Monday, May 25, 2009

Life Changing News Today

Memorial Day 2009 was a day of life changing news.

We learned this afternoon that our daughter, Steffany is about 6 weeks pregnant.

Steff is 17 years old and a junior in High School. The boy who is the father will be 21 in November.

Apparently, he has told Steffany he is not ready to be a father. It appears he also is not interested in remaining in a relationship with Steffany, either. She says he is encouraging her to get an abortion - which she does not want. They boy and his mother were in our home with Steffany when James, Josh and I got home from a trip to the grocery store. The boy's mother broke the news to us.

We are reeling with the news and trying to let it all soak in. But of course, we are shocked and saddened that Steffany is in this situation at this time of her life. And we will support her through it all. We do not wish her to choose to abort this baby.

Joshua seemed to block out the fact that Steffany was going to have a baby, when he heard the news. When his nurse asked him if he was disappointed in Steff, he said he was disappointed in her because she was wearing his shirt. He didn't want to talk about it other than that. Later, he said he was mad at the boy and didn't want him to come back to our house again.

In other news ... we also learned late this afternoon that Joshua's one-on-one nurse at school, Maria, had gotten a job as the school nurse next year and would not be his one-on-one next year. The district will have to hire a new nurse for him. And his medical situation will be changing this summer with his surgery to implant breathing (diaphragmatic) pacemakers. So, we will have some big changes to get used to over the next few months.

Please keep us in your prayers. We are just beginning to figure out what we need to do next.

One thing is for sure, we won't soon forget this Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Josh and School

Today Josh is re-taking his Math TAKS test at school.

The school year is quickly coming to an end.. the last day will be June 4th. But before its over, time to take a look at some of the important people helping make this year a success for Josh. Here they are!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Swine Flu Spring Break Over

It turns out health officials now realize the Swine Flu wasn't as bad as they thought, so they no longer recommend schools to close.

So we got a recorded message call Tuesday evening from our school district superintendent with the news that school would start again sooner than they had told us in our last official call.

Everyone would be back in school on Thursday morning, May 7th.

That should mean our parks and our local library and any church or other business that had closed because of the health officials recommendation should also re-open.

As we drove past a couple of parks on the way home Wednesday, Joshua and I looked to see if the park closed signs were gone yet... but they were still there.

Looks like we have officially survived Swine '09. We may have to buy t-shirts from the kids at Steele High School who are selling shirts with the pig in the picture at the top of this post as a fundraiser for their Project Graduation party. If you would like to buy one of the shirts (or more), go to

Discovery Documentary - Life or Death : Battling to Breathe