The Past 48

It’s been a little crazy around the Wiggs home the past 48 hours.

Zach’s grandmother is very sick. She was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer the week before Christmas. That news has shaken our family, especially Zach. If you know him, or have ever asked him who his hero is, we will tell you his Granny. He is quick to tell you that he owes everything to his God and his Granny. Granny Flora is and always will be his angel on earth.

That being said, we had planned to leave out of town Saturday around lunchtime, to head down to Alabama to spend a long weekend with her. That changed around midnight Saturday morning, when Zachary woke up crying, with a temperature of 104.7. After being up all night on the phone with nurses and trying to get his fever down, we took him to the doctor the next morning, where they told us he has the flu.

So, Zachary and I stayed behind, while Zach left for Alabama.

Granny, we miss you, and our hearts ache that we can’t be there with you, but I am so happy Zach gets to spend some one-on-one quality time with one of his favorite people in the entire world. We are so blessed because of you.

We love you.

***ON A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT NOTE, I’ve had several people ask me about my jaw consultation. The news was definitely not what I was hoping to hear. The oral surgeon said the only way I could get it fixed was through jaw surgery. It’s a surgery where they have to make a cut in front of my ears on both sides, and then go in and reshape my bone. They will have to shave off part of my bone on each side, and then reposition my disk, and then sew it back up. The oral surgeon warned me it would be the most pain I would probably ever experience. He said I won’t be able to do anything for 3-4 days, and then will take up to 1-2 months before I’m back to normal. Ugh. I’m going to try and schedule another meeting with another doctor to get a second opinion.

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Mandy Collins - February 21, 2011 - 3:32 am

OH no! I can’t believe he has the flu. Poor thing, at leats his fever went down. Hope everything works out with your jaw surgery. praying for you all and Zach as he travels. Did you get those birthday pics I emailed you last week?

Erica - February 20, 2011 - 7:27 pm

Hey, I go to the same church as you, but we haven’t talked before… but I have been blog stalking your beautiful pictures you take for a year or so. Anyway, I hope Zachary starts to feel better and his fever comes down. My 2 1/2 year old daughter (Savannah) and I have both been hit with the flu this week and it is absolutley no fun. I hope you don’t get it too. Savannah actually got a flu a shot this year and still managed to catch it. No fun. He is in our prayers!

Five on Friday

1. Zachary was up all night crying. I’m still not sure why. I’m assuming his teeth. I have definitely been taking the sleeping all night thing for granted. BIG TIME.

2. Had such a good night last night with a good friend, catching up. Girl, it’s been WAY TOO LONG since we’ve hung out- just us two.

3. After that, Zach and I started our fire pit outside and spent the rest of the night, talking about life, drinking wine and roasting marshmallows… all while cuddled up under a blanket. One of the most memorable nights of our marriage.

4. I’m finally going to an oral surgeon today about my jaw. I have had TMJ probably my whole life, but my jaw finally slid out of place more than a year ago, and has been that way ever since. I’m so ready to be able to bite into a giant burger– but just hope the process of getting there isn’t insanely painful.

5. We’re leaving for Guntersville, AL tomorrow, to spend some quality time with Zach’s beautiful grandmother, Flora. That lady is AMAZING.

**Someone sent me a message this week, saying how much they appreciate my recipes, so here’s another one I tried this week. Anne-Camille, thanks for this one too! What would I do without my cooking buddy??:)

Jenn— If you’re wondering where the rice was, you’re not mistaken. I forgot it.:)

Green Chili Enchilada Soup

4 chicken breasts, cubed (raw)
1 lg can Green Chile Enchilada Sauce
1 sm can chopped Green Chilies
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
I c. cooked rice

Combine all ingredients except rice in crockpot. Cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours. Last hour put rice in. Serve with flour tortillas or tortilla chips and cheese.

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Anne-Camille Collins - February 21, 2011 - 12:42 am

Woot woot!
Love you girl!!! :)

Mandy Collins - February 19, 2011 - 5:42 pm

I LOVE your fire pit! How romantic!!

Melissa - February 18, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Cuddling with Dustin and talking about life is my most favorite thing to do with him too! Have fun in Alabama!! We’ll miss y’all tomorrow night!

Jennifer - February 18, 2011 - 3:31 pm

It was fantasic without rice! And maybe I should have stuck around for the fire….. :) LOVE YOU!

My Best Friend’s Baby

I’m not sure how my best friend that I used to stay up with all night long, watching movies and giggling about boys is now a mom of four.

FOUR KIDS, JO! It doesn’t seem possible.

I stopped by today to cuddle on baby Charlie, and of course, I snapped a few pictures while I was there… including this one of all four kids.

They don’t know it– but they pretty much hit the jackpot when it comes to parents. And I’d have to say, I think Mom and Dad got pretty lucky too.

A few pictures I grabbed of Charlie….

And these two sitting next to each other were just too much to resist. They’re 7 months apart, but I think they look like they could be twins. And I love that they both love to suck their middle fingers, although I couldn’t catch them doing it at the same time.

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Joanna - March 9, 2011 - 4:10 am

JUST NOW SEEING THIS POST!!! haven’t checked my google-reader since he was born! lol! thanks for the sweet words, my friend! LOVE YOU!!!! you did an amazing job…i love how you can just stop by and shoot some pics, and i these gorgeous pics are the end result! DAAANG!!!!

@ ms shack- thanks so much…i think that about papaw, too. charlie is the only one of mine he wasn’t able to hold here on earth. fitting for him to get to carry his name. mamaw has a special connection with this little boy, already. he’s a special one, for sure. :)

@ laurie- thanks! and thanks for your precious message you sent me the day before he was born. means so much that you were thinking of me at that time.

@Kristen…thanks! I just sent you an email the other day saying just that…i’d LOVE to see you guys next time you are in town!! we’ve missed you, too!

KristenR - February 18, 2011 - 2:30 pm

Oh Joanna, I’m so excited for you. Four perfect and beautiful babies. What a blessing! I miss you so much and hope we can get together next time we’re in town. I can NOT believe how big they are!!!!! :) Ella looks TEN! Anyway, congrats again. Lovely pics, E. YOU TOTALLY deserve an award for that first one. I mean, seriously. ALL FOUR KIDS LOOKING AND SMILING! Holy Moly!

laurie - February 15, 2011 - 9:15 pm

Yay!!! Welcome to the world baby Charlie. :)

Mom - February 15, 2011 - 2:38 am

Jo – Charlie is adorable, just like his namesake. I miss your grandfather and I can only imagine how he is smiling in heaven knowing that his name is being carried on by such a cutie. I love the pics of Zachary and Lilly. They are so cute together.

Things I’m Loving this Valentine’s Day

1. I’m loving all the notes I found around my house this morning. My man is amazingly thoughtful.

2. I love that he gets to come home to me every single night. We’re not perfect and I don’t try to pretend to have the perfect marriage. BUT- what I do know is that he makes me laugh regularly. He encourages me to the be the best version of myself. He loves me for how I am. He works hard for our family and then comes home eager to help out and spend time with us. He is a GREAT dad. I can only hope he feels as loved by me as I do by him. I love this man.

3. I L.O.V.E.D the time I got to spend with this girly this weekend. I love that my house still spells like cotton candy from her cotton candy perfume that she likes to spray all over the house. I love that I still have Valentine Day signs hanging all over my house from where she made them and then hung them around. I love that we got to give each other makeovers this weekend. I love that when we had to say goodbye, she hugged me and wouldn’t let go. I love that I have tears in my eyes as I type this. I LOVE this girl.

4. I’m loving my Valentine’s Day with this little man. I love our days together and cherish them with all my soul.

5. I’m loving that I get to get my hands on this little man today.

I can’t believe my bestie is a mom of FOUR!

Hopefully, if my son cooperates, there will be pictures to come soon.

6. I’m loving our new family photo.

7. And lastly– I’m loving that I get to have leftover birthday cake with my coffee each morning. Yep- I said it. Judge if you have to. It’s one of my favorites parts of throwing a party.:)

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Mom - February 15, 2011 - 2:35 am

I love this post. I am so thankful that my daughter married a man who not only loves her, but makes sure she feels it.