Saturday, February 28, 2009

Jake the Professional Babysitter

This is what my brother Jake sent in an email this morning.  He drove down to California and met up with my sister, Josie, who flew down with her two boys to help out at Amy's house during all of this.  They took over my mom's post who left after being there for 4 days.  It looks like they are doing a good job of keeping Elle's mind off of things.  
Meanwhile, Gwen is awake and working on getting well enough to come home.  

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Good News

Gwen is off the breathing machine and on her way back to her old smily self.
We couldn't be more thrilled.
For updates, visit Amy's blog.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Prayers for Gwen

Tomorrow is another big day for Gwen.  The doctors are going to attempt to take Gwen off the breathing machine and pull her out of anesthesia.  It will be seven days since the accident.  She will no longer be comfortable, but very aware of her pain.  My heart goes out to her, as well as my sister and Jon as they will have to witness this painful yet very necessary transition.  I can't even begin to imagine. . .   

I was talking to a my friend today about the lessons that come so quickly from difficult - sometimes unimaginable - situations.  It's crazy. Why does it take something so horribly complicated to teach us something so beautifully simple? I'm telling you, I am already different with my girls. I move a little slower, I smile a little more and stress a little less, I talk a little softer and I hold them a little tighter. I sit and talk with them while they eat their entire lunch, not just for the first few minutes. I sit on the floor with them to help pick out their outfit instead of just hovering over them. I stuck around to see who the bad guy was at the end of Scooby Doo . . . and acted surprised. Tonight I rocked Eden to sleep and just watched her breath so effortlessly.  It made me cry.  These things we never ever think about. But now I do. 
And for that huge lesson, I am grateful to tiny Gwen.

Monday, February 23, 2009


This is my sweet niece Gwen. She was hit by a car Friday afternoon in Huntington Beach. 
My sister Amy left that morning to meet a friend for lunch with her girls; the next time she came home was 2 days later with her 2-year-old now in the ICU. 
The miracle is that her CAT Scan and MRI show no signs of trauma to her brain or spine.  She was truly being watched over.  We couldn't be more relieved, but everyone's emotions have been on a roller coaster, switching from the devastation of her injuries to gratitude for her life. 
She has sustained 5 broken ribs, a broken arm in 2 places, road rash so severe she is being treated by the Burn Unit and a collapsed lung.  She is healing but after 4 days on the breathing machine, her little lungs are still too weak to breathe on their own.   
The literal fragility of life was shown to me when Ben and I visited Gwen yesterday. To see her lying there on a breathing machine when just 3 days earlier she was running down the pier with my girls.   
Please remember to kiss all of your "Loves" tonight and please say a prayer for Little Gwen.  

For updates, you can go to Amy's blog.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Reason Enough to Make my Bed

If I don't get them up off the floor first thing, I guess it's fair game for him to shimmy his hairy little piglet self up, over and under my pillows. So Game On Rocco.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Teddy Bear Day

Cute little Aves had Teddy Bear Day at Kindergarten and decided to take my bear from when I was little.  It looks so beat up and that makes me feel so old!  But it was so fun to see her giving that old bear some love again.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Poor Edie

We were able to go to The Temple open house last week.  Our tour didn't start until after the kids' bedtime.  
At about 9:30 p.m. Eden just gave up. . . mid-rice cracker.