The last two weeks have really flown by-between Parrish's cast change, our anniversary, Easter events and working on Olivia Charles Antiques I really don't know how it's almost May!
Parrish did great at his cast change last week. I think he knew what to expect so he was agitated and upset that we wouldn't let him eat breakfast. The nurse saw that he was upset and decided it would be best to give him some verced to help him relax (and provide us with some entertainment!). They ended up just sedating him for the pin removal so he was back to his usual self before we left the hospital and asking if he could go home and play with Jackson.
The day before his surgery we had a scare because his pediatrician called and said she had just gotten the ekg report from the hospital and it noted a possible heart problem. We went to see the pediatric cardiologist that day and thankfully, what they thought indicated something more serious turned out the be just an innocent heart murmur (thank you, Lord!). That said, the visit did shave off about 10 years of our lives. While he was doing Parrish's ultrasound (which seemed to take forever, but in actuality was probably only 10 minutes) several doctors came into the room and I just knew we were about to get bad news. I really didn't think I could take one more thing and the whole time I felt like I was about to burst. When he said everything was ok, I burst into tears of relief.
We are so thankful that we are almost done with this process. Parrish goes back to Dr. Killian's office in 3 weeks to have this cast taken off and will be in a walking boot or cast, depending on what the x-rays show. I am glad to be done with the hospitals and hope we won't have reason to visit another one any time soon!
Last Sunday CC and Grandaddy Jack had some Mt Laurel friends over for lunch and an easter egg hunt. Parrish's best buddy Kaden and his little sister Gabby were there with us. Parrish tells me all the time, "I can't get enough of that Kaden, Mommy!" Cracks me up. Today he told me he wants to move to Mt Laurel so he can play with him every day. They already see each other practically once a day, but apparently that is not enough. I remind myself that he doesn't have a sibling at home to play with every day and that is lonely. We are blessed with great neighbors and friends who fill that need for him.
Parrish didn't let the wheelchair slow him down hunting those eggs one bit. It has been amazing to see him maneuver around that cast. He will walk on his knees, crawl, scoot on his bottom or balance on one foot to get where he wants to go. He is so independent and I am proud of his determination.
I arranged some of CC's favorite pink peonies in an Easter basket for the lunch as a thank you to her for all she has done for all of us over the last 5 months. She has devoted herself completely to us by moving to Birmingham full time and done everything from cooking and helping me with my antiques booth (she helped me open it in under 24 hours) to laundry. "I have your Favorite Laundry!" has become one of my favorite sentences to hear. We will all miss her as she heads back to Florida for the summer and I know her new Garden club and neighborhood friends will, too! I keep telling her that we want her back this fall. Thanks for everything, CC! Hope you get some rest this summer between grandkid visits!
I have to include a picture of the anniversary present Cannon got me as a surprise. I came in from the kitchen on the morning of our anniversary and found Parrish perched on top of one of the bedside tables I had been admiring the past few weeks at Hanna. They yelled, "Happy Anniversary!" It was the sweetest surprise. I love that Cannon likes to get furniture for our anniversary gift to each other-I can walk around my house and tell you which piece he got me for what anniversary. It is neat to see our collection grow with our marriage.
As I look forward to Easter Sunday and read again the passages in the bible just prior to his death and resurrection, I am reminded that our Savior is familiar with our sufferings and disappointments. He was betrayed by one of his 12 closest friends to be hung from a cross. He has endured many tragedies and knows how we feel. I am so thankful that we have a loving Jesus that rose from the grave so that one day I can live with him in paradise. I hope there I will get to see the things that I am longing for this Easter-to see Olivia toddling around with her basket hunting eggs, to watch her face light up with laughter at her big brother's antics and to see her scrunch her nose when she bites into a peep marshmallow for the first time. One thing I know I'll see there that can't compare to any Easter celebration here on earth? The celebration of our savior in heaven...I bet that's one heck of a party, the likes of which we've never seen!
As the precious Easter stickers Deanna made for Parrish say, "Happy Easter to My Peps!"
And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him. Mark 16:6