Tuesday, August 30, 2005

She's in Stitches!

Those pesky litle stitches that are keeping Natalie's head together are actually quite becoming on her. I knw I'm partial, but she is so gorgeous even with the big old wound in her head! Here are a few more pictures from last week.
She gt her stitches out on Friday while we were in Ohio. I'll write more about that and our trip later. But for now...Enjoy!

I was blocking her view of Sesame Street...

She was finally able to have a bath. She REALLY needed one! So now she's nice and clean and ready to go with a Barbie band-aid....

DAY ONE

Morning:




Evening:



For being such a good girl while Mommy and Daddy fixed her boo boo, she shared a fudgsicle with Daddy, although when it was gone, she was not happy anymore!

Monday, August 29, 2005

Five Stitches!

Natalie continually surprises Scott and me! She is growing so fast and becoming a beautiful little girl. But, she is still our baby and we would give our lives for her. If it was possible, I would have cracked my head open on Sunday night to keep her from having to go through it. Yes. You read me correctly. Natalie cracked her head open on Sunday night after church on a pew. She was running up and down the aisles between Scott and me (he was up front, I was in the back). During her last run she tripped halfway up the aisle and went face first into the corner of the pew bench.

Scott and I both rushed to her. I got to her first and scooped her up. She holds her breath when she's really upset and when I pulled her back to tell her to breath all I saw was blood. It was all over her face, gushing out of a huge gash in her forehead. I panicked and just kept yelling, "Blood!" over and over. I was bawling...uh! So traumatic even now!

We went running out of the sanctuary and I don't know what happened next. It was all a blur. Someone took her from my hands (Scott, I think) and layed her on the ground to try to get the bleeding to stop. I just stood there crying, not knowing what else to do. There were people everywhere praying with me, for us, for Natalie. I think I would have passed out if a great man of the church had not been there holding me up, speaking scriptures and prayers into my ear. All I remember are her screams and his voice.

We weren't able to completely stop the bleeding but we buckled her up and went to the ER. Scott dropped us off at the entrance and we ran in only to find the waiting room filled with a line to the door of people waiting to just check in. We must have looked a sight. Natalie had blood all over her face and covering her shirt. I had blood on my face and down my neck from holding her. When Scott joined us he had blood all over his shirt. We were a mess!

FOUR AND A HALF HOURS we waited. Ridiculous! Natalie's "laceration" was an inch long and above her left eye. It was a good 1/8 inch deep. Deep enough I could see raw tissue. Ah! My Baby! She got five stitches and fought the doctors and nurses every step of the way. So much so, they had to restrain her in a papoosa (sp?), which is a sort of body board for babies. They wrap these wide straps around her to bind up her arms and legs and then take a bed sheet and wrap her up again so that she looks like a caterpillar in a cocoon. Oh..She hated that thing! The nurse then held her head with both hands. All I could see was her left eye . Every other part of her was covered (except her toes). She still squirmed enough that the doctor had to try multiple times to get each stitch in.

During this whole time of the stitching Scott held his breath. You know what that means! Yep, he started to pass out. He did make it to the chair before falling over, but wasn't able to stand up for a while. The nurse said something to him like, "if you fall over, I can't help you. You'll just have to wait till we're done." It was funny at the time and helped to break the tension caused by Natalie's category 5 screams. Once the switches were all in and Natalie was back in my arms, the nurse brought Scott some ice chips. Poor baby!

I never want to go through that again! It was so draining on this little family! I have to admit though, we surprised me. We all stayed relatively level headed and kept our wits about us. Natalie was in high spirits once she could forget about where we were and what happened. She was even able to laugh and play while we waited. I think she has handled the whole situation better than any of us.

So here we are after we got home. From time to time while we were in the ER I commented to Scott that I wish I had our camera. So many precious moments to capture for the scrapbook. He said, "or for your blog!" He's right on the money with that one! So I took a bunch of pics once we got home and have continued to snap a few ever time I change her bandages. I will post the daily pictures as I can.

Please continue to pray for Natalie and for Scott and me. We are doing very well, although Scott has become even more protective of her. He won't let her run or go up and down the stairs. It is really cute. He is such a softy and such a fantastic Daddy!






Wednesday, August 24, 2005

16 Months Old or 16 Years Old?

After lunch today, Natalie and I went outside to play. It has finally cooled off to a somewhat decent temperature of 86 degrees. It made play outside fun. Natlaie loves to play with her car. Today she decided to take her car out for a drive. Well, let's just say it is a very good thing toddlers aren't allowed to drive!


Before we can go anywhere, we have to get gas. Fill 'er up!

Ok, now we're ready to go! That's a great start!

Uh-oh! The car began to vear off the road and into the ditch. Luckily, Natalie was able to get out and redirect.

Completely disoriented by the accident in the ditch, she heads straight into the grass for some off roading!

But alas, even that is too much to handle. She's thrown in the towel and is headed out on foot!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!


Let all who are listening...er, reading this know: The Emmys are only days away which means that you only have 26 days to grab your girls and form a Fantasy Fashion League of your own!

Think about it Ladies: Your husband is in the process of drafting his 7th team for fantasy football. Monday nights are consumed with PRE-SEASON games already. ESPN suddenly appears as your new homepage. What's a girl to do!? JOIN A FANTASY FASHION LEAGUE! and give your man some competition!

That's right girls, we have arrived! It's "the fashionista's answer" to fantasy football. It is based on the football concept, but is all about fashion - clothing designers, shoe designers, handbag designers, jewelry designers, and the celebrities who wear the fashion!

Go to www.fantasyfashionleague.com to sign up!


(I have received no financial benefit for this gawdy free advertisement.)

Monday, August 22, 2005

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY BIG MAN!!!!



Today is Scott's 27th birthday. He is one in a million, folks, a true gem. I am a blessed woman!
So Happy Birthday Baby. I love you oh so well.

Convoy of Hope


Rev. Rex Bornman of Convoy of Hope was at church yesterday. I have heard of Convoy of hope before, but was touched again by the ministry they do all over the world. I am amazed at the way God's people pull together to help those that would otherwise be left to rot by the world. So many times we turn a blind eye or look away all together to the hurting of humanity. But God's heart beats love for these people. The Bible is clear that until Jesus returns, there will never cease to be poor and hurting people. He did give us strict instructions though to care for these people. John 13:34, 35 says "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." When we look the other way or say to ourselves, "that's not my gifting," we are robbing ourselves of blessings beyond our wildest imagination!! We have to be givers! We have been given a great gift by the Father with strict instructions to give it away. It is Jesus in us. It's the gift that keeps on giving! Rex had a great thought yesterday, "God gives givers gifts to give!" When was that last time you gave of yourself to another human being? When was the last time you gave of yourself with no thought about what you would get in return? We cannot look the other way any longer! We have to love humanity for all it's worth! God treasures each and every person just like He treasures you! He wants all people to feel loved and valued! It is our job as believers to love the unloveable! We need to be lovers and givers of Life! Check out Convoy of Hope's website to see what you can do. The link to their website is to the right of your screen.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Ugh! Saturday!


Why is it that I am the crabbiest on Saturdays? Is it because I know my house should be cleaned on Saturdays or that my husband has to go back to work the next day, or because all I really wanted to do today was get a babysitter and go shopping with my husband buying whatever I wanted? Instead I stayed home and cleaned the house, rearranged Natalie's room for the 50th time since we moved here, made dinner and read a book. Oh yeah, I watched half of Guarding Tess and half of The Other Sister (and bawled my eyes out with the latter. I always loose it when she screams "STOP LAUGHING AT ME!!" My heart aches for her!) While it wasn't an all together bad day, I was just crabby. For no reason really but still too crabby to notice that the building next to ours was on fire. So much so that the Fire Department was here and now there's yellow tape around the building. I don't think I even opened the curtains at all. I vaguely remember hearing sirens and thinking to myself that they sounded awfully close.

Even though I had to clean the house today, Natalie was a good cleaning partner. She loves to "help" although her "helping" is actually beginning to help. She likes to hand me the silver wear when I empty the dishwasher. She likes to wipe things, and she vacuums with her vacuum. Today I did find her on the couch watching TV, though--a quick break she said. Now, believe it or not, she went into the living room, turned the TV on, and climbed onto the sofa all by herself. This is how I found her! No joke! - remote in hand! Is she her father's child or what?!

So while Natalie and I were cleaning and oblivious to the fire raging next door, Scott had a men's wedding shower to go to today. It must be an East Coast thing, because I have certainly never heard of men having a wedding shower. I've heard of co-ed showers, in fact I think we had one before our wedding. But the guys are always clustered around the food table talking football and totally uninterested in the new towels and bed linens. The whole idea just seems odd. I guess it gives those closest to the bride and groom another chance to celebrate their new life together. Being a bridesmaid over 10 times in my life, I do know the wonderful joy of watching your dearest friends in the excitement prior to the Big Day! It is a priceless feeling! In this case, the groom is the son of our new senior pastor. He and his bride-to-be are a wonderful couple full of the love of God. They really do deserve all the parties in the world! I just can't get over the oddity of a men's wedding shower. Can you imagine it! The groom opens a haphazardly wrapped set of drill bits only to squeal in delight. "Oh my gosh! I love this kind!! When I saw these in the store I just knew I had to have them!" I'm sorry. I shouldn't be making fun of them. Scott had a great time and some really good burgers! Hey...That's all you need for a good men's wedding shower!


The other day when we got home from the beach I started a bunch of laundry. I stacked up the naked pillows in the hallway outside the laundry room awaiting their trip to our bed. When I finished loading the washer and headed to return the pillows to the bed, I happened to find our little Natalina perched up on the pillows helping herself to a snack from the beach bag. She loves to sit on things that are close to the ground--her height. For instance, steps-no matter where they are- are always a great spot. Then there's Daddy's guitar case, pillows, stacks of folded clothes waiting to be put away, books, more pillows, toys, her Natalie sized chairs and stools, her desk, her car, and anything else that seems to be her size.



As you can see her size is fast becoming not so little anymore! She is definitely a toddler with all it's joys and sorrows. I just had to take a picture of her yesterday as we were getting ready to go to the library. It was the first cool (and I use that term VERY loosely) all summer. (I think the high was 84 or something, but humidity was low which made the difference.) She wanted to wear socks and her Strawberry Shortcake tennis shoes. She looked like a little girl walking around the house (except for the Nuk in the mouth, but I need something to keep my baby with me a little while longer!). I can't believe how fast she is growing!

Alethia Charis Martin

Here are some new pictures of my other baby, Alethia. She is now almost seven months old! Isn't she precious!?



Josh and Anissa are having another baby! She (or he) is due the end of March. Wow! I'm so excited! I'm not at a place where I want to get pregnant just yet, so I'm living through them! Their babes will only be 14 months apart. Yikes!



Congratulations Joshua, Anissa, and Alethia! May God continue to fill your quiver!

Friday, August 19, 2005

Beach Week "05


We just got back from a mini beach week with some friends from church. We had a fantastic time! It was my first official vacation to the beach. I have been to various beaches and seen the ocean, heck, I have even swam in the Mediterranian Sea, but never had a "beach week." Living all my life in the midwest, the beach is something you have to fly to or drive forever to get to. The idea of driving an hour or two and ending up on sand is unthinkable. (I'm sorry but Manmade Lake in Wausau does not count at all!!) On our way there we passed some nice neighborhoods and Scot and i were talking about living in Delaware. When we buy a house, we'd like to buy in DE. Then it struck us! Never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined that we would be talking about living in Delaware, much less vacationing there! How crazy is that!

Anyway...back to the beach...

The McDowells and the Benickis hosted us at Bethany Beach in Delaware. We spent two days basking in the sun and playing in the waves! On Monday Scott went fishing with the guys in the Assawoman Bay. No one even had a nibble except for a few crabs here and there. Scott came back a little toasty on his arms and face. Even his normally pearly white legs were pink! He was a little uncomfortable for a day or two.

Natalie and I went with the ladies and the kids to the beach while Scott went fishing. Natalie was so funny. She wasn't too sure about the water or the sand so once we got her settled on the beach towel she didn't move! It was hilarious! If a little bit of sand touched her hand or toes she freaked out! But she did enjoy chasing the waves as they splashed her as long as she was on someone's hip. That evening Ewing insisted that Scott and I go on a date and leave Natalie with them. So we went for dinner and the took a moonlit walk on the beach. This was the first time we had ever gotten to do that! It was so wonderful!

On Tuesday Soctt came to the each with us. We had so much fun while Natalie hung out on the towel. We were jumping in the waves and getting knocked over by them! We wiped out a few times, but it was so much fun!! I couldn't believe that Scott, my Scott! was jumping around in the waves and loving every minute of it! We even saw dolphins up close and personal. I was fraking out! I have never seen dolphins in perona nd to see them that close was awesome! They were still a hundred yard out, but I was closer to them than ever before. I tried to get video and even chased them up the beach, but I'm not sure if I ever did get them in the viewfinder or not. I was so concerned with seeing them with my own eyes. It was so cool!

The whole beach experience was amazing and so much more than I was expecting. Watching the waves come in and going back out was breath taking. The sound was like listening to God's own heart beat for humanity. The waves crashed in to the rhythm of His heart. What an awesome sight! I was so humbled by the magesty of it all. God's hand was in and through everything. Everything about our trip was perfect. It was as if God was heaping blessing upon blessing into our llives. Thank you Lord for Your loving-kindeness. He is so good to us, isn't He?

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Morning Walk


Natalie and I just got back from our morning walk. It is so hot out already! I think it will definitely be a pool day. It's so beautiful!
She is my Mini Me, you know. I can't help but laugh as I watch her play. She really is a miniature Melissa, complete with identical facial expressions and gestures! I can't get over her most days! When she's in the car she likes to play with her cell phone. (It's really an old one of mine.) She holds it up to her ear and just talks and talks, carrying on actual conversations!! Every so often she will burst out laughing as if the person she was talking to had just said the funniest thing she had ever heard. Scott and I just watch and laugh. When I see a 12 year old with a cell phone I think to myself that he's so young to need a cell phone. I wonder what people think when they drive past us and see a 15 month old carrying on with a cell phone. Now that is definitely too young to need a cell phone!
Tonight is Girls night Out. It's a pool party at Sandy Gabrielli's. I thought I was going to have to miss it because of Beach Week but it's next week. I'm so glad! I need a night out. I'm hoping it will be really fun!
As I said, next week is Beach Week. I've never had a vacation at the beach before so I am totally beside myself with excitement! It's not the first time at the beach just the first vacation at the beach. It'll be Natalie's first time to ever be at the beach. I can't wait to see what she does!
I'm sorry that today's post is kinda mundane. I struggled for a while to come up with something deep to write about, but it's just not there today! It comes and it goes. I'll try to catch it on another day!
I'm signing off for now!
Take care and love extravagantly today!
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