Saturday, January 31

Dinner and a movie

Saturday night we had dinner in and a movie night!
Ready for fun!

Friday, January 30

Fun on campus!

Two afternoons a week Ains has speech therapy on campus. This week it has been beautiful-sunny and 70 so we took a walk after speech and enjoyed the day!

Monday, January 26

Back to reality!

Its been a bit of a whirl wind the past week as we've settled back into life at home and work after our  Disney trip.
Ainsley did great on the plane ride home!  She loved listening to music!
I had promised myself that I wouldn't worry about this over the holidays and Disney...but traveling back from Disney we had a long 3 hour flight. When you are in it, it's hard for me to initially see that God is present in each of Ainsley's medical challenges. I always get there but it can take hours to days and weeks for our more scary concerns. As R and A were watching movies I had a lot of time to think (after I read my celebrity magazines :)!  High above the clouds, listening to some good music and flipping through pictures on my phone I saw the gentle and faithful hand of God during each of Ainsley's medical concerns over the past four years.
I needed to be reminded of this as we embark on getting some clarity from her new doctors on (1) why her CK numbers are remaining consistently elevated for the past 2 years, we'll do this in Texas and
(2) her continued hearing decline--this further genetic testing will be done in Iowa. They started the new genetic work up in early January and we should know the results in 6 months. Ainsley was tested several years ago on a panel that looked at 60+ causes of hearing loss and they now have a new genetic panel that evaluates 90+ causes. It's a tedious process and we are so grateful that her doctors in Iowa are continuing to help make sure we have as much info as we can to provide care for Ainsley.

This was a picture of Ainsley and Ryan in a hotel in MN the night before we met her genetic Mayo doctor.  I'll never forget this because Ainsley thought this was the BEST night!  Pizza and staying up until midnight=total excitement for a then 3 year old...Ryan and I were stressed and exhausted--perspective right :)?

That doctor recommended three possibilities for her CK being elevated--we've tracked down everything (including having her heart screened--which came back perfect) and the FSHD muscular dystrophy (which we thankfully ruled out in June), so we are now down to our last test.  We just need to find a doctor in TX who will order it for us.  

It sounds simple, but not everyone is open to doing gentic carrier testing. I have an appointment for her in March in Houston and in July in Temple, TX. I'm praying that one of those doctors will be open to helping us figure this out.  **This is Ainsley with Ms. Emily.  Ainsley was SO excited to have dinner and hang out with Ms. Emily recenlty when Ryan and I grabbed dinner.  When we came home Ainsley tried to push us back out the door!  That is a GOOD sign!** 
It is important to us to get closure on this because if Ainsley is a carrier for a specific muscular dystrophy it can (1) effect her future children--we want her to have information on how they could be effected-MaNy years down the road...

(2) sedation procedures can be more challenging so doctors need to be informed of her condition and (3) most pressing we will need to have her heart checked regularly as girls who are carriers can see changes over time to their heart function. 

**This is Ains with her sweet friend Claire at the children's museum this past weekend.**
This has been on my mind constantly since her blood is still showing elevated signs of muscle break down. SO now that we are back from vacation I'm refreshed and ready to walk with Ainsley and help her to get to the bottom of this...all the while trusting and relaying that God has a plan for our sweet and spunky girl!

Sunday, January 25

Called Home

Wednesday morning Heaven saw a great reunion between these two.  The Lord called Ryan's Grandma Della home.  
I've never met a more spunky, kind and loving lady!  Here she is with her two girls--Barb & my mother-in-law, Linda.  Please be praying for these two as they honor their mom at the visitation and funeral today and tomorrow.  Della was a lady who was loved by all.  Her two girls, her grandkids and great grandkids were all very close to her and would give the world to make sure she had what she needed as she did for her family for so many years.
When I shared with Ainsley on Wednesday that Grandma Della was now in heaven and we needed to pray for Grammie--Ainsley paused and said, "do you think Grandma Della will see and talk to Grandma Rose (my mom)?"  That was so sweet--I said I bet they are!
This was a picture that one of Ryan's cousins posted on Facebook--there was never a dull moment between these two!

"Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever".  -Psalm 23

Thursday, January 15

Soaking it all in!

Thursday was our last day at the parks-we got up early and headed out to have some fun!
Snack break after some rides! We have eaten SO many Mickey pretzels!

Ainsley said, "daddy, dance with me you are my prince"...melt my heart!
Fun with Aunt Angie!
Ains was SO excited to do some meet and greets!

Lady and The Tramp restaurant! SO good!
Ains ended the night with a dance party!


Wednesday we went to Epcot!

Ainsley loves Aurora! We were able to do a meet and greet with her and Ainsley had the best time!
She talked her ears off!! Aurora was very sweet and said no rush even though the line was a mile long!
So they kept chatting :)!

We left and Ainsley said, "that was VERY special"!

Dinner time!

Another fun day!