Thursday, January 31, 2008

My entertaining Kids---

So, Isaac shows up in the doorway of my office dressed like this:

He states that he is a Prince man here to save the Fairy Princess...."Oh Fairy Princess!!!!", He calls out!

And Bibidibobidiboo! There she is!
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Isaac is Sick...with Double Pneumonia!

And yes...I can spell pneumonia! lol.

We took Isaac to the immediate care clinic tonight because he has been sick for forever (Beginning of December). We thought that he had just a really bad cold. He started vomiting on Sunday, but seemed to keep most things down. And he was running a fever. Monday, he seemed to be doing a little better, so we thought. Today, he wakes up sick again...coughing uncontrollably, and just can't seem to keep his eyes open! Brian was at work, and I had no way to get him to the dr's. So, we took him in tonight. DrMiller looked at us like...yes..this is serious. Full Left Lung...partial filled right. No admittance to the hospital, as she is worried that he will get more illnesses there. (If you didn't remember, Isaac has an immune disorder that causes him to catch everything...thus the pneumonia!)

So, we are hoping to catch him now. Hoping that this will work. Otherwise, he will be admitted with isolation. EEks! That would be all sorts of fun for a 3 year old huh??? He is on some really beefed up inhaler, another beefed up oral steroid, and a zpac. Hopefully one of those will knock it out. If nothing else, it is providing Isaac with LOTS of energy!!!!!!!! lol.

Thanks for your prayers---oh and in case any one cares...DR MILLER IS ENGAGED!!! I was so stinking excited about this! She was just bubbling over telling us all about it. Have I ever told anyone how much we love that woman???
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The Deer Are Cold...

This picture was on Mike Prangley's Blog...aka our weather man. I just thought I would share it for those of you who are not avid weather blog readers hahahahahaha....
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My shoes....

When I first read this poem called, "Ugly Shoes", it really made me feel like others in this world feel the same as I do. But then I got convicted...Others in this WORLD do feel the same as I. I am wrong. This poem is entitled ugly shoes, but I don't exactly think of them as ugly. I just think of them as shoes. They are creating me into a woman instead of a girl. And, as long as I allow God to fill these shoes with me, they could NOT be ugly shoes. Maybe to the world, but not me..

I know that a lot of other women I know share these shoes. They may not look the same as mine. They may be green, pink, or white... while mine are a lovely shade of gray rain color. Be inspired to make your shoes not ugly. Be inspired to turn your pain into something beautiful. I am inspired...I don't want ugly shoes.

I am wearing a pair of shoes.
They are ugly shoes.
Uncomfortable shoes.
I hate my shoes.
Each day I wear them, and each day I wish I had another pair.
Some days my shoes hurt so bad that I do not think I can take another step.
Yet, I continue to wear them.
I get funny looks wearing these shoes.
They are looks of sympathy.
I can tell in other's eyes that they are glad they are my shoes and not
They never talk about my shoes.
To learn how awful my shoes are might make them uncomfortable.
To truly understand these shoes you must walk in them.
But, once you put them on, you can never take them off.
I now realize that I am not the only one who wears these shoes.
There are many pairs in this world.
Some women are like me and ache daily as they try to walk in them.
Some have learned how to walk in them so that they don't hurt quite so
Some have worn the shoes so long that days will go by before they think
about how much they hurt.
No woman deserves to wear these shoes.
Yet, because of these shoes I am a stronger woman.
These shoes have given me the strength to face anything.
They have made me who I am.
I will forever walk in the shoes of a woman who has lost a child.
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Monday, January 28, 2008

Not really anything to say...

Nothing new news...

Life seems to be standing still in the Shaw house. And that is fine by me. Kinda liking these very quiet days. Lots of work with Abbie and Isaac. I have been really working hard on getting Abs caught up on her school since she is a little behind on her grade level...not her age level, but if she wants to stay one grade ahead (which she desperately does) I am going to have to stay on top of the school. We are taking about 4 hours a day to school now. Add that in with any time I spend for just Isaac, housecleaning, taking care of my big boy, and just fills me. I am enjoying this filling feeling. lol...

Waiting to see where God is leading. Praying for His provisions. As of right now, it doesn't appear that we will make it passed the first few weeks in Feb, but He will provide. As soon as taxes and Brian's new job pays (both scheduled for the end of Feb) we will be doing great. Until VERY lean, but that is ok. We will make it just fine!

I guess that covers it. Oh...and still praying for that washer! lol
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Friday, January 25, 2008

Prayers For Wisdom...

In December, Brian was hired by a nationwide company that supplies maintenance and cleaning teams for industrial companies. He was hired as a supervisor. Looked to be a decent job. Right before Christmas, we learned that they were going to loose the account that Brian would be in charge of. They wanted him to relocate to Evansville instead. Too far away for us. So, Brian left it with them that if they were able to keep the other account in Indianapolis, to let him know.

So, today, a month later...they call. We have just gotten comfortable at this church. We have a plan for selling the house and getting out of debt...we were even thinking of putting Abbie in the Christian school at the church. Finally feeling rooted and grounded in something of a normal family. Only thing missing is...a job.

Now, they want him in Indy. Start immediately. But, it is a 2 hr drive. So, he would have to stay there through the week until we sell the house. That would cost more money. As would the gas. And, it would be nearly impossible to finish the house to sell it. As of this moment, we are thinking that Brian will take it, just until he is able to get something a little closer, or at least pay more in Indianapolis. With the cost of housing hirer in Indy, we would probably need just a little more than what he would make there. So, pray for wisdom. This really threw us for a loop! lol
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Happy Wedding Day...

I am making a digital scrapbook for Brian for Valentine's Day. Looking back on all those pictures really makes me miss how innocent and naive things were back then. Missing being young, and not knowing about the real world. Brian and I seem like such kids in these photos!
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Looking Back

I came across this photo of Abbie today...I miss this little girl. :(
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

My girl is becoming girly...

Oh my Abbie is showing signs of truly being a little girl. She has always had little boys to be her friend, so her girliness has been stifled some. I have noticed since we started at our new church though, Abbie is really thriving in girl land. She is proud that she is in a girls class. She loves singing her songs. And, she has a little admirer. All the other boys in her life, she has known since birth/infancy...they were like brothers to her. Now, she is noticing that there are BOYS! lol. There is this one little boy in her class who has made a VERY big point to call her by name and walk with her (and us) in the hallways. I watched my sweet little girl as this HORRIBLE ( ok really adorable..) little boy named Brock, approached my daughter and said, "Hi Abbie." Using that very soft puppy love kind of voice. I watched Abbie change her face color from her normal pale to a VERY bright pink. Then...I heard her voice as she was talking to him in the hallway, go from a normal bubbly Abbie voice, to a sweet soft hush voice. YIKES! It really is cute, but totally not being encouraged! Brock will be a friend just like everyone else...I am just really enjoying seeing this soft feminine side of Abbie. The girl who can put most boys her age to the ground and look at them with sweat in her face and say, "Do you give up?" For some reason, I am not thinking that I will see her this way with Brock! lol.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Wash...

So, my life has been pretty full lately. I have taken a lot of the bill stuff back, and trying desperately to be a good housewife. I have spent lots of hours trying to figure out how to get something for nothing lately. For those of you that coupon, you know that this is a job in and of itself sometimes! To add to the lovely chaos of our lives, we have been with out a washer for 4 weeks now. At first we thought that we would just go to the laundry that is not an option. Do you know how expensive it is to go to the laundry??? Try 10-15 a week! We are scrapping together money just for Brian to go to work...the laundry mat is a luxury that I can not afford. So, are you curious how I am doing my laundry???

The old fashioned way! Well, sort of. I put 1/2 loads in at a time in the washer. I let the tub fill up and then agitate. Then the washer drains. This is the extent of its working. Once it drains, it leaves this lovely tub full of soaking wet clothes. It is then my job to hand rinse each one, and wring them out. Then I dry them in the dryer for 140 min. Yes, you read that right...140 min. Maybe I really stink at wringing them! Or, maybe my dryer is tired too. Because the room in the back is not heated, my hands are freezing by the time that I am done. So, I decided to start wearing thick rubber gloves. This also helps me get a better grip on the clothes to wring them! Also, I learned that if you fold the clothes in 1/2 you can get a better amount out. And, learned that no matter how hard you try, you can not wring anything with that windsuit material. Just doesnt happen.

So..that is a tidbit in the life of this Pioneer woman HAHAHAHA... Please pray that God provides me with a new washer. And probably a dryer too, since it will not make it too much longer with 140 min bouts!
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And Isaac turns 3...

How could that be? 3...Really??? I mean...that is over 1000 days that my little guy has been in my life! Wowsers. Need to pay better attention to the time. Something that has always been a weakness of mine, time management.

So, Isaac had a GREAT day. I overheard him telling his cousin, "This is my favorite day of my whole life!" Kudos go to Nana for planning a wonderful party!

We were blessed with a special treat of Chuck E Cheese, and were even provided with the gas money to get there. It was wonderful. Here are some pictures of the favorite day in the life of Isaac Shaw...his 3rd Birthday!

This is one with his cousin S...

And this is of Tiege and Isaac playing with Samson and Goliath. Unfortunately, I think that Samson got a little abuse from Goliath...Guess it was because his hair was cut!
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Tuesdays are weigh in days here. Down again...and took measurements today too.

Starting Weight: 142
Current Weight: 128
Goal Weight: 120

Starting Waist: 33 inches
Current Waist: 30 inches
Goal Waist: 27 inches

Starting Hips: 39 inches
Current Hips: 37.5 inches
Goal Hips: 36 inches

It is coming!!!! Yipppppeeeeee!!!!!!
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Monday, January 14, 2008

I am so selfish....

For some reason, I can not get this link to actually work, but hopefully you can just copy and paste it.

I feel overwhelmed. I live in such a little bowl...never looking at the world outside mine. These children are so many ways. I am burdened in so many ways also. Can't even describe it. Please add the orphans of our world to your prayers each day. I am afraid that is something that this Christian has forgotten...Ashamedly.
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Sunday, January 13, 2008

GPS systems...

So we visited a new church today. The pastor was talking about how the Bible is our GPS system. Very common type of analogy for sure. BUT, he got all excited when he learned that you can now choose a celebrity voice for your GPS (global positioning system...just in case you did not know! ;)) He said that he thought it would be awesome if the GPS had Mr T's voice on it. He said that he thought that it should say, "Turn Right Fool!" LOL! I have a feeling that I will be using this quite a bit now. When Brian is doing something stupid...or me for that matter...I will be saying, "Stop doing that Fool!" With the Mr. T accent and all. So...Fools Be Ware.
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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Please Pray for Yana and Olya...

These two sweet girls are 7 year old twins. They need to be adopted!!! They recently came to stay with a family here in Indiana and the family declined to adopt them, sending them back to Ukraine. They really do not have very many options and are living in an orphanage right now. Please pray that God will open the doors for them to find their forever family. And that they will be allowed to stay together. Every child deserves a mother and father....
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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Isaac...or Batman????

UUUMMMMM.....Isaac for sure! Batman is cooler. :P
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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Adding Mine...

Sorry, I dont have a dorky highschool picture on file right now. Not to be misinformed---I have plenty of DORKY pictures, just not any on the I will add in the less dorky little wee pictures...I, of course, am the blond in the first picture and the middle one in the second.
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What a Goof...

Just felt like sharing my hubby with the world! I came across the files of his high school pictures, and thought that everyone that reads this crazy thing might get a kick out of them too! Does anyone else notice how serious he looks?? Has he changed? lol!
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Got the text box bigger! Yippeeee! Now, since it is 1:05am, I will go to bed. NIGHT!
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She's still working on me...

Tis' the song that this blog is singing tonight. I have been trapped in this house for 7 days now (minus my few trips to CVS) and I thought what better time to play with the blog. I actually figured out how to do the HTML codes some, and finally moved away from the general template! WOW! Now, if I could only figure out how to make text box and I will be happy.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Ooopps There Goes Another One....

Lb that is...Down 3 more this week! YIPPPPEEEEEEE!!!!

So, here are the numbers again.

Starting Weight:142 Current Weight: 129 Goal Weight: 120

Measure in with figures next week.
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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Boy...I have a lot to Reflect on.

But for safety issues...not going to do it all here.

I can say that the past 7 years have been a huge roller coaster ride. There were times that felt like the ride was going 0-60 in 6 seconds. There were times that it felt that we were riding the "Beasty" with lovely little bumps. Then, there were times that we were at the top of the hill, not able to look down and see what was ahead, and then all of a sudden, God was holding us in the air in an impossible position. (At least seemed impossible to us) There were times that it felt like we were going to crash right into the attendant at a whopping speed of 100mph! There were times that we were upside down with our eyes closed...trying hard not to pee our pants. And there were times that we squealed with glee for the JOY that we discovered as we served other people! Times like these were watching a child get saved, a man recover from drug addiction, an entire family coming to the Lord...Babies being daughter got saved and baptized! There were plenty of squeals! And plenty of slams and scares. Plenty of leaps of faith...

It has been a grand ride. But one that I am also glad to be now stepping off of. We will willingly jump on another one as soon as God shows us which one, but for now...our feet are on the ground. And I am going to eat some Elephant Ears lol!

This Picture was taken exactly 1 week before we took New Hope!
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