Wednesday, February 25, 2009
On this special day, Ash Wednesday, may my small sacrifices in fasting be a way to clear away the clutter in my life to see you more clearly. May my longing for meat and other food, help me to focus my life today more outside myself. Let me be aware of those who are in so much more suffering than I am and may I be aware of them as the brothers and sisters you have placed in my life.
Lord, I know there is darkness within me and around me. Bless these days with your Word. Let your Light shine in the darkness. Help me long for that Light until we celebrate it at the Vigil six weeks from now.
And most of all Lord, help me to honor this day with the ashes on my forehead. They help me remember where I have come from and where I am going. May I acknowledge to you my sins and my deep need for your loving forgiveness and grace. I pray that this Lenten season will make me so much more aware of how much I need your healing in my life.
From the Online Ministries at Creighton Uni.
Monday, February 23, 2009
She was really shy at first, but eventually warmed up to the other girls in the class and the teacher. Then they had to put on their tap shoes. We didn't have tap shoes for Emma at the first class, so the rest of the day was spent getting her fitted in a local dance store. Hopefully I will get good pics of the tap shoes at the next lesson.
Can you show me that arabesque again please?
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Emma crashed hard yesterday after two days of fever. We went to the Dr. and she was negative for the flu and strep...which means there is bloody nothing they can do to help her. What is Tylenol/Motrin supposed to do for cough and runny nose? Who do these Dr's. think they are taking away our children's cold medicines. Have they ever not slept for 6 weeks???
Today we opened our windows and bought new filters in an effort to rid the house of the bugs. Now I feel that all-too-familiar tickley scratchy goopy throat thing that happens the day before you wake up miserable. Pray it doesn't happen. I have to sing again at church on Sunday...and it's Bach. I love singing Bach!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
He was relieved that the Dr. took him out of his figure 8 splint. They are very uncomfortable!!!! The Dr. said that the only way they are effective in immobilizing the shoulder is if the brace is pulled super tight....then you risk nerve damage in the arms. Nice! This is an example of a collar bone splint...
Now he will wear this new brace (sling) for 4 weeks (which he is MUCH happier about). It not only puts the arm in a sling, but also straps it down around his back so he can't really move the arm at all. He can release the bottom strap when necessary for writing/drawing. We will see the Dr. again in 1 month for a new Xray and see if he can slowly start returning to light activity. For now...he can do nothing. And he is working on trying everything with his left hand.
When I dropped him off at school, the kids were at recess. He was immediately swarmed by all the girls. I told him he will probably have rockstar status for a few days until everyone gets used to seeing him that way! I don't think he minds too much.... :)
Monday, February 16, 2009
E usually has the top prize for bedhead between the two ...
But not today!!!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
We have had at least one person sick in this house since Christmas. I guess I started it all with the horrible cold I got on Christmas Day. Since then Isabel has had a sinus infection, bronchitis, and is running a low grade fever as I type. Emma had an ear infection a few weeks ago, and her fever went up today as well. Bad was sick with a sore throat, which he so kindly passed on to me last week. I think the only one who has managed to stay healthy through all this is Jacob who escaped with only a minor stuffy nose around New Years.
On a happier note, Brad and I got to take a trip sans children last weekend. It was amazing. My folks watched the kids so we never had to worry about whether or not they were OK. We went to Fredericksburg which is in the hill country. For my California relatives reading this, Texas Hill country is about as pretty as you get in Texas...and it is gorgeous. It was even pretty this time, during the winter when everything is dormant.
The town of Fredericksburg is a quaint little town known for it's German Heritage and shopping. We ran into gobs of women's groups who were down there for some time away from the kids and men. I am lucky enough to be married to someone who enjoys that type of shopping, and we had a great time.
We ate nothing but German food the whole time (except for a dessert of Creme Brulee), which was fun for me. I love trying new foods. Since Brad has been teaching the girls to speak German, we have adopted many German type things into our home. Movies, books, brats, and now I am addicted to sauerkraut (although is I smell it again for several months it will be too soon).
It was really nice to get away from it all. So nice, we forgot to take any pictures. You will just have to take our word for it!
P.s. I just HAVE to mention that Brad bought me the Keurig coffee brewer that I have wanted forever for my Bday....and I feel like royalty. For those of you who are not aware, I am a coffee connoisseur and this toy just feeds my addictions. You just turn it on, put in a pod of coffee, put a cup under the spout, and press a button. Coffee on demand. No mess, no clean-up. So spoiled!