Monday, March 24, 2008

Sick Again

Okay, I have 2 minutes until the weekend is up, and I did promise a family update this weekend...

Ellie was sick the Friday before the last (the 14th). She had to stay home from daycare. This was her first real sickness, ever, in the 3 years she's been with us. She had it all - fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, just the whole nine yards (as my friend Shana would say!). And try as we might not to, we all ended up with varying degrees of it.

I took Ephraim to the pediatrician on Tuesday. He ended up having to start breathing treatments - every four hours. And remember, he still eats every three hours. Needless to say I've been busy! I think the breathing treatment worked on me, too. He sits in my lap so the extra mist floats up my way. I'm already all better, but he's still got the cough of an 80 year old smoker.

Today we celebrated Easter at Scott's parents church in Dalton, GA. Our church has Easter service outdoors. I didn't want Ephraim out in the cold - March is early for Easter, you know!
After church Scott felt pretty bad. He laid down for a nap when the kids did and woke up with a fever! We went and had Easter dinner at his parents house - without him! I left him with strict orders to rest and get better quick!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


When we started our family blog, it was a fun place. It is where our dear friends and family, like yourselves, could come and, as Scott would say, see "whazup" with the McGhees. I crossed the line to seriousness because my brother-in-law was so in need of prayers. To be honest, I've been struggling with what to post since then. Everything seems so not important in comparison. Then I attended his funeral...

Rob passed away last Tuesday, March 11. His funeral was this past Saturday. It was perhaps, the most uplifting funeral I have ever attended. My sister spoke about how six years ago, Rob, her husband, was faced with his first diagnosis of cancer. She told of how it came to be a turning point in his life and he came to know the Lord. It was an incredible testimony and I was so proud of her for being able to share it with so many people. Then they had an open mic for people just to come and share about Rob. I was reminded of what a great person Rob was. He truly had a life that was well lived. Scott and I were both challenged to be more involved with our friends, and to enjoy life more.

One of the pastors shared that Rob told her there were two differences in dying knowing God as opposed to without Him. One, was that he was not afraid - he had total peace. The other, as she said, was as profound as the first. That if just one person came to know the Lord through his death, that it would be worth it. Incredible.

No one has to post an "I'm sorry". You are all so sweet and I know that you are indeed sorry for our loss. I will leave you with a picture of Ellie having fun with her Uncle Rob. Before the weekend is over I will try to post an update on "whazup" with the McGhees!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

My Brother-in-law

As some of you may know, my brother-in-law, Rob was diagnosed with a tumor in his brainstem about six years ago. The tumor has been stable until recently. The short version of the story is that in the last three weeks the tumor has more than doubled in size. The doctor's feel that it is only a matter of time now, and have given Rob three weeks to a few months.

I am asking all of you for prayer for my sister, Amy, and Rob and their two children - Trey, who is 10 and Livi, age 6.

A CaringBridge site has been created to keep up to date on Rob. CaringBridge is a nonprofit organization that helps friends and families stay connected.
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We all went to Peachtree City (where they live) today. We had a good visit. Just to leave you with a little laugh... as we drove home through Atlanta, Ellie looked out the window and said, "Mom, is that New York City?" It made us chuckle. I told her NYC was like Atlanta but bigger. That seemed to satisfy her.