Monday, November 30, 2009

Eventful Start to a Great Weekend

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family. We certainly did. Our long weekend started a little crazy though. Wednesday night, Hailey was chasing Josiah and wasn't watching where she was going. She smacked into the edge of the metal filing cabinet, HARD. She split a one inch gash in the skin right down the front of her forehead. Never dealt with a seriously bleeding child before. I was pretty shook up, but I managed to get her dressed and call a friend to come pick us up to take us to the hospital as there was no way I could put her in her car seat with her bleeding that bad. She stopped bleeding pretty much as soon we got to the hospital. She came out of the ER with 6 stitches. She only cried when she first got hurt, after that she was one tough cookie. They stitched her up with only a topical anesthetic. The ER nurse said she was the best child patient he ever had. We got the stitches out this morning and again, she never cried. I was so proud of her!

Well, back to our Thanksgiving weekend. On Thursday, we drove to the grange in Dufur and met up with buch of our family. It is great. Everyone in the family is invited and whoever shows up, shows up ... in-laws, ex-laws, and even outlaws (cause they're wanted, LOL). Our family meeting at the grange is a testament to the power of God's forgiveness in our lives. I feel blessed that though there is a lot of divorce and remarriage in our family, through God's mercy and grace, our family can still come together and have a great time and be comfortable with each other. Praise God! Here are all the grand kids that were there. Not a great picture, but the best we could do considering we actually got them to hold somewhat still for a few minutes. These cousins absolutely adore each other. Sure they can fight, but they love each other fiercely.

Michael's mom, Kay, and step-dad, Ernie, drove over. It was great to have them there this year. How do you like Josiah's white socks? I really need to find some black ones for him. Poor kid!

We all visited, listened to beautiful flute and piano music (compliments of my step-grandmother and her daughter), ate till we about popped and then went to my Dad and step-mom's house, and can you believe it, we ate even more! My jeans are feeling pretty tight this week, ;)

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend, and even though you might have experienced a little drama, I pray you were still able to find things to be thankful for.

God Bless,
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Rachel and Family said...

Oh, poor Hailey. 6 stitches is a WHOPPER!! I hope she doesn't scar too bad. Thank God for young, stretchy skin!

What a wonderful Thanksgiving you had! You are very blessed to have have a family like yours and they are blessed to have you.

RaD said...

I agree, I hope she doesn't have a scar. Poor baby. It's incredible though when they react so calmly when all you want to do is freak out. When Elisha split his lip open REALLY bad (his bottom lip is a still a little mishapen) and he was bleeding everywhere I kept having to say in my head, "Don't panic, it's not as bad as it seems." Sounds like you handled it pretty well.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Luckily, I had heard somewhere that head wounds bleed profusely, so I knew she wasn't going to die. Josiah, though she was, though. I knew I needed to be calm for him because as soon as he calmed down, so did she. They said it'll scar, but at least her bangs will cover it. I just keep telling myself that it could have been a lot worse.

jlgoinggreen said...

Oh wow, what a way to start the weekend. Thank God she is alright. I think we as mothers tend to take it harder than the actual victim. lol My second child (my extremer) has given me a quite a few trips to the ER for stitches. *sigh* The adventures of motherhood.


Anonymous said...

So glad that all is well, it's so tough to begin a weekend of adventure with an injury. My oldest once spilt a lip when she was about 4; the dern thing bled forever, and a trip to the ER, they don't stitch lip tissue, now 17 yrs later...she has a little scar (on the lip, it's white not pink)

christy rose said...

Oh my! Hailey is a tough girl! She is still so little, it probably won't even scar.

It sounds like you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving though! I loved all the pictures of your extended family. We had an extended family Thanksgiving this year too! We had a great time!

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

I loved reading this post! Our families also have their fair share of drama!!!!

Your daughter is one tough cookie... Great job again mom and keeping your level head!


Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

It was great seeing you as usual. It was nice that you weren't injured and we could give each other some really deep massages! Yeah, baby!

Hailey is awesome!

Connie said...

What a tough little sweetie! So glad you could go on and have a wonderful day with family. The best.

OurLilFullFam said...


I am glad she is doing good and it wasn't worse than it was!

What a wonderful Thanksgiving it sounds like you had!!

It is a great testimony to God's forgiveness to be able to be with family when so much has happened. I heard this saying the other day- God gives you friends to say sorry for your family - I know that is not true but it made me chuckle anyway.

And, thank you for your sweet words on my blog!!


His bondservant said...


Oh, I know exactly how you feel. My little three year old had somewhat of the same thing happen to her. Her older sister was "helping" her down the stairs, she fell down, sister on top of her and her forehead fell on the edge of a solid wood cabinet. Cut clear to the bone. I was totally shaking. My oldest is 13...she is the youngest...that was the first set of stitches we have had in the family!!! But, the scar is barely noticeable now, praise God! Your get together with family sounds wonderful. What a blessing to have the kind of family that enjoys being together and makes it happen. You are blessed indeed!

In Him,

...they call me mommy... said...

Ouch! Glad it wasn't worse than that!



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