Thursday, June 20, 2013


 Yesterday we had some cowboys come to visit...


Yuck, crickets taste disgusting!

Impossible to get these two to take a good picture together

Cowboys have manners, ya know.

Lost the gun fight

Don't mess with me!

(The black eye on Justin came from his attempt to get out of brushing his teeth.  He ran into his room, tripping and landed on the wooden railing of his bed.)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

So Very Thankful!

Yesterday I interviewed at Chandler-Gilbert Community College for the position of Office Coordinator in the Honors Program.  The interview went very well and I was called today to schedule a second interview with the College President, which will be Monday. (GULP!)  This job is a part-time job that is "right down the street" from Tyler's school, so it's perfect.

Today we received an unexpected check in the mail for $1400!  Jim said "Tell Katelyn she can go to Heritage!"  Thank you, Jesus!

So, I had her do her sponsorship calls (they each have to raise a minimum of $25), and she was able to raise $120.  So thankful to her sponsors :)  She also received spending money for Heritage as a graduation gift, so God provided all the way around.

So very thankful!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My journey with anemia

Back in February, I started to have trouble with my heart.  Pressure and pain, feeling like my heart was struggling to work.  I was always very emotional, though I'm not sure if it was because of the pain or along with it.

Obviously I have been going through a lot of stress, so I chalked it up to that, self-diagnosed myself with depression, prayed it through and kept going.  I never mentioned it to my husband.  But the trouble with my heart did not go away.  I remembered that I had experienced similar symptoms during my teen years, but they had never found anything wrong.  This time I was worried something really was wrong.

Finally, one Monday I was in a lot of pain and pressure, shortness of breath.  I wondered if I was having a heart attack, should I go to the hospital?  I didn't think it was a heart attack, but I was very worried and very emotional.  I texted my husband to tell him, and he was not happy that I had been keeping this from him.  He told me to call the doctor immediately.

So I went to the doctor and had a bunch of tests done.  Turned out that I was severely anemic.  I have been anemic all my life, kinda par of the course, and just figured it meant I was a little more tired.  But I had never been this anemic.  My body was literally starving for blood, which was causing my heart to work overtime, which was causing the pain and pressure I was feeling.

My doctor put me on a high dose of iron, and I've been taking that for the past three months.  I can feel a difference.

About three weeks ago I decided that I was tired of the weight that I was carrying, so I started to eat right, which for me means not eating a dozen cookies every day!  I also wanted to exercise, as I can tell that my body is inching closer to forty.  ( I can't believe I just typed that!)  So I ordered an exercise Wii game that I like and got started.

I noticed after a few workouts that I was incredibly tired after the workout.  Wait a minute, I thought exercise was supposed to energize you, not make you want to take a three hour nap.  Then, after my fourth workout, I started feeling that heart stuff again.

So, I checked with Dr Google, and found out that anemics have to be very careful with exercise, usually limiting themselves to walking or other forms of low-impact exercise.  Aerobics is not recommended.

I'm so disappointed because I have no desire to walk in the hot heat and I really like this exercise Wii game.  And I want to lose weight and gain some strength.

But I have to get my anemia under control first, I guess.

As Jim said "Oh well, at least I have a good excuse!"

Monday, June 10, 2013

6th Grade Graduation

 From this:

Kindergarten Graduation, 2007

To This:

Katelyn Janee Caldwell
6th Grade Graduation
Glendale Christian Academy
June 7, 2013

Katelyn is 6 months old is the picture that is behind us

Receiving her diploma from Pastor Garrett

Grandma Dotty and Grandpa Bob
With Grandma Carol

Her 5th and 6th grade teacher, Sis Karen Allison
With the one and only Russell Loe

The 6th Grade Girls

Katelyn, I am so proud of you.  The past six years have gone so fast.  I know it's just a blink of an eye before we will be celebrating your high school graduation.  I love you, girl!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Not Supposed To

Today I had to drive Tyler to his new school in Chandler so that he could take assessment tests.  The drive was relatively easy as it was Monday-light and 9 A.M.

We met the principal and received a tour of the beautiful new facility.  Tyler took his tests.  The staff handled him beautifully.  It was all perfect.

While Tyler was testing, the boys and I tested the drive to Chandler-Gilbert Community College, where I am praying to get the job that I applied for.  The drive was a simple six mile "L" and took less than 10 minutes

As I was driving back, I thought to myself, "Perfect.  It all seems perfect."  But there's a little piece of me that screams "No!  It's not perfect!  This is not the way that things are supposed to be!"

I'm not supposed to have a child with Asperger's.

I'm not supposed to have a child who goes to a school other than GCA.

I'm not supposed to have to drive my child 33 miles to said different school every day, and I'm surely not supposed to have to get a job so that I don't have to do the drive twice a day.

I'm not supposed to have to get this job before all four of my children are in school, and I'm not supposed to have to put my 3 year old in someone else's care.

This is not the way things are supposed to be.  Right???

But it is the way things are.

I can do all things through Christ, who strengtheneth me.  Philippians 4:13