March 23, 2012

Four Years: A Garden Party

This has been the never ending week of emotional ups and downs, highs and lows. Monday was Ms. Sissy's 4th birthday. We celebrated all day. Tuesday was the day the Banker took his parents hiking all day and I got about 3,000 house chore done and it felt soooo good! I love a productive day.

Wednesday my dad had surgery 1500 miles away. It did not go particularly well. The initial surgery went great. But three hours into recovery and his blood pressure bottomed out, they found internal bleeding, and he went back in for emergency surgery to stop the bleeding.
Thursday, and three blood transfusions later, my poor dad is full of more holes than a sieve. They now think because of all the enzymes in his blood that he started to have a heart attack due to the low blood pressure, weakening his heart now. I'm so sad for him.

I went over to 50 times yesterday, even put the ticket from Asheville to Sioux Falls, SD into my cart once. I want to be there so bad.
They did move him out of ICU last night, so I suppose that is a good sign.
I just so wish he would have been here instead. To see this...

But to shift to the mindset of Ms. Brightside Mother, let's praise God that he's still kickin'. Let's praise the Great Creator that He made our bodies so amazingly that my dad would feel nausea and his face would turn white, alerting my mom that something was very wrong.

Let's be thankful that my sweet Dad will be better soon and in Asheville in May, just in time to see his only grandsissy pliĆ© across the stage for the very first time.

Yes, there is reason to praise indeed.

Today is Friday. Jarrod is taking the day off and we're taking a siesta as a family. Today will be good. Continued prayers for my sieve of a Father would be so appreciated. You guys have been so sweet asking me if he's doing ok. To be honest, I've almost felt to numb to pray, making that scripture that says that He hears our sighs and knows their meaning. A sigh is about all I've got right now.

This day was a high...Sissy's day. Donuts for breakfast, which seems to be our new tradition, a party in the park with all her little ballerina friends, family time opening gifts, dinner at her restaurant of choice, and a bikeride in the park...on her new wheels.

Yes, they slept well.

These were the two brave man-souls that came to the garden party in the park. The sweet thing above is just about enough to make me want another one. He's my friend, Carissa's baby. And below is Sophie's bff, J. These two are identical personalities in different sexes. It's borderline scary. They are absolutely adorable together, bossing each other around. It's quite entertaining.

The day was gorgeous. We opened gifts on the balcony. Soph wanted that straw fedora for the beach this summer. :)

The boys got their sister a Barbie pool with two scantly dressed Barbies that have been named Becky and Alicia. ;) They had all kinds of fun with this. I was disturbed about the fact that Alicia's top was always under her chin revealing all sorts of things...

and Becky did nothing but drink toddies poolside the whole time. They seemed to be having quite the wild pool party!

They highlight of the day of highlights, was the bike...her very own bike! and the gear that went with! Yeah for cute safety!

She has no fear and cruised around on that thing like there was no tomorrow. Seriously, so cute my heart might have stopped too :)

At Sister's request we dined on chicken wings for dinner. Sister is serious about her chicken wings...pepper rubbed, not saucy...yes, she closed her eyes and relished in the moment.

This life is a series of highs and lows. This week was a perfect example. I am currently emotionally spent. I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend with my family...and Carissa...and Hunger Games!!!! You didn't think I forgot, did you??!!

Happy Friday, y'all.
Thank you, for reals, for your prayers and love.



Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh babe I know how hard it is to not be there. B's dad got cancer not long after we moved to MN. It was beyond horrible.

Farmgirl Paints said...

I couldn't finish my comment. Continuing to lift your dad up. I'm SO glad they caught the heart attack...holy cow. What an eventful day!

And sweet Sophia. That barbie named after mwah just cracks me up to my toes...oh and her in that fedora eating chicken wings. Seriously! Can she get any cuter? I just want to take her home with me. You better watch out. She might just ride back home with us in August;)

Stuff and Nonsense said...

what a week

you were still able
to celebrate your baby's birthday
even when your heart was heavy elsewhere

praying that your dad
fully recovers

and that today
is a good day.


carissa at lowercase letters said...

I'm sorry your dad had such a tough time the past few days. Your mom is a real gem. Praises for your dad's life! May, hurry it on up! Praying for you and him! And Sophie's birthday? What a pretty success!!!

Smallgood said...

Sophie looks utterly blissful. And when your family reunites, we want lots of pictures of that same look on your face. :)

Sabrina said...

I will continue to pray for your dad! Sorry things aren't going as well as expected, but praise God he is healing!

What a beautiful party!!! I love all the banners!!! CUTE! The doughnuts for breakfast are awesome.

Happy Hunger Games! Remember: WWKD?
LOL! I still smile when I think of you going, What the heck does WWKD mean???

Take care and prayers and hugs!

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

I've walked the road of watching both my parents go through declining health, a variety of cancers(including brain, prostate and breast), surgeries and all the stuff that comes in between. And I'm only 31.
There are times when we can't pray, feel numb,etc... That's why praying friends are so important. They can carry us through even when we cant seem to connect.
Hugs from NY. I'm praying for you and your family right now.

Jensamom23 said...

I am praying for your Dad, Alicia. I can only imagine how spent you must me. Your did a marvelous job with the birthday day....what a special memory you gave your daughter!

Mary said...

oh, sweetie!
i am so sorry you had a rough week.
please know that we are lifting you all up in prayer daily, and we know that God has it all under control.
i SO wish you could be there with your dad, though. that is so hard. :(

on the upside, your party looks perfectly pretty and fun!
i don't really know how you do it all with company and parties and life...but you sure DO! it looks so very sweet and fun.

praying that your weekend recharges you and that you get lots of needed rest.


Sarah said...

I love you Alicia!

You planned a stellar party with everything else that's going on! Adorable!

Tricia said...

Oh, what a full week you've had. I'm sorry it's been so hard for your dad. Hopefully with a little time and prayer he'll be back to his self soon. Sophie's b-day sounds pretty great :)

meg + andy said...

Oh Alicia! Praying for you Dad- I can't imagine how hard that is for you be far away...
Sophia's party was adorable- i love the garden party idea. so Springy. Oh, and my 4yr old girls got the SAME bikes for their bday last week. Too bad we don't live down the street from each other. These girls would take over! Blessings on your weekend. :)

thetwistedruffle said...

we will pray for you sweet a~

i just have to say that if you lived here, i would so totally hire you to plan my kids' parties for me. everytime i see a new party from you, i just know your kids must think they are the most special gift god ever made. you do such a good job. and the presents? oh my! i wish i got that many for my birthday!!

happy hunger games girl--we're going on saturday!!

jahorn12820 said...

Continued prayers for your dad and for the rest of your family. Sophie = adorable. My goodness. I think the picture of her wearing that fedora is priceless. So cute. Oh yes, and hunger games is on the list for tomorrow! CAN'T wait! Have a great weekend!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Oh your daddy.... I hope he feels stronger SOON. I can't imagine being so far away and worrying... God's got this sweet girl. I know that helps very little... but it's true. You hang in there.

And I laughed and laughed about your Becky and Alicia story. Y'all are wild girls as Barbies. Killer funny.

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

I'm so sorry about your dad. I know how hard it is to be away when things aren't going well ... praying that you have peace in the midst of this.

God definitely knows your sighs but those are also the times that others are blessed to intercede on your behalf. We're praying here for your dad.

Jacqui said...

Hi Miss Brightside Mom!! he's going to be okay, he's in good hands and he'll be with you soon. I know how hard it is being away from family especially in times of crisis (our family's in new zealand and we're in canada) but your dad will know you love him.
Sending you positive bright happy thoughts.

Jennifer S. said...

Oh girly! So sorry that you have to be so far away! I will be praying that he continues to heal and get stronger!
Sophie is a riot. I love the hat, the barbies AND their toddies and the chicken wings! HA! What a doll!
Have a great weekend and I hope you are able to rest with your family. xo

The Frat Pack + Me said...

I will sure keep your Dad in my prayers. What a fun birthday for your sweet little girl. My boys are STILL like that over chicken wings ;-)

Anonymous said...

Great post sista...I gasped a little whe I saw two of my people's faces next to your sweet Sophia's face. Those 2 are quite the pair aren't they? Brought tears to my eyes. Enjoy your family time. See you tomorrow :)


*I want Barbie dolls named Alicia and Becky.

*You know how to celebrate life well.

*I continue to pray for your sweet dad and for your heart that longs to be there.

Etheline said...

I hope you get a chance to slip away and see hunger games this weekend! Can't wait to hear what you thought. I Loved it:)

Barbara said...

Glad to hear your Dad is doing better, cute party, Sophia sure knows how to rock that fedora!

katygirl said...

I will pray for your dad right now!! Keep us updated!

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