There were a lot of activities surrounding my birthday that I could blog about: Disney on Ice with Abe and April, the Cheesecake Factory with my girl friends, dinner with family friends, Abe’s last T-ball game/pizza party. But you’ll just have to glean what you can from the pictures, because hands down the greatest thing that happened for my birthday was a brief conversation that I had with Abe my birthday morning, so that’s what I’m going to write about.
The thing is, I very clearly remember this walk and he did, in fact, do exactly that. However, this was almost 2 full years ago. He was pretty young at the time, I doubted he remembered it, and honestly, because of his age I didn’t quite do the elated joy dance that my heart was doing during this conversation. I had written it down, briefly mentioned it to Mike, but that was about it. I’m a firm believer that an honest decision made, for or against Christ, will make itself known in other ways, at other times.
It happened on August 16th, 2011 and he had just turned four. We were outside walking, going to get the mail, and he was asking some really great questions. One of them was if everyone goes to heaven. We have vowed to never intentionally lie to our kids, so I took a deep breath and explained that no buddy, not everyone goes to heaven. I’m pretty sure I gave a brief explanation about hell, how you never want to go there, but that people who have Jesus in their hearts don’t have to worry about that because the Bible promises that they’ll go to heaven. [I should note that I very intentionally made none of my comments personal to HIM; the last thing we ever want is for our kids to feel like we're pushing them into making a commitment to follow Christ.] Abe: ”Mommy, does God and Jesus live in everyone’s hearts?” Me: “No, only in those that want Him to live there and ask Him to live in their hearts. Not everyone wants Him to.” I looked over and he was talking and pointing to his heart, mumbling. Me: “What were you saying bud?” Abe: “I was just talking to God and Jesus.” Me: ”What were you saying to them?” Abe: “I was just asking them to live in my heart.” I never discussed this conversation with Abe and he never once brought it up with me… until now.
Needless to say we’re over the moon about this. Like before, we aren’t going to push him in anyway. God is writing his story and we are just blessed to be a part of it and help lead him on the way. But, if you’re a parent and you’re a Christian, you also know that there is no greater joy than knowing that your child has chosen to follow Christ, whatever their age. And Jesus made it very clear that the faith of a child is one that is not only acceptable, but one that is commendable for all to have. I feel like I need to end this on some profound note, a special life verse for my son. There’s time for that. Instead, as I finish up what comes to mind is a stupid quote from an Indiana Jones movie: ”You have chosen wisely.” And Abe, you indeed have. I can promise you that following Christ will look nothing like you imagine; but I can also promise that He is forever faithful. So many verses pounding through my head. So many truths I want to tell you about. All in due time. I’m so excited for the chance to speak them all into your life and walk this walk with YOU. And lest I forget the author and perfecter of our faith, thank You LORD for answering our prayer. Help us to cultivate such a tender heart to be one that is after Yours.
This past week Abe had his last T-ball game. Goooo RATTLERS! Yes, I too thought it should have been the Wrattlers…that “W” on the hat makes no sense. Oh well. We’re all sad to see it the season end as we had so much fun!! His coaches were great (they actually coached and the kids all learned a ton) and I adored the moms. Although, I must say that it is definitely a challenge trying to wrangle (hey, maybe they should have been the Wranglers?!) Andersen during practices and games, while still watching Abe, making me feel like I was only partially able to really connect with other parents. Good thing he is cute and a bit of a charmer; trying to keep that kid off the field was nearly impossible!! Abe was on this team with Brady, a friend from church; April’s favorite part was hanging out with Parker, Brady’s older sister. She likes her girl-time!
Abe’s favorite position was 1st base, which amuses me since catching isn’t his (or anyone else’s) strong point. I always liked it when he played pitcher because a lot of balls get hit there, and then he could practice fielding and throwing. (Except the last game – I was super glad he didn’t play pitcher then because those kids could HIT!!) You may have noticed from the pictures that he bats left handed; it’s the only thing to date that I know of that he does as a lefty. He was typically a ground-ball hitter, although two of them this past Saturday made it to the outfield. The game rules were modified for their age. They played with a real baseball, but they didn’t play outs, each kid only ran one base at a time, and each kid batted once every inning. It was a good way to focus on the fundamentals and not get caught up with who is winning or losing. I can’t help it; I love watching sports and even more when my kid is playing!!
One look at our sweet April and it’s pretty clear that she has allergies. We’ve delayed a bit in getting her tested, mainly because she is right on the age cusp of getting accurate results. However, we’ve had to do more breathing treatments this winter than we (and our pediatriciation) were comfortable with, so we bit the bullet and did it. They only tested her for 11 things, so this is by no means an all-inclusive list. But, of those 11 things, she is allergic to year-round molds, cedar (the worst one), and dogs. They didn’t test for cats, but I’m just going to assume that’s a yes too.
So, what does this mean now and what does it mean in the future?
DOG: We have no current plans to get rid of Dexter. Our allergist made a good point, “Getting rid of the dog isn’t going to help a whole lot. The minute she steps outside she’s going to get hit with the molds, so she will still be on medication. I just would make sure it doesn’t sleep in her room or on her bed.” True, and he doesn’t. Plus we don’t really know how allergic she is to Dexter specifically. Still makes me feel bad though. After Dexter is gone, it would definitely effect our decision to get another one or would determine the breed if there were some she weren’t allergic too.
YEAR ROUND MOLDS & CEDAR: The doc said that in about a year (minimum) we are looking at injection shots, one in each arm, once a week. They really like to wait until they are at least 5 years old, but with how allergic she is he might want to start her earlier. That sounds like hell to me. The step before going to injections is trying a nasal spray. Thus far she won’t let us get anywhere near her with a nasal spray, but maybe the threat of a shot would change that. I’ve heard they are highly effective, so hopefully it would be enough that we could avoid doing injections, at least for awhile.
Cedar is the big concern. She is the most allergic to that one and since the height of cedar fever is in the winter when tons of viruses are flying around, that is an added issue. So, come October we’ll have her on a daily inhaler. Right now we have it just to use on an as-needed basis. It is nice to have something a lot more portable than that honky nebulizer, especially for traveling.
“Maybe we should consider moving.” That came from Mike. However, I’ve done a bit of research and Austin doesn’t even crack the top 100 cities for worst allergies. Pretty much every part of the country has it’s own different pollens to deal with, and I’m guessing the odds are unlikely that we would be able to find a place with zero allergens that would effect her (that doesn’t even count the ones you develop after a couple years of living there). However, we’re going to try. We will soon be putting into action “Operation Allergy Research” where we will vacation multiple different places, for one week at a time, to test how she does. First destination: Hawaii. =)