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Monday, July 31, 2017

Baby Jackson's Testing

Today, Jenna and I took Jackson to Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth for a second round of testing on his enlarged kidney. The first test included a sonogram with lots of pictures. He was awake and charmed the technician.

His second test was much more involved. He got two IVs and a catheter.  They ran fluid through him to watch for kidney reflux; this was for 30 minutes. Then they gave him a diuretic and watched for another 30 minutes. Can you imagine an hour long test with a little one on this table? Fortunately, he had enjoyed a little “extra” in his bottle and slept through the procedure.

We won’t get the results for another ten days or so. But he seems to be doing great and is so adorable!

P.S. Have I said lately how much we love Joe Pool Lake? It is such a nice camping area and five minutes from Jared and Jenna’s house.

Sunday, July 30, 2017


After church today, we left for Joe Pool Lake for a week. I  prefer to pull the RV on Sundays if at all possible; the traffic is less hectic and crazy. I'll be going with Jenna to medical appointments for Jackson, and then Marlow gets tubes in her ears on Friday. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Our July Birthdays

My birthday was on Tuesday, July 25. Marilyn and I began celebrating though on Monday. She had to go to Plano for a follow-up appointment at Key Whitman. So we took the opportunity to eat down there. I picked Pappadeaux’s Seafood. We shared a platter. This was MY half!

 On Tuesday, Marilyn and I went to play. No shopping for this girl! She later cooked a birthday dinner for me that included cake and homemade ice cream. Because Justin was off duty, he, Keelie, and the kids got to come.

Then we began celebrating Jerry's big 70th birthday! 

On Thursday, Marilyn and I talked him into going with us to do some historical stuff. First, we went to a site where “The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas" occurred. It seems through Marilyn’s research she discovered we had an ancestor to be hung there. 

Next, we went to a very old cemetery where our great-great-great grandparents are buried.

Today, Marilyn and I cooked dinner for Jerry. He had chosen homemade peach cobbler and ice cream for dessert. Let me just say Marilyn makes a fabulous cobbler!

Next up in one week ---- her birthday!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Jared's Grandmother 

This picture is to be treasured!

Jared's grandmother, "Nin," is holding Jackson (11 weeks old) with Marlow (19 months old) looking on. Jared and Jenna had picked up dinner that evening and taken it over to her house so they could visit. That was on Thursday, July 13. 

She died Tuesday, the 18th. She was sharp as a tack but her 92-year-old body gave out. We are so glad we got to know her. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Rick and I left today to go camping up near the Red River. Planning on lots of rest, relaxation, and reading. Once we got the RV set up we took the truck back for some repairs and brought the car back with us to run around in.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Updated MRI and Appointment

Yesterday Rick and I went to his Dallas neurosurgeon. Rick had his MRI and then followed up with an appointment with the doctor. The MRI report was great -- none of the tumor has grown back. Thank you, Lord!! We were encouraged to go back to the pain management doctor to see if there is additional meds that could be added or current ones tweeked to control the daily facial nerve pain he has. This pain has increased over the last six months.

Needless to say, we are very thankful that the tumor is still "gone." Once again....thank you, Lord!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Our July 4th Season

This time of the year normally means we have lots of family time. This year we were blessed to have all the family here at one time! The firework stands opened June 24. Thus, the craziness began!

Greg and Isabel came first, then Lisa brought Anja. Jenna, Marlow, and Jackson came next, then the rest of the family came in and out for the two weeks. 

Throughout the almost two weeks of firework selling, in addition to cooking, Marilyn and I continued to do the cooking with some gardening thrown in here and there. 
Highlights of the two weeks included:  
various friends and family that came to visit and hang out with us, taking the babies to McCalisters (3 times) and other lunch spots, great firework shows, swim time, Isabel's birthday party, music by Dave Dunn, Jerry's rhino rides for the kids, rain showers, cooler than normal temperatures, and THREE city July 4th shows!!

Just for the record, Jonah is eleven going on twelve, Glory is almost nine, Marlow is 19 months old, Molly is 11 months old, and Jackson is two months old. Marilyn's two grandchildren are 22 months old (Anja) and the youngest one year old (Isabel). It's unbelievably crazy, entertaining, and just down right fun to have five babies under three years of age under the same roof. Thank goodness though Glory is old enough and helped out tremendously.