Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hump Day Report & Randoms

I totally need to update the look of my page, but who am I kidding?
I don't even know how.
If I did know how, I sure as hiccups don't have the time to do it.
Ugh. Life... please slow down.

I sure as shootin' forgot about Hungry For a Day's "Go Hungry Day" until it was too late because I suck at life.
I will be signing up with a local "feed the homeless shelter" and doing my part.
I will also go hungry that day and donate to this great cause.
I fully believe in my friends who started this non-profit organization... they have humongo hearts for the hungry and serving those in need!
So, you definitely need to check out the website and do what you can to make this world a better place.
Share the love, people... share. the. love.
Go to - you'll be better for it and someone else will too!

Tonight is our annual "A Very Henny Christmas" party.
I know what you are thinking...
And .. NO.. this has nothing to do with Benny Hinn.
Though, I am all for the breath of God's healing fire on my life.
Not so sure about Benny's breath...
I hope he eats a tic-tac ..or ten.. before he does all that breath blowing.
What was I talking about>>>>>>?????
Oh, yeah! Our "Hen's Night"!
It's tonight and I have HANDS DOWN the BEST white elephant Christmas gift.
I am so pumped about it.
It's going to make a statement for sure.
I cannot wait to show you all what it is!
Tomorrow.. look for pics!

Lake - my dear son. 
I couldn't be more proud of him.
He loves reminding us about Christmas.
He tells me at least 3 times a week, "Christmas is not about Santa. It's really about Jesus' birthday. I think some people just wanna talk about Santa and that makes me sad for Jesus.
He said he wants to make a Birthday Card for Jesus and leave it out on Christmas night. "Do you think He will see it?"
My heart swells when that boy speaks.
I know the Lord has big plans for him.
(Disclaimer: we totally do "Santa" at our house, we just don't make a *big deal* about it.)
When we ask him what he wants for Christmas... he doesn't say big gifts like "an x-box connect" or "trampoline"... he says stuff like "maybe a transformer" and "maybe a car with a remote control" or "a book about space".
So funny.... nothing like me.
I hope he stays this way, so that when he does receive big gifts, he is actually grateful... Instead of expecting the big stuff and never realizing the sacrifice, blood, sweat and tears his parents (err, dad) made to get it for him.

My sister, Robin, is expecting her second child!
Nora Kate will be the big sister to a baby brother, Abbott Jude.... who is due in the spring!
Lake said, "Yay! I will finally have a boy cousin!"
So far, there's Adleigh, Laney, Nora Kate and his sister Lennon.... too many girls if you ask me!
It's also too bad he'll be six years Abbott's junior.
We're all very excited, nonetheless.

I completed my 6.5 relay in Dallas a couple of weeks ago!
I did the 6.5 at a great pace... somewhere between 9 mins and 9 mins 20 seconds average.
I forgot to cut my Runkeeper off so I had to backtrack and average it out.
Either way, it was definitely under a 10 min mile and that was a personal goal for myself... achieved!
As for the race itself, it was 39 degrees and pouring rain most the run.
The run itself was great.
I mean, you can't feel your toes or your hands and your breath is nothing short of needles, but it was a nice run.
I definitely did not do much sweating.
Before the race was miserable...
Waiting in the cold rain with thin short sleeves on.
After the race was worse...
By a country mile.
Walking around with low blood sugar, soaking wet, and literally on the verge of hypothermia.
My body was almost convulsing.
Never again will I do a short distance in that weather.
Just not worth it.
A half marathon or even a whole - consider it done.
So, the next 4.5 weeks are going to be spent running and training for the half marathon on Jan 15th in Baton Rouge!
So pumped!

So, I have big updates on my little Lennon bug!!  
If you are on my Facebook, you probably saw a post about her big brother, Lake, wanting to start praying for her to be healed - so that she would start talking to him because "she's hard to understand".
If that doesn't shatter the stones in your heart, nothing will.
Of course we totally believe God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Of course we believe He can heal her.
Of course we believe she will be healed.
I hear and read too many stories about people being healed of Down Syndrome to say it cannot happen to her.
However, I do believe that it is going to be God's timing....
Be it here on Earth or in Heaven.
My money is on "here on Earth" and I am 100% more than ok with it being in Heaven.
Frankly, I don't care either way.
I just wanna take time to give the Lord credit where credit is due....
The bottom line is, we've been praying specifically for her speech and communication skills. In the past month, Lennon has really taken a turn for the better in the speech department. Examples:
Putting sounds together... instead of saying "da da da da", she'll say "mama da ba shhh" or "dada ga nana" ...This is HUGE!
She also signs, on a regular basis: Milk, More, All Done, Bird, & Dog.
She uses her words: Mama, Dada, Bubba, Eat, Book, Duck, Put Up (Which is GREAT - using a two word command!), Night Night, & All Done.
I have seen her whisper several times: Baby & Bird.
Other happy stuff she's learning to do:
You can give her almost any command, as in, "Throw this in the trash." or "Go get your shoes." or "Time to brush your teeth." or "Find your milk." and she will do it.
She is great with direction, which means she fully understands what we are saying.
Now, does she do it every time... heck no... she also has a stubborn streak 10 miles wide.
She is an avid "ignore-r" and a professional "lay down and pretend I am too tired to do anything-er".
That makes for a good laugh... I mean, we cannot help but laugh!
She's clever, and she will stiff-arm you in a heartbeat if you try to make her do something she isn't wanting to do.
Bed-time & Bath-time:
Lennon loves a bath.
If you even mention the word in a sentence, she usually goes to the bathroom door and waits.
I have learned to spell it when talking about it in her presence.
As for brushing her teeth, it's one of her favorite things to do.
Strike that, her favorite part is drinking the water out of my hand afterwards to "rinse" her mouth.
Several times this week, I see her leaning with her face on her bedroom door.
She is just patiently waiting for me to open it and put her in her bed.
I can now lay her in her bed, fully awake, and she goes right to sleep!
Though, I still rock her most the time, just because I love her.

She has just come so far in such a short amount of time.
I know God placed us in the right hands for therapy (shout out to my cousin!) and He put her in the right family.
Her body is a temple for the Lord's mighty work.
And, like the ole children's folk song says, we sing it with faith...
He's still workin' on her.

He's still working on me to make me what I ought to be.
It took Him just a week to make the moon and stars,
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars.
How loving and patient He must be, He's still working on me.

There really ought to be a sign upon the heart,
"Don't judge her yet, there's an unfinished part."
But I'll be perfect just according to His plan
Fashioned by the Master's loving hands.

He's still working on me to make me what I ought to be.
It took Him just a week to make the moon and stars,
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars.
How loving and patient He must be, He's still working on me.

In the mirror of His Word reflections that I see
Make me wonder why He never gave up on me.
He loves me as I am and helps me when I pray
Remember He's the Potter, I'm the clay.

He's still working on me to make me what I ought to be.
It took Him just a week to make the moon and stars,
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars.
How loving and patient He must be, He's still working on me.