We are together again as a family!  The kids came down on Saturday and it was so wonderful to see them again, it was hard to believe I hadn’t seem them in almost 2 weeks.   The kids were pretty pleased with the Ronald MacDonald House and I’m so grateful that there is lots for them to do here because keeping them occupied is going to be our biggest challenge.

I joke that we’ve traded the stress of not having the kids here, for the stress of having them here.  And ha ha ha, but it’s kinda true.  We can’t completely concentrate on Ava now that the other kids are here and need us as well.  But in reality, since Ava is still hopped up on morphine and can’t be held yet, it is a good time to spend with the others – especially with Christmas just around the corner.   And we do love being together –  as together as we can be as a family without our little Birdy here with us too.

And Ava is doing good – very stable and still wearing her little corset that is pulling her chest tighter a little more every day.   Again, like I said we still can’t do much more for her than talk to her and  stroke her head and hands and feet, and her chest does need to get closed so we can make more progress.  But after last week’s failed attempt, I don’t mind that they are taking things slow.  I don’t want a repeat of that stressful episode!

But at any time they could decide again to close her up again,  so please continue to pray for wisdom for the dr’s and for protection from infection for Ava, and that the next time they close her chest, it will work!