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Cuteness....

A Lil' Update...

Whew! That's me exhaling.....it's been a crazy couple of weeks around here and I'm ready to get off this ride now. :) So to all who have lifted our family and the other prayer requests up, thank you. Thank you so very much! You can't convince me that prayer doesn't work! In fact, I often wonder how people make it through the dark seasons of life without God. I can't imagine. It has to be incredibly hard and hopeless. When I am in the trial and can't find the words to pray I know that somewhere, someone is praying for us and that brings relief to my weary heart.

Zachary survived the contraption being removed from his nose and actually didn't need pain medication afterwards. That's a plus. He is really supposed to be off work this week too but the stubborn guy went today and was fine. So no more sick time for him!  That's a huge answer to prayer for him. He was going stir crazy around here. :)

My cousin Charissa had her biopsy done and everything …

Before and After...

{BEFORE SURGERY}




{AFTER SURGERY}



{ONE DAY AFTER SURGERY ~ PRAYER MATTERS!!!}

Gearing Up...

Gabriella goes in for surgery tomorrow (Tuesday at 11:00 am). Prayers welcome and appreciated! :) She will be in at least overnight and hopefully not longer. Just depends on how she does with everything. I have an amazing man that can step right in when I'm away but it's still not momma so I've tried to do some extra snuggling, reading, laughing and playing to tide them over until we return. :)

Our oldest, Zachary, had surgery last Friday and it was a bit more complex than he was expecting. After a couple of rough nights he is on the mend but it is v-e-r-y slow going. He returns Friday to have the contraption they put in his nose removed so I'm sure that may entail another couple of rough nights ahead due to pain. My boy is a worker and thought he'd be back to work by tomorrow but there is absolutely no way he could manage it. So he's stuck here at home for the next week or so. I'm sure he'd appreciate your prayers as well. :)

Ok, off to finish up getti…

The Path...

Your word is a lamp unto my feet  and a light for my path.  Psalm 119:105
How many times have you came up against a brick wall in your life and instead of running to God you've rushed straight to your best friend or your spouse or your parent? Ouch!
Why do we do that? I mean if we believe God's word is truth then we can see that He says His word will shine light onto our path. Now, have you ever walked on a path in the pitch darkness of night? Even if it's rather straight and smooth you are still hesitant and take slow steps unsure of where your feet may land. On the other hand, when you are walking at night with a trusty flashlight in your hands you feel as though you can take on the world, or at least, the path.  
Sometimes maybe we think we know the path well enough that we don't need a flashlight. We've walked the path numerous times with the flashlight so what's the point of carrying the heavy flashlight along anyways? We'll be fine...that is until we hear…

#4....

Four years ago today we met our little firecracker at the Philly Airport. She was 18 months old when she came "home".  In the first picture she is holding the picture that I had seen several months before I inquired about her. She was so adorable in her striped pants and fat cheeks! :)

The pink toy she brought home with her and must of had some sentimental value. She, of course, does not remember it but always excitedly takes it and snuggles it.

And lastly, adoption jewelry that was given to her when she first came home. Each time we show it to her but this year we felt she was able to have it and take good care of it. She was so excited! The bracelet has a charm with the word hope on it and a Bible verse. The necklace says "I will not leave you as orphans" and the Bible reference. I do believe these will be her favorite jewelry for awhile.

Happy Gotcha Day sweet girl!  So glad God has chosen us to be your momma and daddy!  We are truly the "lucky ones". 

You Just Have to Smile....

Well, this was going to be a post full of wonderful pictures of my beautiful treasures but Blogger isn't interested in helping me achieve that goal tonight! So.... just words for now but don't worry I'll be posting lots of pics soon cuz' I know you just can't get enough of those faces. :)
Gabriella is holding her own. Last week was a blur of trips to the doctors, hospitals, bloodwork, ultrasounds, CT Scans, more bloodwork (3 days to be exact), lots of phone calls, antibiotics, and adjusting medicines higher (doubling the doses)! Whew! She is scheduled for surgery on the 19th of October and will be in the hospital overnight maybe longer depending on how she does. The surgery will entail cutting into her stomach and then into her urether tube to extradite the large stone. Then a stent will be placed that will run from her kidney to her bladder. A small port will also be inserted to help with drainage and lastly, she will have a catheter inserted and a bag. :( She is s…

Gabriella....

After getting things in place to take Gabriella to the hospital and driving the 1 1/2 hours to get there they didn't know we were coming!! Oh my! Apparently, the doctor our pediatrician spoke with was no longer on duty and did not leave notes for the next shift. Hmmm... It was all good.  I can't rave enough about the wonderful, friendly nurses and doctors that we've always had at Hershey. They really take their time to listen to you and then to explain, in laymen's terms, what is going on. So after we went over her history again and again and again and again just one more time (LOL!) she slept soundly on the bed in the Emergency Room. :0) Suffice it to say that after consulting with the doctors the urologist felt it was best to just send us home so we could sleep in our own beds. We took Gabriella, her Minnie Mouse, the bag of stuff to keep her content in a hospital room, the folder of lab reports and scans and our sleepy selves and headed home. We arrived back home to a …

Oh Gabriella, Take Two...

Ok so here's the lowdown.... the pediatrician (who is amazing I might add!) called first thing this morning explaining the consensus of the the doctors. They feel she needs to be seen by an urologist and so now Ms. G has a total of 4 specialist under her belt! Lucky her...NOT! After several phone conversations I thought things were going to stay as they were but he surprised me by calling and asking me to get her to the hospital for a Cat Scan right now. What?! So my wonderful, gracious Ryan watched the other little's so I could take this little to the hospital. Doc called and after consulting the urologist they have decided she needs admitted to Hershey Medical Center. Apparently they need to drain her kidney or something of the sort. I'm sure I'll find out all the details, diagnoses, and next steps very soon. All I know is that all of her testing yesterday and todays scan were labeled as STAT.

So.....we are loading up and getting things prepared for momma to be away …

Oh Gabriella, Sweet Gabriella....

So...if you have been following my blog for long you know that our Gabriella has some medical issues that keep us on our toes. Basically, in a nutshell, if her bloodwork readings (which are done often!) are too high it is dangerous to her kidneys. Unfortunately, she does have damage to her kidneys at this point because of this very thing. If her bloodwork readings are too low it causes seizures and can lead to death. It is a very precarious balancing act of regular monitoring and adding and/or subtracting medication to equal the right numbers.

Gabriella, because of her disease and the necessary medication, has a high risk of kidney stones. Last year she passed a stone without as much as a whimper. We only knew she was passing a stone by the blood in her urine (as per the specialist). Afterwords, she began a new dance with a kidney specialist which included more bloodwork, ultrasounds, more medication and 12 hour urine analysis (oooh, so fun! NOT!) This is when she was diagnosed with …

Apple Pickin'

For the month of September we were studying all about apples during school time. We did lots of fun experiments and crafts. Not to mention all the books we read about apples, seeds, fruit, leaves, trees, etc. So for our Friday Fun day I found out that a local orchard allows you pick your own apples and I was all over that. Did I mention we live in Apple Country and have been buying apples from a local orchard just right down the road for weeks now? There is absolutely nothing like fresh picked fruit!! We've made and consumed a large batch of homemade applesauce (that would be 6 tupperware containers full!) So we needed more apples so we could make some more delectable applesauce. LOL! The weather had been chilly here for a couple of days and so I figured Friday would be about the same. HA! Nope. It was hot, hot, hot and poor little Nolan was sweating buckets. :)
The kids LOVED it and we filled 3 large bags full. The apples are cooking on the stove ready to be made into sauce. What…