Tuesday, November 17, 2015

"The 33" giveaway!

Think back to 2010 when the world was entranced by the tragedy of "The 33," the Chilean miners trapped below ground for 69 days. They were buried 200 stories below the surface in suffocating heat, waiting for rescue. While rescuers desperately attempted to get them out, the new film "The 33" based upon this reveals the psyches of the men trapped in the mine, depicting the courage of the miners and their families.

The international cast is led by Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”), James Brolin, and Lou Diamond Phillips, with Bob Gunton and Gabriel Byrne. The cast also includes Mario Casas, Jacob Vargas, Juan Pablo Raba, Oscar Nuñez, Tenoch Huerta, Marco Treviño, Adriana Barraza, Kate Del Castillo, Cote de Pablo, Elizabeth De Razzo and Naomi Scott. 

Patricia Riggen directed “The 33” from a screenplay by Mikko Alanne, Oscar nominee Craig Borten (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Michael Thomas, based on the screen story by Oscar nominee José Rivera (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) and the book Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar. The film was produced by Oscar nominee Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan”), Robert Katz and Edward McGurn. Carlos Eugenio Lavin, Leopoldo Enriquez, Alan Zhang and José Luis Escolar served as executive producers.

I haven't seen the movie yet but Big A and I have talked about seeing it in theaters. For now, I'm anticipating it but also excited to host another giveaway for you, my readers. 

You could win a t-shirt (black that says "Hope Runs Deep") and a small flashlight. The shirt is super comfortable and my husband uses the flashlights on runs in the dark.

Enter by commenting about what you remember from 2010, whether about this tragedy or your own life. For me, this was a year after Squirt was born so I remember moving, again. 

Please leave a valid email address so I can contact you in the event you win. One entry per person. Giveaway will close Friday, November 27, 2015 at 11:59pm. I will post the giveaway winner and notify them of email over the weekend. They will have 48 hours to claim their prize or I'll choose another winner. Must be 18 or older to enter. Void where prohibited. 

Disclaimer: I received t-shirts and flashlights in exchange for hosting a giveaway. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

MRI update

Moose had another seizure over the weekend so we started a new dosage on a medicine of his. I talked to his neurologist today. He said the MRI showed the thing in his brain has not grown (at least not that they can see so if it has it's been very slight). This makes the doctor think it's a malformation, a "birthmark." The doctor said he is not 100% that this is causing Moose's seizures. He said from our description and videos of his seizures, he expected this to show in a different part of the brain than it does. So perhaps this MRI didn't answer 100% of our questions, but he didn't feel it necessary for the time being to do further testing immediately. We will have a follow-up with him in a few months and another MRI in a year. We appreciate your continued prayers for him.

Anthony & Randi

This is the update I sent to our prayer chain and on Facebook and to his school. I wish I had more concrete answers. I thought we would, so it's a little disappointing. Now, I'm thankful beyond belief it's not a tumor or that it hasn't grown! Thank You, Lord! But the brain continues to be a battlefield of confusion. Even the neurologist said that if we really wanted to know if this malformation were causing his seizures, we'd have to put electrodes IN his brain and keep him in an EEG lab for a week (IN his brain and for a WEEK - this is what I heard. I could have misheard???). He is not ready to go there yet and I'm trusting our doctor. But ugh! I hate uncertainty and waiting for more seizures. But, 
 we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Time Garden by Daria Song (a coloring book review)

I loved to color as a child. I think most kids do at some point in time (most, not all). Even my oldest son, Moose, colored at one point. Now when he colors, it's all one color (red) and scribbled across the sheet (he's 8). My 6-year-old son will color but usually he likes to draw his own comics (very endearing). I'm reading for my Princess to be old enough to color (not that I want her to grow up faster than she will nor am I assuming she'll love to color...but I'm hoping she will).

I got "The Time Garden" by Daria Song, an adult coloring book, after seeing adult coloring books all over the place online. Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook are all aflutter with adults coloring. Right up my alley, people. Although, I would prefer a Christian-based coloring book, I really love the pictures in "The Time Garden."
image from Blogging for Books

What I disliked about the book:
The details in this picture are small, so you must have colored pencils or thin crayons. I have those things so not a problem for me, but finding a sharpener around here can be. About half of the pictures are real pictures of things: houses, trees, a little girl. So you need (or me as a type A rule follower) to color them a certain way (i.e. not crazy). Maybe you could do that but it's not for me.
I do not have much time to color. Hanging on to baby girl all day does not leave my hands free to color. I will wait until she's a little more independent (like rolling...wait, then I have to look after her to be sure she's not eating Legos).

What I liked about the book:
The artwork is beautiful. I sure wish I could draw like this (alas, not my gift). Truly the details are so pretty, this could be framed on my wall. Perhaps I will. I really like the whimsical pages with stars or gears or patterns. Those are the pages to color a little crazier on (again, you could on the other pages, it's just not for me).
I also like that it tells the story of "a little girl who had boundless imagination." Aren't we all little girls still (well, those of us who were little girls at one point)? Sometimes I still feel very little and it's nice to be able to come to this coloring book and feel that.

image via

There are so many of these adult coloring books online. I actually saw this very book at TJ Maxx a few weeks ago (and almost bought it again but then remembered I was getting this one in the mail! I must have good taste). So get creative, let that little girl out to color. Color in the lines, color out of the lines. Color crazy or tame. I also find this to be very relaxing.

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for my honest review. Others may not have the same opinions as I, but they are all my own.

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Story of God's Love For You by Sally Lloyd-Jones (book review)

Our family really like "The Jesus Storybook Bible" by Sally Lloyd-Jones. I was really excited to review "The Story of God's Love For You" by her. What I didn't know is that the text from each is exactly the same. Exactly the same. 

I was reading a very critical review on Amazon for "The Jesus Storybook Bible" (and by default "The Story of God's Love for You") and I thought the reviewer brought up one point I really hadn't thought of before. 

In this text, the author really takes some liberties from the Bible. The story of Leah and Rachel from Genesis 29-30. Lloyd-Jones says that Leah "wasn't beautiful at all (some though her quite ugly). The Bible says "Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance" (Genesis 29:17 ESV). Not exactly the same, but perhaps that's me being nit-picky. 

Then in this text, "The Terrible Lie" about the Garden of Eden, it says: "'Does God really love you?' the serpent whispered. 'If he does, why won't he let you eat the nice, juicy, delicious fruit? Poor you, perhaps God doesn't want you to be happy.'" The Scripture really says, "He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You[a] shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1b-5). Again, just not exactly the same. 

While I understand that writer's do take liberty with historical events and such often, I feel like, especially in these two instances, this takes away or adds elements to the Bible. Was Jacob really only in love with Rachel for her beauty? Did he disdain Leah because she was ugly? I don't think that's exactly how it worked and it's not really the point. Their father's betrayal of Jacob to marry off his older, unmarried daughter (Leah) and then get so many more years of work from Jacob seem to be more on point. In Genesis, I guess I never took away them  thinking God didn't love them but they thought God was keeping something from them (He was) that was good (it wasn't). And that broke their trust. I don't know. I'm not a theologian, but these just don't sit well with me.

image from BookLook
I believe "The Story of God's Love For You" is meant to be for older readers while "The Jesus Storybook Bible" is meant for preschool age, I think you lose a lot by taking away the illustrations. The illustrations in "The Jesus Storybook Bible" are pretty and charming. Without them, I just didn't like this even more. 

Maybe this is the children's Bible for you. Perhaps it's not. I'm still looking for one I'm in love with. Luckily, I have Princess to buy many Bibles for! 

Disclaimer: I received this book in order to write an honest review. Others' opinions may differ from my own but I claim my own opinions. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

October - we love this time of the year + a prayer request

I feel like we're finally getting into somewhat of a groove - an ever-changing, very flexible groove. Life with three kids is good. Life is good. God is good. All the time, right? Especially when you're listening to Christmas program music being sung at 6:22am from a just awoken sweet boy. I love it.

We had been borrowing a soccer goal from a friend and when they took it home, we purchased 2 for our boys. Even Moose was asking to go out to play soccer (not so much this week but it's been wet). Once Squirt said, "maybe later, I'm reading" or something and I was like "GO OUTSIDE! Our sloth wants to play something, GO!" It's been good for them. They are really working on good sportsmanship. Moose does really well with this because his brother beats him most of the time. But he's a fairly good defender, just not aggressive enough to be a forward.

Only one seizure this month! We had a cub scout event later that same night so we made the executive decision to have him stay home with his dad and sister so we could maybe help avoid another one. Don't know if it helped but he hasn't had another one.
I took the kids to Gage Park in Topeka. Awesome!

Parent-teacher conferences were really encouraging. He is getting to the age with less and less teacher communication, which is frustrating for me. I've been spoiled for sure. But his teacher and special ed teacher really assured us that he is doing well in school. He does get help still and sometimes with things other kids may not get help with but in the grand scheme of things, we think it's ok. I'm really proud of the social progress he's making.

Topeka Zoo - couple of animals

he's a good "hold the baby while I do this or that" person :)

I feel like God has really answered my prayers for friends for him. Not that he is a social butterfly, getting asked to tons of birthday parties and events (or any, for that matter). However, our neighbor kids have come over for soccer and that's been fun. Two girls in his class have sent him sweet little notes saying how nice he is. I feel good about this. It's hard to watch my boys be social unequal - one gets birthday invites and the other doesn't. One gets play date invites and the other doesn't or at least doesn't unless I'm involved. I don't mind but a dear friend of mine gently told me I shouldn't expect them to have the same social levels; they are different people. I think I set myself up for disappointment and sometimes anger when I expect his "social life" to be equal to some standard. But one birthday invitation would be really nice.
I just had a mom ask me if he would like to go home with her son sometime. Thank You, God!

loved taking the boys on one-on-one dates this month
We had another neurologist appointment. Our doctor said that he feels from the EEG and MRI imaging that we had 6 months ago and the fact that his seizures are getting worse (from no movement, to movement, to talking during) that something is growing in Moose's brain. Other things it could be: a blip in the computer system (although we had an EEG done last Monday and it showed the same images) or a "birthmark" something his brain was born with. All of this "activity" is in his eloquent cortex, where we get our speech. We have another MRI scheduled for November 6 and we would covet your prayers greatly. This has been difficult for me to process but I'm finding great peace in knowing that God knows the outcome of this and He loves my son - His son - more than I do, way more.
Moose's brain - abnormality is what the line on the right is pointing to

I feel incredibly blessed by the church family we have. I was up working a bake sale this morning and so many people asked about him and said they were praying for him and our family. That is the church, ladies and gentlemen. Caring for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.

We have been working on attitudes this month. No is a hard word to accept and leaving fun places is hard to do, but Squirt has been getting better at them. We continue to work at this social skill (?).

what a kitty cutie!

This boy loves soccer. Since having the goals at home, he's even played soccer at least once at school. I think before he felt that since he didn't play on a team, he didn't really know how to play. He's actually a pretty good forward, pretty aggressive at getting the ball. Must work on losing or even when one other goal is scored!
Topeka zoo - elephants!!!

Gage Park

When Moose had his seizure, we decided for me to take Squirt to his first real Cub Scout event. We went on a freaky hay rack ride (thought we'd tip for sure), mini golfing, painted a pumpkin, and skated. Oh this boy. Last year, he cried at skating and didn't make it around once. This year? He found determination somewhere! He fell, he skated, he fell, he skated, he fell, he kept going. About an hour and a half or two hours of skating and falling. He got to be pretty ok! It was so much fun to have this one-on-one time with him!!
hayrack ride I thought I'd pee my pants on! Could see every dip that we should have tipped on.

such determination to skate!
Very encouraged by his teacher conference, too. He's a sweet little guy, really wanting to impress his teacher. He has written her comics. I love his comics.

At church he has joined his brother in doing actions to the song, "Weak Man." I'm hoping to catch this on film because it's so darn sweet and just really faith-filled.

suck that thumb! suck that thumb!

This gal continues to grow. She "talks" a lot and kicks a lot (not quite like Squirt did as a baby - thankfully). She can move herself around by kicking about 180 degrees or so. She did flip herself over belly to back but only once so far. She chews on her thumb and fingers and sometimes sucks but not consistently - I guess the hand control isn't great yet. I'm still hoping for a thumb sucker (yes I know this is bad for their teeth).

love baby stretches!

love how the pacifier can be "just" inside their mouths to make them happy

this outfit. the best!

 She charms pretty much everyone she meets with a smile and maybe some cooing.

3 months?! How did this happen!?

She still sleeps a good lot and is not a great napper unless you hold her. I've tried laying her in her crib but then she doesn't sleep and sleep is important so mostly I still hold her (Kara, don't look so disappointed LOL Come teach me your ways!!). Our boys didn't wake up after 30 minutes like she does so this is a whole new ballgame for us/me. She usually sleeps well at night (7-3 or so) and has slept through a few nights (but don't ask her daddy about their night last night...it was bad).

good girl holding her head up

She's getting pretty strong and doesn't mind tummy time unless she's tired. She's just a squirmy worm!! We still like her so we'll keep her around awhile ;)
Princess "mustache" you a question...

Me: Big A and I have started to take turns with Princess at night so we can each work out. I think this has worked out better for me than for him. You would think I'd be ok because I can nap when the baby naps but I haven't been able to do that. Just can't sleep well. I spent 2 hours laying beside her yesterday...just laying, trying to sleep but it not happening.

Working out is hard. I try to do it 3 times a week, just working on running/walking now. I went outside this morning (which is difficult considering I'm not a fan of the dark) and ran down our main street up and down, listening to "Yes, Please" by Amy Poehler. Hilarious. Which is what I need at this time of life and working out.

I've had several people ask how I'm doing with the news of Moose. A friend of mine told me about when her parents found out about her mom's cancer, they immediately prayed. I am not so quick. I freaked out (inside) at first but each day I'm learning more about trusting God and leaning on God. I look back at my own past and see God's handiwork leading me, providing for me, never leaving me. I know He will continue on doing the same because He never changes. So I'm really doing well and just accepting this hard time of waiting.

I have started a little prayer closet where I post cards with verses or godly things I've heard, prayers for my family and for my friends and for people I've never met. It's a peaceful little place in what is sometime a chaotic little home and I like being organized in my prayers (in all aspects of my life). This is a very fitting thing for me at this time of life. It helps me to see Scripture written out for specific prayer items instead of trying to find it in a Bible I'm still learning about. I just finished Priscilla Shirer's Fervent (goes along with the movie War Room, which I haven't seen but have heard a TON about). It's just a good, solid way to know how to not let the enemy hit you where it hurts most, a battle plan if you will.

Big A: This man is awesome. He does dishes, he gets up with the baby some nights, he doesn't complain about the mess of our house or if I'm late with supper. He told me the other day that when he was starting to notice girls when he was younger, he wanted someone to just spoil. Well, thanks be to God that I'm that lucky girl!!! He is just such a special husband and father and friend. He will do just about anything for just about anyone. I just feel undeserving of such a good man but I will take him. It's legal! It's binding! It's a covenant so I'm the winner winner chicken dinner!!!

I had to put this picture up of a friend's kid in my Princess Leia hair. Hilarious!

best friends ever. Not the best Husker team to watch ever.

I'll leave you with some Halloween pictures! We had fun (although it rained on the 30th) with my parents coming down to help watch Princess so I could attend a school party and we could take the boys out trick-or-treating and to a Light Festival. I love dressing up and have already started thinking about next year. I want to do something girlie with my little girlie!
pumpkin head

Super Girl!

Super Family

Grandma conversations

Grandpa cuddles
That's all for this month. Or last month. I'm a little behind. Shush. I have a baby.

Woodlawn Giveaway WINNER!

I used random.org to generate a number for my Woodlawn giveaway. From the 4 comments on the blog (seriously, more people should enter, you have a great chance of winning stuff), random.org chose #4 which is chickie717. I will contact you through email and you will have 48 hours to reply or I'll have to chose another winner.

Thanks for the two of you who entered and my apologies for taking me a few extra days to pick a winner.

EDIT: Well, chickie717 said she'd won this on another blog so Jennifer, you are the winner winner chicken dinner! I will contact you via email to let you know you won! Yay, now everyone gets to read these awesome books!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Woodlawn starring Sean Astin & newcomer Caleb Castille opens October 16 (movie review)

Woodlawn is this amazing story of how Jesus Christ helped a football team overcome racial tensions after their school was integrated in the 1970s. It's based on the true story of the Woodlawn High School football team whose teammate, Tony Nathan, became the first real African American superstar. Sean Astin (best known for Rudy) plays Hank, a guy who went to a Billy Graham revival in Texas called the Jesus Revolution and just really felt lead to share Jesus in Birmingham, Alabama during one of the hardest times of racial tensions in the United States post-Civil War.

Hank comes to the football coach, Tandy Gerelds (took me the whole movie to figure out they weren't calling him "Candy."), to ask about coming to share his faith with the team. The coach says no, this is a public school. Then a fight breaks out between races and the coach gives Hank five minutes.

Those five minutes turn into an hour and after that, Hank asks if any of the team wants to start living for Jesus, playing football for Jesus. Almost the whole team, including the assistant coach, stands up. Amazing.
all images via Grace Hill Media
This movie is about love. How love through Jesus Christ can overcome racial tensions, differences between people, hate, anger. It happened in Birmingham, Alabama at Woodlawn High School. Throughout the movie, many characters mention that this team, there was just something about them, something special. Especially their tailback, Tony Nathan, an African American who ended up starting on their team. Of course, something unheard of in the South at that time.

What I loved about this movie: I loved how Jesus was portrayed. This was not a cheesy movie. This had real drama, real action, real life. Jesus was portrayed like He is! Love. A God who can break the chains of hatred and differences. Hollywood usually does NOT portray Jesus like this or Christians as real nice people. We are usually portrayed in a comical fashion (like on the tv show "The Middle") or as snooty, holier than thou (like in the movie Saved!). Most of us are just your everyday sinners, trying to do our best to live and love like Christ. And I think Woodlawn portrayed that well.

I also love the football. I love sports and movies and movies about sports. There were some great scenes of football in this movie. Big A watched with me and mentioned that one team ran a play he'd never heard of, it was some silly name to a play. But otherwise, it was good. I will say this movie is reminiscent of Remember the Titans (so is the soundtrack! Great tunes!). Same sort of plot line but this is, of course, based on a true story (I can't remember if Remember the Titans is or not). The big difference between them is Jesus. This movie doesn't just say, well we can overcome anything by ourselves. This movie says we need Jesus to address the hatred in our hearts and really teach us how to love one another.

What I didn't love about this movie: The only thing I can come up with is that it felt rushed at times. I felt like there wasn't a lot of time spent connecting with the characters themselves. This is an emotional movie but to put so much in what is never enough time, it's hard. I'm sure it's very hard to balance keeping the action going and portraying what actually happened without the movie being 3-4 hours.

I don't think that this took away from the movie. I was crying at parts, especially the parts where people came to trust in Jesus. I'm a sucker for a conversion! And praise God this was not cheesy! It was good and real and beautiful.

Woodlawn truly is a great movie. I hope it does as well in the box office. You can help by going to the movies on or after October 16th when Woodlawn opens. Take a friend. Take someone who needs Jesus (which is us all!). Takes someone who knows Jesus. Take your mom. Take your dad. Take your kids (no bad words in this movie!). Take your teammates. Just go. And enjoy some popcorn while you're there.

Also be sure to enter my giveaway (open until October 30) for 3 books and a t-shirt from the movie. Check out the link to enter.

Disclaimer: I received a link to watch this movie before its release so I could tell you what I think of it. I think it's great. That and all other opinions are my own.

Saturday, October 10, 2015


Filmmakers are finally listening to audiences and going with more family friendly movies. War Room has done amazingly in the box office, God's Not Dead 2 is gaining steam in production, and Woodlawn (in theaters October 16) is highly anticipated!

The tagline for the movie is One Hope. One Truth. One Way. The setting for the movie is Birmingham, Alabama in the 1970s. The story is a talented high school football player who must stay true to his faith and talent as he battles racial tensions in a very racially sensitive time in history. This is a true story of "how love and unity overcome hate and division."

images via Grace Hill Media
Sean Astin (Rudy, Lord of the Ring trilogy) stars in this film along with newcomer Caleb Castille, Nic Bishop (Covert Affairs), Jon Voight (Ali, National Treasure), C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders, Red Dawn), and Sherri Shepherd (The View).

images via Grace Hill Media
It's directed by The Erwin Brothers (October Baby, Mom's Night Out) from a script by Jon Erwin and Quinton Peeples and is produced by Kevin Downes (Mom's Night Out). Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (The Bible, Son of Man) are executive producers. OK that's enough name-dropping.

I'm excited about this movie. I've been hearing about it online and on Pandora ads. I like football and movies and I love Jesus; this is just up my road! I hope you all go out to theaters to see it. The fun thing about this post is....


I wish I had tickets to give to you, but I have something just as good - books to go along with the movie!!! I love books and I know many of you do, too.

WHAT YOU WIN: 3 books - "Woodlawn" by Todd Gerelds (Coach Tandy Gerelds' son), "Touchdown Tony" by Tony Nathan (the star of the movie...not the actor but portrayed), and "When God Shows Up" a 40-day devotional. PLUS an official Woodlawn t-shirt. I think that's a pretty sweet deal to keep you reading for awhile. It's enough to satisfy my bookworm tendencies for awhile.

HOW TO ENTER: We'll keep this short and sweet.
Tell me which movie I talked about at the start (War Room, Woodlawn, God's Not Dead 2) you are most excited to see. Please leave a valid email address with your comment so I can contact you if you win. Also leave your t-shirt size in a comment (size not guaranteed but we'll try)

Share this giveaway on social media (leave a URL) - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. One entry/comment per share/URL.

Giveaway is open to those 18 and over (void where prohibited). Giveaway will run until Friday, October 30, 2015 at 11:59pm CST. Winner will be announced on my blog and notified via email. MUST LEAVE A VALID EMAIL IN COMMENTS so I can contact the winner.

Disclaimer: I received the three books and a t-shirt so I could review the movie and host this giveaway. All opinions are my own.


Friday, October 2, 2015

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones by Jan and Mike Berenstain (book review)

I have fond memories of reading The Berenstain Bear series growing up. One my own sons are etching into their memories as they love BB books. We have a few out of their Living Lights series which is their faith-based books vs straight social stories that I grew up on. I love some of them: "All Things Bright and Beautiful" and "Love Their Neighbor."

If you remember from an older post of mine, I reviewed their "God Bless America" and was taken aback by their using a reference of the Promised Land to America. Calling America the land flowing with milk and honey. Not really what God had in mind, I don't think. Like a friend said on Facebook the other day 'patriotism is not Christianity.'
image via BookLook
However, I decided to give it another chance with their Storybook Bible. How wrong can you go with Bible stories? And for the most part, it is a great little book.

What I liked: The length of the stories is terrific. Not too complex. Pretty pictures. Like you expect from the Berenstains. I love that it is included in the birth of Jesus story that he will be called "Son of the Highest."

They included: Creation, Noah's Ark, David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lions' Den, Jesus' Birth, The Good Samaritan, Jesus' ride into Jerusalem, and the Resurrection. Those aren't the official titles in the book but the stories.

What I didn't like: Judas is not identified as a disciple, just a bad man. Maybe it's a mincing of words but I think it's important that he knew Jesus closely. Perhaps not important at such a young age. It also does not identify why Jesus died - as a sacrifice for our sins. This book also does not say anything about salvation or trusting in Christ, which is a cornerstone of our faith.

Perhaps the things that I dislike about the book are not important theological issues at such young ages, but I still prefer the Jesus Storybook Bible which addresses them.

Disclaimer: I received this book in order to write an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September update

Oh my, it's already October tomorrow. This month has flown by! There is a lack of pictures on this post because everything is on my phone and I'm a little too lazy to upload all of that crazy (499 shots). Or I'll try...we'll see with baby girl probably wanting to nap here shortly.

I am finding him adjusting to school very well. There have been several notes in his communication notebook that say things like "this didn't go as planned but he took it well." Not getting to eat lunch in the classroom because he missed one on his spelling test (we are even practicing this year!), having trouble with his iPad. I love watching him grow up and mature.
 Yesterday was a great friend day. He said he played Thomas and Friends with another boy at school. I love this because I've been encouraging this friendship for many years. I know he's probably a bit too old for Thomas but I don't care. He also brought home a lovely little letter from a little girl in his class telling him he's nice and funny. I about cried, let me tell you. Every mother wants their children to have friends, but when you add in special needs, I want it even more so. I want people to help me protect him and stand up for him and walk with him through this crazy life.
 Boy Scouts is going ok. He's done fairly well at meetings, I guess (Big A takes him; this is their thing). They had a Day at the Lake and he had a blast. There was an incident of some boys being mean but he was oblivious to the fact. Sometimes I wish I was, too. But regardless, he had fun! I think he was probably the first kid asleep (we think his meds make him drowsy but usually only at night so not much to argue with there).
 He did have two more seizures this month. We cannot pinpoint a trigger, unfortunately. However, the nurse for his neurologist called today. She said, based upon my explanations of the seizures, he is having complex partial seizures. You can read up on that here if you want. We should know more after the doctor sees the videos we've taken of the seizures later in October.

He loves this girl. 

Did you miss Batman day? We didn't!

They take after their daddy...promise.

I wrote him a few Scriptures about being anxious so he can pull out this little card when he feels like that during school. I don't know if he's done so at school but after school the other day, Princess and I walked up to get them and we were 1-2 minutes late. I saw him reading his card. I hope it helped him not to be anxious.
 He loves school otherwise. Seems to enjoy playing with a large number of kids at recess. He doesn't ask other kids to play, I've noticed. He's afraid they'll say no, no matter how many times I urge him and suggest that they may say yes. My little perfectionist. Poor guy. I don't remember being like that as a kid but I believe I am like that more than I care to admit as an adult.
 He says he misses my jokes from their lunches last year. I've made him one lunch upon request. It's hard to do when school lunches are cheap. But I try to find a joke for him and have thought of different ways to have jokes (I think they are his love language lol) for him.
 I need to spend some one-on-one time with him!!! I know he's craving it. A friend of mine suggested setting a timer for 15 minutes and just spending time with him. I've done that once (didn't set a timer but focused on him); it's just difficult because the baby doesn't really lay down for her nap that occurs right when they come home. But I'm planning a meal out for him and I and I know Big A and I really need to focus on spending one-on-one time with our boys. He has that time built in with Scouts, fortunately for him.
 Squirt is loving Scouts! We've got him out selling popcorn and going to meetings. He had to miss most of Day at the Lake to go to the Omaha Zoo for a birthday party for our dear friend (oh darn!) but got to come back and camp out. He was SO excited!

He loves this girl too.

He also loves Legos.

I'm sitting here listening to baby coos. I love when I smile, she smiles. I coo, she coos. I love this interactive stage. She has no idea what I'm saying and looks kind of confused a lot, but she trusts me. Or doesn't have the ability to do anything about it if she doesn't. ha!
 I am slowly figuring out sleep with her. Her night schedule is sporadic. She slept through the night a few times, was up the last two nights around 3 (well really last night between 1-3 I don't know how many times I was in her room). She takes good naps but usually only if you hold her. I'm fighting my perfectionist tendencies and really just focusing on what is best for our family. I think I have a routine system that is going to work for us, I think.
 She and I have done a few overnights while the boys are camping. This is mostly ok, but I'm very tired the next day.
 She is a very happy happy princess! Always smiling. She just has such a calm disposition and I love it. I pray that's her always. She even took her 2 months vaccines well; cried for a minute or two (hate that cry) and then sucked on her pacifier and fell asleep. I didn't cry either, thank you. Almost.

She looks like my little sister in this picture!

She likes this baby, too.

 I am so thankful for the ladies of my if:table group. They share a perspective with me from more years of mothering (some) and more years of being Christians (all). I appreciate them so much. It was so nice to be able to go and spend hours with them.
 I also got to go to a Jamberry nails girls' night and am sporting many different options of Jamberry nail designs right now. Go big or go home, right? It was a nice, relaxing night with a few friends I don't see often but need to more often.
 My friend Stacey is one of the biggest blessings for me right now. She always posts on her blog things I need to hear in my heart. She and I talk about mothering these third children of ours and I appreciate her so much!
 I am at a place where I want to work out but the timing is just not there. She's not consistent in sleep, I cannot stand a workout to be disrupted and hate to feel rushed. So the desire is there but it's not the right time. And it's ok. I'm really working at accepting where I am right now. I want to be here right now, there are just always kinks to work out in every season of life.
 And I've learned to cross stitch while holding her.

Big A:
 Is awesome. Enough said.

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