Friday, December 22, 2006


** Photo of my 2 little ones "dancing" with their GREAT-grandfather (My mom's father) at my grandparent's house this afternoon to and old Hank Williams record. It was hysterical.

Just wanted to post a quick little update on how things were going. My dad's surgery went well, though they are having a really hard time managing his pain. This is saying a LOT for a man who (about 10 years ago) sustained life threatening abdominal injuries after being impaled onto a tree along WITH a broken leg and multiple surgeries who hardly EVER complained (an unbelievable story for another day). So if dad says he is in pain, you'd better believe he is IN PAIN. Things finally settled down somewhat today, but they are a little worried about infection in his incisions (there are 4). He is being a trooper like he always is, but your continued prayers would be welcomed.

We celebrated Christmas with my mama's family (her parents, siblings and their families) this afternoon. We had such a great time, and the kids got in bed a little late tonight. My mom and sister were over here at our house when we were doing baths, and mom and I both thought little Andrew felt a little warm. So, out came the ol' thermometer.... and the dratted thing gave us NOT GOOD news. 101+ fever. Down the hatch went the Motrin, and the fever soon followed suit. I investigated his throat, and discovered that he has pus coating his tonsils. How LOVELY!!! This, of course, means a trip to the pediatrician at the weekend clinic at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning for a strep test. I know a grand time will be had by all as I coddle my sick boy and chase my live wire of a daughter around the waiting room! We are supposed to go to my other grandmother's house at noon tomorrow to celebrate Christmas with my Dad's family, but we'll have to see how things go. My little man may be in isolation so as not to infect his other little cousins. I'm quite sure pharyngitis is a Christmas present that they DO NOT want!

We also had a little excitement after the fever fiasco tonight that included breaker boxes, a sink disposall that quit working and a MOUSE in the dog's food. So help me, I thought I was going to faint about the mouse part. I get the pricklies just thinking about it now. Ewwwww.

Everything aside, we are still super excited that it is almost Christmas; and so thankful for the blessings we have received this year. Thanks to all of my sweet friends and family who have called and emailed in the last few days to check on us. I am SO thankful for every last one of you.

I'll leave you with the lyrics of one of my favorite Christmas songs. I actually will be singing this on Christmas Eve at our church. The words and music are so beautiful, and if you ever need to hear a song that will just quiet your soul, listen to this one. All IS well. Let us rejoice.

All Is Well
Words: Wayne Kirkpatrick
Music: Michael W. Smith

All is well all is well
Angels and men rejoice
For tonight darkness fell
Into the dawn of love's light
Sing A-le
Sing Alleluia
All is well all is well
Let there be peace on earth
Christ is come go and tell
That He is in the manger
Sing A-le
Sing Alleluia

All is well all is well
Lift up your voice and sing
Born is now Emmanuel
Born is our Lord and Savior
Sing Alleluia
Sing Alleluia
All is well

All is now Emmanuel
Born is our Lord and Savior
Sing Alleluia
Sing Alleluia
All is well

Happy Friday and
Much Love,


Amy said...

My goodness Jennifer, what a lot to have happen all at once! If I were in your shoes I would be singing "All Is Well" to myself over...and over...and over...

I'll be saying a prayer for your family tonight. I hope the recovery from surgery goes well and there is relief from the pain very, very soon.

Susan P. said...

"Goodness gracious," "me oh my," and "heavens to Betsy!" And those are just a few of the sayings that came to mind! Bless your heart Jennifer. Your poor Daddy. When our Daddies are complaining of pain then we know they have to be hurting reaaaal bad. He will be in my prayers. I'm so sorry little Andrew is sick and I know it will NOT be fun in the clinic this morning:( As far as the mouse, well, I'd have fainted dead away on the floor right then and there. I'm with Amy when she says keep singing, "All is Well" over and over and over! Maybe in twenty years, no make that thirty, maybe 40? you can look back on all of this and laugh. Noooo, probably NOT! Love you:)

Dawn said...

Oh dear...I hope this run of sickness is not long lasting. I remember those days very well.
A mouse in the dog food???? Oi vay! I would have been makin' a little bit o' noise at that!
You are in my thoughts and prayers this many things on your heart.
Treasure the moments with those sweet little ones.

Big Mama said...

Jen, I'll keep praying for your daddy and Andrew too. We've never had a Christmas where Caroline isn't sick, so I'm just holding my breath.

As for the mouse in the dog makes me want to shriek just thinking about it.

Y'all have a very, Merry Christmas.

Zach said...

I'm glad to hear everything went well. I would imagine that Christmas at Mimi and Papas' was fun.

When I get there I need sort of favor. I have a lump in my shoulder and I was wondering if you would check it out.

Have a Merry Christmas, and I will see you in a few days.

Mrs. Monise said...

Hi Jennifer, What a cute picture of the kids, they look like they were having fun. I pray that you and your family had a beautiful and wonderful Christmas. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mrs. Monise said...

Wow what a week! I myself hate mice and bugs, Ewww Gross! Well as my other post stated I hope all is well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

On the Journey to Victory said...

I'm so sorry your little got sick around Christmas. We went through that last year.

I also don't like the mouse thing - we have also delt with that.

It sounds like you have a lot of support and love around you. I hope your holiday is wonderful!


Homefront Mom said...

Bless your heart! You are strong. When Ryan was deployed I walked outside one nigt to meet two raccons that were eating the dog food. They scared the stew out of me. AND every emergency room visit happens when Ryan is deployed. When you look back you will see how strong you are. I got Chick-Fil-A coupons for kids, let me know when you want to meet for lunch.
Keep smiling, Amanda

Sarah said...

Poor Daddy, I've said a little prayer for blessing for him and for your little one too.

And lol at the mouse in the dog food! I don't mind mice and rats, but hubby has a real phobia, he would have fainted with you :)

Hope you have a blessed New Year! Hugs.

Julie said...

Just wanted to post a quick little update on how things were going.

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