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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Praise Report on John

John did very well with his testing this past week. The MRI took longer then when he got it done before because they did the brain and two sections of his spine all at one time. The neurologist said John's CSF flow is great- (he had next to nothing before the surgery last year) and no other complications have risen since. They reminded us he can't have any trauma to the head -no trampoline, diving, amusement park rides, football, etc. John doesn't need to go back for another year unless he develops the need!
The doctor wants him tested for Lymes to see if that is the cause of the pain John occasionally has in his legs and hands. It doesn't look like it has anything to do with the surgeries.

They were able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House, which was a huge blessing! The hotels in the area are very expensive - especially if you want to stay in the safe part of town! :)
Another nice thing about the RM House is the gifts they leave in the room for the patient!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

John Goes Back to New York

John Boy will be going back to The Chiari Institute in New York for a check up and testing this week. Most of the testing will probably take place on Wednesday and maybe going over into Thursday.

A year ago this month we were informed John needed surgeries for complications caused by what had been done by Chiari Malformation and occult tethered cord before it became irreversible damage.

The week before we all left for New York for John's brain/ decompression surgery, the Stinnett girls with a friend wrote this song.

We are so grateful to God for a successful outcome from both surgeries - one in September 2007 and the other in January 2008, and to the many friends who prayed for him during that time.

Thank you in advance for your prayers for John's testing this week!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Music College

We were blessed to attend the Majesty MusiCollege once again! It is led every year by Mr. Ron Hamilton and Mr. Frank Garlock along with many other knowledgeable teachers.
Amy, Sarah and Ruth at breakfast-still waking up! :)
With friends before the closing concert
Josh and Ruth H. from church
The 400+ person choir

This is a link to last year's Music College

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Visiting Mt Vernon With Cousins

A family picture at the home of the first president
George Washington's front yard

Walking around
Talking to some of the plantation workers
Guarding the grounds :)
Time for Lunch!

Where are we at?
Susan looking over the water
Our whole group
The twins, Drake and Elliot

On the dock

Hot, but happy cousins!
Meet George and his family! :)
Working on crafts in the museum
Just being goofy!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Ocean City, Maryland

Welcome to Frontier Town!

Sights throughout town

Cute Kayla

Our Suite :)

Sisters, sisters there were never such devoted sisters....
One sleepy beach boy!
Drying our towels on our make-shift clothes line

Eating Thrashers Fries! Never can eat enough of those! :)

Feeding the Sea-gulls with Daddy

The sand carvings were spectacular!

Evening fun
Kayla and Uncle John walking home from the boardwalk

Pop in our luxury tent! Our home away from home! :)

Cloe eating a roasted marshmallow over the campfire
The ocean was the highlight of our trip

Saturday, August 02, 2008

A Maryland Day Trip

Best pals!

Heading back in time....

Later that day we went to the Maritime Museum in St Micheal's. This man is demonstrating how to make crab nets.

Standing on the steps of the Hooper Strait Lighthouse

Jen next to a giant crab steamer
Don't mess around with this captain! :)

All American cherry pie! yum!

Playing a game together