Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday

Happy Friday here...no shopping.  I don't do it because I'm so spiritual I don't do it because I'd probably SLAP someone and wind up in jail!!!!!  Well seriously, I know my limits.....  but I do think it is ironic for folks to be out fighting over material goods the day AFTER we are supposed to be thankful for all we have.... 

 Today we cleaned out the church office.  All of the boys' things have been here since Selah came home from the hospital.  I've 'straightened it a few times but today was an all out clean out day!  Shad found some new clothes he has never worn and we got rid of toys that were broken or not used.  "Found " a box of sweat shirts for both boys.  Realized they both need new underwear and socks (I know what Santa is bringing them YAY!  LOL)   I LOVE to clean out things and the boys didn't mind so much because they like their stuff all straightened, they just don't  like to do it!   Tomorrow when our church folks come to decorate from Christmas they will have a FREE yard sale to look through:)    We got rid of all our VCR tapes but wrote down the ones we want to get in Blu-ray.  Some I had held onto for sentimental value....like 'That Darn Cat' by Disney the old version.  One of my favorite movies. 

We are having a perfect Florida day.  Our winters are so nice, the windows are open and it's warm in the sun, but not too warm:)

When Jon was rescued from the air he saw he was near a big Phosphate plant, maybe 1 mile or so from it.  So today he went back and found out it was the plant WAY over on the other side of the woods (not the one he thought from the air)   So he was probably in the woods WAY more deeper than originally thought, maybe even 10 miles in !  If he can even get access through the plant, he then will have to cross a deep palmetto swamp to get to where the bike is.  So now he knows more where he was, he maybe able to map it out to go get the bike.  The officers tried to load it on the helicopter but were unable to do so.  Since it is getting dark soon, he won't be going to get it tonight:)  But he did get his bike out of the shop (had to have new gears-that's why he was using Steve's bike)  So he is off for a short ride on a WELL known trail LOL!  I THREATENED him:)

Sarah continues having normal poops:)   AND Selah keeps pooping on her own with no extra meds!  YEAH for GOOD poop around here!

Since Sarah has been taking these meds, the "sweet" smell she has always had even after a bath is completely gone.  I'd worried about the smell, it was everywhere from her forehead to her feet and I had mentioned it to every doctor we saw.  No one else seemed to be concerned about it but I was afraid it pointed to some metabolical problem.  Evidently NOT!  It must have something to do with the bugs she had.  Also her rash is gone.  She always had a particular rash that would come and go.  I thought she was sensitive to certain diaper brands and had tried every single brand out there but nothing seemed to keep it away!  Now it's completely gone! 

Selah has just been doing wonderfully as far as physically.  She has had great days and nights, been very peaceful.  We still have not seen any new changes to her:(  Except for the pooping on her own!  But even that seemed to start right before she did HBOT.  I think I'm as happy as I ever can be with her condition, when she is doing so good physically.  It's a blessing not to have her in and out of the hospital.  She has been very stable the last few months and I am so very grateful for that.  I love to see her relaxed, not tense, a nice normal heart rate, no arching....Thank God!

Hope you all have a great weekend! 











Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Thanksgiving To Remember.....

Usually I have a problem NOT being able to think of a blog title, tonight I have MANY titles to chose from!

Oh What a Night
Happy Thanksgiving
The Thanksgiving Story
The Helicopter Story
It Could ONLY happen to US!
A Thanksgiving To Remember.....


If you haven't heard the story yet....here goes.....

Yesterday as I was writing my blog, Jon left to go mountain biking.  He goes almost every day, sometimes he does about 20 miles, sometimes less.  Yesterday he was not going to do as much.   He has been riding for years.   He rides at a couple of different places.  They are all under the water management area, so they aren't parks with paved trails nor are they maintained like a state park.    Some of the roads are graded and more well used and some are more trails.  Hunting is allowed at different times in the parks.  There are a lot of wild animals in there too.    He has some trails memorized and most of the trails are marked to some degree.

I didn't really pay attention to when he left.  I did know he was still gone when the nurses' changed shifts but he is on vacation, didn't have to get up early and not afraid of the woods at night so I didn't worry.  Thankfully he had on his head light that I just bought all of them!  We had recorded a bunch of "Everyone Loves Raymond" while we were gone so Steve and I started watching them and laughing. Time slipped away and around 10 pm I started thinking that he should have been home by then.....but I didn't want to make a big deal as he is quite adventurous and knows the particular area that he went to (luckily he told me where he was going!!!!!)  really good.  In my mind, I thought I'd give him till 11pm.....well  at 11pm, Steve and I went to the little parking area to see if his van was there....it was, with his cell phone in it.  Our night nurse was with all the children, she was very concerned too and helped us out.  The parking area is only a couple of miles from our house.  So at that point I called the sheriff's office and then sent out a couple of deputies.  They assessed the situation and called in the air rescue as well as the ATV rescue team.  They were even going to call the canine unit but thought since he was on a bike, the dogs would have more trouble locating him.

The helicopter is fitted with heat imaging so it had a better chance of finding him.  BTW, last night the temps were down into the 30's, the coldest night of the year thus far!   Once the helicopter got up, I took Steve home, since he was dressed in shorts and I was DYING to go to the bathroom.  I had just drank two bottles of water before I left to go out there and in the cold....let's just say I was miserable! 

It took about an hour to get the chopper up in the air.  I thought once it was up, it would just take a few minutes to find him so I figured by the time I got back they would have found him but that was not the case. 

For the most part I was very calm, I know the area, and knew that he had gotten turned around a few times before but always could get himself out.  As time went on, I did start worrying more!  when I really narrowed the time down and realized he had left about 4:30 pm, then I started to worry.  At first I told the cops he had left about 6:30 pm.  The only thing I had to gage it by was he was gone at shift change.  But as I remembered, he had left right after we came back from eating out.   So then I realized that was just a little bit after 4pm.  YIKES....by this time it's after 1AM!

I called my brother in law and he put a prayer request on FB and one of my BFF's called and said she and her husband were coming to wait with me.  So by the time I got back from my house they were there and my bro in law came just a few minutes later. 

I can't say I didn't think the worst a few times.....but I tried to focus on the fact that the most logical thing was that he got lost.  My bro in law asked me if I'd taken a few (or a lot) of my "happy" pills but I really hadn't.  I just stayed calm, figured there was time later to freak if I needed to do so!

So around 1:45 am they spotted a light (yes it was the light I bought him!) and he was waving it around!   At first we all didn't know  much except that he or someone had been spotted.  The helicopter was able to find a spot to land near him and radioed to us when they had him on board.  They didn't ask for an ambulance so we figured he was ok.  WHEW!

The Preserve is located across from the airport so we met them over there.  Thankfully he was fine!

So his story was he was riding on some of the trails he knows, they are marked with numbers, he thought he'd try a new trail that wasn't as clearly marked, but he knew he could backtrack if needed.  Well.......it didn't' quite work that way!  He got turned around but still thought he'd come across a trail that he knew but never did.  He was about FOUR miles from the entrance when he was found.  It's about an 80 square mile area. so he wasn't too far from the front area but far enough back in to not be able to get out!

Jon also never panicked, he knew I'd call the sheriff's office eventually.  He was dressed warmly and had his light with him.  He did say there were a few times where he'd feel some fear creep in but he actually just started singing on the top of his lungs LOL!   He wasn't really afraid of animals, as that area mostly has deer and hogs, maybe a few bobcats.  Of course there are plenty of snakes and gators in there but with it being so cold, they aren't aggressive and were probably curled up in dens (snakes) or somewhat hibernating (gators-there is a term for what gators do in the winter time but I forget what it is called, don't think it is hibernating...)    Once he saw the helicopter with the big light, he knew it was there for him.  He kept flipping his light so that he could be seen and once they were over his area, they saw him. 

I told him he now has even more in common with his inmates, he got tracked down by the sheriff's department LOL!!!!!

The first thing the helicopter officer said was "hey you need a ride?" as he smiled at Jon:)   The Pasco Sheriff Officers were excellent with us.  They were so professional and kind.  Once we all knew he was ok, there was plenty of good natured kidding that took off all the tension.  We think highly of our sheriff's office and now that we have needed them and see how professional they are in a serious situation we REALLY appreciate them!!  They were happy that this had a good outcome and that no one was hurt!  What was nice is I could tell how glad they were that everything was ok:)  A bunch of good guys!!!

We were home by 2:45am.  My brother in law spent the night and we all stayed up talking for awhile...and laughing.  What else can you do??

One REALLY funny thing that happened was when the officers searched Jon's van, they came across a card.  So they asked me if I knew a "Aaron" and I said yes, he is one of our nurses.  They didn't ask anymore questions along those lines and I though nothing of us, just thought Jon had one of his business cards....that wasn't the kind of card they found.  They found a thank you card to Selah/us for his birthday cake and present we had given him...it was a Winnie the Pooh card as if it was being sent to Selah....talking about DYING laughing when we realized what ALL of that might have looked like to a cop!!!  OMG!  We told him the story when he came in this morning and we were all wiping tears!!!  

Another  STRANGE thing, right before the first cop got there, there was a very strange light in the southern sky that turned the night sky BLUE as day and then there was a white flash on the bottom of the horizon!   The FUNNY thing is Jon saw it too and when I was describing it, he said he saw it clearer since he was in a field type area at that point and had a good view, he didn't see the white flash on the bottom of the horizon like I did but it turned the night into day for a second.  I'm wondering if it was a meteorite.  Jon thought it was a falling star as he seemed to see a actually thing falling, where all I saw was the bright light all over.  I've seen a "falling star" before and it did not light up the whole sky at all!  If anyone knows anything about this, let me know.  I've not watched the news today at all and I will look it up to see if there was anything said about something like that.  Our nurse had told us he heard on the news that a boy in Lakeland- not too far from us- was hit in the head by a piece of meteorite just a  few days ago.

Another really "hard" thing I had to answer was if Jon was suicidal.  I told the cops  NO but that we have gone through a lot in the past few years.  They asked if we had weapons and if any were missing.  I was able to determine that none were missing.  They asked if we'd had a fight.  I told them with 5 kids and being so busy just coming home from a vacation that I didn't think we'd had a fight, at least not one I could remember LOL!!!

So we are thankful that Jon is ok and we are grateful for the help we received from the Pasco Co Sheriff's Department!!




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So since Jon didn't get us a turkey last night.......  we ate at Denny's for Thanksgiving!

Before anyone feels too sorry for us.... 

Most Thanksgiving and Christmas I'd been cooking full meals for our family and some close friends.  I used the church's fellowship hall since it is large and has a beautiful big kitchen.  But since the Hall hasn't been used since last year, it was dusty and filled with our old church chairs, we got new ones this year.  We are having a big work day on Saturday and cleaning all of that, I just haven't had time to do it.   So I really didn't want to cook there this year.  Also with us just coming back from vacation, I wasn't really up to cooking a big meal so everyone made other plans, some family went out of state, some made plans with in laws, some of our close friends also went out of town....it just was a funky year for us.

BUT we were all together and everyone was OK.....that made it Thanksgiving for us:)

We'd planned on getting up early and going to the Golden Corral by like 10:30am to eat there BUT with everything that happened, there was no getting up early this morning at the Clanton's LOL!  We got up late, visited with my bro in law who had to be somewhere else by the afternoon so .....we thought we'd go around 3 or 4 pm....yeah we went and the line was AROUND the building....so then we went to the next closest bigger town and most of everything was closed there too.  Their Golden Corral was just as bad....then we saw Denny's and joined the other LOSERS!  LOL  We got seated quick and didn't have to wait too long, we all had breakfast food and we took back a piece of Pecan pie for our nurse!


 
Sarah was pretty in a pink corduroy dress I had gotten at the consignment store.  She actually CHEWED a little bit on the noodles in her soup.  It was the most I've ever seen her chew before:) Sarah never smiles for the camera but most of the time she smiles, but get the camera out and she gets serious!
 
 

 
Here we are having our "Hobbit" breakfasts.  We ordered off the "Hobbit" menu, evidently Denny's is pushing the Hobbit movie that is coming out soon!  LOL

 
Here is Sam in his new clothes also from the consignment shop
 
 

 
LaLa and me:)  She looked at me when I spoke to her!
 

 
her cute outfit is from my friend Shelly Burman who is still in process to adopt the kids we all helped raise over $1000 for!
 
Oh Sarah had completely  NORMAL poop for the first time ever!  This morning I was so excited I showed everyone her diaper!  LOL  I know that sounds awful but it's great to see poop with form to it:)  The little infection she had from all the meds is clearing up too with just over the counter meds:) 
 
Our nurse was laughing at us this morning, we laughed at one thing or another all morning long it seemed.  He says the networks are really missing out on ratings with our family!  We could have a reality show that tops them ALL with the dad being found by the helicopter cops and the baby having a normal poop:)  ONLY the Clantons!    
 
 
Well I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.....we did in spite of everything!
 
I'm thankful my husband is ok, I'm thankful that Selah is healthy and stable, I'm thankful that Sarah has normal poop and is chewing some, I'm thankful that it is NOT last year and Selah is NOT in the hospital and we are NOT a thousand miles from home facing the unknowns.  I'm thankful all my other children are healthy, I'm thankful that our church is growing .....I'm thankful for friends and relatives that will come to us when we need them.  I'm thankful for all the friends who prayed last night for my husband.  Things do not have to be perfect for me to be THANKFUL!!!!!!!!
 


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Lots of camping pictures

Got some great news, Selah's sister's adoption was finalized and she is home in the US with her new family!!!!   I'm so thankful for that!!!
 
 
 
 
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Jon waving  
  (these pictures are from Monday)
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
this is a picture of the boy's room....we took it over cause the beds were nicer....they didn't care, they aren't old enough to have back pain!

 
 
 
then Jon took the kids to the playground for an hour!


 
I took the boys for a walk
can you see the squirrel on the tree?  he has a nut in his mouth
 
 
 

 
 
Here's Steve at the jump area...and YES he did go in on Tuesday even tho it was COLD!

 
 

 
Shad did NOT go in, it is about 60 feet deep there
 

 
And I certainly did not go in~

 
cute boy!

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
this is bugs on the water, I've never seen this. 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
these are cypress trees with knees:)

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
the little ones loved the swing on the porch
 
So Tuesday morning we got up and my girlfriend, her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend went with me and Shad to our family's graveyard.  We go back 7 generations....
 
 
 
this is a picture of me at my Great aunt's grave.  She is the one who raised me.
 
 

 
 
Tuesday afternoon it really started raining

 
But that didn't keep the guys off the Suwanee River

 
Jon came over to say hi!

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
Here are some pictures of the Suwannee River, right where Fanning Springs comes out



Here is the famous bridge over the Suwanee, when I was a little girl, I'd hide my face going on this bridge.  On Monday I kayaked under it, that was cool~
















 
these are the old stairs we used to go down when we'd stop here.  It was a tradition.
 

 
the first bridge and plaque. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
I took this picture as we were leaving today
 
 
then we went to Manatee Springs but didn't see any Manatees! 
 
 
 

 
pretty

 
 
the only Manatee we saw!

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
Manatee Springs also goes into the Suwanee River about 10 miles downstream.  Here the River is much wider!
 
 

 
FYI it was COLD!
 

 
 

water lilies, what the manatees like to eat
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
what a great trip we had!  Loved being with our friends and their kids.  We played and ate and played some more.  Now we are all planning a summer trip to the beach together!
 
There was a cat at the cabins and I asked if she was the mascot and was told no, that they needed to call animal control since it was against the rules for strays to be there.  Shad wanted us to bring it home and they said that was fine and gave us a box.  My friend's husband put it in his van and he was taking back all our "toys" the kayaks and bikes.  Somehow the cat got out of the box.  He had to have the back of the van cracked since he ended up putting some of the kayaks inside and the other stuff in his trailer.  The cat got out of the van.  He didn't stop anywhere (except at redlights ) between there and our house.  We hope the cat got out as soon as he stopped here and is hiding.  Shad is sad!  I feel terrible for the cat.   I know this sounds silly but please pray that the cat either finds a home, finds its way back to the campground or that she is here somewhere hiding.  I hate to think it could be in a town somewhere, scared or hurt....UGH! 
 
 
Selah had a great time while we were gone and she is POOPING on her own:)  She has been very relaxed and peaceful!
 
Sarah is NOT pooping!  The meds have kicked in and things are different.  She has gotten a rash from all the meds she is on and I had to get new creams for her.  My first stop home was CVS for Sarah's medicine, Selah's meds and Sam's eye drops....Back to the REAL world!