Monthly Archives: April 2007

Elizabeth’s Birthday

Elizabeth is 8!

I never quite got the chance to post about Elizabeth’s fabulous 8th birthday, so better late than never. 🙂

On the even years the girls get to have parties with friends, on the odd years we have parties with just family.  This is mainly due to the fact the Lizard’s and Dot’s birthdays are only two weeks apart, and trying to plan major parties every year is really tough with them back to back, so we decided on this plan so I only have one friend party to plan at a time. Emily lines up with Dot, but her birthday isn’t until July, so it doesn’t matter as much.

This year Elizabeth wanted a slumber party – but I wasn’t to keen on trying to juggle that many girls with family in town and a bunch of other things, so we compromised and she chose to have a pajama party.  All the girls wore their pink pajamas (pure coincidence) and wore their fuzzy slippers.  We laid a large cloth out on the floor and painted the girls fingernails and toenails, and put their hair in curlers.  Even Dad and Grandpa got into the action.

Father & Daughter

After the girls were finished they decided to start the real fun and began to put Dad’s and Grandpa’s hair in curlers! Poor Grandpa even got his toenails painted – what good sports. The girls had so much fun.

Daddy get curlers too!

Girls just want to have fun!

This year Elizabeth chose the following cake, which I had fun making and was a hoot for her birthday party –

Pajama Party Cake

She's ready to blow

Another huge part of her birthday was her baptism. In our church when children turn 8 we feel they have reached an age where they no right from wrong and are able to be responsible for their choices. At this age they can choose to be baptized. Elizabeth has been so excited, looking forward to this day.

Elizabeth and Dad - Baptism

It was a very special day. We are so proud of our little 8 year old and are glad she is part of our family.



Filed under Cakes, Children, Lizy, Parenting



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This theme was really hard for me. I spent the entire week mulling it over in my head. This morning I woke up and groaned as I realized how busy the day was going to be and how little time I had to get everything done. That is when my idea hit me:

Time, very often, is Rare…



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Jacob’s CHD Quilt Block

The Congenital Heart Defect quilt project is an ongoing project to promote CHD awareness.  Some time ago we put Jacob’s information in for a quilt block to be made by volunteers in his honor and placed on one of the many quilts.  Each quilt block is dedicated to a person who has or has had some tpe of congenital heart defect.  Currently there are close to 37 quilts completed, each one honoring 42 individuals.  Jacob’s block will be on quilt number 46 – so that gives you an idea of how big and incredible this project is.

All 50 states and Washington D.C. are represented as well as 22 foreign countries.  For more information on this amazing project feel free to check out: The CHD Quilt

Today we recieved an email with a photo of Jacob’s block, which we adore: (with a few edits for privacy sake)

Jacob Quilt Block Edited for Online

The volunteer did a great job of capturing some of his favorite things: dogs, cheerios, and bubbles/baths.


Filed under CHD, Heart, Jacob, TGA

Things I Think About

I got to thinking (yes, that is the smoke you smell) – since I was awarded the thinking blogger award – what are some things that occupy the empty space in my mind. 

 So I decided to make a list of 10 things I think about – maybe it will become a meme, heh, and come back to haunt me.

1. I think a lot about my role as a mother (and wife).  Sometimes I think about how things are going pretty well, but mostly I think about what I need to do better.  Sometimes I think about all the wonderful aspects, and sometimes I feel so overwhelmed I can’t believe that God has sent me four of his precious spirits to care for, watch over, and teach.  I think a lot about how to have fun with the kids to give them an enjoyable childhood and I think about how to discipline with love, so that even when I am spitting nails they have no doubt of my love.  I think about keeping up with the house, and also about how the kids, Jacob especially, taught me that it is ok to let things go once in a while because they aren’t young forever.  I think about trying to have a harmonious home for my husband to come home to after long hours away at work – and I think about what on earth I am ever going to make for dinner. 🙂

2.  I daydream alot – make up stories in my head when I am driving someplace and the kids are being kinda quiet.  I especially enjoy hanging out with my two favorite characters, Will and Belinda, and imaging their next escapades.

3. I think a lot about miracles and blessings, and about God and Jesus Christ.  They occupy a good portion of my deeper thoughts as I contemplate all the marvelous miracles I have witnessed.  I could never deny Their existance, not after all the things I have seen Their work in.

4. I think about things that I haven’t done yet that I need to do – those thoughts are like needles poking around in my brain – pestering and pestering until I finally get them done – things like gardening (it has been so rainy lately) and washing the dog.

5. I like to think about stories I remember while Iwas growing up – memories.  I think sometimes I am afraid I will lose them, so I like to think about them often. 

6.  I think a lot about Congenital Heart Defects and the different groups I belong too, and about how I can become more involved (without it overwhelming the rest of my life, again that 4 kids factor).  I think about wanting to make a difference in someone’s life – maybe just by being there.  The knowledge that I can somehow make someone’s life a little better means a lot to me.  I think about all the people who have had an impact on my life, people who may not even know it, and it forges in me a desire to be there for others.  I think about all the heart mom’s and kid’s and others going through hard times, I think and I pray.

7. I think about my family – all the extended family, neices  and nephews, sisters, brothers, and aunts and uncles.

8.  Oh, and I think about chocolate….yummm! 🙂 – and of course pie too!

9.  I think a lot about my HHH, and if I am showing my appreciation enough, cause he really is an amazing wonderful guy.

10.  I think about music.  I think about my piano students and what they need to learn and work on.  I think about my own music and how it makes me feel.  I think about what kind of music fits my mood on a particular day.  Sometimes I don’t neccesarily think about music – I just think music. 🙂

What do you think about in the corners of your mind?


Filed under Parenting, Philosophy

Mr. Stitch

Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to give Jacob “Mr. Stitch”  – or maybe we’ll just have to nickname Jacob “Mr. Stitch”.  After his mini surgery things were looking fine and seemed to be healing well, but after a while a small section of his incision seemed to be haveing trouble healing – and it looked red.  After talking with a friend who has been through just about everything in their family – including heart surgery, I put neopsporin on it and watched it closely.  It scabbed over finally and seemed to be healing again.  Then a few days later when I was getting Jacob dressed in the morning I noticed this long thin white thing sticking out of his chest.

Yup, it was a stitch.  I took him in to see our pediatrician this morning and he snipped it really close, told us to keep putting neosporin on it and contact out PC (pediatric cardiologist) if it got red and puffy, etc.  Maybe I should have just taken him straight in to see the PC, but it didn’t seem serious enough, and they probably would have done the exact same thing.  I must say it was a bit odd and disconcerting to see this little thread poking out of his skin – but at least nothing got majorly infected – thank goodness for neosporin. 🙂


Filed under health, Jacob

Aww Shucks Folks

Two of my sweet friends, Deb and Nancy, have awarded me with this:

 Thinking Blogger Award

Now, when you are chosen for this great and noble honor, you are supposed to choose five blogs that you think deserve this award and bestow it lovingly upon them. Not just any five blogs however, five blogs that make you think – which brings up the question how I managed to get this award 🙂 Thanks much you two 🙂

Anyway here are the official rules:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).

*Now here is my disclaimer: I love all my blogging friends, and if I don’t tag you, don’t hate me, I do only get to choose five after all – and no fighting or squabbling over the shiny award – it might get tarnished – heh 🙂

Here they are (in no particular order)

1. Karen
2. Sariah
3. Proud Mum – or Zen Mama now
4. April
And the fifth and fianl award goes to:
5. Fourth Fret – I know she is not blogging anymore and has erased all of her posts but one, but I must say that hers was a blog that I looked forward to reading everyday, and along with the others listed here, it truly did make me think. I miss her terribly, and I hope some day Fourth Fret reenters the blog world. So in memory of an incredible blog and blogger I give my final award.

As for the others I listed, I figured I could say why I chose them for the thinking blogger award, but then where is the fun in that? It would rob you of the joy of reading their blogs to see why I think they are so great, so go read, and be sure to say hi when you do. 🙂


Filed under Blogging

There is a reason for my absence –

about 10 of them or more 🙂

1.  I cleaned all of my carpets last week (finally go it done from THAT infamous episode)  – and I used the nifty handtool on the girls’ mattresses too – what a gem that thing is!

2. I scrubbed out the bathrooms, caught up on laundry, mopped the floors, and did a bunch of other cleaning stuff.

3. I wrote another “Will and Belinda” story (I might post it eventually) for a contest deadline.

4. Paul’s parents came to visit Friday – Sunday

5. Had a family party for Elizabeth on Friday

6. Planned and organized Elizabeth’s party with friends for Saturday, baked the cake, decorated the house, and had a hoot and a half with a bunch of little girls wutg a pajama party – I’ll do a special post on that soon.

7. I spent a good portion of the week planning Elizabeth’s and her friend’s Baptism.  Coordinating things with her friend’s parents, making sure things were all arranged, etc. 

8. Attended my daughter’s Baptism  yesterday – on her birthday! It was really awesome and a wonderful experience.

9. Read my book

10.  And spent some of that slim spare time I should have been blogging on a computer game – silly me 🙂

So that is a small list of my lame excuses for my lack of writing on my blog – I really am trying to get back to writing frequently – but obviously not doing too well at it right now.


Filed under Every Day Life