Thursday, October 28, 2010

Student of the Month

Rachel came home from school on Monday with the great news that she's Student of the Month! This morning was the assembly where she was presented her special folder filled with certificates and freebies inside. And during her lunch this morning she'll get pizza! She was so excited for today that she was up BEFORE 6:00am. She came into our room (cause we were still sleeping) and crawled into our bed. I touched her leg and she was already dressed! Had her bed made!! And even had her shoes on, but took them off to crawl into our bed. LOL. One things for sure, she'll be ready for bed tonight!

Monday, October 18, 2010

First School Project

Rachel came how about two weeks ago with her first big project of her school career!

In Science, they've been studying animals. So Rachel needed to choose an animal, fill out a sheet with a few questions and then do a diorama. Rachel came home so very excited about the project that she asked for days to start it! Rachel chose the Panda. She's always had a love for Pandas, so it was fitting that she chose to do her project on this particular animal. The project is due tomorrow.

A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

It's that time of year again, the time of year where we enjoy going to the pumpkin patch to look at the pumpkins, take part in the petting zoo, and take pictures with the pumpkins as my backdrop! This last weekend, we went to a different Pumpkin Patch than we've gone to in years past. This one was about an hours drive, but was well worth it! We loaded up a van of Mommies and daughters and we were off to Bates Nut Farm.

We had a great time exploring, looking at all the pumpkins that were in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The sun peeked through for a while when we were exploring the patch of pumpkins, which helped for some pretty pictures. The girls took a tractor pulled hay ride and had fun exploring the straw maze, which kept them busy for about an hour! They also came home with a nice sized pumpkin! One of things I liked about this particular place was that it offered a 'pumpkin package' that included all three of those things for a pretty good price. It was a great day! And we had fun with our friends and enjoyed exploring some place new!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

One Month

Today is October 17th. One month from today is Rachel's surgery.

One Month.

As I was thinking about the date and how surgery is only one month away this morning during worship at church, I couldn't help but have tears rise to the surface.

I know she'll be fine. I know the Lord will have His hand on her and all those who operate on her, the nurses, etc, etc. And I know our family and friends will cover her and us in prayers, but I can't get past how hard it's going to be to turn her over to the surgical nurse and watch her be rolled or walked away to surgery.

I think that's the hardest part of it all. The pre-op appointment is no sweat. The sitting through surgery I'm good. Even through the initial hours following surgery, I'm good. And the days of recovery, I'm good. It's the handing over of my child to a nurse and watching her be taken to surgery that I'm a mess. And Rachel can't see me that way, or she'll become scared or worried, or even upset herself.

Even writing this post, I'm in tears.

The single most hardest thing I have ever had to do as a mother is to watch my babies be whisked away to surgery. Both of my girls. Hannah had one surgery when she was four months old, and this will be Rachel's 5th.

Please be praying for me. Praying for strength to get through that time of driving to the hospital, checking in, helping her into her hospital gown, and ultimately standing there watching as Rachel is taken from us. If I can just get through all of that, I know I can make it the rest of the way...