Monday, December 14, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Here are some pics of our pre-decorated tree with my 3 favorites. What a handful and joy my children are these days. For example, here's a random conversation I'll type as I converse with Reagan. I got this idea from my sis in law, Amber. It's been the source of many laughs! Here we go...
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
(hope you don't mind, I copy and pasted this from an email I sent out earlier)
Praise the Lord for His sovereign hands and great doctors!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
At Gideon's 6 month check up I asked our pediatrician if his head looked OK to her. She said it looked a little wider and asymmetrical in the back. Deb, our pediatrician, thought it may be best to have it looked at it further. Gideon had an ultrasound done and the results weren't perfect. So we were encouraged to have an MRI set up for Gideon, which was last Wednesday. We got the results on Thursday and it looks like he has enlarged ventricles, which are areas where spinal fluid flows in and out of the brain and spinal column. It looks like there is some sort of blockage, resulting in Gideon's head growing at a much faster rate than the rest of his body. This speedy growth in his head size (from 50th to 90th percentile in 6 months) was the kicker for us thinking there may be a problem. So now we wait and we are scheduled to see a neurosurgeon, Dr. Kleiner, at Children's on Tuesday at 4:00.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Last week Jason took Reagan for a hike so I could have some girl time. The ladies from my house church came over so we could re-divide into smaller quads. It's always very helpful when Jason and Reagan go on their daddy daughter date on the nights I have quads or a night out to myself, or what have you.
Anyways--Jason and Reagan went on a 3 mile hike rather than a 3/4 mile hike (thanks to his color blind issue, he couldn't see which trail was which color, thus the longer hike than planned.) Jason pointed out all the trees that had fallen down in the woods and her response was priceless...
"Mommy fix it."
Ahh, it's nice to know she thinks so highly of me. :)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Now that both babies are asleep and I have time to digest some thoughts, I'm realizing how emotional this past month has been for our family. With my dad having crazy things happen with his job, Phil and Amber having ups and downs with the adoption of Silas, and discipline issues with Reagan coming up, it's been rough! But we know God is sovereign in all things and He's not surprised by our family troubles.
You could pray for peace as Phil and Amber wait on a second court date. The Ethiopian courts usually close during rainy season and we're praying they remain open so families waiting to get their sons and daughters through adoption aren't held up even more. (Also, a good friend of the family, the Zeunes, are going to get their son, Mathios, in 8 days. Mathios hasn't been on the greatest eating-streak since he's joined the transition home and the Zeunes could use prayer as they prepare to travel, meet, and parent little Mathios in only 8 days!)
There's a lot more to share but I'm tired and since I've promised to be better at updating my blog, I can share it in a few days! :)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Grilled Lime Chicken
Prep: 15 min. + marinating
Grill: 10 min.
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
6 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley OR 1 Tbsp. dried parsley
3 Tbsp. grated lime peel
1-1/2 tsp. minced garlic
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. dried thyme
3/4 tsp. marjoram
3/4 tsp. pepper
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
In a small bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Pour 1/3 cup marinade into a large resealable plastic bag OR tupperware container with lid. Seal and turn to coat; refrigerate for up to one hour. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
Drain and discard marinade. Grill chicken, covered over medium heat for 5-8 minutes per side. Baste occasionally with remaining marinade.
**to get the most lime juice, microwave limes for 30 seconds before slicing in half and squeezing. A juicer (electric or hand) is helpful but not necessary.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Well as the ticker on the left so clearly informs me, only three more days till Gideon arrives! We're so excited about the big day. And with all the excitement comes the stress of finishing things up around the house so that when he arrives it's smooth sailing. Here is a list of things I have yet to do that I want to get done:
- oil change, air filter change, and battery replacement in the Lumina
- finish putting all Gideon's clothes away
- put the cradle in our room and the changing table in his
- wash the car seat cover and bouncy seat cover in baby detergent
- clean out basement refrigerator
- fix leaks in the basement sink and pipe
- deep clean living room carpet
- change furnace filter
- finish thank you notes from the baby shower
- put porch furniture where it belongs...on the porch rather than back yard
- (not really thinking Gideon will care about above task)
- re-install both car seats in lumina
- pay Jason's MRI bill
- reorganize our medical/bill file folder to prepare for the plethora of new bills coming
- clean fans in all rooms
- grocery shopping
- regular daily chores/housekeeping
- pack a hospital bag for myself, Jason, and Gideon
- pack a stay-at-Grammy and Pops' house bag for Reagan
Since this list is on my mind all the time, I thought I'd blog about it...seems like I'll keep myself more accountable now that it's out there for all to read. More in the days to come!