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Mar 17, 2009

A Pic, A Video & A Date!

From Brent:

Michelle has not been out of the hospital in over two weeks, and has only left THE ROOM a few times. Some of our wonderful friends are keeping the kids tonight, and Michelle's Mom (a nurse too) is going to go sit with Abby at the hospital... so we can go out on one of those thingies... where two people do something... ummm... uhhhh... a dart... a dame... A DATE! That's it! A date!

Thanks makes twice this year... we are getting plum spoiled.

We'll leave in a couple of hours, and we might not even Twitter or blog during out date... maybe.

Our Colored Tongue Wall

We're creating a quite a fun collage on the wall for Abby. Can you spot your picture yet? We've got more room if you want to send one.




A Video

Here's video of Abby talking to MeeMaw on the phone, doing her best dramatic Southern Belle "thank you, oh thank you" and finally, deciding she is going to the beach and needs sunscreen in her ears!

You'll notice that Abby talks slow, and in a squeaky voice. The "slow" part is mostly from the morphine and other medications. The chemo partially paralyzes her vocal chords producing the nasally squeaky thing. But we don't care... she's so stinking cute and funny anyway.


Update From Michelle:

Abby is tired today, sleeping a lot, but doing pretty well. Her WBCs are still not recovering, but they are showing some early signs they may start. Abby's pain is much better managed today. Thankfully the change in medications was a great one for Abby.

We are really just in a holding pattern, no changes. Just supporting Abby, keeping her comfortable while we wait for her body to heal.

I can't wait to get out of this room for a few hours tonight but I'll really miss Abby.

54 comments:

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

She is just precious! Slurring and all - just adorable!

Please give her a hug from us!

Enjoy every minute of your date tonight! So glad you are getting out alone!

Hugs and love,
Jill

Natalie said...

Thank you so much for sharing this video. Abby is too cute. She cracks me up!!! And I'm amazed at her. All she's going through and she still is this wonderful, cute girl!!!

So glad you two get to go out tonight. Praying you can put your mind a little at ease and not worry about Abby all the time.

I'm praying for Abby to recover soon.

Kim H. said...

Your family and Abby are in my prayers - I can't imagine how difficult this is for all of you. God is with you and will certainly be with Abby while you are away for a little while.

Enjoy your time away to recharge... you are much better to Abby if you don't let yourself get too rundown.

LeAnna said...

Oh that is so cute! She is precious and I am praying for you guys daily!! I hope you both have a WONDERFUL time on your date tonight!

purejoy said...

pretty much the best 4minutes and 46 seconds i've spent in a long, long, time. i'm going to go to the beach in my car with sunscreen in my ear just to honor abby. that kid is the most preciousest little person i've ever seen!!
she has just blessed my heart!!
have fun at the beach, abby, and i hope your mommy and daddy have a FANTASTIC date!! enjoy!

noahandlylasmommi said...

have fun on your date. you deserve it.

Ange~ said...

AHHH!!! SO CUTE!

elaine said...

oh bless her heart! she is so cute and sweet! I hope you two have a wonderful evening out! enjoy it! I hope all the lotion comes out of abby's ears lol that is just too funny! what a ray of pure sunshine! thank you for sharing her with us.
Always in my prayers.
Elaine

Britni said...

I love this video!! She is too cute and so much stronger than any little girl should have to be. I don't know her but I am so proud of her! I give you guys so much credit for handling all of this so well and I thank you for sharing her with us. Lots and lots of prayers coming your way!

elaine said...

Abby is so precious! thank you so much for sharing her with us. I hope the lotion comes out of the ears! haha that was too funny! I hope you two enjoy your evening out. I know you need to do that sometimes. You have to take care of yourselves too. give Abby a hug for me.
Elaine

Michelle said...

Abby! We love your new video. We hope you have fun at the beach! We are glad you decided to wear sunscreen :)
We sent you a picture of Olivia's purple tongue-we hope you got it!

Brent and Michelle-we hope you have a wonderul date! We are proud of you for making time for each other during such circumstances! It's so so important.

:)Michelle and Olivia Mann
Alaska

Gill said...

That vid is SO stinkin cute!!

Have a great date you guys :) ENJOY you deserve it :D

Blessings.x

Sweet Joni said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU MEEMAW ^5
HA I JUST got done talking to God about Michelle not being out of the hospital in so long then I come here & read this! :D ENJOY your errrrrr 'ALONE TIME' and there better not be any Tweets, just lots of Sweets LOL


Abby is such a Tiger! :D her grrrrrr & sudden smile cracked me up! I'm hoping the beach is FUN too :D

Laters with lots of blessings,
~Joni Sweet(Oh gosh, no pun intended) LOL

Anonymous said...

Oh MY GOODNESS!!!!! That was so precious, i could listen to her talk from now on, what a sweetie she is!!!!!! Isn't it amazing how this little bitty person has touched the lives of so many, and given us something else to think about,and pray about besides some of the other garbage that we deal with in life. Now this is what being humble is all about. I love you Abby, you put a smile on my face (with happy tears) that hasn't been there in a long time. God is using you to put us adults where we should have been a long time ago (more down on our knees).
I hope you get to go to the ocean and get a suntan, and have a ball playing in the sand, with all your friends.
Have a good time tonight Mama and Daddy, Mammaw will be just fine with Abby, don't worry about her( I am the Mammaw to a little one adopted too) and you know what Onc. RN as far as i see it ..my blood runs through her veins too!!!!!!!!! She is mine, God blessed us beyond what we ever deserved. I pray that one day you will have that kind of love for someone, without it is a very lonely world.

joan's blessings said...

Abby is so adorable, I love watching her videos...she is just so sweet and shows what great parents she has...I have a cute 4yo nephew, josh that we could put together when they get older :)
we love you abby...

Vanessa said...

Abby is too cute with her voice and all. She had me smiling throughout the whole video. Praying for her to get better soon.

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog every single day and praying for your family. I have learned so much from you and your teachings. I have learned to appreciate the little things in life because of your blog. Today I sit here yet again in tears for abby.."seeing" her in the video just makes my heart smile! She is one precious little angel...
We adopted Juan Carlos ..now known as Carlos from Hannah's Hope..one of the older boys..maybe you remember him. All my kids pray for abby every night. thank you for this blog, i hope you realize how many people you are touching and how you are bringin many of us closer to Christ.
Blessings ~
Karen

Liz said...

So stinkin' cute! We love the drama of the "Tank yous!" She is so sweet!

by: Allison said...

Have a great DATE night and try not to think about all your great blog friends. We know you will be back soon. Abby I can't wait until you get out of the hospital and at home. Be strong and God will get you there soon.

Anonymous said...

Abby is soo cute. Praying for her and your family.

Enjoy your date tonight.

julie Snell in VA said...

What a very precious child little Abby is! What a sweet, sweet video - so funny about the beach and her ears!! I just love that little girl and her spirit! Have a wonderful date night. We are praying for you all here in Virginia! Julie and family

Amy B said...

You tell Miss Abby that I live a few houses from the beach and 45 minutes from Dinsey. She has a open invitation
to come here and hang out on the beach...swim in the pool..relax in the hot tub and then we will go see every princess there is...
That is a open ended invitation ...
Have fun tonight and know that prayers are being said for all of you.

Christy said...

enjoy your date night... please... DONT twitter or blog or anything but spend time with one another... the much needed time you need.

Praying for Abby... (my sweet 2 year old is saying she wants to see abby again... so we are going to watch the video again)... Thanks Abby for the video... we love you and are praying for you.

Liz said...

If I didn't live so far away, I'd a swung by, sterilized myself, dawned a hospital gown and given that daughter of yours a big hug!! Brent, I'm glad you're in the hospital to boost Abby's immune system - the more laughs; the more WBCs!

Paula said...

I love her!!!! Take care of yourselves tonight.

Meredith said...

Abby is too cute, love the video. What a precious little girl.

Michele, thanks for the info to look at AGCI, we're pretty sure that's who we're going to go with for international. You're link was a God send

Have fun on your date, you two deserve it!

God Bless!

Farrah said...

I love the way she stops and pauses when you say Travis...How stinking cute is she

She is so precious!!! I just love her

Alaine said...

Oh I love that girl! She is so sweet. I don't think there's any way I'd be as nice as she is while going through so much! Thank you for sharing. It's so much easier to pray for someone when you see them LIVING and that's what your videos do for me.
Give Abby gentle hugs from us in Michigan. We are praying for all of your through this.

Alaine

Alex and Sam said...

I hope you guys have a great date tonite.. Abby is so precious, even with all that is happening to her, she still has one heck of a sense of humor...

hugs
alex

Violet said...

Awww... This is my favorite video yet. The perserverance and resiliency of kids amazes me. I love that she is being a typical silly, imaginative 4 year old here, amids all the tribulations!

Leslie said...

have fun on your date!!!

Love the tongue wall!!!

hugs,leslie

Shari said...

She is so adorable! How could someone think negative about Abby and her family? I just can't fathom that. I am praying and will continue. Have a wonderful date tonight! :]

fmattso said...

I think you are in BIG trouble if you made dinner reservations at the hospital cafeteria!! That made me laugh out loud!! Laughter does indeed live!! I hope you had a wonderful evening together! I am still praying like a crazy person for WBC!! Tell Abby we love her! And I will forever put lotion in my ears when I go to the beach.

Allred Family said...

She is precious and soo funny!! I just love her! I think I will watch that video over and over! I can't get enough of her. I hope you two are having a wonderful date.
Always praying for Abby and your family.

Jenney said...

Oh, Abby! You are such a testament. We were with some of the "floor 4" kids today, and I saw lots of "Abbys" while Baby J was getting his Upper GI. I just had to pray really quick for her. Lots of reminders here at the hospital of you guys. I can't imagine how you are all feeling after months and months of this...we're going nuts after 6 days. HOLD ON. YOU WILL MAKE IT.
Michelle...I know how you feel about not wanting to leave the room. It's just a mom thing.
When we finally get home and get our daycare kids back, then we will be sending those promised cards...

momof3darlings said...

That is the SU-WEETEST video EVER! Brooklyn was just talking right back to her like Abby could hear her! HAHAHAHAHA!!

She is a GEM!

Joyce Williamson said...

Dear Abby and Mommy and Daddy,
Loved your video Abby. You are such a sweet child. Praying that the Drs. keep your pain under control and also find out what is causing your problems.
Tell Mommy and Daddy to have fun on their date tonight and tell them that they can tell you all about it tomorrow. Tell Daddy to take pictures too.
Michelle and Brent hope you have a wonderful evening tonight. The time away will do you both some good, plus you both deserve this alone time. BUT, "Drs.Orders" are: absolutely no twitter, facebook, etc., because you both need this time.
Enjoy. Reconnect. Have fun!!!!!
Love and Prayers,
Joyce and Nick

Kelli said...

Love the video, and the collage. I see my goofy self right above the purple card. Heh. Thanks Brent, hope you and Michelle have a wonderful DATE! :)

Robyn said...

I'm so glad Abby's pain is somewhat better. I am continuing the prayers for her!! Have fun on your date tonight!!

Connie said...

Oh I just want to reach right through the screen and give her a big ol' hug! What a little sweetheart :)

Anonymous said...

I hope ya'll have a wonderful evening out tonight, and seriously - NO TWITTERING!!! :)
Ashley

Cathy said...

Have a great date...it shouldn't matter where...just enjoy each other.

Praying for Abby as always.

The Reyes Family said...

That was jsut to precious. Thanks for sharing. I keep Abby and her family in our prayers every day.

auntie bekkah said...

Okay, this just breaks my heart seeing poor Abby in that video begging to go to the beach. Awww she is too adorable! Have you ever considered taking her off all of this painful treatment and bringing her home , letting her enjoy the beach and be a happy kid for the little time she has remaining? I think that would be good for Abby. I know sometimes as parents we can be kinda selfish wanting to do anything to prolong our child's life yet when the quality of life is diminished and the child is suffering, sometimes its time to make some serious decisions and let our children be happy.

dprivett said...

She is adorable. My little boy (almost 3) watched this with me. He prayed for Jesus to make Abby better! : )

nikki said...

Oh that girl is too much!! Such a character, love it!!!!

Hope you two enjoyed your night out! You guys deserve it!!!

maria said...

Brent and Michelle,
Loved the video of Abby, she is so sweet! Glad to hear you guys are getting away for awhile, Blessings!

Maria Jeffries (KY)

Angie said...

Well, if ever there were parents who are definitely NOT selfish, it is you two, Brent and Michele. Thank you for helping Abby fight this battle with cancer. You two are there for her and are helping her to enjoy her time in the hospital even though it is such a difficult time. How many little girls feel as loved by so many people as Abby does? You two are working tirelessly on her behalf, not just for physical healing but also helping her enjoy life as much as possible while fighting this battle. Selfish- you two??? No way!!!

Thank you for not giving up on her and not giving up on the power of prayer. Abby is so precious and it has been our family's privilege to pray for her. Thank you for "sharing" her with us via pictures, videos, and stories so that we can better know who we are praying for. We love Abby so much and think that you two are doing an amazing job!

Angie in TX

Melissa said...

Oh I am so happy that the two of you can get out and be alone together...enjoy your time. You 2 are wonderful people. Your strength amazes me, you have strengthened so many lives by the way that you live out yours. God bless you and your family...

Anonymous said...

I hope you and Michelle have a great time on your date !!! I am envious as my husband and I haven't been anywhere in over a year to just be together. (I know envy is wrong, but you know what I mean). To get through all you are doing, you both need to stay connected to each other and God.

I loved the video. Abby is amazing and such a clown. Keep "exploiting" her for us. LOL

I think you all are making the right choices in treating Abby. There may (and I say may) be a day when you make different decisions regarding Abby, but right now I feel that doing ALL you can for her is God leading you. Just keep listening for God's voice to carry you through.

My heart and prayers are with you all.

Ann Stegall
Wake Forest, NC

M said...

Abby is precious and thank you for sharing the video. I check your blog daily to check on Abby. Abby and your family are in our daily prayers. May God continue to care for Abby, and to continue to give her the strength to fight, stay strong, and to be able to go home soon.

Love,
The Turner Family

Marielle said...

Abby and Brent you made my day. This video is so funny!! I will show it to our 6 year son Abel, who has been praying for Harper daily and now he is thanking the Lord she is all well and he prays for Abby. Even without me reminding him. Abby with her funny story and funny faces always remind me of him. Here you can find a very funny picture of him http://madesign-quilt.blogspot.com/2009/02/funny-abel.html
I realy needed a good lauch in the middle of a very diffucutlt time and you sure made me laugh.

Elaine said...

Abby, You are just to "stinkin" cute. Lotion in the ear so you don't get sunburned. That is great. You are such an inspiration to us all. Get well soon wishes all the way from Montana.
Elaine

Carol said...

I love it! She is more precious than ever. I'm taking her to the beach first chance I get! Lot's of love!!!!