Elisha has been released from the hospital today, he is loving his grandparents here.
He was on morphine almost all night, and is still eating from his cleft lip bottle + nipple, which is very painful to do, but he is well and healthy. They want us to stay close to the Stollery so he can be closely monitored for how clean and non-infections. But we are praying for no pain and no infections. The stitches are out in 6 days, we are aiming for health and good sleeping the entire time
This morning, John Mark was holding Elisha, walking around the corridors of the Stollery, I ran up to see them, and Elisha smiled. It was the first new smile I had seen of his; his muscles, I could tell were numb on some sides, and he didn’t quite know how to use all the newly fused muscles, but it was a smile of greeting, and boy did he know how to light Mee up. His smile was so new, so fresh, but it was the light in his eyes that lit his whole face up. He lit up the nurses faces whenever they So Elisha was released this morning! We are going to the place we are staying in Sherwood Park. He was on Morphine almost all night, so I have been praying for his pain tolerance.
But right now he is sleeping, and will wake up in a little bit to eat again. He eats the same way, with his lips around his bottle, but I’m sure it’s painful. Although I believe he has some mighty angels around him ;)were near-he is the kind of person that encourages Mee to Love well. It is a good reminder that you don’t have to be a certain age, or body type (as he is living proof) to love others well. You just have to be yourself and shine from the inside out. #lovewell #littlelishabigheart
The nurse walked down the hallway and said, “Is this your son?” John Mark and I looked at each other and said “I think so!?” He looked completely different. Not just different. But beautiful. The recovery has been hard but he is breathing and well,
Surgery morning! This is the day we have been working towards with all of our weekly visits, it feels surreal that we are finally here at this date. Elisha is going into surgery around 9:30 am and will be going for lip repair. Mom (as in Mee) is a little nervous, I want to cry already, but I am so grateful that he is in such good hands. Dr Wilkes is our surgeon and stopped in on us on Monday to see how Elisha was doing. He told us that he knows what he is doing when it comes to this first surgery and told us Elisha would do very well. I haven’t had many surgeons do that, it was very soothing. We have been through this surgery (10 years ago) but somehow it feels completely new. I keep thinking about something Danny Calhoun said, “I have trust in you Jesus, you know what your doing…do what your doing, because I know you will do it well.” If I am going to put my trust somewhere, I am trying not to put it in fear. I think it would be easy to do that right about now, but instead, I am going to put my trust in something beneficial to Mee and for my family. Think on that this morning for you, and your life. Today put your trust in what matters.
We had SO SO much fun today as this was our FIRST year in a Christmas Parade in Peace River! All 5 of us were in it, we even had little ‘Lisha out waving. Did you make it out to the parade tonight? What was your favorite float? I think mine was the UFO landing in the Forrest or the Boxes full of lights-they were awesome!
I think it was so much fun to get out and see all the kids and hand out Candy. My favorite was the little blonde haired boy that told Mee, “I’ll take whatever you can give me. If you have Candy, I’ll take that. But if you have cash I’ll take that too!!” That made my night I rubbed his head and said “HOHOHO, you better have been a good little boy for Santa!!” He looked at Mee with big eyes and we both laughed!
If there is a chance for you to get out in the community and have a float, take the chance! Love on the people in your community, and maybe you’ll get to meet the next future comedian rockstar, but for now he is asking you for cash ;)
My hot husband ;) When your married to a photographer you “sometimes” get a photo taken of yourself-he puts up with it well though, don’t you think?
Our little angel. 6 days from today he will be recovering after his first surgery. We will be in the city from Dec 2-13 for his operations, so we are getting ready, lots to do, lots to think of, plan for and pray for. This surgery will be to close & repair his lips and then the second surgery on the 11th will be to remove the sutures. Jeremiah was 6 weeks old when he had this procedure done, and with Elisha, he will be 18/19 weeks old, so looking forward to see if there is a difference in the procedures and ages.
One of my friends asked Mee how I felt about the upcoming surgery and I stopped and was kind of surprised since that was the first time someone had asked Mee about it. I stopped and thought for a brief second, all the worries, concerns, things that needed to be done and figured out first (like where we were going to sleep, where we were going to get food for everyone, organising work projects back home,) and of course the slew of daily life that needed to be paused. But then I remembered all the things we have to be thankful for and I replied to my friend, “There are lots of things I could worry about, but I am going to choose to focus on the things that bring Hope. Right now Hope is what we need to get to the other side.” She answered, “Yes, hope is important” and her saying that made Mee get really excited.
Hope is the key ingredient to help anyone get through the season of life they are in.
So, I encourage you…give Hope to someone. Hope comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes, from generosity to a smile and a wink. Give some away, and it will return to you once you need it. Kinda like a boomerang, except this is the kind of stuff you want coming back time and time again ;)
I met my caffeinated twin today ;) tee hee what’s your favorite coffee or latte right now?
Just in case you were wondering…Miah finally found his coat today! We couldn’t find it for the last 5 days and today, as I am driving him to school (and reminding him to check at school for his coat) he looks in his pencil pocket of his backpack and found it crunched up in a ball! A) I don’t know how he fit it in there, B) I should be after him for loosing it, but I am just so glad he found it. What a boy! He said, “Mom! At least when I lost this, I was the one to find it!” Yes yes indeed…now if everything else could be like that as well
In this little space I got, I don’t know how much I love u but it’s an aweful lot
Don’t wear a long face
Someone just LOVES the home made blanket that his Nana made him! Thank you Nana! We love it!! His room is dinos too! How did you know?
Everyday we look at these pictures, pray for our friends to have an amazing day, and talk with our kids about the great memories we have had together! I want your pictures on my fridge this year too! Send us one to be included! Message Mee for our address if you want to send us one…can’t wait to see the unique photos you guys come up with this year!
What a run in Edmonton looks like on a handsome bearded man
So so so so excited I get to be at a training weekend for the next three days with Rhonda Calhoun and her beautiful helpers