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Feb 15, 2009

Sunday Night... Valentines, Birthdays and Grandparents

From Michelle:

I can't believe how many of you sent birthday cards and scripture cards. It is so much fun to hear from you and read the verses you picked out. You made this birthday very special. The cards were fun and will be such a blessing this week.

Abby goes into the oncology clinic Monday morning and will be admitted to the hospital for chemo on Tuesday. She has had most of these chemos before and they were very hard on her. She was admitted to the hospital 2 times for 2 weeks each) to treat mucositis that was caused by these same medications. I am not looking forward to beginning this 30 days of chemo. The Bible verse index cards will be a wonderful reminder of God's grace, power and love. Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out to me.

Brent made my birthday and Valentine's Day very special. He always does. We were able to go out on a date, for my birthday, because good friends offered to watch our younger children. Many are willing to watch Sami and Landis, but when Abby is especially fragile it takes someone who is comfortable with her medical needs. Scott and Carol have been through much of what we are going through, so they are wonderful with Abby, even when she is pretty sick. The kids LOVE playing at their home. You guys are wonderful.

For my birthday, Brent bought me some clothes. He picked out stuff that I absolutely love AND they fit. How cool is that? How many guys out there know their wife's clothing size (shoes too) and even knows about "petite"? (Note from Brent: thanks honey. So much for my macho image as a former Army Drill Sgt and Black Belt. Now I'm an expert in women's clothes, dirty diapers and doing laundry. I better go take these panty hose off...)

Valentines was so special. I loved the flowers Brent gave me, but my favorite moment was watching Sami and Abby get Valentines from their Daddy. There is something so special about little girls with their Daddy. I know Sami waited a long time to know a father's love. This was her very first Valentine's Day and I am so thankful Brent made it special for her. I am so grateful God let us be her parents.

Photos From Brent


Sami and Abby have become best friends and sisters.
Sami is a WONDERFUL help with the different needs Abby has.


MeeMaw gets a laugh from Abby who was as energetic
today as she has been in many months. It was pretty
mind-boggling that we were concerned about her survival
just one week ago. Praise the Lord, and thank you to our doctors.


SpideyLandis critiques Abby's webslinging technique.
One of our friends makes the scarf/hats for Abby, and sent Landis
a spiderhat to go with Abby's spider-frog hat.


Peter Parker (he's not wearing spidey clothes here) gets
an Oklahoma ear stretch from big brother Garrett.


Yes, it's scares me. She's NINE (almost ten).
Sami's already stunning and that's without a stitch
of makeup or "done" hair. I'm going to to have to
beat the boys off our doorstep.


But lest we forget she's only nine, here's her silly side when I ask her to smile.


Michelle celebrates her "24th" birthday. That's what the candles say...


Abby wants to blow out those candles so bad, she can't stand it.
She looks to Mom to see what kind of trouble she'll get into.


Any wonder why she is so loved? This pictures shows her personality and sweetness.


Sami and Abby posing with Mom's Valentine and Birthday flowers.


What is PawPaw saying?
Help us decide what PawPaw is saying that's got Landis
speechless, and Abby giving him the "you are so busted" look.


Leave a comment and tell us what you think PawPaw is saying that's got Landis and Abby shocked.

We'll choose a winner tomorrow and let everyone know how to go visit your blog.

38 comments:

Rebekah said...

Wow! Sami is gorgeous!

MP said...

Thinking like my kids think...."oops I farted." Can we use that 'F' word on a blog?

Malissa

In Due Time said...

PawPaw: I think I just saw Daddy giving Mama a birthday kiss! ;-)

I sent the stickers on Friday. I totally forgot tomorrow is a postal Holiday. I was hoping she would get her stickers before she got her next round of Chemo.

Your family is beautiful Brent. :-) (But, I know you know that!)

Many prayers in the days ahead for Miss Abby (and the family)

The Q family said...

I'm not good at contests, but I'm SO happy to see Abby looking so great! My heart is just soaring right now, God is SO good. I'm praying for you all during this coming month with Abby's chemo. Please know that I am faithfully praying for your sweet girl, and for each of you many times daily. Thanks so much for sharing a bit of the real, joy filled, pain free Abby!
Angel

Kristine said...

Pawpaw "Oh, excuse me".

Susarah said...

WHAT A PRECIOUS TIME FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL FAMILY!!! I AM GLAD THE EVERYONE HAD SOME TIME TO JUST BE A FAMILY. ABBY IS OUR SYMBOL OF GOD'S LOVE AND MERCY AS WELL AS THE GRACE WE SEEK EVERYDAY. PRAYERS FRO THESE UPCOMING TIMES OF TRIAL, BUT HEALING IS ON ITS WAY!!!!

Sweet Joni said...

"Shhhhh .... excuse me but I feel better now" :-D

Aby is such a cutie here! :-) I'd really like to know what she's thinking!

Sami's pic up above is 'stunning'... a future model??? :-)

Thank You So Very Much "ALL of You" for sharing your family with me... does 'lighten' my heart to see such positive energy amoungst you! Thanks!
Holy Spirit is Ever so Present,
~Joni

lamerat said...

Yes, SpideyLandis ... I am Batman. LOL.

Lisa A. ~ Gibbstown, NJ

Kristi said...

PawPaw - "You should've seen Spidey Landis learning how to climb the walls. He's actually really good at it!"

So glad things are going well. We'll be praying for Abby.....

Kristi (Bamagirl)

Joanna said...

I love this post, Michelle. Your hubby did a great job on your Birthday! Way to go, Brent. Of course, my favorite picture is Abby looking at you in front of your birthday cake. I also love that she's wearing her "Little Capers" shirt. Did she like it? :)

Much Love,
Joanna

Darcy said...

You know, PawPaw, that fingerprint on mommy's cake? ... I saw who did it... it was you!

Netta said...

Such lovely pictures! They are so precious.

Robyn said...

What beautiful pics!! I will be sending up lots of prayers for Abby and your family as she begins this next phase of treatment!!

Anna said...

When I was your age, I had to walk over a mile to school and that was after milking the cows, gathering eggs, chopping firewood...

Chris said...

When your dad(or mom) was little....

Jill said...

Kids, when NO ONE is looking go up to Mommy's cake and grab a handful and just LOVE that cake!!!! MMMM, yummy icing!

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

Brent and Michelle - thanks again for sharing a part of your lives with us!

I can barely see typing again - the tears of joy are filling my eyes!

Much love and prayers as you begin another walk in deep faith!

Jill

Jess said...

Who's 24? I thought it was Michelle's birthday? Michelle's not 24. If she's 24, then I'm...

Michelle said...

Those are such great pictures and I think a man that can wear "panty hose" so to speak is a real man! Maybe Paw paw is saying I wear some too! LOL

Malia'sMama said...

"Oops. Sorry. Just a little bitty gas." ;)

Rissa said...

"Brent, you know I walked into the kicthen earlier & found Landis sticking his fingers in Michelle's birthday cake.. So now u know why there were a couple holes in it on the side."
Sorry couldn't resist that one.. You know how kids love to raid the fridge.

Sarah said...

Michelle's "younger" than me! But not by much since I'm newly 25.

Jenn said...

Love all the pics of your beautiful family!

I think Paw Paw's saying, that someone wasn't completely honest about the age on the cake. ;-)

BoufMom9 said...

It's so fantastic to see Abby looking so lively and happy! Prayer works, truly works! It's just amazing to watch it happen all around :)

Hmmm, what is PawPaw saying.... Maybe he was saying "Abby is going to kick Cancer's butt."

K Leclercq said...

Great pictures!

Jacqueline and Michael said...

That first picture of Sami and Abby is BREATH TAKING!!! I hope that is enlarged and hanging in a frame somewhere for lots of visitors to see! Those girls are just adorable. You can really see the bond they share.

noahandlylasmommi said...

you have a beautiful family :0)

Stacie said...

he should be saying, "always treat a lady with respect... yes, that includes your sister."

i think my brother could have stood to hear that a few more times when we were growing up!

i love all of the pictures of your family. it looks like you all had a lovely weekend. my prayers are still with you and will be lifting up abby, especially, on tuesday...

Anonymous said...

Don't tell Mommy, but i got her a Guinea pig for her birthday, think she will like it?
Abby, i am still praying for you and thinking of you always, you can do this sweetheart, just keep saying, Jesus help me, and He will. I love you dearly, you have touched the lives of thousands of people. I will be thinking of you always, and Mommy and Daddy too.

Nancy and Isaac McGee said...

The pictures are fantastic.
I think Papaw is saying"kids when I was in school, I had to walk uphill both ways, in the snow,...."

Heidi said...

Thank you for posting all of the wonderful pictures. I'm glad Abby was feeling so energetic. What a wonderful Valentines day you all had!

Mama Llama said...

I think Paw Paw is singing Happy birthday "TO YOU" that's what his lips look like he's saying! What great happy pics... and happy "24th" bday! WOW!

Rhonda said...

I think Paw paw is saying..
Landis you cant web your Pawpaw or Sister...
Happy birthday..

Jennifer said...

PawPaw is saying, "You mean you did that in your Spidey underpants!" Abby is thinking, "Hear we go again!"

Trish said...

"So you get the spit right on the tip of your tongue, cock your head back and put your lips just like this and then pfoooooot.....let it rip. Just don't tell your Mother and Father that I showed you how to do this, okay?"

Shannon of "Room for More" said...

"I know Landis,let's go to the kitchen and look for some more sugar, maybe a can of frosting? We could always get your sister a bag of Fritos while we are in there too"

Anonymous said...

PAWPAW SAID: the two of you should be really good today, and no fighting cause it's Mommy's birthday, think you can do it?

Anonymous said...

PAWPAW= SSSHHHHHHH...THEY DO KNOW WHERE YOU HID THE CANDY!!