Despite all of the activity going on in the "party room", this was Tate just after eating cake.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Despite all of the activity going on in the "party room", this was Tate just after eating cake.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tate has become SUCH a Daddy's boy! It's so sweet, but it also makes me sad. I know that he is wanting Daddy by his side whenever he's home because he's not home that much. I really think he's starting to understand the fact that Daddy is really busy. Oh, and he's the best Daddy ever! :)
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Also, it seems that being home and happier, Tate has discovered some of his 'older' toys that have become new to him again! He's been pretending with "guys" and pushing around his cars and trucks more. I don't know if it's just a coincidence and he would have started doing these things anyway, but he just seems like such a different boy! He kind of looks different too! He's so much skinnier! You can't really tell in the pictures, but I even think his face looks a bit different because of the weight he's lost. His dimples show more (which I love!) and his little ribs, collar bones and shoulder blades are much more prominent as well. I am thinking he'll be gaining it back quickly though. At least by the 4 pancakes and banana he ate this morning it seems he won't have a problem!
Tomorrow is back to work for me...back to reality. I am kind of ready for reality again. For no more sickness and cooped up in my house. Although, I really am not looking forward to being away from my boy! :( I will miss him. I know he'll be happy to be back at daycare with his friends. I just hope it's not a problem getting him back into that schedule. He's going to need to wake up much earlier. He's been sleeping until after 9:00 some mornings and to get to daycare in time, he needs to be up by 7:00. Ugh. Hopefully he does okay with that.
Tonight Sara Knutson, Cindy (her sister) and I went to Winter Jam. There were several really great Christian artists there and it was such a fun time! It was nice to get out of the house and do something fun...I've been cooped up for 2 weeks with my sicky boy, so I definitely was looking forward to this. We saw Francesca Battistelli, NewSong, Barlow Girl, The Afters, Stephanie Smith and Toby Mac. All of those artists for only $10! What a deal!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
What would you have to give up to save 12 lives this year. Literally you can save 12 lives!
$20 gives someone clean water for 20 years!
What does it give you monthly? What would you have to sacrifice?
Less than one time out to dinner or $5 from your grocery budget each week...that's 1 item!
Or, maybe instead of going out to a movie and buying candy and popcorn there each month, you could save a life.
How about teaming up with a friend?
Money is tight, trust me, I know.
Sometimes the grocery budget is so tight that sacrificing $5 really is hard to do.
Maybe sacrificing $10/month would be easier. That's only $2.50/week.
Really, to do this is to change your life. To open your eyes and heart, to be God's hands and feet.
We may not be able to wipe out the water crisis, but we MUST TRY!
Mother Teresa said, "God doesn't require us to succeed, he only requires that you try." We are required to TRY! If only everyone tried, we could succeed...it IS possible!
Please remember that these are our brothers and sisters...these are children that you can save. We can save! We can save these lives for such a small sacrifice!
Please consider this.
Please be one of 300 Voices and give water for all seasons!
Please take a moment to read about this amazing campaign on Jody's blog because she is so much better with words than I. As many of you know, water has changed our lives this year. We gave water for Christmas, we got water for Christmas and lives were saved in Liberia. An amazing $59,000 was raised because of average people. People who care to make a difference. People who agree that this water crisis is not okay. As Jody simply said on her blog, "we cannot love thirsty people without giving them clean water to drink." So true. These are our brothers and sisters. They need water, we have the means to give it to them. Water has changed my life, our lives. Let it change yours too. Be a voice. We need 300 voices to commit to change these thirsty peoples' lives, to save their lives. It may just end up saving your life as well. Please consider this, be a part of this and see how it changes your heart! Click here to sign up and get details.
This is a picture of Tate I took on January 23rd, 2007. Oh how I love my toddler, but also miss those baby days! Tate is hilarious...he cracks me up every day, so I do love this stage, don't get me wrong. Still, I miss my baby. Tate is growing up so fast. I remember being genuinely sad on Tate's first birthday. I really haven't grown out of that, I just want to bottle up every stage of his life and save it forever!
I spoke with someone today who Sean knew from high school. She and her husband are starting the adoption process with Bethany and had some questions. It was my pleasure to answer them. I can't think of a topic I enjoy talking about much more than our adoption story! We will be meeting with them in a week to talk some more. We are really looking forward to it! Talking about it brings all of the emotions and feelings back immediately. They are still so vivid, still make me cry, and I still feel an indescribably gratitude for Tate's amazing birth parents!
We love this little man more than words could describe. We cannot believe the blessing we were given in him. He is more than we ever dreamed he would be, he's grown into more than we could have imagined and we love him more than we knew it was even possible to love someone!
"God is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine." -Ephesians 3:20
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I didn't even think about it when Tate requested a piece of Sean's pineapple and we said, "sure" and gave it to him. He loves pineapple. I don't know if he'll ever eat it again. Apparently pineapple is too acidic and his throat is still too raw because the second he swallowed, his face turned BRIGHT RED and he freaked out. I am talking...panicked! He was holding his head and doing the "silent cry". You know, the cry with the open mouth, no noise because he can't breath cry. Then when he finally took a breath, he screamed. I felt awful! This crying went on for about a 1/2 hour...non-stop. He was saying amidst his sobbing, "I don't like it!" It was so sad. I should have known. He refused to eat or drink anything after that for a good 2 hours. Ugh.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
4 tblsp granulated sugar
2 tblsp cocoa
pinch of salt
splash of vanilla
3 tblsp choc chips (or white choc chips are good too!)
3 tblsp milk
3 tblsp canola or veg oil
1 coffee mug
Coat inside of mug with cooking spray. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa and salt. Add egg milk, oil and vanilla. Mix well and stir in the chocolate chips. Pour into mug and put in microwave for 3 minutes on high (1,000 watts). When done, let sit for 5 more minutes. Spoon out and enjoy!
I have been meaning to try this for months. It was on Jody and Amy's blogs in October and I just got to doing it. MMMMMM...it is YUMMY!
Oh how I love my baby boy. I am so sad. My heart hurts for him. He has dark circles, he has lost about 2lbs (which is a lot for a 2 year old), his shoulder blades are poking out, his bony bottom is not quite as comfy sitting on my lap as usual, his smile isn't as bright as usual. He is such a sweetie though. He tries so hard to play and be his normal self, but he just can't. He's just so tired, but he can't sleep well. He's been holding his head and crying when he coughs...he must have a headache. He is uber cuddly and needy. My work was super understanding and I am going to be home until next week. There is no way I couldn't be, I need to be with my baby. He needs me. At the rate he's been going though, I am just hoping he's well enough on Monday for me to go back to work and for him to go back to daycare. We're taking it a day at a time.
Tate was thrilled they had a "tuhar" (guitar) for him to play with...They have a group that stops by and brings tubs of toys, books, puzzles and makes sure the children are happy.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
This is just not right. This is not okay with me. No child, no person should live like this. THIS is discomfort. I sit here and want, but I have no idea what it is to NEED. I don't. This is something that I have to work on, that I NEED to work on!
"We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world's goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little chidren, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth." (NIV)
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Don't mind Tate's dirty face, he's not trying to impress anyone! :)
This "frawt" as Tate calls it, is currently being loved on by a sleeping boy in bed. He insisted that "frawt seep wit me!"
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tate loves his Mickey picture his cousin Leah colored for him! So many have been so generous with all of the gifts! They really do brighten his day! Thank you!
Please pray that he's able to drink more, his fever gets under control and his antibiotics clear up his pneumonia.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
While I was giving him his medicine earlier, I got a good look into his throat. It's icky! It's all white back there. Yuck.
Yesterday was difficult and Tate was not a happy camper. We all layed around all day and did a lot of sleeping. He refused to eat or drink anything all day. It was tough seeing Tate so uncomfortable and he refused to do anything, but lay on us and sleep. Chris and Brenda brought over a homemade pizza for us for supper which was seriously a life saver! I did not know how I was going to drag myself off of the couch to make supper...I think I would have been much more satisfied just not eating at all! So THANK YOU Chris and Brenda for that, it was so very much appreciated and super delicous too!!!
So I am relieved today that Tate appears much better. I am praying that from here things just get better with each day of his recovery that passes. Thank you all for all of your great comments, thoughts and prayers. Really, we appreciate everything!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Sean spent much of the night like this...
We really appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers! We definitely feel them!!! Thank you so much!
We'll keep you posted.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Tate started to feel uncomfortable about an hour before he got his second dose of pain meds. He was not a happy camper. We watched a bit on Nemo to calm him and were hoping he'd go to sleep, but I think he was in too much pain. His legs started to swell a bit making the anklet name tag thing too tight, so he got those replaced as well because he needed more of a "canklet" name tag. :) Ha. He got his pain meds and we rocked for about 5 minutes and he was dead asleep. I let him sleep on me for about 10 minutes before I layed him down in bed and he didn't move an inch. He was one tired boy! Then his IV timer decided to go off about an hour later which woke him up...ugh. He was not happy about that. He is once again sleeping comfortably in Sean's arms. It is unbelievable to not be able to "hear" him sleep. It's silent, it's amazing, it's relief! He can breath!!!!