Saturday, November 29, 2008

All About Henry

Ryan and I are surprised by Henry everyday. Here are a few of the things that our 1 year and 1 month old is doing lately...

1. Talking. He has becoming a little mocking bird. He said "Turkey" on Thanksgiving. He likes to look at pictures and point to people and say their name, my favorite is when he says "Wayne." We were at church the other day and he saw a statue of Mary and said, "Tricia." He was awake in his crib at 4:30am last week and was calling for "Nannad" (Grandad) and to my mom's dismay, calls her Mammy. We have been practicing LuLu, Papa & Meme and all his aunts and uncles names for when we come to Oregon in December. He also knows Jodi and Dean from their wedding picture on the fridge.

2. "SIDE!!!" Henry LOVES to be outside and could spend hours outside drudging around in the dirt. I let him get as dirty as possible. When anyone comes into the room he screams a high pitched, "SIDE!"

3. No NO! The teachers at the preschool say that he is their other teacher. When they tell a baby "no no" he crawls over and tells them "no no" over and over. Great...I wonder who he gets the bossiness from.

4. NANE! He loves his cousins. He gets to hang out with Zane a lot...I love when they are both sitting in their carseats and Zane makes Henry laugh hysterically.

5. Books. Still loves books. When he is getting extra sassy, I tell him to go read his books and he crawls (not walking yet) over to his books and talks to his books.

6. Elbow and Unee (Elmo and Ernie). We watch Elmo's Christmas Countdown everyday. Yes, Henry watches tv, call the cops. He calls it his "show."

Monday, November 17, 2008

Why Me?

When my Nana was diagnosed with cancer in the 80's I remember her telling us that her first question to God was, "Why me?" She said she was very angry and was so confused about why this would happen to her. Then she said after a while of asking "Why Me?" she realized, "Why not me? What is so great about me that I should be too good for cancer?"

This has stuck with me ever since. She modeled humility and grace that day about 20 years ago. I knew the Lord loved her, yet he allowed this to happen. She went on to beat the odds and beat cancer and live a full life full of trust in the Lord.

I wish I could have been there when she met her Savior face to face. I hope she got to see all the ways she showed all those around her the love and grace of Jesus everyday of her long life.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Oh Butt-Tricia

Even though our little mur-tricia babaluska only got to be here for 24 hours, we are glad she got to come back and love on Nana and us.

Auntie Tara taught Henry how to say, "Auntie" about 6 weeks ago and now he calls all of his aunties "Auntie." He also says, "Tricia" as of two days ago. He is so very smart--says his partial mother.

The MAC is Back

And I am not talking about politics!

I found my computer cord. I thought it was lost forever in the Abyss we call our storage unit! No, it was packed in a box at my mom's. I was a little frustrated that it was in a box in Henry's room all this time, but I quickly got over it knowing I would be reunited with my iBook G4 in a matter of minutes. Free from viruses, free from pop-ups, free from all things vista. All my pictures, all my folders, all my music...BACK!

The last picture down loaded to the Mac...

Welcome home mac, welcome home!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Nani Pani to a Hani

That's what I call my Nana...
I was remembering one time telling my Nana that all the prayers I ever prayed in hospital bathrooms (for my Aunt Kathy when she had the twins and for my Nana when she had cancer) were answered in the way that I asked. She said, "Maybe it is because that was when you were your most vulnerable with the Lord--there in the bathroom with your pants down." We both laughed.

My Nana always has the best answers.

She's going to be with Jesus soon. Lucky her...unlucky us.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Henry Update

Henry is doing very well. He had is first doctors appointment after the surgery and got his catheter out...yippee! Henry seems more relaxed and comfortable. He does not have to take any more of his medicine is very happy about that. We have another appointment in 4 weeks to see how things are healing.
We continue to be thankful to the Lord, Dr. Argueso, and our PA (Marilyn, I think) and to all who have prayed and continue to pray for Henry. We also think of Ben Byard, if it wasn't for him, we may have never met our wonderful doctor.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


With new Arizona liscense and voter registration card in hand, I stood in line at 5:45am. Voter number 1227. I was more than giddy this morning as I walked out of the Moose Lodge. I've never been more proud to be an American.