Three Little Birds

Story of 3 little birds and one who soared above us all.

Welcome Home Lydia!!!

After 770 days of having someone in our family living in a hospital counting my brief 5 week stint on October 8, 2009, Lydia finally got to come home yesterday November 16, 2011. It is not the quite the glorious homecoming we had envisioned before heading to Boston, but a homecoming none the less and considering her awful  and critically ill summer, a huge accomplishment and miracle for us all.  It’s so wonderful to just see and be with her at any moment we want!

Clay and I survived our 48 hour stay at Children’s Mercy Sunday-Tuesday and they fortunately deemed our care satisfactory enough to send her home with us. It was probably as close to a 2 nights stay in a bed and breakfast as we’ll be getting anytime soon. We were fortunate enough to be able to get 24 hour nursing for at least the first 2 weeks and now 24 hours into her moving home, all is going well so far. She really seems happy here and has been kicking, smiling and playing non stop. She actually didn’t sleep much at all last night and just wanted to play she’ll probably be doing a long crash session soon. It’s quite calm and peaceful in the house with just Clay, Lydia and I and Mt. Laundry is almost tackled for a couple days at least. Wyatt and Ava have hopefully been behaving (minus playing in a vaseline jar at Nana Pam’s house) for the week and we’re anxious to see them tomorrow.

Some pics of the week (one of the best weeks we’ve had in a long time!)

Day 1  of Clay and my B&B stay at Mercy: Looking nice in peach and enjoying her new hat made by her favorite weekend nurse Sarah.

Day 2: After an hour of buffing and primping, our girl is ready to enjoy the day. Good thing we have nurses to help out with keeping our diva clean and fashionable.

Day 3: After 48 hours of lock down we all leave a bit on the tired side. On a positive note, Clay and I are still on speaking terms after 2 nights on a recliner and uncomfortable cot and Lydia still looks pretty darn cute.

November 16: Ready to bust out of this joint.

Lydia’s first set of wheels. Yep, she’ll get one at 16 too. Wyatt and Ava can ride if she lets them.

The Princess’s Room:

I made these and thought they came out pretty well. In the abundance of free time I’m sure I’ll have, I’m thinking of making some for others perhaps on an etsy shop. Email if you’d like to place an order. Christmas 2012 deadline now.

In a fleeting moment of craftiness last week, I also made this print after copying it from pinterest (my latest internet time killer). It says, “Promise you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” from Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh. A good lesson for all my birds to know.

Big thanks to PaPa Ed for refinishing an old dresser that my great Aunt Marian made for my dad about 50+ years ago. It went from a dark brown to pale pink with bird knobs.  I also talked him into refinishing an old night stand from our St. Joe house that I had grand plans of doing before we moved to KC 6 years ago. It’s perfect as a suction and O2 monitor station.

We still have some more finishing touches and keep finding more and more need for medical supply storage and are still working on improving our organizational skills. It’s a work in progress, but so far Lydia approves.



  1. Her room is beautiful and I love all the wall art. You got some mad crafting skills, Amanda! Warm wishes to your whole fam. So glad for you all to be home together!

  2. Sue Gray

    HEY!!! I can’t wait to let all of 7 South know “our Lydia” is HOME!! I wish all the best to all of you and know Lydia is in the BEST place now.

  3. Bev Whorton

    So glad to hear you have Lydia home and hope only the best for all of you! I still admire Clay & Amanda and the way you have handled this situation… are an honor to know and certainly an example for many. God Bless you and your “little birds”. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Denis'

    YAY!!! I am so excited to hear that the big day has finally come. Welcome home, Lydia. Mom and Dad must be thrilled to make up time holding you and loving on you in your very own room.

    This is the best news news I’ve heard in a while. I just want to savor it. A & Z will enjoy seeing your going home photos, too.

    We love you! Congratulations on going home.

  5. Sarah Freund

    Thank you for sharing pics! Lydia looks fabulous! I’m *SO* happy that you guys made it home this week, but I admit to some Lydia withdraw!

    Your fav weekend nurse 😉

  6. Thanks for sharing! We are so happy for you all!!! Princess Lydia has a beautiful room to match her beautiful family 🙂 You are very blessed. (I especially love the names….such a talented mama 😀 !!

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