Monday, February 22, 2010

Cold? Not in Our Okie Carhartts!!

Well, as we have been learning over the past 18 months, life in Oklahoma is always changing . . . especially when it comes to the weather. It can go from clouds to rain to sun to clouds and even snow, all in a few hours it seems. We can check the weather on our little ipod apps only to have to check it again an hour later!!
       One thing that I have learned is that layering clothing is the way to go. Thin sweatshirts followed by thicker sweatshirts followed be a Carhartt jacket or coverall of some kind is the best. These Carthartt jackets are really warm. The first winter we were here, we laughed at all of the Okies in their brown jackets, brown coveralls and overalls. Most of them had the name Carhartt embossed on them . . . well, this year we have realized the benefits of the that brand . . . it spells warmth. I highly recommend trying to get your hands (and body) into a Cathartt shirt or Cathartt sweatshirt.
       Here are a few pictures of some of the kidos around the ranch, in their warm clothing - from holding baby goats to training horses to sliding on frozen ponds:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Addition to the Ranch

Meet Molly, my son's new little English Shepherd puppy (Thanks Cheryl!!):

Monday, February 8, 2010

MORE Snow!!

The snowflakes started coming down after midnight last night. It was so neat to stand outside and shine a big spotlight up into the snow. More snow = more mucky and slushy pens BUT, I also am hoping that it will equal great pastures this fall. I'll try to get a few pics up later.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

5 Years Ago Today

Five years ago today, I was in a CA, in a hospital giving birth to my twins. An almost 40 year old woman giving birth to twins was a big event at a teaching hospital and the OR was packed with curious medical students. All went well. Here is what my oldest daughter posted on one of her blogs today about this event:

Five Blessed Years

Five years ago today, our life changed forever. Osiyyah & his twin sister, Yophiyyah were born.

My then 14 year old sister & I stayed with our mom in the hospital from the time she was admitted late Wednesday night, Feb. 4th. As my sister & I stood in the hallway outside of the OR, little did we know how different our life would be from that day forward.

The twins were born naturally with no complications. Osiyyah was "Twin A" and Yophiyyah "Twin B." The babies were born at 2:05 & 2:10pm Thursday afternoon, February 3rd 2005. My sister & I briefly got a peek at the babies as the nurses wheeled them into the NICU. I remember how tiny they were. Just under 6 lbs each.

Shortly thereafter, my dad came out of the OR and went to follow the babies into the NICU. A few moments later he came back with "there is some bad news." Our hearts stopped, not knowing what he was going to say. He proceeded with "it looks like the little boy has Down syndrome." My sister & I were both relieved and I thought "oh, that's not bad."

After the babies were born and we knew this information, we went into the waiting room where the rest of the kids were and some of our friends. Being exhausted from practically no sleep in over 24 hours, my sister & I both started bawling as soon as we told everybody the news that the babies were born. We probably looked like a bunch of geeks in the waiting room that was full of other people! At that point, we were so excited to have two new babies! Praise the Lord!

From that day, our lives have changed for the better. The first few months after the twins were born, there were some challenges. With the two week NICU stay, then having to go to the pediatrician's office every 2 weeks to a month for Osiyyah. Looking back, those office visits could've been avoided had we known more. But, we live & learn.

Praise God he has given us Osiyyah. Life would be so dull & sad without him. He makes us laugh all the time.

The last 5 years have been a learning experience and I'm sure we have lots more to learn. Osiyyah is incredibly blessed to be born into our family & in this country. Into a family who loves him, even though God made him with a little something extra.

Osiyyah is thriving beyond what we ever thought and what we were ever told. I am so thankful God has given us the knowledge & understanding to help Osiyyah be where he is at today. Had we not found out about Nutrivene and the so many other things that we do with Osiyyah, I'm convinced he would not be thriving like he is today. Praise the Lord for his kindness towards Osiyyah.

To put things in perspective, if Osiyyah were born into a family in another country, especially Eastern Europe, it would be very likely that he would be in an orphanage right now. Because he is 5 years old, he would now be on his way to a mental institution. He would not be thriving. His life would consist of laying in a crib, getting hardly any attention. I can't imagine someone doing that to a child, simply because they have Down syndrome. I can hardly think about this without crying. But, this is the reality of so many children with Down syndrome in other countriesIt's incredibly sad.

So, today we will sing "Ha day" (Happy birthday), as Osiyyah says, to him & his sister. And, today, as every other day, we arevery thankful God has put Osiyyah in our lives.

I love you O & Yo!

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