Archive | November, 2008

It’s the most germi-est time of the year…

25 Nov

Sorry the updates have been so few and far between lately.  Ella has been sick for almost 2 weeks with viruses that come, seem to leave and then return with some new, twisted way of making everyone’s life miserable.  It hasn’t been fun for anyone, and when we ended up in the ER on Sunday night (no worries, everything’s fine) we were all just hoping for some answers.  She doesn’t have pneumonia (GREAT!), but they didn’t have much to say beyond that.  Ella has an inhaler now to help her airways relax so she can cough more effectively and hopefully this virus (or whatever it is) will pass and we will all have some peace.

My baby brother’s last collegiate football game was on Saturday at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.  Since Ella was still sick, I went on the trip with my parents.  Even though it was pretty cold outside (it took a couple of hours for me to get feeling back into my toes) I’m so glad I was able to be there.  The majority of the game was pretty dismal, with not much scoring and many penalties and poor play calling.  Indiana State scored a go-ahead TD with just under a minute left to play, and it seemed that Missouri State had snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.  Then, after a couple of quick first downs, on the final play, who catches the tying TD to send the game into overtime but #18 Chris Geisz!!!!  It was an amazing catch and a fantastic way to end his career at Missouri State.  He even called the play himself!  I guess when you know you can do it, you go out and get it done.  The Bears won in OT and a great, frozen time was had by all.  Congratulations, Chrissy.  I’m really proud of you and it has been a lot of fun, stress, heartbreak and joy to watch you play the past 9 years.

Happy Thanksgiving!

All I Want for Christmas…

13 Nov

As the holiday season approaches, this year more than recent years past, I am overwhlemed at the thought of Christmas.  Mostly because Ella is old enough this year to enjoy it and to open presents, so I have been researching the “best” gifts to get her.  There are TONS of cute toys and clothes out there, many that I know Ella would love.  

But then I get an urgent feeling of overindulgence, materialism and guilt.  She doesn’t really need any new toys or games, we are lucky enough to have plenty for her.  All of these plastic toys that are fun and pretty are also not so great for the environment.  They are just things.  Ella is surrounded by people who love her so much and just want to play with her and have fun with her that all of these toys that I love to look at (as does Ella) are not necessary.  And then there’s the reminder that so many children around the world have nothing.  Not even one toy to play with, no seahorse to help them go to sleep at night.  Maybe not even a blanket or pillow.  It definitely pulls on any parents heartstrings to think of a child with nothing.  So why does Ella need anything new for Christmas?  

Well, she doesn’t.  But it’s not really all about Ella getting things for Christmas.  It’s about all of those people who love her so much thinking of her and her little personality and choosing something for her not because SHE needs something, but because they want to GIVE.  

I understand this because I am one of those people.  I have always loved Christmas time because I love to give people presents.  I love the crowded shopping malls, the holiday music playing everywhere, the crazy decorations and lights, everything.  I love to pick out something that I think really suits someone and then wrap it up, just for them.  I even remember as a youth wanting to spend my gift cards that I received as presents on other people.  Just because giving is such a great feeling. 

So, yes, there is overindulgence, materialism and guilt associated with Christmas for me.  There probably always will be.  I hope to help change that by volunteering with Ella and showing her that giving is the best part of Christmas.  But I also hope she learns to appreciate that receiving graciously is part of what makes the giver so happy.

Happy Halloween & America the Beautiful…

8 Nov

I know it’s a week late, but here is a photo of Ella in her black cat costume.  She was really cute even though it was warm on Halloween & her costume was a bit hot for her.  She went “trick-or-treating” at Great Grandma & Grandpa’s.  

Also, Ella is very excited about her future, as you can see with her choice for president.  And doesn’t she look patriotic?

From Sea to Shining Sea…

5 Nov

Many stories have been told in the past 24 hours that have touched my heart.  Millions of young people now have hope that they, too, can achieve.  America’s future has had their say, and with a 60% majority, they see the future as brighter with Barack Obama leading the way.  I have to admit that I am happier and more confident that my child will grow up to inherit a better America than we have now.  I hope that she will see this election as a point in history where we, as voters, succeeded in beginning to heal our country. Only time will tell, but these are my hopes.

I know that the hard part now is before us.  Can Barack Obama do what he says he can?  Will he be successful?  Will the country unite, as so many public leaders have called us to do?  I am hopeful.  I am nervous and afraid.  But mostly, I am excited.  I want to know what’s going to happen next.  I want to see and feel all of the change.  And I don’t want to disappoint the world.  I want all of the other countries that so strongly support Barack Obama to re-engage with America.  I want them to know that our country is one that can be relied upon and allied with, one that does not take friendships or soliders for granted.  I want our country to be one that is looked up at again, with stronger education, stronger environmental, stronger healthcare policies.  

I believe we can become the change we want to see and I know that we have made the best choice available to us to follow that path.  Yes we WILL!