Sunday, October 23, 2011

Standing tall

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Week Recap

This past weekend we participated in Price's school's fun walk and carnival. Price loved seeing his teachers somewhere other than the classroom and our friends, the Meltons, were super sweet and supportive to come walk with us. We have been blessed with such incredible friends that have truly carried our burdens and made this journey a little lighter. Not to mention, our new friends that ARE walking a similar journey. We are thankful our paths have crossed.

I feel like I have been awaiting test results for approximately 2 1/2 years. I really don't like it. I pretty much have Texas Children's phone number memorized along with some Duke ones. About a month ago, a nurse from Duke called and my heart about skipped a beat. I knew we had no pending test results, just habit I guess. We've waited and waited some more. Wednesday we received a call from Ellery's oral surgeon and it was good news. Thank Jesus. She had what is called a giant cell fibroma. So rare for a 5 year old but completely benign.

On Tuesday, I picked Price up from school and his teacher mentioned he was a little sleepy. No sooner than I had buckled him in his car seat did he start throwing up everywhere. Over and over. He doesn't really have the reflex to bend over or stick his head out the door, so Price, his car seat, and my car was a total disaster. I guess one of his teachers saw this go down and she came to get Price and take him back into the classroom to clean him up. She's truly a saint (and now the owner of a gift card for a new shirt). She washed my boy down from head to toe while I tried to somewhat clean up the inside of my car so that we could actually drive home. Thank the Lord it was a windy day (as opposed to the previous days of hot, sticky humidity) and some rolled down windows helped me to survive. I looked back at my pale, sickly little boy on the way home and he managed a smile, almost as if to say, "Thanks, mom."

Later that night, Street came down with a cold almost out of nowhere, so we spent Wednesday and most of Thursday indoors. Except, Price had his appointment for orthotics Thursday afternoon. All went well and he's got these brand new blue race car AFO's. Our appointment took forever and I soaked up the minutes just holding my boy and watching episodes of Blue's Clues on my phone. He really is such joy and I love spending time one on one with him, although the lifting and carrying does take a toll. (I must get to the gym if I am going to be this boy's feet for too much longer.) He's been very generous with smiles and kisses and is loving me well lately. I will take it! As we were leaving the orthotic place, I got just a little teary. I am so thankful for his AFO's and that it means he is actually bearing weight and working on new skills, but at the same time there's just that part of me that wishes I didn't have to know about AFO's. I took Price to buy some new shoes after his appointment and we had to go up about 4 sizes to get them to fit his orthotics. I am going to have to get use to these huge, big boy feet. Price picked out a fish stuffed animal at the store and then we made ourselves sick eating gummy bears on the way home.

I have been reading a book by Larry Crabb called "Shattered Dreams". My mother-in-law let me borrow it last time we were visiting. It has truly blessed me as it discusses the story of Naomi and how God stripped her of happiness in order to prepare her for joy. He says, "God is always working to make His children aware of a dream that remains alive beneath the rubble of every shattered dream, a new dream that when realized will release a new song, sung with tears, till God wipes them away and we sing with nothing buy joy in our hearts." I am only about half way through it, but I am enjoying the author's honesty.

Praising Him for good news, Lysol, and shattered dreams this week, and still believing He will do a mighty work in my boy's life and in our family. Have a blessed weekend, friends!


Monday, October 17, 2011

And the icing on the cake...

After almost everyone had left Street's party, Price busted out with this! This is his FIRST time to ever CRAWL on all fours. That's his Aunt Meredith cheering him on. He adores her, especially when she's laughing.

Street's partay

I have so many thoughts running through my head that will hopefully come together for a post or two, but I didn't want to forget the fun celebration that took place for a pretty awesome little one year old.

My sister had the idea of throwing Street a touchdown party. I think I mentioned it on here before, but one of the first funny things he learned to do was throw his hands up in the air when someone shouted, "Touchdown, Street!"

Thursday, October 13, 2011

An update

Ellery did great today. She's a little sore but took full advantage of the doctor's order of unlimited popsicles.
Thanks for your prayers. We should hear something next week although the doctor reassured me today that he thinks all will be okay. (Hmmmm...never heard that before.)

I kept this thought on repeat today. I will love Him above everything else...and trust Him no matter what happens.

A prayer please

If you think about it, could you please say a prayer for us today? Ellery has had a lump (for lack of a better term) on the roof of her mouth for awhile now. We waited to see if it would go away on it's own but it hasn't, and the dentist and oral surgeon agree it needs to be biopsied. So, today at 11:30 she will have the procedure.
I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little concerned especially when my mind runs wild with all the possibilities or that my stomach hasn't felt upside down since I woke up this morning.
Praying for the peace of the Lord as we face another mystery diagnosis.
Thanks, friends.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Street is ONE!

Dear Street,
You are ONE!
You are such a blessing to us little one. You charm us with your grin and make us laugh at the funny things you do or try to say. You are such a character and it is exciting to watch your big personality unfold.

You haven't stopped moving since day one. You are in constant motion! You don't crawl much at all anymore and your walking gets faster with each passing day. Your vocabulary continues to expand and you make your mama laugh when you try and say words such as "diaper" or "agua".

You love to grab your shoes when you can tell we are headed out the door and are devastated if the trip doesn't include you. You give great kisses and love to clap, especially when I am praising your big brother. Speaking of big brother, you already love to be with him and play side by side. You think your big sister is pretty special too. You are happiest when they are home.

If you go missing during the day, I can usually find you in the pantry signing "eat". You eat so much! You eat just about anything, but your favorites are broccoli and fruit.

Perhaps my favorite thing about you is the way you shower me with love. You are constantly searching for me in a room full of people, you love to stay close when you have just woken up or in the morning when I get you out of bed, and you love to pat me on the back and cup my face in your hands to command my full attention.

We can't imagine life without you. We are thankful for your one year, Street!

{birthday pictures to follow!}

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