Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Fleece (Defined)

We have had a fleece before God this week. We have been unclear on our renting of a house across the street.

Our fleece?

"If the landlord doesn't contact us by Thursday and give us keys, God doesn't want us in this house"

The landlord called us the very next day and gave us keys... unfortunately the key doesn't go to any of the doors on the new rental.

New fleece?

"If we do not have THE RIGHT keys by Thursday..."

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Chick Video

Chicks 2008

We ordered 26 baby chicks.
All Female!
We only kept 6. And gave
The rest to a friend.

This is Sprint.
She is fast.

This is Scarlett.
She is the red head.

This is Puff.
She is the blond.

This is Night Crawler.
Maggie named her.

This is Curious.
Maggie Named her too.
She looks like Sprint...
But not as fast. I wanted
to name her Verizon...

Here is Curious Sleeping.

This is Mo.
She will have a Mohawk.
Yes I am crazy.

Vacation 2008

Here are some of our
Vacation photos for our
trip to Southern California.

Isaac loved John. He is
eagerly awaiting the day
he can play ball with him.

We were able to spend
time with my brothers
and their wives.

And thanks to my brother Greg, we were able to replace the car bed that was lost in the fire.

Yes, there is a small yellow car on top of ours... Yes, it is a toddler bed.
Yes, it is funny.
Yes, it creates a lot of drag and sucked up our gas.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Story with an Abbieism ending

I am on drugs... Amie is watching "Incredibles" and there is a scene with a smoke alarm going off... not good.

As I was re telling this freak out to Jason at the dinner table, we discussed the fire. We clarified to the children: The smoke alarm went off. We didn't FREAK OUT, we just grabbed you guys and put you in the car. After we knew you were safe, we weren't scared any more.

Abbie: "Papa, Thank you for saving me from the fire."

Oh Crap!

When under stress... My neck turns into a pretzel.

So I am currently on Baclofen. (Not my first choice) It isn't working well... full effect lasts for 2 hours and sporadic relief for 3-4 hours after that. My Dr. is unavailable until Wednesday!!!

So I look up to see the dosage increments and instructions online. Apparently my Dr. would tell me to increase by 5 Mg each day until I get the desired results or my pain/stress is gone.

I also continue to read the warnings of this drug:
(note the opposites... constipation or diarrhea, Anorexia or weight gain)
(Back pain and exacerbation of psychotic disorders?!?!?!)

Adverse Reactions


Hypotension; palpitations; chest pain.


Drowsiness; weakness in lower extremities; dizziness; seizures; headache; numbness; euphoria; depression; confusion; lethargy; insomnia; hallucinations; paresthesia; asthenia; anxiety; agitation.


Pruritus; rash.


Tinnitus; blurred vision; taste disorder; nasal congestion.


Nausea; vomiting; dry mouth; constipation; diarrhea; abdominal pain; anorexia.


Urinary frequency; enuresis; dysuria; impotence.


Dyspnea; pneumonia; hypoventilation.


Hypotonia; slurred speech; muscle pain; ankle edema; excessive perspiration; weight gain; back pain.




Abrupt discontinuation has resulted in high fever, altered mental status, exaggerated rebound spasticity, and muscle rigidity that in rare cases advances to rhabdomyolysis, multiple organ system failure and death.

Give special attention to patients at apparent risk (eg, spinal cord injuries at T-6 or above, communication difficulties, history of withdrawal symptoms from oral or intrathecal baclofen)

Epilepsy and psychotic disorders

Use with caution because of potential exacerbations.


Fatalities occurred in premarketing trials of intrathecal baclofen; baclofen's role in these deaths is unknown.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Please pray

Insurance is a dirty business. Our lives have been thrown up in the air again by our insurance company. We were supposed to get keys to a new place on Friday... The insurance company will cover the rent... but won't say how long. (SO DO I SIGN A 1 Year lease?!?!)

Also, homes are flooding the market right now. A 4 bedroom 2 bath has become available ($40,000 above what we have...) and it is far from the church and school... but it is "modern" (1955) and is on a double lot.

We have so many fleeces before The Lord... we can't even check them all!!!

Please pray for our decisions... Also, please pray for me. I am not handling this well. Yes, I am posting at 1:20 AM... I don't sleep anymore.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Quote of the day

Faith makes things possible, not easy.