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Home Is Where The Heart Is August 20, 2010

Filed under: I am so thankful!,Life in Gallup — justspeaz @ 12:31 am

This post has been swimming around in my head for awhile. Here are some of the snapshots of when and where I’ve thought about this.

I think it all started back in October. We went back to Denver for a friend’s wedding, and as we were driving home, I remember thinking, I just want to stay. What was I thinking wanting to move to Gallup?  I was making plans in my head for moving back, but, we didn’t. Since then, I’ve been back to Denver four times. Each time, I think it’s gotten a little easier to say goodbye. This last time I was longing to get back to Gallup, to see my friends in Gallup, to be where I was supposed to be.

Today, Kaylynn, Jill, and I took a ride with my grandparents out to the Strob. Kaylynn and  I walked up the road to the house together. I was taking in the familiar sights, and smells, missing living out there. And, I realized, somewhere along the way, part of me became a country girl. I LOVE it out there! Don’t get me wrong, I like to be close to town, but the high desert country calls to me. It’s beautiful, amazing artwork by the ultimate designer.

In March my grandpa went to be with Jesus. I am a grandpa’s girl for sure. Growing up, I spent almost every weekend at my grandparent’s house. My grandpa was the cause of the first pregnancy tears I ever cried, just because I missed him. My grandpa, and my grandad have a special place in my heart.

People say home is where the heart is. It’s true, home is where the heart is. And, as I contemplate this, I see, my home is all over the place. My heart is in Colorado, New Mexico, California, North Carolina, all over the east coast, Canada, England, and even in Mozambique. It’s with the people I love.

Now, I realize, this world is not my home, I’m just an alien. And, I understand why God tells us to store up our treasures in heaven. So, that’s what I’m going to live for, I’m going to store up my treasures in heaven. I’m looking forward to the reunion with my grandpa, the baby Rob and I lost, and everyone who will join me there. But, most of all, I look forward to meeting Jesus face to face. To knowing and seeing my creator and savior, so much better than I can here on earth.

    This world is not my home, I’m just passing through.
    My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.
    The angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door
    And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.
    -Albert E. Brumley

They’re out there! November 9, 2009

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About 8 months ago our miniature poodle, Huey, disappeared. We were living out in the boonies with some large birds of prey, and some other wild animals that think small dogs make a perfect snack. So, we assume that he got eaten. Kaylynn still asks about him once in a while, so the other day, she had this conversation with Rob.

Kaylynn: Is Huey dead?

Rob: Yeah, I think he’s probably dead.

Kaylynn: Why?

Rob: I think some animal probably got him.

Kaylynn: No, the aliens got him, they have lasers.


I am so thankful! October 21, 2009

Filed under: I am so thankful!,Life in Gallup — justspeaz @ 8:18 am

About two years ago  my Mother In Law encouraged me to write down ten things that I’m thankful for every morning, to get the day started right. I did it for awhile, and then for some reason I quit. I’m starting again this morning, at least ten things that I’m thankful for every morning. You should join me!

1: My family

2. An amazing Bible study

3. The video that gave me the giggles this morning

4. Our friends out here

5. Our friends back in CO

6. Food

7. A Car

8. Electricity

9. Facebook (does this mean I’m addicted????)

10. That I can just get my GED since I’m having a heckuva time getting my transcripts from my high school

I feel better already 🙂


Another one from the department of things you don’t hear everyday. October 19, 2009

Filed under: Life in Gallup,Overheard,Parenting — justspeaz @ 8:37 pm

I’m working on getting into the college here for spring semester, and the kids are absolutely fascinated at the thought of Rob or I going to school. So yesterday morning out of nowhere, Aidan says this:

“Dad, when you get out of school what will your new job be?”

Rob: “I don’t know”

Aidan: “I hope it’s ballet!”


Introducing Wee Bear December 5, 2008

Filed under: Baby Sanchez #4,Firsts,Life in Gallup,Parenting — justspeaz @ 2:31 pm


Jillian Abigail Sanchez



December 01, 2008

10:15 pm

7lbs 12oz



I’ll spare you most the gory details, but my water broke at 6:30pm on the first, while my parents were here having dinner, that was fortunate, because they were able to take the kids straight from the house for us.

Contractions started right away 3-4 minutes apart. We got to the hospital and got settled at about 7:30. The nurse checked me around 8:00 and I was dilated to 4. At about 9:00 the nurse came back to move me to a bigger room, and to check me again. By this time the contractions were all in my back and coming more quickly. I was dilated to 5, so I asked how long I would have to wait to get an epidural. This, my friends, is where my whole evening derailed. The nurse gave me a shocked look and asked whether or not my Dr had discussed this with me. Nope, never talked about pain relief. “Oh,” says the nurse, “we don’t have any anesthesiologists on nights or weekends, so you probably won’t get an epidural, but I can talk to your Dr about it and see what he can do.” So, now I’m trying not to go into panic mode… I’d never had a birth without an epidural, and I really wasn’t planning for this to be the first!

The nurse moved me into the new room, and brought in a drug called Nubain, which “probably won’t do anything, but help you rest in between contractions.” (her exact words). And, it didn’t I couldn’t even rest in between, because at this point there really wasn’t an in between. Rob (my knight in shining armour) got the nurse to call my Dr V so that he could talk to him. Dr V explained a little more that in such a small hospital it’s hard to get anesthesiologists to work at night, and on weekends, but he was going to see what he could do.

At about 9:30 my nurse came back in to say the Dr was on his way with an anesthesiologist who had agreed to a different procedure (I can’t remember the name of it). Then she said she wanted to check me again, because the baby was showing signs that I was moving along faster than she thought. Sure enough, I was dilated 8-9. Dr V arrived right after that, and assured us that if an epidural is a 10 on the pain control scale this other procedure is a 9. The anesthesiologist was waiting in the hall for Dr V to check me and make sure that I had enough time to have the procedure . Dr V checked and said that I was only dilated to 7 and that he would go get the anesthesiologist. As soon as Dr V closed the door, I had another contraction, and it was apparent that this baby was not going to wait I had to push right then. Luckily the Dr and the nurse were right outside the door because they hardly made it back into the room as it was. Jillian made her way into the world in 3 pushes. They didn’t even have time to fix the bed, she was born right there on it! The relief as soon as she was out was AMAZING. That’s about all that I remember from the rest of that night, because the Nubain did it’s job as soon as she was born, and I pretty much passed out.

She’s a beautiful addition to the family, and we could not be happier. She has lots of dark hair (pictures for proof to follow soon), sleeps pretty well, and nurses like a champ. She and I spent an extra day in the hospital because her jaundice levels were high and the Dr wanted to keep her under the Billi lights for a day. We’re home now and couldn’t be happier to be settling into our new routine!


Even The Wee Bear Had A Costume Last Night November 1, 2008

I’ll let Rob tell you about the actual night, I’m just going to post some pictures….

Wee Bear’s first costume a Jack O’ Lantern


Sharpay from High School Musical (she’s never seen the movie, but she loved the dress!)




Princess Aurora, or Rora, if you’re Kaylynn. It almost killed her to wait ALL WEEK to wear her costume!



Even Hosteen got in one of the pictures!


The finger! Rob will have to tell you all about it. I’m sure he will since Halloween is his favorite holiday.


Not the best night for pictures to be sure, but it was a long night.


Holy 32 Week Appointment Batman! October 16, 2008

Filed under: Baby Sanchez #4,Life in Gallup,Parenting — justspeaz @ 11:20 am
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First, I’ve decided just to put it all out there. I wasn’t going to tell a lot of people about this because we have a lot of worriers (you know who you are). I didn’t want anyone to get upset. But, this stuff usually all comes out in the wash, so might as well be me who tells you…

Tuesday night Kaylynn climbed into bed with Rob and I, and preceded to throw up all over me. If you know me, at all, then you’ll know that it took a lot of work on my part not to throw up on her in return, but I didn’t, and I lived to tell about which is amazing. At the “Strob” there is no bathroom upstairs, so you have to go outside down the stairs and back inside down stairs. We got Kaylynn down and cleaned up and decided that it would be better if one of us slept downstairs with her for the night. I went back upstairs to figure out what we were going to need. On my way back down with all of Kaylynn’s blankets and in my left arm and an inflated twin size air mattress in my right hand, I miss the second to last step and eat it. Somehow, by the grace of God (quite literally because I still cannot figure out how I landed this way) I landed on my back mostly on the air mattress. I hit the concrete step at the bottom with the right side of my back, but I just have a little scratch. These are not particularly treacherous steps. Yes, they’re outside, but they’re well built, and not steep, and they weren’t slick. Pregnant women just have more of a penchant for falling. If you’re asking why in the world Rob wasn’t doing this, first he was dealing with the puke, and I have already mentioned, that I CANNOT do puke, so, he was already doing the harder of the two jobs. Second, if he had know that I was going to get up there and decide that I could do it all, and in one trip, you better believe he would have been up there taking care of it. Or, at least outside with the video camera (I’m totally kidding here folks).  When you take a spill and you’re in your third trimester, you are supposed to go straight to Labor and Delivery (DO NOT pass go, DO NOT collect $200) to be monitored. But, I already mentioned Kaylynn was puking, and Ryan and Aidan were already sleeping, so I figured I landed soft, baby was still moving, I was not having any contractions or any other weird symptoms, so, I would be ok to monitor myself and go if something happened.

Which, brings us to my appointment yesterday morning. I love love love Dr. Vaezzedeh! I cannot stress it enough, and I cannot be more thankful for him. I think, I already mentioned that I left a particularly inferior Dr and clinic when we left CO, so I was having some anxiety about who I would end up with out here. But, he’s amazing, and, if you ever end up having a baby in Gallup NM, I have a recommendation for you 🙂 We talked about the fall, I didn’t tell him the whole story, just that I had tripped off the stairs but had happened to land on an air mattress. Rob said to tell him that as soon as I get pregnant he puts air mattresses at the bottom of all our stairs (can you tell this is not the first fall I’ve taken during a pregnancy?). Anyway, he was adamant that if I fall again, any kind of fall, go to labor and delivery. Ok, I’ll do it. He also ordered some kind of blood test to see if the baby’s blood had mixed with mine from the fall. I have no idea what that is, I’ve never heard of it. He also checked my back for bruising, and my belly for tenderness. There was some tenderness, but it’s just the ligaments trying to hold up all the belly.

Then we talked about my heart palpitations. They’re fairly common during pregnancy, and I come by it naturally because Granny had them during her pregnancy with my dad.  But, this is my first time to experience them, and they are pretty annoying and sometimes alarming to me. So, he thought it would be best get it all checked out. I now have an appointment with Dr White the cardiologist next Wednesday, to see what we can find out. He also ordered blood work for my thyroid. So, hopefully, sometime next week, I’ll know if there is something else going on, or if it is indeed just a pregnancy thing that I’ll have to live with until we get the Wee Bear out.

While he was looking for Wee’s heart beat, he decided that he thinks the baby is head up. Bummer, it was head down last appointment. So, he was going to bring the ultra sound machine and take a look, but decided to measure my belly first. I’m measuring 37.5 weeks (basically full term). No wonder I’ve been feeling so BIG. He thinks the baby is big, so I have an ultra sound appointment for next Wednesday, so he can check the size and the position of the baby. Maybe, the baby will give us the money shot, but I’m not holding my breath! I’ll update more as I know more. So, there you have it, me and Wee. 8 weeks left! 🙂