Saturday

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Took these snap shots with my panorama setting on my phone.

Breakfast, Kinect play time, movie surfing, dancing & ring-around-the-rosie with Samson. But Rob got tired of the last part, so the kids took over. We are one kid short this morning. She stayed at grandma’s for the night. Continuing, but still not done with spring cleaning as you can see. Crate is in the middle of the living room, because we (I) are running on neutral. Trying to get it into drive so I can finish up and move on about my day. But watching the sideshow going on is slowing traffic 😉

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Jeremiah- Little guys can do big things too!

We recently had an experience which gave us a powerful testimony within our family and I just had to share with you all. Jeremiah was hospitalized, unexpectedly to us, mid last week. He is now home and we give all glory to God! We knew that Jeremiah was more than a conqueror. Knowing that we knew that his healing was not to be the only victory, but that He would leave an anointing on the whole unit he was in and on others! Just like his favorite bible character, David, lil guys can do big things too!


I transcribed the details of this by email to our family and friends…

Saturday Morning 12/04/2010:
I just wanted to update you all who didn’t know… As of Thursday 12/02/10 Jeremiah has been admitted to the hospital due to what doctors call Croup. It’s a respiratory condition that can affect young children and has caused him to have an awful sounding cough and breathing issues. 
He started with the distinct cough Wednesday night. The next afternoon we brought him to the ER when he got a 104.5 fever and struggled breathing normally. He is now in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Kaiser Bellflower. His condition improved overall from when he initially came in, but with it being a respiratory condition his stats fluctuate throughout the day.
We are thankful for and taking full advantage of all care & procedures available to him. However, we know his full healing as well as our faith are in Our Mighty God & great Physician. He will come out of this whole & strong. This sickness in not allowed to remain in his body! Greater is he that created life and is in Jeremiah, than any sickness in this world! 
He will be evaluated for release today. Please join your faith with us not only for his release, but for full healing and correction when when get him home and care for him there.
 

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UPDATE Saturday Afternoon 12/04/2010:
The doctor gave me the news that they may have found something in Jeremiah’s blood culture and will confirm later in the day. I come against this in JESUS NAME! 

UPDATE Saturday Evening 12/04/2010:

The lab confirmed a bacteria was found in Jeremiah’s blood stream through a blood culture. They say it came back as Staphylococcus. For that he would need to be treated IN the hospital for an additional 10 days. Also this bacteria usually causes complications such as Sepsis which is a condition that can cause organ dysfunction and other serious respiratory issues. The Blood Infection Specialist ordered re-test. They ran second tests to confirm or check for contaminate as this is very serious. The test will take 24-48 hours to determine results. We expect to hear word late Sunday. The Dr. explained that the possibility that this is a contaminate (a false result at first reading) is rare when this specific bacteria is found as it hardly ever came up accidentally.
 

UPDATE Sunday Afternoon 12/05/2010:Earlier than expected the Dr. came and said his cultures came back NEGATIVE for BACTERIA as we had claimed and believed for. “It’s rare, but I guess in this case it was” – Doctor
 

Jeremiah was released Sunday 12/05/2010!!!! My Jesus is real and Alive today!!!!

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When this whole ordeal began, it seemed to be the results of a cold maybe flu that we were dealing with. Then the symptoms and diagnosis seemed to be coming back worse and worse. Then unexpectedly a wild card diagnosis. Yet, from beginning and while going thru, we stood on the word and our faith and claimed what we knew. We also had many others believing and joining their faith with us. We knew that as it worsened it just meant that this was a miracle that was going to glorify God in the end and prove his power. We feel blessed to have so many, including a God believing family, who supported us in faith, not only concern. And we are grateful to not only know of Jesus, but know him. And as he has shown, to know Jesus is to live in victory, bear rights as his children, have access to his power, and to be a supply to others even in trying times. He sent his word, we just received it and held on to it that he be glorified and these things turn around for our good and ultimately that it would result in the strengthening of the faith of others!

 

I love you all! Thank You for all your love, support and prayers. YOU AND I WALK IN VICTORY BECAUSE WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERERS and HEIRS TO HIS THROWN!

 

JEREMIAH, ROBERT, PRISCILLA, LESSEYA, MAKILA & SAMSON

Artsy Fartsy

In the past two days I have gotten to get in touch with a side of myself that was dusty and rusty. In lieu of the “alternative fall activities” at the kids school and our upcoming event at church,  there has been a lot of artsy things going on.

Today I took advantage of my husbands latest disposition and got the chance to help out in Makaila’s class. It was pumpkin carving with the Kindergartners and it was actually a really good time! A quick side story… Makaila and another girl in our group went girly and got icky about gutting our pumpkin. So this really petite, adorable little boy steps up and says in a Mr. Cool type of voice, “Let the Man handle this. I’ll take care of it.” And then he sort of flicked his head back as to move his shiny hair from his brow and dug right in. Gosh, kids are hilarious!

Anywho.. I was pleasantly surprised to know that our activity was educationally motivated. There were predictions and estimating. Oh, and did you know why farmers leave about a 3 inch stem on the pumpkin? Well, I do…because it keeps it from growing moldy longer. Bam–You learn something new everyday! The scientific pumpkin carving affair lasted only about an hour so it was butcher paper Indian-vest-making for me (Novembers project). Carving, playing with slime, tracing and cutting…. no wonder kids have such a carefree outlook on life. I need to do it more often!

Additionally, with the upcoming Trunk or Treat Festival that our church is holding I’ve gotten to paint and do a few more hands on activities that I have not partaken in in a long while. It’s simple kiddy art but has been so much fun and more therapeutic than I thought it would have been. Between that and playing around with costume paint ideas I’m in art mode! Of course, I have to come up with appealing & creative ways to project information on a regular basis, but this carefree side of imaginative projects has inspired me greatly!

These are some faux-wood signs for our festival. 
A section of a sign I am still working on.
Some makeup looks we were playing around with.
Used what we had on hand so this is all “regular” face makeup.
This was our first, quick, dry run at an Avatar look.
Got the right supplies today and anxious to try it again.

And a couple of random breaks in between…
 

Jerm rocking out. 

Keeping himself busy and proud of his “creation”… his bed nook he made all by himself  😉

A lil sugar

Jeramiah and I decided to baked a cake the other day for the “others” before they got home. Inspired by Jeremiah’s sweet acts of kindness (“Show a little love” post) and all that sugar he was laying on mama, we made a red velvet cake in the shape of none other than a heart, of course! We used mix straight out of the box… nothing spectacular. But we had a really nice time doing it together and it was a fun experience for the lil dude. Who knows… maybe a lil’ Chef one day like his Daddy?

School Picture Day Preview

The kid’s came home with a familiar blue and white paper. It is one that I have seen too frequently over the last few years. A school picture order form. 
I’ve ordered the traditional school pictures every year. (Sometimes twice a year!) Of course… how can I NOT buy every school picture of my growing babies! No brainer, right proud Mommys? 
Well after considering the bland, studio-background, stiff posed picture packages that I have sitting in the back of file cabinets and under mounds of un-filed papers in cluttered drawers….I decided it was time to switch it up this year. 
With cooperation from the kids, we decided to pass on school portraits and decided to have a fun, humble, personal, lil’ photoshoot of our own. We used a local library as our location. The kids ended up having lots of fun and it turned out to be a memorable experience for all of us. 
Here is a sneak peek for now, however, this one is my favorite of all of them!

Show a little love

So I was working at my desk and lil “Jerm” ran up and gave me a quick squeeze, smooch on the arm, & then went back to playing!

I just melt when he does sweet things like that out of the blue. 🙂

That totally changed the course of my day! I forsee cake baking and extra special play time. Give someone a hug today, it means more than you know. Happy Wednesday!

Stop it some more!

From time to time Jeremiah gets into his mischievous modes and creates all kinds of new messes. Of course initial reactions use to consist of obvious, long sighs and a few grunts. However, I discovered that with each new “uh-oh”, and with each new child for that matter, I am finding every accident more and  more adorable.

I am fortunate in that my kids pretty much know what should and shouldn’t be gotten in to and refrain from it. Although, I have a suspicion that Jeremiah may be a bit of an adrenaline junky and likes to get “caught”. Why? Because anytime he is going to get into something or has already got into something, He says really loudly,
“Maaaa-maaa…” and then acts really surprised and caught off guard when I discover him.

Yea… real subtle, kid! Kinda like, “Stop it some more!”

Recently, he played Indian Chief with my concealer. Today was lotion bath. Here are a couple hammed up pics of the aftermath.

You see that? See the fulfillment in his eyes?

Maybe my more frequent response of, “Jeremiaaaaah? — Hold on! Let mommy get her camera!” is not the best message sent, but I cant help myself. I may need to rethink my contribution to his growing addiction.