Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Guardian Angel...Standing Outside the Fire

Guardian Angel!

There have been many nights when I've just needed a little snuggle...hug...or smile and Jocelyn...like a guardian angel...has been there for all! she was the right baby to come at this time! the day she was born she cried one little cry and that was it...the nurses tried to get her to cry more just because they didn't think it was normal...but once was all they could get! And that's how she has been ever since. The first few weeks of her life I was paranoid she would get sick and so I kept her inside up until this crazy adventure! After Mike's accident she was basically thrown into the world! From five weeks old and on she has been everywhere...grocery stores, church, ICU waiting rooms, the doctors, and many many other places! But thanks to protective and loving grandparents, friends, family, and the many miracles of prayer she has remained healthy and happy (besides a slight cold in her eyes)!

Wow, what a weekend! We learned a lot...for example...we need wake up earlier if we want to get to church on time...we woke up at 7:30 am and it still took us four hours to get ready (that wasn't including the kids)! But it was great being able to go to church together...holding hands and just...awe....it was great! We also all were able to sleep under one roof for the very first time, Mike, me, Brody and Jocelyn! It's great getting little glimpses of family life and what it will be like after Mike gets home! Mike's parents were awesome in having everything ready for the weekend including a ramp for Mike!

Well, I was able to stay home with the kids tonight (it's amazing how great it is to be a mom and just do mom things sometimes with your kids). I couldn't sleep after I put them to bed so I put together a little movie of this last week...there is one part in the film where it looks like Mike's pushing a workout machine with his leg muscles...well...he kinda is! The trainer is helping as well...but...today we found out that he was contracting his upper quad muscles...yeah...I don't know about you...but I think that's a good thing! Mike... you're kind of a sexy dude! Love you!


Kaylynn said...


Your daughter is so adorable!Aren't babies such a blessing? Thanks for the updates on Mike. It looks like he is doing so great. I bet it will be really nice to have him home soon. You both are such an inspiration. Let me know if there is anything at all that I can do for you and your little family! (kaldwell@gmail.com) Good luck with everything!

-Kaylynn Caldwell (Wheelwright)-

The Gomes Family said...

Michelle, You are doing awesome, what a great family we have. I am so glad you are able to take a mommy break, I am sure that is needed. Jocelyn is so beautiful.
Awesome, lets flex our muscles Michael! RRRRRAaaaaa!

Lisa Decker Gomes

Brandon and Tina Goss said...

Wow, everytime I look at your blog I am filled with hope! It's fantastic that mike is progressing so rapidly and that your family is thriving! Jocelyn really is a beautiful sweetheart! Babies always tend to give me that eternal perspective I need sometimes. Good luck with going home this week, we hope to see you soon! Love ya, Tina

Craig & Nicole said...

That was an awesome video. Looks like Mike is doing well. Any progress is awesome, and we are excited for you. You guys are just amazing. I am glad you got to be together for the weekend.

The Larson Family said...

Jocelyn is so adorable! She sounds like the sweetest little thing too. Congrats on Mike using more muscles too! You can see so much improvement from video to video that you have posted. It's really amazing! Good luck with going home this week!

Wilson said...

Your Daughter is beautiful. Your family continues to amaze me and I cannot believe the inspiration you have had on many. Way to go Mike! Keep up all the hard work

Becky (0: said...

Hey Kemps,
Awesome video!!! Michelle I always look forward to them when I chekc your blog!!! And the music is so great, too!!! You are an amazing family! So strong and so faithful! You are an amazing example to me and my family! I heard that you guys were at church and I wish that I was there! Michelle, I also love that you love Mike so much! What a lucky guy to have such an awesome hot chick for a wife!!! (0: As it says in the movie "Meet the Robinsons", we love the quote "Keep Moving Forward!!!". Love you guys tons!
Becky Ruff (0:

Moss Family said...

You guys are so amazing. We just wanted to let you know that you have been in our thoughts and prayers from the beginning. Your kids are too cute!

-Moss Family

Beth James said...

Michelle Mike,
Your happy, optimistic outlook is so inspiring. Thanks for sharing with us. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. We know you are going to be just fine. Life is a journey and it looks like you are still going to ejoy the ride!
Aunt Beth & Uncle Keith

Roger, Christy and Katie said...

Your family is beautifull and it's just amazing how far your husband has come. You have been such an example to my mom. She said everyone gets so close up there and supports each other. I am so happy your husband is doing so well and progressing so fast. Good Luck!
Christy (Frances from ICU...her daughter)

The Ralls Family said...


I don't know if you remember me from high school or not (McKenna Lethbridge, now Ralls). Anyway, I still keep in touch with Kassie and she has kept me up to date with your situation lately, and then I found your blog. You guys seem to be doing so amazing! You are sending such a powerful message of love and faith and optimism to the world! I am completely inspired by your family. We are keeping you in our prayers.


P.S. Your children are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!

Beth James said...

Hey Michelle,
When Beth told me about your husbands accident, my heart just ached. I have read your blog several times and cannot hold back tears. I will not begin to tell you that I understand your pain, but I will tell you that a day has not gone by that I don't think about you. You have always had such an amazing spirit, but it has truly shined during your trial. You have opened my eyes to what life is really about. At times I feel so overwhelmed and become negative. Your attitude is an inspiration to me. I only wish that I could be half the person you are!! Your baby is a beautiful from Heavenly Father for being such an amazing person! Love, Jodi James

Jodi Lybbert said...

It's so cool to see Mike's great attitude, and to see all the progress.
I just LOVE that baby!! Give her another squeeze from me!! :-)

Curtis & Amy Price said...


Amy and I love you, brother. Keep working hard and maybe Michelle won't pass you up in your weel chair races.

Jessica said...

Hey! hows is the fam doing? I am sorry i didn't get a chance to talk to you today at your house the kids were crazy! Well i hope everything is doing great, let me know if anything comes up and you need an extra set of hands i am open to you! hey what is your email address i wanted to email u a pictures so if you could let me know that would be awesome! THANKS your the best in the world! Keep Strong! Love you all! Email me!
-Jessica (farmgirl225@hotmail.com)

Jen Howard said...

Mike and Michelle,
You have such beautiful children- we love seeing them and hearing about all your "adventures". You guys seem to have all the fun! Love you guys and let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Jen

Kali said...

You are all so amazing! Debi gave me your blog address today, so I'm here to stay! What an amazing journey. What a beautiful family! You have been constantly in my thoughts and prayers and I just LOVE you!

Elisa said...

As I read your blog, I can't help crying as I think of what you must be going through as a family. I marvel at your strength and your faith. I love how you continue to look on the brights side. You are inpsiring! You and your family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.