Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Our Miracle Baby

Ellis Roberts
5 Months Old
The best Faith Breeze ever!
Meet my grandnephew, Ellis.  Just the happiest little guy.  We're so proud of him and his courageous mom and dad who did everything they needed to do to get him here. 
When my niece, Sara Beth, was about 20 weeks pregnant, her doctors detected an abnormality on a sonogram.  It turned out to be a pulmonary sequestration which caused his heart to work too hard.  His internal organs eventually shifted to one side of his body causing a dangerous buildup of fluid in his scalp and intestines.  If left untreated, it would cause heart failure and death. 
Sara Beth and her husband, Dillon, were sent to a high risk pregnancy specialist at The Fetal Center at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, an affiliate of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston, TX.  Dr. Anthony Johnson, D.O., co-director of The Fetal Center, performed a laser procedure in utero which cut the blood supply to the sequestration.  This procedure has only been done a handful of times in the world. 
Ellis and his mom made a great recovery and he was born at 41 weeks, coming into the world to join his big brother, Lirim.  The top picture was snapped just hours after his birth and it's obvious how alert he was as he looked at his dad over the shoulder of his Mimi, Joy Kennedy. 
We are so grateful to Dr. Johnson and the staff at The Fetal Center, and to the alert OB/GYN who detected the problem and sent Sara Beth and Dillon to Houston without delay.  Ellis will be the center of attention Sunday, Valentine's Day, when his family gathers for his baptism at First United Methodist Church in Vero Beach.
So in case there are any doubts, God is still in the miracle business!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

How's the Fire?

Look carefully. 
This is a rare thing: a fire in a fireplace.  In Florida.  In my house.
My husband is a great fire builder.  I am a great fireside sitter.  In fact, I have
raised it to an art form.  It's not just the actual fire itself that I love so much.  The best
thing about a fire is the ambience it creates. 
Calm.  Peace.  Comfort.
The really great thing that comes along with a good fire is the fireside activities.  Tonight, I sit here with a nasty case of the sniffles and sniffles is putting it mildly.  However, the chamomile tea with honey is having the hoped for effect.
For entertainment, I have a couple of suggestions.
While sipping my tea right now, the TV is tuned to HGTV's Fixer Upper.
If you have not met Chip and Joanna Gaines and watched with fascination as they
turn "challenged" houses into exquisite homes in Waco, Texas, then I urge you to seek them out.
Chip provides the muscle and the contracting expertise, while Joanna's designs
complete the projects.  And the best part is, Joanna's designs are never cookie-cutter. 
I never look at her finished project and think "O, she's done this design before."
Her work - and Chip's - reflect the personalities and needs of the clients. 
As they say, they "take the worst house on the best block and bring it to life." 
I love watching their show.  My husband's only objection: it gives me ideas!
If reading is your fireside desire, I have a suggestion for you. 
A Christian author who speaks to my spirit is Rev. Jan Richardson.
I have quoted her here before and often quote her in the devotions I do for our ladies lunches
at Vero Beach First United Methodist Church.  Jan is a Methodist minister, and the author of In the Sanctuary of Women.  If that book is not on your shelf, you're missing a blessing.  One aspect of Jan's writing is the lovely, poetic blessing which accompanies each of the essays in Sanctuary.
Jan has just launched her newest book Circle of Grace, which is a collection of
her blessings for all seasons of the year.  Lent is a week away and I urge you to get
your copy of Circle of Grace and let these inspiring thoughts fill your heart during this holy season.
Circle of Grace as well as In the Sanctuary of Women can be purchased on Amazon.com.
Whether you have a fire...or a quiet room with a favorite chair...I know these two
suggestions from my list of favorites will not disappoint! 
Relax...and Enjoy!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Dr. Who?

May you live to see your 
children's children.
-Psalm 128: 6

It was three days after the New Year.  My children and grandchildren had spent the holidays at our house.  They had been gone several days and I was putting the bedrooms back in order...making beds, running the vacuum.  I never know what's going to come out from under the beds.  They always leave something.  

I usually know what it is.  When I looked at the above item, I was stumped.  I had not even seen anybody playing with it.  And there's this button that says "Try me."  I tried.  A strange voice started talking to me.  Frankly, it was creepy.

I took the picture and texted both daughters.  Does this belong to anybody?  

"Yes!  It's Nathaniel's!"  

"OK.  So...what is it?"

"Dalik from Dr. Who."

But of course...good ole Dalik.  From Dr. Who.  

I have no idea who Dr. Who is, let alone his buddy Dalik.  If you know, don't try to tell me.  I won't get it.  This is a kind of fantasy that is way beyond my realm.

I am blessed beyond measure.  I have lived to see my children's children.  They are wonderful.   I'm often reminded that there are things in my world they know not of.  Like dial telephones, 45 rpm record players and Elvis.  It is crystal clear there are things in their world that I know not of.  

And a lot of it is pretty weird.  

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Christmas 2015
A boy and his electronic device
This is what his memories of his grandmother's house will be
In the glow of the tree lights 
In an afterglow of his own.
I hope when he remembers this day
He will be happy.
And he will remember that 
Last night he sat in church with 
His entire immediate family.
And he held a candle and sang
Silent Night.