Sunday, December 26, 2010
A True Christmas Miracle
You guys. Wow. What an insane holiday. I will have loads of beautiful pictures to share next week, but for now, I need to share my holiday with you.
My entire family came out for Christmas. First to arrive were Bice and Marie from Boston, with their little beauty, Siena. Next was my sister Amy, son Jack, and husband Chad. Then my brother Taylor and his wife Emilie joined us with their two daughters, Baily and Jada. Along with my parents, we headed up to a cabin outside Park City near Rockport State Park.
We have rented this cabin before and knew how tricky it can be to get to. So much snow involved. SO. MUCH. SNOW. The cabin is at the tippity top of the mountain, over-looking the reservoir on one side, and the back side of Promontory and Park City Mountain Resort on the other. The crazies who live there year-round have chains, plows, and nothing but 4-wheel drive. We arrived on a day of a giant snow storm and our Honda had to be towed by a large truck just to make it to the parking area at the base of the mountain. I honestly did not think we were going to make it to the cabin. Between the 10 adults and six grand-kids, we had only one four-wheel drive vehicle, our trusty old Subaru. We also had enough food to feed a small village, so you can imagine how many trips up and down the mountain it took in order for all of us to get cozy and settled in.
The gourmet cooking fest began, and we enjoyed a day and a half of eating our hearts out, when things took a turn. Amy went into labor in the middle of the night...seven weeks before her due date. They barely made it down the treacherous mountain road to the Park City hospital in time. Amy was dialated to a 9.5 when she got there. The 7 week early baby was in distress. An emergency c-section was performed and a tiny little Christmas miracle was born Dec. 24th around 8 a.m. Henry Russell Larson.
Amy has been recovering at the Park City hospital and Henry is in the NICU at the University Hospital in Salt Lake. Many prayers have been said. Many trips up and down up and down the many mountains have been made. And many thanks given that we are all together as a family to take care of Mom and baby.
It was frightening and exciting. Amy and Chad have a long road ahead of them. It is hard for Amy to be separated from her son, and to be away from home. (St. Louis). I have a great feeling everything is going to work out fine. It is just going to take some juggling and working together so Amy and Chad and Jack can be together as much as possible while still watching over little Henry.
So much more took place during our five days at the cabin. Siena celebrated her first birthday (Dec. 27th). Sledding, 4-wheeling, eating, eating, and more eating. Best food on earth. My family does not mess around when it comes to food. More on that later.
Vic and I are back home and trying to get organized so we can do whatever needs to be done for Amy and her family.
A memorable Christmas, indeed.
This was written by Molly, the post says Vic. Just ignore that part.
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