Veggie Tales Live Rehearsal and Lobster Lonely People

Ethan was invited to the rehearsal of the Veggie Tales Live! show that is going to be happening in Nashville soon. It wasn’t open to the public, but family members of employees could go. So, our friends invited Ethan to join their family for the afternoon. That was yesterday. He had a great time and from what I can tell, he behaved himself!

This is unrelated, but too good to keep to myself. I was in the car with the kids and a song came on that has been on the radio for several years and Ethan was listening to the lyrics. Then he asked me “What are lobster lonely people?” He was hearing “lost and lonely” as “lobster lonely”. Hee hee 🙂 I hope there are no lobster lonely people reading this post.

I have declared today to be Teacher Appreciation Day! I notified Nathan of the fact as he was leaving to get some groceries for me. I can’t wait to see what he comes back with 🙂



Family Report

How about a report on each of us?

Nathan- He’s at a game night at work tonight. I know you’re thinking “computer” games, but you’re wrong. This is a group of board game enthusiasts getting together! I’m glad he gets a night to play. That doesn’t happen often. I need to brag on him in regard to work. Do you know that long-time programming veterans and “architects” of the team that he works with are coming to him with questions? I’m really proud of him. This is a huge deal since Nathan left Crown feeling completely beat down and wondering if he had any worthwhile skills to offer. I knew he did all along and it’s good that he gets the affirmation now. He’s far exceeded his team lead’s expectations of him. In regard to his Bell’s Palsy, Nathan has a couple of tiny muscle movements that have returned. You wouldn’t notice it unless he point is out. So, he has a long way to go still.

Me- I’m enjoying leading the Moving On class on Monday nights. It’s a great group of women. There really isn’t anything exciting to report for me.

Ethan- He rocked his Dibels reading test out of the water. His reading and comprehension are amazing. He was reading over 100 words per minutes and had awesome comprehension. I’m waiting for the results of the scantron math and reading tests we did recently. Please pray that they will be found. We did it online and somehow the results are not anywhere to be found right now. I do not want to have to do that all over again. Ethan is also enjoying his AWANA, History Club, and his Wednesday morning Bible study group. He’s also taking piano lessons where he gets to talk the ear of someone other than his mother. Bless her heart (I mean that in the good southern way- not the “you’re an idiot” meaning!- I have to clarify for Uncle Dave).

Audrey- When we picked her up from Sunday School this week, she said, “The strangest thing happened. . .” Nathan and I thought that was such a funny expression for her to say. Audrey isn’t as verbal as Ethan, but if you get her one on one, she will talk your ear off and surprise you with the things that she is thinking. She’s been playing more with Isaac while Ethan has been busy with school stuff. She’s still working on learning to read and write and doing very well. Her favorite friend is Caroline. She is the daughter of one of my good friends from church. Audrey recently posted a “no dogs allowed” sign on her door because Max had puked in her room and earlier he had peed on her valentines. Poor girl. You know she’s not happy when she banishes the dog!

Isaac- He’s taking full advantage of his “baby of the family” status. He likes to “sneak” into our room at 6 in the morning to snuggle in bed with us. I have a terrible time coming up with a good reason to send my snuggly boy back to his own bed. He’s mastered using the “puter”. He can sign himself into his account on the computer and play his games. He has also been doing a lot of drawing and writing lately. His other obsession is Max! He lays on him and talks to Max all the time. It’s a good thing we have a mellow dog. He also loves to play “superheroes”. He is metal man. He defeats “greatest darkness”. Today he told me he was on the planet “afe”. I had to call for a translation from Ethan. Ethan knew immediately. “Afe” = “Earth”. Now I know.

How About Some Good News?

I thought I would make a list of things that are good news.

  • Christmas 2013 is fully funded (I Know!)
  • I thought we might be losing Nathan’s carpool buddy to moving, but it looks like they are staying put for now. Kind of a bummer for them, but good for both of our gasoline budgets. This is especially good with the price of gas going so high.
  • Next week Nathan’s new pay goes into effect.
  • No one in the house is sick right now.
  • Nathan loves his job and his Bell’s Palsy has not interfered with his ability to do great work.
  • It is supposed to be sunny and in the 50’s tomorrow.
  • I folded two loads of laundry before 8:00 this morning.

Minnesota House Update

The last time I posted about our house, I was so confident and sure of our “plan” for this year.

A day later Nathan ended up in Urgent Care ($100), the next day he was in the ER ($200?), then he needed prescriptions ($80) and a follow-up doctor appointment ($94 — amazingly great deal!),  then Audrey needed to go the doctor ($not sure the price of that yet), and she needed meds ($100) then our property manager called to say that the dishwasher was needing fixing and possibly needed to be replaced ($200?), and yesterday she called again and said that the washing machine wasn’t draining and we needed to have someone come and look at the drains and clear out tree roots that were probably causing issues and we need decided to also have him take a scope/camera down and give us pictures of what is really happening so we can figure out what we need to do to keep everything draining properly ($300).

Our big plan to save for a down payment for a house doesn’t look so easy now. It’s probably unlikely that we’ll have $1000 in unexpected  expenses each month, but it has still been discouraging. Thankfully, we had some money earmarked for house expenses and another fund for medical expenses. I had been allocating a little to each of those funds each month. I’m very glad that I did.

Our tenants might be interested in seeing if they can get approved for a loan to buy our house. That would be great, but we don’t want to give them a steal just because they are renting from us. We want the best price we can get for the place and if they can’t offer enough money so that we can avoid a short-sale situation, we wont be able to sell to them because a short-sale means no one will give us a mortgage for 3 years.

I’m not even sure what the next step is in that process. I imagine will find out next week.

I know God is in control and I shouldn’t be discouraged, but I am.

Tuesday Family Update

It’s in the 40’s and sunny here today. It looks like we’ll be in the high 50’s later this week. I am so thankful for the sunshine! It seems like I’m getting a lower tolerance for dreary, overcast days.

Nathan had a new co-worker start this week. Their family moved here from Illinois. I ran over to meet his wife on Friday as they were getting their stuff settled. I had gathered a few items to help stock their pantry. I can’t believe that we were in that same place a year ago. It’s really nice to be able to offer support to others just a little behind us on this adventure.

Speaking of which, I have the awesome privilege and responsibility of facilitating/teaching a Bible study called “Moving On After Moving In”. I participated in it last year and this year I get to teach! We had our first session on the 11th. I think there are 13 women in the class and we’re still growing. Each one of them has moved within the last several years. Most of them have moved in the last year or less. There is so much stuff to deal with in regard to moving and it’s such a sweet time of being with women who are all going through the same things and supporting each other. Honestly, I come home from class exhausted, but it’s worth it.

Today is a busy school day for us. We’re gone for a lot of the day on Wednesday. I’m trying to make up for that by doing a lot on Tuesdays.

I brought Audrey to see the doctor last week. I mentioned a little while ago that we were trying to get rid of warts. Well, she has had them for a long time and if it was just a few on her fingers I probably wouldn’t have worried about it, but a little over a week ago, I noticed that she had one on her mouth as well and she also has toe fungus (sorry if that’s too much information) and I was feeling overwhelmed and like it was taking over Audrey and I don’t want my sweet little girl to have to deal with this. The doctor said it was good that we came in. He gave us two oral medicines. One is for her toe and she takes it once a week. The other oral one is a medicine that is also used for reflux, but it works to get rid of ulcers and warts as well. She takes that daily. We also got a third medicine which is acid that we “paint” on the warts every 4 days. It’s like a really, really strong form of Compound W. That particular medicine was over $80! Even with all of this, it could take several months of treatment.,

Speaking of health stuff, there is no change with Nathan. We’re on day 25 of Bells Palsy. Keep praying for healing for him and for Audrey.


Friday Round Up

It doesn’t seem like having a cold should derail me so completely. Sore throat,  alternating stuffy and running nose, sinus pain, and lots of sneezing. I want to stay in bed, but life isn’t stopping for me! I went to the store and stocked up on Zicam and Emergen C. I need to kick this thing because Ethan and Audrey need to do school and laundry needs laundering and dishes need washing.

To add to our excitement, we’ve just started doing the online K12 school for Ethan. I wanted to check it out for the second half of this year to see how Ethan does. I needed a little more structure and some way to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. We also want to transition to Ethan to the local public school system in the next year or two and I want to make sure that he is ready when that happens. I’m waiting to talk to the teacher that is working with us. Ethan just passed the second semester Math assessment and I’m not sure what he is supposed to be doing next.

Nathan is staying busy with fun work projects. His love and skill with the Ruby programming language has put him in a unique position at Lampo as they are just adopting that language. He has been able to be on the ground floor in setting up some basic practices and he’s been given more leadership opportunities. Still no change in the Bell’s Palsy. We have some leads to follow with chiropractic care.

I fell off the wagon with keeping Audrey off bread and sugar. It was more work! I need to stock up more on fresh fruits and veggies and try again.


Health Stuff

Audrey and I are trying an experiment to try to get rid of some warts that she has on her fingers and the fungus she has on one of her toenails. We’ve tried lots of different things and there is nothing out there that is a sure bet for clearing it up.

Duct tape has worked okay. We might try that again.

But now we are going to get rid of sugar, breads and processed foods for a while to see if that helps. We’re going to just eat fruits, vegetables, nuts and meat. When I cut out breads and sugars before Nathan and I were married, the warts I had on my feet (that had been there for years and years) and one I just got on my finger, went away. It might have been a coincidence, but it can’t hurt to try. I can’t see how cutting out sugary foods would hurt Audrey’s health at all!

Things are still the same with Nathan. We’re praying for healing while working this into our life. We can’t just put life on hold and wait for it to get better.