Thursday, March 21, 2013


Or, as her dad calls her, Callie-gator!
She needed two dresses to make everyone happy and when she saw them she was very happy!  Wanted to wear them the same time and that made me very happy!

You probably remember the story of Callie's horrific accident right before Christmas where she lost her big sister and her Gram.  Callie still can't use her arm.  Her hand is working, but she can't lift her arm.  Lots of technical medical explanations for that, but what she needed right now was a hemi-sling to keep the arm in the shoulder socket tight.  You can buy them, but not for tiny Callie, so her mom and I figured out our very own by using parts of Callie's neck brace that she no longer needs and felt.  I love felt!  It is so very useful and beautiful in so many ways.  Here's Callie sporting the prototype.  (and she isn't unhappy....just not a good picture of her)
See the gray part?  It is soft and came off the neck brace.  Velcro sticks to it like glue.  It ties, with a shoe string under her opposite arm.  Has to go on the outside of her clothes for now because she didn't like the feel of the shoestring under her arm....can't say I blame her.

The blue is the felt (she picked the color) and it has velcro on the ends of the 'fingers'.
Don't you just want to pinch those cheeks?

And in the mean time, Jake needs some lip gloss, which she is holding with her right hand and applying with her left.

I am making her another one with some pretty on it...nice stitches and decorations.  Feel free to offer suggestions about how to make it more comfortable and cute!

Here is your real job - they have an appointment on April 1 at Johns Hopkins hospital with a doctor who does 500 or so corrective surgeries on little ones each year....your job is to pray that Callie is a good candidate and they schedule her surgery ASAP....nerves only live so long when they aren't doing their job.  Thanks for your prayers.  Callie is almost 2 and is just the sweetest, cutest, smartest most independent little thing!
The other night her parents, Rachel and Aaron,  were watching The Bible and she heard them talk about Jesus and heaven and she said, " With Laurel and Nan-nan...."  


*****UPDATE:  Callie and her family go on Monday, April 1 to Johns Hopkins to talk to the doctor who can do the surgery.  Pray that he sees Callie as a good candidate for the surgery...or that God tells him to do it anyway!  Please and thank you.

Oh, and here is her new and prettier sling thing....Kristen I need you to teach me how to do a stem stitch....I tried.


K said...

Good work, little mama heart! As children of God go, I'd say you are in the useful-and-invintive category. Several others as well. Not only do you see - but you DO, and not only do you DO, but you do it UP.


Donna said...

Ah, Kristen, you say the nicest things. I wish you could meet these people. You would love them, too!

Melissa Plank said...

I'm adding my prayers too! God bless this little sweetie!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Prayers for Callie...

Donna, she is blessed to know you. prayers and hugs ~ tanna

Donna said...

Melissa and Tanna...more prayers are better! She is such a special little one....thanks for joining your prayers with mine and all the others.

Rachel said...

Bless her pure and beautiful heart and bless your humongous generous clever heart for doing what you're doing to help this little angels arm.

Yes. Prayers. That we can do.

Donna said...

Thanks for adding your prayers, Rachel. They go on Monday to meet the doctor who can do the surgery.