Monday, May 31, 2010

Healing.....Check! Two Graduations....Check! Time to Relax....YEAH!

A LOT has happened since the last time I posted. I have much more positive things to share in this post than last.

First, let me say that I was overwhelmed with all of your replies to my last post. Wow.....you all are such caring, wonderful people. I appreciate all your kindness, prayers, and love sent through cyberspace to me and my family after Neil's accident. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. :)

I thought you'd like to know that Neil is healing is healing nicely. Here's a progress photo showing what he looked like on Day 5 (which was a huge improvement from Days 2 through 4.....his worst days where no photo was taken.....probably a good thing) and then what he looked like two days ago on Day 13. He has all the stitches out and his eye is mostly open. He'll have lots of scars.....but being a typical man, he thinks that is kind of cool. ;)



He was supposed to have surgery to put his nose back in place this last Thursday, but due to a crazy scenario involving a "lung lesion" found on his CT scan right after he arrived home from the accident, and the anesthesiologist bringing it up just minutes before surgery was to happen.....his surgery was called off. The "lung lesion" was indicative of TB and since he was in Haiti, a third world country, the anesthesiologist was a bit freaked out. However, Neil had NO symptoms of TB and it was pretty obvious that he was not infected. But following protocol required us to go to an infection control doctor that proved that he did NOT have TB. So.....the surgery will be this Thursday. God is good.

Now on to brighter subjects. My two youngest children, Keith & Allison, graduated from high school on Saturday. We had a very full, but very delightful weekend celebrating their accomplishments. Here's a photo of me with my precious girls, Jill & Allison, at the graduation. :)


And here's my two graduating seniors, Keith & Allison. This graduation brings my 18 year career of homeschooling five children to a close. Yippee!!!!


I wanted to do a bunch of special graduation cookies for K&A. I believe I took on more than I should with all the other things that had to be done this last week.....but somehow all the important stuff managed to get done. And boy, am I glad the last few jam-packed days are over!

Here's my monthly church preschool birthday cookies.....I'm doing balloons for them now.


And here's my "manly" and "girly" graduation cookies. lol


Grad profiles......two terrific new cutters from Jill at SweetArtFactory.


Lots of 2010's.


Keith's favorites.......hot dogs......


US Army.....since he is signing up for the Army reserves this week......


and fast cars. They are supposed to look like Toyota Supras......but they don't even come close.


Then Allison's girly cookies......stilettos


and princess crowns.


Keith's graduation cookies......


And Allison's graduation cookies.


Well, I hope didn't overwhelm you with info and photos. I just wanted to catch you up on what is going on in our household.

Things appear to be calming down for now. I have one cookie order this week, so I'll be squeezing it in around Neil's surgery and recovery.

25 comments:

Domestic Sugar said...

He seems to be healing nicely, I'm so glad our prayers made it to you!
(As always, nice cookies!)

Pink Little Cake said...

I am so glad your son is doing better. your cookies are beautiful as usual.

Glory said...

I enjoyed the update! Neil sure looks like he is healing nicely, so good to see!! And both you and your two graduates have much to be proud of! I just can't imagine homeschooling that long! I'm hardly able to picture trying to do 1st grade and pre-school together for my two next year! =)

Pam said...

Awww....thanks so much ladies.

Glory.....you can do it. I know that the only way I was able to accomplish homeschooling all my kids is because God gave me DAILY grace. With His help, I am absolutely certain that it is possible. :)

luv2bake6 said...

I'm so glad to hear and see that Neil is healing nicely. You've obviously been through a lot this week and i hope you get to relax and take time for yourself a bit. Your grad cookies are beautiful. Your kids are very lucky to have such a strong and talented mom!!

Linzy said...

Hi there! I truly love all of your cookies, you are so very very talented! Keep it up, and I love even more that you do it for a wonderful cause!
Wow, your son really is healing nicely! You know, I myself am an anesthesiologist, and I know it can be frustrating when we cancel surgeries. The problem is that unfortunately we are the part of the operating team who truly cares about the ENTIRE patient, while the surgeon is more dedicated to their specific surgery. We often get a bad name because we are the ones who cancel the surgeries, but it truly is because we are concerned about the patient for one reason or another :) It is always better to be safe than sorry :) I hope he heals both physically and mentally from this terrible accident. My prayers are with you.

faithy, the baker said...

Glad your son is recovering well! Praise the Lord! And Congrats to your 2 kids on their graduation! I admire how you manage to home school your kids! Amazing! Must have required a lot of discipline and determination on your part to homeschool them.

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

He's healing nicely, my prayers are with him for his surgery. I love the hot dog cookie!!! You are so inspiring, cookies home schooling 5. WOW. You are so talented!

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear your son is recovering so well!

Your cookies are nothing short of phenomenal...as always! Congrats to all of them!

Terri

Pam said...

You all are the best! Thank you so much for your encouragement and words of concern.

And thank you for all the kind comments about the cookies. I appreciate each one.

Linzy....it is good to hear your perspective. Even though I understood the anesthesiologist was just doing his job, I was pretty irritated that the surgery got canceled the way it did. It wasn't his fault, but now that everything has worked out fairly well, I've accepted what happened as a small diversion to teach me some patience.....and to learn to adjust my attitude in the middle of a trial. :)

Faithy....yes, lots of discipline and determination. It is one of the hardest things I've ever done....

Micki said...

I have been following your blog for several months..and I'm so glad to see your son is doing better..and 2 kiddo's graduating...but I do have a question about homeschooling...I'm homeschooling my almost 13 yr old son..we started back in January of this year...can you tell me which curriculum you used for your kids or what you recommend?

Thank you so much
Micki

Tammy Brown said...

Congrat's on your two new graduates! They are a cute pair and I know you are soooo proud.
So glad Neil is also healing well from his accident. You're cookies are amazing as usual. I wanted to thank you personally for your helpful and thoughtful tips on the cookie forum to me. I realize I need to put it more in prespective. You're a great inspiration!
Tammy
www.yadkinvalleycookies.com

Yael said...

I'm so glad to hear things are calming down a bit for you and that you had such a wonderful graduation with your children. They should be as proud of you as you are of them! Your son looks like he is healing well- may he continue to a full recovery! Your cookies, as always, are beautiful!

Karly said...

Oh, Neil looks so much better! I'm so glad you did an update post. :) I'll be praying this week for his surgery to go well!

You sure had your hands full over the weekend lol. Beautiful cookies as usual!! :) Congratulations to your two graduates!

Pam said...

Thanks to all of you! You are each one so sweet. What a blessing to have so many here who care and that I can become friends with.

Micki.....we've used ABeka Academy DVDs for high school. But we added homeschool co-op learning center classes and dual enrollment at college these last couple of years.

Jill Foster-Owner said...

Hi Pam,
We have continually prayed for you, your family and especially healing for Neils physical and emotional wounds. I know you mention scars. It is amazing how our physical scars tell a story of victory (if we are here to tell the story!). For generations, Neil and all the others will tell the story of God's provision and protection. I'm sure their were many tears of joy while you baked and decorated those amazing cookies. Congrats to your graduates. My youngest son graduates 8th grade next week. Exciting!!
Love you sister in Christ!!
Jill Foster @ SweetArtFactory

Pam said...

Jill....thanks so much for your precious note. What a bond we have in Jesus. :) Your prayers are so appreciated and have made a HUGE impact.

Speaking of testifying of God's provision....Neil is with some of the Haiti mission right now sharing with a church about what God did. :) He is very excited about making sure everyone knows why he is alive.

Thanks for thinking of us......

Andrea B said...

You are such a wonderful mom & baker! Your talent is huge and so is your heart. It is so amazing to see your sons quick recovery. I can't begin to imagine the pain your family suffered during this time. I send many, many hugs and blessings your way. XOXO

The Duchess of Wessex said...

From one Army Mom to one soon to be I say God Bless you, your son and your family. Thank him for his service for me, please.

I am so happy he is doing better - What a scare!!

Much love being sent your way!

Pam said...

Thanks Andrea & Janet. You are an encouragement to me. :)

raegan said...

Holy moly! I just found your blog today. You've got some talent there, gal!

Tell your handsome son to cover his face next time - that's what your hands/arms are for! Glad he recovered so quickly.

God bless you and your family. Have a very happy holiday season. I just love your blog and writing.

His mercy endures forever.

Pam said...

Hi Raegan.....welcome to my blog. :) Glad to have you here.

Neil has recovered well. (And there was NO way he even had a chance to cover his face when being thrown from a truck loaded with 30+ standing people. Believe it or not, he is rather proud of his scars and believes they are a testament to how good God is. :)

Merry Christmas to you too. :)))))

Pam said...

Hi Raegan.....welcome to my blog. :) Glad to have you here.

Neil has recovered well. (And there was NO way he even had a chance to cover his face when being thrown from a truck loaded with 30+ standing people. Believe it or not, he is rather proud of his scars and believes they are a testament to how good God is. :)

Merry Christmas to you too. :)))))

Yael said...

I'm so glad to hear things are calming down a bit for you and that you had such a wonderful graduation with your children. They should be as proud of you as you are of them! Your son looks like he is healing well- may he continue to a full recovery! Your cookies, as always, are beautiful!

faithy, the baker said...

Glad your son is recovering well! Praise the Lord! And Congrats to your 2 kids on their graduation! I admire how you manage to home school your kids! Amazing! Must have required a lot of discipline and determination on your part to homeschool them.

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