Tuesday, October 31, 2006

AR visit

Friday, we went to Searcy for Harding's Homecoming. It is so neat to see how the campus has changed and see the alumni on campus. We walked around campus some and just hung around Terri's house most of the afternoon. It rained and then got very windy but we went to a pumpkin patch anyway. She loved playing with the little pumpkins. They were just her size. Terri had a few at her house and she played with them all weekend.
Friday night we went to LIttle Rock to the Baber's house to eat dinner with some friends. In attendance were: the Babers, Easons, Blounts, Bells, Thorntons, Siegels, Kempers, and us. There were kids everywhere. I didn't get a picture because it would have been a nightmare to try to round them all up and get them sitting for pictures. We did get pictures of the adults though. We had pizza and dessert and just visited for a few hours. Kayden got very tired and cranky, so that was our cue to go. Thank you everyone for a fun time. It was good to see you all again.
Saturday morning my dad and I ran in the bison stampede. Well, he ran, I ran and walked. It felt so good and the weather was perfect. I finished so I was proud of myself. We had a little bit of time to do some shopping in Searcy before the game. John, Kayden, myself and my parents all stayed at my sisters house. She has the cutest house and it was so nice to be able to stay with her and visit. At the game we saw many old friends. It was packed and the Bisons won in overtime! Go BISONS! After the game we had a little party for Kayden at Terri's house. Lots of friends came over to help us celebrate Kayden's birthday (early). Aunt Terri gave Kayden a sliver cup with "Kayden's first birthday" on it. Aunt Ashley Hilson gave her a candle bear that smells like baby powder and will keep her room smelling good.
It was fun to see all our friends and family this weekend. I know there are some I didn't get to see or visit long but hopefully next year we will have more time.
Thanks Aunt Terri for putting up with us and staying up with Kayden so I could get some sleep. We love you and miss you already.
Sorry this is such a long email but I tried not to leave anything out. It is always nice to see everyone and it is always nice to get home.



Road Trip

We are back from our road trip and I think I have caught up on sleep. We had a great time seeing family and friends (some for the first time). This will be a long post, so if you aren't interested in our weekend, I would turn back now. We left Wed. night and headed to TN to see the Hicks family. We got to see all our family and also our friends, the Ezells and their new addition, Austin Henry. He is the little boy in the picture with Kayden. He is so cute and we got to play with him for a little while. John ate lunch with Eric and Kayden and I ate lunch with Hannah at their school. Kayden loves her cousins. She will watch them play all day. She especially loves Laura and Hannah! They had a little party for her with cake and the trimmings. Aunt Mary bought her a chicken that plays music and she liked it from a distance. She didn't want it close to her at all. She got a new coat, hat and mittens from Grandmama and Paw Paw and a new red wagon from Uncle Tommy and Aunt Jennifer. (We haven't put it together, that is why there is no pictures yet.) She was a little shy about getting into the cupcake at first. All it took was one taste and she was in it up to her eyeballs. It was so much fun! We don't get to see our family up there much but when we do we always have a great time. Thanks you guys. We love you and miss you.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Go Bisons!


We are leaving for TN/AR tomorrow! We are planning to spend a day with John's family and Kayden will have one of her first birthday parties. Then on to Searcy, AR for Harding University Homecoming. We will be there all weekend. I am so excited about seeing my sister and all our college friends. Friday night we are getting together with a group of friends and eating dinner. It is so exciting to see what everyone is doing now.

I loved college. I loved the social life and living in the dorms. I had great roomies - Tiffany, Ashley and Angela. We had so much fun living together. So many memories were made during those 4 years.

John played football there and so it is fun to see the old football players and their families too. I love football season. The weather is so cool and the leaves are turning. If you are reading this and plan on being in Searcy, I look forward to seeing you.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

First Kiss




Last night we had some friends over for dinner and a movie. Brad and Patience have a little boy, Reagan who is 18 mo. After dinner they were both playing in the floor and Kayden got on her car and Reagan started pushing her. They played really well together. It is good for Reagan to get some practice because he will have a little brother or sister in May! We are so excited for them. Kayden has a fluffy pig, Nonna, and we will tell her to give it kisses and she hugs and kisses it. I wondered what she would do if I told her to give Reagan kisses...They both leaned in for a kiss and as you can see, Kayden grabbed his shirt ( I guess to make sure she gave him a good one). We started laughing so hard. She is already a flirt. She was flirting with some man in Chick fil a the other day. We will have to keep our eye on her!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Word Meanings

This has been passed on to me from Lindsey, so I am going to do my best. She has come up with words that she has made up and uses in her day to day. I am supposed to try to come up with the definition of these words. So, here it goes...

Pahreh-some organic dessert that takes like cardboard. Ex. John said, "This Pahreh takes like cardboard." (thought you would like that LIndsey :)

Bagadoo-to feel grumpy or lousy. Ex. I feel like a bagadoo.

Crankin- to get things moving, to hurry up. Ex. Let's this party crankin!

I am not very creative, so mine were boring, but Lindsey's were pretty good, if you want to check hers out. Or, you can come up with your own def. or words and pass along! Ilove fun games. I would come up with my own, but I really can't think of any words I have made up. I am pretty boring. Sorry

Monday, October 16, 2006

Smores, Reunions and Colds




















This has been our weekend...
Friday night my dad got the grill going and we had hotdogs, hamburgers and roasted marshmallows. Yummy! It was cool finally, so we had a good time sitting around and visiting. We visit a lot at my parents house. We love to sit around and talk and laugh (especially when my sister is there). I love my parents. They are so down to earth and so much fun to be around. I could have sat by the fire for hours, but Kayden needed her bed, so...

On Saturday we went to my Papa's family reunion. It is at his family's homestead and just his immediate family. I haven't been in a few years, so it is always interesting to see who shows up. We called my Papa's Momma, Old Granny. Not to be disrespectful, but my Mom's Mom was Granny, so it was just obvious, that the other Grandmother was the older Granny. Anyway, her name was Melissa (yes, my namesake). I remember sitting on her porch and brushing her long hair. I have so many memories of her and the farm. Her house isn't there anymore, but the memories are very vivid. We would go up there about every weekend and see my cousins too. We walked down the road to where their house was and it is all grown up now. Sad, but we had a good time remembering the good ole days. I know this probably isn't anything most of you care to read about but I felt like sharing...

Well, Sunday, Kayden woke up with a terrible runny nose, congestion, and drainage. YUCK!
I thought it might be sinus stuff first, but we both have it. Kayden slept most of the morning and I got to get some rest too. We have been keeping her on medicine which I am sure makes her drowsy. I hate to do that to her, but I thinks it helps her rest. Today has been the same pretty much. She gets very clingy when she doesn't feel good and very whiney. I have to remind myself she is feeling bad. Hopefully we will both be feeling better soon. We are going to go stir crazy if we dont' get out soon!!!!!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Parker Hendley website

I received a website that tells all about Parker and his progress. There are also a few pictures. It is below and a link to the right with the other blogs. You will have to go to visitors sign in and the site name is parkerhendley (one word).

www.caringbridge.org

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Good News on Parker

The doctors did a lot of tests on Parker on Monday to rule out any other syndrome or problems. The tests all came back negative. He doesn't have downs or any other syndrome. The problems are not genetic, either. Parkers disabilities are from his brain not developing. Although that is still very devastating, Parker will live even with those disabilities. My mom sounded very positive that he might go home sooner than they thought. He will probably still have a feeding tube, but he will get to home home with his family. I think this information has helped Angie and Donald. Parker will never be a typical little boy, but he will be surrounded by his wonderful family that will love him unconditionally.

Thank you so much for your prayers. I think it is obvious that the prayers lifted up in Parker's behalf have worked. I know the Hendley's would thank you too. I will update when I hear anything else.

Monday, October 09, 2006

New toys



We bought Kayden some new toys this weekend so thought I would share some pictures. She loves being outside and we have been out everyday on the swing. When she plays in the living room the first thing she does is go for the car. I guess John and I did a good job picking them out! She is 11 months now. It is so hard to belive that. It makes me a little sad, but I know she is going to be doing so many new things and she will continue to bring joy and laughter to our life.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Parker update

I talked to mom just a few minutes ago and she is just now on her way home from Macon visiting with the Hendley's. She said they had a great time and think it helped lift Angie's spirits a little. Angie is still in a lot of pain, physically, but is taking pain medication (thank goodness for some pain medicine)!
Mom said they all cried when she first got there and Angie was updating them, but after that they just tried to keep her mind off of things. There are a few good things and some still up in the air. Here is what Mom told me.
Angie is pumping and they are giving that milk to Parker through the feeding tube! She is still trying to get him to suck and is very hopeful he will make progress soon.

He is moving a little, like his mouth and eyes.

The doctors have said he does not have down syndrome but they are running other tests to find out exactly what syndrome he does have.

The right side of his brain did not develope which I found out controls motor skills. That is why he isn't moving arms and legs much.

He is still having bowel movements and peeing.

He has only lost a few ounces.

Angie gets to hold him pretty much as often as she wants to. Mom said this has eased her peace of mind a little, but of course is still concerned.

The doctors still cannot tell them what he will be capable of when he is released. They would like him to be able to suck and breath at the same time and also swallow before he is released. He could go home with a feeding tube and they will administer his nourishment that way.

I ask that you pray for these doctors that are doing the tests on Parker and that everyday he will improve in some area. Pray for Angie and Donald that they will have some peace of mind and be able to get some sleep. Pray for Angie's physical healing-having a c-section isn't the easiest thing in the world. Pray for Lauren as she is away from her mommy, daddy, and brother often. Pray that God will heal this little boy and he will have the best life possible.

Thank you so much for your prayers. I know the Hendley's will appreciate it. I have put the address of where they are staying if you would like to send them a card. It is in another post below.

Date Night

Last night my parents kept Kayden (overnight) and JOhn and I went out on a date. Our dates are by no means extravagant but it is just us having a good time. We ate seafood and planned on going to a movie. We had some time to kill so we went to Home Depot to look for Kayden a swing. They didn't have one so we just walked around. We decided we didn't really want to go to a movie so we went to Toys R Us. We had so much fun picking out things for Kayden. We found a swing and also got her a little car she can ride or push. I was so excited.

We needed some dessert so we went to Steak n Shake...it took forever in the drive-thru so if you know my husband you can only imagine how entertaining he was while we waited. We laughed so hard.

It made me think about our days at Harding when we were dating. We had such a good time with very little worries or cares. Don't get me wrong, I love my life now and my daughter is the most wonderful thing onthis earth. I just like to reminise.

When my mom brought her back we had put her toys together and hung her swing up. I think I was more excited than she was. She loves her swing. She is still trying to figure the care thing out. But she likes it. It is going to be so much fun to pick out birthday and Christmas presents.

The weather here is wonderful. Probably in the sixties. I think we are going to get out and go to town with my Granny. I will post some pictures this weekend of her new toys.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Prayer Works

Before I begin I would like to say that the info I am receiving is from my mom who has been in contact with a family member. I know that the info is correct, I just don't know specifics.
Angie made it to Macon safely yesterday and got to hold Parker for a few hours. He is not on a respirator but still needs the feeding tube. He was not able to suck or swallow as of yesterday. Today the doctors met with the family and I think were able to give them better news. They said he is now stable, but the right side of the brain did not develop completely. (I am not sure what all that controls) They didn't have a lot of news except that it looks like he will be able to go home in two weeks. After that, they really didn't know how he would do. I don't think they could really tell what all he would be able to do in the future, if anything. Sorry this is such a vague post...this is as much as I have been told. As I said before, this is coming through 3 people, so hopefully I will not have anything mixed up.
Angie did try to nurse him and she thought he sucked a little. He has also had a bowel movement and urinated. Those are good signs that some of his organs are working.
My mom is going tomorrow to see them, so I hope Angie will be able to tell her more details.

Thank you so much to those of you who have passed this story on. I know it will mean so much to them.
Angie and Donald were able to get into the Ronald McDonald house and here is the address if you would like to send cards.

Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia
Angie and Donald Hendley
1160 Forsyth St.
Macon, GA 31201

I will post more tomorrow. Please keep praying! It seems like over the past 24 hours the news hasn't gotten worse, so keep praying.

Deuteronomy 31:6
"Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Latest news on Parker...

Unfortunately, there isn't any good news about baby Parker. The doctors have now determined he is deaf, he is on oxygen and can no longer eat through a feeding tube. He seems to be getting worse. My mom saw Angie and she is struggling to keep it together. Donald is still with Parker and Angie is planning on going up there tomorrow. She is having trouble keeping food down and along with the pain from surgery, is hurting physically as well. Donald has had to make decisions today on his own and is not doing well emotionally either. Please keep this family in your prayers. I know they will appreciate the thoughts and prayers of those they don't even know. Please keep Lauren, their daughter, in your prayers also. Thanks for checking the website.

Baby Parker update...

Parker was sent to see a specialist about two hours away. The doctors now have said that Parker's problems go way beyond downs. They think he might have had a stroke and had some siezures even in the womb. He is also partly brain dead. This is much more worse than the doctors originally thought. My mom was going up to see Angie after school. Donald is in Macon with Parker. Parker will be in the hospital for at least two more weeks. Please, Please keep praying for this family. I know this has to be a rough time for them. I will update when I find out more. Please pass this on if you will.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Prayer Request

I have seen through another family very recently the power of prayer and I ask that you keep this family in your prayers. My friend and my mom's fellow teacher, Angie, went into the hospital today to have her baby. It was a scheduled C-section, and Parker was born about 12:30 today. We went to see them tonight and when we got there they had just told them that he probably had down syndrome. They are obviously surprised and upset and I ask that you say a special prayer for them. Angie and Donald have a 3 year old daughter, Lauren. They are a sweet family and followers of Christ. They told us he may have to be taken to another hospital also. That is about all I know, but I will update more tomorrow. Please pass this info on to any other prayer warriors. Thanks.

Jacksonville Beach Pictures

Beach Bums


We had another great weekend at the beach...We went down Sunday to see our friends, Chad, Lindsey, Shepherd and Rauly Eason. We went to church then to eat seafood. The weather was wonderful on Sunday and we spent about two hours playing in the sand and water. It was so nice to spend some time with them. We don't get to see them very often so when we get together it is extra special.
After we had all had enough sun we went to a shopping center and looked there. We had dinner together and then it was time to say our goodbyes. Thanks so much for a great day. We love you guys and can't wait to see you again in a few weeks.

I should have talked about this first but on Saturday I had two baby showers to attend. My friends, Tessa and Sara are both due in Nov. I think they are both going to be early though. It was good to see some old faces and talk about new babies coming into their lives. My friend Summer spent the night with me and we stayed up and chatted Friday night like old times. She is in Atlanta now, so we don't see each other too often. I miss her being so close but makes our get to gether that much more exciting.

I conquered a milestone today...I ran 1.8 miles! My goal is 3 miles, so I am over half way there.
Thanks to those encourage me on a daily basis to keep it up. It means so much to me.