Saturday, October 27, 2007

Breathing is Overrated

As I mentioned yesterday, Dave has been having a hard time breathing. The pain in his chest reminded him of when his lung collapsed two years ago. I remember him not wanting to go to the doctor then, and he would say, "Breathing is overrated." Well, after having a chest tube put in, I think his opinion has changed a little.

Dave and I went to the specialist yesterday and found out that Dave does have a collapsed lung. If the doctor had seen him Wednesday when it began he would of admitted Dave. The lung is getting better so... he doesn't have to go into the hospital. But Dave has to take an easy for the next month. Otherwise the hole in his lung will get bigger and Dave will have to have surgery to repair it.

Our prayer requests are: For Dave's lung to be healed. For the hole in the lung not to open again so that Dave won't have to have surgery. Dave to be back to work as soon as possible (we can't afford to have him out and as of right now he can't be at work for two weeks to a month). For Dave to feel like he can breathe again and pain to be gone.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Life's Little Things

Dave's been having trouble breathing and has taken a few days off of work. He has been to the doctor and it is possible that he has another hole in his lung. We will find out later this afternoon at the Pulmonary Specialist.

Ali Edwards' new book has been helping me look around for life's little treasures. It made me laugh to see Dave playing video games or watching television this morning. There he is next to the line of remotes that irritates me to no end! We have a remote for everything! We have a remote for the ceiling fan, dish, television, dvd, and surround sound/cd player (pictured top to bottom) Those that are not photographed are the vcr and air conditioner! Talk about crazy! What is really funny is that if you push "play" on the dvd player the cd player plays cause they are both Sony! So what chaos we have when just trying to relax to watch a movie!

Back to this morning... Dave was relaxing and I was reading my new book while Ethan was eating breakfast. Here he is taking a little peek at me. Dave and I were a little sad to watch Ethan eating. He is a big boy and eating with out any help! It is nice to slow down, have a seat, look around, and notice the little things.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Watch and Pray

This video really makes you think. Didn't Jesus tell us that there will be persecution? Sometimes it is easy to say, "That was during Bible times." Beth Moore mentioned during the study of Daniel chapter 5 that if it doesn't affect us personally that we don't really relate to the experience. Well, as you know, now it does affect us personally. Watch and pray.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Ethan and Jen at Willamette University

Two Out of Four

Here are our Donna Downey inspired canvas art. I used pages from Pilgrim's Progress for the words. It was kind of funny how Becca and I were deciding what pages to use. It's not like we can rip out pages in a Bible to glue to a canvas. If I printed out scripture off the computer the ink can smear. Becca asked, "Why not C.S. Lewis books?" Well... Dave wouldn't be too happy if he woke up for dinner and found all his books torn apart for my art work. While I was looking I found my copy of Pilgrim's Progress and thought that would work perfectly since it was mine. I was going to go to the library's book sale and they always have copies there. I could just pick up another. As I was having a blast tearing out pages the cover flipped open and there it was written vintage edition. Oh, dear! I forgot that I bought this copy for a little more and here I was tearing it up! Oh, well. It tells a good story. The artwork will at least be hanging up so many will see it. It went to good use! Becca and I are going to work on the next two on Saturday. I will try and post the finished pieces!

On the Farm

Ethan loves playing in his farm space. Dumping the vegetables out of the wheelbarrow and chewing on the boots is what he loves the most. Mmm yum!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Canvas on the Brain

This is the second night in a row that I haven't been able to sleep. Becca and I have been asked to create artwork to display in the newly decorated Youth Room at our church. So, Becca has been emailing me ideas for the last two to three weeks while my head feels like it's going to explode with creativity unable to get out... I say that after I have tested two canvases and painted two of our four in the series. It is bad. I can't sleep cause I see Ali Edward's canvas art. I can't sleep cause I see everything in my art room that I "could use" as a painting tool. I can't sleep cause I can see sayings, quotes, scripture floating around. I can't sleep cause I see myself at Craft Warehouse buying stacks of canvases for myself, Becca's birthday, Thanksgiving presents, and Christmas presents. But... the real reason I might not be able to sleep is because of that cup of pop I drank right before bed. Man...

Worship Night at Church

Red heads do run in the family

We were able to take Heather's senior portraits yesterday. Heather is so proud that Ethan has red hair too! She was starting to doubt that red heads run in this family. I love Ethan's smile in this picture. Guess what he is smiling at? His crazy mom jumping up and down behind Daddy. Well, it worked! Look at that laugh!

Autumn Sunday

It was crisp and beautiful at Whispering Heights just days after harvest. Dave was able to take these pictures of the vineyard. The air was warm, which was surprising since there had been storms all week. The grapes left over from the harvest were going to go to waste so Paul and Lynn invited us for an ol' fashion grape stomping! Autumn called it "toe jam." I thought it was cold and very sticky. When I got home I took off my sock and it was stuck to my leg with grape juice! I also was able to climb my first tree. To my embarrassment, in front of Autumn's friends, I got stuck in the tree too. Sorry, I'm not posting any of those
pictures! Lynn laughed so hard... she thought my mishap was hilarious. After stomping, Lynn and I watched "A Walk in the Clouds." It was a great end of the day.

My sister...

Is the best! We were in town on Saturday getting Dave's camera back from our photographer friend, when Becca called and asked if I was close enough to the scrapbooking store. We were too far away to turn around when she told me that Ali Edwards was there scrapbooking! Ahhh! Crazy! Becca and Josh bought me her new book and had it signed. Not only that but I asked her if she could ask Ali where she gets her son's schedule cards (check out her article in CK magazine) cause I sent mine to Deb! Of course I wouldn't of asked Ali if I was there because I would of been too embarrassed but... Becca did! It's

Later that night we went to Worship Night at church and Dave was able to take pictures. I love this one of Ethan at the alter.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Memories Almost Lost

It has been an interesting few weeks. I haven't been able to post any new photos of Ethan because our laptop started acting up! It wouldn't boot up. We thought that all of our photos of Ethan were going to be lost! I had been really lazy and didn't put them on CDs! I have heard of horror stories about how people lost every photo because of a computer problem. Well, we had a friend of ours look at the laptop and after 2 days was able to take all the pictures and put them on a memory card for us! Yeah! So, I now need to learn how to use our other computer to post our pictures. In the meantime, Becca always keeps up her blog so check hers out to see the videos of Ethan! :)