Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Life at home as a family for Christmas

Christmas was a dream! Christmas Eve the boys came into our bed early in the morning to snuggle. The joy in both the boys voices brought warmth to my heart. Ethan said in a high pitched tone, "we are a family now". Oh, sweet boy!

Christmas Eve night, we quickly tucked the boys into bed, after returning home from a traditional and joyful night filled with a yummy dinner, caroling and the reading of Christ's birth.  Michael and I reminded the boys that they needed to fall asleep quickly so Santa would have a enough time to come. Ethan made sure to leave out a snack for the Rudolf.

Sunday morning, the boys woke to a Christmas tree trimmed with gifts accompanied by the stockings. They both opened the gift's that were left in the stocking and then we quickly rushed to get into our Sunday best to attend Church. Over the past year Michael and I have not been able to attend church together. Emmett is not able to go out to public events or locations to protect him from catching a virus or infection. My sweet and amazing Mother offered to stay at home with Emmett so Michael, Ethan and I could all attend church together. That was a nice gift. The music was beautiful and I could feel the love and warmth of the Holy Spirit strongly.

After church we returned to open gifts and watch our boys eyes fill with excitement and joy. I LOVE Christmas. Michael then ventured off with Ethan to his side of the family, Christmas dinner.  Emmett and I stayed home and snuggled reading books and exploring his new trucks and lego's.

Emmett is such a joy to be around. The Trach has enabled him to breath with much more ease. He does not require any more oxygen support. Which releave's a large portion of my anxiety and stress. He run's around the house like any other two year old. He is exploring the world around him by digging in the rocks, wrestling with his brother, teasing and interactning playfully with others. This is the Emmett I new before his accident a year ago. Our God is good!

Emmett is on a ventilator at night. This is used to allow his body to be able to fully rest at night. The ventilator will also help his lungs to expand like they should. This will enable them to grow. Emmett is already gaining weight. His face is filling out and when I scoop him up to give him "loves" I can feel the difference in his body weight.

Ethan is my special helper. We walk a thin line and try to be cautious, as you could imagine, Ethan fight for attention. This is a battle that I know many mom's can relate too. It tears my heart to thinkg of all that Ethan has been through this past year and more. He is a super trooper and I am so proud of how much he has bravely endured. Family and friends have been terrific in helping him feel loved and special too.
We will forever be thankful for those special angel's in our lives who helped make our Christmas possible in so many way's. I hope they feel and know our deepest gratitude we send and feel towards them. Thank you!

Thank you all for the faith and prayer's in Emmett and our families behalf. We all witnessed a Christmas miracle.

Go Emmett, Go!


  1. Thank you for sharing. I saw your story on Pay It Forward, last Friday night. I was so moved by the story. I plan on following your families progress. I have no children of my own, but I do have 15 nieces and nephews, a number of them Emmett and Ethan's ages. Your boys remind me so much of them. I have shared this story with my 5 brothers and sisters and their families.

    Faith is so important, families stay so close when they have God and our Savior to rely on. I love the song, I believe there are Angels Among Us. I can see that they truly are among your family.

    God Bless!

    Sherriann Holtey, Chandler

  2. **tears of joy** So glad you had a wonderful Christmas and little Emmett is doing so great!