Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A few things...

First of all, Graci received a very special package in the mail! In it was a paper castle with a key and an invitation inside. She is to bring the key with her to the wishing tower next Wednesday evening for her very special night of wishing!! I can’t even tell you the magic it has brought to our home. We are overwhelmed with the generosity of the Make a Wish Foundation and all those who donate and volunteer. We received a phone call tonight from one of her two wish granters. He sounded like a great guy and told us that Graci is his first wish child and he plans on making it as magical as he can for her! I was choked up the whole time I talked to him. We are so so grateful.

Also, today we received an update on little Lexi!! She is doing great. She can count to fifty, is potty trained, lives in a foster home, is outgoing, and sings along with the television shows. They call her “You You” (pronounced yo-yo). We are so anxious to get her home! She is always smiling so sweetly in her pictures. Her hair is starting to grow out, as you can see. What a little sweetheart!

Parker has been complaining of a sore throat today. I got a flashlight out to check to see if it was red, and this is what I found.

I just knew you wanted to see that! If you can’t tell, there is a pocket of bright white infection in the back that looks quite hideous. Everyone was fascinated by it. He’ll definitely be going to the doctor tomorrow…

And finally, Mother’s Day letters from my two oldest:

“Dear Mom,
I love you. Happy Mother’s Day. You are the best. Thanks for webkinz. You make best food. Thanks for make my hair look pretty. Thanks for taking care of me. Thanks for help me with my reports. I love you. I love how you are nice.
‘Mom you are fun
you are like the sun
you are nice
and I like your rice.'

I had to giggle at the poem (:

“Dear Mom,
Thanks for cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, tending kids while we’re at our games, helping with homework, reminding us to do things, being patient, spending individual time with the kids and helping us to look at other people’s perspective. Thank you so much for all you do for me.
Sincerely and love,

Love that kid!

I also received numerous pictures and cards, breakfast in bed, and lots of hugs and kisses. What more could a mother ask for??? Flowers, of course—and I got LOTS of them! On Saturday, Jeremy took all the kids to Home Depot and they each picked out their favorite flowers, which were then planted in our flower garden. They are absolutely beautiful. I am spoiled!! I have the most precious children in the whole world. And a pretty good husband, too!

I also wanted to take the opportunity to say what a perfect mother I have. She has been an amazing example to me in every way. I have never heard her raise her voice or speak ill of anyone. She is the most kind-hearted, sweet, talented, Christ-like person I know. As Abraham Lincoln said, “All that I am, or ever will be, I owe to my angel mother.”


  1. -How exciting for Graci!
    -Yay for Lexi!
    -You have such sweet kids!
    -Mom is divine isn't she?

  2. What a great update! Glad that you had a good mother's day - it's kind of what it's all about right?

    And dang - when it comes to you and your mom - well....the apple didn't fall far from the tree!!

    Very special hugs around to all you guys -

    aus and co.

  3. So glad Graci is going to have a magical time!

    Looks like a great Mother's day!

    Lexi looks like She might have Bilateral Microphthalmia or anophthalmia. Have they given you a Western diagnosis yet? If she has no eyes or small eyes (micro) then drop me a line, there is a special Yahoo group by invite only. Most Dr's won't have ever had a patient with this condition and this website is small) only about 150 people) but with a wealth of BTDT parents.

    Take care

  4. Heather,

    She actually has left corneal staphyloma and a cataract in her right eye that has left her completely blind. I've never heard microphthalmia mentioned.

    Thank-you anyway!



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