Sunday, December 30, 2007
Quite sure her first word will be "stop." Scott and I can't kiss and hug on her enough and although she loves it, the more independent she becomes, we're bound to be told to "stop." I don't know, maybe (hopefully) not. Good night!!
By the way, if you're a control freak like me, have you ever tried playing Shutes and Ladders or Candy Land with two year old and four year old boys? Unbelievable experience in letting go. The board moves constantly so you have no idea where you're supposed to be because you're game pieces are never in their proper place. They want the slides down as much as the ladders up so they just put it there instead of counting and waiting turns. Tradd grumbled evertime he didn't get a picture in Candy Land and they didn't want to take their cards in an orderly fashion, they wanted to look through the pile and only draw the ones with pictures on them. I knew from the beginning it was going to be crazy so I just let it be but now I think all that tension of not having things go in an orderly fashion is all built up inside me. I wanted them to have a good experience without mommy getting impatient but now I think I've checked out altogether. You should see this house!!!!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Wow 2007 is quickly coming to a close. I can't believe how fast this year has gone by and all that has happened in 2007. I was just feeding Coleman and rocking her to sleep, and I started thinking about all the wonderful people in our lives who have walked beside us throughout this roller coaster year. Here is a list of people we would like to say thank you to for their help and support; (They are in no particular order (other than the first one)
- First and Foremost God for His many provisions, peace, and blessings throughout the year
- Our Family for their support and help while Coleman was in the hospital
- Jim and Charlotte for their love for us and our children and for taking care of the boys during Coleman's hospital stays
- Wendy - for introducing us to Tefra and helping us with the paper work
- Steve, Paula, Matthew and Michael for their support and love and knowledge of Downs Syndrome and giving us the scoop on Babynet and Easter Seals and connecting us to April
- Maggie and Grace for their encouragement and love
- Chad and April for their help and support and introduction to DSAL
- Melissa for her love, support and positive out look on everything related to DS
- Keith for loving Coleman as if she were his own
- Michelle and Daniel for their love from across the big pond and their continued prayers and encouraging words
- My Staff who are our great friends - they were a HUGE blessing throughout this year in more ways than I could ever list
- My fellow staff members and all of Seacoast Church for their love, prayers, food and support
- Mary for her love, support and blessing us with her friendship
- Aunt JoJo (and Lucy) for always having a way to make us laugh and to put things into perspective
- Joel, Tina and family for their friendship, love, prayer and support and regular phone calls, just to check in on us
- Dr Scott Bradly and his staff and crew for doing such an incredible job on Coleman's Surgery
- Dr. McQuinn and the Peds Cardiology staff at MUSC for taking such good care of Coleman and being so friendly and nice and answering all our questions
- Colleen for her friendship love and always looking out for us
- Dr. George for taking such an interest in Coleman and looking out for us while at MUSC
- Cindy (Coleman's PT) for her hard work with Coleman
- Chip, Mary and Corbin for their love, friendship and many blessings
- Travis and Chrysti Carol and boys for their love, friendship and many blessings
- CC and Laura for the wonderful I AM books. Their ministering words and images were such a blessing to us time and time again. Check them out at www.Isaiah4310.com
- Super Rog for his wonderful sense of humor and caring heart
- Judy and David for assisting us with our broken dishwasher
- Moneca for your introduction and wisdom to eating right and naturally
- Stephanie and Sara, God's answer to our prayers for Meghan to have folks who are doing the natural thing too here in Charleston
- Lori F for having great hair
- And everyone else who has blessed us by your thoughtful words and prayers as you have read this blog
We are currently helping Cooper go potty twice in the middle of the night. And, Coleman woke up several times last night. (Coleman may have had a belly ache from the spicy sausage and shrimp and potatoes she ate all day yesterday. Oooops!) So, aside from major sleep deprivation, we're having a blast! Hope you are too! Blessings for today, Meghan
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Here is a little taste of what will be going on in the Kinney home for the next several days, weeks, months and possibly years! Enjoy the Video - and again Merry Christmas to everyone and Happy Birthday Jesus!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Meghan and I know the power of prayer and praise God for the healing He has done in Coleman.
In Christ's Love,
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I could go on and on about these crazy and amazingly brilliant little ones but I'm tired and ready for bed. May God bless you all richly!! Meghan
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
We stand on God's promise that where ever one or more are gathered in "His" name He is there too. We are gathering together through this blog at this time in agreement knowing that God is going to show up in this situation.
Thank you for your prayers.
In His Son's Love,
Thursday, November 1, 2007
So I contacted my friend Jeff and he set up some churches for us to visit.
Since I was heading to AZ and my cousin Lydia and her husband Vol are out there I thought I would head out a day earlier than planned to spend some time with them.
(This is my Cousin Lydia, we took a hike to see the area!)
This is where God took over my schedule (actually He took it over a long time ago, but this is one area I really saw him working). I found out the Monday before I left that Vol was in the hospital. Lydia was still going to pick me up at the airport, and she was hoping Vol would be out by the time I got there on Thursday. Well, later in the week we found out that was not going to be the case. Vol has been in a wheelchair from an accident that happened when he was younger and due to some complications he was going to need to have his leg amputated. (He had one done a year earlier). It just so happened that the surgery was going to take place on Thursday afternoon, and I arrived Thursday morning. I believe that it was God's plan for me to go to AZ and be able to be with Lydia while Vol was in surgery. (By the way, Vol came through surgery really well, the doctor did think that his leg may not heal properly and that they may need to take more off, but through the power of prayer and a wonderful God, Vol is doing well and without having more of the leg taken off.)
So after spending some time with my cousin (which I love, thank you Lydia) I hooked up with my friend Jeff and headed over to his house to spend time with him and his beautiful family. (Pictured here!)
While I was with them I got to meet an incredible couple, Lori and Brett (sorry if I spelled your names wrong), they are getting ready to have a very special baby. While we were talking I got to share with them the many blessings we have had with Coleman since she was born. Even the time we got to watch God work in our lives through her surgery. I can't wait to hear what God does in their lives as they prepare for the arrival of their little one. And how much more he will bless their lives after the birth.
After being in the middle of what I feel was God's Will for my life during the few short weeks, I was just in awe of God's perfect timing and plans. Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you..."
Two things that really touched me on this trip were, one, being able to be there for my cousin, because I know what it is like to have to sit in a waiting room while a loved one is in surgery. And two after talking to Lori and Brett, I went to bed that night and said, "For such a time as this, God has allowed me to experience all that I have with our special needs child" And I can honestly say that I am humbled and honored that God would take me through something like Coleman's birth and surgery, and allow me to share it with others. If it gives those I'm sharing it with a bit of hope and a glimpse of the AWESOME GOD I serve it is all worth it.
Thank you God for the opportunity to go to AZ, and thank you Lydia and Vol, Jeff, Cristen, and Savannah for opening your home and your hearts to me. I am so blessed to have all of you in my life!
It's good to be home with my family, and I am waiting for the day when God allows Jeff and I to do God's work together, at the same church.
Few prayer requests; Pray for continued healing for Vol and strength for Lydia. Pray also for Lori and Brett and the arrival of their new little one. And pray for God's constant blessings upon Jeff and Cristen and that sweet little princess Savannah.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Enjoy the pictures of our princess...
Here is a picture of the top of the bow that Cristen made to go with the outfit. Savannah, their daughter, has a matching bow for every outfit. If you are interested in purchasing Cristen's bows just let me know and I'll get you connected to her. They are really sweet, the bows that is, although so are Jeff and Christen!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Speaking of Tradd, let me brag on him a little bit. We went to Walmart the other day to buy a small toy which I was using as bribery because I needed to run some errands and I wanted it to be a happy time. We were expecting company after nap time and these were kids we'd never met before. Tradd picked out three toys, one for himself and two for the children that were coming to see us. I thought that was really precious of him and so, of course, we bought the other toys as well. Tradd does that sort of thing a lot. He spent most of this morning talking about his friend Andrew and creating gifts to give him. Tradd is an inventor. He likes to put things together that don't originally go together, in order to make something. He told me that sometimes he has to bite the toys to make them fit together but he says "that's o.k. cuz' that makes the toys better." When he gets a little older, I can't wait to see the stuff he'll come up with. He kind of reminds me of that kid in Toy Story, the one next door to Andy. I know that's probably a bad comparison but that kid was pretty ingenious. The storytellers just made him sort of evil. So Tradd is like him except he's not evil. I know he's gifted to be able to think of uses for things that were not originally designed for such uses and I think this will be a real asset to whatever he chooses to do when he grows up. (Not sure if that made sense, been awake since about 5 AM) Tradd has also recently learned how to swing all by himself. I told him that I wasn't going to be pushing a 5 year old boy on the swing and that he needed to learn. So, he made it with about 6 months to spare! Tradd is tearing up the memory verses we've given him and is also doing quite well with some Spanish vocab. He's a bright one. I really need to spend some time with him on writing skills. I know he could be doing that by now, I just haven't taught him. His attention to detail and his memory have always impressed me and has made me think twice about home-schooling someone so precocious!! I'll have to brag on Cooper some other time when I'm not so worn out from all his antics!! I must say that I've wised up. I now shut the bathroom door tight so that anyone going in there makes a big noise which tells me I'd better go check it out. Then, I put the hand towel out of reach on top of the shower rod because Cooper soaks it every time he's in the bathroom!!!!! Well, now he can't do that. Of course, it requires lots of energy on my part to be where he is all the time and still cook, clean, do dishes and laundry etc. I really think we should get rid of all chairs in our house. I don't get to sit in them anyway so what's the point!? (HA HA! Don't feel sorry for me, just being funny!)
Sunday, October 14, 2007
It was a beautiful service, but it did not arrive without its challenges. It started off with pretty much a sleepless night. The kids were up and it was tiresome for Meghan and I. Then as I was waiting for Meghan and the kids to arrive at church, Meghan sent me a text message saying she was stuck in traffic due to an accident on 526 (the highway that we take to get to church). At that moment I realized the enemy was trying to stop us from this special day and having Coleman dedicated. The sleepless night so that we would not have the energy we needed for the day, the accident slowing up Meghan’s arrival.
But the Bible tells us that Greater is He who is in us than he that is in the world.
The service began but not without its problems. The projector that is used to show the words to the songs, as well as the video message that is watched in the Chapel Venue broke right before service began. But that did not stop anything, the service began and the congregation stood to sing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”, a song that means a lot to Meghan and I, especially after Coleman’s surgery. (thank you Pastor Jeanne for making that happen)
Our dear friends, Jim and Charlotte White, sat in front of us, Charlotte was holding Coleman and after we were done singing Charlotte said something about singing that song at Coleman’s wedding. That wasn’t the first time she mentioned Coleman’s wedding to us. Meghan and I have just never really thought Coleman would get married, it isn’t a common thing with children with downs syndrome. But after hearing the song and hearing Charlotte’s words I thought, great is God’s Faithfulness, and if His plans include Coleman being married one day, then I’m on board.
Anyway, they called our name and we went forward to have Pastor Michael pray for us and for Coleman – It was a special moment having a big guy like Michael who has the most sensitive heart of anyone I have ever met. He had tears in his eyes and a crack in his voice has he prayed for Coleman, the boys and us. We are very blessed to have Pastor Michael as a friend.
It turned out to be a most beautiful occasion and there were several friends there to celebrate with us.
We know people have been praying for us and we feel it every day.
May God bless each of you as he has blessed us above and beyond all we could ask or imagine.
In His Great Faithfulness
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Well, I've gone on for quite a bit now. You can imagine that I either have Cooper tied up somewhere while I write this or he is napping. Today, I actually have all 3 kids down at one time. I've become so insane from Cooper's 2 y.o. antics that I think I was afraid to lay down for fear of what he might do if he wakes up before I do and I don't hear him. Well, that's my story about building cathedrals. While I thought that was a touching analogy, it certainly doesn't seem like any great "Cathedral" could come of the last 6 months of spills and messes, mud pies and wiping his own bottom. I should also say that Tradd went through this stage with the same messes and silliness and he's now just more verbally inquisitive. And, Coleman the princess, is as cuddly as they come. It's a good thing she's holding her own bottle now because feedings used to get interrupted by my having to get up and get Cooper on the right track.
Time for more cathedral building! They're awake.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The morning started like any other, Coleman awoke at her regular 6:00 am time. Shortly after Tradd and Cooper made their way through the house looking for mommy and daddy. Mommy was in the bedroom and Cooper stuck with her, but Tradd ventured out into the living room and found daddy. As they do every morning the broken record started "Dad, I'm hungry, can you get me something to eat." Well I guess I wasn't fast enough this morning because while I was back in the bedroom talking to Meghan Tradd came running in calling "Daddy, Daddy, Cooper's..." At that point I nicely said, "Daddy is talking right now, you are going to have to wait." He tried again, "But Daddy, Cooper's..." again I interrupted him and said; "Mommy and daddy are talking and you are going to have to wait just one minute till we are done."
He waited patiently and when I asked him what he wanted he told me; "Cooper's making a mess." Well, why didn't he tell me that in the first place....
So as I reached the kitchen (expecting Cooper had gotten into the flour - which he has done before) I find Cooper standing in the middle of a nine egg omelet he decided to make for us on the floor with his hands and feet. Can you picture it? I hope so because at the time I wasn't laughing and getting the camera was the furthest thing from my mind.
As I have heard from Meghan, after I left for work and Meghan was trying to get the kids dressed and ready for their outing, Cooper decided he was going to make a snack and dumped the chicken soup all over the kitchen floor too. I think he is going to be a chef!
Other than the cleaning up messes, everyone is doing well! Just another messy day in the Kinney home!
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Tradd and Cooper frog hunting at the lake, at one time I think they had about 15 frogs in their bucket. Tradd was frog hunting and swimming from morning till night. Cooper on the other hand, he would get tired and go play in the dirt for a while then come back.
Tradd also enjoyed fishing with Grandpa! I still think Tradd enjoyed playing with the worms best of all! He is all Boy!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
OH BIG NEWS...Coleman is sitting up on her own now, and not just sitting up but going from a laying down/crawling position to a sitting up position all by herself!!!!! PRAISE GOD!!!!
Monday, August 6, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
We just Love them and we Thank God for sharing them with us!
The Proud Parents of Three Great Kids!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
I met Cindy when I started working at Seacoast Church. She was the admin. assistant for our Worship Arts department. Now in all honesty I didn't really get to know Cindy until she gave birth to Michael. (And what a testimony that little guy is - you'll have to ask Cindy about it sometime). Anyway, Michael and I became great buddies. We used to take walks together at lunch and sometimes just hang out in the nursery singing good old fashion Bible School songs.
Michael will always hold a special spot in my heart, he's just an all around great kid. Abby is a special princess too and has developed into a wonderful young lady. (Yet another great story Cindy can tell you later).
Meghan and I had the privilege of being able to baby-sit Abby and Michael while they lived here in Charleston. We like to look at it as our "on the job training" for parenthood.
Anyway, if you don't know the Ward's I am sorry for you, but they are a great family. We love and respect Jeff and Cindy and we had the honor of having lunch with them while they were in town. (Actually, I got to spend every day with Abby and Michael during VBS at the church) but it as great getting to talk with Jeff and Cindy too.
Anyway, Cindy has had the opportunity to speak at her church, Destiny church in VA. It's a great message, she's got a real gift for speaking.
You can check out Cindy's latest speaking gig at http://www.destinychurch.net/ .
Also check out the wards blog and get to know them you can find it under "Blogs I read" at the top.
Cindy and Jeff and kids, we love you and miss you!
(Cindy, Michael and Coleman) (Jeff, Matthew and Coleman)
Monday, July 16, 2007
- I must brag on Scott for a minute. He took the day off and asked friends to watch the kids so we could go to the beach by ourselves and relax. Then, we had a wonderful lunch at a friend's house where we were given the royal treatment. Thanks a million Elise and Gabriel at the "Lakeside Cafe." Thanks also to the ones who made our getaway possible by giving such wonderful care to our children. Thanks Jill and Edward! What a blessing you all were! Scott says there's more time away throughout the week. Yea, for us!! Meghan
- On Tuesday evening our friends Maria and Myland (sp) came over and watched the kids so that we could go out to dinner. It was very nice eating without kids and having to entertain them. We then got to walk around the shopping center and just have adult conversation.
- On Friday our friend Betsy came and took Meghan out for a girls day - she will have to tell you what they did when she gets home. Meghan and Betsy are like twins separated at birth. They both love doing home projects and tearing things apart and putting them back together.
I love Meghan and I love that God has shared her with me and made her a HUGE part of my life!
So Meghan, Happy Anniversary and may God bless us with MANY MORE!!!!!!!
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
Thanks for praying and may God bless each of you!
PS. stay tuned for an up date on Coleman and pictures of the kids
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Our Mission focus for the week at camp was on the Roma people, the gypsies of Romania and surrounding areas. Anyway, this was something near and dear to me because for our one year anniversary, Meghan and I got to spend a month in Romania with our missionary friend Michelle. I fell in love with a lot of the folks we worked with and the area. Anyway it got me thinking about the oppression they are under as a country and the way a lot of them live. And I was just in AWE of God that he would allow me to be born in America. If you stop and think about it, any one of us could have been born anywhere in this world, at any time in history. Then I started thinking about today, the day we gather together with family and friends to have parades, picnics and parties, then we pile in cars, fill up parks and watch fireworks...but it is WAY much more than that. I want my children growing up to know that today is more than July 4th, today is Independence Day! I want them to understand and respect all those things so many of us take for granted. Especially our freedom to worship God where, when and how we want. Meghan and I have been so blessed to be surrounded by family and friends who have or are currently serving in the military and I appreciate them so much for giving me my freedom and for keeping us a free country.
So today, when you are out having fun with your family, or tonight while you watch the fireworks light up the sky stop and think about this... you could have been born in a third world country somewhere instead of in America, then take a minute to say thank you to God, and to a veteran and a service man or women.
I leave you with the words from Lee Greenwood:
Monday, June 25, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
WE ARE HOME!! Gabe is a complete miracle. No one expected him to be home yet. Honestly we could have come home last Tues. (that would have been 1 week and 4 days post surgery, WOW) but the doctors thought that we should probably stay until his heart Cath that happened last Friday. That afternoon we came home! I’m sorry that I haven’t e-mail any updates since June 6th. The e-mail server that we have our e-mails through decided that MUSC’s sight was a risky sight so it shut down my e-mail capabilities. Anyway, Gabe is one of if not the best transplant recipient MUSC has had. He has shown ZERO rejection and his Tacro levels have been text book perfect. He has virtually a perfect matched heart! Thank you LORD!
Thank you all for your prayers, they have been answered! He looks incredible! He is pink and he actually has nervous energy! You know like when kids are sitting and they bounce their legs or move their leg back and forth. Gabe never did these things because he didn’t have the energy.
Another thing that I have learned from all this is to not take the little things for granted.
We still have to be very careful with him from a sickness standpoint. We can’t take him out in public places without a mask. Yea right! That means we can’t go out with him period for 6 months because he will NOT keep a mask on. I can’t say that I blame him. After a year we can relax a bit more but he will always be on the anti rejection med’s that compromise his immune system. Right now he is still on Prednisone and his face is puffy and he has drug induced diabetes. I have to check his blood sugar 4 times a day and sometimes give him insulin. But as soon as we can get him off the prednisone the diabetes will go away. Thank God!
Please continue to keep him in your prayers for protection from illnesses or infection and that we can come off of the prednisone soon!
Thank you so very much for everything!
Many blessing and much love,
Pam, Bruce, Gabe, Carra and Julian
Isn't that GREAT NEWS God is so good!
As for Coleman, she is doing really well. She has started to roll over again and push herself up. She has to be careful because if she lets herself down too quick it hurts, but she only fusses a short time, then tries again.
We had our first outing into public with her, she got to go to church with us this past Sunday. It was a great Father's Day to be able to hold my daughter while singing praises the our Father in Heaven. And the testimony that was shared by Phil Long this past weekend was so moving. You can check out the message at http://www.seacoast.org/ and listen to the message.
Thanks again to everyone, not only for your prayers for Coleman and our family, but for Gabe, and his family and Baby Chester and his family. (still waiting on an update from them)
In His Loving Arms,