Saturday, June 20, 2015

We'll see you again

One week ago, we put Dillan to rest.

I know people usually say put to sleep, but for some reason, after having been through it, rest seems more appropriate. Rest implies peace and non-suffering. Anyone can sleep, but resting - that's rejuvenating. That's what Jesus offers to us. I told Dillan this. As we were waiting in a dimmed patient room at the vets on a soft blanket and I told Dillan he was going to meet God. But he probably already knew this. I told Dillan that Jesus is one day bringing back a new earth and that earth would not have cancer. No disease. No pain. But I think he already knew that too. He was ready.

It's probably silly, I mean, he's just a dog. But my soul needed to hear this truth. That the world is waiting to become new - to become what it always was meant to be. And that dogs exist there.

Little (big) Dillan. You are missed. Tater boof I think about you every morning when I don't have a dog to let out. Picodill I think about you every day when I open the door and you're not there to great us. Dragon Puppy I think about you every time we drop food on the floor and then have to clean it up ourselves. Deer Dog you'll never be replaced. Thanks for 3 really good years.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

2 Years Old!

Gavin has been 2 years old for over a week! Our boy is so grown up.  Here are some photos from our weekend celebration. 

On Friday he stayed home from daycare with Mama and baby sister. We had his 2 year doctor appointment, lunch and cake with Dad, and play time with church friends! by the way, if the nurse asks you to hold him down when she's prepping your child for a shot, just tickle them. Gavin had no idea what happened. When we got home I distracted him with watching Wall-e while I pulled out his presents, balloons, and baked a pizza :)

On Saturday we slept in and then headed up to the train museum in Boling Green.  It was not very kid-friendly, but Gavin enjoyed the trains that kept passing on the other side of the fence and liked sitting in the drivers seats.

Gavin's favorites at 2 years old:

Favorite songs: ABC's, Twinkle Star, Bible (Jesus loves me), and whatever words Dad and I have made up for the KeyKey House (Mickey Mouse) theme song.

Favorite Shows: Wall-e, anything Mickey Mouse, Chuggington, Thomas the Train

Favorite Foods: Pizza, Sweet Potato Fries - or any fries, all fruit - especially berries, yogurt, cheese toast (grilled cheese), and Faffles (waffles).

Wears: size 2T and size 6 shoe

Favorite Toys: Blocks, ALL of his Thomas Trains, Wall-e and Eve plushies

Favorite Books: Dragons Love Tacos, Just One More, Giant Machines, Llama Llama Red Pajama

Favorite color: He will say blue

Can: Count to 13, build tall towers, run fast!, name all (well ya know) his colors, say please and thank you without much reminding from parents!

Mama and Dada are so proud of you little man! You are the best 2 year old boy we could hope for. We love you so much!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Dillan : An Update

One week ago Dillan went in for his follow up exam. The vet asked if we were interested in chemo - we aren't - so we talked about how to keep him comfortable for the next few weeks.

She put him on a steroid pill and recommended getting some wet food that would be easier to digest.  The steroid pills are meant to help with swelling and pain and they have made a huge difference. Dillan is eating, the edema in his legs is gone, and the lymph nodes on his neck have shrunk quite a bit. he even tried to run in the backyard the other day - only to realize that after he took about 5 gallops that he can't go anymore. Which is heartbreaking, but at least he's feeling well enough to try it.

The whole situation is heartbreaking. The medicine makes it seem like he's getting better - but he's not. Last Tuesday the vet said he has a few weeks. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers after last weeks post. He's a special puppy. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

A Himmeli Inspired Mobile

I love making items for my babies. When I saw this post on the Oh Joy! blog many months ago, I pinned it, knowing that something like this would be so beautiful as a baby mobile. 

I found the paper fans in JoAnn's along with the bells and bought the paper straws at Target. 

red straws
red rosettes
silver rosettes
silver bells (here them ring...)

There are a lot of paper online resources for additional colors and patterns if the stores don't have what you're looking for. Pro tip though - the mini silver rosettes from Joann's come with tiny clothespins that are perfect for assembling the mobiles.

I wasn't sure exactly what I would end up making, so I used all the images over on Oh Joy! as inspiration and just went from there. The pdf is really easy to follow and gives far better images and instructions than I could ever hope to try and give.  

I then screwed some eye hooks into the ceiling above Holland's crib. Or should I say, the husband screwed some eye hooks above Holland's crib while moved his elbow to exactly where I thought the drill bit should go. Teamwork. 

I love how they turned out and Holland loves them as well.  I just give them a little push and she's in a trance. Baby hypnosis. I am thinking of adding one more.  Holland's room theme is supposed to be kind of French with creamy walls and red, baby blue, and gray accents so I'm thinking of finding some baby blue to contrast all the red. I'd love to give you all a tour of her nursery as soon as I get figured out where a painting is going.


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