Sunday, February 8, 2015


WOW!  Village, your prayers have been felt and answered big time!!! 

Our family has prayed together a lot leading up to surgery and as I mentioned in my previous post, this has provided a great opportunity for Andrew to exercise his faith muscles (trusting that God is who He says He is and that He will do what says He will do).  Somehow, I'm still blown away with goose bumps, tears, and all when God reveals Himself to us in such tangible ways...  The peace that Andrew had leading up to his surgery and especially as he said goodbye to us and walked back to the OR with the nurse, can only be explained by God's peace that surpasses comprehension!

Philippians 4:6-7New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Before surgery one of Andrew's super special Sunday School teacher delivered him a goody bag and reminder that she's praying for him... 

The best distraction gift ever... a miniature dry erase board (with Iron Man on it :-)!  This is all Andrew did from the second we arrived to the hospital until he walked back for surgery.  He would say "now what do you want me to draw" and as long as we could come up with enough suggestions, he was a drawing machine.

Andrew's surgeon said that his adenoids had bacteria flowing like a waterfall over them and that he had a major sinus infection.  Andrew woke up happy, asking when he can see Abigail? It didn't take long for Andrew to realize that he could breathe so much easier.  Recovery has been far better than I could have imagined, in fact the hardest part has been trying to keep him from bouncing off the walls, since he feels fine because too much movement causes his nose to bleed.

Can you believe this is our sweet boy moments after he woke up from surgery?!?!

...and his Kindergarden teacher came by our house the afternoon of his surgery to give him a goody bag and card that his class signed for him (so bummed I didn't get a picture of our precious Mrs. Gazaway when she came by).  To say that he (we) felt blessed is an understatement.

After surgery, Andrew's favorite game was to play "surgeon," so everyone in the family has now had surgery, as well as many of his toys.  I love how serious he took it and how closely he followed all of the details that he experienced.

The kids attended a pep rally at their school on Friday night and Grace LOVED the drum line, cheerleaders, Chik-fil-a cow (as long as he didn't get too close), and dancing to the DJ's music.  We love, love, love Campbell Elementary!

Best buds heading to the pep rally!

While Grace LOVED this cow (especially when he would dance), she did NOT want him to get too close to her, so Grace didn't know if she should smile or cry in this picture!

We found another happy place for Grace...  A pep rally (my kinda girl :-)!!!

I didn't get a chance to share with you a special event that took place last week...  we went to hear Gene Stallings (former Alabama, Texas A&M, Dallas Cowboys, and St. Lois Cardinals coach) speak about his love for the Lord, his coaching experiences, and his deep love for his son "Johnny" who had Up's.  We got to attend with some of our favorite Up's families and we got to spend a good bit of time talking to Gene at the end of the service.  What a sweet experience it was!

Abigail and David had to leave early for a soccer game, that's why they aren't in the picture :-(

Here are some random pictures of the Ross Family Circus over the past two weeks...

Grace, happy as a clam in an oversized coat, her brothers helmet, and the best big sister by her side!

Silly Grace with her brothers CLEAN undies on her head!

Wonder where she gets it from?  Andrew rigged up this "train" to take Grace and her doll on a ride!

Sweet sisters walking home from the bus stop!  On a side note, Grace LOVES the big kids bus driver, so she always makes sure to get his attention, wave, and blow him kisses!

Our big girl on free dress day at school! Still trying to figure out how she has grown up so fast...

Thanks again for your prayer and participation in our lives!  Praying each of you has a blessed week!

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