After getting our life back in order this past week after a trip to Minnesota, we are just so thankful for our life! I know that sounds weird in a way to say, but truly, we are so thankful for where God has taken us and just the life He has given us! He has given us a sweet and sassy 3 year old that keeps us on our toes, but is just the love of our lives! She makes us laugh constantly and truly is our little buddy. Then we have this in-ground pool in our backyard that has just been an incredible blessing. What a phenomenal tool it has been to build relationships with others, but also have that quality time as a family of 3. Mazy is a little fish and what a joy it is to daily see her learn and build that confidence of hers!
This past week Mazy was actually gone camping with Dan’s parents and her two girl cousins, Wednesday through Friday, which offered a strange feeling in our home without her, but time for Dan and I just to be too. I know we are incredibly blessed to have both sets of parents involved so deeply in Mazy’s life. That was one of the reasons why our heart’s desire was to move back to Michigan – so that Mazy could live by her cousins and grandparents. We value family so deeply, so seeing our parents embrace her, just means so much to us!
This past week was filled with fun and much laughter, thanks to our daughter Mazy, who often has us in stitches! I hope you enjoy a glimpse at our week this past week!
Mazy came up to me one morning and said “Mom, I have a joey!” This girl is incredibly creative and has an imagination to span the miles! Yes dear, that sure is a baby kangaroo!
Monday night, we headed over a few blocks to Zeelmania, which is our town’s little “summer blast” each Monday night! The line for face-painting wasn’t too long, so Mazy got her face painted. You can about guess what she chose to have painted – a dog face!
Beyond thankful for this pool, the laughs, games, and water displaced!
I have finally mustered up the guts to read my book in full…I haven’t dared to, in case I’d see a mistake. I am a bit of a perfectionist, so if I found one, I knew it would drive me crazy. I have now been able to look past that whole mindframe and just read it for what it is. While reading it, God continues to put me in awe, and tears, because of what He has helped us get through. I can honestly say I’ve never been more at peace and more sure of my faith, even though my health still isn’t what it should be. THAT is God and all God! I literally cannot imagine my life without Him!
On the drive up to drop Mazy off in Cadillac to camp with my in-laws and her girl cousins, she told me she drew a horse on her boogie board. She was kidding! I was blown away by this drawing – I see a budding artist in the works!
On Saturday, our youth group sold pop and water at the car show in town as a fundraiser. The forecast was first saying that it was supposed to be 90, so we were thinking it’d be the perfect day for it too, but unfortunately it ended up being rainy and not very warm (except humid), though those who stopped by, were generous!
Mazy loves to play “store,” so one day she took shoes from our room and her room, taped paper dollar bills to them, and I had to come buy them. It was SO adorable – as you can tell by her smile, she was pretty proud! Note the stuffed dog sleeping in the background, all wrapped up…
Mazy had SO MUCH FUN camping with her cousins and grandparents this past week! Here’s a glimpse at just a few things they did…
Just thought I’d give another heart update…not much new, except that my body is still retaining fluid at random. I am not seeing much of a correlation, which makes it a little difficult to control. My water pill has been increased and I have been going in for weekly blood draws. My body also has a hard time hanging onto potassium, so I am taking what I’d call a high dose of potassium each day (considering I went from 20 mEqs to 80 mEqs), but I am not in the hospital and don’t plan to be, which is such a great feeling. Heart failure sure is no joke, but if I can live my life as it is with heart failure, I am content with that. My days are up and down with some being better than others, but I am able to live my life and love my family. If I get tired, I just tell Mazy I’m going to lay down for a bit and she gives me her blanky and she plays right next to me, while I rest. What a sweetie she is! So blessed to have a child who even at her age, understands what mommy sometimes needs! Granted those days are maybe once a week, so nothing like it was back in May! We just praise God for the health He has given me and know that this is all just part of the story!