Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Other great ideas that I am going to file away if we ever have to get another van!
the family truckster
the circus mobile
the giant marshmallow
Friday, April 24, 2009
I am so proud of my dear husband for giving up his CRV - quite a trade for this beast, but I know he did it out of love for his big family!
The kids love it of course- it's like a new playroom, practically an addition on our house!
For those of you who are wondering...
No, we do not need to get a special license to drive this thing!
And no, we are not making it our mission to fill the entire thing up with children! :) Though Eldon is an awfully good little baby, once tempting us to ask, "what's ONE more?"
( hahaha just trying to scare my mom to death!)
So I need some help here- our van needs a name! Our SUV is Bubba, a name we once thought was fitting for such a huge vehicle. Now Bubba is the small vehicle! What kind of name is befitting this huge thing? Josh suggested "the Silver Bullet," but I think that name is much too cool for this ridiculous thing. In my head I keep calling it the big-a** van, but that is not appropriate to share with the children!
the beer can
Votes? other ideas?
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Josh and I were feeling extra ambitious in the morning (must have been the good coffee you left for us mom!) so we packed up all five kids for our very first outing together- first breakfast at Bob Evans, then to the children's museum in Indianapolis!
It was a fun afternoon, despite the busloads of other children at the museum, but the drive there and back was.... let's just say not so fun. Our wonderful SUV is technically a seven passenger vehicle, but I think car manufacturers are allowed to test these standards using dwarfs- and dwarfs with no car seat laws to follow! Just getting everyone in there was a workout in itself! Once they were squished in there like clowns in a volkswagen, getting along and staying in their own space seemed impossible.
So my husband is a thinking....
Thinking of giving up his last ounce of "cool" (his CRV) and buying one of these.....
Seriously, can you really see me driving this?
(Why do I suspect most people out there are going to say yes?)
Sunday, April 19, 2009
In all seriousness, we could not have made it through these 2 weeks without you mom! It has been an enormous blessing to have you here caring for us while we adjust to life with the newest little Cook. I have been pampered, spoiled, and well-fed. You did what I thought was impossible- made it possible for me, mommy of five, to get some rest (even during the day!) And all the while I got to enjoy a clean house and relatively clean children (you can only do so much with these kids!)
At this moment Marcus is calling for you from his playpen, and Lorraine is holding back her tears and snuggling Eldon for comfort. It was a tearful goodbye and we will miss you so very much. We thank God for you, for all you did for us, and most of all for the love you have for each one of us. Lord willing, we will see you again very soon!
Friday, April 17, 2009
So yesterday she was taken off this medicine and we are trying another one (lactimal). This one does not have the cognitive side effects, but we do have to watch her for a (very rare but very serious) rash. Because of the rash she will be put on it very very gradually.... so we should know in nine weeks if this medicine helps or not!
I am hoping to see her mentally come "back" here pretty soon... I miss her, if that makes any sense!
Please pray for Josh and I as we continue to research and try to figure out what is best for our little Aggie. Is there another approach we should be taking? Should we get a second opinion? Should we try the diet, consider surgery, send her for more tests? Are we just being impatient? We are considering a second opinion and may have her records reviewed by the specialists at the Mayo clinic in Minnesota.
So after a difficult week, we continue to hope and pray and fight for her. Meanwhile, I have been so blessed by the help of my mom who is staying through the weekend, and little Eldon has been nothing but a joy to us. Sometimes I look at him and think "If God can create such a perfect little person, surely He can help us through this trial with Aggie. Surely He can either defeat this foe for her, or bring an even greater good out of this trial for her and for us."
Thank you for praying with us.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
We celebrate the resurrection of our Lord today and thank God for his love for each of us, especially our littlest lambs.
Eldon was baptized into Christ this morning during the Easter service.
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name and you are mine."
Saturday, April 11, 2009
The three big kiddos came back at 330am this morning. It is SO good to see them!
They got to meet their baby brother in the middle of the night (of course we were up anyway!) and of course they had a hard time getting back to sleep after that!
A sweet moment between brothers.... Marcus actually snuggled this little guy for a whole two minutes yesterday!
Mommy and her baby boys!
Daddy and Eldon at the hospital
Eldon all ready to go home!
Nana and her boys at the hospital
Eldon and his grand-mommies!
Today was a very busy chaotic day with a house full of people. The kids are all glad to see each other. Marcus was so happy to have other kids to wrestle and play with today! He did have to get used to losing battles again- he has not really had to share any toys for a good week now. The big kids are swiftly putting him back in his place!
Eldon had a much better night last night and seems to be a very content baby.
Every now and then I think OH MY GOODNESS I have FIVE kids!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Marcus was happy to meet his new little brother. I think he was even more happy to share daddy's M&Ms with him at the hospital... AND climb on mommy's lap without getting kicked by the baby inside!
God has once again provided for our daily bread- I thank Him for providing kind and skilled nurses and docs, a great hospital, strong bodies to endure childbirth (mine and Eldon's!), the help of modern medicine, a wonderful husband and father of our five sweet babies, and friends and family to share in our great joy today. I am again amazed at His skillful work in the creation of another new little person- and awed that He has called me to play a part.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
It is great to finally have you here grandma! I am glad these posts didn't scare you away!
Now we are just waiting for baby. The past 2 nights I have had contractions that wake me up every hour or so, worse each night, but still not really labor. (I hear I am not that easy to sleep next to these days either.) It is SO NICE to have the 'finish line' in sight- tomorrow morning at this time we will FINALLY be doing something productive to get this baby here!
The room is ready, we are ready, and Marcus is ready.... well we hope so. He is rather lost with his siblings gone, but he enjoys having all of this strange baby furniture to play with!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
That's it, really. Do whatever it takes to keep the parrots and cat out of the way while you help your house recover from this week's chaos.
You will also receive a playful St. Bernard in the mail today.
He will be of great help to you while you clean- he finds and consumes every old piece of food on the floor, in the couch cushions, in every corner of the house. While you enjoy his help, don't forget to prevent him from eating non-food items such as bird feathers, small toys, shoes, and insects.
Oh, and his big tail will certainly knock over every fragile knick-nack you have below waist level in your house- he will help you learn to put all important, breakable things as close to the ceiling as possible at all times.
By the way, the dog's name is Marcus!
Something to keep you going today: brotherly love!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
With the exception of Aggie, the kids generally like to start the day off slowly- with some TV, some chocolate milk, and lots of snuggles under a blanket (the softer the better!) This also gives mommy some time to blink the crusties out of my eyes and drink my first cup of coffee.
Of course snuggles may turn into wrestling matches.... and lately there is often a fight over who gets to sit by mommy first (my lap has been off limits for a couple months now), but these conflicts will be much easier to work out when you are here too! We can divide five between the two of us without a problem!
We can't wait to SNUGGLE our Nana!!!!