Follow Friday

I know it’s Thursday right now, but maybe you’ll be reading this on Friday!

I thought I would mention some folks whose blogs I follow (in case you’re looking for something interesting to read).

1. A Holy Experience, Ann Voskamp

2. Big Mama, Melanie

3. Jon Acuff

4. Stuff Christians Like, Jon Acuff (this other link is more serious articles. this one is funny). Even the comments are hilarious on this site.

5. Livesay [Haiti] Weblog, Troy and Tara Livesay

6. Steady Mom


Audrey is 5!
That means we have ages 6,5 and 2 in our home. How did we get here?!

Audrey had a great day. I made her requested breakfast and she spent the day playing with the gifts that she received. I made a princess cake that didn’t turn out perfectly, but it didn’t look too bad. Audrey liked it and that was the important thing.

It was so fun to experience her excitement today. I think 5 is going to be great!

I have some good news and some bad news…

I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is, my son learned something new! The bad news is it’s how to tell good news/bad news jokes…

In church on Sunday, pastor was telling a few jokes, as pastors do when they want to set up a topic, and they happened to be good news/bad news jokes.

“Pastor, the good news is the elder board voted to accept your job description as you wrote it. The bad news is that now they’ve started a search committee to find someone qualified for it.”

“Pastor, your biggest critic has left the church! Unfortunately, he’s now your district superintendent…”

Then, he told a more serious example of good news coming with bad news in the life of the author of the “Experiencing God” study. His book was selling fantastically well when his wife was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.

Well, it was at this point that Ethan turned to me and whispered, “Dad, I thought of a good news bad news joke!”

“I have some good news and some bad news! The good news is your book is selling really well. The bad news is…your wife has cancer!”

Um…well, we explained that that wasn’t really a good joke since cancer is a really bad thing, and it’s not good to make fun of serious things like that.

He figured it out, and we were treated to a long series of jokes on the drive home. Not fantastic jokes, but slightly more lighthearted.

“I’ve got some good news and some bad news! You’ve got a new mansion for a house! But, the butler’s a clown! Hahahaha.”

Hey, it’s not Shakespeare, but then it’s also not making fun of tragedy any more.

Say. That makes me think of a joke! “Mr. and Mrs. Capulet: I have some good news and some bad news. Well, the good news is that you’re not going to have to worry about your daughter Juliet pining away after that no good Romeo any more. The bad news is…”

Hmmmm….Maybe not…

1 Year

It’s been a year since Nathan was told that his job was changing. A whole year.

“We Love Daddy”

There were some REALLY hard times, but Nathan has been great. Through it all, when I would have had a tantrum on the floor, he just kept working hard. I really admire his integrity and dedication. And I love him very much (and I wasn’t paid to say that)!

Looking Up

It seems most of us are feeling a lot better. There are lingering coughs and Nathan’s throat still hurts. I think he’s a few days behind the rest of us. My eyes aren’t as red today. I talked to my nurse and she wasn’t sure it was pink eye, but she called in a prescription for me in case it got worse over the weekend.

I’m feeling sore today. It’s sore in a good way though. Yesterday, I decided that lack of exercise was one of the things that was making me feel icky. So, I pulled out a DVD and did Ripped in 30. My arms and legs are sore today. This morning I ran. I’m still having issue with muscle tightening at about the 20 minute mark. It’s frustrating, but I’m focusing on the fact that I was able to run at all. It was a lovely morning. I even saw a hot air balloon as I was heading home.

The exercise got my head back in the game as far as eating. I was doing so well for about 2-3 weeks, but then I wasn’t feeling well and ditched it all. I guess I thought eating would make me feel better. It didn’t, by the way!


This is getting kind of funny

It’s been obvious from the recent blog entries that our family has been under the weather. I went to bed on time and hoped for restful night. I slept great.

And then I woke up with pink eye.

I haven’t even been anywhere to pick up pink eye. At least it just looks awful and doesn’t actually make me feel awful. Everything else seems to be getting better slowly.

Sleepless in Winsted

Last night was rough! It seemed like Audrey was up all night. She would be coughing and it would make it hard for her to sleep. Then she would come in our room crying. This pattern repeated 3 or 4 times before I went to her room and laid down in her bed with her in hopes that it would help her to get to sleep. It didn’t. Neither one of us slept for that hour. So, I went back to our room and got back in my own bed. Less than an hour later, Audrey was back in our room crying. This time, Nathan tried to help her get settled. Telling her that she absolutely needed to stay in bed and that we couldn’t give her any more medicine and that there was nothing we could do just caused her to cry more. After that conversation, she would just lay in her bed howling loudly (but not coming out of her room).

I was so glad that Nathan had taken today off!

I’m hoping that tonight is better. The kids have been in their beds for about 45 minutes. No one is sleeping yet. Audrey is coughing. Ethan and Isaac are talking and I hear Isaac coughing off and on. I’m reminding myself again that someone somewhere would love this life, but I’m also doing the math in my head to try to figure how many more years of this we’ll have to endure before they are all old enough not to cry because they are coughing and their throats hurt.


After Isaac got sick, Ethan was the next one to get hit with the bug. He really didn’t want to tell us though. In fact, he was afraid to tell us and then had worked himself into quite a dither thinking that something terrible was wrong with him. He was lying on the chair in the family room and Nathan noticed him crying and asked him about it. He couldn’t really explain it. He kept saying, “I don’t know”, but then he finally said his ear hurt and he was afraid he wasn’t going to be able to hear anymore. Ethan has had some scary, invasive doctor appointments in the last year or so. He also has the knowledge the his grandma became sick and then died suddenly. I hate that he has that clouding his perception what is normal. So, with all that, he doesn’t like us to know when he doesn’t feel well.

Isaac has started feeling better, but he has a cough now. That’s making napping and night time sleep difficult. That makes Isaac more difficult.

And then, to top it all off, I got sick yesterday. Aches, sore throat, chills, headache. I even had some upset stomach as well. Today I’m still feeling off. When the ibuprofen wears off I really feel it. I’m really hoping this passes quickly.

So, what does the title “Thankful” have to do with this? Well, I’m thankful for Nathan. He has taken care of all of us and he’s done a great job. I am so grateful for him. He’s not just standing in the gap for me to help carry this physical burden of parenting, but he’s also helping me by carrying some burdens that were really weighing me down and overwhelming me. I’m also reminded that even though this is difficult, there are lots of people who would love me life. I’m trying not to take that for granted.

p.s. As I started writing this, Audrey came and announced that she isn’t feeling well. Looks like Nathan is the only one left standing!