Friday, February 29, 2008
That being said, what do you want to read about? Any specific topics you'd like me to chat about? I'm attending a women's retreat with my church next weekend (Mar 7-8) so that should give me a few new topics. Please post a comment or shoot me an email about some topics you'd like me to cover. That would really bless me and in turn bless others who read this blog.
Thank you in advance!!!
Friday, February 22, 2008
Praise God for great love and continuing to give us patience during this difficult time. Thank you ALL for your prayers and support! Please continue to pray for us as we strive to make wise financial decisions and be good stewards of what God has given us.
With love and thanks,
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
We were at the chiropractor's office and I was trying to keep Hannah entertained while I laid on the massage table. She was sitting on my chest and I had given her the pendant from my necklace (it's way to large to swallow) to play with. With all of it's shimmer and shine, the plan worked and she was entertained. However, the one thing I did not want Hannah to do with my lovely pendant was to put it in her mouth. At one point, as she went to make it her dinner, I looked at her and with a serious tone simply said, "Hannah, uh-uh." She immediately put the pendant down. A fluke, I thought. After about 30 seconds or so, she decided to try again and this time, with the same tone, I responded, "Hannah, no ma'am." Again, she put the pendant down. I was dumbfounded. She actually understood what I was saying! Why was that so exciting to me?
There have been many times that Hannah has been blatantly disobedient about simple things that I've been able to excuse because I think, "she just doesn't understand 'no' yet." But I now know that is not the case. I'm no longer left to wonder. I finally have a starting point in disciplining her. Given, we're a long way away from conversations about asking forgiveness or time-outs and such, but this is a great starting point for me. As Proverbs 13:24 says, "...he who loves [his son] is careful to discipline him."
Hannah and I are learning a great deal about each other each and every day. God is continuing to teach and mold me in the process!
Friday, February 15, 2008
I must admit that I've had a hard time enjoying Hannah lately. She's been very moody for several days now. She's also learned how to make this annoying, high pitched grunt when she's not happy with something that literally drives me nuts. Wednesday, my annoyance was peaking when God showed me great grace. Hannah stayed in the nursery the ENTIRE hour and a half during a women's class at church! For those of you that are unaware, that is a first for Hannah. Thanks to patient childcare workers and a great God, I was able to sit through the entire class - uninteruppted.
The beauty of this whole thing was that the class was dealing with loving your children. Go ahead and smile. I know you want to. I was so convicted and equally blessed by the topics discussed. Why am I not enjoying my daughter more? Because my mind is preoccupied with no one but myself, that's why. Given, the better care I take of myself, the better I'll be able to care for my family. However, there is a point in which caring for myself becomes obsessive. Love manifests itself by being "other" focused, not "inward" focused.
As I said earlier, tonight was good for me. Hannah Mai and I played half of the evening. To hear her giggle and kiss me by request (yes, she's learned that too now) is so rewarding. My precious baby girl is growing up all too fast. I SO enjoyed our time together and pray for God's continued grace in my life.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
After putting Hannah through a not-so-fun skin prick test (about 40 pricks), we have good news! Technically, not one single allergy showed up! Though that sounds a bit confusing considering previous diagnosis, let me further explain. *The picture show here was taken about 2 hours after the pricks so it's harder to see*
There are two potential issues at hand. Either Hannah has already outgrown both the dairy and soy allergies OR they didn’t show up on the test because they are strictly protein related. Dairy and soy allergies are often an allergic reaction to the protein in each. This would explain Hannah’s previous bloody stools and the initial diagnosis of the allergies. The good news is that she’s likely not as allergic as she could be. The not so good news is that she has the potential to develop a protein allergy to eggs. As a result, she is not allowed to have egg until she’s 2 – after that, we try it and see what happens. There is a good chance she’ll be just fine. She is also not allergic to oat or wheat – false alarm.
So what’s the final verdict? Well, it’s overall very good.
- She stays on her Alimentum (hypoallergenic formula) until she’s one. At that point, we’ll introduce soy milk to take it’s place.
- Also at one, we’re allowed to introduce dairy. However, we were instructed to introduce it first in something baked or cooked, not a straight glass of milk. We were also told to use a lactose-free kind so we can distinguish any reactions as allergic versus intolerant (there is a difference). If all is well, dairy can be added to her diet.
- She is to avoid egg (even in recipes) until age 2.
- She is to avoid nuts and shellfish until age 3 (again, because of her propensity to allergic reactions).
Overall, there is a good chance that she’ll completely grow out of all these allergies, assuming she develops no new ones. Praise God!
In other news, Louisville continues to be blanketed in snow. I’ll include pictures of our snow covered house as well as our hill that all the neighborhood kids decided to slide down yesterday. ;) Even as I type, the snow is coming down nice and heavy. I haven’t decided if I like that or not.
Thank you all for your prayers!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
During the summer of 2003, I was invited to attend a college houseboat retreat sponsored by Highview Baptist Church. Though hesitant, I thought it might “be good for me” so I agreed to go. The first night there, I prayed silently before bed to the Lord. I told Him that I didn’t know why I was there but that I wanted something amazing to happen over that weekend. Little did I know what He had in store. On the last night of the retreat, Bro. Jimmy Scroggins was graphically depicting Christ’s final hours. It was during those moments my sin was made very clear to me. Here I was, claiming to be a Christian and living the life of an unbeliever.
Immediately after the message, I approached Bro. Jimmy. I explained that I knew I needed to change but I didn’t even know where to begin. He suggested that I start by going to church. I asked why I would want to go to church when it was just full of a bunch of hypocrites. He response will never escape me. He looked me dead in the eye and said, “Terra, if there was a perfect church, would they let you in?” And then, “If they did, would it still be perfect?” My own hypocrisy was revealed and I realized we are all sinners in need of a Savior.
I began attending church regularly after this retreat. My entire life was changed. Some of my flesh struggles were outwardly corrected almost immediately. Others were a little slower in coming. I was finally growing in the Lord and at a rapid pace. After graduating from college and still single, I attended Southern Seminary to pursue a career path in the ministry. However, I got married and had a baby soon after. I graduated with my M.A. this past May. My primary ministry is now my home (my husband and child). However, I do look forward to opportunities to serve in women’s ministries within the church.
I believe Jesus Christ came to earth as God in the flesh. He was born of the virgin Mary, was crucified and died for the sins of man, was buried, and rose on the third day. He ascended into heaven where He now sits at the right hand of God, interceding on behalf of His chosen people. It is by grace alone that I am saved and my life should reflect the fruits of the Spirit.
Monday, February 11, 2008
- “Skin prick test. This test is done by placing a drop of a solution containing a possible allergen on the skin, and a series of scratches or needle pricks allows the solution to enter the skin. If the skin develops a red, raised itchy area (called a wheal), it usually means that the person is allergic to that allergen. This is called a positive reaction.
- Intradermal test. During this test, a small amount of the allergen solution is injected into the skin. An intradermal allergy test may be done when a substance does not cause a reaction in the skin prick test but is still suspected as an allergen for that person. The intradermal test is more sensitive than the skin prick test but is more often positive in people who do not have symptoms to that allergen.”1
Also, James has Strep – that’s a prayer request.
On a praise side, I’m so proud to announce that James successfully changed the radiator in my car today! This was his first “big” car work (past oil changes) so it was especially exciting. Praise God for a husband that loves to work, provide and learn how to continue to support the family in creative ways.
Oh…and we’re supposed to get 4-6 inches of snow tonight. It could be an interesting drive to the allergist!
1 - http://www.webmd.com/allergies/allergy-tests
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Hannah Has Fun with Scarves
Shy DiCapua's Baby Shower
A Few Random Pics of Hannah
While en route, I noticed buildings and signs that had changed since I graduated. Then I started noticing the students. All of a sudden, I realized how much younger many of them were than myself. I don’t really feel like it’s been that long, and yet when I do the math, I started my college career 9 years ago. Wow! I felt so old – especially walking around campus with a baby. And here’s the thing: I’m only 26…I know that’s not old! It’s all a matter of perspective really.
Of course, then I was able to remind myself of all the amazing things that have happened during those years of aging. I entered college at 17, ready to take on the world. Instead, the world took me on. Then at 21, by God’s grace, I became a Christian. My life changed in ways I never thought possible. At 24, I was married to an absolutely amazing man named James Santos. At 25, I graduated seminary and one week later, gave birth to our first child, Hannah Mai. What wonderful 9 years!
Again, I know that 26 years old is not old – only in comparison to the 17 I started at. It was fun to reflect on how God has aged me with grace and I pray He continues to do so in the next 9+ years to come!