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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Please Pray

We got some slightly disturbing news about Ellie yesterday. She has a PDA. I did a search on the internet to get a better idea of what that means. Basically, as far as I understand, a PDA is a connection between the pulmonary artery and the aorta that did not close itself off soon after birth. If left untreated it can result in congestive heart failure when a baby gets older. The doctor told us it isn't something to be overly concerned with at this time. Ellie is not exhibiting any symptoms (difficulty breathing, problems with weight gain, among others) so at this point they are just going to continue monitoring her and hopefully it will close on its own and we won't have to look at other methods of treatment. PDA is fairly common in premature babies and while they don't like to administer too many medications or perform any kind of surgery on babies so small, they do it quite frequently. We are asking for your prayers for our little girl once again. I have seen the wonderful things God does when you take your troubles and lay them at His feet. That is what Dave and I are trying to do right now. All the prayers that have been offered on our behalf have definitely been heard. God has helped us through some tough and scary times in the recent past and we know it is due to the fact that so many people have remembered our family in your prayers. We are confident that God is taking care of Ellie and that she is going to be OK.

(Here is a link to Wikipedia if you are interested in reading more about PDA.)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

They're Here!!!

It has been a crazy week around our house. Our girls arrived last Friday evening. It was definitely a surprise to Mommy because there was nothing unusual going on all day, then all of a sudden, it was time! Gracelyn Joy and Ellie Jenay made their miraculous appearance at 5:54 and 5:55 December 19. They are just beautiful and progressing really well. They were only 31 weeks and 2 days gestation, but they have definitely held their own in the neonatal ICU. Ellie had some trouble breathing initially and had to be put on a bubble C-Pap, but she is already off that and breathing fine on her own. Gracelyn had a bout with Apnea, but it looks like that has resolved itself, also. Dave and I love going to see our girls everyday, but it makes it hard to get anything else accomplished. We are just so excited to have them here we aren't very motivated to do much besides spend time with them. I am sure we are going to drive all the nurses crazy before all is said and done!!


Gracelyn's first picture. Dave got to go see both of the girls in the operating room shortly after they were born.


Ellie's first photo, also still in the operating room.


This is Ellie hanging out in her isolette. She usually isn't this wide awake but her mouth is almost always hanging open!


Gracelyn is dressed in "real" clothes for the first time. The nurses try to keep their clothes layered to help them maintain their own body temperature. Doesn't she look precious in her floral gown?


We got to take a family photo on Christmas Eve. That was the first time the girls have been near each other since they were born. I thought this one was precious. Both girls have their eyes open just taking in the world around them.

It has been a long journey for us to make it to today. We have not walked it alone. Dave and I have felt all the prayers, love, and support from so many people. I don't know how we would have made it through some of those days if it had not been for our family and friends. Seeing how so many responded while I was on bedrest was such a growing experience for me. A huge "Thank you" to everyone who lifted our family up in prayer. It is by God's grace that our girls are here and as healthy as they are.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Woo Hoo!

Dave took me on my first wheelchair ride this afternoon. The doctor gave the OK a couple of days ago, but Dave has worked so late the last few nights, we hadn't been able to go out for a spin. It was oddly exhilarating! I never thought I would get so excited about a wheelchair ride, but I really was!! I guess it has something to do with the fact that I have only seen outside my room on one occasion in my two and a half week stay here at the hospital. I went about 3 doors down the other day for my sonogram. Other than that, I have been in my room 24/7. I know this is the best thing for our girls right now and I will do anything I can to keep them growing in my belly as long as possible, but it will be nice to get out of here for 20 minutes every day!!! We took some photos to commemorate our first outing.


Here we are at the conclusion of my first big night out! We really had a lot of fun. I think next time we go we will do a little more exploring. This time, Dave just showed me around the part of the hospital he knows--the part he travels to and from my room on a daily basis. We tried to go see the newborns on the second floor, but either there weren't any, or we were looking in the wrong place!


Here I am--30 weeks and 3 days pregnant. I compared this picture to the one I posted the other day and I can't believe how much I have grown in 2 and 1/2 weeks!! I am sure the girls just hit a growth spurt, right?!?!



Nothing has really changed with me. I am still having contractions sporadically throughout the day. As long as I don't have more than about 6 in an hour they don't worry too much about them. They have gradually become a little more painful, but I know they are nothing like the "real" thing! They won't examine me again until I let them know that something has changed or is happening. I think this has kind of helped me stay optimistic. All I can do at this point is pray and believe that everything is OK. I guess it is just a waiting game. I will keep you posted.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

30 Weeks!!

Well, we made it to 30 weeks. A huge milestone that I didn't think was possible 4 weeks ago. I had a sonogram yesterday morning and the girls look good. They are both measuring between 30 and 31 weeks and each weigh about 3.5 pounds. So, I have about 7 pounds of baby in me right now. I don't have any real recent pictures, but here are a few older pics for your viewing pleasure!


This was my last morning of freedom as Dave and I were leaving for my doctor's appt. I haven't been home since!


Dave and I celebrating Thanksgiving in the hospital.

Several people have asked about the nursery. No, it is not finished. We actually have quite a bit left to do, but I know it will all come together. Our house is not very big and the nursery is definitely not very big so we don't have a lot of space for too much furniture. Once we got both of the cribs put together we realized there really isn't room for much more furniture. We do have two tall bookcases in there and I am planning on getting baskets for the shelves to use as storage, but, other than that, nothing else will fit. We have decided to skip the changing table and dresser because we don't feel they are essentials at this point, and there is no room.

The cribs and bedding are adorable, don't ya think?










Dave and I are so thankful for all the thoughts and prayers sent up on behalf of us and our girls. We feel so blessed to have such wonderful, supportive family and friends surrounding us. We know that God has very specific plans for us. We are just waiting for those plans to be revealed.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Happy Holidays from the Hospital!

Yeah, yeah! It is about time I updated. I would like to say that I have just been so busy I haven't had time, but that is not the case. I have been laying in a hospital bed since Tuesday. Yep, I went into my weekly appt. last Tuesday and doc told me I was going to be staying for a while. My cervix had completely thinned and I had started dilating (sp?) to 3/4 cm. My water is sitting right on my cervix and Baby A's cord is down low and will deliver first. So, I will be having a c-section because of the complications delivering the cord would cause.

I will be 29 weeks on Wed. and right now we are really hoping to make it to 30 weeks. My body seems to have a mind of it's own and hasn't been responding to treatment as well as I would like, but I know that God can do anything. I am really trying to remember that and not get too discouraged when changes continue to happen. I know that it is by God's grace that we have made it this far! Please pray for the development of our girls. I know the doctors know so much these days and have so much technology to help babies born this early. It would be such a blessing for these babies to be born as developed as possible. Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers. Dave and I couldn't ask for anything more!!

It has been a busy week. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, lots of family and friends have been able to come visit. I have really appreciated all the visits and goodies that you have all brought. I have so much junk food to snack on, I don't know if I will ever get it all eaten!!! You are all such a huge encouragement to me and I love each of you dearly!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Negative

My fFN test results are negative so I should be in the clear for another couple of weeks. I will still go in on Tuesday and have a sonogram just to make sure everything is still looking good. I am so thankful to be able to spend another week at home instead of in the hospital!!

Speaking of hospital--I was hoping to get some help from any of you who have been put on hospital bedrest. I am trying to get prepared, but I don't even know what all to prepare. I have my laptop and movies, lots of magazines, books and puzzle books, but other than entertainment materials, what would you suggest taking? I want to know the little things that you were so glad you had while in the hospital. Any ideas are welcome!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Home Again

My appointment went pretty well today. Things have stayed pretty much the same. They did a fFN test today and we are hoping the results are negative. If not, I will be admitted to the hospital tomorrow. As of right now, I am planning on spending the next week in bed. I will go back in next Tuesday for another sonogram. Right now it is just a waiting game.

We had our first baby shower on Sunday. Unfortunately, I was stuck at home while Dave went up to church to mingle with everyone. We are truly blessed to have such thoughtful, loving, and supportive friends. Even though I couldn't be there, they did everything they could to make it special for me. I have a few pictures so you can see for yourself how cute everything was.


All the tables had a stack of these boxes. All the stacks had different verses attached. I got to keep all the ribbons and verses. Aren't they so cute!?!?!?





Dave and I are so thankful for everything that has been done to make the arrival of our precious baby girls a little easier and a little more special. Words can't express our gratitude. We love each of you!!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Philippians 4:6,7

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Have you ever had one of those moments when you see a scripture for the "first time" even though you have probably read it a hundred times before? I have read these verses too many times to count, but they never touched my heart like they have in the last couple of weeks. They just held a message that was vital for me to learn in light of all that is happening in my life at the moment. I read these verses a couple of weeks ago in a Bible study I was doing and then in a book I was reading a few days later. I really got to thinking about it and it has stuck with me ever since. It is important for me to remember that, while there may be events in my life that could cause anxiety, all I need to do is pray about it and be thankful for the abundant blessings God has bestowed on me, even through difficult circumstances. He will be there waiting to hold me up and comfort me. Today, thinking about all the what-ifs, I don't understand how I am not going out of my mind with anxiety. It is something my human mind will never comprehend. It is so much greater than me. I know it is not just Dave and I praying for these babies. We are so grateful for the prayers being offered on our behalf by family, friends, and strangers. We are definitely feeling the peace of God work in our lives everyday!

Monday, November 10, 2008

On Our Knees

It has been a crazy week and a half with these girls of ours! I have been having contractions, spent 4 hours in the hospital last Thursday being monitored, bedrest Friday, spent the night in the hospital Friday night, bedrest all weekend and went to a specialist today. I was sure Dr. Thigpen was going to give us some good news because I have still been feeling so good. The contractions haven't been painful and the meds I am taking have seemed to slow them, but the news was not good. My cervix is shortening--it is at a 1.1 as of my appointment today. So, strict bedrest for me for the remainder of this pregnancy. I am 26 weeks tomorrow and we are really, really hoping to make it to 30. I have another appointment with Dr. Thigpen next Tuesday and if my cervix has shortened anymore I will be in the hospital for the duration. Sounds exciting, huh?

I have been very emotional. I am very hopeful, but the reality is definitely setting in. I am trying not to think about all the things that COULD happen. Just trying to stay hopeful, but it is hard.

The babies look good--they are growing and very active, it is just their mama having a hard time. So, we are asking you to all join us on our knees! At this point there is nothing we can do. It is all up to God and His plans for our babies. Please, please keep us in your prayers. It is not very likely that we will make it much past 30 weeks, but we know that God can do anything. With Him all things are possible. That is where we are trying to keep our focus right now.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Congrats, Jill and Jeremy!!

My baby sister had her first baby on Monday! Jake Alan was born on his daddy's birthday. I have to say, that has got to be the best birthday present any parent could ever get!! (I was born on my mom's birthday, so of course I would think that!) I have talked to Jill several times this week and she just talks about what a great baby he is. I can't even put into words how happy, excited, proud, and, yes, emotional I am about his arrival. You need to go to Jill's blog to see the beautiful boy!! It is such a wonderful time in their lives and I so wish I could be there to be a part of it. It is so hard hearing about everything that is happening and not be their for Jill. She told me just last night how helpful Jeremy has been. It makes me feel better knowing he is taking good care of her and Jake!


Congratulations, Jill! I love you and can't wait to meet your precious baby!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Kindergarten Funny

This past week was Red Ribbon Week. On Friday we passed out red ribbons with some kind of stay drug free message. At recess that morning one of my students came up to me all excited about her ribbon. In a very proud voice she exclaimed, "Free Drugs!" while holding up her ribbon. I am wondering if we missed the point?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Seriously???

So, I am walking down the hall at school this morning and my principal, tactful man that he is, says I look like a pumpkin. (And, this was definitely NOT the first comment he has made about my expanding belly!) Granted, I am wearing an orange shirt today but does that seriously seem like a good thing to say to someone? It really didn't bother me but it just really got me thinking about all the inappropriate things people say to pregnant women. That has probably been the most surprising thing about pregnancy for me. In my case, it has been mostly men making these, "Whoa, you're getting huge!" (or some equivalent) comments. But, sometimes women make them, also. I have been guilty of it myself. I can't wait until I am really huge. Oh, the comments I will get then!

Monday, October 20, 2008

And the Award Goes to....



As a recipient of this award I must answer the following questions with ONE WORD answers and then pass it on to 7 more people to do the same.

1. Where is your cell phone? table
2. Where is your significant other? TCU
3. Your hair color? blond
4. Your mother? concerned
5. Your father? easy-going
6. Your favorite thing? family
7. Your dream last night? forgot
8. Your dream/goal? faithful
9. The room your in? classroom
10. Your hobby? reading
11. Your fear? complications
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? home
13. Where were you last night? Smith's
14. What you're not? hasty
15. One of your wish list items? maid
16. Where you grew up? Uvalde
17. The last thing you did? lunch
18. What you are wearing? dress
19. Your TV? off
20. Your pet? sweet
21. Your computer? noisy!
22. Your mood? good
23. Missing someone? sis
24. Your car? parked
25. Something you're not wearing? socks
26. Favorite store? Target
27. Your summer? lazy
28. Love someone? David
29. Your favorite color? blue
30. Last time you laughed? earlier
31. Last time you cried? yesterday

The bloggers I'm nominating:

Anyone who has time to complete this.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Who is that guy?

Dave and I went to see Fireproof yesterday afternoon. With about two minutes left in the movie Dave leaned over to me and said, "That guy looks like someone famous but I can't think of who it is." I couldn't help but laugh a little as I told him that guy who looked kind of famous was, in fact, Kirk Cameron. After the movie he told me that he had been trying to figure out who he looked like from the very beginning. We both got quite a laugh about it.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Organization???

I am sitting here at my "desk" at school and thinking to myself, "You have got to get this mess organized!" I almost wish I had my camera here so I could take a picture and show you how bad it is! I have stacks falling over onto stacks. I have files sitting in tubs. My tape dispenser has fallen over on its side and I haven't bothered to pick it up. Half finished work is laying on the edge of the table....Don't even get me started on the 6 or 7 boxes, still full of stuff, under my table. We are still in a transition, waiting for our new school building to be built so we can move in, so I don't want to unpack everything just to have to repack it in a couple of months! Plus, there is no where to put it all! Needless to say, it is a disaster area! I have been telling myself it is the babies. (They are pretty much my excuse for everything these days!) I just don't have the energy to straighten it up, or they have thrown me out of whack so bad that things are just not getting organized. That really isn't fair to the babies, though, because I definitely had this problem LONG before I was pregnant! When I get too much stuff, or make too much stuff, or try and do too much at one time it just spirals into this tornado that is before me right now. I get overwhelmed and don't even know where to start. I just do a little here and a little there, but not enough anywhere to really make a difference. It doesn't help that I have so much junk up here that I don't need. And, it is just taking up space that I do need! But, like I do at my house, I tell myself, "I might need that some day." The funny thing is that when that day comes I don't have a clue where to find that much needed item so I might as well have thrown it away or given it to someone who would actually use it. I guess I could be organizing right now instead of sitting here typing this!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

20 Weeks

Here is my first belly pic. Dave and I were headed to a football game on Saturday and had the camera with us. We have been meaning to take some pictures for a while but just never got around to it. Hopefully this won't be the last one we take.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Do Dreams Really Come True?

Someone told me that if you are pregnant and you have a dream about the sex of your baby, that is what you will have. Well, needless to say, I was a little skeptical. I did have a dream, however, and that dream was an accurate prediction of what our sweet babies will be!! That's right, we found out the sex of our babies today and my dream, when I was about 8 weeks pregnant, was right. So here is the first outfit I have bought our babies.

Yep, two girls! We had our 20 week sono today and our little girls were kicking like crazy! The sonographer couldn't believe that I can't feel them moving. There was an RN training to do sonograms so we got the normal stuff and then got to watch for about 10 extra minutes as she looked around and practiced. It was really neat to get that extra time to watch our girls kicking each other in the face! It was so reassuring to see them "bonding" at such a young age. I guess we have to work on those girl names now. We have had a long list for about a month, now we just have to narrow it down. Don't expect a big name announcement, though. I think we have decided to keep it quiet until they are born.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Strange

My little sister just moved to Montana. It is very strange to me that she is living so far away. The farthest we have ever been from each other was my first two years at A&M when she was still in high school. We still got to see each other every couple of months or so. Prior to me going to college we weren't really very close. Jill was too cool to hang out with her older sister. (I know, that sounds kind of backwards, doesn't it?) But, once I went to college things started to change. For the first time I really felt like we were friends. We enjoyed seeing each other and spending time together. Our relationship got even closer when I graduated from A&M and started grad school at ACU--where Jill was getting her undergrad. We spent so much time together and had so much fun! Over the last few years we haven't lived in the same town so we haven't gotten to see each other very often but we spent a lot of time talking on the phone. It was so exciting when we both found out we were pregnant. I am glad she found out first because she was so good at looking up all kinds of information on the internet and finding answers to all kinds of questions. That made it a lot easier on me--I can just call her up if I have a question about something, and she usually has the answer. It is strange that we don't know when we are going to get to see each other again. She will have her beautiful baby boy in October and I probably won't be able to go visit. I am afraid to make plans because you never know what will happen with twins!! I am very disappointed that I won't be able to be there for such a huge time in her life. I am so thankful that God blessed me with such a fabulous little sis!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Baby update

Well, there really isn't much to update. We had a sonogram today. I am officailly 16 weeks and 5 days. We were not able to find out what we are having--bummer! Dave and I knew the chances weren't very good. My dr. said they don't really look very hard until my 20 week sono, but we were still hoping. I guess we will have to wait a while longer. I wish I had a scanner because we got some really good pictures. We even got a pic. of baby A sucking his/her thumb. It is amazing to me that I have these two little people growing inside of me. It is such a miracle! I am still feeling really good. My doctor told me I am about the size of someone (carrying a single) who is 21 weeks pregnant. If that gives you any idea??? I haven't taken any pictures. I don't really know why we haven't done that. I guess time has just gotten away from me. I will have to get better....Anyway, I will post again when we have more news.

2 Weeks Down

We have finished two full weeks of school and I have been busy! For some reason starting this year has been very difficult for me. I just don't have the motivation or guidance that I have had in years past. I felt so ill-prepared I tried to get sent home on meet the teacher night. For some reason my district, and probably many others, think that the most stressful time of year (the week before school starts) is also the best time to schedule professional development. This makes no sense to me because when I sit through all those forever long classes I am not thinking about what is being presented. I am mentally making a list of all the things that need to be done in my classroom in order to be ready for my students on the first day of school. Well, the day before meet the teacher night we had one such day scheduled. Only this was no ordinary inservice day. It was a marathon made up of multiple sprints, if that makes any sense what-so-ever. It was a full day of inservice where we rotated to 6 or 8 30 minute sessions. Talk about brain overload. After about the second session I was done. Some of these sessions were located in the gym of an elementary school where we were basically siting on the floor or stairs. Yes, I was about 14 weeks pregnant sitting on the floor for extended amounts of time. Did they honestly think this was a conducive learning environment???

Back to trying to get sent home from meet the teacher night....After the stressful inservice day that I felt was completely wasted I had a TON to get done in my room, but I also had to meet with my team, and run some errands to get stuff ready. We didn't have any printers that were functioning at our campus and didn't have a laminator yet. Who opens a school without printers and a laminator? Apparently my school, but I wouldn't recommend it! So, at about 4 in the afternoon after running around like mad for hours I did not feel well. My heart was beating like crazy and I started to get worried. I figured I would go see the nurse and let her take my blood pressure. My bp is normally fairly low, but when she took it it was on the high end. No dangerously high, but much higher than normal. She wasn't too concerned about my blood pressure. She was more concerned with my pulse, which was quite erratic. She told me that she would talk to my principal and tell him I needed to go home, but I felt bad doing that and having my students come up expecting to see me and then me be at home. I decided to relax for the rest of the afternoon and see how I felt. Turns out I think it was just the stress of the day/night because I haven't had any more problems. I have also made the decision that nothing that happens at school is worth me stressing out that much, especially since I have two precious babies to take care of right now. I have done much better managing my stress since then. If you are wondering how I do it, I don't really know. All I can think of is that I just walk away. If something is stressful I do something else, or think about something else. The problem/stressor will be there later for me to deal with.

I have a really good group of kids. This time of year is alway interesting. It can be so much fun getting to know the kids in my class. Figuring out their personalities and their quirks can be very intersting! I am very thankful for the kids in my class. I think we are going to have a great year. I am working very hard to really get them into some routines and habits now so that my sub has an easier time once the babes come. We will see how that goes...I guess that will be a later post.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The BIG announcement

I have started this post several times and then stopped because I am (still) at a loss for words. So, here goes...Dave and I are having twins. Believe me, you could not be any more stunned right now than I was when we found out. It is still so hard to believe we will have TWO babies in a matter of about 6 months. We have known for quite a while, but didn't really make a big announcement until last week-I couldn't hide my growing belly anymore! I am 14 weeks and feel great. We won't find out what the babies are for at least 3 more weeks, it could be as long as 7. I don't think the news has really set in, yet. Some days it seems real, but then I think about needing two of everything and it seems a little more unbelievable. I just want to say a big, "Thank you!!" to everyone who has known about this special announcement and have kept it a secret. Dave and I appreciate all your prayers and words of encouragement during the last few months. I know we are going to continue to value them in the weeks, months and years to come!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I need help!

I am so tired of cooking the same boring meals all the time. It seems like I have about 5 different things that I cook quite frequently. I need to mix it up a bit. Also, I am going back to school at the end of the month and the first several weeks (or more) are so exhausting I know I am not going to want to cook very elaborate meals. So, I am enlisting your help. I am looking for 1)healthy, 2)easy, and 3)tasty meals. Dave is a little picky--no beans (pinto type), no broccoli, spinach, or unusual veggies, please, and not too spicy. I would really like ideas of casserole type dishes that can be frozen. I REALLY appreciate any and all ideas. If you want to give me your 10 faves, that is great. If you only have one to share, that is great, also.

Since I am requesting recipes I guess I will give you one that I have recently come up with. It is kind of an adaptation of a Rachael Ray recipe and oh, so delicious and easy!! Preheat oven to 400. Start with new potatoes. Cut them in half and sprinkle them with extra virgin olive oil. (I do this in a mixing bowl) Make sure they are completely covered then put them on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle them with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix around, on the cookie sheet, with your hands making sure all sides are seasoned. When I am finished I make sure all the cut sides are facing the cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes. So easy and so good!

I can't wait to read your delicious recipe ideas!!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Happy Anniversary!!

Dave and I have been married 6 wonderful years today. Unfortunately, he will be working until about 9 tonight so we won't be able to celebrate this evening. We did get to meet for about half an hour this afternoon for an ice cream date. We had a nice time before he had to run off and get back to work.

I can't say enough about the six years we have spent together. Dave is such a loving and supportive husband. One of the first things I noticed about him, and attracted me to him, was his integrity. He is such a good man and I am truly blessed to call him my husband. I am looking forward to spending the rest of my life with him!


This is Dave and I in Paris a couple of years ago. I couldn't find any recent pictures so I chose this one because we had such a great time together on this trip.

Monday, June 9, 2008

What was I thinking???

Several weeks ago I decided I needed to keep myself busy this summer so I signed up for a Kindergarten Reading Academy. I thought this would be a great way to kick off my productive summer. Yeah, I must have been temporarily insane to think it was a good idea to take a class the first week of my summer vacation. All I want to do is sleep, eat, read, and play with my dogs. I don't want to sit through a class all day. One positive....We got out 2 hours early this afternoon!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Valley

My good friend, Charla, posted the lyrics to a song that has been an inspiration to her through some tough times. I thought that was a great idea and decided to do the same. Most of you know that Dave and I have had a lot of "stuff" going on the last 6 months. Most of it not very good. We do have hope, though. Hope that God will see us through to better times. Hope that we will be blessed when we have walked through this valley. This song is by Ginny Owens--If you want me to (remix version). Thank you, Amber, for the CD you made with this song on it. It has really reminded me of where my focus should be through everything.

The pathway is broken
The signs are unclear
And I don't know the reasons
Why you brought me here
But just because you love me the way that you do
I'm gonna walk through the valley if you want me to

No I'm not who I was
When I took my fist step
And I'm clinging to the promise
You're not through with me yet
So if all of these trials bring me closer to you
Then I will walk through the fire if you want me to

And it may not be the way I would have chosen
When you lead me through a world that's not my home
But you never said it would be esay
You only said I'd never go alone

So when the whole world turns against me and I'm all by myself
And I can't hear you answer my cries for help
I'll remember the suffering that Your love put You through
And I will walk through the darkness if you want me to

Cause when I cross over Jordan
I'm gonna sing and I'm gonna shout
I'm gonna look into your eyes and see you never let me down
So take me on the pathway that leads me home to you
And I will walk through the valley if you want me to

Monday, May 19, 2008

Lunch

I am at school eating my lunch at my desk right now. I am having a spinach salad with sliced almonds. The best part is the salad dressing. My friend, Natalie, got me started on it and it is delicious! It is Kraft Light Asian Toasted Sesame. Try it. You will like it. Yum, yum!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Argh!!

Our (not so) trusty water heater stopped heating water Monday night. We have been without hot water for 4 days. I called and left a message to get a plumber to look at it Tuesday. Dave called me at school Tuesday and said he talked to a guy from work and thought he could replace it himself so he didn't want me to make an appointment to have the plumber come out. He got home Tuesday and went to look at it and quickly changed his mind. I think normally it is a fairly simple thing to do, but we have a water circulator that makes it a little more difficult. So, Wednesday I called the plumber again and set up a time for him to come out this morning. The last few mornings I have been boiling water on the stove and carting it to my bathtub and while I was doing it this morning I thought, "This is the last time I will have to do this. Thank goodness!!" Famous last words....The plumber told me the heating element needed to be replaced and then everything would work fine. Well, when I went to wash the dishes (which have been piling up since Monday night) the water didn't get hot. We have some problems getting the kitchen sink to get very hot so I thought I would do a load of laundry on hot to get the water started that direction and then the sink would get hot. The sink never got hot. Yeah, we still don't have hot water. And, to make matters worse, I washed a load of white towels before I realized this and the water was all rusty from the work that had been done on the water heater. I started running the water in our bathtub and sinks and so much rust came out. I think the towels are ruined. When I called the plumber back at 4:00 I had to leave a message. The receptionist called back a few minutes later and had talked to the plumber. He said to check the breaker and to hit the reset button on the thermostat to see if that would make it work. She also went ahead and set up an appointment for Monday afternoon for him to come back out and look at it. Needless to say, even after checking the breaker and resetting, it looks like we are going to be hot waterless this weekend. Looking back, when she told me he would come back out Monday after 4, I should have said, "No, he needs to come back today after 4." I am not that confrontational, though. I will just grumble about not having a hot shower for the weekend.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Family Pics


We took pictures with my family for my dad's 60th birthday back in March. We took several, but this was my favorite. It was an interesting experience. There was some miscommunication about the tripod, so we ended up not having one. I just propped my camera up and used the timer. My bro, Nathan, and his wife, Jeannie, are on the left. My dad and mom are in the middle. My sis, Jill, and her husband, Jeremy, are in the front. Dave and I are on the right.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Hairspray and ants

I think hairspray might kill ants, but I am not positive. It might just temporarily stun them or maybe it just makes their legs stick so they can't move them. Either way, I think we have successfully kept them out of our house for the time being.

Note to self: "Don't keep the dog food in the garage if there are holes in the bag!"

Monday, April 28, 2008

24 days until summer vacation!!

Spring is here

I had a thought driving home from work the other day, and I thought I would share it. I love spring. I love the green grass. I love the new leaves on the trees. I love all the wildflowers blooming everywhere. I love all the animals being out and about. I even love the spring storms. I love spring.

It is extra special this year because I am feeling a sense of change going on in my life right now. I feel like "spring" with all it's wonderful changes and hope for the future is finally coming into my life. A sense of renewal, if you will. This weather has me feeling like the gray skies are going to move out and make way for nothing but blue! Spring is an exciting time of year!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

God's discipline

I have been doing a lot of thinking about the events in my life over the last six months. I don't know what to make of them. I know that no matter what is going on, God has a hand in it and he remains with me. I told a friend yesterday that I am ready for this time in my life to be over and to feel God's promised blessings. I know I was being selfish saying that and it made me think of a passage I read a few weeks ago. I thought I would share it, in case any of you are going through hard times.

"Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:7-11

I never had thought of hardship as discipline from God. Just a little something to think about. Let me know what you think.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

One Word

This was fun. At times, I really had to think in order to find one word to describe so much!

1. Where is your cell phone? desk
2. Your significant other? trustworthy
3. Your hair? short
4. Your mother? caring
5. Your father? easy-going (is that one word?)
6. Your favorite thing? books
7. Your dream last night? vowels
8. Your favorite drink? water
9. Your dream/goal? contentment
10. The room you're in? office
11. Your ex? ?????
12. Your fear? disappointing
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? away
14. Where were you last night? home
15. What you're not? uncomplicated
16. Muffins? blueberry
17. One of your wish list items? Greece
18. Where you grew up? Uvalde
19. The last thing you did? kiss
20. What are you wearing? Valentine T
21. Your TV? off
22. Your pets? love
23. Your computer? Dell
24. Your life? guided
25. Your mood? anxious
26. Missing someone? sis
27 Your car? Accord
28. Something you're not wearing? eyeshadow
29 Favorite Store? Target
30. Your summer? fun
31. Like someone? YES!
32. Your favorite color? one???
33. When is the last time you laughed? today
34. Last time you cried? forgot
35. Who will/would re-post this? 0

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Has it been a month?

I can't believe it has been a month since my last post. I guess there has been so much going on and none of it really good, I haven't really felt like posting. Long story short, we are not moving to W. F. anymore. I am so disappointed for Dave. It was an amazing opportunity and he was heartbroken when it didn't work out, but I guess God has other plans. Things have slowed down. Dave is back home and working for a steel construction business owned by one of our good friend's dad. Yeah, that is a huge change for Dave. He knows nothing about steel or construction, but he is learning. We really don't know what the future holds. We had actually talked with the realtor before Dave moved back home. We met with her but haven't been able to decide what we are going to do. We both really want to be out of here. Over the last few months we have had such a bad experience here that we are ready to go, even if it isn't far. We may just move 15-20 miles, but at least we will be in a new city and can start over to some degree.

I have decided to teach at a new elementary school next year, if we are still in this area. My current principal is moving to a new school that is opening and he asked me to go with him. It took me a while to decide. Honestly, when he asked, my mind was already on overload with everything going on with Dave and I wasn't able to really think about it. He came to me several times last week reminding me the time to request the transfer was Friday. I decided at about 5 pm Friday. Up until the moment I submitted the transfer request I was hesitant, but as soon as I did I became very excited about it. Needless to say, with all that is going on here, we could use your prayers! We are ready for a break from all of the "excitement" for a while so we can just relax and not worry about what was going to happen next. On that note, I have a somewhat funny story to tell. Dave came home Friday afternoon. He got off work early and decided to go watch some tennis. When he got home he told me he had something to tell me. My heart immediately dropped into my stomach as all the "news" he has shared with me the last several months came flooding into my mind. My first reaction was, "Oh, no. I don't think I can take anymore." Turns out it wasn't anything bad. In fact, I don't even remember what he told me. I called it a somewhat funny story because we were able to laugh about my reaction after-the-fact. I am afraid it will be a while before my gut reaction is not fear at the mention of "news."

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Moving Day #1

Well, today is moving day for Dave. He is packing up and loading his truck as I sit here and type. His new job starts tomorrow. I will get to see him probably every weekend this next semester, but we won't be living in the same city. We have suffered through a long distance relationship once, before we were married. I did not handle it very well. I am hoping this time things go a little better!

It is surprising how many things have been happening in our lives the last couple of months. Last Sunday in Bible class we talked about prayer and what we are really praying for when we utter simple prayers and the way God answers those prayers. We watched a clip from Evan Almighty where "God" is talking to Evan's wife. He says something about when you pray for courage does God just give you courage, or does he put you in situations to be courageous? That got me thinking about things I have been praying for lately, and wondering about how God is answering those prayers. I have always thought of prayer, and answers to prayer, in a fairly direct cause/effect relationship. I pray, God says yes or no. Sometimes we have to decide to stretch as Christians. We have to experience pain and hardship, disappointments and misunderstandings in order to reach the blessings that God has in store for us. The Prayer of Jabez discusses how we don't even know what blessings we need to be praying for, and God is so much greater than we can even imagine and has such greatness awaiting us. I have been praying for blessings in my life and my marriage. I don't always pray for specific things, because I know that God knows what I need better than I do. It is comforting to think that all the difficulties we are going through have been orchestrated by God in answer to my prayers, but that does not make them any easier to live through now. I guess it comes down to trusting that God has a plan for my life. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11