Monday, February 25, 2008

One of those days

Over the weekend Jacob became very fussy and irritable. I was concerned because he was just finishing up antibiotics on Saturday for an ear infection. Then last night while we were at our church appreciation night they had to bring him to me because he wouldn't calm down... he never gets like this so I knew something was wrong. I called and scheduled an appointment for this afternoon right after Josh got out of school.

As I was loading Seth and Jacob in the car I realized I didn't have my purse. No big deal, we were 15 minutes early. I ran back in to grab it and it wasn't there. Then I started panicking because it was nowhere to be seen! Ugh, where was it? I called Jeff to see if maybe he brought it in and put it somewhere last night. It was very possible as we were trying to get three very tired kids in the house at 10:00! He had no idea where it was. That's when it hit me... I left it in the booth at McDonald's yesterday afternoon. What was I thinking??

So I ran to get Josh from school and as he got in the car he announced "Sorry Mom, I lost my lunch bag today." How could I even get upset or say anything since I had lost my purse? I guess he comes by it honestly, huh? We headed to McDonald's and spoke to the manager. He had found it yesterday and put it in the safe. Thank goodness! So on the way to the doctor I called the credit card company and reported that my card may have been compromised. (Yes, fellow FPU graduates, I have a credit card... shhhh, don't tell Mark and Julie!) So they closed the account and informed me that we actually had a $27 credit for some reason. Cool!

We actually made it to the doctor's office a couple minutes ahead of schedule. Thank you Lord! The doctor said Jacob's ear still looked pretty bad and put him on a stronger antibiotic. Hopefully this will knock it out once and for all. Pray for the little guy!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Steps forward...

All week long we've been hearing these words around our house...

"He's up... he's up... he's up... ugh, he's down!"

Jacob's trying to crawl. He gets up on all fours and just rocks. I know he wants to take that first little step forward but he hasn't quite gotten it all figured out. Part of me is excited but the other part wants him to stay small forever and never move forward. Life will change for all of us once he's movin' and groovin'. I'll have to keep a closer eye on him for sure!

Makes me wonder how many times God is watching me. Watching me rock back and forth, trying to figure it all out. Will I take the first step forward? Will I go back down and wait until I get it all figured out? Will I put my faith in Him and just do it? I can just imagine the smile on His face each time I take a little step forward!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Just checking in

One trip to the doctor ~ $20

Baby's antibiotics and special diaper cream ~ $20

Knowing that baby will be feeling better in about 24 hours ~ Priceless!


Also, please be praying for Josh today. We have to go see a gastro specialist for some problems he's been having with his tummy. I know he's a bit nervous about seeing a new doctor.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

'Tis the Season

No, I'm not talking about Christmas! Years ago at a women's event in our church I heard a wonderful speaker talk about the seasons in every woman's life. This world is made up of all different kinds of women... thank goodness! Until recently I knew that some may not understand my decision to stay home with my kids but I didn't realize I could be looked down upon for it. It was heartbreaking when questioned about my abilities due to the fact that I don't have a degree. So I thought maybe I would take a minute to go over my life and explain my choices.

As a young girl when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, you would often hear me say "A teacher, a chef, a nurse and even a lawyer but the # 1 answer on my list... A Mom!" I wanted to be a wife and mother more than anything else. When I turned 16 I began having female problems. My Mom took me to the doctor who decided to take me in for an endoscopy to explore the reasons. They found that I was having issues with endometriosis. I was put on some medication and they watched me carefully.

About that same time (16 years old) I got my first job, started dating my future husband and started taking classes at the community college while homeschooling for high school. I was very busy as my first class in the morning started around 7. Then I would come home and finish my high school work, eat some lunch and head to work... the season of being young and working hard.

I always planned on getting a college education and having a career but life is funny. Jeff asked me to marry him the night before I graduated high school. He was already 22 years old, had been to college and was ready to move on. So the next 10 months were full of wedding planning and excitement. My Mom and I worked hard to get it all done. Thank goodness she knew what she was doing! In 2000, just after I turned 19, Jeff and I were married... the season of being a wife had begun.

I saw the doctor shortly after and she suggested that we start trying because she was unsure of my chances of conceiving. In July of 2001 Joshua was born weighing in at 5 lbs 13 oz... and the season of being a Mommy began. In July of 2002 Jeff and I felt like God was saying we should start trying for #2. Little did we know it would be such a struggle. Finally after 13 months of prayers, tears and frustration we became pregnant. Seth was born in June of 2004 weighing in at 6 lbs 11 oz.... the season of being the Mommy of two! God called us to have another baby. This time it took just about a year. Jacob was born in June of 2007 weighing in at 7 lbs 13 oz... The season of being a Mommy of three!!

So eventually our goal is for me to go back to college and get a degree in nursing. I would love to wait until all my children are in school themselves. It will be so fulfilling to have a "career" but that will be another season in my life. Until then, I feel God has called me to the season of wiping noses, changing diapers, helping with spelling words and teaching my children. It's not always glamorous but it's so rewarding... I love the season I'm in!!