Saturday, March 30, 2013

(update) Lamb Apart Lamb Rolls for Resurrection Day

Lamb Pull-Aparts

This lamb lends it's self to be picked apart and enjoyed.

Prep Time: 15 min
Bake Time: 25-30 min
Skill Level: Beginning
Servings: 12-15

15 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls, thawed, but still cold
1 raisin or dried cranberry
1 egg, beaten
sesame seeds


Cut 12 rolls into fourths and arrange for body and top of head on sprayed baking sheet. Shape one roll into an oval for face and place on side of upper body. Cut one roll in half and shape one half for ear and other half for tail. Place them on lamb. Cut last roll in half and roll each piece into a 5-inch rope. Fold them in half and place them below lamb for legs.
Brush lamb with egg and place raisin or cranberry on face for eye. Sprinkle with seeds, trying not to get any on the face, ear, tail or legs. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let rise for 15-30 minutes. Remove wrap. Bake at 350°F 25-30 minutes.

I'm making this for our Resurrection Day lunch at my parents. I will update with a picture and let you know how they turned out.

****(Update)****
Last picture is how my rolls turned out. They were a big hit and tasted oh so good!!



Monday, March 25, 2013

Be still my heart

Reagan fell asleep reading....be still my heart ❤ This is what she picks out to read over spring break. I love this girl and her desire to learn. God has big plans for this girl, that I'm sure of!

Friday, March 22, 2013

My Derrière \dairy air\

So, I fell down the stairs today while holding McKinley. I fell directly on my tush, then some forward rolling action all the while protecting McKinley from getting hurt. It was like a rug was pulled out from underneath me. McKinley was fine, just scared.

The kids were ready to call 911, but instead texted my Mom who wanted to call 911. I had to tell everyone to just calm down, and someone please get my heinie an ice pack.

The rest of the day wasn't so bad, my mom took the kids to chucky cheese and I slowly went grocery shopping.

But tonight I'm in real pain people. My neck, arm, sides, and the gluteus ...ouch!!
But I told the kids that first we would Praise The Lord!! And that the devil would not rob my joy! I would rather be with Jesus and injured, lonely, poor, sick, and fall down the stairs than to be without Him. My joy comes from Him and the devil can't touch that!

I said this to our kids so they would know that bad stuff happens and it sucks! But that our joy, love, hope, and faith don't come from having everything perfect all the time. It's a choice we make, to turn our eyes to God and to love our neighbors, help others, and be kind and polite to everyone. No reason to be rude, even if.

Tomorrow is going to suck in the pain department, that I'm sure of, but I have so much to be grateful for and about.

These verses have been playing on repeat in my head today as I have been dealing with the increasing pain.
Psalm 118:1
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 30:5
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.

So if you see me walking a little slow or funny, you know why ;)

Where have I been?

Sick, McKinley got that vomiting noro virus, then I got it and Tim got. But thankfully the big kids were amazing and didn't get sick. Tim was also a rock star because he took over even though he was sick. Not just as sick as me....it was bad people. Very. Very. Bad.
But right before we got sick we had an wonderful weekend away with our church community group.
But as soon as we got back, it hit, and it wasn't as bad as my kidney infection fiasco but it takes a close second.
Here are random pictures from that week and other times this month.
Oh and my Timmy had a birthday, I made a great meal, and he was loved on by his family. But I forgot to take a picture.













Daddy reading to Kinley, melts my heart.


Self portrait of Lincoln.  Funny thing, he doesn't wear glasses.


Ditka the creeper dog and photo bomber, oh Ditka...

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Postponed

I postponed my surgery until June 10th. I'm still very anxious about the surgery and the recovery. I watched a similar surgery on you tube......that didn't help with my anxiety like I thought it would.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Surgery scheduled

I saw the surgeon and he said that the tear was not a full tear.  That's good.  But since I have already done almost a year of conservative treatment with no improvement he recommends surgery.  So.....we scheduled surgery for March 28th which is during spring break.  But I'm praying that there is a cancellation and it will be Monday March 25th.  I need everyday I can to rest before the kids go back to school. 

Recovery from this surgery is long.  6 to 8 weeks of absolutely no lifting of that arm.  After that its more PT for probably another 6 weeks.  My arm will be in a sling brace thing that keeps the tendon in a relaxed position and it attaches around my chest.  I go for a pre-op next week and I have a list of questions for him. 
Here are a few:
  • Can I use the hand at all, like to button my pants?
  • What about washing my hair after a few days?
  • You said no lifting anything, does that mean I can't use it to put my hair up?
  • Can I use that hand to complete tasks like hold a shoe lace to tie shoes?
  • Can I hold anything in that hand?
I'm trying to prepare the kids especially the big kids.  They will need to help me a lot more in the morning before school.  I have a feeling when Tim gets home in the evening we will be doing a lot of prep work for our mornings.  The hard part will be opening water bottles, jars, and containers with the kids help.

I could wait until after school is out, but I don't want to miss the summer with the kids.  After taking the kids to school I can always go to my parents house and relax or drop McKinley off for a few hours.

I have an excellent surgeon and I'm ready to be pain free.  I'm in constant pain and I'm pretty good about hiding it until I try to go beyond what my shoulder can do.  Not being able to lift McKinley over my head or anything that is slightly heavy is very discouraging.  I'm looking forward to regaining strength in my hand, arm and shoulder because I have lost a lot of strength and flexibility trying to protect it.

I will keep you posted.  Could you also pray that I get the March 25th surgery day?