Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Back to normal... I hope!

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for and asking about Mac!  He has made it 48+ hours without getting sick and his appetite is finally coming back... 

...for those of you who need filling in:  Mac has had a bad “virus” for over a month now.  Actually, Emma and I were also sick the week before...however, we were over it within 24 hours.  Mac has really struggled.  The pediatrician has tested him for all possible viruses, bacteria, and parasites.  And, the diagnosis is still inconclusive at this point (we should hear something back tomorrow).  He has been very ill though, losing about 9 lbs.  And, he was given an IV in the ER for dehydration last Saturday.

Today was a very good day though!  He wanted to eat ALL day long and his little personality was back in full swing!  :-)

Thanks again for all of your prayers, help, and encouragement!  We feel very blessed to have an amazing community of family and friends!!!



Monday, April 28, 2008

Gold Medal Girl

Emma competed in her very first ice skating competition this past weekend....she did an AMAZING job!!!  She remembered her program and skated with grace and beauty!  We were all SO proud of her!!!  And, she brought home the FIRST place gold medal.... woo hoo!!!  :-)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

La Fiesta!

We had difficult yet fun weekend.  Kristin and Mac were down for the count with a weirdo stomach flu.  So we took it easy on Saturday.  But Sunday we part-ayed!  We were invited to a birthday party by some of our new friends the Valenzuelas.  We met mama Valenzuela at Panera Bread Co. before our Guatemala trip.  It was one of those “chance meetings” or “coinci-dances”.  Turns out that Alicia (Mama Valenzuela) is actually from Guatemala. She offered to meet with us prior to our departure.  It was great getting to know her story a little more. 

So, when she invited us to her granddaughters 3rd birthday party at none other than Chuck E. Cheese’s, we said, “absolutely!”  Alicia made us feel like such  a part of her family.  She called on Saturday (the day before the party) and I told her that Kristin was sick and she went to Walgreens, bought some medicine and tea, and brought it to our house.  She prayed for Kristin and made her drink the green tea she brought with her.  :)
At the party on Sunday, she completely made us feel at home.  She introduced us to all of her friends and family.  

What a wonderful day.

See the pics below.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I Saw What I Saw...

Have fun watching....

Grateful for much, 

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

YAY For Emma!!!

Emma passed another skating test today!  YAY!!!  We are so proud of you baby girl!



P.S.  If anyone wants to check her out, her very first competition is in two weeks!  Look out Michelle Kwan!  :-)

Monday, April 7, 2008

A Beautiful Sunday

What a gorgeous day!  We went to church last night so we had the whole day as a clean slate, so to speak.  Kristin had to work an open house from 2-4pm.  So, we got started early.  We went to the Nashville Zoo this morning until about 12:30 pm or so.  It seems to me that our little family really finds life at zoo’s.  We love the adventure, the exploration, and the discovery.  We ran into some friends and that was fun.  When we got home, Mac and Emma played outside for most of the afternoon.  I visited with my neighbors and had some really good conversations.  We are all at the end of this beautiful day exhausted, but invigorated by living...and we didn’t get one picture of it.  :)

Friday, April 4, 2008

Please, somebody tell my heart...

Tomorrow is the anniversary of my dad’s death.  I find myself more sad now....the depression is creeping in.  I have been in a funk since coming back from Guate and the annual realization of my father’s passing has added to my funk.  My sister called me yesterday and told me she was having a difficult time too.  Honestly, I want to forget about it all....forget about the pain, the grief, the loss....but I have learned to forget (or pretend to forget) is not the life I want to live.  I want to embrace the loss, but I feel like I don’t have the strength.  I can certainly understand it, bad news always travels faster to my head.  But my heart doesn’t want to hear  or embrace any of it.   I want to keep it all rationalized away in my head.  It’s less painful that way.  So, please somebody tell my heart.......