Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Baby Baby Baby News

Well, after the entire last week of being in mourning over losing our baby, we found out today that we did NOT lose the baby. It was simply to soon to see it on the ultrasound last week!!! Praise the Lord!!! I have another followup ultrasound on Monday just to confirm what we saw yesterday, but there is no reason to think there is anything wrong a this time. I will be very relieved once we see a heartbeat.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Additional Baby Updates

I go to the doctor again today after a blood test. He'll probably do another ultrasound to compare to the first ultrasound depending on what my hormone levels read. We don't know or understand everything that is happening and wish things could just be done. I guess just pray that we find out today what is going on with me. Things are just weird right now.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Update On The Baby

I had my ultrasound today and we had a very early miscarriage. Praying that I will pass the baby this week and avoid the runaround of blood tests and future ultrasounds. I want this to be over. Please pray for Daniel. He is devastated. I think it hasn't really hit me yet. I'm a bit numb.

Mom of three on earth and one in heaven.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Yep - Its A Baby

We have another one on the way!! Not sure on the exact due date yet. I had some weird things going on this month so I have an ultrasound schedule for this coming Monday to check some things out. Pray that everything is okay and that approximately 9 months from now we have a healthy baby!!! #4 coming to a town near . . . . . . . ME!!!! AHHHHHHHHHH!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Fundraiser Update

Abigail is D.O.N.E with her candy selling!!! She met her goal of 22 cases and will get ALL the prizes available except for the "top seller" prize but that is okay. I'm very proud of her for setting a goal and achieving it. I'm also happy for her that she'll get an American Girl doll as that is something that we would not have been willing to purchase for her. GOOD JOB, ABI!!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Blog Ettiquette

When somebody leaves a comment on one of your blog entries, what is the proper way to respond? Do you respond on your own blog and assume they'll come back and read it? Do you try to find their e-mail addy and respond that way? How does that work?!

Great Toothbrush For Small Children

I've gotta show you all this toothbrush which was recommended to me by a friend on cafemom. You can find them at Wal~Mart of somewhere around a buck a brush and my children are THRILLED with them. You push the up bottom of the toothbrush which causes the toothbrush to start flashing a little light. The light blinks for one minute. So, as long as the light blinks, they have to continue brushing their teeth! Wooohoooo!

What a wonderful invention!! OH - and CHEAP, too!!!
Dr. Fresh - Firefly Blinking Children's Toothbrush - 1 ea

So Jaded - My Commentary On The World

Many of you know that I'm a member of cafemom and I love love love it!!! It has been a tremendous help to me especially when I struggled so much with depression last year, or the last 18 months or so. BUT, I also have to be careful because the negative influence from cafemom can get to be a bit overwhelming sometimes. You can chose to interact with all different kinds of people and really get into their minds with some of the things they "say" there.

So, I made a mistake today. I posted a "question" about the Democrats and Joe Biden and how he feels that it is "patriotic" for the rich to be taxed higher and it is "fair" to tax them at a higher rate and give that money to the "poor" simply because they are "struggling". While that all sounds good and fine, it isn't Biblical at all!!! At least it isn't Biblical for the government to be TAKING the money and then redistributing the wealth. Anyway, I was so disheartened by how many moms out there are not only okay with that, but agree that it SHOULD happen. I'm so sad.

I don't care how "poor" I get in the eyes of this world, I don't WANT those who make more money than I to have to support me. What happened to working hard for a fair wage? What happened to being content with what you have? What happened to the "rich" giving of themselves to the "poor" simply because it is the right thing to do? I know. It sounds like a Utopian society but if the "rich" aren't willing to do those things on their own, they should NOT be robbed!!! Not by me or the federal government!!

It is no wonder Obama/Biden have so much support when they are holding out fists full of dollars toward a people who have no character or scruples whatsoever outside of thinking about themselves. This is not the America that my WWII veteran grandfather fought and bled for! This is not the America that my uncle gave his entire career for. This is an ugly America who has lost sight of what made her great to begin with - God, hard work, and personal integrity. I'm so saddened for the future of our country. She will collapse some day. And yet, I love her.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

She Is Almost There!!!

This is just unbelievable to me. I posted a little while ago about Abigail's school fund raiser having started and how bummed I was that we were going to have to try and sell $2 candy. WELL, my sister in law took it on as a project and has helped Abigail sell (to date) 16 cases of candy!!! WOW!! She was just planning on the doing the minimum, 4 cases, but then she found out that if she helps her sell a total of 22 cases, Abigail gets a $150 shopping spree at the American Girl store. So she is going to do it!!! I'm so happy for Abi and so thankful to my sister in law because Daniel and I would never be able to purchase an American Girl doll for Abi.

Here is what Abigail has won so far.

Fudge bar or ice cream sandwich
bag of chips
can of pop
sundae cone
casual clothes for one day (at school)
pizza party at Chicago Dough Co.
Chicago trip
Chicago trip plus $25 spending cash
Wisconsin/Chicago trip which includes Medieval Times, Jelly Belly Factory , animal farm and more!

In addition to that, she'll win the $150 shopping spree out of the American Girl catalog once she hits that magic 22 case mark!!

16 cases down - 6 more to go!!

The Invasion is Scheduled For TODAY!!!

The children are coming home today from Memaw and Pappy's house! I have mixed feelings. I'm ready to see them but OH MY SOUL it was so nice having the house to myself!! Boy they just keep you busy.

They did great at Memaw's house all week until this past Monday. Poor mom. Both of them got sick while there were there and she was up several nights with Lydia puking. Plus, they get up very very early at Mom and Dad's house so I know Mom has to be exhausted.

It sounds like Lydia has turned the corner with her potty training adventure and is now wearing big girl panties without peeing in them AND is getting up to go potty at night! Wooohoooooo!!! So, I'm excited at the thought that I may very well be completely out of diapers for the first time in 6 years!! What a wonderful feeling!!

Unfortunately, I was supposed to meet Mom and Dad halfway to pick up the kids on Friday but since our van is out of commission, they are driving all the way here today, staying in a hotel, and then driving back to Ohio tomorrow. I feel bad about that because I know Dad is going to be exhausted driving all day on his days off. But I praise God for such loving and generous parents. I would be lost without them.

Our Week - Deep Sigh

Weeeeell, it has been an interesting week here so far. I'm ready for the week to be over so we don't get hit by "bad thing" number 3#!! You know bad things ALWAYS happen in threes!!!!

Daniel had a volleyball game he was going to referee this past Tuesday. So, long story short, he took the van to work with him. So, he is driving probably 75 MPH up the highway when the van just slips out of gear. No warning. No nothing. Mind you, our van is only 4 years old and has less than 60,000 miles. So he has to pull over to the side of the highway and we are anticipating the mechanic to tell us today that we are going to have to purchase a new transmission. Very discouraging as we are just getting back on our feet financially. Daniel was a horrid crabby mess and I had to be the "reasonable" one which is frustrating.

But you know what? I'm not worried. We don't have the option to borrow money and we don't have the money to pay to fix it but I am confident it will work out. Daniel and I are doing our part right now and I just feel like I'm sitting here just eagerly anticipating seeing how God is going to take care of it. There is such freedom in knowing you are handling your finances according to Biblical standards. I'm almost excited to see how this is all going to fall out. I'm praying for God to take care of it. He knows what is going on with us, how we are trying to honor Him, and I have the faith of a mustard see that He will take care of it! (help mine unbelief! LOL)

So, I get another crabby call from Daniel yesterday. He received a traffic ticket while working yesterday. YIPPY SKIPPY!!! So that is another $75 we have to come up with in 2 weeks. BUT, again, God is in control and I have no doubt our faith is being tested right now.

I am praying that my faith and Daniel's faith will be strengthened by these things and that Daniel will see the power of God in this. ( ME TOO!)

Praise the Lord for He is Good - ALL THE TIME!