Friday, May 18, 2007


I took a red-eye from Florida last night and arrived in San Francisco unannounced this morning. You should have seen the look on the beautiful and charming Susan's face. Priceless.

"What are YOU doing here?" she asked, a little bit confused.

And then she promptly ignored me to take care of the baby.

Ali was being wheeled out the door as I was walking in. A simple procedure was scheduled for this morning. She had a little tube called a "peg" surgically inserted into her belly so that she can be nourished while a speech tharapist helps Ali re-learn how to swallow.

So there was a bunch of activity when I got here that stole the thunder away from my big entrance. Timing has never been one of my strong points.

After the operation, I got to hold little Ali and she fell asleep in my arms. What a difference since the last time I held her ten days ago. When I held Ali before, she was like a little limp sack of potatoes. Today, I could really feel her muscles working and her kind of snuggle into me. That's a feeling no amount of money can buy.

As Ali was recuperating this afternoon, she was kind of uncomfortable and pretty vocal about it. But, again, she was very responsive to my attempts to comfort and quiet her.

I'm one happy grandpa ;)


Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear that things are getting better. I'm also glad that you got to come over here to the left coast and hold her. thats awesome man.

Anonymous said...

SErgio and Marny said....
Praise the Lord, we are so glad you were able to go there!!

Anonymous said...

I'm hugging you in my heart, and continuing to pray for every Mondok I know. Praise Jesus, Ali is part of the praying family of God.
Loving you,

Anonymous said...


Thank you so much for the glimspe into your very personal, very close life. This is a testimony of the sweet love of our God. I will continue to pray for Ali's recovery, and that your family can somehow be as blessed as I have been through this ordeal. God is good, All the time.

Love in Christ,

Shawn Gourley

Anonymous said...

Picture me with a huge smile. God really is good--all the time; there are just some times when it's easier to say than other times. This is one of those.