Charitable Chicken and Other Little Tales


Lots of little things are going on here in the House of Many Little Men….

This is the thing I’m most excited about:  JD is getting ready to take off.  Each day he finds his way onto his hands and knees just a little bit more.

He is also SERIOUS about his “standing practice.”  He just loves to be on his feet.  He’s extremely unsteady when you walk him, and yet the boy will randomly just let go of your hands.  Gutsy, this one.

Do you think we’ll have to hang gates before we move?  Right now he moves at the speed of sleeping turtles, so we’re good, but we have around seven weeks left in this house, and a lot can happen in that amount of time!


This is hands down the most stressful thing going on with me right now.  Here’s the deal:  we are a military family.  That means we can’t even book movers (set a moving date) until we have official orders in hand.

Alan has to report to his new duty station on June 30.

We have no orders.  This is April 24!!!

We keep calling.  It turns out that the EFMP is what’s holding us up.  What’s an EFMP, you ask?  Exceptional Family Member Program:  a PCS nightmare.  (PCS = Permanent Change of Station= Moving) Pray for us!  We can’t move until the EFMP people decide this is a good place for Caleb to live and get treatment.  Caleb has epilepsy.  I will be doing a post on epilepsy soon:  yes, another one, because I’m always amazed at the misconceptions that people have of it.

So that’s that.  Moving stresses me out to talk about, so let’s move on…

My #2 stressor right now is that I’m the room mom for Caleb’s class, and Staff Appreciation Week is coming up.  I volunteered to make this:

only with less Elmer’s and more pencils.  Plus, we’re adding a couple of fun gift cards for the teacher.

Do you think I can do it?  Let’s go with yes.  After all, I did make this last year:

and by ‘this’, I’m referring to the diaper cake to the right of my friend Betsy!  I forgot to take a close-up picture of it!! How do you create a masterpiece like that and forget to take a picture?  ; )

I’ll keep ya’ll updated on the ‘supply cake’!


Funny things I’ve seen/heard lately:

–I was going over my bank records, and I noticed a transaction that read  “Church.  $23:  charitable giving”

(Our bank categorizes our purchases.)

Alan was sitting beside me, and I thought this was an odd amount, and at a different location than our church.  I asked Alan, “Did you give $23 to a church?”

“No.  What’s the address?  Hmmm.  Let me see it.  Oh!  Ha!  Church’s chicken!”

So there you have it, folks!  If you eat fried chicken, it may or may not help you on your tax return!

One more:

Daniel was sitting down the other day, making his feet talk to each other.  Apparently they were having an argument of some sort:

“Your turn,” said the left

“Noooo,” replied the right, and it kind of just went on along those lines.  But then doesn’t everyone’s feet talk to each other?


Epilepsy Update

Most of you already know that Caleb was diagnosed with epilepsy (a person who has had two or more seizures with unknown cause) a year ago.

All but one of his seizures has been full-on convulsions in his sleep.  The one exception was an absence seizure, which he had a year and a half ago, in the swimming pool.


He was standing there, and then his eyes crossed as he stared off into space, and he couldn’t hear or respond to a single thing we were saying.  It was so weird.
Last Friday I was walking the boys home from school when Joshua said something about Caleb shaking so hard in his sleep “last night” that he fell out of his bed.  After much questioning, it sounds like that is exactly what happened, and Joshua has now been reminded of the importance of coming and telling us when he sees anything like this!

By that point, Caleb was already coming down with the cold, so I explained to the neurologist (at Caleb’s appointment yesterday) that I thought it could have been related.  He said that of course it could, and there is no way to know.


He said this starts Caleb over on his two-year count to being epilepsy-free.  Such a shame after not seeing a seizure for a whole year, but this sounds like it was a bad one.
I really feel the need to keep Caleb WELL now.  That boy is going to the doc at the first sign of fever next time, and not an hour will go by without tylenol or advil in his system because fevers are a seizure trigger.  Sleeplessness is also a trigger, and with all the coughing, Caleb wasn’t sleeping as well.
Parenting is a tough job.  I love that little boy so much, and I hate seeing hard things happen to him.
The neurologist said that swim team is still fine for him, as long as we always have someone there watching him, even if it’s just from the side of the pool.  We’re also ever so slightly increasing Caleb’s medicine dosage.
That appointment was yesterday.  I had both Dan and Caleb with me, and with all the waiting and herding little Dan around, I left the hospital newly resolved to have my tubal ligation with this pregnancy!!  It is no fun managing Daniel in waiting rooms when you’re 7 months pregnant and also coming down with a cold!



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