Monday, May 30, 2011

Grandparents, stomach bug and Life Walk....random

So much has happened on one week! Last Tuesday Nick's parents, Ken and Mary, came to visit us here in Phoenix.  We had a great time! We went to the zoo, went to the pool a lot, and relaxed a lot.They stayed for 5 days and I count it a blessing that I have in laws who can stay in my house that long and when the day came for them to leave I honestly was not ready at all to see them go(although they may have been ready to go since we were spreading the stomach bug around the family the whole time they were here). God has been so gracious to have sent me help the two times that I have been sick while away from home. The first time was Mary Beth who came to my rescue early in our stay and now my in laws.

It all started with baby Drake. He welcomed Nana and PawPaw with barf on the table at lunch about an hour after they got here.  Then again at dinner. Next was me. I was at the pregnancy center where I volunteer on Thursdays and I am pretty embarassed to show my face there again this week. I was filing folders in the office when I started sweating and breathing pretty similiar to what I learned in childbirth class to keep myself from hurling all over the office.  I sat my folders on a desk and politely asked if I could go home. They did not ask questions.  Next was Mason. He was sleeping in our closet since he was nice enough to give Nana and PawPaw his room for the week. He threw up all over his bed on the floor and we then proceeded to make new beds next to each other on the bathroom floor. We took turns over the toilet. Nicholas (Mr. "sickness is all in your head" himself) was the final family member to go down.  When I am sick he tells me that it is all in my head and that if I think I am sick then I will be sick but if I get up and act like I am not sick that I will be fine.  After preaching this to me all of Thursday afternoon and night, he got to hear it from me all of Saturday. I am sure he enjoyed it :) Good news now is that we are all better and Nana and Paw Paw made it home safely and so far have avoided it themselves.

Switching gears. This year is the third year I have participated in the Annual LifeWalk for Loving Choices.  Most of you know that I have been volunteering there for a while and get to work one on one with the clients in the CARE center.  I had just about decided since I was so far away that I would not participate in the walk this year but I know deep inside that that is no excuse for me not to raise money for a ministry that I feel so strongly about.  So, whether you have helped support me in the years past or not, if you would like to help, please click on the link below and visit my fundraising page.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mason James

Anyone who has been around Mason for an extended amount of time knows he can be a pretty funny little boy. He is all about trains, planes, and racecars. Always has been.  Since we have been out here in Arizona he has had some pretty funny moments. Some of it I think has sprung from boredom which has forced him to get a little creative with his playtime. I am so grateful that I was chosen to be his mommy. Here's a few of his latest...

The first week we were here Mason did not realize that we were back in the same place where Spring Training is. After riding with me to take Nick to the field one day, it dawned on him. He said "Mommy we are back at Spring Training, does daddy need new skills?"

The sun comes straight through our back door in the mornings and I like to sit there and drink my coffee. The boys were already done eating and down playing.  After a few minutes Mason ran up and said "Mommy why is all you do relax all day?"  This comment came at about 7:30 am.

We have two bathrooms here in our rent house in Phoenix.  I do not allow the boys to play in the master bathroom (mostly because my razor is always in the shower and I dont want them getting a hold of it.)  Mason was having a fit to play in my bathroom one day and started to get really upset about it.  I asked him why he couldnt just play in his own bathroom and he explained to me that our bathroom was "the only place I can rock and roll." We have a roman tub with a wide ledge around it where he can stand and yank the curtain open and closed as he "rock n rolls."

He is currently only responding to the name Jeff Gordon. If we call him Mason he will politely remind us with a, you mean Jeff?

I love you sweet little boy :)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Timing is Everything

I took a while this morning to catch up on a couple of Keypoint's sermons on Miracles that I have missed since we have been gone.  I love being able to watch them online so in between my travels I dont feel like I've missed anything. In the service from Mother's day our pastor's wife helped deliver the message and a point that she made during the service really jumped out at me. She said "God is always on time even when I think He is late." 

Nick and I started talking about how true this has been in our lives.  Both in our situation now and in the past, there have been HUGE moments in our lives where we feel like we were looking down at our watches going, "Come on God, you really should have shown up by now." The truth is, He was probably looking at us, waving his hands in our faces saying "Hello! Right here dummies! Calm it down and trust in my plan." haha....ok, he probably didn't call us dummies, but maybe.

I remember when I found out I was pregnant with Mason. I was well overdue for a good wake up call but at the time I thought maybe a little slap in the wrist would have been more appropriate. Really God? A baby? Let's go agead and just change EVERYTHING about life as I knew it. The timing could not have been worse. I was up for another year on Pom at the U of A, Nick was due to be drafted. We had really important things to do. ha! Now I look at my life and just say "Wow, God really knew what he was doing there." What if I had not trusted in God's timing and took things into my own hands. I cannot even imagine life without my husband and two sons.  Like the song says- If God's grace is an ocean, we are all sinking. So true.

So in this life we call baseball an injury is always an unwelcomed guest in anyone's career.  After already going through elbow surgery in 2008 another one came along this year, we not only questioned God's timing but his plan for us.  Is this really what we are supposed to be doing? Is it worth the separation and the rehab and so on to keep chasing this? We thought man, what a crummy time for an injury.We really needed a good year this year. Again, God waving his hands in our faces. "Hey dummies, over here! My timing is so much better than your own." Never thought I'd say this, but this injury has been one of the most positive things that has ever happened to us as a family. (lets not tell Nick i said that) Just kidding, he would 100% agree with me.  There were a lot of things in our lives that needed to be tended to and God gave us an open door to walk through to get them taken care of.  Not just in our lives, but in Nick's career as well. I have never been so positive that he is going to do great things in baseball.  Thank you Jesus for this beautiful opportunity. 

Ok, so an update on him while Im at it. He started throwing the baseball again on Monday of this week and is pain free! Thank you Jesus for your own time, not ours.  We still have a long road ahead of us but we are trusting in God's plan for Nick and our family.  So for now, enjoying this time together before he goes back to play in just a few weeks.  I am so proud of my husband for never giving up and working so hard.

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