Saturday, April 23, 2011

Christ is Risen - Matt Maher

The glory of God has defeated the night!
Our God is not dead, He's alive, He's alive!

God has done some amazing things for our family recently, yet none of that compares to what He did for each and every one of us on the cross. Christ bore all of our sins so that we could be found righteous. He freed us from sin and death. He took my place upon that cross, and He took yours.

It is because of His great love for us, and what He has done for us that we know our God is good. Even after November 28th. Our God is good, and we will serve Him. He has given us the hope of a life that will never end.

Monday, April 18, 2011

  • Well, this week I am so excited! Last week Ryan's physical therapist let him know that until Ryan has the surgery to remove the bone in the hip it doesn't look like he will progress anymore. I know, that doesn't sound good...and really, it is a bummer. But, that means, w/  his Dr.'s okay, he will be done with PT until he has the surgery! Last night I told Ryan I was so excited you'd think I was going on a vacation! He replied that in a way it was a vacation for me! To think of spending a week doing school, cleaning the house and catching up on laundry as vacation!! There was a day that I wished for a vacation from those tasks!!
  • Although right now I am super excited about no more PT, there is a down side to it. This was Ryan's one set time to get out of the house and be around other people. And also, we hope that by stopping PT that it doesn't cause a setback in his healing. He's going to try to stay as active as he's able and I'm going to try to be creative in getting him out of the house once in awhile!
  • Yesterday we had a going away party for my friend Jenn. She's moving to Kentucky in May. The closer her move date gets, the more I have tears in my eyes! This is not going to be easy! But I am super excited for her and her family! I can't wait to see what God has in store for them!
  • School has not been consistent the last couple of weeks, but Emma has been learning to add and subtract fractions, and has been reviewing many common abbreviations. Moriah has been working on her multiplication tables, and learning prepositions. We are also reading the book of Matthew together.
  • The girls have had their last basketball game and Daddy did make it to a couple of their games! Now softball begins!

Recently overheard in our home:

Ryan: "How was softball practice tonight, Mo? What did you do?"
Moriah: "We made dirt marks!"

Emma, while playing with some friends: "My name is Emily Park and I own The Rose Salon. Today you get 50% off your bill. Would you like to make an appointment?"

"Can we have a hot cocoa stand?"
"Can I get a new bike?"
"Can I build a bird feeder with that scrap wood in the shed?
"Can we play Wii?"
"Can we build a fort?"
"Do I have to eat my peas?"

My favorite one comes from Moriah as she was going through her clothes. She came out singing this little ditty: "One size up, one size down, I wear them all as a hand me down!"

Have a great week! Maybe I'll send some postcards while I'm on vacation!


Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Weekend Update

This week I heard this song on K-Love as I was driving to one of our several appointments. It brought tears to my eyes and by the time I arrived at my destination I had to wipe mascara off my cheeks! It also brought back memories of being in the hospital. Jenn gave me her ipod loaded with praise and worship songs on it and this is one song that I remember hearing. It was the middle of the night and I was having trouble sleeping so I pulled out the ipod and and tried to rest while listening. When this song came on, I was overcome with gratefulness that He is greater than the situation we were in, and that He is higher than any other, He is our healer and He is awesome in power!! As I cried out to Him that night, I tried to keep the tears silent since my mom was sleeping in the chair next to me and she needed her rest.

Also this week we had several appointments. Ryan had 2 in Flint, one with the ENT surgeon and the other with the ortho surgeon. Our main concern for the ENT surgeon was that Ryan is still not able to open his mouth very wide. He can barely push his tongue between his teeth or out his mouth. The ENT has ordered a CT scan and we will follow up with him in a couple weeks. The ortho surgeon did x-rays of the hip and leg and said both look to be healing well. However, when we talked about the bone growth where Ryan should be producing scar tissue he did say that it is "likely" he will have to have surgery to remove the bone. They have to wait awhile to do it, because they find that if they remove the bone too soon, it grows back and even more than before. The other thing we learned is that in order to do the surgery, they will have to re-open the incision from the previous surgery and it is a 3 month recovery. That was a bit discouraging to me, but not to my husband! As we walked to the van he said, "I might not need 3 months to recover." An interesting side note, Ryan asked the surgeon about the drill that he used to put in the screws. Dr. Burton said that the drill looks like a regular Black and Decker or Craftsman drill, but it costs $15,000! The reason for the high price tag: the drill has to be able to be sterilized. But other than that, your Craftsman or Black and Decker could do the job!

My grandpa (my mom's dad) passed away this week. My mom comes from a family of 10 children and I have over 20 cousins, so there are many children and grandchildren that have lost their father and grandfather. Many of them, including my mom, will be travelling to the funeral. Please pray for safety for them and for a special time of being together. We are going to miss being there with all of my family!

On Monday, while my family will be saying their final goodbye to my grandpa, we will be busy with appointments. I will have the injection in the shoulder muscle, Ryan will have PT and the CT scan of his face.

 We have missed a bit of school this week but we did finish up our study of Africa. We played the African game mancala. Our curriculum gave us instructions on how to make one out of an egg carton, but thanks to Uncle Marty and Aunt Brenda we have one that came all the way from Africa!

Something that made us laugh this week: Aiden was praying before dinner and after he mentioned Percy and mommy he started chanting, "Man versus food! Man versus food!" A little something he picked up while watching those food challenges on Man Vs. Food with his dad and his sisters!

Some quotes from this week:

Ryan to Aiden: "Your mommy is so smart!"
Aiden: "Yes, mommy is so fart!"

Moriah: "I have never understood why it's called basketball. The ball is not a basket. And baseball...the ball is NOT a base!

 "Good news! You have strep throat!" Our family doctor to Emma--yep, the girls have not had a sick visit to the dr. in several years, and now that our lives revolve around appts this week we had to add one more!  It was good news in that if it was not strep, she would have to have a mono test.  Since it was strep she could give us an antibiotic and send us on our way!

"Don't laugh!" Michelle to Ryan after Aiden did an armpit fart in church this morning.