Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Since February 24th (the day we got our referral), things have been pretty crazy and exciting; but I've still been finding time to get a run in here and there. Today, I accomplished my first 10K. I had actually only run 4 or 5 miles at most before doing this run so I was hesitant to sign up for it; but I decided to just go for it. I have two wonderful friends (Andrea left, Chloe middle) who are very encouraging and made me feel like I could do it and I did!!!
It's always scary to commit to a run, but I feel like such a rock-star once I cross the finish line :)
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I was reflecting back on everything today and realized that this adoption has taught me more than just patience; it has taught me about trust:
When I drove up to Denver to find out that the computers were down at the secretary of state's office, I walked out of that building and asked God why he would let this happen. No more than an hour later, the computers came back up and everything worked out fine.
We didn't receive a letter in the mail inviting us to get our federal fingerprints done like we were supposed to. I started to panic and worry that this would greatly delay the whole process...but God didn't let that happen. It's all been straightened out and we'll be going to get our fingerprints done soon.
When Caysen was in the hospital, once again, I started to doubt God. Only a few days passed, and Caysen showed great improvement.
Before we got our referral, we started to feel something in our hearts. We felt that it was God telling us that Caysen was the one for us. We had many fears knowing that Caysen was born so early and had some major complications, but we decided to just follow God and trust his plan.
I don't know for sure what Caysen's future holds. So far, the tests have all come back great (all things considered), and I hope that he is a healthy and happy boy. With that being said, I trust that God is carrying out his plan and that he won't give us anything we can't handle. God won't always work it out the way I think it should be, but he WILL work it out the best way so I just need to put my trust in him and let the magical plan unfold.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
This was right out in front of the house we stayed in, Beautiful!!!
Where we stayed.
Here we are on one of the many beaches we enjoyed :)
This was just down the street from where we stayed; Aguada, PR.
For any Lost fanatics, we decided this looked like a Dharma station ;)
Buye Beach, PR
Buye Beach, PR
Too cute, they're still little boys at heart :)
Here we are waiting in the airport in Newark for our flight to PR. Can you tell we were excited ?!?
We had a great time on our last vacation that was just the "two of us" (and two really good friends). Hopefully our next plane ride will be to Taiwan to get our precious baby boy and then it will be three :)
Monday, April 19, 2010
We have been working on getting our fingerprints done for the Department of Homeland Security, but there has been confusion because we applied right when they were completely changing the process.
Friday, April 16, 2010
"Dear Leslie and Lance,
Home for a minute, so I wanted to drop you a quick note. Caysen looks soooooo much better this am and his temp is trending lower and lower. We were there about 3 hours and he looked great and smiled and talked and snuggled bunches. The neurologist came in with Caysen's pedi and we all talked and he decided that due to his marked improvement they would NOT tap his shunt today. Praise the Lord!!!! :) It is just so amazing to continue to see His hand moving on Caysen's behalf. He will have his blood retested tomorrow and if his white blood cell count and his CRP are going down then he will not need the tap. He will continue on IV antibiotics for the next 72ish hours and possibly go home on Monday if all continues to improve like it is now. We will keep you updated.
Things are definitely looking up for our little guy! Please keep praying that he continues to get better and that we can go get him soon :)
Thursday, April 15, 2010
"Hi mom and dad, don't worry about me, I'm great."
"All of this extra attention makes me pretty happy."
We also found out that our documents have been filed in court in Taiwan so now we wait for a court date and pray that the judge sees the case quickly and makes his final decree so we can go get our sweet boy!
I will update again as I find out more...
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
"Dear Lance and Leslie,
We wanted to let you know that Caysen is in the hospital. First before you read any more, HE IS OKAY. That out of the way, last night, Caysen started running a fever. He did not have any other symptoms that we could attribute his fever to and none of the other babies were sick, so we decided we had to play it safe and take him to the hospital to rule out a shunt infection or blockage.
He is at the hospital where his neurologist works and it is a great children's hospital. At this time, the doctors do not think he has a shunt infection. He has a urinary tract infection and his white blood cells are pretty high. They started him on I.V. antibiotics right away, and he will stay in for at least 3 days... He will not be left at the hospital alone, without one (or more) of his Aunties. :)
He is doing great. Even when his temp is up he is still sweet and tries to smile. They put his I.V. in his favorite arm and he seems to think we have just attached a toy to it for him. He constantly plays with the tube and looks at it. :) He really is such a sweetheart, even when he feels terrible.
We know that it is hard to know that he is sick, but we wanted you to be able to pray for him. We will let you know if there are any changes in his condition and e-mail often till he gets out of the hospital. Holly took some great pictures of him last night in the E.R. looking at his I.V. We will send those to you so you can see for yourself that he is doing just fine.
Holly and Trena"
To any prayer warriors out there, I am asking for prayers on Caysen's behalf. Please pray that he will be ok; please pray for wisdom for his doctors; and please pray that he will be able to come home to us soon. God is the one who can heal him, so let's lift Caysen up and ask for healing.
I will post his hospital pics when I get them and I'll update when I know more.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I mean, really, how can you not love that sweet face? I could just eat him up :)
Another sweet one of Trena loving on Caysen...and Caysen loving on his Giraffe, and the puppy loving on everyone :)
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Nope, no lack of love and attention here :) What makes it even better is knowing that God is holding Caysen and watching over him too! Our sweet boy had a really rough start and I have no doubt that it was God who carried him through and continues to watch over him and take care of him every day!
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