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I am a 29-ish yr old married mother of 8. My family is my life and I wouldn't have it any other way. My darling husband is my very best friend and together we are raising 8 of the best kids in the world! They are Rose(12) Sarah(12) Ammon(10) Malachi(8) Gabriel(7) Hannah(5) Maggie(4) and Abbie(3) We currently own 2 dogs, 1 bird, 5 chinchillas, 1,000,000 rabbits, 1 cat, 4.5 horses, and one ferret. We just purchased a home that is definately a "fixer-upper", with land and room for the kids to roam. Our goal is to run a mostly self sustaining farm and live in peace as we grow as a strong family unit. We have seen our fair share of hardships, but we are thankful for the many blessings the Lord gives us on a regular basis!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Ammon and I just got back from the veterinarian's office. We became aware that there was a problem with Olivia last night. For those of you who don't know much about her. Click here.
While the children were holding her, they noticed a bump that has formed on her stomach. They all assumed she was getting ready to lay eggs again but I knew as soon as I saw it that there was a problem.

It was too late to do any thing then so I tossed and turned all night imagining how it would be to tell Ammon the worst. I call my regular vet first thing in the morning. It turns out that they don't see exotic animals so they referred us to a VERY nice exotics specialist.

Longs story short...Olivia has cancer. Ammon doesn't know yet and we won't know if it has metastasised for a few days. If it has there's no point in going any further. If it has not, she can have surgery in about 10 days.

After a lot of crying we have decided that we will give her the chance. If she proves strong enough, she'll have the surgery; but if she doesn't, we are not going to prolong the inevitable.
I know this sounds a little odd but I am asking for prayers for Ammon's lizard (and quite possibly his best friend!)

If you can't find it in your heart to pray for a lizard. Please pray for Ammon instead. This girl is so much a part of our family that I can't imagine how he would take losing her.


Melissa said...

Ok...first I don't think it is crazy to ask for prayers for Ammon or Oliva. That said, I will be praying for them. I feel that pets are a very important part of our lives,and Ammon is one of the most sensitive, caring people I know, so I know it will not be easy for him either way it goes. When you decide to tell him, let him know we're pulling for them too. Love you all!

Rachel said...

I totally understand having a son be heart broken for a pet. It is very reasonable to ask for prayers for them both. We just lost our cat, Buddy, and that's how we ended up with our new dog. It's so sad and sweet how attached they get.

Kermit Crew said...

We are absolutely praying for Miss Olivia and your sweet Ammon! Heavenly Father is just as mindful of animals as He is people! We lost or cat to kidney failure, when I was in my early twenties! She was absolutely a part of our family! We will pray for healing for Olivia and we also pray for healing for Ammon, should Olivia be called home. You are in our thoughts and prayers, for sure!

Lauren said...

We are hoping that Miss Olivia pulls through. Poor Ammon. :( Hopefully things will get better soon!