Monday, March 30, 2009

Good News

Just wanted to give you an update on River. We spent all morning at the Sibley Heart Center and received good news from the cardiologist. He said that River does have a "very prominent heart murmur" but at this point everything on the tests looks good. They did several different tests and River was quite the trooper. He was a little scared but the nurses did a wonderful job explaining everything as they went along. I wish I had taken a picture of him with all the wires connected to his bony little chest. He looked up at me and said "How do I look, Mom?" : )

The doctor said they will continue to monitor him and more tests will be conducted in the future but at this point eveything looks good. He said the heart murmur will probably be exacerbated during illness/fever but his day to day activities do not need to change.
We are feeling great relief at this point.
Thanks again for your prayers!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Prayers needed...

~Sally Grace's surgery was postponed because she had a high fever the day she was admitted. Tests showed she had strep throat. Surgery is re-scheduled for April 9th.~

I have a good friend from my hometown who recently adopted her second daughter from China. Shortly after bringing her home, they found out that her sweet baby girl's leg would need to be amputated. I've copied her blog below with some of the details. The surgery is scheduled for Monday morning and I am hoping to send as many prayers as possible up for my precious little Sally Grace who has become a special blessing to all the lives she touches.

"Hi Everyone,
I wanted to post to let all of you know what we found out at Shriner's last week. First of all, let me say that in the midst of the storm we entered today, Steve and I are committed to giving God the glory for choosing us as Sally Grace's parents and praising Him through what we are facing. He has never let us down, and I know He has a perfect plan for Sally Grace. As her mother, I will move mountains to give her every opportunity to be happy and healthy in life. With that said, I'll continue. We found out that Sally Grace has a right leg limb bud deficiency and scoliosis. Her leg is at a 40degree angle and the limp will always be there. On top of that, she will have to have surgery after surgery, possibly yearly, As she grows, she will continue to have to have surgery. The complications are 100% and constant infections are probable. HOWEVER, we praise God that things don't have to be that way! She can have a mid-knee leg amputation and live a happy, healthy life. She will be able to run, hop, skip, swim, ride a bike, and do all the things every other child can do. Although it was very hard news to hear, and our hearts broke, we have found peace and joy in knowing she will be okay. She will be more than okay - She will be fine. I refuse to let Satan steal the joy we had the day she was placed in our arms. Her life has already changed ours, and we will do whatever it takes to help her. Please keep us in your prayers! Her surgery will be March 24.
Trusting in Him,

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pizza, anyone?

River recently had a blast at a "Pizza making birthday party". It was Grace's party. She's his best friend from next door. She invited the girls from her class and River. Her family was worried it might bother him to be the only boy there, but I assured them it wouldn't matter to him and he, of course, would never miss one of Grace's parties. The funny thing is that he never even realized that he was the only boy there! I love this innocent age where things like that don't even matter. We often wonder at what age River and Grace will decide that they can no longer be best friends because they're a boy and a girl. Hopefully, never....

Saturday, March 14, 2009

What to do....

It's funny that I often complain about how busy my life is and that I never have any down time.... well, today, I actually have nothing to do (thanks to the rain!), and I'm going stir crazy! All of our games were cancelled because of the weather. So here I sit with a little time on my hands and I'm just not sure how to handle it. What's up with that?? I guess I could give my house a much needed cleaning, but that's certainly no fun. Ripken and River are both napping and Reed and Ridge are playing video games, so.... hey, maybe I'll see if the boys will let me play Wii with them. You know, anything to avoid that housework? Afterall, quality time with the boys is much more important, right?