Mark, Jennifer, Ethan, Emily

This blog is about our family, who have dealt with the loss of two sons with Muscular Dystrophy, the adoption of a son diagnosed with Agenesis of Corpus Callosum and the birth our a healthy little girl. It's a crazy life, but we are loving it.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

When life gives you lemons... I make cupcakes!

Sometimes things in your life happen that just... well... they stink!

I bought Ladybug a cute little black ballerina-type skirt for her birthday. She wore it one time, it was ripped up. I took the skirt to a lady that goes to our church who is a seamstress. She fixed it, Emily wore it to school & when she came home.... well the pictures speak for themselves. I took pictures in case I ever remember to email the company I bought it from to show them their shoddy product.

One of Ethan's doctors wanted us to slowly taper down on his behavior meds to see if they were working or not. He didn't want us to tell his teachers but keep in touch with them in case the meds were working well for him and his behavior started going south. I was nodding my head, but inside my head I was thinking, that this is not gonna be pretty.

Well... a phone call at work from his teacher & a phone call at home from the assistant principal later on in the week... equals one unhappy momma. Apparently the meds are working on Ethan, he does really need these meds & he is really one strong-willed kid. Lord please help me!

I was told at work earlier in the week that due to budget cuts & a hiring freeze, they are going to cut some jobs & shuffle people around. I was told that I will be placed in the purchasing/accounts payable position, effective October 1st. I'm training with the lady who currently holds the position for 1/2 days until the 1st. She's retiring on the 30th. The other 1/2 of the day I'm training the lady who will be taking over my job. Her current job is being cut, so they're putting her in  my position. I have until Friday to learn everything I can on my new position from the lady who currently holds it before she retires. Lord, please please help me!

We cleaned up our church parsonage on Saturday. Mark & I don't live in the church parsonage so the church has decided to allow a family who lost their home in the recent Bastrop wildfires to live there until they can get back on their feet. Alot of they church members came over yesterday morning to help with the clean up. They did a wonderful job! I'm so glad our church is able to help this family with two children. I know how the wildfire devastation has really effected our community and I'm so glad we are able to offer this home to this family. Lord, please be with all the people who lost their homes in the recent wildfires.

The icing on my cake? All the stress is making me break out. My face looks like a 15 year old! Yeesh!

So, after a very stressful week, I decided to beg Mark to get my fall decorations out of the attic. The sweet man that he is, did it without hesitation. He has really been my shoulder to cry on this week. Lord, thank you for giving me such a sweet man!

I love fall. I'm trying so hard think about cool autumn days & crisp fall nights, but it's still around 100 degrees here in central Texas. So, after setting my fall decorations out, I wanted to bake. Here is what I came up with.

Candy corn cupcakes!

Lord, even though I don't understand why we are going through all we are going through, I do know that you are in our midst. I believe you have made that perfectly clear this past week. You will see us through. I trust in you & will continue to fervently pray because I know you hear me each time I call.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.

Yes, that pretty much says exactly how I feel.

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