Monday, February 18, 2013

We really are still here...

I have to laugh when I look at those babies in the header pic on this page.  That pic is nearly 5 years old, but I just can't bring myself to change those baby faces! (Maybe I'll work up the courage one day soon!)
I wanted to go ahead and get back into blogging because the Porter House has some big things on the horizon, and I thought this would be a great way to keep everyone posted.
First things first, here's a pic that's not 5 years old...ha!
 See...we're still around!  That pic was taken after Caden's first grade play right before Christmas.  
Things have certainly been changing around for us.  Frank is no longer a youth minister.  He left youth ministry (we just felt the time was right) in December of 2010.  In January 2011, he left for 3 months to attend Chaplain School (CHBOLC) at Ft. Jackson in South Carolina. 
When he came home, he went to work for the National Guard full time for almost a year and a half in a couple of different capacities.  Then in June of 2012, he was asked to fill in for a church in Carthage.  We went to Pleasant Grove Church on Father's Day of 2012, and we haven't left!  Frank started as their full time pastor in October.  We simply couldn't be happier with where God has placed us.  We absolutely LOVE our church family!
In other news, we are gearing up for Caden's next heart procedure.  He had a valvuloplasty done in the Cath lab when he was 5 months old.  He's been doing fine ever since, but we knew we were just "buying time" until his first valve replacement.  Well, the time is upon us.  We are currently just waiting for the surgeon to schedule the surgery.  I will do my best to keep everything updated here.  :)  We haven't told C about the surgery.  He has such a sweet spirit, I don't want him to worry about what is before him.  Because of this, we are guarding him from this as long as we can.  Thankfully we now have a FABULOUS pediatric heart surgeon who specializes in congenital heart defects at our hospital in Jackson.  Another way God puts even the smallest pieces together:  our pediatric cardiologist (whom we LOVE!)  now practices in Jackson instead of Brookhaven.  It really is the little things that bring peace!