When I finally made it to her room she was very sleepy, but after just a little bit she perked right up. Her sweet nurse, Rebecca, said it was the most she'd seen her talk all day. She walked me through the photo book I made of her family, showing me all of her favorite pictures of herself, her brother and sisters, cousins, and other various family members.
Anthony has done an amazing job of setting her into a good routine. I am so thankful for his diligence to work for her benefit, he has been a good teacher. She impresses all the nurses with her attitudes toward taking medicine and care related tasks. Praise God for her disposition, He has prepared her well to endure with such grace.
Tonight at Brent's Place Anthony and the kids got to celebrate Zinnia and Esther's birthday with lovely cake from a Denver bakery called DBar, apparently the pastry chef who opened this dessert dining experience is a regular on Food Network. Brent's Place gets all of their cakes from this restaurant and honestly, they are incredibly delicious!
We've always given our twins two separate cakes and sung Happy Birthday twice. Tonight was the same. Zinnia's princess cake was enjoyed by everyone at Brent's and tomorrow Anthony will bring Esther's smaller ballerina cake for us to enjoy here. Zinnia did a great job blowing out her candles and thanks to the magic of FaceTime and a wave of Anthony's hand (no need for anyone to actually blow on the cake of the girl with no immune system), Esther "blew" out the candles on her cake as well. FaceTime has been a wonderful gift over these last couple of months, it cheers Esther so much to see her brother and sisters. We have shared meals and lots of silly faces and tonight shared a birthday celebration.
Esther and I also worked to prepare a birthday celebration in the hospital.
Not bad for ribbon and battery operated Christmas lights! The lights were a gift from a family, whom I assume, has spent a Christmas in the hospital.
Esther is doing really well. As her counts have begun to drop she is beginning to show signs of mouth sores. She also is very flushed. I noticed immediately when I came in the room that she looked like she has a sunburn. The doctor wasn't quite sure what to make of it, but will monitor it closely. Please pray for wisdom and protection from whatever may be causing this coloring in her skin. Thank you for your continued love of our family. We are incredibly blessed.