Wednesday, October 19, 2016

It's been Three years...

Well, like the post title said...Its been three years.
She was six- now we have a nine year old. Her being older can be a positive or a negative factor; will she be able to understand everything better? Will she have more fears? How will this go? There is only one way to find out... We will let you know.

We have been doing "check ins" with Dr. Waner for the past few years, he looks at pictures, sees how she is growing and makes a decision. When I sent this last batch of pictures I just knew in my gut this time the answer was going to be "Its time.". We were shocked still when we got the email because it's been a while, but it quickly turned into getting things lined up for this trip. As usual like in the past we had three months to get ready. Things are lining up, Blessings are happening and time is ticking away fast. We have a short 8 weeks before we jump on a plane and head back to Manhattan.

Sarah is busy herself  getting ready for her trip! For the past few years Sarah has been helping Hometown Heroes sell Christmas Trees at the tree lot, and she has been handmaking ornaments to sell while she's there! Everything she makes and sells, she turns around and gives HTH a check with all the money she raised! She loves going and it's her goal every year to give HTH $1,000. So she is planning her ornaments and is getting ready to start cranking them out so she can get a head start since she will be gone a full week out of her "selling season". (If you don't know, Hometown Heroes is the organization that has been with Sarah from the very beginning helping us make sure she has what she needs for NY. They hold a huge part of our hearts and we love them dearly.)

We will keep you posted as the surgery time gets closer, but in the mean time please pray for Sarah, her Dr.'s, good healing, and safe travels!
- Mama

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Last night in NY!

Well we went to the Dr's this morning and we're told to stop by tomorrow before we leave just so he could check on Sarah's swelling. We took the girls to The Museum of Natural History this afternoon for some education and trick or treating. We stopped by the famous Magnolia bakery for a cupcake afterwords. Kim made a picture of Sarah's first trip to Dr. Waner along with this trip. It put things in perspective for me and reminded me of how far Sarah has come. I am blessed

God is good

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Surgery went well!

Surgery went well, Dr. Waner once again did a wonderful job. He took out almost all of the scaring on her cheek area and did very aggressive laser on the rest of her facial area. Kim and I usually fast with Sarah on surgery day then grab something while she is in surgery but today, because of some miss communication, we fasted until we got back to the apartment this evening, which meant tensions we're high, aka snippiness was our challenge! Sarah is resting in the bed after many glasses of Apple juice, pepperoni pizza and some cake. She has fallen in love with an app. called Cakedoodle and it has been worth all $.99. Riley became nurse Riley, so proud of her. We are all done, here are some pics, first is Sarah and I going back to surgery, next is Sarah and mommy right after surgery and last are the girls queening it up at the hotel.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

2 years since our last visit to NY

We are back in NY today. We have met with Dr. Waner and surgery is set for tomorrow. As we we're walking back to the exam room Riley said "Sarah are you scared?" Without skipping a beat Sarah said "no, I'm not scared."  The strength of her makes me proud! Dr. Waner told us tomorrow he will map her face and then come out to tell us what he will be doing, can't help but have trust in him, he has done so much for her. God is good!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Day of Nothing....much!

Since we all had a big day yesterday, we have decided to stay in, or really close to the apartment!Sarah's swelling is down as posted before, and guess what!! So far today she has NOT NEEDED any pain meds! That in itself is wonderful! Our friend Kris was able to get Sarah to forget about her face and stitches for a while (shes been wary of smiling really big and talking a little stiff like) and he was getting her to laugh big belly laughs and smile really big! Big Thanks to Kris! 
Oh, had to share this, a friend of ours told us before we left for NY to ask for an oral medicine before surgery to help her relax and not be so upset over going back into surgery. Boy was this THE TICKET! The hospital called it "goofy juice" and we know why! She was hilarious! She started giggling, and picking with us and just being an all out silly little girl, she wanted me (mama) to take her back this time and when I laid her down, she did nothing but giggle, I asked her is she was being a silly girl and she shook her head and said "oh yeah!" giggled herself right to sleep. We don't want to think about how hard it would have been without that, so a big thanks to Kim G. back home!
So far today it has been very lazy here...shhh we're all still in our PJ's!! Were thinking about taking the girls to the park again and another picnic.
Our day yesterday was really nice to catch up with our friends, and the weather here has been great, even a little on the warm side! We were actually looking forward to some cool weather here but what do ya do?!
God is Good!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial

Today we met with our friends Valorie and Kris. Met them at Penn Station and we went on a ferry ride around The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridge. This evening we went to the 9/11 memorial, it was an emotional experience to say the least. The swelling on Sarah's face has gone down considerably and she isn't in as much pain now. We're all tired. Good day. God is good.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Central Park

Today we went to adventure park inside central park. The girls got on the swing and the slides for about two hours. After, we sat down on one of the lawns for a snack and some rest. We walked down to the famous candy shop for a bag of yummy gummies. Back at the apartment, sarah's writing some thank you cards to her friends and daddy's gonna go do some laundry. Good day overall. God is good

Zoo Bound!

We went to the Central Park Zoo today  per Sarah's request. Now that she's older and more aware she's been asking question's and we have been answering the best we can. You can prepare yourself for the trip, the surgery, and the unrest but it's hard to answer the "why" questions. Today went well though, we just kept her busy so she didn't have time to think about it so much, good thing we're in such a busy city with plenty to do. The hardest part would be the looks people give and the restraint required to ignore it. I have to remind myself that if I react badly Sarah will think something is wrong with her. My flesh and my heart faileth; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm73:26)
God is good!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thursday night chillin!

Sarah and I thursday night, for the record I got the first post surgery kiss. What can i say, dad rules.

Big day for surgery!

Sarah had her 1st surgery in a year today. I don't know if Kim and I are out of practice or this surgery was a big one. I think a little bit of both. Surgery went well and we have all had time to rest. Dr. Waner took out most of the scaring on Sarah's cheek and fixed her lip. When the swelling goes down I think you'll be able to tell a big difference. In this picture, she was coming in and out at the moment and I just snapped a quick photo. God is good

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ferris Wheel bound!

Friday we went for a walk down Broadway and went to the 3 story ToysRus. Sarah found the giant ferris wheel in the middle and wanted to go for a ride so Mommy and Sarah went while Riley and I watched. Yesterday we went to David and Debbie's house for lunch and afterwards went to central park to play. David and Debbie are friends of ours that we met up here at Dr. Waner's office. Here is a picture of Sarah on the ferris wheel and a picture of us in the park.

Friday, October 8, 2010

In the Park

Yesterday was a great day! The weather was perfect so we spent the day at central park, one of our favorite places! We took the girls to the zoo and then found a grassy area with large rocks and spent the rest of the afternoon playing and relaxing in the shade! Riley took that chance to lay back in the stroller and nap in the breeze! Sarah used her wonderful imagination to entertain us with songs and skits...we thought we would put one up of her singing....Enjoy, God is Good!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Breakfast of Champions

This morning I got up and made bacon,egg,and cheese bagels. I asked Sarah if she wanted one and she said "no daddy I want some pizza" well we had a slice in the fridge so Sarah had a very healthy breakfast.Ha.
She is feeling good with just a little bit of pain from the stitches. Here are a few pictures from this morning. The red area on her face is from the fraxil laser and it's shiny because it's slathered with bacitracin ointment.
God is good.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Surgery was Successful!

Today was surgery day and was very successful. Dr. Waner was able to take a good portion of scaring out of Sarah's lip and bring the lip out some to help make her bottom lip look more full with what he described as a certain way of stitching it up. Dr. Waner also did some fraxil laser to help smooth out the scaring on the rest of her face. Sarah woke up from surgery the best a three year old could wake up from surgery and after some serious promising and bribery we were able to get her to drink some pediolyte and eat some crackers. We arrived back at the apartment a few minutes ago and all in the Porter house are in need of a nap. Thank you for your prayers and would like to say a special thank you to Hometown Hero's back home. Here is a picture of Sarah post surgery and a picture of Sarah with Dr. Waner a few minutes after surgery.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Back in the Big Apple

Today we flew back to Manhattan for another surgery for Sarah. Our flight landed around 10 am and we were in Dr. Waner's office by 11:30 for a visit with him before surgery. We got a picture of Sarah and Dr. Waner which is one of the few one's we have of them together. After the Dr. looked at Sarah she told him thank you, when he went to shake her hand goodbye she went and gave him a big hug. I think it caught him off guard and was pretty cute. Surgery is tomorrow and is scheduled to start at 10 am. Please pray that surgery goes well and that the Dr. does the best possible job he can. God is good.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Stardust after surgery...

Sorry this post is a little late, we realized we had forgotten to put this one on! Sarah did very well this morning getting her stitches switched, talked to Dr. Waner, and he doesn't know what the next step is until we send him some pictures in a month to see how well she is healing, so we will find out later.
But she did well, a little grumpy girl, but shes doing much better!
But we did take Sarah to the Stardust Diner the day after her surgery...and of course she enjoyed it! While the wait staff was getting the music ready to play for the next song, Sarah took that opportunity to sing herself! One of the waiters started to joke that he was going to take a microphone to Sarah! She was singing so loud and having a ball! She did it in between all of the breaks! Her songs were "ABC's" and "Old McDonald!" Here's a picture or two while we were there!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Out and About...

When we come up, we always try and do things for Sarah, at least something everyday, when the weather is warmer, we go to the park, and the Zoo, etc. But when its cold we have to find different things to go and do today we decided to take our candy loving little girl, to the very popular and famous "Dylan's Candy Bar" it's not much different from other big candy stores, but its neat and has some really cool things, and its been around for a VERY long time! Sarah was in love! She started to walk around just touching the bins full of candy and looking at everything, and then when she figured out we were letting her pick some candy to go into her bag...well that was all she wrote! She really enjoyed it, and it was a cute place to go and do something for the day! On the way back, we stopped to meet a few of the horses that line up with their buggies waiting to take people on a carriage rides...Sarah and Fredia Joe (the horse) really took a liking to each other! On the way back, right as we were walking up to the apartment building, i looked up and saw Sarah fast asleep on top of Chuck's shoulders! It was a nice day to get out and walk around!
Sarah goes back in to get her stitches switched out in the morning at 8 a.m. Please pray that all goes well, and the pain afterwards isn't too much!
God is Good!

Snow day Continued...

Well we took off with the girls in their "bubble cart"! They were so snug and warm all bundled up and protected from the was so nice knowing they were comfy enough to both take a nice nap before the museum. It was very interesting to go, we got to see the Titanic exhibit and the Leonardo DaVinci exhibit. I mostly wanted to do this little blog entry just to show you some neat pictures...i took some really neat ones so its going to be hard for me to pick just a few! Thank you so much for praying for Sarah! Enjoy the pictures! Chuck pushing the girls...and a little lady feeding "her" birds! It was so cute! And a picture of the stroller, with the girls asleep inside once we got to the museum...the cover was covered in snow!!
God is Good!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wednesday is Snow Day

We woke up this morning and already had 3 inches of snow on the ground. We are supposed to get up to 18 inches total which is fine, as long as we can leave Saturday. Friday, Sarah is going back into the hospital to get her stitches replaced with dissoluble stitches for the trip home. Today we are going to try and go to the Discovery Time Square Expo and see the Titanic and DaVinci exhibits. The Expo is only 15 blocks from where we are staying so we think we can make it. This is a picture of Sarah at Magnolia Bakery Yesterday. Her chin looks so much better.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Surgery Day...

Today was a little different than the other surgeries that Sarah has had...instead of going early in the morning, we went later in the afternoon at 12 to be there for her surgery at 1. It was different because Sarah had to go most of the day hungry, instead of sleeping through most of the hungry part! She did good though...
They called us back to pre-op a little after 1:00 to get Sarah ready, and Sarah, Riley and Daddy sat down to watch some Veggie Tales on the DVD player we brought with us! So cute!
When getting dressed in her gown to go back the the operating room, she wanted to keep wearing her tutu! She was so cute...and I'm sure the most fashionable little 2 year old back there in a hospital gown!! (Chuck takes her back, so he took it off for the surgery once she was asleep)
Surgery lasted a little over an hour and Dr. Waner came out to tell us how it went, at first Sarah was supposed to get dissoluble stitches that we could go home with, but when Waner started working he realized that the plan of what he was going to do and how he was going to do it needed to be changed, so she got regular stitches, and on Friday we are going to go back, and they will do more laser (they did some today) and take out the regular stitches and replace them with the dissoluble ones; for us to go home with.
Sarah bounced right back, and was drinking her juice out of a cup and eating goldfish in no time!
Thank you all for your prayers, and love!
God is Good!

Sarah's Surgery

Hello everyone! Just wanted to put a post up to let all of you know that her surgery will be today @ 1 pm. We dont know how long the surgery will be right now, but please pray that she has a safe sugery with no complications. Thank you!
God is good...

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sarah's Favorite Restaurant!!

After getting out of the Hospital, and some good rest, it was time to get out and stretch our legs! So we decided to take Sarah to her favorite place, The Stardust Diner! If you don't already know, its a themed restaurant where they wear poodle skirts etc. and the waiters and waitresses sing some great songs and perform while you eat! Sarah just loves it, its worth the walk, to take her and to see a smile on her face and the enjoyment it brings her!! One of the waiters, he was the first one to sing to her our very first trip, (and he went on to play in the show Wicked on Broadway, ) it was his turn to sing, he made his way around the room, sang a bit to Sarah and said "Welcome back! Your looking good!" It was so nice that he remembered her! She got up and danced, clapped, and had a really good time! At one point some of the staff started doing the twist, and of course Sarah had to start that as well, she did such a good job! It was very cute, wish everyone could have seen her! Here's a video....

God is Good


Friday, July 10, 2009

Leaving the Hospital

Sarah got discharged from the hospital this morning and was so ready to go she didn't even want to put on some shorts as noticed is first picture. We did get to meet a clown jokester at the hospital but I think he brightened up mom and dad more then Sarah.

Had to take a picture of Kim eating some cereal at the table or is that her belly. We just got back to the apartment and Sarah is wide open. We are all glad to see that.

We will be keeping everyone up to date.

God is good

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Surgery day went well

Today's surgery went very well considering we didn't know for sure if it was going to happen at all last night. But thanks to a lot of answered prayers Dr. Waner was able to do the surgery. Thank you to everyone for taking the time out of your day to pray for Sarah. This is definately proof to any non-believer that God cares for his children and watches over them.

Surgery went well, they lifted Sarah's lip to make it equal with the other side of her lip and fixed some scaring on her eyebrow line. They also did some lasering on her chin. They admitted her into the hospital this time for two reasons one is to prevent the April trip of going back to the hospital and being admitted and two because it was a big surgery and they want to keep an eye on her. I was not able to stay with Kim and Sarah at the hospital so I am back at the apartment fixing to crash. Hope this message finds you well and thank you again for the support.

On a light note when Sarah came out of surgery the Dr. asked Kim and I was she a mommy's girl or a daddy's girl,we both answered by saying both. The Dr. replied saying that the reason he asked was that when Sarah came out of surgery her first word was DADDY. Just wanted everyone to know that, not that it made my day or anything

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hope and Prayer

Wanted to update everyone of the current situation. We got to NY just fine today and talked with Ylana which is Dr. Waner's nursing assistant about tomorrow mornings surgery around 3pm. Well we just got a call from her saying that Dr. Waner got something in his eye today and is not sure if he will be operating tomorrow. This is a pretty big deal to us because it will throw off our whole trip to get stitches out next week. I am simply telling you all this so that I could get you to pray for Dr. Waner to be able to do Sarah's surgery tomorrow. Hopefully God willing the Dr. will be ok and everything will go as planned I will update tomorrow with the good news or not so good news. God is good

Monday, June 22, 2009

Going in July

Hey Everybody,

It has been a few months of being at home and it is time to go back to Dr. Waner's in NY. Sarah's next surgery will be July 9. This will be our last trip for awhile since Kim is now almost six months pregnant. I will update everyone on the 9th after surgery. Hope this email finds you well. Please pray for a successful surgery and a quick recovery.

God is good

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Dr. Waner on MSNBC

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On a new series on MSNBC entitled "A CHANGE OF FACE", we see how three New York City surgeons dedicate their lives to perfect, save, and reconstruct the human face, changing lives in the operating room. All new episodes premiere on Sunday, May 3, May 10, and May 17 at 10 p.m. ET.  Watch for Sarah's sweet smile in several of Dr. Waner's clips. 

Monday, April 13, 2009

Stitches are out!

Stitches came out this morning and Dr. Waner told us to wait six weeks and send him some pictures of Sarah's face. Everyone is napping the day away so that we will be rested for our flight tomorrow. We will be home tomorrow around 3:00. This trip has definately been memorable. Our friends David and Debbie Freedman have let us stay in there apartment all 10 days that we have been here. They are on vacation in Florida and graciously let us into there home. Thank you.
Not much else to tell besides we are ready to come home. Thank you for all the prayers and comments.
God is good

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Walked half the city

Today we walked all over the place. We Started from the apartment and went south to a parade that NY had on 5th avenue. After seeing what was going on we went to the battleship Intrepid which is a retired ship that has been restored and retrofitted to let you go in the top deck, flight deck and the hanger area. Just a little fun fact from pamplet it took 7000 gallons of paint to re-paint the ship.

More importantly then the sites that we saw today we remembered the reason for Easter and the ultimate sacrifice our Lord Jesus gave to die for our sins. When I think of Easter I think of sacrifice and love. Maybe these feelings come up because of our own path in life, maybe I am just relating this back to our life but felt compelled to share this.

In preperation for Easter Kim and Sarah sat down last night and colored some Easter eggs. Sarah really enjoyed this until it was time to let the eggs dry. She got so mad she sat down on her butt and then threw herself forward onto the ground. Big time temper tantrum, in her defense we started the painting process very close to bedtime.

Hope this post finds you well! Happy Easter

God is good

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Friday Funday

Hey everybody,

Yesterday was a good day. We decided to walk about NY. We walked down to Broadway and took Sarah back to the Stardust Diner where all the waiters and waitresses sing oldies, she loved it. Then on our way to the East river we stopped at a fountain and let Sarah put a penny in. We got to the East river and found a little park to let Sarah walk around in. We also found a little taste of home that evening, a place called Brother Jimmy's bbq where we found sweet tea. The restaurant had mason jars for cups and had NC license plates all over the walls, we loved it. Sarah is doing great today, we had planned to take her to a easter egg hunt today but it is raining and doesn't seem to be letting up. We are going to try and find something to do inside today.

Sarah will have her stitches removed on Monday at 7:30, please pray that everything goes well, I say this because anytime she goes under anethesia it is a big deal to us. Tuesday we will be coming home, thank goodness because we are missing everyone.

I will update soon. God is good.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Out of the hospital!

Sarah's fever broke over night and she got up this morning ready for some apple jacks and pedialyte. The only set back was that Sarah's iv came out of her vein and went into her arm filling her arm with fluid. We noticed this when her arm got really puffy. They removed the iv and told us to keep her arm elevated. Dr. Waner came by about 2:00 p.m. to look at Sarah. He removed her drain and discharged us. We got back to the apartment and all of us got a two hour nap. Best nap I think I've had.
I have to tell this story. We decided to go to a famous bakery called Magnolia Bakery to celebrate our good day. We took a taxi because it is on the other side of central park. When we got there I went to pay the driver whom had been asking about Sarah on the way over there. He turned around and said " No cab fair give it to Sarah" For anyone who has been to NY you can agree that is about as rare as it gets. Thought that was something special.
Thank you to everyone that has continued to pray for Sarah,Kim and I.
This picture is back at the apartment
God is good!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Turn of events

Hey everybody,
This morning about 2:00 a.m. Sarah woke up vomiting and had a fever of 104.5 taken in her ear. We gave her some tylenol and called the doctor. We ended up going to Dr. Waner's office at 10:30 and they admitted her into the hospital. Sarah has fought a 102 fever all day. They would only let one parent stay in the room with her during the night. Visiting hours are over at 8:00 p.m. and they kicked me out of the room about 10:00 p.m. Hopefully by morning she will have broke her fever and I will be able to update everyone with good news. Out of the nine other trips we have made up here this is the hardest trip so far. I didn't take any pictures today for multiple reasons but mainly because I didn't think we would be admitted to the hospital. Dr. Waner came by this evening to Sarah's room and told us that he doesn't think the fever and vomiting is related to Sarah's surgery but that she probably picked up some kind of bug. Hopefully everything will be better in the morning. Please pray that Sarah will get better quickly and that Kim and I can function under these nights of sleeplessness. Nobody said the road would be easy though. God is Good

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Day after surgery

It's the day after surgery and everyone is still pretty tired. We went to Dr. Waner's office this morning and were told that the drain tube will probably be in until friday unless the swelling goes down and the fluid quits coming out earlier. This is the first time Sarah has had a drain in after surgery and it makes the recovery a little harder on us. I say Kim and I because Sarah doesn't pay it much mind at all. She got up this morning and walked around the apartment kicking a soccer ball and enjoying herself. Hopefully her drain will be able to come out before friday, I know I will feel better when it is out. I will update later. God is Good

Monday, April 6, 2009

What a day for surgery!

Today takes the cake for our surgery days. We were scheduled for Sarah to have surgery at 11:30 this morning which is later then usual. We finally got her into surgery at 3:30 this afternoon because of scheduling issues which means Sarah didn't eat or drink anything all day. Surgery went good though Sarah got the tumor above her nose and the the one next to her nose worked on which included grinding off some of her nose bone to help straighten the nose because her tumor had pushed her nose over to the left. She also had a different laser applied to the scars on her cheek and chin, in the Dr.'s words, sands down the scar tissue to make her skin smoother. She also had a drain tube put under her skin to help with swelling in the nose area. You can see the drain tube coming out her forehead. Ok - got to go and pick up some prescriptions from the drug store before they close. I will update better tomorrow. Please pray for Sarah to have a good recovery and for Kim and I to stay strong.
God is good.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Change in Plans

Wanted to let everyone know that our March trip got bumped to April. The doctor's in NY were not going to be in at the time for March and we had to reschedule. At first this became quite a problem because we had to change airline tickets which cost $300 to change flights and we were going to have an extra night in NY. But everything worked out great. Our friends that got us the airplane tickets for March were able to call US airways and have the $300 fee removed. We called David and Debbie (our friends in NY) to let them know of our schedule changes and they had good news and bad news. The bad news was that they would not be in town when we came, the good news was that they would not take no for an answer and told us we could stay in there apartment in NY. This is just another example of God's work. We started these schedule changes with added expenses and know have the least expensive trip to NY that we have ever had. Just wanted everyone to know and thank everyone for the prayers. Next update will be from NY.

God is good!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

new hardware

Hey everyone just trying new phone to see if I can use this instead of our laptop when we go to NY. Everyone is doing good. I will update soon.
God is good!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Upcoming Trip

Just wanted everyone to know that we have another trip coming up in March. We don't know exactly what will be done except that they want to start working on her right cheek area. We wanted to update everyone and wish everyone a happy new year.
God is Good