Thursday, October 30, 2008

Why oh why, do I think I am able to do HUGE projects??

This past week has been challenging to say the least. I've have been needing to clean out Luke and Lily's closet forever and finally I decided since this was a break week at the YMCA I would tackle the job. Monday I asked my wonderful friend, Yoli if she would be willing to trade kids for a day. I would take her two on Wednesday if she would take my 4 on Tuesday, doesn't sound fair, but she agreed thankfully.

Monday afternoon my WONDERFUL daughter Natalie began the task of emptying out Luke and Lily's room and closet. But that wasn't enough we decided since the closet organizer was breaking we should completely take it apart. It ended up being in the living room and all the stuff from their room except for their beds ended up in the boys room. Because they were unable to walk in their room let alone sleep in their beds they ended up sleeping down stairs on the Hideaway bed for two nights. That was something that they been wanting to do for a long time so it was kind of fun for them thankfully.

Tuesday after getting done with school and picking up the house a bit, the kids went to Yoli's home and Natalie and I began painting Luke and Lily's room. We finished up at 7:00 that night. We were able to get Luke's bed cleaned off so that he was able to sleep in his room that night.

Wednesday began early, Natalie took Isaiah with her to the Dentist to get their teeth cleaned. Karlos was brought over at about 8:30 to play at my home for the day. Our morning was crazy, not only did I have to feed all the kids, get Luke and Lily bathed and feed Luke by myself, I also had to get school going for Ezekiel and watch Lily and Karlos. I didn't do such a great job, they ended up destroying a 1000 piece puzzle that Natalie had been working on all week, she was about 3/4 of the way done. I knew this would really upset her so I was nervous about her finding out, I was right she was very upset. Not a great way to begin a day. Things did get better after that though. It was an especially hard day because Natalie sorted through all the toys in Luke and Lily's room then I went through them to decide what to give away, what to keep and what to put away for my grand kids someday. As I looked at so many of the toys it saddened me to think that I would buy so many toys for Luke, things that I thought he would enjoy only to be disappointed because he really never played with any of them. It was also hard to go through some of the things that we found in his closet it brought back many memories of his time spent in the Hospital.

Today we had to take time off from finishing up the project that never seems to end because Gordy needs to fix the closet organizer before we can complete this project. He did get the parts today so I'm hoping that tomorrow morning he can finish putting it together so that we can fill it back up with all the stuff that needs to be put away. This will be a challenging day for me because I will need to sort through all his medical supplies, deciding what we really need to keep and what we can get rid of. Please be praying for me as this won't be easy, some memories are so difficult to live through.

Saturday we plan to take a few of Zeke's friends with our family skating for his birthday which is on Sunday. After church on Sunday we will have our family over for dinner which will be huge since having them all over ends up being about 25 people. It's hard to believe that Zeke is going to be 8 years old, time really seems to fly, especially when you are so busy.

Be blessed my friends,
Luke's Mommy Suzi

Saturday, October 18, 2008

A little bit of this and that to report today

I came back from Mexico feeling extremely blessed! My family all stayed healthy while I was gone and though they missed me they all did rather well. I knew that this week would be very busy and I was not surprised by just how busy it was. Monday was Amy's 21st birthday, Daniel came up from Chehalis, Gordy took a much needed day off from work and we all went to the Olive Garden for lunch, that night some of us went to Spencer's football game and enjoyed the fact that our weather is still very pleasant for watching football games.

Tuesday I took the kids up to Seattle so that they could be greeters and helpers at the annual Starlight Fundraiser luncheon. We all had a wonderful time until the ride home when we realized that Lily was sick, I had no idea that she was feeling poorly or would not of taken her of course. She ended up sleeping most of the day and then at night decided that she needed to not only throw up in her room, but in the hallway and our room also. Not a fun night. She had a very high fever until Thursday when she seemed to be getting better, but then today she has once again been running a fever and sleeping a lot. If she is not better by tomorrow I will take her into the Dr. to be sure that she doesn't just have the flu.

Wednesday was a busy day for myself, but the kids all stayed home. I went up to do some "free" shopping at the Starlight warehouse, I was able to get most of Zeke's birthday presents and have pretty much finished most of my Christmas shopping for the children. After that I went to the Homeschool store to buy the boys some new Math and Spelling books, stopped by and did some shopping at Costco on the way home. That night everyone but Luke, Lily and myself headed off to church, I sat by Luke holding Lily the whole night until the rest of the family got home.

Thursday Amy and I decided to run over to Eastern WA so that Amy could say good bye to her cousin Janell. You see Amy leaves on Monday to go stay with my brother and his wife for 10 weeks in Denmark. We had a wonderful time together, just some Mom and daughter time together totally enjoying the scenery on the trip over, since all the tree's are turning beautiful colors this time of the year. We didn't get home until very late that night.

Friday I took my sister Cindy with me to some appointments for Luke, you see my back went out while I was in Mexico and all week long I have been dealing with horrible pain, so bad in fact I have not been able to carry Luke or Lily all week long. People have to put them on my lap for me, Isaiah had to help me carry Luke to bed on Friday night while Gordy went to the football game with Amy and Natalie. It's so nice to have the boys getting older they are able to help out so much more these days.

Today was a busy get caught up on laundry day, Gordy and the boys raked the front yard, the girls and I along with a few of their friends made lagsna for Amy's Birthday/Going away party tomorrow. She had requested home made lagsna for her party so that meant we had to make a triple batch of homemade sauce and then let it cook a few hours before putting together enough lagsna to feed 30 people tomorrow after church and having two extra lagsna's to put in freezer for another day.

I was hoping to put up a few pictures to go along with this posting, but decided that I will sit down and share with you all the wonderful blessings from our recent missions trip to Mexico very soon and post some pictures at the same time.

Please keep Luke and Lily in your prayers as they have both been running fevers off and on all day. Also for my back as mentioned above it has been very bad this week and since Luke needs constant care it drives me crazy not to be able bathe him, pick him up, move him, etc. . .

Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Luke got his new chair today!

I went to pick up Luke's new chair today. I absolutely love it! It fits him so great, what a blessing from the Lord, especially since we did not have to pay a penny for it. I was almost in tears a few times as the man at the shop was showing it to me, it is even better than I thought it would be. The picture above is him in it at the YMCA today, as you can see we are playing soccer right now. It's perfect because I can trap a soccer ball underneath it and then push it into the goal for him. The kids seem to be warming up to him. A little boy actually picked him for his partner today. I helped Luke throw the ball and then Caleb kicked it back to us. I could tell by the smile on Luke's face he was having a great time seeing his old Mama run him around the gym.

I leave tomorrow night for Mexico. Please keep our family in your prayers, especially that Luke and all the kids will stay healthy while I'm gone. Would you also be willing to pray for the team? Here are the names of those going: Sue, Natalie, Josh, Yoli, Russ, Russell, John, Jeremy, Tessa, Hoshanna and Norm. We will be gone until Sunday the 12th. Thank you and God bless y'all.

Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Suzi