Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hi everyone! Thought I would catch up since my last post. To start off Andrea landed in the hospital on a Saturday morning about 2 weeks ago. She woke up wheezing and coughing so since her counts were already extremely low it was a direct trip to stay overnight! She wasn't sad of course since she loves to spend the night.... I'm not sure I could totally agree but, we do end up sp Rending some quality time together so we might as well make the best of it! Troy loves to go up and there and meet new people. To those who know Troy that wouldn't be shocking! He met at least 2 new families who had been recently diagnosed with the same thing as Andrea so we did our best to encourage them.

Here is Andrea in the ER...very impatiently waiting to go up to "her room"

We were soooo excited to get to see Bridgett who we hadn't seen in months!! She was Andrea's nurse for the day and that was great! They both had their Cardinal outfits on so we had to get pictures!!

Andrea and Bridgett

Me and Andrea just laying around! Andrea was really upset that night and wanted me to sleep in bed with her. Does this look like a bed built for two?!!

Andrea loves to go to the playroom and do crafts. She doesn't really appreciate the mask but is willing to put up with it if she can do what she loves to do best....create!
We got to go home on Sunday evening so it was a short stay!

Lauren's 15th Birthday was on the 21st of this month. I am still trying to come to grips with my "baby" being old enough to drive now! She is an awesome daughter and we are so blessed to have her!~ Tyler, Travis and Andrea were in Illinois with Nana visiting cousins so we decided to go out to eat at Texas Roadhouse. The guys of course wanted to make Lauren crawl up on the horse saddle and endure humiliation but, I put my foot down!:)

Alex was totally into the and all!!

Luke and Ben are looking a little on the bored side here, I think Lauren was opening her presents.

Alex and one of his favorite people...Josh Boardman

The beautiful Birthday girl!

We have had this old dead tree in our front yard and Troy decided it was time for it to come down. Unbeknowns to us there was a mother racoon and her 4 babies living inside. When it fell the mother ran off and one of the babies was hurt really bad. You would have thought that we had just seen one of our family members injured! We tried to help it but it didn't make it. Troy and Luke gave it a decent burial...there were several tears shed and we had to move on. I know you make think we are strange but, I guess we just consider all of God's creation to be just that, God's Creation! My men are all "real men" but I'm very thankful they have tender hearts from the oldest to the youngest! That evening Troy took the mother a plate of food...Grill pork steak, baked potatoe and french bread. He told the kids that he felt really bad and the food would by no means replace what had happened to her baby but, he sure did feel bad!

There it goes! It looks so much better in our fron yard now!

Yesterday was Andrea's scheduled visit to go to St Louis for her monthly IV chemo. I decided to take Emily Boardman and Alissa Jones ( Andrea's cousin ) along for the day! Andrea was so excited to have her best buddies going along. They all spent the night together and were up bright and early, ready to go! Nana and Mammaw came out to stay with the rest of the gang here.

Here are the girls with Nana

Out on the front porch ready to leave.... I know I am biased but aren't they just the cutest things?!!

The girls with Bobby ( Andrea's nurse that she has every time she goes to the Costa Center)

Andrea, Emily and Alissa in front of the hospital.

I have my sisters 3 kiddos with me this week while Troy, Lauren and Luke are in PA at Penn View campus days where Troy is speaking. This means I have 7 kids ages 9 and under...we are having a great time and it especially made my day when Tyler and Jillayne told me today that they were going to fix lunch for everone! I was so proud of them.....they made lunch and even cleaned up their mess!!

Their finished product!

The little "angel" :) Looks like he might have a trick up his sleeve!
That pretty well sums up the last few weeks for us. Andrea got a really bad report as far as her blood counts go yesterday. She pretty much has no immune system right now. This usually lands her in the hospital at least for a few day so we would appreciate prayer that God will keep her safe!! With Troy and our older kids being in PA ( only 16 hours away :) ) , my mom having Bronchitis/Sinuitis/Pneumonia, and me having my sisters kids while they are moving from Illinois to Alabama it isn't an ideal time for this to all be going on!!! But, I am constantly reminded that God always works "all things together for good"!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Catching up from April

These past two months have flown by...literally! We started March out by traveling to Duncan, Oklahoma for a revival. Our whole family went and we had a great time! We landed back in town only to head out 2 hours later to Alabama to our good friend, Morris Snodgrasses funeral. Somewhere during this time my great friend, Heidi Boardman and I went Bus Convention as well! On April 1st I took Andrea to St Louis for her spinal tap and big chemo treatment, we came home look at a church and then bought the church, and we started revival with Mark Cravens...all in the same day! WOW!

This is our new church...we should have posession by the 1st Sunday of May. I can't tell you how excited we are all about this!!

Emily and Andrea at Revival

The month of April also brings many Birthdays for our family!! My grandma's 87th B-day was on the 9th so the kids and I got a flat of flowers and some lunch and went to celebrate!! I hope I can have as much energy as her when I am 87.....I better find some vitamins cause I'm not doing to good!

Andrea and Mammaw

Lauren, Nana, and Andrea at Mammaw's party

Our great friends Dave and Heidi Boardman took Troy and I out to Outback Steakhouse to celebrate my b-day a few days early. We had a wonderful time as usual and shared a lot of laughs! :)

Dave and Heidi

Me and my Sweetie!

Our next major project was preparing to host the Penn View choir and orchestra on Easter Sunday. This was an overwhelming task to say the least but, when we all work together how much fun we can have!!! We started early Saturday morning at Sam's and Wal-Mart to gather all of our groceries.

My mom and my grandma loading up one of the vans

Next on to the Center to get busy cooking for 100 people!

The choir came in on Saturday evening and the Boardman's hosted a pizza picnic at their many of you would like to feed 85 people at your house?!!

My sister and her family were able to come for Easter for the 1st time since I can remember! These 3 girls had a great time playing!

Emily Boardman, Andrea, and Alissa Jones

My sisters and me...better than just sisters they are my best friends!!

Patti, Penny and Me

Part of the choir

Another part of the choir~

Me, Andrea and my mom on Easter Sunday....can you believe I didn't get one picture of my kids on Easter...all of that work for us all to match and not even a record of it! :(

Me and my mom...she is the very best!!!!!

Travis, Branden Jones and Caleb Boardman... you have to love boys!
My birthday was acutally on Sunday and my sister's was on Friday so Sunday night we celerated them all! The past few weeks have been a little tiring to say the least but, we sure made some great memories! We had 175 people on Easter Sunday with 57 of those being in the choir! Our church is really excited and I am thinking we have some great days ahead!