Thursday, May 31, 2007

Continued Prayers

We so do appreciate all the prayers, calls, notes, and food from our dear friends and family, and we can't thank you enough. My husband was saying how frustrated and embarrassed he is to have caused such a big fuss, but I reminded him of how something like this helps us to see so clearly the unity and love of the body of Christ. You have all been so thoughtful, and have truly showed the love of Christ with your concern and outpouring of support. We thank you sincerely!

A Percocet-induced nap

A sampling of some of the scrapes and bruises of the "road rash"

This splint will remain on until our follow-up appointment on Monday.
It will be followed by a splint that will be removable for showering and such, but Jon will be completely non-weight bearing for at least 6 weeks.

Cookie Monster

We have lots of delicious food, thanks to the van Hoven's sweet thoughtfulness. Michael especially enjoyed the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (as did the rest of us, also!). Unfortunately, he has Mommy's graceful eating habits.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Update on Jon

We are now home from the hospital after 2 days on an ortho floor. Jon is recovering with the help of lots of pillows, abundant Percocet, and quality nursing care from his wife. Jon's CT showed no hairline fractures, and it looked like his bone was getting a good blood supply for now. The talus is a vital foot bone (it is the upper foot bone that connects to the tibia and fibula), and it needs of lots of good blood supply. The blood supply was compromised after the injury, so a concern in the next few weeks is avascular necrosis. AVN is a very common complication with this type of injury, so we are praying for good blood flow and healthy tissue. Jon's shoulder skin wound (along with the elbow, hand and knee, too) is quite painful, so pray that his skin heals quickly, and that Jon will have the appetite to eat some food to maintain his strength and promote healing. He has hardly eaten anything since Monday (now you know how he must feel, cuz my man can eat!)
All in all, we are counting our blessings and praising God that he limited the injuries to just these. It really could have been so much worse, and we are truly grateful for God's goodness through it all. Now... we are off to get some much needed rest! Thank you for your continued prayers!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Pray for Jon

Jon was in a motorcycle accident on Memorial Day afternoon, and is now admitted to the hospital. He had a complete dislocation of the talus bone without tibial of fibial fractures, which is quite unusual. The orthopedist said that he has only seen one of these since 1988. Jon went to surgery last night about 10pm, came out about 2am, and had an open reduction surgery of the bone. He is now having a CT scan to ensure that the bone is getting a blood supply to it, as he tore all the vascular ligaments that attach to that bone. He has some good narcotics on board, but is still having a good bit of pain, considering the ankle pain, surgical pain, and the nasty road rash he has all down the right side of his body. He has also been running low grade temps, so we are praying that he will not have any infection as a result. We are hoping that our stay here at the hospital will be a short one, but if you think of us, please pray for my husbands quick, relatively pain-free recovery. We our counting our blessings and praising God that things turned out this way, as they could have been so much worse. Thanks for your prayers!!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Body Surfing

I got a "new" exersaucer for the church nursery, and after I cleaned it up, Michael decided that it would be incredibly cool as a boogie board. He couldn't get down, and was yelling "TUCK!" (stuck) as a plea for help.

Little Twinkletoes

Michael has some seriously smooth dance moves. I will try to get a video with my camera someday to show you how cute it is.

That Winning Smile

Michael has wanted mommy a lot this last week, and out of the blue, I checked his teeth. What do you know- he cut a 2 year molar!! He completely skipped the "fangs" and went right for the big guns! The better to eat steak with, I guess!


Michael loves to make little forts with the couch pillows. One day, he will wise up and realize that he needs to fetch all the blankets and sheets from the beds to make a real fort.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Baby Update- Week 16

(Disclaimer: photo represents a 16 wk baby, but is not a real picture of OUR baby)
We had our 16 week visit to the doctor yesterday, and everything looks great. The lab results are perfect, and the baby's heartbeat is nice and strong (and he assured me that he only hears one!) We have our ultrasound scheduled for June 15th, but don't get too excited, as we still plan on letting the baby's gender be a surprise! (We will be using pronouns interchangeably.) Names are still undecided, especially girl names, so feel free to suggest. We like classic names- nothing, um... well, original.
THE BABY: Weighing in at about 3 ounces, our baby is now almost 5 inches long, about the size of an avocado (but not quite so green). (S)he is beginning to use her ears to hear, and on occasion, (s)he will blink her eyes. Hair is starting to grow, and the baby might occasionally suck his thumb.
MOMMY: I began to feel the feisty little creature moving all around last week, and wonder if we have a soccer player in the making. I am much less sick than before, but still have one or two "events" of illness most mornings. I now have more energy, and am getting more excited about having a tiny one in the house again!

Popping Wheelies

You can't necessarily tell in this picture, but Michael now loves to pop wheelies while riding his Clifford ride-on toy. Maybe he thinks his faithful steed will carry him off into the sunset.

Cheese Head

Daddy stuck Michael's cheese on his forehead, and Michael (and Mommy and Daddy) found it quite amusing. I'm sure this strongly reinforces our "don't play with your food" policy!


I can still be manly and love my rocker!

Blowing Kisses

Working Up to the Motorcycle

Notice that is a Chicago Cubs jersey that Michael is wearing. Against my better judgment (1/2 of this family is an Oriole fan!), I picked this shirt up at a garage sale for .25c. I knew Daddy would like it, but I reminded him that you get what you pay for... (something I tell all my PCC grad friends, in jest of course!)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Strawberry Pickin'

Today, we went strawberry picking at Belvedere Plantation, along with Amanda and Mikaela Hornbrook. Michael was not excited about snacking on them at first, but by the end of the day, he was an avid strawberry lover. I'm going to try out a few strawberry recipes this week, and see if we can eat up all of our our 8lbs of freshly picked, juicy & delicious Chandler strawberries. Yum!


I think I will have some strawberry pie, a strawberry milkshake, and maybe wash it down with some strawberry shortcake.

The Hayride

The strawberry patches were a good bit away from the country store, so we got to go on a fun hayride out to the fields. Michael was amazed by the size of the tires on that John Deere!

Moon Bounce!!

This is Michael's version of a "jump." He bends down, then stands up really fast and raises his arms. It is quite amusing!

Pull Me, Mommy!

Yes, I did take Michael around the pavilion a few times in the cart, but then he wanted me to be his team of oxen the entire day! Didn't happen!

Soooooooooo Big!

I peeked in on Michael during his nap, and was struck by how big he has gotten! I can't believe our little boy has grown up so much! He takes up about 2/3-3/4 of his toddler bed.

Barely Awake

Freshly waking up from a nap... notice the nice bed head!

Furure Dentist?

Michael is currently obsessed with good dental hygiene, and brushed his teeth many times throughout the day.

Update on Aldi, Round 2

I went to Aldi, cash in hand, ready to save lots of bucks! As I was checking out, the heavens opened and the rains came down. This is rather inconvenient when your wares are not in bags, but all piled in a cart ready for you to stack in the back seat. As I was chatting with the checkout guy, he asked if I wanted to purchase some of their heavy duty plastic bags, in which to carry all my goodies. Of course, cheap as I am, said "No, thanks." I wasn't going to pay .50c for stinkin' plastic! (and the boxes were slim pickin's!) I guess he felt bad for the poor lady who was too poor to buy bags and was going to brave the torrential downpour just to save a few dollars that he went and got me 5 industrial strength plastic bags and said that since it was pouring, we could just have them for free. When Michael, me, and the groceries got home, we were all quite soggy, but oh-so happy to have saved a ton of money (plus grateful to the kind man in Aldi who was nice enough pass along a few free bags!)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Aldi, Round 2

Okay, so I am headed to Aldi again this afternoon, but I am stopping by the bank first to get some cash. I am quite annoyed that they don't take credit cards or checks, but my cheap side absolutely can't pass up $1.29 for a gallon of whole milk!
See, those of you who know me well, know that I have this inner battle between frugality and snottiness (for lack of a better term). I HATE Wal-Mart and will swear to never set foot in the place again (pretty much on a weekly basis after being once again over run with Haynes-sweatpant-wearing, uneducated, loud white trash.) So I will then head to Super Target for a pleasant shopping experience. Until I see the Target bill, and my cheap side again pulls me back to Wal-Mart. This inner war is what keeps me heading out every Saturday morning to find great garage sale bargains, it is what keeps me an avid member on my local freecycle group, it is what makes me choose Five Guys burgers on Mother's Day as a splurge over the MacDonald's dollar menu, and it is what is sending me back to Aldi, despite my personal grudge against their non-acceptance of my preferred payment methods. So all in all, I guess my cheap side is winning the war, and our budget (as well as my husband) is happier because of it. My pride, on the other hand, is dying a slow, painful death...

Monday, May 14, 2007

Smells Like Clean Linen

I usually spray some Clean Linen scented Glade spray after nasty diapers, and Michael got a hold of the bottle. He kept waving it over his head hoping it would magically spray!

Daddy Dressed Him! (Enough Said!)

Little Bookworm

Michael has taken a new obsession with books, especially this lift-a-flap ABC book! I guess it is a good obsession to have!

Michael, Where's Your...

Piggy Toes?


Belly Button? (this one is TOO funny! I think I confused the poor boy, as I always point to my belly and tell Michael there is a baby in there. Now, when I ask Michael where the baby is, he rubs his OWN tummy!)


Eye? (this one is not so gentle- esp if he is finding YOUR eye!)

Tongue? (I LOVE this one!)

Ear? (Hello! Are you listening?!)

Nose? (this is what we do when we change a diaper!)

Ladies... Call Me!

If I Were Only a Big Boy...

... then I would play basketball in the street, too!

A Lovely Mother's Day

Yesterday was my third official Mother's Day (counting the one when we were expecting Michael), and what a lovely day it was! We had our first church service on our new property-- note I said "property." Our new church building is to be completed sometime in June, so until then, we will be meeting in a tent on the property. It was a nice day for services, and quite enjoyable. After morning service, we decided to go with a group of friends to Olive Garden. When we arrived at noon, we were informed that they had a wait of ONE HOUR AND 45 MINUTES! So needless to say, we instead went to Five Guys Burgers and Fries, which was enjoyed by all (and probably much more appreciated by the men-folk!) Michael LOVES cheeseburgers, and was able to put an entire cheeseburger down by himself. He is definitely daddy's boy! Apparently, baby loved the cheeseburger as well, as I have been having an intense Five Guys cheeseburger craving ever since. This is my first official real "craving" of both my pregnancies, so mark that down. We all enjoyed a nice visit over greasy burgers and crispy fries, then headed home for naps all around. For evening service, we had a missionary to India share his work and preach the Word. We finished the evening off with a trip to McDonald's play land for Michael and Landon to play and for us adults to enjoy some fellowship. A memorable day overall, and my husband even remembered to get me a lovely gift basket from Yankee Candle (see below)! Thank you, baby! It is perfect and so thoughtful!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!

Just wanted to take a minute to say "Thanks" to my wonderful mom and fantastic mother-in-law! We love you, and can't thank you enough for all your love and sacrifices! We wish we could be with you on this special day! Happy Mother's Day!!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

An Aldi Adventure

Fredericksburg opened its first Aldi (a dirt cheap discount grocery store) in the area this past week, so I went today to snag some great bargains. I put about $70.00 worth of goodies into my cart and headed to the checkout. I swiped my card to pay, and the lady said, "I'm sorry, we don't accept credit cards." So I pulled out my checkbook and began writing a check, and she said "I'm sorry, we don't accept checks." So, embarrassed as could be, I said, "Well, that is all I have to pay with," so I had to leave my cart there for them to restock. And next time I will know to bring cash... that is, if they ever let me back in the store. :-)

Monday, May 07, 2007

No Better Medicine than DADDY!

Michael has a bit of the sniffles (as does everyone else in Fredericksburg), but everything is okay when daddy is around to cuddle!

Ready for a Nap

Michael went to his room and got his pillow and his doggy, then came and rocked in his rocker for a little bit. I caught the hint.