All That Your Heart Can Take

Holding Pattern


Out there.


In here.


Still here.

(His bypass surgery is scheduled for Friday, so I'll be here for awhile longer, fighting the good fight for stray wifi signals and drinking WAY! TOO! MUCH! COFFEE! while Ez charms the scrubs off the nurses. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts this week.)



You're absolutely in my thoughts!

At least there's lots of cute baby and Sookie Stackhouse to help get you through the wait.


Everything will be ok, the Internet has it's fingers crossed.


If you are anywhere near the main line in PA, email me and I'll bring you lunch and more reading material. Keeping you guys in our thoughts.

Anonymous New York

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Looks like Ez is doing a good job entertaining! Be well.


Praying so so hard for you and your father on Friday.


I hope the surgery goes well. You're all in the internet's thoughts.

Shannon M.

I know everyone must be so scared. I pictured my own dad in that last shot and felt a little of what I know you must be feeling. Hang tough and switch to decaf in the evenings.
Prayers and many hugs.

Alicia Millis

sending extra prayers your way for Friday!!


Prayers still going!

That shot of Ez with dad is scrumptious. Just scrumptious.


I'm praying for you and your dad and the rest of your family. I hope the surgery goes well.

Amy H

hang in there!


been refreshing like crazy - will keep all of you in my thoughts & prayers - and OMG - pea pod shirt!!!


It looks like Ezra is medicine for Grandpa's soul!!

Mollie Dykstra

That photo of Ezra and your dad brings me to tears. I hope everything goes well with the surgery on Friday. Hang in there...a lot of people are praying for you!


I love how both Ezra and his grandfather look like cute old men.


Love Ez and Grandpa's matching hair-dos.
Hang in there, you have more strength than you know and you'll get through this.


Hang in there!


My thoughts are with you & your family. Hang in there!


Praying for you and your family!


Definitely in our thoughts and prayers. I'm sure Friday will go off without a hitch.

Incidentally, we went through this with my dad too, and I wasn't able to be there, so I totally understand how you're feeling!


Your being there is what you should be doing. Your Dad needs you and I will be praying that all goes well.

I watched my own father go in for Bypass surgery nearly 9 years ago.
I credit that surgery with my becoming a mother. It is hard to look mortality in the face like that and not wonder what of you will be left behind to carry on.
My Dad was 67 then and in pretty good health.

I know your Dad and your whole family is in for a rough road and the next few weeks and months, even. Keeping spirits up will be hard with it being winter, too. You can do it, though. I know you can.

Thinking of you all!


Thinking about you and your family, and hope that everything goes well. I'm sure that Ezra's presence is making his grandfather feel better this week!


Ez and Grandpalah are Twins!
Sending good thoughts your way.


Sending virtual hugs and good vibes your way. Thanks for sharing the great photo of your dad & Ezra - so sweet, and brought tears to my eyes.


You've given me so many great laughs in place of stress as I've read your pregnancy calendar entries, and now I've found this blog, and I just hope that my good thoughts during this time can give you a fraction back of what you've given to me. Hang in there.


Sending all sorts of good thoughts your way.
That photo of Dad and Ezra is so great!


Well Ezra is certainly doing his healing best. I trust you packed his most adorable outfits? Still sending good thoughts your way.


We will continue to send positive, healing vibes your way.


I will definitely be keeping your family in my prayers this week and next week. I'm hoping the bypass surgery goes well, and that with the love and support of your family your dad pulls through just fine.


Just enjoy this time as much as possible.

Thinking good thoughts for you and your family, and for your dad on Fri that he should pull through with flying colours.


Bless your heart - I'm so sorry that you are having all of these problems. I hope and pray your dad comes out of this stronger then ever.

Side note - *drool* Sookie Stackhouse book. They are my literary homies.

Parsing Nonsense

I'm glad your father is still here and appears to be doing well. Enjoy the caffeine jitters and good luck with hanging out in the hospital!


This was me, one month ago. My father came through absolutely fine, and I'm praying yours will too. In the meantime, NOM NOM CHOMP those baby cheeks!


great pic with your dad. I took a pic of my dad and I holding hands (just our hands) this summer. He passed in Oct. It felt weird to do but I am so glad I did it. You are in my thoughts.


Good luck on your surgery, Amy's Dad!!!!


More thoughts and prayers sent your way.


Oh my goodness. The adoration on your Dad's face in that picture is priceless.

Love and healing to you all.


Looks like Grandpa has the best medicine in his hands.
Good luck, Amy, with everything. You are wished nothing but the best.


I know it must mean the world to your Dad to have you and your family there. Sending tons of good thoughts and wishes your way!


You and your parents have been in my thoughts all weekend and will stay there throughout the week. I know you will keep us posted when you can.

Side note: I have considered reading that series. I think I just may do it.


Best of luck on Friday. We'll keep our fingers crossed and even our dogs have their paws crossed.


Sending good thoughts and praying for everyone Friday - be strong!


Your family will be in my prayers.


Many good thoughts are with you and your family this week. Hope things will go smoothly on Friday.


Prayers and positive vibes to your dad for Friday

**I am reading he Sookie Stackhouse series right now, too**


I understand - my dad had quad bypass in May. You will make it through. It's a tough road but he's tough, righT?


All my best. Take care of yourself, too, during this trying time.


De-lurking to send positive thoughts to you and your Dad.

Laura Robinson

I'm de lurking as well for this. You and your dad and family are in our thoughts and prayers for a successful surgery and speedy recovery!!!!!

Jana (the poser formerly known as Jezer)

Thinking of you and praying for you. My stepdad underwent triple bypass surgery 6 years ago (they were expecting to do quintuple bypass, but things looked a little better once they got in there). Recovery was hellish, but he did fine, and he's just as mischievous as ever. Doctors can do amazing things these days.


Good luck and best wishes to your Dad; I'll be keeping him in my thoughts, hoping he gets well very soon.


Sending all the best thoughts to you and your family.

I'm sure you'll get 100 of these, but my grandfather had a quadruple bypass at 85, yes, 85 and he recovered amazingly well and lived a wonderful life until he and my grandmother passed (both of natural causes/old age) six weeks apart seven years later. I believe the best can happen and hope it will for your Dad.


I'll be thinking of you and all your family, we went through it 3 years ago when my now 87 year old (yep still going strong!) Grandma had a triple bypass and came through with flying colours! Here's hoping for the same outcome for your dad :)


I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

I have been in this situation and it definitely is no fun. Hope the surgery and recovery goes well!


Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. He'll be just fine!


I hope that Living Dead in Dallas will provide some needed mental respite for you. The Sookie Stackhouse books have been a great escape for me.

My thoughts are with you and your family.

Vaguely Urban

Sending huge amounts of love and best wishes your way.


I love the matching haircuts! styles.
Sending good thoughts your way.


All our thoughts and prayers are with you. My friend and roommate had a quad bypass almost exactly one year ago. He was only 40, but past drug abuse, and a bad family cardiac history caught up with him. He pushed it a little, but he went back to work after 6 weeks. I tried to get him to wait 6 more, but he wanted to go back. He has a pretty physically demanding job. He slowed down a bit, but not as much as he should. He seems to be doing ok, now, as long as he takes all his meds. He recently stopped taking one of his meds because he felt like it made him retain water, and gain weight. He stopped retaining water, and his jeans fit better, and he was all smug... Right up until his thoracic and abdominal cramps started up again. After a week or so, I talked him into getting a refill and start taking them again, and he stopped cramping almost immed. I hope for the best with your father, and your family.


What a precious pic of Ezra and Grandpa!!
I will be praying for your family.


Thinking of you and your dad.

Love the pic of Ezra with your dad!!


Just look at those two bald heads. Having his grandkids there must really raise his spirits.

Thinking healing thoughts for your Dad.


That picture is precious.

Thinking good thoughts.


Thanks for the update. I've been thinking of you and your family and will keep doing so. Take care.


That last picture is so sweet.


Delurking to say that I have been thinking of you- my DOD (dear old dad) is coming up on 86 and has a similarly wonky heart, so I am right there with you! Let the gods of WiFi be with you, and let the little man charm the pants off of everyone. Oh, and let your dad get better soon!


Ezra is the cutest little bit of medicine. Good luck on Friday.

Sprite's Keeper

Your dad is in my prayers! Looks like Ezra is doing him a lot more good than anything else would.


Whew! I'm not the only one then, that thinks Ez and his grandpa are small and big versions of the same adorable person. :) Love and peace to you. I'll be praying on Friday.


Oh what a beautiful picture!!!

Ashley Fitting

Good luck with the surgery! Ez is a total good luck charm - Your dad will do great :-)


sending millions of good thoughts your way... i've been thinking of you often since the last entry. hope all goes well on friday.


Thoughts are with you... My mom went through this surgery ten years ago, and now she's fit as a fiddle. I hope your father's story turns out the same. She said the surgery sounds a lot scarier than it is. I bet having your little ones around are a breath of fresh air for him and exactly what he needs right now.


It's great that you and the kids are able to be there. I'm sure that means the world to your dad!


keeping you all in my prayers - what a beautiful picture of your dad with the baby. My husband had bypass surgery in September and did VERY well. wishing the same for your dad


Eeeeeeeek! They're twins! And I don't know which one is cuter!

Jennifer R

Hope all goes well with your dad!

p.s. I hope you have the rest of the Sookie Stackhouse books, you can't put them down.


It's always painful to have family in the hospital. My fiance's grandfather is still in ICU more than two weeks after a surgery for removing more cancer from his intestines, as well as his gallbladder and things I can't pronounce. :(


Not only are you in my thoughts, but you're in my prayers!


I think seeing his adorable grandsons is the best medicine any doctor could have ordered.
Sending healthy cyber thoughts!


You and your family are in my thoughts. Glad that you are there to help


Continuing to pray for y'all!

Katie Sullivan-Vivar

I just went through this with my mom in October. I understand how absolutely terrifying it is. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Alexandra C.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope everything goes well.


he loves him (his twin!) a lot, i can tell. if anything, your boys will keep him around a while longer. if not in reality, then CERTAINLY in spirit. continued prayers, amalah.


I have been through some scary surgeries and life-threatening illnesses (yes, illnesses) and I know how really, really earthshattering, kneeshaking, stomachlosing scary it is.
I want you to know, from this little reader, that I am thinking of you and your dad, and definitely sending out some healthy thoughts to all of you.


Ahhhh...what a great picture of grampa and his little grandbaby.

More good thoughts released into the heavens...

The Bug

Ezra looks like his grandpa! So cute. You are all in my thoughts.


lots of prayers coming your way.
that is the sweetest picture EVER of Ez and Gramps


Your Daddy is going to be just fine... love him... hug him... and think positive thoughts (it is amazing how powerful our thoughts really are). You are in my prayers.


Thoughts and prayer coming your way.

My Dad needed heart surgery and was told he wasn't strong enough.

Things only got worse until surgery was the only option.

He came through it wonderfully.

Looks like Ezra is just the medicine he needs right now.

Amber Mc

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. NEVER underestimate the healing power of babies!


Sending prayers your way. BTW, excellent reading material - love that series!

mrs. q.

Oh, my heart breaks looking at these photos. My sister and I did this vigil with my dad when he was dying of colon cancer in 2004. It's good to have young children around to soothe frayed nerves and give you something else on which to focus. You are all in my prayers.


Just de-lurking to say that your family is in my prayers.


What a sweet photo.

Thinking good thoughts for all of you, now, Friday and always.


Still here and praying for you guys. Hang in there!


I haven't read your blog in a couple of days. I came here today excepting to read something about the inauguration. Did not except this!

You, your dad, and the rest of your family are in my prayers. Hope his surgery is a success.


Warm thoughts and prayers being sent your way. Thank god for children, they are a bright spot, when our souls are weary. *they are also exhausting.

bad penguin

Good luck Amy's dad. My dad's bypass made a huge difference for him. I hope it does the same for yours.

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