With Love, Jerelene
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Sam likes his hot chocolate with a candy cane it it!! It's very soothing when you have a sore throat :)
She is really growing. It seems like time passes so much faster when we get older. I remember as a child waiting on birthdays, Christmas, summer break..it seemed that time was so slow! Now I feel like I'm on a snowball and it's rolling down the hill at 100 mph :)
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Sam's current read aloud (read together :) is the Bronze Bow. We just started it, but I can tell it is going to be really good!! This is part of the stack of 11 books that came home from the library with us this week. We are studying Ancient Rome, Geology and Rocks and Minerals, Handel and the Messiah. We have been working hard on our Greek and Latin roots as well. I like to have Sam act as the teacher and test me on them. It's fun for him to play the teacher. And he's learning along without as much stress. I'm learning too...he thinks it funny when I miss them :)
Sam is currently reading this book as well. It is not on Ancient Rome. But he's been showing a lot of interest in learning about Hitler, and so this book was perfect. Especially being that it takes place in the winter. We will be learning about modern American History from the Civil War on..next year.
In our free time Sam has been having fun playing on his new X-box that he got for Christmas. The dogs are enjoying cuddling up with him to stay warm. They are constantly snuggled up with someone. Especially Mickey. He is ALWAYS cold :)
So, as some of you know..my favorite color is purple. It has always been my favorite. Through the years I acquired more favorites as well, but purple still has a special place in my heart. It's my birthstone too, so maybe that is part of it. When I was a little girl, I even had purple carpet in my bedroom!! Well, the point to this is..my Mom got me some boots as an early birthday present for me. (My birthday isn't until Feb. 12.) The boots are PURPLE!!! I was thinking that maybe I'm too old for such cute boots...but I had to wear them to the doctors office and try them out :)...and the nurse practioner and nurses all really liked them. They are a bit more of a heel than I am use to. But, they did grow on me after I wore them around. I originally thought that I would give them to my oldest daughter Elizabeth; being that she has her birthday after mine. But then I changed my mind. I think she was really disappointed. Especially after she tried them on :) Now I just need a purple handbag to match! She is such a pretty young lady. I think she is hoping that I will change my mind!! Here is a picture of Lovely Liz wearing my purple boots :)Maci is doing well except for her eyes. She is on her 3rd round of eye drops. Both eyes keep giving her trouble. I suspect if the newest drops don't work that they will be sending her to a specialist. My oldest had a clogged tear duct, but only in one eye. It got better after a LOT of eye drops and a lot of massaging it. Maci is over 10 lbs now. She is such a cutie. Her Aunt Liz just loves her SO much. It is obvious in the way she looks at her little niece. I think Maci loves Aunt Liz too!! What do you think?
I'm going to end this post with my favorite Bible verse. Sam is currently memorizing it and using it for copywork. I hope that everyone is staying warm and safe and that God's Love and Blessings are with you and your family :)
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall; but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40: 29-31
With Love and Hugs, Jerelene
Friday, January 7, 2011
She is growing like a little weed and has quickly made up for being early. She is now weighing about 9 1/2 lbs. :) All I can say...is that being a Grandma is heavenly!!
Little Angel... Just a couple hrs. after she was born....
She had her days and nights mixed up...but, she's doing a little better now. She wears her Mommy out :)
On December 13, I had a hysterectomy. I have been so sick for so long...so, this was a GOOD thing. I am finally feeling a little better and seem to be less tired and moving around a little better every day. I go back to the Doctor to check in on Tuesday. It is SO hard not to do what you aren't suppose to do :) I did learn quickly that the bending over didn't feel so good....I tried not to do that very much. I also had a swollen belly up until about a week ago. Now I am hoping that the severe anemia issue may hopefully get better for me. I won't know for sure if my blood count is up until they check it again. I am hoping they do that pretty soon. If it doesn't get better, they may refer me to a blood specialist or to a rheumatologist. I have trouble with arthritis and hurting everywhere. My family doctor has done some tests in the office and seems to think I definately have fibromyalgia too. She has give me medicine for that too. So, hopefully I am on the mend for 2011. I am SO ready to feel better :)
Sam is doing pretty good too. We had a really rough fall with his Tourettes. It was probably the worst that he's ever been. We literally had to take about 3 weeks off from school. He had a cat-scan done on his brain, and then started on some new medicine. It seemed like it had been helping a little to begin with but, now it seems his tics may be coming on stronger. He is suppose to see a new doctor here in town the first of February. It will be a regular Neurologist, not a Pediatric Neurologist this time. Since he is 13 now, I figured we could possibly go in that direction now. Plus, this doctor is much closer by...not an 1 1/2 hrs. away. School work is sometimes a challenge. He has a biting tic..which makes him have to bite things when he is reading. When he is writing he has to beat the pencil over and over...so things take a while to get done. In comparison to the terrible tic he was having in the fall...this is somewhat better. He had a terrible tic where he had to pull his head down forward into his chest as hard as he could..over and over. It was to the point that he couldn't talk, and hardly breathe. It was really serious. His vocal tics are still there too. It's really hard to watch as a parent. And still, so many people don't realize what Tourettes really is. I pray that someday there might be a cure. Until then, I guess awareness is SO important. I know God is in control...but sometimes it is hard. I am going to make an effort to post at least once a week. That was my New Year resolution ;)I have been suffering with depression and just couldn't seem to find it in me to post. My family doctor...who is a really super sweet lady, recommended that I read "Life's Healing Choices, " by John Baker. I am taking something for the depression as well. I just couldn't seem to get out of dark hole I seemed to have been in. I seem to be doing a little better. Just the fact that I've been able to sit and put this together is amazing :)
Please keep my family in your prayers. My oldest son has still been having troubles and got himself into some pretty big trouble. He could really use some HUGE prayers as well.
Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting,) but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting. II Corinthians 4:18
And he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
Hoping each and every one of you are doing well and that your new year is off to a beautiful and blessed start! With Much Love, Jerelene