About Joys and Trials

"Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me." ~Micah 7:8 (KJV)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Spring is finally here!

Sanatra is doing much better since his bout with croup, something we're all greatly relieved about.
I spent a few hours today cleaning. The only way I can really get to what needs cleaned the most is to have Sean and Ayla both out of the apartment, so Sean took Ayla to see Grandma Dawn and Pawpaw H. I had about 2 hours to clean, and managed to completely clean our bedroom, Ayla's room, the bathroom minus the tub (I needed to get a cleaner for soap scum) and the utility room. Made my head hurt terribly, but I wasn't stopping till they came back from his parent's place. When they got back, Ayla took a nap, not happily, but much needed.
Went to China King to have bourbon chicken for dinner, because the other Chinese food restaurant that does deliver, doesn't make bourbon, so I had to drive across town. Which actually worked well, cause Ayla's been wanting pancakes, but the milk was out, so I got that and a scum cleaner for the tub.
Ayla's vocabulary is growing so much. Lately she's taken to saying "affer you", "dis is tewible", "it not my fault", it was an aciden". We've still got to work on some of her pronunciations. It's almost May here, and our weather still can't make up it's mind. It wasn't too bad today, I opened the windows and patio door while I cleaned.
Took Ayla to get a hair cut on Monday, Sean doesn't care for it, cause it makes her "look like Mckey", but I'm the one who sees it most often and has to clean it...I like it.
She was so upset when I made her leave to go have lunch with Nanna, because the ducks at our friend Chrissy's place hadn't come up to the house yet.

Sanatra has 4 teeth in, and getting another. He's taken to biting occasionally, but Jessa says he refuses teething rings. She caught him in a can of Pringles the other day.
He doesn't seem to care too much for baby food, instead wanting what everyone else is having. Not that I can blame him. Ayla doesn't like baby food anymore either. She dipped a finger into his carrots and did not like the flavor.

Sean and I switched our phone service and got new phones. So much cheaper than what we were paying, but such a pain in some ways to get set up. At least it won't happen again for a few years.

Saw the eye specialist for a follow up. My vision has stayed the same since 7 months ago, so I'm getting prescription lenses put in my sunglasses. He said in a few years, I may need corrective surgery, but the glasses are the best option for now, especially since I can't do contact lenses.

Go next Wednesday to talk to the neurologist about these headaches. Hopefully we can figure it out.

Ayla's potty trained, but we've had to deal with numerous accidents lately, to the point that I'm getting exasperated and frustrated. I pulled the mat out of my bathroom and laid down towels instead, cause I'm tired of washing the mat, putting it back and not even an hour later it needs washed again due to another accident.

Have had some difficulties with the PCGG blog, and people not being able to see it. I changed the layout and background, hoping it was just a glitch with that particular template. If you have any problems seeing it, please let us know.

Can't wait for bed time. Hoping the weather is nice tomorrow. Hope you all have a great night and weekend.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Ayla and Sanatra playing at the hospital last night. 
Jessa, Jeffery, and Sanatra are finally on they're way home now. Was just a bad case of croup, according to the doctors. Sanatra still had a bit of a wheeze last night, but his oxygen levels were perfectly fine. Thanks so much for the prayers and thoughts. I know they're all ready to be home.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Another day for Sanatra

Sanatra had another rough night, though not as bad as the night before. They've called in an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist. Sanatra is not allowed to eat until they make a decision regarding doing a scope of his throat.
Jessa has to work today, so Jeffery's there by himself for the most part.
Planning on taking Bubby and Ayla up there later to visit, as long as weather cooperates. We have storms today, so pray that the doctors do the right thing and that the weather stays decent enough (as decent as thunder storms can be) for us to go visit and give Jeffery a break.
Will keep you updated as best as possible.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sanatra 4-14-13

Jessa called Mom with an update on Sanatra. He was worse throughout the night, and a respiratory specialist has ordered a new x-ray. They will decide what to do next after those are in. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sanatra update

Grandaddy, Jeffery, and Sanatra.

The lung specialist said there appears to be nothing else wrong with Sanatra. They're keeping him one more night. Mom says he still sounds rough, but he's definitely looking a bit better than he had been yesterday when Ayla and I went to see him.
Hopefully he'll be home tomorrow. This is the last update for today. Thanks for all the prayers. :)

Another night

Sanatra has to stay another night. Doctor wants a lung specialist to look at him n offer another opinion and will get another breathing treatment.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Another update on Sanatra.

Sanatra will spend the night at the Children's Hospital. If he can go all night without a breathing treatment, then he can go home in the morning. Prayers for him, Jessa and Jeffery needed. Jessa has to work tomorrow.

Sanatra update

Keeping Sanatra tonight as a necessary precaution. Expect more breathing treatments perhaps and a full recovery

Sanatra update

Sanatra is taking an ambulance ride to the main hospital of the local chain. It's still just croup, but he's still having trouble breathing. He was given another dose of oral steroid to bring down the swelling, RSV swab came back fine, x-rays were good. White blood count up a bit, but that could be due to the steroid. They'll keep an eye on him for about two hours and then decide if they need to keep him overnight or can send him home.

Sanatra is sick.

Sanatra spent some time in the ER yesterday for croup, went back again last night, sent him home. They took him to the doctor's office this morning, and Jessa just posted saying he's going back to the hospital via ambulance from the doctor. May move him to the children's hospital.

He is definitely in need of some prayers right now.

Baked Apple French Toast

From the "Circle of Friends: 25 Breakfast and Brunch Recipes" by Gooseberry Patch, tweaked to my own preferences.
This requires being prepared the night before, and cooked in the morning.
French Toast
12 slices thick white bread
1 (21oz) can of apple pie filling
8 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups milk
2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, cubed

1/2 cup maple syrup

Arrange 6 slices in a greased 9x13 pan. Spread with pie filling. Top with remaining bread slices.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Poor over bread. Cover and refrigerate over night.

Next Morning: Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Meanwhile place the brown sugar in a small bowl. Cut in butter until it resembles small crumbs.
Sprinkle over the top. Drizzle maple syrup over french toast.

Bake uncovered at 350* for 35-40 minutes. 

makes 6+ servings

This is half a "serving" according to the recipe. It all depends on how you want to cut it, and how much you want to eat. Enjoy!!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Cuteness overload

He's just so cute, and so much fun!! I love his smile and laugh!!

Sanatra came and spent a few hours with Ayla and I while Jessica's back to work at Walmart. (She quit Dollar General, and good for her.) Jeffery was at GED classes. I had a blast with Sanatra...He's just so HAPPY!!

Ayla loves having Sanatra over.....
Until I say:
"Get her, Sanatra!!" 
Lol...That's a good way to get Ayla to freak out. So much fun, especially when Sanatra starts heading towards her. Sanatra's eating cheerios. Well, fruit loops when he's here, and let him try cheez-its too. He liked those as well. Went to the zoo this past Saturday. That was crazy, so many people!! 
Ayla was more thrilled and comfortable looking at all the snakes, gators, frogs and such than she was with the big cats and the giraffes. She eventually warmed up to them.

Ayla: "It's a crocodile!"
(it's an alligator)

 "It's a big 'nake'...he's sleeping!"

Just the other day she noticed that Daddy had "disappeared"....he'd just gone to class, but I was thoroughly surprised she could say "disappeared" so well.

That's about it for now.
Have a great week!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Finally warming up!

Headaches. Always pretty much in the same spot. Went to doctor today for blood work and was given a pain medicine that's supposed to be stronger than Ibuprofen....
However, the Nurse Practitioner said the med isn't narcotic, so shouldn't really affect me...but the pharmacist says it can cause drowsiness....and most common side affects? Seizures and depression....I'm really not too keen on taking this stuff...holding out as long as possible....Ibuprofen and Tylenol do nothing for it. If blood work shows nothing, then it's probably off to a neurologist. Joy.

On a better note, it's nice outside here. I have the patio door open and a large gate up, so Ayla can only play right outside the door. Bought lemon balm and got those put into their pots. Hoping it'll be good enough to deter mosquitoes, otherwise I'll buy a citronella plant, and put that in the third pot.
Mom's talking about going to the zoo tomorrow. Hope we do, want to get out of the apartment and do stuff. Small town like this, there isn't much to do for free, and nothing in walking distance, that isn't up a steep hill.
This was about an hour and 45 minutes ago.

and this is now:
Thankfully, I wasn't needing any of that dirt, as it was mostly mulch.
She is definitely getting a bath tonight.