Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Micah Roo at 21 months

I haven't really done any Micah updates since he turned 1 in April.  I snapped a few (maybe a bunch) of photos of him before church on Sunday that I just have to share.  
At 21 months Micah is...

 talking very well and using sentences.
 Still gets a little confused over the meaning of "yes" and "no"  Poor kid,  you can ask him, "Do you want some candy?"  And he'll say no...meaning yes.
 Still has his adorable dimple and marbled green/brown eyes.  So handsome!
 Knows his names is MMMMyyycah!  I love how he says it!
Loves to sing and can sing "Jesus Loves Me"  "Joy in my Heart" and "Bible"
Has become quite attached to his white "blankie"

 Loves to play with Silas and Callie and tries to do everything they do. Sometimes they even make him lay in Callie's bed and be the baby.  And he does it for them.  It's so cute to watch them all play together.

Loves to still come up to Momma and say "Hold you!"
 Has not figured out how to play Hide and Go Seek.  Just yesterday he revealed my spot (which was perfect!) and let everyone know "There's Momma!"  Then, when they wouldn't listen to him, walked up to me and said, "Hi Momma!" A few times.  Little stinker!

Loves to wipe his food all over his Daddy at dinnertime.
 Loves to go to the nursery and play with his friend Lily.  And really loves it anytime he sees his Grandpa.  I think it makes my Dad's day!
Has captured the heart of all of us.  Can you tell how much I'm in love with this boy!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Whew! My finger feels better!

Wednesday night I was given a couple of sweet gifts to encourage me for my upcoming surgery.  My niece Katie gave me a bunch of cards her class made to say "Get Well"  They were so sweet, but I have to say that Katie's was my favorite.  She seems to be in love with the question mark.  Hehe!  She put "Get Well Soon?"  Hhhhmm, is that really a question?  I feel the love! :o)  And then, "I love you?"  there's that question mark again!  And after she signed her name she put a question mark.  I just love it!

Then, my sister Taylin gave me a goodie bag.  She put in there Dr. Pepper.  Get it?  Dr Pepper.  Ha!  Love her sense of humor.  Then, her kiddos thought I needed Hershey's Kisses.  Who doesn't need chocolate at a time like this! :o)  There were also colorful bandaids, but my favorite was the knee ice pack that Logan picked out.  Excuse me, but for the moment my knee is actually great!  But maybe I'll need it for the future!

So, I went home Wednesday night a little nervous, but smiling at how my nieces and nephews truly encouraged me.  I was actually still thinking and laughing about that card when I went to have my MRI's done!  I was pretty nervous about having 2 back to back, but once again the Lord blessed and gave me such peace.  Sweet peace is something that I truly treasure.  And it only comes from the Lord!

After the MRIs on Thursday morning, Patrick and I did some shopping and went out to lunch together.  It was so sweet to be with my sweetie.  Then, at 3 we went to my hand/arm appointment.  Patrick said he could tell I was nervous because I was a chatterbug.  I guess I've always been that way.  As I laid on the table and put my arm out for them to start cutting on...I mean fixing, I told Patrick I need him to stand up and put his hand on my ankle.  Sounds weird, but I was on a bed against the wall and Patrick was sitting in a chair at my feet.  I just needed to feel his touch and know that he was there.

Everything went well with the 2 tumors being removed on my arm.  But, when it came time for my finger, I was pretty nervouse.  The doctor was pretty concerned too, because he didn't know what he'd find.   After he started to cut, I lost my feeling of support from Patrick because the doctor wanted to show him what he was finding.  There was no way I was going to look!

At that moment I started to panic a little.  I knew the doctor wasn't real sure what is growing in my body, my husband no longer had his hand reassuring me I was okay, (he was by the doctor watching the whole procedure.)  and the doctor had to numb me more because he wanted to cut more and I felt it!  So, as I was feeling pretty afraid, I listened to the music.  (They had me choose a Pandora station)  And it was just of the Lord, because my favorite Hymn was played at that moment.  (Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus)  Can you believe it ?!  And then, God gave me His peace again.  Exactly when I needed it!

That night as I went to bed I was still numb.  But, by midnight the numbness wore off and my finger and joint was pretty painful.  Actually very painful.  But, since then, the pain has gotten less and less and I'm doing very well with my hand. I even played some on the piano today!

 Thank you to all those that have prayed for me.  We're praying that the year of 2014 will lead us to a diagnosis.  But, until that moment, God is ever faithful and patient with me.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Recovering...A Post from Patrick

We were able to accomplish several things yesterday.  Most importantly, Kami finished 2 of her 3 needed MRI's.  The third one will be next week.  These were ordered to help diagnose a "spot" on Kami's pancreas and hopefully the results will be ready by end of next week.

Yesterday afternoon, we arrived at the hand specialist for surgery at 3:15 p.m.  The doctor had us wait so that Kami would be his last patient.  This would allow him to concentrate on Kami and not "rush" through the surgery.  He seemed concerned with the "mass" growing in her finger.

I was able to be present in the room and to observe the surgery first hand.  The doctor quickly removed the two tumors in her forearm and emphatically stated that these were NOT cancer.  We praise the Lord for this!  He quickly stitched up the two spots and moved on to Kami's finger.  When he sliced open her finger, he seemed a bit alarmed at the quantity of the "mass" he had to remove from her knuckle.  In his words, "This isn't supposed to be here and there is a lot of it."  It seemed that the cut in her finger got bigger and bigger and he cut-away!  

He isn't sure what this "mass" is and is having it sent to a pathologist for testing.  The results will be ready in 2 weeks.  (Throughout all of these trials, we seem to constantly be waiting and waiting for results...isn't there something about tribulation working patience?)

Thank you all for praying.  Kami has been in a lot of pain and had a rough night last night.  Hopefully she will feel better after a good day's rest!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

An Update on My Health

Several of you have asked how I have been feeling lately.  I appreciate the concern and prayers so much.  That is such a blessing to me!

I felt like my blog was turning into a medical journal, so I decided to call it quits for a bit on the health statuses.  Other than Latent TB, a diagnosis for my pain has still not yet been made.  I'm so thankful for the doctors here in Fort Myers that are still actively seeking for what is the problem.

 I have my good days and bad days.  And the pain and pressure in my chest have never left.  I have been referred to a hand surgeon that will be removing 3 "masses" that have been found.  One is on my finger/knuckle and the other two are on my arm.  They both appeared last June.  The doctor says that I am too young to be producing unknown masses.  He would like to remove them all and them do I biopsy on them.  He will also be looking to see if there are any tropical-type diseases that are now manifesting in the form of tumors.  The surgery will be on Thursday and I would be so thankful if you would pray for me!

About a month ago, my primary doctor ordered a CT scan for my chest.  Nothing was found on my chest, but they did discover a spot on my pancreas.  The doctor says we need to investigate this further, so I will be having 3 MRIs.  Two of them will be Thursday morning (it will be a busy day, that's for sure!) and I'm waiting on a call to schedule the last one.  Please pray I will be calm, laying flat makes the pressure increase.  And there's always the scary thought of being in the MRI tunnel!

Through everything my family, my church and my precious Savior have been wonderful to me.  God keeps showering me with His blessings and letting me know that He is already in my tomorrow.  I heard a preacher say, "God is always up to something good in my life!"  And how true it is!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Last Year to be in the 30s

On January 14th we celebrated my sweetheart's 39th birthday.  It was a great day!
 Of course we started our day with a big breakfast, presents and cake.  I tried a new recipe for an oreo cake.  It was good, but incredibly rich.
 Birthday time is always an exciting time around our house.  I always get up before the birthday girl/boy and decorate the house in their favorite color.  I was thrilled to find camo stuff in the birthday isle at Walmart.  But, for future reference...Camo balloons don't look so camo after you blow them up.  Joshua referred to them as diarrhea colored.  nice.
 Patrick was so glad to have his Mom come over that night.  She brought one of Patrick's favorite cakes that she used to make for him when he little.  It's a yellow cake with pineapple and raspberry filling with a delicious almond flavor frosting.  It was great to see Denise feeling well enough to come over for a bit.  I'm so glad God answers prayer!

Happy Birthday to my Sweetheart, the love of my life, my husband.  He's the best!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Our Biggest CopyCat

Out of all of my children, my Micah Roo is the biggest CopyCat.  He loves to copy everything his 5 older siblings do.

 Sometimes he has a hard time when JEB head into the schoolroom and close the door.  gasp!  How dare they!  Sometimes it can be difficult for them to concentrate with the 3 little ones having races up and down the hallway.  Sometimes Micah wants to come in.  Well, today I let him for just a moment.
 He was so proud of himself!  He loved doing school with them, and did a great job marking in an old PACE.
But, this can't be an everyday thing that's for sure!  We've got graduation on the brain and have a deadline!

Happy 5th Birthday to my Silas Boone!

 On January 6th we celebrated Silas's 5th Birthday.  My sweet boy had a full day!  He requested powdered donuts for breakfast.  He loves those things!
 We sang Happy Birthday to him.  He was glad his Grammy could be there to join in on the breakfast. He felt like a king!

 In our family we always do presents in the morning after breakfast.  He was so excited! And so thankful.  He loved all of his gifts!

 When we were talking about his birthday the week before, He wanted to make sure his cousins could come over.  He loves to be with them!  So we invited my family to come for Cookie Cake that night.
 I loved how they were so happy for him.  What a great family we have!

....and maybe a little crazy, too!

 I also told Silas and Callie I would spend the night of Silas's birthday with them in the tent.  We planned and prepared, and then realized it was supposed to be in the 40s that night.  That's pretty cold for these island folks!  So, we reworked our plan and decided to set up our tent in my bedroom.  Silas and Callie were so excited to show their Grandpa their bedroom for the night.
 Then, we brought in our pillows and blankets and tons of library books.
We read and read and laughed and made fun memories together.
It was a great birthday for my boy!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Boys Lost so Pie in the Face!

Josh started a contest on the bus to bring more visitors.  It was girls against guys and it was a tight race!  But, in the end, the boys lost.  So, my Josh to get a pie in the face!  Yay!
 I told the girl that won to not go easy on Josh.  Get that pie all over him!  She listened very good! :o)

 Lots of fun serving God in the Bus Ministry!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Back to His Roots

Our Josh loves it that he was born in Mississsippi.  He's a true southerner at heart.  He was excited when we decided to do a crawfish boil for dinner!

Silas and Callie were so curious about what we were eating.  To say they loved the crawfish was an understatement.  They ate so many!

Crawfish, Potatoes and Corn.  Delicious!

We invited Denise and Marc to eat with us.  I think they liked it, too!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Lunch and Games

I have had so much fun having my family over for lunch and games.  New Year's Day was a perfect day for it!

We are quite competitive.  And I love it!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy 2014!

 We carried on our tradition of Fondue on New Years Eve.  I love doing this.  It makes us slow down, be together and just share memories together.  After a busy Christmas, this is a perfect thing to do!
 This year we did a pot of "Chinese" style Fondue.  You pick your meat and veggies, then cook it yourself in the pot.  Delicious!

 Then, of course, we had to end the experience with Chocolate Fondue.  Love that stuff!

Yummy and fun, rolled in to one!  Ha!  That rhymes!