Saturday, November 14, 2009

Something inspiring

"I see her humility in her willingness to be overshadowed by Dad. She prefers to bask in his shadow than to chase after the fame and adulation that could so easily and rightly be hers. I’ve never known a woman who cared about personal glory less, or who deserved it more. She will be remembered with more respect than her contemporaries, who fought with religious zeal for recognition and prestige, and now have no one to rise up and call them “blessed.”" Anna Sofia Botkin

Friday, August 07, 2009

This family needs prayer

http://vedrafamily.com/vedrablog/

They are friends of Tammy's who have just had their second girl (they have two older boys as well)with what seems to be the same unknown neurological disorder. Please be in prayer that little Hannah will be able to breathe on her own and will not have as severe a condition as her older sister Ellie, and that the Lord will strengthen them all and give them joy through this hard trial.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

This takes...


This takes..., originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

photographic genius to accomplish. I expect to see it widely duplicated here and on websites and blogs everywhere.

sooc ISO 1600 - monochrome

If you can...


If you can..., originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

look at her for 3 seconds without having to stifle a yawn, you're doing better than I am. haha!

Oh. Hi.


Oh. Hi., originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

You're really cute. Wanna be my baby for a little bit longer?

No? You have to go to baseball practice?

Ok, well I figured there was no harm in asking.

Fresh!


Fresh!, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

One of my girls was watching me wash my face. I commented to her that it was refreshing to splash cool water on your face. Ever since then both of the girls tell me they're "FRESH!" everytime water hit their faces.

"Foot Flops" need washing too

Missy Moo Moo


Missy Moo Moo, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

She is a nut.

Her


Her, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

I could care less that she bobbed forward out of my line of focus or that she has naptime hair and an old play dress on. This is my Liney.

Swing


Swing, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

Ah summer, I wish you would never end.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Summer fun



We all went to Jen's for some swimming fun today. It was so nice to get out in the sunshine, dip my feet in the pool, and take pictures of all of the happy faces.



Joshy isn't quite ready to jump off the diving board himself, but he consented to letting Josh drop him off. At one point Gregory shouted out:

"Jump Joshy! I'll be right here to save you if anything happens!"

Joshy, with a tone of incredulity: "What? You can't save me! That's water!"



Jackson 2.5 second to launch.



haha I don't think Johnny checks my blog. Shhh! Nobody tell. :)



Surface tension is a freaky thing! That's Harrison emerging there.



Harrison, buddy, your approach is great. Perhaps some work on your form?



So much better. What style! What grace!



I have so many more photos but I just glanced at my clock and noticed that it's almost midnight. I leave you with this cutie-pie.

Have a wonderful rest in the Lord tomorrow!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Babies are hilarious


Babies are hilarious, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

"Ow! Something's stuck in my eye."

Precious boy


Precious boy, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

I'm finally caught up on all of my nb editing. When you're laid up it's lovely to have something useful to do.

I walked away from this session thinking I'd gotten nothing because the light was too harsh and the room too squishy, but I really like this one. I got to use Ang's blue blanket at long last and I love the scrumptious texture, plus little L was such a good fella and my s-i-l Jen was such a great assistant.

It feels wonderful to be getting stronger every day. I still get exhausted rather too easily for my liking, but I must remind myself of where I was a week ago, how much I've been given, and just be grateful that I have such willing hands to help me while I recover.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Before I forget

I have to write down more of their little sayings. I always think that I'll remember, but they escape me so quickly in the busyness of life.

Emmy: "Momma?"

Me: "Yes, sweetie."

Emmy: (whispers) "May I just pray for you for a little bit?"

Me: Sure!"

Emmy: "Dear Father, please help my Mommy to get better and strong? In Jesus name, Amen.

Now you just rest. I'll take care of everything for you."
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I was in bed for the first couple of days after getting home from the hospital. The kids had strict orders from Daddy to let me sleep. Being separated from me is hardest on Addie. She's always been a cuddler and I think her world isn't quite right when she can't snuggle up to me at any given moment of the day and tell me she loves me. One morning she quietly knocked on my bedroom door and asked:

"Momma? May I please come in and visit you?"

"Sure, how's my little two-toots?"

"I'm fine, Chowcha Momma. Are you all better? I will read to you."

She got Josh's bible off of the shelf and scrambled up onto the bed and proceeded to "read" Exodus 20: 1:17.

"Ahem. And God spake ALL these words sayeen: I an the Lowd thy God which haf brought thee out of the land of Ebjit; outta the HOUSE of bomb-dage..."

Later on that day after hearing me talk to one of my sisters about the miscarriage she asked me:

"Momma? You have some blood cloffs (cloths)? I will wash dem for you."
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Joshy: "Mom, I like it when you're sick. Well, only for one reason. You need me to help you lift all of the heavy things and work more."

Me: "Aha. Taking notes, my son ;)"

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I really try to be a submissive wife but I think I need to work on always using a respectful and meek tone when talking to Josh.

Emmy in prayer at breakfast a few weeks ago:

"Our Lord, we thank thee for this food. Please use it for nourish our bodies. Please help me not to be bossy to Addie today and Lord, please help my mommy not to be bossy to Daddy."

Me: *humiliation galore*
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Joshy: Ha! Did you see that guy opening the door of his car through the window? That's sooo 80's.

Me: "Come again? What makes that "80's?"

Joshy: "Well, way back then I don't think they had invented a door latch for the inside of the car yet, so that's why they had to reach through the window to open the door and get out."
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Addie's has developed a fascination for all things pink this year. One day she said to me:

"Momma, I just love Jesus!"

"Oh! That's wonderful, sweetie."

"Ya, he's so pink to me!"
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Addie: " Can somebody please open the scream door for me?!"

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Addie, giving my arm a squeeze at the dinner table: "Ooo! I just LOVE you my hairy, little Momma!"

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I had more but I can't think of them at the moment.

By way of update, I'm feeling much stronger. I can walk around slowly all by myself without even holding onto walls! Wooo! I also was able to get back to making business calls today. It does me good to do the things I'm capable of. Don't worry though, you worriers, I'm still taking it pretty easy and getting lots of rest.

I leave you with another snapshot(he's had a haircut since)of Walnut making "the face". When he doesn't like something but can't summon enough emotion to actually produce tears, he gives the offender this face accompanied with the most pathetic imitation of a real cry:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It's good to be alive!

In honor of my aliveness, you get snapshots! :)

Oh, My Joshy boy! My firstborn. My sparkly, giggly, schnaggle-toothed delight.
Such a sweet, shy fellow.

Wait a second.
Ugh. STOP THAT, you punk! Look at the influence you're being to your sister.
Mmmhmm. Couldn't you at least make happy faces?
Lovely. Yes, that's exactly what I had in mind.
Walnut was quite proud of himself for helping Momma with the laundry. When he does a job, he jumps right in with both feet. ;)
"I keess you because I love you - mwah!"
Taken on Walnut's first birthday. Daddy has the best shoulders for konking out on. They simply can't resist.
Walter: "HAIR! hahaha! Addie hair! bwahahaha! How I love to have it in my clutches!"
Addie: "Um. Momma? A little help please?"
After a fun afternoon running through the sprinkler. Even Walnut joined in by running by in his walker.
Miss Angie got these three some silly glasses. I tried so hard to get one of all three of them looking "normal".
Who am I kidding? This IS normal!
Can you hear it? She has the most delicious laughter.
When Walter was born I had visions of dressing the kids up, combing every hair smooth, and capturing all of their sweet, grinning faces together in one frame. I am a photographer of sorts, am I not? Reality has given me something different though and I think that I am perhaps even more thankful to have these snaps of the real them than the "perfect" shot.

We had a bit of excitement here this week. I woke up at around 1AM on Monday morning to go to the bathroom and as I stood up, I passed a huge blood clot and then I could feel the blood just pumping out of me. I startled Josh awake and asked for a towel to put between my legs and more towels to make a path to the bathroom so I wouldn't get more blood everywhere. He helped me into the shower so I could get cleaned up and I began to investigate the clots I was passing to see if I could find the baby since I wanted to bury it. I found a sac, a placenta, and a cord, but no baby so I set to rinsing the blood out of my pajamas which were behind me on the floor of the tub. The blood kept coming and just as I began to think that I must be hemorrhaging, dizziness and nausea overwhelmed me and I had to sit down to keep from totally blacking out. I called for Josh, who was busily cleaning the blood off the rug, and his mom called an ambulance which came promptly and a couple of fellas carried me out through the rain to an awaiting stretcher. Once in the ambulance, they took my blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen, and started an IV.

At the hospital, they pumped more fluids into me and took a blood test, checked out a few other things, and did two ultrasounds. The tests showed that the baby had indeed died a week or two ago as I had suspected. They told me I could go home and take it easy. I went to the bathroom and passed more clots the size of grapefruits, got cleaned up a bit, and dressed. As I walked over to wash my hands I began to feel woozy again so I asked Josh to hold me up. I vaguely remember him sitting me in a chair and then I was dreaming. I was in a boat on a peaceful lake at sunset. The water was aglow with warm color and there was a little mist rising off of the reeds on the bank. I could hear crickets and frogs singing and I felt the cool water on my fingertips as I lazed in my boat. :) Then the mosquitoes started biting! I heard Josh calling me from somewhere. Calling me. Calling me. I came to with a whole bunch of nurses and Josh surrounding me. They lifted me to the bed and slapped all sorts of monitors onto me. My heart rate was 48; blood pressure - dangerously low. The Dr. came in to explain that I must have lost much more blood than they originally thought and that they were going to do another panel. Josh at my side; holding my hand, stroking my hair. More fluids. More pricks. So tired. They banded me for a transfusion and warned that I would probably need a d&c to stop the bleeding.

The labs came back. I was very close to needing a transfusion, but hadn't reached the critical level so we declined for the time being. The OB that my midwife had recommended happened to be in on Monday morning, so they wheeled me up to OB so I could have a chat with her. More clots, more cramping. She explained that in order for my uterus to clamp down on the blood vessels within, all of the clots would have to be removed by d&c. I was concerned about scarring since I would dearly love to have more babies, but she told me the tool they use now is a gentle vacuum and scarring is extremely rare. She warned that I may have to have a hysterectomy thought if the bleeding couldn't be stopped or if there were complications.

We spoke to the anesthesiologist for a few minutes. Without the aid of my glasses to see features distinctly, I imagined that he looked like a man who should be the owner of his own pizzeria. 'Papa's Pizzeria'!

Down they wheeled me to the OR. A quick good-bye to Josh and my m-i-l Lonna at the doors and right into a little room where they hooked up a hammock-like thing to more easily transport me onto the bed in the OR. The nurse at my side was cracking jokes and pretty soon I tasted a strange metallic flavor. A squeezing pressure on my head. Everyone's voice sounded strange and cartoonish. "Papa" said, "Goodnight!" and the next thing I knew, I was waking up after what felt like a solid 10 hour nap. I could hear myself sobbing, "My baby. I lost my baby." The attending nurse was very kind and we chatted for a bit. She told me Michael Jackson had used the same sleeping meds that I'd just been given and that whomever gave them to him was in big trouble. My throat was so sore, it hurt to swallow. The nurse told me they'd had to intubate to keep my airway open because the usual method hadn't been successful.

Into recovery. It was so good to see my husband! Lonna! Jen (Josh's eldest sis)! I am so blessed to have such a husband. He was my comfort, my advocate, my support. He brought me to my Father in prayer and thanksgiving. No pain. Little bleeding. Rest. We had a lovely nurse named Barb. She was a Christian and had such a pleasant bedside manner. It makes all the difference in the world to have caring people looking over you. Their very touch is different and they don't treat you like a faceless number, a burden, or a chore.

We were given the green light to go home after a couple more hours. I've never been so happy to see my kids! How much I've been given! How thankful I am to the Lord!

Presently I'm very weak but I'm regaining a bit more strength every day. The Dr. said it will take a month or so to build my blood count back up to normal so Josh, Lonna, and Ann (Josh's youngest sister) are doing everything they can to nourish me and let me rest. Josh went out and got a juicer and he's been making me delicious combos. Who knew that spinach and carrot juice could be so good? I've been using my time to read some good books that I'd been saving until after I'd passed my Driver's exam. 'Shepherding a Child's Heart' by Tedd Tripp particularily. What an encouraging book for parents.

I want to thank all of you for praying for me. For the flowers. For the priceless gifts of your time and energies. My mourning has turned to joy. I am at peace and I know that it could only come from the Lord.

"The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down." Psalm 145:14

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A quick update

You regulars may notice that I took my baby widget down. I've been seeing signs that something wasn't quite right with the baby for the last week or so and now I'm afraid that my suspicions were correct. I've begun to miscarry.

I am trying to remain cheerful in the knowledge that the Lord is my constant friend and he brings even these painful things to pass for my good because it glorifies him to do so. He has never failed me before and I trust that he is with me now.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Just popping in

I just had to let you all know that Heather had a healthy baby boy last night! Praise God for the trials He walks us through to strengthen our faith and for his mercy on the other side of them.

My pregnancy is heading in a better direction now. My energy seems to be coming back so I've been tackling a few things that I've been putting off for awhile, like making sourdough bread. The slow rise seems to help Josh with his intolerance for wheat. Now if only I can get into a groove with it. It takes almost 24 hours from start to finish so I really have to be thinking ahead which is not a strong suit for me when I'm pregnant...maybe ever? I can't remember the I that was me before I became the me that's me now.

Oh dear.

I'm sorry to report that I have taken very few photos lately and my computer is being so dodgey that I'm afraid to upload them on here. Hopefully one of these days, Josh will have a minute to figure out why it suddenly repels the internet altogether or makes dial-up look like a speeding bullet. You would not believe the issues we've had with computers in the last three months. I could go into detail, but I'll be shocked if this post actually makes the blog. No sense in writing a long post only to be frustrated as it sails off into oblivion the moment I hit 'Publish post', right?

Here goes nothin'.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

For all five of you...

who haven't heard it through the grapevine, baby #5 is on the way.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ballerina


Ballerina, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

This little beauty's momma made this tutu for one of her other little girls. :)

I think my color is off. bleh



This is sweet in color too. I just love the simple texture and tones of black and white better.

I borrowed this basket from Jen. I've been dying to use it for over a year now. I had visions of dogwood blossoms in there with her, but I didn't see an obliging tree on the way to the session. I need to summon a little more bravery and just knock on the neighbors' doors and ask. I'm afraid they'll think I'm off my rocker. :)



I love this one. She posed herself so perfectly in the waistband of the tutu.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Momma Love


Momma Love w, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

Today's gorgeous baby girl.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Cuttin' Up a Rug


Cuttin' Up a Rug, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

Yesterday we celebrated the birthday of a dear friend. Delicious food, water fighting in bare feet, music, dancing! My girls in the kitchen with Auntie Jenni, their cousin Jackson, and Miss Angie...memories we will cherish.

I could have cloned the tag off of Lem's shorts but it is something we often see around here due to having to roll the waistband over to keep her rear end sufficiently covered. :)

Thursday, April 23, 2009


, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

He is such a beautiful sleeper, I couldn't help but hazard a snap during his nap this morning.

"More"


"More", originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

My kids all love the 'Signing Time' DVD's. We've been trying to teach Walnut to sign instead of growling and hollering like a wild baby tiger. Today he showed us that he's got it and was as pleased as could be with himself when he saw that we understood. :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

At the end of a full day...

a hard day for her. She had 4 hard falls today and was feeling quite out of sorts until this evening. The night air was deliciously warm and there wasn't a bug to be seen, so I let the kids stay up an extra hour and run around outside as my sisters and I loved to do as girls.

Shawn and Tam stopped to visit on their way back east. It was so good to see them and the growing baby! It's so hard to believe that Tammy is finally going to be a mom after all of this time. I know she'll be a great one. She has been the best of aunties to my kids.

Jackson, Micaiah, and Gregory surprised Joshy with a bike this afternoon. He is beside himself with glee. I'll have to get some pics tomorrow. He's been riding Emmy's around for quite some time which has given them another opportunity to learn to share, but it will be nice to see them riding together now. I just hope they can remember not to race to the road.

Here in Lewiston, spring has finally come. The trees are all in bloom and the new leaves are quickly refreshing the barren landscape. God has blessed us with so much work that we've had to stop advertising, so thank-you to all of you who have been praying for us in that regard.

As usual I had more to say when I sat down here, but I think my brain went to bed a few hours ago. G'night all.

Friday, April 17, 2009

I'm finally done proofing this session. I might share a few more.

He was such a sweet baby!

I have a couple of cards full of new photos of the kids and such around here. I love it when I'm done editing a session. No more beating myself up over compositional and lighting shortcomings. I am freed from the perfectionist within me...for a little while. :)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I know this is really dark...

I know this is really dark...

and contrasty and flaky. I can't help but love it.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Little dogs


Little dogs, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

I loved this guys flakies!

I think I just made a color discovery in PS. This is big stuff for a PS dummy like me. I'm having a tiny celebration over here.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Baby J and daddy


Baby J and daddy, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

Baby J and his pretty mama


, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

I haven't had the opportunity to edit many of these yet.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

J


J, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

Guess what I got to do today. :) What a treat! He was such a good boy too.

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