Sunday, May 17, 2009

Well friends, we are finally back home. You know it was a good trip when tears were shed upon leaving. Savannah got pretty teary eyed as we departed the train in Glennwood Springs (our final train stop) and then waved goodbye to the train. Tears (or more like sobs) welled up again as we left my sister's house at 4:45 am the other day. "Mama, I'm so sad. I don't want to leave." It was not a whiny fit. It was authentic heartbreak.

Still, we drove on through the mountains in the early morning hours. Soon the sun began to rise over the snow laden ski towns and all the mountain peaks were lined with a golden hue of the sun about to rise above the crest. With that view in mind I hit my "praise" play list on my ipod and had one of the most beautiful "quiet times" with God of my life.

Chris Tomlin's "Amazing Grace, My Chains are Broken" filled my head while God's love filled my heart. It's like the young student who graduates from college with the feeling that he knows everything but the wise old man realizes more and more how little he knows. Thus is the young Christian, but the aged Christian realizes how far she is from being Christ like after years of trying (though the world may see her actions and behavior greatly improved at times) and how abundant God's grace is. Year after year every hymn I sang as a child has more meaning as I experience God's grace, love, and mercy. Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus.

"My chains are gone. I've been set free. My God my Savior has ransomed me. And like a flood His mercy rains. Unending love. Amazing Grace."

Driving through the divine beauty of the mountains at sunrise while listening to praise music actually broke my heart for the lost. Let's set aside the whole heaven or hell thing and just look at our life here on earth. I can't imagine going through this life without walking with Jesus. Again, tis so sweet to trust in Jesus was written for a reason. What a beautiful relationship we have with Him while we are here on earth.

This past spring was pretty difficult when Mark started his new job in January. He was traveling a lot and when he was home, he was busy. It was a big transition time. But through prayer (and many answered prayers), reading the Word, and listening for God's direction we got through it. What do people do without God? I talk to Him all day long!

"May my lifesong sing for You."

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Pin Cushion Speaks

A few questions have arisen regarding acupuncture and the following is my attempt to answer them.

Let's start with the question everyone wants to ask but few have been brave enough to. Does acupuncture hurt? This is an easy one. Not really. It's not like at the Dr.'s office when they say "you might feel some mild discomfort." Every time I have heard those words actual pain has followed. This is not mild discomfort. Hypodermic needles have holes in the which yank a plug of your skin out even if it is a tiny needle. This provides, "mild discomfort." Acupuncture needles are solid (because there are not used to pull or push fluid through them) and they ever-so-slightly part the fibers in the skin instead of removing a chunk of flesh. Thus, have no fear of the multiple needle sticks. Now, I must warn you that at times they will hit a spot that is sensitive (I have only had this happen twice) but it is a dull pain (less pain and more like a noticeable feeling)not a sharp needle pain, that passes in just a few seconds.

Once I did try to move my arms and hands to turn on my Ipod while I had needles in my wrist. Yes, this was dumb and it did hurt.

Question #2: Do you think acupuncture is the reason you became pregnant? This is a harder one. Of course there is no way to prove it one way or the other. I began acupuncture the week I was ovulating so it's possible. The herbs could have had an effect as well. Of course I also began posting my story online at the same time and SEVERAL people began praying for us at once. Part of me thinks God was just waiting for me to open up and reach out to others (I am the one in the room who never has a prayer request for myself). Perhaps it was the perfect storm and everything came together at once. One thing I do know for sure is that God had a hand in every step of it and all praise goes to Him.

Question #3: So what do you think of acupucture after this experience? I'm sold! I saw my acu-p the day we left for our train trip. He graphed my electerical currents again and I had balanced out (perhaps why I was able to get pregnant). He began some pregnancy accupuncture to keep me balanced. I mentioned that I was worried about the constant rocking of the train. We ate many meals and slept a few nights on the train. That's a lot of rocking for the first trimester. Although I did't have morning sickness with Savannah, I knew the potential was there for this adventure. He preformed some acupuncture specifically for that and off I went. Let me tell you that I had NO problems in spite of rich foods and rough rides. None. Nada. Zilch! And the few pregnancy symptoms I was experiencing went away (except the fact that I need my sleep). Oh yes, I am a beliver. My acu-p said he likes to see his pregnant patients once a month for balancing and I plan to continue with him. It will be fun to compare the 2 pregnances (one with acu-p and one without). I'll keep you posted.

Are there any other questions? I'm on a roll here with the whole opening up thing!

By the way, we are still in Aspen so if I don't respond to your emails quickly, it's because I'm curled up on the couch, reading a book in front of a huge window which reveals snow capped mountains. And, just laying around enjoying being pregnant!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Proper Introductions

Savannah and I arrived in Aspen, Colorado late Saturday afternoon after a whirlwind, cross-country, train trip. I plan to post a ton of pictures of our awesome sleeping compartment on the train and all our adventures in Chicago whenever we get home in a week or so. I can't think of a more appropriate way to introduce our latest addition to our family life. My brave little embryo endured 4 days of rocking, juggling, and bumps on a train that eventually winded and climbed through the mountains. It endured an 80 mile an hour elevator ride up Sears Tower along with lots of rich foods. Yup, that sums up living with the Peteets. We are always on an adventure wether at home or away (but more often than not we are off on trip:) We look forward to the newest member joining our adventure sometime around January 12.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Day at the Zoo

This is the view we saw most, Savannah and Ella holding hands and running off.

Ella vigorously pet the goats while chanting, "pet-ting-zoo, pet-Ting-zoo."

This one seemed to say, "seriously, help me please!"

Savannah decided this one was hers. We did not however, bring it home.

Our zoo trip ended with the purchase of yet another snake. We have a similar one bought here this time last year that has been drug from here to kingdom come. The snake has even gone to the chiropractor with us and gotten adjusted! Now we have another one. Lucky for my sister this ritual rubbed off on her kids and she went home with 2 snakes. My poor sister just looked back and forth with confusion from the cute cuddly stuffed animals to the snakes our children were playing with.