Thursday, July 9, 2009

4.5 Day Wknd

As many of you know, it's been a stressful couple of weeks.

{hospital visits, drs apts, rolling a grain truck, villages meetings that end up being cancelled.....}

There's more but I don't want to bore you now...

I'm just glad that our work week is almost over! We've got roughly 3 hours left then we have some much needed time off!

After work today, we are heading up to the Pulaski Co Fair again. Alex won his senior showmanship for pigs therefore he has to be in the Ultimate Showmanship Contest today. He called last night and said he's been trying to learn throughout the week how to show all the different animals. I'm excited to see him take on that challenge. I'm sure he will do very well.

While we are in Francesville this weekend, Blaine is going to work on the farm. While he is doing that, I'm planning to take a trip to Toto with Court. We decided that we needed some BFF time so we are going to see what kind of treasures we can find!! :o)

Not real sure what the rest of our weekend with hold for us. We might swing through the Francesville town-wide garage sales. Who knows!

I hope everyone has a safe weekend!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

There's never a dull moment...

After spending most of last week in the hospital with Dad, I was looking for a relaxing weekend in Francesville with friends, family, and the fair! We accomplished all of that until yesterday. Blaine and I had Friday and Monday off work. Most of Friday was spent laying around in bed for almost all of the morning {with the exception of Blaine having to run into work to check the pool}...Friday evening we met Tony and Bev for dinner at Scotty's and then went to the batting cages and mini golfing! It was nice to be with them since we haven't spent much time together this summer. :o) It's always fun when we are together!

We headed home Saturday after making fruit pizza for the Siemens Family Cookout! We spent the afternoon and evening at Grandma and Grandpas... We had a good time being with family and celebrating the 4th of July!! Uncle Mike and Uncle Clay both brought some fireworks so we all gathered under our 'Easy-Up' and watched as the boys fired them off!

We went to the Pulaski Co Fair on Sunday to watch Alex show his pigs. It's always nice to go back to our fair where we spent so much time in the summers when we were younger. We've decided that the fair has gone downhill since we were in 4-H. It seems like there is nothing there anymore.

After Alex was done showing his pigs we {Jan and Don & Blaine and I} headed over to Alicia and Isaiah's house to check out their wood burner. It was nice to see the finished house and hang out with them for awhile. After leaving the Collins', we stopped by Gma and Gpa's so Blaine could get the truck loaded with beans to take to the elevator in the morning. He wanted to get an early start so he could get as much done as possible for Dad since he is out of commission right now. After Blaine got to Jan's, the four of us got cleaned up then headed over to Indiana Beach. We had a nice evening filled with tacos and fireworks. :o)

We had a nice weekend up until yesterday...

We had yesterday off work b/c Blaine was going to haul beans for Dad and I was going to take Dad to get his IV in Monticello at the hospital. Blaine brought home one of Gpa's trucks so I wouldn't have to run him up to the farm in the morning and I could sleep in a little. Little did I know, I would be woken up by Jan telling me that Blaine had just flipped the grain truck. Needless to say... I was wide awake at 7. I jumped out of bed and got dressed and Jan and I headed up to Medaryville.

Blaine had just pulled out of Gma and Gpa's drive and was headed to town when he came up to the cross-road and couldn't stop. He had NO brakes. He didn't know what the ditch was like in front of him so he decided to try to make the turn. It didn't happen...

Thank God Blaine is alright. It could have been a lot worse. I'm glad he had enough time to brace himself and try to position himself where he knew he would get the least hurt in the accident. He flipped over and was stuck. He couldn't figure out how to get out and couldn't find his cell phone. Finally he reached down by his feet and found a window crank right next to his phone. He picked both up. Called Grandpa. And tried to open the window. He proceeded to pull himself out of the window. By the time he got out, Gpa had called 911 and jumped into the truck with a hammer and headed toward the scene. Gpa said he grabbed the biggest tool he could find the quickest. He was headed down to break the windows to get Blaine out. He said that when he drove up he saw Blaine standing behind the truck. He felt a sigh of relief. I bet he did! I know I sure did. He was pretty shaken up. He refused treatment from the EMT. He said he was alright. He came out of this with a scratch on his back and is VERY sore today. He thinks he might have bruised some of his ribs. We might go to the doctor later today depending on how he feels later.

I am so thankful for all the helpful hands we had yesterday. Neighbors came from all different directions to help in any way they could. That's one thing I love about Francesville/Medaryville. Everyone is so willing to help out and do what they can for each other. I was talking to my best friend after I had left to go pick up Dad for his appointment. She said she was going to call her Dad {who is like my second Dad} and see if he could go help. He dropped what he was doing to go help Blaine and make sure he was ok. I just want to take time to thank everyone who helped or said prayers for my family over the last week or so. It's been a difficult time for our immediate family and it makes it a lot easier to know that we have people thinking about us and that are there for us in times of need. I just hope you all know that we would do the same for you!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Heading home!!!!

Dad was just released from the hospital!!! He and Mom are heading home right now. He will have to go to White Co everyday for an IV and will possibly have to have a visiting nurse come to change his dressings.

I just wanted to thank everyone for all the prayers and support throughtout Dads hospital stay!!! Have a safe 4th of July weekend!!!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Dad is out of surgery and back up to the room. The doctor said that it doesn't look like it's traveled into the bone or anything like that. His toe is kind of purple now but that's because of the surgery. It should be ok. He will have to be on observation to see if everything looks good then they will just stitch or staple it up.

The redness should die down with a little time.

Dad is in good spirits...

Waiting Rooms

If you know me then you know that I can't stand waiting rooms. I get nervous. My mind starts to wander. I just don't like them.

They just took Dad down to the Surgery Prep room. Mom, Grandma, and Grandpa all went in to be with him while I decided to go ahead and come down here. He is going to go in to surgery in a few minutes. I'm not sure how long it will take but I'm sure Mom will know more when she comes in here.

His toe actually looks a little better today. It's not quite as red. I'm ready to see what the doctor has to say after he's done.

As always, I will update when I know more.

More Later....

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Update: 9:12 P.M.

Dad's podiatrist came in this evening and looked at his foot again. He decided to schedule for I guess surgery tomorrow afternoon. I don't know if that's what it is classified under but that's what I'm calling it. They are going to go in and open up his toe to get a better look at the infection as well as clean it out/drain it. We won't know any more until after this happens. Dr. P said that Dad is going to have to sign a waiver to allow them to amputate the toe if they get in there and it needs to be done. That way they won't have to do two separate surgeries.

I'm going to head to work in the morning and hopefully get off in enough time to go see him before he goes into surgery.

Prayers are always appreciated.


This is the day that the Lord has made...

We have had a busy week so far. Monday, my Dad had a doctors apt for an infection in his foot. I got a call yesterday around 12 saying that he was going to be admitted into the hospital. His second toe on his left foot is bright red. They admitted him into the new Clarian hospital in Lafayette. He has a private room, which is nice. He is in isolation right now but we are able to visit with him since the infection isn't airborne. He seems to be in good spirits. And continues to assure us that he is 'fine'. My Dad is a strong one!!! :o) Love him to pieces.

It turns out that he has a staph infection in his toe and it's not certain if it has traveled to his foot yet. There is a possibility that he might lose that toe. We aren't sure yet. His podiatrist won't be able to come in until later this afternoon.

We'd appreciate any extra prayers!!

I will update as we find out more.

More later...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Villages

Since we have been having trouble conceiving, we've been looking into other options out there(adoption/foster parenting)

Last night, B and I went to an information meeting at the Lafayette site for The Villages. We were both very nervous to go. We had been talking about it for a couple months but when the time came where I had to actually go...I got really scared.

We arrived at about 5:30. The meeting didn't start until 6, but you know me...we had to be early. I'm glad we got there when we did because that gave us some time to get in there and get settled before the other people got there. We walked in and met Jason. All I have to say is that as soon as we started talking to him, all my fears and nerves went away. He was very personable and easy to talk to.


We filled out our first paperwork. We had to fill out the general information (names/address/employers/residents of our house) Then we had to complete a couple questions(why are we interested in The Villages? why do we feel that we would make good foster/adoptive parents?) This is a VERY emotional process for me. And I started to get a little teary eyed when I was writing our answers.

After we finished our paperwork, Jason started asking us some questions just to get to know us a little better. It turns out that his daughter is going to be attending the preschool at MHS next year and that he is a coach at JHS. Crazy because we both thought he looked really familiar. I've probably seen him around JHS.


There ended up being 7 of us at the meeting. Two of the other couples had children and I'm not sure about the other person because she had to leave early.

Jason explained to us all of the different options we would have.
*Foster Parenting

We are leaning towards the F2A program. We have to take 6 weeks of classes as well as have a home study done. The classes are on Monday and Wednesday evenings. We start on July 6th I believe. Jason told us that in the classes we will cover a wide variety of topics. He says that some of the classes will be very emotional {oh boy}

I kind of feel like a weight is lifted off of my shoulders. I feel like I don't need to worry anymore. I know there is still a long road ahead of us but I feel like we have something great to look forward to. {grin} We've been praying about this for so long(years...) and I finally feel like we are getting some answers.

I couldn't ask for a better co-pilot on this new exciting journey that we are about to start. I love you babe!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"Thoughts on Becoming a Mother"

I have longed and waited. I have cried and prayed.I have endured and planned over and over again. Like most things in life, the people who truly have appreciation are those who have struggled to attain their dreams.

I will notice everything about my child. I will take time to watch my child sleep, explore and discover. I will marvel at this miracle every day for the rest of my life. I will be happy when I wake in the middle of the night to the sound of my child, knowing that I can comfort, hold and feed him and that I am not waking to take another temperature, pop another pill, take another shot or cry tears of a broken dream. My dream will be crying for me.

I count myself lucky in this sense; that God has given me this insight, this special vision with which I will look upon my child that my friends will not see. Whether I parent a child I actually give birth to or a child that God leads me to, I will not be careless with my love. I will be a better mother for all that I have endured. I am a better wife, a better aunt, a better daughter, neighbor, friend and sister because I have known pain. I know disillusionment as I have been betrayed by my own body, I have been tried by fire and hell many never face, yet given time, I stood tall. I have prevailed. I have succeeded. I have won.

So now, when others hurt around me, I do not run from their pain in order to save myself discomfort. I see it, mourn it, and join them in theirs. I listen. And even though I cannot make it better, I can make it less lonely. I have learned the immerse power of another hand holding tight to mine, of other eyes that moisten as they learn to accept the harsh truth and when life is beyond hard. I have learned a compassion that only comes with walking in those shoes.

I have learned to appreciate life.Yes, I will be a wonderful mother."


Monday, June 15, 2009


I'd say we have had a good summer so far. We started it out by taking a trip to Wooster, OH to see my grandparents. Grandpa had just gotten out of the rehab center and was able to come home. So, it was perfect timing to go visit. We had a little party with family and a few friends to celebrate their anniversary and Grandpa's 87th Birthday. The day consisted of the girls going carpet shopping and the boys doing odd jobs around the house.

This past weekend we spend time with Aaron and Court on Friday night. It's always fun when the four of us can get together. It makes for late nights but it's ALWAYS worth it!! On Saturday we (Blaine, Aaron, and myself) headed to Indianapolis. Aaron's Dad was the Boys All Star team coach. It was very exciting to see him coach the team. Then we spent Sunday with Alex. The boys went to the gun and knife show in Lafayette Sunday morning, so I got the chance to sleep in. :o) They then came home to pick me up and we headed back into town to do a little shopping, check out where Alex is going to be living in August, and have dinner at Monicals.

The rest of the weekends in June are busy for us...with a Cubs game next weekend and our friend Shawn from high school is getting married the weekend after. Before you know will be time for school to start again :(

July is a little more open for us but we still have some fun things planned already. A concert, trip to the water park, little get away to Gatlinburg!!

"Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once."

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!! I love you Mom! Hope you enjoyed brunch and are having fun with Meg and Matt. Love you
Thank you for always being there for us. In the good times and bad...I know I can always count on you to be there by my side.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

We just got home from spending the day in Francesville with family. It's always nice to be surrounded by the ones you love. :o) I'm always thankful for our loving families and we are blessed so very much.

This past week was very busy for us. It was filled with running errands, cleaning up the house for the birthday parties, going to a baseball game, going out for dinner with my family to celebrate Meg's 28th Birthday...and Blaine completing AND passing his EMT test.

That was probably the highlight of the week in our house!! I am so proud of him.

This week we are going to hopefully have a little more free time. We have the inside of our house clean for the upcoming parties this weekend. We spent most of Saturday outside working on stacking wood and pulling weeds. There are a few more things that we need to do to get everything ready for my birthday this weekend but I'm sure we will get everything done.

I hope everyone had a great Easter! Have a good week! :o)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Almost done.

Blaine only has 4 weeks left of EMT class. Next week is the class' spring break..the week after is our spring break..and then he takes his final test on the weekend of April 3rd! I'm so proud of him. I know he is excited to almost be done. He can't wait to start applying at depts to try to get on full time somewhere!

A little update..

I know it's been a long time since I've blogged. We've been somewhat busy and I just honestly haven't really had the desire to spend the time to log on. We went to Ohio for a weekend to see my grandparents and to celebrate Christmas and Gma's 83rd Birthday. Megan got me tickets for the Jason Mraz concert at Elliot Hall for an early birthday present. One of the best presents I've ever gotten..I might add!! It was nice to get to spend some sister time with her! We've both been so busy lately that we haven't really gotten a chance to spend time together.

We've got 10 more days until we leave for Spring Break. Megan, Matt, Blaine, and I are heading for Hilton Head Island. We are all so excited to just get away for a week. (No students to bother us!) I'm really looking forward to spending time with Blaine. We don't get the opportunity to go on vacation as much as we would like so we are definitely going to take advantage of this trip. We've had so much stress over the past month and a half. It's going to be nice to just get away and not think about fertility treatments/adoption/getting pregnant.

Our friends Brenda and Phil just welcomed their first child in mid-February. Madelyn Grace is adorable. It was nice to go over and visit with them a couple weeks ago. She is so tiny and precious. Adorable.

That's all for now..

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Final Day of Christmas Break :o(

Break went by way too fast. We had a great time with family and friends, but it just never lasts long enough! We have celebrated Christmas with all of our families except one. We are planning to head to Ohio over MLK weekend to have Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa Henderson.

New Years Eve turned out to be a blast. Plans were kind of up in the air until the night before but I think all who came had a good time. At least I hope! It was good to spend some time with Tony, Bev, Court, Jeremy, and Matt. I looked back on the messages on the Wii from that night and New Years day and I think we banked almost 9 hours of play time on the Wii. Nice :o) We had a lot of fun!

I've gone to Indy twice over break to have internal ultrasounds. Fun, right?! No, not really. They weren't as bad as the very first one I had. They are actually just starting to be a routine for me. Doesn't phase me much anymore. I go for another ultrasound and blood work tomorrow morning at 8 before I have to be at work at 8:30. What a way to start the new semester, right? It should be fine. They are just checking to see how many follicles I have in my ovaries and to see if they need to up the dose of the shots. After my ultrasound yesterday at 7AM in Indy...they decided to double the dosage for last night and tonight. So we will see what that does tomorrow when I go to the doctor. I am so glad we are going to Dr. Henry. He and his nursing staff are amazing! They make us feel very comfortable with all the new things they are throwing at us. I just really appreciate my nurse, Jamie, for not getting annoyed when I ask a million questions. I just feel like it's a lot of money to throw away if we don't do everything the way we should. Not that they guarantee anything but I just don't want to lessen our chances by not doing something right! I am so thankful to have Blaine as my husband and my rock throughout this whole thing. He is a saint when it comes to actually giving me the shots. It's kind of nice to have an EMT give me my shots instead of having me freak out trying to give them to myself! (one, two, three, ouch, poke)

Anyway, I better get some stuff done around here. I know that I will be exhausted this week after going back to work on Monday. And the shots don't give me any more energy ;o) It seems like I've been exhausted ever since I started taking them! But hopefully it will be all worth it! Keep praying...that's what we do! :o)