Saturday, December 5, 2009
Once when I was a little girl I wrote to Santa and asked him to bring me a twin sister. Of all things a TWIN!! Somehow I missed the reality of genetics and how babies are born (perhaps this was back before I knew that the stork was a myth). Although looking back on this request I am going to blame the "Christmas Special". In these shows anything is possible. People find out they have a twin, they get new mommys and daddies, they find a new wife or husband, they get free homes, they are healed form all sorts of ailments, little siblings that are in foster care are allowed to come live with them (this last example is from a recent show I watched in which, for no apparent reason, an adult sister was not allowed to have custody of her young brother, their parents had died in a tragic accident in the past. So at the last minute the social worker had a change of heart-see my scrooge analogy above- and gave her custody, and to top it off the adult sister rekindled past love with her high school boyfriend and he proposed...HOW PERFECT!!!! I am getting warm fuzzies just recalling it!) So it is because of examples like this that I blame the fact that I asked Santa for a twin sister. (Side note- Santa did write me back that year. I know, I am that important that Santa wrote me back. I just found out this year that the US postal service had a program that wrote back to kids from Santa. I always wondered how that worked. I never did ask my parents about it because it kept the magic of Christmas alive not knowing if it was them or not.)
I am sorry to inform you all that my life is NOT a Christmas special and so Santa did not bring me a twin sister. However, I am sure I got some cool toys. In the spirit of Christmas Specials this year I will be wishing for a free home. I would like the one from Miracle on 34th street(In that movie she got a new daddy, a home, and a new found belief in St. Nick!).
I hope all of you have time to lounge on the couch for an afternoon sipping hot cocoa and taking in the magic of the season by watching a mindless yet oddly fulfilling Christmas Special.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
One of our other traditions is the weekend after thanksgiving we have Steaksgiving. Its pretty much the same as thanksgiving except we eat leftovers from thanksgiving and then steak instead of turkey... This year will be our second annual steaksgiving. I am thankful for steaksgiving this year since I have to miss out on thanksgiving. (I would also like to add we are still thankful on steaksgiving....probably more thankful actually cause we are having steak instead of bird...just saying)
My FAVORITE holiday tradition(and I think my moms least favorite) is our Christmas Eve open house. It is a time where my parents make their house all clean and shiny...whip out the christmas music...the house is all decorated beautifully...our stockings are hung by the chimney...(you get the picture) And then we invite over 75 (turn out is around 35) of our closest friends/family and people we have just met to come over and celebrate on christmas eve with us. We have a ton of food. My mom makes steak soup (we obviously have a think for steak in our house...although I think you acutally use ground beef in steak soup) there are tons of snacks...homemade rolls (my dad should have been a bread maker...no kidding here!) So everyone just comes by and enjoys meeting people and celebrating the holiday together. My mom wanted to cancel it this year cause of the economy and it would be a stress financially to do the food. My vote is to make it potluck....People get that we are in a recession.I am sure they would be happy to bring something. Christmas eve is my FAVORITE holiday tradition. I love seeing people I haven't seen for a year and just enjoying the magic of christmas time. That is the only time of year that I still get that feeling I did when I was a little kid. And the best part...this year I get to go home and spend my first christmas with my husband. =)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FRIENDS....
Monday, November 16, 2009
This is Morley. She is the most lovely baby I have ever met.(I know lovely is an old word...however is just FITS with her. She is Lovely!) She rarely cries and brightens everyones day with her smile. People oohhh'd and ahhh'd over her when we went out cause she is just so SMILEY!! I was thinking it would stink to get up in the night to feed her, but it was enjoyable because how can you not be happy when a baby is so happy to see you! Even in the middle of the night.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Amanda and Andy Indian and Coyboy
Amelia & Shawn, Bee and bee sing victim
Janell and Marcus Camper and camp fire
emily & Wyatt ... Dwight Schrut & Princess Unicorn barbie (He collected these and sold them during the christmas episode in season 5)
Jacy & Brian, Baker and Bun in the oven...although she doesn't look preggo we are all very excited for baby cox.
Bee & Bee Keeper (Suzy & Andrew)
Paige Hadorn- Rubeus Hagrid
And then us and our little Chicken...literally.
She doesn't look at the camera cause it frightens her...
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Thanks to my friend becky for this wonderful video. Flash dances seem to be "ALL THE RAGE" this year. Oprah opened her new season with a flash dance, there are hundreds of videos on you tube about them. Kinda a cool idea. So watch out if you find yourself in a public place and music breaks out, you may just be experiencing a FLASH DANCE!!!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
So in lieu of updating you all on my dramatic overly stressed life (sorry becky, you already got the rundown tonight but thanks for listening, and understanding) I am going to talk about a neutral subject that is pretty common. MUSIC- People often ask the question "What kind of music do you like". I always thought that was an odd question. I don't know exactly what I like, and most of it isn't popular or a genre I can even explain. So here it is...
Relent K is my ALL TIME FAVORITE BAND!! They have the best music that I consider lyrically strong and very witty. Their albums have titles such as mmmmhhhmmm...., Four score and seven years ago, Anatomy of the tongue and cheek, ect ect. Their songs relate to the average persons life and they have a good beat. I looked it up and it is punk/pop as far as genre.
songs include "Which to bury us or the hatchet" "who I am hates who I've been" "High of 75" (which is about the weather) Good music and great lyrics. Check them out!
I also LOVE worship music and listen to that most frequently. Check out Hillsong United and Jon Shirley (itunes). Jon shirley happens to be the worship leader at our church, however his album "Heaven Hear Us" is very good.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
My north face Denali...I know these jackets are overpriced and my best friend things they are even kinda ugly...however I LOVE MY North face!! Since Kansas hasn't heard of fall and we have gone from 75degrees to 45 degrees in a matter of days...the north face has leaped out of
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
My husband is the funniest person I know. He can make me laugh harder than anyone. I think laughter is very important...because if you can't laugh at yourself and in situations it makes things much harder.
We couldn't stop laughing during our wedding ceremony
My husband is so encouraging....for example. He wrote this on my fb wall tonight (I work nights)hey! just so you know, you are as beautiful as the day i met you! LOVE!
My husband is adventurous, and if it is not his idea of a great adventure he goes along with my ideas of adventure too...when we first started dating we called our date nights "adventure nights
Us in Rocky Mountain National Park at the Alpine visitor center...we took a trek up to 12005ft...(dan was not a fan of this idea but he was up for it because I wanted to go so muchMy husband loves God and always encourages my relationship with God. He has strength though God and I never have to carry a burden alone. He is always next to me taking the weight off.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Here is a pic from way back when (Oh how my 12year old heart throbbed for them.)
Friday, October 2, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Dan had an Echocardiogram through his primary care doctors It was on friday 9/11. So we didn't find out anything about it right away but the tuesday after, his doctors office called and said he was in early congestive heart failure. So obviously we freaked out and an appointment was made to see the cardiologist on the following friday. We find out thursday night that the nephrologist has a opening and we can also see him on friday. We go to the cardiologist first who gives us the news that he isn't in CHF however he does have Left ventricular hypertrophy, which is thickening of the Left ventricle due to his chronic high blood pressure. We were relieved that he wasn't in CHF but frusterated that someone told us that in the first place. The cardiologist ordered an arteriogram and possible angioplasty for the next thursday. We went to the nephrologist that afternoon and he agreed with the cardiologists decision. I loved the nephrologist. He was a very good doctor. We then went on a date to build-a-bear, silly I know but we had a fun, care-free time.
So thursday 9/24 was the big day for the arteriogram. I had to work Wednesday night but luckily someone came in at 1 for me so I could get some sleep before a very long day. He had the arteriogram which did show narrowing of his L renal artery. It is narrowed after it branches. The arteriogram and angioplasty went well and for the most part were pretty uneventful. (Dan would disagree, they had to balloon his artery 5 times and it is very painful.) However the artery opened and he had no complications. He had his femoral cath removed that evening and got to eat and get some pain meds.
The next morning Dr. Patel the cardiologist came in and gave us the diagonsis of Fibromuscular dysplasia. It means fibrin grows in the arteries instead of muscle in some places causing the artery to resemble beads/a string of pearls. So instead of being like a straw it pinces off in multiple places like a string of pearls would. It is a very rare disease that mostly affects women. Something like 80% of the time the disease is diagnosed in an autopsy. (very sobering statistic) So the plan is frequent check ups to make sure the artery remains opened, possible angioplasties, and a possible stent/although the cardiologsit said because of were the blockage is (after the artery branches) a stent isn't a great option. However at least we have a diagnosis and plan of care. I loved Dr. Patel too. He came in and just gave us a ton of information and was very good. He also said he would consult some docs with more experience in FMD to see what they thought of Dan's case.
He has been sore from the angioplasty but overall was doing well. Until tonight.... He was making dinner and grease from the frying pan splashed into his eye. So just over 48 hours after leaving the hospital from his angioplasty he went back to the ER for his eye. He has two burned spots on his face and a burned cornea. Very painful. (We are starting to feel like JOB) I had to work tonight so Dionne met us at the ER and is staying with him tonight. He has to take eye drops every two hours and is still in a lot of pain. I am trying to encourage him. I know he is feeling very discouraged. He is such a great man and works so hard, and all of this is just a lot to handle. It seems when we get a grasp on what is going on something else happens. He has to follow up with an opthimologist which is just another thing to add to his already full schedule.
We will continue to trust God. We are obviously in a time of trial and we will stay strong and praise God for all he has given us and what a merciful God he is.
Please pray that our spirits would not be discouraged.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
John 14:13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
John 14: 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 15: 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
John 16 33"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
So once again tonight We are trusting in our faithful Father and glad that we have each other.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
A few weeks ago I went back to Dan wengers old bedroom at his friends house and had some girls pray over me to just be free of all the guilt, and bonds that hold me so tightly to him even when there is so much time between us. God is Good. I feel the bonds of my past have been released. I feel free to be who God wants me to be and not have to constantly be staring through a veil of my past. Dan wenger has been on my mind a lot though. Emily gives me updates every so often and it sounds like he is doing pretty poorly. I hope someday he is able to see how much he is loved by others and by God. Anyway on to brighter topics!
I only have four more shifts until I am off for the wedding. YAY! Work is very over-rated. However I am thankful to have a job. We are completing all our wedding tasks and are ready to relax and enjoy!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I need to become a woman who prays without ceasing and who lives her life in the word. I am excited about the changes but scared.
After 61 at the Gathering we sang this song multiple times that says "I will not be afraid, I will not be ashamed for you are with me, you are with me. And I've seen enough to know, that you're my only hope. I don't want to go if you're not with me."
I will not be afraid. If God is for me, who can be against me!
In other news, we have less than two months until I become Mrs Laurisa Ballew. I am excited. I need to relax, put my mind at ease and just have fun in the next two months. There is stuff left to do, but I really have to just get my mind ready to have fun on that day. I am honestly super stressed about it, which isn't necessary, but just how I am. SO RELAX is my motto. It will be wonderful without me trying to control every single detail.