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Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
We would like to invite you and your child to participate in our Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE.) Your child has been identified using a series of assessment tools. We use the Exercise in Divergent Thinking and the Exercise in Divergent Feeling tests and we look at STAR test results for students that score in the advanced level in English/Language Arts, Math or Science. We are confident that your child will benefit from participating in our multi-level program...and on and on it goes.
So, it appears that Sarah is very smart, just as we suspected of course! I want to find out what these "divergent thinking and feeling tests" are though...I went to college and I have no earthly idea of what that even remotely means! I was involved in GATE when I went to school and I remember loving the language/English side of things, but since I was mathematically challenged they kicked me out of the program. It seems unfair, but it sounds like they have changed things since then and hopefully Sarah will love it. She excels in all subjects, (lucky her), so I'm sure she will do fine. She gets to go on an all day field trip up to HSU for special workshops in Math, Science and Language Arts in November. She's thrilled about it and can't wait to do the dry ice experiments class. Who knows, we could have a future scientist on our hands!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
We also got the large Zen bowl the pumpkin is sitting in (see post below), at the sale.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
One of the recipes I've been wanting to try is her Blackberry Buckle. She used to make it for us when we were kids and we loved it. Her farm had loads of blackberries growing on it, and we kids used to go pick bucket fulls so we could have cobbler. I made the recipe the other day and it was delicious and brought back good memories. Here is the recipe:
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sarah, "Take my picture and put it on your blog mom." Sarah modeling her new coat and rhinestone bracelet Grandpa and Grandma bought her.
Grandpa and Justin having some cuddle time.
Monday, October 20, 2008
1. Finish my art degree. (I'm half way there already.) I've had this dream since high school when I fell in love with art. I've dabbled in various mediums for years, but have decided to go with graphic design. There are several reasons for this: Firstly, I can do this career from home, so I can still be with the kids. Secondly, I can do work via the Internet so I can go out side of the area for jobs.
2. Buy a home. This is contingent on the economy of course, but with God all things are possible! I've always had a dream to buy a home, but it seems that as time goes on that desire gets stronger. I moved so much growing up and never really felt like I had a permanent home. I want my kids to have that security. I also want to have a home where people can come hang out and feel God's love.
3. Get my health up to speed. I've come a long way on this one, but I've got a ways to go. My pregnancy with Justin was a rough high risk one and it's taken me a while to fully recover health wise. I had a heart surgery this year to correct an arrhythmia I had suffered from since I was 13. It has changed my life in a great many ways for the better! I've been able to get my thyroid up to speed which has increased my quality of life so much. My health is better over all, but I'm not where I want to be yet. Someday I hope to write a book about my health journey, but that one is more than 3 years away!
4. Last but not least, and most importantly, realize what God has for me next and step into it. I've been feeling for a while that God has a new season coming for me. The past few years have been full of a lot of changes for us as a family with Ron going through school, graduating, starting a career, etc. These years have been a long season of waiting. I think I had been on the mountain top for so long spiritually that coming back down to the valley wasn't what I wanted or expected. After all, it's supposed to keep getting better and better, right? Anyway, I don't know exactly what God has in store, but I'm sensing it's going to be something that will challenge my faith, (in a good way), and take me into a new, fresh season.
Friday, October 17, 2008
1. I was born in San Francisco on October 17, 1971
2. I moved about 12 times growing up and have lived in 4 states: California, Oregon, Colorado and Washington D.C.
3. I used to live only a few miles from Disney Land
4. I've been to the Grand Canyon when I was a teenager
5. I played the flute in school
6. I was a model for my uncle's paintings when I was a kid
7. I used to spend summers on my Grandparent's farm in Oregon
8. I met Jesus when I was 4
9. I went to an inner city performing arts high school and graduated in 1990
10. I've worked in church ministry off and on since I was 16
11. I've been to Mexico twice on mission's trips
12. I went to Kauai when I was in high school
13. I learned French in middle school and Spanish in college
14. I was a dance instructor in my 20's
15. I've led several dance troupes
16. I graduated from Bible School
17. I married Ron in 1995
18. I was a youth pastor
19. I graduated from College of the Redwoods with 2 Associate Degrees
20. Ron and I helped create and manage a coffee shop
21. I've had 2 kids, (Sarah in 1998 and Justin in 2006 without pain meds)
22. I have 3 babies in heaven
23. I’ve had an amniocentesis (with Sarah)
24. I had post partum depression
25. I've had 2 major surgeries
26. I've had and recovered from several chronic illnesses
27. I'm an artist and have recently become a mosaic artist
28. I've recently become a children's clothing designer
29. I've created and painted stage props for professional productions
30. I've been published in a local publication
31. I had a used on line book store
32. I've done professional alterations
33. I've made 6 quilts
34. I've done art shows locally
35. I've been to England and Scotland twice
36. I've been to Canada
37. I've lived 37 whole years!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Elizabeth with her beautiful quilt
Mandy and Jonah
Cute girls hanging out on the porch
Larissa signing the quilt for Elizabeth
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Today the kids and I joined our friends the Csehs and the Rickstrews for a group garage sale, it was so much fun! I forgot to bring my camera - oops! so there aren't any pics from the event, but one of my friends is going to send me some, so I'll add them when I get them. I've never done a group garage sale before this one and I have to say that I've been missing out. The great thing about the sale was that we got great deals on one an other's stuff. I got Justin some cute clothes and a toy truck, Ron a pair of Birkenstock, a vintage radio, and some glass beads all for $10 - now that's a deal!
A friend of mine came to the sale later on in the day and we headed over to the annual Fire and Light sale where Ron was working for the day. I'll have to post some pics of these dishes, they're so gorgeous. Ron gets paid in merchandise, (at a fraction of what it's sold for), and it's the only way we can afford to get it. This year we're adding the dinner set.
All in all it was a really fun day...great because it was spent with friends. Next weekend we're doing another group garage sale fundraiser to raise money for a family who lost their house in a fire. Hopefully I'll be able to get rid of the stuff I didn't sell in this sale. It feels really good to get rid of the things we don't need, down sizing rocks!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Walking along the trail
Justin and Isaac reclining in the ivy
Working hard at eating berries
Our cool cat companion chilling out by some graffiti
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Add to this the fact that we don't have the funds to get them fixed for a few weeks....so I have laundry hanging all over the house and I'm bailing water out of the dish washer and kitchen sink every day....what are the chances?? It's starting to become humorous to be honest, and a bit ridiculous I have to admit. I keep thinking, now what else could break at any minute? Please, not the clothes washer God....or the cars! I know I'll look back and this will be really funny at some point in time, but at the moment I feel like I'm bailing water and putting clothes up to dry all day long. This morning I used the hair dryer to dry Sarah's pants for school, and no, I'm not kidding. So if you need some humor in your life you're welcome to come over and watch some pioneer living going on here, and I would be happy to have the company and moral support as well!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Here are some pics from the festivities:
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Ten years ago after 12 hours of labor, pitocin, one epidural and many cries of "I can't do this any more, this hurts!", Sarah came into the world. She was born at Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna. After I had her people told me how great I looked considering the fact that I had endured a complicated labor for 12 hours. At the time I thought they were just being nice, but looking at the picture now I can't believe how good I looked!
Sarah's labor started at around 3 in the morning. I was having pretty regular contractions and realized it was time to head to the hospital. We lived a ways from the hospital, so I wanted to make sure to get there on time, ha ha, no worries there! I remembered feeling nauseated, but thinking that everything was normal, I was in labor after all.
When we got to the hospital I was so excited to practice my Lamaze. I was walking all over the place, squatting, doing whatever I wanted to...except for being in pain of course. The nurse did a urine sample, again, a normal procedure. Soon the doctor entered and she had a really serious look on her face. She informed me that I had severe pre-eclampsia. I had a basic idea of what it was - high blood pressure in pregnant women. It can be very dangerous if left untreated and can lead to a condition called eclampsia. Not a pretty diagnosis, it can be fatal. The doctor then told me that I would need to lay flat on my back for the entire labor, no moving around, standing, walking, nada. I was devastated, although I didn't know what I was in for. I was going to be given magnesium sulfate to stop the pre-eclampsia. She asked me if I wanted an epidural since I would be in so much pain. I accepted, I figured she knew what she was doing. Labor continued on and I was able to handle the contractions. It wasn't too long before things started to get going though and I was ready for the pain to be gone. After I had progressed enough (it was mid morning by this time), I got the epidural as promised, and it worked, it was wonderful! No more pain, just a little pressure and I could sit back and rest.
Around 1:oo pm I started to feel the pain returning slowly. I kept asking the nurse to re-up my epidural, please. She kept saying she was waiting for the anesthesiologist. Another half hour would pass and I would ask again, still no epidural. Around this time I realized I wasn't getting any more, and that was when things got scary. Then, the doctor decided that due to my pre-eclampsia my labor needed to be sped up because the baby was in distress. She told me they would need to give me pitocin; little did I know what that meant! Of course my contractions got unnaturally harder and longer; I was in for a wild ride. I panicked when the epidural had worn off. By this time the pitocin had kicked in big time. I didn't get the chance to slowly move into the pain as it intensified. It hit like a ton of bricks, and it was mainly in my back. At this point the nurse, (who was a mid wife as well), was helping me the best she could. Ron was so great, he really tried, but I was in so much pain I had no way to cope. I started feeling like the pain was going to kill me, that I couldn't survive this. I cried and let the whole world know that this was too much pain for any person to endure. I started to see the nurse and doctor's faces look concerned, and I was afraid I was headed for a c-section. A little while after this the nurse told me that I could push, finally! This was the hardest part of the labor. My back was in so much pain I felt like my spine was being snapped in two.
After half an hour of pushing she was finally out! The doctor had warned me that she would be a floppy baby from the epidural and mag sulfate. She didn't cry at all, but she was beautiful. The nurse whisked her off into the hall way as soon as I had seen her. My room was so full of machinery and medical staff there was no room for her to be examined so they had to take her out into the hall. Later Ron told me that she was intubated, but responded quickly. It seemed like forever until they brought her back into the room. She looked perfect in every way and was really pretty for a newborn. Her weight was 6 lbs. 2.5 oz, height - 19 1/2". She was tiny! (We had to put her in preemie clothes for the first week because she floated in the newborn ones.) Within a few hours her color looked good and her apgar scores were fine. The doctor told me later that she was on the verge of doing a c-section when my labor suddenly progressed. I am so grateful that I was able to birth her naturally!
I am so thankful for the ten years we've had with Sarah. We're blessed with a wonderful, smart, strong, and talented girl. I never imagined I would have such a wonderful daughter. I look forward to many more precious years to come!