Thursday, January 24, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Thank you Lord for healing Zach again! We love you and know You alone are worthy of praise!
Friday, January 11, 2013
Over Christmas break, Jude took a bad tumble face first down my parents' back porch steps, taking us to the ER and now a series of doctors and pediatric dentists. (As of today, one tooth has become abscessed aka infected) and will more than likely need to be extracted, meaning general anasthesia and a gaping hole in Jude's mouth for the next several years. (X rays will also tell us if any damage was done to permanant teeth.)
With all that said, when the fall happened, Justin, Jillian, Jude and me immediately jumped in the car and my Dad, like any good Pop would do, drove like a crazy, yet being responsible person would do to get us to the ER. He sped a little and did some illegal passing, but overall, was safe. At one point we got behind a car that had a fire fighter license plate so my Dad put his 4 way flashers on, honked the horn politely, and tried to motion that we needed to get up the road or have him pull to the side so we could safely pass. The car SLOWED down and any time my Dad tried to pass him in a safe zone, he would speed up. My Dad was finally able to get around him and we pulled into the ER. I ran in with Jude, not knowing the damage, with him screaming, blood all over him and me, and Jillian explained what happened. There was a very nice police officer standing there observing what was going on. (Take note my Dad was parking at this time.)
A few minutes later, the police officer came up to my sister and asked her if she drove a silver camry. She said, "No I don't, but my brother does." (This was the car my Dad was driving to the ER.) Any who. The car that we passed who was being such a jerk had followed us to the ER and made a complaint about my Dad's driving to the police officer. The police officer politely told him where he could put it and reminded him that any family rushing their child to the hospital was ok by him. He told him he saw a baby with a bloodied face and screaming, he would have done the same thing for his own child.
That is why I like police officers. He took the high road and though technically, did my Dad break a few traffic laws that day, yes, but for the greater good. They're still out there, doing the right thing.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
I must pause here and say, this was a HUGE turning point for me emotionally and spiritually. At this time, we had made the decision to move to the Seattle area which meant another job hunt, house/apartment hunt, child care hunt, church hunt, and new friends. (We had only lived in AZ for 10 months.) I didn't want to move unless it was back east and man did the Lord do a work on my heart. I still struggle sometimes being so far away from family, but I know God's plan is better than mine and he will bless me for being obedient and submissive to my husband's leading.
July was also special because we celebrated Justin's birthday. Justin and I also celebrated our 4th anniversary. The inlaws kept Jude so we could do dinner and a movie.
I also got to go to Ocean Isle Beach with my best friends from college for a few days. (Minus Candice...we missed you.) I got to see my sweet friend Natalie's baby boy, Colt for the first time. He and Jude were born almost a year apart exactly. July also held 2 visits to the NC zoo, one being with some of my small group friends from college and their children and/or neices and nephews. What a blessing.
I started my new job, Jude started day care for the first time, and we found lots of new parks in the area, including the one above that is walking distance from our new place. Jude loves going to parks, even now when it's cold and wet outside.
We realized the importance of webcams, making it a weekly tradition with both sets of grandparents.
|Justin and I used the fall to really embrace our marriage. We made a point to go on more date nights and be more intentional (my one word for 2013 by the way) with one another.|
Friday, January 4, 2013
Christmas break started with a minor set back. We were supposed to fly out on Thursday, 12/20 but due to the weather in the mid west, our layover in Chicago got cancelled. We weren't able to fly out until Sunday, 12/23. After some tears and long phone calls with American Airlines, we did make it home.
On "our Christmas morning" in Seattle, I made a yummy breakfast and eggs and pancakes and we opened gifts. Jude got some fun things to take on the airplane ride including stickers, crayons, and coloring sheets. He also got a cute reindeer hat and a Radio Flyer Tricycle. He checked it out by taking his elephant on a ride and once it was approved, he hopped on.
We celebrated Christmas Eve with Justin's family and did the annual sock exchange at the Clongingers. Christmas morning was a blast watching Jude open presents. His favorite gifts there included his Fisher Price nativity scene, aka Baby Jesus and his new puzzles. We went to Denver for the day to spend time with the great grandparents and great, great grandma's and enjoyed time with family. We also got to visit Papaw Derrick's golf course and ride on the golf cart.
When we switched over to my family, we enjoyed a Christmas dinner and opening gifts with my family. Jude loved his new Lightning McQueen suitcase and all his new animals and dinos. On the morning after we arrived in Asheboro, Jude took a fall off my parents' back porch steps and we spent the day in the ER and the pediatric dentist. Thankfully, his teeth were still in tact, but he had several deep cuts in and outside of his mouth and lots of bruising. For the next few days, he survived on applesauce, yogurt, and scrambled eggs. He was so pitiful.
While in Asheboro, we started a new tradition of a family bowling tournament and had a good time! We rang in the New Year at Jillian and Phillip's, spending new year's eve helping organize Eli's nursery and packing Jillian's hospital bag. We rang in 2013 a little early so we could get up at 5:30 am (that's 2:30 am Seattle time) and head back west.
We had such a wonderful visit with our families and I am so thankful for the opportunity to share time with people we love and create traditions for Jude.
Above all else, I loved teaching Jude about the real meaning of Christmas. He is beginning to talk about Jesus and is listening to the Bible stories we've been reading to him since he was born.
*I hope to learn how to upload my camera pics to my school mac soon...I know that's what people like to see. :)