Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? -Matthew 6:26

As we walk through this adventure called life, we remind ourselves that we are all precious children of our Father-- those of us who have walked a little further down the road striving to guide those who have been entrusted to our care for a time. Here is our journey down this path.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Dinner with a princess...and a fish

We had a favorite tonight--breakfast for dinner. I asked Molly to help set the table and she decided we needed some more 'decorations' to make it pretty.
So, two candles in the center........

Some pretty ribbons

A pink tassel....(guess who's chair that is?)
And our newest family member had to join us for dinner-meet..... Joe. :)
There was a long process deciding his name---some of the suggestions were Max, Bob, Clara, Sara, Superman, Mr. Fincredible (that was my favorite)...we finally had to put them all in a hat and out came...Joe. Molly decided she liked James better, so we decided his name is Joseph James Drake and she can call him by a 'nickname'......these kids crack me up!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Happy Half

Ok, another 1/2 birthday....Thomas is 9 1/2....I can't believe it...there is NO WAY are about to have double digits here!! I have no words..........

Thursday, June 24, 2010

3 months.......and counting

Well, our 3 month mark came and went Tuesday among all of the activity around here! I can't believe it has been 3 months and yet it seems so normal that Cynthia is here--like she has been here all along.

One of the most common questions we get is, "How is her English?" So, to mark this month, the kids and I tried to make a list of all of the words she is saying. This is probably not complete and is only a small fraction of what she understands, but for the memory book....in no particular order, here it goes:

Stop please (first 2 word combination--a 4th child!)
"I thirsty"
get you!
prippy (pretty)
bye bye
Thank you
da da ba excused? (May I be excused? copies everyone else)
good girl
Oh No!

All in all, a pretty impressive list--and I am sure I will think of something else right after I post this. She is doing great, we are all so blessed to have her in our family and.....

:) Jennifer

Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to our wonderful Daddy!
We had a fun day celebrating with our Daddy--church, gifts, pool and a yummy cake (OK, the cake was a day late...too much fun to be had to have time to bake it yesterday--we just celebrated a little longer!) We love you!

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Today after the MRI, the girls were playing so nicely together. I came into the room to find this...guess Cynthia was still being a patient!

OK, my turn.....
Thanks to Aunt Sue for the doctor kit!!
And, then........anything you can do, I can do......

(ps--see that strawberry on her plate? Until today, she wouldn't eat them--she ate that one and asked for more!)

What a trooper!

I am impressed with our brave little girl. We had to be at the hospital early, so I woke her up and the first thing she said was, "Pool?"

Oh, sweet girl, not today....

We got dressed and without anything to eat or drink we both headed down to MCG. (I decided if she had to go without breakfast, I would join her-only seemed fair.) When we parked in the parking deck, I heard a "Ta Da!" from the back seat. I felt a little guilty--seemed like she thought we were on some great, fun adventure and I felt like I was carrying her to the wolves....

Well, we arrived in the pre-op area and they applied EMLA (numbing cream) on her hands in preparation for placing an IV. We then went by the 'toy closet' and chose a book and headed to radiology. There, after waiting a few minutes and playing with the toys in the waiting room, we were called into the room to place the IV. They wrapped her in a 'burrito' blanket and with only a small protest fuss, we had a working IV with 1 stick!

Then, it was time for the doctor doing the sedation to talk with us and examine her...he is one of the PICU attendings and I was very reassured knowing he was watching over her. Not a peep while he looked and listened.

We then had a short walk to the MRI room where they started the medication just outside. After about 1 minute, she looked at me with a big loopy smile and then --- out like a light. Still not a fuss!

I waited just outside while they imaged her spine. It took a little over an hour and they said she had no problem with vitals the whole time--all went as smoothly as possible.

On the way to the recovery room, she started to wake up already. She looked over at me and said, "Off?" holding up her finger with the pulse ox attached.
After removing all of the wires and IV, we had a cup of apple juice and were on our way! (to get lunch since we were both starving!!)

She was a little shaky (looked like she had one too many beers!) for a short time, but is now completely back to normal.

I was able to get a 'peek' at the results with the radiologist, who said there does not appear to be any nerve tissue in the defect--great news. I sent a copy to the neurosurgeon in Atlanta and will wait to hear from him.

So, all in all, an easy, uneventful process. I felt completely confident the whole time that she was in good hands--not only those of the people caring for her, but also ultimately in the hands of her Father who loves and cares for her completely! Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Medical Update

Please keep Cynthia in your prayers this Thursday morning as she has her MRI of her spine scheduled that morning. She will need to be sedated for the procedure since it will take a while to do. I will post more details soon. Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

End of season

Well, for those of you waiting for the outcome of the baseball playoffs....we had a disappointing loss in game 2....

Thomas had a good hit to get on base...

But, the Braves didn't pull out the win. The boys were really upset...needless to say, we had the opportunity to have some good discussions about being a good sport, a graceful loser and where our true identity lies. As we raise our children, we so want to shelter them from the disappointments, sadness, and hurts in life, but sometimes that is the time their hearts are most open to hearing truth. So, in the midst of the loss, we saw God use it to grow Thomas's heart a little closer to Himself.

So, the end of the season deserves a good party.....kids vs. parents!!
Catching for the kids--Thomas Drake, hitting for the parents--Thomas Drake?!?!?

Samuel joined the kid team--and promptly backed up to the fence after one Dad hit a home run over the wall! (Can you see him out there? I didn't have my long lens!)

Some yummy treats.........
Trophies and silliness....

And it seems morale is back up....GO BRAVES!!

First Ice Cream Cone...

It was a hit...needless to say we went straight home and to the bathtub!!!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

A first....and a last!

Thomas gets the spotlight tonight! He has been playing baseball with a local Little League team. He is on the Braves and has had a really fun time. This week is the playoffs and tonight was the first game. He has played several different positions, including a lot of catching. But tonight, he had his first chance to try out his 'arm' on the mound! Needless to say, Mom & Dad were a bit nervous for him! He did really well, 2 quick outs--one of which he caught a grounder and threw it to first, 2 walks and then another out! He got on base both times he was up to bat, and then in the last inning, he was playing second base. The batter hit a ball right to him--he caught it and then tossed it to the short stop who had come over to cover 2nd and they made a double play--to end the game! He was really excited, so now on to game 2 tomorrow night!

Thursday, June 3, 2010