Saturday, March 30, 2013

Have a Blessed Easter . . . Without the Bunny


Watch and Pray . . .
that is what Jesus asked of them.
One hour . . .
Watch and Pray.

(click the links)

The Garden


The Crucifixion


The Old Rugged Cross


Then Came the Morning!


Amazing Grace


From our family to yours . . .
Have a Blessed Easter!








Thursday, March 28, 2013

Is it Friday Yet?

I am looking for Friday . . . we are totally ready for a few days off. We plan to stay secluded this weekend . . . to rest both physically and mentally. 

We are moving ever so slowly forward after the factory accident last week. There is an incredible amount of "red tape" to get through besides dealing with rebuilding. I can't praise God enough for seeing us through day by day. There is so much more to do . . . at times our brains cannot comprehend it all . . . but, we have an awesome guide that knows all!

The kids will be finishing up achievement testing tomorrow morning. They have one test left! Woo Hoo! 

My fish tank is up and running in my office. I have some beautiful fish . . . very colorful. I will try to remember to snap a good photo of them.

I am heading to bed early tonight . . . g'night!


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Nothing is Too Big or Too Small for God

A Winter Storm Warning is upon us . . . snow through today. Not sure if anyone has settled on the snow accumulation. 

The kids and I are inside working throughout the house. There is much to be tended to today. I am thankful for my helpers.

The week will be filled with checking off lists of things we must take care of. There will be new lists along the way. 

Randy is down at the plant. Demo crews are preparing to move the roof and sort through debris from the demolition of Tuesday evening.

Tuesday's explosion aftermath looked like this.

However, after demolition crews went to work, 
we ended up with this:


Although we do not understand why the demo crew ripped the building apart, we must accept it. We know God is in the details.

Friday we were going over our options . . .
praying for God's divine direction.
There is much to be done . . .
we are thankful for friends and business associates that have come along side us to pick up the pieces.

Please continue to pray for us in the days, weeks and months ahead. Randy and I desire to glorify God throughout this storm.

Please pray for our children too.
They are doing well, but seeing the damage to our building was hard for them. They are looking to us for assurance that all will be o.k. and it is the perfect time for them to see God's greatness.
Nothing is too big or too small for God!




Saturday, March 23, 2013

Our Baby is SEVEN

This past week I was tidying up my Facebook and found this precious video of Cody . . . three years ago. He was saying his first memorized Memory Verse for Mrs. J's class at Preschool.
  He was so little then!

Today our youngest Celebrated his 7th Birthday.
This household has had little ones for quite some time . . .
we haven't had anyone turn seven without a sibling or two younger.
I believe we have reached a milestone in our home.

Katelyn decorated the table for Cody's little party.


Favorite Cup Cake Flavors - 
Chocolate Marshmallow and Orange Cream


Monkey for a Monkey

Six Candles

Breakfast Casserole - Cody's dinner of choice

Lego

Birthday Boy

He couldn't wait to open his presents.

It didn't take him long to get moving on his new creation.

In true Price Family fashion . . .

Cody . . .

* Is very dramatic.
* Can be a perfectionist - when he wants to be
* Loves to read
* Is obsessed with Tic Tacs
* Screams like a little girl!
* Always tries to keep up with his older brothers
* Is truly a blessing to our family!

Our family would be incomplete without him.

Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!
Cody loves to help COOK - 
just like in the Chopped Kitchen!

Cody is growing up too fast!

Cody Alexander, we LOVE You!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Continuing to Praise God in this Storm

The past four days have been a devastating journey for our family. As many of you know, Randy and I own our own business for over 16 years now. We supply companies all over the world with various products. Tuesday, our company suffered an explosion at our factory. Our world had literally been rocked to devastation.

Without going into too much detail, Randy and I are in the midst of the hardest test we have ever endured. 

Family, Friends, Business Associates, Clients and Community have covered us in Prayer. We are completely overwhelmed by the compassion, love, prayers and encouragement we have received.

Our journey is far from over . . .
there are many decisions and plans to be made in the 
next days, weeks and months. 

Through this trial, we have witnessed the Hand of God . . .
  • Although three employees and a contractor were injured, they will all recover fully.
  • A large piece of equipment was protected as the roof was torn off of our building . . . a carefully placed concrete TeePee surrounded it.
The past few days have been quite overwhelming.
However, this morning my alarm sounded and then I turned on the radio. The song "Blessings" by Laura Story was playing - click on Blessings to hear the song with lyrics.


We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights 
Are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights 
Are what it takes to know You're near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights 
Are what it takes to know You're near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise


After listening to Blessings . . .
the song "Whom Shall I Fear" by Chris Tomlin began playing.
For the song video, please click Whom Shall I fear.


You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light

Whom shall I fear

You crush the enemy
Underneath my feet
You are my sword and shield
Though troubles linger still

Whom shall I fear

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side.

The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side.

My strength is in Your name
For You alone can save
You will deliver me
Yours is the victory

Whom shall I fear
Whom shall I fear

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind me
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side.

The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side.

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I'm holding on to Your promises

You are faithful
You are faithful
You are faithful

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind me
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The God of angel armies
is always by my side

Whom shall I Fear played again on my way to the office. God was certainly reassuring me this morning. 
I quickly shared with Randy . . .
we were both extremely moved.

We continue to Praise God in THIS Storm!
Click the link . . .


Praise You In This Storm"

I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

[Chorus:]
And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to you
And you raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

[Chorus]

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

Monday, March 18, 2013

Mental Health

Our weekend finished without a hitch . . . to which we are thankful! Thank you for all who prayed and encouraged us!

This afternoon Randy decided he needed to have a face to face with his parents. They were both o.k. today and Randy thought it was a good time to confront the situation with his Dad. The subject of the "pretend stroke"yesterday came up right away. Randy told his dad that he knew he was acting and was not having any problems as far as strokes or heart attacks. He told his dad that he had stood up for him for years concerning the "attacks" ~ they had been occurring for years. The last long hospital stay he had proved Paul was not exactly honest about what was going on and actually showed the episodes were fake. Finally, Randy asked him point blank if he was making up these episodes and Paul answered "Yes." The first time in over 30 years Paul has admitted what he had been doing.

Randy told his Mom that she does not always know what is going on and her brain is not functioning normally. He told her that he were trying to get both of them into an appointment with someone that would test their mental capacities and diagnose what is going on with each of them so he and the family would know what to do.

Randy also let them know that everything that has gone on this past month cannot continue. He told his Mom that he understands she has a disease that is causing her brain to malfunction. However, it is a different story with his dad. Paul is manipulating Randy and family by pretending to be ill. Paul is "stirring the pot" so to speak and it isn't helping Randy's Mom's illness at all, but simply adds fuel to those days when his Mom's brain 
is in a state of rage.

Although today they understood everything that was said, we know it is only a matter of time before it all begins again.

 Randy and I talked before dinner tonight . . .
Randy's Dad has been having "episodes" for more than 30 years.
Could they all have been to manipulate those around him?
Randy said tonight . . . "I believed and stood up for him all these years and he was just playing me. My Dad has had mental problems for a long, long time."

Although we are relieved that Paul doesn't have dementia ~ we are saddened that he has mental health issues. It is disheartening to know he pretends to be extremely ill - to the extent that he wants to be in the hospital. The lady that was caring for them yesterday literally thought Paul was having a stroke. 

These past few months have been eye opening . . . 



Sunday, March 17, 2013

Helplessness?

Just when you are "enjoying" the calmness, the other shoe drops and the chaos begins again.

You immediately cringe when the telephone rings . . .
but you know you have to answer it, so you do.

You are silent as you listen to the voice on the other
end of the telephone.

There is a feeling of helplessness . . .
knowing you can not fix it, you cannot make it all better.

There is a feeling of dread . . .
what is going to happen this time?

How are you going to make it through?

As you head out the door you take a deep breath . . .
you get into the car and pause with your head down.

Dear God, Please help me through.
I have no idea how to help them understand.
Please intervene.

The drive is quiet but your mind is racing . . .
they were always the ones that took care of you . . .
time and years have changed it all . . .
now, roles have reversed.
Age and disease have changed them . . .
and now we must adapt.

Time . . .
it goes so slowly some days for them . . .
other days they are completely lost within it.

This is our new normal . . .
loving and caring for them as they slip farther away.
Trying not to focus on the negative . . .
trying to remember it isn't drama, but a disease . . .
a horrible disease that is taking them away.

How do we accept it?
How do we cope?
Only through Prayer, the Love of Others
and God's Grace.





Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Redecorating Office Spaces

Randy wanted a little something different in his office. He didn't want the same ol' thing, so we changed it up a bit. New paint, decor and furnishings . . . definitely not the same ol' thing!






BTW . . .
He LOVES it!



My New Office

Today was another busy day! Plenty for everyone to do . . . I thought this week would be a bit lighter on the To Do list, but so far that is not the case.

I did get a few more items put away in my office . . .
so far . . .

a New book graces my desk

a peek to the end of my office  . . .
the internet connection line is running across the floor ~ tomorrow the computer wiring guy will be in to put in my new phone AND will run the computer server line.
I have blinds in boxes and a beautiful clock . . .
awaiting someone to put them up for me . . .
the walls are concrete.

My desk and computer desk.


I am loving it!

Monday, March 11, 2013

ORTHO VISIT

Our day began ultra early this morning . . .
we had a 7:45 a.m. Orthodontic appointment for FIVE.

We decided to try a new orthodontist with our boys approaching the braces wearing age . . . it is confirmed . . .
all four boys need braces and EJ may need a palate spreader before braces. We will know more in a few weeks.

Katelyn had an appointment as well. She is having some TMJ problems and we wanted a second opinion on her bite.
She will undergo a STUDY next week to see what can be done for her open bite and TMJ. EJ will also be undergoing a STUDY for his palate and teeth placement as his palate is narrow, Dr. wants to have a STUDY done to see what exactly should be done for EJ.
Ryan is still working on losing his baby teeth and is 6 months to a year out on braces. Cameron doesn't have to go back for a year and will be re-evaluated then to see how his mouth has changed. Cody will head back in to see the doc in 6 months and will also be re-evaluated to see what is needed then. Apparently, my three youngest have too big of teeth for their mouths. 
(It is hard to fathom, isn't it?) lol

In true MOM fashion I snapped a few pictures of our morning.
Here are a few photos . . .


Ryan


Cameron

The boys playing wii at the ortho office.

EJ's turn

Cody

They all did really well . . . 
Even Katelyn . . . although I didn't take her photo!



Sunday, March 10, 2013

a Rainy Sunday

The rain continues today . . .
but I don't mind.

Today has been busy with "finding" my desk at home.
If your home is like mine there is a place that seems to catch everything no one wants to put away. In our home, it is my desk.
Today I FOUND my desk again.
Whew . . . that looks better.

I also paid the bills, reconciled the checkbook and other accounts.
I downloaded the paperwork we need for tomorrow's Ortho appointment . . . we decided to get a few second opinions on the state of our children's teeth . . .
ALL FIVE will have a consultation tomorrow morning . . .
going to be a LONG one!

The boys have been argumentative with one another all day.
They definitely need a nap today!
Daddy is on DAD duty and all four are with him.

I look forward to a much easier week . . .
last week was certainly a busy one.




Friday, March 8, 2013

Catching Up . . . this is a LONG one

Shamie Naughtie . . . Emma was grumpy with Seeley Booth tonight. She literally chased him through the main floor all the time giving him the "What for" sternly. Seeley Booth wasn't taking any chances that Emma, our 20 lb Lhasa Apso could be just teasing him . . . he took off as quick as he could and retreated to his crate.  Emma . . . well, she doesn't mess around with bones . . . they are serious business to her and Seeley got a little too close. 
While Emma was chasing Seeley Booth our littlest Princess snagged BOTH bones . . .

~~~~~

I am VERY glad Friday night is here!
This week was a tough one . . .
we redecorated Randy's old office at work AND
moved our school to our main building.
Whew . . .
am I glad the bulk of that is over!
My body thinks I am crazy . . .

~~~~~

The Roller Coaster of Learning to Care for Aging Parents continues on. Just when I thought we managed to get through the week without an incident, I learned of the ALL DAY rage 
Randy's Mom had been in. 

I called Randy when I was on my way home and he caught me up on the horrific day he, his sister and our niece had gone through.
Apparently, one little sentence set off a chain of rage that lasted through the entire day. 

Needless to say, much prayer is needed . . .
much hurt was inflicted . . .
accusations . . .
denial . . .
personal attacks . . .

The comment was made . . . she didn't sound like "Grandma", she was totally different person. Such rage.

Then, this evening just like a switch was flipped . . .
the rage was over and there was clear conversation through a telephone call . . . just like nothing ever happened.

The words cut deep today . . .
damage was inflicted savagely.
She won't remember the day . . .
sadly, her children and grandchild will. 

~~~~~

The announcement has been made publicly . . .
now it is my turn . . .

Randy and I are going to be a Great Uncle and Great Aunt again in August, 2013. Melissa and Josh announced tonight baby #4 was on the way! Randy and I are thrilled for them and can't wait to see the newest addition to the family!
Congratulations!!!

~~~~~

It has been roughly 12 1/2 years since Randy and I received our Foster care license . . . this past week we closed the book on this part of our lives and signed the surrender of our license.
We had been thinking and praying about keeping it open for months and months now . . . although it was an extremely hard decision, we have peace it was the right decision for us at this time. 
We are thankful for the many faces, those who helped us along the way and for the beautiful children that God added to our home!
I am also thankful for the grace, peace and mercy God provided along the way.

~~~~~

Kirk Cameron posted this today:
Click HERE
Seven things to pray for your children.

~~~~~

Please continue to pray for the Leuthold children . . . 
their Mom was fatally shot on February 14, 2013 and this past week their Dad was arrested for the murder.
Please pray for their families as they endure what has happened and to have peace and grace to endure what is to come.

~~~~~



Please click the link - Watch on YouTube in the middle of the black box . . . 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Crazy Week

My week has been crazy and even crazier things have happened ~

  • My Birkenstock sandals . . .my very favorite ones ~ toe strap broke - yes I still wear my sandals in the winter, Unless the snow is bad, the ice is thick or it is below 30 degrees. They did last me three plus years.
  • Our Thinking Putty came in . . . EJ made this Crazy, Creepy Creature

  • I already wrote about sewing Ryan's undies to his blue jeans . . still cracks me up.
  • I was locked out of my new office today . . . two doors worth of locked out.
  • I realized that one or more of my boys squeeze the toothpaste in the middle instead of roll it from the end!!!
  • New chair for my new office . . . only to find it is too short for my desk . . . grrrrrr, I feel like a Smurf!
  • Cleaning out the kids' desks at school was . . . ahem . . . interesting, for lack of a better term. It is amazing what you just might find in them.
  • While stopped at a stop light a car pulled up next to me on the left . . . it was a two lane street . . . the car was going the wrong way. The driver was simply UNAWARE.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

BUSY

Busyness . . .

These past several days we have been busy, busy, busy. Our days run into nights  . . . the night . . . well, there doesn't seem to be enough of it! Family, School, Business . . .  all keep us hopping. 

We are making some big changes for our classroom. Our building we were using is being transformed into retail for our business. We had ran over in our minds where to move our little school to allow for the retail expansion many times. A few weeks ago, Mrs. P's husband had a suggestion . . . and it was a FABULOUS one!

Randy had an office upstairs of our main office building that he hasn't used in a few years. Behind that office is a very large room that had rows and rows of chairs that had been used as a meeting room for our city. I was thrilled at the prospect! This week has been devoted to our changing things up. My office is looking pretty good . . . the furniture has arrived and is in place. The school desks and chairs are in the school room all ready and waiting. Tomorrow, while the kids are on a field trip, we will be moving the contents of our classroom to our new BIGGER classroom. There will be a lot of work to be done the next two days. Although the school room will not be exactly like we want it for the next few weeks, it will be wonderful. Once all is together, I will definitely take pictures and post them.

Here are a few photos of Beckett's new Suitcase bed for my office.
Mia tried out the new suitcase bed.

Beckett tried it out too, but wasn't thrilled.

Time for bed . . .
g'night

Friday, March 1, 2013

Roles We Assume as They Age

The learning continues on how to care for elderly parents/grandparents as they age and are faced with the cruelness of mental instability. Although formal diagnosis has not been given, research leads us to the term Dementia. 

The disease begins gradually . . .
and worsens with time.

* the same question is asked over and over ~ they don't realize they have asked it time and again.

* there is disorientation as if they are in an unfamiliar place

* time disorientation

* appointments are forgotten

* mood swings are frequent

* things get "lost"

Then there are the accusations toward others . . .

* I am not at fault . . . everyone else is making my life difficult

* Family is doing things behind my back

* denial of outbursts

* loss of initiative

* denial of forgetfulness

* aggression, depression, paranoia

* hoarding

The list goes on and on.

Each and every week, something "happens" due to Dementia.

The claim that something was said or done against them . . .
In their eyes everyone is plotting and lying.
The words . . . "I am not stupid" are said frequently.

Things that were a VERY important part of their day . . .
have been discontinued and there is no longer interest in it.

As the Son, Daughter and Grandchildren, watching them age is heart wrenching. Keeping them happy . . . almost impossible.
Doing what is right for them has always been the focus, but
how does the focus remain when they fight you every step of the way? Their well being has always been first in each and every decision that had to be made. Yet, they cannot see that.

This all reminds me of being a child and fussing with my Mom or Dad because I want what I want. No, things didn't seem fair to me at the time . . . However, now I see things from another perspective . . . the parenting perspective and I know the choices my parents made were for my well being. 

The roles have reversed between Randy and his parents.
He has taken on the role of making sure the right decisions are made for his parents. It has become so much to handle . . . 
even with the assistance of Randy's Sister, Niece and Nephew.
We are truly thankful for them.


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