Thursday, September 18, 2008
On September 6th, Garrett and I were able to attend the UCF/USF football game. We received tickets from Jennifer's Aunt Sandy. These were not just any tickets and they came with a parking pass. We got to drive up and park right at the stadium and our tickets were in the club seating section. We took an elevator to our seats and they were the nice seats with backs and cup holders (not the aluminum stadium seats). We felt very special. We had a great time but had to leave in the beginning of the fourth quarter (Garrett was preaching at Zephyr the next day and we had to leave the house by 7:00 am) so we did not get to see UCF come back and tie it up and go into overtime. UCF ended up losing, but they put up a decent fight. The fans were having a good time. At one point they played some music and everyone started bouncing up and down, the whole place was shaking and the lady behind us said that they had not reinforced our section yet. GREAT!!!!!! It was fun!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Monday-Southwest Lasagna Rolls- 1st time recipe, I'll let you know.
Garrett really liked these- I thought they were O.K.
Tuesday-Frozen dinner of some sort- I have Bible Study on Tuesday nights and I am always eating as I am running out of the door, so I decided on something simple.
Wednesday-Skillet Pork Chops with Potatoes and Onions-Yummy!
Thursday-Smothered Steak and Peppers with Jasmine Rice
I don't have anything planned for Saturday or Sunday yet!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Tuesday-Carie's birthday-Tropical Storm Fay has postponed all birthday celebrations so my wonderful husband has made chocolate chip pancakes (my favorite) for breakfast, and grilled Italian sandwiches for lunch. The plan for dinner is empanadas and yellow rice!Wednesday-Pork steaks-asparagus-parsley potatoes-sliced tomatoes
Thursday-Grilled Italian sandwiches
Friday-Ravioli with meatballs-salad-garlic bread--this will be another birthday dinner that we will be sharing with our good friends Jerry, Tina, & Paige Landis, Margarito, & Cathy Landers.
That is all I have for now!!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
So, I just opened an email from him and this is what I got:
I just love him so much!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Have you ever looked at your "plate" and thought, "how did I fit all that on there?" I definitely have eyes that are bigger than my stomach, both in a literal and figurative sense. My plate lately has been extremely full with the following:
-Work, which has been crazy lately. We have a record number of applicants, which means a record number of times I've gone crazy.
-School, which is going well, but keeps my stress level at a constant high. For those of you who don't know, I'm working on my M.A. in New Testament. In order to keep up with everything, I should be reading about 50 pages a day and writing about 1,000 words a week. Needless to say, these goals are not always "reached."
-Preaching, which is a bittersweet situation. I love preaching, and it gives Carie and I a lot of time together (since we're in the car for 3 hours every Sunday). It's also a little extra income, which is definitely a blessing. Of course, the downsides are that we're in the car for 3 hours every Sunday (count the dollars flying by...), not to mention the reason for my being there--the normal preacher, Pat, is fighting cancer.
-IVF stuff, which takes up a whole lot more time and emotional energy than most people realize.
-Being a husband, which is the most important, challenging and yet rewarding thing of all. Carie deserves all of my best, and sometimes I fall short of giving that to her. But her understanding and gracious attitude is unparalleled in anyone I've ever met, and it daily makes me want to be a better husband.
I thought I would close with an interesting "discovery" I made the other day while studying the book of John for one of my courses. If you already knew this, well, then you're one step ahead of me.... This was a huge epiphany for me, and I just get really excited whenever I have one. Here it is:
In the second temple period (the time when Jesus lived), Jews celebrated the Feast of Booths (sometimes called Sukkot, or the Festival of Tabernacles) in a unique way. In the morning of each of the 8 days of the festival, the priests would gather water from the pool at Siloam, mix it with new wine from the harvest, and pour it over the altar in the temple. The water would flow down the temple steps and out into the courtyard beyond. Then at night the priests would light four large menorah's in the Court of Women, just outside the inner court of the temple, and the glow of these lamps would radiate the temple area. (Just as a side note, the Court of Women is also where the treasury was located. This detail is important).
In John 7 and 8, Jesus is speaking to the Jews, and John writes, "On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'"
Then, in chapter 8 (after a side-step episode) it says, "Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." A few verses later, John gives the detail that Jesus said this "in the treasury," hence, the Court of Women. Jesus was a master of situational teaching!
I love it when things all fall into place like that.
Until next time....
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Monday-Tortilla Chip Casserole ( new recipe)
Tuesday-Chickpea/tomato/feta salad with homemade bread
Wednesday-Bacon Cheeseburger Chicken
Thursday- Marlboro Man Sandwiches- these look amazing... I can't wait to try them!
Friday- Mushroom Quesadillas
Most of these recipes I borrowed from the other bloggers at orgjunkie.com. If they are in yellow you can click on the link and find the recipe. I have the other recipes on a Word document so if you want the recipe just let me know and I can send it to you.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I had to laugh out loud. I should probably realize that and try to stick to a diet!!
Monday, July 28, 2008
LH 4.07 ( this is normal)
The nurse said that the FSH level being lower could be from the estrogen # being higher. In otherwords, don't get excited.
When we met with Jaffe she said that the # that she is looking at is the Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) level and that was what she is using to determine our medicines.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Philippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
This is the picture and scripture verse that I got in an email yesterday. The email said to smile and that it was God's way of telling us to "Have a nice day!". Yesterday was also the day that we had the appointment for our consultation with Dr. Jaffe. I was so anxious about our appointment so the scripture verse was perfect for me. Jaffe had a plan, she gave me some birth control pills to try and get rid of the cysts and lower my estrogen level and scheduled a follow up visit for 2 weeks ( to check my estrogen level and do an ultrasound). We were so happy that she did not mention the "s" word (surgery- we have had our fair share). We were very pleased with our appointment.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
We spent Wednesday at home with each other just trying to get a grip. We got a phone call from the nurse (at almost 5:00pm) to try and figure out some of the questions that we have. First, how can my FSH level go from 7 to 17???? She said that it changes and could be better next month. REALLY!! That makes absolutely no sense but OK! Secondly, could my blood pressure or thyroid medicine cause the numbers to change??? NO (Stink, stink, stink-we were hoping that could be an answer) . Thirdly, can we get in to see Dr. Jaffe any earlier than 07/27/08?? NO!-she is on vacation and has no other openings, unless someone cancels. Garrett and I talked about a bunch of options and meanwhile my mom and sister were busy looking for other doctors. Cheryl found one in Colorado who has excellent #'s. We are incredibly blessed with a very supportive family who are very excited about the potential of having a Carie/Garrett little one running around.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The medications were:
Follistim AQ cartridge 900 international units =$2768.00
(Breathe, Breathe, Breathe, Breathe, Breathe, Breathe, Breathe,)
Doxycycline 100 mg=$free-covered by our insurance
Ovidrel 250 mcg=$138.00
Progesterone in Oil=$free-covered by our insurance
Progesterone Capsules=$free-covered by our insurance
VIP membership (to get these amazingly LOW prices)=$12.00
(Breathe, Breathe, Breathe, Breathe, Breathe, Breathe, Breathe,)
I must really go and get on the couch now and try to relax and not think about all of that $$$$$.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Thank you for all of your prayers!!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I am crazy emotional right now and we have not even started any medication yet. We had to sign our consent forms today and Garrett & I both started laughing (at the same time) when we read the part that talked about mood swings. I have been blessed with an absolutely amazing husband who can deal with these so called "mood swings". I can hardly stand myself sometimes, and he just looks at me with those amazing blue eyes and I know that everything is O.K. He is so patient and that is just what I need.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Luke is the baby of the family. We adopted him two years ago from the pound in St. Cloud. We love the little guy. His original name was Sniper--who would name a dog Sniper? We hated the name, so naturally we changed it.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
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