Friday, February 20, 2009

A Thank You & Update today about Derek


I just received an update from Derek's mom Shawna and she gave me permission to post on my blog. Read Derek's story here and about my visit with him how you can bless him with a RAK & have a chance to win some awesome stamping goodies! *just email me for his name & address*

"First and foremost, I am overwhelmed by the responses on your blog. There is such a sense of peace in knowing that everyone is praying for Derek. I know in my heart he is going to come through this with flying colors. I am even more overwhelmed by the cards and gifts.

As you know, Derek touched our lives two years ago when we adpopted him. He has overcome so many odds from the beginning. His {birth} mother smoked over a pack a day while she was pregnant, she received no prenatal care at all, and there were concerns about possible drug and alcohol abuse as well as exposure to HIV. Despite this, Derek was born happy, healthy, and weighed a whopping 9lbs 2 ounces. I realized when we were doing his health history at the hospital that he has truly never been sick. He's never had an antibiotic or even visited the doctor for anything other than a well check. He's hit all of his milestones way ahead of schedule. This child has always been a fighter and he's always been happy.

When we got home last night, he sat on the couch and ordered the rest of the kids around. He was genuinely concerned that "Kaekae" {his only sister} was missing. She had to stay late for a school function. After she came home, all was right with Derek's world. He slept soundly through the night. (So much so that I woke him up on purpose at six to make sure he was still concious). He's active and his pain seems to be minimal. He will walk through the house and when he legs get tired, he will yell at someone to bring him a pillow. Then lays down for a few minutes and starts again. Physical therapy starts on Monday. All of us are glad to have him home. Thanks again for all of the support. I'll try to send an update every couple of days as well as pictures."


Love and prayers,
Shawna
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7 comments on "A Thank You & Update today about Derek"

Laurie in MN on 3:32 PM CST said...

Last week I received the adorable card and planner, won from Melanie's blog. Thank you. The coloring is great. The stamp set is even cuter than it looks on Gina's web site.

I will keep Derek in my prayers and send a card to your address, which I have from the envelope. The little tyke is braver and shows more determination than some adults. It is sad to hear what he has to endure.

Vanessa on 4:15 PM CST said...

What a little fighter. PTL that he is recovering well! Thank you Lord.

Crazy Creations on 7:06 PM CST said...

i AM DONE WITH MY CARD WENT OUT AND GOT HIM SOMETHING iM POSTING IT ON MY BLOG .iM SO HAPPY HE IS DOING BETTER i HAVE 2 YEAR OLD AND i DONT KNOW WHAT I WOULD DO IF ANYTHING HAPPENED TO HIM .EVERYONE IS GREAT .sARAH

Rose Ann on 10:30 AM CST said...

Thank you for the wonderful update, Donna!!

Valarie (vampme3) on 2:03 PM CST said...

Thank you for the updates. So glad to hear Derek is doing better!!

Christi on 2:46 PM CST said...

Thank you so much for keeping us updated on Derek. Glad to hear that things are looking up! :)

Carolina on 4:00 PM CST said...

Thanks for keeping us updated...I finished a card for him and keep meaning to get the address from you...so when you have a second if you don't mind shooting it my way - thanks hon!

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