Friday, November 19, 2010

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight"

Well Heather, you inspired me to post another blog entry (just by asking about it lol)!!! So...I asked for a crib for Christmas! Is that a little presumptuous?? I am so anxious, I just can't stand it! If it were up to me, I would already have that extra room cleaned out and set up as a nursery! Chase is probably surprised it hasn't been converted already! LOL! I sent a picture of the crib I wanted to my mom (hint hint) and then showed her the bedding I liked know...just in case!!!

We had a meeting with Pastor Conn on Thursday (he's one of our adoption referrals). It was so great! He just asked us about our spirituality and what brought us to adoption. It was definitely what we needed. He let us talk...about everything...but mostly about how we feel about our faith and family. I felt so much closer to Chase after that meeting too.
A woman from church is doing foster to adopt and the little boy placed with her in October ended up going back to his bio family. These are the stories that make me nervous. I'm so scared it's going to happen to us. AAAAGGGHHHHH!!!! If I could have my own baby, this would be so much easier. Isn't that the phrase of the day!?!?! I'm trying not to obsess about this whole thing. I'm just going to go with the flow...get all of our licensing finished and then PATIENTLY wait!

So...we have a new addition to our family (no, not another dog)! A new car! I love it - it's a Nissan Murano! My car was finally starting to see the light and more problems than it was worth so I decided to start looking around. It was really quite spontaneous, but a wonderful decision - it was going to happen eventually! I also went shopping for dvd players for the car and ended up getting 2 screens that go on the back of the headrests. I know we usually only have Z in the back, but you never know!!! Honestly, I just like looking for reasons to shop...LOL!!! I also picked up a few more Christmas presents - but I feel like we still have a ton to get!!! :)

Til next time...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"Poker Face"

Well...we are right smack in the middle of our licensing process with Homes 4 Good! We have loved every minute of it and we are learning so much! On the other hand...I'm stressed to the max! I eat, drink and sleep adoption. I think about every possible scenario and it drives me crazy! I think I need to find a support group! I'm a girl of guarantees. I don't like the "what ifs" which really sucks because that seems to be what life is all about. LOL!

Anyway, we are finishing up our classes and all we have left are the inspections and a couple of loose ends! YAY! Once we have everything turned in, we'll schedule our home study! I'm so ready! WOOHOO!!!

We finally made it to one of Ryan's football games! It was sooo cold but it was a fantastic game! We also had a great time hanging out with Annie, Kasey and Zoren!

I want to send a big thank you to everyone who have made a donation to our adoption fund! I have a TON of bracelets left so pass the word around and email me with any questions!

Wow...this was a really boring post! :) Hopefully I'll have something more interesting to post in the next few weeks!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Into the Groove"

We decided to give this whole adopting through the state another try. We went to Homes 4 Good last night. It was referred to us by a coworker of mine. We really really liked it! I am still in love with ANLC (and we have all of our paperwork turned in, still waiting on the money, though), but I felt very comfortable with this new place. The guy teaching the orientation was very laid back which made it far more comfortable to ask questions. I also felt comforted that there were several couples who wanted the same thing out of this as we did. I asked about having a preference in age and he said it won't be a problem. We may have to wait longer if we go straight adoption, but it's not out of the question.

He also explained foster to adopt and legal risk ALOT better than the woman at CC. He explained it so well, we are actually considering it. We can still be particular with age and if we are open to sibling groups, it also increases our chances of a quick placement. Legal risk is basically a classification. It means that the parental rights are already or in the process of being relinquished. So ideally, we could do foster to adopt with legal risk children under the age of 2. Wow. That is exciting!

We already finished our application and few of the other forms that need to be completed. We have a class tomorrow specifically for adoption so we can turn some of the forms in then. We still have to go through PRIDE classes, but they are only 3 nights next week in Conroe instead of 2 times a week for 4 weeks ALL over Houston, which is what we would have had to do with CC! We still have one other class to go to and we need to get CPR certified! So much to do, but I feel so much more in control.

Like I said earlier, we are still totally in love with ANLC. Our Plan B (Plan A was going solely through ANLC) is going through Homes 4 Good and continue our fundraising to eventually go through ANLC! That gives us a little time to raise some money while still growing our family!

In other engine light came on the other day and the car people said for $700 they can fix my car. HA! We totally were thinking like $, we were wrong! I'm thinking we can probably bring that estimate to some other shops and see if they can do it a little less expensive! I vote that I get a new car. Chase does not agree! :(

I'm sure I'll be back tomorrow to update our FFF class (the one for adoptive parents)! If you are interested in our fundraising bracelets, email me at ALSO...we have a new fan page on Facebook called Operation Baby Dodson - search it and "like" it then pass it on! Thanks!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Ok people! The time has come to begin our fundraising adventure! I have "support adoption" bracelets available for a $5 donation! Please email me or text/call if you are interested! They are super cute and for a great cause! We appreciate your help in growing our family!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

"After All"

Our first step in fundraising was completed today. We opened an Adoption Fund account. We are going to make our own monthly contributions, of course, but I feel so much better about beginning our fundraisers now that I have a secure place to deposit the funds. It's at Wells Fargo under the name Lisa Dodson Adoption Fun - I'll put the information at the end of the post! Chase said he wasn't offended that his name wasn't in the title (since we could only put the primary holders name on it) LOL!!! He's such a team player! :)

So, with our current financing road block, we've decided to ONCE AGAIN look at foster to adopt situations. A girl I work with recommended a local organization in Conroe called Homes 4 Good ( She went through them and loved it! I'm going to give them a call to check on some specifics (age, siblings, etc) before we go because we don't want to waste our time like we did with Catholic Charities. If we were millionaires, this whole process would be so much easier, but it seems that the issue of money keeps creeping up on us!

Well, my mom is coming in town tomorrow and I'm so excited to have a visitor! WOOHOO!!! And after that, every weekend through November and December is PACKED with lots of traveling - Austin, Dallas, Port much to do! Maybe all of the events will help to get my mind off of baby stuff!!!!

Here's our adoption account information for anyone interested in helping us grow our family...
Wells Fargo
Lisa Dodson Adoption Fund
Account# 6606421482
Til then.....

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"Hokey Pokey"

Ok...WOW!! Today is a much better day - and although I'm not going to edit my last entry, I do apologize for my ranting. I am definitely not the one who needs to be judging others. I was being selfish and mean and I am truly sorry. I've been exploring some other options just in case our plan of going through ANLC does not come to bloom! I don't like to think of myself as an IMPATIENT person, I am an ACTION person! LOL! I can't sit around and twiddle my thumbs...I have to keep researching. I'm still sad, but that's not going to make us a family! I would appreciate you guys sending our website to anyone you know who might be thinking about adoption or if you work in a hospital or school! Our adoption website is
I'll keep you guys updated with what I find...
**I just read through some old posts and I cannot believe how much this blog has changed over the past year or so! Thank you to those who continue to read it even though sometimes I just repeat myself over and over and most of the time, I probably don't make a whole lot of sense! :) I'll be sure to edit alot when I turn it into a book! LOL! I love y'all!**

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Psalm 34:18

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit"

"Tripping Billies"

If it's not one thing, it's another. I'm ALMOST totally convinced we are just not supposed to have a baby. I can't handle anymore disappointment. I'm so depressed right now...without even thinking about it, my eyes will well up with tears. This afternoon we got the news that we were not able to get the full amount we needed for the adoption. We didn't have a back up plan. I refuse to wait a year or MORE to raise the money (which seems virtually impossible to raise that much money) and I'm just so tired. I'm tired of researching, I'm tired of getting my hopes up, I'm tired of being disappointed, I'm just plain tired. This is the same feeling I had when I found out I had cancer. I can't stop crying. I know it's mostly because I'm feeling sorry for myself.
And I'm mad. I'm so EFFING mad! We work hard for what we have...2 cars, a house, a wonderful family support, 2 really good incomes...yet we can't have a baby. Then there are those kids out there who think it's so cute to get pregnant and they can't even take care of the baby. We have to have a FBI background check, a child abuse registry check, some lady come to our house and interview us, go before a judge and come up with $25,000 to have a baby.
I know I'm better than this, but this is what I'm feeling right now. I'm so tired. This is so hard. I'm exhausted. I worry about this all day long. It's all I think about. I try to imagine not being a mother and although I know I'll be ok (WE will be ok), it hurts my heart so much! I will never forsake God and I will always believe that he has a plan for us. I'll never blame Him or turn my back on Him. I will continue to pray and lift my worries to Him and I will continue to ask you guys for prayers as well. I'm just sad. I'll get over it and by the next entry, I may be a whole different person. But for now, I'm sad.

Friday, October 15, 2010

"There's a Tear in my Beer"

SO...I had the pleasure of spending 4 hours with the lovely people of Montgomery County today as I waited to get my drivers license! With that being said, I kept myself busy...and entertained, by jotting down a few things I saw while sitting in the DPS office...
1. Cute little boy with a dinosaur on his shirt
2. More tatoos than I had EVER seen in my entire life!
3. A lady in desperate need of a pedicure...her heels made me hurt
4. A SUPER tiny hispanic baby I would have taken in a heartbeat (no...i will not be stealing a baby)
5. Four people pulling up, looking at the line and it will ever be shorter...ever!
6. A woman getting yelled at for sitting on some rocks AKA a monument. The man went so far as to call a cop over to tell her to move
7. Met the sweetest girls at the crime lab (I got my finger prints done while I was waiting)
8. A man with just 3 or 4 teeth...I almost offered my card
9. A 3 engine train with no caboose...highly disappointing
10. Some kid (2 years old) who assumed I could speak spanish
11. A REALLY bad parking job in a handicap spot...they looked just fine to me
12. A girl with GIGANTIC ear hole the kind that stretch your earlobes (have no idea what those are called)
13. A man with an ankle bracelet...and not as a voluntary accessory
14. A woman with a hole in her the seam perfectly placed along her backside
and last, but not least
15. A Bluebonnet Cafe t-shirt - SHOUT OUT TO MARBLE FALLS!!!

Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Matthew 18:5

"And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me."

"Praise You in this Storm"

I don't really know what to write about today, but obviously "Juno" provoked some kind of urge to write. I'm getting so incredibly antsy but I'm beginning to feel a huge sense of anxiety as well. I'm not worried about the home study or the wait...I'm so scared about the money. I want to be a mommy so bad but I'm so scared it's going to put us in incredible debt. We have been toying around with some fundraising ideas and I know of some grants that can be applied for once our home study is completed and approved. I suppose we would then need to get a loan for the rest. UGH! The upside is that there IS a tax credit up to $12000 which can just go back in to paying off the loan! I'm trying to stay positive, but my goodness, this is all very overwhelming.

We have a phone consultation with Adoption Network Law Center on Monday. I'm making an extensive list of questions as we speak! I have a really good feeling about them because this is the 2nd time I've been told to look into them by 2 different couples who adopted through them. I spoke to an agency in Dallas last week and got a really bad vibe so when I spoke with someone from ANLC and they were so nice and informative, I felt a sense of peace.

If anyone reading this can think of some fundraising ideas, please pass them along. We are already planning a spaghetti dinner/silent auction as soon as we are approved and begin the waiting process. I was also thinking about a gigantic community garage sale and I found a place to design those bracelets (like the Livestrong) that we could sale as well! Oh, so many ideas...I just hope something works out. As one of my coworkers said, if this is what God has intended for us, then nothing can stop it from happening!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Matthew 17:20

"I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'move from here to there', and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"What Do I Know of Holy"

Today was my first day at my new job. I love my title. Office/Marketing Director. It sounds so grown up! :) It was very overwhelming, but I think I'll get the hang of it sooner or later! I'm learning how to use a Mac which is a whole new world! I get off at 4pm Monday - Thursday and 12pm on Friday,
so who am I to complain!!!?

I also spoke with the woman from Catholic Charities. Chase and I have been so prepared to turn in our paperwork on the 13th and now we seem to be looking in a different direction. She basically told me that if we weren't willing to foster or at least up our age limit to 10, we may want to look at a different agency. I was appalled! This is the 2nd time they have rejected us even though we've been pretty open minded so I'm done. I spoke with a woman from Lifetree out of Dallas. They have an A+ rating with the BBB so that makes me feel reassured. Robin, the woman I spoke with, told me to email her with my questions so HOPEFULLY the fees are not SO outrageous. Although now I'm back to exploring options that will cost money, the up side is that we may now have an option to have a newborn. That would be awesome.

So as much as I'm loving my new work schedule, it's funny how quickly my weekends fill up. Kasey (my sister in law) is getting married so I have her bachelorette party and wedding, a "going away" party for me and Melanie with our group of friends from Bed Bath and Beyond, my grandma may be coming to visit and I think Zoren will be having a birthday party sometime at the end of next month. That is just September/October! Whew!

The hosts of Kasey's bridal shower

Oh...I also worked the Cancer Resource Table at church this past Sunday and we spoke with 2 people. I think it's a great ministry and I'm so proud to be part of it. Next week is my first week to work in the children's ministry! Wish me luck! LOL!!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"Brick House"

I am proud to announce that as of September 4, 2010, I will no longer be in retail!! YIPPEE! I will be working for a periodontist in The Woodlands as the office/marketing director. I'm so excited....and super nervous! I know it will be a great transition for me and my sanity!!! Not to mention, a normal schedule will help a TON when we start the adoption process!

We appreciate your prayers for our adoption journey, by the way! We will be turning in our adoption papers next month, then wait for approval. Once that happens, we attend classes for a month (since we are adopting through CPS), have our home study and background checks completed, then we wait...
I'll keep you updated as we progress!!!

On an unrelated note, my sweet Preston turned 6 years old yesterday! We have been through alot together and I don't know what I'd do without him!!!

Happy Birthday Preston!!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Songs About Rain"

This has been quite a sad week. Not directly for me, but for some of those very close to me. It's a great reminder how important it is that we not lose sight of what is most valuable in our lives...God and family! I never understood how "non believers" can get through life happy. I couldn't imagine not having my God to lift my worries to. I couldn't imagine thinking that I or the universe made the decisions for my life and my destiny. I know that God has a plan for each and every one of us...even for the non believers. As I read somewhere once "even the devil believes in God".

As for my sad week, I had 2 friends lose people close to them on Sunday. My friends Frank and Kristi lost their great friend Rich to brain cancer at 29 years old. I had the privilege of meeting Rich once (March 2010) and he made quite an impression on me and Chase. Even to the point that I was telling people about him because his bravery and fierce belief that God had a plan for him was so amazing to hear from someone so young. I feel so much sadness for his family after only meeting him once because I can only imagine what heartbreak his wife and family must be feeling. My best friend, Melinda, also lost someone on Sunday - her mother in law. I remember hearing that she was diagnosed with a particular cancer (unfortunately, I can't recall) a few months ago and it seemed to consume her body very quickly. Melinda's husband also lost his father a couple of years ago to the same illness. I continue to pray for my friends as they get through these tough times. It's never easy to lose a loved one and there are no words that can comfort them. Only knowing that there is something bigger out there than you and me and that time will heal the pain.

I also want to request prayers for a high school friend who recently underwent a double mastectomy after several rounds of chemo for breast cancer. She will now have radiation treatments...and from what I heard, her surgery showed that her lymph nodes were clear! :)

Cancer sucks...

Friday, August 13, 2010


Not a whole lot to report other than my sister in law is PREGNANT!!! YAY! I'm so excited for her...I'm equally excited that I get to throw her a kick a** baby shower! WOOHOO!!! Also...we are officially one month away from our 2 year anniversary WHICH MEANS we are one month away from being eligible to begin our adoption process! WHOOP!!!!
We also created a blog that is acting as our website for the moment (meaning no regular updates). I've attached to my outgoing emails as an adoption networking tool (as advised by my family)! I'm attaching the link so let me know what you think and pass it around to anyone who may find it interesting!!
Well, I could ramble for hours about nothing, but I won't! I'm going to enjoy my day off and you guys have a wonderful weekend!!!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Without access to the internet, other than my phone, my blog has suffered a bit. Last month we decided to start gathering some information on domestic adoptions. I have held Catholic Charities close to my heart for several reasons, so we began there. They were holding an informational on adoption through CPS. The letters "CPS" send several emotions through my body. First, those poor children. Who knows what they have been through and what has delivered them to the hands of the state. Secondly, how do they cope with a new family? More so, how do WE cope with a child coming into a new family? Mostly selfish, I suppose. I've always wanted a newborn and this would definitely not be a newborn.

So we go to this informational because, if nothing else, it won't hurt to gain some insight into the process. We were one of 3 couples in attendance. After 3 hours of information being thrown at us, we got into the car...speechless. I wasn't sure how I felt. I told Chase that I had always wanted a newborn and that I wasn't sure if I was ready to handle a child with an unstable past. Selfish, once again. Then Chase said something that made me realize once again why I love this man so much. He said "don't you believe that God brought us here today for a reason? We want to be parents and they need a family. Who are we to decide how or when that would happen?" That was all I needed. It was so true. We want to have kids and these kids want a family...what a perfect combination. When I got home, I filled out most of the application and we are preparing to turn it in on our anniversary (since we must be married for 2 years before applying).

We are not fostering...only adopting. We can be specific on the number of children (since most are sibling groups) and age range, but not ethnicity. I'm very excited and nervous, but who isn't? Even if I were pregnant, I'd be just as nervous and excited!!

Other than that, I really don't have any other updates in the Dodson household. We had Zoren with us last week which is always fun! We had a great time and hopefully we'll be able to see her again before she starts school (first grade ALREADY)!!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

"Let Go"

I forgot how much I love's my way of being chatty when nobody is around! For those of you who are around me a lot, you know how chatty I can be...Chase can vouch for that! I just realized how long it had been since my last, what has been going on?

I am participating in Relay for Life tonight in Nederland! I'm really excited because it's my first time! I'm also excited because I get to participate in the Survivors Lap at the beginning of the relay. It wasn't until recently that I realized how blessed I am for being in the "survivor" category. We lose loved ones everyday to this horrible disease. A disease that you can rarely do anything about preventing. It just appears one day and turns your whole world upside down. I tell me story to almost everyone...especially women. I firmly believe that if it was not for God's grace and his love for me, I would not have found the cancer when I did. I would have ordinarily never gone to a doctor and requested an endometrial biopsy. I know I've probably written this before, but if I had never met Chase and we had not started talking about having a baby, 10 years from now, I'd be dying of cancer (if not sooner). That was not "by chance" or "lucky"...that was God's working hands. I thank God everyday for my life and even though I've been through the storms, He never leads me to something I can't handle. Even in our current situation with the adoption. I never would have thought the only way for me to have a baby would be through adoption. I was so excited with the idea of going through a pregnancy and seeing what our baby would look like...who he/she would resemble, act like, etc. Even now, 4 months after my surgery, I still grieve over the loss of my ability to have my own, biological baby. Through all of this, though, I know that God has put us in this situation at this time for a purpose. I have been given something much bigger. I'm supposed to save a life and give a baby a loving home that he/she would not have had otherwise. I'm only human, though. Even as I sit here typing how lukcy I am for surviving cancer and how God has blessed me, I have a lump in my throat and tears are rolling down my cheek.

The front of our "A TEAM" shirts

The back of our Relay shirts

Our "inside" campsite

Stefanie with her hair donation!

So my computer decided to shut down on me halfway through my blog, so here I am again...a day later! Last night was Relay and due to the weather, it was moved inside the high school. Over 1000 people in a highschool...walking...all night long. It was a bit crowded. But it was so much fun! We had a really cute campsite and lots of team members! It was a great feeling being there and taking part in it. Stefanie decided to donate 8 inches of her hair and I'm so proud of her...especially for doing it on stage in front of everyone!! I was a little upset that I didn't see any peach ribbons though. Just goes to show me that there is very little to no awareness on uterine cancer. I'll have to see what I can do about that!!! On that note, I'm truly interested in doing speaking engagements to spread awareness, so if you are interested in something like that, let me know!

Until then....Love you all!

Monday, February 22, 2010

"Who Let the Dogs Out"

I sounded soooo pathetic in my last post! I apologize for that! YUCK! I'm trying really hard not to be down on myself!!!

So we joined a gym...finally! I've been twice and I'm hoping it becomes an addiction! I'm trying to find a WW meeting I can attend regularly so I can start shedding some pounds!! I was doing so well before my surgery - 13 pounds in 5 weeks!! If I could lose about 30-35 more that would be great!

I've received some wonderful feeback regarding adoption agencies from families on the Adoption page via Facebook! I love this whole social networking thing!!! What did we do before all this nonsense?? LOL! Seriously though, I'm so grateful for everyone who has offered advice and given me references! I can't wait to start the process!!!

So let me tell you how much I LOVE living in Texas!!! We felt so alone in was so hard to make it to anything whether it be a birthday party or a wedding or just to visit. It's so nice to be able to leave and be wherever we need to be in about 2-3 hours! Not to mention, we actually know people in the area to hang out with. For example, Saturday I'm going to BMT for a Relay for Life meeting, Sunday I'm hanging out with some old A&M friends, Monday I'm having dinner with a HS friend and next weekend we are going to Austin for Stef's birthday! I love it! Sometime in the next few weeks, I'm trying to make it to Dallas to meet the A-team and see some peeps!!!

As for Chloe, she is growing so fast! Her legs are so long and she is still so cute! Once we get over this potty training thing, life will be grand! She sleeps through the night, though, which is one better than Preston when he was a pup! She gets to meet her extended family this weekend and I'm sure she is just can't tell! :)
Oh, here are some pics from our weekend with Zoren!!

Well, I need to go see what the pups have gotten into and start some dinner! Talk to you soon!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Chasing Pavements

I've been thinking about our future adoption process a lot lately. Ok...honestly, I've been worrying more than anything. I've always focused my attention on the cost and the wait...what about the initial acceptance??? Oh goodness...that stresses me out.
I know nobody said "life is fair", but I've found myself giving into the 'woe is me' attitude - if only for tonight. I just found out one more of my friends is pregnant, and although I'm very excited for them, I feel sorry for me. I know I'm not supposed to feel this way...or at least not out loud. But it's hard to stay happy about it all the time. I make jokes or I try to make it all sound ok when in reality, it's not. I see my scars every single day. I know I'm not the only one in the world going through this, but sometimes it feels like it. I want to take a pregnancy test. I want to wear maternity clothes. I want to know what my baby would look like. Life shouldn't revolve around our WANTS, and we should be thankful for what we have. I have a great husband and family and I now have my health! Lots of blessings. But I can't help but think how sad it would be for us to never have children of our own. I'm sure if you've read through my blog, you've probably heard me say that before.
So tomorrow I'm off work so I'm going to spend some time looking into some agencies in the area. I figure it won't hurt for us to meet with people and find out what we'll need to do eventually. My cousin called me the other night and we talked about foster to adopt. I never really had any feelings about this...I just assumed I'd do an infant adoption through an agency. I'm getting some info from her and we are more than willing to explore our options!
Speaking of adoptions...we adopted a new puppy. Her name is Chloe and we were TOLD that she was a lab mix but after a little research, we firmly believe she is a German Shepherd mix. She is so freakin' cute! I love having a puppy around and Preston is actually warming up to her a bit! We are guessing she is about 8 or 9 weeks old so we made her birthday December 8, 2009!

Chloe's first day home - LOVING the backyard!
Preston playing with his new baby sister!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Viva La Vida

It's February! Thank goodness! The past 2 months have been so...eventful? No...just too much! I'm officially starting my new year in February! I changed my backdrop and I'm going to start adding more pictures and make this a very uplifting blog! Afterall, all of the bad stuff is behind us and we have nothing but wonderful things in our future. We start planning for a baby in the next few months and I could not be more anxious. I think it's because so many of my friends are either pregnant or just had babies so I'm getting very antsy! I'm trying really hard to not get upset or to have a "poor me" attitude. My day will come!!!
My mother in law and my stepdaughter are both coming to stay with us this weekend! Chase and I both managed to get off so we won't have to plan our weekend around our work schedules! There are definite ups and downs to working in retail, and our lack of a weekend is definitely the biggest down! But we manage!!! I'm thinking Kemah could be long as the rain has stopped and it's not super cold! Otherwise we'll need to think of plan B!

Zoren in her new bedroom! She picked everything out herself! :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

When I Get Where I'm Going

So much has happened in the short few weeks from my last entry. As I mentioned before, my Pawpaw wasn't doing too well at Christmas. He had recently found out he had liver cancer and was actually released from the hospital on Christmas. He seemed to be in very good spirits...eating, laughing, taking pictures...but you could tell he was weak and tired. On New Years Day I went back to Port Neches to visit family. By that time, Pawpaw was in a lot of pain and they had given him Vicodin and Oxycontin to control it. He was surely not himself. I went home the next day after spending as much time as possible with him. I got a phone call early last week at work from Chase. "Lisa! Your mom just called and said that you need to get home. They don't think Pawpaw is going to make it through the night"!! I drove home as fast as I could, waited for Stef to meet me at my house and we all 3 drove to the hospital in Beaumont. We stayed by his side as much as we could. By the pure size of our family, we inadvertently took over most of the 4th floor of St. E's - and made the family room (and later the conference room) our very own home! He had initially gone to the hospital for low blood pressure and later contracted pneumonia. We all talked to him as he struggled to breathe. It was so awful to see our strong, independent Pawpaw like that. We made sure he knew we were there, that we were praying for him and that we loved him so much. My Pawpaw had a unique relationship with his grandchildren. There are 17 of us...and 22 great grandchildren. He made each and every one of us feel special. We loved going to visit him and Mawmaw because they always made time for us. No words can describe how we all feel about our Pawpaw.

Chase had to be at work in the afternoon of Saturday, January 10. We left the hospital about 10:30am and I received a phone call from my dad at 1pm. My Pawpaw had passed away. We were a very lucky family. Most of us had never lost any of our immediate family members. This was the first time any of us had felt the pain of losing a loved one. Even now, I can't believe the next time I go home, he won't be here.

My Pawpaw was not a talkative man. He had his chair he would sit in and watch tv - we always knew where to find him. Even though he didn't put himself in the spot light, we always did. I will never forget saying "hey Pawpaw" and his response, everytime, "hey Mawmaw"! I miss him so much.

His funeral was this past Wednesday and it was beautiful. He had so many friends and family attend and although it was very sad for all of us, I can only imagine what my Mawmaw is feeling. They had spent 63 years together and suddenly he's gone. I pray for her everyday - that God will give her the strength to get through this time and to know that we are always here for her. And I know that Pawpaw is watching over her and we all have the best guardian angel protecting us.