at the doctor’s
Apr
12

at the doctor’s

I went to the doctor yesterday.  I don’t really do that, go to the doctor I mean.  I’m more of a “I’m just gonna wait out this cold/cough/congestion thing.  I’m sure it’ll pass soon.” kind of girl.  For the most part, that has worked out pretty well.  But I also have high blood pressure (maybe more on that later :/ and I needed a refill on my meds.  Did you know they won’t just hand you medication at the pharmacy, even if you tell them you REALLY DO NEED IT!!  So, I made my appointment and went.

The doctor was surprised I hadn’t had a “wellness” exam in like three years.  (oops!)  So they made me pee in a cup (as well as a few other equally dignified procedures).

Here are the things I find funny about peeing in a cup:

  • Is it weird that this cup had the same kind of lid as one of those disposable coffee cups?  You know, the kind with the flip up lid for when you want to take a sip.  Why?  What would I need that for?
  • I never know how to hold a “specimen container.”  Do I hold it like a regular cup?  Like I’m going to take a drink?  Again, not helping with the flip up lid.
  • I love the picture of Groucho Marx bossing around the scientist with the microscope :)  And of course he’s a scientist; he has a microscope.
  • Also, is the “8 oz. Capacity” label really necessary?  Really?  Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve never even come close to maxing out one of those cups.
Okay, all in all, I think everything went well yesterday.  Got my wellness exam (aka let the lady in the white coat get SUPER friendly with you), I peed in the cup, and got a refill on my prescription.
When I left the doctor’s office, I started to think about how good medical care is readily available to my family and I when we need it.  That’s not the case in much of the world.  Sometimes I get stuck in my bubble and forget that so many people go without things that I truly take for granted.  I can honestly say that I’m not worried about what would happen if one of us got sick or even if one of the kids fell and broke a bone.  We would just go in and get it taken care of, no brainer.  Not every parent has this luxury.  I’m not sure what to do about that, how to help.  I know there are many many organizations working to help people with even basic necessities all around the world.  Maybe for me, it starts with being aware, and remembering to be thankful.
There are tons of places in the Bible that talk about God’s heart towards those in need, those who don’t have a voice.  They are close to his heart and He calls us to reach out and care for them, to love on them in His name.  I need to pray about what that looks like in my life.  What about you?
free lensing
Apr
02

free lensing

A couple weeks ago I posted about Branden and I going to a leadership conference in Tucson, AZ.  It was such a huge blessing to go and learn about the book of Joshua and godly leadership!  Here was our group, all 27 of us!

Right before we left, a photographer friend of mine had told me about something called “free lensing.”  I had never tried it before, but it basically mimics a type of lens called a tilt shift lens.  If you’ve never heard of them, they’re really cool; you can find more info on them here.  When you free lens, one small portion of the image is in focus while the rest of it is blurred. It’s always fun to try new things with photography, keep things fresh and interesting!  I’m definitely going to be using this technique more! Here are some of my favorites from the trip!

My awesome cousin and some of our group grabbing a bite after one of the evening sessions:

The hubster :)

I love this picture of these sweet gals.  Seriously, free lensing is so cool!

The lunch table – I really like these blue rimmed glasses!

 A blessing to worship with Mr. Evan Wickham!

Anytime Branden and/or I take a trip away from the boys, we bring along a toy for each of them and take pictures wherever we go.  Here is Night Crawl (Silas’ dog) and Simeon (a little creature Ethan made for me out of a pipe cleaner and wiggly eyes :)  We took pictures of them wherever we went that week, including this one at the donut shop on our way out of town, such good morning sunshine!

And last but not least, this image of a really cool rest stop on the road trip back!  Seriously, it was made up of forts!  The boys would have loved that!

So free lensing…my new favorite photography obsession :) So cool!

we love each other right?
Mar
18

we love each other right?

Last week Branden and I were super blessed to be able to go to a leadership conference.  We went with the pastors and staff of our church as well as some (like Branden and me) who get to lead or oversee a ministry.  All in all, there were 27 of us, a pretty big group!  The conference was awesome, going through the book of Joshua in the Bible and teaching about what godly leadership looks like.  Here’s the group we took!

And it was good to get away, just the hubs and I without the boys.  We needed a breather (and so did our kiddos)  Ever have a season like that, where maybe a change of scenery is a good idea?  Yeah, us too.  Silas had been having a rough couple of weeks and it seemed like it was a daily struggle just to have things be normal around here (and that’s saying something, since “normal” includes ninja time 24/7!)  Things had been so difficult, I contemplated not going at all.  After praying about it though, it was the right decision to go and I’m glad!

The boys stayed with my parents for the week (aka Lolo and Lola).  The day we dropped them off, we met my mom and loaded her car with car seats and luggage and toys.  We buckled the boys in and started saying our goodbyes.  Ethan was fine, no tears, no sadness (I guess that’s a good thing?)  Silas on the other hand, had been crying all day thinking about us being apart for a week.  After buckling him into his seat, I leaned in to give him a hug and say goodbye.

“I miss you already, but you’re going to have a great time,” I was assuring us both.  “We’ll call each other every day!”

I could see the tears welling up in his eyes again.

“We’ll send pictures and videos back and forth.  You’re gonna do tons of fun things with Lolo and Lola!”  I was trying to sound excited, but it was too much for him.  All of a sudden he burst into tears!

“WE LOVE EACH OTHER, RIGHT MOM?!”

“What?”  That definitely caught me off guard!

“IF WE LOVE EACH OTHER, WHY CAN’T WE BE TOGETHER?!”

Now the waterworks were in full effect.  He just kept crying, “WE LOVE EACH OTHER, RIGHT?”

Branden, seeing the need to intervene, gently pulled me away and started to shut the car door.  Once closed, I thought, “surely that’s the end of that.”  I was wrong.

Silas started to pound on the glass!  His muffled voice shouting, “WE LOVE EACH OTHER!  WHY CAN’T WE BE TOGETHER?!”

My mom started to drive, Silas weeping his eyes out as he looked back through the window.  It was like a scene from a movie!  Branden and I got into the car.  “Are you okay?” he asked.

“No!  I hate this!”  I just kept hearing him yell, “WE LOVE EACH OTHER RIGHT?  WHY CAN’T WE BE TOGETHER?!”

The rest of our night was pretty quiet.  The next day we started the 16 hour drive to the conference in Tucson.  We did talk to the boys every day, sent pictures and all that goodness.  I’m happy to report that they did great (of course) and they had a blast with my parents.  The drama factor died down as the week went on, which meant Branden and I could enjoy our time away and focus on the conference.  It was a great trip, but I am glad to be home with these ninjas!  Now, to get back into the swing of things, you know – school, chores, ministry, playing with Transformers :)

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