Wednesday, January 18, 2017

They Are Tougher Than Me

My kids are tougher than me.  They just are.

My throat feels like a pool noodle was shoved down it.

My kids were sick, but so tough.

I waived the surrender flag, but my body said that wasn't enough.



It's in full mutiny.  Flu, pinched nerve related to my healed knee, and lack of sleep from said nerve.


Our kids are amazing tough and almost healed.

I will pop back on here and update everyone at a later date.  As always, there are bits of news.

We appreciate prayers for the correct paperwork to get our flight cancelled for Timothy's surgery (that was supposed to be tomorrow).  We are having issues getting the right stuff from the local clinic.

I will now prove myself A LOT less tough than my kids (wink).




Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Mini Ben Story....He Called Me Mama

My head is throbbing and my throat feels a bit like what asphalt I imagine feels like if you lick it...not that I've thought about it.

I wanted to capture a moment in time here though...a moment of redemption.

I will not do it justice.  There is just no way.

Benjamin has had maybe one to two fevers (I think just one really) in the last three and a half years.  He just doesn't get sick.  He has NEVER gotten as sick as he was yesterday morning.

He awoke with the barking congested cough, his face both pale and feverish at the same time.  He had accident and everything was up his back....and he was crying.  He just wanted me.  As I scrubbed my crying son down, trying to comfort him and get meds in him...my mommy heart just broke.

When we finally made it into the doctor's office, Ben climbed immediately onto my lap.  Bekah leaned her head against my shoulder.  I sat and rocked them.  After awhile my arm became tired and I let one arm sit at my side.

A little hot and sweaty hand then reached down, took my hand, and put it back around him...then tucked his hand under mine.

The flushed face and tired eyes looked up at me.

We spent over an hour in the office.  When we left, Ben was just ready to go home.  In my hurry, I had forgotten to grab his child's sports bottle (that we take everywhere) and decided to pick up a cold drink for him.

He sat in the car seat crying.  He was feeling so bad.

Then I heard it.

"MAMA!"

The cry came through a tear strained voice.

I've heard this very rarely through the years.

I heard it again last night.

"Mama"

I wanted to cry with JOY.

Our son knows I'm his mama.  Attachment for a child that has never had much to attach to is not instant.  It has taken years friends.

The battle has been worth it.

Ben is so loving with a beautiful spirit, but that "Mama" was redemption for me.  It redeemed ten years before us.  It heals cracks and mends trials.  It doesn't undo the life before us, but fully reminds us of the blood of Christ...the redemption washing over us.  The life blood redeeming us from a life before.

I know I'm not saying this right, but I don't want to forget.

Written by and Gladly Claiming,
Mama

"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect." I Peter 1:18-19

Monday, January 16, 2017

Waiving the White Flag (Mini Update)

I'm waiving the white flag of surrender (smile).


I have the Flu. I took two kids to the doctor today and by the time I left the doctor...yup, I knew I was a goner.

Here's my very mini update for our wonderful village who has been praying.  I'm going to then curl up in a very comfy bed and drift to oblivion...hopefully.

My mom came home from the hospital tonight.  Thank you so much for praying.  Please continue to pray for complete recovery.

Timothy's surgery has been delayed and we hope to get new dates quickly.  He's acting fine, but was definitely flu positive on Saturday. This surgery is very intensive and his immune system needs to be at 100%.  We are not going to worry about it and know the hospital made the best and most healthy call for our son.  It's going to be very taxing on his body...even the casting after is intense and sleep depriving.  God's timing is perfect and whatever it is will be the right time.

If you've emailed, texted, or messaged...I will get back to you.  I'm not sure I will make much sense at this point.  I think I used up all my "sense" writing this.

Now I will start talking about talking armadillos eating cake.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Little Bit of Mom, Timothy, Surgery, and The Zoo

Today we have circled the wagons.  Max got home from the winter youth conference last night late and we even kept him home today.  We REALLY don't love keeping them home from Church.  

Oh my, we have such a wonderful Christian family/Church village though.  A precious set of friends just dropped of a care package for us.  You can't help smile from all the kindness!

We are having a hard time keeping Timothy down (even with the Flu) because he seems to feel fine.  We expect to see another fever or two, but he wants to be active.  Rachel is the most miserable. She just doesn't want to move right now.  Anna is coming out the other side (no fever today or last night after three days on TamiFlu).  My hubby seems to really be fighting this well.  He doesn't quite have it, but still isn't feeling great.  The rest of the kids are fighting the good fight (smile).  Two have the raccoon eyes, but bumping up vitamin C, keeping kids separate, masks/sanitizing, and natural immune boosters seem to be helping.  We appreciate prayers for TOTAL and QUICK healing!


These are the kids who are well thus far.  They're watching a movie on the computer.

Well, today my brother is back at the hospital with my mom.  She's doing better daily and her kidney function is still improving.  PLEASE keep praying that the improvement is drastic AND her blood sugar (and every other level) stabilize.  Please also pray the doctors feel confident that my mom can regulate her blood sugar at home (when it's time).  She's used to doing this.  She's just ready to be home. They are now keeping her because they want to see her blood sugar stabilize.  The doctors are just trying to be safe, but my mom is ready to go home.  

We've sent an email to the hospital in Pennsylvania.  We caught the flu EARLY with Timothy and he's already not spiking fevers and acting normal.  It's hard to keep him down.   We do expect to see a couple more fevers, but if it goes like the other kids on TamiFlu, we should only see illness through Monday/Tuesday.  We don't know the hospital policy though.  This week was only casting on his feet and next week is the HUGE surgery, putting his hips back in socket and reconstructing part of the ball of his hip.  My true hope is that they just cancel this weeks feet casting and keep the surgery on the schedule.  We know God has the BEST timing though and that's what we are praying for...GOD'S TIMING!!!  Could you please pray with us? 

Another couple prayer requests regarding surgery and casting? Can you please pray we figure out the stroller (UPPAbaby) that we are told we will need and figure out clothing? We are going to look for a used one as soon as we find out surgery timing. We also need to find some 3T and 4T onesie/bodysuits. We are being told this is the only thing that will give Timothy a little bit of privacy and cover his diaper after casting. I've come up with another idea, having someone add crotch snaps to stretchy 3T of 4T shorts (which of course this time of year may be interesting to find, so we may have to try to alter thin stretchy pants). Timothy wears 2T, but the casts will make him a ton bigger. We need to figure this stuff out quickly.

As always, we ask for you all to be praying for our adoption of Grace and Glory. A precious family we know is in country right now bringing home their little boy. We CELEBRATE with the Richard family. Please pray for my friend's husband and new son as they are now in the home stretch of getting home!


We also long for us to get to that point with our girls. We need $8080 just for the next payment (not to be fully funded). Can you please pray that we may be fully funded quickly, possibly by the end of January? I know it sounds crazy, but we know that no matter what it's all in GOD'S Magnificent Hands!!!

(If you wish to give, their are several ways (PayPal, YouCaring, and another tax-deductible if you like). If you wish to ask your Church or know of a business interested, please let us know and we will send you a packet!)

Finally, today many have had "mornings". I've seen it everywhere. The master of lies seems to want this day for several. I want to encourage everyone (don't gag please...smile) to try to make this day better for those in your life...give and encouraging word...de-escalate situations....love. This day belongs to GOD no matter what wrenches are thrown it it. Please don't hit me (smile). I was thinking today that we want those in our lives better for having us in it...but NOT only their lives...their days...today.

(Please keep Alyssa, Annalee, Robert, and Brandi in your prayers. Also, please continue to pray for the Hooten family and their friends. They lost their 16 year old daughter in a horrible accident recently.)

"This is the day the Lord has made;

We will rejoice and be glad in it." 

Psalm 118:24


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Virulence Enforcement Commencing

Three are Flu positive (four including my mom)....all on TamiFlu.  We think Thomas is fighting getting it.

Please pray this stops here.  I'm not feeling fantastic and the steroids for my knee take down my immune system.  I really NEED to not get sick. 

It's too late for Timothy.  He awoke with a 104.1 fever this morning. 

Please pray for all the sickies  (Anna, Rachel, Timothy, and possibly Thomas) and everyone else to stay well. 

There is a slight chance surgery will not be cancelled....SLIGHT.  I'm sure they will cancel his feet casting on the 20th.  Because this was caught immediately and he's on TamiFlu, there's a slight chance they will allow the 25th surgery.

Please, also pray flights are easily changed.

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On a happy note, our 14 year old (Max) is at a big Winter Youth Conference enjoying himself (and healthy) right now.  In this picture he's leading the youth group in a game!

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