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Finding the time...

Posted by The Humble Artist on 28 December, 2012 at 11:05 Comments comments (0)

Finding the time to do my blog has proven challenging... Obviously, considering it's been over 1/2 a year since I last wrote anything on here. Asher is almost 11 months old! That's crazy! This has been the slowest and fastest year of my entire life! I went through and deleted some pictures from previous entries. I have to apologize if I offended anyone with some of them. The pic of me standing there butt nekked with plaster all over me when my mom and I did the belly mold was probably not the most appropriate ... and then I noticed that I was basically flashing readers with some of the pictures from the hospital - sorry about that - did not even notice until today! So, if I visually accosted you with my pictures, I do apologize... hopefully you're able to rinse it from your memory.


A lot has happened in the last 6 months and I doubt I can fit it all in here, but I will try.


First, our sweet girl, McKayla, passed away on June 15, 2012. It was very unexpected and we will probably always have a sore spot in our hearts when we think of how she died. BUT, we are confident that she is in heaven (if you know me, you know that is not just a sugar coated line of bull meant to make us feel better, we genuinely believe, based on scripture, that animals go to heaven) and we will see her again. Her remains are in an urn, next to Pops, in our office. I am looking at them now. We do miss her so.


 


My dad turned 60 on July 17, 2012 and we had a bunch of people in town for a surprise dinner for him!


     


My brother and his wife, Rachel, welcomed their 3rd child, a little boy named Jackson Elijah, on September 5, 2012. Jeffie was laid off from the company he'd been with for a number of years the day before Jackson was born, so that was really difficult on them. They were supposed to close on a home in Frisco less than 2 weeks after Jackson was born, but because he was laid off, that did not happen. Instead, they took the $ they'd saved for a down payment on a house and moved to Evergreen, Colorado to fullfill the dream of theirs to live in the mountains. They literally live on the side of a mountain! It's beautiful. I know my parents especially miss them because 'them' includes 3 of their grandkids, but I'm sure they'll all be back for Christmas next year, if not sooner, for a visit.


 

   


Asher got to experience his first Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas this year! We waited too long to dress him up for Halloween, so he just sat outside with Dustin and me as we handed out candy. I do not agree with what Halloween celebrates and, in years past, we have not handed out candy - yeah, we're that house - but, now that we have a child, I loosened the reigns a little this year - and last - we handed out candy last year, too... I imagine, when he's old enough, we will do some sort of trick or treat this at church (assuming we've made a church our home by then), but I don't think we will allow the traditional celebrating of Halloween, since it's pagan. There, I'm done being a wet blanket. It's the truth though.


 

 


Asher has 4 TEETH already!!! I thought 1 of his top 1's was coming in brown & was flipping out for a minute, but it fully cut by the afternoon and was as white as white can be! His bottom 2 were the first to cut & he was PISSED about it! And then he got sick... and so did Dustin and I ... it was a LOOOONG week! So, when the top 2 cut with little notice, that was such a relief! I'm still too scared to feed him anything very solid, but will start when he turns a year old, which will be here before we know it!


 


It's hard to believe that this fat little ball of rolls and pudge is the same weak little newborn we first brought home. He doesn't look even remotely like that baby ... he's growing so (TOO) fast!


  

  

  

  


And a couple more pics of Asher...


   

 

 

 

 


So, there you have it: The last 6 months of our little family's life in a snapshot! God knows I won't get to this again until 2013, so:


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


May 2012

Posted by The Humble Artist on 9 May, 2012 at 19:25 Comments comments (0)

Asher is 3 months and 6 days old today! He's getting BIG - like FAT! It's adorable! We moved him into his own room last week because he started waking up every morning at the same time that Dustin came into our room to get ready for work. It's worked out well with him in his own room...but I miss him. It's all I can do during the day to not bring him into my room and have him nap in bed with me ... but, that's not a habit I want to create, so I manage not to. I take a obnoxious number of pictures of him with my iPhone. He's probably thinking, 'Why are you always pointing that thing at me?' He will appreciate all the memories when he gets older though ...


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We missed taking pictures at 1 and 2 months with the elephant and big white bear - to show how much he's grown each month - so we started at 3 months ... we do have 1 with him with the elephant, named Early, from when he was 9 days old though ...


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He has his first BAD diaper rash ... we took him to the dermatologist that I used to see as a teenager and he prescribed some butt cream ... truth be told, it did not do anything ... naked time is what ultimately cleared things up!


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Asher LOVES his daddy ... and the ceiling fan in our room ...


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We bought a Nap Nanny to sleep Asher in because he has reflux and has to be elevated or everything he ate comes right back up ... but, it was at too much of an incline and it went back ... he's currently napping and sleeping at night in the swing, which he is very quickly getting too big to do comfortably ... not sure what we are going to do once he's officially too big for it ...


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He is a VERY HAPPY BABY!!!


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These are after his first nap in his own room!


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His room ..


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Playing in the bouncy seat my mom's letting us borrow with daddy!


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We had a little impromptu photo shoot after he got his first pair of flip flops from Grammy!


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I'm looking rough (and fat) in these .. and I thought about not posting them ... but, he looks cute, so I decided to suck it up.


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Taco ...


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I have been dairy free for almost 2 MONTHS!!! Dustin came home last week with a Family Size bag of Cheetos ... spousal abuse, I tell you... Someone should report him.


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I discovered stickers on one of my photo apps on my iPhone ... and these were the results ..


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Having our bedroom back to ourselves, free of all the MANY baby apparatuses that had been taking up all the room for the last 3 months was a great feeling - so much walking room!


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Some of the puppies ...


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We got this couch on Craigslist for $125.00. The attached cabinet had black squares and we had no idea what they were. Once we started to clean them off, we realized they were sheets of copper! The couch still needs to have back cushions made for it and we need to redo the legs so it's completely level .. and we will probably have to have the seat cushions restuffed at some point, but for right now, the cabinet is refinished and after TOO MUCH wet sanding of the copper, it's clean!


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We had our first snake this week! I think Taco somehow managed to bring it home and not get bitten ... he was hiding in a hole in our garage wall, so we locked the cats in and left the garage door cracking, hoping he would just leave ... he made a trip that night to the other side of the garage and was hiding in the corner. So, again, we locked the cats in and left the door cracked. This morning, he was still not gone. So, I took it upon myself to remove him and let him go in the field behind our house ... I was very pleased with myself. I don't do spiders, sharks or snakes, so this guy is lucky I didn't just call someone to come kill him!


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... and, finally, Asher has figured out how to roll over from his tummy to his back! There are a LOT more videos of him - and the dogs, of course, on YouTube, but I'm just going to post this one ...


http://youtu.be/N-E5RCqyA9g


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HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!

Happy HUMP Day!

Posted by The Humble Artist on 18 April, 2012 at 10:15 Comments comments (0)

I've been doing the Babywise 3 hour feeding schedule since Asher was 7 weeks old. He has slept through the night the last 3 nights in a row! 9 hours straight each night! Naps are another story, but we are working on it. He had his 2 month check up last Monday. He is up to 10 lbs. 12 ounces from 5 pounds 2 ounces at his 2 week visit and 22" from 18" - he seems SO BIG to us and he's just now outgrowing newborn clothing...


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A few from Easter dinner at my parents' house ...


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Asher is, from what I can tell, a really happy baby. He has his moments where I'm certain he's possessed, but for the most part, he smiles a lot and loves to cuddle and listen to me talk. Sometimes I feel like a dancing monkey while trying to find things to do to entertain him during his awake time after he eats - and sometimes I am literally dancing around for him, so I guess 'Dancing Monkey' isn't completely off the wall ...


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The new bouncy seat my parents gave us - he LOVES it!


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He has started to follow me with his eyes when I take pictures...


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The morning after his first official 'sleeping through the night' 9 hour stretch ... he stretches in the morning like an adult - it's SO FREAKIN' CUTE!


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Some older to more recent pictures to show how much he's grown ...


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Dustin hung up the 1950's Burwood molded plastic peacock I got online a couple weeks ago - I LOVE IT! I have to think of a name for him ... it's a boy!


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My little snuggle bug ... I love it when he gets like this ...


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Asher *supposedly* has a cow's milk allergy, so I am completely dairy free ... as someone who literally will wake up and eat a Hershey kiss to get the taste of morning breath our of my mouth, as opposed to scrubbing my teeth like a normal person (and I wonder why I've had so many cavities in my 32 years), it's a pretty BIG deal that I have actually given up dairy.... I relinquished all my chocolate to my neighbors, Missy and Jim, so I wouldn't be tempted to cheat!


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We go on walks with Asher on the days we don't do baths - basically alternating - and we take 1 of the dogs each time, alternating also ... this was Stewie's day and the sunset was BEE-YOU-TIF-FULL!!!


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We have been very reluctant to let the cats outside b/c Tyson is still missing (since December 9) and we've had Evander and Taco locked inside since .... then Evander peed on something in the front of the house out of defiance and I said, 'No, ya'll are going out!' We get them in at night as soon as the sun starts to set ... still worries me ... Anyway, Taco is a murderer and has been bringing his loot back to the house to get praises ...he didn't kill the frog, just dismembered 1.5 of his front arms - he still managed to swim away when I let him go at the lake .. the mouse and bird were gone before they got back to the house ... ahhhhh, Spring, this is the part of you I don't miss!



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The last few ... 


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... and for smiles ...


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HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!

LOTS of Updates on Miss Nevaya

Posted by The Humble Artist on 17 April, 2012 at 16:30 Comments comments (0)

I have to do these when I have time ... which I have very little of lately ...


January 3rd Update:


Great news! Nevaya was released from the hospital last night and slept in her own bed. She was so tired that she slept until 11:30 this morning. Katie said Nevaya was having a hard time settling down at night while they were in the hospital, and would stay up playing and wandering around the halls visiting with the nurses until about 1 am every night. She was so happy to be home. Her puppy Pixie spent all morning trying to wake up Nevaya. Every time Nevaya would move in her sleep, Pixie would run over and roll around on top of the bed trying to wake Nevaya up. Pixie really missed her kid.


The doctors have released Nevaya with a prescription for antibiotics that she has to take for one whole year. Pretty unbelievable. Katie has a really hard time getting Nevaya to take medication, so this is a steep uphill challenge for both of them. The antibiotics are a preventive measure. Even with the doctors doing a culture of the tip of her port, they still cannot be certain whether or not the bacteria made its way into her bloodstream. The one year worth of antibiotics is to prevent any bacteria that MAY have gotten in from colonizing. The doctors explained that IF it is given a chance to colonize, this type of mycobacteria cannot be killed with any amount or type of antibiotic.


Thank you to everyone for praying for Nevaya. She was released much earlier than we expected, so it has been a very happy day. Please pray for wisdom for Katie to help Nevaya cooperate in taking her medicine, and please pray for Nevaya to have a spirit of cooperation. And we're still praying that the Lord would not allow the bacteria to multiply or colonize in her little body.


"God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: 'The Lord knows those who are his...' " 2 Timothy 2:19


February 7 Update:


It's been a long time since we posted an update, and I'm sure everyone is curious about how Nevaya has been doing. Donna sent me an email update today so we can share the latest news.


Nevaya has attended school most days the past two weeks. Her home teacher has been great to come to the house when Nevaya doesn’t make it through an entire day at school. She’s starting to read and learning to add. This week she has not had any needle “pokes” for three weeks, which has made her very happy. She goes to clinic this week for a “poke” to check blood levels to see whether she can continue to be around others (go to school) or needs to be home until the levels come back up again. Her little life is a roller coaster, but she rides it with gusto!


In spite of making her feel awful, she tosses aside the effects of chemo when she can and tries to carry on normally. Her months ahead are full with a Children’s Medical Center Valentine Party AND a school valentine party; a date at Dillard’s with the fashion show coordinators to pick out an outfit for her show pictures (this little fashionista is THRILLED about this part); a photo shoot for the fashion show (with makeup and hair styling to boot); and finally, the fashion show in April. We are tickled that she has hair to style and enough energy for a long day. The weather has kept her outside on warm days where she entertains the pets and swings, bikes, scooters and slides. She is a happy child!


Thank you for continuing to keep Nevaya in your prayers!


"Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds. Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory." Psalm 72:18-19


February 21 Update:


WFAA in Dallas ran the story of Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach's visit to the Children's Cancer Fund photo shoot Nevaya did on Monday. I found a link to the story if anyone is interested in reading and seeing more pictures of their visit.

http://www.wfaa.com/sports/football/cowboys/Staubach-and-Aikman-le nd-a-hand-for-Childrens-Cancer-Fund-139766213.html


There's also a website to give more information on the reason for Nevaya's photo shoot and the upcoming fashion show she will be participating in. This is a fashion show and luncheon to raise money for the Children's Cancer Fund. It should be a really fun day!

http://www.childrenscancerfund.net/events/ccf-lunch


April 3 Update:


It's been SO long since I posted an update about Nevaya, and you can all yell at me, "It's about time!" I posted a new group of pictures under the Photo tab. There are a few happenings going on, so here's the news:


Since she has been doing at home chemotherapy for an extended length of time, the doctors have decided to repeat all of Nevaya's scans and tests in about 2 weeks. They are planning to start with her MIBG scan around April 18 or 19. They will also repeat her CT scans and blood work. I don't know if this will also include a bone marrow biopsy, but it's possible. They expect they will probably see those cancer cells still remaining, but hopefully they will not see new or growing tumors. They have told Katie that if they continue to see cancer cells, they would like for Nevaya to go to St. Jude's in Memphis for the immunotherapy treatment that is under clinical testing there. If they see new or growing tumors, they would like for Nevaya to return to San Francisco for radiation therapy like she had last year.


May is the fashion show when Nevaya will walk the runway with Troy Aikman for Children's Cancer Fund. Nevaya and Katie went shopping last weekend for the perfect dress and accessories. Nevaya found the perfect dress, heels, and earrings for her Red Carpet event. The event planners gave each child a $100 allowance to go shopping with, so it was a fun day for Katie and Vaya.


With all the focus on chemo, chemo recovery, and chemo side effects, Nevaya has not had time to focus on school. The district met with Katie this week and told her they would like to keep Nevaya in Kindergarten for one more year. She really loves going to school, but she is often too tired to make it through even the whole morning at school. Most days when she is in school, she is only there until around 10, and she's only actually made it through one full school day. Kindergarten is such a fun year, we hope Nevaya is well enough next year to be able to devote to each school day!


We're really sad to report that Nevaya's long-time doctor, Dr. Plummer, is moving to Oregon. She's been such a support for Katie, and such a wonderful advocate for Nevaya. We will be praying that Dr. Plummer is going to do amazing things in Oregon, as she has in Dallas. We're also praying for a smooth transition between doctors for Nevaya.


Please help us in lifting up Nevaya in prayer. We are asking Him to continue to keep the cancer cells that are there from growing, and to prevent a full on assault from the cancer again. We are always asking for total healing, and trust that the Lord will provide exactly as He sees fit in His good and perfect will.


" “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands." " Isaiah 55:8-12


Nevaya and her baby went for a drive ...


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Buzz is our cat-food-enhanced, super-sized kitty. He likes to sleep wrapped around your head at night when it's cold outside. Here is he warming up his big old belly on Nevaya's nice warm head.


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Nevaya shared her ice cream with her puppy, Pixie. Don't worry, Nevaya didn't eat anymore after Pixie had her share!

 

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True devotion of a puppy to her kid.

 

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Nevaya's got the Chia Pet look in this picture!

 

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Who doesn't love a warm towel right out of the dryer?! Pixie and Nevaya are particularly fond of warm towels.

 

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Nevaya got to do a photo shoot today and met some really nice people along the way. See if you recognize anyone in this picture.

 

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Nevaya got to meet some of the Dallas Cowboy's today. Here are the shirt and hat they autographed for her.

 

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She finally has enough hair for a ponytail!

 

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And enough hair for a headband, too!

 

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Nevaya enjoying the weather outside.

 

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Yes yes, more hair pictures. It's VERY exciting.


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She has enough hair to call it a hairstyle.

 

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We have pigtails people!

 

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Nevaya helped create the artwork on the wall behind her.

 

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Nevaya was making cupcakes to share with her cousins before they came to visit.


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Nevaya's first dress try-on for the fashion show. Nope...not it.


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2nd dress try-on. Not it either.

 

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3rd dress try on. Not quite right either.

 

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Dress #4: The perfect dress! She picked out heels, earrings, and the perfect dress for her fashion show.


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Please keep Navaya, Katie and the whole Kliewer family in your prayers!

2 months and counting...

Posted by The Humble Artist on 7 April, 2012 at 11:45 Comments comments (0)

Asher's still alive, so I'm doing something right! I've had time for little else than feeding him and getting any sleep I can when he sleeps, so the blog hasn't even been on the to do list ... come to think of it, there has not been a to do list since Asher was born. I will have ideas in my head of 'what I'm going to do today' ... but nothing ever gets done. Today, for example, I have to go to the grocery store and get formula - I have no choice - and that will be the first and last time I have left the house all week. I am doing a 2.5 - 3 hour, parent directed feeding schedule from the book Babywise ..


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I question whether or not I should be doing it at least 3 times every single day, but, even though he is no where near sleeping through the night, at least I know when he's going to wake up and he's actually sleeping in between feedings, so it gives me some structure - as opposed to what I had been doing for 7 weeks, which was just feeding him whenever he was hungry, never knowing when that would be or how long in between feedings I would have... it wasn't working. I'm at least getting some sleep now, granted I still look like Wednesday Addams with the black rings around my eyes because I don't sleep for more than 3 hours at a time & that is rare - it's usually more like 1-1.5 hour intervals, but at least I'm getting some sleep.


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I am going to get The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems and The Happiest Baby on the Block this coming week ... there is some very unsettling stuff about Gary Ezzo, the author of Babywise, online and my gut keeps telling me this isn't right for Asher anyway. I wish I had known to have a plan in place for a routine ... I guess starting one at 2 months old is better late than never, but it has been a LONG 2 months. Yesterday and today I am FORCING myseld to stay awake so I can do a better job of keeping Asher awake for his play time ... hence the blog update - I could lay my head down on this desk and sleep for a week right now. So, I'm catching up on pictures now ... I thought I took lots of pictures of the dogs - HA! Enjoy!


We had Asher circumcised at 1 months old exactly ... not on purpose. He was too small to do it in the hospital, but we had planned to use a mohel, Rabbi Mike, anyway, so it wasn't a big deal ... but Rabbi Mike suggests doing it at 8 days old b/c the clotting factors in the blood have reached their highest level - or something medical like that - but Asher was in the hospital at 8 days old ... then we brought him home, we remembered sometime before he was 3 weeks old, but then Rabbi Mike wasn't available until the day Asher was 1 month old. The process with a mohel is MUCH faster than the plastibell in the hospital and we got to be present ... the next 4-5 days pretty much sucked - for me anyway - I dreaded diaper changes ... but, all is as it should be now - that was over a month ago & everything is still intact!


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I am still breastfeeding as much as possible. I rented the mother of all breast pumps from Walgreens - this puppy retails for $1000 brand new - I would have to be planning on a litter to ever spend that much $ on something like a breast pump, so rental makes more sense. We are still supplementing with formula - not sure we will ever get to the point of being able to stop that - thanks, hospital! (don't get me started) ... I will do so much differently if (IF) we have any more kids ...


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Gremlin thinks Asher is her puppy and acts like I stole him from her every time I bring him out into the house ...


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We waited too long to to 'new born' pictures ... but the ones we took still came out cute...


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My parents got us a jogging stroller with all the bells and whistles and Asher LOVES walks. He usually stays awake the entire time and I can use the exercise - c-sections are not kind to the mid-section of a 32 year old woman ... at least, not this 32 year old woman!


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Asher loves cuddle time - I suppose what baby doesn't ... Babywise says not to cuddle him to sleep, but it is SO hard not to. I end up doing it a lot right now - he's still so young and small, I figure even if we have to train it out of him in a few weeks, it's worth it!


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He also finds the ceiling fan mesmerizing - he just stares at it & it's not even on ... it's pretty funny! (the milk/drool in the corner of the mouth isn't doing him any favors in this picture - lol)


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We don't take him out much b/c he hasn't had any vaccines yet & the public suddenly seems like a great BIG petri dish, but we did take him to Wally World a couple weeks ago... We realized during that trip that we are now part of the secret Parent Club that we didn't know existed. Strangers - more than a few - stopped us while we were grocery shopping and started asking what I would think would be rather personal questions - whether or not I'm breastfeeding, was he premature, is he sleeping at night ... not so personal that it's offensive to be asked, but it was still weird to realize we are parents now!


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My brother, Dustin and my dad ran in the MS 5K last weekend. I wasn't sure Asher and I were going to go b/c I'm trying to keep him on this schedule, but we went. Truth be told, his schedule was JACKED for like 4 days after, but it was worth it!


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We didn't get to take pictures with the Easter Bunny this year, so Chester had to suffice .., I asked him to hold Asher, but he refused.


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Some more cute ones ...


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He LOVES his teddy bear! It's called the Mommy Bear b/c it makes womb sounds, but I ran the batteries out on it within a week and haven't replaced them. Dustin calls it the Migraine Bear - LOL! The sound never bothered me!


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And this last 1 is from his 2 month birthday!


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That's it!


HAPPY EASTER!!!


Asher Noel (Part II)

Posted by The Humble Artist on 11 February, 2012 at 1:45 Comments comments (0)

So, as of Sunday, Asher was down to 5 lbs. and his body temp was 95.something, so they put him into an isolet (which is a heated incubator) Sunday morning, where he stayed until Thursday night of this week (February 9). He's in my room now... Oh, I was discharged Sunday, but I've been rooming in, which is where the mother and father can stay for free in a room, as long as there is room... I've been nursing every 3 hours and now we are hoping to be discharged tomorrow as long as his body temperature is 98 or above and as long as he's gained some weight. I'm sure they have a minimum amount, but I don't know what it is. It's been an exhausting week. I haven't been home since I left for my prenatal appointment on Thursday of LAST week at 2:00pm... the dogs probably think I'm dead. We want to make sure Asher is healthy before we take him home, though, so we are trying to be as patient as one can be in a situation like this.

 

He is a beautiful little boy, even if I am biased, I'm pretty sure he's got his daddy's good looks... Now I'm hoping he also gets his laid back personality and easy going demeanor!


These are mostly fun pics of family and friends with him, so I'm not going to explain each one ... Enjoy!


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These are only a small dent in the number of pictures we have at this point, but I do not have the time or the energy to add all of them.


We are praying to bring Asher home soon and we are so happy he is here. It doesn't seem real - like we are parents and we have a child now - I'm excited. I think we might actually be good at this. Stay tuned!

Asher Noel

Posted by The Humble Artist on 10 February, 2012 at 23:40 Comments comments (0)

I figured I better hop on this entry, that I will probably have to split into 2 entries because of the # of pictures, before Asher is discharged from the hospital and I have no time to do anything but nurse and pump!


Ok, so, last Tuesday, January 31, 2012, my mom came out to Celina so we could get the belly mold done. I think that was also that day that I took the last belly pics that I have ... The mold turned out ok - it is going to need some work to get it how we really want it, but the foundation is there and it's just a matter of making it thicker, getting it much much harder and painting and finishing it. So ...and then we took some pics of Dustin talking to Asher and kissing my tummy (insert 'Awwww!' here)... 

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So, Thursday, February 2, 2012, I had a prenatal appointment at 3:30pm for the biophysical profile. I want to go on a rant here, because Dustin and I are not - and will never be - convinced that any of what has happened was necessary and the biophysical profile, that I was hesitant to agree to from the minute they mentioned it, is what got this ball rolling... BUT, I really want to keep this positive because we ended up with a beautiful little boy and I'm trying to stay focused on what to be thankful for, instead of what I wish had gone differently (which is pretty much everything) ...


Ok, so, biophysical profile resulted in the OBGYN, Dr. Asis, saying that my amniotic fluid was low and between that and the fact that Asher was still frank breech, I needed an emergency c-section, which I had at 9:30pm that night. My uncle Mark happened to be in town for business, so that was nice that he got to be there and see Asher right after he was born. Maybe someday I'll do a post about the c-section itself. Unless I find myself in a situation like this again, I will not have another c-section.


Asher was born on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 10:07pm weighing 5.77 lbs and measuring 18" long.


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The most difficult thing for me was that right after he was born, Dustin went to go see him and I could hear Asher crying, but I couldn't see anything. There was a blue sheet that was literally touching my nose when I put my head forward so I could not see what was going on below it - and I doubt I would have been able to stomach seeing that anyway - but I couldn't see Asher, I couldn't hold him, he could not be laid on my chest right away for immediate skin to skin time ... Yeah, see, this whole thing was so NOT how I hoped it would be, it's practically impossible not to have it be pretty clear how I felt/feel about the whole thing ... BUT, Asher is alive and happy and for that I thank God.



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Asher was frank breech, where his legs are bent at the hip and straight up by his head, so that's how he came out!


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I had to go into recovery for - well, I was supposed to be in there for 2 hours, but I was in for longer ... I won't go into detail about what happens in the recovery room after a c-section. I wish someone had warned me about what the nurses have to do EVERY 15 minutes for 2 HOURS to make sure your uterus is shrinking and hardening... Seriously, it could be used as a form of torture in war. The lead nurse was nice enough to give Asher his first bath in the recovery room so I could be a part of something - I missed everything else - thank GOD for iPhones! We didn't have time to pack a bag or anything and ALL the pictures we have are from our phones and the phones of our family!


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I'm going to do another entry to be sure none of the pictures get left off ...

30 years for Dustin & 9 years for both of us

Posted by The Humble Artist on 25 January, 2012 at 10:40 Comments comments (0)

Dustin turned 30 yesterday! Somehow, despite the fact that I am still over 2 years older than him, him turning 30 makes me feel like less of a cradle robbing cougar! Happy birthday, Booger! I love you and can't wait to meet our son - that's my BIG birthday present to you this year - let's see anyone try to top that! I've got it in the bag! ;)


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22 Minutes left in his 20's: http://youtu.be/_bmnTeM7_4s


The card from my parents ... pretty funny ... and true!


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Dustin's birthday brunch ... keeping it simple - the simpler it is, the more likely it will end up being edible when I'm the cook!


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My parents emailed 'Happy Birthday Pictures to Dustin from my mom & dad...


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Our 9 year anniversary is today. It doesn't feel like it's been that long that we've been married - I think that's a good thing. Even though we didn't know God when we met, we were not serving Him or seeking to please Him - quite the opposite, really - and it was not in a godly atmosphere the we met (we met @ the Lizard Lounge in Dallas), I firmly believe it was God that brought us together. Dustin really is my other half and I am his. We compliment each other perfectly, where 1 falls short, the other is strong in that area, when 1 of us is discouraged, the other builds up and encourages, we support each other and work really well together, we think a lot alike, but differently enough to help each other see when one of us is not seeing all sides of a situation ... we are not afraid to tell each other the truth, we've always been honest with each other, even when it hurt, Dustin stayed with me through some very dark times in the beginning of our marriage and has been my rock when it comes to self discipline - he's going to be such a good father and he really is my best friend, as cheesy and cliche as that sounds, it's the truth. He has a beautiful heart, I love that he loves animals and living things - like our tree, Willy - as much as I do, even though he calls me a dirty hippie, I think he's a closet dirty hippie and just can't admit it to himself. I love him so much and I feel so blessed that I ended up with the man I did as my partner in this life. I'm looking forward to growing up (neither of us quite feel like we are there yet) and growing older together. ...and, he's as easy on the eyes today as he was the day we met, which is nice for me! I love you, Booger! HAPPY 9 Year Anniversary!


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We attempted to do a belly mold at my mom's house this weekend. We had read online to lather up with Vaseline so the plaster wouldn't stick once it hardened, but ultimately, the Vaseline kept the plaster from drying on the inside - the part actually against my body - so we are going to have to do another one with no Vaseline, which is fine with me - soap and water does very little to get Vaseline off and I went home feeling pretty gross from it! This is what we are aiming for. This is not mine - this is a lady from Ottawa Canada that does belly molds for a living ...


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Last week we had a diagnostic sonogram & I was told Asher is measuring small, but yesterday, at my prenatal appointment, I had gained 2 lbs. in a week and my stomach was measuring 34 cm, which is in normal range almost - I'll be 37 weeks on Friday and they like you to measure 2cm in either direction of your actual week - so, I was 36 weeks and 4 days yesterday, so they want me between 34-38 cm. My stomach is getting bigger, so I'm not worried about it. God is knitting him together in my womb, and has been the whole time, and he will be born fully developed in all ways and beautiful and I can't wait!


Psalm 139:13-16: For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was intricately and curiously wrought together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.


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The diagnostic sonogram - you'll need the sound to know what you're looking at - Dustin couldn't be there, so the sonographer let me tape the whole thing: http://youtu.be/8z4J7Z7sGnw


In other news, I had to bite the bullet and have a tooth extracted this past Saturday while I was wide awake - they can't even give you gas if you're pregnant. And, OF COURSE, it ended up being a stubborn tooth. The dentist said it had been a long time since it had taken him longer than 15-20 minutes to extract a tooth on someone ... it took an hour and a half! I still can't believe I did it - I'm very proud of myself. I usually pay extra to be sedated completely for anything other than cleanings and cavities and I take calming prescription meds for anything I have to be awake for ... The dentist, Dr. Travis Campbell, came in on his day off just to pull it - I was in SO MUCH PAIN - and then he let me come to the office he works out of on Monday's b/c I was exceptionally sore and it seemed to me I was more sore than I should be, given it was day 2 - seemed like it should be feeling better, not worse. Also, b/c I'm pregnant, I can only take Tylenol 3 with codeine for pain - it's a far cry from the normal pain meds they would prescribe for an extraction (I've had 8 teeth pulled and 5 dental implants. Dr. Campbell put something into the socket that tasted like cloves, but eased the pain and put me on Ammoxicillin 500 to get rid of the infection and I am feeling much much better every day. Our baby shower is this Saturday and I was worried I wouldn't be able to eat - that was at the top of my list of concerns - lol ... but I will and I'm very happy about it! Thank you to Dr. Campbell for being so accommodating and patient and available - I would have put my head through a wall if I had had to wait until this week to get that tooth out and I was thinking of doing the same on Monday before I got in to see him ... all's well that ends well!


Dustin spent a good hour the night of the extraction making me drinkable meals for the next day b/c he was going to be at work and didn't want me to have to be standing over the stove making soupy mashed potatoes ... did I mention what an awesome husband I have?


380 Family Dentistry: http://www.380dental.com/


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... and, I'll finish with some pics of the manimals, as usual ... we thought we had all female mice b/c none of them have turned up pregnant and we've had them since early summer ... we were wrong. 1 turned up pregnant and then less than a week later another had 6 babies also, so we have somewhere around 16 mice, all of which will be released into the wild this Spring! We may have to let the male go sooner though ...



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HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!

January 15, 2012

Posted by The Humble Artist on 16 January, 2012 at 0:35 Comments comments (0)

I'm finally taking the time to do the blog. We've been so busy lately, I haven't had time for it.


We still have the stray kitten/cat that we picked up on Christmas morning... He started answering to 'Kitty', so we decided we needed to give him a name even though we were hoping to have found his owners before needing to do that. Naming an animal makes it more likely it will be permanent. Tyson is still missing. I won't even go into what runs through my head about that. I think he's alive, which actually makes it harder ... for now, because no one has come forward to claim Taco, that's what we've named the stray cat - don't ask me where it came from - Dustin liked it and it actually seems fitting somehow - he is here and it's looking more and more like he'll be staying here. Evander doesn't cry to go outside b/c he has Taco keeping him company, they play and sleep together and I think it's made Tyson being gone easier for Evander ...


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This one won't load on here - have to click on the link to watch Taco playing with an iPhone App: http://youtu.be/31Sh1mrUUSE


My little brother and his wife found out that they are expecting their 3rd child sometime around August this year! My mother is in heaven - she loves her grand babies! They already have 1 boy and 1 girl, but we are secretly hoping this one is a boy b/c it will be the closest in age to Asher ...We are praying for a safe and healthy pregnancy for Rachel and baby!


Proverbs 17:6: Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.


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My mom is throwing Dustin and I a baby shower on January 28th. She's very excited and doing all kinds of art projects - all top secret - for the shower ... I'm excited. I wonder if I'll have to be wheeled in in a barrel by then, but it will be fun to see everyone, see what my mom has been working on so diligently and open presents and EAT CAKE!!!


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She's also working on murals in her daycare toy room ... she's so talented ... it's where I get my artistic abilities from ... her and God ... God, first, but you know what I mean ...


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Our puppies ... I read online somewhere that dogs can tell when a woman is pregnant ... NOT MINE! At the top of the list of my wonders/worries is how the dogs will handle having a baby in the house and how we are going to divide our time and attention. I don't want the dogs to feel neglected or replaced, but I have a feeling I won't care once Asher is here ...I think they'll do fine with him - I'm more worried about them feeling neglected by us.



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We watched a documentary last weekend called 'The Business of Being Born'. It was not wise to watch it so close to delivery and having resolved ourselves to a hospital birth pretty early on. We had been thinking natural birth with a midwife when we first found out I was pregnant, but decided we would go the hospital route b/c we are uninsured and friends and family told me I would want the option for an epidural. After watching the documentary and talking about it, we found ourselves frantically trying to see if we could get a Certified NURSE Midwife to do a home birth with us in less than 2 months. All the CNM's around here that have ample experience - like 20+ years - were booked for February. We found a couple that said we could birth in their birthing centers, but that was not what we wanted to do. Long story short, it was a long, stressful week that ended with us, once again, realizing we would have to go the hospital route. Of course, now I am even more apprehensive about it ... I simply don't trust the medical industry in this country and probably never will. It is a well oiled machine that is more focused on turning a profit than on what is actually best for the individual... I'm trying not to think about it too much b/c we only have 4 weeks and 5 days left until I'm due at this point and I will drive myself crazy if I sit around thinking about all the reasons I do not want to deliver in a hospital, since that's where Asher will be welcomed into this world...


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This is from last week - 34 weeks and a few days .. I need to take a more up to date picture b/c I am getting bigger by the day!


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This weekend was only semi-productive. I feel like every free minute we have needs to be spent doing something productive b/c we have so little time to get things in order now ... My cousin, Whitney, and my uncle Mark were in town all week and we got to spend some time with them which was nice ... yesterday we FINALLY cleaned Ruby and Tuesday's cage - and by 'we' I mean 'Dustin cleaned and I watched him' ... then we introduced Stewie and the rats ... and we replaced the lights that were out on the patio with pretty white twinkly lights - they remind my of a fairy forest .. I LOVE THEM!


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Dustin has been SUPER HUSBAND lately in the cooking department. He's a really good, creative cook ... and it works out well for me b/c I like to EAT! (and I don't like to cook and I'm not very good at it anyway!)


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Hmmm ... it seems like I should have to much more to report, having not blogged in so long ... I swear we have been too busy to think lately and every day could have an extra 10 hours in it and we probably still wouldn't get done all that needs doing ... Anyway ... this is the home stretch ... I feel Asher move all the time, I'm pretty thoroughly uncomfortable, but I also feel sad when I think about him not being inside my anymore - like he'll be out here with the rest of us, unprotected and vulnerable ... we are excited though ... this is a whole new ball game for us!


HAPPY SUNDAY!!!


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Updates on Nevaya

Posted by The Humble Artist on 8 January, 2012 at 15:50 Comments comments (0)

I feel really bad that I haven't been keeping up with these. I haven't had time to blog at all lately, but I should have taken the time to get these done the day I get emailed about the updates, given the situation, so I'm sorry to those who read the updates on little Miss Nevaya ... Fortunately, she is a trooper and has a LOT of people praying for her!


DECEMBER 29, 2011 UPDATE:


Katie just got a call from Nevaya's doctor, and they are on their way to the hospital for another surgical procedure. So everyone knows the background on what's happening now, we have to go back almost a month.


Right before Thanksgiving, Nevaya had a fever, so they gave her antibiotics and drew blood for a culture. Something grew in her culture, so Nevaya had to go back in for another blood draw so they could do a 2nd blood culture because they wanted to rule out contamination as a source of the bacteria that was growing. This morning Katie got a call from the doctor to tell her Nevaya's 2nd culture was also growing a bacteria. The bacteria that is growing is in the tuberculosis family, and the doctor is concerned that Nevaya's port may be harboring the bacteria. From her port, bacteria can enter Nevaya's bloodstream and cause a severe infection. They are planning to remove her port either tonight or tomorrow, and the infectious disease doctors will also be consulting with Nevaya's regular doctor while she's in the hospital.


Nevaya knows what's going on and she isn't too worried about it. In fact, she's ready to get her port taken out. She's had a few weeks off and on where her the port causes her alot of pain, so she will be happy to see it go! If she needs treatment in the future that will require port access, they can always go back in and put a new port in, but until then she will probably have to endure needle sticks and IV's at her Clinic and hospital visits.


Katie is asking for prayer that the surgery goes okay, that Nevaya doesn't have any bad reactions to anesthesia, that there is no lingering infection, and that the bacteria will not be allowed to enter Nevaya's bloodstream.


"Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise." Jeremiah 17:14


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DECEMBER 31, 2011 UPDATE:


I wanted to let everyone know the latest on Nevaya. Everything has gone very well so far, thank you so much for the continuous stream of prayers! She had surgery yesterday morning around 8am to remove her port. The doctors decided to go ahead and do a bone marrow biopsy since she was already going to be under anesthesia. They also placed an IV in her hand while she was under anesthesia to make it a less traumatic. Since waking up from surgery, she is a little sore from the biopsy, but the stitches from her port removal aren't bothering her much. She really hates the IV in her hand, it stings sometimes and she bumps it when she's playing, but it's not too bad.


Nevaya's daddy came to stay with her the night before her surgery and brought her lots of Christmas gifts to open. She spent yesterday and today playing with her new makeup and Easy Bake Oven. Today, Nevaya made TEENY TINY cupcakes with her Easy Bake Oven and passed them out to all the nurses.


The infectious disease team has been in to talk to Katie about what they found in her culture. The bacteria that grew in her culture is very rare, so the doctors are being cautious with her. This is a mycobacteria that is a "cousin" of tuberculosis, but it does not produce the same type of damage that tuberculosis does. What can happen with this type of mycobacteria is it will invade the blood stream and colonize somewhere in the body. Usually it will colonize on the heart valves, essentially creating a sheet of bacteria over the body tissue. Once it colonizes in this way, it is almost impossible to eradicate with any kind of antibiotics. They did an EKG on Nevaya yesterday and her heart function is normal, so they don't believe the bacteria made it past her port and in to Nevaya's blood stream. The next step the doctors will take is to culture the tip of the port they removed yesterday. That will at least tell them if the bacteria made it from the entrance of her port all the way to where the tip of the port enters Nevaya's vein. If that is the case, they will be much more aggressive in their antibiotic treatment. If they don't find the bacteria in the tip of the port, she should be able to go home sometime around Wednesday or Thursday of this week. I'll keep everyone posted as soon as we hear anything from the doctors.


"By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation, You who are the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea; Who establishes the mountains by His strength, being girded with might; Who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the tumult of the peoples. They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy." Psalm 65:5-8


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JANUARY 3, 2012 UPDATE:


Great news! Nevaya was released from the hospital last night and slept in her own bed. She was so tired that she slept until 11:30 this morning. Katie said Nevaya was having a hard time settling down at night while they were in the hospital, and would stay up playing and wandering around the halls visiting with the nurses until about 1 am every night. She was so happy to be home. Her puppy Pixie spent all morning trying to wake up Nevaya. Every time Nevaya would move in her sleep, Pixie would run over and roll around on top of the bed trying to wake Nevaya up. Pixie really missed her kid.


The doctors have released Nevaya with a prescription for antibiotics that she has to take for one whole year. Pretty unbelievable. Katie has a really hard time getting Nevaya to take medication, so this is a steep uphill challenge for both of them. The antibiotics are a preventive measure. Even with the doctors doing a culture of the tip of her port, they still cannot be certain whether or not the bacteria made its way into her bloodstream. The one year worth of antibiotics is to prevent any bacteria that MAY have gotten in from colonizing. The doctors explained that IF it is given a chance to colonize, this type of mycobacteria cannot be killed with any amount or type of antibiotic.


Thank you to everyone for praying for Nevaya. She was released much earlier than we expected, so it has been a very happy day. Please pray for wisdom for Katie to help Nevaya cooperate in taking her medicine, and please pray for Nevaya to have a spirit of cooperation. And we're still praying that the Lord would not allow the bacteria to multiply or colonize in her little body.


"God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: 'The Lord knows those who are his...' " 2 Timothy 2:19


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Please keep Nevaya, Katie and the whole Kliewer family in your prayers.

December 31, 2011

Posted by The Humble Artist on 31 December, 2011 at 10:45 Comments comments (0)

Less than 24 hours left in 2011 ... the older I get, the faster time seems to be going ... We have less than 7 weeks left before Asher is here and we still have a lot to do to get ready for that... This weekend's 'TO DO' list was/is a mile long, but somehow we ended up - and by 'we', I mean 'Dustin' - spending all day cleaning the garage yesterday. Don't get me wrong, it was in great need of it, but I was twitching inside as the hours crept by and all that had gotten accomplished was cleaning the garage ... so, Idk if we will get a whole lot done today or not. I don't like monopolizing his entire weekend with 'Honey Do' lists, but there's a lot that I either can't do period or can't do alone throughout the week ... Anyway ... pictures ...


Evander is slowly being more and more tolerant of the stray cat we have. He's been here for a week tomorrow and we have yet to have anyone come forward as his owners. He is not a stray, so that's aggravating. We are not keeping him. Dustin encourages me at least every other day that Tyson is still alive and, if that's the case, Tyson is our cat. As sweet as this stray boy is, he is not our cat and if no one comes forward as the owners, we will find him a new home.


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I held Dustin's feet the other day while he did sit ups and on one of the high rep sets, when he was done, I sat back and laid down b/c my tailbone starts to hurt and Asher had fallen forward and my stomach was all deformed .. pretty cool. I find this to be the fun part of pregnancy - where he's big enough to see him moving and stuff ...


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I had my 32.5 week check up this week ... the place I'm going for prenatal care leaves a little to be desired, BUT it was the ONLY place I could find that would provide prenatal care without requiring that we pay them IN FULL for labor and delivery by the 28th week - b/c I plan to just show up at the hospital when I'm in labor. We have no insurance and make too much to qualify for any kind of assistance, so that's the plan ... Anyway, this prenatal place in Denton is always packed... this week, I was the only person in the waiting room with English as my first language and there was no an empty seat in the waiting room after I sat down - I'm talking extended family out the ___ - is it really necessary to bring your grandparents to your prenatal appointments? (I'm finding myself much less patient with things that would normally not bother me, like this) ... and when they sent me back for the sample they take every time I go in, this is what the little cubby hole looked like when I went to deposit ... kind of gross.


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Yesterday we went back to the 3D sonogram place in hopes that Asher would no longer be breech - mostly b/c my 'doctor' (she's not a doctor, but I don't know her technical professional title) at the prenatal clinic told me he wasn't on Wednesday - and to see if we could get a good picture of his face. 1. He is still breech. 2. His umbilical cord was in his face this time. 3. We will be going back for a 3rd time (they says it's the charm), after he has turned, which the sonographer said I will be able to tell when he has ...


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Dustin's all day project from yesterday ... It does look a lot better, I must admit ... and I know he's been wanting to get it done ..

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Finally, I have been painting almost every single day and night, trying to get everything ready for Asher's room while I can still tolerate sitting on my studio floor for long periods of time... I have 1 more small (8x10) canvas to do and then I'm finished - then we have to paint the walls something neutral ... so close, but it still feels so far to being finished ...


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We were waiting to get some advice on cloth diapers before making any final decisions, but my mom is sending out the baby shower invites today, so we are just going to go for it and register somewhere for cloth, reusable diapers ... how hard can it be? I pick up poop after 6 dogs... I can't imagine babies are much different. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Jicama? 15 Sticks of butter: That, I understand.

Posted by The Humble Artist on 27 December, 2011 at 10:35 Comments comments (0)

I am 32 weeks and 4 days pregnant today. Baby Center always sends me the update emails each week on Monday, so they are 3 days later than how far along I actually am. The email from yesterday said Asher is 3.75 lbs., which is the same as a large jicama... I had no idea what a jicama was, so I Googled it - it looks like a cross between an onion and a potato. 15 sticks of butter is the same as 3.75 lbs. and computes much more clearly in my head than the potato/onion hybrid. It says he's 16.7" long, which is crazy to me. There's a little person - a MALE, no less - in my stomach. I've realized through this whole pregnancy thing that the impossibility of it all doesn't seem as impossible until you actually find yourself pregnant and your stomach growing and this little person kicking you and making you have to sprint to the bathroom at regular intervals throughout the day ... As uncomfortable as I find myself at times, I also find myself wishing I could just carry him around in there until he's out of the baby baby stage. Between my mom's daycare and other people I know with kids, I'm kind of dreading that part. I'm not worried about the late night feedings or lack of sleep or diaper changes, but the lack of time. We were sitting there eating breakfast the other morning and I looked at Dustin and said, 'I wonder what mornings are going to look like once Asher's here.' It scares me. I sat in my studio for 10 hours straight yesterday, getting up for bathroom breaks and to eat once, painting and I know I'm not going to have time like that once he's here ... I'm sure I'll figure it out - I don't really have any choice but to, but the lack of time is at the top of the list of things I wonder about ...


32 Weeks: http://www.babycenter.com/303_32-weeks_1615715.bc


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This is a jicama in case you, like me, have no idea and think that sounds more like a suburb in Jamaica than some sort of vegetable? fruit? I don't even know ...


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Asher weighs the same as 15 sticks of butter, for the simpler mind ...


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Another 3rd trimester woe I find myself battling daily, after every single meal, is heartburn and acid reflux that feels like it is trying to burn a hole in my esophagus... it's awesome! Water with a heaping tablespoon of baking soda is my only reprieve and lately I wonder if it's possible to poison myself by drinking too much baking soda ...


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With less than 8 weeks to go, we are scrambling to get things in order. 1 of the main things is deciding if we are going to do cloth diapers or regular. I've heard that cloth diapers save a lot of $, and I'm all about saving $, but I've also heard that they make your house smell like a pig sty and I have the most sensitive gag reflex known to man, so I'm waiting to talk to a friend, Morgan, who used cloth with her 2nd son and get her input ...


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The other thing we really need to get going on is training the dogs as best we can between now and the time we bring Asher home about how to act with a baby and that he is not edible ... I've read online, and my cousin's husband who is a dog trainer said, that using a baby doll with a tape recorder of an actual crying baby is a good way to go about it, so we will be getting a baby doll this weekend and then I'll go to my mom's house right before nap time to see if I can get a recording of any of the younger babies crying ...


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The lady that I did a commission painting for in November emailed me a picture of her husband, Jeff, who the painting was for, next to the painting. She said he really liked it. I'll be adding it to the Collector Album. The scripture is Ruth 1:16-17:


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I took the stray cat we picked up on Christmas morning to the vet yesterday for his injured paw. It is an abscess. He got a shot - didn't like that - and the vet said he actually is neutered - recently, which is why it still looks like he's not - and he's only about a year old. So, that's lots of good news. The paw isn't broken or fractured, he's neutered so 1. We won't be paying to have it done and 2. It's much more likely he is someone's cat and not just a really friendly stray and his age also gives us more reason to believe he belongs to someone ... he's too pretty and too friendly not to ... so, I'm checking for Tyson at Animal Control again today and will fill out a found report and get found signs up at the vets around here ... and, we are still praying Tyson comes home. I hope someone has taken him in and he's not out in this cold weather all alone ... I try not to think about it most of the time ...Evander is NOT happy about the stray, but he's tolerating him ... I think b/c the stray is young. If he were older I think Evander would feel more threatened. Tyson was the protector of the house. Evander, who is a boy cat, is a little girl when it comes to dominance. Evander is the light color one, the stray is the dark one ...


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@ the vet. I've never seen a cat so calm and relaxed ... He did have 103 degree fever, though, so that could be why ...


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As I said, I spent 10 hours painting yesterday. As my belly expands, the clock is quickly winding down on how much longer I'll be able to sit on a laminate floor, Indian style, painting for hours on end ... so I'm trying to get all the paintings done for Asher's room as quickly as possible ... Here is what we have so far:


Name painting:


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Large canvas:


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2 16" x 20" Canvases:


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1 of 2 skateboards with scripture - this one is Psalm 139:!3-16:


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Dustin says the skateboard is his favorite piece thus far - shocker!


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My god daughter, Sammy, on her new rocking horse that she got for Christmas ...


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Dustin in 1 of the t-shirts my parents got him ... and they actually picked these out themselves. I am not allowed to buy Dustin clothes b/c he says I am trapped in the 80's ... I am not, but he never likes anything I pick out, so I was both surprised and annoyed that he liked what my parents picked out!


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Dustin knows how obsessed I am with the Hipstamtic iPhone App & he's always on the look out for new photo apps for me ... He found this one, it's called Vintage Camera ... I like it a lot, especially River and Rainbow - and it's FREE!!! I can't find a link to the photo app to include, but I did find a link to the video app that makes it so you can film video as if it were an 8mm film roll - that one is not free - it's $1.99 - Dustin got that one, too - more for himself, I think - I'm more into photos than video, but both are pretty cool! I've said this a thousand times, but I'll say it again: I WISH Apple would come out with a camera - not a phone + camera - that you could download all these apps to! I, and a boat load of other people, would pay HUNDREDS of dollars for it, I'm sure...


http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/8mm-vintage-camera/id406541444?mt=


Pics Dustin took using the Vintage Camera App:


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That's all I've got for today.


:) HAPPY TUESDAY!!!! :)

December 25, 2011

Posted by The Humble Artist on 25 December, 2011 at 20:15 Comments comments (0)

Merry Christmas!


I hope your Christmas weekend was enjoyable and relaxing. Ours way, for the most part, and watching our family open the gifts we got them and then coming home last night to give our dogs their toys and treats were the best parts.


Friday we got all the signs put up for Tyson ... and then it rained yesterday, so we found that a good # of them had fallen off the wooden stakes ... Most are still up, but I think we will be driving around this week duct taping those that fell off ...


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Mickey watching Dustin put Caleb's bike together ... and then Dustin and Jeffie playing on Caleb's bike, Caleb checking the bike out - he stripped down to his diaper because he was in the process of 'becoming a dinosaur' last night while we were opening gifts, Rachel with the beach cruiser my parents got her to ride with Caleb, some from this morning of Caleb riding the bike - and it was those pics that made us realize that, although he is only 3 years old, he is very tall, closer to the size of a 5 year old and is probably too big for the bike ... possibly going to have to exchange it for something more his size!


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Dustin and I humbly conceded, however, to my parents as the victors of 'Who Got Caleb The BEST Christmas Present' when the Imaginarium was brought out ... He and Peyton LOVED it!


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It was a really nice night. My parents put so much thought into their shopping for everyone and they did a really good job this year ... Dustin is like a kid when it comes to Christmas and he comes home and starts 'playing' with all his new toys! I asked for a bunch of candles and Scentsy bricks ... I love smelly things ... Dustin got an arm band for when he runs so he can listen to music on his phone and my parents got us a really nice (really SMALL - we like small) video camera with a tripod for when Asher is born ... it was a good Christmas as far as presents go ... but, even without all the presents for the adults, watching kids and dogs open their presents make all the hustle and bustle of shopping and wrapping worth it ...


I had already commandeered Dustin's pajama pants that were in his stocking before we even left my parents house ... at this point, with how quickly Asher is growing, even my maternity jeans are not comfortable for long periods of time ...


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We were exhausted when we got home, but we still had to give the dogs their toys (from us) and treats (from Grandma and Grandpa)  ...


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Stewie ...


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Gremlin ...


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Ashley ...


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Jasper ...


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Mickey and Zwei ...


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Evander ...


we tried giving him a cat toy, but he was more interested in chewing on my shoes ...


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I almost didn't include this pic b/c it looks like it belongs on the cover of 'Trailor Park Homes and Gardens', but it's too funny not to ... Dustin walked in and said something to the extent of, 'God, you are so sexy!' ... and then he promptly informed me he wanted his pants back and I had to go change into my dad's sweats (I'm bad about stealing other peoples' clothes - especially mens clothing that is a couple sizes too big - and if I ever give it back, it will probably be covered in paint ... keep that in mind if I ever ask to borrow anything!) ;)


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We finished off the night with some hot chocolate and an attempt to watch A Christmas Story, but we didn't make it to the end ... we were delirious and he had to work today, so we'll finish it later this week ... I don't think I had seen that movie in over 20 years!


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This morning around 11:00am-ish, a man called and said he thought it was Tyson that had been going between his and his neighbor's house for the last 2 weeks. We dropped everything - Dustin was right in the middle of breakfast and getting ready for work - and shot down to downtown Celina. This cat looks just like Tyson and we thought it was him until we saw that he has a tail ... Tyson's was amputated last year after an injury. We would have left this sweet boy where he was, but he's injured and so friendly and obviously someone's cat ... so, he's now set up in our bathroom with food, water, a little box and a bed. He is litter box trained - but I'm convinced all cats are from the womb - and he is too friendly to be a stray ... we'll see ... we can't keep him. Evander is pissed and the dogs don't take kindly to cats they don't know, but we are going to get him to the vet to get his paw taken care of - it's probably an abscess - and possibly get him neutered at the SPCA ... we are still praying and hoping Tyson comes home ...


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Video of the kitty: http://youtu.be/k7yL0ddux2Y


A few random pics of Stewie, Dustin and Evander the other night ... Evander was in quite the mood ... it was very funny ...


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... a couple of my adorable god daughter, Sammy ...


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... and, Dustin had to work today, but he wanted to take our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree to brighten up the break room ... I love him ... he has such a big heart!


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I suppose that's all I've got. It was a good Christmas weekend ... I'll be cleaning like a crackhead all week b/c 1. Bulk pick up is next Saturday and I want to make sure we have everything we want out OUT so we don't miss it again and 2. 2012 is next weekend and I want to start the new year as clutter free as possible ... let the freak cleaning begin!


MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Friday December 23, 2011

Posted by The Humble Artist on 23 December, 2011 at 10:15 Comments comments (0)

Between work, Tyson going missing 2 weeks ago, getting ready for Christmas, working on the paintings for Asher's room and life, I haven't had time for the blog... So, I thought I would try to do this 'quickly' this morning (ha! It's already been an hour of resizing pics), so here it goes ...


We hired Bonnie Hale and her tracking dog, Murphy, last weekend to look for Tyson. He had been gone for 8 days and it had rained twice, but we were desperate and we found nothing but glowing reviews, success stories and testimonies about Bonnie and Murphy. Dustin walked around our neighborhood and the field behind our house with her for 3.5 hours. They found remains in the field and we compared them to some fur of Tyson's and thought it was him, so we spent 3 days doing nothing as far as looking for him ... but our vet confirmed the remains to be rabbit early this weeks, so the search was back on. Bonnie gave us all kinds of ideas and advice on what to do to search for him, but we didn't employ any of it immediately - we've been regretting that all week ... but, gotta start somewhere. A girl in Prosper, Tarah, emailed me Tuesday at midnight saying she had seen a cat that looked just like Tyson on Monday morning about 3 miles south of our house. Turned out Tarah used to work for Irving Animal Control and knows a lot about tracking stray cats, so she actually came out with us from midnight to 2:00am when Dustin got home from work on Tuesday night and we called him and looked for other stray cats. It was really cold and we only saw 1 cat the whole time, BUT she said leaving our scent would encourage Tyson to stay in the area. Now we have a bunch of signs we are putting up today - Bonnie's designs and a BIG 16" x 20" poster (6 of them actually) with his picture in full color on it ... So, we are praying (literally - and we ask anyone else to also pray) that someone will see Tyson again and let us know where he is so we can do more than just put up signs and wait. For now, though, that is all we can do...


The morning of the search with Bonnie and Murphy ...


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Tyson lays on this teddy bear and we put him in a big trash bag so Murphy could get Tyson's scent, but he ended up using a piece of a rug instead ...(I've had this bear since I was 10 years old - or somewhere around there - notice the missing nose - thank you, DOGS!)


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The rabbit remains are in the bag and Tyson's little tuft of fur is on my thumb ...


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After our vet confirmed it was rabbit, I made up signs and walked around the neighborhood that Tarah thought she saw him in. There is an Agricultural Building behind her neighborhood and she said stray animals tend to go over there b/c it's warm and there is shelter. A nice guy named Damon let me text him a picture of Tyson and our contact info in case he saw them. . . and he took us in to show us the pigs ... they're like big, dirty, stinking dogs!


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I started and finished the big painting for Asher's room at some point in the last 2 weeks, but all the days are bleeding together at this point ... I think I finished it this past weekend - maybe Sunday or Monday...


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Jasper has taught Gremlin how to get up on the retaining wall and walk from 'their' side of the yard over to the side they know they are not supposed to be on and jump down. She was especially pleased with herself and immediately went over to the gate to brag about it to all the other dogs ... they have such distinct personalities ...and then she was wanting me to tell her how clever she is ... we really need to learn how to train some sense and manners into our dogs ...


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Speaking of the need to train our dogs ... I was having a mini-melt-down about Tyson (I do at least once a day) and I heard unfamiliar noises coming from the dogs' room ... and this is what I walked into. Normally, I would have been passing out spankings and time outs, but I just started to laugh (hysteria setting in? Possibly.) ... This was ALL Stewie. I think Gremlin might join in AFTER Stewie has done the initial wrong, but he is the catalyst. Why do puppies eat furniture???


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... but how can I stay mad at a face like this?


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We (ahem, I) got all our Christmas presents wrapped an taken over to my parents' house to celebrate on Saturday night. I think this year it's an unspoken contest between my parents and Dustin and I to see who got Caleb, my brother's 3 year old son, the best gift ... (not that I would ever admit it to them, but I think maybe my parents won) ... I'll let you know after Christmas Eve ...


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Dustin taking a nap yesterday - my friend, Michele, said it looks like he's waiting for Santa ... it does - lol.

 

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My dad in his Cowboys Santa Hat!


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I got my mom to give me what I, as a kid, thought was a genie bottle. I've wanted it forever ... I've found that this time of year is a good time to petition people, especially parents, for things you would normally not ... and it worked! It is not proudly displayed in our office!


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Dustin didn't (couldn't) wait to open Asher's first Christmas present from my Aunt Jean ... it's a book called 'God Gave Us Christmas' ... he then proceeded to read it to me as if I was a child - it was cute - he's going to be a really good daddy!


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We had our 3D/4D sonogram yesterday morning in Denton @ Visions of Love. Asher is breach & he had his hands on either side of his face, his head snuggly smooshed between where my ribs meet (explains the pain @ night) and his legs straight up with his feet literally resting on his face, making it impossible to get a good 3D/4D picture... So, we will be going back some time in the next 2 weeks... And she said I need to start to drink a LOT more water!


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Zwei had a vet appointment for a hot spot on her back - allergies. She was not happy with me. She saw the leash and gentle leader and assumed we were headed to the dog park ... I felt bad, but I bought her a pig ear when I paid and she immediately forgave me. Wish people were so easily appeased.


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We decided to keep it healthy last night and went to IHOP for dinner. A couple that was sitting across from us anonymously paid our bill (oh, wait, it's not anonymous if the server told us who it was, huh? Well, they had left and our waitress told us who had paid our bill)... We asked why and she said they said it's a tradition, they do it every year at Christmas time ... sounded like a plan to us and there was this little boy sitting with his parents in the booth behind Dustin - probably 4-5 years old - that kept standing up and peeking over the booth at us... so, we decided to pay it forward and paid their bill ... It was pretty cool. Stuff like that makes you wonder why you don't do it more often. :)


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Random pic of our niece, Peyton, at Caleb's 3rd birthday party a couple weeks ago ...


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We have a lot to do today, not the least of which is mounting the posters and stapling wooden stakes to all the signs we have and getting them put up ...


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My work had a company lunch on Wednesday... wish I had thought to take some photos. I love my job. I love the company I work for, the people I work with love God and they're not afraid of being un-PC and saying so and it's just a good place to be. I've been there for over a year and I've had to stop recently and really thank God for it. It was an answer to prayer when I got it and it continues to be a blessing.


I realized this morning that I have not listened to any Christmas music other than the music that is playing in stores when I'm in them ... the whole Tyson thing has really taken over. I feel guilty when we are doing anything that isn't related to looking for him, but life continues whether we continue with it or not and the things that need doing are not going to do themselves ... we just need to get the signs up and pray someone sees him or takes him in and contacts us.


Anyway, I have a short list of Christmas songs that I really like and Little Drummer Boy is at the top. Enjoy!


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Isaiah 9:6: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Proverbs 13:12

Posted by The Humble Artist on 15 December, 2011 at 7:40 Comments comments (0)

Proverbs 13:12: Hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

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Tyson has been missing for 6 days as of today. If you've ever had an animal go missing, then you know... I have cried more in the last week than I have during the whole pregnancy. It is a draining effort not to worry and one I think I've been failing at most days. I've been trying to do things to keep my mind occupied - like painting, working on the furniture project we have going in the garage, cleaning, working, going shopping with my dad for my mom - anything - but as soon as I'm in a quiet place, which painting, working in the garage, cleaning all tend to be, I find myself staring at the wall just thinking ... My heart physically aches and I feel sick to my stomach all day long. I have to fight off thoughts of what could possibly have happened, be happening, going to happen to him ... We posted him on Craigslist and Petfinder, put up signs around the subdivision, called all the surrounding vets, I checked Animal Control in McKinney and left a sign with his picture on it there ... We are going to put individual flyers on doors in our subdivision. I emailed the lady that is the Community Manager for our HOA about putting something in the next newsletter and she responded back telling me not to flyer doors b/c it causes debris throughout the neighborhood. I wanted to respond back and say, 'We've lived here for 6 years in April, we pay our mortgage, we pay city taxes, we pay the astronomical city utilities and we pay our HOA dues every quarter to have a kiddie pool maintained (aka: giant training potty) that we have never/will never use and a lake stocked with fish that we have walked around less than 5 times. We're putting up signs.' ... But, I decided not to - respond - we are putting flyers on doors.


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I called a prayer line last night for the first time in my life. We don't have people we can specifically go to for prayer anymore. I can ask people on Facebook to pray, but Idk who does and I wonder if anyone does. People say they do, but do they? Situations like this make me more cynical than usual - if that's possible. The lady on the prayer line, Sandra, prayed a nice prayer ... but, it was almost verbatim what I've been praying - out loud and in my heart and mind - since he first went missing. And it made me think, 'Does it make a difference to have someone else pray with you?' I know what the Bible says about praying together and where 2 or 3 are gathered and agreement in prayer ... so, I guess I answered my own question.


Matthew 18:19-20: "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."


James 5:16: Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.


1 Thessalonians 5:11: Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.


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If you're reading this, please take a minute to pray. I've been praying that God will send his angles to protect Tyson wherever he is, that He will put a hedge of protection around him and that He will bring him home safely, uninjured, healthy ... and for peace for Dustin and I in the meantime ...and, if he is with someone, we pray that he is being taken care of and that they will see our flyers or the Craigslist ad or something and return him ... if they've decided not to give him back, we pray that the Lord with turn their hearts ... and for faith and comfort for us.


As much as I don't like being this emotional about something, I like it even less seeing Dustin upset because he gets that way so rarely. Right now, we are having a difficult time encouraging one another because we are both so discouraged. When I talk to my friends or family, of course everyone brings up the pregnancy and to be happy about that. My head is so clouded with concern for Tyson, it's all I think about all day and all night until I am so drained, I go to bed and then as soon as my eyes are open in the morning, I'm laying there thinking, 'I wonder if he came home last night' ... the thought of never knowing ... there are lots of thoughts, like that, that I just have to not voice and try to not dwell on ... please pray for Tyson. He is part of our family. He is going to be 7 years old this coming May and we have had him since he was a sick kitten, found in a box with 2 other kittens behind a grocery store in Irving by a co-worker at the time ... he was sick when we adopted him, very young - probably not even weened yet - and he is part of our family.


Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


John 14:27: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.


Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.


Numbers 6:24-26: "The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace."


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Proverbs 12:10: A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

Happy HUMP Day!

Posted by The Humble Artist on 7 December, 2011 at 20:05 Comments comments (0)

Evander looking pissed ...


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Jasper gets up on the retaining wall and walks from his side of the yard over to the other side - NOT the dogs' side - and peers over into our neighbor's yard ... Hoping he can't actually jump over there b/c they have a boxer, Zoe, and I'm not sure Jasper would be going over to be friendly ... I've been really worried that we may have to find him a home lately ... he is BY FAR the biggest handful in the house & I don't know how we are going to change his MANY bad habits between now and Asher's big debut ...


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Gremlin on the new couch ... all the dogs really seem to like it, which is not necessarily a good thing ...


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Dustin made me breakfast this morning ... he's such a good cook ... and husband ... I am blessed ... he's going to be such a good daddy!


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We took belly pics today ... I'm 29 weeks and 5 days ... Asher has gotten a LOT bigger in the last week ... I have gotten a lot bigger, so I'm telling myself that means Asher has ... I certainly hope it's not thanks for all the Rice Crispie Treats I've been eating ...


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Asher moving!


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And Asher's name painting ... this was the inspiration - can you call it 'inspiration' when you copy something? Eh, whatever ... there's a saying:


Good artists borrow, GREAT artists STEAL! ;)

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And this is the painting each step of the way ...


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... Now I have to start on the big painting for Asher's room, I think we are going to go take pregnancy couple pics this weekend - Dustin has a photographer friend at work that is going to take them for us (and I think I'm going to employ either my mother or brother to man my iPhone so I can get some with the Hipstamatic App b/c I am convinced it is AS good - if not better - than real camera pictures), we are sanding, staining and sealing a couple pieces of wood furniture this weekend, Caleb's 3rd birthday party is Sunday ... So much to do, so little time!


HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!

Update on Nevaya

Posted by The Humble Artist on 5 December, 2011 at 23:45 Comments comments (0)

December 2nd Update:


First an exciting announcement. Nevaya will be riding in the Dallas Christmas parade this Saturday. If you live in the Dallas area, the parade will be televised at 10am Saturday, December 3rd on Channel 8. Nevaya will be riding on the Old McDonald float. We can't wait to see her cuteness on TV!


Nevaya had a good Thanksgiving, she spent time with her daddy and family and ate lots of good food. The week right before Thanksgiving was a rough week at school just because Nevaya hadn't been feeling very well. This week she seems to be feeling much better though.


Her Clinic visit was yesterday and her counts are way up. Her platelets were high for the first time in awhile, they had been hovering around 30 but they are now up over 100. Good counts are good news, but they also mean its time to start the next round of chemo. She'll start her chemo today then have a couple of weeks off chemo.


We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with food, friends, family, and thankfulness to the One who has provided it all.


"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe," Hebrews 12:28


Getting girlie! Nevaya's Christmas parade started with hair and makeup.


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After hair and make-up:


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With Santa & a Reindeer:


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In the parade: Here's Nevaya on the Old McDonald's Farm float. She's the one in the white hat.

 

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Thank you for your prayers!

December 5, 2011

Posted by The Humble Artist on 5 December, 2011 at 21:40 Comments comments (0)

We've been very busy lately - getting the house as ready as possible for Asher - working on his nursery - I've had some paintings (and still have some more to do) that I've been working on ... and the pictures really start to pile up on my phone until I unload them into Photobucket and then onto the blog ... so here it goes ...


Manimals (they take up the most of my picture taking time)...


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Whenever I am at my parents' house and Gizmo (my cat from when I was 18 years old) comes to get on my lap when I'm sitting on the couch in the living room, my dad always says, 'Get her down!' like she's not allowed on the furniture ... sometimes she manages to get up without him noticing and we all know not to make it obvious b/c as soon as my dad sees that she's up there, he says to get her down immediately .. This is what my mom came home to the other day after running errands ... We are not sure if Gizmo jumps up on him and he's telling her to get down, but she knows that he can't make her, so she does this out of spite OR (this is my theory) if he waits until no one is home and then calls her over to cuddle with him ... I think it's the latter.

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My mom sent me a picture of her mantle all Christmas'ed up ... The teddy bear ones belong to Jeff and I ... have since we were little ...


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Dustin cleaned the garage last week and I was all excited for bulk pick up this past Saturday to FINALLY get the big rolls of carpet out of the garage ... and then we missed it b/c we didn't put it all out early enough ... so, looks like the carpet is staying for another month ... GRRRR!


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We actually did end up getting a TV on Tuesday of 'Cyber Monday' week & it was on sale ... I realized just how different men and women really are after listening to Dustin tell me about the Roku box and all that it does for almost 36 hours straight ... I finally had to tell him to stop - call my dad if you need to tell someone - I love you, but I don't care. I don't even know how to work it when he's not here ... Boys and their toys! Makes me glad I'm a girl!


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Stewie was thoroughly confused by the TV, which was very funny for us to watch ...


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Jasper - and all the dogs, really - love it when we sit and watch TV in the living room bc they get to cuddle ... Jasper pretends to be asleep and peeks out to see if you're looking at him ...


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Dustin put up some lit garland around our front door ... Not sure we are going to get actual lights put on the house - it's already December 5th and he has to be the 1 to do it - but the tree and the garland look really nice - this is the most decorating we've done in years!


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I finished a commission painting of Ruth 1:16-17 for a lady in California - it is a Christmas present for her husband ... made me put this scripture on the short list of verses I'm trying to decide on for a canvas above our bed in our master room ... I like this one, but I also like:


Song of Solomon 6:3a: I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine.


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My mom made me red velvet cupcakes this weekend ... they were GOOOOD!!!


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Tyson letting me know he's ready for some attention ...


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... My parents brought KFC this weekend and Dustin and my dad watched a painful game (if only for Dustin) between OU and OSU while my mom and I sorted through the baby clothes I have to far and put them in piles by age ...


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I had my gestational diabetes test today and they only had to stick me FOUR different times with the needle to find a vein this time - it's always a problem and the person doing it never believes me that it's going to be - like I'm insulting their abilities to even mention that others have had a hard time getting blood from me ... I am 29 weeks and 3 days today!


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http://www.babycenter.com/6_your-pregnancy-29-weeks_1118.bc


We went grocery shopping and Dustin LET (after I turned on the pouting pretty hard) me get a gigantic thing of Rice Crispie Treats! I am a very happy camper!


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Finally, we found what is possibly our dream couch! It's missing some back cushions, but mom and I are going to tackle that and get some fabric that matches the pattern of the rest of the couch and make 3 long cushions - 1 for each angle of the sectional ... We love it! It matches our house perfectly and fits our awkwardly shaped, not-so-big living room really well ... Thank you, Craigslist!


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That's it for now ... I'm working on a painting for Asher's room and I'm really close to being done, but I want to wait until I am to post any pics of it ...


HAPPY MONDAY!!!


(Only 19 more days until Christmas!!!)


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Lots of pictures...

Posted by The Humble Artist on 27 November, 2011 at 20:10 Comments comments (0)

Tyson ...


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We got our rats, Ruby and Tuesday, a new cage ... the first pic is their old one ... the new one is a little bigger ;-)


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Pics from Thanksgiving @ Mom & Dad's house ...Gizmo and mom in front of their tree!


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We had the bright idea to go to Walmart at midnight on Thanksgiving for the whole 'Black Friday' madness ... only to get there and find out that all the 'deals' that were advertised were sold out at 10:00pm. That's some crap advertising. We won't be doing it again next year.


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Tyson again...


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We put up the tree .. Actually, we LOST our old tree - how you lose a 6' tree in a big box, idk, but we managed to, so we had to go buy 1 at Big Lots this weekend ...


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What the tree would look like .. in HELL!!!


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More of the tree and our 1 other decoration - the singing snow-family wreath on the front door ...


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Evander ...


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Zwei, Evander and Tyson ...


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My mom is painting little murals all over her toy-room where she has her daycare kids most of the time ... she's the 1 I get my artistic talent from .. although I didn't get as much ...


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Ripples in the clouds ...


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We started cleaning out what will be Asher's room ... Dustin made me put my mannequins in the attic. Apparently he thinks they might scare a baby ... he might be right ... maybe ...


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I also realized just how much furniture I have amassed over the past couple of years, most of which we don't and won't use ... so, I've been posting all kinds on stuff on Craigslist today ...


http://dallas.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=thehumbleartist&catAbb=sss&srchType=A&minAsk=min&maxAsk=max


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We got a crib off Craigslist this weekend - actually, my parents got it for us ... It'll do the trick ... they all look like little prisons to me anyway ...


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Not-Happy-Dustin ...


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Very-Happy-Dustin ...


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1 more of the tree from out front ... our solar screens lessen the view from outdoors ..


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... and 1 more of Zwei, b/c she's the cutest dog in the entire world ...


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That's it. Hope you have a good week.

Wednesday 11/23/11

Posted by The Humble Artist on 23 November, 2011 at 15:00 Comments comments (0)

The home improvements are officially done ... now we've started looking for a crib and changing table. I have to say, they all look like little prisons to me ... and they're unreasonably expensive ... I would say, 'Who spends $500-$1000 on a crib set for a newborn?' but apparently more than a few people b/c the average price of a brand new crib is over $200 ... I, however, will not be spending that much. I refuse. It's an obscene waste of money, in my opinion. So, Craigslist to the rescue!

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I've been very stressed out in the last 2 weeks. A number of things - not all pregnancy related - but all life related ... I guess if it wasn't life related, it wouldn't be stressing me out. I've lost some weight, which is at the top of the list. I'm not trying, but every day I swear I am a little smaller ... so, the Doppler 'Stork Radio' thing that my parents got us has been being put to use often. This morning Dustin even said I look considerably smaller than I did just a week ago... We don't have insurance, so I am praying and trying to rest on believing God's got this and everything will be ok ... These are from today - I'm 27 weeks and 2 days ...


http://www.babycenter.com/6_your-pregnancy-27-weeks_1116.bc


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A few of Tyson ...

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Dustin and Zwei ...

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And that's it for now. I'm working on a commission painting - hoping to have it done today or tomorrow - and some art for our house ... I need to start on the 2 canvases for Asher's room and Thanksgiving is tomorrow ... then Black Friday, which we will be braving for the first time on purpose - I accidentally went out a couple years ago and instantly regretted it - to hopefully get all of our Christmas shopping done ... we are putting up the tree this weekend and will probably do lights on the house next week or next weekend ... so much to do, so little time ...


HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!


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