Thursday, February 25, 2010

Jenny's Memorial Service and the Stomach Bug

Jenny (see one of the previous post) passed away on Monday. I'm not in a place where I can write about how I feel, and will probably be that way during the rest of this pregnancy with these crazy hormones I have. They held a visitation service last night and will have the memorial service this afternoon at 1:00. You can see it online at

I had been behind with the updates on Jenny because the stomach bug hit our house. It started on the way home from Life Group on Sunday night with Audrey. I'm telling you, if the girl didn't show symptoms, you never would know that she was sick. We were all shocked to find out that she had anything wrong with her because she had been in such a great mood before and after! After a couple of trips to her room that night, we knew we were dealing with the stomach bug. She was completely fine the next day.

Then I got it. Considering I'm 34 weeks pregnant, this may be the worst I've ever felt. I was not going to let this get passed on to Michael, so I stayed in bed and did not move from there. That has to be the most uncomfortable place for a pregnant woman to be all day. I feel so bad now for all the women that have been placed on bed rest. The good news is that the swelling in my legs has all but disappeared! I'm feeling so much better now. It's time for me to clean up the mess from Audrey the Tornado and wash everything that I've touched in the last 24 hours.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Esther Bible Study

Okay, ladies! My friend, Meredith, had the fantastic idea to start an online Bible study. This is great on so many levels. Instead of making sure everyone can meet at the same time and place, we can just meet on the world-wide-web! If we have a sick child, we can still participate! We can include women from all over the world! Also, if you're like me, you can finish your reading a day late and still post your thoughts. Doesn't this sound great? It does? Well, just click that little button on the right and you can get more information and join us! Just leave a comment and Meredith will hook you up. We begin March 1st and we're using the Beth Moore study on Esther - It's Tough Being a Woman. (And, boy is it ever!)

Ok...I'm not getting the button to work, so just click HERE.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Getting Older

My baby girl is growing older. I guess that's good since I'll be getting a new baby girl next month. At the beginning of 2010, our biggest concern with Audrey was sharing and taking turns, probably pretty typical for a 24 month old. Hopefully, she is doing well with that now. We were also trying to mentally prepare her for being a big sister in a few months. At 25 months she decided to tackle a big one - potty training. She turned 26 months yesterday and now she is sleeping in her big girl bed in her big girl room. We were not pushing either of these, but she wanted to do both on her own time. Now, we are ready for Baby Julia to come next month! Unbelievable!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Record Snowfall

I must document this! The snow continued to fall in Dallas all of Thursday. I'm not sure how much we got at our house or how much Dallas officially received, but it shattered the previous snow record for North Texas in one day. I saw somewhere that it was over a foot of snow. My long-time Denver resident husband was not impressed, but I was! At least Audrey and I got to play in it while Michael worked. I asked Michael a lot of questions about "why this?" or "why that?" He was no help. Ex. Why was the sky pink at night? His answer - Maybe because it's about to snow a lot. I went to my parents for that one. It's the lights being reflected off the snow and clouds. Here are some of the pics from this morning of Audrey running around, putting snow on a very little snow man (I'm 8 months pregnant people, give me some slack) and eating snow ice cream.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

What's Happenin'

It's snowing in Dallas today! Audrey has gotten over her fear of the snow and we played in it for awhile.
Silly Face
The kid says cheese, but does not smile...
Please don't pay too much attention to my makeup-free face.
Holding one of her favorite things - a football!
Back in January, we started putting Audrey's big girl room together. The pics are from my phone and they are dark and the colors aren't true, but you get the idea. It's still not 100% done because I need Michael to paint her dresser and drill some things, but his 80 hour work weeks the last month or so have delayed us finishing. She has only slept in there when she ran a fever all night and I slept with her.

Audrey is pretty much potty-trained. She even got me up at 2am to potty. Yay!

Michael's 30th birthday was Saturday. We had a great time hitting the town and I'm so glad he has joined me in the 30's group!

I'm at 32 weeks. In less than 7 weeks, Julia will be here! I'm so not ready, but I'm anxious to meet this sweetie-pie!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Praying for Jenny Bizaillion

I know many of you already know about this, so I'm reaching out to those of you that are not aware of what is going on in this young lady's life.

Jenny is a 31 year old mother who is fighting for her life. She couldn't get over the flu and was taken to Baylor Grapevine on Thursday. She got pneumonia and a blood infection. Her lungs and kidneys began to shut down. Her blood pressure dropped to almost nothing. Her circulation was so poor that they were very close to amputating her hands and feet. Many of her hours in the hospital has been on the wrong side of 50/50 chance of survival.

This is what God has done so far. He has improved her blood pressure. She's trying to get weaned off her 2nd of 3 bp medications. Her circulation has improved and they found a pulse in her feet. Her coloring has improved. (I believe she had a blood transfusion...lots of stuff happened last night, and I'm pretty sure they went ahead w/ the transfusion.) They were going to do a very risky gall bladder surgery because her gall bladder was in terrible shape. By the time the doctor traveled from her Keller home to Grapevine, her gall bladder had improved so much that surgery was no longer needed. She survived the trip to and from the CT machine and the scan showed no foreign infection and she didn't need surgery.

She went to ACU. I didn't know her, but I knew her brother, Josh Ross. She is just a year older than me and has a daughter. When I put myslef in her shoes, I just fall apart. This was just the flu and she's young, fit, and healthy.

Please, please, please pray for her. You can get more info HERE. You'll be asked to provide your name and email. It will give you updates on her condition. Please don't shy away from this because you're afraid to sign up. Jenny needs your specific prayers!