Thursday, July 30, 2015

What do ya know Jo?

She knows that she is loved.  By a lot of people in her life and I’m so thankful for that.

The nurses that brought her to her 6 week check up appointment just went on and on about how special she is and how they wished all the kids could be as pleasant and smiley as Josie! <3


It was a very long appointment though….four hours!

But it was good to see her and her foot looks good!

(I was bummed to find out that Bella had to be moved to another rehab place. Sad smileBut Josie says she enjoys talking with her roommate.)


We had to get x-rays done, then we waited for the intern to come in and take off the casts.


Josie covered her ears and giggled through it.


Then we went across the hall to get fitted for her new braces. Which she picked the Batman pattern. lol

And then the not so fun part came……


Dr. Fortuna had to pull out that pin.  I couldn’t watch….it was gross.  But Jo was brave and squeezed my hand tight!

Her right foot is way more in line and straight now!

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After the pin came out then she got another cast put on her right foot.  That will only be on for 3 weeks and then her new braces will be ready…..and then PT can really begin!

She can weight bear on both legs now.  But she won’t really be able to do much walking until the cast on the right foot comes off. But the physical therapist can now start doing ROM on her left foot.

Dr. Fortuna is hopeful that this will help with her walking and after Chris, our “brace guy,” saw her foot he really thinks she won’t have as much trouble with her braces like she was having after seeing how straight her foot is now!  I hope he’s right!


There is a lot of neat stuff happening in her life and in ours.  God stuff.

Someday I hope that I can share all that God has been doing behind the scenes.  He is so good.  And so faithful in taking care of us….all of us. 

And so we continue to just walk the path that He lays in front of us.  Step by step.  Moment by moment. And just keep trusting in His provision.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Eight is Great!

Ava turned 8 on Saturday. 

She barely slept on Friday night as she was SO very excited for her birthday and to spend the day at the zoo.


When she woke up there was a morning present waiting beside her bed….just like at home.

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It is so hard to imagine that she was 3 years old when we went to China in 2011 to become her parents.


Oh how she’s changed.  She is so sweet.  She is totally an animal lover.  And she is always willing to share whatever it is she might have. And she has an incredible sense of humor…her timing is amazing.  She has us cracking up all the time.

She constantly thanks Jesus for her family…..and we are so thankful we were called to be her Daddy and Mama.


She is our “Super Girl” for how brave she is and how much she has overcome in her short life already. <3


I decided that a piñata would be a fun thing to do with the cousins.  So I packed it all up and took it down to VA with us and we did it Friday night after we got settled into our rooms.


We basically took over the outdoor area for the evening…but that’s ok. Winking smile

They make these piñatas so hard to break open now!  The kids each batted at it a few times and then finally Travis just ripped it open and we had a candy scramble.


Then after supper on Saturday we all gathered in the breakfast/lounge area of the hotel and had a party for her.  What a blessing it was for me to not have to really “do” anything for a party other than order a cake!!! 


Her Aunt Joy’s present is really cool. There is a special program at our local Hershey Zoo that you can go and get a “behind the scenes” tour and help feed the animals!!! So my sister is taking Isabella and Ava for a special day coming up here soon.  They are both VERY excited about this!

This is a very special present! <3


Her brothers know what she likes!


We had a wonderful time just loving on Ava and my niece, Isabella, whose birthday is in a couple of weeks so we celebrated early since we were all together!



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Happy Birthday sweet girl.  I can’t promise next year’s birthday will be quite so “extravagant” but we promise to make it special….becuz you are special and we love you very much! <3



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

First ever….

Annual Heisey Family Vacation!

(Logan wanted me to add “annual” in there so G-ma gets the hint that we should do this every year. lol)

My folks decided that the whole family should do a long weekend in Northern Virginia this summer.  So we got our calendars together and picked a weekend that suited us all.

And so on Friday afternoon we all met at a Hampton Inn in Sterling, VA  and started making memories together.


(We took this on a self timer!  Not bad for 21 people to all be looking at the camera!)

My two sisters live close by and we get together fairly often….but my one sister lives out in Indiana so the cousins don’t get to hang out together very often so it was special to have a long weekend for them to be all together.

(Thank you Meggie for driving all that way to come and hang with us!  You get the prize for the longest drive!)


We had gorgeous weather and we enjoyed just being together.  We didn’t want to over schedule our time together but we did plan to go to the National Zoo on Saturday.  It was a lot of walking but it is free and really nice.

(We did laugh when we parked and all we saw were cows and alpacas….which we see in our backyard all the time!)

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It just so happened to be Ava’s 8th birthday and she was SO EXCITED to be able to see animals on her birthday.  It was a VERY special day for her.  She told me multiple times that this was “the best birthday EVER.”


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I was so thankful that the big kids were able to get off work and come with us.  It was awesome having them there.


When we got to the zoo we walked first right to the panda exhibit as we read that it gets full.  It was “ok”….I was a bit disappointed as they have always been one of my favorite animals and all we could see of them was from behind dirty glass enclosures but I still enjoyed seeing these gentle animals. I guess I would have enjoyed seeing them outside.









Ava couldn’t WAIT to see the tiger. Thankfully the tiger came out and we got to see him roam about. 



The big cats are just magnificent beasts. We were trying to imagine what it would be like to see one of them up close in the wild!






Lena wanted to see flamingos….becuz of course they are pink!


Pretending to be flamingos.



My “twins.”

Born 2.5 years apart.


And then since it was Ava’s birthday she decided she wanted her birthday gift to be something from the zoo.  So of course she chose a stuffed tiger!


(A separate birthday post is coming next.)

Then we went back to the hotel to freshen up and went out for supper….we love Chick-Fil-A.  They were so accommodating to our large (and loud) group!


Then Sunday we spent a lazy morning just chatting and catching up with each other and  sharing what has been going on in our lives. Then all too soon it was time to pack up and leave the hotel.


But before we headed back to PA, Grandma treated all the grandkids to a game of mini-golf.

What a zoo that was! lol







Something you may not know about my mother is she is the reigning mini golf champ in the family!  The boys have a  life goal of someday beating their G-ma in a game of mini golf!!!!

(But Jared got really close this time to beating her!)


And then we headed over to Red Robin for some delicious burgers and fries.


But then it really was time to go our separate ways and say goodbye to everyone.

I’m so thankful we were able to go and have a mini-vacation with my extended family and make some really good memories.


As my folks are getting older I treasure these times as I’m very aware at how quickly time flies and they won’t be around forever. I’m thankful they are in such good health that they could do a trip like this and keep up with us “youngin’s.” (My dad is turning 78 in September!)


And I’m so thankful that my kids have these memories with their grandparents.


Thanks Mom and Dad for an AWESOME weekend! <3

(Oh and any “good” pictures are thanks to my little sister, Joy. The only thing I forgot for the weekend was my good camera…of course!)