Wednesday, May 23, 2012

News on Evelyn's checkup

We are back from St. Louis Children's Hospital and although we didn't receive horrible news, it wasn't all perfect news either.  The cardiologist said that Evelyn has a mild aortic insufficiency.  This is a small leak of blood flow that gows back down into the left ventrical of the heart as the aorta is pumping blood out to the body.  In most cases it develops gradually and the heart compensates for it. But it can also become severe that surgery would be required.  The doctor wants to keep a close eye on it & rather than going back a year from now we are going  back in November. He said that overall he was pleased and that it is not a complete surprise to see the AI after having the arterial "switch" operation.

Did I want to hear that everything was perfect?  You bet!  Am I worried? Of course, I'm a mama and she's my baby. I don't want her to hurt.  I want her to be able to do all the things that little girls like to, jump, play, dance..climb trees in her case. :)  But I cling to the hope and strength that God gives trusting in His plan, knowing that He is in control. I ask that you would please continue to keep Evelyn in your prayers.  I believe that God is our healer and that when we go back in November there could be no sign of the AI! 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Prayers for a healthy report

Tomorow we are off to Children's Hospital in St. Louis for Evelyn's annual cardiology checkup.  She will also have an echo & an EKG.  Although I believe everything will be just fine, there is a small nervousness welling up in my tummy..The thought of having to go through another open heart surgery or extended stay in the hospital hurts. And its scary.  I know that God is in control & He has carried us through and done miracles for our family.  Your prayers meant so much 18 mo. ago & would mean so much to us tomorow as well. WIll you please pray for peace of mind for us, a clean bill of health & traveling mercies? 
Our princess is a fighter. 

"As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.." Isaiah 66:13a

Oh my..I'm a bit ornery..Eeee

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake."  Psalm 23:1-3

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fishing, before & after photos

I've mentioned Walnut Point State Park practically situated in our back yard. Stephen loves to take the boys fishing there & Evelyn and I love to walk the trails and play at the park..We all went last Sunday and just enjoyed being out in nature together. 

Okay, now, I'm just gonna go up this ramp, down these stairs and then circle back around again. and again. and again.

Big brother Will helps Max 'release' his bluegill.

Max is becoming quite the angler.  He caught 5 fish this day. I'm so proud.

And here are some before & after photos of just a couple of projects I've been working on.  I've always got several projects lined up but I am trying to share these with you more!
If you are a local reader, all of these items are for sale in my shop. :)

circa 1940's metal kitchen cabinet before
And after.  It was filthy & rusty in areas.  I scrubbed, sanded, & painted it into an awesome looking display piece.
These bentwood "Eames" style chairs came from the Uof I dorms.  They were in rough shape so I decided to paint them..

And after:in a bright cheery red that looks awesome paired with this oval yellow top chrome table. The curves of the chair's arms complement the shape of the table as well.  And, there are still 2 chairs left unpainted for those "leary" over the red paint. 

Evelyn just loves "helping" herself to our corner snack, bread, breakfast cabinet.  We can not keep her out of it. She usually goes for the giant marshmellows for smores fixins'.  She is so fast & sneaky and here she has found mommy's tortilla chips, ran to the couch with them and is sharing them with Max.  It was so funny & cute I couldn't "scold" her and had to get a pic! :)