s hospital an hour from our home.  By the time my husband and I got to the hospital, Boogie Bear was on Life support.
 
As a mom, I was looking for reasons, what caused this?  The last thing on my mind was that fact that he had brain damage from the bleed at birth.  By this age he was talking, playing on the playground, running, he had met all the milestones that “they” told us he would never do.  So he was not a special needs child, he was “normal”. Right?
 
Well that day in May, proved that Boogie Bear had a long fight in front of him, and for his family for that matter.
 
That was not the last time that Boogie Bear would go into status epilepticus!  It turned out to be a monthly occurrence for the next 6 years.  Care Flight helicopters, ambulances, neurologist, emergency rooms, and a couple of more times on life support became his and our “normal”.  Boogie Bear’s longest seizure was 4 hours and 20 minutes.
 
life flight

helicopter that helped boogie bear the very first time


So what caused this?  We were told that it was due to the brain damage cause by the brain bleed he had at birth.  What, I just thought the doctors were crazy. He has been fine for 2 years.  Why now?    The doctors shared that the brain has a large growth spurt at two-year old and that the scar tissue from the brain damage caused by the bleed is what most likely triggered the events on that sad day in May.
 
So now we have a child with special needs, our lives and the life of Boogie Bear was and is far from “normal”.  Since that day in may boogie bear has been diagnosed with… Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delay, Peri-ventricular Leukomalacia, irretractibal epilepsy with frequent status epilepticus, and a few more diagnosis that I will share at a different time.

 
So, that is why I stopped and prayed for the Santorum family.  I know many people prayed for us and I try to return the favor for other families who live with a special needs family member.  It can sometimes be a lonely place.
 
Let me challenge you…Pray for or encourage, or find ways that can help a family with special needs.  You will never know (unless you are one) how tiresome and emotional it is to be “on guard” for the medical needs of a special needs child 24/7.
 
If you are a “special needs family”, share here some simple, practical examples that would be helpful or encouraging to your family or your child.  Happy sharing, please only share in a helpful manner, this is not a forum for complaining or pointing out what people do wrong, thanks.
 

Children,Family Members, Best Friends, I think yes to all Three!

dogs, family, friends, love them

so are they cute or what?  i love them like family.

jaxon the big black one is a rescue dog.  he was abandoned by his owner’s. 😦  his family just moved away and did not take him with them.  he was left in the backyard to fend for himself.  who does that kind of thing?   oh well, their loss is our gain!  he is such bright dog!  he came house broken, he can eat off of a fork, don’t ask. 😉  he makes me laugh and smile because when he wants something, he does this moaning, singing noise to get my attention.  when he needs out, we ask him if he needs out and he will bark three times,  you know (((bark))) O, (((bark))) U, (((bark))) T.  well in my mind he is spelling.  any way… that is a little about jaxon.  oh one more thing, we gave to our youngest son for christmas last year (2010).

next in the picture is wattson.  he is a white miniature schnauzer.  he is our oldest dog and boy can we tell he is getting older.  he is crabby, gets startled easily, and can’t be bothered anymore.  oh, let me address the misspelling of his name.  when we got wattson he was about 5 weeks old and bright WHITE!  so my husband wanted to call him WATTson, in reference to the wattage of a light bulb.   another don’t ask…the more you read about my world the more insight you will get about my husband…:)

back to wattson, he loves to play soccer!  he is good too.  he dribbles the ball with his nose while running towards me and then when i try to get it from him he moves to the right or left and goes around me.  hehe,  he is better than i am with ball control.  wattson is somewhat of a romantic… he has been married to maggie the little dog next to him for 6 long years.  however, he loves to show his love to me too!  take a look…

love,romance,dog,schnauzer, man's best friendwattson will often come to me and just sit his paw on my foot.  he just sits it there like we are holding hands.  so sweet.

so last but not least is maggie!  maggie is a salt and pepper miniature schnauzer.   she is so sweet, everyone who has met her just falls in love.  she is quiet and sleeps about 18 hours a day in her little bed.  i think she is so worn out from being a mother of 20.

wattson and maggie have had 4 litters of puppies with 5 puppies in each litter.  maggie did not loose even one puppy, she was such  great mom.  after her last litter we took her to the vet…so now no more puppies.  here is a picture of her last litter.  soooo cute!

puppies,miniature schnauzers, too cute,look at those hears!!!  that puppy’s ears are still just like that…my therapy yesterday was playing with my doggies!  they bring such joy to my life.  when i am sick, lonely or sad maggie will come a lay with me to comfort me.  my plan is to have her certified as a therapy dog and let her hang around my office to bring comfort to my clients.

so this is my 6 article, give me some feedback, or just leave a comment so that I know you are out there and i am not just writing to the air.  thanks for stopping by.