Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Review

I have been trying to decide how to formulate a post and exactly what to write about. After going back and looking at past posts, I have noticed that it was just life as usual around our house. For that, I am thankful.
There have been fewer earth shattering events than in past years, but we've still dealt with our share of "stuff". However, with all the bad stuff that has been going on in this world in the last 12 months, we have emerged at this end of the year relatively unscathed. God has had His hand on our family and we are so thankful for that. We are also thankful for the friends and family that we have around us and how much they have impacted and helped our family, in good and bad.
Our family wishes you and yours a happy New Years and pray that you will be blessed as we are!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Chatty Piper

Each and every Sunday when we pick Piper up from her nursery class, the teachers comment on all the words that she knows. To us, it seems pretty normal as Caleb was really verbal at this age, but evidently she may be a bit chattier than the normal 17 month old. Here is a list, to the best of my ability to recollect, of all the words that Piper says:
Piper (she does recognize herself and says her name all the time!)
Elmo (her fav!)
Night Night
Thank you
Tree (she has spent the past few months calling trees "doop", but has very recently started saying the real word when prompted)
Bye bye
Mine (guess who she learned that one from?)
Uh oh
Wet (notice a theme here? maybe it's time to potty train?)

She's even started stringing words together:
Don't cry (when holding her baby)
A __________ (fill in the blank, very often light)
Bite please
Yes please
All done (with the adorable hand motions that go with it)

Piper still does have her own language that she converses with others her age with, but those are the words that we understand. She tends to add to them daily, so I'm sure I'll have to update this list sometime soon!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

aaaaaaaand the saga continues (cue the Star Wars Theme here)...

Yes, ok, so I've lost my ever loving mind. If that title doesn't prove it, I don't really know what does.
This post is going to be about, what else, this stupid lymph node issue I've got going on here. Just warning you so you can click away if you don't want to read about it yet again.
Last week I went to the surgeon. This is the surgeon that my sweet PA, Carol, sent me to for a simple second opinion on the whole situation. This guy was everything a surgeon is, cocky and scalpel happy, but good. He did a full examination from the clavicle up to determine if there was anything else that seemed amiss and he couldn't find anything, including the offending lymph node. I had to point it out to him, literally putting my finger on it and him doing it as I moved mine. "Ah, yes, I see what you mean" is what he said. After some questions, he determined that I needed surgery. right. then. Well, then.
He also said that it was either a lymph node that is working hard or cancer. Lovely. Seeing as I have no other symptoms, confirmed by himself, I managed to get him to agree to wait another month. If this continues to improve, then we'll do nothing, but if nothing changes he wants to do surgery. I'm not too thrilled with that idea so I'm going to do a couple of things that may help: a detox and a lymphatic massage. Hopefully, these two things will shrink this thing even just a little more and I won't have to worry about this anymore...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Can I just say that I really like Sarah Palin.
I'm not one to discuss politics here on my blog and this certainly isn't anything like that, but after getting to know her (if you can call it that) via the media and reading, I just really like her. I think that, regardless of one's political persuasion, Sarah Palin is a woman that is fascinating and amazing.
Let's just look at what she has done and continues to do:
She was the governor of the largest state in the US. For a woman to achieve public office, I believe, is a minor (in some places, major) miracle. From my limited knowledge of her doings in Alaska, she did a pretty good job. I mean, the state is still there, isn't it?
She is a mother. Can I just say what a difficult job THAT is, in and of itself? And, to work on top of it? Granted, most of her kids were older (with the exception of her latest) and in school, but it still take a lot of time and heart to raise respectful, well adjusted, courteous kids these days!
She is not only a mother, but a mother of a child with special needs. Do you know the statistics of those who find out that they are carrying a child with Down's that abort? It's somewhere around 90-95%. She and her husband knew, going into this, that their child would most likely have this genetic anomaly and they chose to face the challenges head on.
She just tells it like it is. I really appreciate this about Sarah. This is a woman in the spotlight and is talked about in so many ways, but she just continues on with her life. She doesn't crumble and she doesn't feel the need to defend herself. She just goes on, knowing that she knows the truth and that it just doesn't matter what others think or say. I guess you could say that I appreciate this quality of hers the most because most of the world feels the need to defend themselves and make themselves look good for everyone else. I just find this quality refreshing.
Anyway, sorry for this random post, but I just had to get it out of my system. I'll be back later with some photos of the kids, what most of you read this blog for anyway, right?