Saturday, March 31, 2007
Lauren: Well Michael, tomorrow is Pom-pom Sunday.
Michael: What is pom-pom Sunday?
Lauren: Don't you know? You get to wave pom-poms in church. Don't you remember last year how they had all the Sunday School kids come in the back of the church and wave pom-poms to surprise all the parents?
By this time, Chris and I were laughing and Michael thought Pom-pom Sunday sounded pretty neat! Hope you all have a good Sunday!
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
flown by for me. I decided it was time to share my book of the month with you. It was
very hard to pick just one because currently I'm working on
five different books. However, this is the book that has had the biggest impact
on me. I will not try to do a book review on it either. Partly because I'm still deeply
immersed in it's contents and partly because I'm
struggling to form an opinion. For the most part, this book
has been a real eye opener in terms of me personally and
also the church. I highly recommend it....you won't be able to lay it down. Happy reading!!!
(If anyone has read this book already, and would like to share your opinions, please do so and leave a comment! I'd love to get some feedback on this one!)
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Thursday night, at our church, Robyn Clemens held her
recital for her piano students. This was Lauren's first recital
since starting lessons last Nov.Of course, Lauren was not the least
bit nervous. I was. I had
to play three times. Also, we would've had a nice
DVD clip of this for you all to view, but SOMEBODY made sure
she charged the battery ALL day and then left
the battery on the charger. I was so upset with myself. aaaagh!
A neat little group of kids enjoying the cookies and lemonade
after recital in the fellowship hall.
L to R: Michael, Chris Stamper,Katie Stamper,Maddie Stetler,
Lauren and Kourtlyn Frankenberry.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Michael before (result of my "maintaining")
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
During each heartbeat cycle, the heart contracts and relaxes. When your heart contracts (systole), it ejects blood from the two pumping chambers (ventricles). When your heart relaxes (diastole), the ventricles refill with blood. No matter how forceful the contraction, it doesn't empty all of the blood out of a ventricle. The term "ejection fraction" refers to the percentage of blood that's pumped out of a filled ventricle with each heartbeat. This measures the capacity at which your heart is pumping.
Because the left ventricle is the heart's main pumping chamber, ejection fraction is usually measured only in the left ventricle (LV). A normal LV ejection fraction is 55 percent to 70 percent. The ejection fraction may decrease when the heart muscle has been damaged, such as due to:
- Heart attack
- Heart-muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)
- Heart valve problems
Monday, March 12, 2007
This past December, while chatting one day, she said "Mommy, I know multiplication". I'm sitting there thinking "Yeah, right!". She continued, "Like 4 times 6 is 24 and 3 times 8 is 24 too." I asked where she heard of multiplication. Well, turns out, our babysitter told her those two mult. facts. I assumed she was just saying those two from memory, but had no idea what it really meant in real life. So, I used a couple plates of cookies as visual aids and explained that if I had these two plates with 12 cookies on each plate, that would mean that 12 times 2 was 24. No sooner had I explained that than she gave me this bored look and said "I already KNOW that." I'm trying the whole time to act like this was all completely normal. About that time she piped up " Mommy, 10 times 15 is" ....paused a moment of two......"150!" If you are thinking this is all a little bit weird, well, so was I. Anyway, all I could say to Chris was that when we get to multiplication in her Math, I won't have to elaborate!
In unrelated news,
I am having an echo cardiogram in the morning. It's the first one I've had since I was diagnosed with CHF. My stomach is in knots; this has me nervous! I have been feeling very well the past month or two, and so I'm hoping that means my EF (ejection fraction) has improved. When I was diagnosed, the EF was 15 %. So, if it's at least 30 % or higher, I will be not be posting...... we will be out on the town celebrating! Hope you all have a good day!!!!!!!
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Our family would like to wish Craig a very Happy Birthday. He is
a wonderful brother, great brother-in-law and Michael's
favorite uncle! He is a fun, generous person, and has given us all a
special sister-in-law, (and aunt)Tonya, as well. We hope you have the best
Chris & Nancy, Lauren, Michael and Caleb
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Our "day out" group
L to R: Judy Kay Taylor, Bronwyn Taylor, Michael,
Lauren, Caroline Crater, (yes those are matching denim dresses...somehow
Lauren and Caroline often end up with matching outfits)and Caleb.
Our "new" friends, Judy Kay and Bronwyn
The Taylors have been here almost two years
and although we chat at church and on campus, we've never
gotten to spend a day together getting to know each other.
I love getting to know people and making friends,
and Judy Kay is a great person inside and out!
The covered wagon
It's filled with "sacks of feed"
They're actually real feed sacks filled with
Caleb was happy with just crawling around and playing with a
couple balls from the ball pit area.
For my readers in this area, we were at the Adventure Center
at Sharon Woods. It is an indoor play area. Admission for children 2 - 12
is just $2.50. Sharon Woods is a lovely park to visit in warm weather
as well. They have the Heritage Village Museum,
a lovely play area outside and lots of hiking trails.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
My birthday and Valentine's Day present combined,
was a trip to Pigeon Forge. The morning of the trip
as Chris was packing the van, he disappeared for quite a
while. When he finally came back in, he was carrying a cake
from the "campus cake decorator". (Marianne Brown) It
was so beautiful; I was speechless. I was totally surprised because
I wasn't even expecting a cake at all. Anyway, I was thrilled and
Chris had Marianne decorate it in my favorite flowers....Calla Lilies. I still don't
know how she managed such REAL looking flowers. She does an
EXCELLENT job! ~Thanks Marianne~