Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Feet in your jammies

It's getting cooler and so tonight was the first night of the warm jammies.
Levi was soooo excited to wear something that even covered his feet! He put those jammies on and zipped them up to his neck and met me in the hallway yelling, "Daddy, lookame, lookame!!" and started dancing!! I was cracking up to see his big smile and little body wiggling around - he then ran back into his bedroom and shut the door, so he could watch himself dance in his feet jammies in the full length mirror on the back of the door.
Tanya was packing up the short sleeve shirts and shorts today into a tote to store for next summer. Levi was noticeably upset and said "no chamees up, no chamees up". Tanya thought at first he was saying "jammies", but then remembered that the word in amharic for shirt is chamois. He didn't want Mommy to take away his clothes :( Tanya then explained how we would be wearing longer sleeves because it was getting colder and longer pants. She also told him that he would always have clothes and shoes to wear, and showed him his warmer clothes hanging in the closet. He seemed very relieved and less stressed about his clothes. I thought of the verse below, how it is easy for me to not be anxious about clothes, I've always had them in excess, It brings new meaning to this verse when your son had to go without clothes/food up until 7 mos. ago.

Mathew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

After reading that verse Tanya and I can't help but thing about the faith displayed by Christians in Ethiopia and even around the world. God is making His Word new to us through our children each day.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Kaylee's little mouth

As if we haven't had enough surgery around here lately, Kaylee had three teeth pulled on Monday.
We had this appointment set up for many weeks, so when they bumped Levi and Jesse's surgeries up, they all fell within 4 days of each other.
Kaylee was really hurting. She had 2 permanent teeth pulled (ironically, they are the same teeth that Levi doesn't have!!) She also had a baby tooth yanked. The perms had to come out because her mouth is too small to hold all her teeth. Hopefully, this will be helpful in keeping her from braces (or at least for a minimum amount of time).
Kaylee was back on her feet by the end of the day (very brave). She went to school today and was excited to show her friends the big roots of the teeth that were taken from her mouth.
Isaac and Kaylee both started piano lessons today. How great is it that their teacher lives across the street? I feel like we live in Mayberry sometimes!

More Surgery updates

The last few days have been fun around here, but really just business as usual.
Friday last week, we had a pretty good day, other than having to take off Jesse's bandages in the evening.
It was so hard and it hurt him so much. Tanya was getting all queasy and I was having a hard time holding him. We had soaked him in the tub for about 45 min. It barely phased the sticky stuff. We then had to goop on the triple-antibiotic ointment. I smeared it in his diaper too. After we got his diaper on, he calmed down and fell asleep while Tanya held him in the rocking chair.
Saturday: Isaac final football game in the morning and a tailgate party at 8:45 am with the other parents. It was so fun and the kids loved eating breakfast (donuts) outside and drinking hot cocoa! The actual game was cancelled because of rain, but since we had the kids there, we just had a little game anyway. It was still fun. The rest of the day was kinda blah since it rained.
Sat. evening we had to take Levi's bandages off. I soaked him in the tub for about 45 min. and while I had him in there, I kept trying to explain what was about to happen. When I got him out and started the process, he didn't want me anywhere close to those bandages. I asked him if he could do it himself and he said "yes". He proceeded to remove all the bandages without one bit of crying!! He said "ouch" a few times, but was very brave!
Sunday, we went to Sunday school. They all LOVE their teachers! It makes Sunday so great to start with sunday school, and I even got to be in an adult ss class.

More to come....

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Surgery update

Thank you all for your prayers today. Everything went really well. Levi had 7 fillings, one tooth crowned and one tooth had to be extracted. The unfortunate news was that underneath four of his baby molars there are no permanent teeth coming in. The dentist was explaining our options and basically the best case scenario is that he would keep his baby molars into adulthood. Seems kinda unlikely to us, but we are praying that the permanent teeth were just not able to be seen on the xray yet. The other part of the surgery went really well too. Jesse has shown more signs of pain, but we'll see the true picture tomorrow when all the anesthetic is completely gone. Thanks again for your prayers, we really felt a peace and calmness today, by grace. Layne
2 Corinthians1:10b-11 On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

Levi and Jesse's Surgery

Please pray for Jesse and Levi and our family throughout this day and our weekend. They are seeing a urologist for surgery today and Levi is getting teeth pulled.
Kaylee reminded me of this verse today:
1 Peter 5:7, 'Cast all your worries on Him, because He cares for you'