Loving My Life as Wife, Mother and Grandmother

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A give-away at Weather Vane :)

So the snow that was suppose to be just some flurries, turned out to be 1 1/2 to 2 inches here :) The local weathermen were not expecting us to get any measurable snow at all. When I saw it coming on the radar..I thought that they were going to be wrong...and they were wrong! At first they had the local schools on a 2 hr. delay. Around 6:30-7:00 they announced they were cancelling. The kids around here are getting lots of snowdays ;) Except for us..
We have been consistently having some snow just about every week. I think they are calling for some more next Monday too.
We are having some meatballs that I made from a recipe on our corn-flake cereal box. They sound yummy so we shall find out in a couple of hours if they are indeed delicious. I think we're going to have some mac-n-cheese and some broccoli with it. Possibly some rice-krispie treats for dessert :) If the meatballs turn out to be yummy I will share the recipe!
A new friend is having a give-away. It is an adorable hen spoon holder. Her name is Rae. She has a lovely blog and you should go check it out! Go to weather vane and drop by for a visit!The snowmen floral arrangement was a gift from our church to me when I had my hysterectomy. Even though it is sort of Christmasy..I love snowmen and they stay out for a while after Christmas at my house :) It's a short post for now as Sarah and Maci are here. Mark is feeling better, but Sam is still not 100% better. He's just been laying around a lot. We did a little Math and he watched a series on Ancient Rome on You tube with Mark. I'll do some read alouds later. Off to finish supper! ~HUGS~

With Love, Jerelene

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hot chocolate, a poem and a prayer :)

It's been a cold weekend here. Sam is still feeling under the weather and Mark has started feeling a lot worse today. I think he is going in to work tonight and checking things out, and then coming back home.. The terrible cold and snowy, damp weather we've been having is not helping at all. It makes you want to stay in and settle down with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book.
Sam likes his hot chocolate with a candy cane it it!! It's very soothing when you have a sore throat :)

I spent some time cuddled up in my quilt doing some knitting this afternoon. We watched "Despicable Me" this weekend. I wasn't sure if I would like it or not, but I did! In the end the "bad" main character turned out to not be so bad after all :) I'm a sucker for a happy ending :)
A few days ago I ran across a great poem on a new friends blog. Her name is Anita and she has a lovely blog... I am so glad to have her as a new friend:) I of course had to ask her if I could use the poem here...and she said yes! Please check her blog out..I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I do...Busy Hands Busy Mind :)
As many of you know, I do a lot of reading aloud to Sam, due to his Tourettes. So, naturally this poem hit a soft spot in my heart. I immediately thought of another friend,..Lori...who's son suffers from Tourettes as well..You can meet her at her blog here...Jehovah Jireh Dwells Here..
So here is the poem...I loved it and hope you do too! Thanks Anita for sharing :)

When Mother Reads Aloud

When Mother reads aloud, the past
Seems real as every day;
I hear the tramp of armies vast,
I see the spears and lances cast,
I join the trilling fray;
Brave knights and ladies fair and proud
I meet when Mother reads aloud.

When Mother reads aloud, far lands
Seem very near and true;
I cross the desert's gleaming sands,
Or hunt the jungle's prowling bands,
Or sail the ocean blue.
Far heights, whose peaks the cold mists shroud,
I scale, when Mother reads aloud.

When Mother reads aloud, I long
for noble deeds to do--
To help the right, redress the wrong;
It seems so easy to be strong,
So simple to be true.
Oh, thick and fast the visions crowd
My eyes, when Mother reads aloud.

I had the pleasure of babysitting sweet little Maci this weekend. I've already posted some pics of her on my facebook page..But, I couldn't resist putting one on here too!
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 :)
On a not so happy note, I found out this weekend about a homeschool family that's children were taken away from them...SO sad! I thought I would post a link and that maybe everyone could keep them in their prayers. It's always sad to hear about families being split up..the poor children :( Please if you could, ask other friends and families that you know to pray for them too!
I know I've shared here that I've been dealing with a lot of heartache this last year. My wonderful new family doctor suggested that I read a book called "Life's Healing Choices" by John Baker. I started on it before I had my hysterectomy, then I felt like I couldn't get BACK into it..I think I found some of the personal stories of others' trials and heartaches to be too much for me. So, I am going to make an earnest attempt to finish it..even if it means scimming over some of the testimonies. One of the first things in the book is a prayer to pray...I thought I would share it here. The book deals with helping us (through God) to get over life's hurts, hang-up, and bad habit..Of putting God in charge...REALLY in charge of our lives....
Dear God, please help me not to ignore this pain You are using to alert me to my need for help. In the past, as I've ignored the denial busters You've allowed in my life, I have actually refused Your help. I am so sorry for this and ask Your help in facing the truth and trusting You to care for me. You know and care about all the pain and hurt I have in my life. Today I need Your help. I can't do it on my own. I have tried, and I keep coming up empty.
First, I pray for Your power in my life. I need Your power to break habits I can't break. I need Your power to help me to do the things that I know are right but can't seem to do on my own. I need Your power to break free from my past. I ask for Your power to get on with the plans You have for my life.
Next, I pray for love. I want real love. I want to be able to love people and have them love me. I pray that with Your love I can let go of past hurts and failures so I can tear down the walls of fake intimacy. God, I ask You to help me have genuine intimacy with You and others. Help me not be afraid of really loving and of really being loved.
I also pray for real self-control. I realize that I'm really not in control until I allow Christ to be in control of my life and circumstances.
God, please grant me Your power, love, and self-control. Help me to continue making healing choices. Amen.
I'm sorry for such a long post, but I felt moved to share that prayer...I think the control issue is probably a struggle for most of us. Really giving in and letting God control everything..that can be SO hard to do.
I better go for now. Since Mark has been working 3rd shift, it's been a struggle for me to not follow in being up at night. He calls me on his breaks and so then I'm up at night:( I feel like I can't tell him not to call. He is the only person there at the school at night..so I'm sure he gets tired and lonely..So, when he calls...I talk ;) What's a wife to do? I think he's being protective too..calling and checking up on us, to make sure we're safe here :)
I hope your weekend was a happy one and that the week starting will be happy and blessed as well.....Love and Hugs, Jerelene
PS...I always find it funny that spellcheck tells me that I'm mispelling my name :) HUGS

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Books, Boots and Baby Maci

It snowed today! We got almost 3 inches here at my house. The public school kids were out today and will be out tomorrow as well. School has been kind of slow around here this week. I have been fighting a sore throat and temp. and now Sam and Mark have it too. The Doctor started me on an antibiotic yesterday. Sam will have to go to the Doctor too if he doesn't get any better by Monday. He is running a pretty good fever tonight. We've still been doing some school work, such as Math and some reading. I've been taking advantage of Netflix and You tube with watching movies on Ancient Rome and on Earthquakes and Volcanoes. When you aren't feeling well it is SO nice to be able to just relax and watch some movies. This is my current read...I am really enjoying it. I love it when I can find a book that goes along with what we are learning in the school work. This book is part of a series. I think I'll be reading more of them. It is a very interesting book.
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

Happy 2011!!

Hello! After a long absence I have finally returned :) 2010 proved to be a very eventful year for my family. Including a new member to our family. Little Maci Evonne Postin was born Nov.10, 2010. She weighed 5 lbs. 2 oz. and was 17 3/4 inches long. She was born a month early..but, came out healthy, only needing to be given oxygen and monitored for a short period. We were so happy that she didn't need to go to the NICU. Although, she wasn't born into the perfect family situation..(Sarah and Maci's Daddy aren't married,) we still LOVE her dearly and pray that things will work out for the best given the situation. Trever (Maci's Dad) was in the delivery room and watched her being born. He has been doing pretty good at helping take care of her.
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 :)

Growing SO quickly:)
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 :)
The last time I posted...we had a new puppy at the house. Peanut....Well, he is still here with us and Mickey finally adjusted and they get along pretty good. They even cuddle up together. They do have little spats over the toys once in a while..but all in all, they are buds. Teddy even joins in on the fun sometimes :) Peanut likes to watch out the window for birds and kitties too!

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