Wednesday, May 29, 2013

David Working Hard

David turns 12 in just 3 short weeks. 

He is on summer break now and is working hard to earn cash. He worked at a Christmas tree farm over Memorial Day and earned big money.  It was 6 hours of picking cones off the fir trees. I think he came back 10 lbs heavier from the rain soaking his clothes and shoes.

He has 2 neighbor lawns to mow for money so far. He also has an advertisement for dog walking at the local supermarket and gas station.
He is enjoying having money in his pocket. Mom and Dad are enjoying his work ethnic and entrepreneurial spirit.

I forgot to mention that I had to buy him new shoes - again!
He now is only 1/2 size smaller shoe than John.  He isn't even 12 yet. Guess I will be shorter than him soon.

It seems like yesturday he was asking to "play trains". Time keeps speeding by......

Friday, May 10, 2013

Nathan's Yearly Cardiology Appointment

Just want to start this post with: Praise God!

Nathan's aortic valve peak gradients are 40 and his mean gradient is 20-30. For those of you who have been following Nathan's heart updates thru the years, that is WAY down from past measurements.  Like half.

The news gets better and better each year.  Those levels are amazingly low compared to previous years.  Our doctor even said Nathan's valve has 3 visable leaflets that are thickened but functionally opening.

I asked if that still classified him as having a bicuspid valve. He said "yes a high functioning bicuspid valve." He then said: "I can't explain exactly why that is."

John said "I can! It is an answer to prayer!"

Praise the Lord for this progress.
We still request your continued fervent prayers for FULL healing on behalf of our little man.  I look forward to the day I can blog to you all how that prayer was answered with a yes.

It has been amazing walk of faith ever since those first scary diagnosis days. (peak gradients of 70 and more)

I am so pleased we did not rush into surgery when he was a baby.  We have found a very faithful Lord who has sustained our little man and increased our faith in the Great Physician.

He goes back in another year for another follow up.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Caleb's 8 th Birthday

My middle guy is such a problem solver.  His favorite thing is to invent something.  His next favorite is to figure out how something works. 

He got a super marbleworks for his birthday and we have spend HOURS building and rebuilding different patterns for the marbles to follow.  He also is really enjoying his new yo yo.  He just loves working on new yo yo skills to wow his family.

I remember Caleb's birth vividly and can't believe he is already 8.  Time is really on fast forward during these years.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Nathan Finishes Hooked on Phonics

The last one to read.  I can't believe we are done with our Hooked on Phonics.  For 8 years we have had these boxes at our house as we have worked thru them to teach our boys to read.

Nathan is not even eligible for Kindergarten until this coming fall,  but yet he has finished all his Hooked on Phonics.  That means he reads at a 2nd grade level.  Some of me really wanted to take him to the local school for the Kindergarten screener testing just to see what the K teachers would say.  I didn't, but it was a fun thought. 

I am beyond disappointed in our local schools reading program. However, I am thrilled with this Hooked on Phonics program. 

One last thanks to shout out to Grandpa Paul for this amazing gift. Everytime one of the boys reads, I smile at the life skill they learned at home with this gift. 

Once the program is completed, we take the boys to a special hotel stay of their choice to celebrate.  I was so happy for Nathan to get his turn at this reward.  I was also sad that he was the last one for us to celebrate.

So today I gifted the program to another group of moms who intend to teach their 4-5 year olds to read.  I am sad to see it go, but thrilled it will continue to education other boys and girls to learn to read.