Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lots Going On

We have been going non-stop around here-- but it's all good.
Last Thursday I was out pulling weeds in the backyard while the kids played.  I pulled up an earthworm tangled in the roots of a big weed and screamed because I was not expecting it.  Julia ran over to take it to our planter box and Nolan ran over to check it out. 
He tripped and fell face first into the planter box.
Fearing a broken nose, we went to Urgent Care to get x-rays.  
Too bad the x-ray machine was down.  The doctor said Nolan would be okay and if we wanted to come back the next day we could.  Yes, I want to come back I thought.
Friday morning I took him back for x-rays.  A few of the kids sat in the van (cool and breezy day)with Rachel and listened to music.  I thought we would be in and out and completely forgot about the battery draining.
Finally, Nolan had the x-rays done.  The doctor who initially gave them a quick look over said that it wasn't broken.  I still asked for a CD of the x-rays to show the cranial facial team.
When we went back to the van, the battery was dead. 
I still had to run to Costco, so I was feeling pressed for time.
I was able to find a nice gentleman who had jumper cables.
Hallelujah-- God answered my prayer I was saying over and over in my head.
In no time we were on our way. 
Sunday morning we got a call that indeed Nolan fractured his nose according to the radiologist's report.   
I began calling the head nurse at the cranial facial team and after three days of no return calls, I  scheduled Nolan to see the plastic surgeon outside of the team visit.  I just don't think it should wait. They didn't sound too concerned, but thankfully they will seem him within two weeks.
Back to Friday.
John took four of the kids to a minor league baseball game.
They all had a good time.
And on Saturday John took a handful of kids to a charity event to handout beverages to the runners.
After the run was over, they danced the Cha-Cha slide.
This past weekend was Caleb's prom.  Yes, he went alone, and had a fantastic time with friends. 
 Such a handsome young man!

Did I mention that Caleb was accepted into the Honor's program at the college he is attending?
Way to go Cay!
This week the kids have been state testing.  We are told that it doesn't count, but that the kids need to try their best.  What?  Thank you common core.  All the testing was done on computers this year, and each of the kids came to me sharing how ridiculous the test was.  They said the questions did not make sense at all.
A few more kids still have to test on Friday-- it will be interesting to hear what they think.

What is even more ridiculous than common core state testing is learning that the psychologist at the charter school thinks that Paul needs to take his speech evaluation in his native language.  Let's forget that he has been in America for almost four years and I speak more Russian than he does, but they are having trouble finding someone who speaks Russian-- or is it Ukrainian-- to test him?
Is this a stall tactic?  She insists that this is the law, yet I have not encountered this issue with any of my other children who receive speech services.
Let's just say I am speechless.
A few of us are doing something really special.  It may not seem very special to most, but it is very near and dear to our hearts.  It has been blessing our socks off, that I think it is time to share.
We have been visiting a small senior assisted living home where five amazing elderly people live.
Julia had been asking for quite some time, and we began making calls to different homes a few weeks ago.  Thinking we would visit one of the bigger retirement homes, we were saddened to learn that the administrators seem not to care.  Julia and Galina actually went to one senior home to speak directly to the activities coordinator in hopes that they would see how serious the girls were.
On their way out, there was one elderly woman sitting in a wheel chair wearing a beautiful, sparkly pair of shoes.
Julia said, "What beautiful shoes you have!"
The old woman looked surprised and said, "What?  These old things?"
Julia said, "Yes, they are very nice shoes."
The old woman said, "I need to get rid of them.  I keep waiting for my granddaughter to come and take me shoe shopping.  She keeps promising but I keep waiting."
Hunched over in her wheel chair, this old woman seemed so lonely.

We never did get a return call from that one senior home, but we found the one that we are visiting three times a week, and like I said before, it has been a huge blessing for us.

There is Meredith, Colleen, Smokey, Raymond, and Cal.  They are each special in their own way. 
Meredith likes to do puzzles.  Colleen likes to watch golf.  She used to be a beauty operator.  Smokey used to be a firefighter.  Raymond loves classical music.  Cal is a gentle soul.
The caretakers are wonderful too.
We have learned so much about each of them in just a handful of visits because they have so much to say.  They say they look forward to our visits.  They say we make their day when we visit.
In reality, we look forward to the visit just as much if not more.  Today we took them cinnamon rolls.  Andrew showed them magic tricks.  The kids played the piano and sang songs.
Tomorrow, we are going to go and make them dinner.  We are planning a movie night too.
So why do I share?
I share because the need is great.
There are elderly... many of them, widows... all around us.
They are sitting, cooped up in their room, longing for someone to talk to.
They often pass the day doing the same thing they did the day before and the day before that.
It would mean the world to them if they got a surprise visitor!
Lastly, I have some exciting news!
We received our travel dates.
John and I will be meeting our new daughter on my birthday!
Praise the Lord! 


  1. Hi! Good luck on your journey to see your daughter. I go outside my insurance panel of physicians for my children who need medical treatment if I can see a specialist faster than waiting for a referral or office visit to one on the panel. I try to pay cash and receive a discount sometimes. Good luck, Pat

  2. Caleb is very handsome and seems to be just a great guy. It's interest how things vary around the country for prom. Here all the boys rent the tuxes and a vest the color of their dates' dress, or they just pick a color if they don't have a date.

  3. I loved reading that you are visiting that home. I work in a nursing home and I can tell you that we so appreciate our volunteers. They mean so much to our residents. Thanks for making a difference!

  4. Wow! You do have a lot going on! So happy to hear that you have a date for your trip.

  5. So exciting that you have travel dates! You guys have been very busy, but I guess that's to be expected with kids the age they are. :) Hope Nolan heals up fast. Of all the bones to break, the nose seems to be one of the easier ones, since it doesn't move a lot.

  6. My head is spinning just trying to keep up with what you are actually doing. Thank you for being such an inspiration to others.
    Our Ukrainian community is grieving as a beautiful young lady fights for her life after a tragic car accident. Maybe your children would pray for Solo and her family. Her cousin is a personal friend of ours.
    How exciting it must be to prepare for another meeting! Prayers for you and your sweet new daughter.

  7. You have an awesome ministry opportunity with your child & the senior home. So many are 'forgotten' when placed in homes like that. I'm glad you & your kids are willing to bring a smile to the elder. Best wishes. Who plays piano in your family?

  8. ouch Nolan! So sorry! praying for speedy healing!
    You are doing great with your kids. I always love to see how they are growing and maturing!
    Can't wait to hear about your travels!
    Hope to see you this summer if we can connect in between!

  9. Caleb look awesome - did he and Taylar break up?

  10. Many of you have been asking about Caleb and Taylar. With finals, graduation, paying for tuition, and going into college, Caleb wants to focus on his education.

  11. Your family continues to inspire me and mine :)

  12. Those school district people are ignoramuses! They clearly do not understand (have they paused a moment to consider?) the difference between children who still speak their native language and those who are changing languages. Sheesh! That ought to be amusing, though.


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