Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Scoliosis Post-Op Appointment

We went for Anna's post-op appointment.  She has healed up just great.  She has gone back to school and attempting life back to normal.  Her pain is manageable and is mostly at night after long days.  

Sometimes I still see her a little crooked and the doctor said she still has about a 30 degree curve which may get a little straighter the further out from surgery she gets.  I'm praying she gets straighter as she heals.  He said these rods are cobalt chrome rods and are not easily bent or broken.  They are really conservative in their restrictions but he said some doctors do not have any limitations after surgery.  So, yes, she needs to be careful - still no bending, lifting, or twisting but she is not completely fragile like we think she is.  He said you cannot bend these rods with your hands.  It just amazes me the technology and the ability to do these surgeries and the success, all glory to God...REALLY!

Anna has really done amazing through this process and I'm so proud of her.  She's grown up so much during this.  She's braver, stronger, and more courageous than I imagined.  She's done this all with a smile on her face.  She's made it so easy on us to take care of her and serve her.  She's a gem.  I'm 100% thankful for her.

After 7 weeks she's walking the blue river!

Monday, March 28, 2016

A visit to the POLKS

Our friends Brad and Lori and Isaac's dear friend Andrew moved to Clanton and live at Raleigh's place as foster parents.  So, we took a little field trip to visit them.  We miss them!  Isaac LOVES Andrew and they are so cute.  Lori and I tried forcing them to be friends when they were little and they did not like each other at all for a very long time and right about the time we gave up they started loving each other.  Typical.

So, seeing Andrew alone was fun - but Andrew lives in an awesome HUGE house with a HUGE YARD and a MOUNTAIN.  That's what the kids called it.  All of the kids including Noah enjoyed going down this hill any and every way the could.  Who knew one hill could be hours of entertainment.  Isaac rolled down it, they rode bikes down it, they road wagons down it, cars down it, and a four wheeler down it.  They road down it alone, with a friend and with a whole wagon full.  They road down it slow, fast, they purposefully flipped the wagon and they were drug down it by the wagon.  Thrill seekers.  That's what they were - and they had a really really fun day.

We cannot wait to go back.  



And did I mention I drove the church van down there.  Maybe we all have a little thrill seeking inside of us.

Sunday, March 27, 2016


This Easter is a bit of an off year for us.  I ordered Easter dresses from Kohls and they didn't come in!  Oops.  But I just preached to myself that that was not what Easter is all about.

We had fun celebrating Jesus resurrection at church with a full house and with all our friends and then to come home to lunch with my sister and her family and my parents!   It was a very low key - relaxed Easter!

Mamma was cracking us up.  Silena and I finally figured out we think she thought it was Awana night.  She was beyond stressed that we were not sitting in the living room watching and teaching the kids bible lessons?!?  I would go check on them to see if they really were getting in trouble and they were being so good.  Like, surprisingly good!!  She said we needed to go get ready for Jesus to come and that he would be very disappointed with us sitting in the kitchen and talking and not teaching the children.  Yet...She wasnt teaching them either.  This disease is crazy.  And sometimes you have to laugh to keep from losing your mind.

We really had a great day.  It always fills my heart with joy to have days like this.

With Anna recovering from surgery she is always with me.  SO, I could not really get away to gather Easter Basket goodies.  Not only did she go with me and help get all the Easter stuff... She also helped me stuff the baskets.  BUT, she didn't make her own basket - ha!  So I'm not the WORST MOM EVER... Just bad!  ha!

She wants to set out Christmas this year!  HA!

Anna Erin and I sat in the foyer during the service.  The place was packed and again, with Anna recovering sitting still or even correctly a chore.

Shea and I were TWINS .. Sorta!!  

two of my ALL TIME FAVORITE PEOPLE right here!!


Asher is a mess!!  Life of the party!


Eden and Chewbacca

Teenagers these days!

The kids finally got to dig into their baskets when everyone left!  They were so good about it.  I told them they could look but could not touch and they didn't all day long.  Then I left them just have at all that candy!!  Worth the wait.

So, No pictures of Noah and his basket,  no pictures of everyone together in new outfits but - we still had Easter with the people we love the most and...
Jesus still rose again!!  

I'd say it was a GREAT Easter.

Saturday, March 19, 2016


It's that time of year again!!  SOFTBALL/BASEBALL!!

The kids are loving it this year and I just love our teams.  Mary is the Blue Nightmares - be afraid!!  AND...we get to play against Avery.  I wish Avery was on our team.  That would be too much fun.  Not sure we could handle the fun there!

Isaac is a BRAVE!!!!  We love the Braves and he is doing so good.  He is in the pitchers circle.  Makes me nervous every game but he is learning so much and having so much fun.  He looks forward to his games and he loves us watching him.

Love this coach.  He really believes in Isaac and motivates him to do well.


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Long Lost Friends

Jason and I got to meet up with Keith and Amy because Robby had a meet in Birmingham!  I'm so excited they called us.  We had a great time catching up and laughing and just being together.  They are truely a breath of fresh air.  I love them so much!
This is not a great picture but I love that we are all together!
Elijah the photobomber!

And sweet Robby!  I just love him. He's all grown up...It's weird... but he's a great guy!! 

And we missed Ivey!!
17 years ago and today!  CRAZY!!



Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ringing in the New Year!

Ringing in the New Year with this FUN bunch of friends.
The girls hung out while the guys watched football and the kids played!

I'm so thankful for all these friends and what they mean to Jason and I (Erin, I'm talking about you too... Bummed you were sick!).  I'm looking forward to 2016!!  There's gonna be some really high highs (disney) and a hump in the road (surgery), and hopefully some just plain ole fun days!   I'm looking forward to rejoicing and clinging tight to the Lord.  Friends and family are good but Christ is best of all.  Praying I believe that in 2016.