Monday, December 13, 2010

Whippin' Up Some Holiday Fun!



Tis the season to be...assaulting your family with real cream whipped topping!  That's right!  When you live in the desert, you make your own "snow" day fun!  I wish I had photos to show you the devastation I showered upon my family yesterday with just one can of this creamy goodness. However, I was too busy chasing everyone around the house and spraying them down in Reddi~wip.(only the best for my family!)  By the way, Connor...nice move using your sister as a human shield...that was brilliant!  All I'm sayin' is "don't mess with Mama" at Christmas because there's more Reddi-wippin' that will come your way.




In other holiday news, we went to visit Santa last week. (different Santa from last year...)  Catherine was so excited to tell Santa thank you for making her last year's Christmas wish come true.  (You can read about that here...)  Of course, she made Santa cry again(and Mrs. Claus...and the elves...and me...and my mom, but I digress...)


You see, last year, the prognosis for her dad's health was very, very poor.  (He is diagnosed as "terminal.")  The doctors really didn't expect his kidneys to hold up for more than about 6 months then.  Catherine asked Santa if he could help her daddy be here for more Christmas holidays.  Well, smack my reindeer and call me Mrs. Claus...it worked!  Chilly is still here to celebrate another Christmas (fingers crossed...we're almost there!)  


The doctors are amazed and shake their heads in disbelief every time they see him.  He is in Stage 4 Renal (kidney) Failure and that compounded with his stroke damage and massive heart damage makes for very fragile health.  It also decreases his life expectancy dramatically.  Now with this loss of health insurance, things are looking bleak.  (more on that later...)




So back to Catherine's Christmas Miracle...She thanked Santa for keeping her dad around to see another holiday season and went right to requesting Polly Pocket's Fashion Stage and Rapunzel's Tower play set.  Once she and Santa finished their visit, Santa wanted clued in on the details.  I shared what happened when we visited "him" last year at the other mall. He and Mrs. Claus were verklempt.  They hugged me and Santa told me to not to give up on miracles.  Catherine's faith in Santa and his "gift" to give her dad another Christmas helped me remember to trust in God's timing...not the doctors timing.  Thank you, my sweet girl, for reminding me that faith and love are the best gifts of Christmas.


Wishing you all a very joyful Monday...


26 comments:

blueviolet said...

Oh Dawn, that touched my heart just like it touched Santa's.

Who says miracles don't happen?

Luv you!

Kristina P. said...

It really is a Christmas miracle!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Sweetie- I remember last year. It is tearing me up again. I am so overly happy that God has blessed you with almost 2 years and Christmas with your sweet husband. Big Hugs to you and your dear family.:) Lori

Rebecka said...

I believe in miracles and I believe in the power of prayer.
I'm so glad that you have another Christmas together.

aurora said...

Miracles DO happen--and thank goodness for child-like faith and hope and innocence. Merry Christmas to your sweet family!

Tom said...

Dawn, I wish you and your family the best and hope you can enjoy every day you have together. You are great examples of how to deal with adversity.

Mimi said...

What an amazing story. I will lift your husband up in prayer.

Hugs,
Mimi

♥ Noelle ♥ said...

what a wonderful story ♥ im so gald that God is on your family and hubbys side... a miracle:)

thanks for visiting my blog today sweetie ♥

Dawn said...

Oh, Dawn, I'm just sitting here crying. Faith like a child... nothing like it.

Praying for your family.

Eve said...

What a wonderful gift.
I've only been watching her in pictures, but that little girl of yours is growing so quickly! I love the Santa photos! :D

Merry Christmas Dawn!

Kelly said...

It's 6:23am and your post has me bawling. Good thing my kiddos are still asleep. Hang in there Dawn. I will be praying for you. You are totally awesome!

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

It's almost scary how you start to weigh on my mind and I wonder how you're doing and the next thing I know, there's a post. So glad to hear you are celebrating another Christmas with Chilly. What a wonderful blessing.

Shannon said...

Goosebumps! I love hearing the good - I think about ya'll alot!

babyrocasmama said...

Last year's post about this similar thing made me weep for days. This one is making me weep again but for different, happier reasons.

MIRACLES HAPPEN!!

Now if we could just get his Grinchy insurance company to reinstate his health insurance, you'd be all set.

Want I should out them for ya? Cuz I am so into doing that...

Michelle said...

Ay-yai-yai. What a sweet little girl. And how special for all of you! I have my fingers crossed for all of you.

And a Reddi-Wip war? Don't you know you're only supposed to spray that into people's mouths? :)

Robyn Jones said...

That's what Christmas is all about... :) I'm so glad your hubby is here this Christmas and that he will make many more...Hope you guys have a great Christmas...

Jenners said...

Awww...this just brought tears to my eyes. I'm glad that Chilly is hanging in there.

And you sounds like the funnest mom of all time! No way in heck would I spray my family with Reddi-Whip (cuz I know who would have to clean it up and she doesn't want to.)

Lesley said...

Amazing.....for two reasons....one) that Chilly is able to be here this year! Amazing! God is truly in control....and knows the bigger picture that is for sure! I'm so happy he is beating the odds on this....and 2ndly for you being the coolest mom on the planet with your whipped cream assault! Perfect!

Randi Troxell said...

always always in my prayers!

Kim said...

Oh, Dawn! What a wonderful post! God bless you and your family, and try not to worry too much about the insurance—He's got lots more miracles for you!

Ann On and On... said...

Well, now I need a tissue....darn it! You continue to be in my prayers...and my heart.

Beth Dunn said...

Such a sweet girl and wish. Sending you a prayer and hug
xoxo
SC

Heather said...

Miracles happen!


And you CHASED your family with spray cream???? I liiiike this idea....

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Ahhh hun you always bring a smile to my face and of course a tear. She is just precious and the angels are smiling down on you all!

Many blessings and a prayer!

Queenie Jeannie said...

Big hugs!! Totally tearing up over here. You're all so strong and brave!!! Thank you for reminding us of God's miracles!

Megan said...

What a beautiful visit with Santa - I hope he brings your family everything you need.

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