Grace On Rainbow

Thursday, June 18, 2009

How we spent our day . . . .

I have guessed for some time now that I needed to take Avery in to get her eye's checked. I just figured that she needed glasses for reading as she practically has her nose to the page as she tries to read. Well I finally scheduled her an appointment today and well can I just say I feel like an AWFUL mom.

The doctor said that she has an astigmatism (probably hereditary because of the degree it is and since Bob has one as well) . . . most people have a little astigmatism - but little girl's is termed as "severe" - which basically means she will have to wear glasses the rest of her life. The doctor said that she more than likely has had it since birth and should have been wearing glasses this entire time. . . . .BAD MOM . . . . BAD MOM . . .

Along with this she is also both near and far-sided and would have required glasses even without the astigmatism. She was a little nervous about getting them, but once we told her that she would be just like Mary Ingalls - it seemed to help a little bit.

I was a little nervous for her because with the astigmatism as bad as it is the doctor said she would require a "rather thick" lens. Well you know what I thought of . . . . yep Coke bottle glasses. Well she is limited to the frames she can have because of the thickness of her lenses and they distort the look of her eyes a little bit . . . but not like I was imagining.

So here is our beautiful little girl with now much better vision. Things are still a little "blurry" for her as she adjusts to such a change, but tonight for the first time since I can ever remember my little girl sat on the couch and watched a movie without leaning over the arm or squinting to see.

Well we have to go back in 6 months to check and make sure that the glasses are actually keeping the astigmatism under control and preventing it from getting any worse. He really didn't think that it would continue to worsen now that she is in glasses, but he also wanted to monitor it just to be sure. We will also be taking Noah in next week. Even though I have not noticed any real problems with him as far as reading or seeing, the doctor thought that it would be best to check due to Avery's and Bob's condition. Noah was so upset that he didn't get to get glasses as well today and we've tried to reason and tell him it is a blessing not to have them, but right now it is just something "cool" that he doesn't get. . . . and I hope he never will.

Well I am going to get into some comfy PJ's and relax a bit before my boys get back from Boys and Girls Town tonight.

Have a great night everyone - Lisa

Our nightly skit of pleading to sleep together . . .

ACT I - Scene I
KIDS: Mom can we please sleep together? . . . . . .
MOM: No - you never sleep you just talk . . . .
KIDS: PLEASE we promise we wont talk . . . .
MOM: No not tonight . . . . (fast forward 9 hours) and this is what we see . . . .

ACT 2 - Scene 2

DAD: So when did you get into Sissy's bed . . . .
NOAH: Ummmmm after you went to bed . . . .

Too cute to be TOO upset with them. We will deal with the disobedience part, but it sure is hard when it is THIS cute.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Catching Lightning Bugs


The beginning of summer has brought out the cute little bugs with glowing bottoms . . . . (aka - Lightning Bugs) The kids have so much fun jumping out of the car and seeing how many they can catch before we haul them in for the night. . . I am so thankful that God gives us such wonderful creatures to delight in - He is truly a God of Wonder and Amazement.


Have a wonderful night everyone - Lisa

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Saying Good-Bye . . .

It is sad but true . . . Saying Good-Bye is never easy, but it is time. Life has gotten a little out of hand with you all in it - so please join me as I say good-bye to some very dear friends that I will miss terrible, but have become bad influences in my life . . . .

Dear sweet refreshing Coca-Cola, especially my Sonic Route 44 with Vanilla . . . . I will miss your bubbling and refreshing sweetness . . . . we have had many a good times togeter, but alas it is time to give you up . . . to turn away . . . to close the door to our friendship . . .

My healthy bland-tasting acquaintance. . . . Maybe someday I will grow fond of you, but for now I despise even thinking about you . . .

Sweet, creamy, delicious, melt-in your mouth caramel pieces of goodness. I have grown to cherish our time together as we drive down the road, or sit, or stand, or . . . . I will miss your cream centers and chewy comfort.
Bushels and bushels AND bushels of fruit . . . I know they are sweet . . . I know they are juicy . . . but you are NOT Caramel and you DO NOT melt in my mouth . . .
Lazy days of sleeping in . . . no alarm clock to wake me. Good-bye browsing blogs in the morning . . . I will miss the comfort of my sweet dreams and pillow-top mattress.
Burning thighs and sweat . . . Gasping for air to breath . . . . wondering if a mile WILL EVER END. I know you are better for me - but it will be a relationship that will require much disciple and diligence.
Well there you have it . . . my sweet good-byes to some beloved friends. I am getting back on track and focused again. I am not sure if I will blog about my progress - we'll see. Now it is only 7:37pm so I have 4 hours and 23 minutes to eat my popcorn with extra butter - gulp down the last of my Route 44 Vanilla Coke - and eat the rest of my Caramel Creams. . . . oh wait they are already gone, man I should have bought another bag . . . oh well.

Have a great night everyone - Lisa

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Prayer Request . . .

It has been a long week. We have been working every night at the Bilingual Church, which has been such a wonderful blessing. It is amazing to me even now as I sit and think of this past week. God is SO gracious - He provided a way for us to serve others and to take our minds off of ourselves and on Friday. What an amazing and loving God we serve and I praise Him for allowing us to serve Him even when our life is so unsettled.

Tonight we were a part of SBBM's (Springfield Bilingual Baptist Ministry) Wednesday night services and our friend and pastor of the church Esteban had everyone stand in a circle and offer prayer for our family and the court date this Friday. One of the men offered prayer over our family while Esteban translated. Even though I was only able to catch a word here and there of the Spanish prayer - it was so soothing and comforting to hear the words and a wonderful reminder that God hears our cries in any language. It was truly humbling for us.

This leads me to my prayer request. It is for our son Noah - We are blessed to have a son who loves the Lord like I have never before seen in an 8-year-old before. His heart is so tender and sweet. However, with that there is a price. He is very much aware of what Friday could bring for our family. We have never shielded him from the court date - the details yes - but never from knowing that there are consequences that come even from accidents. Tonight after we were home and he was settled into bed - he cried and struggled with not wanting Friday to come. As a mom I cannot tell you how this breaks my heart, yet I also know that God will use this in his life. One day he will remember how God took care of our family over this past year and during this trial and I know without a shadow of a doubt that he will be stronger for it as well. Still as his mommy I struggle watching him cry and fear for his Daddy and I can only hold him and tell him that we must trust God and that He is and always will be in control. After the tears had stopped and Daddy prayed with him he has settled in for the night for some much needed sleep after a busy week - so I just ask that you would please remember to pray for Noah and God's grace and understanding to his precious and tender 8-year-old heart.

We continually thank God for each of you and the love and prayers that you have all offered. There are no words that could ever tell you how much they have ment to our family.

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. Lamentations 3:24