Keeping Company

What am I doing up at 2:30 am you ask?

Spending time with this fat rascal.
He has been awake since 10 pm, and is going strong. Grrr. Mommy is very tired, and trying not to have thoughts about leaving him in a basket on one of your doorsteps. ;)

So while he is awake, and determined to scream if I so much as look away I thought I'd post a few pictures. Please excuse my recent lack of blogging, and the haphazard fashion I will be presenting these pics. :)

Even though it's not a flattering picture of me - I like it! You can tell he looks like me. Heehee. Notice he has my chin, nose, lips, and eyes. He does have Daddy's creamy skin and brow, but who's keeping score?

The big sister with her super curly hair on the way to family game night.
Playing in the backyard after the rain. This is the big fake smile that drives me nuts. I am a mean Momma because I tell her I won't take her picture unless she smiles nice.
I tried getting her to say different words so she wouldn't CHEESE, but she over-thought it.
She's still the most beautiful girl in the world.

***Baby is yawning. I'm out of here. More pics when I have a moment to myself. Well. Hmm. I can't find that asterisk again so blah. Good night!

Family Night September 6th and a family update

Our last two family nights have been spent outside at Getzandener park in Waxahachie. There are several sets of playground equipment for Sofie to play on, and a beautiful walking trail. My favorite part of going is the forest full of fireflies that come out at dusk. Sofie and M like to chase them, and catch them in their hands. One is more gentle than the other so about 50% of the fireflies survive catching..

A few pics of us on our way out the door.

Sofie has a sturdy kids camera, and she LOVES seeing her pics uploaded onto the computer. More on that later.
Me and my boy. :)
Don't you love the t-shirts?
M in a great mood for family night. Yay!
The next two pics were taken by Sofie. :)
2 tress in our front yard.
She kept telling me to "SMILE BIGGER MOMMA."

A little update:
M's students have been fantastic so far this year. I will have him put up a post about that soon. This is a direct answer to prayer.

He is also looking into getting a part time job to pay down the vast medical bills. Ugh. Blah. Ick. Please pray the right opportunity comes along, or that we find a child I could take in a few days during the week.

Sofie has been so difficult lately. Every day has been a test of wills. I'd say we have a battle nearly twice an hour every hour she is awake. She is pulling every trick in the book to exert control over each member of the family. I don't know how she will ever submit her will to God when she battles so fiercely against the slightest earthly authority. I am going to bed each night completely worn out from standing up to her. I have begun to wonder if I have what it takes to win. Please please pray for us.

Andrew is a sweet blessing to our family. He is soft smiles and big wet kisses. He is mostly sleeping so much better at night, but still having daily bouts of fussiness.

Thank you all for your prayers concerning my health. For those of you that don't know I have been diagnosed with Churg-Strauss Syndrome by both my immunologist and ENT. This was both a blessing and a blow to my emotional health. I am relieved to finally have some answers about the constant sickness, but I am also deeply disappointed that it is something far more serious than I had ever imagined.

So far my treatment mainly involves a 4 month course of high-dose Prednisone, weekly labs, exercise, and a drastic diet change. At the end of the 4 months I'll be evaluated to see if the Prednisone has put the syndrome into remission, and if not we will begin to talk about whether I need to add Chemo to the treatment regimen.

After being on steroids for 3 weeks my lab results showed that my glucose levels were reaching a pre-diabetic range. The immunologist is concerned this could lead to full blown diabetes.

Specific prayer requests: financing treatment as I don't have health insurance, that the CSS would go into remission before the 4 month mark, and that I would adjust quickly to cooking a new diet.

Thanks for all the prayers and concern. We love you all.


Family Night August 23rd

You win some. You lose some. Last night's family night was a bit rough, but I am glad we made the effort. I love all of you high-maintenance, strong-willed, stubborn rascals.

Strong-willed and High-Maintenance (look a lot like Stubborn and Bossy)
Stubborn :D

Mom & Chris - don't you think she looks like Christian here?
This is his hair brushed straight. Heehee
I love you all, Bossy

Craft Time

Sofie and I have been having daily craft time during Andrew's nap now that Daddy is back at work. It's a little hard for me to let her create messes, but I'm making an effort. :)

Happy Camper
She loves squeezing the glue.
Sofie and Momma
Polka Dots :)

She was a little mad that I wouldn't let her add random beans to my page, and she didn't want me making her beans into anything more specific. I could tell that she really thought I should do it her way. She's as stubborn and bossy as her Momma. :)

August 16th

Sunday night means it is family night again. I am determined to keep making it happen. It shouldn't be so hard to coordinate a family of four. :) I'd appreciate any tips to making it fun for everyone if you have them.

This first picture is for Sofie. She loves to look at the pictures of her toys on the blog. We played My Little Ponies and the Mantis. That's what the green bug is in the middle. ;)

This is Blue in his new onesie. Michael could not resist it at the store. It says "Daddy is my super hero." I am happy to report that Sofie says the shirt should say Momma. :D

This is Miss Curly hair showing off her big cheesy smile.

Blue sitting up in his BeBe Pod trying to be a part of family night.

That' the Daddy pony.

Me and my girl.

Wow, we're all looking in the same general direction. It's a miracle. :)

In other news, I am going in for more tests this week. Please continue to pray for my health. I am feeling a little run-down, but hopeful about getting better.

Michael goes back to work tomorrow. We are praying that he has interested learners, his new classroom is sufficiently equipped, their full pay is restored, and that the transition to teaching all subjects goes smoothly.

Sofie's eczema and allergies have been flared up for a couple of weeks. We are praying they will settle down with the seasons changing because she needs to restart her immunizations, but we can't do that with the flares.

She started the three-year-old class at Sunday School today and it went really well. There will be more focus on memorizing scriptures and spiritual songs so I am excited about that. I have been picking small verses to work with her on at home, and she is an excited learner.

Blue is doing great. He has been sleeping better at night, albeit in my bed. I didn't want to co-sleep with him, but I right now sleep is too precious to be picky. He seems to be growing on schedule, and hasn't had any complications from the steroids I am on. I am concerned that my milk supply has been lower so pray for that. I don't want to put him on formula.

What else? :) We are really trying to be more focused on expressing our faith at home. Please pray for us as we try to establish good habits in that area.

We love you all, and hope to see some of you soon!

We've just started having Sunday nights as family night at the Roeboats. So I have some pics to share.
Blue and his caterpillar buddy. A tasty snack in a pinch.

M found this giant inflatable ball, and that's all we needed for a couple hours of fun.
The blowing up process was almost too much for Sofie.
She was not impressed when I told her it looks like a rotting tomato.
She knew exactly what to do once we finished blowing it up.
M took a turn.

Mommy took a turn in the vortex of asthmatic death.
Sofie was determined to be in it everytime someone else was.
This is the type of picture I usually edit and share with you all.

This is not.
But they're more realistic. :)

Here's a couple videos - you have to click on the actual link to view them.

Chris Visit August 09

These pics are for Chris, Becca, Nana, and Papa. Everyone else feel free to skip this post. :)

This was Sunday Morning. Had to wake everyone up except Sofie and Andrew. :)
Curly haired cousins.
Brooke is always ready with a pose.
Kyrsten is so beautiful. She woke up this pretty! :) She loves her baby cousin.
A little pouting off to the left because Brooke couldn't find her Barbie dolls. Payton was excited because he was about to play Wii Fit for the first time. He's fiercely competitive like the rest of the Stallworth's.
Christian was the early to bed, late to rise type. :) He was so full of fun stories, and remembers details really well.
She didn't want me to take a picture if he was crying. :) Can you tell he's ready for milk?
Uncle Chris and Andrew - he had lots of smiles for his uncle. Maybe it's because he looks like Momma.
Brooke was so excited to hold Andrew. She was a natural. (She's just as bossy as my Sofie, and started telling me how to take care of the baby. haha)
Aren't they the cutest?
Everyone loves Uncle Michael.
Kyrsten likes to look gangster in all her pictures. Silly girl.
Daddy and sleepy baby. He slept almost around the clock with that outfit on.
Kyrsten was warming by the fire.
Can I put some qualifications on the picture? My hair looks crazy because the kids had just splashed me in the pool. I have no bra on because I was nursing. That extra neck roll ... umm that's because I love cookies. :)
I'm not sure why I cleaned her room before the kids came. It took them about 4 minutes to utterly destroy it. :)
Payton is bowling, but there was no competition. Christian was an expert!

Lunch at the Roe table.
Haha does it look like I am sneaking out of the picture?

There was a little fighting, a lot of giggling, and so much imagination.

Chris: expert gamer and great daddy.
Payton, who is almost the same height as Brooke.
Christian - totally reminds me of his dad at this age.
She is 10 and the same height as Aunt Dee Dee. Seriously, why did I get the short stick?

I have more pics that I have to figure out how to get off of my camera. Will post if I figure it out.

Love to everyone. I am off to clean Sofie's room.