Friday, September 29, 2006

Go Twins!

Bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, down by 1. Mauer hits a solo home run to send the game into extra innings where the Twins win it. We are now tied for first in our division.

Sweet.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Just one of those days

I am having one of "those days."

Linus and Greta woke up too early and are crabby and fighting with each other.

Yesterday, Dustin called me at 6:30 a.m. from the gas station in Rockford: he had stopped to get gas and when he got back in the car to finish the commute to work our car wouldn't start. I woke the kids up and loaded them into the van to go pick him up. We barely got home in time to get Miles to school and had to have the car towed to get it fixed. It cost $1,100 to fix and then the mechanic said there's about $1,200 more that needs to be done in the next couple of months. The car has almost 200,000 miles on it and we're trying to decide if it's even worth sinking any more money into it.

I'm frustrated to no end with our efforts to get the school referendum passed in Maple Lake. We're trying to round up people to write letters to the editor in the local paper. At least half of the people we've contacted have said no... not because they aren't going to vote yes in November, but because they are worried that they might make someone in this town upset with them. The small-town politics are driving me nuts. I don't see this as a touchy issue. It's an investment in our kids and the future. Unfortunately, it doesn't really matter what I think because my last name is not well known in this town. In Maple Lake, it's all about who you know and how long your family has lived here.

Whew... venting is over.

Lord, forgive my poor attitude and self-pity, especially at a time when there should be nothing but celebration in our house. My family is healthy. You have always provided for us and will continue to do so. I surrender our money matters to You. Please give me the strength and wisdom to be a voice in this community that will be heard.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Test results: NORMAL!!

The doctor called and said Greta's sweat test was normal! Praise God! I feel like a semi truck has been lifted off of my shoulders (and heart!) They had said all along that the chances of her having Cystic Fibrosis were small but the fact that she needed to be tested was scary. I'm soooo relieved to have this last week behind us! She is recovering from surgery in the most awesome way; today she is running around, laughing and playing like nothing ever happened.

I can't thank everyone enough for the prayers, kind words, offers for meals and kid-watching. Our family has been so blessed to have people like you in our life!

The "sweat test" is done

We just got home from Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Greta's sweat test is done and now we wait. There is a possibility that we will get the results later this afternoon!

Greta did great. For this test they velcro 2 small electrodes with a gel pad on each forearm. The gel has some kind of chemical that makes the skin sweat. After 5 minutes they took the electrodes off and velcroed 2 small "sweat collectors" on her arms... they looked like watches. I couldn't believe it; Greta let the lab person put them on her and left them alone for the entire 30 minutes.

I'll post again if we get the results.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Surgery is done!!

Greta's surgery is done! We got home about an hour ago. Everything went great... she didn't even cry once! She's sleepy and is having trouble keeping fluids down but we're told that will pass shortly. I'll post more later as time allows. Thanks for all of the prayers! Please continue; we have the cystic fibrosis test tomorrow.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Update on my girl

Here's our schedule for Greta's upcoming medical stuff: tomorrow- her pre-op physical, Monday- surgery at 8:45 at Children's West in Minnetonka to have her adenoids removed and tubes put in her ears, Tuesday- "sweat test" in Minneapolis at 10:45 to check for Cystic Fibrosis. Please keep her in your prayers!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Greta

Greta had her CT scan last Friday and she did really well. She made it through without being sedated! That was definitely a God thing... she had to stay completely still for about 5 minutes while laying down with the huge scanner around her.

We had our appointment with the ENT doc today to get the results of the CT scan. The news wasn't what we hoped it would be. The scan showed that her sinuses and both ears are full of junk. She has to have her adenoids taken out and have tubes put in her ears. The part that worries me is that she has to be tested for Cystic Fibrosis next Tuesday. The test itself is quite simple, they check for high levels of sodium in her sweat. The doctor said that the chances of her having it with the symptoms that she has are fairly small. It's just a bit scary because I have a cousin who has a daughter with CF. This is a genetic disease where both parents have to be carriers... it's definitely a possibility that I am a carrier but we don't know about Dustin.

I'm trying to stay calm about this whole thing. Most likely she is fine. And really, for the time being, what can I do about it anyhow? I'm going to be praying and chanting the motto that keeps my stress level down : I can do all things in Christ who strenghtens me.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A sad day

Yesterday we received a call from Dustin's dad. His girlfriend of many years died after a brief battle with cancer. This is happening at the same time that Grandpa Brown (Dustin's dad's dad) is in the hospital with pnemonia. Last weekend Dustin and the kids went to the hospital to visit grandpa because the doctors thought he was in his final hours. He has since been transferred out of the ICU and is doing better but we're not sure if he's out of the woods yet.

Please pray for Dustin's dad. This is a hard time for him but we're hoping and praying that he will come out of this reconnected to God.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Thank You

As I've said before, the Quarry has brought many friends into our life. It's so nice to have friends that believe the same things and that can support you in life's journeys.

Today we were blessed by some of those friends with a generous gift. This family has been a blessing in our lives in many ways. They've been our friends, watched our kids, invited us for meals, made us laugh. Their timing with this gift was spot-on, we just mailed out several checks for medical bills and it will definitely help out.

So thank you, my friends, for thinking of us when I'm sure you could've used this yourself. Thank you for hanging out with us and being our friends and for being a shining light for Jesus! We love you!

Monday, September 11, 2006

Are you kidding me?

Many of you know that Greta has been battling an external ear infection for several months now. It started out as swimmers ear, she then developed an infection in the ear canal. We've had several treatments of antibiotics: oral, ear drops and shots. She also developed some kind of fungal infection and we used drops for that.

We had another appointment with the ENT on Friday and he gave us the thumbs up! It looked as though she was healed and we were on our way to forgeting this whole ear mess. Then, Saturday night, she was up 6 times during the night covering her ear and saying "owie." I brought her to urgent care yesterday and she's got an external ear infection in that ear again!

Now we've got an appointment with the ENT on Wednesday. He had talked about having to do a head CT if her ear didn't clear up so I'm not sure if that's the route we'll have to go or not. Because Greta's only 2 she'll have to be sedated for the CT so I'm not looking forward to that.

It would be nice to be able to skip the head CT because of the money factor, too. We have pretty good insurance but there's always some kind of co-pay with stuff. We already have over $600 of medical bills sitting on our counter right now because of all of my tests (and that's after our insurance has paid most of it!) God will get us through, of that I'm sure. I'm very thankful that we have insurance and that, for the most part, we are healthy. Greta and I have had a crazy summer but there are many out there who have to deal with much worse.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

The grandmas



Saying goodbye to the carefree days of summer and hello to the structured school year has one big drawback for my kids. Once school starts they don't get to spend as much time with their grandmas. As I've said before, the kids and I go out to my mom and dad's house on the lake just about every day in the summer. They have a great time swimming and playing but they also get to see Grandma Pat (my mom, pictured with Miles and Linus) a lot. She lets them get away with just about everything and feeds them too many treats... but isn't that what being a grandparent is all about?

During summer vacation the kids also get to spend much more time at Grandma Judie's house in Annandale (Dustin's mom, pictured with Greta.) Every so often when she has a day off she has "parties" with them. These parties consist of watching movies on her big screen TV while cozied up on her wrap-around couch which also doubles as their bed. And did I mention that she also feeds them too many treats?

My kids are blessed to have such awesome grandmas that live so close. And Dustin and I are lucky too... free babysitters! ;)

Fwd: Fw

I'm not a real fan of the whole forwarding e-mail thing. I hate the ones that tell you to pass it on for good luck/miracles or if you delete it you are letting the whole world down, you will suffer a terrible death or whatever. I get a lot of these and yes, I am the one that breaks the chain. Once in a blue moon I'll get one that cracks me up and I'll send it along to a few people that I know will enjoy it.

Anyhow, I got one this morning that had a quote at the bottom that struck me and I thought I'd share it here. It said:

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it, He'll bring you through it!

I like that.

First days of school



Miles' first day of First Grade was Tuesday and it went really well. He was very nervous (he actually woke up at a little after 3 a.m. and couldn't go back to sleep!) We are blessed to have another great teacher for him so he's adjusting well and excited to go each day. His favorites this year so far are music and gym class.

Linus had his first day of preschool yesterday. He will go Monday and Wednesday afternoons and will get to ride the bus home with Miles. He's so different than Miles... he is never phased when I drop him off. No clinging, no tears. Just a hug and kiss and a 'see ya later.' He had a great time and is excited for this coming Monday for his next class. I'm a little excited too because with the boys both gone a few hours a week I might actually get some stuff done around the house! :)

So long, summer

It doesn't matter what the calendar says... for me, the last day of summer is Labor Day. Summer is a time of freedom from schedules. With school starting Tuesday, we decided on Monday to take the kids to the park for some baseball, playground equiptment and a picnic. We all had a sweet time and enjoyed a few hours of beautiful weather!

Monday, September 04, 2006

A mouse in the house

We've had an uninvited guest in our house. Last Sunday night Dustin and I were kickin' back in the living room after putting the kids to bed and I saw a mouse scurry behind the entertainment center. I almost had a heart attack.

I am not usually squeemish when it comes to these things. I set one of those old-school traps with a little peanut butter for bait. After abiut 5 minutes we saw the little guy come out and lick the trap clean without getting caught. I then reset the trap, using a needle nose pliers to bend the mechanism that sets it off so it would be more sensitive. We went to bed and in the morning..... no mouse.

This went on for a couple of days. Each day I got more flustered and, well, freaked out. Mice don't really bother me that much (I thought) but I just kept thinking about the germs they carry and whether or not it was going to try to come into bed with us.

The mouse was coming out each night when everything was quiet. Dustin bought glue traps so we had those set up as well as 4 or 5 of the other ones. We used different things for bait (I now know that mice do like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal mixed with peanut butter) and every time we checked, the food was gone but no mouse was caught. It was driving me nuts! Dustin and I even chased him around the house with a broom and a Swiffer and couldn't catch up to him (almost sitcom material, I'm sure!)

I was beginning to think we had an exceptionally smart mouse on our hands. Then, last night, sweet success! Well... sort of sweet. We did catch the mouse but it was on one of the glue traps. When I saw him trying to get off of the thing I was almost in tears. I hadn't really put a lot of thought into the disposal of a mouse on a glue trap. Do you put him out of his misery? And how?

I'm still trying to figure out how I went from a fiesty mouse hunter (just ask Dustin how obsessed I was) to a mouse sympathizer in a matter of seconds. I only hope I don't have to deal with this again any time soon.

Linus goes to the Fair

Last Monday Linus went to the State Fair with my dad. Grandpa started this tradition many years ago when his first grandchild was about 5 years old. Each year he takes one grandchild (a little bit of "special time.") Linus is the 9th granchild, with only Greta left. It will be a few years before she gets her turn.

For the last month or so Linus has been talking about the Fair. He listed all of the delicious food he was going to eat and all of the rides he was going to have Grandpa take him on. Well, he did go on most of the rides but when it came to the food it was a different story. My dad said that the only thing Linus asked for the entire time were snow cones. He said that every time Linus finished one (which, knowing Linus, probably took 45 minutes!) he would ask for another. The funny thing is that Linus loves food and eats just about anything. He loves olives (black and green), raw onions, green peppers, mushrooms, etc. I had to laugh when Grandpa said he wasn't even interested in the french fries there!

I (and my kids) are just so blessed to have a dad/grandpa that is so awesome. I sent a disposable camera along with my dad to take pictures... I can't wait to get them developed and to scrapbook such great memories for Linus!