Thursday, July 24, 2008

Guess Who Is Coming to Tennessee?

Jackson! (And his mommy and daddy, too!) They will arrive tonight from Texas. And we are all ready for him with a clean car, car seat, & stroller. I love having a "Granny Car" complete with all the "accessories!" I never dreamed that being a grandma would be so much fun! I also borrowed a port-a-crib/playpen, and swing and all this stuff fills up my vehicle. There is hardly any room for the rest of us! In addition, I have formula, bottles, diapers and even a mini tuxedo for Jackson to wear this weekend. Steve and I can't wait to see our grandson again and have the rest of the family meet him! Brad (#3 son) is getting married on Saturday to his lovely fiancee, Caitlyn, and we are all headed to Kentucky for the wedding and celebration.

Right now the house is quiet with the dogs at the kennel and everyone gone. But we will soon hear the wonderful & precious sounds of laughter, babies, family, & friends at the wedding. And Brad & Caitlyn's wedding vows, the music that they've chosen, and the words of Pastor Jeff, who was Brad's youth pastor at our church.

On another note, my cell phone DIED yesterday. I just about DIED (pun intended) when it wouldn't power up or do anything. I never thought I would be so dependent on a phone after not being able to use it for years with my hearing loss. My replacement won't come for at least 5 days so I will be without a phone for the wedding weekend! I am using my old cell phone that I got two phones ago but it is so ancient compared to what I'm used to. I don't even want to carry it with me. I tried to call Brad last night with it and could barely hear with it. It does not have the M/T rating for my cochlear implants and it doesn't have speaker phone. But, I'll survive. Maybe this was supposed to happen for a reason so that I can concentrate on more important things.

I have several CI friends and bloggers who got cochlear implants this week and they are all doing well! (Five at last count.) One even went bilateral and got two at the same time and counted 30 staples in her head! I went to Knoxville this past Tuesday to sit with Karen's husband while she had her surgery and she did great. Am still waiting to hear updates from the others! I read a report recently that there are 130,000 cochlear implants WORLDWIDE today compared to 100,000 a few years ago. . . the number of patients has grown tremendously in the last few years. I've said this before and will say it again. . . "the time to hear is NOW." Life is too short and too precious to go without hearing the sounds and people around us. I hear the mourning doves, birds, and crickets outside all the time and smile. . .and am improving on the phone and in understanding what is being said on the radio. And I love listening to my iPod!

Blogging is a full time job and as you can see, I'm having a hard time doing updates. But I will write when I can. . . and will certainly post next week with wedding and baby pictures!


Denise Portis said...

Ah Laurie! You are going to have so much fun! Please take a picture of Jackson in his tux!

I know what you mean about the telephone. I hear SO much better on my cell than I do any of my fancy amplified "land line" phones at home. I about "die" when just my battery dies! (Hence, I try to always stay on top of that and make sure it has a full charge!) So I "feel for you" your phone loss!

Have fun this weekend!

leahlefler said...

He is SO CUTE! Love the hair! I miss having Matt's and Nolan's grandparents around- I'm sure my mom feels the same way. Have a great time with that cherub of yours!

Laurie said...

Jackson hair still sticks up! I even gave him a haircut when I was in Texas in June! I will be taking plenty of pictures for sure!

Valerie said...

He is a cutie. Enjoy each minute. When I go to my mom and dad's they take Jenna and forget me.

I know 5 CI surgeries, I am so exciting for all of them. What a great opportunity for them. We understand the amazing tool we wear daily. I hope it gives the joy it gives us. What a blessing.

Can't wait to see more pictures.

tammy said...

Oh my what great hair he has!!! I love it! You sound like my mother when we just went to visit her ... she had all the necessities ready and waiting! What an exciting weekend you have ahead of you - I'm sure you will enjoy every minute!

Anonymous said...

Laurie, Have a wonderful time. Jackson is sooooo cute!!!!! Cannot wait to read about your weekend.

Molly CC with two C I's !!!!!!

David said...

You will have such a great time. Look at your sparkle already!
I can't wait to read all the stories.

Shari/"Whiger" said...

How exciting for you to see Jackson and the rest of the family at the wedding. Have a great time. I know what you mean about blogging being a full-time job. I am glad now that I am only working with one blog. That was too much work.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe how big he is getting already! He's beautiful! Have a great time with your sweet boy.

Abbie said...

Awwwwh! Look at that chubby bubby bouncy baby boy of yours! He is so adorable :) You are going to have a wonderful time.

I saw on the news today that there was a church shooting in Knoxville, and I wanted to text you but I realized you have no phone! UGH! I hope to hear back from you soon!