Wednesday, January 6, 2010

There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays......

Ready for photo overload????? Enjoy in sharing our events leading to Jesus' Birthday celebration and ringing in 2010. Let's hope that we are a little laid back this year for once!
Lindsay making sure that her brothers aren't trying to watch her video. I think she may be a little feisty in her young age?!

I just had to post these next three because they were just too cute not to. Lindsay found this storage container in the boys' room and what else would you want to do with....of course put it on your head! Cole wanted to be like daddy.........ha ha

Cruz was made to sit at the table until he ate all of his dinner. Apparently this is an alternative to getting what he wanted!

Ok you southerners.......this was our first snow. Whatcha think? ;-) burrrrr

Lindsay's first Christmas present was from a lovely family in Texas. Thank you Meeker family! She loves her new onesie! We are so lucky to have you love our daughter and family so much!

As you can see, Lindsay was not too thrilled with her first visit with Santa. This was by far the best photo I could get. She did calm down, but she was definitely done before she even got on his lap!

We also got a box full of gifts from the Butcher's. Brittney celebrated 1 year with her brand new heart in December and we couldn't be more thrilled for their family! Thank you Butcher's for your thoughtful gesture. The kids LOVE their presents and were so thrilled that someone sent them in the mail! ha ha

This was an extra special gift this year. Two of Lindsay's favorite nurses came to our house for a visit! Sarah and Megan love Lindsay as if she were their own and we couldn't be more blessed to have them in our lives and apart of our daughter's. Lindsay's eyes just lit up when she saw them walk into the house! I had tears in my eyes because I know that she will remember them always!

I think I should have this one framed for you Sarah! Lindsay loved playing dress up with Sarah's sun glasses.

And the gift opening begins...........
Christmas Eve is celebrated with my Dad's side of the family. Cole's big wish was for a telescope.........which of course he got!

Lindsay LOVED her new puppy and purse. I can TOTALLY see this being a real dog someday! ha ha Notice the crown on the purse. True Lindsay fashion!

And Cruz wanted a Leapster of his own.......which he got! Oh these kids are spoiled!

Christmas morning was just surreal. The thought of being home this year was just truly a miracle! Cole even said after we opened gifts........"Man am I glad we don't have to go to Ann Arbor this afternoon!" Must be he wasn't so happy about it last year.......who could blame him! We weren't either but we HAD to see the princess on Christmas and we were going even if we had to walk! Our sweet boys knew it, so they fought back the tears, piled in the van, and off we went. This year we could walk into her beautifully princessed room, scoop her out of her bed, and say Merry Christmas miracle girl. Blessed beyond belief!
Cruz got the gift he had been asking for the whole time..... a little green toy car. Thrilled to say the least! Santa is the best! ;-)

Cole........well, he wanted a snuggie. He is wearing it in the picture......and hasn't used it since! Yeah, great purchase Santa!

Then they opened this.....yes, folks, the Wii. A HUGE thank you to the Bird Family who graciously bought this for our boys and our family. The Poortenga Family was also a contributor to this years stress less Christmas. We are forever grateful for your generosity and willingness to help when you knew things were going to be tight. Our hearts are full!

What princess doesn't have a Tink? When we got her out of the box, she gave Tinkerbell a great big, sloppy kiss! ha ha So incredibly precious!

She loved her new ride on toy. She hasn't quite mastered how to go forward with it yet but does fabulous going backwards!

Who new such joy could come from $10 sleds? The boys each got one. Lindsay wasn't quite thrilled apparently!

The day after Christmas we got to celebrate my Grandma's 80th Birthday! We all gathered for a lovely dinner. It was so nice to be able to celebrate this milestone together!

Ringing in the New Year was very special and emotional for me. 2009 was a flippin' roller coaster! We are praying and hoping that 2010 will be as mild as possible and that we all stay on our steady stream of good health. All five of us were together when we welcomed 2010 and I couldn't be more grateful for that. My mom and Bill were gone to their friends house for the evening so instead of paying for a $200 hotel room for the night and driving on the road with all the crazies!, we had our special evening at their house, made a yummy dinner, watched a movie, and we all played in the hot tub. We all toasted (my yummy drink pictured) at mid-night (of course with me crying!) and then slept in New Year's day. Needless to say, it was fabulous!

For the sake of the worriers, yes, Lindsay can go in chlorine and yes, the hot tub was turned waaaaaay down! Frankly, it is the best thing for her g-tube! The kids had a blast! They slept well too. Is that the key? Do we need to get one?? ha ha
Since the new year arrived, Lindsay has been doing awesome. I think a switch was flipped or something because the girl is now eating more solid food and taking ALL of her meds by mouth! (not including the multi vitamin and the magnesium.....I sneak those into her bottle) Hopefully when we go for her clinic visit in February, we can talk about getting that g-tube out! WOOHOOO! Tomorrow I take her in to the local hospital to get a Holter monitor. This is to see if her new medication, Atenolol, is working to decrease her heart rate a little. This is only for 24 hours (nice!) and then we might have to adjust her med after U of M and Dr. Loker reads it. Praying the medicine is doing the trick!
I have allot of changes going on and allot of things being planned so keep watching for those things to be announced. We are excited to start "paying it forward" to families that have heart babies and to start planning things as a family such as vacations and family outings this summer. The first up is our highly anticipated and re-scheduled vacation to South Carolina! We are PLANNING on spring break for this and God, PLEASE let it happen! ha ha I can't wait to FINALLY meet Rebecca and Mandy and meet as many of their children as possible! It will be a fantastic trip and we cannot wait. The countdown has begun!
I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your support. We have been through the ringer and we are blessed to have all of you to get us through. Our wish for you is to have a happy and healthy 2010!!
Heart Blessings~


The Simmons Family said...

The pictures are all so precious! I'm glad you had a perfect Christmas and New Years.. TOGETHER.. at home! Here's to a healthy 2010!!

The mom of 4 monkeys! said...

It was nice to read things are going so well! When I see that you haven't blogged for a while I actually figure that no news is good news; however, I love a picture filled update!
And, LOL, I was on of your worried readers! When I saw the picture of the hot tub I immediately thought, "the kids should not be in there, especially Lindsey!" LOL, thanks for reassuring me...

Stephanie said...

What a wonderful post. I can think of nothing better than you all being able to spend the holidays in your home together!

Where in SC are you guys going? That's where I am at.

I am praying for a wonderful healthy blessed 2010 for you all!

Krissy said...

awesome update, Suzie! We definitely feel the same as you, as we celebrated Christmas about 10 feet away from Princess Lindsay last year when Sofi was waiting for her special heart too. Its amazing how much has changed since we have had our girls home! Thank you for sharing the photos!

aimee gillespie said...

Great pictures! Lindsay looks fierce in that first one ;-) And Cole, you've gotta love a kid who wants a Snuggie! Everyone looks great, thanks for sharing!

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing all the pictures and the joyful news of a happy holiday! We are so glad to see you home and healthy this Christmas (and are happy to be home ourselves!) Your children are beautiful and the Princess is turning into quite a little lady!

And... nice snow! We just get "teaser" snow here, but serious cold (wind chill this morning is -24, yes--that's BELOW zero!)

Keep us updated on your "paying it forward" and vacation plans!



Tiffany Lockette said...

Your family is a blessing to all of us and an inspiration. I am so happy you had such a wonderful Christmas and I am praying for a healthy and wonderful 2010 for you guys. Loving all the pictures of the kiddos. Miss Lindsay is just a treasure.

Maggie Geiger said...

So glad for the update. Alli has been hounding me to see new pictures!!!
It is so... nice that you were all able to be together as a family for the holidays. It makes everything that much more special for your family.
Here is to a wonderful 2010 for all of you!!!

Everyday Mom Designs said...

These pictures are great. I am so very happy that things are going well for all of you! I'm glad your holidays were great too! :)It seems I can't visit your blog without crying.

Anonymous said...

Just great. You should get the picture of your dad asleep on the potty chair (50+ years ago) and compare with Cruz' pic. I wonder where that subborness comes from? Love you all, always/AuntC & UncleR

The B Family said...

SO very happy for your family, Suzie!!! The pictures show the JOY that you are experiencing! Cruz is hysterical falling asleep and I just cannot get enough of Cole in ths snugglie!!! :) Scott keeps threatening to go buy me one since I am living in a blanket these days (seriously, did we get transported to Michigan in our sleep or something?!?! It's 17 degrees this morning!).
Praying for an even better 2010 for your family!!! and for us to finally get our arms around one another (and our hands all over each other's babies)!!
Love you~ Rebecca

The Mason Family said...

I'm so happy that your family was to spend the holidays together AT HOME! What a blessing...continued prayers and well wishes for a happy and HEALTY 2010!!!!

Amy said...

I've been waiting for the Christmas update :) There could never be too many pictures of the Dean babies. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year 2010.
Love from Lindsay's Fan Club,
The Meekers

The Hands said...

I'm so glad that you had such a wonderful Christmas and New Years. I thought of your family often and was hoping that this year would be a good one for you.

So glad that Lindsay is eating well. Don't be surprised if they discourage you getting rid of the G-tube for a little while. That's what they did with us.

My nephew has the same cardiologist, Dr. Loker. Kinda funny because his mom's maiden name is Loker but they aren't related.

When your family turns the corner and is able to start planning in more than 2-3 month intervals it's so fun. (Not that God may still have other plans, but when we can think of the family being together for longer term, it's just one of those "sighing with relief" feelings.)

Hope you get to enjoy those sleds. Any plans for trips to AK?

Kristin said...

Love the happy for your family had a nice Christmas all t/g! :)

Mommato4miracles said...

I have been reading your blog forever, and am just thrilled to pieces to see that Lindsay is doing so amazingly well,isn't our God good? Thank you for sharing your uplifting journey, and encouraging others along the way. Although I don't have a "heart baby" I do know the struggle that exists when you have a sicklittle one. Love and prayers!!!

Tommy Schomaker said...

So awesome...GLORY TO GOD!
I am in tears again reading your reflections. SO much of it I feel the EXACT same way!
I really wish we lived closer..darn-it!
LOVE the photo with Megan and Sarah...heart melting over here! That one got me good.
OH WE SO MISS YOU ALL and all of our medical staff friends at Mott.

What a year 2009 was...we needed to be together on New Years Eve!

Ok..hugs and more hugs coming your way.
Love, Colleen and TOMMY too!