1 Year Celebration

On Saturday, Ocotber 10th, we celebrated the 1 year birthday of my granddaughter Kailey.  I tell ya…It is crazy that one year has already passed in her little life.  She has such a huge personality and she is just beautiful.  I wanted to share some pictures with you guys. You won’t believe how much she has grown!

Grandmama loves you Kailey!

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Checking In

It’s been a while since I posted, so I thought I would let you guys know what is going on with the Griffin family.

I started work in my new job as a 7th grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at  the middle school I attended.  It is so wonderful to be back where I grew up.  I am actually teaching the children of some of the people I went to school with – and that is hilarious.  You can look at some them coming down the hallway and be able to say, “Hey!  I know exactly who your mama or daddy is.” 

Nicholas has had a REALLY great start to the school year.  He has been struggling with a sinus infection for a few weeks, but he is getting better.  We actually went and played tennis last night.   He went to Chapel Hill on Wednesday – his weight and his lung function were down, but we contribute that to the sinus infection.   He has a new special “friend.”  Her name is Ashley and she is good medicine for him. 

John is working hard, as usual.  After a long, wonderful life of service, his truck passed away and we had to purchase a new car.

Miranda just celebrated her 14th birthday.  She got an electric, acoustic Fender.  It is solid cedar and it is gorgeous!   

Brian and Heather are doing well also.  Heather has a new job and is LOVING it.  And it is so hard to believe that Kailey will be a year old in a few days.  She is growing up SO fast.

SO…we are all doing well.  We haven’t fallen off the face of the earth.  I have just been so busy.  I’m going to try to do better.  If you have a Facebook, look me up and friend me.  You can definitely keep up that way.  We are so thankful that Nicholas is well and that everything is going along smoothly.  Thanks for checking in.

The 4th of July

Everybody always likes the 4th of July holiday. After all, we are celebrating the Independence of our country…right? Some people have birthdays on this day so that gives them something extra special to celebrate. By the way, happy birthday Nancy! I love you!

The 4th of July holiday holds something different for me. Fifteen years ago today, John and I were at Pitt Memorial Hospital with Nicholas. We had been agonizing for months; wondering what was wrong with our precious little baby. Due to my suspicions as a mother of what he may have, we had been through several doctors and were feeling helplessly at the end of our ropes. We could see that Nicholas was getting worse and no one would listen to us. We were not in a relationship with Jesus Christ at the time so we had no peace…no comfort.

After 6 months of trying to get a doctor that would test Nicholas for cystic fibrosis (cf), Dr. Taylor came in the room at 1pm on July 4th, 1994 and told us what I knew all along. Nicholas had cystic fibrosis. See what I didn’t realize was that even though we were not acknowledging that God was in our lives, He was there all along. He had been with me my whole life preparing me for what we were about to go through as a family.

Most of you know that my mama and daddy had been foster parents while I was growing up and we had Amie with us for a while. She had cf and we learned all about the disease, medications, and physical therapy with her. You can read more here (You should start at the bottom and work your way up. Later, as an adult, one of my first jobs was with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. God had been preparing me for this day. He had been with me through all of it and He is still with me today.

As I look back and see the steps along the roads of my life so far, I feel blessed to be able to see the proof of what my mama and my grandmother had always told me – “everything happens for a reason.” For whatever reason, God has chosen me and my family to fulfill a task for him. We may never know what it is. We may never know who it is for. We may be doing it now. It may take years, months, a day, an hour, a moment…All I know is that where ever we go He is with us. Whatever we go through, He is carrying us. Whatever is in store for us tomorrow, He has it under control.

As you celebrate this 4th of July, be thankful that we have an independent country. Pray that our country can stay this way and recover from its burdens. Be thankful for your family. Be thankful for your health. Celebrate your life. I thank God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon our family. Things could always be worse than what it is. We are thankful for the time we have been given. Tell your family you love them today. Reach out to the ones you don’t see everyday and tell them you love them too. Celebrate every moment.

Happy 4th of July everybody. Thanks for checking in today.

Love in Christ…Robin

Back in the Real World

Sunday, May 24, 2009, eight and a half years after I began my collegiate journey, I graduated from Barton College.  It still doesn’t seem all that real to me and it would probably be less real if we hadn’t got rained on during commencement.  I guess I should re-phrase that.  We didn’t just get rained on – we were soaked clear through to the undergarments, we were dripping once we stood up, and our caps were curved under where the cardboard in them was drenched by the downpours of rain.  The good things about the rain – if there would be any – is that we were no longer hot, no longer nervous, we were more light-hearted.  It was hilarious.  We laughed the whole time it rained.  It was a welcome distraction to the speakers.  🙂  Sorry.  And the best part was that it stopped raining just in time for the presentations of degrees and diplomas.  I don’t think any of us were happy to have our pictures made looking like we did, but we were thankful that it stopped when it did.  And we weren’t really concerned with how we looked because everybody looked the same – hung out to dry – literally.

So now that all that drama is over, I find myself at a new threshold.  For the first time in almost 9 years, I am looking for a different job.  I have to say that it is a little unnerving, but I have let the whole thing go.  I do hope that I can say I will find one soon so I don’t have to go through the whole summer not knowing what the future holds for next school year, but I know that God has my hands in his future in His hands and I will be where I am meant to be.  I would love it if you guys would join me in praying for me about this whole job thing.  I have got to keep my head on straight about the whole thing.

So that’s what’s going on right now.  When I get pictures, I will post them for you guys to see.  John couldn’t take pictures with my camera because it got soaked, so I have to wait for copies from others.

Thanks for reading,

Mrs. Griffin, Middle School TEACHER  🙂

Getting Ready to Go!

Well, for the most part I am packed and ready to go.  As a female, there are just some things you can’t pack until the last minute, ya know?

I will be spending the week down at beautiful Oak Island with the youth of my church.  I love to go to Fort Caswell – I’m a HUGE history nerd and this place is so awesome.  Not to mention, the Caswell experience is just one you can’t put into words.  Thousands of youth groups, from all over the country, come to Caswell every year and it is most definitely worth the trip.  AND I love the youth.  I guess they keep me young and I just love them to death.  We have a great group going this year – it’s the youngest group we’ve had to go.

I’m taking my laptop, so if I’m able to get online, I will post the skinny on what is happening!  If not, I’ll make sure I put up pictures after we get back on Saturday.  😉

Later…

How God Prepares Us

For those of you who visit What’s Up With Nick, this is going to be a duplicate post.  I thought it was important to put it in both places.

Some of you may or may or know that my mama and were a foster parents when I was growing up.  We had many foster children (about 21 I think) over the years they were able to do it.  One of the children, our second to be exact, was a baby that was given up for adoption.  It was a girl and we named her Amie.  Mama got to name the newborns.  I always thought that was cool.  ANYWAY, babies usually stayed until their six week checkup and then they went on to their adoptive parents.  In this case, that didn’t happen.  Amie was sick.  She was sick all the time.  She cried all the time.  We took her to the doctor and they couldn’t tell us what was wrong.  Then they sent us to Duke.  It was there that they told us Amie had cystic fibrosis.  Back then they diagnosis was not good.  They told us that Amie would not live to be a year old (unbelievers) and we began all the treatments to make her as comfortable as possible, we accepted the fact that she would not be adopted, and we resigned ourselves to the fact that she would proably die in our care.

We learned all about enzymes (back then it was a powder called viokase and you mixed it in baby food) that she had to take to digest her food, about chest pt where we had to beat on her to get all the mucous out, and all about breathing treatments.  Back then it was called a mist machine.  We, as a family, learned all about cystic fibrosis and how to treat it.

Amie was with us for almost 2 years when we got the call that there was a couple interested in adopting her.  We were filled with a mix of emotions.  Amie had become my sister.  We loved her and were caring for her with everything we were.  We didn’t want anyone taking her away.  BUT at the same time, we were thrilled to know that there was someone out there who was willing to see past all that ugliness of her disease and love her for the sweet child she was.  We got to meet the couple.  They were so nice.  They came to our house and talked to all of us.  We told them the hard truth of her daily routine, but to be quite honest, I don’t hink any of that mattered once they saw her beautiful face.  They did adopt her and we have kept in touch all these years.  One of my favorite memories is spending time with them and there family during summers in Wilmington where they live.  On April 28th, 2008, Amie celebrated her 29th birthday.  Praise God!!  What a wonderful example of God’s greatness and power.

Knowing this child, going through all of this with her, affected our whole family.  We all became advocates for cystic fibrosis.  We participated in all kinds of fundraisers over the years for cf.  When I was grow up, I worked for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for about two years.  It helped to know about the disease.   Ultimately, knowing this child, growing up knowing her and her family, helped me to save Nicholas’ life.  There aren’t many people that can look back over the years and see the path that God led them down to help them in their lives.  I know that things happen for a reason, and knowing Amie helped prepare me for my adult life and what I was going to go through with my own children.  I am so thankful for that.  God is an awesome, wonderful God.  He gave the precious gift of knowledge for the future.  I am so blessed to be able to look back and see why I went through all those things.

Saturday night, I got a phone call from my mama saying that Amie had been airlifted to Duke.  All I know at this moment, is that she is in ICU, in respiratory failure and she is on the respirator.  I am waiting on a call from Carolyn, her mom, and we (my mama and I) are going up to Duke tomorrow.  Amie’s dad, Phil, is not in good health and cannot make the trip, so Carolyn is there on her own.  Pleae pray for this family.  I don’t know if she is eligible for a lung transplant, if she is on the list, or what.  All I know is that my sister is in the hospital and the outlook is not good.  I cannot imagine what they are going through at this stage in Amie’s disease.  I hope it will be a long time to come.

If this experience has taught me anything, it has taught me that God has a plan for all of us.  That everything MOST DEFINITELY happens for a reason and we are blessed to be able to marvel in His greatness.