Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

This morning I'm wading through lots of overactive teenage hormones--I don't remember Valentine's Day being quite this complicated when I was young. After listening to all the gyrations necessary to arrange surprise balloons, signs, chocolate and roses, I'm ready for a nap--and I haven't done a thing. Anyway--Happy Valentine's Day to all you incurable romantics.:) Annie will be wearing pink hearts and tights and pink shoes today, so I won't feel like a complete loser. I'll ask Bill to put up a picture of her this weekend.

We took Annie to David's basketball game last night--we lost--and she did very well for being out so late. She was alert, smiling, "talking," and happy to watch her big brother play.

Something new this week: she turns around in her wheelchair and looks up at me, gets my attention and then smiles. The whole attention-getting thing is pretty cool. Attention-getting ploys used to annoy me--now I'm thrilled that she's engaged to the point of WANTING attention! The other thing she did yesterday in the van that was different was pushing her feet into the seatback in front of her to shift her weight. She used both legs, both feet, and pushed into the seat to adjust. Before, she'd just let her legs dangle. New neurons are firing and waking up lots of new things.

Her cold is still hanging on--please pray that it go away. Everyone's got a runny nose here at our house, so we just need some spring weather to make us better. The weatherman said we'll have sun for the next few days. That's a good thing, because I'm one click away from booking a flight to Palm Springs.

Jean

PS. Here's a thought my sister, Rebecca, e-mailed me this morning: "A good marriage is a bit like a pet boa constrictor: either you feed it every day or bad things happen." I better go get some balloons, signs, chocolate and roses.:)

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yay neurons!! Yay God!!
Yay cold???...........well, she's building up her immunities!!!???
Yay God!!
Love,
Terri W

Anonymous said...

Dear, Sweet Jean....it's BILL who's supposed to buy the chocolates and roses....!
Ideas to get rid of runny noses:
1)Throw out EVERYONE's toothbrush, and get all new ones. 2)Open doors and windows for an hour or 2 when it's nice - exchange the air in the house. 3)Wipe down door knobs, light switches, bannisters with bleach water.4)Change pillowcases every day or 2 when someone has an active cold. It may sound silly, but it works.

love,
nurse pam

Anonymous said...

Just make sure the bleach water doesn't drip on the carpet.

uncle jeff said...

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO YOU, ANNIE:)

Jean- praying for YOU today...

Bill- thanking God for your choosing Jean as your wife...

(or was that the other way around??)

Anyway, you guys are in my prayers today. I'm asking for God to give you guys and extra measure of hope and appreciation for what the future has in store for you guys.

uj

uncle jeff said...

i should proof my posts before sneding them...

:)

oh well, grammer was nev'r mi strong sute...

Gretchen said...

Sorry the colds are hanging on. I hope you had a hearts and flowers kind of evening, Jean.

That conversational intentionality and overall awareness is such golden news. Yay God.

I continue to think of you and pray for you daily. xxxooogretchen

Annie Sullivan said...

Terri: Yay Millie, too--her leg is about 80-90% now.
Pam: Tomorrow I'll open the windows & get the bleach out--it's supposed to be a balmy 55 degrees!
Jeff: Yeah, it was mostly my idea.
Gretchen: We did have lots of flowers & hearts around here last night. And yes, she is initiating conversation more and more--Initiating!!!

More food news--we tried bowties with spaghetti sauce this afternoon--she really liked it!

Jean

Gretchen said...

Heck, i think she's ready for Ruth's Chris. :)

Anonymous said...

Just don't let her try chocolate yet...YOU'RE not ready for her to start craving THAT!

Anonymous said...

Great news, Sullivan's!...Pushing up with her feet to adjust herself...And spaghetti, too! So many neuron pathways getting used. :) Always good to hear. I've got more Tim's Onion Rings to deliver...but don't know when I'll be there. If no one's home when I do get up that way, you'll know why they showed up on your porch! (I'll put them on the deck).

:)

love,
Beth

Anonymous said...

Such super news!! Yay Annie! Yay God! Yay Sullivans all! Hey Jean I do wonder though about you buying flowers and chocolates... sounds like Bill has pulled the wool over your eyes on this one. :) Hope you had a nice Valentine's Day and were able to have some special time together.

Sue Powell