Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Halt! What be this "funny lightning box" you point at us?

On Sunday the 16th, a group from our speech and debate club went to Main Street Bethlehem in Burnet, which is about 45 minutes from our house. It was a charming and captivating reenactment of what Bethlehem might have been like on the night Jesus was born complete with tax collectors, a prison for those who couldn't pay their taxes, a synagogue with a priest, a bakery which passed out fresh bread, livestock including camels, a full inn, and of course the stable. As you can tell, Roman soldiers guard the city well.

Granny has been very busy these past two weeks, starting with Monday a week ago when she had a minor surgery to insert her feeding tube directly into her stomach rather than through her throat, so that she can learn to swallow and eat again. Granny's tracheostomy was taken out and the hole was closed the next day.

On Friday, she was moved out of Cornerstone Hospital and into a skilled nursing center in Round Rock called Hearthstone. This is so exciting for us because 1.) She's out of the hospital after being in one for 57 days, and 2.) It's a big step closer to her being able to come home. Although for a few days she was breathing completely on her own, she couldn't sustain that so currently she breathes with a nasal cannula.

Christmas was awesome with Pat IV being home, cooking Christmas dinner, packing all of the food in the car, and finally taking it to Granny's room to eat it there with her (though the doctor hasn't cleared her to eat food yet so she couldn't eat anything). It's hard to believe that there's less than a week left in 2007!


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

Update: 6:00 pm

Sorry about the delay in updating, but I'll try to catch up. Thursday, 12 days ago, was not a very good day. The doctor said they simply went too fast in trying to wean her off of the ventilator, but she was back up to the level of where she had been by the following Sunday.

Almost everyday, she's moved from her bed to a wheelchair, and sits for about an hour. On Saturday, she was even wheeled down the ICU aisle and back. Unfortunately, she had a bit too big of a day, and on Sunday she had to be on the ventilator for most of the day because she was so tired. She still can't talk yet, but today she walked a little with the nurse!

During Nov. 30- Dec.1, we took our first out-of-town trip since the day Granny went to the hospital. We had hoped my dad would be able to join us, but because of Granny's set back that Thursday, my mom, Paul, and I headed for Lubbock on Friday morning for Paul's robotics competition. Hopefully, pictures and commentary will soon follow.


Saturday, December 01, 2007

An "Adventures in Odyssey" adventure

I thought I would chime in here to mention something interesting (at least to me that is, a doting father:-). Back in August, Focus on the Family's Adventures in Odyssey invited listeners to call a special phone line to record their comments about the program, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Christina did leave them a message, and it turns out that it was broadcast for all the world to hear on the November 20, 2007 edition of James Dobson's Focus on the Family broadcast. You can hear her starting just after the 15 minute mark at the following link:

This link may only be active for a couple more weeks, so if you try to listen to the broadcast and it's not available any more, perhaps you can ask Christina for it since Focus on the Family sent her a copy of that day's broadcast.

Celebrating 20 Years of "Adventures in Odyssey": Part 1

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

It teaches kids about faith, honesty, compassion, and courage. It provides countless hours of entertainment and makes long road trips enjoyable. We celebrate the 20th anniversary of Adventures in Odyssey, Focus on the Family's highly popular radio drama for kids that is equally loved by adults. Listeners share fun and touching stories about the life-changing impact "Odyssey" has had on their family.

"['Adventures in Odyssey'] really reinforced what my parents were teaching me and the importance of honoring them." - Rebecca, a 14-year-old listener


~Pat III