Post Surgery

The organized chaos prior to surgery:


Nora just underwent emergency surgery for gastric volvulus. Somehow her stomach flipped on itself and was obstructed. She was in surgery for about an hour. The surgeon came out afterward and informed us that the condition of her stomach was initially very bad. They allowed it to rest for 10 minutes instead of drastically deciding to remove it. When they re-examined it, it DID pink back up in some areas but not all. They have done a partial closure so they can go back in tomorrow, 2 days, 3 days(?) to see if it has revived any more. At that point they will make the decision to remove any parts that are necrotic. We are PRAYING for full tissue recovery, that NO parts will need to be removed. They will also place a g-tube in her belly to prevent any future episode of her stomach twisting. This will “anchor it down” as it has been explained to us. She has quite a steep road to recovery ahead of her, but as our dear friend Tommy reminded us: STAY FOCUSED ON THE PRESENT. I think it was Proverbs 4:25 that he quoted, “Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.”


Every Little Thing is Gonna Be All Right


I am in awe of all of your encouraging texts, comments and messages, your PRAYERS are so comforting and they are MOVING MOUNTAINS!!!!! I’m so sorry I can’t respond to each and every one right now. I thought we’d be coming up here maybe for some IV fluids…. Had no idea things were this wrong. Trying to catch my breath and get my feet back on the ground after this frying pan upside the head!

Emergency Surgery

Nora is going into emergency high risk surgery. Her stomach seems to have turned and is obstructed. She is intubated, sedated and stable right now, surgery is any minute.

Nora early this morning:

Prayers are hugely needed and appreciated.

Silly Fingers

Another beautiful sunrise! My 3 birds are in the top left of the v-shaped tree on the left! 🙂

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
(Psalm 90:14 NIV)

I’ll let Nora tell you about her busy day:

Oh, tank you very much, Mommy! Yeah. I had a busy day today, alright! I had physical therapy first thing. I really like therapy. They always come up with some fun things for me to do! Today I got to play with some pencil grippers. I know that sounds strange but I didn’t think so at all! I got to wear them on my fat little fingers and they were soooo interesting!
Yeah, let me get a closer look at things here:
That’s kinda funny, huh!
I think I could place orders with these things.
“Um, I’d like TWO milkies please?! TWO.”

I was worn out after therapy!

I got my last Synagis shot this afternoon!! I wasn’t at all happy about someone poking my fat little leggie with a needle and I don’t understand it when Mommy tries to explain it. I cried a lot until I got myself all sleepy again. Before my shot they weighed me. I’m a 14 lb. 4 oz. big girl if you can believe that!!!

What else is hard to believe is that when I woke up from my nap I was the happiest, squealy-est little thing anyone’s ever seen. A much better state than when went down! I just made everyone smile all day. I’m THAT sweet!!





“Who? Wha.. What time is it!!???”

“No! This isn’t what I like! This look went out of style in the 1700s!!”

“I don’t have time for bubble wigs. I have places to be and cousins to meet.”

“It’s time to meet my cousin now.”

“Oh, hi, cousin! You sure are little!”

“The sun is setting in the sky. Little cousins say goodbye!”

“Bye bye, Baby Parker! I can’t wait to see you again!”


“Brudder and sister are taking off to school again.”

“I get lots and lots of loves and cuddles from Mommy while they’re away.”

“Poor Crockett waits patiently for any love that might spill over onto the floor.”

“Yyyayyyy!!! Time for baffs!!!!”

“Kbye! I love all of you!”


Thanks, sweet Nornor! 🙂

I’ve had every intention of updating nightly, but obviously I haven’t been so able to do that. I will continue to update as regularly as I can with the goal of getting back to the nightly/daily posts!

It’s not a good indication of how the day is going to go when one of the kids shows up at the bedroom door hyperpuke-illating all over the place. The answer to my question of, “What’s that noise?” was quickly realized and I suddenly found myself trying to reroute poor Greta into the bathroom while hurdling puddles of puke.

Obviously she did not go to school today and has been feeling rotten all day long and on into the night. We hope and pray this is only a 24 hour gig and that the rest of us can escape it.

I’ve dusted off the boxes of surgical masks from our rendez-flu back in January, been scrubbing my hands raw, and Lysol-ing the heck out of this place. Ughhh. We ALMOST made it to Spring!!! I sincerely hope and pray we didn’t infect my sister’s family while we were visiting.

Thank you so much for your prayers, kind words and encouragement and offers for help on Nora’s FB page! We had nursing help today so I was able to get out to get what we needed, which of course coincided with the threat of snow. So yes, I appeared to be one of the panic-stricken yayhoos depleting the shelves of bread and milk in true tri-state fashion!

We sooo appreciate all of you!



My reminder of the day:

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
(Romans 12:12)


I’m sorry I haven’t updated in a couple of days! All is well – just trying to catch my breath! Very tired again tonight, so I will just leave you with some pictures!



Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people!
(Psalms 66:5 NLT)

Display of Works

I think I have a pretty good idea of God’s love and His ways in what I read about Him in scripture and what I have experienced firsthand. However, I don’t think that we as mere humans are capable of wrapping our minds around ALL that God is. It’s impossible to compartmentalize God or to think we’ve got Him all figured out in a neat tidy religious box with a pretty bow on top, “If you do or don’t do _______ , then God is going to ________.” Impossible to say. We don’t know, which is why God’s ways are often described as mysterious.

In my Bible study homework the question was posed (not in these exact words), “Do calamities befall us because of something we did in our past? Are we being punished?” Beth Moore gave her opinion along with these verses from the book of John, Chapter 9,

“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

After I read that I closed the book and let those sweet words of Jesus’s response resonate, “This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” Wow. It was as if Jesus were speaking directly to me in response to my prayerful frustrations that took place earlier in the day. Feeling overwhelmed with life in general today I started off down that familiar beaten path of self-pity, “Why, God? Why us?” Since the moment this sweet little bundle we named Nora was placed in my arms and I stared back into her eyes, I have NEVER regarded her as a calamity or a punishment. In fact, quite the contrary! She’s a blessing in so many ways and on so many levels. But there are the days (today) that I wished she and everything else were “normal” (if even such a concept even exists?)

“This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in her,” Jesus answered me.



How beautifully obvious, and how humbled I am to have our lives, Nora’s life serve as a canvas for God’s works. I’m ever thankful for the sturdiness of the frame–the foundation of my faith that refuses to buckle even under the days of tremendous pressure. Thank you, Lord.

Day 99 – The Big Day

6:00 am

We’re here at the hospital! All checked in and hooked up. Thanks, Maggie for the beautiful hospital gown!


Check back to this page. I will update as regularly as I can. Thank you again for your prayers!!

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. (Psalm 46:1-5 NIV)


9:00 am

Contractions have been coming pretty regularly for a little while now! I imagine I’ll be asking for that epidural soon!! Nora’s steady little heartbeat plays over the fetal monitor. Our sweet nurse, Amy thinks Nora might be here by early afternoon. 🙂


10:00 am

I just asked my sister to turn the radio on here in the room. The song “Strong Enough” that I shared yesterday was on the radio. So perfect. No coincidence.

About to get my epidural!


11:00 am

The epidural has been administered successfully! “I. have become. comfortably numb.” – Pink Floyd

Still at 1cm, but pitocin drip has been upped which should progress things a little further. In about an hour Amy will check me again and will then break my water.

Surrounded by my beloved friends and family, heavenly saints and angels, I am completely blessed. I’m so encouraged by everyone cheering me on with your comments and prayers. Thank you for sharing in this with me!!


12:00 pm

My water broke on its own and I’m at 3cm. Nora’s heartbeat sounds great and she’s enduring labor just fine! 🙂 My kids are here and sweet as heck.


2:00 pm

Nora is taking her time! Still 3cm, but proceeding!

We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:3-4 NIV)


3:00 pm

4cm. Taking a nap now.


4:45 pm

8cm. Should be soon!! They’re setting up. Please pray!! 🙂


5:20 pm

She is here!!! Big healthy cry!!! 5 lbs. 2 oz.