Thursday, May 22, 2008

Praying for the Chapman family...

We are all in shock as we heard the news of their sweet daughter Maria going to be with the Lord. To get all the information, including how to leave them a note and to see a video of their sweet girl go here. I can't think of another family who has given so much to others. Now, in the public spotlight they must grieve the unthinkable. Please join me in prayer for their whole family as they work to trust in their Lord as the Sovereign King. The only one who can truly heal their broken hearts.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

1,2,3,4,5, 6,7, 8, 9, 10 Months Old!!!!

Ruthie's reached the double digets... in months that is!! She is ten months old!! We've been busy this month! Here's what she's accomplished while she's nine months old:

* First trip to ER- mommy and daddy were scared half to death one night when she woke up with a very weird cough... turns out it was the croup... I thought she couldn't breath... we went to the ER at 3:30am!!

* Magically LOVES bananas! This has been the ONLY thing that she hasn't liked since we began solids. Up until now she SPIT them out of her mouth. Even when given with other things. But, just in the last couple of days she has been eating up the banana straight. I just chop it up into very small pieces and she picks them up and eats them! I guess she didn't like the slimy texture of the mushed banana.

* Claps her hands!

* She doesn't like meow-y cats. We were at a friends house who has a 2 month old meow-y kitten... every time the cat came near her she would start to cry... as though she were really afraid of it. The crazy thing is- is that my sister and brother in law have a cat and she's never even batted an eyelash at the cat- and of course she loves our dog. The only thing we can think of is the meow factor. The cat at my sister in laws doesn't meow much.

* When she's excited she moves her legs like a little frog- up and down - no matter if you're holding her, picking her up, she's in her exersaucer or if she's playing on the floor. It's SOOOOO cute!! It makes a mommy's heart go pitter-pat when she does it because I've come into the room! Almost as good as the smile I get!

* She's learning to point to my eye when asked, and can say "eyes"

* Says "nnnnnna" for no! Yes, this is a fun one! She also says "Eedow" with much conviction. I hope one day I will know what that means!

* When she's tired she will start to play with her hair, and if she has a pony tail or a bow (or both) in her hair she'll pull it out. Well, she knows she's not supposed to mess with her bows... and she'll just look at me with her hand on her bow to see if I'm looking and she can pull it out. We've recently gone round and round with the bows... which has become a sort of ten month old power struggle. The most maddening thing is that when Tony tells her to leave it alone... she does!

* Says "baba" when she wants her binkie!

* Ruthie LOVES books. She will look at them for 45 minutes taking them out of the toy basket one at a time! She loves to be read stories and she loves to turn the pages! She's our little reader!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Croupy, Crappy Mother's Day

But seriously, it was WONDERFUL!!! I am so thankful that I am a mother and that I have the most amazing and beautiful and loving little girl (In my humble opinion!)

BUT, my first was not as planned! Friday night around 3:30am we packed little Ruthie up and headed to the ER because she had this really strange sounding cough that was the mix of a seal barking and her not able to get enough air. YES, IT SCARED ME TO DEATH! Once we got to the ER we were told it was the Croup, she got some medicine, a breathing treatment, and was sleeping soundly I felt better. The Lord blessed us with a Christian doctor and wonderful nurses. Needless to say, we didn't get much sleep that night...

So the rest of the weekend was focused on Ruthie feeling better and taking care of her. Luckily, we had already planned to have the mom's over so Tony could cook for me and our moms! We stayed home from church as to not infect the entire nursery with the Croup! Missing my first mother's day at church was a little sad. But, a sacrifice I'm very happy to make if it makes Ruthie (and the other kids) feel better. Everyone came on Sunday afternoon, we had a wonderful meal of stuffed chicken, potatoes, corn casserole, and dessert. I got a sweet card and a beautiful bracelet with my daughter's name on it!

But, that morning we were hurriedly trying to pick up the house, make last minute recipes, and clean a little before the company came (because in our great plan before the croup we would have had all of that done Saturday morning!) When Tony picked Ruthie up out of the Exersaucer and found his hand full of... poop! We did the poopy kid hand off - I tackled the kid, Tony tackled the Exersaucer. A little while later I heard him call me, to which I replied... "I have the poopy kid, I can't help you" He answered back "No, I was just..." at that moment I found what he was trying to tell me... her little feet had poop ALL over them. In the toe nails, between the toes, and all over the bottom. It seems that she had a diaper explosion, then had fun stepping all in it while bouncing up and down in the Exersaucer!

My reply was, "Start the bath!" which we did. And while I bathed said poopy kid, Tony took the excersaucer out to hose down and disinfect! The miracle was that the seat (cloth seat) was absolutely poopy free! Praise the Lord!

So in the end, the croupy, crappy mother's day was absolutely perfect. I wouldn't have changed one thing. Except maybe get a few more pictures... I don't have one of Ruthie and me or my mom and me on our first mother's day!

Friday, May 2, 2008

A mother's Love

A mother's love is immediate and unconditional. What a wonderful blessing.

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