Counting M&M’s in Frenchimg_2019web.jpgimg_2025web.jpgWalking hand in hand The kids had one of their first normal days in awhile. While school is starting all around us, we made the decision not to put Kariss in preschool this year. Instead, we’ve found some wonderful programs at our community center (not to mention a great playground!) and I’m going to be doing to be spending some more intentional time with her at home learning new things! Today we sorted M&M’s into different bowls based on colors (in French), then counted each bowlful (in French) and decided which color had the most M&M’s (plus grand) and which color had the least (plus petit…it was yellow/jaune, in case you were wondering!). Then we jumped rope and sang “des bons bons chocolats, un pour toi & un pour moi”.  All in all, it was fun and educational, especially since Bubby was still sleeping!


After the endoscopy

I Love YouHappy for 7amThanks to each of you for your kind words and prayers. This morning was not ideal (we had to watch her get “poked” 4 times between her two hands with no success in getting the IV in until they finally gave her some gas to sedate her and were successful with the second attempt in her foot), so that was hard to watch as a parent. However, the endoscopy went well and the doctor did not find anything alarming. He said the bottom of her stomach was red and irritated (much like a sore throat would look like) and that it is most likely some form of gastritis, though he wont know for sure until the pathology reports come back on Wednesday afternoon. All that to say, we still don’t know exactly what is wrong, but it looks like we’ll have an answer soon and it doesn’t appear to be as bad as it could have been.I promise to update you again on Wednesday. We appreciate each and everyone of you and I’m showing Kariss all your sweet notes!

Kariss’ Endoscopy

Ballerina KarissBallerina Kariss hugging BrittonI wanted to once again update all of you on Kariss’ condition. While you wouldn’t know it from looking at her, she’s been consistently still complaining of stomach pain. So when we went back to her specialist on Thursday, he said that the logical next step would be to perform an endoscopy since the area where she’s experiencing pain (her stomach) is consistent with the original test findings (helicobacter gastritis) from July.

SO, PLEASE be in prayer as we go to St. Mary’s tomorrow morning at 7am. They said the procedure should begin about 8:45 or 9am and should only last 10-15 minutes. The doctor will put a camera down her throat and take two biopsies to send off to pathology. He’ll talk with us about what he sees with the “naked eye” after the procedure, but we’ll also have to wait on the pathology reports. It is an outpatient procedure being done at the hospital. (For those of you not from here, St. Mary’s is one of the best hospitals for children in our area). Our doctor, Dr. Adams, will be performing the endoscopy, so we feel like we’re in good care. Our main concern is that Kariss will be given an IV and will be put under during the endoscopy, so please pray that she wont feel pain or be afraid during any part of the event.

Updated for Summer

Thanks to google-girl (aka Aunt Car) coming over and riding me about not updating our blog in 3 months, our pictures has made it out of the dog days of winter to reflect the sunny days of summer in south Florida! I’ll try to get on again before pumpkins make their way into the church parking lots!