Friday, October 31, 2014

A new project

First off, Madalyn is doing awesome!  Other than a rough voice, she is 100% herself :)  So thankful!
Tomorrow Doug and I embark on a new adventure.  For a couple years now, we have been praying about a youth group at our church.  The Lord really impressed it on us that we were the couple for the job and about a month ago we started making plans and talking to Preacher and Mrs. Jenkins and all the teens parents.  
Well, plans are set, snacks are planned and nerves are setting in! ;)  LOL  We are really excited about this opportunity to work with the teens and are praying that we can be used by Him in their lives.  The nerves are there as well but they are subsiding as the details come together.  Youth group will be the 1st Saturday of every month from 6-8pm.  We are going to hold it at the church.  We may have some outings but the core meetings will be there.  If you think about it, please pray for us tomorrow as we start this.  We would greatly appreciate it!
Have an awesome weekend!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

What is with my house?

Whether it be my kids, my dogs, or my extra kiddos, I have some strange sleepers in my house!
But they are sooooo cute! ;)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A first for Madalyn...

I'll start this off with a note that this is mostly just for my documentation for her medical history.
So I'll back up to Monday night...Madalyn complained that her allergies were bad and asked for her Zyrtec.  I gave it to her around 7pm and sent her to bed normal time with her acting herself.  She woke up Tuesday morning with a headache and complaining of sinus pressure.  Her eyes were all swollen, red and itchy.  Unfortunately the Zyrtec is 24 hours so she was out of luck on that front for a while.  I gave her some Tylenol for her headache and we went on with the day like normal.  At 2:45 we went to Bible club and half way through, she looked like she was running a fever and I could tell her allergies were bothering her.  I wasn't able to actually check it but it was high.  One of the other volunteers had Motrin and Tylenol on them and thankfully Madalyn swallows pills good.  She was back to herself in about an hour.  That night before bed, I gave her Zyrtec and some Tylenol just to be on the safe side.  She was her happy self and went to bed normal.  2:30am this morning I am woke up by her shaking me, holding her throat.  She couldn't breathe well and looked awful.  I called Doug's mom for Marissa and got her albuterol machine out and started her on a treatment.  It seemed to help some and I gave her the option of waiting till her doctor's office opened or going to the ER...she chose the ER ( which is very odd for her ).  So we headed for the door, when it all hit again.  She was gasping and holding her neck.  Her fingertips were turning bluish and she was a greyish color.  I made the call that I wasn't going to drive her and called the ambulance.  I was still back and forth on my decision but when the Level 3 EMT showed up and her oxygen level was 91 when it should be around 100 he said I made a good call.  God was good and Madalyn knew him from different places so it was a familiar face and she knew his name.  She let him carry her out to the stretcher and she got to go for her 1st ambulance ride.  I rode with her.  They started her on oxygen and ended up giving her 2 more albuterol treatments in the ambulance.  When we got to the hospital, everyone was super nice.  They didn't like that she wasn't responding quickly to the treatment so the pulled out the good stuff and gave her 2 treatments of Epinephrine along with a steroid.  That did the trick.  Within an hour, her wheezing was gone and she was looking more like herself.  Her heart rate was 168 due to all the meds, so once that and her fever dropped, they released us.  They are saying she has Viral Croup for now, but she hasn't had a cough.  However, as I'm writing this she did cough a little.  So maybe.  We have to follow up with her doctor so I'm going to call as soon as they open.  For now she is on Albuterol treatments along with a prescription for a steroid. 
She is a trooper and I'm glad to see her back to herself....although she is passed out now! ;)
She slept form 6am to 10am and in the meantime I got an appointment at her doctor's office for a second opinion.  Turns out the ER was correct.  Although she never had the seal bark, she does have croup.  From what I was told, and how I understood it, croup causes the airway or some portion of it to become inflamed.  This causes the feeling of tickling which leads to the cough to try and clear it.  It progresses from there and results in a panic sort of coughing.  The pediatrician said that there aren't many that can have croup and not have the cough but it is the result of her knowing from having other breathing things that it isn't going to do any good to cough or panic.  So she is on steroids till at least Friday and we are going to lay low.
 Thanks for all the prayers!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Not exactly the best timing...

Chloe has been scratching like crazy!  I made an error in the amount of her coconut oil supplement.  In the end she had a buildup of oil which gave her a dirty, greasy feeling and some major itches!  The only way to fix it was a good stripping and a bath.  
Not the best time frame with the snow on the forecast for this weekend ;)
We have a sweater she can wear till her thick coat comes in.  I love her look when she is "lighter"!!! :)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Another shot at it...

The repair man should be here between 8 and 5.  Really hoping that today is the day I get my washer back!  It will almost be weird doing laundry here at the house, but I am MORE than ready to have my laundry room back in order and do my own laundry in my own washer :)  I'm so thankful for all that have helped me get through the last month!  Time will tell.  I'm well prepared for today to not be the fix as well.  
I think that is it for today.  
I already have my first extra kiddo for the day, and I'm on the finishing stages of fixing a computer.  
So I'm short on time today.  I'll be back tomorrow ;) 
 I hope you all have an awesome day!

My washer is fixed!  The repair man left with a smile on his face!  Now to get it clean smelling again ;)  After having the washer sit with water in it, since it couldn't spin out, it has been left a little on the musty side :/  I can't wait to do laundry in my own house this afternoon!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Field Trips :)

Yesterday, the homeschool kids went on a field trip to Countryside Vet Clinic in Lowville.  The trip was so much more than I think any of us anticipated.  Dr. Deanna Fuller did an amazing job with the kids!  It was very informative, the girls learned a ton and she did so good keeping things at the kids' level.  Of course, I totally forgot to take my camera!  Thankfully a good friend of mine has a nice camera on her phone and she took some pictures for me!  

Our next field trip is in a couple weeks and I can't wait!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Little Helper :)

Beaker thought Madalyn needed some help with her school work the other day!

I'm so glad she is doing well since loosing her sister.  Her attachment to the girls has been a lifesaver!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Relaxing day

I don't know how it is in everyone else's homes, but here at the Benedict household, we don't get very many down days.  We are either running here or there, doing something that has needed to be done for a while or catching up with family or friends.  We VERY rarely have a day where we can just sit back and not have to be anywhere or do anything.  Granted there is always stuff to do around the house, but the other day we took a much needed "do nothing" day.  It felt great!  The girls built a fort in the middle of the living room...

And we all played monopoly...Daddy kicked all our butts!  LOL  

This is his loot.  I don't know if I have ever seen a game quite like this one.  It was fun :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

If you have some time today...

Sunday, during our afternoon service, we listened to a sermon by Dr. David Gibbs.  I can't get it out of my head.  Have you ever listened to a message that just sticks with you and God keeps using it again and again?  If you have never heard David Gibbs, he is very down to earth.  His messages are practical and simple.  He challenged us Sunday to remember that one of our most important jobs on earth as a Christian is to make God look good.  Most of us will go through life failing at that.  But, sometimes it helps before we open our mouths to remember that we may be the only witness that person, that we are getting ready to give a piece of our mind to, will ever see.  I know its 40 minutes long, and I know everyone varies in their "taste" in preachers but even if you just turn him on and listen to him while you do the dishes, I promise you won't regret it!

Monday, October 20, 2014


We woke up to a cold house this morning.  I guess it was time to stop pretending what is coming and turn the heat on :(  Oh well, we didn't pretty good holding out.  The house was 63 and I would have been good with holding out a little longer but with extra kids being at the house, I don't want to make them freeze because I'm cheap!  LOL  So it is on.  
In other news, I'm supposed to be getting my washer fixed today.  I'm praying that the ordered parts do the trick.  I'm not sure what the plan is if they don't.  We have been without a washer for over 3 weeks now and I'm ready to have mine back operational!  I'm so thankful for everyone who has been so kind to us in allowing us to use their machines.  I'm also thankful that a few months ago when the bearings went on our 8 year old machine that we got a service plan through them.  That means I'm not paying anything for a year of repairs and at this point in time we are getting our money's worth!  
This morning it hit me as I was sharing a bed with both dogs that Molly is 10 months old already!  In 2 months, she is going to be one and Chloe will be 8!  Which means this coming year,  Marissa will be turning 10, Beaker 10 as well, and Madalyn will be turning 8.  Oh man ... time sure does fly!  Funny how when you are a kid time takes forever, but as an adult it just sails right by.  
Another reason to take one day at a time and enjoy every second!