SundayOur church voted in our new pastor - Pastor Tracy will begin in January (this will let his kids finish the semester at their current school, get their house on the market and find a house here). The whole church is very excited!
Sunday night was our annual church Thanksgiving meal. The food was wonderful and we always enjoy spending time with our church family.
Ethan had his 4 month pictures taken at JC Penney's. He sure didn't want to cooperate, and we only got one good smile out of him. :)
Tuesday - Ethan's First Day with Hearing Aids
Jeff took of work and headed to Springfield with us to the audiologist. Ethan's audiologists, Brittany and Anna, are wonderful - see picture :). They are so good with our little guy.
Ethan didn't like it when Anna first put his hearing aids in, but once they were in he didn't seem to mind. Jeff and I were shown how to care for the hearing aids, the proper way to insert/take out and given tons of information to read about ways to help Ethan with his hearing aids/hearing loss.
We struggled at first to get them in and out - Anna had us try several times at the office so that we would feel more comfortable, but it is getting easier.
Ethan and I stayed home today - it was really nasty outside! Our friend Sarah B. came to visit, which was wonderful. A guy with our insurance also came to look at the damage to the car (on Saturday night on our way to church we hit a deer.)
We spent Thanksgiving Day with Jeff's family at his mom and dad's house. It was great to spend time with everyone - especially his family that came in from Florida!
Friday and Saturday
Friday we drove to my mom and dad's house to spend some time with my family. It was so great to see my grandparents and parents and siblings and some of my cousins. We ate way to much and on Saturday spent the day relaxing before heading back to Decatur.
SundayAfter church we had lunch with Jeff's parents and sister and spent some time visiting before going home. It is a real blessing to go to church with family.
Misc. things about the week
Ethan laughed for the first time this week! Jeff heard it first, then I did. Last night we really got him laughing and caught it with the video camera! :)
Overall, Ethan has seemed to adjust to the hearing aids well. He doesn't pull at them, although I'm sure we'll go through that phase at some point. We were also VERY blessed because a state program is going to cover ALL of the initial costs of Ethan's hearing aids! Praise GOD!!!! We had been praying that Ethan would qualify - this is a real answer to prayer!
Ethan didn't have a good week when it came to eating - he never does very well when we are away from home, and we did a lot of traveling this week. Hopefully, since we won't be going many places this week he'll pick back up.
-Pray that as we are approaching Christmas that those who have lost loved ones will look to Christ for healing, comfort and strength.
-Pray that Ethan and all the other kids with PBDs will remain healthy during the winter and have good appetites (feeding is often a major concern for our kids).
-Pray for strength and wisdom for Jeff and I as we learn how to be the best parents we can be for Ethan.
-Pray that we will always see our kids how Jesus sees them (and help others to see this too)!
"For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth."
~ Psalm 139:13-15
-Pray that even when times get tough we will never forget to..
"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." ~ 1 Chronicles 16:34
"He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:10-11