The short take...

We're enjoying a crazy summer (already), before Kate starts Kindergarten (ALREADY!!?) this fall. Our kids are so much fun, and we are SO blessed!

If you want to browse our pictures, you can do so at our new Google Picasa album).

April 01, 2008

Sorry we didn't update you last week- everything got quite busy. Honey had a great week after our last update, and was being able to be fairly mobile, considering everything; even going for 'walks' in her wheelchair around a number of blocks! Around Easter however, she started having a pretty rough week, with far more spasm episodes really wearing her out.

Since she had started doing better, they had been looking into moving her into the hospice house (24/7 care by actual nurses), since the current situation (one of her children with her at all times, two of which live out-of-state) really can't be kept up indefinitely. Once she started having a hard week, another reason for the move was added to the considerations; better and more prompt care than was possible while she was at home. Yesterday (Monday), they found out a bed had become available, so they elected to go ahead and move her in. It's still quite possible that she has several years ahead of her, rather than weeks or months, so it makes sense to be in a situation that can support her that permanently. It is still a far hope that she could recover to the point that she might come home again at some point in the future, but all these possibilities look more and less possible depending on each individual day's events. We're thankful that she's being cared after so well now, and we'll keep you updated on her general average condition as it changes.

Kyla and Kate are back in town, after taking an extended weekend down to Texas to see Granny and Papaw (Kate's great-grandparents). They had a great time, and apparently Kate's just an all-around great traveler! She got pretty tired at times, but she bounced back pretty quick. Michael's just glad to have his girls back home :-) Those pictures will be in the March set, coming soon.

Well there's no denying it; Kate's mobile. She can absolutely get anywhere she wants to now, and so quickly has begun pulling herself up on anything that she can. Every time we go in to get her out of her crib, she's standing up, looking through the slats. It doesn't look like she'll be long in the crawling world. She's also picking up sounds quite rapidly, and was even imitating the sign for "ball" from her sign language DVD the other day; it's simply amazing watching her as she gets to the point where she's analyzing things and you can see her evaluating and making decisions. She's really getting a personality all her own, and we're getting little glimpses of her future in some of her mannerisms and looks. Let me tell you, it's a joy.

Well, enjoy the "new" pictures of Kate we posted (they're from February...March should be available in the next week or so). Note that in both of our pictures feature sections, you can now click on the 'big' picture to download it- hope that helps those of you who wanted to save Kate's pictures yourselves!