This and That on a Tuesday Morning

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Brenna's worried face. Daisy is her favorite cow.
Brenna’s worried face. Daisy is her favorite cow.

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Trying to make the baby smile for the camera. She has ticklish sides!
Trying to make the baby smile for the camera. She has ticklish sides!

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Keep up the good work, prayer warriors!  Daisy is looking better again today, steady on her feet, though in some pain again this morning.  I gave her another shot of a pain reliever and will consult with our vet later this morning to see what we can do for her at this point.  Looks like we can hold off on those steroids for a while for sure.  I’d wager her mobility issues are caused by extreme pain when moving and not nerve damage, so that’s a little good news, at least!

We packed Delaney off to her first 4H camp this morning.  It reminded me of a deployment, which made me tear up, with all those awkward parents standing around with all their awkward kids, trying to make small talk before they loaded up the buses.  At least she’ll only be gone four days, and she probably won’t get shot at, though they do have classes in shooting sports.  We’re all kinds of beside ourselves, because we don’t feel quite whole in the absence of any one of us, like somebody just cut off our right arms or something.  I keep reminding everyone – and myself – that this feeling is a good thing, because we really, really love each other and love being with each other.  We packed Laney off with all the love could.  Brenna tucked notes into her bag, one for each day she’s away, and I mailed letters already for her to receive while she’s gone.  Go ahead and laugh at how silly we are.  We don’t mind. 🙂

We were trying to get a picture of Evie smiling last night.  She’s really the most friendly and cheerful baby ever, but she seems suspicious and alarmed by the camera.  Or as Delaney said, “What is that black thing that steals my soul?”  So this is the best you get.  For now.  She’s a lot less demanding, now, easier to plan around and anticipate.  Though earlier this month, when we went out with a friend, I nursed her just before we left for home, but she was crying for me before we made it back.  “Is she hungry again already?” my friend asked in surprised.  “Probably not,” I replied, but when I did the math real quick in my head, well, yes, she actually probably was.  As the fellow at the VA clinic said yesterday, “She doesn’t miss a meal, does she?”  Nope.  I’ll see if I can photograph her ample thighs for you in time for her Four Months Old post on Thursday.  🙂

PS: Barbara, I do more orchestrating than actual working, as I have many capable children at home to help carry the load.  Because of them, I can pick and choose which jobs I want or need to do, and without them, we wouldn’t have taken on nearly so much.  Just sayin’.  😉

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  1. It is hard, packing off your children for any amount of time, isn’t it?
    Andrew also went off this morning – just a few minutes ago, in fact – to a military camp in West Virginia! I am super excited for him, but will miss him until Saturday!
    Glad Daisy is doing a little better, and will continue to pray for her full recovery.
    Love you!

    1. So we’re both childless for the week. ::sniff, sniff:: Is Andrew considering a military career? He looks so handsome in his uniform. 🙂

      Thank you so much for the Daisy-prayers. And the lovin’. 🙂

      1. Andrew is definitely thinking of the Air Force. He wants to go to college at the University of Tennessee for Engineering and go through their ROTC program. This week will kind of give him a little taste of the life.
        We are definitely missing his presence here this week already, though. 🙁

        1. That will be pretty great. 🙂

  2. You’re being humble, Miss Jennie, because I know you do more in a day than most people do in a week!

    I just love that little dolly’s pretty eyes. She does look a lot like Penelope.

    1. Isn’t she gorgeous? I never get tired of looking at her. She usually drifts off to sleep in my arms, both of us staring at each other, such a sweet expression of contentment and love on her little round face. Bedtime is my favorite time of day. 🙂

      As for the humility, I feel quite certain that most people over-estimate me. You included. 😉

  3. Sandra Modersohn says:

    First: That baby is amazingly beautiful! Stunning even! And I don’t blame you one bit for staring at her all the time! lol

    Second: Can I please just tell you how much good it does this mothers heart to see YOUR children playing in YOUR house amongst… Piles of laundry! 🙂 It makes me feel like I’m not a lost cause after all 😉

    Third and certainly not least: I’m so glad there are signs of improvement in Daisy! She is so lucky to be a part of your family to have the love and care you show her.

    Love you and miss you! ♥

    1. That laundry doesn’t last long. 🙂 I’ve hit upon a system whereby the children fold the laundry themselves – while I sit in comfort on the sofa and read to them! It USED to sit there for many days, but no more! Every evening, they bring it in off the lines (or out of the dryer, if we used it, but – $3 a load! Yikes!) It spends about an hour on the living room floor while we finish our evening chores and showers, and by the time I tuck them in, it’s all gone. Except for some random pairs of underpants. For some reason, they won’t claim their underpants, and often stuff them in weird places, like in between couch cushions, or onto the bookshelves, only to be discovered later by unsuspecting guests. I don’t understand that one…

      1. Underwear and socks, right? My kids would rather wear socks that don’t match than actually put them together. Drives me crazy sometimes! LOL

  4. Evie is beautiful. I noticed in some other pictures she has that slightly frightened, perhaps startled, look when you take a picture. Since that camera is so much a part of you, you would think she would be used to it.
    Keep up the good work Daisy!!!! Your family loves you.
    Love you all,
    Mommy

    1. I actually don’t use the camera nearly as much as I’d like. It’s hard to LIVE from behind a lens. 🙂

      1. The “hard to live from behind a lens” is the reason I don’t take more photos! Better to get right in on the action than observe from behind the camera lens!

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