If you have some time this morning, send some prayers or good vibes or magic love rays towards Idaho. Our infant niece, Isabel, is having brain and skull surgery this morning at 9:30 AM MST. The surgery, performed by a very competent pediatric neurosurgeon and craniofacial pediatric plastic surgeon, will consist of two procedures, together lasting approximately four hours. The procedures are part of an effort to remove the obstacles that are preventing Isabel's head from growing the way it needs to. In simplified terms, a few of the growth plates in her skull have become fused together, and this is causing her head to grow in only one direction (up) instead of all directions at once.
Thanks for your concern. Though I am mired in a bit of a crisis of faith, I am choosing to believe that every little bit helps. And, more than anything, I believe in that sweet kid. (If you'd like to see some pictures and read her full medical updates, we've put together a blog over here.)