While many of those who check in here are experiencing winter, we are enjoying our own change of pace with the weather. We have had a number of overcast days with highs in the 60s. That is fall for us (and sort of winter too!) but we all enjoy the change of season, and would really enjoy some rain added in. Nothing in the forcast for the next 10 days, but we so desperately need it. Enough about the weather! These photos go back to the end of October. It has been another busy stretch, with yet another medical issue to report on! Paul had knee surgery in early November. We anticipated a fairly quick recovery from all we had heard, but the weekend following the surgery, the pain in his calf was so bad that we ended up in urgent care. Unfortunately, they discovered a couple of blood clots as a result of the surgery. So much for a quick recovery!! He has been faithfully giving himself injections (no fun!!) twice a day for a little over a week and then also is on some oral medication. The clots left Paul unable to stand due to the pain for a number of days, and he ended up working from home for almost all of last week. However, we are so thankful that we had it checked out and that he is doing WAY better this weekend. We are also thankful that his knee seems fine. Though he hasn’t really been able to test it much due to the calf pain, he doesn’t seem to have much knee pain. The pictures can tell the rest of the story from the past few weeks!
And they do okay eating donuts from a string too! (I was pretty much with Lauren the whole time, so that is all I got photos of at the party!)
Thanks to Paul for planning, and Uncle Pete and Aunt Jodie for making it possible, Paul and I were able to sneak away for a night for my birthday. Pete and Jodie watched the kids for a night and we enjoyed a relaxing night of movies and games at a nearby hotel. I got to sleep in(!!) and then we took in the beautiful day with a walk along the beach.
Ziggy was pretty excited to find Lauren in the bath one night. He kept inching closer and closer to the water, and then we had to call it quits as Lauren was getting nervous he would join her in the tub. Incidently, we have already given Ziggy 2 baths (white fur with large areas of dirt in our back yard don’t mix well!), and he does remarkably well with them. Since it appears he may need them rather frequently, we are glad he cooperates with us!
We were volunteers at Children’s Hunger Fund with our homeschool group this past week. The kids LOVE going there and it is one of the only volunteer organizations that allows kids of all ages to volunteer. It is a perfect way to serve and do ministry together. They always tell us at the end how much work we’ve done and exactly where our things will end up. They really do a great job of making their volunteers feel useful, which makes it fun and rewarding. This time, we spent our two hours bagging dried fruit heading to Haiti and Guatemala. Lauren helped by putting stickers on the bags and also hauling the completed bags to their appropriate box. This is a fun picture of the dried fruit as it comes out of the bucket, which then needs to be bagged in 1-pound portions.