Monthly Archives: December 2005

Well, we are finally getting better around here.  It has been a very busy weekend. 

Saturday we attempted to do some shopping.. we headed over to Walmart
Supercenter to pick up a few needed items.. But first we stopped at
Game stop.  I am amazed.. All the gifts david wanted are not
available.  Partly becasue they are not the newest games out
there.  I did end up ordering quite a bit on amazon and I am
praying they get here before Christmas.  We didn’t arrive home
until about 3pm.. quickly unloaded and picked up David from work, then
headed to look for a place to eat.. We are not supposed to be spending
money but we came across Outback Steakhouse and decided to eat there..
There was no line.. it took like 3-5 min get a table.. whoo hoo..

After that we headed to see Chronicles of Narnia.. and I must say..
Wow.. it is not what I expected at all.  I have not read the books
yet.. I did read the pre-lude so far and that helped me understand how
it came about.. I was impressed..

Then we came home to a very very upset child.  David had just
gotten home and things were not good.  He did quite a bit of
damage to the screen door because Sarah was breaking up with him..
(which didn’t happen)..David and I had a really really long talk. 
Sarah is going through quite a bit of stuff herself (I would never want
to repeat teen years.. ugh)  and unfortunately David takes every
mood she gets as something he caused.. he takes things so personally
(he takes after me).. and then he is smothering her will apologizes and
begging for her to help him understand… He truly cares for her and it
hits him hard when she is upset..

We had a long talk about how he is not responsible for her happiness..
and if she is going through something and needs to be alone.. to leave
her alone.. She needs to be able to go through what she has to go
through.. when she is ready for him to help her or comfort her in some
way.. she will come looking for him.. His feelings are really based on
her feelings and that is not something I like to see.. things seemed
alot better last night so I am praying he will take my words to heart..
I pray God will use me to help him through all of this teen

I told him next time he is so angry .. to go hit a tree.. or kick it
(to prevent hand injury or something).. but to stop hitting things in
this house.. he will find he has a good deal of money to spend if he
doesn’t have to pay for these things to be fixed!

Yesterday, we headed out to pick up mom.. She is here and we have tons
of work to do.  So I told myself I am only allowed to check mail
and go online from 5:30 – 7am.. then I need to sign out.. I just love
chatting with my close friends on IM.. but I have a serious problem.. I
am totally addicted.. ugh..

Ok.. it is 6:56am.. time for me to go.. Have a great day!


Anna was upset and crying.. sitting all alone..
David comes in and scoops her up into his arms..
sits in a rocker and holds her close to his chest..
Like a baby in his arms
and he comforts her

It brought tears to my eyes.. to see my 17 year old teen comforting his 4 year old sister in this way.

I woke this morning.. stunned to hear the
alarm go off.. I don’t think I woke at all last night.. finally.. it
has been a long week and a half. 

I came in and turned on my computer (yep first thing every morning) ..
then started my tada list (yep.. i am a list person).. as I looked
around the house.. I find the hamster’s cage is wide open.. oh lovely..
Blackie is missing..

Let me go back a bit.. first of all.. I do not sleep during the day..
and I do not go to bed while Anna is still awake.. and usually not
before 11pm.. but I have been sick.. my body is weak.. I barely had the
strength to put lights and garland on the tree.. (anna put candy canes
on it.. there is no star.. no ornaments.. no skirt.. however.. anna did
wrap some of her toys in napkins and put them under the tree .. silly

Anyways.. (sorry I keep getting off track).. last night around 10.. I
laid down to do a sudoku puzzle and relax.. found myself sleeping.. so
I didn’t get back up.. during htat time.. anna brought in a bunch of
toys, took all the bows and ribbons out of a bag to play with.. and
obviously decided to play with her hamster.. and lost him..

Where was daddy?? Well, he is not at fault.. he went to his office
(when I was awake) to get some work done.. He had no clue I fell
asleep.. and you really can’t hear anything down there..

So anyways.. Where is Blackie.. well.. I look over and he is sitting on
the radiator.. watching the tree lights blink off and on.. just
mesmerized by it.. lol.. I slowly walked over all the stuff on the
living room floor (thanks anna) and quickly snatched him up.. he looked
stunned that I got and I put him back in his home.. as for
the tree.. I could have sworn I pulled the plug on that baby last
night.. (I don’t leave my tree on while I am in bed or away from the
house.. I have serious issues with fires..)  Obviously Anna felt they
needed to be back on and plugged it back in.. ugh..

So here I sit… in the middle of a very messy home.. and I am blogging
instead of cleaning.. well.. I must be finally feeling better..

I am sick…. I’ll be back when I feel better..

I have been absent for awhile.  Mostly due
to Gram.. just seemed like daily the information was getting worse and
worse.. hopefully it will be better now.. Thank you all for praying. 

Annaleah went for a hearing test on Thursday.. First here is a brief backgroud for those of you don’t know the history..

Anna was born with a cleft palate.  She was not able to try to nurse
(long story) so I pumped milk for her.. Due to a very bad start (part
of the long story) I was never able to get much.  When we started I
provided maybe half of her needs.. the other half was met with

I was told that she would have lots of ear infections.. lots.. and that
we had a tough road ahead.. but not to give up pumping.. because it was
the best thing for her.. This was a double strike for her because I
have a long history ry of infections as long as my family.. 3 of us
have a hearing loss.. David started with infections as well.. but
thankfully it didn’t last too long.

Anna had surgery at 9 months.. at that time she had her tubes put in
also.. her ears had been gathering fluid but no infections.. about a
year later the tubes fell out.  Anna started gathering fluids again..
but we didn’t know.. Her speech started to get bad.. the birth to three
speech therapist had noticed during her monthly visits.. Dr. Scheom the
Ent.. was activated in the military.. So we waited..

After a few months he came back and ordered a hearing test.. Anna had a
slight hearing loss.  So another set of tubes had to be put in.  It
took a few months for her speech to improve and her next hearing test
were great.. we were back on track..

since then her tubes have been out for over a year.. she has only had
one ear infection whech I treated myself.. She is always closely
watched by dr. s.. and she has become very fond of him.. The dr decided
that she needed another test and then a checkup where he would give her
a clean bill of health if allw as well..

The test was great.. the checkup great.. He said she is very young to
be doing so well.. that most kids end up with tubes til much older and
it is not so common for the ears to fix itself that fast when a cleft
is involved..

Then I was stunned.. he basically said.. goodby and good luck.. there
are no more appts scheduled.. it was so weird.. I did’t know if I
should be getting emotional or what… I totatlly did not expect that..

I am kinda sad because he has been my security in this.. Like.. with
the constant checkups.. was teh knowledge that shee was on track.. I
should know better… becasue my security  should always rest in the

When we got in the car Angel said.. it was the breastmilk.. and I
thought.. It was the Lord who gave me Angel to help me through it all..
becasue if it wasn’t for him.. I would have quit that first day home..
(Picture 2am. .me pumping and feeding Annaleah at the same time.. lol..
A position that was very familiar to me for a long time.. )

on an added note.. I pumped for a year.. I stopped on Anna’s birthday..
she was only getitng one cup  of breastmilk a day (that was all I was
producing.. 6oz) and I thought… what good is that doing.. Shortly
after that was she started having weird consipation problems.. to this
day.. and it was much later when she had her first and only ear

Right now I am getting ready for Jade and Kaitlyn’s build a bear party..

Karen Hellier

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