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Meier Wire #54: Meier Family Deliveries of 2013

Date: Monday, June 10, 2013
Location: Lake Jackson, Texas

Once again, I find myself scrambling to catch up after many months of silence.  My writing endeavors have been limited to reminder notes for the daily basic things of life and random posts I’ve managed to put on Facebook.  I have to admit that only about 50% of the witty and charming ideas I have thought of putting on Facebook actually make it there. Usually, my thoughts hit on something especially “Facebook” worthy at a moment when I cannot access my computer.  By the time I’ve actually sat down and logged in, I can’t remember what I had wanted to post several hours (or days) earlier.

So, when I think about writing for my blog or attempting to work on re-writing the first few chapters of my dissertation, it usually becomes a fleeting thought that never quite materializes in during the busy, awake time of my day.

The last time that I attempted to update my blog, I was still pregnant with my fourth child.  We were expecting another boy.  We had decided that his name would be Seth Adrian Meier and we were hoping that we wouldn’t have any major complications in giving birth.  We were also praying for God’s provision since our health insurance doesn’t cover maternity costs. We made our final road trip to Florida over Thanksgiving break and returned to Lake Jackson, Texas to enjoy Christmas and New Year’s and to await the birth of our son.

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(Cristina’s side of the family took pictures in Gainesville, Florida)
White – Philip’s family / Red – Cristina’s family / Black – Anita’s family / Black with design – Tim’s family

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(Christmas / Maternity Photos – December 2012)

Now, we are nearly half way through 2013, and our fourth child is nearly five months old. The months in between have brought many adventures our way.  If I were to summarize the highlights in a series of Facebook posts, it would probably look something like this:

*New Year….Baby on the Way.  We can’t wait.

(39 weeks pregnant)

*Luke had a blast at his firefighter birthday party. I can’t believe he’s four already.  I’m glad I didn’t go into labor today.

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*Uh-oh.  I found out that I do have placenta accretta and will not be allowed to go into labor naturally.  They are going to schedule a c-section for January 17.

*Praise the Lord! Seth Adrian Meier was born with no complications.  My placenta came out without any problems.  I am looking forward to going home in a few days. I am grateful for my mother being at home with my other three kids.

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*Jared enjoyed celebrating his “half” birthday at school today. He’s five and a half today (January 25).

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*My mom went home after her three week stay.  I miss her already.

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*Grace keeps getting ear infections.  She might need to get tubes in her ears.

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*Valentine’s Day is so busy! I’ve spent so much time making valentines for all the kids in Jared’s kindergarten class and in Luke’s Cubbies group that I hardly have time to make anything special for my family.

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*We’ve been discovering the true meaning of St. Patrick’s Day. Let’s celebrate missionaries worldwide.  I might even try to make some Irish soda bread.

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*Grace is the first in our family to start seeing a chiropractor. I never would have guessed that these adjustments would work so well to help clear the fluid in her ears.  The ear specialist agreed that she doesn’t need ear tubes and that her hearing is perfect.

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*We enjoyed Easter with the kids this year.  No one was sick this time around.

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*Grace turned two years old!  She loved being dressed up as a lady bug for her lady bug birthday party.

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*Seth is 100 days old today (April 27)! It’s the only time I dress up in my Korean hanbok to celebrate the occasion.

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*BCS had a successful auction and was able to raise a lot of money for the school.  Several scholarships were donated so that more students will be able to attend in future years.

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*We celebrated Stephen’s birthday at school today (May 1).  Jared’s kindergarten class came to his office to sing “Happy Birthday” to him.  Jared made a birthday cake for him all by himself.

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*Another school year is quickly coming to an end.  Jared graduated from kindergarten on May 21. We are so proud of our eldest son.

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*The weather is finally staying warm enough to bring out the pools.  The kids are excited about this summer.  Jared is already planning on what he wants to do for his sixth birthday.

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So, there you have it.  That is a rundown of the most important events that have happened this year so far.  I look forward to adding more posts in the future.  I hope all the writing ideas that formulate as I’m driving or folding clothes or making dinner actually get typed at some point in the near future.

Bleach and Ice cream

June 2012 – On this particular day, I found myself driving to Wal-Mart to buy two specific items.  I was on a mission to purchase bleach and ice cream. As I was on my way, I wondered what someone might think of that combination.  I wondered if it would look funny for me to purchase just bleach and ice cream.  The two items don’t really seem to go together.

However, they were the two items that I could not wait until the weekend to purchase.  First of all, we needed bleach because we had finally decided to pull out our swimming pool and get it filled up again.  The weather was rising into the 80’s on a regular basis and we were even hovering at around 90 degrees on certain days.

When I pulled the 8 foot by 2 foot round swimming pool out of storage, I noticed large brown spots of mold all over the blue tarp.  The humidity of the garage must have caused a reaction inside the swimming pool.  We used up the rest of the bleach that we had in our home, but it didn’t quite get out all the stains.  I volunteered to go out and buy some more bleach to finish the job.  As we were scrubbing down the “big” pool, Jared, Luke and Grace were playing with the toys in a small, round, plastic kiddy pool that we had recently purchased in order to give Grace a safe area to splash in without worrying about her drowning.

The afternoon weather was really beginning to heat up by the time I realized that we needed more bleach.  So, Stephen mentioned that I should buy some ice cream while I was getting the bleach.  So, there I was in the checkout line with nothing but my ice cream and bleach.

Now that we are in October, I reflect back on those two ingredients that kick started us into the summer.  I remember wondering how much money we might be spending on pool supplies this year since we put the pools up at the beginning of the summer season.  Last year, we didn’t put the pool up until after Jared’s fourth birthday on July 25.  The weather dropped below freezing on the weekend before October that year, and we packed the pool away in our garage after only three months of use.

This year, we’ve had two pools out and maintained since May.  The weather is finally starting to cool down again and we are in the first week of October.   Surprisingly, we’ve been able to continue using all the pool supplies we purchased last year and only ran out of the chemical used to prevent algae from growing in the pool.  We make weekly trips to a nearby pool store and they test a sample of our pool water to see if we need to do any treatment to the water that week.  We haven’t had the drought conditions or extreme heat that we had last summer, and our maintenance on the pool has been low.

During the hot summer months of June, July and August, our kids were out in the pool at least once a day.  This summer, Jared and Luke taught themselves how to swim.  Luke is our daring underwater swimmer.  Even though our pool is only an eight-foot, round pool, Luke would spend a lot of time swimming circles underwater in our pool.  Jared still feels the need to hold his nose when he jumps into the pool and swims around.  Neither of them requires water wings to be in the water anymore.  It has been a fun experience watching them develop into confident swimmers.

The kids enjoy the pool together