Saturday, January 27, 2007

Please pray for the Buck family:

Josh Buck was in a swimming/diving accident on January 18th while vacationing in Mexico.
He needs our PRAYERS!
Pray for healing!
Pray for his wife Shelly, his kids, Noah and Zoe and unborn son.

For more info and updates, go here:

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Yes I am still alive. Life is just passing too fast and there are not enough hours in the day to blog!
Here is our trip to Hawaii this Oct. It was an awesome time with some of our best friends and though we missed Reagan, it was nice to get away!

click on the picture and it will take you to the online album. Make sure to also click on Esther's Public Gallery (top left corner) to see Hawaii Part 2.
There will be Part 3 coming also, so check back. (pictures are somehow not in chronological order...sorry)

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Happy Father's Day to me!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Once upon a time, I used to be a blogger.

However, life has kept me from this discipline. I promise, there will be posts coming soon enough. But for now, you can stay updated on the Sheets' household and our gorgeous daughter at

Until next time.....

Monday, March 20, 2006

Ode to a Truck

On Saturday, I found a new hobby. This hobby could potentially cost a lot of money if serious amounts of self-restraint are not imposed. You see, I've always been a car guy. I like quick, little cars that dart to and fro like a featherweight boxer. So when we got a truck in December, this was quite the departure from my normal taste. (Remember the pictures of the Honda all crunched up? State Farm Decided it wasn't worth fixing.) When buying the truck, I reasoned, "Why would anyone EVER have a truck that wasn't 4-wheel drive? If I want to drive a 2-wheel drive vehicle, I'll get a sports car." And thus, begins the tale of what could potentially be a serious addiction.

Ever since driving the truck off the lot, it has been treated differently than any other vehicle I've ever owned. It doesn't get washed as frequently. It gets used more. It gets abused more. Scratches (within reason) are accepted as normal accessories to the exterior styling. For someone who loves little race cars, I can't believe I lived this long without a truck. I look for reasons to use the truck for what it's supposed to be used for - trucking things hither and yon.

Despite the good use I've gotten out of the truck over the last 3 months, I've never exploited that little knob that has some curious markings on it. What does "4-Hi" do?? And even more perplexing, what does "4-Lo" do? So with great excitement, I called my buddies Scott and Travis (see Travis' protrait to the left), and said, "Let's go get my truck dirty." We headed up to Lytle Creek which is in the mountains just below the Cajon Pass on the 15 Freeway. After about 40 minutes on the freeway, we pulled off and headed up into the mountains on a narrow winding road. We kept going until the pavement stopped. We got out for a minute, realized it was cold as stink, and got back in the trucks as the snow started falling. (It still amazes me about Southern California, that you can be in 70-80 degree sunshine, look up at the snow-capped peaks, and be frolicking in the snow in about 45 minutes.) Needless to say, where the pavement stopped was where the fun truly began. I give you the following photos as a small taste.

A good time was had by all. I also got to do my first donut in the truck. Too fun. It is easy to see how addicting the desire to reach tougher terrain can cause people to spend ridiculous sums of money on toys they are TRYING to break. I certainly don't have that bug, but I know I want to get out and do this again!

Unfortunately, this last photo shows all that's left of the truck after an unfortunate meeting with a cliff.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

All we can say is, "THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!"

Thank you all for all of your prayers and support through this both exciting and trying time in our lives. You have rallied around us with such support that we are humbled and honored.

Most importantly, we thank God for all of his miraculous provision in our lives. He has truly given us a sense of peace throughout this ordeal, and that peace can't be explained in human terms. In a situation that appeared so dire, we knew that every obstacle in Reagan's path would be lifted by a loving heavenly father who has amazing plans for our daughter. I (Brock) speak for myself when I say, even though logic said that all of these problems were too large for a newborn to overcome, I KNEW beyond a shadow of a doubt that Reagan was going to be fine and live a full, healthy life. We already know that she's going to be a fierce warrior for God's kingdom!

With that said, I would like to announce that iReagan 0.0.4 is in fact completely wireless!! Yup, that's right, no strings, cords, wires, or lines connected to her. I'm almost afraid she'll run away since she doesn't have a leash attached to her. I would, however, like to point out a glitch in the programming. Normally, when it comes to computers, the rule is "Garbage In, Garbage Out." With all of the versions of iReagan, it's been a different story. We fill her with what seems to be pure wholesome goodness straight from Esther's bosom, and what do we get on the flip side?... Unadulterated foulness!! I'm gonna have to take this glitch up with the master programmer and see what He can do to remedy the problem.

I would also like to show you the following picture, and see if you see anything that looks different.
That's right!! What you see behind me is the backdrop of our humble abode. And Reagan's there with us!! They discharged her today at about 2:00 in the afternoon, and since then, she has not spent a moment without being in someone's arms. We are so excited to be home now, and to be able to spend time with the little munchkin is priceless!

To give you an update on the kidney situation, the doctors did the "dye" test today. I'm sorry I don't have a medical name for this test, but I've had so many acronyms thrown at me these past few days, that they've all become a jumbled mess in my mind. I'm pretty sure some of the acronyms were actually cuss words in Portuguese, but I don't have any Portuguese friends I can ask. Back to the "dye" test. This was a test to determine where the urine was flowing to after it left the kidney. The preliminary results are very good because they discovered that none of the urine is flowing upstream. When urine flows upstream, it means that it has a tendency to collect and get infected. The example the doctor used was quite disgusting. He said, (and I want you to imagine this in what I think was a Vietnamese accent), "Eeemagine eef yoo leef da pee pee seeting een da toylet foh too oh tree days. Eet gets velly steenky. Dee same theeng happens eef da pee pee seets in da keedney foh too long." So, it's a good thing the "pee pee" is heading downstream only, because we certainly don't want our daughter to reek of old urine! (Although, that may solve the boy problem she will face in the very near future. They'll say, "She's beautiful, but stinks like a NYC subway!") What happens next is Reagan goes in for another ultrasound on her kidney in about 2 weeks, and then she is seen by a nephrologist (spelling?) in about a month. In the meantime, we get to enjoy our darling daughter with the knowledge that the doctors are on top of things. Since they don't seem too concerned, we aren't too concerned. We know that all of these things will sort themselves out in time.

Thanks again for all of your prayers and support! Reagan will be out and about before you know it, and I know she's going to want to meet all of the people praying for her.

Can't wait to see you all!
Brock, Esther, and REAGAN!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The everlasting God is your place of safety,
And His arms will hold you up forever.
-Deuteronomy 33:27

Right now we are resting on that promise and rejoicing for the miracles that he has already worked in our lives. We are eager to see the miracles that are yet to come, and covet your prayers for the items that I will inform you about below.

I wish we could tell you that it was one of those fairy tale birthing stories, but when the doctors and nurses look at you and say, “Wow! That wasn’t pretty!,” you know that’s pretty bad. Even Esther’s mom, who birthed six children in 8 years, said, “I can’t remember having that kind of difficulty with any of my kids.” I’ll spare you all of the gory details, but please pray for Esther’s recovery both physically and emotionally. (By the way, she’s doing great, but longs to have Reagan with us all the time. I, of course, echo that same longing, but we are also both thankful for the rest we are getting before we get to take care of a needy little life.)

Now, I would like to make a dogmatic statement that many of you will agree with - especially if my wife or I shared the same last name with you at any point during our lives:
If you don’t agree with me, I will not be offended in any way by the error of your thinking. This is the stance that the author of this page is taking, and if you don’t like it, tough noogies.

Reagan is doing great and has made tremendous progress during her two days of life on the outside. Many of you are probably concerned with the pictures from yesterday and can see all of the tubes Reagan has attached to her. You’ve also heard that she has had to spend all of her time in the NICU (Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit). This is obviously a huge concern because it has the words “Intensive Care” in it. It’s not normally a place associated with healthy babies. However, in NICU land, Reagan is a big, pink, porker!! She’s big, active, and full term which puts her far ahead of her roommates in the developmental ladder. And for that, we are grateful!

She had to be put in the NICU for a variety of reasons that have been mostly resolved. The fist item up for bids was Miconium in the amniotic fluid. For those of you who are wondering what that is, it is the baby’s first bowel movement. Normally, this occurs once the baby is outside of the womb, but it is not uncommon before birth if the baby is under unknown stress. (I think she was worrying about the fact that she hasn’t updated her blog in about a week. I know that stresses me out.) One of our nurses had a pin that said “Miconium Happens.” I thought it was pretty stinkin’ funny, and really summed up the whole situation. This bowel movement is considered sterile because all of the origin of the material was from within the womb. However, this can be harmful if it is inhaled into the lungs when she takes her first big breath of air. Fortunately, the lungs were clear, and she didn’t inhale any of that $&%@….er….miconium. DID I SAY THAT!!??

Another reason she is in the NICU is because Esther tested positive for GBS (Group Beta Strep), which is a bacteria found in 1 in 3 women. It is always harmless to the mother, but in rare cases it can be transferred to the baby during the passage through the birth canal. When this happens, it can be very serious. To prevent infection, Esther was put on antibiotics before going into active labor, and Reagan had to be put on antibiotics until blood cultures came back saying that she was negative for the bacteria. Those cultures take 3 days to “cook” before the results are complete. They check the cultures every few hours in that time frame, and notify the patient immediately if there is any positive growth. So, no news is good news. Not to mention, the results of the cultures after 48 hrs. have been negative. The antibiotics are administered through an IV, and they only do baby IV’s in the NICU.

Immediately after Reagan was born, they found a Tension Pneumothorax in her chest. (I think I used those terms properly. Any medical personnel may feel free to correct me on this.) Tension Pneumothorax is where there is an air bubble in the chest cavity, but outside of the lungs. This is very serious because it doesn’t allow the lung to properly inflate, and thus, she can’t get enough oxygen to her organs. Often times, they remedy this by inserting a needle into the chest and sucking the air out. Miraculously, this dissipated on it’s own within a matter of a few hours. Thank you, Lord!! They kept her on oxygen for about 48 hours as a precautionary measure, and kept a close watch on the oxygen levels in her blood. (Pulse-Ox) They slowly weaned her off of the oxygen and she was breathing room air by yesterday afternoon.

Because Esther had a fever during labor, Reagan also was born running a fairly high fever. Fortunately, this also righted itself within a few hours after birth.

It has been difficult working with a corded baby. Reagan’s flailing around makes the wires easy targets for her fingers and toes to get wrapped around and yanked on. It’s also very difficult to move her like that, and all of the feedings have to happen within about 2 feet of the crib. iReagan version 0.0.1, 0.0.2, and 0.0.3 all require a lot of cords for support, but we’re hoping and praying that iReagan version 0.0.4 will be wireless and fully Bluetooth enabled.

The final item that requires a lot of prayer is her left kidney. Many of you will remember a few months ago, we asked for prayer because the ultrasounds were showing her kidney a little bit enlarged. Well, after doing an ultrasound yesterday, they found that there is an extra duct coming off of the kidney. If you know about Esther’s surgery 10 years ago, does this sound familiar?? Esther had an extra ureter growing from her right kidney that was prone to infection. She went through 17 years baffling doctors with the excruciating pain she would deal with periodically. Fortunately, this potential problem has been spotted early for Reagan. They are going to do a “dye” test tomorrow to see where the kidney’s extra duct drains to. We are hoping and praying that when they go to look tomorrow, they will not find the extra duct, and that the biggest problems we will have to deal with in Reagan’s life will be how to keep boys away from her.

With so many miracles already attributed to this little girl’s life, we believe that full and complete recovery is a drop in the bucket for our Almighty God. Again, we appreciate your prayers and ask that you continue to lift up our little family though this process.

God Bless You!
Brock and Esther

Monday, January 16, 2006

She's Here!!!
We are proud to present,
Reagan Joy Sheets!!

Date: January 15th, 2006

Time: 3:08 AM PST

Weight: 8 lbs. 5 oz.

Length: 21 1/2 inches

More to come!!

Saturday, January 14, 2006


We have water-breakage, so we're headed into the hospital. (Sorry for the lack of pictures, but I didn't feel it was very appropriate.)


Friday, January 13, 2006

Guess What!!?? NOTHING!!!!!!!

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