Tuesday (continued)

“Ooooo! Check out my fancy shoes!

“An my fancy hair!”
“My Aunt, Uncle and cousins are visiting from Austin, Texas! They just arrived this evening! I’m so happy to see them!”

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
(2 Corinthians 13:14)


Nora and I were watching Creflo Dollar on TV this morning. He was talking about putting yourself in the position to receive the gift of God’s blessings. This baby took that literally and reached out to grab her some blessings, amen! She knows what she wants!
Besides blessings, she always wants love and attention from her big sister!
* Yes, Nora often sleeps in her clothes, yes, that’s the same outfit from yesterday.

A baff solves everything!
“Sister can hardly hold me anymore I’m getting so stinkin big!!”
“Here’s me in my pretty dress from Auntie Jo!”
I took Nora to get her second shot today all by myself. She did wonderful in the car without anyone back there to entertain her. Although I’m pretty sure her entourage of angels made themselves known!

After the shot she cried for the typical 5 minutes as she did the day before. 😢
Mommy rescued her up off of the crinkly papered table and held her close. We rocked and sang those sad tears away and then she told me all about it.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
(2 Corinthians 1:3-7)


“Good moooorning!”
“Looks like it’s baff time already!”
“My sweet feet were filthy with kisses!”
It was the last day of shots. All said and done, I am SO GLAD we opted to take that route. Of course I hated to see Nora cry like that, but she got extra loves and kisses. It was way better than torturing her for hours trying to get her to swallow something she obviously hates. Before she knew it we were right back home again and all was right with her world!
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
(Matthew 28:19 NIV)


Nornor woke up sweet this morning, but gradually dwindled into a state of persistent fussiness. Her follow-up appointment to check on her ears went well. From what Dr. B could see of her ears they did not appear to be inflamed at all. We’re guessing that her fussiness is on account of her painfully swollen bottom gums. There are definitely teeth on their way through there!
Earlier this morning we made it to the mailbox before Nora started vehemently protesting. Apparently a walk was not on her itinerary and I did not get the edited version. We rushed back home just in time for baff time. She has been very interested in the bubbles lately!
“Deez are kinda neat!!!”
“Where’d all doze bubbles go??”
Our attentions were briefly drawn to a traveling box turtle that happened through the yard. He was very bold and curious, no stranger to humans.
Gavin, Greta and the cousins watched inquisitively as he devoured the strawberry and grapes we jacked from Kelly’s shelf in the refrigerator! 😮
“Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom! Thanks, Kelly!!”


It was a magnificently beautiful day today and I feel like I wasted much of it being tired and worried. My anxieties are always amplified and exacerbated by lack of sleep. I’m relieved that it is probably teething related fussiness, but the evil poison of, “What if it’s something else?” seeped in under the door and choked the joy out of my day. I just want her to be happy all the time and when she’s not, I worry. I REALLY REALLY need to refocus my trust in God and to remind myself of each and every time He’s revealed Himself through every trial we’ve ever been through. I’m praying for a little girl who just had brain surgery and then here I am fretting about teething grumbles??!!?? Really??!!?? I definitely need more sleep.

The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.
(Psalm 116:6, 7 NIV)

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
(Matthew 11:28-29)

Later that evening…

Happy Baby actually made an appearance!!

She soon became Tired Baby and drifted off to sleep for the night around 8:45.

Meanwhile outside, it turns out we have quite a few sidewalk artists staying under our roof! The cousins are having so much fun together. It’s so sweet to watch them all play together!







Real pretty Nornor hung out with her Kelly for the evening while the rest of us went to a surprise birthday party for a friend of ours. I was busy taking pictures on the big camera and neglected to take any with my phone, unfortunately! But we did see the THREE birds on the way there! It was so so nice to see friends that we hadn’t seen in a very long time, and the sketchy weather even held out for us!
Wardrobe change!
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”
– C.S. Lewis


Greta had a very busy weekend! Friday night she lost the remaining top front tooth just before bed time. The tooth fairy brought a $2 bill and left a sweet note. She even left a picture of herself with (get this!!!) … 3 birds!!!

Sunday we met up with Greta’s cousins Gracie, Keira and Aunt Sarah at a mall. Sarah and I decided right there and then that the girls were old enough now to get their ears pierced!!!! 😉 Kelly came with us and went first to exemplify expert bravery.

Both girls did awesome!!
Aren’t they beautiful??!!

Norns was happy to see us when we got home. She’d had a nice afternoon with her Dad and her brudder!

Here is a video that WordPress and/or YouTube will no longer allow me to embed: Nora Fixing Her Hair

She’s a kicky little gal!
The evening came to a close and Nora made her rounds to say goodnight to her people.

“G’night, brudder! I love you!”
“G’night, sister! I love you!

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
(Psalm 4:8 NIV)


We had a nice morning walk all the way to the top end of the neighborhood. How DARE Mommy stop to take pictures??!!

“Go, Mommy!!!! Go!!!!”
Brudder and Sister were awake when we got home. Lots of sweet cuddling and rolling around ensued. This baby loves her little people! It’s as if she knows she’s one of them!
And then it was baff time!

“Oh, hi! I’m in da baffs!”
“I’m a little bit stinky…”
“…and a whole lot of silly-sweet!”
Nora had an ENT appointment this afternoon to check in on her little tiny ear canals. We’d made the appointment back when her fevers were happening, but we were not able to be seen until now. We almost canceled a couple days before, but figured it wouldn’t hurt to have her ears looked at even if (in our opinion) there was no longer anything going on. Well, turns out we were once again in the right place at the right time! Much to our surprise, Nora’s ears both had fluid and inflammation inside! The anatomy of her ears are especially prone to infection. It is almost certain that her previous fevers were ear related. The doctor cleaned out some gunk and vacuumed out some fluid. She definitely seems to be responding more alertly to sounds and has been squealing more! Poor thing!!!

She was absolutely worn out after all of that chaos!
So now what? We were sent home with a prescription for an antibiotic (omnicef) that we are to give her once a day. This, however, has proven to be no easy task. Her largest medicine dosage is 1.1 mL, the other is .3 mL. The antibiotic dosage measures in at a hefty 4.5 mL. That is a LOT of volume to expect to get into a gaggy baby’s belly, especially when it is flavored with an intense strawberry syrup that literally smells up the room when the lid is off. There was no disguising that stuff in her milks so William went back up to the pharmacy to see about an unflavored option. In the future we will need to go to a compounding pharmacy, but the pharmacist was able to rig something up for us. Something that instead of thermonuclear strawberry now smelled like motor oil. 😁 With extraordinary painstaking care and utmost concentration William and our night nurse administered the 4.5 mL to her in teeny tiny little increments over the course of an hour and a half. Barnum & Bailey had NOTHING on the distraction efforts. “You got trapeze artists and flaming motorcycles on tightropes? Well we’ve got a spinning rattle wheel and a nubby worm friend that lights up!!! Bam!!!”

“Um… I think you’re all trying to pull something over on me, so I’m just going to go on ahead and puke this all up then.”
“I know what you people are up to!!! I’m watching you!!!”

All efforts were futile. She puked it right back up.


We traded emails with Dr. B. this morning to try and figure out what our other options were as far as the antibiotic was concerned. Our choices were a higher concentration which would mean less volume or a series of three shots. We weighed our pros and cons and eventually concluded that 3 days of quick pain were way better than 10 days of long drawn out gagging sessions. Three separate trips to the pediatrician’s office sounded like an all inclusive dream vacation!

“Um wait a minute here. What?”
Nornor has been in great spirits considering the state of her sweet ears. She’s eating fine, and she’s happy!
She had a quick walk this morning, a nice baff….
… and watched Phineas & Ferb with her big sister.
We just got back from the first of three shots and she tolerated it quite well! She cried for about 5 minutes and then quickly forgave everyone. She’s been in a great mood since! Poor sweet little thing!!!

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
(Matthew 6:14 NIV)

Fourth of July

The evening of William’s birthday he wanted to take Nora on a run accompanied by Gavin on his bike. As Greta and I were seeing them off from the driveway THREE of the many chimney swifts that live in our chimney swooped down low almost right in front of Nora in her stroller. We were at first surprised that birds had come so close, but then realized there were THREE of them and it made perfect sense! We can hear the birds chittering and chattering through the fireplace at night, which means they can probably hear us too. They must know that a really special, sweet, sweet baby lives here!

I worked on the yard a little bit while the boys n’ baby were gone and the trio of birds continued to circle around together.

Also while they were gone I received great news from Nora’s nutritionist:
I try to remind myself daily what a huge huge miracle it is that Nora eats on her own! My eyes well up with tears of gratitude when people are surprised at how chunky and healthy she looks! And now to hear that she’s actually above 10th percentile is just crazy awesome!! She has come such a long way from the tiny little “chicken wing” we brought home – and all on her own!

We’ve had some setbacks with solid foods recently, perhaps because of the gritty antibiotic she had been on during her fevers–that’s the only thing we can think of. She absolutely HATED that stuff! Developmentally it is awesome that she can correlate the sight of her spoon with feedings, but not good from a nutritional standpoint. She starts gagging as soon as she sees the spoon nearing her lips! She’s a very smart girl! In the mean time we are giving her oral stimulation by massaging around her cheeks and lips and letting her play with the spoon without food on it. We’re also hoping that by bringing her to the dinner table with us that she will become familiar with new smells and sights associated with eating.


Nora’s sweet little hand strokes my arm while she drinks her milkies. Makes me want to melt!
Nora is the first one everyone comes to see when they wake up. She loves being loved!!!
She got her morning walk and her morning baff…

… and then Gavin and I headed off to drum lessons. After that we paid a visit to William at work where we found some discarded sign parts in the scrap lot. We ventured off to go do something with them:
We could create our own episodes of Sesame Street over here! “This blog post was brought to you by the letter H!”

I bought William a pile of mulch for his birthday. (I know! REALLY EXCITING!! Right??) When Gavin and I arrived back home I saw that it had been delivered! I couldn’t exactly expect WILLIAM to do the dirty work of spreading it, otherwise that would have been a horrible gift! So Gavin and I rolled up our sleeves, got out the wheel barrow, a pitch fork and went to work! Gavin petered out mid-pile claiming that it was “half time”. His reassurances that he would be right back out never came to fruition and half time became “game over”! He did help a ton and I was able to finish off the rest by myself. William arrived home a few hours later to a beautiful yard and a bedraggled housewife! He would have “loved” to stay and help 😜 but he and Gavin had a Reds game to get to!

Thursday – 4th of July!

“HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, EVERYONE!!!” says our sweet little sparkler!
We had a nice relaxing morning! Nornor slept in till almost 8:00 after a very good night!
She got a big scoop of brudderly love when she woke up!

“Is… Is… Is dat my BRUDDER!!!???!!??!!!”
Papa stopped by to collect the big kids to partake in early celebratory festivities that involved swimming. I love this picture that Uncle Joe sent:
Looks like Gavin just fell out of the sky, no big deal!

Meanwhile back at home, I was standing at the sink washing bottles and I see these THREE peeking up from the window sill. Three birds on the inside sill and three on the outside! Their melody was pure and true, “Every little thing’s gonna be all right!” 😊
Later on in the afternoon William and I met up with everyone else. This year I was able to squeeze into my Mom’s authentic retro red white and blue bell bottoms that she wore back in the 60s! They’re slightly short on me, but there very well could have been a flood with all this rain we got. So they were perfect!

(Oh! I just happened to be walking through!)
We searched high and low for a picture of my Mom wearing the same pants back in the day, but we were unsuccessful. We weren’t sure if any exist, in which case we’ll need to hop in the Delorian with cameras in tow. We did find a few other fun pictures of my Mom (on left) from that era:

I used to ride to preschool in this car!
Turns out my Uncle G was ALSO a proud owner of this particular style and pattern! It was quickly mentioned that my Mom and her brother did NOT ever coordinate outfits!! Not even on the Fourth of July?!?

Me posing with the original owner!
Lots of good food with lots of good company!

And of course lots of good games! Slam DUNK!
Thumbs up for fashion!
Gavin is such a trend setter. Ferragamos? Hardly. Try FischePöndé.
Speed Pitch Champions

Despite the dour weather we had a wonderful time with the peoples we love!!

Saying goodnight to the big kids who spent the night at Nana & Papa’s house!
We hope you all had a safe and happy 4th! 🗽🇺🇸💥

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
(2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV)

Happy Birthday, William!


Over the river and through the woods…
… we went to celebrate Sarah’s and William’s birthdays! (Sarah is continuing to feel better!)
There were LOTS of candle blowers on hand just incase Sarah and William couldn’t handle it all by themselves.
And another real sweet one on standby with her Kelly!
We had a great time together, as we always do, and a delicious brunch too!

William and the big kids stayed behind to go swimming with Nana & Papa and Kelly and I brought Nora back home to the comfort of the familiar living room. She was a real good girl for the car ride home!

That evening after Papa brought everyone home my Hubzbind and I enjoyed a long walk together. We really need to make a point to do that more often! 😊

And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
(2 John 1:6 NIV)


Sweet morning pictures ~



I packed everyone up for a ride to the sign company. Gavin wanted to earn some money and Greta was going to hang out with Meemee for the day. We made it there okay without incident, but Nora was starting to get fussy as I was getting ready to return home. There was no longer a brudder or a sister in the back seat to talk sweetly to her or to distract her with a toy. I could only do so much with the hand that wasn’t being used to steer the car! Eventually her cry went into full alert siren mode and I was forced to exit the highway. We were two exits away from home, but try explaining that to a baby! Fortunately I had the foresight to bring a bottle along and that quickly restored Nora’s hope in mankind motherkind. Here she’d been crying so hard for almost an entire mile and she thought no one loved her anymore!!! It was all so so sad and she needed to have her tears kissed away and her sweet fuzzy hair sniffed while she drank some milks. Love and milkies are all she wanted. After that we were back on our way again without so much as a whimper!


“Wh… ? Wait a minute… What time is it?”
“It’s Dad’s birfday time!”
Happy Birfday, Dada!!”
“I’m going to get cleaned up for Daddy’s party this evening… Because I’m FILTHY!!”
“I have to get Dad’s card signed here…”
“… An write a little something sweet to him…”
“I sure do love my Daddy!! Happy birthday, Daddy!!!!”

Rise up this mornin’,
Smile with the risin’ sun,
Three little birds
Each by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin’, (“This is my message to you-ou-ou: “)

Singin’: “Don’t worry ’bout a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.”
Singin’: “Don’t worry (don’t worry) ’bout a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right! ”