Thursday, February 28, 2008

We're being attacked.... bugs. Of all kinds. It seems like we've had sickness in my house for the past two months. First it was Eddie, then Leslie, then Bradley, then Eddie again, then Maylea, then Bradley again, then Nick, Jake and me in between it all. At this moment would you believe Eddie is feeling bad again. I am officially suffering from Spring Fever. Everyone I talk to is experiencing the same thing. I'm just holding my breath and praying that my Mom and Dad stay bug free.

Maylea is finally feeling better today. She was fine last Thursday and then she had vaccinations at 11am. Four hours after her shots she started with high fever and hoarsness. I didn't know what to think at first. I was afraid she was having a reaction so we took her in on Friday and she had an ear infection. After talking to some others in my travel group about how their girls acted with shots, I now think she had a triple dose. Shots, ear infection and flu on top of it all. I told KP that the only thing good that has come from it all is she is more affectionate now. She will cuddle and hug and thats a good feeling. She slept with us several nights and she couldn't co-sleep before. She would only let me and Eddie take care of her this week, and the kids are about to die. She is on the mend, Thank Goodness!!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Attitude is EVERYTHING!!!

Someone posted this in a comment on a blog I read. I loved it and wanted to share it with anyone that may pass this way........... God help us with our attitudes!!

There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today?" So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head "H-M-M," she said, "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today?" So she did and she had a grand day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head. "Well," she said, "today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail." So she did and she had a fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head. "YEA!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair today!"

Attitude is everything.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly.......

Leave the rest to God

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

A Valentine Tribute

My Mom......... Where would I begin to describe my Mom. She just had her 75th birthday on Jan. 26th. She has been the best Mom we could have ever asked for. She was always called the "Jack of all Trades" by her friends and all that knew her. She could paint with oils, watercolors, and did tole painting, sew anything and was a perfectionist at that. She has made majorette uniforms, bridesmaid dresses etc, and did sewing and alterations for many. My cousin had a dream when I was in elementary school that my Mom made my shoes because she made everything for me. Even my coats. She made so many quilts, and even would design and make quilts for people, she knit sweaters and toboggans, and crocheted tablecloths and doilies galore. She could also cook and bake. Especially bake. She made the best apple pies and apple butter stack cakes. I still can't make biscuits like she did. She was so kind and loving to others, and was a confidante for many. She would do anything for anyone, and would give you the shirt off her back. We have been so blessed to have our parents. I thank God everyday that I grew up in a Christian home with parents that love us.
About 5 years ago we started seeing signs that her memory was failing. Then 3 1/2 years ago, a week after cataract surgery she had a stroke that affected her left side. Since then it has been a gradual decline. Since this picture was taken about 2 weeks ago, we have had to move a hospital bed in. We think she has had another mini-stroke. She has had other complications and has been very uncomfortable. She cries and gets very upset so they had to prescribe anxiety meds to help with that. She can no longer walk and can't speak to us to tell us if anything is wrong or what she wants. She will say something occasionally but very little. It is so sad. My Dad is her main caretaker and he is 80. He isn't stable with walking himself, so that leaves me, my brother and sister with lots of worrying. He is also determined to take care of her as long as he can. He has finally decided to have the Dr. prescribe home health care. We help as much as possible and as much as he will let us. Our cousin Connie has been the greatest. We have a local aging program aid come in to help out a few hours two days a week. Maylea can't seem to figure out what is going on with Mamaw. She will kiss her on the cheek and try to talk to her. Before this all happened Mom would call Maylea that little black headed girl, and she could say her name. Now she doesn't do that.
True compassion and empathy seems to come when you are faced with and are in a situation. I have known several that have been here, but didn't actually realize the affects the stress has on your mind and body. Pray for us that we will have wisdom while caring for our Mom and Dad

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

My lovely son!

She thinks its so funny to run between Nick's legs.

This is what happens when I try to take a picture of Jake and Bradley. Notice the pillows.

Just Playin

She can a-l-m-o-s-t make it.........

Lovin that drool.


Thanks KP! I love Maylea's hooded bath wrap. We use it after every bath. Maylea loves it too!!!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Random Pictures........

Bradley with every beanie he could find in our house on his head.

Leslie playing Guitar Hero. Leslie says it looks like she it putting a spell on Maylea.

Leslie and her friends ice skating.

Maylea at the Mall.

Little Miss Cutie Pie!!!!