Before I start the birthday post...
I wanted to give an update on my cousin Maggie.
Maggie had surgery to get a trach for her vent. She was able to breathe on her own for three hours but her breathing is very labored. She is having a hard time coughing so she needs to be suctioned a lot. It is very good news and a huge answer to prayer that she was able to breathe for three hours off the vent. Please continue to pray that her level of paralysis is lower than they think and that she will be able to breathe on her own. She isn't able to fully talk yet but is doing a good job communicating what she needs.
Maggie has really enjoyed getting special messages of people thinking and praying for her. It would mean the world to her (even if she doesn't know you) to know you care and know you are thinking of her. If you want to leave a comment and let her know your praying I can forward those messages along to her. She is having my Aunts read her all the messages and prayers several times a day and it means so much to her to know that she has people all over the world praying. Thank you!!
Grace turned 15 right before Christmas.
Grace took her boyfriend (as seen above)
and a few friends with her sibs up to the
mountain for the day. They spent the day
"tubing" and playing in the snow.
Then came back home for dinner and cake/ice cream.
(Not sure why Jude is without clothing?)
Micah then spent the rest of evening reading
stories to Graces younger siblings.
(with all the voices!)
Micah is a HUGE hit at our house.
(love Dominick's face in this picture, so silly)
Happy Birthday Grace!!
Last week Sophie turned 14.
She was able to come home for her birthday because she continues to
work really hard at therapy and with mending the broken relationships.
We were thrilled that we could all be together on her birthday.
Sophie got some new soft socks and a special candy dish that says
"As far as everyone knows we are a normal family!"
We all got a kick out of that.
Leishan rushed home from college classes to be here for the party.
Then she had to leave again for another birthday party.
We were thankful she made the effort to be here for Sophie.
We continue to just take things one day at a time and appreciate the good days with her.Things have been REALLY good. Really normal. Really like the Sophie that we haven't seen in a long long long time. She has been able to be honest about her lies and manipulations and please God, just let this time it all be for real!
(A silly side note is that the Moms from my adoption support group said that they would go repossess the sewing machine if things ended up blowing up after we gave it to her. I love my Mom friends!!)
Since Sophie picked ice cream sundaes
we gave her a birthday candle to
wish on and blow out.
Sophie then made her wish.
Next year she hopes to be home
for her birthday.
Praise God for my beautiful children.
We love birthdays.