Nice and Clean

"Nice" and "clean" are normally two words that I love to hear.

But not when they are said by multiple medical providers at an urgent care and E.R. about a cut on my daughter's leg!  Eek!  

(Well, except that a "nice and clean" cut is way better than a jagged, yuck cut!)

Lily Kay (who is our current kitchen-trash-taker-outer) was letting Abigail "help" her by holding the big, full trash bag.  

"Look how strong Abigail is!"  

As I turned around from the stove to admire my strong 3-year old, Abigail dropped the bag...and landed on top of it.

She immediately cried out, as she rolled off the bag to sit on the kitchen floor.  

When I saw the cut right through her jammie bottoms, I knew we were in trouble.  

I pulled the pant leg up to get a look.  Yuck.  It wasn't even bleeding yet, and all you could see was white.  The nurse later told me it is called fascia, the tissue under the skin.  Noah and LK jumped back and made gasping noises.   I immediately grabbed the two sides of the cut together and kept it squeezed shut.  

As A and I continued to sit in the middle of the kitchen floor, I had one child bring a phone over and I spoke over the speaker with Jas to formulate a plan.  

I took A to a nearby urgent care.  When we decided A needed a Tetanus Immunoglobulin shot and they didn't have it there, they sent us on to an E.R.  

This is what A looked like in the waiting room of the Urgent Care

My very professional bandage job.  Duct tape really CAN do anything!

At the E.R. they put a numbing gel on the cut, and we then had to wait 30 minutes for that to take effect.  

Noah had (so sweetly!) packed a little bag for A to bring with us full of snacks, A's baby doll, etc.  So while we waited, Abigail had a grand time playing with her baby:

When I said I wanted a picture of her and her baby, this is how she held her. Crazy girl!  You can see enough of her crinkly eye to know that she thought she was so funny!

I grabbed a pink bow to stick in A's hair as we left the house.  Priorities.

If my three-year old waiting for stitches wants some of those gloves available in a box on the wall, I get her some gloves.

Abigail was such a trooper through this whole episode.  This was literally an hours long ordeal.  From the time she cut herself, until she and I arrived back home was 5 hours.  She ended up with three stitches.

She fussed some when the doctor put the stitches in, but didn't really cry.

Three "bows" as the doctor called them.

And after the stitches, when the nurse gave her the Tetanus Immunoglobulin shot in her thigh above the stitches (a painful IM shot), A didn't even flinch or make a peep.  The nurse and I just stared at each other in (happy) surprise!

When we arrived back home, the other children had "Feel better soon" cards ready and waiting for A - so kind!  Abigail never missed a beat once we got home.  I asked her the next day if her leg hurt...and she just said, "no!"  She really needs some training on how to milk incidents like this a little better than that.

Abigail has had fun recounting the cut and stitches story to us and to others.  Her and Gabriel's pretend play now includes trips to the E.R. - a word/place neither one of them knew before!  


Family Pictures - Fall 2017

It's that time of year again - time to try to catch some good family pictures!  This thought makes me happy, and strikes fear in my heart...simultaneously.

First, I have to start by figuring out what the 8 of us will wear.  No small feat.  I don't want to go out and buy anything new.  It always takes me at least two weeks to coordinate this part - with approximately 20 outfits hanging on the front of my master chest during the whole two weeks.  I usually end up texting pictures of different arrangements to friends who are good at this (unlike me)...like Amy and Vicki.  This year I figured it out all by myself!

Next, we have to figure out where to take the pictures.  We fell back on an old stand-by: the location we had (big) family pictures taken (with all 19 of us) when we were just visiting in 2011 and 2015.  We had never taken pictures of just our family there, so I thought this would be nice.

Finally, we sweet talked Nai Nad and her friend Homer into taking pictures for us...with the promise that we'd all head back to our house for supper as soon as the snapping was finished!  They fell for it!

So on Sunday we grabbed my DSLR, Linda, Homer and headed out.

There was a whole lot of tomfoolery going on...

...but we managed to end up with some good ones!


Mother's Day - 2017

I am blessed beyond measure!

Mother's Days just keep getting better and better.

We went to church, then out to eat for lunch (at "Souped Salads" as A calls it), had naps/rest time, and then all of Jason's family came over for supper.  (When we all get together - which we thankfully do very often - there are 20 of us.)

Here are the children's cards for this year...love their heart and creativity!





Lily Kay:


Daniel and I are going to sit down soon and play this game he made...and I am determined to win some "rubs"!


Passports Around the World

We have joined two different homeschool groups since arriving in our new home.  One group is a "co-op" and offers weekly classes (I wrote about HERE).  The other group is a "support" group, and offers fieldtrip opportunities, moms' nights, field day, used-curriculum sales, etc.  (These are two separate and distinct groups, but there is a lot of overlap in the families between these two different groups.)

The awesome handwriting on these directional signs, courtesy of yours truly.  BLECH, my handwriting stinks!

The homeschool support group recently hosted an event entitled, "Passports Around the World."  It was fabulous!  Families signed up to host a country table, and offered information, food, music, etc. to children who visited around and had their passport stamped in each country.

Our family hosted a "China" table.  

An opportunity to practice the Chinese character for "love"

Here is a Chinese bible, a tea set purchased in China, and an opportunity to practice using jade chopsticks 

We also offered samples of Egg Drop Soup (it all got eaten up, and one Egg-drop-soup-lover said it was good!  phew!)

Noah is obsessed with Europe - England and Paris specifically - so he did his own table for England:

He passed out samples of "English Breakfast" tea

This event was fun from beginning to end.   The president of the group asked me to help with this event.  Which basically meant we had a couple of fun meetings (their kids included)...and did some work together.  Here we all are sitting around cutting out country stamps together:

And then the evening of the event was fun - learning new info while having fun with friends!

E with her buds, K and R, also adoptees

G and A caught several rides in this "tuk tuk".

To conclude the evening, everyone participated in Polka lessons!

My sweet friends Amy and Sherry...whom I am so very thankful for!

Abigail is NOT a wall flower...no way was she going to be excluded from the dancing!

My sweet friend Karen, who is just too cute.

Instead of Polka-ing, these kiddos snuck out to the room next door to get some foosball playing in with their buddies

While we were all snazzed up in some of the pretty clothes we purchased in China, I asked E to snap mine and Jason's picture.

He cooperated....

...for a bit...


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