Friday, December 25, 2009
There are some new links to websites at the right hand side of the page for your educational enjoyment. I'll post some pics of our Christmas Later today. Have a blessed day. Love you all - jc
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The brevity of life has been brought to light once again this year as we experienced the loss of Greg's Uncle Roy just a couple of weeks ago. I posted about him awhile back. He was diagnosed about 5 months ago with cancer. He was an important part of Greg's life growing up and he will be missed by many. I can't help but think about the pain his wife, Aunt Linda, is going through right now. Keep her and their children and grandchildren in your prayers this holiday season.
Our kids are doing great. We had pics of them taken a few weeks ago for Christmas cards, and I still haven't ordered any, yet. I've decided I'll not stress about it and we'll have New Year's cards - perhaps even Valentine's Cards instead... Okay, that may be pushing it. It's been difficult for me to decide how to even do the cards - I don't want to leave Mav out. I think these worries over doing things the "right" way - when there really is no "right" way - may be adding to my procrastination. When we were having the pics taken, I couldn't help but think about the sweet baby boy that was missing from the picture. I started to cry at one point during the photo shoot. Just a week or so earlier, my sweet friend Mary (www.browniebitez.blogspot.com) surprised us with a beautiful red airplane ornament. When we received the box in the mail, I didn't know what to expect. I opened it and saw that perfect, shiny, red airplane and started crying. I knew it would be the perfect remembrance in our pictures. My photographer friend, Dejah, didn't disappoint. She incorporated it perfectly. I'll share the pics this week. There is one of the airplane all by itself that I just love.
The kids are glad school is out and we're enjoying our time together. We've made Christmas cookies and put up lights. Maddie made banana bread tonight and we watched "Elf" - the kids love that movie. They're spending some time with their grandma and Aunt Jan tomorrow so we can get a few things finished up for Christmas. Tomorrow evening we'll be making some desserts for Christmas Eve. Greg's family is coming over then. We're staying home on Christmas Day and some of my family may stop by then. The holidays have been and will be sad at times, but I don't want the kids to miss out on the joy of this season because of our sadness. It's a balancing act.
I'm finished with school this semester. It went well and I enjoyed it, but I'm also enjoying this break. I'm feeling more comfortable with clinicals and kids' ears are getting much easier to decipher. Greg has been feeling a bit better and we're very thankful for that.
What else? We're working on something exciting for the end of February here in Shawnee - it has to do with raising awareness and support for congenital heart diseases. I'll have more details later. I'm excited about it. There are many new heart sites out trying to increase awareness as well. I'm going to try to get links added on here for all of them. I'm not the most computer savvy person, but I'm sure Maddie can help me!
I haven't posted many funny stories about the kids lately, so I thought I would close with one tonight. Chloe and I were driving to pick up Maddie from dance one evening. We passed a "smoke shop" and Chloe asked what all those people were doing there. I told her they were buying cigarettes. She said, "I'm not going to buy cigarettes, mom. I'm going to buy groceries," By this time we were at the corner and stopped at a stop sign. On one corner was a large - think charter sized - bus for sale. It's been there for awhile and the kids like to talk about it every time we pass it. So, with barely a second passed, Chloe finishes her sentence... "and that bus. And I'm going to paint it pink... For all my kids... Like the Duggars." For those of you who don't watch much tv, the Duggars have a reality show on TLC called "Eighteen Kids and Counting." They have nineteen kids now - all are their biological children. Yes, our Chloe want to have lots of kids like the Duggars. She wants to be a momma and "the docta that helps you push the babies out." She keeps us laughing.
Hope you all have a safe holiday and remember Jesus is the true reason for the season. Love you all, jc
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
My semester is over in less than two week. One down, three to go. I can't wait to get out. I had a little down time this evening after finishing a test, so the kids and I started getting Christmas decorations out. I've had a few moments and can tell the holidays are going to be a bit difficult.
Last week I went to lunch with Ms. M - she was one of Mav's nurses here in Oklahoma. We really bonded with her and just love her to pieces. It was good to chat. We talked about life in general and little Mav. I had a bit of extra time prior to meeting her for lunch, so I stopped by Target and looked at the Christmas stuff. I was looking for a white wire tree - long story - but they didn't have one. While looking around I went down the ornament aisle. We usually get the kids an ornament every year - I saw all the little baby ornaments and they made me sad. Do I still get an ornament for Mav? I probably will. Maddie asked me a few weeks ago if we could put up Mav's stocking... How are you supposed to handle all this? There is no instruction book. There isn't even a "right" way of doing things. I guess we'll just figure it out as we go along.
We're still trying to figure out what to do about Mav's headstone. The dimensions we were given were the ones I used to draw out the design for it. The company finalized the design and then we found out the dimensions we were given were wrong and it is too big and too heavy. Too heavy? That's really something I've never thought about - really, no one should ever have to think about something like that, uggh, it just makes me sick. The cemetery said they would let us do it that size since we were given the wrong information - it's been suggested we pier the headstone. We're just taking a breather right now. We don't know what we should do.
We still haven't heard from anyone at Children's about the ideas for the money. I'll update as soon as I get some feedback.
Something interesting happened this week. I have finally gotten to the place where I can start reading my Bible again (that's not the interesting part). I've started a new book/Bible study titled, "Tune In" by Jen Hatmaker. It's about hearing God. I've had a hard time with that topic since Mav died, because I really thought He was letting me know Mav would get better. I was wrong. Anyway, I was praying one night that God would just give me some kind of sign and make it very clear that things are going to be okay, that He's still here with me, and that Mav is happy and okay. The next day I had to make a trip to Oklahoma City to run an errand and I was thinking about Mav and listening to the radio. I was driving in the passing lane on the highway and thought I say the word "Mav" out of the corner of my eye. I slowed way down and turned my head to the side. I was passing a shiny red semi-truck, and on the door it said, "Maverick." That's all - or at least that's all I saw. Maverick. Coincidence? I don't think so. I think it's what I asked for. I was thankful - so thankful for that.
(Sigh) so, speaking of thankful, we're going to my uncle's house for Thanksgiving and to Greg's parent's on Friday. I love Thanksgiving food. It is my favorite, favorite, favorite. We'll get to see a lot of family - my brother and his family are coming up from Texas. We haven't seen them in quite a while - I'm looking forward to seeing everyone.
I went to lunch today with one of my favorite pilots from Mediflight. He's the one who flew Mav and I back to Oklahoma. I miss seeing all my Mediflight friends and working with the sick babies, but there is no way I could have squeezed anything else in this semester. I'm hoping next semester might be a little better. I'll still have 12 hours, but one fewer class. I'm starting on my clinical hours early- the second week in December, so I'll have 70 hours out of the way before the semester starts. There are a total of 180 clinical hours next semester.
What else? We're having family pics taken this weekend - hopefully everyone will stay well. I know there are a ton of other things I meant to write about, but I can't remember them now. I saw a neat idea on the internet and I think I'm going to do it. It's a memory jar. Decorate up a good sized jar however you want. When the kids say those funny things you want to remember or when something memorable happens, you write it down on a little piece of paper and put it in the jar. You all probably have amazing memories and don't need a memory jar. I'll post a pic when we get it fixed up.
Okay, well, it's very late and I need to go to bed. This post wasn't meant to be too depressing. We're doing okay, I think this is just a difficult time of year. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Love you all, jc
Monday, November 9, 2009
My stepmom, Teresa, sent me a link to the radio interview. Greg and I listened to it tonight and it made me cry. I've never heard that song before, but it was very appropriate. They did a great job compiling everything. Here's the link. http://public.me.com/jeromyadams Click on the KXXY folder - it will open the folder. Then click on Maverick and download, then open it. I'm sure the other stories are amazing, too.
The kids and I went to Lowe's this evening... They have always wanted to jump and play in a big pile of leaves, and we have plenty of leaves in the yard right now. The problem is we don't own any rakes. We've always had a lawn service do our lawn (Peltier Lawn Service - if you need a good one) and they've always cleaned up the leaves. SOOO, this evening I called and asked them to not clean up the leaves, and the kids and I journeyed out to Lowe's to pick out rakes. Chloe even got a little yellow one. The big ones are guaranteed for 25 years, so I told Carter he has to come back every year for the next twenty-five to use "his" rake. His eyes got big and he said, "I'll be 33 years old!!" They were able to rake one big pile in the front yard and play around in it a bit before dark. They can't wait to do it again tomorrow. It's funny how it's all play to them. I'll post some pics in the next few days.
Little Chloe is getting sassier every day. She's been asserting her independence and testing her momma. She was taking a bath last night and wasn't minding and I told her sternly with my stern face to "mind the first time." I was in the middle of another sentence and she said, "Wait!" I said, "what?" She looked at my face and got closer, then further back, then closer again. She finally said, "Somethins wrong with your eyes. You need to go to the doctor." I said, "What's wrong?" She said, "They're popping out of your head." How could I continue with my stern talk after that?
I better go for now. I have another test tomorrow. Love you all, jc
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
The weeks have been flying by lately. GYN clinicals are finished now and I start pediatric clinicals this week. I think I'll enjoy them. Tomorrow my mom and Brown are flying in. They'll be here for the night and leave on Tuesday. I'm glad we'll get to see them, even if it's only for a little while. I'll start the peds clinicals on Tuesday. Wednesday will be an exciting day. I have a meeting with some important people to talk about donating the money you all raised in memory of Maverick. I can't say much now - because really I don't know much, but I should know more after the meeting. Thursday is another clinical day and Friday will probably be spent trying to get assignments ready for next week. Throw in a few fall parties at the school and family pics Wednesday evening and the week should be pretty interesting.
I'll share more later - I've got to go to bed. Love you all - jc
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Things are about the same around here. Kids continue to spread germs around. Maddie was sick for several days last week. She's my handwashing germophobe, so if she got it, it must be easily caught. Greg and I have missed out on the sickness so far - thank goodness. We don't have time to be sick right now.
Update on situations: Greg had his pain pacemaker placed and taken out. He thought it helped, so he'll have a permanent one placed later in the month. My grandma met with the surgeon who thought she would be a good candidate for a lumpectomy, but things are moving painfully slow with this process. She has to have an MRI and see the oncologist, then go back to the surgeon. Baby Ian died (the friend of one of my heart-mom-friends). I've read her caring bridge site and hurt for her and her husband. It's such a difficult time - and still is. Say some extra prayers for them. Our uncle is in Texas now undergoing treatment for his cancer. He should be back in a few days. We're praying all goes well and he doesn't get very sick.
Greg was cleaning around the house this evening while I was finishing a project for school. He found the CD from Mav's funeral and we listened to it. Even without seeing it, I could still picture it all in my mind so vividly. Todd did a great job on the sermon. I think it was a good day to hear it again - that message is still so applicable to everything we're going through. He later found the DVD and watched it - I might later. We still need to download more pics and videos from the camcorder. The first time we used it since Mav died was for Chloe's birthday party.
I started clinicals this week and I've enjoyed them. I'm with Dr. J, an ob/gyn. He's my friend Amy's husband. I've really enjoyed talking to the women, and learning all these things that are new to me. Maddie has been curiously appalled by this rotation. Eventhough she says she wants to be an OB when she grows up, I don't think she realized that would entail "well-woman visits" - if you know what I mean. It will be completely different in a few weeks when I have sick kiddos screaming at me...
Maddie and Carter are on fall break now. Their last day of school was on Tuesday. They are glad to be home. I was glad to sleep in a bit this morning. We really don't have any great plans for the break. I'm hoping the weather clears up - I'm ready to see the sun again. We usually go to the pumpkin patch down the street and take pictures around this time. If the weather will cooperate, maybe we'll do it this weekend. Hope you all have a good weekend - love you all, jc
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Of course I didn't mind going and she had to take a picture of me if I was taking one of her.
She was very tired at the end of the day and passed out with her heating pad and her baby.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I had the privilege of sharing Mav's story with our students tonight. We talked about how compassion and love enable us to leave a mark on our world. I was amazed today when I began thinking how Mav left an indelible mark on this world and how his sweet spirit echoes here and in eternity. We wanted to take the opportunity to be involved in the balloon release so attached are pictures of the group, Ryan (who was in the hospital the same time as Mav), and the balloons floating across Princeton. Thanks for sharing your lessons with us through the blog and for giving us the chance to share in the celebrations of his life of impact.
Justin and Jill
I was just tagged on facebook with this picture. My blog-friend, Mary helped start up the Michigan chapter of It's My Heart. They did their first heart walk recently - here's a copy of the back of their shirt - little Mav's name is on it.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Things around here are going well. I've been busy with school and kids. I'm loving school and it's going great - except for trying to get clinicals ironed out. The kiddos are doing well (just a few minor coughs). Maddie is dancing and having a great time. I had to sew elastic and ribbon on pointe shoes today - where is my mom when I need her???
Chloe's birthday is coming up and we're having it at Benedict Street. She's so excited - isn't that funny? It cracks me up that she would rather go there than McDonald's. I'm not complaining. Dejah took some amazing pics of her, a couple are on her blog at http://www.dejahquinnphotography.blogspot.com/. She is such a ham. The cute clothes are thanks to Dr. G. She brought us fall stuff and it is soooo cute. Chloe is having fun trying things on. It's nice to have friends with great hand-me-downs!
Carter is working on school - we had parent-teacher conferences last week. He is such a smart boy, he just has better things to do with his time. We're trying to help him think otherwise. He's been doing homework and playing with frogs in the backyard, I guess they're out because of all the rain.
I was just thinking today about how "normal" our lives seem. I watched the news today - I haven't seen it in several weeks. It broke my heart to hear the mom talk about her little girl at Children's who isn't expected to make it due to the flu. A year ago we were in the hospital with sweet Mav. Just remember to be thankful for your normal days and your healthy kids, and say a prayer for those who aren't having normal days right now.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Here's a sweet message from Judith.
Here's Vanessa and Owen. We met them in Dallas, but they've since moved to Arizona. Owen left the hospital the day Mav had his surgery. He's a TGA heart baby and is doing great. He's giving the balloon a kiss for Mav. What a cutie. Thanks, Vanessa. Glad the weather was working for someone!
I was so touched to receive these pics and email from Mav's nurse, Marci, and her hubby, Charlie. Their balloon attempts didn't work, either, but they lit a candle for little Mav and put their little monkey by it. Such a sweet couple.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Greg and the kids did well. Maddie didn't start dance until this week, and Chloe starts next week. Chloe started Mother's Day Out while I was gone and she loves it. I picked her up today and she got in her car seat, let out a sigh, and said, "I'm exhausted!" Oh, the life of a preschooler... We're trying to keep C-man in line with his school work, so he's not in any sports right now.
Friday, August 28, 2009
I experimented on our dog, BamBam this week and gave him a haircut. He didn't seem to mind too much. His haircuts cost more than mine, so I decided to give it a try.
When I haven't been busy with the kids or Greg or the dog, I've been doing homework and studying. Some of my assignments are due at the end of next week, and I wanted to finish them before I leave for Alabama on Sunday. I'll come back on Thursday. Two of my friends, Amy and Dejah are going with me. The beach isn't far away, so they'll get to soak up some sun while I'm sitting in class. I'm supposed to be finished by 5 or 6:00 every evening, so I'm hoping to see the beach at some point while we're there - that's why I wanted to finish the assignments early. One friend asked me who would be taking care of the kids while I was gone. I said, "Greg." She acted suprised and said her husband wouldn't do that. Greg was taking care of Maddie, Carter, and Chloe for 24 hours at a time when Chloe was six-weeks old. That's when I went back to work. He's a very capable daddy.
Speaking of work, I may start looking for something part-time after I return from Mobile. I have a few things to check into when I get home.
While I'm gone, Chloe will start Mother's day out and both the girls will start dance. They are both so excited. Chloe's been putting on her dance clothes and dancing on the window seat in our bay window - it's her stage. She's such a ham. The girls have also become my study-buddies. I was watching several physical exams on infants this evening on the internet and had the earphones plugged into the computer. The kids had the Disney channel on, but Chloe wanted to sit beside me watch the exams. She put in one of my earphones and watched with me for about 30 minutes. Earlier this evening, I was looking at an amazing site on the heart and Maddie sat with me and asked questions while I went over that info. Maddie asked if she would learn this stuff (about the heart) in the eighth grade. "Ummm, no." I told her. "Maybe when you go to college." It's amazing how curious and ready to learn kids are.
Carter found a new spot to read this evening. He's not really fond of reading, but I guess it's more fun if you're up in a tree. He had climbed up pretty high in the magnolia tree in our backyard. That's where I found him when it was time for dinner. As long as it makes him happy and helps him enjoy reading - I'm all for it.
I spoke with one of our favorite nurses on the phone this evening. It was so nice to hear her voice. She became like family to us. She told me about a dream she had a few nights ago about Mav. She said he was sitting up in his hospital bed laughing - he had his monkey. No tubes - she said she was playing with him. Soooo sweet. I miss our sweet boy. Here's a pic of him and his daddy from Greg's phone.Well, enough for tonight. Have a good weekend. Love you all, jc
Saturday, August 22, 2009
She and Carter have been having fun playing in the water after school. They put our old slip-and-slide at the bottom of a slide. They call it the "belly slide." I caught Chloe lathering up out there the other evening. She snuck in the house and took the shampoo outside.
Maddie and Chloe signed up for dance this week. They are both looking forward to it. They start the first week of September. That's when Chloe will start mother's day out. I'll be gone to Mobile Sun-Thurs of that week for orientation for the clinical component of the nursing program.
We finished up Maddie's furniture last weekend. We're going to get it arranged in her room this weekend. I'm sure she'll put some pics of it on her blog. She did a great job on it.
Reading, studying, writing papers and doing quizzes is consuming all my extra time - and it's only the first week of school. It's a good kind of busy, though. In my studying I'm coming across many things that take my mind back to Mav - different lab values, heart defects, renal issues. I think about him a lot. It's nice to know that someday soon I'll be able to do more to help other kids who may be in similar circumstances. I had to write a paper on my personal philosophy of nursing this week. His life has made a huge impact on that aspect of my career. When I get it completely finished and turned in I'll post it for you all to read.
Isn't this sweet? This is a picture I downloaded from Greg's phone. He had so many pictures on his phone that we hadn't transferred until a week ago. It is one of my favorites. We still have some on the camcorder that we haven't even looked at yet. Maybe soon. Mav's birthday is coming up soon. It's so hard to believe it's almost been a year since he was born. We're still trying to decide what we want to do. I know it will be a tough day, so we may just keep it simple.
I think we might release some balloons at the cemetery.
Greg is staying busy with work. His back is still bothering him. We're waiting to find out if the insurance will cover a pain pacemaker. It's an electrical stimulation unit that works by blocking the transmission of the painful stimuli from his back to his brain. Hopefully, it will be approved and give him some extra relief.
Hope you all have a good weekend. Love you all, jc