Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Sorry Gracie fans, but you will have to wait another month for the new feet to be unveiled. She is back in casts. They are short leg casts this time with nifty walking boots over the top. She will wear these until September 28 and then will get a set of jungle animal print AFO's (braces). She will wear the AFO's 24 hours a day for the first 2 months, and after that she will only wear them at night. We were a little disappointed to not be able to take her swimming tonight, but also saw quite clearly that her feet still have some healing to do. (We convinced the nurse to let us take the pins they removed from her feet home if you ever want to see what we mean.) Grace is a real trooper and seems to have captured a few hearts along this journey.

Before Surgery....

Stay tuned for the big reveal...

Monday, August 9, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

She's Home...again

Gracie made it through surgery #2 to remove sutures just fine. We caught a real good glimpse of the depth of this little fireball's temper. Enraged by a toy that was affixed to the wall in the presurgery waiting room, Grace tried out her full lung capacity. The nurse decided she needed some anti-anxiety meds. Post surgery Grace screamed and writhed so much she had nurses running for morphine and blowing bubbles in her face to try to soothe her(?). When her Daddy asked if Grace wanted to go, she immediately stopped crying and said "yes". Turkey.

off for surgery #2

Gracie is off for surgery #2 today. This one is a little less intrusive, they will be changing out her casts, and removing internal sutures from her tendons and ligaments. We are hoping to get her home by the end of the day. Thanks for your prayers!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Nature vs. Nurture

In a recent case study of nature versus nurture, it was discovered that "Van Berkel-stick-your-tongue-out-for-pictures-syndrome" is not a hereditary disorder. Subjects were tested over a six month period. It was determined that in only a matter of several months of exposure to Van Berkels, the subjects developed the syndrome. No cure has been discovered at this time.

Goodbye to an old friend

Suzanne Bishop 1973-2010

Adonai is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He has me lie down in grassy pastures, he leads me by quiet water, he restores my inner person.
He guides me in right paths for the sake of his own name.
Even if I pass through death - dark ravines, I will fear no disaster; for you are with me; your rod and staff reassure me.
You prepare a table for me even as my enemies watch; you anoint my head with oil from an overflowing cup.
Goodness and grace will pursue me every day of my life; and I will live in the house of Adonai for years and years to come.

Psalm 23 - Jewish Bible