May 30, 2006

Taking A High Chair Stand

Parents, unite! I have decided to take a stand against broken highchairs in restaurants everywhere! Please join me.

Dear Restaurant,

WHY would you give a broken high chair to a patron with a squirmy 7 month old? When I point out that the strap /fastener/ buckle is broken, do you fix it or give it to someone else, hoping they will just not strap their child in this time? Shouldn't there be a safety inspector checking the high chairs, too- or do they only look in the restaurant kitchen?

The most recent offender is a popular chain restaurant!

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
Each year, thousands of children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with high chairs. Deaths also occur. The majority of the injuries result from falls when restraining straps are not used and when children are not closely supervised.

And don't even get me started about the grocery store shopping cart seat!

Next time you are out to eat and are given a high chair with a broken strap or other less-than-safe feature, please speak up. Ask for a replacement. Talk to a manager or write a letter if you want to do even more.

Ok- off to write my letter!

May 29, 2006

Permanent Peace

Straight from my church notes yesterday-

On this Memorial Day, I encourage you to observe the 11:00 AM designated time to unite in prayer for peace and observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 PM today.

To read the proclamation for Memorial Day 2006 by the President of the United States of America, please click here.

Enjoy your freedom. Pray for those struggling for theirs.

2 Corinthians 3:17
...where the spirit of the Lord is, there is Freedom.

May 27, 2006

I'm Crusty GizzardFace

Yes, I am on a silly streak. It's the only thing keeping me sane lately, er, um, unless this is a sign...?

The following is an excerpt from a children's book, "Captain Underpants And the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants" by Dave Pilkey. The bad Professor forces everyone to assume new names......

Be sure to tell us your new name in the comments below. Have fun!

Use the third letter of your first name to determine your new first name:
a = poopsie
b = lumpy
c = buttercup

d = gadget
e = crusty

f = greasy
g = fluffy

h = cheeseball
i = chim-chim

j = stinky
k = flunky

l = boobie
m = pinky

n = zippy
o = goober

p = doofus
q = slimy

r = loopy
s = snotty

t = tootie
u = dorkey

v = squeezit
w = oprah

x = skipper
y = dinky

z = zsa-zsa

Use the second letter of your last name to determine the first half of your new last name:
a = apple

b = toilet
c = giggle

d = burger
e = girdle

f = barf
g = lizard

h = waffle
i = cootie

j = monkey
k = potty

l = liver
m = banana

n = rhino
o = bubble

p = hamster
q = toad

r = gizzard
s = pizza

t = gerbil
u = chicken

v = pickle
w = chuckle

x = tofu
y = gorilla

z = stinker

Use the fourth letter of your last name to determine the second half of your new last name:
a = head

b = mouth
c = face

d = nose
e = tush

f = breath
g = pants

h = shorts
i = lips

j = honker
k = butt

l = brain
m = tushie

n = chunks
o = hiney

p = biscuits
q = toes

r = buns
s = fanny

t = sniffer
u = sprinkles

v = kisser
w = squirt

x = humperdinck
y = brains

z = juice

May 26, 2006

I needed that...

You will find that I think the weirdest things are funny.

(This is cutest when read aloud.)

Question: What do you call a fish without eyes?

Answer: A fsh.

May 25, 2006

Quick, Pick-Me-Up!

We are on week 3 of baby having a bit of a cold (this final week has been more than a few bits) and also some major teething going on - the top two front teeth ready to break through any second!!

So, if you are in need of a quick pick-me-up like I am, I suggest the following:

Try the new Banana Coconut Frappuccino at Starbuck's. Heaven in a cup. Or maybe at least a nap's worth of heaven in a cup.

Next, I visited a new blog yesterday over at The Hutch and found the funniest thing I've seen in a while!
Watch this - I seriously think this could be turned into a workout video- and only 6 minutes per day- wow!

May 24, 2006

Works For Me: Go When Oprah's On!

Works For Me: Go grocery shopping when Oprah's on!!

Your pick of parking spaces.
Step right up to the deli.
No lines at the checkout.

Maybe a coincidence? I don’t know-
But go anytime afterwards and, well, I told you so!

TiVo it if you must & watch it later.
When Oprah is on, housewives of the world are watching-
Check your local listings & shop now!

For more Works For Me Wednesday fun check out Shannon's blog at Rocks In My Dryer!

May 23, 2006

Prayer of a Middle-Aged Woman

I am not even sure what age is "middle-age" for a woman. 40? 35? Am I closer to it than I think? It seems everyday I have a new reminder that I am a grown up with responsiblities... how is it that I am just now realizing this?

Dear Lord,
Thou knowest better than I myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest, Lord, that I must have a few friends at the end.

-Ruth Bell Graham

May 21, 2006

the patient


Bearing or enduring pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance with calmness.
one who suffers

Oh, today. It's one of those days I am scraping by to be as patient (adj.) as possible as I take care of my littlest patient (n.)

From the photo you would never know he is so miserable, so that is what got me to wonder, just who is the patient here?? Him or me?

Even after three kids I never knew such big bubbles could be blown out of such a tiny little nose. No I don't have pictures of that and will spare you the rest of the slimy details.

1 Corinthians 13:4 reminds us that Love is Patient and Kind. I am on seriously low resources when it comes to the letter 'A' in the
LAP acronym, but I am doing quite well in the love & patient part today. I think I have even been kind to everyone today!

I love him. Even with the bubble nose.

Especially with the bubble nose.

May 20, 2006

The full story

On Thanksgiving Day 2003, Noah was 2 1/2 years old and had a grand-mal seizure right in front of me in our basement. I thought he was electrocuted, but there were no outlets nearby. Soon we'd find out that it was a seizure. He slept on me afterward, in my arms in the ambulance. And finally woke up some time later at the hospital.

We were told it was probably an isolated incident,
his tests and scans all came back normal. Many children have a seizure at some time or another, it probably wouldn't happen again.

Well, it did. He had one about a week or so later and we again rushed by ambulance to the hospital. This time his tests were not normal. He was put on medication (Topamax) and we were assigned a neurologist. Things become a blur when I think about this time because all of a sudden he went from 1 seizure a week to about two hundred or more a day. All sorts of seizures from staring spells to drop attacks to grand mals, any kind and every kind.

He had to wear a helmet at all times, he lost his speech, and soon his ability to walk and do many activities. It was like we were watching him waste away right before our very eyes.

Our pediatrician and neurologist at the time didn't know what was going on and (from what it looked like to us) they showed no sign of trying to find out what was wrong with him. Their only plan was to try more meds. And that only made Noah worse.

We went out on our own and miraculously got a last-minute appointment with a pediatric epileptologist at Children's Memorial of Chicago's Epilepsy Center. She immediately was able to diagnose Noah (finally) (and when I say immediately, it was like 10 minutes). He was diagnosed with Myoclonic-Astatic Epilepsy, also known as Doose Syndrome.

We were offered a couple options- try another medication or try the Ketogenic Diet. We'd heard of the diet- we had previously asked our original doctors about it and they said "nobody does that anymore. It's too hard. It doesn't work."

But they couldn't even diagnose Noah.

We fired those doctors.

This (wonderful, amazing, answer to prayer) doctor at Children's had experience in this condition and knew first-hand that the Ketogenic Diet had a nice success rate with Doose kids. We were on board. We did start a new drug (Keppra) with minimal side effects, and chiropractic treatments with moderate success in the meantime until we could start the diet.

Noah started the diet a few weeks later in March 2004 (initiated at Children's Memorial. I stayed with him the entire time.) By the 4th day of the diet, he was seizure-free and we were sent home.

He came off Keppra within a couple months and continued on the diet for 8 months seizure-free, and in October 2004 he had a grand mal seizure that we believe was from an ear infection. He never had another seizure. As of this writing, it's now been 5 1/2 years. :)

Noah was on the Keto Diet for 2 1/2 years and weaned from it completely in the fall of 2006. He's remained Diet-free, Med-free, and Seizure-free all that time. It's pretty awesome.

I wrote a bit about the diet in the past here. The Ketogenic Diet is in no way easy. Nope, not at all. But it is SO WORTH IT.

May 18, 2006


The three most important and completely obvious essential traits of a mother happen to form the fitting acronym LAP: Love, the Ability to get by on little or no sleep, and Patience.

-Amy Krause Rosenthal

May 17, 2006

Works For Me: Pushing the Envelope

I've decided to share something that "works" for me: the grocery list on an envelope!

I clip coupons and keep grocery lists- they go hand in hand! I never have a shortage of envelopes... used ones, the extra ones that are in every bill statement that comes (as most of you probably do online banking anyway!) etc. I keep my grocery list on the back of the envelope, then stick the coupons I plan to use inside the envelope- Works-For- Me! (Just remember to take the grocery-list-envelope with you when you shop!)

For more great Works-For-Me Wednesday ideas, check out Shannon's blog over at Rocks in My Dryer!

May 15, 2006

false alarm

The other night we had a scare with Noah. He has been seizure-free over 1 yr & a half now, and we thought one might have broken through Friday night. We are always on constant alert and never take one seizure-free day for granted. Before becoming seizure-free, we would see our precious child have hundreds of seizures a day. Possibly seeing this happen again made our hearts stop for a minute or two the other night.

Our hearts have been recharged.

We talked to his doctor this morning and from everything I described, she thinks it was a night terror, and not a seizure. We had never seen a night terror before, so it's understandable that we would think it was seizures happening again. It's just been so long, and he is healed. And yes, he is healed.

We knew this in our hearts. It is a wonderful bonus to hear it in the "natural" coming from a professional, his doctor. He is coming so close to being able to start weaning off the diet. Rule is: must be seizure-free 2 yrs on the diet. We are almost there! To have to start all over again would be so hard, but we would do it if we had to.

We feel like we've been given back something that was never really taken away. This is why we walk, so that not another moment will be lost, if it is just for one person, one seizure...

God is so faithful. It was just a false alarm!

May 13, 2006

His yoke is easy

Maybe sometime soon I can explain why this entry is so important tonight. In the meantime, things are going to be very ok.

"For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matthew 11:30

Oh gently lay your head
Upon my chest
And I will comfort you like a mother while you rest
The tide can change so fast,
But I will stay
The same through the past, the same in the future, the same today
I am constant; I am near
I am peace that shatters all your secret fears
I am holy; I am wise
I'm the only one who knows your heart's desires
Your heart's desires

Oh weary, tired and worn,
Let out your sighs
And drop that heavy load you hold
Cause Mine is light
I know you through and through;

There's no need to hide
I want to show you Love that is deep and high and wide
I am constant; I am near
I am Peace that shatters all your secret fears
I am holy; I am wise
I'm the only one who knows your heart's desires
Your heart's desires

Oh gently lay your head
Upon my chest
And I will comfort you like a mother while you rest

I Am- Jill Phillips

May 11, 2006

incentive, baby!

Q: How do you get a baby to crawl?

A: 3 out of 3 babies in our house recommend the Remote Control.

Gray is officially doing the low-crawl-head-inchworm-wiggle-thing... whatever I choose to call it, it gets him moving forward, sideways, backwards: he's mobile- that's all that matters!

May 10, 2006

i heart laundry?

Feeling quite behind on everything around here the past few days... the baby has needed me more than the housework, but I am finding myself longing to fold some laundry, vacuum the carpet, something productive!! I have a blanket I started knitting and can't wait to get to it. I have a new book to read that I can't wait to start. A nice nap could fit in there somewhere- I wouldn't mind.

And not to say that what I am doing now (holding sleeping stuffy baby close to my chest) isn't productive. I would be the last person in the world to think that.

It's ok for me to hold baby and get to the laundry/dishes/vacuuming later. I am quite sure it will still be there. It's also ok for me to wish I had the house all to myself so I could get all those things done. -Or do something dreamy like knitting and reading and sleeping all day long. I just hope that when baby is feeling better that my love affair with the laundry still exists...

May 9, 2006

Plenty of Room

We have plenty of room in our ‘small’ house! People are always curious how we fit a family of 5 comfortably in our 3 bedroom home (about 1250 sq ft not including the basement) and we work it out just fine. Hey- we even think we can fit at least one more!

The baby sleeps with us, the boys share a room- they have bunk beds (Noah on the bottom, Carter in a toddler bed still) and the extra bedroom downstairs is a much-needed play room. But as you can see from the picture- we don’t even need all that! I checked on N. & C. last night and found Carter’s bed empty, and Noah’s bed quite full.

May 8, 2006


An unusual, significant, or unaccountable fact or occurrence; a marvel.

The image before you is as described above. I don't think there has- or ever will be in the future- been such an occurrence before that all my sunglasses have been in the right place all at once. 98% of the time I can not find one pair. The other day I looked to my passenger seat in the van and was amazed that all 5 pair had collected in their "right" place... and since this photo only two pair remain.

I am pretty sure one pair is deep in the diaper bag, and another pair on top of the fridge. And I think the last pair is under the bed, but we may never know.

May 5, 2006

Eyes of Wonder

Gray saw bubbles for the first time yesterday and I, in all my twenty-nine years, saw bubbles for the very first time (again) too.

Be thankful for even the smallest things this very moment, this very life.

May 4, 2006


This is such a silly little video, but we love singing this song in our house. I think it's Gray's favorite song! The giggles it creates are too cute!

Click here to see the kitty cat dance.

disclaimer: I have no idea what other videos may be on that site, so after you watch the kitty cat dance, please watch at your discretion!!

May 2, 2006

Tuesday's Tasty Tidbit

Get thee to the kitchen!

I love the white chicken chili at Don Pablo’s restaurant, and on their
website is the recipe!!!

Last night I decided to try it out and ohhhhhh it tastes just like the restaurant’s!

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo:
White Chicken Chili
(serves 6-8)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion peeled & chopped fine
2 garlic cloves peeled & chopped
1 red bell pepper chopped fine
2 cans white northern beans (15 oz) drained
4 oz canned green chilies
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 can chicken broth (14.5 oz)
1/2 lb roasted chicken breast cut into 1/2 in. cubes
2 tablespoons lime juice, fresh
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced

In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, & red pepper. Saute for 5 minutes. Stir in the white beans, chilies, cumin, chili powder, & broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in chicken and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in lime juice & cilantro. Serve with a garnish of tortilla chip strips. YUM!

Very important- don't skimp on any of these ingredients!!! The fresh cilantro and lime helps create the authentic flavor for sure! For the chicken, I "cheated" and used the pre-cooked Tyson chicken breast strips & cut them smaller (you could also use those chicken Shortcuts, too) (update: I tried this again with the Tyson diced chicken breast, found in the frozen section- this works even better!)- whatever is easy for you!

UPDATED AGAIN!- Now that we've gone vegetarian, I tried this with vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and also added an extra can of green chilies. Tastes great! I also love mine with extra hot sauce and tortilla chips crumbled on top... Mmmm!


May 1, 2006

May Day! May Day!

Monday May 1st
What a great day to start over if you're in need of a new beginning... don't we all in at least one area of our lives?

J.G. Whittier writes:
Love which outlives
all sin and wrong,
Compassion which forgives
to the uttermost,
And justice whose clear eyes
through lapse and failure look to the intent
And judge our frailty by the things we meant.