Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Christmas in April

Sister helping me out
Originally uploaded by joechays.

Ira was taken by ambulance to the nearest emergency room on December 24. He never got a chance to open his X-mas presents. It never seemed right for us to open them up after he left. So they've sat in the corner of the living room unopened for the past four months.

Today, Ira came home and got to open his Christmas presents. To say that we are elated to have him home is a gross understatement.

Every so often Sophia goes over to Ira and says, "You're home!"

He is indeed and this little family in this large city couldn't be happier!



Blogger Kate said...

YAY! This picture made my day!

5:18 PM  
Blogger Daniel Howard said...

I am so happy for you guys.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Bulldog said...

Thank God Ira is home. Laura's smile says it all!

5:52 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

how wonderful! I am really glad you are home again!

6:33 PM  
Blogger Kari Smith said...

Yeah!! We pray that he is home to stay!!

Just today in my Bible study, I had a couple of gals asking how "baby Ira" was doing. I told them it was just "paperwork" that was keeping him in the hospital and little did we know that he was probably on his way home while we were talking about him!

I know you won't take for granted all of the "little things" that you get to do with him, now that he is home!

My heart (and tears) are overflowing for you right now. Enjoy your family!!

-Kari Smith

6:35 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

Merry Christmas! So glad he finally got to open those presents.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...


7:15 PM  
Blogger Jen B said...

So very thrilled for you!!! Merry Christmas, Happy Easter and very soon Happy Birthday Ira!

cousin Jennifer

7:18 PM  
Blogger Jina Hinson said...

Thank you, Lord!

I'm smiling in Seattle to see your family sitting together in your own home!


8:59 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Hello sweet Ira. May you fell the love and warmth of being home.

I saw this and the Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah: rang in my ears.

Love and peace to you all.

9:23 PM  
Blogger kris said...

Yay! I am so happy for all of you.

10:01 PM  
Blogger Byron said...

We are so very happy for your family. We pray for God's blessings on you all.

Bundy Family

10:58 PM  
Blogger Cara said...

Whooohooo!!! So happy that your little guy is home. Praying for continued health and happiness!!!

P.S. Laura, you look beautiful!!

11:53 PM  
Blogger J-Wild said...


11:59 PM  
Blogger rbsugarland said...


Laura, your smile says it all!

Thank you, Father.

12:39 AM  
Blogger The Root said...

Nice. Together at last! :)

1:22 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Praise be to God! What a joy to look at the blog and see a photo of Ira sitting at home on the couch!
You and your family are still in our prayers daily.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Nancy - nowimscrappin said...

I have been following this for a while from Stacy's blog. I'm so happy to see that he came home!!

8:29 AM  
Blogger Malia said...

merry christmas!

9:25 AM  
Blogger Perkins said...

Praise God!!! Praise God!!!

We love you,
M,D,C,P and baby

10:12 AM  
Blogger Lisa C said...

Praise God!

10:17 AM  
Blogger Brooks Inc. said...

We are rejoicing with you!

10:20 AM  
Blogger julie said...

What good news!!! I am crying as I am typing. I love that Ira just looks like he fits there...sitting with Laura and Sophia on the couch. I love, love, love that Sophia keeps telling him..You're home! Maybe sometimes we need reminding that we're home. Thanks Sophia.

10:27 AM  
Blogger D.J. said...

I'm so happy for your family. Ira looks so content with his arms outstretched. He looks like he's soaking in all the love and warmth you guys have to give.

10:50 AM  
Blogger nathansethjones said...


11:01 AM  
Blogger Menjiness said...

I am so excited for your family. Thank God. May Ira stay healthy and happy :)


11:08 AM  
Blogger gina said...

Praise God!!! I only know you through your blog but with every setback and disappointment my heart has ached for your family - and my prayer has been that Ira indeed would come home!!!

12:24 PM  
Blogger Summer said...

I feel like I just opened a present. Such good news! Praise God!

2:44 PM  
Blogger RM said...

So happy for you guys! Yay!

3:56 PM  
Blogger tine said...

this little family in fort worth couldn't be happier either! praise the Lord and Merry Christmas!

4:29 PM  
Blogger Richie said...

great news!

4:45 PM  
Blogger kristen said...

YES!!! What a great day.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Yeah! I am praying that Ira is home to stay! God bless your little family in the big city!

10:15 PM  
Blogger hr said...


10:55 PM  
Blogger Todd Stack said...

I'm sooooo happy... I can't wait to tell my girls the great news!!!

Love the pics and love your family.

Todd Stack

11:07 PM  
Blogger KentF said...

Welcome home big man!!

8:28 AM  
Blogger Andrea Sue said...

Terrific, may health pour on you my little friend Ira, God bless your homecoming and your birthday tomorrow.


9:49 AM  
Blogger Jana said...

I just read the news...thank you Lord!!!

11:13 AM  
Blogger eliBaker said...

Finally! And just in time for his big birthday. We are positively elated!! Praise God.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Rusty said...

We are sooooo happy for your family. We will pray for this transition to go smoothly and for Ira to stay well. You are in our family prayers every night.
Love, The Bob Farr Family in AZ

3:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome home, Ira. And happy birthday.

3:48 PM  

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