Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Beach Fun

Well, we are having a great time at the beach. Joseph and Holly are thoroughly enjoying themselves and the weather has been great. Just seeing the ocean and the beautiful lakes and golf courses has done wonders for my soul. I didn't realize how much a change of scenery can lift your spirits. Being back in Atlanta was awesome, but this is like heaven! I think we mentioned this before, but one of Joseph's facial nerves was severely damaged from the surgery and so he doesn't have sensation or a corneal reflex on the left side of his face. It means that if something gets in that eye, he doesn't feel it or know it is there, and it could really damage his eye. Please pray that God would protect that eye, that we would see anything that does get in there, and that God would heal that nerve. The surgeon said it was "pretty much shot," but God can do anything so we'll ask anyway. (The reason I mention all this is that sand is a big concern while at the beach, and two days in a row we found two different specks.) We have been swimming in the pool a lot, and Joe has discovered he can "swim" when he has a little ring around him. He is so proud of this and says, "Look, I swim like Will!" (his hero and cousin). Soon Holly caught on and now we have two little swimmers! He also has gotten a lot more confident on his little bike and is pedaling around like a pro. Both of these things make him so proud and it's really cute to see.

A little dancing on the boardwalk

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

They are so good to see. It's hard to keep back the tears. Tears of joy of course. I'm so happy that your holiday is working out so well. The photos are brilliant and the dancing exceptional. Hope to see you in the Summer. lots of love Ann & family

suzanne morris said...

Oh my goodness, the smiles on your faces in those pictures warms my heart. When I think of the dark places you've been in the past few months - dark figuratively and dark literally like the inside of an MRI machine or a dimly lit hospital room, I am so happy to see you enjoying the sunshine and the fresh air and the surf. Soak it up!
With love, Suzanne

Anonymous said...

Smiles abound!

Matt said...

Brilliant. I love the photo of Holly admiring her big brother's sand-digging. Thanks for updating the blog. We miss y'all.

uncle batmar

Melissa Cooper said...

Good times! Love the dancing...Joe and Holly definitely have some skills! :)

Lynn T said...

It is just fantastic to see these pictures and hear and see how happy you all are. What a much needed time for you all. Like you all said, I bet it is just so good to have a change of scenery. It is very obvious in the pictures how much fun Joe and Holly are having. Tell Joe, we are so proud of his swimming and bike riding. Can't wait to show Will this post when he gets home from school. He has talked a lot about Joseph in the last few days. He is ready to see his cousins again.

Thanks for sharing your prayer request. I will be praying for healing and protection over his eye.

Love you all tons, Lynn

Carrigan Family said...

I am so thankful that God is blessing you with a trip to the beach - it doesn't get any better than that! You all remain in our prayers - always thinking of you .....

Since you mentioned Joseph's nerve damage - I wanted to share this word that He has given to me this past week as I daily seek Him to restore Ryan's facial palsy - I am sure you have read it before, but this week it just had a completely different meaning for me as it came to me as I was specifically praying for those nerves in Ryan's face to be restored:

"I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:13&14 - He encouraged me to continue marching around my "Jericho" - until the wall comes down.

I didn't realize Joseph had nerve damage - so as I pray for Ryan I will lift this concern up as well.

"Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men." Psalm 107: 28-31.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures!!! I'm glad you all had a great day!!
The Booth family will continue to pray and will keep Joe's nerve in prayer as well!
Love,
Randi

courtney said...

It looks heavenly there!! So glad that you all are having great weather and lifted spirits. We will be praying for complete protection of Joe's eye. Much love to you all-

Courtney

Lauren Klein said...

Enjoy your much needed rest!
xo Lauren

Nana said...

"This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it" Hello little dancing Peabodys you all know how to party!! Allen you are pretty accomplished at multitasking! next photo include Gillian Maybe give her a piggyback Joe a shoulder back and you would still have room to scoop Holly out of the waves!!..they are awesome photos and a great video.this scripture Mark 11:24 says Therefore I say to you;whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them. Davey has encouraged me with that scripture.We love you tons and tons lots of love and hugs and kisses Nana and Grandad and Davy

Christy Wright said...

What a blessing to see y'all having such a good time, we are praying for y'all and would love to see you for a playdate sometime! Love, Christy, Greg, William, and Anna Claire Wright

Jean Joiner said...

fun times! so glad you are having a great time.

Anonymous said...

I wrote at the beginning about my two year old son, Christopher, and his amazing survival of a mid-grade brain stem glioma. Joseph looks so much like Christopher did after radiation. I've relived so much of it through your blog. Christopher regained a partial blink but no corneal reflex or sensation on the right side of his face. He had many eye infections as a result. We had the same trouble with sand and other boys with sticks etc. After a close call we got glasses for Christopher with clear lens. He thought they were cool and they definitely protected his eye.

Still praying,
Patty Rice

Nana said...

We just had to write again because we wanted to watch "The Dancing peabodys"maybe they will be future "Dancing with the Stars" stars!!Now that is a mouthful! but I like the sound of the "Dancing Peabodys"We will be praying fervently for all the prayer requests..have a great nights sleep..Sleep sound in Jesus...love from Nana Grandad and Davey

Anonymous said...

The grandma's are thinking about you guys at the same time!! We LOVED the pictures and the video of the "Dancing Peabody Ducks". Reminds me of several we have of Jennifer and Allen at that age. I love the dress and bow on the Princess. All of you look great in the pictures!!
My class looked at the pictures and watched the blog, and I read them what you wrote. They said that they would be praying for Joseph's eye and nerve. We will pray tomorrow morning during staff prayer!
We miss you all so much! The colors in Destin look so beautiful.I think God uses the beach and salt air to heal hearts and souls, at least it has always done that for me.
Love, Mimi and Big Daddy
Isaiah 12:2: Surely God is my slavation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song' he has become my slavation.
Psalm 27:14: Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Margaret said...

I can hardly post through my bawling right now watching the video of Joseph and Holly dancing. It's just such a beautiful sight that God has blessed us all with a chance to see and to share in your happiness right now through your blog. Gotta go get some more tissues....

Anonymous said...

What wonderful pictures and video! We have looked at them numerous times. Our prayers continue to be with you. Thank you God for giving us the beach!
vann & norma

Lindsey Harman said...

God certainly knew what he was doing when he created beaches! Praise Him for the shrinking of the tumor!

Heinzfeet said...

Ah, I'm SO glad you guys are doing so well and loving the beach. It sounds like God is giving you such a great respite. We love you and continue to think about you and pray for you guys all the time!

Abbie said...

LOVE the boardwalk dancing!

Also: praise the Lord for the previous post--the MRI report.

Love,
Abbie

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you all and praying for continued rest and wonderful family time in Destin. Know you are glad Pauline, Billy, and David are there with you. Have fun celebrating St. Patty's Day together on Monday!
Big Hugs for everyone, Love Mimi and Big Daddy

Sam said...

Al and Gill, Joe and Holly,
hope yall are having a blast at the beach with mom dad and davey. I prayed Joe Turbo's eye this morning. Those videos are incredible! I wish I could be down there! Sorry about the vols... go dawgs!

Christy said...

It's always a party, wherever the Peasmacks are staying! Fun times. If the sand gets too bothersome, let me know and I'll mail you my eye patch. (Wish I could mail you some of my pasty whiteness along with it ... just so you could set it out in a chair while the kiddos are swimming.)

Margaret said...

Happy St. Patty's Day! Have some good old Irish fun today at the beach. Thinking of you as always!

Anonymous said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Wear the green proudly! Have a blessed day enjoying God's beautiful creation. I bet you will run into people you know since it's Spring Break for a lot of schools.
As the sun shines on you today, remember that God's Light and healing Presence is shining into the deepest recesses of your being...cleansing, healing, refreshing, and renewing you.
Love, Mimi and Big Daddy

Mary Vagnoni said...

Top o the mornin to ya!"may God hold you in the palm of his hand", praying for more miracles,
love from Philip,Mary and the girls

Courtney said...

So good to see y'all having fun!

Much love,
Courtney S.

Anonymous said...

Hey Big boy...BigDaddy is going to get you ... Can't wait to see you all. Hope you and Holly had a big time at the beach!! Can't wait til you all get to Nashville.

Jody (atlanta) said...

Happy St. Patty's Day! Thinking of you always.....enjoy the beach. The video was the best...made me cry with joy and Abigail LOVED seeing your faces. MISS YOU ALL! Thanks for letting us have glimpse into the fun times...

susan and brian o'connor said...

Meant to blog yesterday to wish you all Happy St. Patrick's Day, isn't it great to be Irish on St. Patrick's Day? Of course I think it is great to be Irish every day!! Anyhow glad you are having a good time and that the whole family is relaxing. Belated La le Phadraig Shona Dhuit! Hope you had a traditional day.

Craig and Gwen said...

Hope you guys are having a GREAT time - thinking about ya'll and praying a ton!

Gwen

Chloe said...

just dropping in to say Happy belated St. Patricks Day and I am pleased to see and hear all the good news. I am sorry about joe's eye, and hope that heals. I hope you are all well and have a lovely easter. love Chloe

Anonymous said...

Hello everybody...It was fun talking to all of you. Know you are having fun with Will and Lynn being there. Forgot to ask if Matt is there, too. Glad you got to go to Bouncing Bob's. Winnie Kate sends her love to you. She misses all of you so much! Have fun looking for Easter eggs and eating lots of chocolate. See you soon, Love Mimi and Big Daddy

Anonymous said...

hope everyone has a great Easter as we celebrate our risen Savior. Have been praying for Joseph from the rain forrests of Panama. Hope to be home Sat. Love, Karl

Anonymous said...

I totally understand why you are going, but I must admit for selfish reasons, we are so sad. I hope we can see you before you go.
Missing you already,
Vivi
p.s. LOVE the pictures!!! Keep them coming.