Thursday, February 26, 2009


We received a phone call from Alex's school today.

In the middle of the day.
From the nurse.

That is NEVER good.

They never call in the middle of the day to tell you your kid is having a great day.  I'm just saying, that would be kind of nice.  Instead, it is usually something like, you need to come get Alex he is running a fever -or- you need to come pick up Alex he is throwing up -or- come quickly, Alex's head is bleeding and needs to go the hospital.


Well, that was our call this afternoon.
Apparently, Alex was running around at recess and when he ducked to run under the bridge, he didn't clear it and ran smack dab into a metal bar.  He was just doing what we taught him.  No, not to run into metal bars, but to run from girls.  Run, Alex, Run!  Girls are sweet, cute and expensive!  So run baby boy, run.  It's hard to save all your kisses until you get married when the girls try and steal them at recess.  In our house, girls are just friends, for now.

Anyway, back to Alex and his bleeding head.
Keith and I were both at the church when the school called so, as always, God's timing is perfect.  Keith ran across the street to the school and I drove around to pick them up.  We took Alex to the Emergency Room to have it looked at.  Don't worry, this is a family-friendly blog, I didn't post any pictures of his actual cut or the cool after picture with the 6 staples.  But here are a few pictures of our time in the ER.

Waiting to be called back

Still waiting

Holding a cotton ball over the numbing medicine

Getting his staples

Alex with his $100 souvenir

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I would like to introduce you to someone very special.

This is Jameson Todd Setsma.

His family goes to our church.
His brothers go to school with Alex.
His parents are our friends.
And he needs your prayers!

He was born 7 months ago with a rare disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).  His disease causes the skin to be extremely fragile.  He does not have the anchors that hold his layers of skin together which means that any activity that rubs or puts pressure on his skin, causes it to come off and blisters to form.

He is the sweetest little boy with these big blue eyes and cheeks that you just want to pinch, but you don't, because that would wipe his skin off and he will have more blisters.

Think about it.  Think about all the ways you love and play with your babies - hugs, kisses, peek-a-boo.  You tickle them, swing them, toss them in the air.  What about everyday stuff that you do, your routine - feed them, bathe them, dress them, change their diapers.  These are all things that we would all consider normal, routine.

Now, think about doing those things, the routine things, with a baby whose skin is as fragile as a butterfly's wing.

Jameson has been through so much in the last seven months.

And it's not over.

He is back in the hospital and not doing very good.  As of today, he is stable and is still on a ventilator.

Please pray for this sweet family and their precious baby.

Here are some specific ways the family has asked us to pray...

  • Jameson will respond positively as the doctors slowly reduce his dependence to the ventilator and drugs
  • His chest will clear up and his breathing will get better
  • He will increase his caloric intake so he will grow and thrive (his body spends so much energy making new skin which has caused his weight gain to be very slow)
  • His hands and feet, which seem to blister the worse
  • God's BEST for Jameson and God's will
  • The peace that passes ALL understanding for the entire family
  • That in these hard times their faith becomes stronger... loving Jesus more and more even if they do not understand what He is doing.

**Update from the Setsma's blog:

This morning [March 3rd] at 6:08 Jameson went home to be with Jesus. He's now got a perfect body without EB and without breathing problems. He's running around playing with Jesus. I [Todd] told Melisa that Jesus is probably rubbing his skin all over the place and no blisters!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

just the 2 of us

This week, it's just me, the boy, and the puppy.

Keith flew to Virginia today to get his preach on.
He is preaching tomorrow, Thursday, & Friday at a city wide revival.

Alex J sleeps with me when his daddy goes out of town.

It's great if...
(1) you enjoy being abruptly woke up by flying elbows and arms to the face.
(2) you like being kneed and kicked in the back.
(3) you don't mind the sound of grinding teeth.

Let me just say, it's going to be a loooooooooooong week.

Please pray for safe travel, for God to use Keith mightily, for students lives to be changed, and well, while your at it, at least one good night of sleep for the momma.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Day

Last weekend, Alex and I went to the store and got all the things we needed to make Valentine's for his friends and classmates.  We decided to keep things simple this year.  Mini brown paper sacks, stickers, and lots and lots of candy.

We also made these for our friends and and neighbors.  Aren't they adorable!

They are so delicious and so easy to make.  You can get the recipe here.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 9, 2009


It's official!  We are on the wait list!

I just received an email from Gladney to let us that we were officially put on the wait list today to receive a child referral.  WAITLISTED!
"I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.  I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High."
{Psalm 9:1-2}

Monday, February 2, 2009

and i said yes.

This is where Keith proposed to me.  13 years ago today.

He got me.  Totally surprised me.  You would think after dating for 4 years, I would have seen it coming, but I didn't.  He got me.

After getting down on one knee and with tears in his eyes telling me he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, he asked me if I would marry him and I said yes!