Monday, May 26, 2008

Thoughts about tomorrow....

It's Ellie's mom with a few thoughts...

Well, it is about 9:15 pm...and Reid is sleeping. I know I will need to wake him in 3 hours to eat one last time before the big day tomorrow. I don't think he will mind. He will eat anytime! Can't you tell??? : ) We had a great weekend with friends and family. It kept us busy and our minds off of the hectic day tomorrow. I feel ready for the surgery...but I know it will be a draining day. I really should be packing up my things, emptying the dishwasher, folding the laundry that is sitting in the basket, picking up Ellie's living room full of toys...but no...I needed to reflect one more time. As we drove home from my parent's house tonight, I just had 30 minutes of pure joy watching Reid laugh and smile that wide smile that we all love so much. I can't wait for the new look...but boy, I am going to miss this face that I love so dearly. He was exceptionally happy....as if giving me one last night to eat up that grin. What a sweetie. I just want to personally thank you all for what you mean to our family. I think Brian and I have grown a lot in this process. We have not always had good days...but looking back on these 6 1/2 months...I never would have imagined that we would have come out so strong and never would I have thought I would have learned so much from this little guy. He has taught me so much about love, hope, joy, strength, and perserverence, just to name a few. I think he has taught the world a few things, as well...at least those who would really listen to him. I am grateful to be living in a place where he has such good medical care so close to home. I am so happy to have my family so close by to watch over Ellie, and of course, us, too. We would have really struggled if it wouldn't have been for so many of you! We love you, and look forward to this new chapter in Reid's life. I will post pictures as soon as I can. I am anxious to see his new smile. Though it won't be as wide....I know it will make people smile right along with him. God bless.....and I will write again soon....

Until tomorrow....

13 comments:

The Lucey's Triplets said...

Best of luck to Reid tomorrow! Our thoughts and prayers will be with Reid and your whole family. We can't wait to see pictures of his "new" smile!

Wendy said...

I'll be thinking of Reid and your family tomorrow. I know it will be a long day. I totally understand missing his smile. That was the hardest part for me...even harder than the surgery, anesthesia, and recovery. I knew he would be forever changed! Now I love Rylan's new smile and find it surreal to look back at pictures before surgery. I'm so used to his "new" smile now.

I can't wait to hear an update and see pictures!

LifeWithTheFerrells said...

We will sure be praying for little Reid tomorrow. I meant to call you this evening and time just got away from me! I am sure things will go great. If you need anything, someone for Ellie, someone to talk to, or anything, please call (even I though I didn't call you last Thursday!)
I am so glad that God put us both in the same small little town to go through these cleft surgeries together! I can't wait to see the new but not necessarily improved Reid soon!
God Bless
Tina

gerichard6040 said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. The family, the friends, the techs, the nurses, the docs and all others that are taking a part in this little guys life. We love you all, GOD is so GOOD!!!

In HIS love,
Gene & Ellie Richard

Good Remedy said...

Praying for you today. Peace for you, wisdom for doctors and healing for Reid. That all will go smoothly! Sincerely, Holly's Mom, Peggy Fisher

Rachel said...

thinking of you today and praying hard! WE LOVE YOU GUYS!

Josh,Rachel&the girls

Jenson's said...

All of you (especially Reid) are in our prayers. He is such a good little guy, he will do awesome.

Anne said...

Hi - I've never posted on your blog before, but I've read about you via Abigail and her journey. I'm Abigail's Aunt (Peter's older sister). Please know Reid, you, and your family will be in our prayers today and during his recovery.

A prayer for Reid:
O Jesus Christ, Messiah and Lord, grant Reid joyful acceptance of the surgery which awaits him, and let this be the relief we seek. Make skilled the work of the surgeon and that of his team for it is unto their knowledge and skill that Reid gives himself for healing. We pray to You, O Lord, that this procedure will be without complication, and that Reid's recovery will be speedy and complete.

PAX,
Anne

Allison said...

You're in our thoughts today, and we can't wait to see how he's doing!

Cookie Monster (me), Better Half (my wife), Caylin (our girl) said...

We got the update from church that the surgery was successful. Praise God!!!!!!!!!!!! We can't wait to see Reid's new smile. He was already handsome. Girls are going to love this guy when he is a teenager.

John, Shannon, Broderick, Camden, and Adalynn said...

best of luck! Not many parents get the joy of getting to fall in love with their little ones for the first time TWICE! Boy are we blessed!!!

John, Shannon, Broderick, Camden, and Adalynn said...

best of luck! Not many parents get the joy of getting to fall in love with their little ones for the first time TWICE! Boy are we blessed!!!

lorie said...

reid is such a handsome little boy, i live in ohio and my 19month old had a cleft lip and palate and also went to rainbow. do you have dr gossain for your surgeon? i would love to chat more and would be more than happy to help you with any questions or anything you may need. my email is cosgurl71203@yahoo.com, his post op looks great, just wait till a couple months out when the stitches are all out and the scars start to fade, it is amazing

Hello, and welcome to my page! I am so glad you are here. I am going to try and show you the average life of a 5 year old from my perspective. Mommy and Daddy will help me along the way if I get stuck.

Let me first introduce my family to you. I am Ellie. I am a 6 year old. I live in Ohio with my Mommy, Daddy, little brother Reid, and dog, Sophie. My mommy is a teacher. She teaches nine and ten year olds and loves it. She has been teaching for twelve years. My daddy works with computers. He works hard everyday.

We all love spending time together. I have wonderful grandparents and a terrific extended family. I am a very lucky girl. Thank you for visiting my page. Write to me any time. I love getting mail!!!

Many blessing to you all.

Love,
Little Ski (Ellie)

Mommy and me having cuddle time at Hocking Hills.

Told ya, my hair can be wild! And you thought I was kidding!

Hmmm, Blue's Brother's perhaps?