Showing posts from May, 2012

Face It.

Some of us are just cooler than others!

It's Thursday Afternoon.

The kids are all home from school.

We have nowhere to go the rest of the day.


Can you feel the relief?  The kids can.

They've all settled into being home like we've been on a month-long vacation.


Yesterday's doctor appointment for Coralynn went well.  Tonsils and tubes looked good.  Rash is some sort of allergic reaction, but no one is particularly concerned.

Coralynn slept all night Tuesday and Wednesday night.


The house is completely clean- thank you to my fabulous maid!

For the first time in... well, I can't remember the last time... I'm making a meal for us at home.

And then everyone can shower and go to bed.


Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of being home, together, and healthy!

The past 60 hours...

Have not gone exactly as planned. 
We were hoping to celebrate Coralynn's birthday Monday, but a trip to the ENT revealed that she has some swollen, ouchy tonsils.  She was also sporting quite the impressive viral rash.
Monday, as well as being Coralynn's birthday, was Carson's last soccer game and ice cream party at our house. It was so much fun having all the kids and their families over to celebrate the hard work of these kids. Carson and Coach Steven
By the time we drove all over Panama to get to Bits' appointment and the soccer game and then had the party, it was late and we weren't in the birthday partying mood.  We made the decision the party was going to happen Tuesday night. 
Tony's car decided to go nuts, so the mechanic ended up coming out Monday night to pick up the car.  This meant that Coralynn and I had to take Tony to work.  I went to bed believing that I would be getting Coralynn up at 7am to get Tony to work and the kids to school.
She had other p…

Happy 2nd Birthday, Coralynn Mae!!

In my mind, I have a lovely post about how amazing I think Coralynn is.

That post isn't going to make it onto the blog tonight.

We had a really long day.  Really long.

We did get mostly good news at the doctor's office.

But, we're tired.  And the real birthday celebration is going to be tomorrow.

So, tonight, I leave you with pictures from today.  And, of course, my camera batteries died.

I love Coralynn so much, and I understand this blog doesn't do that justice.

Murphy has cleared customs!

And wow, everything that could go wrong, is.

Two weeks ago this past Thursday, Coralynn had her tube surgery.

One week later, she passed her check up.  The next day, she started complaining about her ears hurting.

Last Wednesday, Coralynn started anitbiotic drops.  By Thursday morning, she was great.  Last night, we could watch her get sick.  Now, she's running a temperature, and the tube in her right ear looks "wrong." 

She has an appoinment for Monday afternoon at 2:30.  Monday, AKA her 2nd birthday.

Monday at 3:30, Carson's soccer team plays their last game, and then they are coming over here for an ice cream party.

One week ago, my van's check engine light came on.

Today, Tony dropped it off at the dealership and ran 3.5 miles home.  We went back to the dealership 4 hours later. 

They hadn't looked at the van yet, and they will try to get to it on Monday.

I called National Rental car.  They had no vehicles that would fit us unless I wanted to drive the …

New Blog Post

I need to write another post soon. 

The thought has been yelling at me for a week. 

Sometimes, I feel like I have so much to say.  Other times, I have nothing.

I'm going through a period right now when I have so much to say about so many topics, but I have no idea where to start, where to end, or if I should even begin.

This life thing is crazy.  James calls it a "vapor." 

Here today.  Gone tomorrow.

As some of you know, I'm a total hypochondriac.  I have been for forever. 

I remember being in 2nd grade and realizing that I couldn't feel my heart beat.  I ran across the blacktop playground really fast, and I was so relieved to feel my heart beat. 

Yes!  I wasn't dead.

Silly, I know.  Grown-up me can laugh at little me all the time realizing that grown-up me still has ridiculous fears based on faulty logic.

The perk of being a hypochondriac is that I'm acutely aware of the vaporness of life.  Unfortunately, the fear can stiffle my ability to capture t…

Lesson Learned

If the menu doesn't say "filete de corvina,"

You get the whole fish! (and you end up ordering popcorn chicken at KFC!)

Train Up A Child...

Almost 10 years ago, I gave birth to Chloe Marie.  And, for the first time, I was under the authority of training up a child. 

Chloe was easy.  Sweet.  Cooperative. 

I, on the other hand, was moody.  Hormonal.  Demanding.  

I corrected her cleaning.  I corrected her grammar.  I corrected her. 

I thought I was doing my job of training her up.  

And, from outward appearances, I succeeded. 

She is responsible.  She strives for excellence.  She loves the Lord. 

I felt rather successful in my parenting. 

Until last Monday.

Last Monday, Camilla made my bed.  And she did a miserable job.  

As I looked at the bed, I paused.

Almost 6 years ago, I delivered Camilla Rose. And my heart exploded with love for her.

And six years ago, if Chloe had made the bed like that, I would have had her redo it.

I was training up the child.

As I looked at the bed, tears began to well up in my eyes.

Truth began ringing out in my head.  And as it did, the tears fell.

The Truth of Christ's love.  He …


12:34 and I'm done.  (Well, the bread is doing the second rise- raise?)  Kitchen is clean.  Lunch has been served.  Bits is asleep.  My freezer and fridge are full.  A good use of a rainy morning!

So Far...

Yesterday, I spent about 15 minutes getting the pinapple granita in the freezer.  (It's super yummy.  Just pureed pineapple and a little natural pineapple juice.)  Then, last night, I spent 45 minutes getting the apples in the crockpot and the cheese grated for today's goldfish crackers and the zucchini grated for the muffins.

I woke up this morning to the wonderful smell of homemade applesauce ready in the crockpot.  I put 2 cups of it in the fridge to start cooling for the muffin recipes.

At 9:00, we started.  At 10:26, we took the first break.  We were able to make the bread (rising now), no-bake cookies, chocolate zucchini muffins, eggs boiled, and popcorn popped and divided.  I also got the chicken boiling for tonight's chicken and dumplings.  I'm pleased with that progress.

Baking Day Plan

Tomorrow, for the second week in a row, I am planning another baking day.  Now that we eat very little processed food, I have to spend more time baking for us.  And, for the second week in a row, Chloe got an invitation to go to the beach.  How does she do that?

Anyway, here's the plan if you want to follow at home!  (Or, if you want to join us, bring any baking ingredient or a vita-mix and come on over!  We'll send you home with lots of yummy goodies!)

-breakfast burritoes
-chocolate-zucchini muffins (x 2)
-blueberry oatmeal muffins
-goldfish crackers
-egg salad (for real egg salad- not mock egg salad)
-crockpot applesauce
-whole wheat chocolate chip cookies
-no-bake cookies
-whole wheat bread
-pineapple granita  (The watermelon granita from last week's baking day was such a success, Tony asked me to try another kind.  I had a pineapple so that's what I made today.  I'll let you know how it turns out!)

Thank You!

Coralynn had a fun surprise waiting for her when she woke up this morning.  Tony didn't get home from work until late yesterday, but he brought a gift for Coralynn from his coworkers.

This morning, I carried her around the corner to where her special treat was sitting: a big wow-wow and 2 balloons!  She immediately insisted that I put her down so she could get the "b-oons!"

Thank you so much!!

We're Home!

We left the house about 7 this morning for Coralynn's surgery- with a stop at the school to drop off the kids.  Everything went super well, and we couldn't be more pleased with the care Coralynn received at Punta Pacifica Hospital!

Losing patience waiting for Daddy to pay.  (In case you were wondering, an adenoidectomy and tubes insertion will run you about $3100 in Panama.)
Being wheeled to the surgical floor.
She really liked the princess treatment!
Wow-Wow getting a turn in the wheelchair.
Holding onto the sweet nurse for dear life while being measured.
She LOVED her "tired little tiger" robe!
Parading out of the dressing room for everyone to appreciate her cuteness!
Looking at sweet nurse for explanation on shower cap.

Trying to figure out why sweet nurse put pinchy thing on her thumb. 

Coralynn's snazzy footie scrubs.
Coralynn was taken back for surgery at 9:22.  We were told the surgery would last between 60-90 minutes. 
Mommy's breakfast. In a show of solidarity, I…

Bitty Bits

Hey all!

The Bits is having surgery tomorrow to remove her adenoids and put in ear tubes.

We'd definitely appreciate prayer!

Coralynn at the doctor's appointment

Coralynn helping me film her.