I hope you guys all had the best weekend! Anyone besides me freaking out a little that Christmas is NEXT WEEK?! Where does the time go????? We were able to enjoy some of our favorite holiday activities over the last few days, so that’s such a blessing, but I’m not ready for the season to end. I’ll have more on that later this week…today, I thought I’d share a little update on some of us as so many of you have sent me the sweetest messages, emails and comments praying for us, encouraging us and wishing us well.
I’ll go first…as you now know, I had a hysterectomy last Friday. I’m sure I’ll get into all of that at a later time, but I think it’s probably a little too premature to do that now. I want to finish healing before I start answering questions and explaining/describing my recovery. So many of you have reached out about possibly having one too, and I’d love to answer your questions, but I want to make sure I have the full picture before I offer my insight and experience. Right now, I’m like 9 days out and still very much recovering. I do feel like I’m on the upswing, but I also know that recovering from this type of surgery is not fast and every day is different. Many of you asked what exactly I had removed and the answer is everything. They took not only my uterus, but my ovaries and fallopian tubes too. I have been doing hormone replacement therapy for 7 years now (you can read more about that HERE), but clearly, I’ll need to do an updated post on that as well now that I realllllly have to manage my own hormones. In the meantime, I go later this week for my post-op appointment and am hoping he thinks I’m recovering as well as I do. I’m feeling great this morning, so that’s a plus! This week, I’m going to rest as much as I can in-between the fun holiday things we have planned.
Now, an update on Kensington. On November 15th, our oldest kiddo went under general anesthesia for the very first time to have a biopsy. The results came back and they were what we were expecting/prepared for. They have confirmed one issue, but we’re still waiting on more information about a second one. Once we know exactly what’s going on, I’ll let you know, but in the meantime, I wanted you to know that she’s doing great and handling everything in stride. We have our ups and downs, but she’s really grown and matured this fall due to all of this, and I’m so proud of her. So many of you have asked about Kensington, and I just wanted you to know that she’s doing well. Thank YOU for your kindness this fall.
Finally, our Madeley Moo. Oh geez, I was waiting to share this until I knew exactly what was going on, buuuuuuuuut who knows when that will be?! Back in April, Andrew and I took her to the endocrinologist because we were concerned about her growth. She’s pretty tiny for her age, so about once a year, she sees the endocrinologist for a check up. This time around, the doctor had some concerns and ran a blood panel that included a few labs on her liver annnnnnd…her liver enzymes were elevated. So, off we went to see another doctor about her liver. Fast forward to November and she has been poked, prodded and examined more times than I can count trying to figure out her liver. She’s had images taken, she’s given so much blood, we have had so many tests and even though we’re very thankful that we’ve been able to cross off things, we still don’t know the problem. Sooooo…she was supposed to have had a liver biopsy in December, BUT the last round of genetic testing came back in November and concluded that yes, her liver enzymes are elevated and acting up, BUT it’s probably because of her kidneys. Urg. We haven’t been looking at her kidneys. So, tomorrow, she actually goes in to see about her kidneys for the first time. Before they go in to do a liver biopsy, they want to make sure they don’t need to do a kidney one too (or maybe it’s just the kidneys?!). So…it’s been 9 months and we’re still going in circles. A lot of things they’ve eliminated over the last nine months are good. We’ve eliminated pediatric liver cancer, all sorts of Hepatitis, a variety of things she might have contacted from her birth mother, and some things she could have contracted from the conditions she was born in to. They feel very confident that whether it be the liver or the kidneys, it’s genetic and not a result of something that happened to her in China. We’re eventually going to get to the bottom of this liver/kidney situation, but for now, it’s been almost 9 months and we still don’t know anything.
So. That’s what we’ve been doing lately.
I know this doesn’t give you all the details, but honestly, we don’t have them yet ourselves. I’m still waiting to see how long it takes to recover from hysterectomy, we’re still waiting on Kensington’s results and we’re still waiting on Mades too…but that’s a little update for you.
Thank you again so much for all of your prayers and words of encouragement. I read every single one and they all mean so much!
Now. Anyone ready to find out who won…
…those two Gucci bags?!
Sheaffer and I are excited to tell you that SARAH SALAZAR is the big winner!
Congratulation!!! I emailed you this morning. Please email me back ASAP to claim your prize!!
Now, this is a big week in blog world…first of all, if you’re a blogger too, don’t forget that WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY is THIS WEEK!! We are linking up a week early due to Christmas being the last Wednesday of the month. Second of all, my very favorite post of the entire year is coming up TOMORROW!!!!!! Eeeeks! I can’t wait! I am SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!! So, needless to say, see you guys tomorrow! xo
Susan Jeffries says
You certainly have had your share of stress this season. I don’t know why some seasons are like that, but I certainly am thankful that Jesus can handle it all for us. I will be praying for your family and hope that you all recover well and enjoy this Christmas season.
Mix and Match Mama says
Amen to that, Susan!
Angie P says
I’ll be praying for your beautiful family. I just received good news about my health and it’s such a blessing. Merry Christmas!
Lifting you and your family up and praying you find comfort, healing, and answers. Christmas blessings and a joyous 2020!
Amy T says
Wow, you have lots of stuff going on and I’m praying that all goes well and that your family has a wonderful Christmas enjoying each other and remembering the true spirit of the season!
Dani Womack says
Praying for your sweet family! Isaiah 43;1b-3a
I am sorry your family is going through so much. Prayers that answers come and for positive outcomes. All of this must be so hard. Thinking of your family!
So much on your plate..be sure to take care of yourself so you can care for your loved ones.
So sorry, Shay! That has to be painful for your mama’s heart! I just wrote on my blog about the life and death of my best friend who passed away a week ago after battling breast cancer, and boy, sometimes it’s hard to write our struggles down on paper because it makes it even more real. Praying, this Christmas, anyone experiencing that difficult dichotomy of “sorrowful yet rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10) would be lifted up, and He would breathe His glorious hope and rest into us all! Hugs to you and your sweet girls!
Mix and Match Mama says
I’m so sorry for your loss. It makes me think about my Manda. God bless you and her family this season.
Ahna @ Hammers N Hugs says
Your friend actually crossed my mind because I remember you honoring her love for Jesus through a post even this many years later and I loved that. Heather would have wanted the same. I only started blogging a year ago and never thought I would be writing such a hard post on a DIY inspiration blog, but I appreciate how you have used it as a platform. So thanks for that. XO
Abby Slaton says
Prayers for you all! That’s a lot to handle in one season!!
Amy D. says
Sending lots of prayers and love and positive thoughts to you and your family!
Noelle Hamilton says
Praying for you and your beautiful family! I know you hear this all the time, but you really have blessed many people sharing your family, your beautiful home, your trips etc! May God continue to bless you, and heal you all!!
Elizabeth S says
Definitely saying prayers for you and your family. That is A LOT to be going through, yet you continue to be so upbeat, giving, and joyful on your blog. That is inspiring.
Debbie Hibbert says
I’m so sorry you’re dealing with the stress that comes with all of this, but so thankful you know THE ONE who will see you through. Praying for you guys!♥️
Dear Lord, please look after this sweet family and give them the strength and courage to handle these health issues. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Oh Shay! What a wild health whirlwind! Praying for the Shull girls for strength and answers. Sending love!
It’s so hard to wait for answers and extremely frustrating.
Angela Ellingson says
I am so sorry your family is dealing with so much right now. Prayer for answers, wisdom, healing and rest for you all. Sending so much love!
Praying for you and your sweet family! ((HUGS)) I love reading your blog every morning. Thank you for opening up your home and sharing your family with all of us. BTW, I love Madeley’s nickname: Mades!
Steph G says
Ahhh Bless your hearts!
Praying for you all, your healing and all the answers your searching for. Sending prayers of strength and comfort your way.
Sweet K is sooo pretty now. EXACTLY like your mother in law! I can’t believe it
Have a great day.
Michelle J says
Wow. That is a lot going on at once. Prayers for all of you. I have a daughter that is small for her age and had elevated liver enzymes. She has glycogen storage disease type VI, which was found through a liver biopsy and managed through diet. It seemed to take forever to eliminate other things and to get test results back. Waiting through the unknown is hard. So prayers for you during this waiting game.
Hi Shay and Michelle,
My kid’s AST and ALT are around 80. We don’t know where to start, which kind of doctor. Any suggestions? Thank you!
Natalie Alvarado says
Praying for the health of your family today!
Michelle J says
Cristina – we started with the liver clinic at the Children’s Hospital in our state. We were then referred to the genetic clinic there. I would think your primary doctor would know where to refer you. But if you aren’t getting the right help, always ask for a second opinion.
Michelle, thank you!
Kristen Cole says
Thinking about you and your family! Hoping you guys find answers soon! Xoxo
Praying for you and your family. That’s a whole lot going on, I hope you get to enjoy all the Christmas festivities you want to and truly enjoy the down Christmas time spent with loved ones.
Did you get Madeley tested for Wilson’s disease? It’s a fairly rare genetic disease but one sign of it is elevated liver enzymes.
Mary Ann says
Daily reader here-just wanted to say thank you for your openness and know that you are being prayed for. I will believe that your whole family will feel a special “Emmanuel’ (God is with us) touch this holiday season. Thank you for all you do to brighten my day. Merry Christmas!
Sounds like a season of waiting and through my experience, that is always the toughest. Having a plan, even if tough, is always easier than waiting.
Praying for you all and all that lies ahead. I really hope the next two weeks are super sweet and peaceful before heading into 2020.
Oh Shay. I am so sorry to hear about all of this, what a stresssful time. You guys are in my prayers and I have my fingers tightly crossed for good news for all three of you 🙂 glad to hear you’re feeling good after your hysterectomy, take it easy and enjoy the holiday season with your family and friends!
– Gillian x
Angela Patterson says
Oh Shay! I am so sorry to hear all of these things you guys are facing right now. I will lift you all up fervently in prayer because we know that we serve a mighty God! Praying for complete healing for you, complete healing for Kensington, answers and guidance and complete healing for Madeley and Ashby, strength and peace for Smith and Andrew….”For with God nothing will be impossible. ~ Luke 1:37” Sending love and hugs, Angela
Jonna Adams says
My son has a rare genetic growth disorder called Russell Silver Syndrome (RSS) which is something you may want to look into. His original genetic testing came back normal so they had to test again and go into his 7th & 11th chromosome because that’s where RSS is usually found. His came back in the 11th chromosome and he has what’s called RSS 11p15 with LOM. However genetic testing can come back normal but you can also be clinically diagnosed with RSS as well. He’s on daily growth hormone injections and thriving. I encourage you to look into the Magic Foundation. They are a wonderful organization that can help with any type of growth disorders/issues and can maybe help you find some answers. There is Turners Syndrome to look into as well. As I heal from my own major surgery, I wish your family many blessings and answers this holiday season.
Wishing you a speedy recovery and that you have answers soon for Kensington and Madeley. I had a robotic hysterectomy a year ago – it was a sad decision to make, but it was for the best, especially because of my underlying health issues. An added bonus is that I don’t have to dread that time of the month!
Randi Jo Rooks says
Thank you so much for sharing your life with so many. I’ve been wondering and praying and I’m so grateful for the update. You are shining brightly so of course attacks will come – but God is sovereign! He is your shield and defender. He will help you not fear and will use all for good. Praying His presence love and comfort is so real to you this season. Keep shining!!!!
Ashlea Patterson says
Praying for you and your family! Always remember that god loves you and wants good for you even if it doesn’t always feel that way.
Thinking of your sweet girls and hoping you get answers soon. This is totally unrelated but I made your sausage and smoked Gouda cups this morning for a work party. OMG idk if they will make it to the party! My husband and I can’t stop eating them!
Mix and Match Mama says
This made me happy! Thank you, Molly!
Oh my goodness, that’s a LOT! I’m sorry to hear that your family is dealing with so much right now. Prayers that all tests results and recoveries are the very best possible outcome. I admire your strength through all of this. God bless your family Shay!
Yvonne C says
Will definitely keep your family in my prayers!
How do you keep your spirits up? Do you ever feel downright depressed? I’m amazed by your bright spirit on your blog. What are all the things you do or what is it about who you are that helps you get through such hard times? I am so inspired by you.
Mix and Match Mama says
Of course!! I rely on Jesus for my strength, but yes, some days, I get really down. I’m thankful for “my people” who are always there for me.
My thoughts exactly! I am amazed by Shay’s spirit and happiness that she tries to maintain during these truly difficult times. A very inspiring lady for a lot of women and me, personally. She has been a huge influence in my life.
Amy W Getz says
Shay . . . that’s a lot for one mama to handle. I don’t often comment but feel very compelled to let you know that you are being lifted up. Answers will come . . . you will handle it all with grace . . . and I pray that all the resolutions will be fabulous! Hugs and love from one mama to another. xoxo
Elizabeth Feldpausch says
Praying for you and your recovery! Also praying for your sweet girls as they continue to battle their own issues. They are so blessed to have attentive caring parents willing to fight for them!
Sheaffer Sims says
So thankful it looks like you are finally on the upswing! And praying for those precious girls of yours!
Praying for you girls every single morning! We love you guys!
I am so sorry to read what you and your family are going through. I am keeping you all in my prayers. I am glad you are feeling better than you were; I hope your appointment goes well this week. I really hope you get answers soon for Kensington and Madeley. You have been blessed with the sweetest children. God bless you and your family this holiday season.
Erin Noel says
I’m so sorry y’all have been going through so much. ((HUGS)) and prayers for you, your sweet girls, the rest of your family, and the doctors taking care of you guys.
Continuing to pray for you and your family!
Melissa Terry says
Praying for you specifically this morning that you can enjoy a peaceful and restful Christmas season. for healing and for answers heading into the new year.
Beth Valenta says
Praying for all of you sweet girls.
Kathy Lang says
I imagine the uncertainty with Madeley and waiting for more info on Kensington can add to the stress, so I am praying for answers and direction soon. I believe God uses your family and this blog to bring joy to others~ such a blessing. I continue to pray that God heals you, and all in the Shull family that need it.
That is more than any family should have to deal with at one time. How hard it must be to take care of yourself when you must be so worried about Kensington and Madeley. I hope that your faith is helping you deal with this, though I know for me, it really doesn’t! Praying for great outcomes for all of you.
Erin Smith says
Shay, my heart just sank reading all that you guys have been walking through. Praying now for peace and strength in the waiting.
Ann Walker says
Continued prayers for you and your family. Take your time, heal, love your family. You are very generous to share so much of your life with us. You have every right to take your time to decide what and when you want to share.
I had a complete hysterectomy when I was 45. (I am 61 now). After much trial and error, and really wanting to be as safe as possible, I have had great success with the Vivelle Dot which is a patch.
Good luck finding your balance.
Lisa B says
You are younger than I was when I had a total hysterectomy, but have never regretted it as the symptoms leading to it were so bothersome. Hormone replacement went well, and I always said I wish I had done it earlier.
But kids having trouble, now that is a real worry for a mom. Hang in there.
Marie Claas says
I mentioned this once before, several years back when you mentioned Madeley was on the smaller side. My 7 year old girl has mosaic Turner’s Syndrome. It’s a genetic disorder that affects growth, there are learning delays with speech etc., and it can affect kidneys (their shape and function) and heart, and later it affects reproduction. It has to do with the X chromosome, given by the father. To look at my little girl, you would never know anything is wrong. Just giving you another possibility to explore. I’m praying for all of you!
Praying for strength and healing for all 3 of you girls ❤️ God bless your sweet family. Prayers from Kansas ❤️
Blessings to you and your family! So strong of you to share and just know the community is thinking of you and praying for you. Merry Christmas
Reading your update…and it was like I was reading WebMD because I left there in a panic. Lol. My 5 year old is also adopted (30 week preemie by guess could be younger, bio mom on meth, don’t know who her dad is). She is the size of a 3 year old. We have done bone age testing and other testing and all is normal. Figured she was just the runt. My question, are they wondering if the liver is causing her to be small (never heard of that) or was it by mistake that they found elevated liver enzymes?
Mix and Match Mama says
I’m going to say it was thanks to divine intervention they did the liver panel. She’s small, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem. xo
My goodness you have a lot on your plate. I’m praying for each of you and hope you get answers and healing for everyone soon.
Dawn Engle says
SO much to deal with during an already crazy/busy season! Praying that you and your sweet girls recover/know what is going on soon!!
Amanda Wilson says
I will be praying for you all!! The unknown is so hard sometimes Shay especially for a mom who wants to help and fix things. MY quiet time this morning was this quote “Love the cross and let us remember that we are not alone in carrying it. God is helping us and with God who is comforting us we can do anything” Merry Christmas to you guys’ll!!
Lynn Norton says
Wow! Just wow to all you have been dealing with! Thank you for sharing b/c now I and I am sure many others know what to pray for for y’all. May God hear and answer our prayers! May they come to HIM IN POWERFUL NUMBERS!
Mercy, that’s a lot for one to bear. I’ll be praying for you as you recover and for your sweet girls too. Blessings to you Shay!
Wendy Hicks says
You have been dealing with so much. I am so very sorry. Will be praying for you and your precious family. God is good!!
praying for you three right now. God cannot be untrustworthy… may that true fact encourage your heart and quiet your mind.
Paula B. says
I will keep your entire family in my thoughts and prayers during this blessed holiday season and on into the coming year. I hope you are feeling better and stronger as you recover in these early days post-op. Hoping the magic and goodness of these Christmas days is enjoyed by everyone at your house.
Praying for a quick and easy recovery after your surgery. Also praying for your girls and their health. Wishing you all the best.
Jodie Kingsbury says
Wow, so many things going on. I’ll be praying for all of you to get this all figured out and have a great Christmas season.
Oh, Shay, I’m so sorry to hear about all of this happening, and all at the same time! I took a moment this morning to send healing wishes to you and your beautiful girls! I’m sure the not knowing has been very hard for you all, and I’m hoping you get some answers soon. I’m so glad you have a big support group to get you through, and that includes all of us-your readers! We are all thinking of you and sending good thoughts your way. I cannot wait for your favorite books of the year-yay! (Insert me dancing). Hang in there and take good care of yourself!
I’m so sorry, Shay. I’ll be praying for your sweet family this season. God is good and He is on this path with you!
Angie Galvan says
Prayers to you and your family! Your faith and strength are inspiring.
Your beautiful family is in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing all of you good news and I hope you are feeling better each day. You and Andrew are angels on earth!
Sending prayers for you and your precious daughters’ for answers, health, and full recoveries. Change is so hard. Sending the very best wishes to you and your family. You have so many people sending all the best your way! ❤️
You are so strong and amazing, Shay! I hope you continue to recovery quickly and easily. You and your sweet family have dealt with so much. You are all in my prayers. Your strength and faith are so inspiring. Praying for a healthy and wonderful 2020 for all the Shulls! Merry Christmas!
Shawna @ Lunchbox Babies says
Praying for you and your sweet family! Hoping you have some clarity and peace by Christmas. Much love.
That’s a lot going on! Keeping you all in my prayers. Start a journal, if you don’t already do that. I’ve found much comfort in looking back at the valleys my family and I have been through at various seasons and finding that Christ was there, working things out for us, even when I felt abandoned at times. That’s not to say we always got the answer we wanted, but He always sent the right people to us in those circumstances. It helps me get through the bumps now, and the inevitable ones that will come in the future, to know He is always there, in control. Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family!
Praying for your sweet family! Wishing you a very happy holiday season!
Wow Shay! You guys are dealing with a lot right now. I know you are no stranger to dealing with health issues and kids, but you have a lot at the moment. I know from experience that health issues with your kids and yourself can be very stressful on the whole family. My prayers are with you and your family and I pray that you experience a deep and abiding peace.
Amanda Jennings says
Praying for you and your sweet family in this difficult and uncertain season. Lord, please cover this family with your healing arms and give them the peace that only you can give. Amen.
Shay, oh my goodness, you are the perfect example of get up, dress up and show up!! I don’t know how you do it sweet lady. You inspire me every day and make me feel like a big wimpy cry baby lol! I only had a partial hysterectomy and was a HOT mess for weeks. You are brave, beautiful, strong and courageous and you don’t know it but you’ve been keeping this lonely empty nester company for years now. God bless you and your family. Hugs and prayers coming your way! ❤
Wishing your family the very best. That sure is a lot going on….
I’m also in a season of waiting and not knowing my health results so I can only imagine that times three (times 4 with all your girls). Praying for answers, peace and healing for your family. Your faith in God is a blessing to see.
Brooke Garwood says
Praying for your precious family! Its so hard when our kiddos are sick or we just know things arent right! I respect and admire your fight for your kids… we are their advocate here on earth. I’m thankful He goes before us and promises to walk in the valleys alongside us. Thank you for being vulnerable! Jesus shines through you ?
Correna Parkinson says
I’ve had 10 surgeries in the last 10 years and my hysterectomy was my latest back in June. I commented to my husband that perhaps it was my age (I’m only 38!) or else the type of surgery but I found my recovery process so much harder and longer with it than even my discectomy surgeries. The recovery kicked my butt for a week …. lots fo sleeping, pain meds. But after a week, I felt like I was back on the upswing. So praying for you Shay, that this will be the same for you!
Omg! That’s a lot, your poor mama heart, but somehow your smile hasn’t faded! Prayers for holiday peace and healing health
What a season you have been in – continued prayers for you and your sweet family! I don’t know if you remember from my book (Expect God), but our daughter, Lily, has tiny ear pits (one beside each ear). When she was first seen at our International Adoption Clinic the doctor told us that your kidneys and ears are formed at the same time in the womb, so the ear pits could indicate a problem. She had her first of many many tests and we are still uncovering things 12 years later! Anyway, we’ve been through a lot of tests/surgeries/diagnoses with her kidneys and other issues – please reach out if you have any specific questions – I’m happy to share with you more of our experience. I pray you all have a blessed and merry Christmas!
Long time reader, first time commenter. Just wanted to let you know that you all will be in my prayers. What a strong woman you are and what a beautiful family you have. Merry Christmas to all of you!
Gail Morgan says
Oh Shay! You have a lot going on. I had a hysterectomy at 23 and can relate to that….managing hormones…well, can relate to that too. Praying for your recovery, and for answers for your girls. It’s so hard when we are in limbo with our kiddos health, or anything else. So thankful that God’s word gives us promises of his faithfulness and care. Praying HE will glance your way and breathe healing over you and your girls.
That’s a lot for one person to handle, and you do it so well. Prayers to you and K and M!
“Tough times don’t last, tough people do.” <3
Lilly Baldridge says
i don’t believe God gives you things you cannot handle, i believe HE can gives you things you can handle and takes your hand in the process to handle well! hang in there, you are strong, you are capable and you are so loved! hugs to the girly girls and you!
That’s a lot…especially all at once. Praying for your beautiful family. Thank you for sharing with us.
Keisha Dawson says
Shay, prayers for each one of you as you are going through all of these things. I pray that God holds your mama heart close! You all are dealing with so much! Also, I CAN.NOT wait for your post tomorrow! So excited to see what made it to the top of your list!
Stefenie Garcia says
Oh Shay I will be praying for your family! I’m praying for complete healing over all of you! I know He will hear our prayers! Take care of yourself and your babies!
Lori reggio says
I am so sorry to hear what your family is going through. I will pray for your beautiful family.
Ana Luxton says
I am praying for health and well being for everyone in your family! I am so sorry that you’re going through so much.. and all at once. I admire your positivity and your ability to function so seamlessly through all of this.
Anna Jones says
Praying for you and all of your girls!! I pray God gives you the best answers you could hope for and that you guys can have a wonderful Christmas despite all of the worries! Thankful that our God is bigger than it all!
Tammy M says
Hi Shay. I had a hysterectomy in my late 30’s about 15 years ago and have never regretted. My only advice is get plenty of rest and take it easy. Some days you might feel you can move around like normal but everything will be very tender inside even after several months. A friend of mine recently ended up back in the hospital with a severe infection because she over did it at home so please be careful. I didn’t start feeling like myself until after a year of my surgery but like you said, everyone is different. Anyway, I have been reading your posts for a few years now and feel as if I know you and your family personally. Even though I don’t normally leave comments, I felt it in my heart to let you know I am praying for you and your sweet girls . Hang in there.
Prayers from Orlando, Florida,
Prayers to you and your family. You really provide a great example of strength and faith.
Praying for you from California.
Tara Hudson says
I pray you all will have good outcomes with your health challenges. But do you not worry about putting all this personal health information about your kids online for thousands of people to read? It’s your job to protect their privacy.
Shanna Corn says
Sending big hugs & lots of prayers to you guys! Hoping you guys get answers on K & M sooner rather than later. Merry Christmas!
Kelly Nagy says
So funny that I’ve never met you all, but you have been on my heart this season. Thank you for sharing, will continue to pray for the best possible outcome for you all.
Lori Sheffieck says
Keeping you and your sweet family in my prayers. That is a lot on your mama heart along with your own recovery. I had a full hysterectomy when I was 50 (MUCH older than you) but it was a lot to deal with, physically and emotionally, but resolved very quickly. Sending a special prayer up for you today! Merry Christmas to you and yours. ?❤?
I have always prayed for very specific things and I’ll be praying for healing for your precious children and you for you. Seasons like this always make remind us that He is in control and humble us down to look to Him. Blessings and Peace to you all!
Rebecca Jo Vincent says
Praying for all your littles!!!!
Janice Dobbe says
Prayers for you and your girls Shay
Kelly M says
Prayers for your whole family- you’ve got a lot in the ‘unknown’ category of life right now, and coming from one planner to another, that is VERY challenging to let go and let God. I’ll pray for that for you too!
Laura Reimer says
Pretty easy to read your posts, see your beautiful family and think you are immune to the hard parts of life on planet earth. Thank you for your honesty and transparency and please know i am praying for you all. I had a hysterectomy and even though I was well past child-bearing years and in my 50’s, that is a very special part of me. The place where my most valued people began their lives and there was a deep kind of loss knowing all of it was who knows where now. I am also praying for your children – that is very difficult to have any one thing – and all three together are a lot. Prayers abound. You brighten my day each morning – thank you for what you do <3
Each of you are on my heart!
I’m glad you’re feeling better and hope you’ll get good news from your doctor, Shay. Thanks so much for the update. I know you don’t have to but we all care about your lovely family so appreciate when you do feel you can share. Finger’s crossed for Kensington and Madeley that all will be well. Sending prayers and a Merry Christmas for you and your family.
Praying for all of you!! It’s so hard when there’s so many unknowns and being a child in the hospital receiving test after test, I remember those days. Praying for your recovery and that the doctor can get to the bottom of this for both girls ?
Debbra Weber says
Continued prayers for your sweet family! Your faith will give you the hope, strength and healing that your family needs. Take good care of yourself as you heal!!
Oh my goodness. I am praying for you and your babies, I can’t even imagine.
Janet Inman says
Oh my goodness….any one of these things is stressful by itself, but, all 3 going on at the sane time is so much. I’m so thankful you have God in your life and know He will help you through it all. You will all be in my prayers as you await answers. God Bless and May you continue to feel Him holding you in the palm of His hand giving you strength, peace, healing, and love.
Wow, that is a lot to handle and it sounds like you are doing a great job! Praying for you and your family, for fast healing and answers… Lot’s of love!
Stephanie Jennings says
Hi, Shay- God bless you and your family. What a rollercoaster of a year. Just know lots of people are praying for your sweet family. Merry Christmas!!!
Donna mason says
Shay I am praying for your quick recovery and for your precious girls. You have so much on your plate right now. I hope you are able to enjoy this special time of year with your family. I know how much you love this time of year. Thank you for opening up your heart and your home to so many of us. I love your blog!!!!
I’m sending lots of prayers, hugs and love to you Shay and your beautiful family! I hope you can get more rest, so you’ll have the strength to overcome everything else that’s been coming your way! ❤
Praying along with you and your family! I’m sad to hear that there’s so much up in the air, but encouraged by the attitude that you and your family have. So much love to you and yours!
Lori Boyett says
Praying for all of you, especially those sweet kiddos!! I know anything with our kids scares us so much, but prayer changes things!! I had a TAH almost 20 years ago and I can honestly say it was the BEST thing I ever did!! It eliminated so much misery. Recovery is tough but it’s so worth it. I hope y’all have the merriest Christmas ever and a blessed new year!!❤️
Oh, Shay. This is so much to deal with at one time. It reminds me of some health scares we had with 2 of our kids several years ago. One was a heart issue and I was so shaken and scared, but it turned out to be literally nothing. He also was very small for his age and after years of testing, he was diagnosed with familial short stature (he’s just petite, lol.) Fast forward 5 years later and our 4th baby started having terrifying seizures (she would turn blue and cold to the touch) just as we had moved to a foreign country and had no real community and barely spoke the language.
I remember in those moments not being able to ‘feel’ God was near, but now looking back I can see it so clearly. I hope that as you are going through all of this you can trust that God is near, but if you don’t ‘feel’ it, remember that He really is and sometimes he even allows us to see a glimpse of why He allowed certain things later on. You have been on my mind and in my prayers for the last 10 days or so and will continue to be! Oh, and listening to Scripture and good preaching (John Piper is a favorite!) also helps me to remember He really is there even when I’m struggling in my own faith. I’m not saying you are, but I know I was when everything felt so overwhelming!
Robin Thompson says
Shay, my heart goes out to you and your family. That is way too much stress at one time. My prayers are with all of you. Gods blessings to you.
Hi Shay! My daughter is also adopted, elevated liver enzymes, low weight gain, tiny too! Tons o tests throughout her life—all the ones you mentioned plus cystic fibrosis, twice! She is now 15 and just this fall we finally got an answer! Her stomach over produces acid…she starts eating, stomach fills up w acid, then she doesn’t absorb what she ate, and she is full quickly. She is on an acid blocker and has gained 18 lbs in 4 months!! Anyway, it may not be that for your Madely, but maybe?! Merry Christmas!
Continued prayers for you and your family! Your faith and joy during your recent trials are such an inspiration, and I hope you know that 🙂 Merry Christmas!
Becky Carl says
I pray for healing for you and your sweet girls and that you get answers very soon. The unknown is the hardest part and where we really need to lean on Jesus for peace and comfort. I pray He holds each of you in a special way today and gives you the assurance that everything is ok. I know you need it so much Shay because worrying about our children is the ultimate pain we Mama’s endure in this life. I thank God for your faith that you so freely share and God sees. It will be ok. Love to y’all.
Erika Slaughter says
Rest woman, rest!!! If I say it enough, I hope it sticks!!
Kacy M says
Praying for you and the family! My mom had a hysterectomy and an operation on her liver done this year as well so I feel ya!
Dawn K says
Sending prayers and love to you and your beautiful family. You guys are such a source of strength and inspiration to so many!
so many prayers your way! like the saying – everyone you meet is carrying some kind of burden. thank you for sharing your burdens with us and letting more prayers head your way. and thank you for always thinking of us out here:)
That is a LOT for one family to handle but you seem to be handling it as well as can be expected. Prayers for you all.
I am so sorry for all that you are walking through. Praying for His strength that is made perfect in our weakness and for His peace as you wait on so many things. You are such a blessing to so many.
Sarah W Flores says
Oh Shay! I have read your blog for years and rarely comment, but I have to comment on your beautiful strength and grace. Your faith and love for your family shows in your blog and your family is lucky to have your strength especially during these difficult times. This too shall pass and sunny days will return. I join all the others in prayer for your sweet family. Through God anything is possible. Merry Christmas!
Julie Jones says
Wow Shay that is a lot going on! Thank you for sharing, you really are a testament to your faith and an encouragement to others by how you manage the unknown and the anxiety that comes with it! I am sure you have hard days but you keep going. Thank you for being such a great example, it really helps!
Sending lots of love and prayers!! I’m so glad you’ve been able to get out and enjoy holiday moments through these tough times and I pray you get the answers you are seeking soon!!
Sandi Kellman says
On the verge of tears for you sweet mama. I had a hysterectomy but I was in my 50s and it did change things but I’m so grateful that I was able to do that. I’m praying for both your girls and your family this Christmas I pray you’re getting a lot of rest in between all of the unknowns. I do know that Jesus is an amazing help and I’m so grateful that your family knows and loves him I’ll be praying for you in the weeks to come as God has his hand over your family. We have no business in your lives and you’ll be fine with just a few bumps along the way. And he makes everything beautiful and it’s time Ecclesiastes 3:11
Sandi Kellman says
Not “we”.. although true. Satan. Has no business in your lives Amen!!!!
Sandi Kellman says
Not We don’t have business in your life but Satan does not I apologize for the typo God bless you this is in addition to my comment above praying for you all
Patty Anderson says
HE is holding you close and knows what’s ahead for all of you. Many blessings for answers soon and for a wonderful season of healing ahead.
Shelley K Watson says
Hi Shay. Just wanted to send some encouragement your way. My husband and I are in the process of adopting a baby that we started fostering in the NICU. He was 1 llb 8 ounces at birth and today is truly a miracle. I’m all too familiar with doctors’ visits , unexpected surgeries, procedures as well as juggling life. Prayers to you for continued strength and recovery.
Shelley from Arkansas
Well, it doesn’t seem fair for all of you to be dealing with health issues all at once. Some seasons it seems like when it rains, it pours. I’ll continue to pray for you and your family. I think some years, depending on what is going on in my life, I lean more into the joys of Christmastime, and other years I identify more with the waiting, wondering, and uncertainty that are also a part of the Christmas story. Either way, I find comfort in Christmas. Hoping you can as well.
Prayers for your family that you have comfort, healing and find answers for your sweet girls.
Oh my… wow!! Definitely offering up a few extra prayers for you and your family. You are all so strong, and I know you guys will get through this. <3
Prayers going up right now for complete healing of you and your precious babies.
Prayers for you and your beautiful family!
Oh my goodness. That’s a lot! Bless you all. Praying for you and your family. ?
Cheryl Cramer says
Wow that is a whole lot for your family. Through it all there is lots of love and smiles. God has a plan for each one of us. He knows what is going to happen and is always near. He is holding all of you in His heart and hands.
You are so close and strong that now matter what happens you will get though it and be stronger because of it.
I had a hysterectomy when I was 28. They tried all kinds of hormone replacement but what finally worked for me was the patch. I changed it every 3 days it was quick easy and no weight gain or side effects for me. So happy it worked for me. When it came time to wean off of it to go into menopause it was easy. I am now 63.
My son was in the hospital when he was 8 and they didn’t know what was going on with him. Liver counts were sky high and all of his other levels were out of wack. They finally figured out he had, “Mono, with Stephen’s Johnson syndrome and Kawasaki disease”. He was one sick kid and we all thought he wasn’t going to make it. I stayed by his side for weeks. Prayed by his bed and they figured it out. He is a healthy, amazing 31 year old man now. We got our miracle. I still believes that God does miracles. Yours is on it’s way. Enjoy your Christmas and know that He is the reason for the season. He loves all of you. Hugs and blessings
Liz Thorson says
Much love and cheer and hope for definitive and positive, treatment plans forKensington, Madeley and always, Ashby. What a lot of worry and concern to carry for you, dear Shay, all while you are recovering yourself during your very favorite time of year! Here’s to your village I hope are putting in double time to support you! XO
As I read your post, the cliche “when it rains it pours” came to mind. I think you need tons and tons of sunshine! Prayers for you and your entire family that everything will be resolved. I will leave you with the motto my dear sister, who is fighting pancreatic cancer, adopted: Faith cures fear.
A sweet friend told me about this update and I knew I needed to come read it for myself. Our kids are all about the same age as yours and similar stages so I GET YOU! I know the worry and love and stress and worry again, ha! We will be praying for answers about Madeley and for healing for Kensington and for you. It’s wonderful to see you are still enjoying this beautiful season 🙂
Oh, Shay! Seasons like this are so very hard! Especially so when there’s something wrong with our kiddos. We’d much rather it be us and not them. Praying for gods peace as you wait for answers, wisdom for the doctors, and complete healing for all of you.
I feel guilty asking this with so many big concerns, but I love your sweater in the picture. Would you share where it’s from please?
Thank you for being so vulnerable with your readers. You are truly such a strong woman. I will be praying for your entire family and that you receive your answers soon!
Kathy Cochran says
Sending prayers to you and your family! I’m glad you’re able to enjoy some holiday fun.
Mother of 3 says
Oh wow; that is a lot to handle and it sounds like you are handling it all pretty well. Hoping for answers for you all soon and a speedy recovery for you.
Laura JeanS. says
Prayers to you and your entire family! It’s amazing all that we women have to handle with ourselves and our families… and you do it with such grace!
I, too, went through some crazy health stuff this year, and I feel YA! Prayers to a happy and healthy 2020!! 🙂
Ralinn J. says
The Shull family certainly has a lot on their plate right now. Thank you for sharing. Prayers for a quick recovery for you and answers and direction for your oldest and youngest. Merry Christmas.
Stephanie Trovato says
Lots to go thru, especially during the holidays! Has Madley been tested for celiac disease? one of the crazy parts is that if effects everyone differently, but can attack organs like the liver and kidneys – and can also explain why she isnt growing/developing because you loose important nutrients when eating.
I was diagnosed as an adult because my liver numbers were elevated to a scary level, and after scans and tests and even a biopsy with no clear results, they did blood work and then a scope to confirm the celiac. Just a thought (and i know everyone is throwing suggestions at you!)
Hi Shay… so sorry you’re dealing with all this. I will say a prayer for your girls. I also had to have a total hysterectomy last year when I was 39. I’m curious to what your doctor plans to do about hormones. Mine would not let me take any so I’ve had to manage menopause… at 39! Would love to chat about that. Curious how others around my age have handled it.
Mix and Match Mama says
Please feel free to email me, Jami!! I’d love to chat! firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂
Kim Rose says
Praying for all of you! ?
Wow! You do have so much going on. For me, the waiting to know always seems the hardest. I hope and pray that you get answers soon. Praying for all of you!
This is just so much for one family to be going through at once. I’m sending all my best healing vibes your way and wishing you peace.
All you and your family’s been going through health-wise, is a lot to take. I’m sure your faith has made it much easier. Prayers and best wishes for you all. Please do keep us posted, and have the happiest and healthiest of holidays.
Macon Collins says
Oh my goodness, Shay, so much to pray about for your sweet family. I love your blog but have never commented before now….but I’m sitting at the hospital with my oldest who is 15 as he recovers from jaw surgery earlier today. Your message was a comfort- praying for healing and peace for you and your girls. Merry Christmas!
You and your family are dealing with so much right now. Praying for all of you!
Maryellen Azarian says
Thank you for the update. I love your sweet little family and will be praying on all 3 concerns. I know our Lord has His mighty hands watching and lifting you. Blessings Shay.
So many thoughts and prayers going out for your family! Thank you for sharing this with us. So much to deal with!! Hang in there and God Bless! ❤️
Alyssa Lindquist says
Praying for your sweet family, Shay!! ❤️❤️
You are all in my thoughts. Such a special family 🙂
Sara Cordell says
Praying for you three ladies and healing/answers!
Rhoda Watson says
Oh my goodness….I read your blog regularly but missed that you had a hysterectomy this week!!! I hope you feel better soon. That surgery is rough! Wishing you a very healthy 2020!!!!
Praying for you all! I unfortunately had to have a hysterectomy last summer due to some health concerns and the recovery was horrible for me. Now a year and 1/2 later it was the best decision I ever made! I feel fantastic and I’m so glad I had to have it done! Hope you are back to 100% soon!
Emily R says
God bless you and your family, Shay. I hope all of you feel uplifted during this holiday season.
Praying for all of you. Sending positive vibes for good results from biopsies and future tests.
Thinking of you sweet Shay and your family. And praying for a full recovery for all of you. Lots of love always.
My goodness you and your family sure have been going through so much lately! Thank you for sharing with all of us…it feels like we know you and are all close friends even though we’re basically strangers. But please know that by being your “friend” through this social media format I am thinking of you all and keeping you all in my prayers!! xoxo Stay strong my friend! Philippians 4:13
Jennifer Hampton says
“Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness my God, that is who your are!”
Listen to this ..soak it in! Glory bumps!
Prayers and ❤️
My sweet friend this is more than any family should have to bear. Continue to be strong and this to shall all pass. I’m praying for you and your sweet girls.
Have a blessed Christmas and healthy 2020!
Sending prayers and healthy vibes to all three of you!
MAUREEN WERNER says
I had a full hysterectomy when I was 38, after being diagnosed with Uterine Cancer. That was 20 years ago and while the hormone thing was quite an uphill battle, I am so blessed to be healthy and Praising God for such wonderful doctors!! The best part about that surgery for me (Besides no more periods!) was realizing God’s plan for me through adoption! I don’t know if I would have actually traveled that journey if God hadn’t closed that door for me! And I am so thankful for His guidance and all of my blessings! Praying for you all and hoping you recover well, definitely do not push yourself! Hugs to your girls too! Our family will be praying for good results for both of them!
Sending you all the love and strength that I can!!
Michaelann Seiders says
What a tremendous amount that has been put on your plate, and yet you still spread joy all over the world with you blog. Hoping the prayers you are receiving from all your readers are bring comfort and peace during your recovery and waiting period. Have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas season!
Katie S. says
Shay, I’m just now catching up on your old posts from the last week. Just so glad to hear that for the time being, everyone is doing well. Thinking of your family as you await some of those results. Prayers for a speedy recovery, and for each kiddo!
Prayers to you and your family. You are an amazing role model. Happy holidays to you and your family.
You are an amazing young woman! God must love you very much to keep you seeking His love
In all that you do. You have proven over and over that you are faithful to Him, and He will be faithful to you and your family in return. I pray all goes well.
Oh my goodness, Shay, that’s a lot to have going on in general… not to mention during the holidays! I’ll be thinking about you guys and hoping that everything resolves itself in the best possible way. 🙂
As a side note – thank you for being open about your hysterectomy. I’m 38, and have never had children (starting IVF this month!), but I’ve had three surgeries on my uterus so far and holy moly – the recovery is no joke! Take it easy, and have patience with yourself and your body… all will be better soon!
Mix and Match Mama says
I’m stopping right now to pray for you as you start IVF, Erin!!! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!
Kristen Krueger says
Praying for you and your family! <3
Shay, sending you best wishes and I am keeping you and your sweet family in my prayers <3
Laura Bartz says
I pray you see this- my sister is also adopted from China. Probably about 4 years ago she started having kidney problems. Blood cells would pass in her stool and they didn’t know what was causing it. She went to Children’s Mercy hospital in Kansas City and the doctor immediately put her on a fish oil supplement and her symptoms went away. I think it is because they just have more fish in their diet than we do. I don’t know if this helps one bit but I had to at least say something!
Mix and Match Mama says
I see it, Laura! Thank you so much for sharing this with me!!!
I think you are amazing!! I don’t know you personally, only read your posts but your energy radiates. I love the way you look at the world, your prospective, your gratitude, your elegance! You are making a difference and you should be so proud!! I wish you a wonderful and blessed holiday!!! XO
I wish you all the best with your hysterectomy healing. I had one about 5 years ago because of uterine cancer, and even 5 years later, cancer-free, I’m still psychologically and mentally healing from it.
Mix and Match Mama says
I’m sorry. I cannot imagine the journey. Praying for you right now. xo