The MS Walk

Hello y’all. On May 5th, my mother, a friend who also has MS, and as many people as we can gather up are all going to be joining together to participate in the MS Walk. It’s a fundraiser aimed at using the money raised to find a cure for MS, so that hopefully one day, our loved ones will either be cured of this disease or never have to deal with it.
Our MS team is called the Keep Going Girls, and we have a goal to raise $5000. We don’t necessarily expect to raise that much, but we thought we’d set our sights higher than $200.
If you’d like to donate to our cause, please go here. If you’re in my neck of the woods, and are interested in joining in on the walk with us, you can also sign up through the same link.
If you are able, and so inclined, please consider helping us, and this cause out. Thank you so much!

Also, there’s been some question as to the security of donating to this site online, which I totally understand, so I checked it out, and you can too. The site is powered by Convio, which is apparently software that is aimed at helping online/email donations, and keeping them secure.

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Chinese Freeze Tag

Rules: “This my dear friends is a game called Chinese Freeze Tag. What are the rules, you wonder? Well then, allow me to explain. What you are about to read are ten – hopefully – interesting facts and/or habits of mine. After you are done reading you will find a list of ten people in no specific order. These are the names of the innocent bystanders whom I have tagged and thus drawn into this game. They will then be forced to write their own blog listing ten interesting facts about themselves, and also select another ten people to tag – No Tag Backs! Very simple, hopefully interesting. Now, sit back, relax, and be amazed.”

1. Occasionally, I will make and eat a peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwich.
2. I’m not sure which is weirder, the above or rice mixed with soy sauce, mayo, and nutritional yeast, which I eat quite often. (Yes, much to the chagrin of Allison, I like me plenty o’ mayonnaise.)
3. I still haven’t decided whether or not I’m going to home-school, public, or private school my kids.
4. I’m pretty sure Barbie Dolls are going to be completely banned from my house once my daughter arrives.
5. I once seriously considered modeling for a figure drawing class, but didn’t…and now that pregnancy has, ehem…”enhanced” my body, I never will… ;).
6. I do, however run through my house in the nude…sorry if you’re my neighbor… ha ha ha…
7. I would love to see a genuine, honest to goodness fashion show before I die.
8. I’d like to someday get a Phd. but only so I can wear the hood… (just kidding, about the hood part.)
9. If I could afford it, I would shop exclusively at the health food store (aside from farmers markets and fruit stands.)
10. My life is nothing like I imagined it would be (but I don’t remember what I imagined it would be, I just know it’s different.) And yes…most of the time, I’m very content with it.

So I was tagged for this by Stephanie and Jill. I’m not taking the time to actually create links, because…well I did that last time I tried to write this post, and I accidentally closed out of it, without saving…and well…just too much work. Anyways. Here goes: Hannah, Rebecca (How it Fits), Cherry (Eine Feisty Berg), Sandy (Maui Mama), Mrs. Flinger, Posh Mama (Living in His Mercy), Tee (Spilt Milk), Tonya (A Day in the Life of a Mama), Kelli Belly, and Sarah (Dreamdust). Have fun!

Drew Funnies

What Drew calls his Star Wars action figures: “Action Stinkers”
After Kevin explained to him that it was action figures, he said, “No, that’s a funny word. Action stinkers is a regli-er word.”

You know the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme song? NO?! (I’m sure some of you do…) at the end of the song, the lyrics are “Hero’s in a half shell. TURTLE POWER!” Well, Drew sings it, “Hero’s in action, (but that’s not the funny part) TURTLE TOES!”

Toot Toot!

So with my rather frustrating attempt at potty training Drew (which is now over and done with, and doesn’t seem that bad) we’ve decided to start early with Beau, however, we are being very lax about it, and kind of letting him lead us. More or less. He has showed interest in the potties for several months now, and we have been encouraging that. So when he expresses that he wants to sit on one or has to go, we oblige. We also ask him if he wants to go, when it’s obvious he needs to go, and if he says yes, we take him, and if he says no, we don’t push. We’ve had lots of successes, and some messes, and so on. I’m still planning on this taking awhile. So the other day, Kev and I were in the bathroom and Beau came in and announced he’d like to go. So we let him sit on his little potty. He sat down, promptly tooted a toot that appeared to propel him right off the seat and jumped up saying excitedly, “I did it!!” I wish I had a recording of his little voice saying that, it would be that much cuter, really. Needless to say, Kev and I burst out laughing, which was a good thing because we figure it’d only encourage him…but my oh, my…he’s such a funny little boy these days, toots and all.

Trust

In regards to the last post…
This one comes via my mom herself:

“TRUST IS NOT A PASSIVE STATE OF MIND. IT IS A VIGOROUS ACT OF THE SOUL BY WHICH WE CHOOSE TO LAY HOLD OF THE PROMISES OF GOD AND CLING TO THEM DESPITE THE ADVERSITY THAT AT TIMES SEEKS TO OVERWHELM US.”
– JERRY BRIDGES

It’s All Good, Despite the Poo…

This week I had one of those days that, as I told my sister, I wish would fall into the “Abyss of Days that I don’t Ever Want to Think About Again.” I’m not sure if this third trimester is just hitting me like a sledge hammer or if I’m dealing with what has seemed to be a monthly cycle of P.M.S. without the period, meaning I’m depressed, super tired, cranky and irrational. No matter what it is, my excuse is that I’m pregnant…things are bound to be a little wonky. Still, being pregnant wasn’t the only reason I wanted to throw that day in the pooper.
For one thing, I’ve been a bit sad, maybe even angry about some turmoil some blogger friends are experiencing, that I feel is just not fair, but uncontrollable. Thank the Lord, however, He is in control!
Then my mother got a call back from her neurologist with unsettling news. Apparently, her MRI showed that she has more lesions on her brain and a tumor on her pituitary gland. This also means that the medicine she has been taking now (and suffering the side effects of) is not working, and she will have to get on a new one. Thankfully the other medicine has very mild side effects, but has to be injected daily. This was news I didn’t want or need to hear, let alone my poor mother!
But there is good news. For that I am thankful, especially in the face of all this. My mom is not experiencing any symptoms from her MS right now at all. She has been steadily improving now for several weeks. She is seeing better, becoming more steady on her feet, and her happy, more carefree self seems to be making a return too. She even went snowboarding several times this winter, which is also a big triumph. I’ve also seen her grow a lot in her faith and relationship with God, which is probably one of the best things happening. So, as it stands, we are kind of in a “we reject that information” stance about the call from her neurologist. As my mom puts it, “I refuse to accept that I’m not going to get any better.” And I refuse to accept that she’s not going to get any better too!

Today I’m feeling much better and things are not seeming so dire as they were earlier in the week. We’re staying home, (we were going over to the other side of the mountains to check out some houses) and finishing a few house projects. Then next weekend it will be off to WARMTH, finally, for about 10 days to visit my FIL and his wife, and my sister and her hubby, so I’m really looking forward to that. We are capping off our vacation with a Mutemath show as well….(insert cheesy grin here.) Will try to blog as much as possible, but making no promises.