Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Merry Christmas to Me!!


I love a bargain. I drool over a great deal. Just ask my mom or my sister how many times I've called them to tell them of my steals and deals. This is one that I just can't keep to myself.

Do yourself a favor and go here and print the coupon. Print a few. Print a lot! Then hit Target and fill your cart with free or nearly free goodies.

Tonight I took my little stack of coupons (they say one per transaction, but my cashier opted to ring them all in at once) and went to town! The coupon is for $3.00 off of 2 Huggies items. Here's what I bought: 8 packs of travel wipes (30-count, perfect for the diaper bag!!), 4 tubs of wipes, 2 bottles of baby wash/shampoo. Grand total???? C'mon, you want to know, don't you? $1.60!!! I also bought diapers, and they ended up being $7.00 a piece (which is good too, just not AS good).

The coupon is good til January 10. You can be sure that I'll be back to Target with more coupons before then.

******EDIT****** I forgot to add this: in addition to the Target coupon, I used a $.75 manufacturer's coupon for each Tub of wipes and a $1.00 for one of the bottles of baby wash. You can combine them! LOVE IT!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Homeschooling

I have nothing against homeschooling if it is done well. We will not be homeschooling Camden next year, but that's not to say we won't sometime in the future. Check out this video--I thought it was cute!

HT: Ken Fields

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

New Camera

Thanks to Jen and Bob, I have a new camera (well, WE have a new camera, but who's keeping track??) Anyways, I've been a little reluctant to blog because I haven't had pics of the kids. I hope you enjoy these new photos of my favorite little guys!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Cool sites

Have you been to Kizoodle.com yet? You've gotta try it. It's a place where moms can "swap" kids stuff in exchange for "credits". Credits take the place of real money. Once you "sell" something, the other person "pays" you in "credits." It's a great way to get rid of stuff you no longer need and get some stuff you DO need. The only time you spend real money is when you ship something to someone....but when you buy something, they pay to ship it to you...so it's totally win-win. If you do create an account, please use my referral code: DFNXKW.

Other sites to check out:

Babycheapskate - I check this blog daily!
Freebies4Mom - another must-see.......check out the widget on my sidebar.

What cool mom-sites do you frequent?

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Fashion Advice for Jim, Jen, and Bob

Since Jen is always saying, "Please don't forget where your waist is now that you have kids" if figured some fashion advice was due for us all. Check out this link. Seriously, what were they thinking????

BTW, I don't know anything about that site other than this one link. Please use your own judgment with what you may find there.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Be careful with that pencil or you'll...

....Scratch your cornea...badly! I guess I need to make sure my van is gassed up twice a year. That seems to be the average rate of emergency doctor's visits by people under the age of 5 that live in my house.
This morning Camden and Josiah were playing together nicely....or so I thought. I had sat down at the computer to check my email when Camden came running, holding his eye. He was crying that silent as-soon-as-I-breathe-I'm-going-to-scream cry. And scream he did!
I took him to the living room (where the lighting is better) where I found Josiah and his fistful of colored pencils. Oh dear! Memories of Clue haunt me....It was Josiah, in the living room, with the colored pencils....Josiah had hit Camden with his prismatic ammunition and scratched Camden's eye. A quick exam by Nurse Mommy found that there was indeed a large scratch.
I called our wonderful pediatrician, Dr. Ewles, who told me to go to Dr. O'Malley immediately. Dr. O'Malley is a Pediatric Opthomologist, and he was wonderful with Camden.
So now Camden is the White Patched Pirate of the Gearhart home. He'll return to the eye doctor tomorrow and Wednesday to have his injury reexamined. Until then, he's bound to the couch sedated with Tylenol with Codeine.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Camden's first Christmas program, part 2



Yeah, he acts just like his dad :)

Camden's first Christmas program



This is from when Camden was 2. He's the cute one in the green sweater :)

Goodbyes aren't easy

Well, it's happening. As I type this, my little son is enjoying his final afternoon with his best buddies, Emily and Jadon. Emily and Jadon will be moving away this weekend, and Camden is beside himself. Emily and Jadon (and their family) have always been there. He doesn't know life without them.

We've already had a few tearful nights. We've had the discussion of how to make new friends (and BTW, Camden does have other friends. But these are the closest.) We've talked about how Mr. and Mrs. Wipf have prayed that God would show them His will, and that He has led them to this move. But honestly, that makes very little sense to a four year old whose heart is shattered.

Frankly, I'm not sure how to help him say goodbye. Sure, we can write letters and call, but it's not the same. Gone are the days of cider mills and making cookies, of playing for hours and hours in their basement, of sleeping in sleeping bags under the pool table, of watching movies, of jumping on their trampoline, of just being with them. Sure, we'll still do some of these things, and the world is not coming to an end. I just ache for him. I want him to understand that God knows what He is doing and that we can trust Him.

Monday, October 29, 2007




Do you have 6 minutes to spare? Watch this amazing video about a miracle from heaven. I first saw this video on Tim Ellsworth's blog but here is a link to the Mooney family's blog. Get out your tissues!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Fantasy Football

My friend over at Plans and Providence just posted a terrific commentary on Fantasy Football. Joel has been part of a league since our MBBC days, and each year the drama makes me laugh. I mean, do any of these grown men realize that this is actually FANTASY (i.e.--it isn't REAL????) I have to laugh at Joel when he says he "beat so-and-so this week" and "this player is getting me a TON of points" with a Tiger Woods-style fist pump. Huh?

I'm glad Joel has a pretend world...he can relate to Camden so much better that way :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Mahna, Mahna



This is for my sister, Jen. The rest of you may enjoy it also! Camden loves it and tries NOT to laugh.

Friday, October 19, 2007

A Quattro Contest for Coldstone!!

I've been reading this blog for many months. Brad and Jen Murray have quadruplet boys! And I thought that 3 boys were a lot to handle (and I had time in between each one!). Anyway, the MurrayCrew is doing great, and I've enjoyed watching God bless this delightful family.

Currently, Brad and Jen are hosting a contest over at their blog and you can read the details about it there. Something is going on at their house this week...and no one knows what! So...go on over there and read through this week's posts...then take a guess yourself! The winner gets a $10 gift card to Coldstone....I should not have to coerce you to try to get FREE ICE CREAM!!!!

If you're in the mood to read ANOTHER blog about quad, check out the Steece Quads here. This is another amazing miracle by our Great God!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

O Where is My Hairbrush???

Today I was checking email when I heard Trevor crying in the living room. I made my way around the corner, hearing something from Josiah as well. Trevor was in the exersaucer and Josiah was standing in front of him....BRUSHING HIS HAIR!! Poor Trevor's head was all red and he seemed quite traumatized. It was then that I realized just what Josiah was singing. It went something like this:

"O where es m HAIRBRUSH? O where where where where where wheeeeererrrrrrreeeeee es m hairbrush?????"

Thanks, Larry. Your silly song gave me a good laugh today!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

The busyness of life

I remember being very busy in high school. I was involved in a lot of extra-curricular activites, work, and church things. Then in college I REALLY thought I was busy. It seemed there was always something to do or that needed to be done. And then there was this guy that I wanted to spend all my time with.....:)

Now that I'm a mom, I can definitely say that I'm busy. How can I spend ALL DAY doing things around the house and yet nothing seems done? How do three little boys create such mess and such laundry???? I get the most done while they sleep...but that's when I want to sleep too!

Josiah is almost 2! He is changing so fast right now....new words come out of his mouth daily. We're going up to my in-laws house for a September birthday celebration next Thursday. All of Joel's siblings were born within the same week in September. Matt and Tracy won't be there, but we'll celebrate with Nate and Kristin (their birthday's were this week...actually Nate's is today...). I'm planning on a Tigger cake for Josiah....any ideas???

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Summer Update

Here's Trevor - almost 4 months old already!

Sitting up like a big boy - with a little help, of course...


Camden and Josiah have taken a liking to dressing up in costumes. Here they are as Spiderman and Tigger - and they refused to go by any other names!

My handsome little guy

Well, our summer is over! Part of me is relieved, as summers are the busiest for us. Now, for the update on Gearhartville....

Joel doesn't need surgery, at least not right now. He has some herniated disks (not an abdominal hernia like we thought), but our wonderful chiropractor is helping Joel a lot right now.

The C2Retreat went very well. We are so thankful that Davis and Mikayla could come! Our teens learned a ton and had a great time.

Camden has said lots of funny things lately. I need to make a list...I can never remember when I sit down to blog. One that I do remember is this:

C: Mommy, you're old.

M: Oh, really?

C: Yes, because you're 30, and 30 is the beginning of old.

M: Oh. Well, I don't think I'm old.

C: (as he walked out of the room) Jesus wants us to love everybody....even you old people.


Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Updates

Well, we still don't really know what is going on with Joel. His surgeon isn't the greatest at communicating. We found that out when Joel called on Monday and the receptionist told us that the surgeon is ON VACATION!!! Now, I know that we all need a little R&R, but at least tell your patient that you won't be able to give him the results for a week. Joel was told that he'd call within a few days....well, he can't call because he's not there!

The surgeon works with his sister, and the sister read the scan but gave us some really vague answers. So, we still have to wait until next week.

Yesterday we shopped and got nearly everything for our C2Retreat this weekend. We purchased so much food--enough to feed 23 mouths for 6 meals!!! We're NOT going to starve, that's for certain!

Joel's cousin, Davis, will be speaking for the retreat. Please pray for our teens: that they will listen to the Lord as He speaks to them. Each day there will be some significant time alone to reflect and meditate on what they are learning.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Busy days of summer

So last week was really busy...we had Bible Adventure Time and Mid-Summer Mania at our church and then collapsed into comas over the weekend! Joel blogged a little about MSM in his spare time:) Actually, he just added some stuff to our facebook group for Macomb.

In other news, Joel visited his surgeon a few weeks ago because he's been in significant pain. He had surgery a year ago and has been having trouble along the same lines. Well, his original surgeon recommended a different procedure so he referred Joel to a new surgeon. The new surgeon ordered a CT Scan because he's not convinced that Joel's pain is from a new/return abdominal hernia. Joel went for the CT scan on Thursday afternoon while I took the kids to the pediatrician for well-visits. My poor hubby had an allergic reaction to the contrast that they gave him during the scan and ended up with a double dose of benadryl injected into his system. Imagine my panic when the phone call came that I had to get him! He's fine, but now we know he MUST be premedicated before ANY future scans.

Camden and Trevor had their checkups and they are both doing terrific. I can't believe that my 4 year old is 51 pounds and just shy of 4 feet tall! Trevor is a little over 16 pounds (already!!) and is 25 inches long. I think I will start pushing for a basketball scholarship for both! J/K!

I know I said that I'd post photos from Camden's birthday and I will, but I have to get the photos from Joel's laptop and it's on the fritz!

This weekend marks our last big activity for the summer. We have our C2 Retreat followed by a Tigers game on Monday. Let's hope those Tigers get their act in gear!!! C'mon boys!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Birthday Celebrations

For Joel's birthday I made one of his favorite dinners, complete with homemade raspberry lemonade and birthday cake. Camden helped me bake and frost the cake. He picked out the edible image (Go Tigers!!) and insisted that we buy the licensed version and not a cheap remake.

Camden's birthday is this Sunday, but we had a little party at the park this afternoon. He really labored over what kind of party to have and changed his mind many times. In the end, we planned a soccer birthday. I made him a soccer field cake and we also made soccer jello jigglers. He had a blast with his friends! I'll post a slide show of his party in the next few days.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Happy Birthday, Babe!

Happy Birthday, Joel! Wow, did you ever think that 30 would come so fast? I really hope this birthday is special. I'm so thankful for you. It's amazing to me that God saw fit to put us together. So, in honor of you, I thought share some thoughts.

You're my best friend..my favorite person on this earth. You know me better than anyone else this side of heaven and still love me! When I look back on my own 30 years, the happiest are the ones I've shared with you.

You're a terrific dad! When you come home, it's a party every time! Our boys are so blessed to have you for their father. I love watching you wrestle with them. Whether it's baking cookies or playing backyard golf, it's plain to see that you love them during the mundane moments of life.

You're a dedicated youth pastor. I know the road is not always easy, in fact, it rarely is. I know that youth pastors do more than plan games and write trivia questions. I love our late night chats about how to help them grow and change and what we can do for them. I love the fact that you love our teens enough to spend your days serving the Lord and serving them.

You're a great coach. While your seasons haven't led to championships (yet!) you remain dedicated to helping your girls develop into great players....even if they do cry sometimes!

I love all the little things too....like how your eyes light up when the Tigers are on free TV or there's an interview with Ernie. I love it when I know you're tired at the end of a day and you let me escape and head to Meijer...alone! I love your passion for ministry and how it affects all that you do.

You are the love of my life. I'm so thrilled to still be growing in love with you! Happy Birthday.

Love,

Dawn

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Birthdays are a-comin'!

Well, I am trying to plan Camden's birthday party. We finally found paper products that he likes....now it's just deciding what kind of cake to make. Last week he wanted a soccer cake. Terrific! Now he wants a baseball STADIUM! Um...help!!! We'll see what we really end up making.

At any rate, we've decided to have his party at the park. That way, the kids will have plenty to do and all of the trash can get thrown out there! We're having birthday cake and freeze pops. Stay tuned for photos to come!

Monday, July 09, 2007

It's not that difficult, Jen.

I'm making rice with dinner tonight, Jen. Just thought you'd like to know.

**For a funny story about Jen and rice, see this.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

My new toy...



Joel's parents gave us money for our birthdays....for a dishwasher! We purchased the model pictured above. I know, the photo doesn't say much. However, I can tell you that it is an ultra-quiet model that has some cool features. Hooray! Joel will pick it up Monday to begin the installation process.

Boys at the park

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Happy 4th!...a day late.



Okay, so I'm a day late in posting...but here are some 4th photos anyway. We took the kids to the Hadley parade and then to Mimi and Bapa's for lunch. Later we went to the church picnic at Faith Baptist in Davison. Camden and Josiah especially liked collecting candy at the parade. Yes, those are Mardis Gras beads that Josiah is wearing....one float threw those instead of candy (yikes!!). He gave them to me later and I wrapped them on my wrist like a bracelet.

Congrats Jimmy and Angel!


My brother and his wife (Jim and Angel) are the proud parents of Jasmine Marie Shaffer. She was born last Thursday while we were at camp. I went down to Cleveland on Monday night to check out this beautiful girl!


Now....how can we make her a Michigan fan???

Monday, June 25, 2007

CAMP!!

Well, we're finally at camp. The trip here was relatively uneventful (except for the ice fight....ask the teens about that!) and we are settled in.

My sister, Jen, is spending the week with Camden and Josiah. You can read her blog and see what they've been up to this week. She has posted some terrific photos of my darling boys!

Please pray for our teens this week. Pray that God would speak to them, and that they would listen!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Here's some Total Momsense

This is good for a laugh...to all my mom friends out there!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Telling a Scary Story Without Words

My brother Bob made this video of Camden and Trevor. Camden is telling Trevor a story without words....he's only using his hands.

NOTE: this is a repost. I tried to edit the first one and messed it up...so the comments left were deleted....sorry!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Why I Love Camp





I mentioned in my last post that I love taking our teens to camp. Here's why...


1. You're only a kid once. Camp is a ton of fun! When I was a kid (back in the dark ages) camp was the best part of my summer.

2. I'm a sponsor now. Sponsor=perks. Joel and I (and Glenn and Beth) are driving the teens to camp. We feel obligated (and rightly so) to stay at camp with our teens. We will ALWAYS stay at camp with our teens unless providentially hindered. We get to watch what they do, go to the services and see God change them...right before our eyes. Why would we drop them off and come back at the end of the week and MISS IT??? Back to perks....we don't have to plan anything except how to get them there and get them home. Joel and I get to spend all day together....every day...unless there's a golf outing :) Oh yeah, and we get a whole big packet with lots of informative papers to read....and I actually read each one as soon as I get the chance (I know, I am a big geek.)

3. Camp has this way of changing things....I'm looking forward to how God uses camp in the lives of our teens (Amanda and Crystal...you're one of our teens that week!) and in our lives as well. Will Galkin is the speaker while we are there so I am anticipating some dynamic messages and some terrific music from the Pettitt team too!

4. Starbucks coffee at camp. Need I say more??

Friday, May 25, 2007

And then there were three

...little boys in a very little house. Trevor is now 3 1/2 weeks old and life has settled back into some sort of a routine. Today the unthinkable happened....all three boys were napping at the same time and I got to nap too!!! Camden rarely naps anymore, but with the FCS graduation tonight, I didn't want a crabby boy on my hands. It was heavenly to relax and wake up to a quiet house.

All in all things are going well here. Trevor is already almost 11 1/2 pounds. He's growing as quickly as Camden did. Josiah and Camden have really adjusted well. They are enjoying their new bunk beds and the titles of Biggest and Big brother.

I am finally feeling pretty normal. I am hoping to get back into Curves next week, and I'm sure that will help as well. My body continues to heal from the stresses of delivery, but progress is steady (even if it's slow.)

We've heading into our busy summer season. Check out Joel's blog for youth group happenings. We'll be leaving for summer camp at Northland in just a few weeks! I love taking our teens to camp...for many reasons...but that's another blog for another day.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Road to Recovery

Well, I guess it's time to update on how things are going. Trevor is growing like a weed already and the older two are adjusting to life with a newborn in the house. Camden has been acting up over the littlest of things, but I expected that from him. I think we may be over the worst though....we'll see. Josiah dotes on his little brother and is constantly looking to see where mommy has put him (in the swing, the bassinet, or is he hiding under that blanket???)

For those of you who are interested in details, my delivery was the best one so far. They induced me at 12:00 noon, but the contractions really didn't pick up until 2 or 2:30....and by then my epidural was in place and working :) I could still feel enough (trust me!) and Joel was terrific at keeping me focused and relaxed. At 5:00 my OB came into the room and at 5:12 Trevor was here. It definately was much faster than I ever anticipated and I felt really good afterwards....however.....

My recovery has been the most difficult one so far. I separated my pubic bone during delivery and was unable to walk without assistance the first night after Trevor was born. I had been experiencing pain for several months, but the delivery pushed my body to its limits. After returning home, I started experiencing some pretty intense back pain. Joel took me to the ER on Saturday at the advice of my OB. It turns out that I strained my back during delivery too....Of course they said, "go home and rest." The ER doc wrote a few prescriptions for painkillers and muscle relaxers, but I haven't filled them. Doing so would mean putting Trevor on formula until the meds clear my system....and that's not a route I'm willing to take right now.

I went to the chiropractor today (hooray for Dr. Craig) and got some much needed relief! Basically, I have a pinched nerve and a lumbar strain. I was pretty out of whack, but we made a little progress. A few visits over the next week or so should get me back to somewhat normal. The pubic bone issue will have to resolve itself with rest and time.

Despite all of this, I feel great health-wise. The struggle now is taking it easy when I want to be up and around a lot more. My goal is to get to the Mother-Daughter tea (with my son...ha ha) this Saturday, or at least church on Sunday. We'll see.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Trevor Ashford Gearhart's Arrival

Trevor Ashford Gearhart made his grand entrance into the world this evening at 5:12pm. He weighed in at 9lbs 3ozs and was 22 inches long. I am sure Dawn will write more later, but right now she would rather sleep=) Enjoy the pics!

Today's the day!

We're heading over to the hospital this morning. My doctor and I have decided to induce labor since I've been progressing in several ways for a few weeks. Camden is soooo excited that "our baby is coming TODA Y!"

Please pray that everything goes well. I'll update you as soon as I can.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Nothing New

Hi everyone! Just posting to let you know that we're all still here....no baby yet either! I see my OB tomorrow (Friday) and hopefully he'll give me some good news as to if we are progressing at all......I certainly hope so.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Spelling and allergies

Life here has been anything but mundane lately. Two weeks ago my OB told me to slow down or this baby was going to be born too early. Last week he said, "You can go anytime, and you and baby will be fine at this point." Guess what? No baby yet! I'm only 37 weeks and 2 days, but I AM SO READY TO HAVE THIS BABY! I go back to the doctor on Friday and we'll see what he says then.

Last week (Thursday through Monday) Josiah had the stomach virus. Yuck, and yuck again. I'm glad he's feeling better now. That is one virus I wish could be irraticated!

Camden has uttered a few funny things this week. The other day he told me that his daddy is "A dude." Then he told me "My allergies have kicked in." I asked him where they kicked in at and he said, "some are in my cheeks, and the rest are in my feet." Hmmm.

I was on the phone with my brother Bob the other afternoon and I spelled something to him. Camden quickly said, "What did you spell." I told him that I spelled the words because I didn't want him to know what I was saying. A few hours later we were all getting ready to leave the house when Camden spouted off some random letters. I said, "What did you say?" His response??? "I spelled it because I didn't want YOU to know what I said!"

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Easter Pics!


These pics are from Easter Sunday as well as the night before. Camden enjoyed coloring Easter eggs, and both boys loved being with Sam and Gabe for the day!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Theology

So, my son is confused. In the past week, we've tried to explain a few concepts and he is completely turned around!
Last week Camden asked us about God the Father and God the Son. There's a catch here. He was meaning God the SUN. When we tried to explain it to him, he told me that "you and Dad are confusing things and getting all the words wrong!"

Last Thursday we had a choir here from Tri-City Ministries in Missouri. They sang a song that contained the lyrics, "God is a Rock." Camden looked at me in the middle of the song and promptly declared that "God is NOT a rock!!!!" I tried to give him a brief explanation, but he wouldn't accept my reasoning. He is convinced that Joel and I know nothing.

On a lighter note, yesterday we set about conquering our closet. We all share one closet in the boy's room, and we are reorganizing it....completely. EVERYTHING came out or was moved to it's new location yesterday. To keep Josiah busy while we started, I asked him if he wanted to watch a movie. His reply? "Wheezy Pooh." Easy enough!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Friday, March 23, 2007

Pictures!

Here are some photos from the last few days! Enjoy!

Camden with Uncle Matt - learning how to do a wheelie???
Josiah is such a ham - he's saying "cheese"



My handsome Spiderman

I love this pic!





Monday, March 19, 2007

The sounds of silence...well, almost

I've lost my voice. I sound like a Jr. High boy, voice cracking at the worst times. I'm okay to whisper, but beyond that my voice cuts in and out. This has been going on for nearly 2 weeks. This morning it is the worst it has been, so I told Camden that he needed to listen very carefully when Mommy gives him instructions. He asked me when my voice was going to come back and I told him that I really don't know. His solution? "Maybe I can find you a new one. I'll go look under my bed and see if there's one there." A few minutes later he comes to me with his hand cupped "holding" my new voice. He rubbed it on my neck, so I should be all better soon!

Oh, the wonder of a childhood imagination!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I need your help! Please, anyone who reads this:

Go to the About page on Joel's blog and leave a comment about how awful the picture is that my darling husband posted for the whole world to see.

Maybe if he sees that it ISN'T cool, he'll fix it or replace it. Thanks :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Back to reality

Hello to all of you that actually read this (I know who BOTH of you are, ha ha). Again, it's been a while since my last update. Joel and I took our teens to BJU, were home a week, and then went to the Wilds for their annual Youth Worker's Conference. We learned a lot while we were there....and I would recommend the conference to anyone who works with teens at your church!
Enjoy these photos. They've all been taken in the last few weeks.


Here's Camden, my toothless wonder, modeling some shades!



My cutie pie!


Camden's first bike. I bought it last week in Brevard for $7.50!!


Of course, Josiah had to ride his "bike" too!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Random Ramblings

I keep saying to myself, "you need to update your blog...." but time has not really allowed. I'm going to ramble for a few minutes, so please be patient with me!

February has been a busy month, and lots has happened in our little family. You know the typical stuff like doctor's visits, church activities and such. During a routine ultrasound in January, it looked like I might have placenta previa. This is a severe complication to any pregnancy. Thankfully, a repeat ultrasound has ruled that out! Hooray!

Camden has been having his hearing tested. I noticed a few months ago that he was slurring words and not hearing me very well. He used to have a big problem with ear infections, and it turns out that there is often residual fluid in his middle ear. It seems to be resolving itself right now, so we are in a wait and see mode.

Camden and Daddy built cars for our Awana Grand Prix. Camden made a Cruisin' McQueen and Joel made a regular car. On the day of the Grand Prix we also had a teen activity to a toboggan run. Rachael and I got together with the kids since we're both pregnant and can't exactly participate (though we really wanted to!!!!). Just after lunch Camden was jumping up and down in excitement over going outside in the snow....and he hit his mouth on the coffee table. He knocked out 2 teeth! One came out clean, another came out at Dr. Graham's office about a half hour later. My poor little guy! He was pretty sore for a few days and we'll have to make a trip back to Dr. Graham this week. Part of the root of his front tooth (it was one front tooth and a tooth next to it) may still be lodged in the gum, requiring oral surgery to remove it. We won't know if there's any damage to his permanent teeth until it is time for them to come in...in 3 or 4 years! For now he is my toothless wonder who met the tooth fairy much earlier than I'd ever anticipated.

The day after Camden's tooth accident, our family left with 6 teens for a trip to BJU. Having never attended there, I'd always had my opinions of that place. I've been there twice now on college trips with our teens, and I've been very impressed with what I have seen. Every school has their strengths and weaknesses, and Bob Jones is no different. However, I'm glad that many of my preconcieved notions have been put to rest.

Tonight is a ladies fellowship and I am excited to get out of the house for a few hours and be with just the gals! Joel is staying home with the kids (which means that he'll be exhausted when I get home...even though Josiah will go to sleep fairly early and Camden is just content to hang out with Dad. :))

Thanks for listening to my rambles. We're just living life here in Roseville!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Now THAT'S a big boy!

Check out this article about a baby born this week in Cancun. All I have to say is OUCH!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

HPV Vaccine

Recently, I have been reading up on the Gardasil vaccine. This is the vaccine that protects against HPV - which causes some forms of cervical cancer. HPV is an STD, and I must admit that my first reaction was an absolute "no way!"
My mind has changed. When I first heard that Michigan is trying to pass legislation that would REQUIRE the vaccine for all girls ages 11 and up, the mom in me got really defensive (and I don't even have a daughter.) I still don't think that the government should make it a requirement. I don't think they need to be parenting my children.
As far as the vaccine is concerned, I have many years to watch the effectiveness and side-effect issues before it would ever be needed by a child of mine (this vaccine is actually approved for boys/men too...they can carry HPV and pass it to a woman.) IF the vaccine is indeed safe, I would have to say I would consider it. If my child makes a mistake and falls into sin, would I deny medical help from a doctor to help them in a time of need (for a pregnancy, a disease, or otherwise?) No. So, why wouldn't I try to protect her/him from a deadly cancer? Here are a couple of instances that could make a good case for the vaccine:

1. Your daughter remains pure but is marrying a man who fell into sin as a college student. He has turned his life around......but could still put her at risk down the road.

2. Your daughter is raped.

3. Your daughter falls into sin and starts engaging in premarital sex.

If I were to immunize my child, I would simply tell them that this shot protects against a type of cancer and would leave it at that. I don't think that having this vaccine would necessarily make someone head down a path of promiscuity.

I'm certainly not 100% on any of this....I'm really just thinking out loud. Any thoughts?

Monday, January 29, 2007

Five things about me

Five things about me...
I have been tagged to write down 5 little known facts about me. I'm pretty much an open book, so this might be a little difficult......hmmm.

1. My arms aren't straight. When I hold them both above my head, straight up in the air, it looks like I'm making a V.

2. I'm an Army brat. My dad was in the Army until I was off at college. I spent 6 years of my childhood in Germany, but also lived in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

3. I love to listen to Sports Radio.

4. I find true pleasure in grocery shopping all by myself (especially if I have a White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks too!)

5. Both of my kids have same number of letters in their first, middle and last names (6, 7, and 8): Camden William Gearhart and Josiah Kenneth Gearhart. Any suggestions for boy number 3??

Stacy...you're it! Consider yourself tagged!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Cravings

Joel often laughs at me when I crave things. Tonight, as I succumbed to one of the many cravings I've had, Joel just shook his head. HE didn't think my idea would taste good. HE thought I was crazy for baking biscuits and then putting butter and canned frosting on them. HE was wrong and dessert was terrific....Joel will even admit that now! There are 3 biscuits left and no more frosting (I only had a little left in the bottom of the can) so I guess butter and syrup or honey will have to do....but I'm waiting til the kids are in bed so I don't have to share!

What my parents taught me

I've seen this several times and just copied it from a friend's blog (thanks Heather) and decided to post it here. This should be good for a laugh. Someone needs to let Mom know to check the blog and convince Dad to look as well.

1. My parents taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE .
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."

2. My parents taught me RELIGION .
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My parents taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

4. My parents taught me LOGIC.
"Because I said so, that's why."

5. My parents taught me MORE LOGIC .
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

6. My parents taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My parents taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My parents taught me about the science of OSMOSIS .
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISTS.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck?!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My parents taught me about WEATHER .
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My parents taught me about HYPOCRISY .
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

13. My parents taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE .
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

14. My parents taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION .
"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My parents taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents
like you do."

16. My parents taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."

17. My parents taught me about RECEIVING .
"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My parents taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."

19. My parents taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20. My parents taught me HUMOR .
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21. My parents taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My parents taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."

23. My parents taught me about my ROOTS .
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My parents taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

25. My parents taught me about JUSTICE .
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"

Blogging

I was explaining to somebody yesterday why I love blogging. I've found blogging a great way to keep in touch with people I knew/knew of. One thing I regret from my college days is not getting to really know more people. Oh, sure, I "knew" lots of people....but most were just people I knew the names of a maybe who they dated/married.

Blogging has allowed me to learn more about those that I'd always wanted to know and has helped me get in touch with those I DID know. Is this making sense to anyone out there?

FWIW, I'd love to hear from any of you who happen upon this blog!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Camdenisms

Camden has said some interesting things lately. Sometimes I laugh, othertimes I just shake my head. Here they are:

Mom, you work professional for free!

Get away from me, you cannibal (said to Josiah in the tub).
Camden, what's a cannibal?
Cannibals have the human recipe. They have humans in their belly.
What movie is that on? ( I was going to have to ban this movie!!!)
It's not from a movie. I got it from my BRAIN!!!

Mom, Adam and Eve died because they ate of the fruit that corresponded to the tree that they were not to eat the fruit of.


Monday, January 22, 2007

Abort 73

This week marks 34 years since Roe V. Wade - and what's really sad is that so many Americans are still misinformed, miseducated or worse, simply don't care about what REALLY happens during an abortion.
I have 2 kids and am expecting baby boy #3 in a few months. There is NO WAY that you can see an ultrasound or feel movement and not know that this baby is a real, live, PERSON.
I'd encourage you to visit a website that answers a lot of questions and gives a lot of facts. Abort73 is an effective tool in communicating the truth about abortion. WARNING: this website has some graphic images and information.
I have not read everything on the site, so please keep that in mind. I am not embracing everything you will see, but I do think that it provides some much needed information!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Excuse me, but you're no Jack Bauer




Yesterday I took the kids to Great Lakes Crossing to shop and play in the play area. The weather was cold and wet, so it was nice to get out of the house. As I was driving down 696 on my way home, a guy in a blue SUV decided that I was apparently going too slow. Those of you who know me well will understand that I RARELY go too slow. This guy in the SUV must have thought that he is the real life Jack Bauer because he was bobbin' and weavin' in traffic like a pro boxer!!!

At any rate, this guy was no match for Jack. I mean really, Jack Bauer always finds a faster way than the interstate!

Monday, January 15, 2007

PB&J


Why do peanut butter and jelly (specifically Smuckers Strawberry Jam) taste so good? I made Camden a sandwich for lunch today and made one for myself. YUMMMMMMM! Paired with cold milk, it's the age-old lunch that can't be beat....well, unless it's replaced with a date with Joel or lunch out with a friend!