It’s really hard for us NOT to think about what happened one year ago today:
We walked out of the hospital with our baby girl.
Nothing about our day to day is easy, but everything about it is worth it. I know there are plenty of you that are still praying for her. We thank you.
Gabe and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary this weekend with Scout. What did we do? We took her to Cheekwood to see some awesome treehouses, let her cook her own breakfast at the Pfunky Griddle, let her pick out her own fish at the aquatic critter, and then she spent some time with her favorite Nashville grandparents while Gabe and I caught a movie and some thai food (the thai food was an attempt at trying to encourage Scout’s sibling to make an appearance).
Here are lots of pics for you:
As you peruse through this little collection, I encourage you to look at every shot as gifts. Every one of these shots are just small moments of huge blessings. These are things not only Gabe and I prayed for, but YOU did to. Maybe not specifically, but you know what I mean.
Petting a lil’ cat at a wedding on a farm
Watering the herb garden with Dad
Treehouse at Cheekwood
More treehouses at Cheekwood
Discovering the wonders of a ViewMaster
Cooking breakfast at the Pfunky Griddle
Blessing #9,999,999 – breathing easily (and on her own) in Dad’s arms (something we so desperately prayed for so many times last year).
Scout’s new fish she named “fishy”
At some point during dinner Gabe asked me if this was an acceptable anniversary. I don’t know how you feel, but maybe your perspective changes after life starts happening. We’re just happy to be together, doing whatever. Who cares about big trips or purchasing gifts?! Scout’s favorite song right now is by Bret Mackenzie from the new Muppet Movie. I can’t help but get teary about it when I see this little kid smiling and singing the word’s “I’ve got everything that I need right in front of me”. Ain’t that the truth?!
We are so very blessed in so many ways. We want to thank you all for your continued support for Scout. She is facing other surgeries soon that we have not scheduled yet. I want to get a handle on caring for Scout with her doctor and therapy schedule, as well as a newborn before we jump into another hospital stay. Once I get a handle on that, then the first procedure will most likely be an eye muscle strengthening surgery. I’m telling you this because we are asked all of the time if Scout is done with surgeries. I need to be blunt about this for my own sanity of repeatedly answering this question. The answer is no. Unfortunately, she may never be done with procedures that need to be done. Please understand that there are days I can handle that innocent and loving question and days where I cannot. We do the best we can with every new day and take our days one at a time. This may also be due to the fact that I am also answering the “when are you due?” question 2 million times a day. I know, I know, it’s all out of love, and so I have no room to complain. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate the folks that take extra care to understand Scout’s needs physically, nutritionally, emotionally, and spritually. Thank you for that. She’s doing great, she does require extra care when it comes to most every task from eating and drinking, to walking, sitting in a chair, to going to the bathroom, to even the way she should be picked up, but she’s a champ at it, and we are blessed to have folks that want to understand and help her (and us) and take that extra care. Thank you.
Oh, and the answer to the “when are you due?” question is- Soon and very soon. I’ll let you know when it pops out, K?. Prayers are welcome.
I leave you with Scout singing her fave song for you. Don’t ask her to do it live for you, ’cause she totally won’t.