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Celebrate good times!

We have quite a bit to celebrate around here right now:

Not only is Marshall’s practice really picking up and thriving(you can see his new work website here), he’s now a BOARD CERTIFIED pediatrician!  Yay, Marsh…you passed your boards!  I’m so proud!!

I’m also proud of my mom.  She also passed a big test.  Yay for you, too!

We have 2 birthdays this weekend:  Marshall on Saturday, Carter on Sunday.

We have friends coming to visit this weekend, and we’re having cake and ice cream.

Our house is finally starting to look like someone actually lives here-pictures on the wall, furniture to sit on, little decorative touches here and there…

The “big kids” still like the little one(I do, too!), which I think is a pretty big deal.  I hope it lasts…

And I don’t want to jinx it, but we’ve got a fairly good sleep schedule going on around here.

See…lots of good times.  Come back soon to see pictures of all the fun!

Sad News Story

If this news article(from FOXsports.com) doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, you have a cold, cold heart:

In life, Jayne Campbell Soliman was a champion ice skater. Two days after being declared brain dead, she became something greater.

She became a mother.

Mrs. Soliman suffered a brain hemorrhage but was kept alive by machines before doctors were able to deliver her daughter, Aya Jayne, by Caesarean section, according to The Times of London. Aya is the Muslim word for “miracle.”

“She is so tiny, but she is a little fighter just like her mother,” Mahmoud Soliman, the girl’s father, told The Times.

Mrs. Soliman was only 25 weeks pregnant when she complained of a headache and collapsed in her bedroom on Wednesday. After arriving by air to a hospital in Oxford, England, she was declared brain dead and given large doses of steroids to help her unborn baby’s lungs develop. Doctors then performed the emergency C-section in hopes of giving her child life.

“A midwife picked tiny Aya up and put her little face up to Jayne’s,” family friend Lucine Phillips told The Times. “It was just like welcoming any new baby into the world … but we also had to say goodbye to Jayne.”

Aya was immediately transferred to the intensive care unit. Soliman was originally told his daughter would have to be there for two weeks but was then doing so well that she was transferred to a local hospital on Saturday — the day of her mother’s funeral.

Mrs. Soliman, 41, was best known as the British professional free skating champion in 1989. She also appeared in several international competitions in the 1980’s.

When she left competitive skating, Mrs. Soliman went on to teach, including time in Dubai where she met her husband. Aya was their first — and now only — child.

I’d never heard of this woman(I’m not much of an ice-skating fan), but sometimes a story just strikes you and you can’t get it out of your mind.   Just thought I’d share with you all, and ask you guys to pray for this baby and this family.