It was a great trip!
Monday, November 30, 2009
It was a great trip!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Erin, Jens and Katelyn I am so thankful for you!
Now for tomorrow since I won't be on the computer, I am thankful mostly above all else for my salvation. God is so kind and so gracious to us through his loving kindness of sending his son, God in flesh, to come live a perfect life and to die as an atonement for our sins. He made a way for us when he didn't have too. For that, I am most thankful on Thanksgiving and every day.
So in recap: (Not in order of importance but of listing!)
2. Holly, Clee and Payton
3. HAFBC Student Ministry
4. Blake and Owen
5. Our friends, the Bates' and the Avra's
9. Pete, Whitney, Tracey and Matt
10. Texas Children's Hospital
12. Friends from out of state
13. Good health
14. Time with family
15. Jean and Tom
I really could keep going...there are so many things I am thankful for. But for your sake...I won't!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Now there's an "innie!" And still some sticky from the bandage...I HAVE bathed him...just can't keep him pinned down to work on the sticky!
Glad to be together again
Just to make you smile...Blake and Dada
Friday, November 20, 2009
Today, I am thankful for good health. While being at the hospital yesterday I was reminded of how blessed the 4 of us really are. I saw so many sick, sick, kiddos. Owen has had to have surgery twice, but for some of these kids this was the 4th, 5th, or even into the double digits. I am so grateful that we have had as much good health as we have. I am so thankful for that.
The surgery went great. He was pretty subdued last night and really snugly! He slept great and has only had Tylenol this morning. He is already back to stealing Blake's toys :).
Speaking of Blake...he had a great day yesterday. He went over the the Bates' house and had Mrs. Ann and sweet Molly girl to play with all day. Apparently he had so much fun that when Daddy went to pick him up...he screamed and clung to Ann, then to Molly, not wanting to leave. He then came home FULL, and I mean FULL, of energy...he was making laps in the house!
I will post a picture of Owen's belly pre-op soon...many of you have asked what/why we were operating on it...so you can see for yourself!
Thanks for the thoughts and prayers!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
I am singing that in my head because I totally missed yesterday in my challenge!
But today I am back on and will hit it off with two things I am thankful for!
Thing 1: This will seem a little silly...but Texas Children's Hospital! Not only did they save Blake and Owen, but my pediatrician works for them also. And I think she is the best in the world! Today the boys had an appointment and she told me that she would be praying for Owen this Thursday when he has surgery (yes, O's having surgery :)). Anyways...how awesome is that?
She also likes to tell me all the time that they are miracles and I completely agree! TCH has also allowed us to continue to meet other couples with TTTS. I was recently introduced to a new family, the Caskey's, who have TTTS.
Actually, TCH didn't introduce us, but one of my former students from Charlotte, Rachel, who is actually now grown and married! Anyways because of TCH doing a wonderful job with getting the word about TTTS out, Rachel had followed the boys story. A few weeks ago her dear friend, Kelley, found out she was having twins and that they had TTTS. Rachel remembered my story, got in touch with me and got me in touch with her. I was then able to get them in touch with the team here, the best ones in the world!, and they are here today and having surgery tomorrow.
They are in town from Spartanburg, SC. They are getting consultation today and more than likely will have surgery tomorrow at TCH. Please pray for them their names are Jonathan and Kelley. Their twin boys are Owen and Rhys. They also have a 1 and 3 year old little girls who are back in SC. Please pray for this sweet family during this time. We know that God is able to save and heal! Thanks friends.
and for my #2: Blake finally is OVER 20LBS! Whohoo! 20Lbs 8 1/2oz! Big boy!!!!!!!!!!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Pete, Whitney, Tracey and Matt.
Since I am the youngest by a few years and both Pete and Tracey got married before 22...I have know their significant others for YEARS! So, they feel real and not just "in law."
So today I want to say thank you to them! I am thankful to be so close with my siblings. We all lead busy lives and live apart but it never seems to make it weird...I still feel just as close to them as I did growing up.
Thank you for being great examples in marriage to Nate and me.
Thank you for letting me be a part of your kids lives - I really have the best nieces and nephews ever!
Thank you for taking trips to Houston to see us and be here when the boys were born.
Thank you for loving Nate, Blake and Owen.
Thank you for always including me when I was a kid.
Pete, thanks for teaching me to wrestle.
Tracey, thanks for letting me borrow your clothes when we were growing up!
Whitney, thanks for celebrating a good deal/something you got on sale with me.
Matt, thanks for being the only other person in our family to talk sports with!
Love you guys!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Thank you Steve, Stefanie, Patrick and Ty Erb.
These are some friends of ours from church. Steve and Stefanie serve in the student ministry with us. They have two sons Patrick, who is a junior in high school, and Ty who is almost 11 months old! They are an amazing couple. They are so giving, caring, and kind. When we first got to know them in the summer of 2007, Steve was overseas serving (I think in Iraq...dont quote me.) He had just become a Christian and was over there as a missionary of sorts. He got to come home they had little Ty, and is now up again. He will be leaving next fall. Just last week I sat with Stefanie at Bible Study as we talked about all the things they had planned to do next year because it would be Patrick's last year at home...and now Steve won't be there. But they have amazing perspective even as they told our class on Sunday as Steve said proudly - "It's my turn!"
So many of these families sacrifice so much from their lives, to time away from their families...all for us. To that I say thank you!! Thank you Steve, thank you Erb family, and thank you all who serve so selflessly.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
And that brings me to my thankful list for November 10. Today I am thankful for the Avra and the Bates families.
I called Donna who tends to always be the one to run to the rescue. She was there in no time flat. I initially called her to ask her to take my groceries to her house so they didn't ruin and instead in true Donna form, she took the groceries and the boys to my house! Later that afternoon after we dropped the car off at the dealership we called to tell her we were coming home to which she said, you guys go get some coffee or a bite to eat. I got the boys! She's awesome. Thank you Donna Avra for being like family to us.
While I called Donna, Nate called Tim. He was initially calling him because besides being our friend he is our insurance guy. Nate wanted to double check about towing. Tim, also decided to go above and beyond. He showed up at HEB ready to jump the car. Luckily it was just the battery and he had it running in a few minutes. Who else leaves work in the middle of the day to come help you? Tim Bates does. Thank you Tim for being like family to us.
All of this happened in less time than it took Nate to drive from Conroe. So thanks to Donna we were able to spend a few minutes just the two of us on what also happened to be the 5th anniversary of our first date! It was a little different 5 years ago...
Monday, November 9, 2009
It doesn't hurt that people always tell me that they are the happiest, smiliest babies around!
Thanks for being mine, buddies!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Our family has been so blessed by this church. They took amazing care of us last year and have continued to love on us. Mostly they adore Blake and Owen. Last night we had a bonfire for the seniors. Nate and I have the privilege of "directing" this class. They really don't need directing. We have an amazing group of students and an amazing group of co-leaders. We had so much fun as Blake and Owen were handed from person to person. They got all sorts of treats, got to run around in the country and fell asleep on a hayride. Every single student there held them, played with them and loved on them.
We are so thankful for the student ministry at HAFBC because they feel way more like family than friends. And who knew 17-18 year olds were so loving :)
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Heston clan, my family is so thankful for your family. We are thankful that you are willing to stay at our house until midnight to let me almost beat Holly at Phase 10. That you love Blake and Owen. That you invest in our lives. That we can talk about serious, silly and everything in between. That you are examples to us on how to love one your family and others. That you will be friends for life!
Friday, November 6, 2009
The horse in action.
So, now I challenge you to do the same. You don't have to blog it...but do it!