Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Trip to the Zoo

The weather has been nice and we've been dying to take advantage of it. So on Saturday we headed to the zoo for the morning. Jack really enjoyed the aquatic show although he wasn't entirely sure why we couldn't get into the pool with the sea lions. He also really liked the sea turtles and snakes (ew) so he is pretty much a water baby! He enjoyed seeing the other animals as well but wasn't overly impressed by any of it! He's kind of a tough critic, wonder where he gets that from...

Great Granny's Birthday Party

A couple of weekends ago, we headed to Tulsa to celebrate Randy's Granny's 85th birthday. It was such a fun day. We had some family pictures taken so I'll be excited to see how those turned out. Randy's cousin Emily has two boys, Parker who is 5 and Ty is is just a couple of months older than Jack. He really enjoyed being around them, as well as seeing his Gigi and Papa!

Sesame Street Live

A couple of weeks ago, we took Jack to see Sesame Street Live: Elmo's Green Thumb. He loved seeing all his favorite characters although I can't say he was too impressed by the fact that they were "live." He may as well have been watching them on TV, at least then we can fast forward past the boring parts straight to the Elmo's World segment. We made it through the first half and then called it a day. Maybe he'll be more into it next year!


This picture just reminds me of the Seinfeld when Elaine has taken too many painkillers. She is at a dinner with the Seinfelds and meets someone named Stella. She immediately goes into the balcony scene from A Streetcar Named Desire and with all the passion in the world shouts, "STELLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"

You know, now that I think about it, the picture also reminds me of Frank Costanza shouting, "SERENITY NOOOOOOW!!!!" You be the judge! :)

Monday, March 16, 2009

This is What it Means to be Held

I posted our big announcement here on Wednesday, that we were 7 weeks pregnant, expecting our second sweet baby. In case you are wondering why it is now gone, I removed the post yesterday after confirming with the doctor that we have had a miscarriage. Perhaps we shouldn't have made the announcement so early, but we don't regret it. We loved being able to share our joy and excitement with everyone! We are just so heartbroken that it turned to pain so quickly.

We are, of course, devastated. But we know that God has a plan for our family. This is just one more reminder that we are not in control. And although that is so hard, that is a good thing because God's plan is so much better than our own.

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Thanks so much for all of your support and prayers!

Here is a song by Natalie Grant called "Held." I have always loved it but now it touches me even more. There is such truth in the song's message- God's promise was not that life would always be free from suffering. It was that "when everything fell, we'd be held."

Another Medical Update

Well, after asking a few more opinions and questioning our doctors a bit more, we decided not to go through with Jack's ear surgery after all. We just didn't feel right about it and after inquiring further, we found out that it may be unnecessary. If he continues to get ear infections or develops any other signs that indicate a problem, we will reconsider. But for now we are waiting.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Medical Update

Jack's eyes are just fine! Praise God for that!

Unfortunately, his ears are not. The ENT agreed that he has had too many ear infections and suggested that he have tubes put in to prevent any more. He also suggested that even when Jack does not have an actual infection, the fluid in his ears may be causing him pain on a regular basis. Poor guy! The surgery, which is extremely routine, is scheduled for Wednesday morning and should only last about 20 minutes. We have to arrive bright and early at 6am and he of course can't have anything to eat or drink from midnight on. That is not going to go over well. Poor baby.

Randy and I are very nervous about the whole thing, although we know it's the right decision. Please keep our little guy in your prayers!