Sunday, April 19, 2009


OH my goodness!! You don't know what you've got until it's gone! My laptop crashed last week and I a part of me crashed with it! No checking email, no blogging (no Company Girl coffee), no facebook, no ordering online, no lot's of things! I didn't realize how connected I was until I was DISCONNECTED! I found myself in the evenings wondering how to fill my time. Don't get me wrong, I found clothes to sort, tables to clean, and dishes to wash but I couldn't communicate. We set out Friday to look for computers and found our new addition last evening. "Huey" officially joined our family today at 2:30 and thanks to him and I reconnected to the "virtual" world! Wow! I've missed you guys!

Clarissa got her top pallet expander put in on Thursday. We are supposed to turn it with a key daily. Well, Friday evening we tried and tried and could not get it to turn. SO, Sal is going to have to take her to the orthodontist Monday so they can turn it for us. I told him that I'd rather go there every day and have them do it and not have to go through that here every day! Bless her heart! She's had the best attitude during this. It has really messed with her speech (they say it'll return to normal in a week or so) so she's having to repeat many things to us. Eating has been a trick! We have found that fajitas and chicken nuggets like to get stuck in between the roof of her mouth and the expander!!! Not fun! She will wear this for a year so I'm sure we'll find many other things that like to get stuck too!

Jonathon has been working hard for his Regional gymanstics competition next weekend. I'm going to try real hard to get some good pictures. He has been asked to join his school's Concert Band for a competition. He's so excited! I didn't know whether he would like band and he has fallen in love with it! This will be his first out of town school trip! :)

Today would have been my father-in-laws birthday. Those "firsts" are always hard. Sal has spent alot of time with his family this weekend. All of the kids accompanied my mother-in-law to church this morning. I know as a Mom, she had to have felt very loved!

The kids and I went on to our church and what a blessing. During one of the Praise/Worship songs, several people came to the front with signs showing what God had delivered them from and then on the back stating what he had blessed them with. Some of the ones that touched me (yes the tears rolled) were, a couple (friends of ours) with their two girls holding a sign that said "Orphaned" and then on the back "Adopted." Well, those that know our story can only guess what the tears were like! Others that really touched me were "Raped" and on the back "Rescued", "Cancer"/"Cured", "Abandoned"/"Found" and a sign held by an amazing woman who is visually impaired "Blind" and on the back "Will See". I wanted to jump and yell! God is amazing and I could think of many signs that I, too, could have made. I left today feeling so blessed.

And finally.....this weeks update......17 pounds!!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! I know I will, getting REconnected!


Rachel Anne said...

It makes you wonder what we did with all our time before internet! (I was much more productive, I'm sure!)

Glad you are enjoying your new best friend! I'm glad you're back!

Two of my kids had the expanders. So not fun...rice is one of the worst things to deal with. We still laugh about trying to suck that out. But the beautiful smile in the end is worth it if you can make it through!

Your church service sounded incredible!

mholgate said...

On Friday morning our internet and phone were down. I was going through withdrawl! I even have my daily Bible reading sent to me via e-mail, so I was forced to open up my Bible and have my quiet time the old fashioned way! (Imagine that!)

Thanks for sharing your story on my blog. It's good to know that I'm not alone. The dog is all clean again. I wish I could say the same for my curtains. I'm afraid if I wash them they might fall apart. They are dry-clean only.

Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

One of our neighbors phone line got knocked out 1.5 weeks ago, and they still have sent someone to fix it. I'm sure they're getting some stuff done.

My sister had an expander. Not fun at all it seemed.

17 lbs!! You're almost to the 20s. That's great!

Have a fantastic week.

Crazy Lady Cheryl said...

I'm the same way - I freak out if internet is down. Glad you're up and running again.

I have seen a youtube video that showed people showing signs of their affliction, then a sign of their new being. It was VERY touching.

Great job on your 17 pounds!

Cause I said so... said...

Saw your comment on the blog! So happy to find your's!!! What a great and uplifting blog! Look forward to keeping tabs on you and the family. So proud of rock! Keep up the great work! God Bless!