Wednesday, February 28, 2007
As for me, I took the news of the surgery much better than I thought I would so your prayers must have worked! Thank you so much for the prayers and support. We are so encouraged by all of the people that are keeping Luke at the top of their prayer list. We have even heard that people in Europe are praying for him!! I know that the Lord has great plans for my little Luke and I am ready to get this problem fixed so we can move on and see what those plans are. Praise the Lord for answers! Thank you again!
Love, Pamela (and Matt)
PS When I went to see our pediatrician after the scan to talk to him, I noticed Luke felt really hot and asked them to take his temp. It was 102.8 and after a little checking around the doctor found that he has another ear infection so please pray that the fever would go away quickly and that he wouldn't have too much pain from the infection. Thanks!
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
p.s. I know it's not quite Wednesday, but I have a really busy day tomorow and I'm not going to stay awake till midnight tonight! :)
Happy Birthday to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow! He was born today in 1807. Three facts I didn't previously know about Longfellow:
1. He once lived in a house that was occupied for a time by George Washington.
2. He was good friends with Nathaniel Hawthorne.
3. His wife had the first OB anesthetic administered in the United States.
Me: Who else loves Rylie?
Rylie: Daddy and Mommy!
Me: Who does Rylie love?
She's also been telling me lately that God made her toes, her eyes ("blue, Mommy"), her ears, her "two knees", etc. And of course that He made play dough!
She told our friend Rachel that she was sitting where "Daddy sits and reads Bible". She is more observant than we know! And, I am so thankful that she has such a wonderful Daddy to observe!
At church we have a t.v. in the Fellowship Hall that plays the sermon for overflow, crying babies, etc. Rylie and Abby have dubbed it the "Papa Show" (because they see their Grandpa on t.v. preaching). Yesterday, when Rylie saw her Daddy on the t.v. she said, "Daddy on t.v.!". I asked her if it was the "Daddy Show", she looked at me like I was very silly and said, "No, it's Papa Show". I asked her if Daddy was just a guest on the "Papa Show" and she told me yes! (Ryan wasn't too pleased about that.)
Four times on the potty yesterday! (and lots of M & M's)
Randomly, she'll look at me like I'm the only person in her world and say "Mommy, Mommy, Mommy" in the sweetest voice I've ever heard! (yes, she's also done this to Daddy)
All these, and many more, are blessings to my heart!
Monday, February 26, 2007
Well, long story short... someone dropped the ball in getting the scan approved by insurance and they had to cancel it at the last minute. It is a blessing in disguise, as it turns out though because he was actually approved for a more in-depth study called an MRA (with an MRI of the chest also). We thought we would have to wait many more weeks to get him in but the Lord provided and there just happens to be an opening on Wednesday of this week when they are able to get the 2 radiologists and the anesthiesiologist to see him at 8 in the morning. So, thank you for your prayers and for your concern. Please keep praying and we should have some answers this week!
Sunday, February 25, 2007
I just wanted to remind everyone that Luke's CT scan is tomorrow (Monday) at 2 pm. He will be put under for the scan so it shouldn't be too bad for him but he can't have any intake after 8 am so he will, without a doubt, be upset long before 2 pm. Matt and I are very nervous about finding out the results of this test. The doctors seem fairly certain that his aorta is wrapped around his esophagus which would require surgery to fix but we are still hoping that is not the case and surgery won't be necessary.
To my friends and family that have put their trust in the Lord, I ask that you would please join me in putting my baby before the Lord once again. And if you would, please pray for me as well. My faith is strong and I trust that the Lord is in control but I am his mommy and I'm scared. If he does require the surgery it is a major one and they will be working with a vital organ in his little body and that really frightens me. I feel very helpless in the whole situation and I know that praying is all we can do (and what mighty things can happen through prayer, PTL!) so again I ask for your prayers for my boy and for my family. I thank you all so much for the love and support you have shown us throughout this time.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
"Take Thou the full possession of my heart. Raise there Thy throne, and command there as Thou dost in heaven. Being created by Thee, let me live to Thee. Being created for Thee, let me ever act for Thy glory. Being redeemed by Thee, let me render unto Thee what is Thine, and let my spirit ever cleave to Thee alone."
Saturday, February 17, 2007
On the potty front, things are going good! Twice this weekend, Rylie's asked to go to the potty and actually gone! I'm so proud of her! Today we bought her some pull ups! She thinks they are "Dora Panties" and is quite excited about them! She was rather upset though when she accidentally went potty in them. Which is a good sign! I'm beginning to wonder if we'll be buying her real panties for her Birthday next month?! I've heard there are portable potty seats you can fold up and take with you so when you're not at home they can still feel comfortable to go potty.
Anybody know where I can find one?
We had a great time the other night on our double date! We were able to spend time with some friends that we haven't been able to spend much time with lately! Then, on Wed, we had Becky and "Arnon" (as Rylie calls him :)) over to watch Lost. They brought us dinner and coffee! My wonderful husband brought me beautiful roses and a loving card! Thursday night, Rylie got to spend some quality time with her Nana, her Aunt Elisa, and her cousins Gabe and Bryan (Bean)! She had a blast! She didn't even care that Ryan and I were leaving to go to Bible study! She loves her cousins! (And her Nana and Aunts! :)) And Aunt Elisa bought her some new toys for Valentines so she had fun with that too! Friday night we spent time together as a family! We went out to dinner and to the Christian bookstore. I found a new Amish book! I thought I'd read all of Beverly Lewis' books, but I found a new series of four books that I haven't read yet! So I bought the first one. Unfortunately, I haven't had much time to read it yet. Tonight we had our Fellowship 8's Dinner at our house. Which meant, a day of shopping, cleaning, and cooking. But, the reward was a wonderful dinner with friends and ministry partners!
So, there it is, I haven't posted in a couple days, so you end up with a less than exciting run down of my week! :) Hope you all had a wonderful week and will enjoy the Lord's day tomorrow!
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Use a medium-sized bowl.
20 oz. can chunk pineapple
1 or 2 3 ¾ oz. box of Jell-O Pistachio Instant Pudding
8 oz. Cool-Whip
1 C mini-marshmallows
Combine: juice from pineapple and dry pudding and mix.
Stir in the pineapple. Add: cool-whip and marshmallows. Chill in the refrigerator.
This is the yummy salad that Becky made me when I had my tooth pulled! It's easy and really good!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Luke had his reflux eval today (formerly referred to as the swallow study, but I was corrected!). They did the eval, then took the films to the radiologist who came down to see him herself and talk to me about what she saw. At this point all I know is that his problem isn't reflux, part of his esophagus is constricted to about half to a quarter of the size it should be. We don't know what it is caused by but she thought it might be vessels in his chest that are wrapped around it constricting it. He will have a CT scan to see what the cause is. That isn't scheduled yet but I should hear from our doctor tonight about that. There won't be a plan for treatment until after the CT results come back. It was nice to get an answer to what part of the problem is, however, I was expecting a simple solution to reflux not a different problem all together. I will keep updating everyone as to what is going on and I ask that you please continue to pray for Luke and for Matt and I as well. I am thankful for the answers that we got today and am trusting the Lord to carry us through this scary time. Thank you all for your concern and your prayers.
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O, not, it is an ever fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, thought rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved."
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
On a different note, does anyone know how to get a rust stain out of a porcelain sink? Or how to get the tile grout in my shower white again? (I tried the bleach pen, it didn't seem to make that much of a difference) On the other hand, does anyone know the phone number for a fairy godmother? Or Mr. Clean for that matter?
My poor Rylie girl has a bad cough! :( Nothing seems to be helping it go away. She's having trouble sleeping because of it.
Well, I'm off to a hot double date with my husband and our best friends! Happy all most Valentine's day!
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Rylie counted to ten all by herself! She just ran into the kitchen, chasing a balloon and yelled out one through ten!
She has now decided that she is a bear and goes around growling at us. For our part, we have to pretend to be very scared and she giggles uncontrollably.
Mom and I asked Rylie "Who is Pastor Ryan?" She said, "Daddy"! We didn't know she knew that was Daddy's "other" name!
I have great admiration for my best friend/sister-in-law, Pam! She has been taking care of two (sometimes three) sick kids for awhile now, getting very little sleep, yet she doesn't whine or complain about it like I would! My gift to you: zzzzzzzzzzzz! I wish I could give you sleep!
It's Survivor night! It's on right now, but Ryan is at Flock Group (our small group Bible study), so I have to wait for him to watch it! Thank goodness for DVR!
I think that's all the musings I have for the moment!
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Saturday, February 3, 2007
I do have to give allot of credit to Abby, (her cousin that is 7 months older than her) Rylie loves to copy everything she does! Good job sweet pea!