Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Thanksgiving and More

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. We had a nice, quiet Thanksgiving. The three of us headed over, armed with a green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and bread, to my older sister's house, where we enjoyed dinner with her and her husband and their new son. Eli slept long enough to allow us to eat which was a real treat, especially for my sister.


Silly me - I didn't take a single picture. Part of me is thinking how in the world did I not take a photo of Daniel's first Thanksgiving and the other part of me is thinking that I usually don't take Thanksgiving pictures anyway so it's no big deal. I think Daniel was glad to have a break from the camera at least. He even got out his play camera we bought while in Russia and actually played with it telling me to say "cheese"! I think he's figured out he can boss me around when he has a camera in hand. After all, how can I not say cheese, if I expect him to all the time!?!

Speaking of photos, Daniel's daycare did holiday photos a couple of weeks ago and I am looking forward to receving the proofs back from those. One thing we haven't done is have any professional pictures done since we have been home. I felt bad about it until my mother put in her two cents and made me realize that who needed the professional photos when I had about two thousand (and that's no exaggeration!) photos sitting in piles to be scrapbooked in our guest bedroom!

We haven't started decorating for Christmas yet. We have a couple of birthdays to get through first. Once those are over, we'll break out the Christmas tree and other decorations. I have started reading Daniel some books about the birth of Jesus because I want him to understand that we aren't celebrating Christmas for presents and Santa, but for the birthday of Jesus. My mom gave me a pop out book that is the song to "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" which I can sing to and show Daniel the photos. The last photo is of Jesus in the manger with angels above and the animals around Him. Just yesterday when I was getting ready for work, Daniel ran into my bedroom and showed me "Baby Jesus" in the manger. It made my day! Don't worry - we'll still be introducing Daniel to Santa this year and I'm sure Santa will be visiting our house!

Lastly, Troy could use some prayers. He got a severe ear infection about a week ago and had to go to ER Sunday night. His eardrum actually ruptured and the doctors are not sure that he will regain the hearing in his ear back. Sometimes the eardrum can heal spontaneously and other times, not at all. So far, he's not having any luck and is experiencing a ringing in his ear constantly, which is keeping him up at night and is very uncomfortable. We are hoping this pass and that he will able to hear out of the one ear again soon.

17 comments:

Amy said...

Ouchie for Troy! That doesn't sound fun at all. Keep us posted. :(

Sira said...

Yikes!!! Poor Troy. That actually happened to my friend last year. I know it is pretty painful

Roger and Joanne said...

Ooooh..I'm so sorry to hear of Troy's eardrum. I sure hope the ringing stops and his full hearing will return.
My husband, over the weekend, fractured two of his ribs, so he is in quite a bit of pain right now too. Men are a little child-like when they're ailing...huh? But, it is painful and I hope the healing comes fast.

-Joanne

Carey and Norman said...

I laughed at not having the camera. I do that at times too. I've quit printing as many pictures as I have drawers full of them. I too need to get organized and get them into books. The reason I considered placing our blog on hold. That didn't work, ha.

I hope Troy gets to feeling better. That sounds so very painful.

Teresa said...

It sounds like you all had a great Thanksgiving! That is so nice that the daycare took pictures - I am sure you're looking forward to seeing them!
I hope Troy is feeling better soon - That must be so painful. Praying for a speedy recovery.

Jenny and Randy said...

Oh my gosh, I am so sorry to hear about Troy's ear and will certainly keep him in our prayers. Please keep us posted on how he is doing.

I love it that Daniel showed you Baby Jesus in his book! Last night our little guys were playing in our nativity scene, and I asked what they were doing. The oldest said, "Putting Baby Jesus to bed," which of course I loved!

Meghan, Bill and Nick said...

Poor Troy, that sounds really painful. We'll be praying for his full recovery.

Your post sounded so familiar re: the whole picture thing. I was just lamenting the lack of professional photos for us as well. And, we haven't decorated for Christmas yet either!

Take care and enjoy the holiday season!

Jackie said...

Hey Rachel! Don't worry about the professional, I have a bunch that are sitting in a box from when my two were little. The candids are framing my walls! I will pray that Troy regains his hearing and that the eardrum heals itself spontaneously. How are you feeling lately? Email me an update.

Chris said...

Glad you had a pleasant Thanksgiving. Great thought about reading about Jesus and Christmas to Daniel. We need to do the same with our girls.

Our prayers for a speedy recovery for Troy.

Joy said...

I can not believe that I forgot to take a picture of Gerard and his sister. Gerard was willing but by the time his sister got to our house I was so busy that I forgot.

I bet Troy is in terrible pain! I had an ear ache that I remember from when I was about 10 and that was one of the worst pains I have ever felt even now 27 years later. I hope he gets his hearing back.

Joy

Mary & Michael said...

I hope Troy feels better soon and that his hearing returns, that must be so painful. I am glad your first Thanksgiving as a family of three went so well. Sounds like Daniel had fun.

Vicki said...

Wow, I will keep Troy in my prayers! Hopefully it will heal and the ringing and pain will stop SOON. Thanks so much for all your support and prayers! You've been a blessing!

Tami said...

Ouch! We'll be praying for Troy.

Old DAN AND Little ANN said...

Wow! That is a big deal. "Poor guy" just doesn't cut it. I will definitely be in prayer for him. (just prayed) Don't sweat it about Thanksgiving picks. They would just make you hungry later anyways.

Dede said...

I hope Troy's eardrum heals. How horrible to have a constant ringing in your ear.

I'm glad Daniel is understanding Christmas.

Tony and Dawn said...

Wow! I hope Troy's ear is better! I'm guilty of the camera thing myself. Although I will have it around and just forget to use it! God Bless -

The Wilson's said...

This time of year is so busy -- our tree isn't up yet either. I do hope Troy gets to feeling better as it will be such a special year for you guys to celebrate Christmas. I don't want anything to get in the way of your joy!