Sunday, March 23, 2008

Annabel's Easter Sleepover

What a week?! She turns 3, starts school, and, if that's not enough, has a weekend getaway. This little girl can do it all!! Thursday afternoon I said good-bye to Annabel as she rode away to spend the weekend with a dear friend. At last I have a break to get some things done around the house yet all I can think about is her coming back to me... am I going crazy?!? It hasn't even been five minutes and I want to check on her. The true test will be if she can make it through the night without wondering where I am. As expected, Annabel succeeded with flying colors. She is truly growing up each day. I remember not but a year ago come May when I couldn't even stay away one night from her without her crying the whole time. Now look at her not even caring if I am there to put her to sleep. She did struggle to take her bottles, but other than that everything was great. It is hard to believe that Annabel is finally comfortable and able to adapt to simple changes in her routine. This is definitely a blessing for all of us in the fact that I can accept help from the wonderful people that so kindly offer it. I believe that this was one of the longest trips that Annabel has taken away from Tara and I.

Easter Sunday is here and I can't wait for her to get home. I have tried to keep myself occupied, but time seems to be moving backwards today. She is finally home now and as happy as can be. She seems to have enjoyed Easter morning and the birthday party that was given to her today... lots of precious toys came home with her! I appreciate everyone's help over the past 3 years and all the love that go out to her. Please remember her in your prayers over the next couple of weeks because she will be having surgery. They are unsure if it will be this Tuesday or next Tuesday, but I will keep everyone posted about the progress. She will either be having a PEG tube inserted for feeding/hydration or a fundoplication with a Gtube (a more serious process) performed to help assure that she is receiving the nutrients that she needs to maintain her health.


Anonymous said...

Hi, Just wanted to thank you for sharing Annabel with our family today! She truly is an angel, now I know why Lauren has fallen in love with her! Janell Ford

Emily said...

I just found your blog and I had to thank you for sharing your BEAUTIFUL miracle girl with the world. Praise God for her amazing life and the glory she brings to Him every day. :)

Anonymous said...

OK, now I'm jealous! She looked way too happy and when do we get our sleepover with her??

Hannah just said she loved the picture of Annabel/pumpkin and Chloe.

I'm so glad you did this, Cathy (& Tara).

Anonymous said...

We had such a wonderful Easter with Miss Annabel. She is such a wonderful reminder of how good God is. We are thinking about you guys today and I hope the surgery goes well.

Katie Mims
(La La's Sister)

Anonymous said...

My kids and I would like to say Thank you for sharing your sweet heart with our family for Easter, She has all of us wrapped a round her little finger in just mintines. We are looking forward to the next Sleepover, and hope to spend a little more time with her. Plesae give her kisses for us. Love Sue Sue, Emily and Tyler

Tamra said...

I just came across your blog and was back tracking to read your family's story. First I would like to say how absolutely beautiful and amazing Annabel is. Secondly, I would like to point out how creative her "bathtub" is!!!! I'm creative myself, but that is genius!! Praying for you and your family and for Annabel.