Sunday, September 25, 2011

Abraham Lincoln

At lunch today we were talking about a variety of people from the Bible...Elisha, Jonah, Joshua. We had moved on to something else and Quinn asked me to tell him about Abraham Lincoln.

Cool I thought. Lets talk about Abraham Lincoln.

So I began. "Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in Illinois in the 1800's. He didn't have much money."

Quinn asked, "So when did God talk to him?"


Ryan said, "Do you mean Abraham? In the Bible?"

"Yeah, Abraham."

Ahhhhh...different story, dude.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Tyrone Wells in Concert

This groovy dude is my cousin. Tyrone Wells. And he is coming to do a benefit concert to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research at George Fox on Thursday, October 6th.

Last year I was trying to think of ways to help raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and CF research. Thinking of who I knew or what I knew or what we could do that might bring more awareness to CF. And, Tyrone came to mind.

I asked him and he immediately said yes.

Because you need to know that Tyrone is doing really well in the music world--that people are listening to him, coming to concerts, buying his music, putting his music in movies and TV shows.

But he is still Tyrone. Real. Sincere. Caring. Honest. Loves his wife. Loyal to his family.

And I'm proud of his success but I'm so proud of who he is. And in his generosity he is sharing his gifts and talents with us to help Quinn in this benefit concert for Cystic Fibrosis.

If you can, come out to George Fox University in Newberg on Thursday, October 6th at 7:30 for a GREAT show with Tyrone Wells. And you might think I'm biased but for real. The dude can sing. And his lyrics are thoughtful. And he can yodel. I mean--come on. He yodels! You can buy tickets for $10 at the door or online. And if you would like to make a donation directly for CF research check out Quinn's donation page.

We hope to see you on October 6th!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Heard today:

Sela: "You squishing me, dad!"
Ryan: "Maybe you could consider that cuddling."

Thursday, September 15, 2011

120 mph

September kicked off with Sela's 2nd birthday and Quinn starting kindergarten. Ryan beginning his final MBA course while starting a new year recruiting students and leading his team. Me working 20 hours a week and planning a benefit concert for CF with some friends.

While everything else we normally do continues too.
We typically choose to do life so we have more space and less commitments.
It just feels better.

I'm grateful for some opportunities to work--I'm helping out in my old position as Student Transitions Program Coordinator at George Fox while the current coordinator is on maternity leave for the month. It has been really great to reconnect with colleagues, to interact with students, to think about student development, and what I love about Christian Higher Education.

It has also reminded me that my identity is no longer what I do or don't do. Those things are a part of me but they don't define me. For years that identity was very important to me. How we live is now more important to me than what I do. It has been a process, especially revealing over the last few months, but very good.

I still have some compulsive work tendencies...thinking about tasks and people, worrying about things, checking email, you get the picture. But at least I have some perspective too.

October will be a welcome month. Ryan finishes his last MBA class (October 17th at 10pm but who is counting?), my commitment at work finishes, we'll celebrate Ryan's 34th birthday on October 24th...

and we'll have an AMAZING concert at George Fox University with Tyrone Wells on October 6th. A benefit concert for Cystic Fibrosis...all proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! More info to are just $10...we are really excited! Stay tuned and add Tyrone to your Pandora station. My cousin is SO good! :)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

On the way to kindergarten!

The kindergarten journey has begun!

First with an ice cream social and school supply drop-off. It was neat to see Quinn's classroom and talk with his kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Park. We left all of Quinn's supplies and did a little exploring of the library. Quinn is pretty thrilled about the Cat in the Hat in the library. I love that he wanted to go see where the books were.
Tuesday morning was an Orientation for Quinn. He spent an hour in his classroom with his teacher and half of the class learning about kindergarten. His teacher walked his group down the hall to his class...Quinn had been kind of nervous about going with a few tears the night before but once we were there he was ready to go. Sela and I watched him head down the hall. What a big step! I spent some time talking with our friend Heather who works at the school in the office! Big blessing because we are navigating Quinn's medication and any additional health needs in the school environment with her help.
At the end of the hour classroom visit there was a tea party! With the woman for whom the school is named--Joan Austin! All the students and parents/guests went to the library where there were real tea cups and saucers, tea or lemonade, and lots of cookies. Our friend Heather told Sela about the sugar cubes...and the first thing Sela asked for at the tea was a sugar cube! And she asked again while Mrs. Austin was talking. Ummm...more sugar cubes if you are quiet? Here you go.
Kindergarten officially kicked off on Thursday. When Quinn put on his backpack Thursday morning it was like super-Quinn had arrived! No nerves, just excitement. He was ready to go! Sela wanted to wear her backpack too--she was ready to start! We all went, trooping in, eyes wide open. There were hugs and kisses and Quinn joined the line of kids heading to his classroom. No tears from fact, I was surprised I didn't cry. Instead, I was really agitated. Just a way of dealing with stress I guess.

And after 2 hours and 40 minutes, I headed back over to pick up Quinn. He came out with his class and when he saw me he came running and gave me a huge bear hug. "Mommy!" And he immediately wanted to sit down and show me the papers in his backpack. He thought it was a great morning. He was ready to go back. I asked him what the biggest surprise which he said, "The rules on the playground! You can't run in the field." He spent the rest of Thursday bouncing off the walls! He was so excited!

Friday was his second day. Eager to head back, he wanted to make sure we weren't late. I was nervous because he had to go to the gym to wait with all the kids for the teachers to come get their classes. They wait with their own class but I wondered how he would do with all the people. After I picked him up, we talked about it and he said he wanted to go to school earlier so he could wait for his teacher longer. Ummm....OK. I think he is an extrovert.

He also decided that Eric Carle was his new favorite author because that is his teacher's favorite author. "Mom? Can we check out 18 books by Eric Carle? Mrs. Park said if we tell our parents about Eric Carle we would WOW them. Are you wowed?" Ummm...I'm always wowed by Quinn.

We are excited and nervous and thrilled for Quinn. I'm interested in seeing how the next month unfolds for him. He is already reading and writing. He can look at words and seems to intuitively know what it says. He knows three kids in his class and we are praying for some good interaction with classmates. I'm so glad too that Quinn has sweet little friends to continue playing with and spending time with.

We think we have a good plan set up for Quinn to be able to get his medications at school and have some leeway if there are things that he needs to do for his health. He can use the bathroom whenever he needs to. He can bring the snacks he needs even if it doesn't look "healthy". He can get his medication for snack time from the office. We'll continue to work with the staff through this process.

Sela turns 2!

Sela Ruth turned 2 on September 1st!

Here is Sela Ruth on her birthday!

Sela waiting for her birthday cake...she must be thinking "Are you looking at me?"

Sela is spirited, talkative, joyful, assertive, and funny. She loves being wherever Quinn is and loves doing whatever Quinn is doing. She loves her "babies" and totes them around the house. She loves firefighters, Larry-Boy, cars, trains, and hats.

She LOVES music! When she hears a beat, she starts to move. If she is sitting in a shopping cart it is a bounce. If it is in the car it is a fully body shimmy. And if she is somewhere she can move her feet, then watch out! Hands moving, feet going, head bopping. She loves singing.

Some favorite Sela phrases:
"I go too!"
"Good morning, Kin (Sela's word for Quinn)!"
"Where Kin go?"
"Bless you!"
"You okay?"
"We go bye-bye?"
"I jump on tramp-leen (trampoline) too!"
"We read story?"
"Please?" "Thank you!"
"Good job!"
"I go night-night"
"Where my babies?"
"CP time!" (what Sela calls Quinn's therapy)
"Tickle me"
"Chase me"
"Cut the pickle"

Favorite songs Sela Can Sing:
Jesus Loves Me
The Larry Boy theme song
Fireman Sam theme song
Open and shut them/Oh the Lord is Good to Me

She is such a fun and special girl! We can't believe she is two!

happy birthday sela ruth