Monday, December 29, 2008

Surgery Survival

Evan had tubes put in his ears this morning. The procedure went well and Evan is getting along great. We had to be at the surgery center this morning at 6:30am. His surgery was scheduled for 7:30am and we were headed home by 8:30am. Luckily this was such a quick procedure; he was only given anesthesia that he breathed. No IV which was great.

Our plan this morning was to get up early and get ready, then get Evan up just before time to go and head out the door. Well, Evan didn’t cooperate with that plan. I got up around 4:30 to get ready and low and behold he was up too. It was hard to keep his mind off eating until we left at 6am. That also meant that Kevin and I had to join him in the fact we didn’t get any breakfast either since we couldn’t eat in front of him. Of course, he fell back to sleep on the way to the surgery center. We can only hope this doesn’t mean a really new early rising time. 6am every morning is early enough as it is.

Thanks for your prayers that the surgery would go well and he would have a quick recovery.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

A Wonderful Christmas!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We had a wonderful time celebrating with family on Christmas Day. Evan was excited to see his new treasures that Santa brought. We didn’t get a lot of pictures. We mostly took video. Evan opened his presents here at home and then said “more”. I think it was the excitement of tearing the wrapping paper. He did really well as we made our rounds on Christmas Day to visit with family. He helped hand out the presents to everyone and patiently waited for his turn. Everyone really helped to make our first Christmas as a family so special.

Evan and Granna (My Mom)

Evan and Papaw. This picture was made at our house. If you notice my tree, Evan had busy little hands and all the ornaments had to be moved to the upper half of the tree.

Evan and Mommaw

Evan had a ball being chaffeured by Cousin Yancy in the new Barbie Jeep.

Evan with his cousins Yancy and Adele.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Our Most Special Christmas Gift

As we enter into Christmas Eve, I think about the most precious gift any of us have ever received and that is the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is because of the precious gift given to us by God that we know unconditional love. It is wonderful to know we have a savior who believes in forgiveness and to have the promise of an everlasting life in Heaven with our Lord and Savior.

Now that I am a parent it is hard to imagine both the joy and heartache that God felt at the birth of his son. To know the great works he would bring about during his time on earth but to also know what he would be giving up as his son suffered for us. I feel blessed for our gift of Evan this Christmas Season. He is truly our most blessed Christmas present. We have prayed for a child for so long and while we didn’t always know the reasons for many of the things we dealt with over the years, God had a plan and what a wonderful plan Evan has been.

As you celebrate Christmas this year with family and friends, please take time to reflect on our most precious gift, Jesus Christ our Savior and the blessings you have received from him.

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Infamous Visit with Santa

I have tried twice to get pictures of Evan with Santa. The first time was in November and as you can see from the pictures posted, it didn’t go over to well. He wasn’t too happy about seeing Santa and I ended up in the picture with him.
Our second visit was about the same. He did finally walk up to Santa very slowly, grab his candy cane and run back to me.

First visit with Santa

Second visit with Santa

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Six Month Anniversary

It is hard to believe, but tomorrow, December 10th, it will have been 6 months since Evan was placed with us. I can remember what a long day it was in completing all the paperwork and it was 6pm before we even arrived to pick him up and return to Moscow. He did cry when we began to dress him but he never cried in the car seat and was awake during the 3+ hour drive back to Moscow. Of course, I know he was shell-shocked and scared. It is amazing how well he has adapted to life with us and for us to life with him.

It has been amazing to watch his progress. His language is starting to explode as he picks up new words. Sometimes Kevin and I look at each other and say “Did he say what I think he said?” Of course, Evan will never repeat it again when you ask. He loves his trucks, books and of course Elmo. He is getting taller and his face doesn’t look like a baby’s anymore. He is growing up so quickly.

This picture was made this past Sunday

The night Evan was placed with us for good!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Pending Surgery

We found out on Friday, that Evan will be having surgery to have tubes put in his ears. He has been having trouble with his ears for several months and we saw an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor on Friday. He felt it would be best for his overall health. So it is scheduled for Monday, December 29th. Please keep that date in your prayers. It is always scary to think about going under anesthesia, but when it is your child and he is so small, it is even scarier. The Doctor assures me that by the end of the day he will be fine and won’t remember anything.

We hadn’t really thought about it until someone at the daycare mentioned how much her son’s coordination improved after he had tubes placed in his ears. We hope this means Evan’s coordination improves. We really hadn’t made the connection; we just figured he was a bit of a klutz. My Mom has often said that he was the only person she knew that could fall standing in one spot. So hopefully, it is the ears and he isn’t a natural klutz like his Mama.