Thursday, June 30, 2016

Just Blah...

Heads up... this may be a little tmi post for some of you...

I've been dealing with some serious GI problems the past couple of months and I am completely over it. I finally say my general Dr and he prescribed some meds for IBS and Acid Re-flux. He also referred me to a GI Dr. 

I went, wasn't super impressed but (insert shoulder shrug her) what can I do? She took me off the IBS medicine which is for spasms... (didn't even know I was having spasms!) Kept me on the acid re-flux med. She also scheduled me for an endoscopy in July. Not excited about that at all. not. at. all. 

I have tried a ton of different things from cutting out things from my diet and even drinking more water. Which frankly has been alot easier because of this.
This bottle seriously keeps my water cold. Which is huge, I can drink cold water but not a big fan of semi cold or room temp water. So thank you Sip by S'well. You are awesome! OK, back to the things I have been trying. I cut out sugar substitute, Dr. Pepper, and dairy. Other things too... just can't remember them all. I'm not a big salt eater, I use it but not in excess. I don't even drink that much Dr. Pepper. I am more of an unsweet tea kinda girl. Anyways, nothing has worked. I don't know if its acid reflux or even IBS but I do know that I am just plain over feeling like this. I am not a fan of bloat, water retention and swelling nor heartburn. Although, the heartburn isn't there all the time. Oh and I forgot to mention the burping. I have burped more in the last few months than ever in my whole life. Its ridiculous. 

So if you've made it this far, keep me in your prayers. This feeling is rough and I am just over it!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


I read something today that brought me to tears. We have 18 summers with our kids. Some a little more but they're ours for 18 summers. Ryan and Christian have already moved past that. Kaden has 5 more.  Case, (oh, thank you Jesus) has 15. I can't even imagine what I will do with myself when I don't my children at home. 

This summer is already so full. Kaden is with his grandfather this week, he will be home for 2, 1 of which I will be gone, then he's off to church camp for a week. He will be home for another 2 weeks and then he's gone for 2 at band camp. That will be the longest he's ever been away from us and to say that I am nervous would be an understatement. I am over the moon excited for him but not sure I am ready for him to be away that long. When he does get back, summer band starts soon after. His summers are going to fly by.

I am hopeful that we will get to go to Disney for his Case's 4th birthday. I have a conference the week after in Orlando and if all things go as planned he will go with me! 

I hope that we have done a great job of making great summer memories with these boys and that we will have stories to tell for many years after. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Glad Yesterday Day is Done

What started out as a fairly good Sunday turned into a day I couldn't wait to get into bed and finish it as fast as I could. Church was nice, lunch was good. 

We had family pictures scheduled with my mom, sister and her family for 5:45. My oldest niece was running late which put my older boys behind. My brother-in-law was late coming in from work and so as anyone can imagine... we're running pretty behind. We got some pretty good shots in of my family, some of the whole family and then was just about to start on the cousin shots when the photographer stumbled/fell of the step stool she was standing with an audible crack. Before it was all said and done, there was an ambulance with an incredibly nervous EMT, lots of screams of pain and panic on the faces of the kids. My sister did her best to soothe the photographer (their friends) while the rest of us stood around and did our best to keep it together. Pretty traumatic.
She's had 1 surgery this morning with 2 more to go from what we've been told. 

Remind me to never break another bone... tail bones are enough for me to know I don't want to ever do it again. 

It's really a sad deal. We aren't really sure how to proceed with the pictures, we want to be patient but at the same time, these kids are growing kids and certainly don't want to waste any time and them grown out of the clothes they were wearing! Here's just a snap shot I took and edited myself...

Moving on...
Now for the worst part of my day. Case has recently found a love for hot dogs. Not really sure why, he loves chili dogs. He typically pulls them apart before eating but loves them none the less. Until last night. As far as I am concerned, he'll never eat a hot dog again, at least not til he is 30. He was full on choking so much so that I had to pick him up and turn him with his head down and beat on his back. Finally he started to cry and I was able to get him to spit it out. Let me tell you, I would honestly rather break both legs than do that again. Worst possible feeling ever. I was afraid to fall asleep, I expected nightmares and a lousy nights sleep. Thankfully that didn't happen. He slept great and was his sweet little self this morning. Thank you God! Many prayers of thanksgiving.

God had blessed me immensely, and I pray that I never forget that or take it for granted. I am currently re-reading\listening to The Shack. The beginning is so hard to listen to. I hate that part of the story. I am anxious to get into the relationship part though. I don't remember much as I wasn't in a great place or really open to the story the first time. I feel like I am in a much better place emotionally now.

1 Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday Fri-yay

I couldn't be happier that today is Friday, although having said that I've been in a pretty crummy mood most of the day. I'm not generally a facebook ranty person but I came really close today. Chik-fil-a was not on their game and it just struck me really wrong and I've had a hard time letting go... anyways, moving on!

It was a rather crazy week, between a long weekend, overnight meeting in Houston and physical therapy, I'm pretty exhausted emotionally and physically. It's all good. I think I am happiest when I am busy. It gives me less time to think about things which may or may not be a good thing. I'm working on praying a lot more, so some days its hard to find time when I can focus just on the words I want to say to him. Thankfully he hears me even if its rushed and sometimes scattered all over my messy brain. Speaking of messy brain, I dreamed last night I was having brain surgery and there were people all over the operating room, and they let me up to go to the bathroom right in the middle of getting prepped.  Super weird. 

I recently heard some exciting news, a friend of mine who is also heart deep into the orphan\foster\adopt feelings is planning to go to an informational meeting. This is huge for her and her husband as it will allow them to really look into whats best for them and their sweet little family. I am so pleased for her and I know that she is too. I know God is at work! I've read so many things on fostering and adoption, and about 80% of the time one parent is on the fence while the other is ready to jump in with both feet. I would say to anyone who asks that an informational meeting is just that, information. A place to ask questions and learn about the process. If your heart is in it even a little bit I would urge to at least check out an informational meeting

 Something that I haven't mentioned before is respite care. From what I understand is that respite care providers take over for foster parents when they need to be gone for more than a few hours. This is actually something Chris had said he would be interested in doing. I guess I need to look into it again. 

Today is the last day of school for Kaden. He will officially be an 8th grader in the fall. eek is all I can say about that. Yay for official Summertime. 

I'll leave you on this note... a very cute one for sure.This is what summertime looks like at our house!