Friday, April 18, 2008

Five things Meme

First, the rules:
1. Each blogger answers the questions about themselves.
2. Then tag five people. Make sure to let them know!

What I was doing 10 years ago?:
We had just brought Little Dove home from Russia. she was very ill and had only been home a few weeks. She was going to the Children's Hospital trying to get her health. She had been given an injection in Russia that had become encapsulated in her upper arm. It was an inoculation that her body fought off. It I believe was God's way of protecting her. Daddy Man and I were very sick form the infection that Dove had. We had given away the anti biotic we had to our hosts in Russia for they were unable to ever acquire it. We gave it to them and them became very ill on board the flight home. We were just getting up on our feet. We were all three treated for parasites (internal). Boy that still makes me feel sick just to think of it.
I was rocking my daughter to sleep and could not allow any one else to hold her. She had cradle cap so bad that she was bold in the back for not being held. I had three baby showers! We were so well cared for by the church family of Scottsdale Bible they were wonderful! My Baby was very tiny at eight months she was smaller than a 4 month old. She ate and ate and became a butter ball. We had Physical therapy and speech (to teach her how to suck and to eat without choking) and Occupational therapy to help her to move her arm had been stuck at her side for so many months she could not lower it well. We had therapy 3x a week 15 miles one way. Then the Hospital sent a Department of Developmentally Disabled Children to our home twice a week. I had a torn wrist and changed diapers one handed for months ( I caught my thumb in a door handle and almost tore my wrist completely backward). It was casted for some time. I taught her twinkle twinkle and instead of a diamond shape with my hands it was a triangle. :) the cast made me not able to move my thumb.

Five things on my to-do list today:

1. I took the kids to the doctor
2. resting
3. blogging
4. Feeding us dinner
5. Movie night with the family

Five Snacks I enjoy:

1. extremely dark chocolate
2. Navel oranges
3. candy
4. Beef Jerky
5. chips

Five Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
1. Live debt free.
2. Give where it is right to do so, spend some and save some.
3. Give the children and My Husband world travel and cultural/historical awareness.
4. Equip The needy with the ability to help themselves more.
5. Send some funds to world orphanages known to be upright and to aide in the care of the elderly widow and widowers.

Five of my bad habits:
1. Lack of physical activity
2. Too many calories and not the best things for me.
3. Neglecting my physical, emotional and mental needs.
4. Working so hard and not pacing myself
5. Nail biting

Five places I have lived:
1. Tacoma, Washington State
2. Palm Springs, California
3. Ogden, Utah
4. Phoenix, Arizona
5. Scottsdale, Arizona

Five jobs I’ve had:
Gas station attendant
Henny Penny Chicken
Bank Teller
Insurance Agent
Extended Care Coordinator at a Private School

What I’d like to be doing in 25 years:
I will be 72, With grandchildren perhaps. With good health I hope and a sound mind. That is my prayer. I would like to be playing with the grand children watching my children thrive in their marriages and adult lives.
Dash will be 32, Dove will be 36 wow! I hope to be here. If not I will be standing at the right hand of God Praying for them day and night.

Tag your it.

Back from the Pediatrician

Back from the pediatrician with preliminary test results of no strep , but the test will tack 24 hours to confirm it.
I had a couple of small checks for the paint rebate. I thought how nice it would be to give them a happy meal then I remembered those checks. I went through the drive threw and cashed them. The joy of the journey with two kids so happy to get to have a burger and fries was dear. We all ate on the road home. They had so much fun with the toy that came in it. All the way home happy sounds and giggles from the back seat. The toy made music and they were trying to get them to sound off in unison.
Too cute.
We stopped by the drug store for some vapor rub and some throat drops for them to suck on.
Dash is sneezing a lot. It is a virus as far as we can tell.
I have to watch Dash's breathing so far his chest sounded o.k.
The Doctor confirmed that she had studied up on the Ushers and said that it can cause dizziness. I told her that I got the referral for the Barrows Nero Center for that testing Dash needs to get done.
I told her that Dash will still be Dash.
She sweetly smiled and disclosed that she has an Autistic son.
I told her of our blogging community of support.
So Doc if your out there welcome , Join in we are all here for each other.
I hope your all having the joy of life in the twinkle of your eye.
I am doing so so much better. The only side effect of the antidepressant appears to be sleepiness. Then again maybe I need to just rest more:) Ha!
Stress is a real thief. Don't forget to care for your selves friends.
"If you can't be a good example then be a good cautionary tail"

Yesterday's Cup Cakes for the kids

Yesterday Dove was home sick all day and she watched "Little House on the Prairie" and we both had a little afternoon nap. She rested all day. We went to go bring Dash home and they had computer time. During Computer time the house was so quiet. I took over the TV for a while and then saw a show about turning the TV off and living:) So I did. I decided to bake some cup cakes for the children. Setting up the island with individual bowls of decorations and frosting (store bought this time). After they had cooled I had the children wash up. The pleasure of watching their joy was a delight.
How happy they were to be given the honor of decorating the cakes.
You can see it on Doves face!

It was fun to see them work.
Dash has fine motor challenges and was pretty frustrated at times but this was a great way to stick (get it) to it. Yes sticky fingers what a joy! They even held off tasting them until after the cakes were finished. I teach them about germs and how we have to work clean and use proper cooking technique.

Just look at those adorable little fingers!
Better than any other entertainment!:)

The delicacy is so beautiful to me.

The finished product!
They had so much fun!
It was so quiet last evening. Even the Daddy Man noticed. The children were (as they are now) playing Lego's in Dash's room. They are having fun.

I have a doctors appointment for both of them at 11 a.m. today to check them for strep throat.
I want to make sure that they are alright.
Dove is so tender she set her hand on mine and thanked me for believing me that she was not faking and trying to get out of school. Her eyes were so transparent. Really beautiful.
Dove has been so very healthy all her days (except infancy) that I am watching her carefully. She has had a very low grade fever. Dash awoke with breathing difficulty. He feels warm too.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thankful Thursday

My sweet Little Dove is sick with a sore throat and tummy.
She has the sneezes too. Sweet girl is an easy patient, very good natured.
I am so very thankful that we are able to have me home with the children. That is a huge blessing to me. When I think of many who have to leave to go to employment how very hard it must be for them.
How healthy Dove has always been even as a baby. She was so ill in Russia but once she recovered she has been such a healthy child. It is a gift and a wonder how merciful God has been in her health.
Mercy = unmerited favor
Mercy has followed me all the days of my life. I have watched the shadow of its wing above me. Sheltering me, abundantly blessing me. I have lived under this covering. known the peace and prosperity of it. Unmerited? Nothing I did or am deserves it. It simply is.
Yet I read and understand that there is a measure of obedience that brings in a harvest. The 10 commandments the ultimate commandment in the New Covenant... to Love the Lord God with all my heart, soul and mind and to love my neighbor as myself.
The heading of the call... If My People who are called by My Name will humble themselves and turn from their wicked ways and repent...I shall hear from Heaven and heal their lands.
Oh how many many fields need to be healed so that healthy crops can be harvested into this mighty nation. Is my own field in need? A question I suppose all of us could use to ask.
Create in me clean hands and a pure heart. Let me be like Him in all my ways.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Calm at the summit.

Hello Friends, So long have I been away from blogging. It is a season of great change for me. The calm is here as we sit on the summit awaiting the cresting of this grand adventure.
Yesterday at the 11th hour I finished the taxes. It was the first time I even had opportunity to accomplish it and I was able to complete and mail them just 5 minutes before I was due to a luncheon for volunteers at the kids school.
I got to have a nice chicken and salad lunch and visit with the teachers of both of my children. That was yesterday.

My Sweet Little Dove was home sick today. I enjoyed her presence. She has stopped biting her nails! I am so very proud of her. It has long pierced my heart that I gave my child such a poor example. She now owns her own hands with pride. I acknowledged her success with a nice manicure and pedicure. She still struggles with the sensitivity issues but she did real well in allowing us this shared time of pleasure.
She is so growing up! look how big girl her hands and feet have become.
She will soon be 11!

I made croƻtons, and breakfast cookies today. Then I placed a nice roast in the oven studded with garlic and slathered in BBQ sauce. It baked for many hours and was melt in your mouth tender. I served it with roasted root veggies that were sprinkled with olive oil and sea salt. YUM.

It was a pleasure to cook again.

It is time to find something to craft! I went out in the boxes and was able to find this project. I began to cut it out and just felt like I was home again.
See my "sewing room" in a tin.

We had our first showing yesterday (Tax day) the first day that the house was not perfectly set. I had an hour to rush around and stage it mopping floors and turning all the lights on. We (the kids, dogs and I went over to the neighbors to sit on her porch. My agent called today saying that it was not shown to a client by the other Realtor it was he and his wife them self who are interested in the house for them selves. She was told that they will be discussing it tonight and maybe making an offer!
The house has been on the market 8 days now.

Well I just though I would check in. I hope you are all doing well. I have very little quiet time with the TV here near my computer. The noise of it chases me out of the room.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Monday Morning

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April 14th Questions:

1. If you had one week to do anything you wanted, unlimited means to do so, what are some of the things you would try to do?

I would take all the means and pay off our mortgage completely. Then I would board the dogs at a kennel and take the family to Disney Land and to the San Diego area. We would play and laugh together. Then we would come home and decide if we are really going to move or not. Having the mortgage not be a factor anymore.

2. What’s the last thing you bought for yourself? Do you buy yourself things very often? If you were rich, would you buy yourself things more often? Why or why not?

Friday Evening I went out with a friend and got a cute top for $7. and then a t shirt Cammi to go under it for $5. It is very cute. I wore it to the pick nick on Saturday and felt beautiful. I do not often buy things for myself due to budget. If I were rich I would not change too much I think but I would exchange my clothes that are baggy mom t-shirts for a more age appropriate design that I felt pretty in. I think I would have more fun giving and sharing though.

3. When was the last time you sang? What did you sing? Do you ever sing in front of people? Why or why not? Does your significant other sing well? If you were (are) a good singer and it was financially within your means to do so, would you ever consider auditioning for American Idol?

I sang this morning in church. I sang a worship song. I once (years ago) sang in a choir for the large company that we were laid off from. I also sang for a choir at the church where I met my husband some 26 years ago. I do not sing any more due to the loss of my voice after I had a radical hysterectomy, my clear soprano voice cracked and I can no longer hold key. I took lessons at a college but I was too attached to the song (Places I remember" by the Beatles and I lost the words in a panic. That rehearsal was my last performance.

My Husband used to play guitar and sing. He is a John Denver type singer I love his voice. I would not audition.

4. If you found $1000 dollars in an unmarked wallet on the street, what would you do? Be specific. Don’t just say, “keep it,” Or “turn it in.” WHY would you keep it? HOW would you turn it in? (And if you turned it in, would you follow up to see if anyone claimed it later?)

I would make a poster did you loose something please call and tell me what it was... If no one called or inquired of it It would be kept. If it were called and identified I would gladly give it to the owner. It would be more important to do what was right. I could not feel free to keep it unless I tried to find the owner. This just happened with a diamond ring on my hand tonight. We had it tested and it is not a real diamond. I still tried to find the owner on Creigs list.

Sunday Smiles

My Dash Hawk stalled in flight as he landed on my lap at the end of his day. When story time had ended his kiss good night turned tender as I hummed "In the sweet by and by" to him. He peacefully slept for half an hour or so until I prayed for the Daddy man to come and lift him from my arms to bed. He is so dear. At seven years old this will be a flash in time one day. For tonight it was my tender gift at his day's end.

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By Maya Angelou

'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ
That a man should have to seek Him first to find her.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean living,'
I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say.. 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain...
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!

Words have power. Here are a few of my favorite sayings.

  • A warm cup of tea is like a cuddle with a friend.
  • The North American Indians have a more eloquent word for ‘friend’ than we do in English. In their language, the word for friend literally means, “the one who carries my sorrows on his back.”
  • Return with Honor
  • The sage anticipates things that are difficult while they are easy, and does things that would become great while they are small. All difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they were easy, and all great things from one in which they were small. Therefore the sage, while he never does what is great, is able on that account to accomplish the greatest things."
  • “Live so that when your children hear these words they think of you… Fairness Caring Integrity Honesty Love Trust.”
  • "O Lord help my words to be gracious and tender today, for tomarrow I may have to eat them."
  • "No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes"

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