Wednesday, November 26, 2008

To the Doctor We Will GO!

Well, I took Lil R today back for his "after strep" check-up. His strep's gone, but now he has an ear infection! Even though he was on an antibiotic! So we have switched his antibiotic and maybe this one will clear up his right ear.
Anyway--we do have a LOT to be thankful for! I'm already thankful for the five pounds I'm fixing to put on over the next few days! WOOHOO!
Enjoy your day today!
I'm hosting the whole crowd here tomorrow.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Serene Sunday Morning

I wish this was the view from my back porch, but since I don't have a screened in back porch, and almost all of the leaves have turned that dead ugly brown color, I can still dream, right?!
I do love me a good chilly Sunday morning here at The Doublewide! There's nothing like getting up, getting the coffee going, and getting ready to go worship.

Big Daddy and Lil R aren't going to church today because of Lil R's Strep! They'll have fun here I'm sure!
Enjoy the beauty that God has given you today. Whether it be outside, in church, or in the eyes of the ones you love the most--it's His way of lovin' on you today!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Enough whining already--things that make me happy!

I have noticed that I've been whining and complaining a LOT lately so enough of that!
In honor of it being Friday, I thought I'd do a post of things that make me HAPPY! Of course there are so many things that do make me happy, but I am gonna just list a few today.
My Mammaw Frances gave me this yellow Pyrex bowl. It has become one of my treasures as I have taken up the art of baking Sourdough bread! You breaka my Pyrex, I breaka you face! haha
I love my new CTE shirt! It has made me happy today just to be able to wear something NEW for a change! HAHA!
This is my scrapbooking corner in my classroom. It's nowhere near what I would like for it to be, but I am in the process of actually having the time to do something with it!

My friend Jan put this beautiful basket on the pew that I always sit on at church this past Sunday. With it was a sweet card offering encouragement to keep on keepin' on! I just love great friends and I brought this to school so I can see it everyday!
This is my jewelry and polymer clay "center" in my classroom. I can spend hours here and not even realize it! This truly makes me happy!
Seeing great students work on a Friday morning also makes me smile! Notice my new tablecloths? Oohhh--they're so purdy!

And making faces with some of my silly students at school always makes me smile!

And finally---I think he's gonna take after his MAMA!

Enjoy your day today! The sun's out in the piedmont of North Carolina today!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Still Prayin'

Just wanted to take a quick minute and update everyone yet again.
Me and daddy took mammaw to the doctor yesterday to get her culture results. The doctor said her wound looks a "zillion times better" but her MRSA culture tested positive.
Ronnie took Lil R to the doctor today because he's been coughing and has actually coughed so hard he's thrown up. His strep culture test was positive too!
I can't be exposed to MRSA with him having strep, so my sweet sister is taking over my duties for the next few days with mammaw.
Mammaw has told us that she's ready to go home to heaven. Some days when I see her suffering, I think I'm ready for her to go too. It will be so nice when God gives her memory back to her and she's healthy. When her legs will allow her to run all over heaven and she'll know her family and her friends and her Lord.
Please continue to pray for my family. God isn't finished with mammaw yet. I called my sister today to tell her about Lil R's strep test, and asked her when were things going to get better? Her reply was that this is all a test. I hope God takes his red pen and passes us with flying colors, because his grace and mercy right now are sufficient.
Thanks for your comments and prayers, especially YOU--Cat! You're an inspiration to me and I thank God that we're friends. You too are a blessing to me with your encouraging words and hugs. I love you girl!
Thanks Doodah for listening to me threaten the world with a Paxil prescription...hahah
Thanks Daddy for trying your best to be our family's rock.
Thanks Big R for taking care of me and my little man during all of this stress.
Thank you Lord for your blessings on me daily--for making me a mama, and for allowing me to feel love and joy when my little man comes running to hug me a zillion times a day.
Thank you Lord, most of all, for giving me and my family strength and wisdom and patience and for everyday that you keep mammaw here with us to bless us...
Have a great day y'all!
Tell those closest to you how much you love 'em.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Man alive! It's been a LONG time since I've posted a blog here! Things are wild here at The Doublewide.
Yesterday was Big Daddy's 35th birthday! My sweet little sister called me and told me that she'd sit with mammaw while we went out to eat. I tried to find a babysitter for Lil R, but wasn't able to. After calling Big Daddy to tell him that we'd be going out to eat for his birthday, and that I was working on getting a babysitter, his reply shocked me. He said, "I want just the three of us to go out to eat--there's nobody I'd rather spend it with that you and Lil R." I almost cried because it was too sweet.
With all the stress that I've been under lately, he almost caused me to lose it---for real. I'm so thankful that God gave me a sweetheart like Big Daddy. He might not be someone who'll get up and do things without having a little prodding, but he's got the biggest heart! At the end of the day, I think that's what does to me anyway.
This afternoon Lil R was on my lap at the computer. He likes for me to go to YouTube and play the Bibbiti Bobbiti Boo video and he also love to hear The Chordettes sing "Lollipop." Today, he kept wanting to watch a bunch of other videos for kids and I finally had to tell him that I needed to go to Mammaw's and check on her. He stuck his cute little finger up in the air, and said, "No you don't mama--no you don't". I feel guilty for having to leave the house every hour or so to check on her, but she needs me too. Her bed sore is AWFUL! I won't gross you out, but if you're bored, google bed sore photographs--hers is probably Stage 3--maybe even Stage 4, and the packing and bandaging needs changing twice daily. I'm the only one in my family with a stomach of steel, so I don't mind. Bless her heart, she says she doesn't feel it, but when I see it, I'm like, HOW CAN YOU NOT?!
Anyway--I'm taking her back to the wound specialist this coming Wednesday. Please pray for healing and rest.
Have a great rest of the weekend. If it's not TOO muddy from all the rain we've had lately, I'm hoping to take some pictures outside while the leaves are still somewhat colorful.
Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

How YOU durin?

Just to give you all a quick update....
A week ago today, I went to mammaw's house, across the road from The Doublewide, to take her medicines and supper to her. I do this every night and sit and visit awhile so that Big R can give Lil R a bath.
As I went inside, all of the lights were out and the TV was not on. This is very unusual for 8:00 PM at mammaw's.
When I turned on the lights, I saw her....laid out in the floor with her favorite blanket covering her and her walker underneath her legs....
After calling my daddy and 911, we followed the ambulance to the hospital with my sister and her husband.
After many hours of tests, waiting, and x-rays, we were told that her hip was broken.
Two days later, the doctors said that it wasn't broken after all, but that she had severe arthritis in her right hip, and had a bad bedsore. (This was caused by her sitting in her chair all of the time).
She was released from the hospital Friday afternoon and came to The Doublewide to get the ROYAL TREATMENT!
She's anxious to go back home and "get out of our way".
I have missed 2.5 days of work, lost many hours of sleep, and have spent lots of time talking to my family and to my Lord. But, I have gained more than I have lost. Spending time with her, talking to her, watching her face light up when Lil R runs to love on her, laughing at old memories, and enjoying many many trips back in time, God has truly blessed me this past week in more ways that I could ever convey.
She's going back to her house today and I'm truly going to miss her being right here with me.
Please, when you talk to Jesus today, say a prayer for my sweet, precious Mammaw Frances who means the world to me and the rest of my family.