Monday, February 8, 2016

Blogging Through the Alphabet -- Week 15 (Letter O)



Welcome to Blogging Through the Alphabet! 

This is Week 15 of this series, so everyone is sharing posts themed about the letter "O".  We can't wait to see what everyone has written about!

Don't forget that any bloggers who link up for all 26 weeks will be eligible for a Mystery Gift Giveaway at the end of the series!


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Through the Calm and Through the Storm



Adventures with Jude


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Old Stories = Comfort for Today {Years Ago}

Apparently, we didn't keep our No Drama Llama close enough at hand last week. Lauren started showing some signs of being sick Tuesday night and ended up in the hospital by Wednesday evening. All through this week, I was reminded of how much my old stories mean to Lauren.

Picture taken Sunday evening -- she looks much better than she did a few days ago

On Wednesday, Lauren's pediatrician arranged for her to see a Children's Hospital cardiologist in Colorado Springs so that I wouldn't have to take her to Denver over roads that still hadn't been completely cleared from our big snow storm.


While she was getting an echocardiogram, she asked me about what I used to do when she was little and had to get echos. I told her how sometimes I would sing hundreds of verses of The Wheels on the Bus and This Little Light of Mine so that she's lie still and quiet long enough for them to finish.


A few minutes later, a nurse came in to do an EKG. Lauren wanted me to tell the nurse about how she used to play with all the EKG stickers. When she was a toddler, we would leave all fifteen of the EKG stickers on her chest afterwards. While I was talked to the cardiologists, Lauren would be happily occupied with getting all the stickers off her chest. Those stickers are super sticky and would then get stuck to her fingers. It could easily entertain her for an hour or more.


The cardiologist decided that it would be safest for Lauren to go to Children's Hospital in Denver by ambulance. As we were leaving, Lauren asked if she could ride in the ambulance by herself. She told me to tell the ambulance team about how she rode in the ambulance all by herself when she went to the hospital in Arizona last summer.


Our ambulance ride actually ended at a local ER so that she could start some IV medicines before the trip to Denver. As the afternoon wore on, the transplant team decided that flying to Denver was a better idea than going by ambulance. While Lauren was getting ready to leave, she asked me to tell her about her first helicopter ride. (H is for Helicopter Ride)


Lauren's nurse brought her warm blankets after Lauren got a sponge bath one morning. Lauren was still weak and was starting to get a bit upset about all the fussing. I remembered a funny warm blanket story from our days at CHoP seven years ago. It was just enough entertainment and distraction to let her nurse change the sheets and then get all the monitors hooked back up.


These are just a few of the many stories I've told Lauren over the past few days. I'm beginning to realize that these stories do much more than just pass the time while we're hanging out in the hospital. These old stories show how God has been with us so many times over the years -- Through the Calm and Through the Storm, so to speak.


Lauren continues to improve -- making steady progress even if it's a bit slow at times. We would certainly appreciate your prayers as she continues to get stronger and as her transplant team figures out the best way to treat this episode of rejection.

What's a hospital stay without bacon? I've told the Bacon story many times this week too.


This week is the fifteenth week in our Blogging Through the Alphabet challenge -- letter O. Click the button below for this week's linky.



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Monday, February 1, 2016

Blogging Through the Alphabet -- Week 14 (Letter N)



Welcome to Blogging Through the Alphabet! 

This is Week 12 of this series, so everyone is sharing posts themed about the letter "L".  We can't wait to see what everyone has written about!

Don't forget that any bloggers who link up for all 26 weeks will be eligible for a Mystery Gift Giveaway at the end of the series!


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Through the Calm and Through the Storm



Adventures with Jude


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No Drama Llama {Years Ago}

I've noticed a trend among Blogging Through the Alphabet posts over the past thirteen weeks. Often bloggers will spotlight a member of their family in their weekly post. I've done similar posts in past years, but I realized that I have never formally introduce a very important member of our family -- our No Drama Llama.



No Drama Llama can trace his origins back to our days of living in Arkansas. Addison sang with the Celebration Singers of Central Arkansas and went on trip or two each year with them.



She came home from one trip and told of a stuffed drama llama that was on their bus to ward away any unnecessary drama. (Their group included 6th through 12th graders -- lots of drama potential.)


A few years later, Brennan went to Boy Scout camp in Arizona and found that Camp Lawton's official mascot was the llama. Like any good Boy Scout he spent part of his spending money that week on a stuffed llama, complete with a faux leather harness.


I think we tossed around a few names for his llama but eventually we just started calling him our "No Drama Llama."


During the summer while Tim was deployed, I loaded up the car with the three kids to drive from Arizona to Florida for a beach vacation with my family. At the last minute, I decided that it would be a good idea to bring No Drama Llama along too.


No Drama Llama rode front and center in my car during our most recent move from Arizona to Colorado and then watched over the movers as they delivered our household goods.



We all recognize that our No Drama Llama has no power over any drama that may or may not ensue on any of our trips or for that matter on an every day basis around here. He does, however, tend to bring a hefty dose of humor to our days. For the comic relief he provides, he's worth is weight in gold.


We're just past the halfway point! This week is the fourteenth week in our Blogging Through the Alphabet challenge -- letter N. Click the button below for this week's linky.



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Monday, January 25, 2016

Blogging Through the Alphabet -- Week 13 (Letter M)



Welcome to Blogging Through the Alphabet! 

This is Week 13 of this series, so everyone is sharing posts themed about the letter "M".  We can't wait to see what everyone has written about!

Don't forget that any bloggers who link up for all 26 weeks will be eligible for a Mystery Gift Giveaway at the end of the series!


This is a few- rules link up!  Our requests?

1.  Follow your hosts.


Through the Calm and Through the Storm



Adventures with Jude


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Moving Adventures {Years Ago}

Lauren is one of my biggest fans when it comes to blogging through the alphabet. I hardly get one post finished before she starts asking what I'm going to write about for the next week. This week I struggled a bit to come up with a topic, and she kept suggesting moving stories. It makes sense seeing as how she's already moved four times in her life.



I shared about our faith move from Arkansas to Arizona in 2010, and I've posted pictures over the years as we've drug our kids to new homes all across the country.


As I thought about Lauren's idea for sharing moving stories, I realized that there were a few that I haven't written down yet.

In addition to being an Air Force wife, I'm also an Air Force brat. I've been moving for my whole life. When I was finishing sixth grade, we were moving from Illinois back to Dover, Delaware. While the movers were loading the truck, my mom or dad suggested that I go around the block with my little sister while she rode her bike one last time. I put on my skates and set off with her. Somewhere along the way, I tripped over a crack in the road and busted open my chin. I'm sure my mom wasn't thrilled about staying home to supervise the movers, but she was even less thrilled about the idea of taking me to the Emergency Room for stitches. (She also claimed that she had dealt with enough of my injuries and blood while my dad had been gone on trips.) Dad took me to the ER where I got about four or five stitches in my chin. Unfortunately, the ER also thought I might need a Tetanus shot. Since medical records weren't yet computerized, the only proof we had that I was up to date on my shots was somewhere in the mess of moving paperwork back at home. My Dad is perhaps as practical about things as I am and told them just to give me another one. I spent most of the drive from Illinois to Delaware complaining about a sore arm from the tetanus shot and about the unfairness of having to keep my stitches dry (i.e. no swimming at the hotels).


Another funny moving story dates back to our days living in Germany. German movers are the best we've seen if we're talking about how compactly they could pack our household goods. It wasn't organized at all, but it was compact. In the kitchen, they turned our dining chairs upside down, built a box around the four legs, and then packed dishes inside. It freaked me out a bit when I saw my china and crystal packed like that, but it all made it back to the states without a single crack or chip. The bookcases were fun to watch being packed too. A mover was nearly finished in one room and noticed the empty bookcase. He then wandered through all the rest of our apartment to pick up bedding and linens so that the shelves would be packed full when he wrapped the whole thing in padded paper. Their quest for compact packing failed when it came to Addison's Little Tikes toys, though. Those things weren't meant to be disassembled, and many had to be replaced when we got to the other end.


The last funny story that comes to mind is the day we moved into our house in Northern Virginia. Our previous house had a garage and a yard big enough that we had accumulated quite a few lawn tools. The townhouse we rented in Virginia had a tiny front yard, a slightly larger backyard, and no garage. Luckily the walk-out basement had a large bedroom that we weren't planning to use. When the movers unloaded something I didn't know where to put, I'd just tell them to put it in that downstairs room. About mid-afternoon, one of them gently told me that they were running out of room down there. Oops. In the end, everything fit into the house that day. Perhaps more impressive, we cleared out that room a few months later when we found out that we needed to use that bedroom for Addison and let the new baby have a room upstairs.


We've reached the halfway point! This week is the thirteenth week in our Blogging Through the Alphabet challenge -- letter M. Click the button below for this week's linky.



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Monday, January 18, 2016

Blogging Through the Alphabet -- Week 12 (Letter L)



Welcome to Blogging Through the Alphabet! 

This is Week 12 of this series, so everyone is sharing posts themed about the letter "L".  We can't wait to see what everyone has written about!

Don't forget that any bloggers who link up for all 26 weeks will be eligible for a Mystery Gift Giveaway at the end of the series!


This is a few- rules link up!  Our requests?

1.  Follow your hosts.


Through the Calm and Through the Storm



Adventures with Jude


2.  Please link back to this page in your post, so others can find the party!

3.  Visit others linked up -- what's a party without mingling?




©2009-2016 Through the Calm and Through the Storm. All rights reserved. Photos and content may not be reproduced. http://throughthecalmandthroughthestorm.blogspot.com

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