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Goodbye to Memorial Hermann Hospital

The hospital staff was sad to see Millie leave today, but we have never been happier to say goodbye to a group of kindhearted, sweet people. Traffic was never lighter and the drive was never easier than it was coming back from the hospital. Millie keeps progressing like the six million dollar man and just continues getting better, stronger, and faster. Her doctors reminded her upon her release today that she'll feel like doing things in the coming days/weeks/months, but she has to discipline herself to be a sloth. She can't really go anywhere, or do much of anything other than stay in bed and occasionally get up for carefully supervised grooming activities. It sounds kind of like being in prison. Millie asked me how I thought I would be able to handle bed rest and I said I thought I would be well suited to it. I've always been naturally inclined to sloth-like activities. That's one of the beauties of our marriage, where one is weak the other is strong. I'll teach everything I know to Millie to help her remain sedentary.

Goodbye room

Davey ready for church with his cousins

Sleeping in her brother's house

There were many tearful goodbyes as Millie's parents left to fly back home. Tomorrow there will be a few more as Davey and I fly home and Millie's brother leaves on a business trip for the week. We are so thankful for our sister-in-law who has turned her house upside down to accommodate our needs and will continue to care for Millie until she is cleared to return to Utah.

As I reflect upon the events that have transpired in our lives over the past month, I'm astounded at the miracles that have taken place. We never could have made it to this point without the love, faith, prayers, and actions of so many. President Monson once noted that "the Lord shapes the back to bear the burden placed upon it." I know that our family has been sustained and strengthened beyond our natural abilities through the atonement of the Savior, and through the administrations of all of you. I know that Maggie's back has been shaped, and now reshaped, to bear the burdens that will be placed upon it throughout her life. I can't wait to meet her (but I do hope to wait to meet her til July). I pray that God will bless all of you to be equal to the burdens placed upon your backs as He has us.


  1. This is such great news. Nearly every prayer in church today mentioned the gratitude for the blessings Heavenly Father has seen fit to give to Millie and Maggie. What an amazing experience it has been for our whole ward to share in the joy of these blessings.

  2. So happy to hear this!!! We'll keep you in our prayers through the next coming weeks and continue to hope for the best! :)

    And Millie, you look aMAZing!!

    And Davey is just too handsome!

  3. Thank you so much for your wonderful words. We are so happy to see Millie doing so well. We love your family!

  4. Missed your cute kids in Primary. Davey looks so handsome! I am so glad that you get to leave the hospital--hopefully you'll be coming home soon Millie!

  5. Geez, what a handsome boy you guys have! I'm so glad mill is doing so well. Give her my love.

  6. We appreciate the updates, and best wishes. Tell Millie I can recommend some excellent books--reading would be my solace if I were stuck as a "sloth" :)

  7. So happy to hear the great news that she gets to be released!!!! That is wonderful! Millie with the iron will- you go girl!

  8. So happy to hear all the wonderful things that are happening each day. My cute girls read your blog every day and love to report to me if I havent gotten to it yet. You are such wonderful people and we love you so much and hope you continue to have many miracles. Thank you for sharing the events so we can continue to pray for you all. Davey looks so dang cute all ready for church. Good luck this week and we will continue to check on you!
    Love, The Browns

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  10. It was so good to see both of you kids in class today! I'm glad you're out of the hospital and almost on your way home! You and your family have been in my thoughts constantly this week. I'm glad everything went well!


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