Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I'll take it where I can get it

I saw the awesome Dr Vick last week. It was time for my yearly check up and I was so pleased to realize that while I have been in and out of every other doctors office in the past year, his was not one of them. I scored big hugs as well as a wagging finger regarding my weight. I take that as a fair trade off. I got a phone call today regarding my results of his tests and everything is a-okay. Nothing scary lurking in the shadows. Mind you, I have no parts for Dr Vick to do much of anything with but still I'll take it as a health victory. These days, they are few and far between so I'll take it.

Isaiah is back from his Houston trip and isn't the same boy that boarded that bus at 4am to leave. He is even sweeter than he was before and I've gotten more hugs and love than I have in a really long time. He prepared food for the homeless, helped underprivileged kids at a sports camp, and cleaned up an old run down church. He had a blast doing all of it. I have seen him spending quiet time in his room reading his Bible. Him and Arissa got into a spat and he responded biblically, even though she kept spouting hurtful words at him.

Certainly not the Isaiah that left for Houston.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Catch Up Pictures

Arissa Comes Home from DC:
Helicopter Escort
Cruiser Escort
Getting off the bus

Yeah! I'm Home!!

Arissa and BFF Alexis
Arissa's Awards Ceremony and 4th Grade Graduation:

Getting her medal from the principle

Mommy and Daughter

Arissa's BFF (Alexis) and Steven (I love this pic of them)

Arissa and her awesome teacher. She made Arissa feel right at home
from the very first day at her new school. We are so thankful.

Isaiah and Arissa
Family photo

Arissa and her awards
There aren't many pics of Isaiah because apparently turning 13 makes you too cool to have your picture taken.

Here We Go...

So I said I'd let you know when my biopsy would be. It was June 2nd. I've already seen the surgeon, been told I have several active ulcers in my stomach and began another round of medicine. He feels confident this round will kill the bacteria and allow my stomach to heal. Ulcers eat holes in your stomach. It doesn't take a medical professional to know that situation is in no way, shape, form or fashion a good one.

Arissa went to DC and has returned. She loved every minute of it. She saw all the sights and brought home some of Obama's grass (that she pulled from his yard by sticking her hands through the fence). She liked Arlington and the changing of the guard the best. Their homecoming was quite the sight to see. Police helicopters circling overhead. Several cops cars with lights and sirens leading them in. Entrance ramps to the interstate closed so all the buses were sure to arrive at the same time. It gave me chill bumps knowing my girl was part of that!

Isaiah is off to Houston. Arissa and I dropped him off at 4am Saturday morning. Since the week is about serving and learning, cell phones aren't permitted. I haven't talked to him. To be honest, I'm trying really hard not to think about him. If I think about him then I worry. Is he eating enough? Scared? Lonely? Brushing his teeth? Changing his underwear? But worrying won't change anything. He is 18 hours away and there is nothing I can do from here. So I wait and count the days until he comes home.

Steven and I are doing well. We waited and trusted about the situation I spoke of previously and everything worked out just fine. God is good!

I now have a Chrysler Town & Country minivan. I never thought I'd have a van but I LOVE it. Arissa is super excited about it. Isaiah will be thrilled when he gets home (we got it Saturday after he'd already left).

I have lots of pictures to share and I'll do that in separate posts.

I'll try not to take so long to update next time!