Their dog Molly got out and was delivered by the police with a sizable ticket for non-adherence to the leash law.
Happy Teen Years, Pipey!
My plane was over an hour late leaving Oakland so it was great to finally arrive at Jen and Lowell's. A mom just has to see her kid, face to face, to know how she is really doing. She looked really good. She is such a pioneer type woman, I admire that in her so much. The pain meds seemed to help her cope with the discomfort and she was in very good spirits. All the suffering of the past few months seem to be gone! Joy to the world in this home!
However, that took seven hours to diagnose and get the proper meds. In that time she managed to endear herself to the entire floor of hospital staff. For most of that time Hazie and Jen shared a gurney as we were in the ER. When the staff would come in she would ask them their names and then ask if she could be their doctor! A little pay back seemed like it was in order!She had a little mask and some rubber gloves and wanted to borrow their stethoscopes. She steals the heart of every human she comes in contact with, it is so amazing to watch.
They had to draw two viles of blood and they always have a hard time finding and keeping her tiny veins going. It took 30 minutes of them poking and prodding to get the blood and an IV started.
She kept saying "I'm not gonna cry!" They kept saying it was OK and she whimpered a little. They said repeatedly, "You are so brave, Sweetheart," she kept saying, "No, I not!" This child makes a person see right into the portals of heaven. I never knew one could love another person so much. She has made me capable of loving everyone more.
After all of the poking ordeal she said, "OK let's have a party now and no more poking, Otay?" That is when the staff brought her a cute little pink bunny, stickers and it was time for dinner and some party treats.
Even though we had packed our bags to stay the usual overnight and then some...we got to go home. It was a great day after all. I couldn't really see how Jen could be comfortable in those bizarre chair to bed conversions while still being so sore...so it all turned out well.
The 27th was our son's 37th birthday. The night before we took Chris and his family out to dinner at the Spaghetti Factory. We had such a great time and I did not take a single picture. What was I thinking? I must get back into blogger mode. So some older ones of them...
Once upon another time...
Jen wasn't much in the mood for having any photos
taken so soon after her surgery either.
Chris and Missy and Owen in Chris' arms,
Connor, Zachary and Aynslee front row.
Zach and Owen wowed us also in their own special ways. Owen at 4 has taken to reading a verse of scripture along with the rest of the family every night; he makes up the verse. He did about five poignant verses..one he said was, "And it came to pass...no one will ever die." Sweet. Zach 7 and Grampa played a game or two of Pig in the Pen and Zach beat Grampa handily, much to Grampa's chagrin, I might add!
The rest of the week so far is kind a blur of relaxing, snuggles with little girls, listening to their secrets and concerns and keeping Jen company and doing some work. She was organized and did all the cooking in advance so all we do is pop something out of the freezer and make a salad. Brilliant and thoughtful.
and is the team Goalie.
I've been discussing genealogy with Lowell, particularly Ancestry.com and watched Hugo with Jennifer. Yesterday I bought Hugo and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on DVD. I was so happy and surprised to see EL&IC is already out. We love that movie. We just love collecting fabulous movies...well, I do, wink wink. We do enjoy watching them on our Friday night dates at home.
Jim has been visiting Hazie's classroom the last couple of days. She has loved bringing him for "Show and Tell" Hahaha.
Jim is making a table for Hazie with a cutout for her wheelchair. He says this may be exactly what he wants to do in his shop when it is done. It would be perfect to make modified furniture and equipment for kids with disabilities. It would take in all his skills in education and design and carpentry to produce something so wonderful for these little angels. Perfecto!
Last coat of glossy cream colored paint...now drying and curing in the sun for a day. And then her very own spot to explore her talents and have fun. Grampa, he is a legend in his own time! Lucky us!