Monthly Archives: March 2008

Josiah is one!!

It is actually 9:17 cst as I type, and Josiah is now one year and 4 hours old. We had a great weekend long party for him. It had many highlights like great meals out with he good king’s grandparents, family from out of town, a great party, a dedication, and I think my favorite moment: Josiah snapping one of the rails in his crib right in half! I have pictures to post, but I’m still recovering. Check back later!

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I’ll take the croup with a side of stridor, please

No, these are not fancy dishes at a gourmet restaurant, the croup is a nasty upper respiratory infection common in young children, Josiah, most notably. He was feeling slightly under the weather on Easter Sunday and around 8:30pm he woke up crying and having a terrible cough. It was more like a ‘barking seal’ cough, and wheezing. It sounded like he was having a really hard time breathing, so Dirk (he always seems to know just what to do)started the hot water in the shower so that Josiah could inhale some steam–an old school trick. I immediately called his doctor’s office and spoke to a nurse who told us to keep him in the steam for another 20 minutes and she would call back to see how he was doing.

Well, he calmed down–and so did I–but when the nurse called back and listened to him breathe she didnt like that she could still hear him wheezing. The doctor was then paged and he said that Josiah sounded like he was in distress. I assured him that Josiah was happy and playing, but since he wasn’t panicking and he was still wheezing he said it sounded like stridor. He told me that we needed to immediately take him to Texas Children’s Hospital emergency room to be checked out. He said since he is displaying stridor that he needed to be seen and could possibly be kept overnight. That statement really scared me so we packed up a bunch of supplies for the long night and headed downtown.

When we arrived at the emergency room, I walked up and filled out a short triage form. I guess ‘possible stridor’ gets people moving because we didnt even have time to fill out our registration form before they called us back to take Josiah’s vitals and give him an oral steroid. We were then sent out to wait in the main waiting room–we barely had time to change Josiah’s diaper before we were called back to our room.

He was given a breathing treatment(which he loved, by the way) and he was pretty upset for a while after that. Once he calmed down we were told that we would be there for about 2-3 more hours to see if the stridor went away. This was around 11pm, and Josiah hadn’t slept but an hour since 3 that afternoon so he was extremely tired–delerious is a better word. We tried several times to get him to take a nap, but there was too much going on and I finally gave up and let him play in his bed.

We noticed around 12:30am that the wheezing had disappeared from his breathing(the steroid took that long to kick in) and he passed out in my arms around 1:00am. I was holding him when the doctor came in to decide if he was ok to go, or if he needed another breathing treatment(which meant he would have to stay overnight). We were finally discharged around 2:30am, and Josiah was fast asleep. The Lord was so good to us–we were seen quickly by able professionals and he kept us calm while we waited and were treated.

Dirk and I were exhausted but Josiah woke up at 7:45 ready for breakfast. After that, though, the late night caught up with him and he took about 4 naps. He also started having some pretty harsh cold/allergy/teething symptoms all this week, and started walking, so its been a busy week for him. He needs to heal up soon because Josiah’s First birthday party is this weekend!!

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Josiah is Walking!

Josiah is walking! He’s still not completely confident, but he’s definitely getting it done! 

Don’t judge me when you see that he’s still in his pjs at 4:30. It has been a rough week for him–but more about that later.

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One Year Ago Today

pregnant kathy

I was a cow. Exactly one year ago today I was 47 lbs heavier and 6 days away from giving birth to Josiah. Looking at the picture makes me realize how kind everyone was to not tell me that I was HUGE.

It also makes me realize how fast a year goes by.

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Rejoice!

And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,  that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.

Luke 24:5-9

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Narcissistic? Check.

Why do I feel the need to answer these silly quizzes? I. can’t. stop.

Where was I ten years ago?
I was a senior at Humble High School. I had double(that’s right, double) early release and I would head home with a friend around 10:45 from school and just waste time. I wouldnt do something useful like get a job, oh no way! I actually did a have a job, but I hated it so I quit. I was involved in my youth group, which meant I was considered a leader since so few students stay in a youth group through their senior year. Yikes.

Things on my To-Do List today:
Straighten up the bedroom, laundry, make something for church tonight(dessert or sidedish?), take Josiah to a park.

What would I do if I suddenly became a billionaire?
Pay off Dirk’s school loans and our car. I would probably set up a college fund for all my nieces and nephews(and Josiah, of course), buy a cute little house in College Station, and then pay someone to organize it for me so that I could keep it neat and tidy. I would probably put the rest in some investment-something-or-other and keep it safe from myself.  And I would get a really nice camera. Oh, and I would take our family to Hawaii for a week long–or maybe two weeks–vacation. And then I would take anyone who wanted to come to Japan(I’m guessing there wont be as many takers). I would ask very nicely for my dad to come so he could translate for us.

3 of my bad habits.
1. Wasting time–like right now
2. Not keeping our home organized and neat
3. Being late. I’m not great at time management, but I’ve gotten better!
I dont like myself after making that list.

5 jobs I’ve had.
1. Sonic carhop
2. Cici’s buffet stocker(see “what I was doing ten years ago”)
3. biology department aide at A&M
4. substitute teacher
5. middle school teacher
6. high school teacher

5 Things you don’t know about me.
This is hard since I take one of these surveys every 6 months or so.

1. I really want to go to this. I realize that it is really geared more for children, but I loved dinosaurs when I was a kid and it looks really cool.
2. I have a son that turns onein less than two weeks! Ok, you might have known that, but its a big deal around here.
3. I went to Galveston with Dirk and Josiah Monday and spent the night at my parents’ timeshare. Josiah loved the beach!(pictures will be forthcoming)
4. I do not like what I consider “interactive food”(This is for you, Debbie). If some entree requires me to dismantle an animal and take the flesh out of its protective covering in order to eat, I am not interested. This includes most popular seafood and some barbeque. Crab, crawfish, lobster, shrimp, pork ribs or related food do not sound appetizing if I have to take it apart to eat it. This is merely a preference, and does not mean that I won’t eat them if that’s all there is, or I am served it at a dinner party, its merely a preference.
5. I can’t wait to live in a house so I can have a garden and (most exciting) a compost pile!

 Ok, if you aren’t sick of these things, I tag Jamie, Robin, Misty, Rebecca, Ashley, Jenny, and Kimberly *and Heather, and Amy

**I’d like to interject that Kathy has NOT discussed the whole billionaire thing with me.  While I’m sure you are all nice people there would probably be some sort of application process to go on trips…yeah that’s it.  Questions to include:  What do you add to our entourage?  How many of my bags can you carry without complaining?  Do you speak Japanese?  Are you just using us for our money (I’m ok with it, just want to know)?  Also, from what I can tell from the post all of our money would be gone before she got to the saving/investing part.  I’d like to add that I wouldn’t be teaching anymore either–Dirk 

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Question Mark

I had to put this up because 1) I saw it on Jamie’s blog, and 2) it reminded me that my sister sent this quiz out last week and for about 20 minutes several members of my family were asking what each other was “are you a comma or a colon? I’m a semicolon, and she’s a dash” so I had to put it up for fun.


You Are a Question Mark


You seek knowledge and insight in every form possible. You love learning.And while you know a lot, you don’t act like a know it all. You’re open to learning you’re wrong.You ask a lot of questions, collect a lot of data, and always dig deep to find out more.

You’re naturally curious and inquisitive. You jump to ask a question when the opportunity arises.

Your friends see you as interesting, insightful, and thought provoking.

(But they’re not always up for the intense inquisitions that you love!)

You excel in: Higher education

You get along best with: The Comma

I thought this was pretty accurate for me. I have yet to meet a comma.* I’m pretty sure Dirk is a dash.
What are you?
 UPDATE: My best friend in high school is actually a comma. Go figure!

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