Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Jack is Kathy's dad's middle name. Byron is Kathy's grandpa's (and my grandpa's) middle name. All the great-grandkids in our family are being named after someone. I love traditions!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
She finally likes to color. She had no interest for quite a while. Now, anytime I say color she has to. I have learned to only give her two crayons at a time. Otherwise they are all over the place. She freaks out when I take them from her to give her new colors. By the way, Amy, she made you something special for staying over!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
mom and dad
Monday, December 15, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
"OK, long story sort of shortened. Sara saw Dr. Gary Johnson (gyne/oncologist) yesterday in Springfield. By God's timing, he found an opening to do surgery today (Tuesday the 9th). The diagnosis is primary peritonial cancer, a close cousin to ovarian. They basically treat both the same. The dr. removed many parts from her and believes he got much of the cancer. There is still some under the lungs (this is to be expected). The surgery was around five hours. Sara is still in recovery and waiting for an ICU room (for the extra care she will need for a while). We don't have any guess to length of stay in recovery/ICU/regular room. We (sister Alice and I) have not seen her yet. Hopefully later tonight. st-johns.org is the hospital website, if you wish to send an email card you can go there to do so. You don't send it to an email, it comes to the hospital and the volunteers will print and deliver it to her room. Thanks for your continued prayers!"
To send a note to Sara, visit www.st-johns.org.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
talking to Mimi on the phone. she paces when she talks.
the kid will put anything on her head. but that's not the funny part, check out her feet
bundled up to pick out a christmas tree
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Nov 24, 2008 2:55 PM
Many of you know or know of my sister Sara Benton. She has requested prayers for her health. Last week Sara was admitted to the hospital in Olney with fluid in her chest between her lungs and heart. The fluid was drained and tested for a variety of items. Doctors have given her MANY possible issues, most very serious. There were cancer "markers" found and she is getting a PET scan tomorrow. She is currently only being treated for pneumonia. Our family, of course, wishes Sara would come to Springfield where they can get more done in a more timely fashion, but she is comfortable with the doctors she has been assigned. She would like prayers for her strength and the doctor's knowledge. Thank you.>>Ellen and family
Nov 25, 2008
Tuesday's scan was canceled due to insurance issues. I don't know the whole story, but there are still samples that were sent out-of-state and the insurance won't pay for anything else until those results are back. It's all very disheartening.>Thanks for your thoughts, prayers...>Ellen
Nov 29, 2008
OK, Sara had more fluid taken off both sides of the chest cavity on Thursday. Friday she went to Effingham and had a PET scan that should show where the cancer cells/markers are coming from. Due to other circumstances I don't know when she'll know the outcome. While in Effingham the Dr. from a Springfield Cardio group was able to run another ECG to check the amount of fluid around her heart (which had been building over this time). He said the fluid was making her heart collapse somewhat and sent her to Springfield to have it drained in a way that fluid should not build back up there. I "happened" to go down for the PET scan so the doctor said I could drive her. She is still in recovery for observation after the surgery to remove over 800 cc's of fluid around her heart. Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you very much.Ellen
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
- Our incredibly supportive families who always have the time to listen...and babysit
- Our best friends who seem to know just when to call and when to bring beer
- That we have our daughter who couldn't be more perfect, except sometimes (see number4)
- Time out corners (because she has issues listening)
- That we have each other, because I know I could not do everything I do without him
- For chocolate and ice cream, becuase sometimes it fixes everthing
- For great after Thanksgiving sales
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope.
This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
August 28, 1963
Last night we elected the first African American President of the United States. We have finally become a nation that can accept any person in any position regardless of color. I am happy to know that my daughter, in the early years of her life, will experience this moment. I can only imagine the great things that will come in her future.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
1. August takes after her daddy's personality. She is an all or nothing girl, and we like her like that.
2. We are sooooo ready to be done with school. All of us. It is defiantly a source of much stress.
3. I am obsessive-compulsive at work. Everything has a place and it must stay there. My house on the other hand is totally opposite. Nothing has a place and I can't find it when it is in the most logical place.
4. August learned what a cow said all by herself. Cow was the first word she associated with something other than mama and dada.
5. I usually don't know what day it is. My mind is so numb from thinking and doing homework.
6. Travis is the best daddy in the world. August absolutly loves and adores him. She even mocks him when he spits. She listens so intently when he tells her something. (Like she will eat her fish sticks because they will go fising together and she will help him clean the fish and then they will eat it together. She listened very carefully when he told her this.)
Sunday, October 26, 2008
By any other name would smell as sweet.
Many of you know that August was named after my Grandpa Byron. His dad was also named August. She gets called a "he" or "Mr. August" at the doctor's until they look in her diaper. We also get asked if she was born in August, even after we tell them how old she is. This was especially funny when she was 5, 6, 7 months old. People would get puzzled looks. I could see the wheels turning in their mind, trying to do the math. Here is the meaning of her first and middle name.
August means: majestic dignity, or venerable. It is of German origin.
Monroe means: from the red swamp, or from the river's mouth. It is of Gaelic and Scottish origin.
Erin: an ancient, poetic name for Ireland
Travis: crossing, crossroads, toll gate
What is the meaning of your name?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The pictures that Amy and I took of August at a covered bridge are amazing! She is a great subject to photograph. The bridge was beautiful and we got some really great shots.