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Miracle Skin Salve 2oz

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Tiling, painting, packing

This weekend was a blurr. We worked so hard to get everything done. We just did not quite make it again. But Tal will be returning to this weekend without us. We are a little sad because we haven't spent a lot of quality time together. We seem to always be doing something. Me at work or if we are off we are unpacking or packing and doing remodeling on the house. But the good news is that this is all coming to an end soon.

Tal got about 1/3 of the kitchen tiled. The bathroom is now a beautiful taupe color that matches the tiles perfectly. And most of the rooms are set to be shown. Tal will finish up the rest this weekend. And if all goes well, we have signed the papers for the realtor to start showing the house on Monday. YEAH!!!! It is priced good, I think and we fortunately can afford to be patient. God has been in every step so far, so we know He is directing the timing as well. Pray that the housing market speeds up a little though. It has been really slow lately. And it would be so beneficial to us to have a sold sign on our house, but our realtor too has had a hard few months. And I really am praying that she can have some sells soon, even if it isn't ours right now.

Emma was a blast this weekend. She has been learning everything lately. She can count to four now, pretty consistently. She can tell you all the colors of the rainbow (brown, black and pink too!). She knows tons of animals and all their noises. Also, she got more flash cards and we learned triangle, square, circle, and rectangular. She is so much fun. She spent all weekend putting "all better" on my chin where I have had pregnancy breakouts. And she found out she liked to play in the mud. And she was a queen with a roll of hot pink wrapping paper. I have pictures, but they will have to wait until Thursday or the weekend to get posted because I have to work tomorrow. And Emma gets all my attention in the mornings usually.

Tal might hear in the next day or two about his potential job, so keep that and the house in your prayers. Also, I got out of my glucose test, but that means I have to be very diligent about my diet. So pray for me as I finish out the next seven and a half weeks of good eating.

Hope to hear from you soon!
Mary

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Sorry no pictures yet

Okay, my days off did not go as planned. I was so very tired on Tuesday that I barely got out of bed. I would get up long enough to go back to sleep for another nap. I was nice to be able to rest, but I wish I could have gotten more done. It was so much fun being off with Emma and Tal. We did play a little together and then we did watch the Cardinals game that night. Emma had fun runny between her grandmommy and grandaddy and Uncle Mike. I don't know what she is going to do when we get our own place again and she is stuck with Tal and I. She would cheer for the Cardinals every time something sounded exciting on the TV. She would say, Go Bball! and of course, she would add Go Vols! Then if we looked like we did not like the play, she would say, "OH NO" It was adorable.

She is loving the cold. She bends over a little, puts her hands in fists and then says "cooooold". My mom bought her some Leap Frog flashcards the other day. She has learned so many new words. It is so much fun because she is wanting to name everything. She will tell you the name of everything that she sees if she knows it. It is so much fun. We also learned "1,2,3"

Wednesday, I had my doctors appointment. I, of course, failed my glucose test royally. I was so sick the rest of the day waiting on my blood sugar to regulate. It would go up and down all day. So I stayed on the couch most of the day hoping not to lose my lunch. Finally, after I went to bed, about two in the morning, I felt better. I ate my share of protein and low glycemic carbohydrates today. That made me feel a lot better. I am supposed to go for my three hour glucose test in a week and a half, but I have decided to refuse it because I felt so horrible after the little one. So I will call this next tomorrow or Monday and get them to okay me not taking it. I will promise to be a good girl and not eat any sugar from now until the birth if they will just let me not take that test. I just hate feeling like that.

Emma went with us because she was having a little meltdown about me leaving. It was raining, so she had her little rain/wind jacket on. She kept saying, :It baining, Mommy!" She and Tal walked around the hospital while I was back seeing the "dog tger" When we got in the car, she said "Mommy, Dog tger all better?" Oh yea, she had insisted on wearing her socks and jelly shoes. She was walking out to the car, but when Tal told her she had to hold his hand, she refused, we thought. She usually throws a fit when we request her to hold our hand. But after a few seconds, I realized she was not yelling and crying about being carried, but she was upset because her shoe had fallen off. So I retreived her shoe and her world became a better place to live in!

Today, I had to work again. Emma did not want me to leave, but apparently as soon as I left she was quite okay with me being gone. She spent the day visiting her great grand parents. Tal said she has been a perfect angel all day. I wish I could have been there to enjoy it. But this weekend, we will have fun together.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Can you believe October is almost over

I cannot believe how fast that this whole month as gone. It is incredible. I know that it was just Sept a few seconds ago. And now it is almost November. Plus, I had just gotten used to saying that Emma is 21 months old, and now she is 22 months old. Soon, I will just have a two year old. Yikes.

Yesterday as I was playing with Emma, I just could not get over the fact that she has been with us for two years. She is the biggest blessing. She just cuddles up with you. And in the morning, when I first pick her up, she pats me on the shoulder and then rubs my back with her hand, going, "Hi Momma, Hi Momma!" It is just awesome. This weekend was a blast with her. She and I went with Tracy and her two boys to the park. It was the greatest park going because it had a designated place for toddlers. She loved it. Normally, she loves parks, but usually she needs you to help her out a bit. But no, this was just her size and she was all over it. Going down the slide, on the swings, the rocking horses, driving the play tractor, and sittting in the dark tunnel. Then there were chimes made out of piping. She had so much fun playing those. She played so hard that she was out as soon as we got in the car. She slept all the way back to Collierville, (about 45 minutes) and then for about another hour when we got home. Then she got up and ate some more.

We went to see Big Daddy again on Saturday. I wish I could get there more, but I am so rushed on the days that I work. Emma took her baby and her stroller to stroll her baby around. She did not spend a whole lot of time visiting but she did let me visit with him. He seems to be getting stronger every day. It is just so hard to see him in a wheelchair. I just remember him when I was in elementary school out in the yard or building the shed out back of his house. I just have always adored him. The last four years have had so hard for him.

We watched the Cardinals play on Saturday. Emma sat in my lap and would bend down to my belly and say, "Wake up, my baby" She would squeal every time he moved. Then when she got done blowing raspberries, she would say, "Okay, my baby, nigh nigh" and give him a kiss and get down and play. During ballgames, she will alternate between playing and cheering, especially if we are cheering. And sometimes out of the blue she will be watching the TV and something will happen and the crowd boos or something, and she puts her hands to her face and says "OH NO" It is so funny.

Sunday was a bummer day, we did not get much done. I had great plans, but things just did not work out. My parents got back from the game in Knoxville and we had a great lunch of grilled hot dogs. Then we were getting ready to work and we got a phone call that Tal and Dad needed to help move a recliner. So Emma and I took a nap while everyone else went to help move the recliner. Everyone got back, and Mike got back from being out and Mark came over in time for the game. We were going to have popcorn, which is our family tradition on Sunday nights going back since I was little, and mom suggested we try popping it over the stove with this popcorn maker she had purchased. It was sooooooo good. I got the honor of figuring it out and it was so easy. The popcorn turned out unbelievable. Mom always has to butter it for me, because she does it better than I do. But it was definitely well worth it. So we had two rounds of popcorn for the game. Since we were all together and had such awesome popcorn, of course, St. Louis had to lose. I thought they were going to pull it out, but alas, they did not. So now they can finish it up in St. Louis!

I had a long day at work today because of an early staff meeting. And I was here a long time on Friday because we had a very sick kid. So I am glad I am off tomorrow and Wednesday. Tomorrow is work day at our house. We have so much stuff to settle in our room. And finish laundry. Wednesday I have my glucose test and Elliot check up. Then we have to get ready for the weekend. We are going back to Arkansas to finally get this house on the market. So keep us in your prayers as we finish up this weekend!

Hopefully pictures tomorrow.
Mary

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Update for the week...

Well, I am finally back at a computer that has internet access. We were home for a long weekend of five days. So I was not able to update anything. Also, I haven't taken a picture in way too long. But I will get some this weekend of our growing little girl for those of you who have requested an updated picture. She changes by the day...

So our house still is not on the market. We were so disappointed, but we have decided that our trust is in the Lord and His plans are higher than our plans. We worked so hard this weekend, but being new at home renovations and having a 22 month old just did not bode well for our time. Tal was a trooper. He worked so hard at getting our little home renovation projects finished. (Due to the fact that we have not actually had a vacation since we moved there, a few projects have just been slow to get finished over the past 11 months. So we are just now getting to them.) Tal got the crown molding up in the kitchen, which I am so sad to leave because I was right that it would look awesome in there. And we have no small thanks for Paw Paw, Tal's grandfather, because without him there would be no molding, or at least we would still be hanging it a week later. He is such a trooper. He was there walker and all, cutting molding and helping hang it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! You don't know what a blessing you were and are. Tal also finsihed getting the hiddeous wallpaper out of the bathroom. The next owners should pay us nicely just for getting all the incredibly horrible wallpaper out of the house. But I guess they won't really know how bad it was, but I do have pictures!! So Tal still have a few more projects to complete, but we are closing in on a finish line. We did get all the rooms pretty much cleaned out of extra junk! After moving four times and now facing our fifth official move, we decided it was time to drop a few pounds in the stuff department. I think we filled no less than ten black trash bags worth of trash and junk to throw away. And there is a hefty mound in the dining room to be given away. And I am sure if I was pressed, I could find more to throw out. It has been a freeing experience. Tal and I went through the last two rooms on Monday night. I sat in the den with five boxes labeled: kitchen, Emma, bathroom, office, and general. I consolidated those two rooms, which were quite full down to those five smaller boxes (and pretty small boxes actually.) So we were quite proud of our accomplishments. It is my goal not to have a "junk" box this time. (And espeically not ten to twenty like it seems we have ended up with in the last few moves.) But our other moves were more rushed and we have had time to really go through things this time. The only noticable positive out of this whole ordeal.

Okay, so enough of that, except a plead for prayer that things move rapidly and we get a good offer once it is on the market. And that we aren't out too much money once all is said and done.

Now for Emma news... How did we end up with such a sweetie! God is the best, giving me that sweetheart of a girl. She has this thing where she goes "Hi, Momma, Hi, Momma..." and she will say it over and over and just smile at you. It melts your heart. She used to wave at the same time but now she just smiles. Or she will get the cell phone and instead of saying hi, she just waves at it. So adorable. I think she has settled in with life in Memphis. She actually acted like she was missing it, saying she wanted to come back to grandmommy's house. And when we were driving up today, she was waving her arms and saying "YEAH" when she recognized the subdivision. She ran right in and found grandmommy and I hear she did not let her out of her sight most of the day.

She was into everything this weekend. She had so much fun playing with toys she had forgotten she had. And keeping her eye on PawPaw and MeMe (and MawMaw and Grandaddy, but she now uses just the PawPAw and MeMe to refer to both of the grandparents.) She is usually so scared of loud noises but with the vaccuum, carpet shampooer, miter saw, and air compresser going, she finally got to where she wasn't so much as scared, but she would just make sure I was in sight. Then she would say, "OH" and clap. Paw PAw was wearing a hat on Tuesday, so of course Emma had to wear a hat too. She was wearing her Easter hat and everytime she went to look out the window to check on him, she had to find her hat to wear.

And drumroll, please, Emma is cutting her last two teeth! Well, she has a couple molars to go, but the major teeth, she is cutting now. She had a slight cold this weekend, but very slight and she had horrible diaper rash, that I thought maybe she had rotavirus. But thankfully, she was just cutting her last teeth!!!! Yeah.

Well, I better post this because I lost most of it last night. Tal has a job interview tomorrow! Keep him in your prayers. Tomorrow is also my last day this week. Yeah, Yeah!

Talk to you later!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Time flies as we are having fun....

So it has been a few days since I last sat down to type on this thing.... Sorry for those who check everyday. I know it must be a little disappointing to not find anything. Anyway.....

So we came back to Memphis on October 1st, I think. (My days have been flying lately..) We moved our bed, most of our clothes, a few dressers and other little things to my parents house. Thanks to Jamie for helping load everything up on that Saturday and my dad for helping unload it when we got to his house that Sunday. We got things pretty settled that night, which was nice since I had to go to work the next day. Emma seems to be adjusting well to the new living arrangements. I miss our little house in Benton, but it is sinking in that it isn't really going to be our house anymore. The room that my parents are letting us use is very spacious and we are so thankful for the room. It will be especially nice when Elliot gets here to have the extra square feet.

I worked the next three days. Emma got to stay with Grandmommy on Tuesday because Tal went back to Benton to return the trailer and worked with Granddaddy on the house a little. She is having so much fun having lots of extra people around to entertain her. I think Uncle Mike is enjoying that she finally will talk to him, but he might enjoy not hearing Mike Mike thirty times a minute. Last night she had him holding her hands as she walked up the stairs (like a big kid one step at a time with the next foot going ot the next step, no baby steps for this girl.) and then he would pick her up and run down the stairs as she squealed at the top of her lungs. So cute, but I think she wore him out. Then Two Dad pulled her down the stairs upside down and on her head. She thinks that is the bomb. I am not sure I would like it too much.

So then on Thursday, October 5th, Tal, Mom, Dad, and Emma Grace and I left to drive to St. Louis. It wasn't a bad drive for us thankfully. We got there in time to check in the hotel have a great mexican dinner at a little restaurant we found, and then Tal and I went to the conference for the opening night. It was incredible. Voddie Baucham was one the the speakers that night. And it was so good. I just had chills down my spine as he relayed what God had laid on his heart to share. We were able to meet the two other elders in his church and thank them for the financial support they provided. Then mom and dad picked us up and we were back to the hotel for another night of sleep. Emma thought it so much fun running between hotel rooms. One time mom and I were sitting in their room and Emma was running back and forth and slammed the door to Tal and I's room in our face. It was then that we realized that there was no way to get in the room without the room key from the hallway. And the only key was in the room. So mom and I panicked for about two seconds and then mom sprinted off trying to find a housekeeper and I talked to Emma under then door and tried to keep her calm. She got a little upset, but I coaxed her into playing with her diapers instead of being upset. She was just fine making lots of noise playing and laughing when a nice housekeeper let us in the door. She did not even act like it was a problem. Thankfully she probably never figured it out that she was locked in. She likes to shut the door in place but usually we can get in the door. So that was our big adventure of the trip. Oh, I forgot too, that morning when we left for St. Louis we stopped by to see my grandfather. When she was telling Big Daddy goodbye, she called out, "Bye Bye, Call me..." Tal and I just laughed and laughed at that. Also in the lobby of the Villages she was talking to the Parakeets. They would chirp back and she would say, "Again, Again." I think she thought they were chirping on command. She is such an animal lover.

So Friday Tal and I went to the conference during the day. It was amazing to realize how many couples were in the exact same situation we were in. Or very similar at least. It was encouraging mainly because we realized we were not too far of base at least. Not that knowing that God has brought us down that path was not enough for us, but it just made us feel a little better know that we had others in the same situation. So we had a great time of fellowship and encouragment and really had our eyes opened. It was so refreshing to see how these men and women really wanted to raise their children and go out and change the world. It made us realize how shallow life was without a desire to fully follow what Christ has set forth as our pattern for life. So we were blessed and are looking forward to putting this all into practice.

I did not go on Saturday. Emma had a rough night with teething and diaper rashes, so I slept in with her. Then when we finally got going, I decided to just stay with her the rest of the day. Mom and Dad took us to the St. Louis zoo. It was fun and fortunately was pretty cool outside so we could tolerate the walking up and down the hills. And I did not realize how hilly it would be. Emma was of course in her element. She loved the zebras and ducks especially. She did like the herpetorium. Which Tal has not taken her to see in Memphis because it wasn't his favorite. But of course there are alligators, snakes, frogs and lizards on Dora, so she thought it was the best. She got to see an Iguana, which there is one on Dora named Isa, so she went crazy dancing and jumping saying, "I see it, I see it!" And she saw a few other animals that she has learned on Dora or Diego, so that was lots of fun. Then afterward we went to the Cheesecake Factory. It was delicious as usual. We had to get the cheesecake to go. And it was so good even in the car!

Emma fell out asleep on the way to pick up Tal. She was so cute when she woke up two hours later and he was in the seat next to her. She was estatic over seeing him. He was so worn out from information overload, thank the Lord my dad was driving. We were celebrating the Arkansas overturning Auburn. Poor Tal, did not even get to see the game, but he said he got more out of the conference than any game could ever do for him. We got in range to hear TN just as the game was starting. It was great, except we weren't playing too well. I kept saying that it was just because they were waiting for us to get home to do well. And of coruse, those of you who saw the game know that they turned it up after the half. It was so much fun to see the second half. But I was exhausted by the end of the game and thankful for the bed.

Sunday we just took it easy. I wasn't feeling well. We did run a few errands, but for the most part just chilled out. It made life a lot better not having to push things. We just had a nice family day.

Monday was another day off for me. I was very thankful because I felt awful. I thought I was getting a sinus infection, but by the time we arrived at my scheduled OB appointment, I knew it was just an old fashioned cold. I really wanted to tell him it was a sinus infection, but I knew that would not help me getting antibiotics for a cold. But the baby is doing great. Dr. Stinson is our doctor here in Memphis, he is our friend's doctor. I elected not to go back to the doctor that delivered Emma because of all the needless complications that came up. But we really liked Dr. Stinson. He was so nice and spent a lot of time with us. He said everything looks great right now. The heart beat was perfect and great movement. I have my glucose tolerance test (which I failed with Emma and had to go on the Gestational diabetes diet) in two weeks, which is our next OB visit. He said that if everything goes smoothly we will have a baby for sure in the next ten weeks. He doesn't want me to go past my due date at this point, but we will see soon what happens. With Emma we kept thinking that time was crawling, but now it is like time warp. I am totally excited but on the other hand, I would love for Tal to have a job and things to be a little more settled before he gets here. But we are totally glad that he will be joining us soon and God takes care of everything. I just don't always know how He is going to do it.

So I called in yesterday and stayed in bed most of the day. I was not feeling good at all. But I am better now. I came to work today. It has been a long day, but thankfully is coming to a close. Emma was good for her daddy today. She was very excited when her Uncle Matt arrived from college for the weekend. He said she squealed and ran up to him. That made him feel very good. She was playing outside with him the last time I checked earlier in the evening. Tal said except for waking up from her nap, she has been in a pleasant mood all day. I guess having six days with mommy helped a little. Starting Friday, she will get another five days with me, so she should be a little sweet heart for Daddy next week.

Keep praying for Tal's job. He is pursuing one right now that he feels very highly about. We are praying that everything will work out. He is so determined that he will get a good job in order to take care of us better and for me to be home with our babies. I am so proud of him and how much he has taken the reigns to make sure things get done. It is a blessing to be married to him. But just pray that the right job will come his way. And that it will not only bless us, but that he will be a great blessing to them as well. And pray that God provides for our needs while I am the only source of income. Or more importantly that we continue to learn to trust Him and His provision. He has never left us stranded, but I sure like to fret over it.

We will be returning to Benton for the weekend to finish up some projects. MeMe and Granddaddy have been so kind as to work at our house while we were gone. But our prayer is to get it finished this weekend, so we can get it on the market and sold asap. So that is a prayer as well, that we get a lot done and that the house selling goes well.

Okay, my book is finished now. Maybe I'll get some pictures on the web soon!
mary