June 7, 2016



We have surgery scheduled for 12:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Advantage - Don't have to wake up at the crack of dawn
Disadvantage - Big man doesn't get to eat after midnight.  Only water or apple juice.

He says, "I'll NEVER survive."  Pray for a full belly.

B will be under anesthesia for about 3 1/2 hours.   He's never had issues with it and he's been under way longer before so we are praying that continues.
I'm actually starting to feel so anxious that I might ask them to hook me up too!  :)

I wish I could explain how the Lord has been faithfully reminding me to stay calm.  I have failed miserably 99.9% of the time thus far, but I do sense Him saying, "Calm down.  I got this."
There is an expected (I may be the only one in my family to agree with this) level of concern and caution when trying to keep them healthy and away from anything that might hinder this surgical process.  SOOOOOO much time and money has been invested and I don't want to screw it up.   Yes, I occassionally move from cautious to CODE RED but its all out of good intentions.  I'm convinced, however, the Lord has a sense of humor and has reminded me I can't put them in a hamster ball. (Unless, of course, someone has one I can borrow.)

When I sit back and think of some of the things that I've said or that the kids have done over the past 3 days I have to laugh.  I want to cry.......but I'll laugh.  These are just a few.....

"Stop biting her hand!"
"Don't lick your hands, for the love of all creation!!!"
"Stop fighting or you'll get hit by a car!!"
"What in the......Why in the world are there random grapes smashed in the bottom of this bag?!?!?"
"Mom, we've already walked 47,000 miles!!!!" (not true - he was off by a good 1000)
"Stop eating cereal off the floor!!"
"Aubrey, leave the garbage cans alone!!!"
"Bauer, why are you  trying to eat leaves off the tree?!?!?"
Bauer was inches away from stepping right on a DEAD SQUIRREL!!  A DEAD SQUIRREL!!  Why is there a dead squirrel on the one path we are taking!?!?!?!
I heard a giant thump thinking the roof had caved in and  Aubrey had fallen off the bed!! Are we on a ship in a hurricane?? Did I miss something???  Why are people rolling off of beds??
"Dad, don't push me in the river!" - is that really something that needs to be feared???
"Bauer, quit climbing on the child impaling equipment!!!?  Exhibit A.....

And poor Aubrey's ear drum ruptured before we left Florida and she can't here "a dump truck drivig through a nitroglycerin plant!" (for those of you who know the quote.....you're welcome. :) ) She seriously is having a hard time hearing.  Please, pray the fluid in her ears dries up.

     What people may think we're feeling about it all...  

       How we really feel............

Keep the prayers coming.  LOL!

My dad arrived today and he treated us all to dinner.  Super Awesome!   Bauer decided he wanted lasagna before surgery day so off to Italy we went!
Our waitress brought his food and said, "Buddy, if you finish all of this I'll give you all my tips from the night"  Everyone's eyes at the table shot open and we all said, "Uh ma'am.....you may not want to make that bet."  Hahaha!!  Of course, we didn't see her the rest of the night.

I really have to give a shout out to my Aubrey Cakes.  This girl has been rolling with the punches!

We were able to get in a run today too!  Later, Bauer says, "This was a pretty good day." :)  Yep!

Thank you all again.  Your comments, texts, etc.  have been so encouraging.  I honestly think the only reason I haven't completely lost it is because I know we are covered in prayer.
Thank you!

Much Love!


Flat and Happy!

One of the most difficult parts of staying in a hotel room is not having a kitchen.  We usually find some well-priced eats close by.  There's a bagel/muffin breakfast included downstairs but if you know my kids......it might as well be 2 Cheerios.  They devour it as a starter.  Lol!  
Busy Bees breakfast diner just across the street was fantastic.  Our table looked like we were prepping for winter hibernation and wouldn't see the light of day for a couple months. Look..... I can't help it they serve all pancakes on separate plates. Space issues. Lol!  

Later we ran into an area that I think is suppose to be a state park.  I assume this based only on a random man in ranger uniform not on the scenery or wildlife.  Lol!  We did see turtles but I wasn't convicned they were actually alive.  

We tried geocaching but once Bauer picked up an old nasty lighter covered in reasons for antibitocs I was DONE!   After wiping our hands, face, ears, knees, and any other skin exposed to the recent wilderness wonders of Slime Park we took off to a nearby playground.   2nd round was much much much better.   We set up a few American Ninja Warrior courses (both kids won their division - :) )  , fed the birds our snacks, and watched a woman hang what looked like underwear from the swing equipment.  Odd.  We tried to stay upwind.  

"See, Dr. Mulliken, what had happened was........"

A quick ice cream stop and we headed home.

Anytime we travel more than a couple of miles we always take the pack mule!!  AKA....the double stroller.  We call her Natasha - (the reason why is a whole different story - Lol)  It helps tremendously when we have too much to carry or when both kids decide their legs won't work any more. It has taken us to more places than I can name and has never complained.......until today. Natasha was FLAT!!  I can't blame her!!  140 lbs of child and random travel supplies would make a buffalo surrender!  No worries though. Quick trip to the bike shop and we're back on the road!  

Should find out exact surgical times this afternoon.  

Much love!



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