Thursday, February 28, 2008

the non-important...

**6 Non-Important Things/Habits/Quirks about Myself**

I was tagged in a meme by AJ two weeks ago and am only now making it happen! I'm thinking about it and I can't think of random quirky things about myself...but maybe I'm over-analyzing...maybe I'll start there.

1. I think. A lot. About stuff. I don't over-analyze things as much as I used to but I still find myself over thinking and reminding myself to move on!

2. I know a lot of movie trivia yet I haven't watched a ton of movies. I know random things about movies I haven't seen. I'm not quite sure how I know some of the stuff I know but I do really well playing "Scene It".

3. I have a great affinity for Christian music from 1994-2000. A lot of it was music that was made during that time frame and other music from years past that I discovered during those years. When I hear Annointed, Susan Ashton, Bryan Duncan, Rich Mullins (especially Rich!), or dcTalk (and more) I get transported back and I love it!

4. I have a good memory for sports facts. My dad was a basketball coach and I recall random things from watching events on TV or in person. I often ask Ryan if he is glad that he married a gal who already a prior knowledge of sports and was willing to watch different events.

5. I've been to Rich Mullins' grave. Rich passed away when I was attending school in Indiana and I was so sad. His music and lyrics have been a major influence in my life. Rich grew up in Indiana and still had family in the area. Somehow some other friends and I stumbled up on some fellow students who were from the area Rich was from and who knew where Mullins was buried. We wanted to pay our respects so we took a road trip and eventually found the cemetary in rural Ohio on the Indiana/Ohio border. My goodness! Mullins talked about his family in some of his songs--his father had passed away and he'd had a brother pass away. We found those markers first and then found Rich's grave--no headstone but an old basketball backboard covered the spot the marker would be placed. We went back later that year and wanted to double check that we had found the right spot and on the second trip found that the marker was in place with Rich's famous phrase "Be God's" engraved on it.

6. If I had a different job I would be a professional organizer (I admire AJ's color coding). It doesn't mean that everything in my house is organized but I really enjoy organizing!

There we go! I tag El...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Big Shoes

"I'm ready to play ball!"
Quinn talking to the coach

Quinn likes to try on shoes and has been able to get on a variety of types of shoes. He is a big fan of both "Papas'" shoes and this time had Papa Wes' shoes on. Perfect with his warm up suit and a basketball. You can't go wrong! Look out Blazers...Quinn will be trying out soon!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Six degrees of separation

I lived in Cairo for four months and met some amazing men and women. My experience with other students living in community and doing life in intense ways was a privilege. One of those women is now living with her family in Afghanistan doing relief work--of the body and the spirit. The picture above is of a family in her region living in a tent city--there is snow behind them and if you look the woman's feet are bare. Prayer is needed both for this friend and her family and for the family you see here. Financial help is needed to help supply clothes, blankets, clean water and food. Supernatural intervention is needed to help in a battle that is not against flesh and blood...

I saw on CNN in January that two aid workers had been abducted in the region my friend serves. I took a second look when I thought it might be her...but it was someone working with a different agency. Today I was reminded of that double take because the abducted workers are co-workers of my friend. Local Afghan women even staged a protest calling for the release of the female aid worker (see story here--such a protest is somewhat of a revolution in and of itself). When I play the proverbial "Six Degrees of Separation" I find that this kidnapping hits a lot closer to home than just seeing a blurb on CNN.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

Quinn wishes you a very Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we do not fear, though the
earth give way
and the mountains fall into the
heart of the sea,
though the waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their
There is a river whose streams make
glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come and see the works of the Lord,
the desolations he has brought
on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the ends of
the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the
he burns the shields with fire.
"Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Handy Manny

Notice the pen behind Quinn's ear? Quinn decided he wanted to be Handy Manny and kept trying to balance the pen behind his ear. His mom also does this a good deal (not because she wants to be Handy Manny but because she is forever looking for a pen). He was pretty excited about the pen!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Food. Yay!

I wanted to say thank you to anyone who has prayed for Quinn and his eating. I wanted to report that yesterday Quinn got a cookie at the store and actually ate a few bites of it while we did our shopping! Yay!

Quinn ate some potato at lunch and I actually had some inspired ideas of what to try to give him. Yay!

At snack time we were at a friend's house and Quinn tried some cookie there. Yay!

At dinner Quinn actually ate bites of a slice of avacado which never, ever, ever has happened before! Yay!

And he nibbled on burrito and held his own mini-burrito which has never happened before. Yay!

He drank his milk, ate food, and did a great job eating a cookie--well, he really ate the frosting in the middle but we were thrilled!

So, if you've been praying for Quinn...don't stop! We celebrate steps in the right direction.

Staple. In. Head.

Is that title not the most intriguing title you've seen today? If you are at all faint of heart and pass out at the sight of blood, you may want to skip today's post.

You see, last night we took our first trip to the ER with the little man. One minute he was on a chair. The next minute he was sobbing on the floor. And when Quinn sobs, he also throws up. As we were standing over the kitchen sink trying to figure out what Quinn had hit on his head, Ryan saw that the lower back side of Quinn's head was dripping blood. Yes. Dripping blood. So, we put pressure on it with a towel...the bleeding stopped...the throwing up stopped...and a little bath took place. I called the pediatrician on call just to check in and she said that if the cut looked like you could push the two edges together and it looked probably need to go to the ER for a staple. To close the wound. Oh.

And indeed, if you pushed the edges together, it looked normal. Therefore we put on coats and jackets and proceeded to the ER. Quinn did great the whole trip. He played in the triage room of the ER and in the room we were escorted back to where the *staple* would occur. (the "*" are in honor of AJ today) Quinn played, pressed buttons, sat on the hospital bed, waved out the sliding glass doors at the nurses, played some more, tried to raise and lower the bed...well, you get the general idea.

Then came the *staple*. I gave the doctor and nurse warning that Quinn throws up when he cries hard so be prepared. The nurse wrapped Quinn up like a burrito so he couldn't move around. They laid him on his side on the bed and while Ryan talked to Quinn, they cleaned the wound and then came the *staple*. in. his. head. Without numbing anything. And Quinn never cried. Who is this kid!?

He has this round, silver ring sticking out a bit from his scalp and we immediately said, "Is it actually in!?" It was. And still no crying. Just looking. A hug. And more time to play! Oh my goodness!

The *staple* is now a part of Quinn's head for the next 7-10 days. We survived our first trip to the ER and I'm sure it won't be the last :)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, the seventh Wednesday before Easter... A friend of Rich Mullins shared a story about Rich and Lent...Rich chose to stay up an extra hour each night during Lent in order to "tarry with Christ" like Jesus had asked of Peter, James, and John. I've always been very struck by that story.

Random Thoughts

This morning I can hear a bird chirping outside--very insistently. We have a large berry bush in the backyard that receives many bird visitors and Quinn and I like to watch them. Quinn gets pretty excited about them--"Birdy! Birdy! Tweet, tweet, tweet!"
Quinn and I went to library time again this week. He didn't make a break for the door this go round but he wasn't so sure he a) wanted to stay in one spot or b) wanted to listen to the songs or stories. As the librarian was reading Quinn would say, "All done? All done?" and then that was the signal and he could be free. Once he got to pick up a frog puppet he was OK participating and then when the bubbles were blown...all was well.

Last night we watched the Super Tuesday returns. Four years ago this coming summer we were in Maui. What does Maui and Super Tuesday have to do with one another you ask? We would play in the ocean and at the beach all day, go out for dinner, see the sites, and then because of the time change we would watch the Democratic National Convention. I actually remember Obama's speech at that convention. I'm glad that after Tuesday's results the races keep going. Each candidate has important things to say and important issues to raise--I'm glad they'll continue to get attention. We still haven't made decisions and we are registered as Independents.

Quinn and I went to OHSU this week (health care/insurance are areas of interest to me in this political race). It was a good appointment with the feeding specialist. Quinn's reflux medication is working well and there is been such a huge decrease in his amount of throwing up which is wonderful. He had gained half a pound which was terrific because a month ago he had lost a bit of weight. Our focus now is introducing new things to him and just working with him to become more comfortable with new foods. The technical term is "challenging" him. If you think of it, we would appreciate your prayers--specifically that he would really enjoy food and want to eat lots of things! I know that kids go through times of not wanting to eat or that they can be more picky--I think the food issue feels more intense because calories are so important for Quinn. I'd love for him to eat hot dogs and chicken nuggets! :) Right now those are tools for eating ketchup. It is a process.

This past weekend we saw U23D which was very, very enjoyable...I really felt like I was at their concert but I was sitting down quietly when I wanted to be singing along. Movie etiquette at a concert....hmmmm. It was a good show all round and the fact that it was 3D--WOW!

I think that covers the random thoughts for the time being...

Friday, February 1, 2008

Go to work?

Quinn loves to get his hat, his "keys", and a bag to "go to work". Usually after Ryan heads out the door, this little person will walk into the kitchen with previously mentioned list of items and ask for a hug and a kiss so he can "go to work". Ryan came home tonight and Quinn wanted to wear the tie. He looks very somber here...perhaps it is the look that many men get when needing to wear a tie. Needless to say, he may show up with a new addition to his "go to work" garb on Monday--a complementary tie.