Feb 5, 2011

All in the Name of Love

The first Valentine's Day after Reagan and I married we got a Valentine's Day card in the mail from his dad and mom. I thought that was really sweet. Reagan informed me that it was his dad who sent the card. He said it was kind of his "thing." His favorite holiday is Valentine's Day and he always sends the kids and family a card. Well, the first Valentine's Day after Sara Madalin was born, we - Reagan and I - stopped getting those cards. From that year on, they were addressed to Sara Madalin. I thought it would be a great tradition to start with her. So, since she was born, I've sent cards to close family and friends from her, in addition to the cards she exchanges with her classmates. This afternoon I attempted to get a cute shot of Sara Madalin for her Valentine's Day cards that we will mail out. And let me just tell you, getting those cute, adorable, well posed shots with this girl is not as easy as it once was. She likes to move and talk A LOT. We tried several places and for quite a while. I think I may have finally gotten something I can use. Here are a few outtakes from our little photo session.

Can you tell that she was saying, "Cheese"?

Same thing here, just a different place.

I told her to put her hands on her hips. She tried, bless her heart. And she was in the middle of talking, so she has a funny little expression on her face.

Had to get at least one shot with her cute little shoes.

I had one photo (that I must have ended up deleting or forgot to upload) where she was pointing and talking. She is so curious. She is constantly asking questions and talking. Reagan loves it. I do too, but she's so much like him when it comes to that insatiable curiosity, that he has really used it to teach her so many things. For instance, and this is just one of many things he's taught her, she knows already that at a stop light, red means stop, green means go, and yellow means caution. How many 2-year-olds know that. She can spell her first and middle names orally. And she can recognize every letter of the alphabet, as well as tell you the sound they make. He said they are going to start working on numbers next. He taught her today about marinating and dehydration. Why? Because she "helped" him make beef jerky. (I forgot to take pictures of that, but Reagan and his beef/deer jerky are a post ALL in themselves.)

Now, for a brief update on Mrs. Brown.

We went to the hospital this evening to visit with her. She has been in a regular room for two full weeks now. She is able to sit up and communicate and feed herself. She has even been able to use a walker to walk to the end of the hall (2 doors down from her room) and sit at a chair and look outside. Her doctor has said that she has come much farther than he ever expected. She is scheduled to move to a nursing facility on Monday. Once there, she will begin therapy to regain strength in order to then go home. She has amazed us all. Reagan and Susan talked with her doctor at length last week and he said that she has defied odds again and again since her strokes 8 years ago. He told them that most people who have strokes of that magnitude don't live more than 2-3 years. She's made it 8 years. Then, in addition to that, what she lived through, with so many complications and such a weak heart this past month, he told them only about 20% of patients in that state make it through. We know it is because of God. And that's what Reagan and Susan have told her and everyone else. The doctors did all they could medically, but it was God who has brought her to where she is. She's doing so well in fact, that she has started trying to keep us all straight again. She's constantly asking questions about what we've all been up to. She's telling us some of the things we should do. And for some strange reason, she has gotten on a kick that she wants Sara Madalin to learn to clog. She's mentioned it more than once. You know, maybe that's not such a crazy idea. The girl has got some energy to burn. Clogging might be a great outlet for that.

I'm kidding, of course.

Before we left this afternoon, I took a quick picture of our little girl with her Sue-Sue. She was giving Sue-Sue the sweetest hugs while we were there. They love each other so much.

We left there, ate dinner, and did a little shopping. It was nice to get out of the house after being cooped up for the majority of the week. Between the wintry weather and SM's ear and respiratory infections, she and I didn't get out much at all this past week. Hopefully this next week we can get back into our routine a little more and life can get back to normal around here - whatever normal is.

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Paige said...

Still praying for your family! Love SM in red. She is getting so big. Have a wonderful week!

The Glenn Gang said...

Dear SM,
Just because your daddy taught you what dehydration and marination is, don't automatically assume he is a geek. There are WAY more things coming your way that will solidify that fact in your mind! ;-) Just be glad you've got your super cool mom to balance your influence out! Oh, and a super cool honorary aunt in Florida! :-)

Ashlee McCrary said...

Those Vday pics are so cute!