Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cookies and Crayons

What do you do when it's 14 degrees outside? Go walk around Walmart, of course! Last Sunday afternoon we took Elisabeth to Walmart to let her walk around a nice big open space, and she sure had fun! Below is my attempt at uploading a short video clip from a new favorite website, Smilebox.
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
Create your own slideshow - Powered by Smilebox
This free slideshow made with Smilebox

On that same trip we bought Elisabeth her very first box of Crayola crayons. For some reason, as her mom, I feel this is monumental in her life. Coloring is such a big part of childhood, so her very first box of crayons is extra special! Her first drawing is already hanging on our refrigerator! On our way out back into the 14 degree weather we stopped to buy a box of Thin Mint cookies from two frozen adorable little Girl Scouts and their moms. What troopers! I remember going door-to-door to sell cookies so I'm not sure what selling them in front of Walmart would be like. Either way, 14 degrees is too cold to be selling Girl Scout cookies!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Children's Mercy

We have great news to report! Elisabeth was born with two heart murmurs that required us to take her to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City when she was a week old. She was diagnosed with an ASD and a VSD, but the doctor really counseled us to treat her normally and pretend they weren't even there and then just bring her back in a year for a follow up.

Over the past year she has been as active as ever so it's been easy to act as if the murmurs weren't there. We took her for her follow up appointment this past week, and after an EKG and an echocardiogram, her doctor reported that both the ASD and the VSD are gone! In his words, her heart is "normal". YAY! We are so grateful for this good news and are thankful to God for our little girl's health.
We just had to take a picture of her in her cute little pint-sized hospital gown last week. You can see she's not too impressed with her new duds! She can make any outift look cute, though! She was a trooper through the echocardiogram, which took about 20 minutes. Dad entertained her with toys and she watched some of Monster's Inc. on the TV they had playing. We were so proud of her!

Coincidentally, I learned on the radio last week about the baby son of a Christian recording artist who is battling a serious congenital heart disease. I briefly glanced at their website and thought it was appropriate to share with our posting. Please pray for success for their upcoming surgery!

We hope this finds you having a wonderful start to 2011!
The Rosses

P.S. As of January 5th, we officially have a toddler! Elisabeth has been walking nonstop ever since!