Over Due Update…

Well I haven’t blogged since July… J U L Y… geez louise. Oh well no excuses. I just didn’t feel the need to blog.. nor did I have the desire to sit down and blog. So it’s OK.

Life has been busy…insane… whatever you want to call it. Most of you who read this know that we have already started the adoption process again so thus starts getting stuff around and the search our child to fit into our family. But what REALLY brought me out of retirement from my blog hiatus has been this hospital stay. Most of you know that on Thursday Angela had surgery. She had a Nissen Fundoplication.  Angela’s surgery went great. The surgeon was really impressed with how well everything went which was great news. Now 3 days post-op Angela is doing ok but we are now having some bigger issues with feeding and her stomach is not tolerating the feeds that we are trying to push. Today the surgeon said they will see how she is doing Tuesday/Wednesday this week… I’m sorry did he just say Tuesday or Wednesday…. ugh. Well not much we can do about that so we need to just deal with it.

The one thing with hospital stays that I kindof forgot is how much time you have to just sit…..and think. Really thats all you can do besides trying to entertain a 6 year old and a 3 year old and now become a house by eating tons of crappy food. Lots of memories have flooded my mind about Gavin, and how we used to live so much of our life here in the midst of these hospital walls. All of the nurses seeing Madison for the first time in 2 years and commenting how big she is now reminds me that it will be 2 years since we lost our little Gavin. Every corner in this place reminds us of something different. But for Madi.. this place is totally different. Karen and I have seen first hand this stay just how much she doesn’t remember. From simple things like asking Madi to run to the kitchen on the unit to grab a drink. She didn’t know where it was at ….to many of the other aspects of the hospital she doesn’t remember. Which makes us feel good and sad all in the same moment. Madi lived here from 16 months until she was 4 yrs old. So part of us thinks how could she NOT remember this place. But then I think….hmmm how much do I actually remember from being 4 yrs old and my response is not much. It just poses a question to Karen and I how much do we want her to remember, but there have been things that we have just left go.

So now I am just sitting here. Karen and Madi left for a “mommie/daughter” date and I am trying to get a overly exhausted girl to take a nap, and in the midst of everything all I can do is just sit and think. Flooded with old and new memories and just trying to process everything.

Many of you have asked how you can pray. There are several things.

  • Pray for Angela’s stomach to “wake up” and start being able to handle feeds so that we will be able to start giving her some nutrition.
  • Pray for sleep. For both Karen and Angela. Karen is going on 3 days with minimal sleep.
  • Pray that through all of this Angela doesn’t lose all her knowledge of learning to eat by mouth. She has come so far in the past year to learn how to eat by mouth that we really hope she doesn’t lose all the ground we have made.
  • Lastly just pray for a quick recovery from he Fundo surgery. If you click the link about Fundo’s you can exactly see what they did to stomach.

Thanks for all the text, tweets, and FB messages from everyone. We really appreciate everyones concern for us and our family. You guys (and gals) are the best.

6 Responses to “Over Due Update…”

  1. Christopher Hopper
    October 16, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    Adam. You inspire me. Your love for the Lord, your family, and for preserving are the stuff of legend. But seriously: these are the kinds of stories that need to be proclaimed, shouted from the housetops.

    I admire your resilience, your courage, and your determination.

    And I couldn’t agree more about the long hospital waits. They give you so much time to reflect. I look forward to what else you put out in the days ahead. The world needs your voice. ch:

  2. Adam
    October 16, 2011 at 10:41 pm #


    Thank you for your words. They mean a lot to me.

    Yah hospital stays are no fun. But sometimes its just what you need to focused on what’s really important.

  3. Moe
    October 17, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Wow, he liveth!

    Welcome back buddy. I missed your writing.

    I’ve been praying for Angela. I hope that all goes well and I’m hoping that all of the progress that you have made is not in vain. Much hope, rest and ice cream for you and family. 🙂

  4. Jason Vana
    October 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    I literally freaked out when I saw your post show up in my Reeder today. Glad to see you writing again, even if it was just this post and you go quiet for another 3 months again.

    I have to say that I admire what you and Karen are doing for Angela. I don’t know any couple who has adopted a child with a disability before. It says a lot about the kind of people you are. I know I give you a lot of crap for your Bieber-love (you know I had to get it in), but you are an amazing man of God, Adam!

    I will continue to pray for all of you and for Angela.

  5. Christopher Hopper
    October 18, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    So agree. I remember being in ICU with my sister in law for a month, then recovery for months. Had so many God-moments, great family time, and lots of quiet time for reflection. Praying for breakthroughs all around.

  6. dustin
    October 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Adam blogging!? WHA?? Love it man, thanks for always sharing your heart. Praying for Angela… she is blessed to have a wonderful and supportive family!

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