Wednesday, April 22, 2009

update

Brent goes in for the big surgery Monday morning. We feel really good about it. We have been completely OVERWHELMED by all the phone calls, e-mails, and offers to help with kids, meals, etc...! Thank you so much!!!! If we can just make it over this next hurdle I am sure there will be light at the end of the tunnel. I can just feel it! We are so blessed to be surrounded by so many good friends. Please keep praying for us...it is working. :O)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Should I be worried????


So...Jensen, Reagan, and I were bonding while watching the Miss USA pageant in my room. I know, I know, it is chauvanistic and all that- but in alotta ways it can be entertaining as well.
Tanner walks in to see what we are doing about the time the hosts cut to commercial announcing that next up is the swimsuit competition. I turn to Tanner and say "Oh, your probably not interested in watching the swimsuit competition, huh?" (detect sarcasm) to which he replies, "Sure! But can we watch it in the family room in HIGH DEF?" :O)

Monday, April 13, 2009

In need of your prayers

You may have noticed that I haven't posted much lately. Things have been rather ..shall we say...dramatic around here (ok, maybe that is an understatement) There are some details I need to keep private due to advice from our attorneys but I have felt really prompted to write this and let so many of you "old friends" who read my blog know about the challenges we are facing presently. I just thought I should tell you what has been going on so you don't hear about it through the grapevine and wonder why I never told you.

Brent lost his job about 6 weeks ago.
The company he was working for fired him and he was offered another job (better pay, better situation, more ethical employer, bigger company) a few days later.
Hooray! -not so fast...
Somehow the company that fired him found out about the new job and sent a letter to us and the new employer saying that they were going to sue them and us if he went to work for them because he had a "non-compete" clause.
(In other words, "we don't want him but we don't want anyone else to have the benefit of having him either!) Whatever! Long story short and I can't go into the specifics but we believe this isn't the case. Unfortunately, we have had to file a lawsuit so that we can get a judge's ruling. Fortunately, we have truth and a great legal team on our side- TAKE THAT! Otherwise, Brent can't work at all for a year (in the field he has worked in for the past 15 years, anyway). We are grateful that we have savings and not much debt so we are prepared financially but attorneys aren't cheap so we are hoping for a quick resolution. :O)
We are the LAST people who EVER thought we would sue someone
but we have spent alot of time in prayer and feel like we are doing the right thing. We should go before the judge in the next few weeks.

In other news...
Brent's shunt is not working anymore.
The test results are in and it's official. His headache has been worse lately so we weren't suprised when we found out. He spent a day in the ER last weekend because the headache was so bad he couldn't control the pain at home. We are hoping this makes him eligible for the
new and improved shunt
that they have developed since his last surgery. (Can I get a "HALLELUJAH!"?) Pseudotumor -Cerebri patients with the new shunts have had better luck with them as opposed to the old ones, some are even pain free. That is hard for him to even imagine: actually waking up one morning and not having a headache! That hasn't happened for him in almost three years. It is still a long shot but provides a little bit of hope.
He has been promised through priesthood blessings that someday he will be healed.
A girl can only hope. Up until now we have done everything that medical community had to offer but that hasn't helped all that much. We have mixed emotions because it means another major surgery -maybe even brain surgery-but we are hopeful that it might be more effective in controlling his spinal pressure and he won't have to take anymore pain meds.
That would be truly life changing for him!

We know that all this is in Heavenly Father's hands and have seen alot of tender mercies in the process. I will share some of them when all this is over as I can't say much more without jeopardizing our situation (legally) right now.
I bear testimony that He stands with each of us during trials.
We are grateful for His Spirit which has been a constant companion and comforter. We also have felt the love and prayers of family and close friends who have been aware of the situation. Thank you so much for your kind support. One way or another we know we will come through this better, not bitter. With great challenge comes great strength.

However, please keep us in your prayers the next few weeks.