Well, we made it through the Nephrology appointment with ease. They kids did great. Marseille once again was a champ and didn’t cry at all. Let the record show… she got her blood pressure taken three time and didn’t even bat an eye!!! That is a huge work in her life! Even though the kids were very calm while getting their blood pressure taken, both of their blood pressures are high, so their Rx dosage is going up. Please pray with us that this new dosage will help. It has changed three times for Bentley and twice for Marseille this year. Another reason to pray that it will stabilize is, we cannot do blood work until it does. The Dr. does not want any false readings for their blood work, which checks their kidney and liver function. Other than that they are both doing good. Marseille gained two pounds since her last appointment! We are grateful for your prayers.
So, rewind a little bit. We had a great Thanksgiving with my parents. There were many appointments and such during the week which made it busy but overall it was a great time. My mom and I were apart of the Black Friday craziness. We were at Belk at 3am! It was CRAZY, but worth it. We went to the Grove Park Inn to see the National Gingerbread Competition and enjoyed a delicious lunch on the huge deck. The Gingerbread Competition has become a family tradition.
Now, our ginormous Christmas tree (we named her Ginormica- she’s 9.5′ tall) is set up and slowly presents are being added. We’ve been doing Advent readings with the kids and once again I’m reading Come, Thou Long-Expected, Jesus, it won’t ever get old! We are hoping for a low key Christmas. The shopping is done and it seems all the Christmas parties are this week. I’m grateful because both kids are still coughing and Bentley has an ear infection. Other than the sickness, we are all very excited about the whole season! As soon as the children are better, we will be touring downtown and the Festival of the Trees, another family tradition.
If you haven’t ever heard this song, This is Christmas by Kutless, listen to it and be freshly reminded that there is no Christmas season without Jesus! This year as Bentley is understanding more and more, the fight begins to center our children around the reason we celebrate Christmas and not just all the exciting things that the season brings!