We have had one very busy year! I honestly can’t believe that it’s been almost a year since I have updated you all on Tanner and the rest of our family! To start, for the most part Tanner has been doing very, very well. We have had our moments of ups and downs dealing with “normal” childhood illnesses that are always anything but normal for him, but in large, he is motoring along as well as anyone can expect! For that, we are thankful! We have been able to move his cardiologist visits back to every 4 months now, and at last check, his heart is strong and healthy! He is growing and developing at a rapid pace right now. Recently he has entered a daredevil stage that has nearly given ME a heart attack more than a few times. He is not afraid of ANYTHING!!! There is not a day that passes that he doesn’t try something new and some days I am so thankful for nap/sleep time as it is the ONLY time I don’t have to worry about what he might be getting into! I think that I’m beginning to fully understand the cliche “Moms of boys run from son up to son down!” There is also not a day that passes that I am not very thankful for this ornery little man. And in those moments remember a family that gave this gift…
The older girls have been spending their time adjusting to school schedules, and enjoying being able to rejoin some of the activities that we had put on the back burner because of the germaphobic bubble we lived in during the first year (plus some) post transplant. Funny story from the beginning of school this year, Ella has started first grade, and hasn’t been taking a nap with her younger siblings for a while now anyways, but on the first day of school she was absolutely astonished that she wasn’t allowed a nap time in school anymore! Oh, the drama!!! Emrie has taken off this year, having a year with Mrs. Archer under her belt, she is more familiar with the routines and tries every morning to run off from me before I can give her a hug and tell her to have a good day. Breaks my heart, little stinker!
And Edyn Grace officially joined our family this past April in her own dramatic fashion that included a flying trip down I-35 to Newton and an ambulance ride from there on! Fortunately, she arrived safe and sound, AFTER we got to the hospital in Wichita. She has been one of the best babies, so very laid back, and such a blessing and perfect addition to our family.
We moved out of our home on Wheeler street in February of this past year, and after an exhausting (for all involved) search, have finally moved into our new house this past July. Well, there were some renovations that were needed, so technically we just closed on the house in July and spent quite a few days…no, weeks…ok, ok, a few MONTHS living with our parents again. I was talking to someone a while back, a friend of my parents who knew we were living with them at the time. And I remember him saying something to the effect of “there is no house big enough for your kids to move home with their kids! We love to have you come, but love to watch you leave as well.” I’m pretty sure our parents would agree. It was crazy chaos, but we all made it through and I truly think that it was another one of God’s great gifts in disguise!
TJ has been kept busy, to say the least, during this time doing most of the renovations himself! I truly am never ceased to be amazed at what that man can accomplish when he puts his mind to it. He has given so much of himself to making a home for his family! The house has turned out amazing, and we cannot wait to make many memories inside it’s walls!
As for me, I have spent this past year just trying to keep up with the kiddos. After Tanner was born, I became a full time stay at home mom. Recently, we have been giving much thought to me figuring out a way to get back to work. But, with Tanner’s suppressed immune system, his medication schedules, therapy appointments, many different doctor visits, etc. it makes going to daycare or finding other care for him not a possibility. I have also, understandably, struck out on finding any employer that would be willing to give me the extreme flexibility that would be necessary as well. So, I have started my own little side business and am offering some errand running services, as well as gift wrapping services! If you would like more information on that, go to Facebook and search @annieserrands2017 for more! Or contact me directly at 620-480-9862!
As always, thank-you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers throughout the past year. I really have to do a better job of keeping you all updated, but no news is always good news in our lives. It just means we’re busy chasing the kids and making the most we can of everyday God gives us on earth! God Bless you all!