Saturday, April 27, 2013

Happy 13th Birthday Madie!

Hello Everyone!

So much has gone on in the past week and a half that this is the first chance I've had to post my daughter's birthday pictures.

I'm so grateful for my little Madie, she is my sweet little baby girl still even though she is now 13.  I remember when she was a baby and how easy she was.  Hardly made a sound and smiled all the time.  She is still a little sweetie but has more of a spunky personality these days, LOL!!  She'll know what I mean, right Madie??!!

Madie at 8 years old!
Madie at 9 years old!

Madie at 11 years old!

Madie at 13 years old!



Here's an update on what's been going on with me!  I found out I was pregnant at the end of February when Karlee was visiting but only a few days later I started having problems and thought I miscarried.  This went on for almost 5 weeks... thinking I'm pregnant...... complications.... then thinking I was losing the baby.  It was finally determined through my last ultrasound and blood test that I was miscarrying.  I was 9 weeks pregnant.  The doctor couldn't find the baby either through the ultrasound and thought I had a Blighted Ovum.  We finally scheduled an appointment for Wednesday, April 17, to go ahead and get my body back to normal.  For some crazy reason, my body still thought it was totally pregnant even though I was, in fact, miscarrying.  When the doctor put me under for a 15 minute procedure, little did we all know that he would be performing an hour and a half emergency hysterectomy surgery.  Turns out that I had an Eptopic pregnancy that was about ready to rupture.  Very scary and had I had made my appointment for a day later, I might not be here today.  I am grateful for a loving father in heaven who knows me and directs me.  This was all very inspired.   Now I am recovering from major surgery. It's been about a week and a half and I am feeling a little better.  It should take a full 6-8 weeks until I am back to normal.  I am fine with that.  I am just thankful that I am still here to raise my 5 children and be with my husband on this earth.  

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  1. Praise God that you are still with us. I will keep you and your family in my prayers and I hope that you are back to normal real soon. ((((HUGS))))))

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  2. Sending you hugs. I have miscarried a couple of years ago and it really made me appreciate the daughter I have. I hope that your body can get back to some sort of 'normal'.

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  3. I had to have a hysterectomy quite you as preventative surgery during cancer treatment. It is indeed a shock to the system, I too was grateful that I'd already been blessed with children and just pleased to still be here and share their lives. We are dealt some challenging surprises but is amazing how strong and resiliant we women can be. How we can move one and set the fabulous example you do to your children. Thank goodness your timing was so fateful, I hope you are well real soon. Take all the advice rest lots and DON'T lift anything, not even a kettle of water! If you follow the advice you will be great in no time. I moved house 9 weeks after my surgery because I did everything doctor said. take care. xxx

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  4. You are so lucky...major medical emergency! Take care...thoughts and prayers are headed your way.

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  5. Love and prayers are coming your way!!! Feel better soon!!

    Renea

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  6. Robyn, Prayers and thoughts coming your way from AZ.

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  7. Robyn,
    I am so sorry for your loss. And I have been praying for you. Did you get your fever down?

    May I ask if you had laposcropic or open surgery? And did you have the ovaries and uterus taken or just uterus? I'm only asking not to be insensitive because I need to decide what to have done. I've put it off way too long.

    And I've followed you for years. I am thankful for you. I'd really love an address that I can send you something. My email is keenerfamily at gmail.com

    And I'm thankful you are okay.
    Christi

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  8. Robyn

    Thoughts and prayers I am sending to you. So very sorry to hear about the miscarriage. Yes, praise God for his direction in this matter.

    Take care,

    Marilyn C.

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  9. Happy birhday Madie!! Oh Robyn I'm sorry for all you have gone though, that's a tough ordeal. I will say some prayers for a quick recovery for you....hang in there!!!

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  10. Thoughts and prayers are with you Robyn! I'm so glad that you are on the mend. I know it must have been difficult for you, but your children and your husband have a wife and mother, God is good!!

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  11. Oh my goodness! How scary! I am so thankful that you had the docs that you did and that God protected you! I am so sorry for the miscarriage :( But I am very thankful you are still here! I will definitely be praying for a speedy recovery! Hugs!

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  12. I am so thankful that you are still here with us. I will keep you in my prayers for a full recovery!
    Kathy in Montana

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  13. oh robyn I was so shocked to read this, sad yet releived you are ok all at the same time.
    Huge hugs to you my lovely and happy birthday wishes for maddie too!
    hugs Lou xxx

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  14. Oh my! I am so glad that you are phsyically safe now, but I will pray that the hormones and all of that even out and you feel wonderful, inside and out, very soon. I am sorry for your loss, and so happy for your family that they didn't lose you too. Happy birthday Maddie! She is a beautiful young woman!

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  15. I am so sorry to hear about your surgery. I hope you are well and on your feet soon. God truly does work in mysterious ways. Blessings,
    Danita

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  16. Robyn, Thank God you are going to be ok. Your children deserve to have a generous and loving Mommy who is so engaged in their lives. God Bless you and your family. Mary

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  17. I am so sorry that you have been through all of this. I can only imagine how difficult a loss it must have been. Thoughts and prayers going out to you for a quick recovery. My best advice is to do what the doctor ordered ... in 8 weeks you will be 100%. I speak from much experience. What a blessing that you went when you did.

    Happy Birthday to Maddie, a lovely teenager. hugs, eileen

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  18. Robyn-

    My thoughts are with you as your body recovers and your mind wraps itself around all that has happened. I am glad that you realize there is a plan for you and that everything happens for a reason.

    Hugs to you!

    Susan

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  19. So glad that you are alright. I can't imagine the shock you felt with the whole situation. Thank goodness you are surrounded by such a loving and supportive family.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!!!

    Bridget

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  20. Wow, you are blessed and so lucky. Glad you see it that way. Take care and take it easy and heal fast. Sad news but glad news too for your family.

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  21. Oh my Robyn! I've been thru both actually....an ectopic pregnancy and a hysterectomy. I know it's a little hard on the body but you are one "TOUGH CHICK"! I'm sending you prayers for easy healing inside and mentally. {{{BIG HUGS}}} COMING YOUR WAY!

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  22. Robyn...praying for a speedy recovery both physically and mentally...your family...your marriage! Love your attitude...praises to you for it! Much hugs & blessings sent your way!

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  23. Happy birthday to Madie!

    Robyn, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for your continued recovery.

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  24. You have been through so much, but thankfully you had a good doctor. My best wishes for your improving health. You have a great attitude and a wonderful family for support. God bless you Robyn.

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  25. Happy Birthday to your beautiful Madie! I'm so sorry for your loss and am eternally grateful you're on the mend, Robyn!

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  26. Wow that is so scary . God was looking out. I know that all of it is painful physically and emotionally. I will pray for you and your family. I am very grateful that you are still here to bless us all and to love your family. Hugs

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  27. I thank God for you! I'm so glad you're getting well and the scary part is over. I know you cherish your family and your life more than ever. You continue to inspire by sharing the most intimate parts of your mind, body and soul. Thank you.

    La-Vie

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  28. Bless you and I am so glad you are getting better. God has a plan for you and is taking care of you. Will say prayers for a speedy recovery.

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  29. So sorry for your loss, I understand how hard it is. 22 years ago I had surgery to open my fallopian tubes so I could get pregnant. I did get pregnant and was at 7 1/2 weeks when I went to the hospital with severe pain. They went in with the laproscope to see what was wrong. Turned out mine was etopic and my tube ruptured. They had to open me up (labaratomy). I lost over a liter of blood and they had to remove my tube and ovary. I was in the hoptital for 4 days. My other tube closed back up, so I was never able to get pregnant again. After 22 years I still hurt emotionally, but I am alive and greatful to my husband who has supported me the past 27 years. So glad you're okay and that you have your family!

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  30. Happy to hear you are OK! Heal fast!

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  31. Robyn,
    I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family as you heal. I'm so glad you are feeling better. What a blessing your family is to you at such a time as this.
    Blessings!
    Barbara

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  32. God Bless you and your beautiful family.

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  33. Happy Happy Birthday Madie. Hope you had a wonderful day.

    Robyn, I am so very sorry for what you are going through. THANK GOD he brought you through it. I had a hysterectomy a few years ago because I suffered with extreme cramps and bled very heavily. Come to find out, I had fibroid tumors. I could have just lived with it but for what? I had lived with it for many years and just couldn't take it anymore. I think the older I got, the harder it was. I recovered in 8 weeks, although, it really does take longer. I went back to work but was still walking slow because I was still very sore. After all, your stomach is cut open and everything is taken out. In my case, I was cut across the belly (way down) can't even see the scar now, I had everything taken out. I could have left my ovaries in but I didn't want to worry about ovarian cancer in the future, if at all and have to have another surgery. Well, this isn't about me, I just thought hearing that someone else went through the surgery might make you know that you are not alone. I am so very sorry for your loss. Take Care and God Bless.

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  34. Happy birthday to Madie and I'm so glad you are okay. Something similar just happened to my daughter and I know what a scare it can be. God looks after us, doesn't He! My prayers are with you for a swift and full recovery!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Merilee

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  35. Oh Robyn, I am so glad to hear you are doing better! Thank you God! What a scary thing to go through. My daughter just lost her baby the end of January and I have lost several too so I know how hard this can be and had a hysterectomy myself when I was 28. Just take care of yourself and do what they say and be careful about lifting, trust me on this, just take one day at a time. I will keep you and your family in my prayers for a fast recovery. :)
    Blessings and big hugs!
    Lindagk

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  36. The Lord is with you for a reason. Get well quick, I miss your posts

    Maureen Sala

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  37. Hi Robyn, get well soon, you are too good to be taken this soon.
    Rene from OZ xo

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  38. Robyn-
    You are so brave to tell us what's been going on with you. I've had two ectopic pregnancies - one in each tube. Even after that, I still gave birth to a healthy son, who is proof that God does answer prayers. I know very well that the road to recovery from this is long, but you're strong and will be back to normal soon. We're thinking of you....take care.

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  39. thank you jesus that you went to the doctor that day!!!

    and happy birthday madie!

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  40. I am so thankful that you are ok. Sorry to hear that you had to have surgury. Maybe you be blessed with good health.

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  41. i'm sorry for you're loss i'm sending much love you're way from holland

    love brigitte

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  42. So sorry for your loss.Thank you to our heavenly father for all he does, your here for your family. Just take care and listen to your doctor. Hugs!

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  43. Im so sorry about what you had to go through. :( Praise God he brought you through it all. {{HUGS}}

    Also, Happy Birthday Madie!!

    Tonda

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  44. Robyn,
    Thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery!
    Eileen

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  45. Wow Robyn, I am so glad to hear that you are OK after all that. You have a wonderful family and a great outlook on life! I hope you are feeling better soon.

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  46. Robyn, you will be in my prayers. I am so thankful you are okay, and I am sorry for your loss. God has always worked through you on everything you put on your blog including sharing this with us today. You have just this ray of light that shines through on everything you post! Thanks for letting us know so that we can be there for you;)
    Jaren

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  47. I'm so glad you're going be okay. So sorry you had to go through all that. You and your family will be in my prayers. Thanks for sharing pictures of your lovely young lady.

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  48. My heart goes out to you and your family - I'm glad you are okay and I will pray for healing. God bless

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  49. That's so scary! I'm glad it worked out and you found out just in time!

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  50. Dear Robyn, so sorry for all you have been through but happy to see you are mending in the sweet company of your family. You will be in my prayers. Happy Birthday Madie, she's a lovely young lady.

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  51. I WONDERED WHAT HAPPENED, YOU WERE GONE SO LONG. GLAD YOU ARE BETTER, AND SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.

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  52. Oh Robyn, so sorry for your loss and all that you have been through. Glad you are feeling a little better. God Bless You and your family.

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  53. I am truly so sorry for your loss. Your so lucky to have got in when you did like you said you might not have been here had you not. He was watching over you and your family. Your very blessed.
    This last month for us has been the worst time of our lives. I keep saying god has his reasons but sometimes I don't understand. Two weeks ago (april 13th) my FIL passed away in his sleep at our home. They had been in town for almost a week visiting and going to doctors. They found he had a 10-15 pounds of fluid on his heart he was trying to get the help but it did not come quick enough. I am having a very hard time and my heart breaks for my DH. Not only did he leave his wife of 49 years but his 87 year old mother who lives in GA he was the only son left. He been taking care of her. Truly a sad out come. I am so glad you had someone watching over you and you are still here with your family. Will say a prayer for your healing of body and heart.

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  54. I am so happy that you are ok that must have been so scary for you guys. I hope your recovery goes smoothly and you get get back to normal soon take care and be well.

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  55. Little late, but happy birthday Maddie.

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  56. So sorry to hear of your loss, and major surgery, too. Thank you for sharing what has been happening with us, as we all seem to worry about you, even though, we really don't "know" you! Funny world, this internet, isn't it. Hope you are recovering, and can have some fun soon. BethAnn M.

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  57. I have been thinking about you and wondering what you were up to in the crafting world, so decided to pop in today! Glad I did! I'm so sorry for your loss and all that you have been through! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during you difficult time!
    Hugs, jeannine

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  58. So glad you are ok. Thank the lord. I'm praying for you everyday for a speedy recovery. Sending big huggs your way Robyn!

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  59. Oh Robyn, I'm so sorry. I'm happy you are o.k. God is always there for us.

    Big hugs,
    Leslie

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  60. Thanking and praising God for his Divine intervention! And sending prayers for you and your family!

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  61. God is good!! His plan is always so much better than ours. I had a similar situation last year. Simple fibroid(size of a 5 month baby) was cancer, never expected that at 42yrs old. Two surgeries and a cancer diagnosis a year later i ran my first half marathon!! it can be done. Walk everyday and let them pamper u!! U deserve it!! U will be back to the craziness of life before you know it!!

    beth L
    toothlesschef at comcast dot net

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  62. Sending Big Warm Hugs & Sunshine!...
    Soooo sorry for your loss. God is always directing us and I'm glad you were able to get the care you needed in the right time. Take care of yourself and Blessing to You and Your Family. Smooches....Felicia

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  63. I am so sorry for your loss. I have suffered from many miscarriages and it is never easy. Aside from recovering from the hysterectomy, you are also mourning a loss. My heart goes out to you. That is the worst feeling in the world. unfortunately I never had the opportunity to become a mom and now I am scheduled for a hysterectomy in June...I am so scared. I think us women are a support group for each other and we need all the support we can get. Take care Robin, and I am happy you are still here. =)

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  64. I am terribly sorry for your loss, Robyn. Praise God that you are okay, however. Please take good care of yourself; I know your beautiful family will ease your pain.

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  65. Dear Robyn,
    I was so sad to hear of your loss. I am praying for your speedy physical recovery and I praise God for the love He surrounds you with through your family and friends. I think of you often as my "online friend".
    God bless you and your beautiful family.
    deb

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  66. So happy you are on your way back. We will keep you in our prayers. Our heavenly father knows all! So happy that we have him to guide us.

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  67. Robyn,

    I haven't visited your site in a while and I was shocked to read what happened. I am very sorry for your lose, but relived to know that you are doing better with the help of God. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and I wish you only the best. Sincerely, Patty

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  68. I'm so sorry you have been through this, wishing you a very speedy recovery xox

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  69. I'm so sorry for your loss Robyn. I wish you a full and speedy recovery.

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  70. So sorry to hear about your sad news today. Thank God that everything has worked out and you are on a speedy road to recovery. on a lighter note, its great to see all your updates! you've been missed

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  71. Thank God you are ok it is good to see you posting again I think we all miss you and your posts. Take Care and hope you have a speedy recovery.

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  72. I alslo have not visited your website i a while, & was shocked to read the news, of your loss & the emergency surgery that was done.

    Praise God, that you are on the road of recovery, & listen to your body. It's God' way of telling you, to take things easy.

    My prayers are with you & your family, & I'm ASO glad to hear that you are on the road of recovery.

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  73. I have just been reading back. I am so glad you are ok You have been my inspiration for many years now and I know there are many of us who are very glad you are ok. Keep getting better.

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  74. Hi Robyn

    I left you a commnet earlier, i.e. Wessie v/d Westhuizen, but I used my hubby's account.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

    thks

    Sharon v/d Westhuizen

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  75. Robyn, I just read this after tracing back through your posts to find out what was going on. I am so, so, sorry. I praise God for your well timed check up and pray you are on the road to a full recovery. My heart goes out to you and your family as I know personally that your loss is difficult. Huge, gentle hugs and best wishes to you.

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  76. So sorry about the loss, so grateful that you are okay physically. God Bless you Robyn.

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  77. I am so sorry to hear about your very scary health issue. I am glad it was found in time and know that you have the physical and inner strength to recover. It's got to be a big shock to have to go through this both physically and emotionally. Cyber hugs....

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  78. And I know Maddie had the best birthday present of all... that she is blessed with a wonderful mother who is still here with her!!

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  79. Had a "complete" hysterectomy at 26 before our beautiful adopted children came to us. SUCH a shock on your system and you will feel better down the road. Don't be afraid of hormone therapy and to help your Dr. find out what regimen works best for you if he took your ovaries. It's not an exact science, and it took quite awhile before we got it figured it out - everyone is different. Nearly died myself with a huge endometrial cyst/ovary rupture two years before the hysterectomy. SO glad you are still with your lovely family and spouse!

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  80. It is never easy to loose a child. Even if you never got to meet them. I had two miscarriages and I still morn for them when the anniversary comes around. When i was in the hospital I was crying and the nurse asked me if I was in pain. I said no and she had the nerve to ask why i was crying then. I said you just told me my baby is dead. It was Horrid to say the least. Don't let people who don't understand get you down. This will take a long time to move on from. My kids would have been turning 17 this year and i still think about what they would look like and what they might have been. God Bless!!!

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  81. You must have been so scared. Thankfully you are on the road to recovery. Happy Birthday to Madie.

    Linda

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  82. Robyn I am so happy to hear that you are ok now. Thank God that everything worked the way it did. You take care of yourself.

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  83. So glad they caught in time. Glad you are on the road to recovery.

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  84. What a traumatic experience to go through! You are such a strong woman. I am so glad you are on the road to recovery. You are an inspiration:-)

    ~Tammy S

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  85. Isn't God Great! I am so touched by the way God worked it all out. Not only does your family need you but we crafters need you. You are in my prayers, take it easy and get well. Love and prayers, Gail Clemons

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  86. Oh Robyn, I am so sorry for your loss, but very happy you are okay and came through the emergency surgery alright.
    I can only imagine how scary and overwhelming all of that must have been for you!
    Praying for a you for a quick recovery and healing of the heart!
    XOXO
    Lisa

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  87. Sorry for your loss. I'm new to your blog and missed seeing you. I was wondering what happened. You are so inspiring to me. Take care and I'm glad you are doing well. Don't rush into anything and take your time getting back into the swing of things. Hope to see you soon on blogging of course. LOL!!!
    Leslie

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  88. Sorry for your loss as well as your families loss. I had a miscarriage almost 13 yrs ago I can understand a little about your situation. Praying for you all. We're very glad you listened to your Heavenly Father and you were taken care of before anything worse happened. (((Hugs)))

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  89. Robin I am so sorry to hear about your miscarriage and your surgery. I have not been on the computer much lately with the warmer weather, I am so glad that all is getting better now. PTL Darleen

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  90. Robyn, I am sorry to hear this. Sending thoughts and prayers. So thankful you received treatment in time and hope you are feeling much better now.
    Lisa

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  91. Sorry about your loss Robyn. I am happy that you are still around for your family and to continue to inspire the people around you and in blog land.
    Judy

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  92. I'm so sorry. I had something similar hAppen to me between my second and third, I have four and would've had more but my body called it quits on that. I had two weeks of daily blood tests to count my hcg levels and I would hold my breath everyday. Although my story did not end in that kind of surgery my body never let the baby go and I had to wait 2 weeks for surgery. It was horrible. I feel your pain

    Liz
    Lovep8nk@yahoo

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  93. I know what if feels like, I had a Hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy (removal of both ovaries) April 2012. It was the end of my dream. I never wanted to stop at just one child and always dreamed that maybe just maybe I would somehow end up pregnant again....but it was not to be. My surgeon explained to my husband that the ovaries were in horrible condition with multiple tumors. Fortunately the biopsies were all benign. I'm a mother of one, someday maybe a Grandmother. It's hard to close that chapter. Praying for you sweet friend.

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  94. Oh Robin, I am so very sorry for your loss, but relived to know that you are doing better thru the strength and abundant grace of God. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    ♥Beth Anne

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  95. So sorry about your loss and all you are going through. Know I am praying for you!

    Ashley Kees

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  96. Oh Robyn, I'm just catching up and I just saw this! I am so sorry you have gone through all this but thank God you are getting better. And yes, that you are here able to be with your family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you for continued recovery. Hugs!!

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  97. Oh Robyn, so glad you are ok....sending prayers for a speedy recovery

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  98. Robyn, I am so sorry that I have not been actively reading my favorite blogs. I am awful. So sorry that you experienced all of this, but am happy that you're healthy. God is faithful and He will take care of your physical and emotional needs. We all love you, my sweet friend.

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  99. Oh Robin, my heart goes out to you in so many ways. This too happened to me in 1997. Mine ruptured as I was getting ready for surgery! Had I not insisted on getting a 2nd opinion on a Friday afternoon, I too wouldn't be here to write this. But thank God, I too had a guardian angel in that office with me because I did not want to have the original doctor do the surgery but the 2nd doctor had said he couldn't do the surgery cause he was only the 2nd opinion doc. After we told him our concerns about the incompetency, he left the room and came back and said that he was going to do the surgery after all cause the first doctor had already left for the afternoon. My heart goes out to you and hope that each day brings a little more comfort than the last one. God Bless you and your family! PS I love your site and come here often when I need a little cheering up or inspiration Take good care of yourself! N.

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  100. I have been catching up on your site tonight. Taking my mind off missing my Dad who passed on July 29, 2013 plus missing my hubby who is at home while I spend time with my Mom. I miss my Dad so much.

    I was surprised and sorry to read about your surgery. I know there is much to be thankful for and what a miracle that everything fell in place for you to get your medical needs met God is so good to us. I miss my Dad but I know he is in heaven.

    Blessings to you and your family.
    Sandi Smith

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