Friday, August 31, 2007

Halfway Home

I spoke with Mom awhile ago and our conversation was wonderful. They are doing very well…all three of them! Mom and Dad were in Mississippi when I called them, but they’ll be spending the night in Alabama. Their goal is to leave early enough in the morning that they can drive the remaining eight hours home and still arrive here mid-to-late afternoon. Mom really wants to be able to attend church on Sunday.

Qavah continues to bond with Mom and Dad. Mom said she is very smart, musical, and has a joyful laugh that,, “I am going to love.” I’m sure Qavah’s presence and spirit is going to bless many people right away.

Mom bought Qavah some shoes with buckles, and handed them to Qavah, thinking she would just play with them. Well, her little tongue started to stick out and she got this real serious look on her face. About ten minutes later, Qavah said, “Look, Mommy!” Mom turned around and Qavah had figured out how to do the buckle on the shoe! Mom said she took lots of pictures, and since they are digital, I might be able to post at least one tomorrow night.

I cannot believe it is already Friday night. A big thank you to everyone who came and helped me this week. Today, I had two different ladies arrive in “shifts” to help me babysit Annelise. I also had a family from our church help Paul Burton and I mulch and clean the house. Everyone who has come to visit has done so with joy and a servant’s heart. I have seen Jesus in you and I hope you were blessed being in our home. Another big thank you to everyone who has prayed for us. There have been so many answers to prayers this week! As our journey continues, we look forward to sharing with you the delights of getting to know our newest family member…

Comments:
  1. Carrie Thompson Says:

    Hi Katy,
    Thanks for the update. I am eagerly checking the blog for a little more information about Qavah! :-) Can’t wait to see ya’ll Sunday.
    ~Carrie

  2. Ib & Patricia Says:

    What joy in the Lord! Relax and enjoy and being ready to see what God has in store for each of you!!
    Patricia

  3. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Katy dear, it seems this has been a good week for you and has gone faster than you anticipated. PTL! And blessings on all who helped you, and especially on you and P. B. for doing the mulch and house cleaning. Now everyone is free to play with the new sister/daughter!

    I’m praying that Qavah will sleep in her car seat a good bit of the travel time, so that the trip will not seem so long and weary to her. Every little bit we learn about her is really special! I’m coming to your church on Sunday, too!!! DON’T I WISH! Love, Aunt Lil

  4. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Oops! Semantic error! I should have said the week had gone faster than you “expected”… anticipation is something good you want to happen. I was corrected on that misusage by a college professor in a English comp course about a thousand years ago… :-) )) Aunt Lil

  5. Jes Says:

    Hey Guys!
    I had to run to Food Lion this evening and as I passed your house I noticed the pink balloons and the ‘it’s a girl’ sign! It totally brought a smile to my face - to think of you turning into your driveway and having those balloons be the first thing that Qavah sees! I’m sure you all are worn out - we hope to see you tomorrow am! Congratulations and welcome home Qavah!

    Love ya!
    Jes

  6. Karen Tillman Says:

    Katy,
    I am jsut dying to see the pictures!!! I will be praying for easy travel, and a safe journey to continue.
    God Bless You All
    Karen Tillman

Thursday, August 30, 2007

New and Joyful Beginnings

My evening with Fairlgiht was delightful! We were able to clean the fridge and polish the silver while catching up. Thank you, Fairlight, for your help and company!

It is 10:00pm and I just finished talking with Mom. Since, it’s only 9:00pm there, they were finishing their shopping trip at Wal-Mart before heading back to the hotel. I could hear Qavah in the background. The two girls (mom and daughter) were laughing, because Qavah had hiccups. Our conversation was short, but my heart is overflowing with God’s goodness.

Dad and Mom spent the entire day with Qavah at the foster family’s home. Tonight for dinner, they had real, Louisiana gumbo! Mom said it was delicious. Dad finished packing and loading all of Qavah’s toys and belongings. Then, when it was time for Mom and Dad to leave, the foster mom turned to Qavah and said, “Well, are you ready to go now? Give me kisses.” Qavah gave the foster mom kisses, jumped into Dad’s (Paul’s) arms, and exclaimed, “Come on Daddy!” The foster mom turned to Mom and said, “This has got to be the Lord! It’s like He has whispered to Qavah that you are now her parents.” I asked Mom, “So Qavah has bonded with you?” She replied, “Oh yes!”

Comments:
  1. Karen Tillman Says:

    Katy,
    I was truly touched by Qavah’s response to your parents, and i know you are just dying to get your arms around her too. I will be praying that all will continue to go well.
    Love
    karen Tillman

  2. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! Oh, my goodness! Lord, how You have answered our prayers beyond our highest dreams. Paul, if you didn’t get a leap of joy in your heart when Qavah said “Come on, Daddy!” you’re not the man I’m sure you are! I’d have been crying buckets. Dawn, how wonderful to have that time with her in the hospital! You will be truly bonded together when you get home! In fact, Qavah may have trouble sharing HER daddy and mama with the other siblings! What wonderfully exciting times. We’ll all be praying you home safely. Love, Aunt Lil

  3. Julie Says:

    My heart is smiling for all of you. Seems Qavah is already a part of your loving family. Enjoy your new journey together.

  4. Bob, Amy, Emily, Meredith and Abby Says:

    What a sweet beginning! I am so glad that all went well with the foster family releasing her to Paul and Dawn. And it sounds like Qavah was ready to go with her new Daddy and Mommy! God is so good! This story of His goodness made me cry this morning! Love to you all. We can’t wait to meet Qavah. It won’t be long now……

    Love,
    Bob, Amy and the girls

  5. Jim & Lynda Says:

    This is such an answer to the fervent prayers of so many. We thank you and praise You Lord.

  6. Jenice Says:

    I second Jim and Lynda, answered prayer! The Lord has undoubtedly told Qavah who you are and whose she is! Praise God. Continued joy and blessings be upon you all.
    Jenice

  7. Doris Harriff Says:

    Oh, what an exciting response! I’m sure this has produced tears among a lot of people!

    Aunt Doris

  8. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    If only people would jump into the waiting arms of their heavenly Father with such quick enthusiasm! What a picture! We are all anxiously awaiting your return and can’t wait to meet Qavah!

    -David and Jennifer

  9. Jes Says:

    Ok - I’m one of the tearful ones right now! I’m so thankful that things are going well and that Qavah is already falling in love with her new parents - they sure are good ones!! :) I second Jennifer’s comment - we can’t wait to meet her and welcome her into our church family!

    We love ya’ll and will continue to pray for the rest of the trip!

    Jess

  10. Mike Theesfield Says:

    Hi, Katy!
    I’m glad your health is better, because I suspect that Qavah is going to run you ragged!
    Cousin Mike

Initial Meeting

Hello everyone! I am now back home and able to give you an update. I talked with Mom briefly last night before going to sleep and I just finished talking with with her this morning. Qavah was getting breakfast with Daddy, so Mom and I had a chance to catch up a bit. She’s going to call me later with more information, too.

The first day together went well. Qavah has petite features and is tall. She is joyful and loves to talk! Qavah’s blood count was checked yesterday morning and the results showed she needed her monthly transfusion before leaving Louisiana. So, when I called Mom last night, she was actually at the hospital. The foster mom and other children needed to return home, so Dad and Mom stayed at the hospital with Qavah. After the transfusion finished up around midnight, they were able to take Qavah back to the hotel with them. Today, the plan was to return to the foster family’s home to get the last of the Qavah’s things and attend a “good-bye” party. Tomorrow, Dad and Mom sign papers with the social worker and then they’ll begin the trip home. Their desire is to drive halfway, but they are staying flexible with their plans.

I will be spending the day doing schoolwork and I have a piano lesson this afternoon. Tonight, Fairlight is visiting. She has several adopted siblings from the foster-care system, so her insight and prayers have been quite a blessing to me.

Comments:
  1. Doris Harriff Says:

    So glad to have this report! It has been a long week so far!
    Aunt Doris

  2. Carrie Thompson Says:

    Hi Katy,

    How exciting! Soon Qavah will be meeting her new siblings! :-) The Lord has answered our prayers.

    Love,
    ~Carrie

  3. Sandy Says:

    What a nice report! The “joyful and loves to talk” description sounds so lovely and wonderful! I can’t wait to hear more about Qavah and the adventures you all will have together.

    Sandy

  4. Ib & Patricia Says:

    What an adventure for your folks … too bad, you weren’t able to travel that far … but then, bonding with them first takes higher priority. You are, after all an adult, and may soon “fly the home coop!”

    I’ve wondered what condition causes Qavah to need monthly transfusions … but earlier I though it obtrusive to ask … on the other hand, so everybody can add her in specific ways to prayer time … with what long-term situation is she dealing, healthwise, if you think it’s appropriate to share.

    We’re sorta nearby over Labor Day … last night after being home in Kansas City only 15 hours, following our 3,000 marathon ending at 3 a.m. yeterday morning, we hopped a flight to Baltimore last night to spend a few days with Ellen. Golly…the last time we were here at Christmas, do you remember Ellen and me jaunting together one day to visit you in the Roanoke Hospital? (Quality mother-daughter time for us!)

    Ib conducts orgaic inspections on farms, in processing plants, feed mills, warehouses, etc. on these long marathons. Sometimes he flies. The past 9 days we drove through MO, KS, NE, SD, ND, and all over MN before coming home through IA.

    Enjoy the long Labor Day weekend together as a new, enlarged family!

    Ib & Patricia

  5. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Yes, I have tears in my eyes again, reading of dear little Qavah’s first experience with her new and forever Mama and Daddy. I’m sure Dawn knew all kinds of things to do with her at the hospital - she has so much experience!! Its good she just had her transfusion, she will be strong for the trip and for her first days at home. Oh, wonderful! I bet everybody that reads this would love to be able to peek in and watch it happen! Her big house, her special bedroom with new toys, her big lawn and swings, the creek for wading, her big sisters and brothers! I hope someone has a video cam. to catch some of it. You all have been constantly in my thoughts and prayers this week. Much love, Aunt Lil

  6. Aleah Yunger Says:

    This is so good to hear — it’s really happening!! How exciting :) So glad everything is going as planned so far. Can’t wait to read more about Qavah! Love, Aleah

  7. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    How exciting!! Thanks for keeping us updated! :)
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Adventures

I am writing this post from another house! My brother Colin, and sister-in-law Jenn, invited me to their house to spend the night. We’ve been wanting to get together for several months now. Jenn doesn’t work tomorrow either. So, when Colin picked Annelise up today after work, I just went home with him. Tonight, we spent fellowshipping with some people from their church. They wanted me to share about this past year and it was a blessing to retell of God’s goodness and answers to prayer.

This morning, Aunt Julie took me to have labs done. Unfortunately, I was not able to get the results, but I plan to check on it tomorrow. My hemoglobin has been consistently low since surgery in mid-June, so I’m hoping it’s finally back to normal levels. I had a neat experience as I was getting the blood drawn, though. I “happened” to get the same lady who did my blood work last time. First, she remembered my name and that I prefer paper tape. I was amazed! Of the many people that enter the labs, she actually remembered me. Then, she asked, “Where is your mother?” When I told this lady where Mom was and about Qavah, she stated, “Well you know the Lord has orchestrated that!” Amen!

My friend Emily spent the afternoon with me. We are doing a Bible study together called Loving God with All Your Mind. It’s been a practical study. While Annelise took a nap, we sat on the upper porch swings, reviewed our homework, and prayed together.

I have not heard from my parents yet. I will be returning home mid-morning and plan to call them then. I assume they returned to the hotel late tonight. If all went well today, they were supposed to have Qavah with them all day tomorrow. Once I have an update, I’ll let you know. Like you, I am anxiously waiting an update!

Comments:
  1. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    I haven’t been a faithful commenter recently…forgive me. Life’s been really busy. I am praying that all stays well with you and your parents return safely with Qavah soon!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  2. Karen Tillman Says:

    Hey Katy,
    I can hardly wait to hear the news!!! I know you too are excited. I will definately pray that your hemoglobin is back up, but don’t be to disappointed if it isn’t. You’ve been through a lot this past year, and I don’t need to tell you, but I am that all this just takes time. You’ve come such a long way, and I as I am sure you more than I rejoice in that fact. Take care, and thanks for the updates.
    Love
    Karen Tillman

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Girls Galore

One of the stickers in my scrapbook bin of supplies says, “Girls Night In”. Well, today was a “girls day in”! The weather was hotter and more humid, albeit overcast, for most of the day. In addition to babysitting Annelise, I had family friends Amy and her girls- ages 13, 11, and 9- here helping me (their dad stayed home from the all-girls’ day.) Counting the dog, cats, and Aunt Julie’s short visit, we had ten girls on our property today!

Once again, it was good to catch up with everyone. Amy and the older daughter had been on a missions trip to Slovakia this summer, so they shared with me their experiences. I always enjoy hearing how God’s Word is being preached and used in other countries. The girls also worked with me on a project I had to finish for the Missions Committee at my church.

After Annelise’s morning nap, all of us went outside to enjoy the swing set while it was still relatively cool. At one point, every swing and glider was being used by smiley-faced, giggly girls. Yes, we did take some pictures, but I used a “regular” (non-digital) camera, so it’ll be awhile before I post those pictures. Mom and Dad took my digital camera, so I plan to develop my pictures this weekend. Once Annelise left for the day, Amy and the girls enjoyed the creek while I took a nap!

When Aunt Julie visited, she told me of her short phone conversation with my mother. As of noon, Dad and Mom were finishing their drive to Louisiana. Tonight, they were planning to visit with the social worker. I have yet to speak with Mom personally. I’m sure it’ll be late when she calls; Louisiana is an hour-behind Virginia. Tomorrow is the much-anticipated day when they get to meet their daughter for the first time. It is bittersweet for me to be here, but I’m looking forward to our “family reunion” at the end of the week.

Comments:
  1. Laura Griffith Says:

    I don’t know why, but I want to cry. I guess thinking of your parents seeing Qavah tomorrow and what joy they will have and the excitement for you to see her too. I do pray they will have a great trip back home with her and that she travels well. Rest up, for I believe you are going to have many more “girls’ day in” :)

Monday, August 27, 2007

Halfway There

Mom called about an hour ago. She and Dad left at 9:00am and drove all day. They made really good time and had a pleasant drive to Alabama, where they’ll be spending the night. She said they listened to Blue Shoes and Happiness book-on-cd most of the way. The weather cooperated and traffic was manageable. Yeah! Tomorrow, they’ll get an early start and drive the rest of the way to Louisiana.

Back here, I spent the day babysitting Annelise. I want to thank Trisha for her willingness to help me all day. I had not seen her for awhile, so in between diaper changing and feedings, Trisha and I caught up. Annelise was her cheerful self, so it was a pleasant day. It’s early evening and I am still feeling well. Praise the Lord! I also want to thank everyone who has called to “check up on me”. I so appreciate the calls, offers of help, and prayers. If I need anything, I’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, you are making me feel both loved and blessed.

Comments:
  1. Ib & Patricia Says:

    Just checking on you from up near the Canadian border in n.w. Minnestota. Horrible storms up here last night.
    Continuing the pray for you and P & Dawn and Qavah and her foster family and all the transition. Hope she’ll be a good traveller. Lisa was HORRID when we went to pick her up in New York City when she arrived from Korea.. a screamer from coast to coast anytime she was in a moving vehicle!
    Hold the faith gal … God is in charge and He knows the plans HE has for each of you.
    Ib & Patricia

  2. Karen Tillman Says:

    Hey Katy,
    I will be pryaing for travel mercies, and that all will go smoothly once they arrive.
    Love
    Karen Tillman

  3. Jes Says:

    Hey there!
    I’m so excited for you guys! I can’t wait until Qavah is here and I’m sure that you all must feel the same way! I have been praying for her - that this transition will go smoothly and she will cleave to her new wonderful family!

    Looking forward to more updates!! :)
    Jess

Halfway There

Mom called about an hour ago. She and Dad left at 9:00am and drove all day. They made really good time and had a pleasant drive to Alabama, where they’ll be spending the night. She said they listened to Blue Shoes and Happiness book-on-cd most of the way. The weather cooperated and traffic was manageable. Yeah! Tomorrow, they’ll get an early start and drive the rest of the way to Louisiana.

Back here, I spent the day babysitting Annelise. I want to thank Trisha for her willingness to help me all day. I had not seen her for awhile, so in between diaper changing and feedings, Trisha and I caught up. Annelise was her cheerful self, so it was a pleasant day. It’s early evening and I am still feeling well. Praise the Lord! I also want to thank everyone who has called to “check up on me”. I so appreciate the calls, offers of help, and prayers. If I need anything, I’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, you are making me feel both loved and blessed.

Comments:
  1. Ib & Patricia Says:

    Just checking on you from up near the Canadian border in n.w. Minnestota. Horrible storms up here last night.
    Continuing the pray for you and P & Dawn and Qavah and her foster family and all the transition. Hope she’ll be a good traveller. Lisa was HORRID when we went to pick her up in New York City when she arrived from Korea.. a screamer from coast to coast anytime she was in a moving vehicle!
    Hold the faith gal … God is in charge and He knows the plans HE has for each of you.
    Ib & Patricia

  2. Karen Tillman Says:

    Hey Katy,
    I will be pryaing for travel mercies, and that all will go smoothly once they arrive.
    Love
    Karen Tillman

  3. Jes Says:

    Hey there!
    I’m so excited for you guys! I can’t wait until Qavah is here and I’m sure that you all must feel the same way! I have been praying for her - that this transition will go smoothly and she will cleave to her new wonderful family!

    Looking forward to more updates!! :)
    Jess

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Like Having A Baby

Paul and I have been pushing our physical limits to get our “to do” list down to a reasonable size. There are meals to cook and leave for Katy, a lawn to mow, weeds to pull, suitcases to pack, and a new little girl to think about. It’s not like we won’t have time to do these things when we get back, it’s that we both have the idea that it would be more wonderful to come home with Qavah, and just watch her. We want to watch her experience the creek in her bare feet. We want to catch a few lightening bugs and put them in a jar. We want to do the important stuff! We want to play!

We are praying with all the faith we have acquired over the past year that Katy’s health will remain stable while we are away. But if not, Aunt Julie knows just what to do and has been here many times when Katy’s health wasn’t stable. Thank you for keeping us all in your prayers as we set out tomorrow. We will call home and update every day. We thank the Lord for this event. It is something so precious that I can hardly wait to see how the Lord Himself will finish this story. God Bless!

Comments:
  1. Jenice Says:

    Paul and Dawn,
    I am beside myself with joy as you set out to bring your baby girl home. I know something about this joy, two times, and it is beyond wonderful. It IS almost like having a baby. I so much appreciate the anticipation you hold in your heart to watch her play. Unlike having a baby, you are bringing home a little person(again)who has experiences you have not shared and losses you have not comforted. God is doing a great work in her and you. Of course, you know this already….that is what makes my excitement even greater. It’s hard work, just like a new baby, but in some ways harder, but in some ways more joyful because you are giving so much and the relationship is one that grows rather than is born. I am praying for you all during this time of transition and through the days and years to come. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy and forget about the weeds! Play is much more fulfilling!!!! God bless you all on this journey and adventure. Isn’t life grand!
    Love in Him,
    Jenice

  2. Ib & Patricia Says:

    Greetings from the corner of n.w. MN, Canada and ND! We’re in the midst of our 2500 mile swing of organic inspections in KS, NE, SD, upper MN, and Des Moines, IA.
    Peace, a restful night’s sleep for tonight, calm and travel mercies as you embark on a journey for the next phase of your lives!!!
    We’ll keep you and Katy in our prayers.
    P.T.L. … both of Ib’s Danish nephews have in mid-August completed their respective Afghanistan and Iraqi duty tours and safely returned to DK after nightmarish experiences on the battlefront and as a Special Forces (Green Beret) leading multi-national NATO forces. Yes, there really is a coaltion in these countries together with U.S. forces. One of them looks forward to the due date of his first offspring today (following multiple ectopic pregnancies) and great-grandchild #2 for Ib’s step mother.
    Paul, out Presbyterian congregation (a huge one) voted tobegin to sever ties with the UPC and move over to the EPC where session and clergy can remain entact and that Presby arm will recognize and incorporate pension plans, etc.
    It’s been a hard, prayerful decision. Christians are commanded to pray for the unity of the church but homosexual issues and all-too-liberal modern-day interpretations of the Bible (literally social correctness, inclusivity, new age beliefs, feminism and truly unbiblical decision-making at GA and liberal Presbytery levels finally prompted action by a number of Evangelical congregations in our Heartland Presbytery, the 2nd most liberal Presbytery in the nation (Baltimore Presbytery being the most liberal). Many evangelical congregations in UPC have been working together in the New Wineskins movement.
    Anyway … peace, love and joy through Christ!!!
    Patricia

  3. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    I’m sure Katy will be fine - grin! It sounds like you all have probably found the magic drug combo on that front. We’re looking forward to all the posts about Quavah’s arrival. You guys are in our prayers!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Travel Plans

This day has been filled with good things. We have been getting ready to go for Qavah, and scrambling to finish projects this weekend that we don’t want hanging over us when we get back. Every time I saw Katy today she was busy doing something. She has been feeling very well. Last night she was able to host a Missions Committee meeting here at the house after having a full day. We are grateful beyond words that she is feeling that way. We can leave her knowing that she is on medication that is actually working quite well. She also has a steady stream of family and friends coming to stay or visit with her while we are away.

Qavah is busy in Louisiana packing her things. Her foster mother is putting things in a big box until we get there with her luggage. I wonder what things we will discover about her by the things she has packed to bring home with her. Paul and I are so thankful for the way things have worked out. It is turning out to be quite an adventure. We are heading to the town that is the first settlement in the Louisiana purchase. Neither of us know anything about it but I expect before we leave Paul will read all about it. I said something tonight at dinner about life being an adventure and Paul said, “adventure is just another word for trouble.” I knew that had to be a line from a book and asked him which one. He grinned and said, “Louis L’Amour.”

Comments:
  1. Doris Harriff Says:

    So exciting! Now you will have your new little daughter at home! I wish the best for you on the trip. God bless!

    Aunt Doris

  2. Barbara Walker Says:

    Dear Katy and Dawn,

    So thankful that things are going so wonderfully. Can’t wait to meet the new addition to your family - what a blessed young lady she is!

    Let me know if you need me for anything.

    Love in Christ,

    Barbara

  3. Candice & Crystal Says:

    Hi Katy,

    I’m so glad you’re doing well. We will be praying for your parents as they travel to LA to pick up Qavah. How exciting that you’ll have your new little sister next week.

  4. Aleah Yunger Says:

    God truly is faithful to deliver the things He puts on our hearts. I can’t believe there will be a little one in your house in only about a week! I know you are all excited and I will be praying for your travel. That’s quite a long drive… take it slow and try to stay cool! This little girl is so blessed, I can say that for sure. Love, Aleah

  5. Laura Griffith Says:

    I’ll pray for a safe trip to and fro. I know you wanted it to be different but we all know the Lord works in mysterious ways. Would love to introduce Lorien to Qavah whenever you think it is beneficial :)

  6. Bob Cirba Says:

    It gives my heart a lift to hear that Katy is doing well. Congratulations on bring home the new sister. Y’know, looking at the face photos, if I hadn’t heard that you adopted Katy, I’d assume that you were her bio-mom! lol I’ll bet I’m not the first to say that. God bless, Bob

  7. Aunt Pat Says:

    I has been a long time since I have had any correspondance with you but sorry that it has been a long time. I have had trouble connecting with your website. I would get in but couldn’t write or would get in and loose it right away or couldn’t get in at all. Well, Steve and Lois were here and they helped me get on. I am excited that you will be getting adding a young lady to your family. Qavah is a good name since I know it means HOPE. I will be looking forward to meeting her in the near future. Katy I think of you often and pray often or you as well. You have gone through so much. Love ya.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

So Much FUN!

Paul and I were sitting downstairs reading the President’s address to the VFW, and Katy was upstairs this evening with Aleah, who many of you know by reading the blog comments. I have always enjoyed her comments and have marveled that she is a young college girl because she seems wise beyond her years. I’ve thought about some of the things she has said on the blog and wondered what God has in store for her that He would pour out His wisdom through her. She has a whole generation to reach with His word, and she is making a good start. Paul and I were sitting in the kitchen and the girls were upstairs when suddenly the house filled with the musical laughter. They laughed so loud and hard that it started us laughing downstairs. And I thought, “O Lord, You are so wonderful to give us the sound of laughter in our home.” I hope you had plenty of it around your house today. We have lived so many serious moments over the past year that the sound of laughter in the house is a huge blessing.

Annelise tried out her new swing today and the higher we pushed the swing the louder she squealed with delight. That was a joy to behold. She would open her mouth really wide and let out a giggling squeal. I have a picture of her in her swing and Ellie in the background eating pecans. We discovered last Saturday that we have a pecan tree and this is the first year it is producing. Ellie is happy to take care of the ones that have fallen early. Even the dog had fun today.

We have finalized the plans for our trip to get Qavah, and we leave on Monday. We are investing the day on Friday in prayer for this whole event. We especially pray that Qavah will love the idea of coming home with us and that God will fill her heart with trust as He invites her to step out in faith. We have so much joy in our hearts tonight and it humbles me to think of the good things to come.


Comments:
  1. Karen Tillman Says:

    Wow!!! I cannot believe how much Annelise has grown, since the last pictures were posted of her. It seems like only yesterday that she was born!!! She is too cute, and just think she will soon have a new playmate!!! The house will surely be so full of musical laughter, you won’t know what to do. I can hardly wait to start seeing Qavah’s pics as she starts to become a part of your precious family. take care and know that God will be with you every step of the way!!
    Love always
    Karen Tillman

  2. Doris Harriff Says:

    I am anxiously looking forward to pics of Qavah on the swing set!

    Aunt Doris

  3. Aleah Yunger Says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed the laughter — we were sure having fun!! :) Your home is always so warm and welcoming. I am thankful for you all and your prayers. Love, Aleah

  4. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    This is the longest I’ve gone without reading the blog - almost a week. Boy am I behind! It’s just been crazy busy in Kansas. I’ll pray for your trip - and I’m so excited Qavah will be coming home. I pray the transition will go smoothly.

  5. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Wow…sounds like a wonderful day!! I was blessed with lots of laughter at work today which was really great. :-) You really can’t laugh too much in life, I don’t think. God must smile when He hears us enjoying something. I will be in prayer about the trip to pick Qavah up. I trust God will guide this as He has everything else.

    Oh, and Annelise is the cutest baby–she looks so happy! :-)
    love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  6. Sara Rosenberger Says:

    We are so excited to hear you are going to pick up Qavah! We prayed for you all at Small Group today and will continue to do so. Please let us know how we can help you. We already have Qavah on the Sunday School roster and can’t wait to welcome her into the Wellspring family!
    With love and prayers…Sara and Walt

Imuran

You have been praying for over a year. We have all begged God for mercy. The Remicade treatments began helping Katy with the bowel issues of HPS, but not completely. The other problem of inflammation kept her in it’s grip and it was a daily challenge for her get out of bed by noon. The Imuran will not reach its full power in Katy’s body for another eight weeks, but we are seeing miraculous results. It is thrilling us to see her get up early and start her day with very little pain. We are rejoicing for every day of this. Gratitude makes our days so much more joyful.

Katy is preparing for her classes by organizing things in her office. Yesterday she finished her first scapbook filled with pictures of her two mission trips to Jamaica. It is colorful and cheerful, just like the people of that Island. They are a happy people, and the pictures show that. As I was looking through her scrapbook I could visualize her doing things like that again if the drugs continue to work as well as they have been.

We continue to pray for all of you and we want you to know that when prayers are answered for you, we get very excited! One friend we have been praying for is having a much better week with her health challenges. Our niece was spared the trauma of Hurricane Dean as she ministers to the sick in Mexico this summer. We are excited by what we see God do as we continue to study Daniel, and recognize that God remains faithful to His people forever and ever!

Please pray that the Lord will develop a sense of urgency with the Louisiana Social Service to complete our adoption of Qavah. We are finding it necessary to ask the Lord to intervene. Our plans have changed several times, but as of today we have made reservations in Louisiana to go pick her up next week keeping in mind that “Man makes his plans but the Lord determines his steps.”

Comments:
  1. Doris Harriff Says:

    It is so wonderful to hear about Katy doing so well! And I’m praying that the delays in getting Qavah will be at an end. Unfortunately, the children’s services are often more interested in self-perpetuation than the well-being of the children. But God is more powerful than the children’s services!

    Aunt Doris

  2. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    WOWIE, WHOOPEE! MAY ALL GO WELL, and all manner of things be well. May it be a blest and a blessed trip. May Qavah be full of joy and excited by the novelties! May she love her Mama and Daddy from Day One, not to mention her sister and brothers. Love Aunt Lil

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Tuesday Morning

My mother usually updates the medical blog, but she’s been under the weather the last few days with a summer cold. She wanted to let you know that we are doing well otherwise. Mom may update later in the day and I hope to update Katy’s Musings, too.

Yesterday, Mom and I spent the majority of the day doing our Bible study in Daniel. We are wanting to be armed with the Sword of the Spirit before Qavah arrives. As we continue to study God’s Word, we are experiencing the “living and active” nature of it. We are feeling strengthened and equipped for what lies ahead. My prayer is that you will discover the same thing as you put on the full armor of God. The days are evil and we need His truth in order to stand firm.

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” -Ephesians 6:17

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

Comments:
  1. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    So glad for a new comment, but sorry for the reason. Poor Dawn, bad colds can make one SOO miserable, but they don’t last too long. I’ve been wondering if you have any dates re Qavah yet… You’re constantly in my thoughts and prayers. Aunt Lil

  2. Karen Tillman Says:

    Please tell your mom, that I hope she feels better soon.
    Love
    Karen Tillman

Thursday, August 16, 2007

What A Difference A Year Makes

Mom is out walking with her friend Linda, so I’m updating the Blog tonight. For fun, I decided to go back and read the entry from August 16, 2006. At that time, I was still in the hospital and my goal for that day was to get to the nurses’ lounge, so I could check my email and read Katy’s Blog. On that date, I also had physical therapy. Here is my sentence from that date, ” I felt like an old woman by the time I was done”.

Amazing that just one year later, I was able to attend my afternoon doctor’s appointment alone! Mom had other errands to accomplish, so she dropped me off at my appointment. I walked into the building without assistance. I checked in and then had the joy of surprising the nurses with, according to them, “how well I looked”. The doctor was also pleased with my progress. The doctor listened attentively; we discussed different options regarding my post-surgery treatments and established a plan both of us are willing to try. I left the doctor’s office today feeling rejuvenated and hopeful, instead of like the “old woman” I was last year. And the most exciting part was that I was returning home, instead of to my hospital room. It’s been an astonishing year of ups and downs, but I thank you again for praying our family through this journey. In just one year, the Lord has answered your prayers in miraculous ways. My strength today is evidence of that.

Comments:
  1. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    I’m so glad to hear about your good day!! God is indeed good. :-)
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  2. Patricia Says:

    Halleluja! His mercies are unceasing!
    Patricia

  3. Mike Theesfield Says:

    Glad to hear you’re doing well, hon! When things aren’t so well, I’m not sure what to say that would be of comfort, so I tend to keep my mouth shut. Please know that it isn’t for lack of concern, though. I hope you have an energetic and pain-free weekend!

    Cousin Mike

  4. Doris Harriff Says:

    Katy, I remember how anxious you were to get out of the hospital in time for your Granddad’s birthday celebration. I just called him yesterday to wish him a happy birthday; he put the phone on speaker, and I had a nice long talk with him & your grandmom.

    Love, Aunt Doris

  5. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Katy, I’m just so pleased that you’re doing so well.

  6. Aleah Yunger Says:

    There’s that quote that says something like, “A sorrow shared is a sorrow divided. A joy shared is a joy multiplied.” We are all evidence of that! The body of Christ is happy to take on your sorrow to share the burden. But we’re also quick and eager to rejoice and praise God, multiplying the joy! Hope I get to see you soon, “young lady” ;) Love, Aleah

  7. Karen Tillman Says:

    Hey Katy,
    I couldn’t have said it better myself. I am truly glad to see you enjoying life again!!! As you know there will always be those bumps in the road, but you have definately mastered them all, thanks to our Lord and Saviour. My prayer for you is that this trend continues.
    God Bless You and your family
    Love
    Karen Tillman

  8. Julie Wensley Says:

    It has been an incredible year! You have had thousands of people with you on your struggle - and we have all seen God’s amazing grace so evident in your life - in times of strength and maybe even more so in the times of weakness. You have continually turned our hearts toward heaven and our eyes upon Jesus. When I look at you, Katy (and Dawn and Paul), I clearly see a reflection of the One you love so much. Thank you for allowing us all to be a part of this journey.

    I love you! Julie

  9. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Cheers, Katy! May this weekend hold more happy surprises and progress. How we thank you, Lord Jesus, for your strength and unfailing compassion!

    Julie, I loved your letter!

    Love to all, Aunt LIl

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Encore!

Katy was back at it today! She was so energetic and hopeful that we had four loads of laundry finished by noon. Katy’s piano teacher came for a visit and ended up teaching Katy a lesson today. I heard her teacher exclaim, “Katy you are playing with strength and confidence!” That’s how she is living everyday! On another joyful note, she finished her final exam for Constitutional Law today. One more paper to write for that class and she will be finished! I’ve used quite a few exclamation points in this post, but that is how we lived out this day! Amen!

Comments:
  1. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Marvelous! Congratulations on finishing that exam, Katy! I bet you did a great job and will come out with a high grade. It couldn’t have been easy!!

    Keep marching on with your flag unfurled! Love, Aunt Lil

  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    I love hearing about how quickly and wonderfully Katy is bouncing back after the Remicade treatment!! I pray that this continues!! :-)
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  3. Mike Theesfield Says:

    Constitutional Law? Yes! Someone who understands that the Constitution was actually written in English instead of liberal doubletalk! Woo hoo!

    Cousin Mike

  4. Andrea Says:

    Katy I am so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And am so happy you feeling so well. The Almighty is showering you with his favor!!!!!!

    And Dawn, more exlamation points

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A Terrific Day!

We slept all night. There were no pain medications required during the night or day today. It was fabulous. We had fun playing with Annelise, we had fun cleaning out the chest freezer, and we laughed so much we were silly. We are grateful for every bit of it. Katy is feeling great. Thank you Lord for times of refreshing that feel like a rain shower in summer to our souls. AMEN!

Comments:
  1. Sandy Says:

    Wonderful news! Praise God!

    I’m leaving town for a few days and will be away from the internet, but I look forward to checking in with you when I get back. Have a great week!

    Sandy

  2. Patricia Says:

    Once again, Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!!

    Patricia

  3. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    So glad, so grateful!!! Love you all!

    -Jennifer

  4. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    I’m so glad to hear that!! :-) I pray this continues!! :)
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

Monday, August 13, 2007

Remicade Bag

Last night was a blur! Katy had a hard time with pain management, prednisone, and electrolytes. Therefore she got very little sleep. A couple of days before the Remicade treatment the inflammation throughout her body begins. Her ears close off making it very painful and she doesn’t hear very well. It is hard for her to talk because her throat also becomes involved, so basically the few days before Remicade are draining. At those times we pray that she’ll sleep. Last night Paul and I gave her a gift of a small black medical bag. It is very fancy with lots of pockets. We told her that it is her new Remicade bag to be packed with everything wonderful for the afternoon at Roanoke Memorial. It has a place for nail care products, a good book and magazine, a little make-up and other fun things. She packed it last night and enjoyed a pedicure and manicure today while the medicine was being infused.

The Remicade treatment went so well that by the third hour she was hearing better. When we got into the car to come home Katy prayed for the people who prayed for her today. She just started praying right out loud for your family time to be blessed tonight. We know that prayer is a powerful tool, and to be effective it must be used! God already knows what we need but by praying to Him we accept a friendship with Him where we can talk to Him at any time. Prayer, even when we don’t feel like it, is working for us. It helps us to acknowledge that there is only One Who can be trusted with the greatest needs and desires of our hearts. Thank you for trusting God to hear you as you pray for Katy. We trust that He hears us as we pray for you!

Here is a picture of a happy girl tonight sporting hot pink fingers and toes.

Comments:
  1. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    I am so thankful to hear that you are feeling better. I love the hot pink too!! I was thinking about you this morning and hoping that the Remicade would kick in quickly.
    I pray that the coming days will be pain free and that you’ll be back to feeling good again!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  2. Sandy Says:

    So glad things went well! And I love the nails! Take good care and get lots of rest now, Katy!

    Sandy

  3. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    Katy, you look simply smashing! The pink is divine! ;-) We’re praying that you sleep well tonight and have many great days ahead!

    -Jennifer

  4. Fairlight Says:

    So glad the Remicade brought you relief quickly! It’s always good to see you sitting up and smiling.

  5. LInda Burk Says:

    HI..Love those nails!!!!!!!!!!!!!! always makes a girl feel better…………..
    yeah..you made it…now for some fun……….love those pictures..keep them coming please…hugs to all, Linda

  6. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Dawn and Paul, YOU ARE SUCH WONDERFUL CARING PARENTS for this beseiged daughter! And you are so creative! I know Katy LOVES this kind ot thing. I can just hear her saying “I LOVE it!” which I’m sure she did. I hope and pray that the time will come when there will be a way to bridge that gap of several days before Remicaide time. Katy, “Be still and know that I am God.”

    Love, Aunt Lil

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sunday night

Katy is soaking in her “redneck hot tub” in the bathroom upstairs, easing her aching body and looking forward to her Remicade infusion tomorrow. It has not been an easy day for her. She spent most of the day in bed, but that’s a lot better than spending a whole week in bed like she has done in the past. This evening she and Dawn were able to do their Bible study together, and that was a real highlight for her. Dawn is about to run out to the store for some groceries, so I (Paul) get to do the update.

We’ve been enjoying all the animal stories from the last post, and it reminded me of one of my own. We have a large black walnut tree in our yard, which the squirrels love. Several years ago, while watching them busily gathering nuts, I thought it would be interesting to see how they would react if I broke some of the walnuts and left them on an old pine stump. I put about two dozen nuts on the stump, smashed them with a hammer, and retreated to the house to watch. What happened was not what I had expected. I guess I thought they would be good Christian squirrels, and share. One squirrel decided that all the nuts were his, so he jumped up on the stump and proceeded to defend his hoard against all comers. He did not take into account the determination and quickness of his squirrel brothers. As he was facing one, another would dart up behind him and grab a nut. When he whirled to face that one, the first (or second or third) would grab another one. Before long, he was fiercely defending practically nothing. He finally gave up and walked off empty-handed (so to speak), no doubt muttering squirrel obscenities under his breath.

Speaking of black walnuts, our tree is loaded. If anyone is interested and is near enough to come by when they are ripe (and doesn’t mind fighting off the squirrels) please give us a call. You are welcome to as many as you want. God bless you all for sharing your animal stories. It’s been a lot of fun.

Comments:
  1. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Yes, I was afraid Katy was suffering again today. May the Lord give her sleep tonight anyway and a rapid recovery after the Remicaide. I pray they will find something to bridge that last gap of days.

    Great squirrel story, Paul. I’ve always wanted to sit at the window and watch what happens when I put out my nuts, but have always been too busy. Am not sure how long it takes the squirrels to find them. This year I’ll try to set aside a few hours of quiet and see if Seattle squirrels are as selfish as Virginia ones! “Survival of the fittest” is probably in their minds - or instincts, rather. Love, Aunt Lil

  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    I’m sorry today has been difficult for you, but I’m thankful it was only a day or two this time–not two weeks. I pray that the treatment tomorrow goes well and that you’ll be back on your feet in no time!

    The squirrel story cracked me up (pun intended). Thanks for sharing!! :)
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  3. Patricia Says:

    Paul … Wow … good to know you’re on the other end, for once!

    Thank God that Katy’s misery was of a shorter duration this time!

    A week ago Ib was in southwestern Texas, s.w. of San Antonio, over on the Mexican border. He was conducting organic inspections. In the rancher’s truck they headed to the furthest away field. Suddenly they saw that the 30 ft. gorge ahead of them was totally full of water and that the deck of the bridge to his pecan orchard on the other side, which itself has no railings or guardrails, whatsoever, was submerged in 4-5 ft. (yes feet, not inches!) in water. (You may have heard about the 100+ year floods in that area).

    The organic certifying body thought that he should have been prepared with his scuba gear. However….

    The rancher commented that they normally could go back to the ranch headquarters and come out in his jet ski, however it was far too dangerous with the huge alligators (much larger than the ones Ib repeatedly has seen on his inspection rounds in Florida).

    Have a blessed week! …. and we trust Qavah’s approval will be forthcoming ASAP!

    Patricia

  4. LInda Burk Says:

    HI/.. I too love to watch animals..we have frequently put bird seed out during snowfalls. Of course the small birds come first..then the pecking order begins..every time a larger bird come the rest scatter or eat the leftovers that have fallen to the ground when the big bird is not watching..the Blue jay has been the largest and most fierce of all..the cardinals even back off when the blue jay arrives..why can’t they all get along?? a mystery for all of creation, right????????????/
    HOpe tomorrow is a good day for Katy/.
    Hugs to all, Linda

  5. Doris Harriff Says:

    How often I have heard the bromide “Why can’t we be more like the animals and practice ‘live and let live?’” How little the people who say that know about animals! Even a doe will chase her own fawn away from food! “Nature” is less “live and let live,” and more “dog eat dog.”

    Praying for Katy, that the Remicade infusion will go well! And for Qavah, that you may soon have her in your home.

    Aunt Doris

  6. Karen Tillman Says:

    Hey Katy,
    I was afraid something must be up. I always get concerned when a post is late in coming. I am always hopeful that the news is good, but hopefully today the infusion will give you the boost you need.
    take care,
    Love
    Karen Tillman

Friday, August 10, 2007

Remicade Monday

While it is obvious that it is time for a Remicade treatment, it is only three days away. Katy has all the signs of needing the next treatment. When I woke her up this morning she asked me if she had been hit by a truck. I guess that’s the way it feels to her. She has had so many good days in a row that her spirit is still cheerful. Yesterday I took her to the Higher Education Center where she posed for pictures for a new brochure her college is having made. Then we visited with our precious friend, Helen, who was in Roanoke just for the day. Looking back on this week, we can see how good the Lord has been to give Katy so many joys.

We have had other little joyful surprises also. Yesterday about one thirty in the afternoon, Paul came home from work early. We were standing in our yard greeting him when out of nowhere a big doe and her fawn came running through our yard. And behind them was the funniest thing we have ever seen. They were being chased by a little goat. My mind kept trying to tell me it had to be a dog, but my eyes were seeing a little white goat with gray spots running for all he was worth. We just stood there laughing! Later that evening, we drove in the driveway and under the apple trees were three very large wild turkeys with ten young ones poking around. It has been a good year for spotting animals in the yard, including the run-away horses. But thankfully Ellie has not met up with another skunk like she has over the past two years.

The happiness of knowing the God Who made all these creatures and loves us and gives us so many happy moments in this life is not to be compared to anything else. To have peace and assurance of joy throughout all eternity is a marvelous blessing during hardship. The writer of this hymn says it so much better. “When through the woods, and forest glades I wander, And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees, When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur, and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze. Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee; how great Thou Art, how great Thou art!” (From the hymn How Great Thou Art by Carl Boberg)

Comments:
  1. Doris Harriff Says:

    We see a lot of wild animals here - mostly deer. Mike posted a comment in Katy’s Musings a while back about a bear that ambled past the back of our house in the middle of the afternoon. We have been seeing far more deer this year than we have seen in several years. There are twin fawns that visit our yard frequently, with or without their mother. Last fall there was a flock of turkeys in our front yard who presently ambled across the road and into the woods. One of my favorite critters to spot - which we see only occasionally - is a big pileated woodpecker.

    Aunt Doris

  2. Doris Harriff Says:

    That must have been really a blast to see that little goat chasing the deer!

  3. Aleah Yunger Says:

    No way!! Imagining that is cracking me up :D Last night, we saw a doe in our backyard — she was SO BIG! I’ve never seen a doe that big! Then we spotted two little ones — oh, they were so adorable. They were eating the grapes off my neighbors fence. We got to watch them for a good 10 minutes. How beautiful!

  4. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Sorry the meds aren’t holding until the Remicaide. Youl’l need prayer, Katy, the next several days, I see.

    Thanks for the wonderful picture of the GOAT!! chasing the doe and fawn! And the turkeys. Here we have little grey squirrels. I put some mixed nuts in the shell out for them a couple of times a year to make sure they have winter stores! And we have huge raccons. They broke down ALL our little patch of sweet corn before it was ready last year! The squirrels and the birds seem to think we grow our cherries, blueberries and Concord grapes for them! They get most of them - but the plums are so abundant that we do get a lot of them. And God feeds the birds, bees and squirrels. Speaking of bees, the most favorite blossom for them around my house is the big round fluffy white or lilac blossoms of GARLIC LEEKS! Anybody for garlic honey??!!

    Love, Aunt Lil

  5. Andrea Russell Says:

    Katy, Dawn,

    you been through so much, just hang in there for a couple more days girlfriend. You can do it!!!!

    I need to see your yard thats all I can say :)

    Hopefully soon we can get together ??!!

    Love and Blessings
    Andrea

    PS Michael LOVED your card Katy !

  6. Mike Theesfield Says:

    Hi, all.
    I couldn’t let this talk about nature anecdotes go by without sharing a couple of mine, even though they’re from years gone by.

    I remember one time when I was hunting in the woods (I was sitting on a stump in camoflage clothing) when a hawk- apparently oblivious to my presence- came gliding down past me though the trees. If I’d reached out my right hand, I might have touched his left wingtip.

    Another time, I was fishing at the river. It was winter, so I wasn’t moving my lure much or often (fish just aren’t energetic about chasing food when the water’s cold). I was cold too, and not moving to speak of, so I must have looked pretty inanimate. The result was that- just briefly- a hummingbird came in and landed on my fishing rod, about half-way out to the tip.

    I thought both those experiences were neat.

    I hope all goes well with your next treatment, Katy!

    Cousin Mike

  7. Jes Says:

    Hmm….Can’t say that I can add much to the wild life stories…I honestly haven’t seen much lately…however I have a couple of ‘lions’ roaring around the house these days! Noah and Lydia have taken to pretending to be the lions in the Daniel story….So we have lots of fun with that - Lydia always gets to be the ‘baby lion’ and she follows Noah around roaring - and doing whatever he happens to be doing as a lion. Two days ago - I convinced them that green beans were ‘lion treats’ and that they should eat them so that they could grow to be big strong lions! :)

    We will be praying for the next few days until the next Remicade treatment!

    Love you all!
    Jess

  8. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    OK, I only live half a mile from you and I don’t get near the interesting wildlife in my yard — no fair! Although, a few weeks ago, our neighbor across the street (next to Freddy) saw a bear cross through her back yard, jump the fence in Freddy’s back yard (where their dog, Max is), run across the street and into our neighbor’s back yard and then into the woods behind our house. All that, and I missed it! We see lots of deer though — usually feasting on my flowers! And, speaking of hummingbirds as mentioned in another post, I caught one that got trapped in Joanne’s screened porch a few years ago. Poor thing wore himself out trying to get out so he was easy to catch. What a treat to hold him even if only for a few moments until I let him free. That’s actually the second time I’ve held a hummer. The first was in Maine when David and I were first married. One had gotten trapped between an old window screen and the glass. My arm is skinny, so I was able to reach in and get him. I can remember how tiny his little feet were as I tried to get him to let go of the screen! What a miracle that a God who is so big took the care to make such dainty creatures! We’re praying for your strength until Monday’s Remicade.

    -Jennifer

  9. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    I’m praying for your strength until Monday. I pray God grants you respite for the weekend. Keep your sights set on the One who is our perfect strength!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  10. Doris Harriff Says:

    Referring to Lily’s garden woes - I have been transplanting all my flowers & shrubs into my “garden” area, with it’s 8-ft fence - to protect them from the deer. Something small has been eating some of them - they ate off all my phlox. Mike said, “Don’t you know you’re supposed to keep watch over your phlox by night?”

  11. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Hey, Mike, that’s clever! Aunt Lil

  12. Katy Says:

    These comments are so much fun! I hope everyone else has enjoyed reading them as much as I have. Thank you for posting and sharing your stories.

    Yes, Mike that was clever. Mom and I got a big laugh out of your joke!

  13. Andrea Russell Says:

    Well isnt that a surprise, Katy responds to her comments!!!!

    Praise the Lord :)

    Andrea

  14. Sandy Says:

    Hey Katy –

    You are in my prayers, as always, and especially for Remicade Monday tomorrow.

    To add to your collection of nature stories… Years ago, there was a squirrel that was missing most of its tail that hung around my parents’ backyard a lot. The squirrel was small (made even smaller by the lack of tail) but mighty. One day, I heard a racket in the backyard and looked outside to see a yard full of huge crows. And out of nowhere comes this little squirrel to chase them away! They were each probably 3 times the squirrels size, and there were at least 8 crows out there. But this squirrel was not going to let the crows hang out in its/our yard! It was so funny! The crows seemed to first look at the crows like, “Are you serious, you tiny little thing??” but they flew away when the squirrel just kept running at them! Go Squirrel!

    Sandy

  15. Martha Harrison Says:

    Dear Katy and Dawn,

    How interesting and entertaining to read all these wild animal stories! I have one to add. Our dog, Jingles’ encounter with a skunk happened years ago when our three children were in elementary school. Our oldest son, Chip, heard Jingles barking that particular night right after we had tucked him and his younger, brother, Randy, in bed. Chip looked out and saw that Jingles had a skunk cornered right under their bedroom window. The skunk sprayed right there, after which it ran around the house, Jingles barking furiously, and the skunk spraying all sides of our house! By this time, Susan, their younger sister, had been awakened by Jingles’ barking plus the unbearable odor from the skunk. None of us could hardly breathe, much less sleep, the stench was so overpowering. I called my dear mother who lived across town, and asked her if we could come to her house for the night. She, of course, told us she would be happy to have us, skunk smell and all!! Each of us grabbed our pillows and clothes for the next day, jumped in the car, leaving Jingles and the skunk behind, and off to grandma’s house we went!! My poor mother never complained about the “skunk aroma”, but lovingly bedded us down for the night. To make a long story short, Howard and I dropped the children off at school the next morning, and sorta’ dreading what we would face in the way of fumigating our house and giving Jingles a “tomato juice bath”, we knew we had to take care of things ASAP. Much to our surprise, Jingles managed to escape the skunk juice, so she came out smelling like a rose!! However, she did get a good bath, and after a few days of airing out our house, we were back to “normal” again! After all these years, we look back and laugh alot about our skunk encounter! God always provides a way where there seems to be no way! We praise Him for always being there for us through good times and bad!! I have a snake story, too, but will save that one until another time.

    Katy, Howard and I have been praying for you every day, but we will especially pray that you will rest comfortably tonight, and that the Remicade treatment tomorrow will
    do exactly what is needed to make you stronger.

    Blessings and prayers,
    Martha

  16. Karen Tillman Says:

    Hey Katy,
    I was very glad to see that you commented back to someone. I hope this means that your day today is going well. At least as well as can be expected, considering Remicade is tomorrow. Just wanted to let you know that my prayers are with you always.
    Love
    Karen Tillman