Monday, April 28, 2008


I'm getting carpet, I'm getting carpet, I'm getting carpet, hey, hey, hey, hey! Yesterday was crazy. The entire downstairs is now upstairs. The carpet layers are going to be working today and tomorrow. Hopefully we'll get to move stuff back down tomorrow. The good part is that we'll be cleaning stuff and organizing it before it goes back down. Both rooms are painted. I'll post pictures when I can.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

It's coming along...

I have the guest room almost done. I'm hoping to finish tonight when I get home from One Act practice. I'll take pictures when it's complete. Jeff is coming back tonight one more time to finish up Cael's room. My mom is coming from Arapahoe tomorrow to watch Cael so I can paint. Our track and golf teams are out tomorrow, so our guidance counselor is taking the rest of the kids (a whopping 24 out of 70) to Concordia to visit the campus. That means I don't have to go to school! It's supposed to rain in the late afternoon and evening tomorrow. The track meet had better not get canceled! We have a couple of my students coming over on Sunday to help bring all of our furniture upstairs because we're getting carpet on Monday. We'll be spending two nights at Allen's mom's house, since we really won't be able to function in ours. So carpet Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday after school the two boys are coming back to put the furniture back downstairs and get paid with steak. After that it's just clean, clean, clean and organize till I drop. We are having a company come in to clean our ducts. Nothing will stay clean until all of the dust out of the vents. They'll also spray something that kills mold and bacteria. Hopefully we won't have as many sinus infections from here on out (even though everyone in our house is on antibiotics right now!).

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Children's Night

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Last night was a Children's Night at our church because the daycare in town is going to be moving to our church. We had quite a time!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

News story

Last night the station out of Lincoln did a story on Alvin and the corn. Here's the link if you want to check it out. On the right side you can see the story that was on the news. Hit the "click to play" button.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Loaves and Fish

I witnessed a true miracle last night. It was at our annual benefit banquet. That's our event that we use to raise money to keep our school running. Right now, our school is struggling to make some ends meet, so last night was extremely important. We have a silent auction, a speaker, a dinner, and a live auction. One of our seniors (Alvin), bought some seed corn that was on the live auction (remember, we're in Nebraska. Alvin has had to be the head of the household since his dad died when Alvin was in Jr. High. He took over his dad's farm, so he's had to grow up a lot.) So when he bought the corn, the auctioneer would make sure that everybody knew that it was one of our kids. Alvin actually put up 100 bushels of his own seed corn for live auction. It was bought, sold again, bought, sold again, and again, and again. His corn was sold 16 times for a total of $7,900!!! It was truly a miracle that people were moved to do such a wonderful thing. So remember, if you don't think you have much to give, or can't make an impact, God can make it into something AMAZING!!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

On the mend

Cael is back to his normal, car-playing, Spiderman-jumping, old self. Thanks for all of your prayers. Here's a video that I took a while ago of Cael singing his ABC's. He's better at it now, but this is pretty funny.

Sunday, April 6, 2008


We were discharged around 11am this morning and got home around 2pm. We were so happy to get that I V out. Cael actually did pretty well with it. Especially when he was feeling better and wanted to get down and play with his cars. We're still not out of the clear, but we're on our way. Allen, on the other hand, is banished to downstairs as he came home last night to shower, but stayed home because he started throwing up. joy. All Cael really wants to do is be outside. We can't spend too much time outside, though because he does have a cold along with the rotovirus and we can't push it too much too fast.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Isolation contact sucks!

Isolation contact. That's what it says outside of Cael's hospital room. Yep. We were admitted yesterday around 11am. Isolation contact means you can't go for a walk or to the playroom. You have to stay in your own room. Rotovirus is a nasty, nasty thing. He was so dehydrated. His CO2 was at 17 when we were admitted. It was 19 this morning at 6:30 when those mean nurses came in to wake him up and draw blood. He only cried for about 10 seconds while they took his blood, but when they left, he cried for about five more minutes because of the sheer suckiness of it all. He's eatting more today. A couple of partial bananas and some gatorade. A few bites of toast. Our doctor said that his CO2 has to be up to 21 and he has to be able to eat and drink a normal amount without throwing up before we get to go home. Sooooo... we're still in the hospital at least until tomorrow. Keep us in your prayers.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

April showers

I got my bulbs planted, and now God is watering them. Extra bonus - my basement is not being watered! Yea! It's dry. It had better stay that way. Allen and I went for a walk Tuesday night with Cael in the stroller. He fell asleep and slept for a long time. Long enough for us to get the flowers in the ground anyway. We didn't really think about his long nap as being weird until Allen emailed me yesterday morning saying that Cael threw up and he had to go to work in a few hours. Great. I got my afternoon covered and went home to take care of my little sickie. Boy, was he! What's the best way to motivate me to do laundry? Puke on me. I'm not sure how he had any energy left after throwing up 5 times. Poor little guy. He didn't even really talk. Just whimpered or nodded his head. I'll be glad when I have my happy-go-lucky kid back to normal!