November 18, 2014
September 13, 2014
September 13, 2014
Time to wake this blog up! It’s been in a state of hibernation due to a major life overload!.
Overload was due to 4th pregnancy and move…two things that really shouldn’t go together. Sprinkle on some summer heat, and it’s a wonder I ever surfaced!
So, here we are. A new home, 6 acres, a new community, a growing family, and, a barn! Time to WAKE UP!
Baby Girl Barlow coming soon! Like, November.
December 20, 2013
August 2nd, 2013. I climbed a mountain. South Sister. Oregon’s 3rd tallest. Elevation 10,358 ft. Probably the hardest, physically exhausting thing, I’ve ever done in my life. There were challenges, and beauties, false summits, tears, and smiles, pain, moments of weakness, and moments of triumph. I had to climb a scree field, and I had to come down through an electrical storm. I had to be strong, and I had to pray…or else I just couldn’t have made it. But, I made it!
2013 has been it’s own, endless, “South Sister” for me. Challenges, beauties, false summits, tears, smiles, pain, moments of weakness, and moments of triumph. A false summit is a term I wasn’t really familiar with, before August. Now…it’s often the first word I think of, as I continue to be challenged by my kids’ health. Let me briefly try and summarize, without being that complaining mountain climber that we all want to kick off the mountain.
Brielle started the year in surgery to fix her kidney reflux, which would hopefully end the spiral of UTI’s that, for her, create a need for antibiotics, which feeds the fire of a raging C. Difficile infection within her. In 2013 we finally got her C. diff under control, after a nine month battle. Her surgery was a success, and although she still deals with unexplained pain and GI symptoms, she is doing well, as long as I keep her stuffed full of probiotics.
Aydri, for three years actually, has dealt with sudden onsets of vomiting and pain. Theses episodes can last a few hours or a few days. This year, the episodes became more frequent, and more painful. We have been working to find the underlying cause of these episodes for some time, and will have to keep working on it. But, that’s not all Aydri has had to endure, this year. Aydri had an appendectomy in September, was hospitalized with a severe case of bacterial pneumonia two weeks later, and then contracted her sister’s nemesis, the nasty C. Difficile infection, and has been put through endless tests and procedures since then. Latest news includes her diagnosis of orthostatic protienuria. Meaning, her kidneys only filter protein while she’s lying down. At least they work when she’s lying down, right!
In the mean time, Cameron decided to get in on the action with a hernia that required surgery to get everything back into place. Several days after his surgery, a hematoma rose to the top of his incision, burst, and landed him back into surgery…the same day his sister Aydri was being checked in for upper and lower endoscopies. They actually shared a bed for a bit, in surgery prep.
Probably the most difficult moment of my 2013 climb, came after Aydri’s appendectomy. I really believed I was done climbing. I thought three years of watching her suffer from mysterious episodes of pain and vomiting, were over, and gone, along with that nasty, hemorrhaging appendix. I was wrong. False summit.
And so, I’m still climbing. Not exactly sure where I stand in this journey. But, still climbing. I think Brielle and Cameron have landed in good health. Aydri is still a concern. Would love to hire Dr. House, if I could.
Here’s the thing. I chose to climb that mountain in August. It was somewhat miserable, and yet I chose to do it. Why…to test myself, to become stronger, and to see views that other’s have not seen. And, I have chosen to climb all the other 2013 mountains as well. I decided to climb them when I decided to become a mother. It certainly tests me…makes me stronger. And I have seen things, beautiful things, that other’s have not. The challenge is worth it…because my kids, are awesome…and they are worth it! I have learned things from my kids, and have seen them do things…really…no words. I have been taught by them. Every minute of 2013 has been worth it.
I have actually seen some totally amazing things this year, during this climb! I have photographed beautiful families. I became physically stronger than I have ever been in my life. I’m certain 5Ks would have killed me in the past, and I did them regularly this summer season. I participated in the Portland to Coast relay, meaning I walked 20 miles, pretty stinkin’ fast, laughed so hard I couldn’t breath with friends, and walked alone through the sunrise over the coastal wetlands. 2013 had piano recitals, soccer goals, and the first day of preschool. The girls tried their hand at glass blowing this year, and my husband took the big step into his own business. Also, I watched my father teach my children to fish, and I planted and grew some fantastic hanging flower baskets.
I am grateful for this year. And, really, I just don’t know what else to be, but grateful for the beautiful blessings that surround me. They are precious. My children are precious to me. Hopefully I don’t die worrying about them! Yep…still climbing mountains, but there’s no giving up here. And, when I stop, turn around, and look for the beauty in my situation, it surrounds me.
family photos taken by Jenni Price
December 12, 2013
Yes, I am still a photographer, with a business, and I do, do work. I just haven’t blogged about it, in…forever! What I haven’t blogged in the past keeps me from blogging the present. Its a guilt thing…but the amount of time it would take to truly give each shoot the blog entry they deserve…well, I’m taking the lazy way out. This is one big blog with lots of little pieces! snippits. CHEERS TO CATCHING UP!!! Another mega blog coming soon!
October 14, 2013
August 29, 2013
I’ve been planning a trip to Southern Oregon for months! I wanted to show the kids where they were born, check out the Redwood Forest, the Rogue River, etc. But, last minute, Southern Oregon burnt up. Forest fires got it. And, our plans had to change.
So, vacation turned into staycation…and honestly, we had the greatest time! No wonder folks come here for vacation! I don’t think I spend enough time just enjoying what’s around me. Plus, there was the bonus comfort of my own bed, which I really needed after crashing at the roller skating rink.