Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Some Updates... Mercy and Otherwise...

Wow have we been busy around here. Sometimes it seems we can hardly take a breath!!! So for all of you who have been expecting phone calls, etc. Sorry. By the time the kids get to bed I fall in my own, totally exhausted. And really- any quiet time I get during the day I don't really want to fill with talking! haha.

Eric and Josiah took Mercy to Cincinnati yesterday, and all looks wonderful!!! The hemangioma is reducing drastically. Watching a miracle is an amazing thing. The other good thing is that we don't have to return for 2 whole months!!! We are continuing the propranalol since it is still working at reducing the size of the hemangioma.

In other Mercy news, the ophthalmologist said we no longer need to patch! That is good news too.


I guess while I am giving medical news, I can tell you all that I failed my 1 hour gestational diabetes test pretty spectacularly, so head in for the 3 hour this week. The numbers after the 1 hour (199) were only 1 away from where they don't bother giving you the 3 hour, so we are figuring I will be dealing with GD for the rest of the pregnancy. That will make things a little more challenging, and make the last 10 weeks seem to DRAG, that's for sure.


Thought you might like to see a sweet photo of Bethany, who is going to be 1 on July 9...

Bethany 11 months


And here's a photo of Eric wearing one of his father's day gifts... a BLACK, TEFLON coated grilling apron. How much more manly can you get?

Father's Day 2009


As far as fun... we had the fun time of another set of visitors from our past. This time it was a friend from WSS . I worked there for 7 summers, and Eric and I met on the porch of that wonderful hotel, so it has a lot of great memories. Anyway- Claire and I had worked together for many of those summers. Now we have 16, almost 17 children! What a wonderful legacy! Here are some photos from the weekend...

The Mom's and Kids-

All the Kids Outtake

Oops... forgot one...

REALLY all the kids!

Taking a walk...

Brave Men

Men on a Walk

Like our Redneck Stroller?

Redneck Stroller

Sara and G.

Sara and G.

Sara and J.

Sara and J.

Aren't they a beautiful group?! Having beautiful babies is my super power. :)


  1. I love the update and seeing that God is working in a miracle through Mercy. Bethie is so beautiful. It is so good to see the pictures we miss all of you very much. It looks like you have been busy and have had a fun filled summer so far. Blessing to you all. Love, Renee

  2. Carri, I had gestational diabetes with 4 of my girls. I was on insulin for one of them. Being on the diet is no fun but it isn't terrible. The insulin was pretty bad but usually things can be controlled with diet and exercise. This is one of those character building times we would rather skip.:)Let me know if I can help.

  3. Thanks, Pam. I am sure I will be calling you sometimes... Just ignore me if I ever call in a sobbing, blithering mess, OK?!

  4. Bummer about the GD. Only 10 weekds left for you thats good. 5 weeks left for me and the heat is making me want to jump off a bridge, okay thats a little extreme, but I have never been this pregnant in the summer before an dI am not liking it one bit. I have been praying for more patience thats for sure.

    Great news about Mercy. We are still patching our now three year olds eye for a few hours a day. I haate it and will be thankful when we can stop.

    What a great looking bunch of kids. I love kids :)

    God is good.

  5. So it's good news, bad news, good news. That's a pretty good balance. :)

    I love the pictures of the two moms and all of their kids. When I look at pictures of my crew I always think, "Wow. I have a LOT of kids!" I never realize it until I see a picture (which my mother thinks is very I wouldn't know it without a picture).

    Great post. Praying for you to have an easy time managing the gestational diabetes. Lisa~

  6. Hi, I am a first time visitor to your blog and was skimming your post when I saw your gestational diabetes test failure. THERE IS HELP WITHOUT HAVING TO TAKE INSULIN SHOTS!! Oh, please excuse me for yelling, I just want to shout this from the rooftops!!

    Go check out Her exercise routine is very different and has been tested and proven that a particular 3 minute routine will drop blood sugar levels up to 78 points. Many women who have had GD with prior pregnancies who do this (Hoe Down routine) have NOT had to take ANY insulin! AND that particular routine (plus some others, she calls is try before you buy) are viewable on her website. I even downloaded them to my computer and burned my own DVD (I used NERO it's free) so I could watch on the tv. All the routines are done without jumping, and in a 3 foot square space, no equipment, and you can do either a 15 minute or a 45 minute routine. Sorry, I am sounding like an ad. There is lots and lots of information on her website. I encourage you to check it out. I do not get any royalties from this endorsement!

    Oh, and there was a case of "old label" DVDs found and they are being sold for a mere pittance! That's the one I got. As if I care what label is on the thing, it's in my DVD player!
    Mrs. R

  7. you are really awesome with that super power of yours. hope the gestational diabetes test turns our good next time.