Wednesday, September 28, 2011

we be like...


...practice standing against the wall for balance! sometimes we like it, sometimes we don't...

...go to the fair and Ben requests vintage, old school photos and this pose was his pick and we enjoyed yummy fair food...

...fall and bonk our heads on the deck (he's ok) and two days later the wife hit her head on the corner of the kitchen photo taken...

...take naps...

...make new desserts after we nap and hit our heads... wheel of fortune almost nightly and husband is almost better then wife...almost... our therapies and wife attempts to get to the gym...

...see buddies that we have not seen in about 8 years and 2 years that happen to be in the area to teach a shooting class...

...take more naps...notice wife is never napping and that husband is so handsome...

...start a new bible study...wife does...

...take pics in the swagger wagon on the way to lil bro's football game... on each other...

...try trecking poles...

...feel bad that wife is behind in responding to e-mails and blogging...

...cannot wait to use this...more to come on this...

...getting ready for fall...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

if...Ben edition...

{yours truly}


•If Katie were to get pregnant...I would take care of the new baby

•If I could have any job in the world…I would be a high ranked soldier in Delta force

•If I had a day to myself...I would REI and watch football

•If I could get married all over again…to Katie, I would!

•If I could live anywhere in the U.S...Washington

•If I were to have more children...I want two, one boy, one girl

•If I could have any talent in the world…be an awesome airplane models maker

•If you met me in real life...people would think I’m hot and strong!

•If I went back to school...I would be smarter

•If money were not an object...I would go to Hawaii, go to the Bahamas, I would take my brain injury away, put money towards charities

•If I could meet one celebrity...Bear Grylls from Man vs Wild, we could go jump together out of airplanes!

•If I could shop at only one store for the rest of my life...REI

•If I could choose an animal/pet...Dog…stay tuned for more on this! 

•If I could go on a trip right now...Honolulu, HI

•If I had to choose between a house cleaner and personal chef...I don’t need one, I have Katie! If I had to choose (Katie is making me) it would be a chef

•If I had the option to get plastic surgery…I wouldn’t because I wouldn’t like what they would do to me!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

if...katie edition...

{yours truly}


•If I were to get pregnant...I would be elated…waiting for the right time is hard though!

•If I could have any job in the world…I would be a flight nurse to babies and kiddos

•If I had a day to myself...uninterrupted sleep would be the first thing followed by a day of being pampered and spending any amount of money I wanted...only if we had it of course!

•If I could get married all over again…I would get married to the same man and love him as much as I do now!

•If I could live anywhere in the U.S...Hawaii all the way!

•If I were to have more children...when we have children they will be miracles because their mommy and daddy are still alive!

•If I could have any talent in the world...I would like to sing

•If you met me in real would find me easy going and very protective of my man!

•If I went back to school...I would go back for my masters in nursing or in paramedics

•If money were not an object...I would use it to create a magic pill to heal brain injuries and give it to as many people affected as I could. With the extra money I would buy a lake house here in WA and a vacation home on a beach!

•If I could meet one celebrity...there are not to many I admire but one that would be fun to meet would be Kelly Rippa

•If I could shop at only one store for the rest of my life...Nordstrom all the way with that “if money were no object” deal!

•If I could choose an animal/ would be a dog and nothing else

•If I could go on a trip right now...I would take my man and we would escape to a private cabana where our every need was met but also allowed a lot of privacy

•If I had to choose between a house cleaner and personal would for sure be a chef! I love cooking but its easier for me to clean then cook these days. It would have to be healthy cooking though!

•If I had the option to get plastic surgery…I would not get it. The only thing I might get fixed would be my scars from the accident but at the same time those remind me that I am alive and well!

I saw this on one of the blogs I follow so I thought that I would do it for myself and Ben! I am doing mine after he was already in bed so I will be asking him to give his answers tomorrow! Should be interesting as to what he comes up with!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Yes, we played with some spectacles and made spectacles of ourselves today! Ben had an eye exam today...can you tell?? Where we were waiting for the doc (waiting room was full) there were two big baskets of old frames. Some had lenses and some did not! Well, we took advantage of them and had a lil fun while we were waiting! Ben and I had a pretty good laugh when all was said and done...

...just in case you were wondering...

~ The first eyeglasses were made in Italy at about 1286, according to a sermon delivered on February 23, 1306 by the Dominican friar Giordano da Pisa.

~ The American scientist Benjamin Franklin, who suffered from both myopia and presbyopia, invented bifocals.

~ The first lenses for correcting astigmatism were constructed by the British astronomer George Airy in 1825.

~ In the early 20th century, Moritz von Rohr at Zeiss, developed the Zeiss Punktal spherical point-focus lenses that dominated the eyeglass lens field for many years.

~ it is now possible to purchase frames made of special memory metal alloys that return to their correct shape after being bent. Other frames have spring-loaded hinges. Either of these designs offers dramatically better ability to withstand the stresses of daily wear and the occasional accident. Modern frames are also often made from strong, light-weight materials such as titanium alloys, which were not available in the earlier times.
the end!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

week in review...

"I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you..." Daniel 2:23

I know I have posted alot of randomness all in one post but that is kind of how it is these days! I need to do what some people do and it's called midweek randoms! It's where they take all their random photos of the week and throw them into a blog post! Let's just say this time it will be a week in review...and try and do it in an orderly fashion! Todays will just be a week in review! I have tried to post a few times but my pics wouldn't load and my computer keeps shutting off at random times. I actually had to type that line twice because right as I was typing it, it shut off!! Uhhggg technology sometimes!

This past week has been BUSY! We had 4 additional doctors appointments this week and all of Ben's normail therapies! Some of those days were days where we had to get up early, which was totally fine with Ben! The appointments went well and Ben was able to answer most of the questions asked and things talked about accurately! He did really well!

Monday was the chiropractor in the morning in which I posted some on last Tuesdays blog and then he had OT in the afternoon. My bro-in-law, who built our ramp in the front of the house, also just put up a railing in the back of the house along the deck! Ben has been working with OT on this rail and has been doing really, really well! They work on alot of side stepping, one hand walking, squats and a few other things. Balance and head control is still huge for Ben but his legs and feet a pretty solid. So, please pray for balance and continued head control!!

Tuesday was up and at em for an appointment in Tacoma. I didn't know where it was or how long it would take to get there so of course we got up earlier and had plenty of time when we got there! The apppointment went well.
After that Ben and I decided that since we were half way there we would go to Ikea! I had been wanting to go for a bit but just hadn't had the time. This was Ben and mine first big adventure on our own besides going to Target or simple stores. We had been wanting a new desk and so I was wondering how I was going to push a cart and Ben. It worked out fine though. We grabbed one of their big bags and Ben was able to hold it on his lap with the smaller items. The staff helped us with the desk and after asking a few times they helped me get it to the car as I helped Ben get to the car! Ben was getting hungry and told me that he wanted to hot dog combo and a cinnamon roll...darn those good smelling things! I got it all, started eating in the car and took off. Right before we hit the freeway Ben asked, "did you get my cinnamon roll?" Oh man, I ordered it and the lady forgot to get it for me and I forgot to ask for it as I was attempting to carry out my wallet, 4 hot dogs, 2 bags of chips and 2 drinks...all with no carriers! Needless to say I had to go to Target the next day so I picked up a Pilsbury pack of rolls and Ben was a happy camper!
Since the Ikea staff got the boxes into the car it was my job to get them out when we got home! I got one in since it wasn't heavy but the other there was no way I was going to be able to lift it. I didn't want it to sit in the swagger wagon so I was drilling my brains to see how I could do it without hurting my back...then I saw Ben's wheelchair! It made a perfect dolly and I didn't have to lift a thing! It now gets more then one use!
We didn't put the desk together until a few days later but here are the photos of Ben helping me! I had him stand against the wall (which I have been having him do more often these days) and help me do some screwing and putting together! Ben did great!

Wednesday, was another morning appointment for Ben. It was an audiology appointment in Tacoma. Again gave ourselves some time and we were early! Thank goodness I brought Ben's ipad because I was not able to sit in on this one. I guess they didn't want any distractions. We called one of my sisters on the way home to see if we could oome by for a visit. We got there and got to playing Sorry with the younger neice and neph! Of course the lil guys didn't really know what they were doing and it was fun to see Ben trying to correct and teach them! We also got a yummy lunch that Ben made a hilarious face about and he read How Do You Hug a Porcipine all the way through with little help!

Thursday we got to sleep to our normal time because Ben would not be having an appointment in the morning but in the afternoon. He did have speech in the morning though. While Ben was in ST I got cleaned up and a few things done around the house!
...side note, as I am typing Ben is teasing me by bringing his hand over and typing lettters I don't want typed! Typical Ben, all done a smirk on his face!
After ST we had a calm lunch and then took off for Tacoma again. I knew today was going to be a longer appointment but I didn't think it was going to be 3 hours! They did x-rays that I thought were never going to end. I think they got an picture of every part of his body at every angle! The most annoying thing about this appointment is that the nurses kept talking to Ben as if he was a child. They also kept callimg him sweetheart and annoying...and they were years younger then him! I did decide to keep my words and hands to myself. Just because Ben has a brain injury and might be a little slower at answering and is in a wheel chair doesn't mean you have to talk louder, use terms of endearment that don't need to be used and not treat him like a man that he is!
Well, after that 3 hour appointment we hit traffic coming home. We decided that it would be best to pick up some pizza and head home. Two of my lil brothers stopped by and ended up falling asleep on the couch...I guess we have a comfortable house!

Friday was back to a normal day for us. Ben had ST again in the morning and while he was in ST I ran to Michales to get a few fall decorations. I need some more but just wanted to get a few. I have been burning my pumpkin candle a few times since this weeks weather has been debby downer compared to the week before in teh 80-90's! This weekends even was bad but Monday-Wed is to be 70-80's! Weird weather for sure!
Followed by ST was a quick lunch and OT. Ben worked for the first time with some treking poles. They are kind of like ski poles but for hiking. He did ok for his first time and will be getting more practice in the days to come. I forgot to download those photos but will get them posted soon.
THe evening was a chill time for us. My lil bro's football game was in Aberdeen so we opted to stay home. Good choice because he only ended up playing the first half because they were ahead by so much! We won 50-0 and are now 3-0! Go Rams!

Saturday was cleaning and organizing! I have a love hate relationship with this but it needs to be done. Friday while Ben took a nap I actually organized the garage. Pretty much things need to be organized around the boat which takes up 75% of the garage. There are still a few things that need to be done but are to heavy so I will wait for my bros and dad! Anyways, I cleaned and organized closets, rooms, more closets, bathrooms, dusted, vaccumed and organized dressers and such. The three areas left are teh kitchen, family room and our bedroom. Also the yard needs to be tended to and summer stuff stored away. So, things are being crossed off my list!
Later yesterday we went to my lil bro and sis in laws house. They were redoing my neices bedroom for her birthday while she was away. We had dinner with them and then went to Lime Berry...yummy! Ben and I also go our baby fix in and got to hold our newest lil nephew! While we were at Lime Berry my sis in law was asking Ben some questions about growing up, some I knew and some I didn't. Ben did awesome at remembering things and explaining them in full sentences. She asked him who his fav therapist is now and he said his ST. He really has been working hard on his speech and I think Ben is beginning to see that it is getting much better which is awesome!

Today is just a chill day for us. One of these moments I will get up and try to tackle more things on my list. Right now I am thinking of chuncky sweaters, rain boots and coffee! Although I don't like the cold I love fall and winter weather clothing! Of course it doesn't compare to running around in jeans and a tank but there is something about the fall that just tickles my heart! I pray that this fall is so much better for us then the last! I pray for more miracles to transpire in Ben's body and mind! I pray for transformation in our lives and others as well!
We are blessed and I thank God every day for the healing and restoration that He has blessed Ben and I with!

"Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done." 1 Chron 16:8

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."
1 Chron 16:34

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

vending machine...

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek His will in all you do,
and He will show you which path to take.
Don't be impressed with your own wisdom.
Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
Then you will have healing for your body
and strength for your bones." Prov 3:5-8

Sunday morning Ben and I woke up and Ben had wanted to go to the 9am service. Well, he surprised me by sleeping in until 8:15 and so we would only have 45 minutes to get ready...that was not going to happen! We decided that we would go to the 0945 service instead so we just laid in bed and relaxed.
Ben and I started talking a bit. He is getting better at bringing things up and instigating conversations to which I love!
There was a pause and then out of nowhere Ben said, "I feel like I'm in a vending machine." I was taken back by this and asked him to please explain why he thought that he was in a vending machine. He went on to explain that he felt like he was waiting to be chosen, waiting to be selected. Ben said that he felt like he has been sitting in a vending machine forever and he has been waiting for God to put some money in and select him to be healed! Ben said, "I want it to be my turn, I want to be healed, I want to be taken out of this situation."
WOW!!! Ben may have a brain injury but he can bring up some pretty wise analogies. I would have never thought of this in a million years. What a wise man he is. We were able to talk about it for a bit and I was able to share with him that he is healing. It is taking time and that stinks but we have to wait it out. I was able to tell him that I felt that God had put the money into the slot and he has already begun to heal Ben, he just hasn't dropped down the hatch yet because God isn't done with Ben yet. It made me think tonight on the verse that was mentioned on Sunday's blog. "The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think..." 2 Peter 3:9a His timing may not be our timing and sometimes I just don't like that, but it is what He wants and not what we want. I cannot see the big picture I cannot see the promises fulfilled at this moment. He has selected Ben and He will get him out of that vending machine in His perfect timing. There is not enough money for me to put into the vending machine to get Ben out myself. I along with Ben will have to be patient. We are going to keep living this life that is in front of us!
It was a very sweet time with Ben that morning and I am grateful that we got that time together.

The past few weeks Ben started going to a chiropractor. He is not your norm and not into bone crunching. In Ben's case there has to be alot more sensetivity to his head, neck and body in general. It takes more then just a quick adjustment. We are trying to get Ben there at least one time a week and more if possible. Unfortunately this is not covered by our insurance (you would think it would be with all the military injuries) which means we cover every visit. I don't mind doing this because we are being cared for in every other way. We are blessed!
Anyways, Ben has gone 3 times and each time has been good for Ben. He gets alot of stretching, soft tissue manipulation, tapping on his reflex areas and traction. I am trying not to get my hopes up as to if it is helping or not but I think it has to a degree. I think it is going to take alot more visits but we are on the path to hopefully having this help!

Side note...I was walking around Target today with making a headboard in mind. At first I thought that I would make one and upholster it but that just became to big of a project in my brain. I then thought of wallpaper and since we are renting use velcro to hang it. Finally at Target I landed looking for a shower curtain or something in the color I wanted with alot of texture that I could cover a piece of board with to make the headboard. Well, I found a few decent ones but they were a bit more then I wanted to spend but of course cheaper then what I would have paid to make the original headboard. I am kind of a penny pincher at times. (I do splurge occasionally to keep things fun!)
So with shower curtains or anything textured crossed off my list I was walking down the rug isle. Waaalaaa, a grey rug called out to me and it was on clearance. I looked at the measurements and they were perfect for our spare room bed! I thought I might be crazy for hanging a rug on my wall as a headboard but I thought I would give it a it was only 9 bucks! 9 bucks folks...the price was right!
I got home and quickly put it up and loved it! I have yet to make it level and flatten it out but I love how it turned out!