Monthly Archives: December 2006


CelebrationsChristmas 2006 found us very busy with lots of ways to celebrate. Here are some highlights, of which you can see some of the photos in my collage.

One thing we love to do is go to Celebration, FL. This is a very significant place for Jason and I, as that is where Jason asked me to marry him. 🙂 And now we have enjoyed going there each year for their Christmas celebrations. A cute, tranquil small-town with fake snow, a Christmas train, and Santa.

Something else we did, that I would love to be able to do every year, was see the Epcot Candlelight Processional. A mass choir, joined by a 50-piece live orchestra and a celebrity narrator (we had Kirk Cameron), tell the story of Christmas in words and music, in an amazing performance. I was moved to tears as I heard Kirk Cameron share briefly his story of being agnostic to trusting in Jesus as his Savior! I am so thankful and prayerful that God used it to show others more of who He is!

Both of my brothers and my niece, Alyx, came to visit just before Christmas. Scott took us to see the Ice Exhibit at Gaylord Palms. It was fabulous! Absolutely amazing what they make out of ice (the wreath in the collage is one of many exhibits)! And of course, Natalie and Nicholas had a blast playing with Alyx and their Uncles.

We also enjoyed a visit from Gram and Pop (Jason’s parents). That was fun, too. We enjoyed our time with them, the kids especially had fun.

And one of my favorite things about Christmas, was being with Jason, Natalie, and Nicholas on Christmas Eve and Day. I can’t explain in words how much they mean to me. And to be with them at our church on Christmas Eve, singing Carols and reflecting on Jesus, brought so much joy to my heart! Sweet Natalie held her own candle this year. To see her and Nick’s faces glowing in that light was so precious.

I hope you had a great Christmas celebration this year. And at the very least, that you were able to focus on the Greatest Celebration of all – the birth of Jesus!


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If I only Had a Brain

Good news!

brainTurns out I do have a brain! Yea!

I got my results back earlier this week and my MRI was clear. No problems!

So, that is good. However, they still don’t know what might be causing my vision problems. The problems aren’t as bad the past few days. It mostly just seems a little blurry on letters and some other stuff. Kind of like when you get tears to your eyes and you’re looking around and everything is kind of blurry. Well, that is how it is sometimes for me (without the tears. Although I have had a few of those through this past week of craziness!).

wizard of oz 2Well, thinking of my brain. I was reminded of one of my favorite movies while growing up, “The Wizard of OZ”.

I looked up the words to the “If I only had a Brain” and it is quite funny:

I could wile away the hours
Conferrin’ with the flowers
Consultin’ with the rain
And my head I’d be scratchin’
While my thoughts were busy hatchin’
If I only had a brain…

I would not be just a nuffin’
My head all full of stuffin’
My heart all full of pain
I would dance and be merry
Life would be a ding-a-derry
If I only had a brain

Question – do we want life to be a ding-a-derry?!!

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Tired and Waiting

blurredI passed the one test on Thursday for my vision problems. However, the Dr. then had me do a MRI, of which I had on Saturday. He is concerned that maybe my Pituitary Gland is swollen and pressing on my Optic Nerve (since I have Thyroid issues).

So, the MRI was a fun experience! (Not!)

They recommended that I take a valium since I was going to be in the tube for so long (lovely). I agreed not just because of my length in that tube but because part of the way through, I was going to have an IV with Dye (which I hate IVs or any needles)!

Well, as Jason says, my body is where remedies go to die. And that was the case with the valium! I was hoping to be all loopey and carefree and tired and, well, you get the picture. However, NO GO! It didn’t take! I was well aware of what was happening. Especially when they pulled me out to do my IV and it didn’t take either! (Ouch!) So, they switched to my other arm and stuck me back in. Problem is, that cushion that my head was resting on now felt like a couple of big Rocks! I laid there wanting to move my head or readjust or something, but the tech informed me that I couldn’t move at all or I would have to redo everything! Yikes!

All that to say, I made it through.

Now I just need to make it through the waiting.

I don’t know about you, but my mind sure has a way of runnig off in craziness! I can go through all the scenarios, especially the worse. I guess it is my way of trying to prepare myself for whatever may come. But I am trying to relax about it now. Afterall, I have until probably Wed before I know anything.

one armed kiddosAlso, did you hear about Nicholas? Well, he touched the hot stove and burned his hand last night. That’s right. Now both our kids are one-armed! He is doing great. However, he is not a fan of getting the bandage changed.

So, I don’t know what is going on around our house lately. But, it’s just plain CRAZINESS!


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Making Sure we get our Full use of Health Benefits

That’s right…we are making sure we get our full use of Health Benefits in this year!


Went to the Dr. Monday for Nicholas because he is still sick with this cough/cold thing.

Went to the Orthopedic yesterday for Natalie so they could x-ray her arm again and recast it. Thankfully it is healing just fine! She did not like them taking her cast off and putting another one on at all!!! She should be in this one until Dec. 26th!

And I went to the Opthamologist yesterday because I had this weird episode with my eyes on Saturday Night. Apparently I had an Ocular Migraine. Part of my vision got real blurry and I got dizzy. So, I had a dialation test done yesterday and they want me to go back Thursday for another test.

So, the only one yet to go to a Dr would be Jason. The only reason he may have to go would be to see a Psychiatrist after dealing with all of us this week! 🙂

cartoon This made me laugh!

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10 Years

calendarsWhy does it take me 10 years to recover from a trip!

That is what it feels like right now.

It seems like I just can’t get any thing in order. Now granted, this trip was probably harder on me than most. Considering Natalie broke her arm and we came back sick. So, that did not set us up for success in adapting back to life.

Yet, it still frustrates me and exhausts me when I think of all that needs to be done to get back on track. Grocery shopping, making a list for the grocery shopping, knowing what meals I want to make and have the energy to make in order to make the list so that I can go grocery shopping. Putting the groceries away once I have been shopping (what I need to do right now). Then, there is the laundry, unpacking the suitcases so I can even know what is dirty to do the laundry, and after that, there is putting away the laundry (again what I need to do right now)! From there, I have things that need to be done in my work life, stuff to get ready for Christmas, referree the kids before they hurt each other, help Natalie more than normal since she is working with one less arm, etc.

And oh, how I would love to relax! I am trying to make time for that, but then when I make time for that, then something goes undone and things start to pile up more!

So, 10 years! That is how long it seems it will take me to get my head above water. For now, I guess I’ll just take it one day at a time.


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