Thursday, July 30, 2009
The blog world is amazing! I stumbled upon Abby Grace a few months ago from another blog. She is a precious little girl who happens to suffer from the same congenital brain defect as my mother, Chiari I Malformation.
Have I told you about my mom? I know I mention her in my posts. She has gotten attached to some of yours, so you may have had a few comments from her now and again. She is a ROCK! Not necessarily because she wants to be, but FORTUNATELY the Lord has brought her through countless situations which were tragedies at the time and are testimonies now! She had the tragic experience of losing two precious babies, Julie Michelle and Steven Daniel, before me. I think I have posted about the hidden blessing of "finding" space in the cemetery to bury Olivia beside them where there once wasn't space - God thing! She's had lots of medical struggles through the years that culminated in 2001 with the final diagnosis of Chiari I Malformation. After much prayer, she had surgery in December of that year. I remember travelling with just her and Dad to Missouri for the surgery. I was a newlywed and trying to be SO strong, but I was petrified. It was a terrible thing and and even more terrible surgery.
I remember the surgeon coming out into the waiting room that day after hours and hours of just me and Dad pacing. It was so much worse than he thought -the worst he'd ever seen, but he thought he did what he needed to do to help her lead a more normal life. I saw the look in my Daddy's eyes that day - it wasn't exactly what I wanted to see. My rock - my daddy - looked scared. The next 48 hours were so tough. So many things happened. I would steal away to pray, to check "we're praying emails" from friends, each time hoping to see the look of fear dissipate. The the Lord came. He touched her again, we came home in time for Christmas, and she has been a new woman ever since!
There are so many testimonies through that situation - maybe one day Mom herself will post about them. Like when the doctors said they couldn't fix the nerve damage that had already occurred in her legs to the point that she couldn't walk, yet the elders prayed and anointed her and she ran up and down stairs to help me get ready for my wedding day. Like the days after surgery that she couldn't even understand language, and looked at the evening news and didn't understand a word yet woke up the next morning and knew everything that was being said! Tonight, as I watched little Abby Grace toddle to her Daddy after this traumatic surgery with that tell-tale scar, and remembering trying to wash Mom's hair for the first time with that scar, all I could do was cry and say, "Thank you for letting me have my mom!"
Please pray for Abbie Grace's recovery. It is a hard one!
Thank you Lord for my mom - she has led me down this path that unfortunately she had already trod. What an amazing blessing!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I'm SO excited! I just figured out how to update my blog from my Blackberry!!! Techno Geek - I know! I'm ADHD, and can't pay total attention in this workshop I'm attending, so I found something to do while I listen! (I wonder how we could keep our kids more engaged during class??)
Anyway - these are some of the pictures that Stewart and Mom have sent me from our family journeys. I am in Mobile, Stewart is at home with an ender-the-weather EK, and Abby is at DISNEY WORLD with Mimi and Papaw! Check it out!
Waiting in line for Dumbo :)
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Abby got a big surprise Friday night. Papaw and Mimi called to invite her to go to Disney World! The biggest surprise was that they left yesterday! It's a company trip that has been in the works, but we kept it a secret just in case something fell through. So after a long night Friday night of church, cleaning the fellowship hall, last minute packing for DW (which is NOT easy!), both girls decided they just couldn't be bothered with sleep. EK has a new tooth coming in that's driving her crazy and Abby just couldn't sleep for thinking about which ride she wanted to ride first!
Yesterday I helped Stewart pack his offices and get them ready to go to his new office (all around running in the doc-in-the-box to get shots for my sinus crud that just won't let go!). It was a little sad :( Abby was scheduled to enter Kindergarten at JVE in a couple of weeks, but plans have changed with Stewart's new job. She will now attend HCES (where we live) instead. I'm sure it is a wonderful place, but I was already very comfortable with the people, atmosphere, kids, etc. at JVE and that was taking some of my "Mommy anxieties" away. I went and filled out her paperwork at HCES Friday, and they were very welcoming. I know it's not that big a deal, but it seems some of the biggest worries for me has always been where my children went for care, learning, etc. The plight of a working mother is that you are leaving your children in someone else's hands for typically more hours of the day than you will interact with them! That's a biggie!!! Add to that how to get them there and home and still keep your own job! Luckily Stewart's mom and grandmother are going to step in and help out with those details - what would I do without them??
Today, I'm off to Mobile!!! (Seriously, my friends this week have all been looking at me like I was a lunatic saying, "How are you handling all this???) It's for a conference for work and I will be gone three days. Stewart and his mom will have EK, and Abby is in DW, so if I can gather the brainpower to get myself packed (EK decided she liked staying up all night last night too :( ) I am off. I hate to leave, but right now the car ride down there is looking like an awesome nap opportunity (sorry travel mates!) and the thought of 2 nights alone in a hotel room with no baby monitor waking me every 15 minutes is somehow refreshing! Terrible isn't it? We work so hard to get them here. It's just a fact of life that mothers have to accept - sometimes we need a break!!! We sacrifice for everyone else all day everyday to the point of our own neglect and lack of personal well-being. There's got to be a healthier balance! If you've figured it out, let me know!
When I return from the conference, it's back to work full time for me. Then in just a couple of weeks - KINDERGARTEN!! I am already holding back tears!
Hope everyone is well. If you have any "slow-down, manage life events without extreme self-sacrificing measures" PLEASE let me know :)
Friday, July 17, 2009
(Thanks to Simplicity by Christy for the proofs :))