Thursday, September 3, 2009

It has been a long time since I have done a Thankful Thursday post. But I am so thankful this week that it was time. I know it may seem odd with two sick children that I feel thankful. However, when you spend a few hours in a children's hospital, you realize just how blessed you are. The woman in front of me in the coffee line had a son who was in his second round of chemo and getting ready for surgery the next day. The child across from us in recovery had a brain tumor. His parents spoke Arabic and needed a translator to understand the surgeons. Can you imagine how scary that must have been? There are so many REALLY sick children out there. Please take a minute today to pray for one of them. I know I am.

~ I am thankful that Kate is recovering well. She is pretty clingy and she cries in pain when the meds are wearing off but in general she is doing really well. Thank you, Lord.

~I am thankful that Will is doing really well. His fever has gone and he feels MUCH better. He is still in isolation in his room. We wear masks and I wear gloves as we deliver his meals and things to him. We let him go out in the sun to get some Vitamin D yesterday. Vitamin D is supposed to be beneficial in both preventing the flu and helping your body heal. He wore a mask through the house and went outside for a little walk to get some fresh air.


Will relaxing in his room. We put a little TV in there for him. He is being such a good sport, reading, drawing, and watching movies. He does ring the little bell we gave him a lot. Sometimes, I feel like I am in a sitcom. I am tending to Kate and he starts ringing that bell ad does not stop until I get to him. I did tell him yesterday to stop it with the DAMN bell! I have my moments.

~I am thankful that Harry is recovering. I failed to mention in my last post that Harry sprained his neck! He was at a sleepover and went on a trampoline and really injured his neck. Luckily, our good friend is a chiropractor and he has helped Harry immensely. he told us that he was very lucky. It could have easily been MUCH worse (broken neck). He has not been able to do soccer (which started this week), judo, recess or PE but he is feeling better.

~I am thank for for my husband who has been such a great caretaker of the kids this week. When he is home from work, he is administering medications and ear drops and bringing Will food and movies and playing with Harry. What a good man.

~I am thankful for all of the kind gestures from everyone (prayers, meals, flowers, Dvd's, little gifts, phone calls and e-mails). They are too numerous to name here but when everyone is well...I will be sending y'all thank you notes.

~I am thankful for my partner in the preppy fall swap, Norah. She sent me the most wonderful swap package this week. I LOVE everything in it. It was the highlight of my day on Tuesday!!!!


Norah sent me lavender bath products, beautiful Lily monogrammed notecards, thanksgiving kitchen towels and cookie cutters, a book mark and light, personalized bookplates, Lily matches and fun beverage napkins and a subscription to Southern Living. Thank you SO much!

~I am thankful for an apology. An anonymous person apologized for leaving a harsh comment on my blog. I appreciate this gesture and forgive the person.

~I am thankful for Taylor who is coming to help me a few hours a day so that I can shower, cook dinner, pick up Harry from school and tend to Will while she sits with Kate. She has been a lifesaver!

Here are some photos of what we are up to....I am basically running back and forth between the patients. But they are both EXCELLENT patients!


Harry really misses Will and is worried about him. He sends little notes in with Will's meals and vitamins.


Kate cuddling up with Scout in the playroom. Scout is NOT allowed on the sofa!


Ruby and Ainsley sent Kate these beautiful pink flowers. When Kate saw them she said, "For me?!" She jumped up and down. She was so excited and she exclaimed, "They are so lovely!"


Kate plucked a rose from the arrangement and danced around with it in her codeine induced merriment. Unfortunately, it does not last long before the pain and crying return.



I bought her this little make-up kit and she has had lots of fun with it too.


Doesn't that pink lip gloss look divine in her eyebrows?


  1. Kim, Yeah, I am so glad things are looking up at your house...little people on the mend. I am sorry I haven't forwarded you a photo, but I will shortly! You are such a sweet woman...stay well!

  2. Thank you for posting an update about how you and your family are doing! I am sorry Harry sprained his neck. I hope he will be better soon. Sending my very best wishes to Will and Kate for a speeding recovery.

    Take Care! Cindy

  3. Thank you taking the time to post about The Peanuts. I have thought of you often and prayed that all is ok.

  4. Well how's that for a TRIPLE PLAY!! Poor Harry, hhose darn trampolines give me the "willies"! So glad his injuries were not worse!

    Will/Kate seems to be mending splendidly! Will how do you manage to look so cool and suave and keep that hair in place all while battling the flu!! ENQUIRING MINDS WANNA KNOW (LOL)! I don't look this bright and bush-tailed on a good day!!

    Speaking of Will, I think I hear a "bell ringing" in the distance! So I better sign off!!

    Note to Kate: You look MAH-VE-LOUS DAHLING, nobody wears glossy pink bubblegum colored eyebrows like you sweetheart!!!

    Scout is hilarious!!!!

  5. I am so thankful to know that you too have your "moments." In all honesty, I pictured you as this perfect woman who never raises her voice but simply explains things and the kids suddenly "get it" and all is happy in the house again.

    Let me assure you this assumption has led me to be quite anxious about one day becoming a mother...See you aren't even my mom and I am already terrified of not being able to live up to your standards :)

    Glad the patients are recovering well!

  6. I'm so glad everyone is on the mend! The flowers are beautiful and Kate is so cute in her eyebrow gloss!

    Hope everyone continues to feel better!

  7. I am thrilled to hear you are thankful and all the little ones are on their road to recovery.

    Must admit though, the lip gloss in Kate's eyebrows cracked me right up! She is such a cutie. I must admit, I do like her hair, a lot.

    Jill xx

  8. Kim, you have such strength!
    The kids do not even look sick in the pictures, but I hope they continue to feel better!

  9. You have really had a time of it! I am so glad everyone is on the mend. You amaze me with you positive attitude! I need more of that. I am thinking of you and all the peanuts.

  10. I love that little note the best. I'm glad everyone is on the road to recovery. You have had quite the week! Only one more day until the long weekend and I'm sure some rest for you, too. Take care!

  11. I am so glad that Kate is feeling better. You have your hands full right now!! thinking of you!

  12. Glad everyone is on the mend! Hope you can get a little rest soon.

  13. Ah! I was going to suggest some hard core probiotics for Will until I saw the Coromega!! Usually we use Custom probiotics and with this flu season coming up..I will definitely stock up. The best defense is a good offense! I am glad everyone is on the mend. The picture of Kate with the "eyebrow" makeup is too funny. She is a cutie! have a great weekend!

  14. I haven't been by your blog in a while because of school, but I decided to stop by today. :D Goodness...your family has gone through a lot recently! I'm glad things are starting to look up for you guys! Keep pressing on!

  15. I just got home from school and had to log on to check in on you glad everyone is recovering well...I want to know Will's secret to looking handsome while ill...I look like I was run over and I was only at an inservice! Did you give him any special homeopathic meds to help him recover so quickly? I'd love to know to add it to my swine flu box..we were told to prep if we had little ones in school or if we were around children...
    Glad also that your Kate is doing so well...I understand what you mean about being thankful...when we were waiting for Kate after her surgery we were surrounded by the most dire cases...I still, after almost 3 years, can picture those children's faces and the parent's fears...I gave Kate an extra big hug when she woke up b/c I was so grateful for a healthy child.
    Take care and we will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers!

  16. I'm so thankful for your Thankful Thursday! My apologies for being out of the loop and just realizing what all you have been going through. My prayers are for your family and EVERYONE's quick recovery!

    Went to the doctor today myself. Guess what I have? The flu! Oh, fun. What do you do with the children when Mom has the flu?

    Prayers and best wishes to all of you!

  17. Hooooray you are all on the upswing! I had the swine flu after our cruise to Mexico in July...ugh! So I really feel for Will. When I went to the dr. he told me that many people are actually getting it and blowing thru it in 48-72 hours so they don't realize they had it. That flu is a strange one to affect people so differently. I hope your Kate is only sore a short while. I know I mentioned before, but my son has been a whole lot healthier since his surgery. Good thoughts being sent your way :)

  18. So glad to hear everything went well and everyone is on the mend!

  19. So glad to see an update about the kids and glad they are recovering...hope poor Harry is feeling better real soon - so scarey!!

  20. I'm glad everyone is starting to recover around your house! Hopefully by the end of the weekend things will be getting back to normal.

    when you get a chance I'd love to know what setting you have your camera on when you're indoors. I love your pictures and they are so bright and beautiful!

  21. lol...i just never thought about putting pink lip gloss on my eyebrows??? lol She is still beautiful....I am praying for you to have a completely healthy household my deserve a break!

  22. I hope everyone feels better! How did Harry sprain his neck on the trampoline. I let mine jump on them, but I keep hearing about accidents and wonder if I should stop.

  23. I am sorry to hear that your family has been going through all of this! I really admire this positive post listing the things for which you are thankful.

  24. Just checking in for FOLLOWUP FRIDAY and wonder how the peanuts are doing today!!

    Also wanted to let everyone in your audience know that SEPTEMBER is NATIONAL CHILDHOOD CANCER month, let's all do our part, DONATE BLOOD, BECOME A REGISTERED DONOR, BRING AWARENESS TO THIS HORRIBLE DISEASE! If nothing else wear YELLOW to show your support for this brave little warriors!

  25. Kim

    I sure hate Harry has the stomach bug as well!
    Thank you Kim for being so thankful even in the sick times!
    Everyone pray for kim and lift her high in prayers!
    Having 3 sick children can not be FUn at all!
    Pray to for the healing of her children and pray too for the mercy that she will NOT get this her self again, nor that her husband will come down with this either Pray for the whole family!!

    Kim do keep us posted!
    Your best interest is at most people's hearts!
    Hope you can relax some over the week-end!

    Big hugs to you and the 3 peanuts as well!

  26. Kim just dropping in a minute to check on the children! A holiday week end I wished they were well1 Have they improved any??

    I worry over getting the flu too being with so much sickness!
    Has Kate's pain been any less today??
    I hope so
    Will still doing better I pray and I really hope the bug passed in Harry!

    EVEN in sickness your children are so adorable! That Will is a killer of little man!

    God Bless you
    YES! I loved Katie Ru's eyebrows too!
    Update us Sunday if you can just a wee bit even!

    For now high in prayers and blessings!
    Everyone pray for kim to during this hard stressful time!
    Cindy Psalms 23. God Bless you deeply!

  27. I think we all should do a Thank full Thursday every week!
    We have so much to be thankful for!!
    God is so good to us all!
    Love and Blessings!


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