You have to try this...Emma swears by it! Much better than any ointment we have tried ever....

Miracle Skin Salve 2oz

Monday, April 30, 2007

Help for Ethan

Just wanted to make sure that you are all praying for Ethan....

I am helping with his campaign for bone marrow drives. I am fielding between 100-300 emails daily, so I have not had much spare time lately to post. Please pass on the info to anyone you know. www.ethanpowell.com and anyone can email me at infoforethan@yahoo.com and I can answer any questions...

also, for all military and department of defense people, if you want to host a mini-drive within your office or area or even just for people you know, the DOD will send you a kit as long as you commit to getting 10 samples. It is only a mouth swab, no blood!! here is a link http://www.dodmarrow.org/index.htm

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Urgent Prayer needed

For those of you who haven't yet seen Ethan's site, please visit it and pray for him and his family today. www.ethanpowell.com

Also, please pass it on to those you know. This is a precious little boy! Pray that he and his family are surrounded with the love from above!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Muses of the day....

I have spent the last few hours....work can be slow lately....reading random blogs. I read all my friend's blogs and then I started reading all their friends' blogs and then I started reading their friends' friends' blogs. You get desparate when all you have to do is surf the internet...

So, I have come to the conclusion that in the world of blogging there are many types of bloggers. Some bloggers type a minute by minute diary of their life, with way too much information. These bloggers I have dubbed the Blog-dependent. They come in all types of walks of life, but most are single girls or housewives. Then there are the photo bloggers, most of their blogs consist of pictures cute or not, telling a general story of their lives. These are the ones that say little. I have found mostly these are the mothers (and fathers) of young children. We know why they have little to say, that is because they have little time in their life at this point for anything but the basics: eating, sleeping, bathing.... Then there are the well-balanced bloggers. You get several blogs a week that are well concise and formated very properly. They include the occasional picture to support their text. These are the people that I am slightly jealous of, because they tend to be well organized, early to bed, early to rise (no, 3am blogging for them) kind of people. Usually, all their pictures of their kids have matching outfits and their hair is always combed. Then there are the random bloggers. They give us the random and often weird thoughts that stray in and out of their heads, and most often these are random in their frequency as well.

I, having analyzed these blogger types (obviously, right now I am not earning my salary...), have decided that I fit mostly into the picture blogger at this point in my life, but that I tend to bounce from category to category with my mood. Although, the well-balanced blogger, probably has never been used to describe my mood. (I tend to post too many "real" life pictures to be well balanced.)

And all that to say, why do we do this. Why do we spend time typing pages of endless script and upload the occasional picture (even clever video from time to time). This phemon has only recently (and by recent, I speak of the past 10 years) become such a huge thing. Before we kept up with friends with real letters and phone calls, and crazy, but actually with person encounters, maybe even lunch. Now, I rarely need to seek out my less close friends to see how they are because I can plant my curious nose right in their business without interupting them at all. Don't get me wrong, we still all do things with our friends, but I find that I have gotten less and less persistent about keeping up with people because I can drop by their website anytime and see how they are doing.

On the otherhand, I have gotten in touch with people that I have not even thought of in years. Like the girl that I romped with in elementary school or the girl that lived across the hall from me ten years ago in Russia. It is fun to see how life has treated them. Of course, it is neat to spy on people that you would not have the nerve to talk to in person as well.

Then there are the blogs of my patients. These blogs make me cry sometimes and other times they make me proud to work at St. Jude. For patient confidentiality, I cannot relay their stories, but as I read about the struggles of a mom as she watches her infant girl slowly lose her fight with cancer, I realize how little I have in life to complain about. And when I see the teenager struggle because chemo has so ravaged his joints that he is facing multiple joint replacement surgeries, things that most people don't have to think about until they are old, I realize that it is extrodinary that he is chipper everytime I see him. These blogs become special tools to help me better know how to minister to these precious ones.

So that is what I have thought about tonight as I have read a thousand blogs. Thanks for reading my blog tonight. And I hope that it has not bored you too much!

Mary

Pictures from the weekend

Emma had a blast outside all day on Sunday. She followed Two Dad and Uncle Matt around almost all day. She was "scooping" the dirt, playing baseball with Uncle Mark, and sitting in the hammock with Two Dad. When Two Dad left to get mulch, she sat down and cried and said, "oh no, my best friend Two Dad left me" She was into best friends and favorite this and thats. There she is with Two Dad
Scooping dirt Uncle Matt in his hammock.
Emma got in this box and said"Look I am a box" She is having fun with all the boxes around. She also collapsed it and used it as her "skateboard" What an imagination.


She found an old armor helmet from when my brothers and I were growing up. She called it her bicycle helmet. I had to put this one on. Mom was warming up a left over artichoke for dinner one night and Emma grabbed it before the water got to boil and at over half of it.



Monday, April 16, 2007

And there is Elliot!

I had so much fun capturing him yesterday. He was in rare form with a ton of smiles. It really captured my little man!
Here is is laughing. Another laugh
His serious look.
A little smile
Taking a bath, I am not much on bath pictures, but I stragetically posed it so you could see how much he loves his baths. Although I cannot quite get the hillarious kicking and cooing he does in a still picture.
He cannot wait to swim in the water without a small tub in the way.

This is classic Elliot. He always has his hand in his mouth and he loves to watch whatever is available to see. There the hand is again.
So funny!


The end!

Cute Emma!

I thought I would post one for each child today. Here are a few of Emma!

Emma and Mommy being goofy and hiding in the cabinets at the new house! Emma finding a new hiding spot.
Emma playing in another hiding spot
How did she get up there?
Yeah, how much fun
Mommy and Emma hiding

Emma swimming in the tub while Bubby gets a bath

Emma and her daddy, she had to wear a hat too. Another cute one of those two!
Aw.....
What an adorable little girl!
The end!


Sunday, April 15, 2007

Easter Pictures

I have tried about six times to get these pictures posted. Something kept happening with Blogger. But I finally got them. We did not get any cute pictures of Emma and Elliot together all dressed up because Emma got her dress wet and it had to be changed. But we will dress them up soon and do some cute pictures together.
Emma had a blast with her egg hunting. She starting understanding what it was about this year. She had so many, she had to upgrade to a bigger basket.
Here she is with one of her cousins, Rhett.
Emma's smaller basket, that she quickly filled.
Bryce, Emma's other cousin and Rhett's older brother, and Me!

Emma Grace all dress up!
Emma and Mommy
PawPaw and Elliot
Emma found two eggs at once!
Emma and Mommy


Emma and Mommy in sponge curlers
It brought back memories of every Saturday night for me.
Emma got to try out her Aunt Jamie's rocking horse. She loved it!
Emma and her daddy
Elliot and Aunt Vicky



Emma trying on daddy's shirt
Elliot eats his first bite of cereal

He loved it, you just cannot tell.
What a cutie!
My little nurse! Emma really does live up to the meaning of her name (In German, Emma means nurse) She got her first pair of scrubs from Grammy.



The end for now, but more to come.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Fund Raiser

Lately, I have thought a lot about possibly doing something for the troops in Iraq. I, of course, cannot do much on my own, but thought maybe I could get something together to make a larger impact. Then I have heard in the past week or so that my late father-in-law's National Guard's division (?) the 39th is possibly be redeployed. I would love to find something that we can do to at least bless some of them in honor of Tal's dad, Col. Pat Ewing. So, I am gathering ideas, and then we will start getting everything together to make their day in a little way! So send me your ideas!

Mary

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Deliquent

I just realized how little I have been blogging. Things have been so busy lately.

Well, I am still alive after my dear brother played with my teeth. But I got some bad news, I have to have a root canal done. YIKES! My tooth hasn't really hurt me, but recently my ear has hurt real bad and I have had a lot of headache. It looks as if I have a nice abscess around one of my back molars. JOY. So Mark is working to find a time for me to come back. YEAH

I cannot think of much to say right now because my head is aching so bad. I don't know what my problem is other than I must be allergic to work. hehe...Hopefully soon I will get to go home because I get to come back tomorrow and do this dance again. I am so thankful for the most awesome job in the world because if not I am would sure not want to come.

Well, I will try to write more later tonight. for now, I am going to go take as much advil as allowed.

Mary

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Home again, Home again

Jjiggety-jig!

We were on the road again this weekend to see Tal's family. It was a lot of fun, but I am so appreciative to be at home again. Traveling with two kids is not my cup of tea.

We went by our house. We have had a few small tidbits of encouraging news lately, but then we don't hear anything for awhile. Hopefully soon we will hear something. Please pray that the people interested lately will fall in love with our house soon.

Emma had a blast with her "family friends" is what she calls her cousins (or rather third cousins) but for now they are about all the cousins she will have for now. On Saturday she went with Elizabeth and Leah, who are about four and two, to see a few calves. She thought that was so much fun. When we left, she was crying, "I need my friends" I felt so bad for her. But we needed to take naps. When we got home, Emma was playing around and I fell asleep on the couch. After about half an hour, Emma came over and told me she needed to go to sleep. She crawled up and cuddled with me for two hours. It was great.

Easter was a blast. Emma slept in curlers all night, so she had corkscrew curls, my little Shirley Temple. She was so proud of her hair. She looked adorable. We did not get too many pictures because she had a big accident during lunch and we only got a few pictures before having to change. She loved hunting eggs. She would fly across that back yard finding them. At one point, she had to give me her basket so she could run faster. It was a lot of fun. She wants to hunt eggs again soon.

I will post pictures tomorrow. I go tomorrow to have my teeth worked on. There are two problems with this 1) I haven't been to the dentist in about seven years. 2) The dentist is my brother, Mark, who is still in school, and I was mean to him when I was little. Very scary!!! He might get his sweet revenge, but I hope not!

Talk to you tomorrow, if I can still talk.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

So much has happened

It has been a crazy few weeks....

For those of you who don't know, which is probably more than not because we have kept this under our hats for awhile not know if it would happen or not, but we are moving to Piperton, TN. It is in Fayette county, but it is really only about five minutes from the town of Collierville, where we are currently living. My parents have found a beautiful house that will accommadate Big Daddy coming home. I am quitting my job here at St. Jude (well, I will be Extra Care Team, only working a few shifts a month) and I will be taking care of Big Daddy at home.

So as of now, the house will be closed on May 24th with our move in date starting the next day. Mark graduates on May 25th!!!! And to party we are moving houses. Then after we get everything settled we are going to bring our dear grandfather home.

So as if our lives were not crazy enough, we decided to add another move. Our house is still not sold, but we have had a few nibbles and maybe something more substantial today. We are praying!!!

We are working so quickly to try to get everything ready to put mom and dad's house on the market. (This makes the third house prepped for sale in less than six months between mom and dad, Big Daddy and us!) It is slow going with two little ones around and a lot of other things going on. We can sure use all of your prayers.

So we covet your prayers for all of this and we will keep you updated on our status.

Mary