Thursday, January 30, 2014
Have a look at these two beauties! Zac and Allie are getting so big... well Zac Attack is getting so big! Allie is a bit of a diva! She picks and chooses how much to eat! I got to love on these two little pieces of heaven yesterday. They are such good babies! They are growing up and doing so well!
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Last night, we took the young women to the homeless shelter in Midvale. It was heart.breaking. It was agonizing. It was horrifying. I have never been inside of a homeless shelter. I have dropped items off outside, or at the entrance, but I've never walked through the shelter and witnessed the horrible scene inside. Beds lined up. Everyone of them taken by someone. Children everywhere. Everywhere. Crying, yelling, fighting. We read to the children in the playroom. The first two girls who sat with me had lice crawling out of their hair and down their foreheads. They were filthy. They were craving attention. I read to them and them asked them if they would like to try to read to me. They were up for the challenge and did their best to sound out each word. The second little girl who sat with me, Chelsea, was a little girl with big dreams. She is 8 years old. She wanted to try to read every single book I had and she did a great job! I told her that this wasn't going to be her life forever, that she would grow up to be a teacher, that she was going to change the world, and that I believed in her. I think she believed me. I went home, so grateful for privacy, for my own bed, for my children's individual beds, for our own pillows and blankets, for hot, running water, for our own food, for our clean clothes, for a shower and a bath, for the ability to work, the ability to read, the ability to drive my own car, for cleanliness, for the gospel.
Monday, January 27, 2014
This weekend, duals were held at Jordan High School. Have I mentioned that these boys have the part of my heart that my own five kids don't have?? I am just mush with them! They did HORRIBLY on Friday night and this mama was not happy with them. So, before their third round on Friday night, I had a little chat with them. Pretty sure it was a WAY better pep talk than anything Josh and Bart have ever done! ;) I promised them ice cream if they beat Alta. They lost. But, I was still proud of them. So Saturday morning, they entered double elimination. They lost by TWO points to Taylorsville and the tears flowed. When those boys cry, it breaks my heart. I told them that before their last match, I would buy them ice cream and we would play Charades. Ummm, probably should have done that FIRST thing Friday because after that little break, they ROCKED it! After our first three boys pinned their opponents, one of the sweet boys said, "Miss Christensen, the ice cream REALLY worked!" I just giggled. Then he lost his match. He cried and cried and then asked if he could talk to me. I went up to him and put my arm around him. He said, "Miss Christensen I blew it. The ice cream didn't work anymore." I told him that the ice cream didn't work for anyone, but that I was so proud of him. It was our last weekend with this group of boys. The next three weeks will be spent with our varsity boys, who by the way are not near as fun! It's state qualification, then state, then super state. Go Lancers!! Oh, by the way... their coach is a hottie. ;)
Friday, January 24, 2014
The last two weeks have been exhausting. Physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally. Exhausting. We all have time like this in our lives, I know. Isn't it nice to know that we are never alone? Josh has at least one herniated disk that is compressing his spinal cord. He is in extreme pain all of the time, and gets very little sleep. Braxton has been going through what Braxton goes through. Colton informed me this morning that he bit the inside of his cheek and it was the worst pain EVER. Kaydon has been wanting to sleep on my floor. Jackson stayed home from school yesterday because his tummy hurt, and his legs, and his shoulders, and his back, and his neck.......... Brooklyn cries every time she leaves me. She isn't the only one who cries when she leaves me! At the end of the day, I am still there, trying to hold it all together. Aren't we all? Aren't we all just trying to endure each day? Some days are better than others, of course, but some are just plain hard! This morning when I left home, I wasn't very nice to Braxton. He informed me that he couldn't go to school because he was super dizzy and nauseous. It could certainly be the fact that he is on all kinds of new meds, but I felt like it was an excuse to just not go to school. I told him that by the time I got home, he better have all 32 missing assignments done or I will be attending school with him all day on Monday. I wasn't compassionate, affectionate, loving, or caring AT ALL. I felt really, really bad when I got to work. Josh texted me "Good morning beautiful" as he has every single morning since the day we met three years ago. I told him that I wasn't nice to the boy this morning. He said, "I'll call him. It's okay." Grateful. So, our day will carry on. We will all do our best to endure, and to try to have a great, happy, successful day. And, we'll remember that we are never alone. Ever. (the pictures below are some of my favorites! These are my "other" boys - the wrestlers - sleeping between matches)
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
It's been quite an eventful few days for us! Braxton has now had four rounds of blood work since Wednesday, and an ultrasound on his kidneys. The lab work that was done for the depression appointment showed some problems with his kidney levels. We repeated labs on Friday and there were more concerning numbers. Yesterday, we repeated labs again and had the ultrasound on both kidneys and his bladder. This kid is done with blood work! He is so over it, but he has been a trooper! We don't have an official diagnosis yet, therefore I am telling him as little as possible. He knows that lab work has shown some weird numbers when it comes to his kidneys, and that's about it. The lab work also showed some serious problems with his parathyroid, as well as his body's lack of ability to absorb iron. We are dealing with the kidney issues first and foremost, since they are the most serious and dangerous. Braxton is at school today, and I am at work! Yay! We need to get back to a routine. We did everything we could this weekend to divert our attention from the scary things. We went bowling and played. Braxton wanted to spend Saturday with Josh, so Josh took him to his wrestling tournament with him all day. Braxton said it was the best day ever! He was SO happy when he came home. Onward and upward!
Thursday, January 16, 2014
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Monday, January 6, 2014
Josh asked me this past weekend if I liked football or wrestling better. I told him that wrestling is so great because we develop actual relationships with the boys. These boys have become like my own! I have an extra tender spot in my heart for the boys who don't always have their parents there to support them. These kids love Josh. They love him so much and it melts my heart. This past weekend, both Josh's JV team and the varsity team took first place at the West Jordan Tournament. I received the "award" for being the loudest person there! :)