Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Jonah's Birthday

One of the reasons we came to Colorado was to celebrate Jonah's eleventh birthday with the family. I made him his favorite--lemon cake--and found out that high altitude baking really is different. Ben helped "decorate" it while I was out of the room.

We asked Jonah what he wanted to do for his special day and he said go to the mall. John and I aren't mall shoppers which is probably why our kids like to go--it's a treat. We went to an enormous mall that has indoor glow-in-the-dark putt putt, a bungee/trampoline bounce, an arcade, and this fun little contraption:
We got my mom a wheelchair because she has been wandering off more and more and because she is shuffling and moving very slowly. She was consumed with the idea that we would leave her and asked me to take her where someone could hear her scream and even yelled out "don't make me do this" when I was helping her in the bathroom. She occasionally asks, "Is this where you're going to kill me?" It will be a small miracle if someone doesn't call the police on us. This disease is very cruel. Sometimes the boys are a bit frightened by her behavior but for the most part they just think it's funny. We try very hard to keep the mood light and maintain respect at the same time. Jonah said he had a great day so it seems to be working.  

16 comments:

  1. I think my favorite thing about you as parents is your willingness to laugh at your kids. I love it. :) Praying for you guys, I can't imagine how hard things must be...

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    1. Thanks, Cris. I hope my kids agree and don't end up in counseling for it. Things have been difficult but we have regular devotionals to stay calibrated as a family and trust that God is sovereign over the situation.

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  2. Abraços e um grande beijo aos Jewells.

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  3. Happy Birthday Jonah. Enjoy your special day!!!

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    1. Thanks, Lydia. We were just talking this morning about what wonderful neighbors you all were to us.

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  4. Happy Happy Birthday Jonah.....

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    1. Thank you, Gloria. My mom is, as you can see from my blog, not doing well. I'm not sure she would be able to talk on a phone but come visit her again if you get an opportunity. I know that's good for her.

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  5. Happy Birthday Jonah! they grow up so fast. My grandmother did call the police on us once and told them we had kidnapped her. That was fun trying to explain to the police who we were and why we were staying with her.

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    1. Thanks, Raychel. I think that scenario is in our near future.

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  6. Happy belated birthday Jonah!!!:)

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    1. Thank you, Candice. My middle child has been requesting a playdate with yours. We miss you.

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  7. Eddison and LaJuanaOctober 25, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Congratulations! Keep up the good work. And May the Lord continue leading you and blessing you.

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    1. Thank you for being so consistent in taking time to comment on our blog. God is good.

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  8. God bless that boy!

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    1. Thank you, Christy. I'm not used to seeing your new name yet but it's a beautiful thing that you have one. I'm so thankful for you.

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