Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!





















Hey everyone!! We hope everyone is well and had a great thanksgiving! It's been forever since the last update! Let's bring you up to speed. Besides Lincoln crying because we are on the computer and not paying attention to him...he is doing great! He is getting to be such a big boy...in fact Kristen calls him her "little man." Lincoln is doing so much, and he is just about caught up to where he needs to be physically according to his Physical Therapist. He tells us many things by using sign language. He babbles allot and makes animal sounds. He is getting taller by the second and is just about to break the 20-pound mark. Oh ya...he started walking this past week (although a little shaky still)!! Last time we talked we were leaving for LA to have another biopsy done. Obviously the results were great, and since then Lincoln has only battled a few colds and still is doing great! In fact, he had an echo and check-up yesterday with Dr. Caton (his cardiologist), and everything looks great! We also just got word from his cardiologist down at UCLA. He told us Lincoln won't need his next biopsy until his annual (in February), which is the year anniversary of his transplant...that will be 6 months after his last biopsy...and they don’t usually like to go that long in between them. Lincoln is eating better but nowhere near where he needs to be for his caloric intake...but he is growing and the Dr's are pleased. Lincoln finally got to celebrate some of the holidays spent inside the hospital...outside the hospital for the first time! He was a pediatric cardiologist for Halloween...which was a hit with all of the Dr's and nurses! We celebrated mommy and daddy's birthdays and Grandparents day. Our first Thanksgiving home was especially great...there was a lot to be thankful for! We just got back from LA this last weekend where we went to the UCLA annual pediatric heart transplant party. Yes...that’s Lincoln and Tom Arnold...he was at the party too. And the group pic with all the kids are all kids who have had heart transplants! Lincoln is in the upper left of the picture (the smallest kiddo there). It was great seeing our UCLA family and friends. Which reminds us...please be praying for 3 families that we know that were in the hospital the same time Lincoln was. One family lost their little 2 yr old girl due to pneumonia and another family's 3 yr old boy is currently rejecting his new heart. Both of which received new hearts while we were down there waiting with them. And the third family has a 13 yr old girl who needs a heart desperately as she is extremely sick! We also went and saw the Clovis annual Christmas parade...which was cold!! We had to leave early because the noise freaked him out! Please keep praying as Lincoln still faces the daily battle of being rejection free! Well, we hope everyone has a blessed and merry Christmas and a happy New Year! 2007 was a tough but great year for the Carter's and we can’t wait to see what God has in store for 2008! See ya then...We Love You All! J&K

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! Thank you for the most wonderful news of Lincoln! We check your blog each morning, so we are thrilled for the update and pictures! Wow! You have been busy.
Love to all, Heather O'Gorman & Family (Mackenzie's mom)

Anonymous said...

I love you. Thank you for having new pictures and I'd like to go to your house sometime. I love Lincoln too. I really want to see him again but I hope he doesn't go into the hospital. I hope that he will stay healthy and stay at his house and never go to the hospital again.

Love,
Rylie

littlerobin said...

Hi guys,

I'm so glad to hear from you. It looks like you are really enjoying being a family. Have a great Christmas. We love you all.

Robin

Anonymous said...

Dear The Carter Family,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!I really loved the pictures of Linclon at the Pumpkin Patch.They are really cute.I hope Linclon is doing better.the picture of the kids that got new hearts was really suprising!Inever knew there were so many kids that needed new hearts.It's neat how you have a tree for Elijah only.Merry Christmas!
LOVE,
ALYSSA

aunt donna said...

Merry Christmas Josh, Kristen and Lincoln!

What a joy to see all of the family photos and how Lincoln is growing. It is so special to know how God continues to answer prayer for each of you.

I think of each of you so very often and continue to pray for you. Others ask about you all and I let them know as much as I know and they keep praying.

Love the picture of Vicki, Rob, Georgia and Lela with Lincoln. It is so precious.

May the Lord bless and keep you all in 2008 as you continue to seek and serve Him. Give Lincoln a big hug from Aunt Donna and keep one for yourselves. Love to everyone.

Love ya much,

aunt donna :-) Isa. 40:31

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

Great pictures...
you all look so happy..

God bless you all...

Much love,
hugs,
Mike, Terri and Magoo

Anonymous said...

Hey guys...Good to hear from you..You all look great..Can't wait to spend some time with you all. Happy New Year

Love the Taylor family

fatquiver said...

What an amazing Christmas for you guys! God bless!

Anonymous said...

AGHH. I have been waiting for PICS! You guys, every time I see Lincoln the joy is overwhelming. I cannot stop smiling. We love that pic with Tom Arnold. Lincoln looks amazingly healthy and happy. My vote is still that he looks like mommy...totally her face shape. But he's absolutely handsome and I'm so glad to hear your holidays were special. Hope to see you all soon--for sure at Auntie Heather's wedding though!

Hugs and love to you all~
Amber Ferry and family

SJ said...

I can't even tell you how excited I was to see this post - I had been checking and praying - - - I am so glad to hear all is going good! What a cute little guy! He is growing up so quickly! He looks so happy and looks like you had a wonderful holiday! God is so good! Know we will continue to pray!

Annie said...

It's so great to read an update on Lincoln and your family. We loved looking at the pictures and we are so glad you are all doing so well. We have been praying for Lincoln and will continue to do so. Let us know when you will be down at UCLA as we will be heading up there for Joel's annual checkup. It would be so wonderful to see you guys. If you would like to see pictures of Joel and read his update we have a blog for him ~ lovejoelr.blogspot.com

With Love,
Annie, Isaac, Jonny, Jason and Joel

Anonymous said...

Hey you guys!! I am wondering HOW you all are??? Auntie Heather forwarded an email about another biopsy...how did it go??

Ok well next month at Auntie's bridal shower at MY house, I hope I can finally SEE the little man! Blessings to all of you
Love ya
Amber and family

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

How bout an update!

xoxoxo

What's going on?

Anonymous said...

Why are there no current updates? Please post updates!!