Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Little Milestones

We had planned on switching Kayte from her little bed to a regular sized bed when we move. The main reason for this is that her crib converts to a full sized bed and we just thought we'd make the conversion during the move. But she had different plans, she decided earlier this week that the guest bed (currently in her room) was now her bed. She hasn't gone back and has told me I can take the crib out of her room. Of course I pulled a camera out for her first night...and of course I surrounded her with pillows. She looks so little in that big bed.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Back to Normal??

It was very strange for me to just go back to "normal".

The boys and David arrived home from the hospital on Monday evening, in time for dinner. I sat in awe and thankfulness to have them all there. The boys picked up where they left off, teasing each other and laughing.

They even gave us a hard time about not wanting to go to bed.

They created a domino tower and a wrecking ball system for it.

(TJ thought he took pictures, but they were video, and enough to make me sick).

The next morning - Tuesday -there was no way I was ready for school so I let them have a morning of whatever they wanted to do. But it was strange to drop them all at piano lessons that afternoon, like nothing had happened.

Wednesday we attempted a regular school day. They didn't get a whole lot done, but it was a step back into routine.

Thursday was one of those busy days, we had our typical school morning then, Mak had an orthodontist appointment. The kid grinds his teeth so much that he has worn the enamel almost all the way off one of them...thankfully a baby tooth. I went in thinking they would tell me he needs to wear a night guard, but of course they saw so many more issues...thus begins Mak's orthodontic adventure. Straight from the orthodontist we headed to bowling - it's something we do once a week in the month of March. This was a bit sobering for me because this building is right next door to the hospital, and they actually share a parking lot. So after bowling Chatham gave us a "tour" of where he got on the helicopter.
That night TJ was also in a Spelling Bee...yes the day was crazy - especially when you add in the fact that David was in Houston on Business!
T.J. came in 2nd place, he misspelled Binoculars. But he had a great time!
And finally last night was the last basketball game. And here is Chatham dribbling down the court...as if nothing had happened.
Mak participated too, even though organized sports is not his strength! TJ had fun playing, but as always he thoroughly enjoyed the food!
So that was our week since our big scare. We went through the motions, laughed along the way. But my heart is still pondering....
Philippians's 4:6-9
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known to God. And the PEACE of God which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts in Christ Jesus.
Finally Brethren, whatever is TRUE, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things and the peace of God will be with you.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Our most recent Science lesson.

We don't normally go to these extremes to teach our kids a lesson. But sometimes God does to teach us one. It was such a comfort to be able to trust Him during this "adventure".

Psalm 4:8
In peace I both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.
If you are reading this without prior knowledge here is what happened:
David, T.J. and Chatham went over to the new house to do some pressure washing of our new basement. Because it has flooded a few times we wanted to get the mud off the walls before we do anything else down there.
The basement has an opening that leads right to the garage. David had set up a fan facing the garage to vent, and had the garage door open. At one point during their working one of the kids shut the garage door...because that's what they are usually supposed to do.
Not too long later Chatham tapped David and said "I feel dizzy" and then fainted and stiffened up. David realized right away what the problem was and got him out of the house. He came to and showed immediate signs of improvement. We got him to the E.R. and his test results showed a very high # so even though he was acting normally - playing chess while he waited for his test results, they needed to get the Carbon Monoxide out of his system using a hyperbaric chamber.
The nearest location available was in Columubus so they actually flew him in a helicopter down there.
David and T.J. were also exposed but not to the same extent. Their size and the amount of time they were down there are the reasons.
David and T.J. drove down and receive their treatment of oxygen there.
When they arrived Chatham was in the hyperbaric chamber...watching a movie.
This child has no fear. He rode the helicopter alone, or as he says "with two male nurses".He had to have two several hour treatments in the chamber. The only discomfort to him was the pressure to his ears, which they had warned us about.
Getting his blood pressure taken.

The three amigos sharing a room. The whole idea of the original project was to spend family time together...God's ideas are different than ours.
Less than 24 hours after this whole ordeal began God allowed them all to come home unscathed. I can't begin to explain how thankful I am, or how amazed I am at how quickly the boys got back to "normal" They are teasing their brothers, playing with dominoes and Lego's, and trying to stay up later than they should.

My fun kids

My fun kids
In their favorite tree