Sunday, August 3, 2014

Summer of Surprises...and second summer in a row to be MOVING

Yes. You read that right.
I am still sitting here in shock as I type this out, and I have known for a few weeks.  It's hard to believe we will soon be packing things up in our "dream home" in a town so special to us, and moving to the DFW area.  Chet has never lived a day of his life outside of West Texas, and this area has been home for my entire adult life and married life ... and all three of our kids were born here.  To say that this move is bittersweet is an understatement.  We are excited about Chet's new job (and hopefully more family friendly hours), but it was not something we were "seeking out", as he really liked his former job and employers, and we certainly love our life here in Lubbock.  The opportunity was a surprise, and after MUCH prayer, we feel like it is one Chet needs to pursue.  Here's to a huge adventure for our family!

My lack of blogging has nothing to do with me being lax about it.  It has been such an insane couple weeks, we are sleeping about 3-4 hours a night.  I don't even know where to start to recap some of what is going on.  In fact, tomorrow is Rose's 32 week birthday, and I am going to post her 31 week photos tonight. ;)  Oi.

Snapshots from this past week:

 31 weeks last Monday - just a joy through everything going on.  I do believe she is the most heaven-sent little person.  She is our little calm in every storm.
 The Allens invited us to come to the fire department on Wednesday.  Grey LOVED the trucks.  It was such a fun little moment in our week. 
 I snapped these photos while playing in the yard Tuesday.  No bows, nothing fancy, but I love them.  Simply the sweetest two girls I have ever known.  Sigh.

Now...for the next few photos:  I debated on even blogging any of this, but it is an important part of Grey's "life journal".  Grey has consistently passed out when she gets very upset or worked up since she was about 8 months old, and we have been told that it is likely to her strong-willed nature.  (Which we believe.  Trust me.  We believe. ;))
However, recently she has grabbed her chest and said, "OW OW OW", while gasping and wheezing after she jumps in the bouncehouse (or whenever she exerts a lot of energy).  We brought the issue up to her pediatrician at her 2 year well check last month, and were told it was due to her being a little out of shape.  Though I doubted her being out of shape (you must know Grey to know how much she never.sits.still. for even 4 minutes in an entire day), we accepted that and intentionally added more cardio to our days.  The problem continued, and it concerned Chet and I considerably.  I truly thought she may have asthma or a breathing issue, and never once thought of her heart...

I was at a Nerium party on Thursday for some friends, when we chatted afterwards about careers, etc.  Our children came up and I mentioned Grey's latest odd behavior.  I was strongly advised by the cardio team in the room to get her checked out if she kept passing out multiple times a day and grabbing her chest.  That Friday evening, she passed out again, so we decided to be "those parents" and take her to the E.R..  Grey's E.R. trip was the first one for our family, and pretty yucky and scary for all of us.
She had chest x-rays, an IV blood draw for labs, a catheter for urine labs and an EKG.  Daddy was a genius and brought a paci just in case she needed one, and it was the best idea ever.  She hadn't had a paci since January, so she was thrilled to get one.  Daddy was the brave one who stayed in the room for the not so much.  :'( 
We had a follow-up appointment with a pediatric cardiologist on Thursday where Grey had another EKG and an ECHO.  We learned that Grey's heart is healthy and that nothing urgent or serious is wrong!  PRAISING JESUS!!!! I have probably never prayed so fervently for something in my whole life. 
 They put Grey on a 24-hour heart monitor Thursday/Friday, so Grey slept on my lap on the couch Thursday night.  Sleep?  What sleep?  Haha! 
We will deliver the heart monitor data card to the clinic tomorrow morning so we can discuss the results in three weeks.  We really appreciate the thoroughness and care we are getting from her cardiologist.

Relief and praises.  PRAISES.
 Oh yeah, and amidst all that...we listed our house on Wednesday. :)
I just thought it was difficult to keep a house show-ready with one child last year.  Oh my goodness.  There has been a considerable amount of stress-eating for me.  Don't mention anything when you see me devour a 1/2 dozen Chick-Fil-A cookies by myself.  Okay?

 We had a garage sale two weekends ago, and another one yesterday with friends.  Both were not very good.  Oh well!  We were able to clear out and organize things!  I jokingly said that everyone should move once a year to stay de-cluttered and organized when we moved last year.  I need to keep my mouth shut ;).  lol.  Yesterday was the Nerium Family Day at the Park too, which was so fun!  BUSY DAY!

With all that has been going on, and Chet leaving for his new job tomorrow, we spent every moment of today as a family.  What a blessing it was. 
 Maxey Park fun!

Chet leaves for Houston at 2am tomorrow morning.  He will train there for the week before starting in DFW.  We are praying for a contract soon so that we can join Chet and the Dallas area as soon as possible.  We have been house shopping in several cities online.  We need a contract on this one before we can go up there and look/make an offer.

Lots of big things ahead...Praying for faith of a mustard seed right now.

"You don't have enough faith," Jesus told them. "I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible."  Matthew 17:20

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