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We have a lot of fun on our facebook page, the other night I asked this question … What is the “strangest” thing you or your kids have ever asked for, for Christmas? Like this year my 5 year old wants a Gallon Sized Can of Olives for Christmas …. am I the only one with weird kids out there.  I was cracking up at the answers so I wanted to share them with you,  I narrowed it down to my top 99 favorite answers!  Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

  1.  My 3 year old really really wants ANOTHER invisible puppy for Christmas. I don’t know if it’s in the budget.
  2. My oldest asked for “a real baby sister and a toy stepmother” — she already has a baby sister and the step mother thing isn’t going to happen
  3. My 5 year old asked for kitten chow. We don’t have a cat.
  4. My daughter who is 16 asked for prenatal vitamins… I looked at her with a blank stare and she said….”so my hair will grow longer!!”… Scared me !
  5. We actually got our kids CostCo sized containers of Ketchup and Mustard one year (two different kids). They LOVED them! I’m sure my 4-year old would love a whole gallon of milk for herself with unlimited access to it. She is such a lush. lol.
  6. My daughter asked for a can of chocolate frosting. And a spoon.
  7. My 5 year old asked for deodorant…..
  8.  I use to request green olives and pistachio’s…
  9. My 15 year old nephew has asked for a pound of bacon….can’t really say I blame the kid…LOL
  10. My nephew wanted some avocados one year…
  11. My sons top item is a french horn followed by a harp!
  12. My son wanted a case of sunny delight orange drink. Lol
  13.  Nutella, a loaf of bread, and a hello kitty toaster (she’s 6)
  14. No my five year old asked for a stuffed cow and my three year wants a doll that moves but doesn’t poop.
  15. Well mine are only 1 and 3, but they’re already lil weirdos, so i’m sure i’ll have weird requests when they’re older. The 3 year old came up to me and said ta da! I turned around and he was wearing nothing but a diaper. lol
  16. My granddaughter is asking for a tree. Like the artificial ficus type. My mom has one in her home and my grandchild is obsessed with it. She told Santa thats what she wants. She is 3 years old.
  17. My thirteen year old son requested black socks. lol
  18.  My 5 year old came home from school last week and said ‘Mommy, we made Christmas lists at school today, I asked for a tablet; what’s a tablet?’ so when I tell her its those little computers like an ipad she goes’ I knew it was something good’ AND THEN I tell her you asked Santa for an “easy baked oven” (lol) not getting a tablet, she makes the saddest face ever and says but I put it on my list.
  19. A couple yrs ago, the only thing my daughter (who was 6 at the time) asked Santa for was those 3M Command Strips that hang things on the wall. Lol ….and yes she did get them from Santa!
  20.  My 10 year old asked for a butler, my 8 year old a maid to clean his room and my 6 year old requested “someone who will do all my jobs I don’t like” lol can’t say I blame them, I want them too!
  21.  A box of Stovetop dressing. I know weird!
  22. When my now five yr old was potty training she asked Santa for underwear and that was it!!!…and GOOD old santa forgot about them til the day before Christmas…lol luckily the Blue’s clues ones she wanted were still left..lol
  23.  5 pound gummy bear..
  24.  He’s been watching to much survivor man so he asked for survival gear..hes three..lol
  25.  My boys always ask for cereal, the “good” kid cereal, pickles, peanut butter, & the new one this year is doughnuts. Weird for some. Traditions for us!
  26.  When my son was turning nine, the only thing he wanted was a toaster to make ‘real toast’. We had a toaster oven at the time and he insisted a regular toaster was the only way to make ‘real’ toast. And yes, he got one. It is still working on the counter today.
  27. My son asked for frozen burritos one year….lol
  28.  My daughter when she was eight asked for a box of Kleenex
  29. My oldest has asked for, and received, olives, pickles, and vinegar.
  30.  My daughter, when she was 4, asked for a mountain & a rainbow. We got her a light that reflected a rainbow on her wall. She was out of luck on the mountain…lol
  31.  Gallon jar of pickles. I asked for, and received, one every year for 10+ years.
  32. A friend’s son asked for “any kind of sea monster”.
  33. My 3 year old wants glow in the dark pull ups..
  34.  I have to lay claim to this – I asked for a sledge hammer to take to our piano. I hated that thing.
  35. My kids have been pretty normal in their requests.
  36. My daughter was 3 she asked for a yellow pen for christmas
  37. My hubby’s cousin asked for Pineapple juice.
  38.  My Grandma bought my siblings and I the 5 gallon can of olives for Christmas one year. We would devour them at holiday dinners. She didn’t think we’d eat them all and it would cure is of our “addiction” we did eat them all and I am pretty sure we all still love olives
  39.  When my son was about 4 he asked for a box of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. He got them, and I had the cleanest walls around!
  40.  Oh my goodness I still have the note too!!!! my son asked for…..get ready….. An ….. Instrumental sugar Jesus. I’m not kidding I have the note I was racking my brain trying to figure out what in the world this kid had dreamt or whe in the world this came from soooooooo….. Then I googled it apparently its a song in the game marble madness which coincidentally he was into at the time lol they keep me on my toes my boys
  41. My two older kids (10 and 6) want mouthwash this year. That’s a new one. Scotch tape is a standard request for any holiday, LOL!
  42. My four year old told me he wants one of those “roller thing-ies that he can lay on and roll underneath cars so he can see underneath cars” …..and no, we do not have any mechanics in the family that he could have gotten this idea from…..he also wants a locker, his own refrigerator, and his own washing machine…..
  43.  I am sooooo buyng my 13 yr. old daughter a measuring cup for Christmas. Everytime I need it…..she’s drinking out of it. lol
  44. My little girl always wanted a her own carpet cleaner lol
  45.  Last year my 3 year old ( who was 2 at the time) asked for paper towels for christmas, and I forgot to get them for her. when present time was over she asked where her roll of paper towels were. made us all laugh.
  46. My 3-year old son wants a fly swatter for Christmas. We’ve watched Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too quite a few times, so he got the idea from rabbit asking Santa for a fly swatter. So funny.
  47. When my son was 5 he asked for a clipboard. I didn’t think he really wanted one so he didn’t get one and in Christmas morning that is the one thing he said “Santa didn’t bring me a clipboard.” He asked for one when he was six also, he got it that year.
  48.  My ten year old wants one of those candles that changes color. I am in the process of tracking down a battery operated one. Also, when my youngest son was three, he wanted a pink box with nothing in it. This was before he recognized “gender” roles. If you asked him now he would say “ewwww that’s girl stuff”
  49. When my son was quite young he wrote that he wished to have those special phones.. you know, the tin cans with string.. he had seen a movie and the kids were so happy to hear each other. !! my son was partially deaf. I “bought” the cans/ string and we played *hearing*
  50. My 5 year old wants a juicer:)
  51. My son asked for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and my niece asked for a jar of pickled eggs! Which they received!
  52. My oldest at 5 asked for duck tape- he wanted to build a boat with it!
  53.  My 3 yr old SON wants a Dora mask. He wants to ask Santa for trains, white socks, and a Dora mask. Unfortunately I can’t find one anywhere bc he didn’t tell me that til a week ago and Halloween stuff is gone if it even existed.
  54. My 6 year old son asked for a Mt. Dew, I guess because I don’t let him drink it he thinks if Santa brings it for him then I have to let him lol
  55. One year the ONLY thing my daughter wanted from Santa was a cake! lol! And that is what she got!
  56. Last year both girls (3 and 4 then) wanted pet unicorns. This year there haven’t been crazy requests yet.
  57. spaghetti and meatballs…
  58. My 2 yr old wants a “whooping” from Santa!!! Wth?? She don’t even get them from me!!
  59. I was 4 and my brother was 4 months. i asked if santa could get him adopted somewhere.
  60. Our 15 year old wants nothing but cool ranch Doritos and moon mist faygo. Yeah teenage boy!! Lol
  61. When mt neice was young. 3,4, and 5 she asked for a vacuum cleaner, an elwctric blanket and a suitcase with wheels.
  62. Last year my 14-year-old asked for SPAM! Yep she got it. Not only from santa, but from everyone that knew she wanted it! We went to Hawaii earlier that year and she fell in love with Spam!
  63. My nephew since he was about 7 had asked for hot apple cider and a gallon sized can of madarin oranges (which I can get at cash and carry for about $2) I’ve gotten them for him too. He loves having his own can of fruit this year since he was flyin…See More
  64. Mine wanted a huge jar of cherries one year. She ate everyone of them
  65. My 5 year old has asked for a wishing well so “it can be Christmas everyday”. Lol
  66.  A HARD monkey- to this day I have No idea what he meant
  67.  Mine wants a cotton candy machine and Nutella
  68. My son uses ketchup with everything. He always gets ketchup at Christmas!
  69. My daughter, at around 13, asked for Provolone cheese and red maraschino cherries in her stocking. Our family is so big that food is gobbled up pretty quick. I guess this was the only way she could think of to be able to eat her favorite things without everyone else munching out on them. BTW my 16 year old son got ketchup that year. lol
  70.  My eight year old son is asking Santa for a food dehydrator. My almost three year old daughter asked Santa for a “tiny Christmas tree”.
  71.  My two year old last year wanted cake last year as I think he thought it was his bday and this year he wants an ice cream truck he can drive to school yes this year he is only three
  72.  My daughter asked for a shower curtain one year!
  73. When my son was 7 he asked for Mighty Putty so he could fix things like the guy on tv!
  74. This year my son ask for a bag of concrete and chicken wire!! I have no clue what he is planning.
  75. My niece asked for a xmas tree last year, she wanted her own & my mother (grandma) got her a take top tree that’s a little less than 2ft & purple (one of her favorite colors) got her lights and ornaments just for HER tree it was the cutest thing & she was thrilled! Everyone outside of my the family that it was the oddest thing. This year her tree went up right along with the big one
  76.  My duaghter who was 4 at the time asked for fairy, and this year she has asked for at the age of 7 a mermaid to put in our pool
  77. My oldest wants a box of paper clips and beef jerky
  78. My six year old asked for bananas and zucchini so she can bake some bread.
  79.  Last year my 6 year old daughter wanted a coconut. Yes she got her wish.
  80. My daughter at 8 asked for 10# of bacon….
  81. My 10 year old daughter wants wood and nails so she can “build stuff”
  82. My daughter asked for a giant bag of Takis fr Costco and my son would like brother repellent for his bike!
  83. When my daughter was 3 she asked for a humpback whale. It took me forever, but I managed to find a stuffed one.
  84.  Funny- my younger son got a case of black olives from my cousin one year. And my 12-year old is seriously asking for a Costco pumpkin pie.
  85. My 4 adn 7 yr olds have been intrigued by that infomercial selling the ear wax remover thingy. Glad mine aren’t the onlyh “werid” ones out there lol …oh-and my 14 year old wants duck tape
  86. My 9 year old son wants yarn and a crochet needle kind of an odd request for a little boy..lol
  87. My brother used to ask for bandages of all colors and shapes and patterns. I think that was his way of styling since he was often wearing them for one reason or another.
  88. 4 yr old daughter asked for a rat!
  89. My 4 yr old at the time asked for a stop sign.
  90.  Every yearr my daughter asks for a huge jar of pickles and she’s!! Love it
  91. Pickled beets…my Grandma used to make them for me every Christmas
  92.  My daughters friend asked Santa for cheese fries.
  93.  One year all my then four y/o wanted was a “family bear” I had no clue so a purchased random bears to make a family of bears and sent dad to Ross to buy papa bear some clothes because he was too big for build a bear clothing. It was so worth it to see her little face
  94. My nephew asked for a wheelchair and then again the next year since he didnt get one.
  95. My 15 year old grandson wants stainless steel ice cubes. Can you beat that? Weird!!!!
  96. My 3 year old wants to go to the car wash for Christmas
  97. My younger daughter wants crunches this year. My older daughter asked for yogurt when she was little.
  98. My son asked for a fart machine so he could blame it on his toy
  99. My 5 year asked for a pair of plyers  so he could pull his own teeth so the Tooth Fairy would bring him money, and he could buy what he wanted.
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A letter I wrote a few weeks ago for my friend… but finally had the courage to share it. I hope its message can not only help her family, but many others! You will find normal again, you are not alone!

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You will find normal again, you are not alone!

We all know the saying you never know someone till you have walked in their shoes?  I don’t think any of us can 100% understand what someone is going through because we are all so different. But you can at least have a better understanding of what it is like when you have had similar experiences.

This morning I woke up and saw a Go Fund Me account set up for a family friend. My Mom and several  people from our town had shared it. My heart sank, I saw a photo of her sweet lil baby girl.  I then found out that she had fallen into the camp fire and been life flighted to a burn center.  This was awful, but at least the burns were on her arms and chest, not her whole body.  But I also understand how traumatic and critical burns can be. Clearly she is a very sick little girl, and has a long road ahead of her. Likely years of healing and therapy will be needed.

I got the kids ready for school, yet in the back of my mind still feeling a bit sick knowing someone you care about is hurting.  We said our family prayers to get the kids off to school,  I asked my Father in Heaven to please be with this little girl. But also to be with her parents, and grandparents.  Asking that they will have the strength to care of her.  Being in the hospital with a critically ill child, is honestly one of the hardest things you will ever do. I know because  I have been there.

“In an empty hospital room, numb, confused and heart broken”

My oldest son was born missing half his heart. When the doctor delivered that news to us about 12 hours after my son was born, my whole life changed.  Life changing decisions were made within a matter of minutes my son and husband left on a life flight to Seattle in an attempt to try and save his life.  I was left there in an empty hospital room, numb, confused and heart broken. How did this even happen, and how was life ever going to be normal again?

The tears seemed endless, and as kind as the nurses and staff had been, I felt so alone. My Mom was there with me, yet I still felt so empty.  I really wanted to just go to sleep and wake up and find out all of this was a bad dream.  This is not how my life was suppose to go? I was suppose to be bringing my baby home and starting my new life as a mother. Instead I was laying in an empty hospital room, looking at the empty car seat that I had brought with me the day before. The car seat that was suppose to bring my baby home.

“Constant Praying”

I prayed a lot, almost constant. Praying and crying was about the only thing I felt like I could do.  At that point they only gave my son about a 30% chance of living through his first surgery. I had just gotten word from my husband that they did not even think he was a candidate for surgery, he would most likely die on the operating table.  My baby was going to die? Those are words no mothers should ever have to hear. I was not even there to hold him, I could not fly out till the next day. I never really understood heartache till that day. Like I said before, my life changed forever on that day.

“To say I felt hopeless was an understatement”

I was worried about my son, but I was also worried about myself. How was I going to do this? How was I going to pay for his surgeries? Where was I going to stay?  How was I going to pay for food and travel?  Would I be able to learn to care for him if he did live?  How was I going to give him all his medications? Would I be able to learn all the medical terms?  Am I going to loosing my baby?  HOW WAS I EVER GOING TO DO THIS? To say I felt hopeless was an understatement.

As I lay looking at the window, tears running down my face,  I was turned away from my Mom so she could not see me crying. I heard the phone ring, my Mom answered it for me.  Still looking out the window I did not turn over, instead I just listened. I heard my Mom say, “She is doing ok, she is just really scared and wants to get to her baby.”  My Mom then tipped the phone down and said, “Sarah, it is Aunt Susan she wanted to let you know she loves you and that she knows how scared you must be right now, and she is praying for you.”

“She was the first of many people that gave me the courage to keep going”

Once again the tears started flowing down my face, but this time it was a little different. You see my Aunt Susan had lost her baby minutes after giving birth about 20 years before. I had always heard the story, and thought how sad that must have been. Yet I never understood it, I had never felt those feeling because I had not lived through that same experience.  That phone call brought me so much strength, it was if she had reached through the phone and given me a hug. I was still terrified and scared. Yet I felt such love from her, she had been there before, she knew what I was feeling. She helped me feel safe, and that I could get through this.  I had not lost my baby yet, but if I did I knew that she was one of the few people that understood my heartache. She was the first of many people that gave me the courage to keep going.

“Outpouring of Love”

Over the next few years I saw an outpouring of love from friends, family and even total strangers. Money to help pay for flights, rides to the airport, meals, cards filled with encouragement, strangers who let us borrow their car while we were out of state at distant hospitals.  People coming to sit with me so I was not alone, since we were in the hospital for weeks at a time. It was a long and often lonely journey.  Everyone else was moving right along with their lives. Yet mine seemed to be moving in slow motion and it seemed my “normal life” was only a memory.

One of the things that gave me the most hope was seeing other heart families that had made it, or other parents that had sick kids that were now well.  I knew they understood what I was feeling, the heartache that seemed to consume me, they had felt it too.  But here they were a few years later with smiles on their faces, going to school, having family dinner around the table (instead of in a hospital room). They were planning vacations, they were going to church, going to the movies, or just going to work everyday…  they were just living normal lives.  And that gave me more hope than anything.

“Not just for your little one, but for YOU”

So as I sit here, I want to tell my friend who’s lil girl is in the burn unit right now… my heart aches for you.  My prayers have been constant for you today and will continue to be offered in your behalf. Not just for your little one, but for YOU.  I pray that you can feel them, I pray that you have the strength it takes to watch your little one hurt, and know that there is nothing you can do to make it stop.  You never understand how much you love someone until they are hurting and you can’t fix it.

Your journey is not going to be easy, there are going to be days you are going to want to give up. You will feel anger, sadness, confusion,  joy, hope and even total emptiness during this journey. But you will find joy again, and it will be more meaningful than ever!    I can also tell you, you will find normal again someday.

Our stories are different, but I hope you can find comfort in me telling you. You are not alone, you can do it, you are loved… and with time you will be able to smile again!


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Today my oldest son turns 15. This is a milestone for most kids. But for my Matthew, this is so much more. Some of you know his story, but for those of you who do not let me give you a brief history.  Matthew was born missing half is heart, a condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.  A word that when I first heard I could not even say. The doctor wrote it down on a piece of paper for me, with a rough sketch of what a normal heart looked like and what his looked like instead. I held that paper and just cried, the tears would not stop. He looked so perfect, how could he be so broken?

I did not know anything was wrong with him, till a few hours after he was born. One of the first miracles in Matthew’s journey is the fact that his pediatrician noticed the small signs that something was not right with him and pursued further testing. The pediatric cardiologist happened to be in the hospital that day too. She normally only came to our small town hospital once a month, but she was there that day. The two of them together discovered that Matthew had one of the worst heart defects, he was literally missing half his heart. Sadly the only other person I had ever know with this condition was our pediatricians daughter, she has passed  at 3 weeks old about a year before.

We were given three options. We could choose compassionate care, which meant we would hold him and love him until he passed away. This option would leave him free from any needles, tubes or surgery.  Second option was heart transplant. He would be intubated and in the hospital,  but most likely he would pass away before a heart would come available for him. Third option was surgery. A series of at least three open heart surgery’s where they would try to reroute the heart, they gave him about a 30% chance of making it through the first surgery.hypoplastic left heart syndrome, HLHS, echo Matthew

As I sat on my hospital bed holding this piece of paper, trying to make sense of it all I felt hopeless. I was suppose to be picking out what outfit to put him in to take him home. Instead I was trying to decide if he was going to die today, or possibly on an operating table.  As I looked at my baby, I could not imagine putting him through all that pain. Plus I was paralyzed by fear and not knowing what was ahead. In my heart I thought maybe compassionate care was the best option. Just letting him pass without pain, and without struggle.

I looked at my husband… He had  sat and listened to everything the doctors had told us together. When I heard it, it was all a blur. But my husband had heard every word, every detail. He had mapped out in his head how each surgery would go and what changes would be made to his heart. He understood the risk, he understood it was going to be a long journey… But he said we had to give him a shot.  Our son had not given up yet, so how could we?  He stood up from the side of the bed and said, ” I will sell everything I own, I will go wherever it takes… I will give my son a chance to live. If he dies on that operating table that is ok. I can live knowing that I gave my son every chance he had.”

He made the choice I was to scared to make, the choice to give our son a chance at life.

As I sit here  today and think about our journey over the past 15 years, it has been a long hard road. There were days, nights and even weeks and that I wondered if life was ever going to feel normal?  Would there ever be a day that I didn’t feel the need to count his heart rate, or watch to see how heavy he was breathing. Or would I ever be able to take the emergency bag out of my car, that was packed and ready for the next life flight trip?  The first 4 years were the hardest, we lived in and out of hospitals in three different states. Matthew was very sick and ended up having over 14 surgeries.  Some days I wondered if I really had what it took to be his Momma. But he has been worth every struggle, every tear, every heartache.  He never gave up, so how could I?

Not a night goes by that I don’t check on him before I go to bed.  I still place my hand on his chest to just feel his heart, and I  kiss his forehead. I say a prayer in my heart, thanking my Father in Heaven for him and pleading with the Lord for another day. His journey has taught me that each day really is a gift.

Happy Birthday lil buddy… praying for another healthy year with you!

 

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