Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hospital Visit/Field Trip

Last Tuesday, Kari had to have a spinal, chemo, and also start a round of steroids.  All three of which are not fun but Kari usually does pretty well with it. 

HOWEVER.  It seems like on the days that I think we will breeze in and out of clinic and go about our merry way, we end up having a doozy.  That's exactly what we had last Tuesday and the 5 days following. 

Normally, Kari wakes up from her spinal, eats a snack, and then we go party at the mall.  During this particular spinal, they had to suction her nose and mouth which meant she didn't lay flat after the procedure.  They have never had to do this before and I'm still a little confused as to why they had to this time.  They explained why but it doesn't make sense that this was the first time she would have had to have it done in all the 50 times she's had a spinal.  Also, suctioning down her throat meant she had a terrible sore throat when she woke up and couldn't swallow.  On top of all that, her counts were so low that we were going home pretty much on house arrest. 

Long story short, Kari ended up with a spinal headache and severe sore throat.  The pain so severe that all she could do was lay in bed and try to drink hot tea.  By Sunday morning, we headed to the hospital for fluids and some stronger pain meds.  I think I've mentioned before that Kari loves going to the hospital.  The nurses love her and they give her all kinds of special attention.  I'll have to say, they do make it much easier to be there. 

Monday afternoon, Kari was up dancing with the clown and doing tricks and telling jokes.  Her doctor took one look at her and decided she could go home, especially after confirming that her counts recovered 1400 points in 7 days!  I know that God moved for Kari and I appreciate all of the prayers that were offered up for us during the last week! 

After being confined to the walls of our house all last week and being in the hospital, we decided to take a break and visit Memaw's house for a few days.  It has been a much needed and refreshing break!  We even met up with the homeschool group today and had so much fun with them!

Speaking of homeschooling, it's going terrific!  We've definitely had our moments, but altogether, the kids are doing great and I'm even liking it!  Ha! Who knew? (Heather and Sarah...I know you're saying "I told you so" right now. LOL)

Remember, the walk is September 22nd!  We would love to have you join us.  If you need more information, please email me at  Thank you for your prayers and support!  We love you!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Kari's 5th Birthday Party

I apologize for being so late doing this post!!  Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes to Kari.  We read each one together and she loved it! 

The party went great!  Aside from all the flies that wouldn't get away from the food, of course.  I will say that this will probably be the last party I ever do with the food outside.  :)  Heather, you did an AWESOME job on the cake and the watermelon.  Those were my favorite decorations. 

A big thank you to Sarah, Heather, Laura and whoever else helped me decorate and make food!  I couldn't have done it without you. 

I was proud of both Kari and Malachi for their behaviour during the party. With each and every gift that Kari opened, she turned to thank the person that got it for her and to tell them how much she loved it. Malachi received some gifts too and he did the same thing!  I was so proud of my babies!

I have quite a few pictures left to post of the part but for some reason, Blogger is having issues.  So, there will be more party pictures later! 

For those of you that are interested in joining us for the Light the Night Walk on September 22nd, please email me at  We are getting shirt orders together and I need a count of who needs a Team Kari shirt! 

Thank you for your continued support and prayers!  We love you!