Thursday, November 24, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

One down!

I officially survived family Thanksgiving #1 with a feeling like I had "infertile" stamped on my forehead while walking among the land of the fertile. I think everyone at Kevin's family turkey day gathering either has lots of kids or kids on the way. I may have almost cried once. Or twice. My emotions are too out of whack, and my flight instinct is on high alert. But I was trapped. And, I survived. And, if the thought of grabbing one of the babies and running crossed my mind, that would be perfectly normal. Right? (This is where all infertile people say Yes! Perfectly! And, all the fertile people of the world think I am nuts!) Oh, I would never do it. But cry? Yep, might happen. At the drop of a hat. One of Kevin's cousin's has the most precious chubby baby (the girl version of my BFF's chubby baby). I mean, she is gorgeous!! As we were about to leave, I finally got my chance to hold her and that most precious baby put her head on my shoulder and hugged me. And that's when I almost lost it. Nothing like it. That hug melted my heart. So, naturally, it was time to bolt. :)
Family Turkey Day #2 coming this Saturday. Luckily, my family has less little ones running around. Should be an easier day on the ole emotional roller coaster. One can hope!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


We declared today "NO cry Benson Wednesday" and had success!! (Well, I did anyway! heehee!)

Police report has been filed on bank mess and all paperwork sent in. My only real frustration with that situation is they may not refund the overdraft fees. Seems a little nuts to me since I didn't freakin' do it! But, whatever. It's NO cry Benson Wednesday, so I'm done with it.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

So many frustrations, so little time!

What's going on here? Well, phone tag has ended. Only because I asked my principal if I could keep my cell phone on me all day. And, they finally called back after the "nice" message I left this morning. That's one week lost to playing phone tag. But who's counting? We are young. We have all the time in the world and a bank account ready to pay for everything. Oh wait! No we aren't! And, no we don't! First available appointment? November 28th. Yep. That's right. So, we still need some eggs and we still need some swimmers. Turns out we get ONE MORE CHANCE to get it right before we pay the big bucks. Pray people PRAY! I would love nothing more than for God to get the glory in all this!! And no one be able to give His deserved glory to the doctors.
So, doctor appointment set. Now, to get this nasty bank account mess settled. Seems somebody (aka jerk, loser, freeloader, thief....) has "lifted" my debit card number. Then, tried to use it at a Wal-Mart in Birmingham, Alabama. Good news is fraud department caught on quickly. Bad news is I was down to my last nickels and cents. They managed to get out $100 and then things bounced and overdraft fees have hit. Doesn't that seem odd that the BANK can catch the fraud but still let it go through and STILL charge fees???? Even though THEY KNOW it is FRAUD!! Yep, tis the days of my life people. So, now that phone tag is over, I get to deal with police reports and trying to get my account back to normal. Did I mention, you have to fill out a police report for the BANK THAT NOTIFIED YOU of the FRAUD? Oh, and now I have no debit card. Good times! Good times!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Infertility update

Basically, we are still playing phone tag to get our next appointment set. The appointment that tells us WHAT we are going to have to do, HOW much it's going to cost, and what our PERCENTAGES are for success.
According to the nurse who left a message during our game of phone tag, I don't produce as many eggs as I should and we don't have the "swimmers" we need. Sounds discouraging - right?
After living all month down to the last nickel and dime, I am thinking, we might as well throw in the towel. People who live paycheck to paycheck just can't logically afford all this mess. That's where my brain is right now.

I'm just praying for guidance with our decisions.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Never a Dull Moment!

Just as it started raining here and got dark, Rex started going nuts at the back fence. When I used the flashlight, I couldn't see WHAT it was that had him stirred up. But, I had 3 sets of eyes glowing in the light, so I knew we had trouble. I yelled for Big Bear to help and this is what we found:
Whoever said that possum's play dead was WRONG! GroSS! He was mad and hissing!! Of course, he had two dogs sniffing him and barking, two flashlights on him, a man asking for a shovel to hit him with and a crazy woman with a camera all coming at him! LOL!
He took some good hits with the shovel and then was tossed over the fence. Yep, we are THOSE neighbors! HA! Seriously, I doubt he's dead, so I'm sure he'll be up and roaming in no time. But, thanks for the save Big Bear!! And, Good Boy Rex!! Taking over Jax's old possum huntin' ways, just warms a momma's heart! Who says only labs can hunt?

Monday, November 7, 2011

That's better!

After two torn up dog beds, Mommy finally got the hint and bought us some new stuff to chew on! Now, we'll be good for sure!!
I mean, can my dog be any cuter? That face melts me every time!

**And, on the other subject, did the doctor call today? No! But are we surprised? No! And, we wait another day. Then, let the phone tag games begin!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Bad, BAD doggie!!!

This dog is a MESS!!! And when he is bad, you know the minute you walk in the door because his guilt shows all over his face! Then, when you discover the mess or whatever he has done, he just falls all over himself apologizing! I really have to get it on video someday!
The twin guest bed in our house is really a glorified dog bed. And, today while we were at church, he decided to de-stuff the bedspread (aka dog bed). Who knows why!?! He de-stuffed one of his real dog beds a few days prior. He's in BIG trouble!!!
I tried to give him a dog bone to show him what he SHOULD be chewing on, but he was still having his pity party from getting in trouble! ha!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Appointment Friday!

**"Sample" has been delivered. Nothing quite like walking into a doctor's office with a brown paper bag!! Now, we will hear from the doctor on Monday about the next steps. (Not holding my breath on a timely call with the luck we've had in that department, but we'll see!)
***Nala had her diabetes follow-up today. Since she's not a "nice cat", we have to take a different approach than the normal procedure to get their levels correct. They encouraged me to come in with her rather than leave her there all day! ha! I will say, with me there, she did GREAT! I was so proud!!! Not one hiss or spit or fit! She let them draw blood with no drama!! And, we got her a capstar to immediately kill all her fleas. Basically, she got a pill shoved down her throat and just took it like a champ! Awesome! We are doubling the insulin because her levels are still high and we go back in 2 weeks. clean house!!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Answered Prayer

I have been praying for some time about where to serve in our church. I have met with our pastor several times and explored several options. I just didn't know where I was supposed to serve. Then, another woman talked to our pastor and said some of the same things I had been saying. He put us together and I think I may have an answer! I thought after the Beth Moore Conference in April that it was women's ministry, but wasn't sure how or what to do. Well, we are starting with a Women's Cookie Exchange night. Then, another fun women's activity in January or February. And, then starting a Bible Study. YES!!!!! So excited!!
Plus, I get to do Upward Basketball again. We may be coaching but we may do something different this year (Kevin as a ref and me in the concession stand). Either way, we are serving and helping with Upward. It takes a lot of people to pull off the Upward program. They can never find enough people to cover the concession stand. So, I think I'm pretty qualified for that one! :)