Friday, February 27, 2009

Flat Stanley

Have you ever heard of a Flat Stanley? Well, I hadn't until recently. A friend from Australia asked if her son could send our family one. Flat Stanley arrived a few days ago and yesterday I took seven of my children out to take pictures with Flat Stanley at several places around town. We are to send the pictures back to David by e-mail and he Journals where Stanley has been. We are to send Flat Stanley on his way to another place for a new adventure.

Here is Flat Stanley before we leave for our visit around town.

Here are the children with Flat Stanley before we leave home.(Flat Stanley is being held by Luke in the middle.)

We stopped at DQ with Flat Stanley. My two oldest sons work here.

Flat Stanley enjoying a Blizzard with us!

And of course a trip to Wal Mart!

These were not our only stops, but as you can see our town is not too exciting. We had a lot of fun getting out with Flat Stanley and the kids got to see sights that were new to them. Later after getting home, there was a story on the news about a Flat Stanley. There was a Flat Stanley in that Airplane that crashed into the Hudson. No worries though, Flat Stanley made it out OK. You can read about it here:

The kids were so excited to hear about a Flat Stanley on the news since we had just spent an afternoon with Flat Stanley! So if you have never heard of a Flat Stanley, now you have! And David, Flat Stanley says "HI! "

Until next time,


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I Haven't Forgotten

I am still here and want to continue our Story and share with you about Faith coming into our lives. I have had thoughts on how that post should go, but I feel like I need to prepare myself a little better. It stirs up a bit of emotions when I think about it. It is also hard to write what exactly I want to say when life is so busy, and there is not a lot of quiet time around here. I think I'll have it all ready in the next few days.

The Lord is definitely helping me every step of the way. I really don't know how I would make it without him. Life in general is just too hard. Facing these extremely hard times would just be impossible without having our Heavenly Father giving us comfort and strength to continue on.

For now I will leave you with a couple of Scriptures that have meant a lot to me the last few months.

The Lord is Close to the Brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalms 34:18

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Until Next Time,


Thursday, February 19, 2009

I Think I'll Sleep In Tomorrow!

Since having Faith, I have been struggling with getting up in the mornings. Now those who know me, know that I am not a morning person and I am not going to pretend! Since I homeschool my children, it is probably a good idea for me to get up and get going in the morning.I would really like to stay up late in the quietness of the house, but then mornings come all too soon. Some of my children like mornings. I am sure they must get this from my mom, she is definitely a morning person. My husband gets up early everyday to go to work, but I think he would prefer to sleep in a little. He definitely handles morning better than I do. On Sundays he really seems to enjoy waking the kids and I up early and singing his Silly Songs! Uggh! Most of us probably would prefer to throw something at him!

Today I needed to get up earlier than usual to send my two oldest daughters off on a trip. That is when life became so complicated. The phone rang several times which is very unusual for us. Two of the calls had to do about the trip. Then there was a delay in the transportation for the girls. Then a friend called to say she is going to come get the girls . The girls were picked up and that seem to help out a bit. Only to get a call from the Hospital to say that the Paperwork for Faith's Birth/Death Certificate was missing information. While trying to talk to the lady, one very sweet three year old was having a meltdown. Already being frazzled, I certainly did not need this call at that very moment. As soon as I get done with that call, my son comes up stairs to say "I think we have a problem!" Our dog has come up with a strange fear of wind. This winter we have seemed to have an unusual amount of wind! During the night we put her in her crate because the wind was blowing very hard. Part of displaying her fear is "messing" in the floor! So usually we crate her and she is fine. Well,my son was getting ready to take her out of the crate and found she had "messed" in the crate! Double UGGH!!

Just as my son had told me this pleasant info, the phone rings again. This time it is my daughter and she forgot something for the trip! So now I need to run this item to her before she leaves! Let's just say I am not having fun yet! Meanwhile, the sweet three year old is still having a meltdown. So I decide to leave the dog and her mess until I get back! So I do my little errand and then return to the dog and her mess. I let her out the basement door, and put the crate out with her. I figure that I am about ready for a meltdown! I decided that someone else needs to care what happens to this crazy dog. I declare to all that I refuse to clean her and the crate up and that she is not allowed back in unless someone gives her a bath. My sweet eleven year old son decides he cares, so he works hard on giving her a bath! He then spends a long time on cleaning her crate. I am so proud of Matthew for stepping up to the task!

I am not exactly proud of myself for how I handled all of this. Life can definitely throw things our way that are not always pleasant. I pray that next time I can be more patient, our dog will get over her fears, and that I can train my three year old better! At least this afternoon is going a whole lot better and I can look back at this morning with a little humor! Having a lot of children and a dog can be quite hair raising, but I wouldn't trade it for anything!

Until next time,


Saturday, February 7, 2009

About Us Part 2

After Timothy was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 4 1/2, life became a bit challenging to say the least. He spent the first week in the hospital to get stabilized and started on Chemotherapy. Having a newborn that I was trying to nurse proved to be quite a challenge. They would not allow me to bring her onto the floor where Tim was staying. At first, I had my sister Debbie, and then my dear sweet friend Becky that came to the hospital with me to help. They would take care of Rebekah while I was with Tim, and then we would switch when Rebekah needed to nurse. After the initial first week stay, we brought Tim home for a couple of days, but then returned for a couple of more weeks. The hospital eventually changed their policy to accommodate nursing mothers, but it was too late for us!

It is quite amazing how God puts two people together in a marriage. How we react to things and how we handle things can be so very different, yet it can be so good! The night Tim was diagnosed my husband Mike was pretty much a basket case. I on the other hand seem to be handling things pretty well. The doctors actually thought there was something wrong with me because I wasn't a basket case. Six years prior, my sister's son had been diagnosed with Leukemia, and I was familiar with some of the things going on. I just had to function so that we could get through this. Mike had mentioned that we should not have any more children . I am not exactly sure of his reasoning, but I told him that I did not think that this was the time to make that kind of decision. After a few days, Mike was doing much better, and I became the basket case. After all, I had just given birth, so my hormones were going crazy, and my son had just been diagnosed with Leukemia. God's presence was felt so much during this time. I not going to say it was easy, but God's Hand was quite obvious. Tim had Chemotherapy for 2 1/2 years. He had a central line that made life a little easier. It gave access so that he could have blood draws and transfusions without having to be stuck. We actually did some chemotherapy at home as well as other transfusions. Mike and I had learned quite a bit of knowledge that we probably assumed that we didn't have to learn.

Tim did so very well, and didn't get too very ill. He only had a couple of hospitalizations due to running a fever. Both times were on a Friday . They made us come in any time he would run a fever. Both times proved that he just had a virus like the other kids and no big deal. He got out on Monday and was good as new. We were very busy with four kids, school and Chemotherapy. In September of 2005, we found out we were expecting baby #5! This was a few months before Tim finished Chemo. Victoria was Born in 1996 and this was after Tim was all done with Chemo.

When Victoria was nine months old we had a very big surprise! I had become pregnant again with baby #6. We were not exactly expecting this because the rest of the children had pretty much been "planned out", but we were still very excited. Matthew was born in 1997.

When I was pregnant with Matthew I bought a book called A Full Quiver by Rick and Jan Hess. I had bought it because I was seeking encouragement about having a large family. After having more than two kids, people generally feel they need to make a comment about having so many children. It was wearing on me even though I enjoyed my big family and I needed some encouragement. Reading the book really spoke to my heart. It talks about letting God have control of your fertility, ( also known as being quiverfull or QF) . I really felt that is what God had called us to do, but I needed for Mike to be on the same page. This is not something I wanted to talk him into, I wanted it to be from God. I had asked him to read the book and then let me know what he thought about it. I was very anxious to know when he was done,and what he thought, but I gave him time and space. Eventually I did ask him if he was done with the book yet, and he said yes. I then asked well, what do you think about it? He said that it made sense and agreed that is what we should do. So that is when we gave our Fertility over to the Lord.

Samuel was born in 1999 followed by Anna in 2001, Luke in 2003, and Micah on in 2005. So it seemed we would have a baby every two years. Micah was born five days after my 41st Birthday. It seemed that my fertility was slowing down. I was starting to think that my baby days were coming to a close. In March 2008, I was pleasantly surprised by a positive pregnancy test. This meant I was due with a baby in November 2008! I will share more about this pregnancy very soon. This is how baby Faith came into our lives.

Until next time,