Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Celebrating Cavan!!!

One day old





 Here is an excerpt from Cavan's journal:

January 22, 2008

"This is the best day of my life!  We have wanted you so long, Cavan.  I have prayed for you many times a day over the last twelve months.  You are finally here!  The moment I heard your cry...the moment that I saw your beautiful face...they are moments I will never forget.  Your very presence completes a love story that I never knew existed in my being."

A love story.  That is exactly what my sweet Cavan is.  We struggled with infertility for several months and faced the harsh reality that we might not be able to have children.  Through it all, we never lost faith in God.  We just clung to His word and held tight to His promise for our future.  I live every single day thankful, knowing that not every couple's story turns out like ours. Thankful that five years later,  we have (what seems like to us at least) "a quiver full!" 

Cavan is a precious boy.  When I asked him what he wanted me to write about him on my blog today, without hesitation he ecstatically stated, "tell them that I like superheroes, Nerf guns, doughnuts, and bread sticks!"  Above the cool toys and yummy foods however, Cavan is a fantastic kid both inside and out.  He has a passion for kindness and always looks for people doing what we call "the right thing."  I absolutely love that about him... 

My wish is for Cavan to grow up to be a world changer.  Changing the world for the glory of Christ, one person and one deed at a time, while taking no personal recognition.  If you know me, you know I like to think BIG.  I love big cities, big churches, big schools, and even wore big earrings and had big hair back in the 90's.  I think it is important to remember, however, that lives are touched when we take the time to get to know one another personally.  When we gain insight to one other person's hopes, dreams, aspirations, and faith, we become an instrument to one.  We can become a catalyst that supports one into developing the person that they were created to be.  God uses our ones!  My prayer is that Cavan will change the world one person at a time, allowing God to lead him the entire way.

Happy birthday Cav!  I love the one-and-only you!

"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Acts 1:8

Monday, January 21, 2013

Little Kian's Diagnosis

Dr. Crash Daniels
Today we took a ride to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital to find out why Little Kian won't eat.  After weeks of assorted tests like a barium swallow test, a swallow study, a sweat chloride test, an upper and lower endoscopy, and a colonoscopy, we finally learned that he has a diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease.  Simply stated, the little valve that closes when food enters his stomach, doesn't stay completely closed, allowing stomach juice (totally Stacy terminology here) and acid to build up into the esophagus.  Since he is only 23-months-old, he doesn't have the words to tell us if it hurts or not.  We are going to begin a medicine and try it for a couple of months to see if it will help.  The good thing is that the doctor really thinks it will help.  The bad thing is that it may take him eons to realize that the medicine is helping and it doesn't hurt to eat anymore.  In the meantime, we are to continue offering his Pediasure along with a variety of other foods, hoping that he will try them!

Thank you all for the prayers.  I am elated that it is a treatable condition!  God is so good to my family...

Speaking of God's goodness and blessings, guess whose 5th  birthday is tomorrow?  This guy!  I'll have a birthday entry tomorrow to celebrate this WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, JOYOUS occasion!

Love, Stacy

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.  1 Timothy 4:8

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Five Months Together...

We took a morning walk in our pajamas this weekend.  The sky was overcast, but the temperature was a beautiful 70 degrees! I grabbed this picture because the kids were being so kind to one another.  Just before we arrived at the path shown above, there was a steep hill full of holes and tall grass.  As we hiked up the hill, I looked up to see all of my babies holding hands.  Cavan explained to them that it is easier to walk and you don't fall as much if you are holding hands.  What a lesson, huh?  We all need families to hold our hands.  In the ups and downs of life, it is simply delightful to know that no matter what you do or where you go,  you have family and friends to help get you through the rough spots you encounter.  Today marks five months since we added Airlie to our family.  Airlie is a resilient little girl, and I do hope that her rough spots are over.  I think back to the place that she lived for three years of her life.  I think of how she delights in the small things of life because they are BIG to her.  I think about how she loves us and how excited she is to see her friends.  But under all of the pleasures her life now enjoys, I can't help but be broken for other children that will never have the opportunity to LIVE.  Sure they can exist, but can they LIVE?  There are babies that would love to have a mother, father, brother or sister to hold on to as they travel through life together. 

I am so in love with Airlie and am so glad she has been a Daniels-baby for five months!  I just pray that her friends at the CP Hospital and the Luohe City SWI find families too.  Families that will hold their hands when they have to go up a big hill.

Love, Stacy

And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.
Matthew 18:5

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Little Kian/Crash in his Vanderbilt Pajamas

Here is a photographic overview of our Friday.  I am so thankful that it is OVER and that, abdominal-speaking, everything looked normal on our sweet Little.  However,  I look forward to the results of the biopsies so that maybe...just maybe...we can come up with SOMETHING this sweet little guy can eat.

Kian sporting his Vanderbilt Medical Center pajamas while pulling a wagon.


Kian growing very frustrated while attempting to pull mommy in the wagon...ha ha

My precious little baby....


Little being "hauled away" to surgery in style!



He made it through!

On Saturday, everyone woke up A-OK!

Thanks so much for your prayers!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Little Kian's New Name & His "Procedure"

After a tremendous fall last night and being told a bazillion times to stop dancing/walking/running on the kitchen table, Little is getting a new nickname..."CRASH."  When I was pregnant, Chris always joked that he wanted to name him Crash.  "Little" did we know...

Today Little Crash is having a "procedure."  To a mom, it might as well be major surgery.  Anytime anesthesia is involved, I am nervous.  He is actually in surgery as I type.  They are doing an upper and lower GI procedure and checking his colon.  Over the past few months, he has had some inflammatory markers in his stool and he doesn't eat.  We are fortunate that he still drinks Pediasure and V8 juice.  Occasionally he nibbles on crackers, but he has never, in his entire two years, ate anything solid.  Please continue to keep him in your prayers.

.....We are waiting in the waiting room....and waiting...and waiting....and waiting...and then...

The doctor just came in to tell us what he discovered.  His esophagus, stomach, and colon appear to be normal.  They saw a few infected spots and took biopsies to test for food allergies.  We should know the results in a couple of weeks.

I will upload some pictures of Little Crash (ha ha) in his Vanderbilt surgery pajamas tonight.

Blessings, Stacy