Thursday, April 5, 2012

Way To Go Camden!

In February, the Demo Team at the Taekwondo studio (West Coast Taekwondo)
where our boys learn martial arts, had a fundraiser competition for the students.
Camden was the only one of our guys that wanted to participate.
His goal was to place in the Top 3.
He said that he would be totally happy to place 3rd,
amazed to be able to place 2nd,
and totally thrilled to place 1st.

He absolutely loves Taekwondo and gives it his all
each and every time he is at class or testing.

Well, not only did he place in the Top 3,
he was award 1st Place for the Forms Competition for Purple - Brown belts
and 3rd Place for the Sparring Competition for Orange Sr. - Black belts!

Needless to say, he was beyond thrilled!

Way to go Camden!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Birthday Photos

Kaden had a wonderful birthday being completely spoiled by everyone!
Lots of play time with Dad, Mom, brothers & Grandpa Cox,
dinner at Panda Express, more play time,
and a delicious Mickey Mouse cake & ice cream to top it all off!

Our sweet boy had been counting down the days for months,
waiting for his special day to arrive.
We made a paper chain back in January, right after Jordan's birthday,
so that he could tear off a link each day,
to help him understand just how many days it would be until his birthday.
That really helped him to grasp a little understanding of time
and made it easier for him to wait for his big day!

The excitement in his face, when he awoke on his birthday,
was enough to just melt your heart!

Here are a few photos from Kaden's 6th birthday celebration for you to enjoy!

 Our beautiful family!

 Let the opening of presents begin.

 He loves anything that has lights & make sounds!

 Remote control car from Grandpa Cox

 So excited to have money of his own
for the first time in his life!
Thanks Grandpa & Grandma Edge

 Building with Daddy

 Blowing out the candles on his Mickey Mouse cake

Yum! I love my birthday cake & ice cream! 

 Having fun playing!

All the Cox men!

Happy Birthday, Kaden!!

We are blessed beyond measure 
having the gift of you in our lives!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Birthday Kaden!

Just a quick post to note that today is Kaden's birthday!
He's 6 years old today, and as far as we can tell, he has never had much - if any - celebration for his past birthdays.

It's kind of surreal to be standing in line at Party City and realize that this will be the first birthday card he's ever gotten (most likely). Wow. The things we take for granted sometimes.

The cake is made, the presents wrapped (by the time you read this), and the Happy Birthday banner is up.

Soon after the festivities, we will post some pictures so you can see Kaden in his wonderful, six-year-old SPICA casted self!

We are so proud of our littlest dude, and so thankful for the blessing of his life shared with ours. Thank you  all again for your support throughout this whole thing.

We are so blessed!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Kaden is Home! And we're finally telling you about it!!

Well, it's Monday night, and we've had Kaden back home from the hospital since Friday afternoon.

Whoo Hoo!

Sorry for the delay in getting this news up here on the blog - by the time things slow down to blogging speed, it's often sleepy time for mom and dad.

Anyhow, here are some basics on the situation as it stands:
1) Kaden is doing great. He is off all prescription pain meds, and only takes Tylenol or Advil as needed, which usually is only at bedtime. Amazing to think about - major hip reconstruction surgery, and less than a week later, no real pain. Wow.
2) The only thing that was not going smoothly was - shall we say - the end of the line for food. A bit of constipation is common, and it took until Sunday night for that system to get back on track. The praise is that there was no need for laxatives or any more extreme measures. Yay.
3) One unexpected praise: in the hospital, the nurses told us that a bean bag chair can be a great thing for kids in a Spica cast, since it allows for very even support over the whole body, and you can even turn the kiddo onto their stomach for a while. Well, looking at the prices for bean bag chairs the size we need was a bit eye-opening. Those things ain't cheap! A request was sent out to our homeschool group asking if anyone had one that we could use, and we got one that is perfect! Thank you to our generous support system!
4) One more praise: these same wonderful people are bringing us meals for the next couple of weeks! What a blessing! What a way to gain back those pounds I was trying to get rid of! So far we're 2-for-2 on absolutely delicious meals. Have you ever noticed that people never bring over a meal of raw veggies, protein powder and distilled water? It's always deep fried cream cheese wrapped in bacon and hot fudge fondue. Thank you all for letting us feast - we can eat the rabbit food on our own later.*
5) I (Steve) started back teaching for the Spring semester at OCC. So far, it's great (one day into it)! I really like my job - teaching scruffy college kids is an opportunity to be salt and light in a dark place (with a few lights here and there). However, the start of a new semester always is a time of re-adjusting to Daddy not being home as much, and Mom re-bearing the full burden of household things when I'm away.

I think that's all for now. Kaden is alseep (along with the rest of the boys), and it's time to get ready for work tomorrow. Thank you all for the ongoing prayers and concerns for us - we are upheld by you all much more than we could ever deserve. We are unworthy of your care.

Blessings to you all,

*If anyone feels led to continue to send us the Trader Joe's Gourmet Peanut Butter Cups that Kathy included in her meal for us, we will not keep you from receiving the blessing of giving to others.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Coming Home Today

Our little Kaden is one tough dude!!
We just got word that they are releasing him from the hospital this morning!!

I came home last night to spend some time cuddling with our older four boys.
Went to bed with a major headache and accidentally hit off instead of snooze
on the alarm this morning. I am scrambling to get ready to head back to the hospital
so we can get our little man home.
Sorry for not updating last night, but we'll try to send out an update later today.

Thanks to ALL you awesome prayer warriors out there
for lifting our family up in prayer!!
You guys ROCK!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Kaden Update: 1-25-12

For more updates as we can, be sure to check either Annette or Steve's Facebook postings.

Kaden update: evening edition from Steve

It's my turn to stay home and actually get some sleep while Annette tosses and turns on the lovely bedchair next to Kaden.

By this evening, Kaden was still uncomfortable, a bit irritated and generally not wanting to be where he is. The pain meds weren't working as well as we hoped, but when I last spoke to Annette (8 pm) they were going to give him some morphine. This should help and help him to sleep for a while.

Hopefully, he and Annette will be able to get some good rest tonight. He was up most of the day, so he should be good and tired.

Prayer requests: Significant amounts of sleep for both Annette and Kaden. Also, that Kaden's pains from the surgery and the cast would lessen quickly, making life in the hospital easier, and would also lead to a faster return home. Finally, for the other boys as they have been real troopers dealing with mom and dad not around much - at least not at the same time. Life has definitely been disrupted for them.

That's about it. Thank you all for the continued kind words and deeds!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Surgery Update

Just a quick update on Kaden's surgery - for more immediate and up to date info, continue to follow Annette on Facebook.

Kaden is out of surgery and in his room! Everything went really well, and the doctor was very positive and optimistic about things. Annette is with him now while I spend some time with the other boys. I will be spending tonight at the hospital.

Kaden will be in the hospital for another 3-4 days, and it turns out we don't have WiFi in the room, so posting both here and on FB will be on an as-we-can basis.

Thank you for your continued prayers!! I credit the peace and calmness throughout this whole day to God's favor shining through your efforts. Thank you so much!


Monday, January 23, 2012


Tomorrow begins a new adventure for our family. 
At 7:30am, Kaden is scheduled for surgery to begin the process
of repairing his left hip, leg & knee.
When he was born, his hip was not in it's socket 
and he also had some problems with his knee.
He is a very determined & tough young man
and was able to learn to walk in spite of his difficulties!

As Steve mentioned in a previous post, 
we have an amazing orthopedic surgeon, 
that the Lord led us to just over 6 years ago, 
who will be able to improve Kaden's condition by leaps and bounds!

The surgery with Dr. L and his team will take around 4 1/2 hours.
They will be rebuilding his hip socket, 
tightening up all the muscles and ligaments around his hip to stabilize the joint,
resetting his femur so that his foot points forward,
and doing a little work on the knee to help it bend properly.
There will most likely be more knee surgery in the future,
but this surgery should correct his hip problems.

He will be in the hospital for 3-5 days,
and will be in a partial body cast (spica cast) for 3 to 4-1/2 months.

We would greatly appreciate your prayers for our little guy
and the surgery team!

We will try to update as we can.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Kaden is Officially Americanized . . .

5 minutes ago:

Daddy: I'm going to the store later to get some food for the family - is there anything you'd like me to get for you?

Kaden: Ummmmmmm . . . (wrinkles brow and thinks and thinks and thinks)

Mommy: Anything you want Daddy to get for you to eat?

Kaden: Ummmmmm . . . Pizza!

Less than 5 months in the U.S., and he has already assimilated the official kid menu.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

One of those God things. . .

Steve here:

I just wanted to pass along something that happened yesterday- an interesting bit of God's work in our lives.

Yesterday (Wednesday) we had a visit with the orthopedic surgeon who will be working on Kaden's hip & knee. His hip is out of joint, his leg is slightly twisted and his knee doesn't bend correctly. This is why he was given up for adoption at birth and sent to a "special needs" orphanage.

The reason we went to this particular doctor was simple: when our son Hayden fell and broke his arm about six years ago, this was the doctor we went to. He was recommended by the ER people who initially set Hayden's arm. He was wonderful to our son, and his staff were great. Very competent, professional and nice folks. So, when it came to who we wanted to look at Kaden to see what could be done, Dr. L was an easy choice.

Our initial visit for Kaden went very well, and now after a CT scan on his hip and an MRI on his knee, we were back in Dr. L's office to make final plans on how to proceed.

The hip surgery will be significant, with a relocation of the leg bone down into the socket, a moderate re-building of the socket and a bit of rotating of the femur (by rotate I mean cut the bone, rotate and pin back together). A little work on the knee to straighten things out side-to-side, but any more on the knee will be at a later date, after the hip is sorted out. Like I said, significant surgery. 

While we were in the office, a staff member (Jim) was calling up some new X-rays onto the computer monitor. As he was doing this, he matter-of-factly mentioned that Dr. L is a specialist on hips, and other orthopedic surgeons refer their tough cases to him. 

Hmmmmm . . .

So, six years ago, we happened to be referred to a doctor for our son with a very average arm break - any good orthopedic doctor could have handled it fine - who happened to be a specialist on hips which happened to be immeasurably valuable because we happened to adopt a boy from across the globe who happened to be available for adoption because he had a hip issue.

Hmmmmm . . .

That's a lot of "happen"-ing going on.

It almost seems as if a mighty God was orchestrating some seemingly inconsequential circumstances (while Kaden was still being knit in his birth-mother's womb*) that would uniquely benefit him here and now. 

Yet another example of the deep truth of this verse:

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
-Romans 8:28. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

*To paraphrase Psalm 139:13