Sunday, June 23, 2013

Still Here!

Hi everyone in Bloggy land! We are still here! I'm so sorry I kind of disappeared! We had a crazy couple weeks with the fire, Kennedy's surgery, and leaving town! I have so many things to update you all on!

First, we are safe, our home is safe (though Colorado Springs is STILL smokey and since our new house has no a/c, I'm kinda glad we aren't there!) Over 500 homes were lost or damaged in the Black Forest Fire making it the worst wildfire in Colorado history. It's been devastating to watch some of our friends lose their homes and watch others be forced to evacuate not knowing if they'd have a home to return to. For the second year in a row we have been waiting to hear from those we know to make sure they are safe and for ways to help. Sadly, we know quite a few more families this year who lost homes than we did last year, so we are hoping that once we get back home we can find tangible ways to help them rebuild. Our community is strong and it's amazing to see everyone pull together once again. Families who lost their homes in the Waldo Canyon fire last year have been a great resource to those who are going through it now... just amazing.

Please continue praying for Colorado. We still have several fires burning all up and down our state. It's so very sad. We are so thankful for the firefighters and all the other EMS services who have worked so tirelessly to keep everyone safe and get these fires out as fast as possible!!

Anyway, Kennedy's surgery was on Thursday, June 13th. The plan was to put new tubes in her ears and fit her for hearing aides. However, they found a hole on the back of one of her ear drums that they weren't expecting to find... we know that hasn't been there forever because she just had this same surgery in January and it wasn't there then. SO she is now being referred to a different type of ear specialist. He will decide whether or not he wants to go forward with the hearing aides or do a different surgery to reconstruct her ear drum and see if that helps her hearing. Her ENT said she's not sure if it will or not or if he'll even want to attempt a reconstruction on an ear drum as small as hers, so we'll just have to wait and see. One thing we've learned with Kennedy over the years is to expect the unexpected! ;) I'll keep you posted as I learn more.

As for us, we are in California! This was a partially planned trip this year, but like last year, we left a little early to get away from all the smoke. As much as we love California, we're hoping that running from the smoke won't be an annual event! ;) We've been here a week now and have had fun at the beach, hanging with LOTS of friends and family, going to baseball games and other stuff. I have lots of pictures to share in the next several weeks of course. :)

Anyway, I just wanted to check in, update, and let you all know we're still around! Poor neglected blog! ;)

Until later....


teal915 said...

Sorry about the ear issues. Glad you're family a d house are ok.

Anne B. said...

SO thankful for this update!! And even more thankful that all is well!! Keeping The Sincess in my prayers that there will be a perfect fix for her ear/hearing issue....God is able! Again, I am very relieved to hear from you today!!! Thanks, enjoy the rest of your time in CA and ((((BIG BIG HUGS)))!!!

my family said...

oh sweet kennedy, you do believe in keeping your mom and dad on their toes don't you?

so glad you all are safe, praying for colorado

im jealous of all the bloggy friends you have been meeting up with too:)looks like everyone is having a blast from fb

Cindy said...

Poor Kennedy. Praying the doctors find the best solution for her. Glad your home was spared from the fires and that you're having a great time in California! (I was born and raised in San Diego.)

Island Baby said...

Glad you all are safe and sound in Cali. I always thought with wildfires you had to stay close to keep your home's roof wet and hosed down frequently with water to keep it from burning. At least that's what I've seen them say on the news. Is your home fortunately far enough away from the fires to be able to leave it unattended?
Oh my, poor Kenn with a hole in her eardrum! Hope they are able to repair it. Was she still able to get the tubes?