Thursday, February 24, 2011

Surgery Day

We made it safely to the hospital just
after six and got settled in for surgery.
We didn't win anything with our Timmies
but, other than that, the rest of the day
was pretty darn amazing.

One good thing about doing all these
surgeries now is that Jude won't remember
any of this and he doesn't really understand
what's going on. For instance, I'm pretty
sure he thought we were just visiting the
most awesome playland this morning...
Just whippin' up a little somethin'

Such a dude :)

Boys will be boys...

Hotdog, anyone??

Peek-a-boo! I see you...two!

Really, could he be any cuter?
I'm pretty sure I just want to eat him up :)

Kisses from Mommy
(How embarrassing!)

Hugs from Daddy

And it's off to the O.R.!

10-1 = 9

As he slowly came out of the anesthetic haze, Jude
gave everyone the stink eye. He was so grouchy!
It was actually kind of funny because it was so
out of character for him...

...but it didn't last long.
Within the first hour Jude tugged/kicked/picked
all his monitors off and was peaking around
the recovery room charming all the nurses and
other patients. He's such a schmoozer!
And here he is 'fishing' with his blood
pressure monitor leads...ha!

I have everything I need...
Can I go home now?

Yes! We can go home!

Thank you to everyone who was thinking of us
and praying for our family today. We saw God's
hand on Jude's life in so many ways today and we
truly believe that your prayers are shaking the heavens
on his behalf. We are so thankful to have you on this
journey with us. We couldn't do it without you.
And we couldn't do it without Him...

When I was desperate, I called out,
and God got me out of a tight spot.
God's angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray.
Open your mouth and taste,
open your eyes and see—

how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.
~Psalm 34:1-8~

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Picture a Day: February 13-19

February 13, 2011
Love this crazy crew!

February 14, 2011
Valentines Day:

no sleep because of teething and fever
no nap
4+ hours of driving
2+ hours of waiting
3 vials of blood
10 ECG leads to place and remove
1 chest x-ray


your prayers
& God's amazing grace


One superstar of a patient who didn't
flinch, cry, or squirm during any of it!

Thank you all for your prayers and support.
For keeping our precious boy covered and
blessed. We truly saw your prayers in action.
Jude's surgery is set for the 24th, at 11am.

February 15, 2011
The snow that is piling up is always good for some fun.

February 16, 2011
Although Jude has been eating with a
fork and spoon for quite awhile already, he
prefers to eat his oatmeal with his bare hands.
Dig in?

February 17, 2011
Peter brought this pot of goodness
home and every time I look at it I'm
reminded of my Opa...and that spring
is right around the corner!

February 18, 2011
7 degrees.
In the middle of February.
Insane...and amazing!
(click on photo to get a good look at all the fun)

February 19, 2011
The very. next. day.
-7 degrees
I know it's officially still winter, for like
another two months here, but somehow this
just doesn't seem very fair.

So we'll just dress up and do battle indoors today :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Picture a Day: February 6-12

February 6, 2011
Homemade applespice cupcakes with brown
sugar and cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
For breakfast.
Sometimes you just have to break the rules.

February 7, 2011
The kids got this game from their aunt and
uncle for Christmas. We play it like 5 times
a week. And they 're still not sick of it.
Thanks a lot... I think?
February 8, 2011
This girl is such a princess.
Also, it's getting very hard for her to eat :)

February 9, 2011
Busy at work making valentines for school friends.

February 10, 2011
Two weeks until his amputation.
I sure am going to miss that cute little thumb :(

February 11, 2011
Baking cookies for Valentines day.
(click on photo to see it larger - so much sweetness!)

February 12, 2011
Making soup for Sunday.
We're so Dutch :)

A Picture a Day: February 1-5

February 1, 2001
This boy really is the sweetest thing.

February 2, 2011
Snow day!!

February 3, 2011
A week later, these birthday flowers from
our dearest friends are still filling my
home and heart with joy.

February 4, 2011
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all peoples see his glory.

~Psalm 97:6~

February 5, 2011
This handsome lad is growing up much too fast!
(And looking more and more like his daddy
each day...melt my heart)