Friday, July 31, 2015

Bost Parenting Tips

I'm not the best parent but I'm 99% sure I'm not the worst. Here are a few pages out of my book.

1. "Lucy, school starts in 4 weeks, go grab a book and lets make sure you can still read..." Good news. She can!

2. "When is the last time you brushed your teeth?" One of the hardest things since having two kids is making sure they brush their teeth twice a day. I confessed this to our dentist and she said just to make sure you do it at night. I'd say 85% of the time we remember in the morning. I'm better during the school year when our routine is in order.

3. "Get out of my face and stop touching me!" Funny how much I missed my kids while we were doing treatment and now we need school to start again... (Me to Henry)

4. "If you touch me again I'm going to spank you." For real, stop touching me.

5. Lucy is in a new believer class at church and she has daily homework... I'd like for y'all to think we are really good Christians and have exceeded our homework and read the bible and wrote a summary but tomorrow we are going to cram 4 of our 5 days into one day. That way it is fresh on the brain for Sunday...

6. As we were driving in the car I heard Lucy yell from the backseat, "Mom, I am so bored! What am I supposed to do back here." My response, "Look out the window." When I was growing up being bored was our number one hobby. We didn't dare tell mom we were bored or she would put us to work on the farm. Why do kids today need to be entertained all the freaking time? Shut-up, and play I spy! ( I didn't say that) Also, I don't entertain my kids with electronics. If we are going on a trip they can watch a movie in the car but I don't let them play with my phone and ipads are non-existant. Jonathan is the keeper of the tablets and sometimes they can play minecraft. Kids, learn to sit still and look out the window.

7. Lucy: Mom can we go to chuck e cheese? x 100
Me: No
Lucy: Please, we always have to do what you want to do like run errands, shop for groceries...
Me: Shut-up! Except we don't say that word in our house so I told her that we used all of our fun money at Great Wolf Lodge. I'd rather her think we were poor than think I can or would entertain her whenever she wants to be entertained.

You're Welcome.

God is bigger than this and Jesus can fix-it. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Stay the Course

Our next Drs appointment is August 6. I have mixed feelings about this appointment. On one hand I'd like to see the new mri report but on the other what if its not the results we want to see. I expressed my feelings to my most precious husband who said, "It's good either way!" Maybe good for him but what about me and our kiddos.

Yesterday, I read that a blogger who I've been following for the past 5ish years died. She had a heart condition. She also had a husband and two daughters under the age of two and she died. She was 30 years old and she died. God can call us home at any minute of any day. It doesn't matter what you have collected here on earth.

I surrendered all of my "stuff" to God in 2014. I told him if He wanted it He could have it: my family, my children, my husband, my house, our income, me. It's his. Two days later Jonathan lost his job. We responded the only way you possibly could-"We trust you God and we know you will get us through this." Six weeks later God exceeded our expectations. He fixed it.

I reflected on all of this while driving to pick up Jonathan from work. I left the house at 4:45 to miss traffic. When I hit the tollway after 121 traffic was at a standstill. We sat and waited. Cars were driving on the side lane trying to exit on the off ramp. People were doing u-turns down the wrong way on the on-ramps. People were losing their minds trying to fix and get out of the standstill traffic. I thought about following them but the parkway was as jammed as the tollway. So I sat and waited. And then all of the sudden the standstill was over and we all started driving like it had never happened. The parkway stood still. I feel like God was teaching me a lesson. "Stay the course, Mary Bear. I will take care of you. Don't even try to do it yourself. I'll fix-it."

God is bigger than this and Jesus can fix-it. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Weekend Review

Our weekend started early last week. Jonathan took Wednesday- Friday off from work and we enjoyed spending time as a family. I've enjoyed sleeping in for the last couple of weeks and I will continue to until school starts. (Four more weeks of summer)

So last Thursday was Lucy's 7th Birthday. She woke up to breakfast and a family party. 
 Henry was not happy that it wasn't his birthday.

 Even though it wasn't Henry's birthday, he still got a present or two to celebrate the day.
 Lucy was very pleased with her Anna dress.
 and boots.
 Henry was impressed with sauasage balls.

 I was not impressed with Jonathan's face.
 After breakfast we got ready and headed to the mall to get Lucy's ears pierced. That is all she wanted for her birthday! She was very brave and didn't cry. They even did it one ear at a time and for a split second I thought she would sport one earring in one ear.

 We had a big surprise that didn't start until 1. So we killed some time wondering around grapevine. We stopped by the rainforest cafe but the wait was 30 minutes. I'm not a big fan of waiting in line and neither is my family so we decided on pizza in the food court instead!
 We surprised the kids with a one night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge. It was a fun but one night was enough. After playing at the water park all afternoon Henry declared that he was done and wanted to go home. I'm glad we didn't take them on a week long adventure like we had originally wanted.

 We arrived back home Friday night and the kids watched a movie and I began tagging my clothes for the rhea lana sale. (I'm almost done and only have to enter things into the computer)
 I know right... The Bost are done living in excess. Most of this stuff I just threw in a bag and will be donating. I'm over all the stuff. Life is too short to house stuff.
 Sunday we attended Lucy's second new believers class and rested.
Fun was had by all. We enjoyed our family time and stay-cation!

God is bigger than this and Jesus can fix-it. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Happy Birthday Letter.

You are seven today. You are such a gift to your daddy and I. I'm so thankful that God saw us worthy enough to take care of one of his most prized possessions. You have learned so much this past year. You started kindergarten, you became independent at school, made tons of friends, learned how to read and add but what we are most proud of is that you asked Jesus into your heart this year. You have child like faith and it is the most beautiful thing to witness. You always tell me that you just want to go live in heaven with Jesus and I get that, but we have work to do here. I consider you successful at age 7 because you have found Jesus. I know that you can accomplish the world with Jesus at your side, leading the way. Let him lead. He has made you to do great things. You glow bright because of Him. When you smile I can see Jesus shining through. May you always be just the way you are.

We love you and love watching you grow.
Mom and Dad.

 Happy Birthday, Lucy!

God is bigger than this and Jesus can fix-it. 

Photos by Ally Jeppsen

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

7 years.

Lucy's 7th Birthday is tomorrow. I can't believe how fast time flies by! I also can't believe how wonderful it is to have a seven year old!

God is bigger than this and Jesus can fix-it. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A little Praise.

 I find it incredible that any of us survived the last three months.

It all started with a seizure.
Which led to finding a mass on Jonathan's brain.
Which led me begging for prayers.

Which led to brain surgery.

I remember praying desperately that God would be glorified in a big way through this. I just didn't know how big he was going to be. Jonathan had no physical therapy or speech therapy after his brain surgery. He lost none of his functions. He lost none of his memory. The only thing wrong with his speech is that his filter is gone and generally says what he is thinking when he probably should keep those thoughts to himself. He is perfect. God protected him.

After surgery we started treatment. Radiation/chemo. Jonathan had minimal side effects. He went to work everyday and worked full time. He helped bathe, put kids to bed and clean the kitchen every night. I only saw him come home and take a nap one time after treatment and that was the last day.

I am in awe of our God. He protected Jonathan and our family.

I know that He is good but seeing just how good He is has been amazing. This experience has been beautiful to witness. Hard to live but beautiful to experience God in a mighty way. To see him daily meet your needs is in-explainable.

We celebrated the end of radiation with a small last minute surprise gathering. We plan to throw the biggest party once we get the all clear sign and we finish our last round of chemo. You will all be invited.

God is bigger than this and Jesus Can Fix-it!