Saturday, March 31, 2007

Spinning :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Medical Chair - Ribs - Floor - etc

It has been a BUSY few weeks since I last posted. I'll start with this VERY cool bit of information though. Yesterday Emily started moving her mouth and making sounds in a coordinated effort -- that = yapping! She was "yayayaing" and "vavavaing" all day -- greeted me that way when she got home actually. Anyway, tons of fun and we are looking forward to see where she goes with this. Maybe she'll be able to say "Momma" and "Dadda" - oh man, that'd be great!

OK - the big news is that we finally got Emily's medical chair. It is super cool with all the bells and whistles needed to get Emily out and about. I'll put some pics up soon so you can see what I am talking about. Anyway, imagine a stroller for a little girl with sensitive medical needs - that's the chair -- with some crimson trim.

I busted my ribs up pretty bad a week ago playing soccer, so I am out of commission for now which brings me to the next point. We've been busy getting laminate flooring down on our main floor and it is so much nicer that the carpet and just in time for Emily's chair. It came with a rolling base so we can tote her around with us as we get things done. We haven't really done that yet, but b/c my ribs are messed up there is still some work left to do. Soon.

So - not much else to report. I have been working on getting local chapter of Climbing for Christ together with a friend from church - so that is a big deal and it is super exciting.

In addition to all of these things there are other things on our hearts too. Many of you are so faithful to ask us what we need prayer for -- here are some thigns:
  1. Diana really feels that God is impressing adoption on her heart. We have been doing som research on the idea. We have always wanted a decent size family, but obviously we fear having more kids with the SMA stuff going around.

  2. We are not sure how accomodating Emily in our current home is going to work. There are too many stairs and it is getting difficult to carry her b/c she is growing so much. :) We are hoping to know if God wants us to stay in the area, or move somewhere else where housing is more affordable.
  3. We are in need of a full-size van so we can move Emily appropriately. We need to sell the mini-van in that process as well. I don't know how this is going to happen, but we are confident that we will have the vehicle that we need at some point.
  4. I have had an aching in my heart for full-time ministry for some time now - and it is coming to a "T." As you can imagine there is anxiety that goes a long with this, given our situation, but my good friend Emman asked me a good question the other night, "Do you feel that you are being obedient to God by continuing to work a regular job?" ............ What a great question. I feel like I am compromising ministry opportunities that are being presented to me rather than compromising work to develop ministry opportunities. Lots to think about there....
Blessings and Peace <><

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

A couple weeks

Well it's been a couple of weeks since Diana broke her arm and we're all adjusting to the change in routine. She's as stubborn as a Chinese girl and continues doing more than she should, but that's ok as long as she doesn't hurt the arm even more I guess.

Emily has been so happy these last few weeks, it's been really nice. She a fan of "rough housing" so I try to juggle her around a bit by jumping and spinning while she is in my arms. I've actually figured out a way to pull her around in her bouncy chair type thing so we make circles around the second floor - she loves it. Other than that we've continued her treatments every 4 hours through the day. There were a couple of times we thought she might be getting sick so we gave her some longer treatments, but she pulled through whatever was bugging her just fine. Nursing has been working well, but we do wish we had more time for the days or weeks that "stuff" happens. Plus, it would be great to have the extra hours to train more nurses just in case one can't make it or something.

I won an award through the Employee Referral Program at work!! A $1500 weekend getaway at a Resort and Spa!! Second place was "Dinner for Two for a Year - $1200. If we can ever find a way to get away for two nights, much less one, we'll take advantage of the gift.

Other than that I am trying to rip up the second floor to lay down laminate, but did not see the reality of the project. It takes a long time. We've got some friends from church coming over on Sat (thank goodness) and we are going to try and knock the whole thing out in one day. Pray for that b/c it may take a miracle. :)

Annabelle's amazing as always and we were looking at her class pics for this year. MAN! She is just growing up and the pictures are so good looking. She's a cutie and a smarty! Still finishes my sentences for me when I can't concentrate (I know: when can I? right? - ha ha)

We're still thinking about our housing situation. Emily's medical chair is supposed to be coming this Thur (Lord willing) and we are not sure how things are going to work out in this home. Too many steps and NO ACCESS for a medical chair of any sort. We are looking into homes in the area AND homes elsewhere. That is on our minds and so is the van issue. Not sure if the Minivan is going to work with the new setup.

We appreciate all of your kind words, visits, phone calls, email, etc. They are precious to us.

Peace <><