Sunday, January 31, 2010

My boys having fun in the snow!!

Snow or Sick Day...Take your pick!

Well, waking up Friday morning and finding out the there would not be a snow day not only disappointed me but Taylor was down right mad!!! His teacher had already given the class their spelling test in anticipation of having a snow day on Friday, so to say the least he was a little put out by having to get up and get ready for school. I too was not all that happy, but decided it would be okay because come May we would be really grateful to not have an extra day figured in. As the day worn on, and the temperature dropped, my students really started to get antsy, and I am not going to lie, so did I. I knew if we could just make it to 1:00, then we could count it as a day, and I would be happy. I decided to call Kim and see if she was picking Jax up early from school and she was, so I asked if she would mind grabbing Taylor also, that way I would not have to wait on the buses to get to my campus. She said she would, which I knew would make Taylor really happy. During 5th hour the sleet really started coming down and my students were starting to go stir crazy. Evidently the parents' were starting to worry also, because the intercom was going off every few minutes with kids needing to check out. Starting to think it was getting a little ridiculous still being in school, at 1:30 the high school kids that drove we allowed to leave and the rest of the school would be dismissed at 2:00. I could not have gotten out of there fast enough, got Grace picked up and then not only fought the bad roads but also the traffic!! It was bumper to bumper going through town. But luckily we made it home safe and sound.

I settled in for what I thought was going to be a relaxing evening. Taylor and Jax were playing in his room and Grace was occupying herself in the play room. So, I made myself a nice spot on the couch to sit down and watch a little tv. Not long after that, Grace came to me complaining of a headache. I assumed she had not gotten her nap out at school, so I made her a pallet, got a movie on, and thought it was still going to be an uneventful night. Within a matter of minutes, he temp shot up and she was NOT feeling good. I made a call the doctor since we had just had a round of antibiotics for bronchitis and she was really complaining of her head hurting. All the doctor's offices had closed early because of the weather, but Dr. Beene called me back. At this point Grace had thrown up because her temperature was so high...anytime my kids temp gets over 101, they start throwing up. The doctor told me I could wait it out through the night and get her in first thing in the morning. So, alternating tylenol and motrin we did, but the fever would not go below 101. She looked so pitiful. I slept in her room most of the night until about 5:00 in the morning and then made my way back to my bed for a bit more rest. At 7:00 Grace woke up crying and throwing up with a temp of 104.1. I got really nervous and called to see what time the clinic was going to open. So we got up, dressed and headed out to ProMed as soon as we could. Here was what the roads looked like as we headed out....

Thank goodness I was not driving. We were the first one's at the clinic...only the doctor and a receptionist were there, but Dr. Harmon said that didn't matter, she could take care of everything. Grace's temperature was 102.7 and that was with tylenol. She looked her over and said her throat looked really bad. She decided to test her for the flu and strep. So after the swabs, we waited. Grace was just wiped out as you can see...but she stilled managed to smile!

Both tests came back negative, but Dr. Harmon felt with her symptoms that she had strep...so we got a heavy duty antibiotic and headed home. We had to make a pit stop on the way, to Academy, so that JD could get a tube and sled for Taylor to play in the snow.

Once we got home, Grace got situated in her bed (and didn't even care that Daddy and Taylor were playing in the snow - that's how I knew she was sick) and JD and Taylor got layered up and headed out to have some fun! I got a good nap in after they came back inside and Grace slept almost the entire day!

JD and Taylor had a blast on the four wheeler and out in the yard on Saturday as you can see from the pictures. Abe and Roxie (our dogs) also had a ton of fun! With snow still on the ground today, JD and Taylor headed out and made a snow fort in the back yard. Grace was feeling much better today and was really wanting to go out and play, but I made her stay in. By this afternoon, her fever was back up to 101.7 so it looks like I will be staying at home with her tomorrow. Hopefully after two days on her antibiotic she will be fever free for good tomorrow. Until then, here are some pics from this weekend of my boys playing in the yard. And if I can figure out how to make it work, I put together a video that I will try to upload too!






Monday, January 25, 2010

Not what we were hoping for...

he results of my mom's MRI came back today, and they were not worse case scenario but not best case either. She will be going tomorrow morning to have a spinal tap done to determine if she has MS. Please continue to pray for her and that the tests come back good. My aunt and I will be taking her because I could not bear to let her go without me. So many people are praying for her right now,  and I don't know how to thank all of them. But, thank you if you are!

Over the past year, my relationship with God and my faith has started to grow. We switched churches last January as a family and have found a wonderful home. I am really trying to be a better person and have really tried to do things better in my life. I recently purchased (or should I say, Nikki found it for me) an Everyday Bible and I love it. I have always wanted to sit down and read the Bible but never thought I could do it. This is set up so good, and I am truly learning a lot through it. I have so many questions now though and I am only 25 days into it. Please pray for me as I grow in my spiritual life also.

So many of the blogs that I read have led me to where I am at now. I know some of you may think that this is crazy and how could someone I don't even know help me, but trust me, some of the women I read about have such an amazing relationship with God and their strength and courage is something I long to have. I really feel that God is working through the blog world.

Sorry for the rambling tonight, for those of you who may be reading this. My mind is racing with worry and the "what ifs." I am so glad I have started to do this though. Hopefully I will keep it up! This song was sung yesterday at church by a beautiful young girl and I have not been able to stop thinking about it, just thought I would share it!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Crazy and Hectic Weekend

I decided not to go with JD this morning to Clarksville to his tournament. I really wanted to go to church and hear the guest speaker from one of the homeless shelters in FS. She was fantastic and I would really like to try to visit her shelter some day soon. Today church was very moving for me for many reasons. The song that was sung by another guest really touched something in me...she sang "Temporary Home." Not sure if that is the correct name, but that was the jest of her song...it was about this being our temporary home, just a stepping stone. The words of that song really hit a cord with me today for some reason. With so much that is going on around me lately, it was good this morning to just sit and take it all in. Please pray for my mom as we still await the results of her MRI. I am continually praying that the results are good.

I attempted to start a blog a long time ago as you can tell from my first post, but for some reason did not continue it. I came across several blogs over the past year that I have read faithfully every day and have even shared with a lot of my friends. All of the blogs that I read involve mothers and their children. Once I started reading them, I couldn't stop. I love to read them for different reasons. This past week, I started thinking that maybe I should start back on mine. While on Facebook, I noticed someone I am friends with on there had started one for her family to "scrapbook." I had never even thought of it that way, and actually came across a website today where you can print your blog out as a book. How cool is that! From the new blog that I started reading, I found a multitude of people from my community that blog! I did not realize that so many people I know were doing exactly what I was, reading blogs every day. So here I go...we will see how long this lasts. But the scrapbook idea is great, and I would love to have this for my children as they get older.

Since I am just starting this blog, it will take me some time to make it look good, but I definitely want to add some cute things to it...from what I can tell, I might be able to make my own designs and put them up, but I will have to do some research and figure out how to do it. The next thing I have figure out is how to get people to read this...so we will see!