Monday, December 30, 2013

Merry and Bright



2013 was the best Christmas on record for the Henderson's........

Not because of gifts,
or things.....

But because of health....
and love.....

Having the five of us under one roof was more of a blessing than you could possibly imagine.....

We weren't at our home in Casper.....however we were at our temporary home here at Brent's Place.....If you have to be somewhere other than home......this is a good place to be.

It is often so easy to take for granted the moments of togetherness, not putting much weight into the actual time spent together......

Letting moments pass.....
Letting hurry suck the joy out of the minutes.....
Letting the commotion around take the focus from what is important.,
Letting hours fly by quickly.....

I like to stop and just soak it in.....

Look around at my family.....
point my lens a billion times.....
capturing the memories.....
the simple moments.....
Breathing in the wonder that is a life well lived......

I am so thankful that, not only is Parklen out of the hospital, but he is feeling better than he ever has before in his entire life.

I am thankful that there were two brothers playing.....
one sister to follow...(and get into their toys)

A husband......

A Merry Christmas it was indeed.....

our entire family was entirely blessed......
by strangers,
by friends,
by each other......

There wasn't an item left off of the boys' list.....
There wasn't a Christmas wish left unfulfilled.....

We spent the day together.....
playing, laughing, eating......just loving.......every. single. moment.

There just are not more words to say,
just the images of our family.......



Princess Phin's first Christmas





Christmas Karate Chop.....



Christmas necklace......



Yup.....married this guy.

going off on a walkie talkie adventure....

Paysen loved the gift Parklen gave him!

Waiting for daddy to open up Parklen's gift....

Parklen giving me the necklace he chose himself.



excited much?!?

THE most perfect shirt for Parklen.....so wish I knew who the genius was who found this for him!!! Thanks!






She loved the paper!!!





Freeze....

There is no beard shaving like fake beard shaving.....


serious racing going on here......



There is not a way to thank everyone who blessed our Christmas.....
because most of you chose to keep your identity a secret.....
but know this,
we appreciate every single thought, gift, card, gesture....prayer.

We are thankful for the outpouring of love on our family!
Thank you.......
really......
THANK YOU!

Celebrating our Lord....
Celebrating our family.......

It was more than a perfect day.....
It was perfectly merry and bright........ 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Prison guards.....

I should be posting our joyful Christmas story.......
but I just can't today.

Instead I feel like I need to tell you about Paysen....
He is not well.

It is more than likely that he picked something up at school and it took a week to incubate and show its nasty face......

It breaks my heart.

He is stuck in his room, Parklen in the living room.....
He is in bed or building Lego's on his floor.....
He cannot play with his brother or snuggle with his mom......
He cannot hold his baby sister.

Parklen and Phinlynn miss him too.

Today he had to go to the ER because his fever was so high.....
he is taking medicine,
and now we wait.

We woke up thinking that Paysen and Devan should go back home,
the hospital isn't so sure.

They told us to watch him and try and keep them apart as much as we could......
but that's not easy nor is it ideal.

Whatever bug he is carrying could be a huge deal for Parklen......

This whole issue brings up so many feelings with me.
One of those feelings is anger........

I get so angry because the average person doesn't think about things the way I do......

Parents send sick kids to school.
Parents take their sick kids on airplanes.....
they take them on vacation,
to hotels,
to the store....

Yes, it can cause some inconvenience to miss work or other obligations.....
Yup, it sure isn't fun to miss those things.....
or cancel a trip....
or change your plans.......

So sorry to you......for the inconvenience......

Never do they stop to think about families such as ours.....

They don't think about what would happen if a brother like Paysen were to get sick....
they don't hesitate and contemplate the consequences that could arise......

Paysen could give his illness to Parklen......
Parklen could end up back in the hospital.

Parklen, kids like him......they are stuck in seclusion,
they have to remain indoors....away from excitement......

They can't go places.....
can't go to the store.
Cant go to school......

And the parents.....
the people who send their kids places when they are sick,
the people who go places themselves......
I consider them Parklen's prison guards......ensuring that him and kids like him are locked up and in doors.....unable to partake in the things outside......

I promise a joyful post tomorrow.......

Please pray for Paysen.....

Monday, December 23, 2013

Simple gifts.....

What did you ask for for Christmas?
What would you ask for?
Anything?
Nothing?
Everything?


I never ask for much.....if anything.....
I think that that is a mom thing.....

But....
This year I had a wish.....
A wish to spend every second possible with my entire family.
A wish to see Parklen healthy....
A wish to be out of the hospital.....
A wish for simple things........

We aren't home this year.......
and that's ok.
Because we are all together.
The five of us.
And when life deals you a hand such as ours you learn that your family is your home......

Paysen sent a letter to Santa.....
his letter was simple.......
He didn't ask for much.........(Nerf gun and for his brother to feel better)


 He will be pleasantly surprised to receive both of his wishes on Christmas morning.....as well as many gifts sent from people back home, gifts from the "Store" here at Brent's place, and even some from across the country.....

The amazing blessings that my family and I have received this season cannot be measured.

It is more than presents.
It is more than anything that can be held.........
It is the gift of realizing that time is precious.....
family is irreplaceable.....
and every single breath is a gift....

The gift of waking up next to my love.....
of hearing tiny giggles in the other room....

 The gift of having a son who asked to give some of the Christmas money he received  to another family.........because he said he had enough......
The gift of having a daughter that loves to have her hair fixed.........
of watching brothers play......and eventually pass out from going wild.

The opportunity to eat together....
watching a movie as a family....

This will be our best Christmas yet......
I just know it.