Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Nothing is Impossible for God!


"Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'" - Matthew 19:26

Riley was diagnosed with Pars Planitis in October 2009. Since then, has had five surgeries on his right eye. As a result of the disease and side effects of the surgeries, he has some permanent damage in his right eye. Without his glasses, he is legally blind. With his glasses, he is able to read, watch television and even drive. When Riley started this journey, we were told to expect that he would one day lose his sight in one or both eyes as a result of the disease. We were told to expect that he would be completely blind. 

Three years ago, Riley had his fifth surgery on his eye. 

Last Friday, we returned to Emory for a routine check-up. They took routine scans of the back of Riley's eyes. The doctor and the teaching fellow present both reviewed the notes, examined his eyes and looked at the new scans.
Over the years, many people have prayed for healing over these eyes. My sweet little Granny had reminders stuck on her bathroom mirror to remind her to pray every day. Our little cousin Aidan has continued praying for Riley's eyes every night. People quite literally around the world have prayed for Riley's eyes to be healed. We have been so thankful for these prayers.

Last Friday, we were told that they believe that the disease is no longer present in Riley's eyes. 

Gone.

Before last week, we had never been given any indication that this disease would ever leave Riley's eyes. We sat there with his doctor last week and heard that there are a few cases where children grow out of the disease in their 20's. They believe that Riley is doing that now, at the age of 16. They have no way to guarantee that the disease will not present itself again, but his eye history over the past three years does not reflect a presence of the disease. His eye will always have the remains of damage caused by the disease in the past, but there is no evidence of it being present at this time. 

I truly wish that someone could have recorded those moments in that room. What an amazing testimony of God's healing power!

We are beside ourselves over this news! God is so sweet to us.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Celebrating


We had the sweetest time celebrating the marriage of one of our "big girls" to her main squeeze. Our tall boy even drove down from the mountains to attend his big sister's wedding. It was such a fun time and a great opportunity for us to snap a family picture while we were all dressed up.

Side note: We are all standing on the same level. Riley will soon be as tall as Jordan! Who will I call the "tall boy" then? Goodness me. 

These days are passing so quickly!

God is so sweet to me!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Firsts and Lasts


This is the LAST first day of Kindergarten for us.


This is the FIRST first day of school picture ever taken without his brother by his side.
(11th grade!)


This is the FIRST year with one of my littles sleeping in a different nest every night. 
Let's not talk about that. 
Unrelated: I'm thinking of returning to college. Those mountains are calling my name.

God has done so many amazing things for us that celebrating all of these firsts and lasts comes easy, but oh my goodness does a mama's heart hurt sometimes. How many sleeps until he comes back home? Looking forward to Fall football games this year!

God is so sweet to me.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

Camp Old Indian


We have all really enjoyed Riley being involved in Boys Scouts. Our local troop is led by an amazing veteran who not only loves Scouts, but he loves God and the boys. You can tell that he is genuinely concerned for the long-term success of each individual scout. He is a fun man to spend time around and the boys really admire him.

Last week, Riley spent the week at Camp Old Indian. The camp runs from Sunday through Saturday. As tradition goes, families can come up on Wednesday evenings to visit their scout, have dinner and enjoy a time around the campfire for some entertainment.

Most of our boys opt to leave the camp for dinner in exchange for some restaurant air conditioning. It's been hanging around 100 degrees each day and even in the mountans, the humidity makes things miserable. A trip to the local Pizza Inn fit the bill and the buffet filled up all of the hollow legs amongst the herd of boys we brought along. Mostly, we enjoyed hearing some camp stories and hugging our boy.

Riley is currently at the rank of Star. It is his goal to reach Eagle Scout by his 18th birthday. We are cheering him on!

God is so sweet to us.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Maple Grace

The morning before our tall boy walked across his graduation stage, our sweet dog Daisy didn't wake up from her sleep. She was twelve years old. We miss her so much.

There was definitely a void in our hearts. No one to greet us when we came home. No one to play with in the yard. 

Little Sister has been missing someone too- her big sister. The miles apart influence the time we can spend together. We wish we could visit every day, but we can't. 

Little Sister put on a sweet little face and asked her Daddy for a kitty a few weeks ago. We knew it was just the thing she needed. 

I did plenty of research, contacted the Humane Society and one Thursday afternoon we went and scooped our kitty up and brought her home.


Meet Maple Grace.
(named by Kendra)


Maple has been good for all of us. She is the most loving cat I have ever met. 

You must love her at all times.

Maple has filled in a little of that sorrow we were seeing in our girl. 

K is busy with her kitty all the live-long day.

Maple is playing along with all of Little Sister's antics.

She's such a fun kitty. We're glad to have her.

God is so sweet to us.



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sixteen


Sixteen years old. Six foot tall.

I can hardly believe it.

Riley's been busy this Summer working odd jobs to earn money for a kayak. 

He's been busy working on his merit badges for Boy Scouts. He camps every chance he gets.

He's still a fun kid to hang out with, as funny as ever.

We love him so.

God is so sweet to us.