Why are we famous, you might be asking? Well because Ethan and I had our picture in the Las Vegas Review Journal! You read right, we're in that picture. (for those of you that can't tell where we are, we're right behind the lazy people in the chairs) Yes that is the line Ethan and I waited in for over three hours so Ethan could get the H1N1 Flu Vaccine. (Katelee had been running a fever so she couldn't get one) The free clinic was Saturday from 10-6. I figured everyone would wait until last minute so we showed up around 9:45am. Of course it just so happens that EVERYONE else thinks the same way I do.... The line wrapped around the building in the center of the picture, down the side on the left of the picture and then back up to the building again. Ethan was a very good boy the entire time, which I'm not all that surprised about. He is a crazy boy, but knows how to behave (most of the time) in certain situations. He played with his cars in all the landscaping, whenever there was any or wanted me to hold him. I figured me holding him would give me some exercise and make my arms stronger so I held him whenever he wanted me too. By 12:30 we were in the building and getting the shot. After arguing (nicely, I might add) with the nurse inside Ethan was ready for the big moment! The nurse asked me to sit down and hold Ethan on my lap, with his legs between mine so he couldn't kick. I did as she asked, but told her Ethan would give her no problems. The whole time in line I kept reminding Ethan that we'd get a Slurpee if he was a good boy. I don't like to say "if you don't cry" because I think it's okay to cry, sometimes shots just plain hurt and crying makes me feel better. Anyway, Ethan watched as the nurse cleaned his arm, he watched as she put the needle (which was crazy big, in my opinion) in his arm and watched as she pushed the serum in. When she was done he reached up to hold the cotton ball and raised his arm up high. The nurse looked at him and said, "If only all of the kids were as good as you!" What a proud mom moment that was. Of course it makes me feel good to have such a brave son, and well behaved at that! It is also a little sad that he does so well but helps me see the bigger picture to a challenge I posed to myself lately. During Scripture study one morning I challenged myself to look for things of opposition in my life and how they can make me stronger. Ethan's medical issues have been a source of opposition in our lives and it's amazing to see how he has grown because of it. He doesn't care if he gets shots or even blood drawn, for that matter. Although it may only seem like a little thing, in this mothers eyes it is a huge thing! And that is how Ethan and I spent Saturday morning! We of course went to 7-11 and got Ethan and Mommy a Slurpee, I figured I deserved one for waiting in the heat for that long! It was fun to hang out with Ethan and see how brave my son is!
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