Wednesday, November 19, 2008

More Thanks and Thoughts

Once again, I feel the need to write down evermore thoughts. I have been experiencing some weird side effects to my medication for the blood clot, namely intense anxiety, and have had the wonderful opportunity to come stay with my mom while things sort themselves out. Shortly after getting here, my aunt noticed a hernia on the baby. We took him in only to find that he would need surgery. Needless to say, that didn't help my anxiety much, and it also made my stay here longer. I have been blessed to have my wonderful little sister come over every single day to help me and make sure I am okay (another thanks to Andrew for letting me have her every day). She has her own newborn to care for and yet she's found time to help me with mine, keep me occupied, drive me wherever I need to go, sacrifice sleep to be here early every day, make numerous phone calls regarding insurance for the surgery, pediatrician visits, lab work, etc. and many other things. She is such a beautiful young mother, and I love watching her with her baby...she is calm and collected and so loving. She is very intelligent, mature and capable. I love listening to her little quips and outrageous wit. I love laughing with her about dorky things. I don't know what I would have done without her cheery face every morning! (And Marci, I love you too...and thanks for alllll those phone calls...wish you were here too!)

And without the support of her and my mom, mother-in-law (who have each traveled to my house twice to help), and the many others who have watched my kids for weeks every day after school, watched Little Man N for days, brought food, taken over my church responsibilities, cleaned my house (Becca and Leslie!!), held babies, brought well-wishes, prayed, called, sent emails and would have been so miserable for me and my family. I am so utterly overwhelmed with gratitude....I never thought this ordeal would go on for so long and yet friends and family are still there helping. (I hope I haven't worn you all out!! :) So during this Thanksgiving, I would like to send thanks to Jenae and Chris (for lots of driving), Becca and Kelcey, Deeona and Ken, Ang and Allen, Marci and Chris, Jake and Jacy, Grandpa and Shirley, Grandma and Grandpa Jones, Ron and Jill and fam, Penny, Stephanie V, Stephanie and Chad, Tonia and Darren, Jandi, Joni, Mary, Dani, Gina, Tawsha, Carey, Delna, Davi, Grandpa Bert, Mom and Dad, Jolene, Tammi, Nicki, Emily, Allison, Candace, Candi, Melissa, Allison, Sally, Ashley, Amy, Mandy, RaeAnn, Abby, Anna, Dana, Leslie, Arianne,Wendy A., Workmans, Metcalfs, Nicole, Andrews, Amy Burr, Petersons, Sullivans, Betty, Kena T, and the many others !!

Also, a huge thank you again to my husband who is happily playing both mom and dad...getting kids ready, going to work, picking them up after work and finishing homework, housework and all else that goes along with the responsibilities of kids and homes. He also calls me and cheers me every day. And when the week is through, he loads the two oldest up with clothes packed, and hauls them the 6 hour drive to see me and the two youngest for the weekend. I know it is not easy on any of them. And it is extremely hard to see them go each Sunday afternoon. C hugs me each time I see him and asks how I am feeling. B never wants to leave and clings to me desperately. Little N cries during the week for his Dad and "his kids" as he calls them. Dad and the kids kiss and squeeze the baby as much as they can and say he's fatter each weekend when they see him again. It has truly been a bittersweet experience. I hate being separated from my family and I know they do too, but it has made us all appreciate each other so much more and I am truly thankful for that!

In conclusion, Baby Q (pictured at 7 weeks and up to 13 lbs.) will now have surgery Monday after a re-scheduling due to some needed lab work. I pray that all will go well and then we will be able to go home and be a family together again.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!


  1. We love you, Erika! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! We miss you and look forward to the time when you will be able to return to your home. You're an amazing will get through all of this! Prayers, thoughts and hugs being sent your way!!! By the way...your baby is BEAUTIFUL!!!

  2. What a beautiful baby and family you have. You are truly a strong person to have to go through this. I can't even imagine being in your shoes. I look up to your strength. I wish I could help more. Please let me know if i can do anything. We pray the surgery goes well!

  3. You made me shed a tear or two. What a great example you are Erika!! You've gone through all this and you have a grateful heart. We are thinking and praying for you!

    Q is perfect and beautiful. I love that picture!

  4. Stay strong and positive!!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Let me know when you get home! I can't wait to see your chubby little guy!

  5. Hey you, I hope you drag Landon to see Twilight with you this weekend. We will miss your presence terebly tonight. What a GREAT post, I think we are all as blessed to have you as a friend also. Love ya, Tammi

  6. I have thought of you everyday!! I sure wish I could be of more help! Kyle has a hernia as well and needs surgery. I am NOT looking forward to that either. I hope to see you soon- we sure miss ya!

  7. First of all: I love the picture of baby Q with the books in the background. Very cute. I'm so sorry that things are still not back to normal for you and your family. You are lucky to have such wonderful family and friends to take care of you all. Also- we will be in town next week, Monday to Wednesday and would love to see you all if it works out. I understand you have a lot going on with baby surgery on Monday so let me know if you're too busy. Good luck with everything.

  8. I'm gald to hear that everything is going better. We still have you and Q in our prayers. We love you and love to help. Let me know if anything else is needed. That is what family is for. Can't wait to have you back here.


    By the Way Q is bigger than Gabby!


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