Thursday, December 3, 2009

Day +83......We are moving home!!

Hello Everyone!! MERRY MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS!! The Praskins Family is officially moving home!! YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!! We got the go-ahead from the Doctor yesterday and will officially be down to two visits a week starting next week!! We are going to move home tomorrow after clinic!! We could not be any more excited or thankful for the opportunity to move back home after almost 6 months! There is nothing that beats the comfort of your own home! WOOOO HOOOOO!!!

Dylan is doing wonderful!! He is happy, smiley, and feeling good! He still has some issues with his blood pressure. Please pray that the medicines are able to control his blood pressure and that it does not get worse or cause any problems. His platelet counts are jumping by leaps and bounds and are at the high end of the "normal" range. His blood counts are steady and healthy, and his white count is stable. He still has a very weak immune system and we have to be really careful with him. If we go out in public, we have to go at times where it's the least crowded. Most of the time, we try to keep him in his car seat with a blanket covering him, but he does not like that too much. He wants to be out and staring at everything around him. He loves to look around and watch people. He will just stare at you, with his big blue eyes, and look at you like he is trying to figure you out. Then, the huge smile comes. I love his smiles! He is a smile machine. And not just a smirk, but a wide mouthed smile!! Oh, it is so amazing and fun!! He is also getting stronger everyday. He loves to kick and move around. He is now scooting himself around on the couch, the bed, and anywhere that his little legs can get traction!! He is holding himself up much better now too. He loves to sit up straight-with help, and just look around at everything. He LOVES to stand up on my lap. He thinks he is so cool when he is standing on his skinny little legs! He loves to make noises, and talk, and laugh.....most of the time he sounds like a little
Ewok! Ha!! So cute!! He is even growing some hair!! He has little fuzz all over his head!! At this point it looks dark blond....but we will see!! I cannot wait to see what each day brings!!
On the flip side of everything going well with Dylan, there are a lot of families going through some tough stuff. One family just found out that there little 3 year old has relapsed. The cancer is back, and it is more aggressive than ever. He is not expected to recover. Please pray for Colton and his family. He has 5 brothers and sisters. They are all headed to Disneyland today from the Make A Wish Foundation, to spend some much needed quality time! Pray for a miracle for little Colton....we all know God has no boundaries!! I know that God has us here for a reason, but it is so difficult to understand why God allows these things. Please pray for them. If you would like to follow their journey, please go to

We know that God is healing Dylan and believe that he will be a healthy young boy in a year. When Dylan first got diagnosed, the first things I wanted to hear were stories of survivors. I wanted them to tell me that babies could survive Leukemia, and that he had a fighting chance. But the survivor stories were few, and the odds were stacked against us. Well Dylan is now a hero. A hero and a light of hope to other families who get their worlds turned upside down. I know that God has a plan for Dylan. Every time I stare into his big blue eyes, I am reminded of the miracle that God is doing in and through him. He has been an encouragement to so many people. We have received countless stories of how God has used Dylan to bring them closer to Him. How amazing!! Thank you Lord for using our precious Dylan to reach out to others!!

One of Dylan's little girlfriends is getting her bone marrow transplant tomorrow, on Friday. Her name is Abby....and she is a DOLL!! She is 10 months old and has the same type of Leukemia as Dylan. Please pray for her and her family, as this is the hardest part of the whole process. It is scary and exciting at the same time. Please pray for minimal side effects and a full recovery!! Pray that those stem cells go in and make their home quickly and that baby Abby will grow stronger everyday!! Here is her website if you would like to follow her journey
I will post some other kiddo's stories later....there are many!! I have a little munchkin fighting for my attention, so i better go for now :) Thank you all for all of your love and support!!


  1. VERY VERY VERY EXCITING! COngratulations! Dylan looks SO great and happy! This will be a WONDERFUL Christmas for you all!

  2. Praise God for this wonderful news! Merry Christmas to all three for you! Also praying for sweet Abby.

  3. CONGRATULATIONS. I know you really wanted to move home. I'm also so glad that baby Dylan is doing so well. I have been praying for you guys.
    I will also add Colton and Abby to my prayer list.

  4. Looking forward to having you all here! Definitely a miracle answer to prayer.

  5. He is SO freakin cute. I can't get enough of it. The second he is healthy enough the ladies at my work are begging to get a visit from the D man himself. I told them it will be awhile but someday I will bring him in. :) SO happy he is going to be home. He reminds me everyday of the power or prayer and that miracles are possible. XOXO!

  6. I am sooooo excited for you! :) I can't beleive Dylan has a girlfriend already. LOL. He is one cute little boy. :) I am so happy for you. We are 30 days behind you so in a month....maybe we will be where you are!

    I love love love the photos! Somehow, when in clinic, the kids are kinda in a different environment. It is nice to see what they look like out side!

    have a wonderful weekend!
    love ~Sharlah

  7. Congrats.....I have been following this since the begining....praying and church here in NC (yes East Coast) have had you on our prayer list...(I found out through your cousin Kim White Clark). By the way, why can I not access the website for colton cowell ? It says it does not exist.