Thank you all so much for your thoughts, prayers and positive messages. As I read them the tears flowed. I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful "family"! Brianna's surgery went very well! She was able to come home Thursday evening. The entire process was a bit overwhelming for her since she had never been in the hospital before. But she really did great. When she woke up in her room after the surgery she squeezed my hand and she had tears in her eyes. I asked if she was in pain and she whispered to me "These are happy tears. I'm going to be able to run again." I knew this had been hard for her - but until that moment I really hadn't realized how hard. She is a very athletic/active young woman and not being able to be active since December 3rd has been awful for her. Now she is on her way to recovery! We visit the surgeon again tomorrow for follow up and she starts PT the next week. This is a new beginning for her!!
Tomorrow is the big day. Brianna has surgery on her knee for the torn ACL. We have to be at the hospital at 6am. It will be a very long day. She is a bit nervous. I am more than a bit nervous. Not because I think anything will go wrong - I just hate to see my baby in pain. But I KNOW this surgery is for the best. Hopefully with rehab and hard work she will be close to 100% in 6 months - and ready to start college and the next new adventure in her life.
Last night she was honored at her school for her "Senior Night". The coach mentioned how easily it would have been for her to quit the team. But she didn't. Even though her "playing" season ended early - she still attended practice and went to the games, sat on the bench and cheered the others on. She is truly a wonderful person.
During the winter the birds are so much more visible. They can't hide behind the leaves.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Aren't those feathers awesome??
This has to be one of my all time favorite birds. (but don't I say that about them all?) To find one in my yard is absolute heaven! I'm sure there are MANY great things about Winter - but my favorite thing about winter is that I can see the birds better.
White-throated Sparrow Too much of a good thing is wonderful. ~ Mae West I am blessed with beautiful pine trees that grow up along the side of my deck. My deck is on the 2nd story, so I am about mid level with the pines when I step out onto it. This little guy is one of the many visitors I have to the pines. They are a common bird here, but beautiful all the same :)