Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:11

Merry, Merry CHRISTmas!!

This Christmas has been one full of thanks and praise.  We have been given the greatest gift we could ask for (after the great gift of JESUS of course!), and that is our own beautiful boy.  We couldn't be more pleased with being able to be home for Christmas, and that Derrick has been feeling good...MUCH better than after his last cath!

On Christmas Eve we went to Gong Gong's and had a nice time playing and eating, then went home and Justin's parents and sister's family came over and we played and ate some more!  Derrick was in a pretty good mood, especially after that Holter monitor came off!

D's favorite gift was this car.  It looks like it's a junk yard car here...pre-wheels and such.  He pulled himself up using the steering wheel and was waving like he was really driving!  He was SO FUNNY!

Christmas Eve 2009

We opened one gift each on Christmas Eve...new pajamas!  We hope to make this a new family tradition.  Derrick was too worried about Flint to pay attention to anyone else.

Christmas morning...

Derrick was interested in opening presents for about a minute.  He tore a few pieces of paper and he was over it!  We had fun anyway.

He did want to show off his new Gamecock football though.

D dressed in new Christmas gear, ready to head over to Nona and Poppie's for some more Christmas fun.  He ate a lot of peach cobbler over there!  D loves Nona because she feeds him the good stuff!

Ivy, Zac, and Blaine got golf clubs for Christmas.  They really enjoyed the boxes! :)  Uncle Chad said they looked like Pez candies, lol!

Sheaffer, Derrick, Ivy and Zac on Christmas morning.

I hope you all had a great Christmas spending time with the ones you love and remembering the REAL reason for the season!

I'll update a little more on D's cath soon...along with pictures of course.  Sorry, I've gotten behind but have more to share about it.  I know Justin gave you a great update, so I don't feel too bad about leaving you hanging.  I'll get that up tomorrow or Monday.

In the mean time, the next month is going to be a super busy time for our heart friends.  Please keep our friends in your prayers:

Logan is having a cath on Dec 30, and Andrew is having a cath in January.  They will be doing  procedures on both of these guys that could possibly hold off surgery for while.  Jordan will be having surgery on January 12, and Ruthie will be having surgery January 27.  Please, please pray for these kiddos and their families!! 

As always, thank you so much for your support and prayers for our family, and especially for Derrick.  We'll let you know as soon as we find out a date for his surgery...gulp!


  1. Looks like D had a great Christmas! :) The car picture was so cute! Thanks for including Andrew in your update. We appreciate your prayers, and we'll be praying for you all as you get news of D's next surgery.

    Jen, Craig & Andrew

  2. Thanks for sharing the pics from your Christmas. D looked so cute in his little hat and snow cool shirt! He is such a little doll!!

    I am so glad that after D's ctah you guys were able to enjoy your Christmas and everyone was feeling good!

    Keeping you close in our prayers as you anticipate D's upcoming surgery!

    Stef, Ryan, Wyatt and Logan