Wednesday, September 1, 2010

We made it through August!!!!

Well, as most of you know, the last two years August has not treated us very kindly.  I'm not usually superstitious but come on, we have had some major trials come to us in August and why Heavenly Father chose to place them both in the month of August, I don't know. The first was August 10, 2008. It was one of the best days of our lives but also brought with it the hardest thing either Zach or I had ever experienced. Dakota was born on this wonderful day but it didn't all go as easily as we had thoguht it would be. He was born with a heart condition that made his heart beat way too fast. Instead of taking our precious new baby home, we had to leave him in the NICU for two LONG weeks not knowing what was going to happen.
NICU @ Primary Children's Hospital

Now isn't that heartbraking!!! We spent every day for two weeks in the hospital just to be with him and hold him. It was so hard to see him like that all the time. Every day seemed to last forever. Thank goodness it is behind us now and we have a happy and healthy little boy that brings us SOOO much joy!!

What a stud!!!

Well, after that major trial we thought we had gotten our fair share of tough times and that we were free. What else could go wrong. (This is probably why this next trial come our way)

August 2, 2009 is when Zach began noticing that his vision in his only good eye was starting to blur a little bit on the outside edge. We immediately went straight to the eye doctor (since Zach had lost vision in his left eye at 15) we knew we didn't have any time to waste. Well after many doctor visits and 3 LONG weeks of being in the hospital, in the end there was nothing that the doctors could do to save the vision that Zach lost over the course of a month. The whole experience makes me sick just thinking about it right now. That was, and still has been the hardest experience Zach and I have ever experienced. We are still learning and trying to understand it all but we are coping with it the best we can and with the help of our loving Heavenly Father.

Dakota was the only thing that could make him smile during that time!
He is such a cute dad!

So here we are now, with the end of August, 2010. Now I would be lying if I didn't say that I was a little nervous when August came around. In fact a friend asked me in July, are you nervous for August??? At that time I hadn't really had time to think about it so my answer was not really. During August was a whole other story. Everything made me nervous, it was silly. Dakota and I went for a ride on Snowflake (horse) one day and we took her up on the canal road in Willard. Well Snowflake was a little nervous because she had never been up there and she was acting a little jumpy. Now if I was by myself, I wouldn't have been nervous at all, but holding my precious little boy up there was completely different. Then thinking that it was August completely freaked me out and we had to turn around and go back immediately. I know that sounds ridiculous but it really was nerve racking.

But we can now celebrate because it is September 1st, August is over, and we survived without a single mishap!!!! WOO HOO!


  1. Oh my goodness Tess, I was like who is this stranger that left me a comment, until I saw Dakota and Zach's name!! :) I am so HAPPY that you are into the bloggin world finally!! If you need any help, please ask, id' love to help ya!!
    Anyways, so GLAD things went smoothly this August for ya. Me and Jake were just talking about the "Augusts" and saying how STRONG you guys are. There is NO way we could go through what you guys have and still have the positive outlook on life that you guys have! Zach is such a trooper and YOU, you're just AMAZING!! We are so grateful for your guys EXAMPLES and for your friendship! We LOVE you guys so much and if you need anything EVER, don't hesitate to ask! It has been SOoo much fun for Jake taking Zach up hunting and getting to spend quality time with him. You guys really don't know the impact you have in our lives. It makes us wanna be better people by your wonderful examples. I'm gonna do a little get together on the 18th of Sept. for Jake's birthday, so mark it down and I will get ya more details as it gets closer!! Keep up the posts, and I will be checking back VERY OFTEN! :) Dakota is SOOOO DANG cute and I can't wait for him and Hadlee to grow up together (date, get married, you name it!!) Ok, sorry for the novel, but we will keep in touch via blogs for sure!!
    Love ya girl!

  2. PS: what a beautiful family you guys are!! I LOVE the pic up top!! :)

  3. I love your family! Woot woot for a smooth sailing August!

  4. Oh Tessie, I am so sorry to hear about your August Trials! I had no idea about Dakota having a heart condition when he was born, or about Zacks vision. Has he lost vision completely in both eyes??
    On a different note, I LOVE your hair. It is gorgeous long. I haven't seen any pics of you for a long time so I was surprised to see your header photo on the blog. Gorgeous family.

  5. Thanks Sherri! Yeah Zach is considered legally blind but he is able to see out of a small section of his right eye but nothing at all in detail. Just shadows and outlines of things which is a huge blessing cuz it definitely could have gone completely black. We are still praying for the best though!!

    I can't wait to check out your blog! I think you said it was private though. Could you email me an invite?