Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Too Cute

One of Seth's chores is to sweep the kitchen floor. He is only five, so initially, we spent some time sweeping together so that I could train him to do it properly. Well, while I was nursing Ethan, I just watched him sweep away and was so blessed to see what a great job he was doing.

He swept underneath the table (sorry for the underwear shot, I was trying to take the pic without him knowing). He even moved the highchair over and swept behind it. I know this is small, but it still excites me! Notice how intently Chloe is watching her big brother. I just know she's thinking, "I can't wait until I'm big like Seth so I can sweep the kitchen floor!" (Yeah, right!)

Well, while I'm on here, I'll just a add a quick update on my wisdom saga. Monday, the day Greg went back to work, I lasted until about 10am. I had still been feeling sick and dizzy at times. Just after Cheyenne told me to go lay down, our sweet friend, Cindy, called to say that she wanted to help out and that she wouldn't take no for an answer! Halleluiah!

We welcomed her help and she stayed most of the day taking care of the kids, which freed up Cheyenne to prepare lunch and dinner. As soon as she left, several of the kids had a meltdown and I and prayed that I would make it until their bedtime. In the middle of the chaos, Greg called home and could hear all that was going on, as well as the hopeless sound in my voice. To our wonderful surprise, about 45 mins later, there was Greg, popping out from behind the wall. I could have just burst into tears at that moment! God was so good to provide the help I needed, and just in time. I tell you, Greg is truly my hero! He was able to stay home the rest of the night! God knows our needs and meets them!

Today, Greg is at work again, but I'm finally feeling much better. It's funny to think that all of this drama is due to two wisdom teeth being pulled, but I tell ya, this kicked me in the rear! If it had just been the pain, I can handle's been all the other side effects that have slowed me down....the nausea, the numbness, the dizzines, etc. Anyway, I'm so thankful to feel better today since I have many preThanksgiving things to do. I still have all of the numbness, but I'm realizing that it's going to stick around for a long time so I just need to accept it!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Wisdoms, Part Two

Today, I feel that same nervousness that I feel when we've had a new baby and Greg goes back to work for the first time.

It's that feeling of "can I do this without Greg?"

Well, today Greg went back to work and I have that same feeling. Can I do this without Greg? I know I have the girls, but it's still not the same as having Greg here. The update is.....I am managing the pain, but I still feel queasy and I STILL have all the numbness, which is driving me crazy!!!

I have a feeling that this will stick around for some time. I read yesterday that the numbness could last weeks or months! YIKES! Please keep us all in your prayers today! I know God's grace will cover us, but I could sure use a little encouragement! Also keep Chloe and Celeste in prayer.....they are both sick! Thank you, sweet family and friends!

Update:  God provided abundantly.  A good friend came over and helped with all of the children so I could rest.  I was still feeling very queasy, so it was an incredible blessing that our friend came to minister to our family in this way.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Wisdom Teeth Removal and God's Grace

This past Wednesday I had my bottom two wisdoms removed. I was nervous, but ready to get this behind me! So, with the insertion of the IV, I was in dreamland! When I woke up I felt great, had some excessive bleeding, but other than that, I was ready to go home. Once home, I hopped into bed and relished in the joy of getting to rest and not have to worry about anything. We had scheduled the Wed night bible study to be at our house that evening so Greg and the kids finished up with the last minute cleaning. I know some of you probably thought it was crazy of us to still host the study, but, we thought it was quite clever. Having it at our house allowed the whole family to "be there"! Most of the preparations had been completed in advance so there wasn't too much to be done. So, with one simple switch of the baby monitor, I was able to hear all the sweet sounds of my friends visiting, and I was also able to participate in the lesson! It was great! The first day was a piece of cake. Well, then came the second and third days....

I was SICK as a dog!!! I thew up for two days, which then would start a chain reaction of my holes bleeding! What a pain and what a mess! The other bothersome side effect has been the loss of feeling in my jaw, chin and lower lip. I was warned of the possible nerve bruising and swelling, but, I didn't think it would last this long. Anyone experience this? My biggest fear is that this will be permanent. We're into day five and I have still not regained feeling in these areas. It is SO annoying. The final side effect of all of this has been nursing. Because I cannot eat properly, my milk supply is down. The last two days have been a bit better, but not up to par yet.

God is so good, and even in the midst of this temporary nuisance, God's grace has shone through. I have been pretty much out-of-commission these past five days, so my sweet family has had to run the show. They are doing a phenomenal job! Greg has been able to be home with us everyday (he goes back to work tomorrow), he took all of the kids to the store and got ALL of the grocery shoppong done (he was thankful for my to-the-T list), the girls have prepared all of the meals without any reminding (made easier thanks to the preplanned menu), and they have all made sure all of my needs are being met. So, even when I'm tempted to complain about not being recovered, God shows me how blessed I am. I CAN sit in bed for five days and not worry about the household falling apart....not that this is my preference, I'm pretty miserable, but, that I have a precious family who has pulled together to make things run smoothly.

I'm also reminded to keep things in perspective.....I didn't just have double hip surgery, I'm not going through chemo, I haven't been sick for a year.....I just had my wisdoms pulled, something that will benefit in the end, I hope. Yes, I know it's all relative, but I need to remind myself that this is just a small inconvenience and that I'm blessed beyond measure to have such a wonderful, caring family! Please pray that I will regain feeling soon and that I will be well by Thanksgiving! Boy, will I really be bummed if I can't enjoy all the wonderful food on that glorious day!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Mornings Like This

I love mornings like this......It's a cool, crisp morning, and the sun is shining brightly. Celeste is sitting in the rocking chair crocheting, Greg is in the kitchen making yummy oatmeal pancakes with all the little ones gathered around the island on chairs, each doing their part to help out Daddy, Cheyenne is playing with Ethan, and I am sipping my coffee and just enjoying this peaceful morning! If only all mornings could begin like this one. I will just take it all in and look forward to what the rest of this blessed day holds. May your Saturday morning be as enjoyable as ours!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

What's Up With That??

Tomorrow is supposed to reach 90 degrees here in San Antonio!!! Yeah......the middle of November.....yeah! Enough said......

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Grieved But Not Shaken

Although we are deeply grieved over the election results, especially the news of Nancy Pelosi taking Speaker of the House, we know that our Almighty God is in control and that this was no surprise to Him. We trust in His perfect plan and purpose for this election with unwavering faith! Glory Be To God for ALL things, even the things that grieve us!

For we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Beauty School Dropout

Beauty school graduate....

Beauty School Dropout.......

Go back to homeschool....

Friday, November 03, 2006

It's All About the Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme - doha

It has been a tradition in our family that every other Friday Daddy brings home Krispy Kreme doughnuts on his way home from work. So, over the last couple of years, "payday Friday" has become the conversation of the little ones the night before the coveted event! When Greg calls home from work the night before, they're sure to remind him that he's bringing doughnuts home in the morning, right?

Forget "we miss you, Daddy", or "we can't wait to see you in the morning, Daddy"!'s, "Don't forget the doughnuts in the morning!" Even two year old Chloe has caught on to soon as it's her turn to talk to Daddy on the phone, her first word is none other than, "doughnuts?" And when Daddy replies, "Yes, honey, I'm bringing doughnuts home in the morning", she simply replies, "K" and hands the phone over to another kid!

Poor Daddy.....he just can't compete with "the doughnuts".

One morning he had to stop at the store, before bringing home the doughnuts, to pick up milk......'cause, we can't have doughnuts without milk! Anyway, you'd have thought that the kids were waiting for a drop of water out in the desert the way they stalked the door and window waiting for Daddy's, oh, I mean the doughnuts, arrival. When he finally arrived, the little ones ran to the door to open it! To their dismay, he only walked in with three gallons of milk! Well, instead of throwing their arms around Daddy and welcoming him home, they frantically exclaimed, "Where's the doughnuts???" To their relief, Daddy assured them that they were in the car, so a sigh of relief calmed their worrisome hearts.

But wait....there's more! Each night before Daddy is to come home with the doughnuts, tucking the kids in has become a time a convincing them that Daddy WILL. BRING. HOME. THE. DOUGHNUTS! As I'm pulling up the covers and kissing their guessed it, "Is Daddy bringing doughnuts home in the morning?" God forbid Greg can't pick up doughnuts one morning.....what will they do?

Well, today happens to be "payday Friday". Early this morning, about 5:30am to be exact, I awoke to little pitter-patters near my door. I could see that it was Sophia so I invited her to crawl into bed with me. A few minutes later Ethan began to stir, so I brought him into the bed to nurse him.

While I was nursing, Sophie began to whisper, "Mommy, I like Ethan".

I whispered back, "I'm glad you like Ethan!"

And sure enough....just moments after our beautiful conversation about how much we liked Ethan (I think we'll keep him), these words rolled off of Sophie's lips.....

"Is Daddy bringing doughnuts home?"

I guess Daddy's convincing wasn't enough last night over the phone, nor my convincing when I tucked her in last night, nor just the general repetition of doing this every two weeks. My sweet, precious babies.....

Thank you, Krispy Kreme, for being such an important, life-altering, entity in the Sabo home! Our kids wouldn't be happy without you!

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