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My husband and I, the Dynamic Duo, have been married since 2003. We've weathered the storm of chronic disease (diagnosis 2006), infertility (diagnosis 2007), turning 30 (2006/2007 respectively) a first adoption (2009) of a tender hearted, compassionate Ukrainian BIG boy (born 2006), who has told us he'd like a baby sister, baby brother, big brother, and REALLY big sister. We recently completed our second Ukrainian adoption journey, which brought us a daughter (born 2005). We'll see what else God brings our way!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

School and Georgia

I'm still on the fence about school...and I won't really know anything until late March, early April.  I had a friendly chat with the principal at the Montessori school today...I think she's pretty great!  I explained to her our situation and she told me right now the issue is space.  We put Amelia on a waiting list for now, and we'll see if there are enough spots open for her after all the kids register and the dust settles on class assignments.  After that, we can work something out to get Amelia some Montessori background.  I found out there's a Montessori school run by a single mom...and she would probably be able to have Amelia in her school this summer.  It's small, so she'd get lots of attention.  Now I have to check out pricing.

I'm still torn about what to do if Eli gets in and Amelia doesn't.  I have another appointment with a principal at a charter school.  I hunted down a family that attends our church who goes to the charter.  She had lots of good things to say about it, although she was a little concerned for her kids about the amount of homework they have.  But she said that the character education was top notch.

So we're in a holding pattern for now!

A week after Eli was released from the hospital, we flew to Georgia to visit my parents for our winter break.  The kids did great!  On the first flight at 7am the pilots shut off the interior lights while we were still sitting at the gate.  Eli's shirt was glowing!  I'd forgotten it was glow in the dark...we had a good laugh about that.   And then as we were being pushed away from the gate, Eli started with "5, 4, 3, 2, 1...BLAST OFF!!!"  It was hilarious!  We were the row right behind 1st class...a guy turned around and laughed at him.  And as we were getting off the plane a woman stopped me and told me she really enjoyed listening to him talking during the flight.  I'm not sure what he said, but I'm sure it was precious!

The kids LOVE Bop and M&M Grandpa's house.  Who wouldn't when you get chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast while Mom sleeps in?  And M&M's all day long (I'll give you one guess who doled those out!).  Grandpa Stobie is now a favorite and was instantly Amelia's buddy.  Uncle Alex was a big hit, too.

We got back, got laundry done, and started our week with a bang...no down time for us!  We had fun and we can't wait to go back :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hospital Adventure

On our way to the hospital I told Eli we were going on an adventure.  He got to eat popsicles and chocolate pudding and pretty much whatever he wanted.  Just get the kid to eat!  He doesn't have much to him, so loosing weight is not a good thing.

The ENT came to us on Thursday and told us Eli had responded well to the steroids and antibiotics.  By this time he almost had his appetite back.  We finally arrived home around 2pm with oral antibiotics and requests for follow up visits.  Eli says "Mom, I didn't like that adventure."  Me, either, kid.

We were exhausted!  Eli was still pretty rough on Thursday and Friday morning.  I was wondering if we'd end up back at the hospital.  I was really, really stressed!  Eli took a  hour nap on Friday, then slept for another 12 hours Friday night.  He needed it!

On Friday during his nap, I started my Bible study.  We're studying Acts, but have ventured to other books to understand Paul's missionary journeys better.  In 1 Corinthians 9:25 Paul says "Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever."  For some reason, it struck me that I haven't been very disciplined about praying for my children.  So I got up, knelt at Eli's door and prayed that God would heal my son and that my fears would be replaced with His peace regardless of the outcome.  

And wouldn't you know it...Eli woke up and was almost a new kid.  Amazing how that works, isn't it?

I had the opportunity to hang out with some friends Friday night and I really needed it, although I was pretty worn out.  

This medicine has really messed with Eli.  He's almost bipolar on it, and quite strong willed.  Right now he's doing a great job of playing with his toys by himself, but who knows what the next moment will bring.  Yesterday he had a full on tantrum at school because he didn't want to go.  Because of my training with BSF, I knew exactly what to do.  I told him I love him, that I'd be back after school to get him, the teacher pried him off my arm and I turned my back and walked away knowing he'd be fine.  Well, maybe I turned my back so he wouldn't see the tears flowing.  I'm such a sap nowadays!  He's NEVER done that before!  Guilt, guilt and more guilt for good measure.  I felt so bad for him.  But his teacher said he did great as soon as they turned the corner.  

I have a parent teacher meeting with Eli's teachers today.  I'm interested to see what they're going to say about him and exactly why the teacher called the conference...maybe it's obligatory for those who are behind. I just hope it isn't anything major!

And I have to decide what to do with the kids next year.  They won't let Amelia in to the montessori school because she won't have montessori background going in to 1st grade.  So do I let Eli stay?  He told me just this morning he wanted to go to school with Amelia.

I'm checking out a couple charter schools in the area (free!) to see if that would be an option.  So much up in the air!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Skipping off to the ER

Just another day in Moserville.  Eli woke up Monday with a fever, which is rare for him.  So I took him to urgent care Tuesday morning when his voice started sounding funny and he couldn't swallow without wincing, even with ibuprofen.  We arrived at 8:30am, saw the doctor, who said Eli is very dehydrated.  You should probably take him to the ER to get some IV fluids.  OK.

So off to the ER we went.  Of course, the entire time I'm sobbing and I'm sure I looked like a mess.  By this time he couldn't move his neck because his right side was in so much pain.

In the ER they ran all sorts of tests and collected all sorts of blood.  Not the flu, not strep.  After the CT scan of his neck, they realized he has an infection that was developing an abscess.  I don't really understand much of what they were telling us, but basically no surgery is needed at this point.

BUT we were admitted to the hospital and expect to be here for a few days for an IV antibiotic.  :(

Please pray for us...for emotional stability, for physical stamina...and for a quick recovery by Eli.  And no surgery!!

Eli has been keeping us in stitches.  One of his first comments when he was feeling better (while 3 nurses were hanging out with us) was "My dad is so cool."  We have NO idea where that came from.

And he keeps telling me "I love you."  And "You're the best mom in the whole world."  Can't beat that in the hospital!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Funny Stories

Last week was tough, but God got me through...and a supportive husband helped, too.

I did a silly skit in the children's department Sunday where I got to spray the kids with silly string.  They loved it!

Monday and Tuesday were Bible study days...and I had a blast.  I love those ladies!  And the lecture on Acts 18-21 was awesome as always.

Wednesday Eli woke up with a fever.  He NEVER gets a fever so it really concerned me.  But we went to the dentist anyway.  No cavities for either kid (which is really surprising for me).  The hygienist comes out and says "Amelia has her 6 year molars, and they're groovy."  I'm thinking groovy like the 70s slang word, but she meant groovy as in lots of grooves.  That's what I get for early morning appointments!  And Eli has his first loose tooth!  He's VERY excited about it.

They suggested a sealant for Amelia, so I went with it (I remember having a sealant myself, so it wasn't a big decision).  Eli and I waited, less than 30mins later Amelia was out and we were ready to go.  Dropped off Amelia at school and headed to the chiropractor with my sickly son (who looked like he was going to pass out at any moment).

At the chiropractor he told me he had to go potty, so I started walking with him to the restroom.  He stops, looks back at me with hand up in the stop position and says "Mom, I don't need your help.  I have a loose tooth."  What a nutcase!  How could I argue with that?  (It's a one stall bathroom, so I don't worry about him there.)

Back home for some serious Shaun the Sheep watching, Eli napped from 1-2:30 when I went to wake him up so we could get Amelia from school.  It takes Eli a while to wake up, so I knew an hour would be necessary.

Get Amelia (Eli stayed in the car because he couldn't keep his eyes open), back home, babysitter comes, we leave.  Parent teacher conference at 5pm.  These are the "only if you want it or the teacher thinks it's needed" conferences, so I was a little nervous.  She actually just wanted to encourage us that Amelia is a smart kid, and, although she's behind her peers, she's right where she's supposed to be.  The teacher thanked us for working with her at home and told us we're doing a great job with her.  We talked about a  new system for behavior (morning and afternoon instead of the whole day), which I think will really help her.  And the teacher told us that she only gets her frog moved because of minor things, like using too much soap and playing with the bubbles in the sink until they rise over the top of the sink.  Oh, that girl is such a stinker!

But she's not aggressive or hurting anyone or being mean to anyone, so that's good.  And the teacher doesn't seem concerned about her.  She just chalks it up to Amelia's background and the need for experiences like this.  LOVE HER!  I'm so thankful for such a great teacher.  It's a huge relief to know she's being taken care of so well at school.

Dave and I went to dinner afterwards and then went home...date night is always fun!

Thursday I watched some babies (and got peed on and spit up on) for our women's ministry.  Then take Eli to school (I'm sure I smelled pleasant).  Then went home and threw everything I had on in the wash.  We are getting homework for Eli now, too.  I'm so happy!  Now I know what I can do for him to help him gain some of the skills he needs to catch up a bit.  We got to relax last night and just hang out (after 30mins of homework, of course).

Today I get to help in Amelia's class (with Eli in tow...we'll see how this goes), and I think I'm going to keep Eli home.  He's still not eating much, although his energy level is much higher.  He may have grown .5 an inch last night.  I know he's taller, but I'm not sure when it happened.  And tonight is gymnastics...Daddy is going to try to come :)

I have some new pictures, too.  Maybe next time I'll get them up.