Tuesday, September 30, 2008


We got great news today!

The specialist sees no evidence of an abscess or a crack in her tooth. We will go back in a few weeks to have x-rays done again to make sure, but today's appointment was very, very positive. I am breathing a huge sigh of relief!

We will still need to take the next steps about getting the chipped part repaired, but I am so grateful she does not need a root canal at this point!!

Thank you for praying for her and for me. :)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Well... phooey.

So, phooey is not really what I'm thinking, but I'm trying to keep it Godly over here in my corner of cyber-space, so let's pretend, shall we?

The dentist is sending us to a specialist.

I KNOW - it doesn't look that bad. But, evidentially it's possible that the impact did some damage to the blood vessels close to the root of the tooth, and he sees what may be the very beginning of an abscess. So, we are off tomorrow to go see a dentist that specializes in root canals, because root canals are tricky on 7 yr old front teeth. Learn something new everyday around here. The doctor tomorrow will confirm or deny that an abscess is beginning, and either do a root canal or not based on that.

Please pray the root canal won't be necessary.

The dentist today also said that the tooth is "shakier" in her mouth than it should be and it is possible that the tooth is cracked. It was not obvious on the x-ray, but there was a spot he was concerned about. He said, "If the tooth is cracked, I don't know what you do."

Isn't that comforting.

Again, the specialist tomorrow should be able to tell us more. And, I'm sure you know what I'm hoping for.

Add to this, being the all-knowing SuperMom that I am (HA!) - today on the way to the dentist, I promised my very nervous kid that I would not let anyone pull her tooth. Oh, I hope I am able to keep that promise. I did not realize that I was making a hasty promise - I really thought we go in today and they would repair that little bit of chipped tooth and off we would go.

The mom in me is surprisingly shaken by this turn of events. I know in my mind that I am grateful that it is not her neck that was broken - because it was a nasty wreck. I know I should be grateful to live in a time where so many options are available, and where there is such a thing as a root canal specialist. (Did anyone want to be that when they grew up? Can you imagine someone asking you what you do at a Christmas party? That has to be worse than admitting you are an IRS agent.) And I know there are so much worse things that befall many children.

But, in my heart, I just don't want my 7 year old to have a root canal. Or lose her permanent tooth before she has had it a full year. I just don't.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Sidewalk Meets the Tooth --

And the sidewalk wins! One permanent front tooth chipped at the bottom:

And the chin, and the shoulder, elbow, wrist & knuckles didn't fare too well either.

There is a big hill at our neighborhood park. Punkin loves to careen down the hill on her bike, over a bridge and up a little hill to the main part of the park. After doing this 60 or 70 times over the past month, this week she careened down the big hill and across the bridge beautifully, but on the little uphill, a cat-tail lying on the sidewalk caused her bike to stop - but she did not. She sailed over the handlebars and into the sidewalk. Thankfully, she had her helmet on and down on her forehead low enough that the helmet protected her nose and the rest of her face.

I'm not thrilled about the chipped tooth since it is one of her permanent ones. However, as bad as the wreck was, I'm extremely grateful that the tooth is the only thing that is broken.

We go to the dentist Monday to find out what the next step is. I don't think it looks too bad, actually. But, the enamel is gone on the bottom which will need to fixed somehow since it is causing her some pain - especially when she drinks something cold.

My friends, this is a good reminder that my annoying over-protectiveness about the helmet being on and being 2 finger widths from her eyebrows paid off.

'Course the other option might be to not let her careen down big hills. Hmm.

Monday, September 22, 2008

First Soccer Game

Little Man has been begging to play soccer for awhile now, and he is finally old enough to be on the team that does not require a Saturday commitment. He is having a lot of fun!

Their first game was this past week, and I have to admit it was less like herding cats than I anticipated. The point is to learn the game. They play 4 on 4, go in and out as they please as long as only 4 players are on the field at a time, the boundaries are not strictly enforced, and they don't keep score. I think it's perfect for 4 year olds.

Don't misunderstand - it was like herding cats. But, at least the "cats" understood that the point was to get the ball in the goal. Which goal was somewhat of a mystery to some ...

Little Man had a hard first game - seems I might have talked up the first soccer game a little much. *sigh* Oops - when will Mom learn?? But, toward the end of the game, he finally got in there and played some, and he even made the last goal of the game. Whoo-hoo!

He's number 3.

Way to go, Little Man!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Wedding

The wedding was beautiful! Here is the happy couple:

And the happy kiddos:Would you believe that my Little Man wore his suit for the entire reception too. He loves his "manly suit." (He thought of that name, not me!)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A Commonplace Life

A commonplace life, we say and we sigh,
But why do we sigh as we say?
The commonplace sun in the commonplace sky
Makes up the commonplace day

The moon and the stars are commonplace things
And the flower that blooms and the bird that sings;
But dark were the world and sad our lot,
If the flowers failed and the sun shone not.

And God who studies each separate soul
Out of commonplace lives makes His beautiful whole.

- F.W. Boreham

Friday, September 12, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I lifted this from Knightly Chats awhile back. Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you do it!

1. Do you like blue cheese? sometimes. There is a salad at Outback Steakhouse with blue cheese in it that I crave.

2.. Have you ever smoked? yes. Oh, those crazy days with The Mouse.

3.. Do you own a gun ? my husband does

4. What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? none (I don't drink soda - how weird am I?)

5. Do you get nervous before dr. appts ? Sometimes

6. What do you think of hot dogs? I have to not think about it too hard. I rarely serve them to the kids, so they think they are a very special treat.

7. Favorite Christmas song? Silent Night

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? milk or orange juice

9. Can you do push ups? one or two.

10. What do you order at Starbucks? White hot chocolate.

11. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? my engagement ring

12. Favorite hobby? Blogging

13. How do you eat your eggs? Scrambled

14. What is the most daring thing you have ever done? Scuba diving.

15. What’s one trait that you hate about yourself? Inability to gracefully accept criticism.

16. Middle name? Wouldn't you like to know? *wink*

17. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment. 1-I should go to bed. 2-Maybe soon. 3-Sleep sounds lovely.

18. Name 3 things you bought yesterday? nothing

19. Three drinks you regularly drink? milk, water, um... that's about it.

20. Current worry right now? Getting ready for our trip to see family and see my brother get married!

21. Current hate right now? Not what my blog is about, and I might be getting myself in trouble. But to be honest, I hate the fact that, judging from the amount of press and close poll results at the moment, people in America are actually planning to vote for a presidential candidate because the man can give a great speech. No one seems to care if he can actually run a country and not get us killed or make us broke. The idea that he could be our next president literally gives me chills.

22. Favorite place to be? The ocean.

23. How did you bring in the New Years? Um... I've forgotten. So most likely sleeping.

24. Where would you like to go? Italy. Australia. China. Ireland.

25. Name three people who will complete this. Skip.

26. Do you own slippers? No

27. What shirt are you wearing? A Java t-shirt my husband gave me.

28. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? No.

29. Can you whistle? Sort of but not really.

30. Favorite color? Black. Hey, it's slimming. :)

31. Would you be a pirate? I don't think so. I don't think I'm mean enough, and stealing is not my thing. The exploring part sounds fun though.

32. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don't sing in the shower. It's my only peace and quiet and I try hard to keep it that way.

33. Favorite girl’s name? Punkins.

34. Favorite boy’s name? Little Mans.

35. What’s in your pocket right now? no pockets. I've got my jammies on!

36. Last thing that made you laugh? Playing Trouble with Little Man, and his little dance when he sends me home.

37. Best bed sheets as a child? The only ones I remember were Hollie Hobbie.

38. Worst injury you’ve ever had? A broken collar bone from a car accident. I have a metal plate with 5 screws. Want to feel the screw tops?

39. Do you love where you live? Yes.

40. How many TV’s do you have? 2

41. Who is your loudest friend? I'm not sure...

42. How many dogs do you have? None. My hubby is allergic.

43. What are you thrilled about right now? My brother got married!

44. Do you have a crush on someone? Seriously, who has the time?

45. What is your favorite book? Oh, wow! I don't think I could possibly pick just one. My favorite that I have read in the last 3 months is Breathe by Keri Kent.

46. What is your favorite candy? chocolate

47. Favorite Sports Team? Does Michael Phelps count?

48. What song do you want played at your funeral? Amazing Love

49. What were you doing 12 AM last night? sleeping

50. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up this morning? What time is it? Are we late?

Consider yourself tagged if you want to be.

Have a Happy Day!

Sunday, September 7, 2008


In our study of the Puritans who settled Boston, we talked about how much they valued education. Punkin made this cardboard hornbook:Wonder what the Puritans would think of computers?

Friday, September 5, 2008

My brother and his soon-to-be-wife

My brother's wedding is very soon, and they have a very interesting "how we met" story. I love it, so I thought I would share today in honor of their special day.

First, some background. His soon-to-be-wife, (let's call her The Spanish Teacher, since she is, in fact, a Spanish teacher) was a bit of a not-unpleasant surprise to her mother. Her mom was 46 years old when she found that she was expecting, and The Spanish Teacher's closest sibling was 19 (I think) when she was born. So, her mom and my grandmother are almost the same age - only a year apart, in fact.

My parents changed churches a few years ago, and made friends with another couple. This foursome would frequently go to church, and then go out to eat. Turns out the wife of this couple is The Spanish Teacher's sister. They would talk about their families. And they began to realize how much The Spanish Teacher and my brother (let's call him The Architect - I'll let you wonder why) have in common. They lived in the same town. They enjoy art. They enjoy music. They sing in their church choir. And several other similarities.

Now, my mom is not the "meddling" type. But, she finally called The Architect and asked him to take The Spanish Teacher for coffee. Anything after that was completely up to him.

So he did.

And the rest, as they say, is history in the making.

I love that my brother was set up on a blind date by his parents, and they are getting married. It just makes me giggle.

And, may I add, they could not have picked a better woman for my brother. They are just perfect together.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

It's a bug!

One of my favorites was in our yard recently:

Monday, September 1, 2008


We've been studying the tabernacle in our bible lessons this month. We used Activity 219 on this page to make our own. Punkin did most of the work herself! I helped mostly with instructions on how to put it together and where to place the items.

Here's the ark of the covenant, the things that were placed inside it, and the curtain that divided the Holy Tent from the Holy of Holies. I had to take them out of the Holy Tent to get a good picture. (As an aside, it is one of my favorite parts of Scripture that in the Old Testament God lives with His people in the Holy of Holies. But, when Jesus dies, there is a violent earthquake, the sky becomes dark, and the curtain rips completely open from top to bottom. I love the symbolism - that because of Jesus there is no longer a curtain needed between us and God, no longer a Holy of Holies place needed because Jesus now lives in our hearts. I just love it. )

Here is the outer room of the Holy Tent:
The whole Tabernacle:This project was definitely one of my favorite things that we have been able to do!