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About Me

I am a busy mommy of 6, seeking to be a loving, godly helpmeet to my husband and a biblical discipler to my children. God has blessed us with a child with Autism. May the lessons that the Lord is teaching me and our family be a blessing to you and yours!

My Favorite Books

  • Bible
  • Created to be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl
  • Four-Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman
  • Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
  • Home Cheese Making by Ricki Carroll
  • Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
  • Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp
  • The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
Saturday, August 25, 2007
This morning at brunch Phil asked the boys if any of them would like to go "hunting". Our hunting adventures mean that we are going hiking through the woods that surround the school football field which is behind our house. The boys (ages 9, 7, 6, 4, &2) all shouted, "YEAH!!!"

So after brunch they made their weapons: stick harpoons, bow and arrows made of sticks & yarn, and stick knives. They put our new puppy Bandit (a pure bread Siberian Husky) on the leash and off they went.

Mom and I (my parents are visiting from Florida until Thursday) finished the dishes and were chatting when I looked out the back window and saw them returning. It has only been about 10 minutes and Phil had told me they'd be gone at least 30 minutes. At this point I started to hear the screams. My first thought was that Caleb had somehow hurt his injured eye (I'll post about Calebs eye later). Then I realized it was little Philip who was screaming the loudest, and that ALL the boys BUT Caleb were crying.

As they were wandering through the woods Samuel decided to start to hit a log with a stick. They were trying to scare out a rabbit to chase. Bandit then came sniffing around the log when he Yipped, then before they knew it bees were stinging all of them except Caleb because he was up on the hill. I grabbed the Benedryl bottle and my mom started to get wash cloths & ice. I double dosed Philip & Thomas because they had the most stings. Total sting count: Phil - 1, Sam - 1, Caleb - 0, Thomas - 3, Philip - 5, Nathan - 1, and Bandit - at least 1. Bandit looks quite pittiful, one of his stings is located at the base of his ear and his ear is floppy now. Philip was in the worst shape as two of his stings are on his left cheek, thus his eye is quite swollen.

Some of you may think I was wrong in double dosing but I have a very good reason to do so. I'm so highly allergic to bees that I have to have an epipen if I get stung. I thought it was vital to get the benedryl in the boys right away so we wouldn't have any aniphilactic issues. It took us a while to get everyone calmed down and feel relaxed about Philip not having a severe reaction.

This of course has been another good lesson for Samuel who is our cronic Dennis the Mennis. One of these days I will have to start posting past stories of Sam so you will have a better understanding of his "act before thinking" trauma's. Samuel will now think twice about hitting a log the next time he is out "hunting".

We praise the Lord that they each only received minor stings and that none of them reacted badly other than swelling up a bit.

Oh and if you are wondering who won the battle....................................... THE BEE'S of course! Ha Ha!


Phil said...

Nice rendition of the story Honey. You can view my rendition at It's not really the story of the bees (actually hornets), but it is tonights story in the dark. So in order to protect the innocent I've changed the names, and circumstances. Make sure you read my first post to get the context and reason for the story. Looking forward to blogging with you my love.

Shannon Smith said...

Hope everyone recovers from the bee stings soon!