Thursday, September 30, 2010

School Walk-A-Thon

Our school put on a Walk-A-Thon yesterday in hopes of it being our big fundraiser for the school year, rather than do a catalog fundraiser of cheesy stuff. The participation level was high, but as far as the fund raising portion of the event, now we wait for the monies and pledges to start rolling in.Rachel walked a smaller walking track that was designed for the Kindergarteners, the 1st graders, and the 2nd graders. There was A LOT of participation on this level. And a lot of parents and grandparents who came to watch and/or walk along side their walking student. Gramma came and cheered on her girls.

A lot of the teachers participated as well, sporting their tennis shoes and wearing the school colors and school shirt, they walked beside their kids, that is until they were ditched and left in the dust, like Rachel's teacher, Mrs. Thompson. Rachel absolutely LOVED the walk-a-thon. She walked 23 laps around her level of track and when it was all done and over, asked if we could do it again soon. Yea, not anytime soon, okay Rachel?!?! LOL. Rachel celebrated the ending of the Walk-a-Thon by getting s a sno cone. That combined with the cotton candy she'd gotten earlier made for one great sugar high!Thank You Papa and Gramma and Papa Steve for pledging and supporting Rachel and our school in the walk-a-thon!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Meet Sean

This is Sean. Isn't he the cutest?? Tomorrow, Friday, September 24, he will be having his very first surgery, a lip repair. His surgery will take place at 2:30am PST (it'll be 5:30am his time).

I'm asking all of Rachel's prayer warriors to please be praying for his Mom and Dad, Jessica and Samuel. And for all the doctors and nurses that will have contact with him over the next few days. And please be praying for some restful sleep for Jessica tonight. She's anxious and emotional, something I can sure relate to!

Edited to Add: Friday morning.: Sean is out of surgery. All went well. Thank You to all who prayed! But keep praying, it's now recovery time!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lost a Tooth at School!

This was the cute little face I was greeted by today after school. Rachel was so excited to have lost her other loose tooth, and to have lost it at school which earned her this little case shaped like a tooth and the substitute teacher taped string around it for a necklace. Her smile has definitely changed in the last month!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Divine Work Day

There's been a few times over the years where we've met people out in public who had children with clefts. There was the one time when Rachel was just a baby, and this couple had followed us all over Lowe's Hardware store and finally approached us. Turns out their son noticed Rachel's lip being taped and he'd had a cleft, repaired by Rachel's then plastic surgeon. We walked away that day knowing meeting that couple was no accident. It was indeed a divine meeting.

Today, was another divine appointment.

I recently took a part time job, working in my profession as a nurse. I'm currently working different locations providing flu shots to the general public. Today, I was at a grocery store, about thirty miles away from home. I obtained the shift last night by accident, not realizing it was for today's date. But as my morning progressed, and I met the second nurse for our clinic, I knew today's shift was no accident. It was another one of the Lord's divine meetings.

Around noon, when the other nurse arrived and introduced herself to me, before she even sat down, I recognized something familiar about her face.

I was 99.9% sure she had been born with a cleft lip. I couldn't help but stare at her. I had to ask, but how do you ask? So we chatted, she asked if I was a new nurse, I explained I was a nurse coming out of Stay at Home retirement for the season. LOL. She told me she was a new grad, having worked a few months in home health before she quit and had to have surgery because she'd been born with a cleft lip and palate. And there it was...the door was WIDE open for conversation. I told her I had wondered if she had been, simply because my daughter had been born with a cleft. And I was familiar with clefts and repairs, etc.

I was overcome with emotion. I tried to hold it together, but there was no accident in me getting this shift today. The Lord knew I'd be paired up with this nurse. He knew I needed to meet her and see her and how far she's come. To ask her questions. HE KNEW!! And I KNOW it was Him who orchestrated me getting this shift today. And I'm so thankful.

I asked her if she cared if I asked her questions in regards to her cleft and all her surgeries, and she said "No, she'd love to answer any questions".

She was twenty five years old and has had at least nine surgeries regarding her cleft. She said she'd had so many she really couldn't remember how many, but she was pretty sure it was nine.

She had the surgery that Rachel will have in two months when she was twelve. She's never received any speech therapy, and there were some things she said that I could tell she'd had no speech. It promoted me to write an email to our speech therapist once again thanking her for all her work with Rachel.

When my shift ended, I sincerely thanked her for answering my questions. And as I got on the freeway for my journey home, I prayed and thanked the Lord for opening the door to today's shift and for my nurse co-worker.

Definitely another Divine Appointment. Thank You Lord!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Rachel's School Picture

1st Grade ~ 2010/2011