Saturday, September 6, 2014

One Down and One to Go!

It has been five weeks y'all


Five weeks!

Five loooong weeks...
 
 
 since my brave girl had surgery...
 
 
 and 2 casts that were almost as big as she is!
 
 
 It has been five weeks of Lizzie in a non-weight bearing cast and in a wheelchair!


Um, yeah, Lizzie + wheelchair = frustration and then determination!


After an initial rough period of adjustment, Lizzie made peace with her new "norm" (most days) and just figured it all out - like how to play soccer while sitting on the floor!


She amazes me and yesterday...


the arm cast came off and her fingers look just as amazing as she is and the best news of all...


she was able to change her full, non weight bearing leg cast for a partial, weight bearing, bright yellow cast!


We were all very excited and after only 5 hours out, this is what our Lizzie was able to do....
 
video
 
 Told ya!


 Auh-mazing!!!!!
 
 
In 2 weeks we go back and that bright yellow cast (to match her soccer uniform) will change to a brace and then we are in the home stretch...
 
for Lizzie...
 
cause we also heard the results of Lucy's motion study while we were there and found out that our sweet Lucy will also need to have surgery...
 
on both legs and guess what...
 
 
 yep, she will need 2 full leg, non-weight bearing casts for 6 weeks following surgery!!!
 
 Good times y'all!
 
Seriously though, our little one was not happy about this prospect.
 
 
 She has seen what Lizzie has been through.
 
She and Maggie have prayed for Lizzie at bedtime and...
 
 
 she is very upset about not being able to take a shower and feel clean.
 
 Lucy likes to be clean and I know where that is coming from and it breaks my heart!
 
So, right around Christmas, we will be back at Shriners and back at the wheelchair rental place and hopefully not in traction - me that is!
 
Please rejoice with us for our amazing Lizzie and please pray for our Lucy, who is not quite as determined as her sister and a whole lot heavier...
 
If this keeps up, I will never have to workout again!

*grin*

Glass half full...

right!

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12

Monday, September 1, 2014

School Days

So the first day of school has come and gone and I am just now sitting down to  post about it!

Yep, that is pretty much how things are going around here these days.

Between this...


and this...


and this...






and doctor appointments and therapy appointments and work and oh yeah, sleep...

there is very little time for this...
bummer

So the first day of school came and went - for everyone...
 including this guy...


hehe

and it was good...

especially for this guy!


Who knew teaching 8th grade Geometry could be so much fun!

Oh wait...

I think I did!

Bwhahahahaha

Sorry, just had to add that!

Yep, apparently Mr. H. is a big hit around the boys' school and I don't think anyone who knows Hubby is shocked by that, except for Hubby himself!

Another teacher shared with him that when asked, every single one of her students said that the best thing that had happened since coming back to school, was their new Geometry teacher, Mr. H.!

They told her that they were actually learning and that he made it fun!

I am so proud of him and so happy to see a purposeful spring in his step again!

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.  Proverbs 3:6

Christian is a Junior this year!


Yikes!

Charlie is a high schooler!!


Double Yikes!

They started back this year with the same old same old except...

their Dad gets to hang with them every single day and talk to their friends and talk to their teachers...

all day, every day!

Seriously cramping their style y'all!

*snicker*

 My sweet Caleb also started back after 3 years of staying home with this...


as his classroom...


and as his first day of Non-Homeschool Middle School approached...

the more worried I got!

Not about Caleb mind you...


but about the dogs and myself!!!!

*grin*

No worries though as my sweet boy left us an inspiration jar to use whenever we started to miss him...


  and what did we pick out that very first day...


 I think the girls took it to heart!


Which brings me to Em and Lizzie and their first day!

With all that sweet Lizzie had going on and Em's desire to escape a continuation of 2nd grade drama...

*sigh*

we decided to keep Em and Lizzie home... 
 

  after all, 3rd grade was when I started with Caleb and I would not trade the time I had with him for anything!

So, I settled on Teaching Textbooks for Math, Growing with Grammar and Spelling/Vocabulary, God's Names for Bible, Our American Heritage for History, Read and Understand Science and Read and Think, along with with some cool little fillers from T*rget's Dollar Bin!


Em and Lizzie settled on the sofa, and following in their big brother's footsteps, snuggled right up to Chewy!



 So far so good with these two girlies and I am looking forward to the precious time that I will get to spend with them as is Chewy!

Maggie has been counting down the days until school started again!


 Lucy not as much but she loves their teacher and this year...
 

they get to be mainstreamed for art, computer and music!

Last year, the school rallied around my girls and I am hoping the same for this year.

A few things have already become a struggle, however but I am trusting that they will get worked out and that this year will be just as great as last year and if not, that the Lord will provide another way for us.

I was so not ready for summer to be done, with the craziness extra craziness of school and soccer but the Lord is providing some time for quiet and rejuvenation.

I get to start my day early, running and chatting with my eldest...

 having only two home during the day is certainly quieter than having all seven home all day long - most days anyway... 

 and the time that I get to spend with Maggie and Lucy after school is much less hectic as I have had Em and Lizzie time and get to concentrate on these two for a while!  

I end my day with the girlies all tucked in early and the boys, including Hubby, filling me in on the events of the day.

So I try to remember to be thankful for the moments of slow and easy as well as the moments of craziness extra craziness as this is the season we are in and this is the season that will eventually fade away and this is the season that we will never get back.

So while I search for the peaceful moments, I am just plain thankful for all the moments that He gives us.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  Thessalonians 5:16-18

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Happy (belated) Birthday!

So Hubby's birthday has come and gone, as this happened...


on his birthday...


nice huh?

The upside...

we did get to celebrate with his sweet family in NC and that is always a party, esp when the good meds from the hospital have not worn off yet!


Lizzie's – not Hubby's

hehe

As crazy as it all was and thanks to some awesome gift suggestions from some wonderful friends...

the kids and I were able to get Hubby started on his teaching adventure.  My favorite suggestion was an encouragement jar that the kids and I loved creating for our Hubby/Daddy/Teacher...

thank you Jenni
filled with bible verses and little notes of encouragement, and love from all of us, that will hopefully get him through those moments of doubt and frustration.

Although after being home for the last 9 months, with 7 kids, 4 dogs, 2 crazy cats and one OCD wife...  

teaching Geometry to a classroom of sweet, obedient, quiet, respectful, eager to learn 8th graders will be a piece of cake!


Bwhahahaha!!!!!

Oh my sweet, wonderful Hubby...

How I love your quiet, respectful, eager obedience to the Lord and all that He has planned for you...

even teaching (gulp) math!

Just look at how well He has prepared you for this particular journey...







 Happy Birthday my love!

You are gonna rock 8th grade Geometry and all those Dodecahedrons! 

See, school hasn't even started and you are already teaching! 


Now can you please explain to me how 1 + 1 = 7 


Must be that "new math"!  

*snicker*