Nathan is Hebrew and means "gift from God" - we couldn't have been more blessed than to have been chosen as his parents!

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Monday, December 14, 2009

The Gifts I'll Treasure This Christmas

Most children write letters to Santa for Christmas, some even write short books, depending on how big their hand writing is or how long their list is! :-) Some of those children sent their letters to the North Pole while some tucked them under their pillow in hopes that Santa might just know what they want.

Most of these children will probably receive all that their little heart desires but there will be some that won't. I've been thinking a lot lately about those children ~ the children who today are sitting in orphanages with no mommy and daddy to love them, children who are in abusive families, children in families that simply can't afford gifts, and those battling life threatening illnesses. Although, it breaks my heart, it also keeps me humble and thankful for the blessings and "gifts" in my life.

This year the gifts I'll treasure most on Christmas can't be purchased from any store or come wrapped in pretty paper. They're so much better!!

I'll treasure the gift of waking up on Christmas morning next to the most wonderful husband in the world. I'll treasure the gift of my son and experience the joy of watching him open up his gifts. I'll treasure the gift of my niece; I can hear her little voice already when she calls me on the phone, "Merry Christmas Aunt Kandi ~ When are you coming over? Santa came!!"

I'll treasure the gift of family as we gather together for Christmas coffee, with our singing mugs, and again for Christmas dinner as we share our peppermint punch.

I'm going to treasure these gifts and much more as we celebrate one of the greatest holiday of the year ~ the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The reason for the season....May your Christmas be filled with the spirit of Christ and His blessings.

Double Trouble

As I mentioned in a previous post, Nathan wasn't feeling well last week ~ we thought it was the H1N1 booster. Turns out, he has a double ear infection. When I took him to the doctor last week and they shared this delightful news with me, I decided since this was ear infection number three since November, that was quite enough. We had to do something else.

Nathan never experienced a single ear infection until two weeks after he began school and it's been hanging around ever since. The pediatrician informed me that the normal course of treatment is: "once a child has six ear infections in six months they recommend a child see an ENT." We're not waiting.

I explained my concern that Nathan's ear canals are very small because of his Ds, and waiting could cause permanent hearing loss and that's just not an option (if we can help it). He's on his last round of antibiotic and we've scheduled an appointment with the only pediatric ENT in our area. Nathan may need tubes in his ears ~ we'll see in January.

On another note, Danny took Nathan to the doctor again Saturday because we found a lump on his neck. When I spoke to our nurse, she thought it was just a swollen lymph node because Nathan's been sick, but wanted to have the doctor check it to be certain. We explained the lump was soft and movable and when the Doctor saw the lump he agreed. Nothing to worry about! YEAH.

Nathan is getting to the age where he needs to be tested for Leukemia, and Danny and I are on heightened alert. We're watching his balance, his infections, his sleep patterns, and much more. We'll deal with what comes but are praying like crazy God spares Nathan of having to go through this. It's our Christmas wish this year.