Back in the Saddle…sortof

Oh my, I hope I haven’t lost some of you sweet readers.  So, I had an excuse all lined up as to why the lack of posts.  Let me introduce you to that excuse…

Before I delve too far into Luke world, I’ll get you up to speed on life at home.

I felt like the quarterback’s girlfriend last Friday night.  All giddy, because for the first time, I got to see Will play flag football.  He had a great block the last few seconds of the game which cost the other team a TD.  And, he got the defensive player of the game card.  John Paul tagged along and I’m pretty sure he only took a five-second break from talking…the entire game.

The girls are, well, girly.  Exhibits A and B.  Evidently lunchtime is way more delish when you wear your princess earrings.  Gotta remember that.

All in all, the kids are faring pretty well considering the high level of craziness here at Casa Whitaker.  We’re starting to normalize, at least in their eyes, and that’s a good thing.  It’s a reminder to Scott and I that life does indeed, go on.

On the Luke front, if you’re just joining us here during regularly scheduled programming, you might want to click here or here, to get all caught up.  Luke has a big week, tomorrow we visit his pediatrician for a weight check and Thursday we visit his cardiologist.  They’ll be doing an echo (ultrasound of the heart) to see how his hole is faring (techno-speak, it’s a VSD).  Obviously, we’re hoping that it’s on its way to closing all by its lonesome, but we’ll see what Dr. Johnson has to say ’bout that.

We’re tackling weight gain and ticker this week.  Next up for the following week?  His gut and the next surgery (probably in 2-3 weeks), along with his brain.  Yep, Luke believes in the motto:  Go big.  Or go home.  No small, insignificant organs here.  He goes for the gusto.

Oh?  Scott and I?  We’re hanging in there.  Yes, we’re parents of five and for the most part have it all figured out.  Or, at least we thought so until we had Luke.  Navigating the waters of doctor visits, follow-ups, developmental assessments (yes, we’ve learned that due to Luke’s semi-prematurity and his super low birth weight, he’s at risk for a litany ‘o delays) is dizzying.  And exhausting.

I looked in the mirror today and thought, “Dang, I need to get better eye concealer.”

It’s also extraordinarily difficult to reacclimate to the life you people have been living.  Yes, you 🙂  We see the world differently, we don’t respond to situations the same way we did before Luke.  It’s difficult to describe, but just understand that if we don’t have the same conversations with you like we used to, or if we take a while to respond to emails, phone calls and the like, we still love you.  We’re just trying to figure this all out.  This experience, this new tilt on our snowglobe has permanently altered who we are.  I like to think that’s in a good way.

There is no substitute for life experience.

We’ve found that we connect on a deeper level with those of you that have experienced a life-changing event/s.  And, for those of you still waiting on yours, don’t worry.  God has yours all ready.  He just hasn’t given you a delivery date yet 🙂

I’m back at it.  So, keep us on your bookmarks and check back.  I might even make you laugh more than cry this week.


  1. Verdina Louisa on November 11, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Thanks, Kathryn, I was having Luke/Whitaker withdrawal pains. I can't imagine what lies ahead; but, whatever it is, you are so blessed to have a stong faith. You are never alone…I hope you know what an inspiration you are to so many. God bless you all!!!!

  2. The Steinman Squad on November 11, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Quite honestly – 5 of the greatest reasons to take a hiatus from the blog. Although, I will fess up and say I was going through some withdrawls 😉 – was missing my Team Whitaker updates!

  3. lkl creations on November 11, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Though I certainly understand your lack of posts, I was so happy to read your update tonight! Call me a blog stalker . 😉

  4. Jenni on November 11, 2009 at 4:40 am

    I agree with the other ladies. I have missed the update. That having been said my head has been spinning with our own baby news and my friends' babies news. The picture of look alone would have been great but thanks for the update.

  5. Alexis D. on November 11, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Kathryn, we can only imagine your thoughts and feelings through this (although you articulate them quite well on this blog). Your strength though this is amazing – we are honored that you share this special time with us!

  6. Kristi on November 11, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I am continuing to praise God for the miracle that is Luke Thomas. My friends and prayer partners refer to him as LT and all clamor for updates. God has changed your "normal." And I praise Him for giving you and Scott the ability to relate with others on a deeper level. Much love to you and the Whitaker crew.

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