Sunday, May 27, 2007

Memorial Day Post

Today, Sunday, Merry did a remarkable thing for a five-year-old. She led our entire congregation in the Pledge of Allegiance and then sang a solo, a capella version of "God Bless America". I was so proud of her. She wasn't nervous at all. She just stood up straight and spoke/sang right into the microphone.
I've included the audio of her today.
I hope you all enjoy.

God bless America, and a special prayer goes out for all our troops this Memorial Day.

Merry's Pledge of Allegiance (586kb)
Merry Singing God Bless America (1.5mb)

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Goodbye Chloe

In the Leaves

Getting Comfortable

Taking Care of Business
(We were on a small boat trip
and Chloe needed a bathroom break)

Chloe, Mom & Dad on Boat

Ready to Go

Lookin' Good in Shades

Favorite Sleeping Spot

Good-bye hugs from girls

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Chloe Buttercup Lynn

She was the absolute cutest puppy. Fuzzy black fur all over the place, with a few little white whiskers, and some white on her paws.
When we brought her home that first night, she was so cuddly and sweet. She was tiny, too...she fit into my two hands.
Right from the beginning she was an obedient doggy. She loved it when we praised her, and would get so excited if we offered her a treat. We taught her to sit, stay, walk on her back legs, and balance a treat on her nose. She never barked much, only at bikes and rollerblades. She sure wasn't much of a watchdog!
But everyone loved her. She was so gentle with kids, especially our kids. She would stand totally still and let Kelsey pull on her ears and her beard.
She loved going outside without a leash. We'd let her into the back yard and she would run around wildly for a few minutes, and then come back and sit with us.
She loved her "Aunt Katie" and her "Grampy and Grammy". She especially liked going to Grampy and Grammy's house to play. Their yard was her favorite place to explore.

More than anything else, she loved her "Daddy". And he loved her. She was definitely Scott's dog. She would sit with him in his office while he programmed. She always loved going for a ride in his car. They would go to the bank or the store, and Chloe loved sitting up in the front seat of Scott's truck.

On Thursday, Chloe went to doggy heaven. We all cried when we had to say goodbye and we are doubtful that we can ever find another dog as sweet as Chloe.
Yesterday we took the girls to the park and had them send some balloons up to heaven for Chloe. They each drew a picture and we attached them to the balloons. As the balloons floated up, the girls ran across the field calling, "We love you, Chloe!". And those words are what echo in our hearts when we think of our precious puppy.

We love you, Chloe, and we always will.

Chloe Buttercup Lynn
8/28/01 - 5/17/07

Friday, May 11, 2007

Our Little Doggy

Please say a prayer...I know you probably don't usually pray for dogs, but...our little dog is super sick.
Scott is with her right now at an emergency pet clinic. They have her on an I.V. because she is dehydrated.
This is Scott's "baby". She was with us before we had the girls, and he never had a dog before, so he's really attached.
She's only five years old, but she has a problem with her liver, and this is the third time we've had these problems with her.
If you will, and you don't mind, please say a prayer for the little pooch tonight.



Thursday, May 10, 2007

Gall Bladder Update (Like You REALLY Want to Know)

Well, I finally got my CT scan results back last Friday. Turns out, they were normal. Imagine that!
So, now I play a waiting game to see how bad my gall bladder may or may not get.
I am planning on doing a natural (or UNnatural, depending on how you look at it) cleanse in a couple weeks.
This cleanse is NOT something I'm looking forward to. First of all, you do an apple juice-only-diet for two days. Then on the third day, you drink a PINT of olive oil. Yes...I did type olive oil. And you drink a cup or two of lemon juice. Niiiice, right?
Next, you spend the next day and a half on the toilet, getting rid of gall stones. Unfortnately for me, this is a proven cleanse. It actually works, which means that I have to do it. I am not happy.
If you pray, say a prayer for poor Kendra, and her gall bladder.


Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Gall Bladder Fun

Hey everyone.
Sorry I haven't been around. Its been a little crazy. My gall bladder starting acting up a few months ago and I went on a low-fat diet, recommended by a doctor friend. Things seemed to be getting better, and I sort of went off the diet. I've been trying to cut out most of the sodas and french fries and such, but not as much as before. A couple of weekends ago, Scott and I went on a little getaway and I got really sick on our last day.
I thought I had caught a flu bug somewhere, but it lasted for almost a week and I didn't have any soreness or a fever. I finally went to my doctor last week and he said that it was my gall bladder. He told me that it is enlarged and sent me for a CT scan.
I got that done today, don't have the results back yet, but hope to tomorrow.
Let me tell you, drinking two bottles of barium is no picnic! I barely got it all down, even though I had an hour and a half to drink it. When it was time for the test, I got through it okay. I didn't cry when they put in the I.V., but I sure wasn't happy about it. (I don't "do" needles...AT ALL)
The last time I had a CT scan I had an allergic reaction to the contrast dye, and broke out in huge hives all over my face. I had hives the size of nickels on my eyelids....NOT FUN.
So this time they tried to prepare me by giving me Prednisone and Benydryl beforehand. I felt fine after the the test, but when we got back to the front desk (thankfully, Scott was with me) the woman at the desk asked me how I did and I suddenly felt very strange. I got really lightheaded, felt like the top of my head was lifting off, and my face and ears flushed bright red. I started crying, and said, "I don't know what's wrong with me, I feel so weird!". Needless to say they got me to a chair and took my heart rate and blood pressure. Everything was normal, but I apparently had a combined allergic reaction and anxiety attack. (My diagnosis, not the doctor's)
I feel fine now, but am glad its all over with.
I will hopefully get the results of the CT scan tomorrow and find out what my doctor wants to do about this gall bladder.
Everybody say some prayers for me, okay?
I'd really appreciate it!

Love to you all.