Thursday, July 23, 2009

the life cycle

Our spring time visiters. All 4 hatched, grew and flew away.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Our Cat Zero

I am not a cat person but I have fallen in love with our cat, Zero.
Well he is actually Bean's cat. He has now entered teenagerhood.

He fits in really well, he is fiesty, playful, he does not take the answer "no" the first time, ( like getting sprayed with a squirt bottle when he gets on the table) he thinks we really don't mean it the first 2 times.

He is a great sport and plays along with what ever the kids are playing. He has been the monster, the baby, a boat mate, and a prisioner and numerous other things.

He snuggles with anyone laying down and purrs when we walk in the door. He has made me a believer in the healing power of a four legged friend.

Either, Cat therapy or Cat's therapy or the Cat will need Therapy

Princess is taking our kitten out for a walk


Dearest friends and prayer warriors.

I sincerely apologize for taking so very long to get out an update on our prayer request. I can't thank you all enough for surrounding our family with your love, compassion and prayers. I thank you for asking me it reminds me that we don't just disappear from you minds but that you keep the prayers coming for our family.
Princess's eye is now 90% better. we saw a picture of her eye Monday and we didn't even recognize it. The white spots that were "never going to go away" are almost gone. Her sight which was " was going to leave her legally blind in her left eye," has recovered to being a 20/40. and keeps getting better. My brother is healing "faster than the doctors thought." although he is carrying a lot of stress.

Praise God almighty.


Angel turns 18 on the 22 of July, there is no change in her. she is still very glad to be gone. She has to call us every night to let us know where she is or we have to file runaway charges or social service will charge us with neglect . Rachel calls to tell us she is with her biological mom and having the time of her life. From what I have heard she is living with a 24 year old man still wanting to get pregnant. He want to take her to Mexico for her 18th birthday.

We figure the 21 of July will be the last we hear from her. this hurts really bad and DH and I feel a lot of stress, sadness and frustration but no matter what there is NO DOUBT IN OUR MIND, that being obedient to God is better than anything life could have offered us.


if you could just pray, DH will find out on the 24th of July if he will still have a job or if Ritz will be bought out to liquidate. Princess's hurt eye has too much pressure, a side effect from the steroid we had injected the first and only time. Please pray her pressure relieves.

I can't thank you all enough. with lots and lots of love in our hearts for you all.

2009 July 22,

This is a picture of Princess's Left eye. the White cotton has gone away. Doc says she is 90% better. Her vision that was never supposed to heal is now 20/40. Praise the Holy Healer
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Princess Left eye June 11, 2009

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Princess Left eye

Given the patient's history and retinal findings, she was diagnosed with Purtscher's Retinopathy,

Since that time, the clinical picture first described by Purtscher has been associated with:

Compressive chest injuries
long bone fracture
retrobulbar anesthesia
acute pancreatitis
strenuous childbirth
connective tissue and vasculitic diseases

Patients with Purtscher's (or Purtscher's-like) retinopathy may notice severe vision loss either immediately or up to 48 hours after the event
Atabay C, et al. Late visual recovery after intravenous methylprednisolone treatment of Purtscher's retinopathy. Ann Ophthalmol. 1993;25(9):330-333.
Behrens-Baumann W, Scheurer G, Schroer H. Pathogenesis of Purtscher's retinopathy. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 1992;230(3):286-291.
Purtscher O. Ber Deutsche Ophth Ges 1910;36:294-301.

No known treatment exists for Purtscher's retinopathy. The retinal whitening (cotton-wool patches) and retinal hemorrhages typically disappear over weeks or months. Unfortunately, however, the prognosis for visual recovery is poor. Speculation is that the visual acuity remains decreased secondary to infarction of either the foveal photoreceptors or optic nerve itself.1 There are reports in the literature of cases successfully treated with large doses of IV corticosteroids; however, this has not yet become the standard of care.6

Princess's right and good eye.

This is a picture of what a healthy eye looks like. This is Princess's right eye
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Broken but will Heal

Cat has a green cast on his back leg, brother has a black cast and Princess, well you can't miss hers.
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A full blown Miracle


Monday Princess was not able to even see the big E the one that is the biggest. it represented something 2400 feet away. so her vision was 20/2400 meaning that she could see at 2400 feet what normal people could see at 20 feet. She was legally blind in her left eye.

Wednesday, a number of those from our church gather around to pray and lay hands on Princess for perfect healing of her eye. Thursday, more precious friends came to lay hands and call down healing on our child. All of you have been praying and GOD Heard our prayers.

Today, a mere 4 days later Princess is at 20/70. her vision has improved that much and there is still room for improvement. God be praised. The doctor was astounded, I feel like dancing and sing and crying.

Thank you all.
Thanks and praises to GOD Almighty.

an up date on our life so everything from here on out makes sence

My brother and my 6 year old daughter were in an ATV accident. My brother was seriously hurt, my daughter by the grace of God escaped with a broken wrist.
Here was my desperate plea for prayers
June 8 2009
Dear friend,

I believe I have sent you all the news of what has been going on with us. My brother Mark and my 6 year old daughter Princess were in an ATV accident.

Mark has 7 broken ribs, a punctured lung, a lacerated liver, a broken wrist and pelvic bone. HE was in the ICU from Monday until Sunday. He was released today after they finally ruled out hospital Pneumonia, His lung is not healing as quickly as they were hoping. He is at home now.

Princess broke two bones in her wrist and 2 stickers, 1 Barbie and a hot pink and bright orange cast she got all at children's hospital. she had a cat scan which showed that everything was normal and her kidneys are good too.

Her left eye has completely lost all sight. she is considered legally blind in the left eye. the disease she has is from a combination of the fracture in her arm and her head trauma.

While Mark was in the hospital we assumed he had thrown Princess from the machine since she had so few injuries compared to his. He recently corrected us. he said he had tried to put her off right as the ATV was going to the left but everything happened so fast he doesn't believe he got her off. He thinks he may have fallen on her, hitting her helmet with his rib cage. GOD DID ANSWER MY PRAYERS FOR PROTECTION. she is not maimed, she is not in chronic pain and she is not dead. HE DID PROTECTED HER and my brother from what could have been a deadly accident.

Princess's problem with her eye showed up 12-36 hours after the accident. there was not way to prevent it and they believe there is not way to cure it. they are however willing to try steroids which this far has worked to decrease the swelling, bring back a little of her eye sight. she still is missing over 85% of her sight. We have to decide how aggressively we want to treat this with no proven cure. we are going to see an nero specialist tomorrow.

to top it all, Bean's 8 week old kitten jumped and missed and fell about 3 feet. he is in a lot of pain and not using one of his legs. We believe he broke his leg. he is at a vet's now. We had just put our dog of 10 years down in November.

DH can't take anymore days off of work between they time he had off when my step dad died and then this.
Angel is still gone and manic making really horrible life choices.

this is taking it's toll on all of us.

yet God is good and His will will prevail.

Angel turns 18

Today Angel turns 18, the age of so called adulthood.

One day out of the blue, after a year of doing so great,She left, no warning just came home irate and left. this happened in April.

Stated she couldn't stand living here anymore, would rather live under a bridge with other homeless people. She lasted there two weeks begging then made her way to her bio mom's work then taken in by her bio mom.

People ask, "have you heard from Angel?"
so many other awful and wonderful things have happened since then that we forget about Angel and her hatefulness until that time when she calls every night to check in.

See, we had to threatened to file a runaway report if she didn't let us know where she was every night or social services threatened to charge us with neglect.

So, yes, she calls every night to let us know how wonderful she is doing, how she loves her tatoo, and how her 24 year old boyfriend wants to take her to Mexico on her 18 birthday and how he pays for everything for her, or how she is snuggling with the bio mom who abandoned her when she was 9 to the foster care system.

The calls are excruciating to listen to.

She is now 18 and tonight we won't get a call, there is no need, she is an "adult" now, we are not longer responsible.

This is bitter sweet, an end to one pain the start of another.
Good bye dear Angel. Good bye, it has been hard and painful and I know sometimes wonderful.
Good bye and good luck to you in your future.

THis song makes me think of this, a soulful sound to our pain.
I am listening to it a lot today.

Fire And Rain
------James Taylor

Just yesterday morning they let me know you were gone
Suzanne the plans they made put an end to you
I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song
I just can't remember who to send it to

I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again

Won't you look down upon me, Jesus
You've got to help me make a stand
You've just got to see me through another day
My body's aching and my time is at hand
And I won't make it any other way

oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again

I’ve been walking my mind to an easy time
My back turned towards the sun
Lord knows when the cold wind blows it’ll turn your head around
Well, there’s hours of time on the telephone line
To talk about things to come
Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground.

oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you, baby, one more time again, now

Thought I'd see you one more time again
There's just a few things coming my way this time around, now
Thought I'd see you, thought I'd see you fire and rain, now