Friday, April 29, 2011

Allergies, allergies, go away...

And don't come back!  My boys got allergy tested on Monday.  Boy were they miserable.  The oldest wasn't allergic to much but what he was allergic to, he was REALLY allergic to.  Dogs and dust are his biggies.  The youngest, bless his little heart, looked like someone had rubbed his back with beets after he had been biten by mosquitoes.  He was allergic to more than half of what he was tested for:  Grass, trees, peanuts, soybeans, and dust were his.  Oh and cockroaches; that and dust were his biggest.  His biggest tree allergy was Cottonwood trees.

"What's the big deal?" you might ask.  Well, for most people most of that wouldn't be a big deal at all.  However, we live in a huge dust bowl.  The wind is constantly blowing here and we have almost DAILY dust storms.  We also live about 10 miles from a peanut factory.  What is the main tree here?  Cottonwoods.  The boys and I have been sick since we moved here almost a year ago.  Now we know why the boys have been.  My CFNP is sending me for allergy testing as well.  I'm sure we're going to find the root of my illness too.

I don't really have a point to this except to vent.  I'm annoyed.  Really annoyed.  I've had a constant headache for a couple of months and a sinus infection that doesn't stay gone for more than a few days.  I'm on my FOURTH round of antibiotics starting today. 

Yeah.  I'm annoyed.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Pastor Appreciation Month

This month is pastor appreciation month in the Church of God.  Today we were appreciated.  We didn't have a big crowd but it was very special and I think those who were supposed to be there were there. 

After Praise & Worship we were asked to take seats on the platform (well, I was...dh was already there).  One of the men in our church did a human video to the song Thank You for Giving to the Lord (is that actually the name of the song?).  Then his wife read some scripture about the man of God.  We were presented with a gift certificate for Red Lobster and a promise of FREE babysitting so we could have a date!!!  Ok, I'll admit, to ME that was the bomb!  ;0)  I was also presented with beautiful flowers.  The husband then told Pastor Husband how broken hearted he was when hubby's guitar was stolen.  Pastor Husband was presented with a new guitar!  He was over-joyed.  It was awesome!

Another scripture was read and the husband washed our feet.  That was beautiful and humbling in and of itself.  However, it was even more special because the man has serious issues with feet!  I mean serious.  This was a huge sacrifice and act of love and it was so special to us.

To the people of New Beginnings Church of God:  Thank you!  You truely blessed us and surprised us with a special day.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


What do you do when your broken?  Not broken by God but broken by people.  Especially those you love.  God breaks us because He is making us better.  Yes, sometimes it is painful but it serves a purpose.  Whether others break us intentionally or unintentionally, there's no greater good.  At least I don't see one.  Yes, God can and does turn it around for good.  Sometimes people think they're doing something good but they're not.  Lying because you don't want to hurt someone just hurts them more.  Not telling the complete truth just hurt them more.  Today my heart aches.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer

I'm a picky reader.  I get hooked on one author and won't read anyone else.  I also seem to get hooked into books about one thing and stick with them for, well, a long time.  For the past few years I have been reading christian fiction about the Amish.  There are a couple of authors I have read but no others.  Until now. 

A few weeks ago I was presented the opportunity to read Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer.  Since I'm waiting for the new book by my favorite Amish fiction author to come out, I thought "why not."  I was a little leery of reading a book by a man.  Boy was I off!

As soon as this book arrived Friday afternoon (yesterday), I decided I'd at least read the first chapter and I'd try to finish it up in a week.  What a joke!  I read the first chapter and was immediately sucked in.  I HAD to read the next chapter...and the next...and the next.  All of this while my husband was driving our family around running errands.  I just could not put this book down.

What hooked me in the beginning was an issue of parental rights.  Oh my!  My heart ached for the families in the story.  As I continued to read, I was introduced to a little romance.  Just a little.  As I read on I discovered a story about family and love.  The love of a father for his children.  The love of friends for one another.  The love of a husband and his wife.  The love of God for His children.  A story of  hope and forgiveness.

A fair book, I will finish in several days.  This book was excellent and I finished it 2 days.  I just couldn't put it down.  I can't wait to read book two in The Daughters of Caleb Bender series. 

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Date night

With Oliver.  I love having dates with my boys.  It's my time to share something they love with them.  It's even better if it's something we both love!  Pastor Husband has a lot in common with our boys and it's easy for him to do stuff with them they love.  When either boys hear, "Let's play Star Wars Legos" come out of their daddy's mouth, they get excited (or any other video game).  I don't have quite as much in common with them.

Oliver and I both like to watch auction shows on tv.  We like Auction Kings, Storage Wars and Auction Hunters.  Tonight we watched an Auction Hunters marathon!  It culminated with two brand new episodes that rocked.  They were so cool!  I think they appeal to us because they appeal to our inner bargain hunter.

We enjoy guessing how much Allen and Ton will get for the stuff they find in the storage units.  Oliver almost always guesses under and I almost always go about $50 over.  I personally think it's a great show to teach him about estimating value, negotiating deals, and making money in business.  He sees that they have to make more than they spend on those storage lockers to be in business.  He also gets to see that it can be really fun to be in business.  LOL...he even gets to see that it's fun to do math...gotta do math to see how much ya make!

I can totally see Oliver doing something like this for a living when he grows up.  He's my little bargain hunter.  ROFLOL...he told his daddy one time when he was about 3 years old that dad couldn't have something because it wasn't on sale.  Atta boy!!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

He doesn't LOOK special needs

Noah has been such a pill lately!  He misbehaves every single chance he gets.  I'm discovering that in many ways, he functions at a 4 year old level.  It breaks my heart.  Ya know what else?  He looks like a normal 7 year old little boy!  Um, well, actually he looks 8 or 9 cause he's so tall, but I digress.

Today we went to eat at Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Lubbock.  Noah doesn't eat burgers.  They had hotdogs so I thought that was great.  He likes hot dogs.  He apparently only likes hotdogs the way I fix them.  They split the weenie.  He didn't like that at all.  he didn't like the way the weenie tasted.  He made a scene.  I'm not entirely sure I handled it well either.  Everyone around us was watching him (and probably me too).  To stop the scene, I fed him.  I cut up the hot dog and bun and fed it to him with a fork.  What a sight.

He LOOKS so normal.  People don't understand.  They don't understand why he gets treated like a much younger child.  Honestly, if you talk to him, you wouldn't even notice that much.  I notice.  I'm his mother; believe me, I notice.  I wish I could explain my child to others.  I wish I could make family friends and others ONLINE understand the comments Pastor Husband and I make about him.  Why can't I?  What am I going to tell them?  I don't know what is wrong with him.  SOMETHING is certainly "off" but I don't know what it is.

We are on a waiting list at UNM in Albuquerque to see a developmental team and hopefully they'll be able to help us.  In the meantime, I am waiting for the dr's office to call me with an appointment for a local developmental psych and praying they can help us while we wait 3-6 months for UNM.

Until then, I'm going to love my little boy, take up for him, and discipline him the way his daddy and I feel is best for him.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Busy bee

It seems like I'm busier than when I was a working mom!  Nearly every day we have something going on.  Weekends are no different.  I guess that should be a big DUH since this is a pastor's home. 

We try to save Saturdays for family day.  Sometimes it just doesn't work out that way though.  Yesterday Pastor husband had a mens' prayer breakfast at El Rancho here in Clovis.  He said they had a great time.  We had a few errands to run after he got home then we had soccer pictures so we had to be at the fields an hour before our scheduled game.  That resulted in 3 hours at the soccer fields as the games were running late.  THAT resulted in me getting sunburned AGAIN.  I even had an umbrella this time.  Anyhow, after the games we had to cook dinner.  Then I get a text saying the church is out of toilet paper, paper towels and napkins.  Ok, well, we had to have those for today so I went to the store and got those.  After spending a couple of hours chatting with M & R at the church, I came home.  It may not sound busy but it was!

Of course Sundays are busy in a pastor's home.  We rarely have time to eat before we leave so most of the time we eat in the car on the way to church.  This morning we actually sat down to eat.  I'm still not sure how we did it and made it to church 15 minutes earlier than Pastor husband likes to be there.  We did good!

So now I get to sit in our HOT house blogging.  At least there's a breeze and I get to sit and relax (without getting burned) for a while.