Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Jadie has been experiencing some pretty painful lower back pain that travels into his upper left leg to his knee. He assumed he pulled something and that it would heal slowly on its own. It's been over a week and he's finally to the point of seeking medical attention. So, we'll see if the chiropractor can help...he's never been to one and neither have I.
I have been dealing with congestion, sore throat, headaches, and body aches since yesterday morning. Tylenol seems to have taken care of the hurt, but of course the congestion/drainage persists.
Caleb has had a runny nose for about 3 days now, but it seems as though he doesn't have any other symptoms like fever, cough, or grouchiness.
The only one who seems normal is Dusty, our dog.
Friday, December 14, 2007
NovemberWorst Owie ever!
Our Buds are Back in Town...Caleb and Ryan playing together
Granana and Caleb the Dino
Doing his Community Helpers Puzzle
Golfing...Daddy would be so proud!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
So Monday was a shopping day and a luncch with Jadie day. Caleb and I went to Temple around 11am to try to beat the lunch crowd. We browzed through Hobby Lobby for a while until Jadie called to say he could leave for lunch. We enjoyed lunch at Fazoli's. Jadie was really excited to share some deer jerky with me that one of his work buddies had given him. Yummy! After lunch, we ventured over to Ross, Marshall's, Target, and Michael's in hopes of finding some stocking holders that didn't cost an arm and a leg. No such luck...the cheapest I found were $15 each. I'll try to Dollar General later this week.
Tuesday we stayed in all day long. We watched Ratatouille, did only one load of laundry, and well, that's about it. I had coffee with some of my mommy friends at Starbucks at seven. It was a nice time of conversation...funny how we talk about our kids more than anything else.
Today I slept until 9:45 am...I don't know if Caleb sleeps so late because my lazy habits have caused him to sleep later or if he's just always going to be a late sleeper. I'll be praying for him to wake earlier so that I will be forced to do the same...I feel like my whole day is almost gone when I don't get up before 8:30 or 9am.
So here we are...moving from melancholy to merry! I'm going to get something done this afternoon...well, now it's almost evening...
Monday, December 3, 2007
I hope you enjoy your day tomorrow!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Last Thursday: Thanksgiving Day, spent at my grandparents hosue. Jadie, Kristin, Caleb, and I arrived on Wednesday night. Since we aren't too fond of the 3 hour drive, we alwyas try to get it out of the way. We had a yummy home-cooked breakfast with Granny and PawPaw. Mom arrived somewhere between 9 and 10 am. The rest of the family (Aunt Shirley, Uncle David, Pam, Larry, Uncle Steve, Uncle Clifford, Max and his 2 baby boys) arrived between 11 am and noon. Can we say yummy food?!? My favorite: Sweet Potato Casserole! All Caleb ate was Chex Party Mix and cookies! Thanks everyone!
Last Friday: The drive home in time for Jadie to watch the UT vs. ATM game at 2:30 pm.
Last Saturday: Thanksgiving Dinner with Jadie's Dad and Fran. We went to Cracker Barrel.
Again, so yummy! Exciting event: We left our light on so our battery was dead when we got out to the car (it was rainy and COLD!). Jadie's dad, Fran, Aliene, and Vanessa had already left, so we had to wait a little while in the rain for them to return to give our car a jump. Thank goodness my daddy always taught me to keep a set of jumper cables in the car!
Last Sunday: Thanksgiving with the HORN clan (Jadie's mom's side) at Grandma's house. Caleb loves to see other kids, even if they are all older than him by at least 5 years. We all had a great time, but all Caleb ate was a banana and a cookie. Yikes!
Monday: Jadie's first day of this week-long vacation! Doctor's Appointments for Jadie back-to-back! 10 am Dentist, 12:00 pm Lunch with me and Caleb, 1:30 pm Eye Doctor, 3:30 pm Dentist again for a filling. We had dinner with Bonnie and Steven at BJ's Restaurant and Brewery in Temple. A little overpriced by my standards, but every bite was delicious!
Tuesday: My wonderful sister Kristin babysat Caleb so we could go play a round of golf! I gave up pretty easily since it was only my second attempt ever and Jadie took me to a par 5 this time. Those are some long drives! It takes me somewhere between 4 and 6 strokes just to get to the green!
Wednesday: I spent all day with Miss Bonnie and her kiddos! Jadie and Steven went to play golf and also took care of cutting down a bush at our house and repairing a table at their house. So, Bonnie and I spent the day chasing our kids, talking, and chasing our kids some more. Good times!
Today: Jadie's playing golf with Paul and I'm here relaxing (at least until noon or so)! Who knows what the rest of the day will hold!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
A friend emailed me the day after Thanksgiving to ask for an update on how Bonnie's doing. She said that she had been praying for Bonnie (even though she doesn't know her!) and was really wanting to know how she was progressing. I pray that God would bless my friend Kim as she has blessed Bonnie through her prayers and convern.
Here's the update...
- She returned home to Waco with her family on November 1st. They drove home for several reasons. 1. They could pull over at any time for her to get out and walk (She walked for the first time on October 19th). 2. They could take their time, stopping for two nights to rest. 3. The plane tickets were too expensive. 4. They had a vehicle in Ohio that they needed to get home anyway. 5. They had many household items and small furniture items to transport home also. 6. Her parents were in Ohio for the duration of her time in the hospital, so they would be driving home at the same time.
- At the time that she was dismissed to return home to Waco, she was instructed to walk at least 250 feet a day to promote stretching and increased ability to walk for longer periods of time. I don’t know how much she is walking now, but she is walking more and more everyday.
- Bonnie returned to our church for the first time on Sunday, November 10th. As would be expected, everyone was glad to see her and hug her neck.
- Bonnie spoke in church on Sunday, November 17th about her fall and how God has been changing her. In the weeks before her fall, God had been revealing to her how ugly her heart had become. She discovered that she wasn’t really loving anyone around her the way God would have her love them. She began praying for a change of heart. God began to slowly transforming her. During her time in the hospital, God continued to change her and reveal his heart to her and his plan for how she is to live. These are not my words, but the words I have a very vivid memory of her speaking to me as I visited her in the hospital in mid-October and then again to the church on November 17th.
- Bonnie has not yet made a decision about her elbow. She has an appointment with a specialist in either January or February (I can’t remember which). Since the fall on August 30th, her right arm has been set at the same position and angle. The bone between her elbow and shoulder has healed and she does have the ability to move and use her right hand, but not with very much functionality due to the fact that she can’t use the elbow. She uses her left hand for just about every task.
I hope that this is a pretty thorough explanation of how Bonnie’s doing now…if you have any questions, please ask. I’d be happy to answer them or ask Bonnie for the answer.
Monday, November 19, 2007
My mom sent me an email telling me about the "Giving Thanks" text message project. The project invites you and your families to send a text message of thanks to our military service men and women serving in 177 countries. By sending a text message to 8 9 2 7 9 between now and Thanksgiving Day we all can say thanks to our troops during the holiday season.
You can also visit the "America Supports You" website at http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/ to see the messages already sent.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
- On Monday, I was blow-drying my hair in the foyer so I could still watch Caleb play. When I finished, I rolled out the vacuum cleaner to get up any stray hairs from my blow-drying. My mom was still here from the weekend and she stopped me in the middle to look at Caleb. I thought he was scared of the vacuum, but I continued with my task. When I finished, I began to put the vacuum away, when my mom said, "Lauren, you'd better vacuum the living room floor, too." I wasn't sure what she meant...then she explained. Caleb had picked up every last piece of his train set and put it away in the box so that I could vacuum the living room. What a little helper!
- Last night (Wednesday), Caleb came to find me, saying, "Baby. Baby. Baby." He bagan to walk away. I thought this was weird, but continued what I was doing. He approached me again, saying, "Baby. Baby." This time I decided to follow him. He led me to the living room to this picture of one of our end tables.As you can tell, it is one of my pregnancy pictures. Caleb began to point at my belly and say, "Baby." This moment is truly a moment that has blessed me forever!
Anyhow, here's Caleb in his monkey costume!
This was the Halloween costume I picked out for Caleb this year. We started out at Family of Faith Nazarene Church for their "Trunk of Treat." Then we went to Jadie's grandmother's house to visit with her for a while and show her how adorable Caleb was in his costume. Next, we went to Western Heights Baptist Church for their Halloween Carnival (I used to work part time for their PDO program). Then we went and visited with Jadie's dad for a little while. Finally, we went Trick-or-Treating in our own neighborhood, which turned out to be a great idea because we were able to meet several of our neighbors whom we had not yet met in our 3 years here.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
2. People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.
3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
Here's who better do this with me...
Thanks Mel...and by the way a few of my random facts will be spin offs of yours because they reminded me of things from when I was younger...
1. When I was in high school, a friend and I would tie a white sock to a black string and tie one end to a tree across the street. We would then stretch the string to our side of the street so that the white sock seemed to be floating in midair. We were trying to "scare" people in the cars passing by.
2. My husband and I met on a blind date.
3. I once hit a parked car and didn't leave a note or anything. I don't think the dent was that noticeable.
4. I graduated 7th in my class in high school of 385 seniors (and Christy was in top ten too!!)
5. I once peed myself in someone else's sleeping bag at a slumber party. We were playing a game where each person takes a turn in the sleeping bag while the other girls carry the sleeping bag around the house. For some reason, this was a hilarious game for me...I couldn't control myself. Sometimes I still can't (and yes, it's embarrassing).
6. Oijua Boards scare me like crazy...I didn't like them in the first place, but I played once with my cousins and sister and we asked who was controlling the board, thinking it would spell one of our names. It didn't!! It spelled devil. I truly believe that all things related to witchcraft are of Satan and I want nothing to do with any of them!!!
7. I have an extra rib...or so the doctor says...
8. My favorite drink at Bahama Bucks is the Bahama Mamma...yummy...coconut!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Since I like to use tools to help me keep my thoughts organized, I will give you a schedule of what happeded on our adventure.
Wednesday, Oct 17-- Bonnie's Birthday!!!
12:00 pm: Our plane landed in Cleveland, we rented a Jeep Grand Cherokee :-)
2:00 pm: Trip to Wal-Mart for Bonnie's cookie cake and diapers (so we didn't have to pack as many)
3:00 pm: Birthday Celebration at the hospital. Bonnie got 2 Chick-fil-A gift cards, an Ohio State T-shirt, an Ohio State musical pen, and an Ohio State T-shirt Pom-Pon (Dave Matthews would be so proud!)
Thursday, Oct 18
1:00 pm: Visiting with Bonnie (this is when I took the first 3 picutes you see below)
3:00 pm: Bonnie's Surgery to remove all of the metal from her arm (rods in upper arm, fixators at the elbow, and a hook-like thing on her elbow)
4:30 pm: Bonnie comes out of surgery with no more metal sticking out of her arm!
Friday, Oct 19
9:30 am: Bonnie took her first steps!!!
1:00 pm: Jadie, Steven, Caleb and I went to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
3:30 pm: Jadie, Steven, Caleb and I hiked the trails at the Gorge Metro Park and took pictures of the spot where Bonnie fell. It was obvious why she and Steven had visited the park.
5:00 pm: We visited Bonnie in the hospital
9:00 pm: I got to spend the night with Bonnie (I slept in the uncomfortable recliner and we stayed up until 1:30am)
Saturday, Oct 20
7:30 am: Bonnie had her physical therapy time. She walked 4 times (20-30 steps each time) and did several exercises for her legs. I played balloon volleyball with her to help test her balance.
10:00 am: I left the hospital to get some sleep and a shower; Jadie and Steven played golf
4:00 pm: Jadie, Caleb and I went to an Amish Wildlife Park to celebrate Brady's 7th birthday (Brady is Steven's cousin's son)
7:00 pm: Texas Roadhouse in Stow, OH to celebrate Brady's birthday (some more)
9:00 pm: We visited Bonnie in the hospital and said our goodbyes
Sunday, Oct 21
6:00 am: Our plane left Cleveland, OH
8:45 am: We landed at DFW
1:00 pm: We had lunch at Spring Creek with family
7:00 pm: We returned to our HOME-SWEET-HOME!
Bonnie After Surgery, Experiencing Autumn
Thursday, October 18, 2007
We celebrated Bonnie's 27th birthday in the hospital yesterday afternoon. She was in good spirits and had a total calmness about her. We enjoyed eating cookie cake and vanilla ice cream and just getting to talk and watch our kids play together.
Bonnie will have surgery this afternoon to remove the pins and rods from her right arm and elbow. They plan to stay in Akron for another two weeks after she is released later this week.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
- 2 tsp instant coffee
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 6 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 C whipping cream
- 1/2 cold water
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 8-10 cubes of ice
- Blend very well!
Let me know what you think (if you try it at home).
Friday, October 5, 2007
I know, Thanksgiving is not until next month, but I was realizing some things I am thankful for...in no particular order, other than this is how they are pouring from my mind...
- Friends who care enough to send a card
- Friends who care enough to cook you a meal during a difficult time
- Playing in a turtle sandbox with my 21 month old
- Freedom in America
- Digital Cameras
- A job that provides affordable healthcare
- Jadie who works his tail off to provide for our family
- God, who knows my every emotion and sends exactly what I need
- Candles that fill an entire house with sweet aromas
- Diaper Genies that keep nasty smells contained
- Schlotzky's BBQ Chicken Pizza (thanks for the suggestion, Steph)
- A sister who loves the Lord
- A mom who can't stay away from Waco for longer than a month
- A dad who loves his daughters
- Cute crafts that are fun to make
- Grandparents who can make a stranger feel right at home
- Bonnie who is a MIRACLE of God
- Jason and Amanda who love orphans and teach them about a man named Jesus
- A father-in-law who sacrifices to provide for his family
- Good health
- Joy that lasts through any circumstance
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
This past Thursday, September 27, 2007, he closed his eyes on this world and opened his eyes in another. I'd like to speculate at where he is now, and in fact, I believe I know where he is...but only he and the Lord know for sure.
For those who might want to know (and because typing this out might help me heal), my dad died of schematic heart failure and diabetes. In the fall of 1999, he suffered a stroke, changing his health and his life forever. Since then, things have slowly progressed until he suffered a second stroke in February of this year. Since this second stroke, he has been an obviously different person. He was also diagnosed with diabetes after this second stroke. His memory was fading which didn't help with the fact that he was supposed to be medicating himself with insulin and numerous pills several times a day. Since his last doctor's appointment less than two weeks ago, my mom had told me that he seemed more tired and less like himself than ever. I believe his body was beginning to shut down.
Jadie, Caleb, and I did see him the weekend before he died, but it was very brief. We were in Keller for a wedding and dad was doing what he loved and attending a gun show. He was asleep when we came home from the wedding, but we were able to talk with him for about 5 minutes on Sunday morning.
I feel like there is an empty place in my life. I just want to have him call me to tell me about some seemingly insignificant event from his day or to get an email from him about some new scheme that could easily be disproven by snopes.com. Those times have passed, but I can relive moments from his life in my heart and mind.
I love my dad dearly.
Friday, September 21, 2007
So, I got to thinking tonight about how Jadie points out the high cost of my occasional (2-5 times a month) Starbucks Frappuccino. I thought I could actually calculate the total cost of my Starbucks purchases over the last 12 months and that this would possibly shock me into narrowing my addiction to only once or twice a month...12 month period: September 21, 2006-September 21, 2007...Starbucks: $60.80
Considering the only thing I purchase at Starbucks is a drink, I'd say this is pretty steep compared to the other estrablishments totals where I order an entire meal.
What will I do with this information? Probably nothing...except be more concious of how quickly I am making companies more wealthy every time I am too lazy to cook a meal in my own home...
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Jadie and I recieved a phone call at 10:00pm Thursday night from Karrie, Bonnie sister. She tried to tell us the news, but ended up passing the phone to her husband. After Jadie hung up the phone, he told me the news and then began calling other friends so they could start praying. At about 10:30pm, we began making plans to drive the 20 hours to Ohio. We hit the road by midnight.
When we reached Steven and Bonnie's townhouse, it was 1:00 am Saturday morning, so we hit the sack. We went to see Bonnie in the ICU at 10:30am, trying to prepare ourselves as much as possible before we went in to see her. When we walked in, she was sedated and had tubes coming from her mouth. Her right arm was bandaged from shoulder to wrist, with pins and stabilizing aparatus holding the larger bones in her elbow and shoulder in place. She was wearing a neck brace and had a bandage on her chin and a gash on her forehead. Needless to say, it was difficult to see considering how much she means to us. We continued to visit her throughout the day, her condition remaining much the same. She was making improvements in her breathing, initiating 11 out of 12 breaths per minute on her own. She was able to respond to small requests for her to move her thumb or nod her head.
We had to drive back to Waco Sunday morning in order to be back at work by Tuesday, so Jadie, Karrie, and I got home to Waco around 2:00pm Monday afternoon. I wanted to make sure to include the newest AMAZING information about what's going on with Bonnie. I am totally elated after our last phone coversation with Steven at about 1:30pm today.
The hospital has taken out Bonnie's breathing tube and taken her off of the sedation. She was able to say "I love you" to Stephen. She was worried about his sprained ankle! She recognized her parents (Sally and Jerry), her brother (Terry), her sister (Katrina), and our pastor (Roger). Terry even made Bonnie laugh a little. Jadie, Karrie, and I are so glad to hear about all of these incredible improvements, but a little sad that we weren't able to be there to see them for ourselves.
Please continue to pray for Bonnie and her family; there is still a long road to recovery ahead. She will have a 4-hour reconstructive surgery on her right elbow this Wednesday. Praise God that her 2nd CAT Scan came back looking perfect and that her lungs are healing quickly. She is breathing completely on her own now. Praise Him that most of what she's dealing with now is broken bones and that her family can be there with her.
Monday, August 27, 2007
On an outdoor note: due in part to Caleb's thorough enjoyment of a friend's swing set (Thanks, Owens family), Jadie and I decided to purchase a kit and some lumber this weekend. I'd love to be posting a picture of the finished product, but we were only able to squeeze in about an hour of work this weekend because of a family member in need. So, look forward to a picture of our new and exciting swing set sometime soon!
This picture's just for Grand-daddy Ray. Caleb has been enjoying his new teddy bear. Thanks!
As adorable as this little overall outfit is, there were TWO people who mistook Caleb for a little girl that day. Maybe I should put a shirt on him...or a baseball cap.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
We put Caleb to bed around 9:15pm tonight. He was quiet for about 45 minutes, but at 10 o'clock sharp, I heard his screaming and crying. I went into his room and reached out my arms to pick him up. Instead of receiving his outstretched arms, I received a diaper. Huh? I thought. This is weird. I knew there wasn't an extra diaper in his crib and he can't reach the diaper holder from inside his crib. Luckily he hadn't peed in the bed, nor was the diaper wet since I had just put him in a new one.
Other mommies, BEWARE! This could happen to you too...but next time it might not turn out to be such an easy fix!
Friday, August 10, 2007
About 30 minutes later...
Friday, August 3, 2007
Later in the afternoon, I had my good friend Karen Rinewalt chop off 5 inches from my beautiful head of hair. But seriously, I needed a new 'do. I have been so lazy with styling my hair lately and so I decided to cut it sort enough that I would pretty much be forced to style it everyday. So, after taking a whopping 12 shots of myself so I could show off my new haircut, I finally decided on 1 that is mildly acceptable. There is the reason I usually point the camera at other people! Drumroll, please......
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Picture of the Day:
Caleb and Lauren sporting flip flops...believe it or not, Caleb can put them on by himself, between the correct toes and everything! I'm doing a little happy dance inside at the thought of Caleb actually wearing flip flops someday, as Jadie refuses to wear them because of the between-the-toe factor. Anyhow, you just can't do a Texas summer without flip flops!