Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I got my craft on for the ladies in my family this Christmas. The gifts are hidden in these homemade fortune cookies...what're you getting? I'm not tellin'!

Anyway, I'm linking these to the craft challenge for the month on Lil' Betty's Blog--enjoy!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Pray for Sam

Hi everyone--during this busy season, I am taking even more of a blog break than normal, but this is too important not to write about!

I have a friend from youth group when I was in middle and high schools. His name is Daniel Thompson. He and his wife Jennifer have a baby boy named Samuel. I think they say all of this best, so I am going to post some of the story from their Children's Hospital Care Page:

Shortly after his 20 week ultrasound Samuel Dean Thompson was diagnosed with a heart defect known as HLHS (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome). In patients with HLHS the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped and not able to function. The left side of the heart pulls oxygen rich blood from the lungs and distributes it to the rest of the body, with the loss of the left side babies usually have a week or less to live. We were presented with 2 treatment options, a heart transplant or a series of 3 heart surgeries. We chose the surgeries because the thinking is that it is better to make due with the heart you have rather than replace it, if at all possible. The first surgery, which is often called the Norwood procedure, occurred on September 12th. He did wonderfully and recovered better than anyone could have hoped. The medical team couldn't stop saying how they hadn't seen a Norwood recover as well as he did in such a long time. We got home from the hospital on October 26th. We were home for nine days when we went into children's for a routine check up. It was then discovered that his heart function had drastically decreased. We were admitted that night with the plan to administer treatment to get his function back to where it was. Unfortunately the treatment was unsuccessful and the only option left for him was to have a heart transplant. He was placed on the transplant list on December 1st at the highest priority. We are now patiently waiting for a heart to become available that will suit his needs. We maintain the hope that someday through all of this he will finally have a working heart, and the potential for a healthy life.
Currently he is at Children's undergoing a process designed to weaken his immune system so that it is able to take a heart transplant without rejecting it, because currently he could only receive 3 out of 100 hearts, and that is assuming they are the right size.

Here are a few recent pictures:

This is Sam and his daddy, Daniel.

And Sam with the Colorado Avalanche yesterday. (He's also the second image here.)

Please join me in praying for this precious little one! They are hoping to let him go home next week some. Wouldn't it be great to have him home for Christmas!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Camera conundrum--resolved!!!

My camera is found! Here are many pictures that were on it when lost. Some at our house, and some from our trip to Iowa in November. :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Sorry such sporadic blogging...technical difficulties on the camera front--again--it has been the year of camera disaster, much to my sadness! The last few days have been rough--you know the kind...the when it rains it pours kind of days. Ben left for a business trip and the same day, we all developed fevers to go with our colds. And Maltby puked on the floor 3 times! That is because he is so emotionally gifted--he wouldn't eat the first two days Ben was gone, so when he did eat he was over hungry and he gorged really fast. Well his stomach wasn't ready, and he took it out on the carpet. Nothing like cleaning that up while you're sick and on your own! I thought I'd try to get out yesterday to shake some of the cobwebs out, and my fun outing to the local coffee shop yielded a closed shop. Apparently it closed yesterday and won't reopen again until January under new ownership. Uugh! So, like I said, it's just been several pity party days in a row!

Seems to me that I need to start looking for the happy--good things. Currently I am experiencing concurrent naps...SCORE! Ben is going to be home soonish and I have a funny Nehemiah story...

On Saturday we went to my in-laws for dinner and my mother-in-law had out her Christmas "pyramid," one of those wooden, candle powered spinning things. Nehemiah loves it! The next day at home, he asked me to light a candle. I looked back over my shoulder, and he was holding his plastic Batman helicopter over the top of it to see if the rotors would spin! I told him to be careful because it could get hot, and then distracted him with me in the kitchen. A few minutes later, the phone rang, so I was distracted, and Nehemiah decided to try again. He melted the bottom of his little helicopter and learned a valuable lesson. :) It amazes me how well his mental wheels turn! <3