Colleen's Journey

Merry Christmas!!!

What an amazing Christmas! Before we were able to break mom out of the hospital yesterday, she had a thoracentesis done (draining of lungs) in which they were able to extract 800ml of fluid. She is feeling and breathing so much better! She truly looks like a whole new person. She will now see her pulmonologist weekly to keep on top of any lung issues. Our scheduled trip to Hawaii in 2 weeks is still on and life is good! I think I speak for all of us when I say that this is the most memorable and special Christmas we have ever had. We started the festivities at our Aunt Kathy’s to open a few gifts and wish our Uncle Jim a happy birthday! My sisters and our cousin Jenny received the MOST amazing gifts from our moms…an heirloom we have been waiting our entire lives for. We all cried during this beautiful right of passage. We continued on to our mom’s house to drink amazing bottles of vino and eat a delicious dinner from Hillstone. We had a sleepover at mom’s house so that we could stay up late wrapping gifts and wake up together on Christmas morning. It has been 11 years since we all woke up together on a holiday. We shared many tears and many laughs. When we woke up this morning, the anxious little babies opened their presents…they made out like bandits! We ate a massive breakfast of eggs and strawberry crepes (one of mom’s many specialities), topped off with mimosas. We will spend the rest of the day at the Coach House with family and friends and then head over to the Kloos’ house for Christmas dinner and a “something underneath” themed white elephant exchange. This was the first Christmas in 4 years we have all been together, and we are all so thankful to be home for Christmas. God works in crazy ways and there is no where else any of us want to be. It is truly a gift to share this special day with our mom. It was magical and memorable and we will cherish it always. We hope that you are enjoying your Christmas with your loved ones! Merry Christmas with love from all of us – The Drury, Kamm, Batschelet and Cundiff families