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Apr 24, 2010

Abby Hangs Out With Garth, Trisha and Troy

From Michelle:

This has been an emotional couple weeks for me. When Abby's blood counts crashed, in much the same way they did when she was first diagnosed with Leukemia, my fear was that her cancer was back and we would be saying good-bye soon. When they kept getting worse, all I could think about was the million plus times she has asked me when she was going to get her new baby brother. Adoptions take time and money. Time that I was scared Abby was out of. Do we want to adopt no matter what? Of course. But, welcoming a new baby who Abby didn't get the chance to meet would be bitter sweet.

So while doctors and nurses filed through her hospital room, we decided to step out in faith and begin our next adoption. They calls have been made and we are filling out reams of paperwork... loving every minute of it. We trust that when the money is due, God will provide.

Abby is out of the hospital BUT being watched closely by her team of doctors. She is producing a miniscule amount of white blood cells so obviously any infection in dangerous. Am I still nervous about Abby's health. Honestly, yes. I have watched 9 kids relapse in the last week and my heart breaks for them and their families. We love Abby with all our heart (just like they love their children) so we will keep fighting with all we have.

And while we are fighting the beast (cancer) we will remind ourselves to fight for the moments where she gets to be a "normal" kid.

From Brent

Wow... what a special day. Seems like some of Abby's wishes are already coming true. First, here's a quick update on "Abby's Wish":

About $10K of the $25K needed to adopt has generously contributed. Since this may be our last adoption, we are considering the possibility of a baby and a sibling as well if the opportunity presents itself. We have begun the early steps of yet another home study (apparently three prior adoptions still don't make you qualified).

Wishes Come True

Abby was given special permission today (she's still in quarantine) to attend a big surprise. Out of all the "hospital" kids in Oklahoma, ten were chosen to be at the dedication of a kid play area at OU Children's Medical Center ("The Zone").

Troy Aikman has been part of this effort for 10 years, and recently Garth Brooks has joined the cause. We got to spend a couple of hours with Troy, Garth and Trisha Yearwood. No hurry, no throngs of people.

They sat and talked with each child. Took all the photos we wanted. Signed anything we wanted. Asked us about Abby and our family. They were warm, authentic and attentive.

Troy was very friendly and attentive. He talked with Abby and told her about his daughters. He took Abby's photo and put it in his pocket. He said, "I'm going to take you picture home and show my girls tonight."

We talked with Garth about our adoptions and he asked questions about it. I was able to speak to Trisha later for a few minutes and she told me they have some friends who are really interested in adoption. Michelle and I both commented later about how friendly and caring Trisha was.

They all loved Abby. Abby gave them a photo of herself and her little "Praying for Abby" card. It was a real thrill for us to get to attend as a break in our quarantine monotony.

NOTE: Abby wants to send "Miss Trisha" some photos, a thank you card and a painting of hers. I know she and Garth Brooks (they are married) live here in Oklahoma. If anyone knows how we could mail something to them, please contact us privately and let us know. We'd like to send Troy a thank you card too, if anyone knows his address. brent@brentriggs.com

They just fell in love with Abby. We know the feeling.

They (the hospital photographers I assume) wouldn't let me bring my professional photo rig in but I did grit my teeth and get some photos with my little pocket digital.


Abby had to wear a mask everywhere except the actual event.


Troy Aikman and our Child Life friend Kristin
talked to this kids.


Troy told the story about 10 years of working with
kids in hospitals, setting up these "end zones" where they can play.


Garth was incredibly friendly and genuinely interested.
He seemed in no hurry and was gracious with photos and autographs.
I've always heard he was a pretty nice guy, and I got to see it first hand.





Before everyone else arrived, me and Abby got a picture with
Garth before shaving off our goatee's and taking off our cowboy hats.
We were worried people would think we were weird since we
looked so much like Garth.


Michelle and I were both very touched by how caring
and genuinely thoughtful Trisha was. She really seems like an
exceptionally caring person.


One last photo with Garth and Trisha. We'll definitely be
hanging this one on the wall at home.

20 comments:

Kristi said...

Abby looks beautiful:) What a special day!!

sierrasmom said...

I am glad Abby was well enough to attend this event. WOw Trish and Garth...I am sooo jealous!!! The beginning of your post mde me think of friends of mine. In 2005 they adopted a little girl from China, Grace. Last spring they decided to adopt again from China, a SN daughter. They had begun all the paper work Home Study etc. In Nov. their precious Grace died of bacterial menengitis. Because Grace was such a big part of the decision to adopt again, they decided to move ahead with the adoption. They were referrred a beautiful little girl and hope to travel soon. Their Faith and Strength and Trust in God has been awe inspiring!! I have learned alot from them and treasure their friendship. Meeting Grace was our inspiration to go to China and adopt our special little girl!!!She had touched many lives in her 5 short years!!
Hugs to you all,
Kathie in NY

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Precious memories for all of you!

Love it!
Jill

Paige said...

Well, that must have been an amazing day! The photos with your "pocket cam" are so much better than most professional pics I have seen!

So glad yall had this opportunity! Praying for Abby and her new sibling and you guys too!

Blessings-
paige

Courtney Kay said...

WHat a great experience for you all... I am glad Abbs is out of the hospital!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing experience for Abby and the fam! Abby looked genuinly happy, haven't seen that in a while! I love y'all!
Mattie Patterson

Carrie said...

What a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing the photos with us.

Pam said...

WOW!!! Praying with you as you walk forward in the next adoption process!! & how cool to meet these 3!!!

Sabrina said...

That's wonderful! I'm so glad they were all so kind and patient with the children. You have to be, in my opinion, in dealing with children anyway, especially ill children.Many prayers for Abby!

Melissa said...

Wow! What a cool day the three of you shared together!

Debi said...

What an amazing day!!! So glad that Abby was able to be there.
Praying God's healing power over your beautiful and precious daughter.
Love and hugs and prayers,
Debi

trooppetrie said...

I am so glad she was well enough to attend and I am trying hard not to be jealous of her. i saw the new linky on someones blog and love it with the pictures

Chef E said...

Okay, now I feel horrible, since I just sent you a 'Mad/Crazy my MckLinky' sign in is not working...

Apologies to you...

I raised a daughter for fourteen years that was born with CHD- congenital heart disease, and lost her ten years ago. Not a day goes by do I not remember the 'crashing' feelings, living from doctor appointment to appointment, the fleeting tears I had to hold back for her. I also wished I could have adopted five million kids, but being a poverty level income mom, I knew it would not have happened.

My heart goes out to you, especially since I help take care of a four year old Indian girl in my personal chef job- a way of giving back when money was not an option, but the time spent helped with my healing and own writing.

I also have to say I laughed out loud when I saw your Garth picture, how freakin funny!

God's blessings have already fallen upon you and your family...

Chef E
http://tmi-chef.blogspot.com/

Chef E said...

PS- Troy Aikman and I share the same ten gallon hat stomping grounds and accent...I am also a fan of country music...

Jules said...

I love that they did this for her. She looks so happy.

(Garth and Trisha are two of my favorites)

The Adoption Journey of Baby King said...

I love that grin on Abby's face. What a wonderful experience and gift they are giving.

Sandy at God Speaks Today said...

How fun. So thankful your dark times are sprinkled with these bright spots. :)

Praying always,
Sandy

Sweet Joni said...

Brent - thought you were said you were a twin not triplets! LOL All a need a sun burnt face & there ya go... teehee

Michelle - HUGS Sister! You continually AMAZE me... perhaps you that who got me thru this last cancer ordeal???

Abby - With or without a mask you are still just as cute as ever!!! STAY Strong & Keep Fighting like a Warrior Child :-) HUGS

Hannah & the rest - HUGS & more HUGS... You are all such a big help to your Mom, Dad & Abby!!!

Garrett - how's that body mending up??? Are you back at 100% yet?

CONGRADULATIONS on getting that paperwork started!!!!! I do LOVE the idea of TWO siblings, maybe even more??? :) Hey Brent & Garrett seem to be pretty good construction workers. LMNBO

LOVE, PEACE & Blessings,
~Joni

whenpigsfly said...

What super memories for you all!!! Brent I think if you took photos with a "Throw away" camera they would be as good as pro-quality photos! Sweet sweet! We are praying for Abby's counts to keep climbing , even if its a slow climb and trusting the Father for her and for all of you. SO glad that you are feeling led to go forward with your adoption. Are you using Earlene for your SW? I need for her to update us in a few months!
Love to you all!!
Linda

Mom Of Many said...

Awwww, what beautiful pictures. I have tears in my eyes...you all look so peaceful and relaxed....like true joy was being felt...I know I don't know you, but I am thankful for your authenticity as you walk such a painful journey with your Abby (our oldest is Abigail who we call Abi)...I pray that God will heal her from the tip of her head to the bottom of her toes...He is definitely more than able. I pray God's Jehovah Shalom peace permeates your family. xo