The scary pockets of infection that filled my belly are GONE! The plan for antibiotics and drainage tubes until Christmas has been miraculously changed with just a snap of my Lord's mighty Fingers.
And I stand in extraordinary gratitude before my Beautiful Savior, Who has yet again, surprised His little girl.....
Thank You my Father for keeping great watch over me and for keeping me safe always and forever
He loves to surprise me, watching with delight, as my heart flutters with joy and love for Him....Oh my God, How good and merciful You are to me!
My abdominal pain is getting better and better each day. I am still on IV medications, treating a strain of infection resistant to my previous medications for I think, one month longer, as my incredible doctors (who are the Hands and Feet of Jesus) want to see, a third clear CT scan before taking any chances with the health of my new lungs.
They are truly experts in their fields and are so protective and caring for their patients. I have been so blessed to be one of those patients and to have so many exceptional professionals watching over me.
I sadly ended up missing the first month of summer with my family
(on my 31 day retreat in the hospital with Jesus)
BUT, how spoiled I have been by my loving Father and mighty Creator to have had this most reverent time with just Him, as He continues to transform my soul....purifying it into something that will truly delight Him....For a pure soul is what I thrist for the most.
TIME TO ENJOY AND CELEBRATE AND REJOICE
My new mission....Take more pictures of ME and my family
I will quit saying "no" to having my picture taken...... always "taking" the pictures of everyone ELSE, because I don't like pictures of myself.....
I need to get over myself because these memories and pictures are not necessarily for "me".....
Oh, the regrets I felt laying sick in the hospital wondering what memories my childen would have of me
SO HERE GOES
We've climbed a mountain, and now we are so delighted to catch our breath while we enjoy gazing at the dazzling scenic view from the top.
We are all praising and glorifying our Lord and basking in the joy after the hard fought journey that He so graciously carried us through....
SPECIAL BLESSED MOMENTS THAT I NEVER WANT TO FORGET
(Our little Pool Princess loved it)
Me and my Noodles
An EXTREMELY CHERISHED visit where I was blessed and humbled, when his Excellency, Bishop Olson granted me the Sacrament of the Sick that I so desired, and blessed our little Gracie Ann
Matchers.....even down to our fuzzy socks
First visit to the mall in at least 1 1/2yrs....I surprised my girls with an aftrnoon of shopping!
I wouldn't have gone to the mall that day if it was not for my friend Anne
who is SO MUCH cooler than I am
My "Littles" at the mall
The Mall had a BEAUTIFUL Carousel
Friends Coffee/Visiting Time......very important!!
Thank you to all my friends who not only stormed Heaven for my health, but did not forget about me, even when I was gone for so long
Gracie Ann's first "Messy Bun"
Enjoying BOTTLED Cokes....nothing better!
TOTALLY 8O'S CELEBRATION FOR MY NIECES
Courtney and Kerry
Nicholas and Christopher at Courtney and Kerry's 80's birthday party
They were the only boys so they totally "rocked out" the way only boys can
Isaac's first time roller skating with Madison's help of course
MORE FAMILY THIS AND THATS
The entire Lustig Family drawn in chalk....it was a spontanious idea inspired by our Lord that was so much fun for our family!!
Isaac and Sarah eating pizza and visiting like two little adults
Jeremy is an EXPERT (non-Italian) wood burning pizza oven, pizza maker
My little people
Well Done pork chops......they were still incredibly yummy!
Boat Buddies on Lake Texoma
Curly-haired little Gracie Ann
Christopher and Nicholas
at Camp Subiaco at Subiaco Abbey (A Roman Catholic Benedictine Monastery) in Subiaco in Arkansas
They had the BEST time ever
Nose to Nose Napping (I did this with all of my kids)
Seriously Cuteness all the way around.......
ISAAC: "Mama I love you and I am sorry that I wasn't being nice today."
I say back to him....
MOMMY: "I forgive you...and Isaac, even if you were mean a lot, Mommy will ALWAYS love you no matter what!" "Nothing will EVER change that!" "I will love you forever and ever!"
ISAAC: "Oh Mama...now you're just talking silly!"
Rhonda treated me to lunch at her beautiful country club
A fancy meal with my great friend is just the best ever....really anytime we are together is super fun
Bree Bree and I trying to talk the manicurist into letting us do a "pedi-dip"
"Why can you dip your fingers but NOT your toes?"
"We want to be the first to try it?"
Isaac's "Big Box playhouse" more fun than any toy we could ever buy
My friend Genni took this picture of Nicholas, Isaac, Gracie Ann, and I at Daily Mass. She loved how Nicholas was snuggling Gracie Ann
(Isaac and I are off to the right)
Gracie Ann in her walker
Sister and brother running errands
Isaac driving Madison's "Jeep Jeep"
Isaac and his friend Kolbe
Breathing treatments for my baby Gracie Ann. Poor thing has some bad drainage and a cough
recious little one
These kids have been tubing together for over 8 years!!
I never thought that I would be blessed with another lakehouse opportunity like this again
Praise You Father
When did they all get so big?!?!?!?
Me and Lori
Two fancy mommies basking in the sun on the 4th of July
Again.....I never thought that I would be healthy enough to enjoy such a fun time
I am forever grateful for each and every blessed opportunity bestowed upon me
Water sports is SO tiring
Everyone came in and promptly fell asleep
First can of soda
These are Gracie Ann's special laser glasses that she wears each day to help stimulate her little brain. She is developing so much.
Our Precious Lord is working through her in countless ways and we praise Him with every joy she brings us.
She is perfect just the way that she is, but we continue to try to give her every opportunity so that she can be whatever her Loving Father wants her to be.....we cannot wait to see the plans that He has in store for her.....Gracie Ann is already touching the world in a very powerful way
A belated "Mothers Day" mani/pedi's with my girls
Nicholas and Savannah sleepover with their good friends Damian and Magdalena!
Eating is very tiring
Uncle Felix can ALWAYS calm our little ones no matter HOW frustrated they may be.....He has this special loving touch that relaxes there fragile little upset heart and puts them to sleep......seriously.....EVERY TIME!!
We love our uncle Felix
Taking it back "old school"
Airing out a diaper rash....but keeping Gracie Ann warm by the fire
Blessed friend time
More Blessed friend time
Grace and Savannah
And More Blessed friend time
Ella and Madison
And even moreBlessed friend time
Trever, James, Christopher and Nicholas
We grew up together as mommies
"Like I always tell you, Lori....I am so happy that you wore your funny socks that day and pulled on my arm to tell me....I knew at that moment that we would be friends forever!"
Just like daddy
Isaac Bonding with Max
Me and my baby girl with piggytails for the first time
And what is with that HUGE vein on my head...I usually try and photoshop it out
And we're out!!
Daddy's baby girl
This boy loves the boat
New "Big Girl" carseat
I don't know what I would do without you.
Thank you for loving me and our five babies. We are so very blessed to have you as our Daddy....Our Spiritual leader, leading our family home towards Jesus Christ
I have NOW spent more than 1/2 of my life with you.....
And I am so blessed to have you as my husband
Today, tomorrow, and forever......I choose you
to forever and always praise You in the storm