Friday, May 30, 2008
Dear God, Let Cooper dwell in the shelter of the Most High and rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Be his refuge, his fortress, his covering, his shield. Do not let him fear the terror of the night, nor any type of plague or sickness. Do not let any harm or disaster come near Cooper. Command your angels to guard him in all his ways and keep him from hurting himself. When he calls on you, answer him. Be with him in trouble; deliver him and honor him. Satisfy Cooper with long life and show him your salvation. Psalm 91
In addition... Hem the Pardue family in - behind and before; place your hand upon them so that wherever they go and whatever they do, they will be accompanied by your presence. Psalm 139: 5-10.
A little something to brighten your day (and mine)...
Monday, May 26, 2008
Saturday took a dramatic and scary turn as we were driving back from the Chrysalis flight around 10:00am. We got a phone call that my sister, Keisha, and my niece, Addison, were in a car accident and were riding by ambulance to the hospital. Another driver had run a red light and slammed directly into my sister's car as she was turning - right at the passenger side door where Addison was sitting in her car seat. My sister was fine minus some bumps and bruises but we had many scary hours waiting to make sure Addison was ok.
At 9:00pm that night, 11 hours later, Addison was released. She had two 2cm. gashes on her head and one 1cm. gash. The gashes were so deep that they were almost to her skull. They had to take her to the operating room and put her to sleep to sew them up - mainly because she is so small, the cuts were so deep, they were on her face so the stitches needed to be done well not to leave a scar, and she was having a fit each time the doctor came close. She had to get two layers of stitches for each cut (you medical people can explain this better than I). She was exhausted and quite pale after all the blood that she had lost. Two days later, they are doing well.
My dad spoke to the wrecker driver and he said that it was a miracle that she did not get hurt any worse. The passenger door is pushed in all the way until it is touching her car seat which gives you an idea of the force of impact. Keisha's car is totaled but we are just very thankful that they are ok. What a weekend...
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Sean says this is nothing like the Asheville festival that spreads throughout all downtown. This one was at the local Greek Orthodox church (like 2 miles from our house) but I thought it was fairly impressive. It was already packed with people which surprised me for Friday lunchtime. I'm sure it was nearly impossible today.
It was our first experience at the Greek festival, although many say that they make it an annual event. We sampled Greek Entrees, ate some yummy Baklava, watched Greek dancers, and strolled the marketplace. In the marketplace I happened upon two treasures. I found a gorgeous nativity set made of Olive wood directly from the Holy Land (so the sign said). The sellers were from Waynesville (my hometown). Not being willing to fork over the hundreds of dollars that it cost though, I settled for the minature version in a Christmas Ornament that cost only $8. Still pretty, still made of olive wood, and boasts to be still from the Holy Land. I also bought another angel (I collect these) for only $7.50. Not bad for handmade crafts and a wonderful family afternoon.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Aaron, Rachel, Sean, Christal
Auntie E and Sean
Sean and his parents
Sunday was Mother's Day and I was determined that Cooper was going to attend church for the first time on Mother's Day. There was just something sentimental about that - and trust me, I've been very sentimental lately. So, I drug Sean, Cooper, my mom, and dad up to be at the 9:00 church service because Sean led the middle school boys small group at 11:00 and I wanted him to be with Cooper during his first church service so we couldn't attend the 11:00 service. Let me just say that was an experience. First of all, we were 20 minutes late. I am blaming the entire church fiasco on Huggies Diapers. We were (reasonably) on time...until the diaper leaked and Cooper's precious (Thanks Keisha) outfit was soaked as I picked him up to go in the car seat. So we had to change a diaper and were into outfit number 2 (number 3 if you count the pajamas that he started out in this morning). We finally get to church just as Cooper decides that he's hungry. I head back to the nursery to feed him and get partially finished when I feel a wet spot on my black (thankfully) skirt. I stand up and realize that he has successfully pooped all over both himself and me - thanks Huggies for leaking yet again. I look like I have mustard smeared across the front of my lap. I clean us both up (outfit number 3 or 4 depending on how you're counting) and proceed to finish letting him eat. By this time it is 10:00, we have missed an hour of church and the service is ending shortly. I just decided to wait out the last 15-20 minutes or so in the lobby chatting with those coming in and out instead of entering and being a distraction at the conclusion of the sermon by crawling over people to my seat. So, Cooper's first experience with church was spent in the nursery. It was a nice try! I did end up having a wonderful Mother's day though. Cooper gave me earrings which are his birthstone. The attached picture shows us in comfy clothes rather than our church clothes because of the whole Huggies mess.
Furthermore, we would like to say a very special Happy Mother's Day to Nana, Grandma, Aunt Keisha, Great-Nana Giese, and Nanny Ruby. We love you all very much!
And by the way...Cooper is in bed now and on outfit number 7 for the day. The poor kid has had more wardrobe changes than a celebrity!