I had planned on blogging MUCH sooner, but, in usual fashion, life kept throwing curve balls at us. Since my lst blog, Katy has been in the hospital twice, and I have been in once. We are both fine. Katy had two bouts with dehydration and high blood calcium. Both are, in part, due to her not having the large intestine. On her second stay, the doctors inserted a portocath (spelling?) to make it easier for doctors to access her, and to make it easier to hydrate her via IV. My trip to the hospital was not a big deal. I had a small absess on my face, but I wanted to make sure that it was nothing bigger. I’m home with the family now.
Speaking of “home,” our new house is great. We are settling in nicely, and TRYING to keep up with all the leaves that fall in our yard. I caught the little old man next door blowing his leaves in our yard. I laughed. Our other neighbors are AMAZING! The sweet couple that lives next door has quickly become close friends, and we feel blessed to have moved in next to them.
Amber is doing well in school, and such a HUUUUGE help. She comes home from school, takes Jake and Arielle to Jake’s MMA class, and then comes home and makes dinner while everyone is waiting for me to get home. Then she does her homework.
Jake and Arielle continue to be fun-loving kids, and keep us all in stitches!
Our other member of the family is Shantel. Shantel started off as Katy’s nurse, and Arielle’s caretaker. Now “Auntie Tell” is a daily part of our family, and has been a God send. She cooks, cleans, gives medicine, organizes, takes Katy to therapy, and is a big part of what keeps our lives going.
Other “Angels” have shown up on our doorstep and helped us out of the goodness of their hearts. There are too many to mention, but we would like to hug them all! One particularly kind man, Larry, owns Sundown Lawn Service. Larry has kept the lawns up at the old house, and had his crew do our leaves at this house.
Ali Kay, at Positive Space Art, has done murals in 2 of our children’s room, and is about to do another. This incredibly sweet, and unbelievably talented, young lady has created artistic masterpieces. What a great gift to our kids to customize their rooms. It helps to let the kids know that we aren’t going anywhere, this IS our house.
Thanks cannot begin to express how we feel about Betta, Mike, and Jen. They have worked insane hours on our behalf, and there aren’t words to explain what they have done for us. Thanks you 3!
To everyone else, thank you all for your prayers, dontaions, emails, food, gifts, thoughts, ideas, and support. You have not only done wonderful things for our family, but many people contact me to tell me how your kindness has reaffirmed their faith in humanity.
No promises, but I will try to blog again soon. May 2011 find all of you healthy, happy, and with those you love.
Love to all,