Sunday, April 19, 2009

One heck of a week!

About a week and a half ago, I came home from my class to find Garth leaning on the counter in pain. His back had gone out while he was in the shower and both Preston and I were gone. He rolled out on to the floor and laid there for about an hour before he was able to get up and crawl into the kitchen. I massaged his back for about 1/2 hour and realized we were not going to be able to make it through the night the way things were going. Luckily for us we have a good friend who is a sport/med doctor and he came and gave Garth a shot and me a couple of prescriptions for him. We were very grateful for all night pharmacies that night!

Well, Garth made it through the next week, he was moving kind of slow but he was doing pretty good. Then on Easter Sunday in the middle of church, his back went out again. It wasn't as bad as the first time and he did make it to work the next day but not for the whole day. But that night about 2:00am he got up to go to the bathroom and ended up with huge back spasms that put him on the floor. He tried several times to get up but was in such pain that he spent the night on the floor. About 7:00 am the next morning our friend was over again giving Garth another shot and telling him to get into his office that day.

After a crutch, back brace, more shots, lots of meds, an MRI and a physical therapy visit, Garth was able to make it through the week. He sleeps on the floor because the bed is too soft and he moves very slowly and carefully but he is able to move and get up and down. We did find that he hasn't got anything wrong other than the same problems that have plagued him for years which was a relief. The physical therapist hopes to give Garth some new exercises to strengthen his back next week and prevent future problems. Personally, I will just be happy to have him put on his own socks and tie his shoes!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

My baby's having a baby!

Last Christmas, Lonica and Scott announced to the family that they were expecting a baby. They asked us not to tell anyone for about a month, which I didn't, Garth wasn't as accommodating with their request. I have had a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that I was going to be a grandma and as a result I haven't shared it on my blog. Plus, with Lonica thousands of miles away her pregnancy is kind of surreal to me.

Well, today they found out that she would be having a little girl the end of August and I figured it was time that I faced reality, accepted the fact that I really am old enough to be a grandma and my daughter was old enough to have a baby and I needed to start getting excited.

It just doesn't seem that long ago that I was pregnant with Lonica and yet at the same time that seems like a completely different life. What an exciting time it was - having your first baby and realizing that you have no clue how to be a mother.

This is a picture of Lonica when she was a year old. Could there have been a cuter baby on Earth?
We have always laughed and wondered what Scott and Lonica's children's hair would look like, since both of them have an over abundance of curly and in Scott's case Afro type hair. I invision their little girl with tons of beautiful curly locks that will drive Lonica crazy as she tries to tame them.

My hope and prayer for Lonica and Scott is that they have a beautiful, healthy baby like Lonica, who slept through the night from the time she came home, who loved playing and was so excited to learn new things and have her daddy come home. I know they will be great parents and I will try to be a good -- GRANDMA?! Can I really do that?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Free give away . . . of sorts

I have been very lazy lately about new posts. I just haven't had any great ideas - not that any of my posts are very great anyway. I considered a post on the 10 ways I know spring has arrived or on my son's most recent accident or my latest essay grade or I really should have done one on my birthday last week (special dinner at Arby's and a story telling festival) but I didn't.

Today I was reading my cousin's blog and liked her idea. So here it is...I copied this from her blog.

Pay attention everyone!

Here's the dealio: The first five people to comment on this post will get something made by me.

My choice.

For you.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

1- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make.
2- What I make will be just for you.
3- It'll be done this year.
4- You have no clue what it's going to be. It may be a story. It may be photography, I may sew or stitch or bake something. Who knows?
5- I reserve the right to do or make whatever I want!

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you must re-post this on your own blog and offer the same deal to 5 of your own lucky blog readers. So, the first 5 people to leave a comment telling me they are in, win a FAB-U-LOUS homemade gift by me!
Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it.

Good Luck!!!