Thursday, July 14, 2011


***Taking a blog break for a couple of finish some projects, get my tree schedule set up (yes, its time) and maybe to find me.  Will still be reading blogs as often as I keep blogging.

Tonight we are a tired family, a thankful family.
We have  a sleepy boy,who had an awesome doctor and we were in a wonderful  hospital.  I cannot say enough good things about Arkansas Children's Hospital. 

BEST of all we have a
repaired HEART!

We are a family  blessed with wonderful praying friends, and tonight we are thankful to a great BIG GOD.
All is well.
Austin is resting in ICU and alert.
Because of the type surgery Austin needed there is a “hole’ in the entry point (groin area) that is twice as large as it would be in an adult who’s had a heart cath.
After seeing the before and after pictures the doctor showed Dana , it was even more evident that this surgery needed to be done NOW.

He has an adult size stint in place…but everything looks perfect.

His blood pressure which was extra high before surgery was very normal tonight. That was the goal.
He said I could snap his picture…so I post this with his permission…and then he wanted something from Applebee's. 

He was a super brave boy today.
His Mom and Dad are tired but so glad that this is behind them.
Thank you again for caring and for praying for Austin and his family.

We feel blessed to call you friend.  We have had two major medical events in our family in the last 10 months.  The word “friend” has taken on a new meaning. 

austin after surgery
Have no idea why this picture has lines around it but am too tired to work on it tonight.

For you bloggers that  read Kelly’s Korner,  I did not get to see Kelly today,(she was in a consultation) but I got to meet Miss Harper and little Hollis and Kelly’s parents.  Her Mom and I have been email buddies for awhile and it was so nice to meet her in person

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


The Powells
AUSTIN SURROUNDED BY A  LOT OF LOVE!   Gray thinks its funny….He needs to make a call….

Gray on phone

I will update after surgery on Thursday….Thanks for all your prayers.

And for a laugh….Jack, AKA, Woody is designing a new clothing line….called “I choose my clothes”!  Coming soon to a store near you.
                               Jack clo

Sunday, July 10, 2011


You will not waste a prayer on our family this week.  Austin, (Dana and Greg’s oldest little) is having heart surgery in Little Rock on Thursday morning. 
It’s a surgery that they have known was in their future since Austin was small, but they had hoped it was still a a few years off.

Because of some blood pressure problems this last year and some other blood work numbers, the pediatric cardiologist decided the time is now. The doctors at Children's Hospital in Little Rock agreed. 

I am sure it is a routine surgery that they do everyday in this hospital (they do not even do it here) but when it’s your boy having it, it becomes anything but routine.  It becomes anxiety and sleepless nights.
First thing this morning I saw Greg’s middle of the night FB post and knew he was worried and sleep was not happening.  He and Dana along with Austin, Gray and Parker left today.  Parker was in tow to keep Austin preoccupied and they are all spending a couple of days in Hot Springs at an amusement/water park.  Jack, Jack aka Woody, Amanda and I will meet up with them in Little Rock on Wednesday and spend the rest of the week.  The surgery is Thursday morning.
It’s a scary thing to hand your child off to a doctor that you have never even met ( all the consulting is between his doctors here and the ones there).

Austin 2

Austin and his new dog MAX

austin and max

My beautiful daughter-in-love Dana….I am a fan of two pair of glasses….for me it is reading and sunglasses. Dana just does not have her contacts in.

Gorgeous Dana

My Boy that loves his family with a love that is rare.  He speaks it daily.  He lives it daily.


Austin and his Nanny.  Dana’s Mom, Janet is a beautiful lady inside and out.

Austin and Janet

Austin, very intent at Chucky Cheese!


AUSTIN and his BEST BUDDY, PARKER! We are counting on Parker to keep Austin's mind off the surgery the next few days.

austin and his bud

            THE FAMILY

austin and fa

Thanks in advance for your prayers. After Jacks stroke last October, the blog community blew me away.

I went back and read all those comments and emails today.
Bloggers by the 100’s that checked in everyday..and I have only blogged for a two and half years.  I know people prayed.
At that time I had no idea that the stat counter existed but now that I can go back and read it, many of those first 7 or 8 days, I had over 500 hits each day.  And they could not have been because they were reading a fun
Disney post.  Forever I will be grateful to you.

Now I am asking you to pray for
My Boys’ Boy.

Please pray that the surgery has no complications, fixes the problem, that Austin does not experience any fear this week and that Dana and Greg have a peacethat same peace we experienced that hard week in October.

The winner of the cookbook is Nancy at Bacardi Mama!