Monthly Archives: April 2011

signs of the times

When “the professor” is out

it means the cul-da-sac is now a playground.

When our front yard looks like a Wal Mart bike lot ….

it means the neighborhood discovered the zip line.

When these little guys fill our garage with sweet chirps ….

it means spring is definitely here.

When these are essential accessories ….

summer is right around the corner.

When knees are more bandaid than skin …

it means we are seldom indoors,

… and when we can go from this

to this …

to this …

to this….

in 30 seconds time, then we are TWO!

Yes, we have entered birthday season here at the Rush house.  Havi kicked it off with a “puppy” inspired party.

So my baby is two.  I want to smile and cry about how fast our time with Havi has flown.  If you haven’t met her she is difficult to describe in 500 words or less.  I can say that you are missing out.  Of her 24 months on this earth, we have been within arms reach for 19 of them….and have loved every minute.

“For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”  Psalm 100:5


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post op

Yesterday Noah had surgery on a hernia discovered a couple weeks ago.  Thanks for all of your emails, messages and prayers during this time.

“Fairly routine,” we were told.

Noah, however didn’t see it as routine and took the chance to become a neighborhood legend.  He told EVERYBODY who would listen that he was having surgery.

“It’s for my hernia,” he told a woman in the bathroom at Hobby Lobby.

He would say it so matter of fact-ly and they would usually comment on how brave he seemed (his favorite part).

“I’m the luckiest boy,” he told me the day before the surgery, “I’m the only one on our street who will have a scar.”

Noah loves doctors, and, it would seem, hospitals.  He loves interacting with adults- esp adults who are paid to answer  all his questions.

Much to the chagrin of hospital personel, my dad doesn’t adhere well to the “strict parent only policy” in the pre op room.

Noah really seemed to handle the stress well…

“I’m getting tired already,” he told the anesthesiologist as he explained what would happen when he actually administered the anesthesia….

As they wheeled him down the hall, I gave thanks to God that we don’t do this often, that we are able to joke and laugh before this surgery because we have four amazingly healthy kids.  So many parents have sat in the same room with grim circumstances and fearful hearts.  What an amazing faith it would take to rest in Him, I don’t know that faith and I can only trust it would be given as needed.

After taking a couple hours to waken from drug induced sleep our biggest chore was keeping Noah off the bike and zip line…

take that hernia.


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stalled out at day 4

So… we didn’t finish the bathroom in time for our stranger/guest to try out the new vanity, or even be able to shut the bathroom door.  but jay was out of town and she was able to use the our room, so I didn’t stress too much.  After all, perfection takes time.  Searching high and low for a sturdy double vanity for under a grand proved futile, then I had this great idea to make a vanity out of a console table.  This was my initial inspiration:

However, finding a console that was our budget, 2. long enough to fit two sinks, and 3. strong enough to support the weight of 4 kids who most certainly will be sitting in the sinks at some point most days.  SO my next idea involved a little more convincing on my part.  Jay loves my ideas, usually just not right away.   And he was not too keen on this one but eventually he couldn’t resist the challenge.   So, he caved and I went to the hardwood store with these plans and spent $240 on hickory wood.  When it comes to DIY projects, Jay is great at starting and finishing projects in a weekend, but when it comes to fine pieces of furniture, he has had to have some patience.  We reconfigured the plans a bit to allow for more use of the drawers even after the plumbing is all set.  Here is what it looks like right now:

and here are the sinks that arrived from and are daintily hiding in jay’s office till he’s ready for them (motivation)….

so don’t hold your breath for this finished project.  Perfection can take its sweet time and without any more stranger/company on the horizon we have time to focus on the  much more important things going on right now…not the least of which are a hernia surgery for this karate kid next week…


and a birthday to celebrate for this little bitty …

Ahhh yes, projects can wait …

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