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Quick Update

Just thought I’d share a shot of the Mayhew Family Christmas 2009:

Peyton and Mom

We got up to the rehab center a little late, but Anissa was in pretty good spirits.  The kids took some of their Christmas gifts up there to play with.  Nathaniel had some Legos, and the girls took their Littlest Pet Shop toys up with us.

We opened up the remaining gifts in that little room together.

We talked a little, and watched the kids open up some gifts.  We joked some.

One of our all time favorite lines is from the tv show Scrubs.  I asked Anissa, “why are there pancakes in the silverware drawer?”

She responded appropriately, “Why is there silverware in the pancake drawer?”

She had pretty darn good comedic timing too.

I didn’t press her on things.  There will be time for that later.  There were times when she’d look at me and start to tear up.  I didn’t let the kids see that.  I’d hug her close, whisper in her ear that the kids were still there and would change the subject as quickly as possible.

The kids didn’t pick up on any of that adult stuff.

They just know we got to spend Christmas together as a family.

127 Comments on “Quick Update”

  1. #1 Chris
    on Dec 27th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    You 2 simply amaze me. I’m at a loss for words. If you knew me, then you would be shocked. lol

  2. #2 Queen of the Click
    on Dec 28th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    SOOO GLAD to read that Anissa’s humor is still there. It brings tears to my eyes. I miss sitting in front of my computer at night and laughing so hard reading Anissa’s sarcastic/funny tweets. Sending Prayers to you my friend!!!

  3. #3 Susan (5 Minutes for Mom)
    on Dec 28th, 2009 at 7:01 am

    Oh how wonderful to see a photo of Anissa!!!!!!

    I just love this picture.

    Thank you.

  4. #4 Jessica
    on Dec 28th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    What a priviledge to be able to walk this journey with you and your family. Anissa is getting better fast. Her recovery is amazing me. But then God amazes me so often.

    God will not make you battle on 2 fronts. Your children are, and will be, healthy for so many years to come. And Anissa is standing! And soon to be walking. The Mayhew family will come through this. Because of your determination, God’s love, and because Anissa wants to come home to her family. Please do write this book someday.

  5. #5 Meg
    on Dec 28th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I’ve been lurking here but wanted to pop up and say I understand what you all are going through. Nearly 4 years ago, my son, then 9, had a stroke. He spent 10 days in the hospital and 4 weeks in inpatient rehab. His life – and ours – were forever changed that day. But, we were blessed with a supportive network and excellent medical care, and our son is pretty much back on track. Physical therapy is important – the biggest gains are made during the first weeks and months. I remember when every little movement was the biggest deal. I remember when he could finally hold his head up. And I remember when he walked out of the rehab center without looking back.

    I’m praying for you all.

  6. #6 Kelly
    on Dec 28th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Merry Christmas Mayhew family! God bless you, you are in my prayers daily!

  7. #7 followthatdog
    on Dec 28th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Keep up the fight. Your posts are amazing and I’m with you in thought.

  8. #8 Jennifer
    on Dec 28th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    That is an awesome photo! Peyton looks so happy to be snuggled next to her momma, right where she should be. Keep fighting Anissa!!! We’re pulling for you in TX!! Jenn

  9. #9 Guacira
    on Dec 28th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    You guys are an inspiration.
    I’m so glad that Anissa continues to get better, and that your little ones were able to spend quality time with their mom and dad. Continuing to pray for you.

  10. #10 Diane
    on Dec 28th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    beautiful progress. <3

  11. #11 Love Shak, Baby » Anissa Is Recovering Slowly
    on Dec 28th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    […] a quick update on Anissa Mayhew who had a pretty severe stroke a little more than a month ago.  She has been moved to a rehabilitation facility and got to see her children on Christmas, We got up to the rehab center a little late, but Anissa was in pretty good spirits.  The kids […]

  12. #12 Annie Anderson
    on Dec 28th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Peyton isn’t the only one who cried big crocodile tears . . . I did too just reading the events of the past few days.

    And now, Anissa – keep kickin’ ass, girl! And don’t forget to take names!

  13. #13 muskrat
    on Dec 28th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Yay! More good news. I hope y’all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve, too.

  14. #14 Traci Williams
    on Dec 29th, 2009 at 1:25 am

    This is a marathon not a sprint, in your own words. She is starting this marathon strong, it will only get better from here. Beleive it!

  15. #15 Sarahndipiteaa
    on Dec 29th, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Merry Christmas Mayhews!

  16. #16 jessica
    on Dec 29th, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Happy Holidays to the whole Mayhew Family. I am overwhelmed by her strength and her willingness to recover.

    love you lots Anissa. See you at BlogHer 10? I better

  17. #17 Erin @mktg_mama
    on Dec 29th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Thank you for sharing! Such encouragement!

  18. #18 Stacey
    on Dec 29th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Beautiful photo! Keep on keepin on Anissa!!!

  19. #19 Bejewell
    on Dec 29th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    That photo’s enough to make even a confirmed godless heathen like me wonder if maybe there’s not a bigger plan somehow. Because seriously — pure beauty, those two.

  20. #20 Aimee Greeblemonkey
    on Dec 29th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    That picture is my favorite holiday photo yet. MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  21. #21 Desiree @ Writing to Sanity
    on Dec 29th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Amazing grace!

  22. #22 pixielation
    on Dec 29th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I’ve just caught up with the last few updates. It’s great to hear how it’s going.

    I hope things are also fine with Peyton. I am sure that they are.

    I hope the new year brings even more positive advances.

  23. #23 Kim @ Beautiful Wreck
    on Dec 29th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Merry Christmas! We are still praying for you and your family. You are such an inspiration.

  24. #24 Haley-O (Cheaty)
    on Dec 29th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Beautiful picture! She’s looking wonderful! Happy New Year! Thinking of you all. ((Hugs!))

  25. #25 Nichelle
    on Dec 30th, 2009 at 3:40 am

    Blessings and support go out to you Anissa and family. You’re in our prayers everyday!!! xoxoxo


  26. #26 angie
    on Dec 30th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size do you?

    Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.

    When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good, you will not, hm?

    many MANY more here: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Quote:Yoda

  27. #27 klippel trenaunay syndrome
    on Jan 23rd, 2010 at 2:50 am

    I believe my sister is doing something the same. I wish luck to you.