Home Infusions!

We started giving Blondie his infusions at home just over a week ago!

What a blessing…

First we had to take some training in the city. It took a bit of arranging to make that happen because the training took place 3 hours from our home, but we figured that out, and in the end everything there went so well that I was able to start to give Blondie his infusions at the hospital in our home town. This arrangement let me get more practice under supervision which sped up the process of getting to do the infusions at home. Well that went smoothly and now we are doing them at home.

What a blessing

While this obviously doesn’t mean we’ll never have to go do the hospital again (far from it), it certainly is freeing to not have to plan to go in twice a week. It is also a blessing because it’s less stressful for him and it doesn’t have to be as a big of a deal.

The journey we have been on since Blondie was diagnosed with hemophilia has been a difficult one, but I can look back and see how God has been walking with us step by step. He is faithful.

There was a song we sang growing up that expresses my praise to God for His faithfulness. It is based on Psalms 89:1,5,8.

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever,
I will sing, I will sing.
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever,
I will sing the mercies of the LORD.
With my mouth will I make known
your faithfulness your faithfulness;
With my mouth will I make known
your faithfulness to all generations.
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever,
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD.

Robots

Turning 30 wasn’t a big deal, but having a 6-year-old in the house makes me wonder where the last 6 years have gone…

This years theme was robots. We made robot antennas, and robot party favors.
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We had an impressive robot pinata, courtesy of my mom, who even took a swing at it herself.IMG_4718IMG_4728IMG_4733IMG_4741

And we topped it all off with a robot cake. IMG_4662 IMG_4695IMG_4696IMG_4592Buddy, I love being your mom, and I haven’t stopped thanking God for blessing us with you. You remind me about what is important, and challenge me to be a better person. The way you love others continually reminds me of how God calls us to love our neighbors, and I can see how God has used you to bless those around you.

Happy Birthday, Buddy! We love you!

He Is Risen!

He Is Risen INDEED!

Praise the Lord for Resurrection Sunday!

I also praise my Lord and Savior for Good Friday, for it were not for that day we could not celebrate the empty tomb.

Easter fills my spirit with hope. Despite the trials we have gone through, my confidence in God has never wavered. I have often wondered at the peace people have found through tragedy, but have never questioned God’s sovereignty. Deep in my soul, I have always been sure that no. matter. what. God is still God and He is GOOD. I also know that I will NEVER fully understand His ways, but the freedom I have in knowing He is in control gives me a peace that I cannot explain, yet I know I can trust.

My heart is filled with anticipation this Resurrection Sunday. I pray that you too may know Him as your Savior this Easter.

God Bless!

Our Easter Scavenger Hunt
We actually did two scavenger hunts. One which I gave a link for last April which takes the kids through the different events leading up to the crucifixion and ending with the empty tomb, and then a hunt for chocolate!

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Easter Bread (a.k.a Paska)IMG_4559

March

Buddy. Whenever we drive anywhere, you ask how many more towns there are until we reach our destination, and then you proceed to pay attention to how many towns we pass. On our more familiar routes, you have the towns memorized and know when we are getting close. This month we finally had some really nice weather and after a few days of such weather we woke up to snow. Buddy, your response was very Canadian, “Oh, now we have to wait another year”. You poor thing. Trust me, Buddy, spring. is. coming. even though the calendar was wrong about it again this year, it will come eventually…

Blondie. My heart just melts when I think of you. You have been through so much these last few months. Every once in a while I get a glimpse of how you are seeing things and are trying to deal with this new normal, and I wish I could make everything better. But over and over we have seen how good God is, how He answers prayer, and is always with us, and for that I am so thankful. You have blessed and encouraged me in so many ways as you keep thinking of others and keep asking to pray for those around you. Another thing that is so evident is how you and Buddy are two peas in a pod. Neither one of you knows what to do with yourselves if the other is away. If your Dad is ever going somewhere and plans on taking someone, I beg him to take both of you or neither of you.

Happy. Happy. Happy. Happy. Joy personified. You are not just sweet like sugar, but sweet like ooey, gooey, sticky caramel that once it’s on you, it’s everywhere. You are my side-kick. Your broom is now stored in the closet with my broom. You have your own kitchen cloth at the sink. You know how much soap to put in the washing machine. Whatever I am doing, you are right beside me trying to do the same. It’s like looking in a mirror. You are more fun than I know what to do with, but you are such good medicine for me. One cannot stay upset long if you are around…

Button. You are rolling everywhere. You are also nearly getting up on your hands and knees. FOOD! You love food! There is nothing I have tried to feed you that you haven’t liked. If we dare try to have a meal without you, you yell at us until we give you something to eat. My highlight this month was when I was playing peek-a-boo with you in the car and you started laughing hysterically. In the past, I had seen videos of babies laughing like crazy at the silliest things and I always wanted a baby that laughed like that. Well, when you started laughing like that you made. my. day. little girl.

More than a week

It would probably be most accurate to say that the stress has been building for months now. Ever since we learned of Blondie’s hemophilia. Sometimes I noticed the stress getting to me, other times I could brush it off and think it wasn’t real.

Well, it’s real and it’s getting to me.

Last week I came across a post entitled, ‘a week defeated’ by Hannah at A Quiver Full Blog. It was just what I needed to hear.

This is where I have been finding myself lately. If only it was just a week…

Well, it’s been longer than that.

I have been believing lies, and it’s a joy-less place to find yourself in.

But, I don’t have to stay there. And I’m working at taking back the joy and life that has been stolen from me.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10

 

Tobogganing

We hardly got out at all this winter to go tobogganing, but we finally made it out one cold day this month.

Buddy didn’t slow down once. He raced up and down the hill.
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Blondie isn’t convinced tobogganing is his thing yet, so he hung out with me for a bit. The jury’s still out on that one…
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Like I said, he was running up the hill. He was beat by the time we were done.IMG_4289

 

I think Happy only came for the hot chocolate.

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Button is just about as happy as Happy, and I’m pretty sure she can’t wait ’till it’s her turn to go down the hill.
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Yes, they all went down together..IMG_4293IMG_4279