recipe, this and that

23 Apr

girls were transfused at 2.5 weeks today.

I’m continually amazed how similar they track along, and thankful.

it really is unreal.

Both girls dipped very, oddly, low this time around. 7.9 and 8.0

yikes

we head into the thalassemia clinic in Chicago next week.  The girls will have another heart and liver MRI and we plan to talk to the specialist about Zinnia’s iron overload that is not dropping even on meds.  I’m anxious to go and get some answers.  It has been a full year since we last had a work up and consult there.  One year to see if transfusing at a lower hem. level and upping the meds could bring iron down.  Lainee has!  Zinnia hasn’t.

I brought my home schoolers along this time.  it was jonah’s first time to go along.

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what lainee stared at most of the time today....

what lainee stared at most of the time today….

what zinnia did the whole time today...watchin' the Duggars!  So I could school gig in math and science.

what zinnia did the whole time today…watchin’ the Duggars! So I could school gig in math and science.

 

The days are busy busy busy..schooling, homework and sporting events.

I made dinner in 3 minutes today so I thought you’d enjoy trying it as well.

I love this recipe because its fast, healthy and ALL 8 children with their different global tastes really enjoy it.

I’ll chop up a watermelon, put out a plate of green grapes, open a ready made bag of ceasar salad and poof…

dinner.  done.

I double this for my fam.  1 large jar of Randall beans, 1 jar of mild salsa, one bag of shredded monteray jack cheese, 2 cups of chopped cooked chicken breasts.  put it all together and heat and eat.

I double this for my fam. 1 large jar of Randall beans, 1 jar of mild salsa, one bag of shredded monteray jack cheese, 2 cups of chopped cooked chicken breasts. put it all together and heat and eat.

Several of you have told me via email that you enjoy hearing about Luke, want to hear more.  I’d love to share and I love to hear from you.   What else can I tell you that might be helpful?  you can let me know.  I love my readers, really.  I now have handfuls of followers because of ethiopian older child adoption, not just the chinese adoptions.   We need each other.

He’s pretty independent, and I know at least one of the other boys now home is also.  When we head to a game of a sibling he kind of lags behind, sits far away from us all.  It’s kinda weird but I’m over it now.  I don’t feel like I need to make him hang with us, its a safe place and a chance for him to be alone, I guess.

Yesterday Christopher had an away tennis match.  I picked up the gang and we all headed to the match.  The thing is, you gotta be really QUIET, so it’s tricky.  I packed snacks and crafts for the girls. Luke and Noah had there basketballs, I was hopeful maybe the school had an outdoor hoop.

Luke did the usual lag behind and sitting away from us.  I had spread out a big denim comforter for the girls to be on next to the bleachers where I sat.  Oh dear!  Luke was loud.  Yelling out to Christopher mid shot, “christopher!!! how many point you got?”  “one more Christopher, come on!  This guys no good!”  etc.  He even threw a ball into the court!!  ugh.  I was trying to get his attention and mouthing, “sh!!! no talk!!”  He was getting bothered by me and saying, “why?  I’m being nice!!”

Finally luke came to me and said, “I go playing basketball mom”. I said ok as he walked away.  I loudly whispered, “Luke!  Luke!  come back here please…..”  He moped back.  Stood in front of me.  I was getting ready to tell him that its very important to be quiet and only talk after the match to christopher…but my stomach did a flop so I prayed, “what God?”   and went with it…. I opened my mouth and out came,

“Luke, before you walk away I need to tell you something, ok?”  “what? no talk.”  I smiled big and said, “not right now, I’m going to tell you I need a hug from you because I’m your mom and when I look at you I see a present that God gave to me.  I love you so much.  You make mom so glad when I see you.”  I’m glad I followed the holy spirit flop in my insides.

“thank you good mom.  you are my present too.  mom you are fun.  thank you for being fun.”

I could have missed that good connecting moment.  I would have bugged him and turned him off if I had given him the tennis manners talk right there.

 

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One Response to “recipe, this and that”

  1. Carrie April 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    What a great insight as you followed the leading of the Holy Spirit. So often I don’t slow down enough to have the time and patience to heed that. Thanks for your wisdom here, really good…

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