Friday, May 30, 2008

One Year of a Healthy Heart Weekend Celebration

One year ago today Coleman had her surgery to repair the AV Canal Defect in her heart. Today we are celebrating that God not only healed Coleman but has continued to make her heart strong. And the peace that Meghan and I experienced during that time can not be explained, except that we know it came from all the prayers from our family and friends.

Today we are taking some treats down to the hospital to say thank you to the nurses, doctors and staff that took such good care of Coleman and us. On Saturday we are having a Praise God Party! We are "building" an altar to remember what God did for us last year, through His healing and His peace. In Genesis 12:7 we read that Abram built an altar, the first of several that were built at places where he had memorable spiritual experiences. We will have stones for folks to write on (a scripture, comment about Coleman, prayer or praise, etc.) or they can just simply place a stone as part of the altar remembering what God did, May 30, 2007. They can also take a stone with them to remind them of something God has done, or is doing in their lives.

We just want to have a time of praising God for his many blessings upon us especially for Coleman's healing. If you can not join us for the party - please take a moment and say Thank you to God today for all He has done for you!

Coleman a few days after surgery!

Coleman today!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend

Here are some pictures of us celebrating Memorial day at the beach - yes I said beach. We are crazy to go to the beach on Memorial Day weekend, but the kids love it and we love seeing them have fun!

Thank You to all the men and women who have served or are still currently serving our country, and to their families. I am proud to be an American - an blessed that God allowed me to be born and live in a free country. Thank you for keeping us free!

Friday, May 16, 2008


I've been thinking about updating for days and I don't think I have anything outstanding to say other than "my cup runneth over." It is such a blessing to be home with the kids, it is such a blessing that Coleman's heart surgery was a year ago and she's really doing well with her development, it's such a blessing to have this little, but much-loved house, it's a blessing that my parents have been committed for 50 years this August, it's a blessing to be pregnant and healthy, it's a blessing that we have all our needs met and more than we need, it's a blessing to know Christ and experience his grace and mercy daily, it's a blessing that we have a good marriage that gives security and stability to us and the kids, it's a blessing that we have a swing set, beautiful playhouse, driveway, landscaping (all of which were gifts and completely unaffordable for us), tons of toys for the kids including bikes, a perfect-sized swimming pool, two doves nests (one at the front door and one at the back where we get to keep an eye on the progress of those eggs), a freezer full of organic food that friends who are moving gave to us, two vans that run well (also gifts), a ton of paper products gifted to us because our dishwasher is out of order, a great job for Scott where he can use His gifts and talents to serve God and families, incredible friends and family and I don't think the list ever really stops. I'm so blessed to be middle-class American with amazing freedoms and opportunities. I'm so blessed to have been able to get a good education throughout my life. We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo blessed!!! I know I haven't even touched the tip of the iceberg!! God is soooooooooooo good!! I hope you have a very blessed day!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Update on Hunter, my cousin's son.

Amber Faust sent the following email regarding Hunter's surgery and then a follow-up:

We went today to see Hunter's surgeon. The surgery is scheduled for July 17th. He will be in the Pediatric ICU for two days after the surgery and then in a regular room for three days following. This is God allowing there are no problems. I will be stay in the Ronald McDonald House while he is in the hospital. While he is in the ICU I can go to see him, but they ask that the visits are kept brief. So I'm sure I will be making brief visits every hour on the hour. I can stay in his room with him after he goes into a regular room. I haven't been away from Hunter overnight more than twice since he's been born. The surgeon was extremely nice. I asked what kind of care he should receive once we go home. He told me that there is no way to keep him from his regular behavior, all I have to do is not pick him up from under his arms. He will continue to see his cardiologist for several years after the surgery. I thank you all for your prayers for my family. We certainly need them.Sincerely,Amber M. Faust