Life As We Know It

Happy Mother's Day!

Friday started early with the time and frustration of dealing with the steadily worsening bag that has become routine for Amy over the past few months. Then began the rhythms of checking in to the hospital for surgery at Stanford, that is by no means routine, but feels familiar.

Compared to the last surgery, this one seemed like mear seconds of nervous waiting before Dr. Shelton came out to tell us that everything had gone well and she was in recovery. Yay! We did spend the rest of the day sneaking in one at a time to see her in a very busy recovery room because there were no available beds in the E3 wing. E3 is the same wing and many of the same staff that cared for us the thirteen days in January, so even that seems as much like home as a hospital ever will. All that to say, Amy has progressed according to plan and any expectations and will likely be going home tomorrow. Big hurray and praises!

Amy & Ashlee

Eli, Brenden, Gramma Penny and Carol are making the trek to visit us on Mother's day. It's a perfect gift. The've done well, no doubt spoiled with trips to the pool and plenty of mac and cheese. We miss them desparately, but are overjoyed and grateful to have them doted on by grandmas and precious friends.

Gramma, we need a bigger pool.

Our dear sister Nicole, and bro-in-law Jeremee also sacrificed a fancy Mother's Day to come and visit us at the hospital with their wonderful kiddos, Ashlee and Blake. The whole gang celebrated together on the outside deck of the hospital, Amy-Style, with frozen yogurt enjoyed by all. After 3 crazy boys pumped up on sugar, chased each other around the hospital a bit and got to play with Mom's hospital bed it was time for them to head home.

We'll be right behind them.

15 responses to “Life As We Know It”

  1. Lynne Halverson says:

    So glad it's over Amy! This recovery should be a piece of cake compared to the previous one. Doesn't mean it won't hurt some, but will seem to heal much faster. Yay God! Love you, Lynne, Daniel, and Becky

  2. Ana Santos says:

    Cheering you on for your recovery! Hooray! Well done!

  3. Jane says:

    So,so very happy about the news!

  4. Libby McKinley says:

    Glad to hear it went well! Here's to continued recovery!

  5. Laurie Verseput Landby says:

    We're praising God for this good report and will continue to pray for the complete healing!

  6. Cynthia says:

    Thanks so much for posting the information and the pics...what an answer to all our prayers. No more bag! PTL hugs from the Miyaharas

  7. Angelie Purkey says:

    What tremendous news. My heart is filled with praise and thanksgiving to God. "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; It's about learning to dance in the rain." You all have danced faithfully in the rain.

  8. Uli says:

    Praise God the hard work is done. Prayers for a quick and full recovery and all the sorrows of the past few months becoming memories and never to be experienced by you ever again.

  9. Mari says:

    Whew! Glad that's done. Bag lady no more!!

  10. Deanne says:

    Thanks for the update! Continued prayers to you and your family.

  11. Jill Lacher says:

    God continues to use you and your family Amy! Your story is nothing short of inspirational...blessings to you all! Love, Jill

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  13. Zoe says:

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    Love in Christ, Zoe'

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