Thursday, August 9, 2012

Things That Make Me Happy...

... a little brother that likes to copy his big sister cause he secretly wants to be like her...

When Tuck saw Greta laying on the floor with her hands behind her head watching Little Bear he couldn't pass up the opportunity to lay down just like her... right next to her.

Even though he bugs her at times, I hope they grow up to be the best of friends!

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Chat later,


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My First Time Cat Fishin'

Since my last post was a bit dramatic and heavy I thought what better post to follow it up with than a good ole' day of cat fishin'!
You all know I am married to a southern boy who (because of love) has been forced to live up Nort' and call Minnesota his home. Most of the time he doesn't mind it or do too bad... and for the most part he blends in just fine. Besides the slight accent, and occasional "No Sir" or "Yes Mam".
But when he moved up to Minnesota and heard no one cat fished... he thought we were all crazy!
So, he set out to remedy that!

Last year he got a nice little fishin' boat and since then him and the boys have been searchin' the lakes and rivers for that one amazing spot! - their hog hole heaven.
And as of about a month ago, I think he has found it!

Last weekend he wanted to take the babes and I out on the river and show us just how fun a day on the river can be and how truly exciting it is to catch a cat fish!

So, with the boat packed up and cooler loaded we set out...

Just me...

My favorite babes...

... and the river.

It was calm, quiet, and relaxing!
And the babes are naturals!
They were so excited to go fishing and they absolutely love the boat and being out on the water.

- just like their Daddy!

It wasn't long before we were back in our little spot, bait in the water...

... and a fish on the line!

Greta and Tuck were crazy excited!
Hoopin' and hollerin', jumping up and down, and definitely rockin' the boat! lol

The first question was... "Daddy can we touch the fish?!"
- to which both Tuck and Greta did proudly! -

After the initial excitement wore off we calmed down, settled in, and spent the next couple of hours just hanging out as family...

The boys had the time of their lives fishin'...

And us girls spent most of our time talking, drinking Cherry Coke, and eatin' chips!

All in all... it was a great day!
I love spending that relaxed time with my family and I love seeing Loren in his element.
A southern boys gotta do what a southern boys gotta do, right?!
Hope you all are having a great Tuesday!
And if you think Cat Fishin' is crazy... just talk to Loren or better yet, get out on the river with him!
He'll make a believer outta ya!
And as for fryin' it... well he's got that down to an art too!
Chat later,

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Baby #3 Might Have Just Saved Me...

A couple weeks back I got some scary news that a few tests (blood and other) came back a little questionable.
My white blood count was lower than normal and so they turned to some other tests to see what the deal was?!
After a couple other tests and swabs, they had learned that I had some abnormal cell growth and changes happening. So my cells and their growth were carefully watched until they were labeled Atypical squamous cells with a high grade lesion... or I think my chart was labeled ASC-H/LSIL.
(whatever all that medical mum-bo-jumbo means?!)
What is scary about this is that this growth is more likely to be caused by a precancerous change.

So, from here I will try my best to document what the Doctor has told me...With the abnormal cell growth, test results, and white blood counts I was then scheduled for a test called a Colposcopy. - which in short... is not fun.

The Colposcopy was done to look at my cervix and determine if this precancerous cell growth was causing any abnormal growths, polyps, or lesions.
Up until yesterday morning we had hoped that when the Doctor got in there she would find nothing.
However, at the time of the test she did find one concerning area.

She said that if I was not pregnant she would have immediately biopsied the area for again... more testing.
But since I am pregnant we had to come up with a new plan.
And the new plan states....

Since I am pregnant and they have identified a precancerous area they will now begin to monitor me every time I go in and am seen for baby.
So at every visit I will have a blood draw.
Blood is like the road map to your body and so if something is wrong, different, or growing in me that should not be... my blood will trigger that!

Then, at the time when I enter my third trimester, the Doctor will go in yet again to look at my cervix... visually making sure this one precancerous area has not grown, changed, or multiplied.
Really the goal from there she said is to just get you to a full and healthy delivery!

After Baby #3 makes his or her arrival, I will then go back in 6 weeks later for a third and hopefully final Colposcopy.
At that time the Doctor will yet again, identify the precancerous area, biopsy it, and hopefully at that time make the call to either burn, freeze, or cut the area out. - Yikes!

After more tests come back my precancerous area will then be given a "level" or "stage." 
If it is low level precancerous then by just removing it we will have done the job!
However, the Doctor said worse case scenario if it is high level then we may have to talk about a couple other options, like more tests, removing more or all of the area, or a couple rounds of chemo/radiation to make sure anything left is done, killed, and taken care of. - But again, the Doctor assured me this is worst case scenario.

So, WOW!
Talk about a roller coaster ride of scary, nervous, emotions!
We have every reason to believe that this is not a big threat and that me and baby will be completely fine and healthy when this is all said and done!

The Doctor said something yesterday after my test that really hit me.
She said "you may want to be awfully thankful to this little baby!"
"If it wasn't for this baby and you being pregnant we probably would not have been doing all these tests and blood draws that triggered something was wrong with you in the first place."
"After all, there are no real symptoms early on for cervical cancer"

Again, WOW!
If I wasn't pregnant I don't know when I would have gone in or if and when this would have been caught.
It may be nothing, or it may be something...
Either way I think the Doctor said it best!

I think Baby #3 might have just saved me?!

*I promise to document and keep you posted as to how everything is going.
But I just have a really good sense of peace that all will be well and baby and I will be just fine!
After all... my God is the God who provides!
And I am believing He will provide me with health and healing.

Thanks to those who have been praying for me and baby... keep it up!

Chat later,


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Babes Say...

This morning while I was in the shower the babes came in to brush their teeth - the beauty of only having one bathroom in your house.

After Greta turned on the sink she said
"Are you ok Momma?"
As I felt the water temp turn a little warmer I said "Yeah, I'm fine honey."
And she said "Ok, I didn't want to burn the baby!"

Tuck chimes in "You can't burn the baby, it is safe in Momma's tummy Greta!"
Then he turns in the direction of the shower and says "If you need a band aid for your tummy I can get you my Cars ones when you get out?!"

To which I reassured them both that the water wasn't too hot, Mommy was fine, baby was fine, and I did not need a Cars Band Aid at that time.
But I thanked them both for caring so much. :)

Sometimes those little stinkers surprise me!
They are cute, clever, and in those moments I love them just a bit more.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!
Hope you all are having a good week.

Chat later,


Oh and remember these conversations?!......
This one still makes me laugh!
This one just makes me smile!
This one can sometimes make me cry.
And boy was this conversation unexpected!

Monday, July 16, 2012

July 4th Weekend Update!

We've been back from vacation for a week and I just now feel like I am gettin' back into the swing of our routine!
Guess this ol' pregnant girl isn't as full of energy as I used to be! :)

Like most of you know, we headed back to Missouri for our annual 4th of July trip!
And this year we were back home for just about 5 days! - one of our longest trips to date.
The 8+ hour car drive is never fun... especially now with 2 dogs and 2 potty trained (training) kids... but we always seem to make it and when the kids get there them and us both are happy to have survived the car ride and are ready to spend time with their cousins!

Although it was scorching HOT while we were back in Butler, we still had lots of fun and found things to keep us cool!

I'm pretty sure all the kids were in the pool at least once every day!

And Grandpa of course had to play too!

We also went fishin'!

Well we fished for awhile and then the kids wanted to play in the lake a bit...

We made sure to hit up the local fun spots, like the new Super Walmart and Koehn's Bakery!
The babes love the doughnut holes but I say they make the best apple fritters ever!

And, just like we promised, we made sure to have Sonic Slushies every day, per Tuck's request of "fun things to do on our vacation!"

And of course... we had tons of firework fun on the actual 4th!

Even though it's a little late... I hope you all had a great 4th of July!
We had a fun time but are happy to be back home and gettin' back to the swing of things!

*Oh, and last week when we got home I had an appointment to check on baby #3, and it looks as though all is happy, healthy, and well!
I am already in my 2nd trimester... woohoo... this is going fast!
(well kind of) :)

Hope to chat more this week...
Chat later,


Here is last years 4th of July post!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Things That Make Me Happy...

... when my babes unload the dishwasher for me!!!

It's a new thing in our house... chores that is!
When Mommy needs some "Mommy time" to clean the house... the babes get damp clothes and dust for me!
And when the dishwasher is full of clean dishes now... it is their chore to unload it!

Surprisingly, they don't mind doing it! 
Who knew?!
Instead I think it gives them a sense of importance and worth... something I am proud to teach my children.

What kind of chores do you have for your babes?
Or more importantly... what's making you happy today?!

Chat soon,


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Greta Says...

During the babes nightly bedtime routine we do all the usuals... get in our jammies, brush our teeth, pray, and then Daddy and I take turns tucking them and giving them kisses.

After my turn with each babe was done and they were tucked into bed, I went to check and respond to a couple of emails since Daddy was still with Greta.
Turns out, Daddy's time with Greta went much longer than usual last night.

After praying, Greta just had so much to talk about, so much to say, so much to get off her chest, and so many questions to ask.
I over heard her and Daddy talking about angels and why we have them?
Then she asked Daddy where the Devil came from and does he live in heaven?
She wanted to know if God made all of us, then who made God?

For every question, Daddy had the best answers!
He talked about how angels are wonderful and are sometimes sent to protect us... and we call them guardian angels!
He told her the story of how the Devil used to be an angel but then he wanted to be just as powerful as God, so God made him leave Heaven and go live in a new place called Hell since he was so naughty.
And he told her that yes, God made all of us... but no one made God. He just is. He has always been here since the world started.

Then sweet Greta started talking about Heaven and how she wonders when she will move to Heaven.
"Are there animals in Heaven?"
"Will Gus and Walter get to come to Heaven with me?" she wondered.

Then she said the sweetest, most cutest thing I think I have heard in a long time...
"Daddy, I heard in church that there are streets made of gold in Heaven?!"
"But the streets aren't for cars, they are for us to walk on."

To which Daddy replied... "Well, I guess you are right."
"I don't know if there are cars in Heaven, but I kind of hope so!"
"Lots of old, classic, cars for Daddy to drive!"

And Greta said...
"If there are no cars in Heaven Daddy, I will sneak one in for you."

And in that moment, even though I couldn't see Loren's face, I am sure we both had the same wonderful reaction.... the feeling of pure joy. I think both of us can agree, we didn't know whether to laugh or cry!

Our sweet, sweet, Greta may be a tad wild at times.
She may rough house and fight with her brother like she is a boy!
She may scream and shout and get mad for silly reasons like most girls.
But our Greta has a soft heart.
In her own time, when the moment is quiet and just right, Greta always shows such a kind, soft, and gentle side to herself.... and I just love it!

She makes me so proud to be her Mommy!

Isn't it so fun to hear what little kids think about and to see how their mind interprets things like God and Heaven. It's truly amazing.

How about your babes?
Have you had any great conversations with them lately?

Chat later,

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