Monday, June 23, 2008

The Unexpected

I am 33 years old, and if asked, I would say I am in relatively good health. I try to exercise regularly, but in reality it's usually 2 or 3 times a week, though I do spend my days keeping up with a 3 and 4 year old. I do my best to feed my family healthy meals, with 98% of my recipes coming from what used to be "Light N Tasty" and is now "Healthy Cooking" by Taste of Home. I am well within my healthy weight range, and if I told you I was trying to lose 6 or 8 stray pounds, you would laugh at me and ask me where those pounds might be (being 6' 1" has its advantages!). I take my vitamins, drink lots of water, and try to limit my coke and caffeine intake.

So why did I find myself in the emergency room two weeks ago, hooked up to an EKG machine, after having a very scary and very strange heart episode? Why did I have to go back to the hospital a few days later for an echocardiogram, and will be going in two days for a nuclear stress test, and also am now wearing a holter monitor to record any heart episodes I have in the meantime?

Good questions. I'm really ready for some answers.

I certainly never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be dealing with heart issues at this age. And because it is my heart that we are dealing with, my stress level over the whole situation is a bit more elevated than, say, if we were dealing with a broken pinky toe. And I'm quite sure that stress is not helping whatever this heart situation might be.

So I wait. And wait. And in the meantime, I ask for your prayers.

I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Perfect Gift

Today is my birthday, and here is one of the gifts I received:



As you can see, it is a purple and yellow seashell, trimmed in gold and lots of "diamonds." It opens up to look like this:


The card on this gift said, "To: Mommy, From: Benjamin and Hannah."


You may be asking why in the world am I blogging about a purple and yellow seashell. I'll tell you why. Because this is the first gift that I have ever received that was 100% shopped for and chosen by Benjamin. Mark said there were several other items that they looked at, some of which were Hannah's vote to be the purchased gift. But Benjamin insisted that this is what he wanted to give me for my birthday--after all, he was certain I would LOVE it.


And you know what? I do. Not because it is something I would have chosen for myself, but because my favorite little boy in the whole wide world chose it JUST FOR ME. This somewhat gaudy little seashell is representative of my firstborn child; the one I look at and say, "he DOES look like me!"; the one who loves on me and kisses on me all day long; the one who is growing up way too fast into such a sweet little boy.

This seashell will occupy a very special place on my dresser and will soon have a little note tucked inside, reminding me of when and why it now occupies a very special place in my heart.

Happy Birthday to me.

A New Look!

Don't you love getting a new outfit? I know I do!! The only thing that makes a new outfit better is when it's a bargain--my FAVORITE way to shop!

I really wanted a new look for my blog, but I did not want to shell out any money for it--seeing as how my commitment to my blog has been less than stellar as of late! Lucky for me, I went here and got this cute new template! Don't you love it? Go check out Matie Kay's blog if you are interested in a new look for yourself--she's got some cute stuff!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Out of the Blue

I'm determined to write SOMETHING! It's been over two months since I've been here--phooey! I love keeping up with my blog, but it seems like keeping up with everything else has been consuming my time as of late! I guess I need to SCHEDULE blogging into my life; otherwise, it may not happen! This will be a quickie, but maybe I can get back into things soon!

This week has been an overwhelming reminder of how quickly time flies, especially with these two precious bundles of energy called Benjamin and Hannah! This was their last week at their Children's Day Out program, and Tuesday they had their end of year program and the first ever preschool graduation. Benjamin, being in the 4 yr old class, was a part of the graduation, complete with little caps and gowns and everything! Seeing this little man of mine in a cap and gown was almost more than I could handle. He was so handsome, did everything he was supposed to do perfectly, and just made me so stinking proud! There were lots of tears involved with the program and graduation, but fortunately I could hide behind the video camera!

Not to be left out, Hannah was wonderful as well. Prior to the graduation part of the program, the 2, 3, & 4 year old classes sang several cute songs, and Hannah performed as any other stage queen would! She loves to be front and center when up on stage, and she does not disappoint! She sings and dances with the best of them. Her personality is bigger than life sometimes and never fails to make me laugh. Okay, well, sometimes it fails to make me laugh and instead makes me want to scream. But it's at those times that I tell myself that these character traits will serve her well one day.

I'm a single mom this week, with Mark out of town for a church conference, so this out-of-the-blue post must come to an end. I have two kiddos in the backyard, still in swimsuits, that need a bath so I can put them to bed...so I can go to bed! I'm tired! It's weeks like this that my respect for single parents goes up tremendously.

I hope to be back soon and can hopefully post some pictures of the big end of school program and graduation! Until then...