Sunday, April 29, 2007
For any of you out there that are currently in the process of adopting from Ethiopia, there's a blog you need to read. I had the opportunity to "meet" Erin, from Holding Still, right about the time we traveled to bring Grace home last year. At the time, she and Alex/Beckmann were just starting to consider Ethiopian adoption. Well, a lot has changed since then. Not only did they decide to adopt, but they decided to adopt a sibling set of two little boys (not babies). They are in Addis right now to bring the boys home, and Erin is posting updates along the way. G0....Enjoy!!! 8^)
Friday, April 27, 2007
Daniel turned his project into school on Wednesday, and received rave reviews from his classmates. Of course, they weren't the ones that would be doing the judging. The teachers were very concerned about this being an impartial, non-biased contest. The students were not allowed to put their names or any photos that showed more than their hands on their projects. As a final step, the teachers arranged for the students from the high school Science Club to do the judging. After meeting a few of them, we were all convinced that they were more than qualified to judge the Science Fair.
So, last night was the big event. There were almost 100 projects turned in by the 5th graders, so there was lots of competition. There were quite a few projects that were very interesting and well executed. After all the students and their families wandered around looking at them, it was time to hear the results. Daniel was hopeful, but far from certain that he would win. We heard the Honorable Mention awards, and the award for Best Presentation and Best Use of the Scientific Method. Finally, they announced the top 3. Daniel was thrilled to learn that his project took 3rd place!!!
After a few photo ops, we decided that a celebration was definitely in order. So, off to Coldstone we went.
Great Job Daniel!!!!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I have hesitated to post an update on Bob, as the progress has been slow, and his condition was less than hopeful. He could not swallow. He could only speak a few words, and they were very hard to understand. He had little to no movement on the right side of his body. He has experienced intense pain, requiring SERIOUS pain killing drugs, since his first seizure. However, a lot of that changed this week. Here is the message Lisa posted on our family webpage yesterday (edited slightly to protect privacy):
Thanks to all for your faith in fasting and praying for Bob. Sunday, things started to improve tremendously. Monday, he ate roast beef, potatoes, soup, pudding - the works. Wow!! Today, he wrote his name and stood with help. First time out of bed in almost 5 weeks. Tomorrow, he will be transferred to "Outstanding Local Neuro" Rehab facility.
The men in our church have been taking turns staying with Bob at night so that he is safe. and so that I can go home and sleep. What a blessing that has been. Heavenly Father is blessing Bob and it is so wonderful to see. I am doing well - I definitely have times when I'm overwhelmed, but the Lord has strengthened me and sent friends and family to support me.
Keep praying those prayers. My prayer now is that he'll be able to tolerate the intensive therapy. I think he will.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
For those that are inclined, I would greatly appreciate it if you would keep my Mom in prayer today. I will update the blog as I hear any news, and promise to get back to my regular bloggy self ASAP. Believe it or not, I actually have some great pictures and fun times to share, in spite of the fact that this has become a medical and prayer blog lately. Thanks for hanging in there with me during these tough times. 8^)
I just got word that my Mom is out of surgery. The surgeon removed four lymph nodes, and since they were all clear, was able to leave the rest of the lymph system alone. My Mom has been given a series of pain block injections that should keep her pretty numb for the next 10-12 hours. She is expected to be in recovery for the next hour and a half, and I should get another update when she makes it to her room.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Bright and early this morning, the kids were all up and ready for the egg hunt.
Once she found an egg in her toy shopping cart, Grace preferred to use her "basket on wheels" for the rest of the hunt.
Justin found one of the last eggs with a little help from Dad.
The Easter Bunny was VERY generous this year!!
Even though we all had fun, we didn't forget to keep our loved ones close to our hearts...
May you all be blessed as we experience this holy season of grace.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
I am sad to report that the pathology is very discouraging. Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), also known as grade 4 astrocytoma, is the most aggressive type of primary brain tumor. It looks like we may only have a mid-range of about 9 months left together. The nurse tells me this morning that he is moving his right arm. Yippee! He needs some prayers to beat the pneumonia. Our Love to all of you. I know you are praying for us.
My heart is broken. The ache I feel inside for this family is truly beyond words. I am trying so hard to rest in my faith. I know God is very much aware and in control of things, but it is so hard to stay away from feelings of injustice and confusion. I have leaned on a specific verse many times over the last few years, and I suspect I will be doing so again. Isaiah 55:8-9
Sunday, April 01, 2007
In the last year, Grace has grown 5 inches taller, gained 10 pounds, and her head is 2 inches bigger around. What started out as just a tuft of hair on the top of her head, has turned into the cutest little afro. It took me a little time to catch on, but I am having fun learning to style and care for her beautiful curls. Her lack of teeth had us worried for a while, but she has two lovely little pearls on the bottom now, and there are signs of another debut soon to happen on the top. Grace is off all formula now, and since healing from the affects of malnutrition and salmonella, she has been able to tolerate dairy products again. She doesn't usually eat a lot at any one sitting, but she loves to try new foods. She does not shy away from much of anything.
Having Grace as a part of our family has turned out to be a bigger, and more wonderful, blessing than I could have even imagined. Her siblings love her dearly, and she returns the feeling with great enthusiasm. She is a cuddly, happy and loving little person, and I thank God everyday for bringing us together.
Thank you to all of you that have been keeping this family in your thoughts and prayers. Please continue to do so.