Monday, July 27, 2009


Chris finally received a call from the Dr. office. He does have degenerative discs in the upper part of his neck. The Dr. didn't think it was bad enough to warrant surgery at this point. He would like Chris to do 6-8 weeks of physical therapy and see if that helps. Chris will continue taking his meds while he does the therapy. Hopefully after therapy he will no longer need the meds on a regular basis and will be able to function on a somewhat normal basis. Please pray with us that the therapy would be successful.

Monday, July 20, 2009


Thank you to all of you that were praying for Chris, and our family, this weekend!!!! He went to his Dr. this morning. The Dr. looked at the ex-ray, of his neck, that was taken this weekend and wants a closer look. He wants Chris to have an MRI. This should be scheduled in the next couple of days. Without the results of the MRI the Dr. is just guessing that he might have degenerative discs in his neck. For now, Chris is on anti-inflammatory meds and pain pills. Hopefully we will have more answers soon and know what the course of action will be. Please continue to pray that the pain will subside so that Chris can focus on all the work that he needs to accomplish.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Ten Gallon Sam

We just heard that Ten Gallon Sam was listed as one of Focus on the Family's 10 Family-Friendly Picture Books from 2008. What an honor that is! I am so proud of Chris and his brother, Allan. God has blessed them with an amazing talent and it is great to see them using it to glorify him.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Yet Another Use

Last night I was watching Food Detectives on the Food Network. One of the things they were testing is to see if wood cutting boards harbor more bacteria than plastic ones (even after being washed). They proved that wood cutting boards are actually, slightly, less likely to harbor bacteria. They still had a little bacteria on them, but not as much as the plastic ones. They weren't really sure why that was, but one of the theories was that the wood could pull the bacteria deeper into the cutting board so that it was no longer in contact with the top cutting service.

They stressed the importance of disinfecting your cutting board. The most common way to do this is to use a bleach/water solution. Now, anyone that knows me knows my aversion to bleach. In fact, I don't have any bleach in my house. Bleach is one of the worst chemicals you could actually have in your home!!! But, they did offer another solution. I was delighted when I heard it! This is an item that I use all the time around my house and couldn't wait to disinfect my cutting boards :) What is it? VINEGAR!!! There you go, another use for that great, inexpensive, acidic condiment.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Harvest Time

Keegan and I have been watching our garden grow and blossom. It is fascinating to watch the veggies slowly grow into something that will be edible. We have been keeping an eye on our zucchini and cucumber plants. We have had a few zucchini that were almost ready to pick. I went out to the garden, tonight, and found that those zucchinis had a growth spurt over the last couple of days. I picked 3 good size zucchinis. Keegan and I will be baking with them tomorrow. He is super excited to use the veggies out of our own garden. We also have tomatoes on our plants, but it will be a while before they are big enough to pick (or ripe enough). There's just nothing like produce straight from the garden! :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


It was recently brought to my attention that only certain people could leave comments on my blog. I checked the settings and fixed them so that anyone can now leave a comment. Thanks for the heads up Susan. Let me know if it still doesn't work.

18 Months

I can hardly believe that Truitt is 18 months old already. Boy, the time really does fly by faster with a second child!!

Truitt is growing like a weed. A very strong, healthy and TALL weed. :) We had his 18 month appt. this morning. I was very excited to see how much he had grown in the last 3 months. Our "little" tank is now 3 feet tall (36 inches). This puts him at the average height of a 30 month old. Yes, I said that right a 30 month old. Just to put it into perspective....Keegan was 37 inches at 3 years old. So, do you think Truitt will be a tall man when he grows up? I believe he will be at least 6 feet tall. He also weighed in at 29 lbs. That is the 90th percentile.

He seems to be learning so many new things lately. This last week he learned to climb up the ladder onto the playset. The child seems to have very few fears. He loves to cuddle and loves to be a goofy little man, especially if it makes others laugh.

Here is something he discovered last night. He figured out that he can fit two binks in his mouth at the same time.