Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sweet Mackenzie

I wanted to give everybody an update on this precious little girl. These pictures were taken of Amanda and MacKenzie about a week ago and I just wanted to share them with you. She has had a pretty rough week, but she is one little fighter! Earlier this week, the doctors discovered some other issues with her heart that are keeping blood from being pumped to the rest of her body. A few days ago, the doctors had to do emergency surgery to remove her colon, because it had lost its blood supply.

Here she is with all of her "gear" on post-surgery.

At one point this week, the doctors gave her a 1% chance of making it through the day. Against all odds, she not only made it through the day, but she is remaining stable and even getting a little stronger. For this blessing, we are so very thankful.
Please continue to pray for MacKenzie and for her family. Specifically,we are praying that she would stay free of infection and continue getting stronger so that she can have her heart surgery soon. Please also pray for MacKenzie and her family as she is fitted for a colostomy tomorrow. I know this will be an adjustment for everybody.

Also, several of you have asked how you can help. This touches our hearts more than you can imagine, especially since none of you have even met Amanda or MacKenzie. I have spoken with Amanda and have found a few ways that we can help. If you are interested, please let me know and I would be more than happy to give you more details.
Thank you again for your prayers. This beautiful little girl has already found a special place in our hearts and she has changed our lives in so many ways. We are completely and overwhelmingly in love with her.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Snowy Day and a Sweet Friend

My sweet friend Michelle took these pictures to document our snow day. She was dropping off a Sonic Drink and snack on my front porch when she took them. Is that sweet or what?

The next day, I decided to venture out and take some pictures myself! Isn't it beautiful?

Happy Snow Day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Update on Mackenzie and Amanda

First of all, I want to thank you for your prayers. Thank you for the texts, the phone calls, and for loving my family. Mackenzie is in the NICU, but she is stable. She is 5 lbs. 7 oz. She cried when she was born, which is GREAT news! Amanda hemorrhaged severely after the C- Section and they ended up having to do a complete hysterectomy to stop the bleeding. She received 100% of her blood volume through transfusion, but is now stable and recovering. Please continue to keep her and Mackenzie in your prayers and please join me thanking God that both of them are on the "other side" of this.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

baby Mackenzie

I wanted to post a little something asking for prayers. My cousin Amanda is scheduled for a C-section tomorrow. Mackenzie is scheduled to make her debut at around 1:30. We would really appreciate your prayers. Specifically, we are asking for prayers for a C-section without any complications and for MacKenzie to be stable enough for them to not have to do open heart surgery until she is at least a few weeks older. Thank you for your prayers!
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you:
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned: the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Isaiah 43:2-3

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Beautiful Blogger Award!

My sweet friends Michelle and Chani gave me this very fun and sweet award! Thanks ladies! The two of them actually have blogs that I LOVE to can click on the link if you want to see them.:)
The point of this award is to share 7 seven things about yourself that people may or may not know and then pick 7 friends to also give this award too. What a fun idea, huh?
And now for the seven things...drum roll please.:)
1. I used to be REALLY messy and a HUGE procrastinator. Those of you who work with me now probably have a hard time believing this... Now, I'm practically obsessive. I can't stand a dirty dish in the sink or an unorganized drawer ( it doesn't mean that it never just REALLY bothers me now). The only thing that I don't do is make my bed. I don't understand the point. I'm just going to unmake the next time I walk in the room. Are there any other non-bedmakers out there? Or am I the only one?
2. I HATE scary movies. I mean REALLY hate... I'm super jumpy...which is not a good thing when watching scary movies (or opening crescent rolls...I don't do that either...the "pop" startles me too much). When I was growing up, I fell out of my seat and landed in my nachos on the floor when the T-Rex came into the control room in Jurassic Park. When I saw SCREAM for the first time in high school, I sat next to the guy I had a crush on and he got up and moved to another seat because I kept screaming...oops...but I'm a great date for a romantic comedy.;)
3. I take gummy vitamins and I prefer my steak medium rare. A few months ago, I bought some gummy vitamins at the grocery store. A lady there asked me about my children. I lied to her and told her I had a kindergartner. It's kind of true, right? I didn't feel like saying that they were for me and risking the LOOK that would immediately follow my response. And I only eat medium rare steaks at nice restaurants...
4. I have lots of favorites. Here are a few of my favorite things in no particular order:
the color yellow, eating fish and spinach, playing Chopin on the piano, traveling, my GI-normous collection of holiday socks that I never wear, going to Mavs games, eating Ben and Jerry's cake batter ice cream, getting flowers, watching NCIS on Video on Demand, reading books by John Case, and hula hooping. Yes, I love to hula hoop. I was the Kern County Champion in 3rd grade and I still love to hula hoop. Don't judge...
5. Karson and I kiss after every prayer...well almost every prayer. We don't kiss in church.:) My parents did that and my grandparents did that. It's a tradition. In fact, I don't think it ever occurred to me that it wasn't normal until K and I got married. He was a little confused...So if you ever see us smooching after a pre-dinner prayer, you will now know why.
6. I'm VERY accident prone. I seem to attract danger. Sometimes it makes for a good laugh and for a good story and sometimes, IT IS REALLY ANNOYING! If you see a spill, I'm probably to blame. I've been in earthquakes in Alaska, L.A., Bakersfield, and Taiwan ( I was in a nude Hot Springs for this one...ladies only mom, don't times...) I started a fire in Home-Ec and knocked my sewing machine onto the floor and broke it. I've been stung by numerous jellyfishes on numerous occasions on numerous islands. Then there was the time that I was face-to-face in a courtroom with a murderer from America's Most Wanted. How exciting...
7. I can't think of anything else.
Now, I have the privilege of passing this award onto 7 friends and fellow bloggers. This is going to be a really hard task!
Here we no particular order.:)
2. Alli
3. Lane
7. Lori
I can't wait to learn 7 new things about you!