The cross is the greatest example of humility and devotion in the universe. Jesus put your needs ahead of His own. He considered you more valuable than Himself. - Chip Ingram

Monday, February 25, 2008

Do Ya Really Wanna Know?

So, do you REALLY wanna know what I have been up to? Well for starters....

There is this:

Austin had winter formal. For the record may I state that I NEVER looked this good (even at their age). They started with dinner at Dave and Buster's, went to the dance at Lutheran West and ended at a party at Stephanie's house.

Secondly, there is this:

This is my wonderful nephew, Kyle. He turned eleven (I think it was 11) and we were happy to celebrate with him. I know the picture is slightly out of focus (darn!), but for some reason I love it!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KYLE! You are a gem!

And then...there is this:

My sister, Pam and her family have moved to the Kaszar farm temporarily. It has been quite an............experience. The "fun" side to the whole move is that they needed to clear every corner of the house. Rick's mom has lived their for MANY years and now is in a nursing home. All her possessions (and many of other people's possessions) have remained behind. I mentioned "fun" because it is a bit of a treasure hunt! There are wonderful little surprises buried everywhere. We have found quite a bounty! BUT, there are so many things needing to be have been ebaying endlessly. What you see on my table is about 1/8 of what is left to be sold. **sigh** Anyone need an antique tea pot? Have you been looking for a silver champaign bucket? I'm your girl!!

Other than that, most of my time has been spent running to doctor appointments. Paige has been struggling with teasing again at school. My heart is aching for her. Sometimes it seems she never gets a break. Yet, she can be a tough cookies. She will get through it!


Sunday, February 3, 2008


Well, we had somewhat of a disheartening weekend. Trent went to Dr. G this weekend for the first of a two-part evaluation. Each part is 1 1/2 hrs. long. To cut to the chase, it looks like there is definately Tourettes Syndrome and probably OCD and some ADHD. I don't really feel like elaborating. I think I need it to sink in. Don't get me wrong...I don't want you to feel bad for me. I'm not sad for myself, but maybe a little sad for my buddy. I still consider myself COMPETELY lucky to have the children I do. I am the one who is blessed to have them. I just need to grasp how I am going to do all of it.

Anyways, I found this essay on-line. I absolutely love it. I believe it had originally been written for a Downs Syndrome child, but's kind of what I've been thinking!

Welcome To Holland
by Emily Perl Kingsley

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this...
When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go.
Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome To Holland"."Holland?!?" you say, "What do you mean "Holland"??? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy"But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place. So you must go and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met. It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy.
But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around…and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills...Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts. But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy...and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned". And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away...because the loss of that dream is a very significant loss.
But...if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things...about Holland.