Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Message

These are the jasmine growing on our gate. I thought these pictures seemed "springy."




This was was the message delivered last year on the Easter program of "Music and the Spoken Word."

"The Promise Of New Life" delivered by Lloyd K. Newell.

The promise of new life, even everlasting life, is everywhere at springtime. A once-bare tree dons a new coat of pink blossoms. A red-breasted robin searches the dry grass for just the right twig for her nest. A baby lamb makes a test run of his little legs. A mother holds her baby for the first time and forgets the long winter of waiting. New life is so much more than just another beginning. In the weary eyes of any who have endured long winters, it is hope and continuity, meaning and purpose. New life is the color in a gray and darkening world.

Several years ago, on Easter weekend, a young girl came to auction her lamb at the county fair. Her parents were not there. The girl stood alone with her little lamb while the auctioneer called out a small sum. Everyone whispered when someone bid unusually high. And then everyone became quiet when the bidder gave the lamb back to the little girl, along with the money. The auctioneer explained. Her daddy was in the hospital dying of cancer. Her mommy was there with him. Nothing more was said. One hand after another was raised. The lamb was sold again—and then again and again and again. With each offering came a ray of hope, not so much for the money earned but for the promise of living in a world where strangers treat each other like good neighbors.1

Every unselfish act breathes life into another’s existence. Just as each splash of spring color reminds us of the ultimate victory of life over death, so do acts of goodwill revive feelings of faith, hope, and charity. Such acts are merely a reflection of that divine light within us, that spark of goodness that lights our way and leads us back to the God who gave us life. He sent His Son, the Lamb of God, that we might have new life and have it more abundantly2—in every season of every year.

1 See “The Day the Lamb Was Sold,”

Ensign, March 2005, 8–9.

2 See John 10:10.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

No Seizures!!!

The Dr. e-mailed the results of Della's EEG. All brainwaves look normal! No seizures! We are so thankful.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Farewell to Disneyland



Let me start off by saying that I realized how fortunate (spoiled) we have been to be able to have Disneyland Passes. Chad and I have a long history with Disneyland. We were both employed there and we have had passes for the past 7 years. Our passes expired on March 10th and since we are moving out of state when our house sells, we won't be renewing. We took the kids for one last hurrah.

My favorite part was when she spit up all over Chad's head and then threw herself backwards.




Here are a few oldies but goodies...












Friday, March 14, 2008

Boy Band



Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Updates and stuff...

Here is what has been going on at the Calder house. We have had 3 open houses and a lot of people have come through. We went through 100 fliers in less than 2 weeks, so there is some interest and we have a few good leads. We don't expect our house to sell right away and we are in this for the long haul. I guess our mindset is "expect the worst and hope for the best."

Onto Archer...

His current favorite scripture story is "Samson." Here he is at FHE dressed up as the protagonist and sporting Nana's wig to help him get into character. Apparently this is also his fighting pose.

Sunday night he came into the family room and announced that he was in full space uniform complete with "space curtain" (I think he was referring to the cape, "space back-hack", and"space pants-hat" (self-explanatory). He was also packing heat in the form of his Nerf gun just in case some martians showed up.

I woke him up from his nap.


Della Belle's turn...
Here she is modeling her new trick. Getting up on all fours completely on her own!!! She will only do it in order to see the TV (much to my and the physical therapist's dismay). No crawling yet, but I have a feeling it mobility isn't that far off.

Our meeting with the neurologist went well. I really liked Dr. Le and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a pediatric neurologist in the SoCal area. She did well on half of the exam and not so well on the other half. For instance she was able to track objects without a problem and she knew how to interact with a toy. Then Dr. Le clapped his hands loudly 4 or 5 times with a few seconds in between each clap. Della startled every time whereas a "normal" baby would startle once or twice before accommodating to the noise. Anyway, we have the EEG next Wednesday and unfortunately she will have to be sedated. We are anxious to get some results on that.

Della has added a few more tricks to her repertoire and one of them is clapping her hands. This is a big one because she is actively trying to engage in play by accomplishing a relatively complex series of mental and physical tasks. She also sat up for about 2 minutes completely on her own (then she fell face first onto a Lego). FINALLY! After 8 months of physical therapy!! Her PT has speculated that her resistance to sitting up stems from her ongoing problem with reflux. About 30 seconds into sitting she spits up. This could be anywhere from 3 minutes to 3 hours after she eats. We finally started her on Zantac in hopes that it would alleviate her symptoms. I have been really reluctant to do this because I am not really comfortable with putting my child on any kind of medication regularly. I must admit, I have not seen much of a difference. Which brings me to her next appointment, a meeting with a Pediatric Gastroeterologist. She will help us to determine why Della still doesn't eat solids, what is causing her reflux, and she will go over her Upper GI with us. That is on March 19th.

So still a lot going on with poor Della Belle. I have to say, she is the sweetest baby I have ever heard of. In spite of all her suffering in her short 14 months of life, she is so happy. People fight over holding her wherever we go and that is just fine with her. She loves to love!

These last few pictures I took today after finally reading the manual to our camera.












And this is just funny...