Showing posts from April, 2007

The Day Started Out with Bad News, but ended up good

When I arrived at the hospital this morning, the Doctor was there telling Melanie and Casi that Mei-Ling needed to be transported to the Children's Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit. They found a murmur in her heart and they felt it needed to be looked at by specialists.
My heart sunk. There is no way I can explain the feeling I had thinking about this sweet grand-daughter being whisked away by ambulance to a hospital so far away. Melanie kept telling me, "Mom, its going to be alright, I just feel it, I know it." They brought Mei-Ling in Melanie's room in her transport unit, raised Melanie's bed up so they were level with the unit and let down the side of the unit so Melanie and Casi could say good-bye to their precious wee one. Just as Melanie reached in to touch Mei-Ling, Mei-Ling reached for Melanie's finger. I had to leave the room, as tears filled my eyes.
Casi followed the ambulance to the children's hospital and stayed with Mei-Ling …

Another Picture : )

Here is wee Miss Mei Ling sleeping soundly. Her I.V. should come out tomorrow and they are hoping to get her to nurse tonight so the feeding tube can come out. She is just about 5 hours old in this picture. We all think she looks like her daddy.

She's here !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8 lbs 6 oz, 20 inches long. Both mom and baby doing fine. Mei-Ling had to have an I.V. for low blood sugar. We are all so excited and grateful and feeling amazingly blessed that everything went so well. Thanks everyone for your prayers, and possitive thoughts, they worked ! Minutes after birth, mom, dad and baby all look pretty content Mei Ling is not too happy with their attempt to give her a bottle to help with her low blood sugars.

Good News

Melanie will be having a C-section tomorrow morning around 10:30 am so keep them in your prayers. The test results came back showing good lung maturity. I will be a grandmother tomorrow YIPPY !!!!!! Should have pictures by afternoon to share with you

Kittens Have Arrived and no news yet

The last week has kept me from home much of the time, so two days ago when I found our cat Aya with 5 little kittens, already a couple days old, I was a bit disappointed that I had missed seeing them born.
They are so cute and already they are all spoken for. Now miss Aya will be heading off to be fixed. Melanie wanted a couple kittens so we let Aya have a litter. Looks like the white cat from the neighbors may have had something to do with these kittens coming into existence !

No word yet on the test results. We had hoped to hear tonight so we would know how soon we can expect the baby to be born.
Melanie was a real trooper with the test. Not even a bat of an eyelid as the needle went in. Mei-Ling was not so pleased with the invasion of her space. Even though the Doctor kept the needle far away from her feet, she still kicked at him. As active as this wee one is now, everyone is joking that she will just walk from the nursery to see her mom when she wants to.
Melanie had s…

Big Test Today

If you think of it, say a prayer for Melanie. She will be having her amniocentesis at noon. We are all wanting and praying for the results to show that Mei-Lings lungs are developed sufficiently. The test can be uncomfortable and Melanie is NOT looking forward to having that very long needle stuck in her.
Thanks everyone....


I wrote this yesterday, but the two times I attempted to post it, we had severe thunderstorms and tornados in the area and I opted to turn the computer off, rather than risk it being fried.
So here it is, a day late.....

This morning Melanie was sleeping soundly when I arrived at the hospital. She looked so peaceful and I knew she needed rest. I decided to run back home while she slept, and do a few things that needed to be done and pick up the bootie pattern I had forgotten to stick in my knitting bag this morning. It was misting by the time I drove into the driveway. That sort of rain that falls gently and kisses you with rain so soft you are sure it must be from the fairy folk. It feels good to be breathing air other than the hospital air. Its not cold outside, neither is it warm. Sweater weather perhaps is the best way to describe it. Great weather to go exploring and turn over old rotting logs to see what lives there, or walk deep into the undergrowth of old woods and see …

Light Ahead

Today was a good day for Melanie. They took out her IV, and did an ultrasound which showed the baby breathing well. They are doing the test this week to check for lung development and will decide from there, when to do the c-section, but hopefully it will be within a week.
I have spent my days working on the crocheted coat and bonnet for the baby and finished them up today. Next I will work on the lace around the blanket for her.
Today we all seem a bit more hopeful that this wee one will make her appearance sooner than later. We all feel so tremendously blessed that everything looks so good.
I can't help but feel the hand of God in all this.
Each day, even with the difficulties, there has been hope and always prayers answered.

I do want to note here on my post about long hair. I have nothing at all against long hair on a woman of any age, its just in my humble opinion that when it gets to that stringy thin limp stage it just seems to look better put up or pulled back. Part of this mig…


We live in a society that seems uncomfortable with change, not in the progression of things around us, as in technology, but with ourselves. In our appearances, in our thinking and about our times in life.
I have been thinking about the changes in my family. Emery and I will go from being just parents to being parents and grandparents. Melanie, Casi, Steven and Priscilla are changing from being newlywed couples into parents. A new phase of life. Melissa will be heading back to school so she is changing from being a working professional into being a student. Changes. All good ones, positive and full of excitement. Life is ever changing and that's a good thing. Only, on so many levels we are uncomfortable with the changes that take place in ourselves. Think about this paragraph from the book, "The Art of Happiness" by the Dalia Lama and Howard Cutler M.D.
"The acceptance of change can be an important factor in reducing a large measure of our self-created suffering. So o…

A Tough Day

Just a quick update on Melanie. It was a particularly difficult day for Melanie.
This afternoon she passed out from low blood sugar, it was just 39. We were all there visiting with her so able to get her help right away. But it was a real emergency situation.
Continue to keep her and the baby in your prayers. Mei-Ling seemed totally unaffected by the situation. Her heartbeat remained steady and she kept active.
We are hoping this wee one is born this coming week.

A Quick Note

It's been another long day spent at the hospital. Melanie is in better spirits today, but still its hard to just be in bed, not comfortable all day long. They let her walk around a bit this afternoon which was nice for her. Hard to know how long she will be in the hospital. We are hoping not more than another week.
Debbie, (my friend of 40 + years) and I got to do a bit of quilt fabric shopping today while we stepped out for lunch. I guess my heart was not into buying fabric as I just came out of the store with a spool of thread. I have been working on Mei-Lings bonnet and coat to come home from the hospital in while we sit at Melanie's bedside. With all the hours to work on it, its coming along quite fast. Made of white crochet cotton, lacy and very delicate.
Steven and Priscilla found out today they will be having a baby girl. More pink ! Everything looks fine with the baby so far. Things made for this wee one will be plain but sweet.

I have to admit, tonight I am tired, a bit w…

Color of Spring

Just a quick note to let you know how Melanie is doing. Its been a hard day for her. She is uncomfortable, discouraged at having to be in the hospital and just worn out. My heart aches for her. Its never fun to be hooked to so many monitors and wires and stuck in bed.
Keep her in your prayers.
On the way to the hospital this morning I stopped to take some pictures of the wildflowers growing in the field by the hospital. Along the roadsides, in all the pastures and the prairie lands, one sees wildflowers by the thousands. Dots of color amid the vibrant greens of April grasses.
The last picture is not a wildflower : )

Grateful for Life

I am watching the television. They are talking about what happened at Virginia Tech. Such profound sadness, hurt, pain and I am sure anger at what just doesn't seem fair.
Tonight I feel especially blessed to have all my children safe and well, alive.
I have no idea why things like this shooting happen. Why God allows innocent people to perish at the hands of insanity. I have no answers. Yes, I know all the answers given in times like this. The standard things said by ministers, priests, rabbi's, clerics, chaplain's and then by well meaning people who have never lost someone to senseless tragedy. Yes, we have all heard that "we don't understand the ways of God" etc, and that about sums it up. It is a truth. We have no idea why.
I have no idea why some people are sick and some are not. I have no idea why some innocent children must live in cardboard boxes. I know all the answers you are thinking of now, but they are answers we are taught to beli…

News on Melanie

Just wanted to update everyone. The babies heart beat looked fine today. She was kicking a lot and was kicking and pushing her umbilical cord the entire time they did a sonogram on her. Feisty little girl !
The Doctor is still concerned about the situation since this is such a high risk pregnancy and hopes to keep Mei-Ling where she is until her lungs are more developed. Even though she is already a good size, her lungs are not developed completely. In view of all that, the Doctor is keeping her in the hospital until the baby is born. We hope that is not more than a couple weeks.
Melanie is pretty discouraged. Casi is worried. I hate seeing these newly weds have so much on their plate at one time.
Your prayers have been such a blessing and I know God heard them all as the baby was so active today it was hard for them to keep the monitors on her.

Steven and Priscilla were not able to keep their appointment to find out if they are have a girl or a boy. They rescheduled for Thurs…

Melanie News, Prayers Needed

Melanie is in the hospital. She could not feel the baby move today so we took her in to be checked. While they were monitoring her the babies heartbeat went down to 70, so they are concerned and are keeping her in the hospital until its time for her to have the baby. They are probably going to do an amniocentesis this week to check for the lung development and then they will probably just take the baby if the lungs are sufficient. Melanie and Casi are pretty scared. Please keep them in your prayers. The Power of prayer is amazing and we must never forget that.
Melissa is without electricity from the storm, and probably will be until the end of the week. It's cold up there and things are just not functioning well in the city. Melissa went shopping for some food supplies and the store was dark and cash only. We can still praise God for His mercy that everyone is safe.
I spent the morning working on the day gown for Mei-Ling to come home from the hospital in. All that is left are the …

Sewing in a Sea of Pink

Like my true self, I have waited to the very last minute to get going on the day gown for the baby to come home from the hospital in. I just purchased the rest of the lace I needed this weekend. I enjoy working under pressure, waiting until the last minute to get things done. Emery is the opposite and when I was doing some office work for him from home years ago, he was getting pretty nervous waiting for me to start a policy and procedure book that had a very specific time line. I finished it in the wee hours of the morning, before it had to be turned in.
I try to start things early but I just simply work better under pressure.
The day gown will be fun to put together today, but to be honest, I am fighting this urge to head outside and wander around under the blue sky and in the soft morning air.
Tonight I will start a sweater and hat for the baby out of crochet cotton. I made a sweater and hat out of soft baby yarn, but we think it might be too warm for the baby as Texas has warmed u…

I've Been Tagged Wikipedia Meme

I've been tagged ! Revee from tagged me for this Wikipedia MeMe.This is the way it works:

1. Go to Wikipedia and type in the month and day you were born. (For me--August 15th).

2. List three events that occurred that day:
1877 Thomas Edison makes the first-ever recording - "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
1947 India gains independence from the United Kingdom and becomes an independent nation within the Commonwealth (George VI of the United Kingdom also became King of India). Jawaharlal Nehru addresses the nation with the Inidan Declaration of Independence and takes office as the first Prime Minister of India
1969 The Woodstock Music and Art Festival opens.

3. List two important birthdays:

1769 Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French
1912 Julia Child American cook

4. List one death:
1057 King Macbeth of Scotland

5. Tag five friends to do the same: (If they want to!)
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Pictures of the Tornado Damage

On the way home from the airport, nearing Ft Worth, this was the view from the highway, of the damage done by the tornado last night. The other side of the highway told a similar story but I was unable to take a picture on that side as the traffic was moving too fast. On the way home the traffic at this spot was going at a snails pace, allowing for some picture taking. Metal roof tops and big signs were flung about as if they were soft pieces of fabric, draping trees in some odd fashion. Buildings reduced to rubble. Trees snapped as if they were toothpicks. Homes left without roof-tops. Huge trucks tossed on top of each other and stacked three high. We in Texas are counting our blessings that so few were hurt by this storm. If you click the pictures you can see them better.

Family Night Almost Complete

We celebrated the arrival of my friend Debbie, known always as Auntie Debbie to my children, by going out for pizza. Steven, Priscilla, Melanie, Casi, Debbie, Emery and I, spent the evening enjoying each others company as family should. Only one problem, we all missed having Melissa and James with us so Emery phoned Melissa to say hello and tell them we missed them. A phone call is not the same, but its better than no phone call ! The children came back to the house and we visited for a few more hours. What a good feeling it is to have our children all around us. To see them all happy and interacting in such a good way is nothing less than a blessing. After driving by all the destruction left by the tornado last night on the way to and from the airport, it makes you so grateful for so many things.
Its great having Debbie here with us. The best part is that its not like having company, its just like having family with you. No big fuss, just fun and lots of laughter. Steven and Priscill…

Safe in His Care

When we first moved to this town, people would sort of jokingly say, "ah, you moved to the Holy City". They said it's called that because it is a praying town, a town of almost all Seventh Day Adventist and that it seems protected from bad weather. Storms can be all around this town, but miss it completely. Two years ago Melanie and I heard and saw funnel clouds roar over our street. 8 to be exact, yet not a one touched down in our town, they had touched down before it reached us and then after leaving it. It wasn't the last time we have known of funnel clouds going back up as they reached this town. I cannot tell you the number of times that hail has fallen every place other than our town . So, although the "Holy City" title is somewhat of a joke, maybe there is something to it being protected most of the time. Tonight was one of the times we were spared any really bad weather. Makes you think a bit about the power of prayer. There are lots of praying folk…

Bad Weather and the Joy of Roses

Days like today always make me feel a bit uneasy. The weather is unstable. Television shows are being interrupted over and over with warnings. Tornado's spotted to the west. Many miles off yet but heading this way. Huge hail, very strong damaging winds of up to 90 m.p.h. The sky has that odd look to it. The air feels heavy and oppressive. Not a bird is singing and even my chickens are staying put in their hen house.

I have tried to stay busy, cleaning the house for the weekend, but there is a nervousness to my work. Always looking out the window, opening the door and looking at the sky.

Since heavy rain and hail may come our way, I took a few minutes to cut some roses as the weather can be hard on them. What joy they give me. Their color, the way the petals curl upon themselves and unfold into another form of beauty. The way their scent fills a room with that romantic rose aroma. Just wonderful medicine for a day with stress.
The good Lord has always watched over us so there is no …

Melanie Update

Melanie was sent home, sorta.... not home exactly as she is on her way into the big city to see the specialist. She had an appointment with him already, so its not any emergency thing. Will know more later and will let you know the details. I think there may be a few more gray hairs to cover by the end of this pregnancy.
It is Friday the 13th which in my thinking would be a birthday people would always make some comment about, so if Mei-Ling chooses another day to be born, she is showing some real signs of being a visionary : )

Thinking About God

The past few days I have been thinking some about our perception of God these days. Its changing with the times, about the same as we have changed our thoughts about what makes a good father.
In my mothers day, it was accepted to have a dad that was kind, took care of his family, but he could be not all that emotionally attached and that was fine. Most often, his work kept him occupied and in the evening it was his time. Often dads of days gone by were stern and authoritative. The ruler of the home.
My generation started to expect something more. We wanted a dad that was connected to what we were doing, experiencing and feeling. Think about the movie Love Story, it has so much to do with how the father was not really invested in his son, and used a strong contrast of a very personal relationship with the girls father. There was a serious message about fatherhood in the song, Cats in the Cradle.
We wanted more than just rules, and a long list of unspoken expectations. When we see exampl…

Contractions !

Just wanted to tell you, Melanie is in the hospital with contractions. Not sure if they are THE contractions that get things going or not, but it sure feels like Mei-Ling is getting impatient to make her appearance.
Will keep ya posted ! Put fresh batteries in the camera, just in case

Simply Wonderful, Simple Day

The wind is blowing, change is in the air. Stormy weather arrives tomorrow. The night air is soft coming in the window, the lace curtains fluttering in the breeze. One can't help but notice the slight chill and the added humidity. It feels good on my skin. My feet are cold though. Need to have socks on. Emery and I spent some time rearranging furniture for our guest nursery. A crib, a changing table, the pram. Life cycles are powerful things, full of love. I just heard the sounds of some strange creature outside. Not a noise I was familiar with. A small mammal, to be sure, just not sure what kind. Clouds are now filling in the black spots in the night sky. Racing. Most of the trees are fully leaved out, only the slow nut trees are sparsely decorated with foliage. Again, a life cycle. Powerful teachers for us, provided we look and learn. Sleepiness is overcoming me. Thoughts of my comfortable bed are taking over. A peacefulness fills the silent house. Emery is alre…

A Gorgeous Day and Other Good Things

Not only is the weather heavenly, but Melanie is feeling so much better, just having the worry gone, over going into labor too soon has made a huge difference for her. She and I went out for lunch today and she looked radiant to me, now of course I am her mother and mothers are always a slight bit prejudice about their children, but to me she looked beautiful.

The roses bushes are full of blooms, the sun is shining in a cloudless blue sky. The temperature is just about what you would expect paradise to feel like.

There are just blessings all around me. Emery got off work early today and is working on the fencing. It always gives me this feeling of complete peace when my dear gentle-man is working around the place. It seems so right, so good and gives me a feeling that nothing in our little world could go wrong.

This afternoon, Melanie showed me what she has packed for the hospital and I nodded and smiled at how thorough she has been in planning. My girls are both so good at planning fo…

Some Really Really Good News

Amazing things happen when you believe they will. Prayers were answered today in a big way. Dr Doom, was nothing but positive. He told Melanie she is now to the point where the baby can safely come at any time. Melanie is ready to have this baby. Matter of fact the Doctor told Melanie she can walk some, and doesn't have to be on complete bed rest now. We will no longer call him Dr Doom ! So we went shopping to Babys R Us today, and had a great time. She will only need to take the medication to stop the contractions from doing their work, one more week. We are all so happy and honestly, Melanie looked like a huge weight was lifted off her shoulders as soon as we left the Doctors office.
Now, if I was a betting woman, I would say this baby will be born a week from tomorrow !
Thanks everyone for your prayers and well wishes, they sure are working and I am convinced, positive thinking and assurance are powerful things. a local wildflower

Thinking Blog Award

This Thinking Blogger thing has had me thinking for a couple weeks now. It's not a choice I take lightly. This is something I take seriously. The blog writer has to make me think, stretch my brain, go places in my thinking that I might not ever go on my own. I read several very nice blogs. Most blogs are the Martha Stewart type blogs and I enjoy them, but they don't make me think about social issues, ethics, moral issues or set my brain to working on a level that can be called deep thinking. Pretty is nice but those blogs deserve a category all their own. Thanks to all who have given me the Thinking Blogger Award. You have made me feel very honored. I bow humbly to all of you for your kindness. It is my desire to write words that make you think, to step outside the box a bit with me.
The criteria for this award is to select '5 Blogs That Make Me Think'. Once tagged, should you choose to participate, please make sure you pass this list of rules to the blogs you are tagg…

The Day in Photos

It was simply a nice day. Nothing profound, just nice. Restful, fun, (went to Goodwill and found just the ice cream maker I have been wanting) Pretty sunshine in the afternoon. Watched the mockingbirds work on their nest. Saw my first hummingbird of the season. Walked to Melanie's house and on the way home saw my dear sweet gentle-man standing in the road, arms open wide, to welcome me. Sorta like those old commercials when lovers went running towards each other in slow motion. It was just a great moment. He was home for lunch, but I was not expecting him.
Melanie had her appointment with the specialist in the big city. Baby is extremely healthy. Had a perfect apgar score, which I had no idea they do in utero. Modern times ! Mei-Ling is a chubby little one, 7 lbs 6 oz now. She would be a huge baby if allowed to stay in her mommy full term. Melanie will be 34 weeks on Thursday but the Dr said he would guess her to be 36 weeks.
Tomorrow is Dr Doom day, but Melanie has a report from …

50 Things That Make You Happy

Every once in a while I make a list for myself of 50 things that make me happy. There are certain things like family that are always on the list, and roses seem to make each list, but as the seasons change, or my mood, there are new additions to the list.
It's a bit therapeutic to make lists of the things that make us happy and going beyond 10 or 20 things makes you think, makes you think about the good in life and how far it reaches. I keep a few of these lists and take them out and look at them when its a "not so good" of a day.
Make yourself a list, have your husband make a list, have your children make a list, they can have 20 things on the list, 50 is a lot for some small children.
And if you are reading this, consider yourself tagged !
here is my list of 50 things today that make me happy... they are not in any particular order.
1. Emery, everything about him ! 2. Melissa & James 3. Melanie & Casi 4. Steven & Priscilla 5. My dad 6. My sisters 7. My old friends, …

Sermons We See

Sermons We See
Edgar Guest
I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way. The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear, Fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear; And the best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds, For to see good put in action is what everybody needs. I soon can learn to do it if you'll let me see it done; I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run. And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true, But I'd rather get my lessons by observing what you do; For I might misunderstand you and the high advise you give, But there's no misunderstanding how you act and how you live. When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind. When a weaker brother stumbles and a strong man stays behind Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be. And all travelers ca…

A Little Clarification on the Last Post

Just a little clarification on the last post...its not that anyone has said anything unkind to me of late, that is not what prompted the post. More like I have heard from so many people who are afraid to say what they feel, what thoughts they have, in sheer fear of being judged and thus put away as some infidel, some heretic, for even having thoughts that question what they have been taught, or what they have faith in.
I have been shunned, not in the Amish style, by not even being looked at, but still ignored as if my thoughts on the book, The Secret or my response to those who did attack me over the subject, ( I simply replied in kind, spoke the same language they did).
As a people, we are so uncomfortable with honest thoughts, no matter where they end up, where they take us. We may just be wandering in the wilderness, seeking our own spiritual experience and not just accepting the experience of our parents, our teachers, our pastors or our church doctrine. We may just be discovering…

Monday Morning Thoughts, We need Revival !

There are days when I feel that my blog is pointless, serving only as a cyber journal for me. It's no doubt just a bit of a mood, but its also a true and honest feeling for the day. I wonder if its worth all the shunning to be honest about my thoughts and feelings, but I am not the type of person to just write about small talk.
We live in a time when honesty of thought is not often looked upon with favor. Ignorance is indeed bliss in many instances. A few examples of what I mean.
I know a woman who is admired throughout the town, she goes to church, she home schooled, has delightful children, she is always "in order", however she has been very careful and justifiably so, to never allow anyone to know what her true life is like, she has said, no one would be her friend, despite that she is the very same person. Her children, just as orderly, her sincerity just as real, her laughter and kindness just as honest. She is wise enough to know, she is liked for what people assume …