Monday, September 23, 2013

The busy-ness of Life......

Okay...I've said it before and not ashamed to admit it once again-----

I'm just about the worst blogger!!  

I am ALWAYS, ALWAYS playing catch-up!

I honestly don't know how some folks manage to take care of the house, manage their children---even teach them, take care of themselves AND keep up with a blog!  I know they must be extremely organized folks----definitely an area I am constantly working on.  However, after 7 months----wow----I'm going to do a fast catch-up on the amazing highlights of these past months and the blessings God has given us!  You have been WARNED....this is a loooooooooooooong overdue update!

I see I left all hanging after Shane's last trip to Boston.  His heart cath went very well in February : )  They widened his pulmonary arteries a bit to normalize the blood flow in his lungs to 60/40 for the right and left which flipped it from a 40/60.  Shane bounced back quickly.  We flew to Boston on a Monday, cath Wednesday, home on Friday!  Shane is finally off Lasix and only has his daily aspirin! His speech is very good now, too.  I think we understand about 80 % of what he says.  He started preschool a couple of weeks ago---the same one Olivia attended.  Most of you know we homeschool, but this was a great choice for us on several levels.  Shane needed to learn that mom will always come back!  This has been the biggest hurdle for him so Olivia and I pack up her books(and stuff) to have kindergarten down the hall from his preschool class : )  His teachers are amazing : ).  They have been so gracious and encouraging to both Shane and me.  This also gives Olivia and I some uninterrupted one-on-one time!

So now for our events of the past 7 months...................

Happy Family Day--One year on March 19, 2013

A very special quilt for our boy made by a very 
special friend!  Thanks, Eva!

Two of our sweet grand pups visiting with us---Lolli and Poppy---while their parents take a much needed vacation before the arrival of our little granddaughter!

An Easter picture....cheesy smiles and all!

 Someone....turned 4  : )

 Lauren graduated from high school : ) 

 Shane took swimming lessons.

 Olivia finished preschool!

Someone got the chicken pox : (

We are GRANDPARENTS!!!!!!! We welcome our little Junebug, Elleanor : )
another post to come on this!!!

  Isn't she a beauty!!!!!!!
Poppy and Lolli love you so much!

 Our girl gave her hair away...again for the fourth time....

Some more of our precious ones after long distances and a providential meeting!

We celebrated Olivia's Family Day # 4...WOW...she asked for a Joy cake! : )

 Josiah is off to Belmont as a Junior !!

From this to this in one year : )...oh and new glasses!

Celebrating ***33*** years with God's most gracious gift to me!!

"Surely you have granted him unending blessings
 and made him glad with the joy of your presence." 
Psalm 21:6

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Back to Boston!

Originally Shane was scheduled for a routine heart Cath on February 1st but a cold caused us to reschedule. So we arrived in Boston Monday and had out PreOp yesterday at 7:30 am. e still has a lingering cough but we trust the team that said Shane was clear to have his Cath.

They will do a thorough check as this is the first Cath since Shane's repair, look at the functioning of connections and the valve they put in, check heart pressures in all chambers, dilate the pulmonary arteries and look at how this affects the VSD patch. Could take anywhere from 1- 4 hours depending. From here the doctors can better gauge Shane's future treatment . Of course they give you the good, bad and ugly about the procedure, as always. We know Who held Shane's heart as it was formed and He holds it still! Prayers appreciated... For me too as I'm trying to fight off a cold! Thank you!!

We arrived at 7 am this morning! Yay, we were first on the board. Shane got a dose of "happy juice" at 7:30 and was wheeled back at 8 am. Got one update and from the Lab that he is doing great! Another expected in an hour.

Here is a picture from Monday after a plane trip and 3 train rides! Shane crashed on the way back from Trader Joes!


"As for God, his way is perfect:

The Lord’s word is flawless;

he shields all who take refuge in him.

For who is God besides the Lord?

And who is the Rock except our God?

It is God who arms me with strength

and keeps my way secure."

Psalm 18:30-32