Saturday, November 22, 2008

Holiday Plans, Prayer Update, Recent Happenings

Steve and I went for a short bike ride today. As we were crossing Willamette University's courtyard, I heard someone practicing the Nutcracker Suite on a flute. Thanksgiving is almost here and the chaos of Christmas shopping has begun. I'm really glad my side of the family decided not to do tangible gifts, but rather enjoy the present of presence while we're all together for the first time since our wedding. I can't wait to see my mom and dad, my sisters, my brothers, and my nephew who is growing up too fast entirely!

I'm very excited that my friend Ricci Brinkmann will be flying all the way from Germany to help out at camp and share Christmas with my family, including Rachal Siler - who is practically my sister. I'm really excited to see the rest of the Siler family in Westby and to see some old friends at camp while they are counselors for Winterama! We found out that Ray and Kelly will also be in the area at the same time we are! Good to know we'll have some Oregonians out there to make us feel at home! :)

Yesterday (Friday), Steve and I made our final 2008 trip to Portland to see my doctor. She said everything is looking pretty good. I have a phone appointment with her on January 6th to set up the radioactive iodine procedure. It's an outpatient procedure with some special precautions. I basically have to stay away from people for 4 days, but then the radioactivity will start to decrease pretty rapidly. It is assumed that I will be diagnosed hypothyroid 2-3 months after the procedure. God is really opening up doors through both my doctors and my chiropractor. My chiropractor said he has some connections and will ask a doctor specialist he knows if she has any suggestions regarding organic thyroid hormone replacements. I would love to go the organic route if possible, since our bodies are organic to begin with. However, we'll opt for whatever is safest and healthiest in the long run. Thank you so much for your prayers! They have given me such peace and calmness throughout this whole experience.

After the appointment, we were able to hang out with Ray, Kel, and Hadley, which was a lot of fun. They have a beautiful home, and they are an awesome family! I love watching little kids when they are exploring the world around them. They're so resourceful and ingenious! It's pretty entertaining, especially when Ray put the spaghetti server in the back of Hadley's pants and Hadley spun in circles, like a dog chases its tail, trying to get his toy back. So cute! If you guys read this, thanks for the visit! It was great seeing you.

Strange Oregon Fact: There are bushes that bloom in the Fall! There is a bush outside Steve's parents house with pink flowers, and we saw a bush with white flowers and a random red hollyhock at Bush Park. How weird is that?

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