Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My Run In With A Deer

On Saturday night, Eric, Molly, and I left to drive to Ohio. It is a boring six hour drive, well boring if you can make it through Chicago without any stops. It still amazes me that we go through four states in six hours. I like boring drives, usually. You know what to expect, you know the way to your destination, and when we leave at night, there is a lot less traffic to worry about.

It was around 10pm when I took over the driver duty, we were on the turnpike in Indiana, just went through South Bend about 25 miles earlier when all of a sudden I see a deer on the side of the road. I pretty much thought about 100 things at that time, and also my mind went blank. I decided to slow down and get over in the left lane, by the time I slowed down, merged over-thank Jesus there was no one around, the dumb thing ran into the side of my car! Yes, I swear, he ran into me! So I got over the shoulder and stopped. I am pretty sure while this was happening, Eric was asleep, Molly was asleep, and I was quietly saying, "Oh no, oh no, oh my gosh, oh my gosh..." Eric woke up right when the deer hit us, and went flying, and yes, a huge deer can go flying. So once we came to a complete stop Eric asked me if that was a deer. To which I said yes, and started laughing. Then he started laughing, then we both were laughing. I don't know why it was funny, but I guess that is just how we reacted.

Then we had no clue what to do. We have never been pulled over, hit anything, so we sat there and wondered what to do next. Do they teach you this in drivers ed?! That was nine years ago! Luckily there was a truck rest literally across from us. So when the traffic cleared I pulled over to the rest stop and we called the State Patrol. Eric got out to look at the damage and got back in to tell me the verdict. The deer totally smashed the side of the car in, the hood is crumpled, and we need a new bumper, and a headlight. The trooper got there, and was super nice. You could tell our adrenaline was rushing because I am sure we were talking like a million miles per hour. He wrote up a report for us to give to our insurance, but there really is no denying a deer hit us, there is still fur on the front end! Then we asked about the headlight, since we only had one working one. He told us we probably wouldn't get pulled over, but if we did, to show the police our report and they would let us go. So we all left the truck stop and no sooner did we get going again, we got pulled over. The guy pulled us over for the headlight, and then when he was talking to us, he put his flashlight on the front end and said, "oh you are the Ford that hit the deer, well never mind, and have a good night." Nice, we are known in the state of Indy as the Ford that hit that deer.

We went on our merry way, and got home later then expected, but we made it. No one was hurt, Molly slept through the whole thing, and everyone so far has been very nice to us. The insurance people have been great, and hopefully we can get the car fixed quick. They may total it, which we wouldn't mind, but we will see. My Ford has been pretty trusty.

Now I feel like I have "deer killer remorse." I know that dumb thing ran into me, but I still feel bad for it losing its life. My concern/worry is-did it die right away, or suffer? I am hoping it died right away, and no suffering was involved, and no one else ran it over. I know that seems silly to worry about some dumb deer that did at least $4000.00 in damage to my car, but I do worry about him or her. But I am so thankful that Eric did not wake up to a hoof in the neck! I am also very impressed with myself for staying calm, not crying, and not saying any bad words! God was so good to us on Saturday night! He was truly watching out for us, too bad we can't say the same for Bambi.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

My Spoiled Little Molly

Tonight after I put Molly to bed, I was enjoying watching some TV, alone because Eric is at a meeting. Then I hear this little cry, and I think, hmm...she's awake?! I walk into her room and she is standing there, holding her arms out to me. Now, most doctors, and hardcore moms would tell you not to pick the child up, blah, blah, blah. This post isn't about crying it out or not. So stay with me...

I pick up my baby girl, and hold her. She instantly puts her head on my shoulder and starts to fall back asleep. As I am standing there rocking back and forth I think what a little spoiled girl I have. Eric and I of course have made her this way :) Then I start thinking about what a wonderful little girl God has blessed us with. Ten years ago I was told by my doctor that I was probably never going to have children. Well the old fashioned way at least. So being fifteen and knowing that really made me want to have kids more then ever. But I always had this peace about kids, and getting pregnant. Molly is proof that God works in miraculous ways. She is my little miracle.

Then my mind wanders off a little bit more, and I think about how good it feels to have her cuddled up on me, and how maybe I will be "tougher" with the next one, and they won't be so lucky to have mommy to come rescue them an hour after they have been put to bed. Yea, probably not. I won't be able to resist them either. Then I think about God and all his children. He knows every single hair on their head, all their thoughts, and most importantly all their prayers. I am lucky if I comb Molly's hair, let alone know all of her hairs.

Then I come back to hearing Molly snore, and now I know she is out for the count. I lay my baby girl down and whisper I love you. And leave her room feeling overwhelmed with blessings. So whether you have kids or not, look around and find your blessings. To some it's kids, to others pets, and to others it is a good friend. Be blessed, feel blessed, because tonight I feel very blessed by my little spoiled Molly.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Oliver's Party

The Birthday Boy!
Always Happy!

Yesterday Molly and I went our friend, Oliver's 2nd birthday party! It was a Dora themed party, so fitting for a 2 year old boy :) This was Molly's first official kid party she has ever been to, other then her own party. So I was excited for her. She must have been excited too, since she didn't nap at all! Her are a few pictures from the party. I tried so hard to get the two of them together, but they weren't having it. So enjoy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter Sunday

Up from the grave he arose...ahhhh...Easter Sunday! I love Easter, and the celebration of Jesus that goes on all over the world. It was so much fun to see all of the little ones at church get all dressed up and their parents parade them around. I know this because I did the same to my daughter! Thank you Grandma Wood for the wonderful Easter outfit! I think Molly look exceptionally cute this Easter. Here are some pictures to prove it!

Playground Fun

My dad came to visit on Saturday. He took the train in from Ohio to spend Easter with us. We had a lot of fun taking Molly to the playground. Even though the wonderful Wisconsin Spring forecast was 30, freezing, and we could see our breath, we made the most of the playground! Here are some pictures from that night, I posted more on Facebook. While we were there chasing Molly around, I felt so at peace. I haven't felt that way in such a long time. It felt like nothing bad could happen, at least at that moment in time. I had a lot of fun watching her run to all of the different slides, swings, and just run in general. God has blessed us with such a wonderful little girl, and I thank Him for her everyday.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Love and Logic

So I just started reading, "Parenting with Love & Logic." It is very good so far, and I agree with everything that they have said. The Mom'n'Tots group that Molly and I attend just started doing a 3 session presentation all on Love and Logic parenting. I really like it. Our doctor told us at Molly's 18 month check-up that we should read it. Our wonderful daughter has a very strong will, and we were concerned about the terrible two's with her. Dr. Young said she used it when her kids were younger, and now that they are teenagers, she still uses the methods.

I also find it encouraging that I am doing just about everything with Molly that I have read so far out of the book. The whole love and logic concept is to give your kids choices, so they learn how to problem solve. Sometimes I think Molly is too young for choices, or she does not understand. But for the past couple of months we have been giving her more choices and it is really funny to see her choose. Everyday she can choose what she wants to eat for breakfast. Nine times out of ten she chooses Cheerios, but today she chose something totally different. So it would be real easy for me to always pour the Cheerios for her before she even gets up, but as we saw today, I am so glad we let her choose.

The book talks about different parenting styles, and obviously their style of love and logic is best. Like I said, I just started the book, and so far so good. This my book recommendation to you all.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Shout Unto God

With Easter coming up, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite songs. I think it is very appropriate considering what happened on that day some 2000 years ago.

It goes a little something like this:

The enemy has been defeated, Death couldn't hold you down, We're gonna lift our voice in victory, We're gonna make your praises loud, Shout unto God with a voice of triumph, Shout unto God with a voice of praise, Shout unto God with a voice of triumph, Shout unto God with a voice of praise, We lift your name up, We lift your name up

It's simple, yet so powerful. You repeat it numerous times, and each time for me, it gets more powerful. The first time I sang it with other people, and not just loudly in my car, was at a CIY Believe for JR. Highers. There's nothing like singing with 13 year olds who have not really experienced the cruelness of the world yet, and still think it's cool to sing their hearts out to God. It was so powerful, and so sweet sounding. I was in awe, and I was humbled before this man, Jesus, that we were singing about.

Please remember that God is faithful, and he keeps his promises. He loves you, and he will fight for you.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

a little too excited

So yesterday was the day that The Ridge started reading the Bible together. I was so excited to start! I looked through the Life Journal that we all got on Sunday, I wanted to be prepared, I read all of the introduction stuff, and skimmed the reading list. I was pumped. So yesterday while Molly was taking a nap I started reading. I read the scriptures, did the SOAP method in the journal and was so proud of myself.

At dinner Eric and I were discussing the readings and I started thinking, did we read the same thing? Wow, we both got something totally different out of these verses. I went back and looked in my journal, and I totally did the wrong day!

This is a lesson on being a little too over-prepared! So now I am playing catch up and hopefully I can stay on track this time!

If you want to read along, today's passages are: Psalm 66, 2 Corinthians 7, and the SOAP method is:

Have a great day!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Easter Egg Hunt

On Saturday, The Ridge put on an Easter Egg Hunt. It wasn't your typical hunt, but all the kids had fun. Up here in Wisconsin it could still snow in April, in fact it did this weekend! So we can't do a typical egg hunt where you throw the eggs out in the yard and let the kids find them. So we do a "game themed" egg day. We rented a school, had inflatables in the gym, and tons of games/activities in the cafeteria. The egg hunt was an ongoing, caged in event. It was Molly's favorite activity, and then she loved the bowling game next. I volunteered to work some different areas, and Eric was the designated Molly watcher. Here are few photos of her at the festivities!

And I swear, she is NOT picking her nose in the first one! :)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

bring the rain

So the past couple of weeks has really rocked me. The death of my cousin's daughter, Carleigh has pretty much had me crying over a week now. I can't even imagine the pain, and agony they all are dealing with. Holly is so strong, and so is her mom, Linda, and her sister, Katrina. I am so proud to say we are related. I keep trying to find the right things to say, the right words to write, but nothing seems to make sense, and nothing is going to make it better. I keep thinking back to when Andy died and wondering if this is how my mom felt. I know losing a child has to be the worst pain there is. I think I have gained a whole new respect for my mom, and any mom out there who has ever lost a child. I know God uses every situation, and I know Carleigh's story has witnessed to many people. I came across another blog about a mom who lost a daughter, and her theme is this is- bring the rain. It comes from a Mercy Me song, "Bring the Rain." I got to looking at the lyrics, and I can identify with them, and I know those of you out there can also identify with them. So this goes out to Holly and all the family, Lord, bring the rain...

I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that
I've gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You

Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It's never really ever crossed my mind
To turn my back on you, oh Lord
My only shelter from the storm
But instead I draw closer through these times
So I pray

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings
You glory And I know there'll
be days When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to
praise You Jesus, bring the rain

I am yours regardless of the clouds that may
loom above because you are much greater than
my pain you who made a way for me suffering
your destiny so tell me whats a little rain