Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Day For the Girls

Today I am taking Ren shopping while the boys do their own thing. I think it's about time for some mommy and Ren time and that Daddy spend some time with Hunter.
You know what the weird thing is, is that when the kids are together and we are out, it's a constant "Don't do this, and dont touch that". But, when it's just one on one, they couldnt be any better. Weird. But I'll take it.
Ren and Hunter have both been feeling pretty good. Ren is still on her antibiotic (omnicef) for a cough that she was getting about a week ago. Just keeping up the treatments with both and they seem fine.
Right now as I am typing this, the kiddos are playing hockey in the house. I don't get upset because they are pretty good about not breaking anything...LOL
Daddy still sleeping as it is his morning to sleep in. We rotate Saturdays to sleep in and how I wish this morning was mine. We stayed up kinda late, well, really late last night but it was so nice to spend some time with him. Made us feel "young" again that we made it past 10. :)
I am thankful that the sun is shining and that God has blessed us all with another beautiful day to be alive. Let's make it a good one!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Marriage: Thru The Good Times And Bad

Today marks the day that Brandon and I started dating 10 years ago. We have been married for 6.
We have been through hell and back in our marriage a couple of times. Almost lost each other a couple of times. But God made sure that whatever obstacle we were going through at the time, we stuck it out. Wasn't always pretty that's for sure.
Having Hunter up at the hospital at 3 months old and not knowing what was going on, then right into surgery, and then staying in for 2 weeks, until he was finally diagnosed with CF. We had no idea what it was or what we had to do. At that point, Hunter was put on the meds he needed to be on and has only been admitted 2 times since then. That's a blessing in itself.
Then came Ren. She was a tough one. She came early by c-section. I went thru hell with complications after that. Then, still with staples in me, we were up at Childrens with her at 2 weeks old being admitted. Now, I'm sorry, but no one knows pain unless they have to lay in a hospital chair with staples in their abdomen for 2 weeks. But...I did it and I would do it again for her. And 5 more times that first year for Ren, she was up in the hospital.
During those first 3 months of her life, nothing worked. Meds...nothing. She was always backed up. No sleep from the pain she was in. Constant vomitting. Couldnt go anywhere or do anything. Sometimes I just wanted to go outside for some fresh air and I couldnt. I will tell everyone, I NEVER want to relive those first 3 months again. It put a damper on my relationship with Brandon. We were just "living" together. Everything was about Hunter and especially Ren. We fought. Bad. We got to a point where something needed to change. We were living in a two bedroom apartment at the time. It was hard. Kids would see us fight. We were just extremely exhausted from no sleep and hospital stays and missed each other.
Fast forward 3 years and we are going strong by the grace of God. We would not be together today if it wasnt for God. I can promise you that. I need Brandon so much in my life and I love my husband with all my heart.
People always think that after they get married, it's going to be peaches and cream, smoothe sailing. And maybe for some it is, but for the majority it just doesnt happen that way. If you don't enter a marriage based on a strong foundation, trust, love, and honesty, I dont know how marriages would last otherwise. Being married is challenging a lot of times.
Lives change within a marriage, lives change when you have kids. Lives DEFINATELY change when you have kids with a condition.
But what shouldn't change or get lost is the relationship a husband and wife have. Need to stick together through the good AND the bad times. Trust in God.

I Love You Hubby of Mine With All My Heart. Happy 10th Anniversary!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Cystic Fibrosis

Suck It Up and Think Positive

I've just really been in this "ugh" mode lately. I've been really tired today, barely motivated to do anything. But... I do anyways. I find the energy that I know the Lord can only give me. I have to get the house cleaned, I have to feed the kids, do laundry, treatments with the kids, bathe kids, then feed them again. Very exhausting I may add, more so this morning than any other morning. I tell you the truth...I told myself "Suck it up". I'm a mom, wife, and everything else and I don't have time to do the "wose me".
So, feeling better, having a positive outlook now and moving on.
The weekend went great. Had a blast at my parents house on Saturday. It was funny because my mom and dad are in such good shape, that when my mom wanted us to walk to this park with the kiddos, I was like, "Sure, no problem". Oh My Gosh. My legs were killing about half way there. It was kinda funny actually. My mom pulling the kiddos in the wagon now (both weighing a total of 116 pounds) and me barely making it. In the end, it was a really great day.
We have hockey practice tonight and looking so forward to that. The kids are so excited. I am so grateful that we found the coach we did for private lessons. The price he charges for both kids and all the extras he gives the kiddos, is unbelievable. This man has a heart. He's not in it for the money but only to give kids what they are searching for in hockey and helping them.
Maybe I see it more with him because he has a medical condition, and it seems to me that people that have certain ailments tend to have a softer heart. They, as well as I know, that every day needs to be given it's best. Live everyday and love everyone to the most. Very fortunate we are.