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The Gifts of Christmas 2009

Well Christmas is over. Even New Years is over, actually. I’m so lax about getting this blog updated it’s not even funny.

We here at the Casey residence all had a very blessed Christmas. I do believe we were ALL more than pleased with our ‘booty’, and except for Mike gettin a cold and missin one of the get-togethers, we all had great visits with family. =)

As much as I love seeing extended family and spending time talking and laughing with them (and we did plenty of that) while enjoying num-nums (I had WAY too much of that!), I’ll be honest and say it’s not my favorite part of Christmas. My favorite part is giving those I love good gifts. I absolutely LOVE to give and end up going way overboard most years. Ah well. I love it! =)

I love thinking about a person, thinking about their likes and dislikes, their personality, their habits, hobbies, and tendencies, as well as their strengths (and weaknesses… like chocolate, for instance! hehe) and desires, hopes and dreams… basically every thing I know about them, have deduced about them, or picked up on from conversations with them or their loved ones… and then putting all that personalized information into the search for the *right* gift. Of course, there are times when I can’t seem to find just the *right* thing and so I have to ‘make-do’. Too, there are some instances when picking out and making a very personal gift like that is just not an option.

I have most definitely been known to multi-gift, especially to family friends. Last year it was fudge. This year I was going to do fudge and/or banana bread, but ended up sick just before Christmas and running out of time for the other projects I had going, so I didn’t give to any of the friends this year. =*(  Maybe I’ll turn it into A “love” project and hand out goodies at Valentines. =)

As I was saying, we all had a blessed Christmas. I felt good about most of the gifts I was giving (only a few ‘make-dos’), and I did get most things finished. Then, to make it even better, most of the gifts I gave seemed to be well appreciated and admired. YES! =) I love puttin a smile on someone’s face that way! =)

To recap my projects so I can give an update, here is my list from the 18th of Dec…

  • sew Coast Guard patch onto knit hat for Mike
  • make Christmas candies (candy melts/molds… painted details) for Meg to hand out at school
  • display case of Coast Guard memorabilia for Mike
  • stain/seal display shelf for Coast Guard hat
  • sew ‘sleep sack’ out of queen and throw sized blankets
  • sew matching dresses for Meagan* and the 18″ doll she is getting for Christmas (I have the doll’s dress finished)
  • sew blue snowflake dress* for the doll
  • crochet quitar for the doll
  • crochet poncho* to match one I made Meagan a couple of years ago…for the doll
  • crochet Santa hat*, scarf*, and mittens* for the doll
  • dye and embroider 2 sets of 5 tea towels (red w/ whitework snowmen)
  • change name on Mike’s childhood stocking to Matthew*
  • sew jingle bells on the stockings Meme made the kids*
  • make fudge for giving away and taking to get-togethers*
  • coat choc. sandwich cookies in white almond bark and sprinkle red/green berries/leaves on top*
  • crochet backpack for doll*
  • hang garlands*, window clings*, wreaths*, and lights*
  • finish getting ornaments on the tree and setting out decorations
  • wrap a bunch of Christmas gifts*
  • clean house
  • do about 5 billion loads of laundry (ok, not quite that many, but close!)

Of those, I got almost everything done, believe it or not! I didn’t get the house as clean as I wanted nor as much of the laundry done as I’d hoped, but the living room was ready for Christmas morning festivities, and the rest of the house wasn’t TOO horrid. Of the projects themselves, the only ones I did NOT get done were:

  • make fudge for giving away and taking to get-togethers*
  • coat choc. sandwich cookies in white almond bark and sprinkle red/green berries/leaves on top*
  • crochet backpack for doll*
  • sew matching dresses for Meagan* and the 18″ doll she is getting for Christmas (I have the doll’s dress finished)
  • crochet Santa hat*, scarf*, and mittens* for the doll
  • I also only got 4 of the 10 tea towels finished in time for the gift exchanges. Luckily they were for generic gift exchanges at church and my grandmother’s. I took the set of 4 to one, and Mom had an extra gift for the other, so it was all good.

    The kids both had a great Christmas! Meagan absolutely adores her new doll, whom she has named Samantha, and she got a lot of other neat things that thrilled her no end, too… a scooter, black boots, lots of gift cards and $, a bunch of clip-on earrings, some pjs, a couple of video games, and a case for her guitar to name a few. Matthew was squealing over his collection of costumes (Transformers, Batman, Spiderman, and a ninja outfit) and had a good pile of other goodies… he also got a scooter, a pair of black boots, and a bunch of gift cards and $. Then there were the 3 video games, a cordless drill, a cowboy hat, a fuzzy blanket, some jeans, a couple of puzzles, a bunch of sodas and snacks, 16mi walkie-talkies, and a Bionicle. They carefully tithed off all their $$ and then had fun going shopping.

    Mike ad I had equally good bootys, but perhaps the neatest gifts we received were from God Himself. On the Wednesday before Christmas, our church had a gift exchange, and in the middle of it, someone handed me an envelope from an anonymous giver that contained a crisp $100 bill! That gift was straight from God, through this kind, big-hearted, generous, anonymous soul. I thank them both from the bottom of my heart. That cash was much needed! God didn’t stop there, though. A few days after Christmas we received a card in the mail from a family member that held a check for another $100! Again, I thank both God, from whom all blessings flow, and that special family member from the bottom of this grateful heart. With those two gifts, I’ll be able to keep my doctor’s appointment this week instead of having to put it off till another paycheck comes in.

    Well that about sums things up, I guess. I have a lot of clean-up to do, of course, and a few more projects  (ALWAYS! lol) I want to get done, but things have settled down some. School started back yesterday, so things are as back to ‘normal’ as they get around here.


    Blessings Season

    That’s what Meagan dubbed it tonight during prayer-time.

    I’ve actually been avoiding posting anything out of shame or guilt or something. The problem is, I haven’t been keeping up with my ‘counts’ in several weeks. Not even the monetary ones.

    I REALLY need to get this Blessing Season documented, though, so here goes.

    I’m going to start with our own blessings, then go on to some of my mom’s (dad and little bros, too).

    Keep in mind these have all been in the last month, and ours in the last week.

    1. At my dr visit a few days ago, my doc told me I could go 6 weeks instead of 4 to my next appt. He also gave me some samples (and a coupon card) for one of my meds. Good thing, too, since they didn’t work for me and it would have bern around $120/mo (after discount) to get it filled to try it otherwise. We’d have been out $120! The replacement (which does seem to be working) was $4 for the month supply!

    2. When I went to get my labwork done after my doctor’s appt, it was only $56 instead of the $108 I was expecting!

    3. Garage/Yard sale shopping Saturday yielded:

    • sturdy coffee table and 2 end tables, each with a drawer – $15
    • red mini-blinds to fit both my kitchen (decorated in red/white/black Coca-Cola memorabilia) windows – $1 each
    • multi-level, carpet and rope, cat playground needing minor repair – FREE
    • black wrought iron scroll thing for wall decor in living room – $3
    • 2 basket cat beds – 50cents each
    • pink sheer/ribbon bed canopy for Meagan – 50cents
    • Coca-Cola plastic glass with lid – 10cents

    4. Sunday, our pastor asked me to go to Junior Camp as a counselor.

    5. Sunday, our pastor told us the church would pay for the kids camp fees.

    6. Sunday, a lady in the church offered to teach Meagan to play the guitar… for free.

    7. Thrift store shopping today yielded:

    • For Mom – pj pants, nice t-shirt, khaki skirt, 2 sweater blouses, 2 sleep shirts, lightweight robe, blouse – for $18.30 
    • For Meagan – 2 bras, slip, tank top, 2pc pjs, dress, robe, pj pants, pj top, tennis shoes, 13 tops/t-shirts – for $21.73
    • For Matthew – pj pants, 3 nice shirts, robe, cowboy shirt, slacks, 2 pr jeans, 10 t-shirts – for $17.86
    • For Family – Rummikub game for $2.42
    • For School – l/s and s/s blue uniform shirts for Meg, l/s and s/s blue uniform shirts for somebody else (too little for her, too big for him) – for $4.26

    8.  At Target the 3 campers were all able to find swimsuits that fit, mine is solid red (my fave color), and I also got a lightweight sweater for $5. We won’t mention how much my swimsuit was (oy vey!). We also got Meagan a new lunch box for school for $2.50. AND… I also got 3 new Coca-Cola things for the kitchen. Two fridge magnets, and a little metal pail.

    9. At Target, directly because we were able to save so much in getting all the pieces we needed for camp (swimsuits and cover-ups all round, t-shirts for both kids, tennis shoes for Meg) and the church paying for the kids camp fees, we were able to pick up a window a/c for the kids’ room. Something they desperately need since we do not have central a/c, especially since their beds are HIGH loft beds and their ceiling fan doesn’t work.

    These are mostly material things, I realize, but there are somewhat hidden non-material blessings mixed in, as well. For instance, in providing us with so many things we needed (and even a few extra things we wanted) at such wonderful prices, our finances were blessed! The doctor, labwork, and med blessings were financial savings, but they are also signs that my health is improving! That’s a very good non-material blessing. Also, the opportunity for not only the kids, but myself as well, to go to camp is a huge blessing. I feel so honored to get the chance to go and serve God in this way. I don’t feel like I’m anywhere near ready to do so… spiritually, mentally, emotionally, or physically… but if the Lord wants me to do this, then I know He will help me in every way, so I’m totally going to go and do my best!

    Now for my mom, dad, and brothers.  

    1. Mom’s retirement legal battle is over after 20+ years! She got a healthy sized (5 digits!) lump sum, and her monthly checks should start arriving in a few weeks.

    2. With the lump sum, Mom was able to take my youngest two brothers (the ones still living at home) back to the doc for their follow-up for Lyme, and get their bloodwork done.

    3. Also with the lump sum, Mom was able to start looking for an actual HOUSE to move into. When they moved out of our house 2yrs ago, they moved into a big metal shop building, that had an ‘apartment’ built into one end. The ‘apartment’ was nothing more than a closet, an a/c unit in the wall (not a window), a tiny bathroom with NO ventilation (so it doesn’t meet code requirements), a small refridgerator, a recliner, and a small set of upper/lower kitchen cabinets with a sink. There are NO windows and only the one door (that opens into the shop).

    4. Within about 2wks of actual looking at houses, Mom put a contract on a really nice 3 bedroom, 1 bath, with a huge yard with lots of huge oak trees and some peach trees, a 2-car carport, and a ‘bonus’ building that has 2 rooms, a bathroom, and a shed-area.

    5. Mom got the house at the price she thought she “would be doing really good to get it for”.

    6. She planned to spend about $300-400 to have the house inspected before closing. She found a guy to inspect it who is a Christian, considers each job a blessing, and even prays for the new owners and their life in their new home, and he only charges $150!

    7. The inspection revealed almost NO problems at all. The electric box needs to be replaced, the roof shingles will probably need to be replaced in a couple of years (but there is only one layer, so they could just add another layer), the included oven doesn’t work (they are probably going to knock some $ off the price, or have it fixed), and there is one outlet that doesn’t work. BIG DEAL, huh? =) Also, it comes with 2 window a/c units that the inspector tested and said were both blowing 52 degree air. Oh, and the house has gas heating and all and there are NO leaks.

    8. Mom was approved for her loan easily and the process of getting the loan and buying the house is moving quickly.

    9. It’s looking like they might even get to close earlier than the scheduled 7/14 date!

    10. In thinking about all the different things she’ll need to purchase for the new house, and planning and what-not (the boys… almost 15 and 16 have never had a bedroom before… not even to share… and have never even had a bed since they outgrew their cribs, so they are MEGA excited!!), she’s finding more and more ingenious ways to furnish and decorate the house for less money.

    Even my younger brother (28y, lives on his own… well, with a couple, but not at home with mom and dad and the younger boys or with me anymore) has gotten in on the blessings. He got a 48″(??) flat screen, HD, LCD, TV for FREE with some points of some kind through some Intel program he’s in.

    Of course, there are many, many ways the Lord blesses us each and every day, that we seem to take for granted more often than not. It’s not like these are the ONLY blessings by any stretch of the imagination, but these have all been, in a sense, extra than the usual blessings, and so they stick out. With so many obvious blessings in such a short period of time, it’s no wonder Meg dubbed this the Blessing Season!

    I want to ‘publicly’ (such as it is with no traffic on this site) thank and praise God from whom all good gifts -these I’ve mentioned included- come!

    Lots of gifts this year, plus a BIG one from God

    This is going to be my Christmas post. Ok so it’s a couple of days late, but I’ve been busy!

    Christmas morning we were awakened at 4am by our oh-so-lovely children. We made them go back to bed, of course.

    Around 7am or so, back in they came and we all went out to see what Santa and his elves had left under the tree.

    We were informed (before we’d ever left the bedroom) by Matthew that Santa brought us a Wii!

    Woohoo! We have a Wii! =)

    The stockings for all (even the kitties!) were plum full of treats to eat and toys to play with. Hair pretties, keychains that beep when you whistle, tops that jump 8ft in the air, and lots of chocolate.

    The kids then proceeded to unwrap the rest of their loot in 2.9 seconds flat. A new record!

    Meagan got a pretty fairy water globe, a backpack, a GameCube controller, and a Mermaidia Gazebo, Barbecue Grill, and patio furniture for her Barbies, and Matthew got a RC helicopter, a GameCube controller, a Spiderman puzzle, and a giant book of Snoopy cartoons, a copy of Where the Red Fern Grows, and an Indiana Jones LEGO set. Then they both opened the box from Mom and Dad (actually that was the first one they opened after the stockings, but whatever). I had been collecting up desk ‘stuff’ for them for a couple of months, and so I wrapped each piece individually (magnet clip by itself, memo pad by itself, calendar by itself, pkg of pens by itself, etc) and then put them all in a big box and wrapped that up nice and pretty.

    Good thing I’d managed (with help from Mom and Mike) to get their desks functional (not finished, but functional) just before Christmas!

    I got Mike a game called Pharoah for the computer. I’ve played it before and he wanted to play it then, so I think he’ll like it. The kids picked out some movies and candy for him, too. They picked out some pretty knick-knacks for me and Mike got me an Irish Tin Whistle and some books to learn to play! =) I can’t wait to learn. It’s not my beloved clarinet, but since I don’t foresee getting my teeth fixed any time in the near future, I guess the tin whistle will have to suffice. Mike also got a bunch of brain teasers for the computer and a car charger for his cell phone. My mom painted me this so cool Coca-Cola bucket (I WILL get a pic!) and bought me a previous edition of an Oxford medical textbook (I am so excited to get started reading it!! Yes, I know. I am weird!). My brother got me SimCity4 for the computer and a memory card reader so that I can put pics on here a lot easier.

    My parents and Bros 4-6 all came out for the big Christmas surprise. That being the fact that Bro4 (27y) bought souped-up-decked-out computers for both Bro5 (16y) and Bro6 (15y). We cooked a ham and heated up some veggies, but mostly filled up on candy.

    Everyone had a blast (and got a workout) playing on the Wii and then the boys loaded up their computer bits and went home. The next day Mike took Matthew over to my mom’s to stay the night. I have no idea why he wanted to do that with a brand new WII sitting here, but oh well.

    Saturday we went to my grandparents where we played a silly game to exchange gifts and then the whole gang (well the 40 or so of us that were there…) went up to the hospital to carol for my uncle who was recovering from an angioplasty. I think we kinda freaked the security out when we entered en masse, then split up and basically filled 4 elevators and 2 stairwells, then reconvened in my uncle’s room!

    Meagan scored a new tent, backpack, and sleeping bag, a movie and some popcorn. Matthew came home with a Spiderman car and 2 movies. I made a haul, too. I got 6 flashlights, a box of truffles, a travel mug, and Sodoku keychain.

    The kids and I are all a year older now, too. Meagan turned 11, I turned 30, and Matthew turned 10. Mike and I had our 12th anniversary, too. That all means more goodies! Meagan asked for (and got) preschool toys from us for her birthday. She wanted play food and a tea set with plates. $10! SCORE! =) She also got a Barbie movie from one aunt and was supposed to get a video game from the other, but it hasn’t arrived yet. Matthew got 3 books from one aunt, Battleship from the other, and then we got him a big box of crayons and several super hero coloring books and put them in a Spiderman binder he’d seen at the dollar store and wanted. I got exactly what I asked for too… a black collage frame and a bottle of Lady Stetson. I picked out a nice sweater at the resale shop for Mike. He hasn’t worn it yet, but that could be because of the 70+ temperatures the last few days.

    So we had a full gift load even before God gave us His gift this year. I’m not talking about Jesus or salvation right now either. That is of course the biggest and best gift. We received those gifts quite awhile ago and they are still oh-so-very precious! Every year God gives us the gift of family and friends and the like at Christmas time, but this year He gave us something more.

    Yesterday I got a call from a friend of mine asking if we could use a new refridgerator. Well, she said, actually she knew we could, the question was whether we wanted one/would take one. Her parents had just gotten a new fridge and were offering their old one to us. And by old I mean AN INFANT compared to our tired, worn-out old fridge. Seriously. Their ‘old’ fridge is all of 4yr old. I think our fridge was probably vintage before theirs was even born. HAHA

    So anyway. We got a new(to us!) fridge! =) Just like that. They brought it over and helped Mike get it in the house yesterday afternoon. God is SO good! I thank Him and our friends so much! My new fridge looks so pretty in my ugly kitchen (one of my goals for 2009, btw! lol). It’s a side-by-side and if we had a water line (we don’t, but if we did…) it would give us water and 2 different kinds of ice through the door! How cool is that?! Plus? It can hold gallonS (plural!!) of milk in the DOOR! WOOHOO!

    I am so going to post pictures of the old and the new, but not tonight since my brand-new memory card reader is not working yet. I think my USB slot on the computer may be fried. =(

    Count Your Blessings

    I think I’m going to make that a new category. Count Your Blessings. =)

    Anyway, that’s what I’m going to be doing with this post. Counting my blessings and naming them one by one. God has really been blessing us this week. It seems like every time I turn around there’s another blessing! I just wanted to share. =)

    It started Sunday evening after church. Meagan was told to see one of the ladies in the church after the service as she had a surprise for her. She and her daughter had gone shopping and picked out a brand new coat with fur trim and a top for Meagan! She was tickled pink and has been wearing the coat every chance she gets…including 75 degree weather during P.E. class!

    After Mike left for work Sunday night, I realized I made a boo-boo and forgot to mention to him that Meagan had to be at school early the next morning (the girls had to leave early for Volleyball competition) and so I would need him to take his car to work and leave the van. He took the van, which meant I’d have to walk her to school since his car is not cleaned out such that more than 1 person can ride in it and I don’t even have keys for it. =(

    Monday morning a thunderstorm woke me up about 4am. I said a little prayer that it would quit raining before I had to walk Meagan to school, then tried to go back to sleep. I finally fell asleep again about 5:45am, and the alarm went off 15min later. ugg! It had quit raining, though! Blessing number 2!

    I got Meagan ready, pulled my skirt on over my sweats (it was nippy out!), grabbed my sunglasses and when we turned the doorknob to walk out the door, Mike was standing there! Traffic had been light and so he was home a littler earlier than he normally is. Blessing number 3! He took Meagan to school for me and I brewed a pot of coffee and went to wake Matthew up.

    After I got Matthew off to school, I had to get ready for my doctor’s appointment. I was actually kinda excited about this trip because a couple of weeks ago I received two coupons in the mail from T@rget. One was for a $20 gift card if I transferred a prescription to their pharmacy and the other was for a $20 gift card if I enrolled in their pharmacy reward program. I had already checked their $4 generic list and discovered that one of my antibiotics (the one I rotate 2wks on and 2wks off) was on their $4 list, and so I was looking forward to going shopping. =) Blessing number 4!

    At my doctor’s appointment, I was much more at ease than normal and was able to communicate a little better with my doc. I also was able to walk in a straight line heel-to-toe without looking at my feet for the first time since I started treatment! I was wobbly, but I did make it! Before I couldn’t even take one step without falling over. My doc was pleased with my progress overall, too. Blessing number 5! When I went to set up my next appointment and pay out, the bill was just over HALF what I’d expected! Blessing number 6!

    Next stop was the lab for my monthly bloodwork. I had a little longer wait than normal, but the draw went easy-peasy.

    At T@rget, we were told it would be a 2 hour wait for my prescription transfer, so Mike and I got hot dogs and cokes, then went shopping. We split up for awhile at first (he wanted to look at DVDs, I had a short list of specific clothing items for kids I wanted to try and find), and then we did some browsing together and actually had a good time. I didn’t find everything I was wanting, but I definitely spent the gift cards!

    I got some stocking stuffers for the kids, a bunch of clips to convert regular hangers to skirt hangers (one of the things I was specifically after), a chess/checkers set for the kids, and a few other things that I can’t think of right this second. lol The bill after the gift cards was under $40.

    When we finally got through with T@rget, we headed to Jo@anns so I could try and pick up some things on my list there. I only found one thing on my list, but oh well. What I picked up was several fat quarters of quilting fabric in Christmas colors for a project I have planned. Still looking for my blue fabric with trains, unfortunely… The bill was under $30.

    Between the two shopping stops, I spent less than I saved at the doctor’s office. We left the house expecting to be out the full cost of the doctor appointment, so it was kinda like going to the doctor and then getting all my shopping done for free! Blessing number 7!

    Tuesday we had to pick the kids up early from school because Meagan had an out-of-town doctor’s appointment with her endocrinologist. We got there almost an hour early (traffic was less than expected) and so we went down to the cafeteria to get the kids a drink and a bag of chips. We picked up our drinks and snacks, paid out (under $15) and found a table in the corner. We had just barely gotten seated when a woman carrying a CUTE little one walked up and asked if we’d like a cheese pizza. She said her mom wanted to buy us one if we would like one.

    I stammered and stumbled all over myself and probably came off as being completely ungrateful (which I was NOT), but I was just so shocked!! I told her I appreciated the offer, but she really didn’t have to do that. I was fine, didn’t want a pizza, etc. She said her mom likes to do random things and it makes her happy, and so Mike said yeah she could and thanked her (as I did, of course!). So a little while later we had a cheese pizza for dinner. Blessing number 8!

    That one was really cool because it sparked a conversation amongst us all about how God had just provided our dinner for us in a most unexpected way without us having to do a thing for it. I was able to point that out to Mike and I also told him a little about George Meuller and how he prayed all the food for his orphanage down, never asking anyone for anything. This was big to me because it wasn’t but a couple of weeks or so ago that Mike was talking about how he didn’t see any way that God could provide $$ for us to get out of debt and that He didn’t seem to be taking care of our finances thus far, etc. This was a BEAUTIFUL illustration that just because WE can not see any way possible, does not mean GOD doesn’t have a way.

    The appointment went fine. We had to wait a long time, but she’s actually regressed in her pubertal development (good thing!) and the doc said we’d probably try to stop the Luprolide Acetate that is keeping her from going through puberty before Christmas in 2009.

    When we left and I set up her next appointment, they scheduled it and handed me the little appointment reminder card. The date looked familiar, so I flipped to Jan in my planner. Sure enough, Matthew has an appointment with the endocrinologist the same day, but about an hour and a half earlier! Only one trip for both kids! Blessing number 9!

    After the appointment we went to Costco and picked up some things and filled the van’s tank up. It was about 8pm by the time we got home, so that cheese pizza really was our dinner! =)

    Wednesday I slept until time to get the kids from school. I have been hurting bad lately and been so, so tired because of the antibiotics. I started my 2wk OFF rotation Tuesday, but it takes a few days to get out of my system. With the outings Monday and Tuesday, I was more than whooped.

    Wednesday afternoon Matthew had another appointment with the pediatrician. It looks like we are finally on the right track with his meds again. She also gave me scripts for an anti-yeast medicine the kids will be taking for the next 3 wks or so. Then I had to ask her (cause I’d promised Mom) if she would be willing to take my brothers on as patients. She said yes, but she doesn’t take Medicaid (which they have). Then she said she would even be willing to do so on charity! (WOW! Blessing number 10 in a big way!) Only thing is since she wouldn’t be their main doc, Medicaid wouldn’t pay for any referrals they might need later on. So it’s not official yet that they will be seeing her. Mom is planning on going with me the next time I take the kids in to talk to her about maybe finding a way to do this thing. =)

    That’s 10 pretty big blessings in just 4 short days, folks! God is so good to us! =)

    More Blessings and Randomness…

    The secret to a doctor’s appointment going well? Bathe it in prayer. A lot.

    I was approved for the drug manufacturer’s patient assistance program. This means they will supply my meds (well, the ones they make) for the next year! Praise the Lord! We just picked up a 3mo supply of the Zithromax. God is good! He supplies our every need. =)

    A seemingly simple 2-day project inevitably stretches into weeks at this house. The super secret surprise for the kids is proving to be MUCH more complicated than I’d originally figured it would be. =(

    There are rumblings of a new Moms Night Out kind of thing happening at church. A monthly get-together of moms to do something girlie. I don’t even know what that is, but I’m game for learning! =) A night out sounds WUNDERBAR!

    Matthew’s MedicAlert bracelet came in the mail today. He was so excited!

    My B12 shot will not be administered tonight (yea! hehe!) because the solution has what looks like teensy tiny STICKS in it! YIKES! Will call pharmacy tomorrow to see what’s up.

    It looks like not only is Mom a fellow Lymie, but at least one of her brothers could very well be also. He hasn’t seen a doc about it yet, so of course we can not say for sure, but he sure had a lot of symptoms off the checklist Mom read to him last night.

    My two youngest brothers have an appointment in a couple of weeks to look into the Lyme and Co. problem.

    Mike’s car is still not fixed, so Mom will be over this week to shuttle the kids back and forth to school on Thurs and Fri again. This is proving to be a bigger hassle for all of us than first anticipated. It’s just ROUGH having two different family make-ups or whatever. First just us, then Mom and the boys also, then us again, then them too again… repeat and repeat. The kids all get on each other’s nerves in about half a nanosecond, and my two get upset about the boys touching any of their things, etc. I’ll be SO glad when Mike gets his car runnin again!

    A Bracelet Blessing

    Matthew being allergic to peanuts and several other nuts means he really needs to be wearing a MedicAlert bracelet at all times. He used to years ago as a toddler, but like a bad food-allergy mommy, I let his membership go because it was something like $35/year and he was NEVER not with me. As much as I would have liked him to be not with me some, it just never happened.

    Now that he is going to our church’s private school this year, he IS away from me most days. I feel completely comfortable with him being there at the school without the bracelet (though I do send his Epipens) because his teacher’s son is also allergic to peanuts, so he is familiar with the whole “allergy scene”. The thing is… sometimes they go on field trips or to compete in different events and those are the times he would not be with me OR with his teacher, and so it was time to get him a new MedicAlert bracelet (his old one broke years and years ago, plus it had his OLD membership # on it… completely useless now since he hasn’t been in their computer in years).

    Today I went to order that bracelet. His first field trip is this Monday (Putt-Putt… they are competing for ribbons… too cute!), so he will still be bracelet-less for his first ‘away’, but he should be covered for all subsequent trips now.

    The blessing happened like this… I spent about 45min filling in all Matt’s personal and medical info (allergies, conditions, medications, emerg. contacts, etc), and had him pick out the design of his sports band (he can’t wear the stainless steel ones, as he is allergic to nickel). Then I went to the cart and saw there was a box to enter a promotion code. NORMALLY when I see this kind of thing in an online cart, I immediately open a new tab and start a google search for promotional coupon codes for whatever store it is. This time I did not. This time I instead clicked on a little link towards the top that said “Kids” thinking I’d go look in the kids’ section just to see if there was anything unique in there that I hadn’t seen yet. I’d already picked his bracelet out, so I really didn’t have a NEED to look, but went anyway.

    I’m so glad I listened to that little voice that said to go check it out, because when I did I discovered a GREAT deal. The Food Allergy Initiative was offering free “new memberships and 1 bracelet” for low-income kids with food allergies! It said you could call and mention the code number or fill out the enrollment form online. Since I was literally in the middle of ordering a “new membership and bracelet” for a food allergic kid, I called and she said yes I could do it online, just put that code in the promotional code box in the checkout process. When I tried that, though, it came up with an error, so the gal pulled up Matt’s info and put it through for me. She said they’d ship out his bracelet and card in 7-10 days.

    That’s it. Easy Peasy.

    Praise the Lord! That just saved me $70 right now and $25/year, since the deal comes with a reduced renewal fee as well! God is so good!

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