Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas and other goings on

Our family had a wonderful Christmas this year.

We spent several days in Augusta catching up with family and friends, then were home by Christmas eve, did our Christmas morning "traditions" (2 years in a row classifies it as a tradition, right?) and opened gifts. Then, we ate lunch with our dear friends. It was a great Christmas.
Air travel with a wiggly 14 month old is no laughing matter. Stickers were a lifesaver.
Silly Faces
Christmas Eve
A few hours after Christmas lunch, our train derailed.

Isaac started coughing so hard his face would turn red. He spiked a temperature. His nose was pouring mucus. Fast forward to next day at the pediatricians office. He's still coughing, still draining, still feverish. Flu swab was negative (We vaccinate. The end.), but we were sent home with a prescription for Tamiflu and instructions to start the medicine if Isaac's fever climbed higher. We were already planning a trip to Meme & Pa's house to celebrate Christmas with them, so we packed up our Tylenol, Motrin, humidifier, and bulb syringe and drove to Houston that afternoon. By the time we reached Houston, Isaac's fever was even higher, and despite having a negative flu swab, I followed our pedi's orders and started him on Tamiflu. Fast forward a few more days and my poor kiddo is still coughing, still snotty, still running fevers. What's worse? His tummy does not agree with the Tamiflu and he throws up multiple times after taking it. He was not getting better, so back to the doctor we went. Let me stop and mention how thankful I am that my pediatrician's office is open on Saturday & Sunday. Side note over. Our second trip to the pediatrician revealed a new problem: bilateral ear infections, a secondary bug from the "flu" (or other random upper respiratory virus) he had a few days earlier. Poor kiddo can't catch a break.

Thankfully, some antibiotics and a bubble bath have got us back on the road to recovery.

In other news,

Someone learned to stick his tongue out.

And someone else won their fantasy league!!!! #booyeah

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound in hope
-Romans 15:13

Friday, December 6, 2013

And then this happened...

And there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Just kidding.

But I AM really bummed. Sure, the weather in DFW right now is treacherous and the thought of running in frigid temperatures through ice and snow for a couple of hours doesn't sound too appealing, but I am still really disappointed.

I didn't spend all this time training and ruining pedicures for nothing!

So I'm off to Google to find myself another race.

Or maybe I'll just run around my neighborhood 13.1 times.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Family Devotionals for Advent

Today is the start of Advent! Growing up, our family never really participated in Advent. We didn't get the calendars with the chocolate or give little gifts. It just wasn't our thang. But, this year, Jordan and I are excited to share the season of Advent with Isaac. It's a great way to orient our minds and hearts on the true meaning of Christmas-- the birth of Christ!

Here are a few free devotionals that you can read along with your family this Christmas season. There are some daily reading devotionals, some weekly reading devotionals, and a calendar of activities with correlating scripture passages to read.

Maybe you and your family don't typically celebrate Advent or have a time of family worship. Can I encourage you to choose a devotional to read together each day? This is a perfect time to start a family tradition of gathering to read God's Word. Parents, don't be afraid to lead your children in family worship- it can be a beautifully sweet time together! 

Daily Readings:
     Looking Forward to Christmas (Denison)

     Good News of Great Joy (Piper)

Weekly Readings:
     Lifeway Week One: Faith 

     Lifeway Week Two: Prepare

     Lifeway Week Three: Joy!

     Lifeway Week Four: Love

     Lifeway Week Five: Christ

Activity Calendar (Voskamp)
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