Sassy Pants has kept me laughing this morning during school.
She and I do her kindergarten work at the kitchen table. Today she had to color and cut out pictures of words that end with "x". I give her the paper, we go over the words, and she starts coloring. I go in the living room to work with someone else. Then I hear from the kitchen, "My paper is wet. And I didn't spit on it!" I tell her, "It's okay. Just keep coloring." Her answer, "And I didn't lick it either."
Another fun thing about Sassy is that living with her is like living in a musical. She sings all the time. She makes up songs to go along with whatever she is working on at the time. This morning it was a song about cutting and gluing while she was finishing up her activity. It made me think back to when she had her eye injury, and she was singing a song about "the hanger in my eye" while we were in the ER. She's got such a spunky little spirit that many times, we just can't help but laugh when she's around.
First of all, Happy Mother's Day to all of you who are moms.
Being a mom is one of the best blessings God has given me. I truly love the 5 small people who call me Mom, even if some days I wish I could change my name or hide from them in the bathroom.
I'm not a perfect mom. Some days I'm not sure if I could even call myself a good mom. I get frustrated; I lose my temper. But I'm trying. I'm trying to teach them to love God and love others. I'm trying to show them how to apologize, and believe me, I do that a lot. I'm trying to teach them to love learning for the sake of learning, not just to regurgitate facts onto a test.
I miss my mom. She wasn't a perfect mom either. There were many times that she and I didn't get along. In spite of her flaws, I loved her. I miss being able to pick up the phone and ask her a question about a recipe, tell her a funny story about one of her grandchildren, or just chat.
I hope one day my children will understand that, although I am not a perfect mom, I love them very much.
I'm at the end of my frustration tolerance. I spent a ridiculous amount of time at the doctor's office today to hear, "I just can't find anything wrong with you."
A little background: A little bit before Christmas, I started having some pain in the back of my neck, right below the bottom of my skull. I also could feel something like a tight muscle or a knotted muscle. It wasn't all the time and not too bad, so while it was annoying, it was tolerable.
Then about 6 weeks ago, I started having more and more pain. It would start in my neck and radiate up through my jaw into my forehead. I was (am) having almost constant headaches. No longer tolerable. So I made an appointment with my regular doctor. I saw him 2 weeks ago. He prodded and pressed and was able to create INTENSE pain in my head by pressing on my neck. He also did an ultrasound and found a small spot about 2 cm deep in my neck. So he referred me to a specialist.
Today was my appointment with the specialist. First, I waited for 2 hours in the waiting room. I waited while 6 different people, who came in after me, were called back before me. I'm not even counting the extra 30 minutes that I got there early so that I could fill out paperwork since it was my first time at this office.
Finally I get to see the doctor. I tell him what's been going on and hand him the note from my doctor telling what he found on the ultrasound. He lightly feels my neck and says, "I don't feel anything." He does a fiber-optic scan thing up my nose (which was truly horrible); again he finds nothing. That's all he kept repeating, "I just don't see anything that it could be."
I wanted to cry. Him not finding anything doesn't negate the fact that I have pain! I told him that I've been taking the pain reliever and nerve pain medicine that my doctor prescribed. I take them both before bed and wake up (usually) with very little pain in the morning, but that as the day goes on the pain gets worse until I can't stand it by the end of the day. I told him I can't take it during the day because I can't be "out of it" during the day with my small people.
He decided to prescribe me an antibiotic (I don't know why) and schedule a CT scan. So I go for the CT scan on Tuesday of next week. His office was going to call in the prescription for the antibiotic. That was at noon. At 2 I went to the pharmacy; they knew nothing about my prescription but said they hadn't been able to check their voicemail and to check back in an hour. I was out running errands about 6:30 this evening so I figured I would stop in - still no prescription. Apparently the doctor's office didn't call it in today.
If you made it this far, thanks for listening. If you're a praying person, please pray that I will get some answers (and some long-term relief) soon. Thanks!!
I apologize that there is no Wordless Wednesday post today. After a long day at the zoo yesterday to celebrate The Boy's birthday, I fell into bed last night not feeling well. Still not feeling great this morning, so WW will have to wait until next week.
I recently was given the opportunity to review the movie Ring the Bell.
About Ring the Bell: Ring The Bell shares
the story of a slick, big city sports agent Rob Decker who seems to
have it all. But on his latest mission to sign a high school baseball
superstar, Rob becomes stranded in a small town where the simplicity of
life—and the faith of the people—stand in stark contrast to his own
fast-paced, win-at-all-costs mindset. Torn between these two worlds,
will Rob have the courage to let faith transform his life? This
heartwarming story of redemption is sure to entertain and inspire the
whole family. Ring The Bell features
a host of well-known Christian music artists, such as Mark Hall along
with his band Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Matthew West,
all who play a role in this inspirational drama. Several former and
current Major League Baseball all-stars are also featured in the film:
ESPN analysts John Kruk and Rick Sutcliffe (a former Cy Young Award
winner), along with Ben Zobrist. This
family-friendly movie was produced by Mark Miller, Beach Street Records'
founder and Casting Crowns’ producer. Miller, who is also the lead
singer and founder of country music group Sawyer Brown, co-wrote the
script with Thomas Weber and Weber directed the production.
DVD Special Features:
The Heart of "Ring the Bell"
Casting Crowns “The Well” Music Video
On Set with Casting Crowns
A Very Special Movie
Ringing the Bell
The Artists and Music of "Ring The Bell"
My Review Ring the Bell is about Rob Decker's search for the next great baseball star. Instead he finds something far more important. While the movie seems to be about a sports agent and baseball, that bell is the "star" of the movie. Hanging from a tree at a home for orphaned boys, the bell is rung any time someone makes the most importantdecision of his life. There are positive messages throughout this movie. One of my favorite quotes is "Baseball will end someday, but a college education - that will be with him for the rest of his life." Most of my small people play some sort of sport, and I've seen many parents (including myself sometimes) get so wrapped up in their child's sports career that they've lost the big picture.
Another plus in this movie is the mini-concert performed by Casting Crowns. I love Casting Crowns so that was a bonus! What was even better is that the gospel message is clearly presented during that portion of the movie.
Ring the Bell is rated PG for "mild thematic elements," but I found that it was completely family-friendly.
You can learn more about Ring the Bell by checking out the website, watching the trailer, or following on Facebook. Now for the best part, not only did I get to review Ring the Bell, but I get to offer a DVD to one of my readers.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the
products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would
mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services
I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am
disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16
CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and
Testimonials in Advertising.
Last weekend, The Boy had an out-of-town tournament. Sassy Pants went with us. She brought her pillow, quilt, and Dumbo with her. When we got back to the hotel Saturday afternoon, we found that the housekeeper had made up the bed like this. Dumbo with the remote - absolutely adorable!