Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Final Frontier!

This is her fancy very soft Russian hat that was given to Devree yesterday. This is when they pulled her line. This was the line that was inside of her.
This is Lindsey on the left and Susan Gruwell on the right. They have been our Member friends at Target House.

This is us 4 together standing at the front desk of Target House 2.

Here is our last day at St. Jude's. We started out yesterday by getting checked out of our apartment. We took pictures of Susan and Lindsey Gruwell. It was a little sad to say goodbye to Target House. It has served us well and been a really comfortable quiet place to stay and live while we have been here.

We know we will go home to noise and a bit of chaos living with the 4 males in our life. We are so excited to go home and be a whole family once again. We know that we have lived a life of leisure being at the hospital and will go home to a completely filled schedule with school, sports, band, church and all of the many other things that fill our lives. I am a little concerned that I will be up to the task. But I know that Devree and will be in the same boat about taking one step at a time and easing into our past life.

Today Devree has a sign on her walker that says "Today I am going home!" We are telling everyone about our big party at Lake Tahoe on Saturday.

The Griffins gave us a big party at their house last night. We had wonderful food and said goodbye to many friends. I had to watch for the tears and keep them in check because it is so sad to leave so many wonderful people. We will be back for our check ups though.

We spent the night at the Rice's and Celest gave us wonderful gifts and a beautiful card and really spoiled us. She gave us so many wonderful things including a "Willow sculpture of a mother hugging her daughter and an angel christmas ornament. We did not have room to bring those things home. I packed Devree's suitcase so full, I broke the attachment on the zipper! Celest will be kind enough to send them to us. I feel bad, because I just realized that she gave us these awesome luggage tags and I forgot them at their house. Boo Hoo! But Devree and I will do lots of traveling so we will have them for next time.

The hospital weighed her and she gained more weight and she grew taller a little bit. She was worried that they would poke her to get blood, because of her line being pulled but they didn't need to check her blood. We saw Lindsey, Dr. Armstrong and Elizabeth and saw others to say goodbye. So goodbye Memphis. You have served us well. We will miss you and look forward to our 6 visits in the next 18 months. Thank you St. Jude's!


walkinourshoes said...

Home Sweet Home! We hope you have a blast at Lake Tahoe. We love you.

soggycheerios said...

I got a tear reading your last post. What a bitter sweet moment in your life. St. Jude's has been your best friend but you'll be so happy not to have to see that place again soon. You have traveled far, and learned much and I can't wait for you to return to your "old life". Welcome Home! We have missed you!

angelicindy said...

Thank you St. Judes!!!

PaulaShawn said...

I was reading in the Ensign about Joseph Smith's "temple-prison" experience. Wow, how it applies to your last 9 months. Just as Liberty Jail became a redemptive experience to Joseph, it's easy to see the charity that you cultivated between each other, for your many new and wonderful friends, and how many people have that same pure love for you. Eld. Holland said, "these difficult lessons teach us that man's extremity is God's opportunity... He can turn the unfair and debilitating prisons of our lives into temples--or at least into a circumstance that can bring comfort and revelation, divine companionship and peace." He further testifies that, "bad days come to an end, that faith always triumphs, and that heavenly promises are always kept."

You are driving home from the airport as I write this. The excitement is too much! We are sooooooo very happy for your family!

When you see the "D" in Dayton, pretend that it is purple. I wanted to paint it but I didn't ask the right people. The last thing my family needs is for me to go to jail, so sorry!

Yes, there are still trials ahead, but "Hold on thy way.... Fear not ..., for God shall be with you forever and ever" (D&C 122:9).

Live your days together JOYFULLY!!!