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December 30, 2004

We have wonderful news. We are having another set of twins!!! What a shock!!!


 
December 27, 2004

We are so excited we are pregnant again!!!! The testing for the babies went so well. They saw things better this time and other thing not so great. We have had wonderful news so far. The only bad part about being pregnant is I have to wait and give a kidney a year after the babies is born or we have to find another kidney. The doctors also said that Maliyah will be in the hospital for a couple of months after the babies are separated. We really feel like when the babies are separated our family is going to also. That is going to be really hard!!! I really hope it all works out, because that is one of the most stressful part. Just keep praying for us that things will fall into place. Merry Christmas to all.


 
December 27, 2004

We are so excited we are pregnant again!!!! The testing for the babies went so well. They saw things better this time and other thing not so great. We have had wonderful news so far. The only bad part about being pregnant is I have to wait and give a kidney a year after the babies is born or we have to find another kidney. The doctors also said that Maliyah will be in the hospital for a couple of months after the babies are separated. We really feel like when the babies are separated our family is going to also. That is going to be really hard!!! I really hope it all works out, because that is one of the most stressful part. Just keep praying for us that things will fall into place. Merry Christmas to all.


 
December 11, 2004

Jake just got finished putting up our Christmas lights, better late than never. We have some news that we will let everyone know after the holidays. Please keep praying for us. Kendra and Maliyah will have their testing done on the 23rd of December. We are doing so well and we have a lot to be grateful for this Christmas season. What a blessed family we have.


 
December 08, 2004

This has been a wonderful month. Courtney, Kendra and Maliyah are so excited for Santa to come. Kendra and Maliyah want Dora's talking house and Courtney wants a wooden train set. We are very excited!!! We are really enjoying are new house. When we got the Christmas tree out, Maliyah started to cry and say that it was scary. We are very blessed.


 
November 26, 2004

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November 17, 2004

We just put new pics up. We also put a video on of the news report that we were just on. Have a good Thanksgiving!!!!


 
November 15, 2004

I hope everyone got to see us on the news last night. Kendra, Maliyah and Courtney did such a good job. We are glad that the family that lives faraway are able to see how great the girls are doing. I am still trying to get Jake to put the new pictures on the web site.


 
November 13, 2004

We are going to be on the news Sunday channel 2 at 10:00.


 
November 02, 2004

Kendra and Maliyah have been really sick. They have been throwing up and coughing pretty bad. Its just the beginning of winter here and we are already sick, that isn't a good sign. Courtney has a dance recital tonight. Here teacher says that she is the best dancer in here whole class. She also had a primary program she did great. She had all of she part memorized. Please pray that Kendra and Maliyah well start feeling better soon.


 
October 29, 2004

Its Courtney's 5th birthday today. She is so excited. Everything is going great. Last night Jake took pictures of the wheel chair so those will be up soon. I have had a really bad tooth ache and am getting medicine to help with the pain. I HATE PAIN MEDS. Other than that its just having fun with the kids and enjoying the holidays. Happy Halloween to all!!!!


 
October 28, 2004

Every week in December we have two doctors appointments. We have a lot of things going on, but I am so glad that we are getting it out of the way before the next year. All we have to think about is the Care Conference in January. Kendra and Maliyah are doing so well with everything. Courtney, Kendra and Maliyah are all fight a lot just like sisters should. It still drive us crazy though.


 
October 17, 2004

This last Tuesday we had to take the babies to the emergency room because Maliyah was swollen, I thought that something was wrong with their kidney it scared me so bad. Thankfully it wasn't their kidney or Maliyah heart that was giving her the problem. She keeps getting swollen every so often so we are going to visit their kidney specialist in the near future. We are blessed beyond measure. On a more happy note Courtney was able to go with her preschool class to the pumpkin patch she had so much fun. All my children make friends so easily. Thank you for the wonderful messages of support. In the next months it will be a hard time for are family retesting. I really start feeling it when it gets around Halloween. I try not to think about it.


 
October 05, 2004

I guess that October 4 didn't go through. Kendra and Maliyah didn't sleep while last night. We are going to be filming another news program on Friday I am not sure when it will air, I will let everyone know when. We are still working on Kendra and Maliyah standing. We got them a manual wheel chair. Its been fun trying to get the girls to work together to make it go straight and not in circles.


September 23, 2004

I thought that I would up date our web site. Kendra and Maliyah have gotten their wheel chair. Its fits them great!!!! Thank you Shriners for all your hard work. Courtney just started back to preschool thank goodness. It was getting very crazy around here. We had the must amazing thing happen, Kendra and Maliyah are pulling themselves up to standing. We are so lucky to have this happen. They are getting so heavy, so I hope that they will be able to walk soon. We are doing another news program with the girls on channel 2. My husband will be taking pictures of their wheel chair and putting them on the site also. We are also planning on doing make a wish in the spring. The annual testing for the girls will be happen in about five months. So please keep them in your prayers.


 
September 04, 2004

We moved into our new house about 2 weeks ago. I have very exciting news, Kendra and Maliyah are going to be getting a wheel chair shortly. They are also going to be starting school in February. They are doing well. We are in Hawaii as I am writing this. When we called Jake's mom she was telling us how smart the girls are. When we called to talk to Courtney she said that "she is having a hard time and wants to come home." It's good for me and Jake to have this break that we really needed. I hope this letter reaches all of you well. We haven't heard from anyone in a long time please write. We will post pictures of their new wheel chair.


 
August 08, 2004

We are moving into our new house on Thursday. We are so excited to have are new place. We are doing so great. We think that they have a bladder infection. I am probably going to the doctor this week. Thank you for always praying for us.


July 19, 2004

We move into our house in two weeks!!!!! We are all doing very well.


 
July 06, 2004

We are still doing great. We our going to Huntsman Cancer Institute tomorrow. My dad had cancer 3 years ago and he raises money for them by riding his bike to Reno Nevada. Tomorrow is the big day to give the check to the hospital. It is really neat to see how my dad has made something positive with what he went through. This weekend we all had fun. We took the kids to the Living Aquarium, went swimming and watched fireworks at Sugarhouse Park. Kendra and Maliyah were so scared of the fireworks, Kendra was screaming and Maliyah was not crying but tears were running down here face, it lasted for only about 10 minutes and then they loved it. It was so sad, Courtney was falling asleep. All in all it was a lot of fun. We have a wonderful family.


 
June 29, 2004

Kendra and Maliyah went horse back riding this last week they loved it. Maliyah has a little bit of a cold, it doesn't help that she has a tube in her nose either. They can stand at the couch with help, a bit not much. We took them to Lagoon amusement park. They had so much fun. We also took them to Lagoon a beach. There is a waiting pool that has several swings. We bought the girls a little boat, they were walking around the pool, it was really cute. It made us happy that they were able to run around with all the other little cousins that went with us. Two days ago I took the kids to the zoo, Kendra and Maliyah were very scared of the birds that flew around. Courtney got to go and stay at her cousin Haley's house for a couple of days, they had a lot of fun. She is also having a lemonade stand today. Thank you Heidi for taking Courtney it was a nice little break and she had so much fun.


June 12, 2004

We are about 6 weeks out from our house being done. We are soooooo excited to be in that we can hardly what for it to be done. We are all doing well. I am having a really hard time with Kendra and Maliyah getting a lot of UTI (infection in the bladder). I am trying to get that all under control. When they are sick it is a very helpless felling that I really can't example that well, even when they have just a cold or something little it takes a lot out of me. Tonight we took our little family to a ward party we all had so much fun. They are so happy all the time. We need you to say a prayer that these infections will go away, they are pretty dangerous because they could get a kidney infection and that would make them very sick. We need this help. Thank you for all that you do. We love you all.


 
June 03, 2004

We just bought Kendra, Maliyah and Courtney a new swimming pool. They love it!!! In the next couple of week we will post pictures of them swimming. I really need to buy a hat that can go on Maliyah's head because she doesn't have that much hair. Kendra just got a hair cut and as my friend was cutting it she cut bangs in the process, I LOVE THEM. They make her look like a little girl and not like a baby anymore. I still have baby Maliyah. I had forgotten to add that the girls are now 30 pounds. I am so glad that they are growing so well. We love our children so much. I have a new calling in our new ward, I am excited to do anything. I give the lessons in Enrichment, I love teaching the gospel to others, though the wonderful experiences the lord has allowed me to have. Jake hasn't received a calling yet, he doesn't want to. Our house is coming right along. Our life has just falling into place. We our so happy, we love our little family. As we go about with our daily challenges of life, we know that the lord is helping us get through it. We love you all. Thank you for your prayers.


June 01, 2004

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!! I am going to be doing the festival of trees this year. For those of you who do not know what that entails let me explain, I will be donating a tree in Kendra, Maliyah and Courtney's name. It is a very expense thing to take on. The theme is "Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister." We are going to take porcelain dolls that look like they are from other countries and I am going to be decorating the tree with them. As you can imagine this is going to be a very expensive thing to do. So I am asking for donations. Each doll is about 60 dollars, but think about how much money this one tree can raise for Primary Children's Hospital. The tree and lights have already been donated, if you would like to donate please email me at erin@herrintwins.com  If we end up getting a lot of donations we will be just giving the money to Primary Children's. We will also post picture of the tree on the web site so you can see the good that you have done. Thank you for all of your help. Love Jake, Erin, Courtney, Kendra and Maliyah


 
May 28, 2004

We are doing great....


 
May 24, 2004

Sorry we haven't written in along time. Everything is going great. Kendra and Maliyah can play "Name that tune". We are having so much fun with them. Kendra is getting her cast off tomorrow, she is excited. Courtney is having her preschool program this week and also her dance recital this week. We are trying to find different things to put the kids in for the summer. I am going to put Kendra and Maliyah in a mommy and me swimming class and their is also a art class that I am going to put all the kids in its for disabled children and their siblings. Courtney is going to take dance over the summer and be in the parade, I also want her to take the Utah Jazz clinic over the summer. We took the kids to the fair Kendra, Maliyah and Courtney all got to ride a pony they loved it. My children are so scared of everything, it was different so see them trying all new things and loving them. Tomorrow Jake is going to down load pictures of the twins on the pony. WE are such a lucky family!!!


 
May 12, 2004

Did I call it or what!!!! Kendra and Maliyah are feeling so much better. I think I forgot to tell every one about Kendra's surgery that she had. This last Friday she went in for finger surgery, it went very well. I was so worried the whole time, it was the worst surgery so far for me. Kendra did great. Maliyah was just along for the ride like always. She is a perfect little angel. Kendra is now starting to get used to us leaving them in nursery. The first couple of times Kendra would cry and cry, Maliyah loved every minute of it. Maliyah is very easy going, I love it. Kendra loves people as long as they are not holding her. We really feel so much love from these three beautiful angels. We are so luck to have them as our daughters.


 
May 10, 2004

Kendra and Maliyah are throwing up, they can't keep anything down. Their grandpa came over this morning to give them a blessing. They should start feeling better soon. Courtney is going to be spotlighted in preschool tomorrow. We made her two posters with a lot of pictures on them. She is so excited about it. She is also going to be bring princess fruit snacks. We are hoping that tomorrow the twins will be doing better. It kills me when any of my children are sick. Please pray that they will start feeling better so we will not have to take a trip to the ER.


 
May 03, 2004

Maliyah is looking and growing so much better. Everything is going good. We are looking forward to this summer. We are going to be putting all the kids in swimming lessons. It will be great for them. I will be doing the mommy and me class with Kendra and Maliyah and Courtney will just go to the normal class.


 
April 26, 2004

This last week was very busy. Jake had surgery and was down in bed for three days and I had a lot of service projects that I was working on. All the children are doing well. Kendra and Maliyah have a kangaroo who they named fluffy. Courtney had a field trip to the Dinosaur Park, I took all the kids and their cousin Haley, they loved it. As you can see we are doing very well. We love you all so much.


 
April 20, 2004

We are doing great!!!! Our house is coming along great. This message is for Carol, Sister Wyllodeene Herrin, who worked at the Atlanta Temple, is Kendra, Maliyah and Courtney's great grandma, unfortunately she passed away shortly after the twins were born. Kendra Deene is named after her.  Amy Jones, Jake's sister, also lived in Atlanta at that time.  You might also know Ane Hornibrook, she used to live in Cincinnati, she is Wyllodeene's daughter. I also have a Downs Syndrome little brother named Josh, he is my best friend. What a small world that we live in. Some people have been emailing me to tell me to give more details. The plan for now is to let the girls stay together for about 12-18 months and than start retesting. The reason that we are doing this is to allow Maliyah to get as big as she can, also it is so much easier to do dialysis on a child that is 4 years old, that is why we are waiting. We need to have everyone pray that Maliyah will get bigger and Kendra's kidney will be able to hold the weight of their bodies.


 
April 16, 2004

The girls are doing wonderful!!!! Courtney is learning so much at dance. Kendra and Maliyah are saying 3 word sentences. Our house is coming along great. This is a very good day to be alive. Thank you for all of the prayers.


 
April 12, 2004

Maliyah is finally gaining weight. On the scale they weigh 28 pounds 8 ounces, they have never gained this much weight. Jake is having surgery on the 23rd of April and Kendra is having surgery on the Wednesday before that week is going to be very crazy. Thank you for all of the prayers.


 
April 06, 2004

WE are having a very hard time with what the doctor told us and it makes us also feel very frustrated. I really hate this waiting place that we are always at. I am very upset about everything and very stressed. Please pray for us this is a very hard time for us.


 
April 02, 2004

We are meeting with Rebecca Meyers our surgeon on Monday. We already have a plan!!! WE have been praying so hard for direction and we know what we are going to do. After we talk to the surgeon we will let you all know. We are so glad to hear from all of you. God be with you all. Please remember to pray for our girls, especially for Maliyah to grow better and for their kidney to hold up now and after they are separated. Thank you so much for all of the prayers.


 
March 28, 2004

They are doing wonderful!!!! We had a slight set back, they were throwing up on the 25th. They got over that very quickly. Courtney learned a new song, she is also teaching her baby sisters the Barney song, they picked it up very quickly. We have wonderful children!!!! Every one in our new ward fasted for us this Sunday, it was wonderful.  In all of the prayers at church they are always praying for us, it feels so good.


March 24, 2004

The girls are doing great!!!! After we started the tube feeds for Maliyah she started growing like crazy. The girls went from 26 pounds 8 ounces to 31 pounds. It is very amazing. They are eating like crazy also, they had 14 jars of baby food today, before we started the tube feeds it was only about 6 jars a day. I said before that the appointment with the surgeons was going to be on the 15th, but it is going to be on the 5th. Keep praying that the girls will keep growing at a good rate. Maliyah looks so much better.


March 17, 2004

We have started the tube feeds for Maliyah that hopefully will start her growing better. She is doing well keeping the tube in, Kendra is leaving the tube alone. So please pray that this will work for Maliyah to make her healthy and strong.


 
March 12, 2004

Kendra and Maliyah are sick today. We are praying it doesn't last long. We are going to be starting tube feeds for Maliyah on Monday, I am so worried about all of this. We our starting to get close to making our decision and pretty much have. We have fasted and prayed over and over again. We will be letting you know what our decision is going to be after April 15th. Our church members are going to be fasting and praying for us on the first Sunday of next month. Like I have been saying we found a wonderful ward. I just celebrated my 23rd birthday!!! We love you all.


 
March 09, 2004

We our going to be meeting with the surgeon on April 15th to find out what her plan is going to be and hear her input. Kendra and Maliyah are doing very well, they are very attached to their mom and dad (as they should be), It makes me feel so sad when I leave to go anywhere they hold out their arms and say "go go", it breaks my heart when they can't come with me. We have started on digging the hole for the house today and should be done in late July or early August. We love our new ward. We our so blessed with everything that we have in our lives. We have three wonderful, beautiful children. The wonderful gospel in are lives and so much more. This is a very hard trail that we are having to face but through it all we have gained a stronger testimony of the gospel. Kendra and Maliyah came for a reason and we feel the blessing everyday. For those that are praying for us, great blessing will come to you for the wonderful service that you have done for our family. Thank you so much.


 
March 07, 2004

We had an appointment this week with the kidney specialist. The plan from his side is to see if we could get Maliyah growing better. If we can't do that through her just eating we are going to start tube feeds. As of now Kendra is going to have surgery on her finger in April, we are waiting until RSV season is over. We were on the news on March 3rd(my 23rd birthday) Debbie did a wonderful job with that. We have been working with her because Jake's brother in-law is a cousin of hers, but she is wonderful to work with. Thank you all for everything, the wonderful messages in the guestbook are very supportive words, Thank you.


 
March 02, 2004

We have really good news, Kendra and Maliyah have two bladders. We are so happy about that. They also have given us the decision it separate or not to. We are praying like crazy trying to find out the best thing to do. We really feel like we should start the process in about 3-6 months. We are going back to talk to the surgeon in a couple of weeks. I can't even imagine trying to build a house and going though the process to separate Kendra and Maliyah. We our also going to be on channel 2 at 10:00 on Wednesday. We are asking for prayers to be directed in the best thing for Kendra and Maliyah.


 
February 29, 2004

We are going to be on the news on Wednesday at 10:00 on Channel 2. We are also having a conference with 11 doctors on Monday to find out if anything has changed. I know that the Lord is directing us and the doctors. Please pray that we will find peace in what the doctors will tell us.


 
February 26, 2004

Today is Kendra and Maliyah's birthday. They are 2 years old and this is the first time in their lives they haven't been in the hospital on their birthday. They are doing so well and eating good at Grandma's house. We will be having a birthday party for them on Saturday and Channel 2 News will be there to take some footage that they will air next week. We are about settled into Grandma's house. We close on our house today so it will finally be sold. Courtney likes her new preschool, they have a lot of animals, but she will definitely miss her old one. We should be starting construction on our new house next week.


 
February 21, 2004

Kendra and Maliyah got out of the hospital on Thursday, they have been recovering well. They have began eating again and doing very well. We have been moving for the last 3 days. We were so blessed to have so many people help us. It was very hard to have the girls in the hospital at the same time that we were trying to move. Our new house will be done in about five to six months and have moved in with Jake's mom until it is ready. She is a very wonderful lady to take us in. Jake's sister also lives with her and she has three children, so it is a full house.


 
February 17, 2004

Kendra and Maliyah are very sick today. They were very dehydrated and Maliyah was having a hard time breathing. I took them up to Primary Children's and they put them on IV's to help hydrate them. Maliyah decided that she was going to turn colors on us so they had to give her oxygen. It was very scary to see them this way. Sometimes I wonder if the girls get sick so that Jake can give them blessings and give me peace of mind. I know that the Lord is there for us so much. When Jake was giving the babies their blessings the spirit was so strong. You could feel how much the Lord is looking out for our family. We are so lucky to have everything that we do. Even when it is the scary times I feel at peace knowing that the Lord is watching us and blessing us. Please pray that they will come home soon. We are also moving on Saturday so there is so much to do and we are very stressed with it all. Pray that everything will go smooth with that also. We love you all.


 
February 13, 2004

The doctors called us last night and needed some more testing so we have been at the hospital all day long. I think maybe we are done. The girls did ok this last time, Dr. Roach is going to be sending these images to be engineered and they are going to reconstruct the pelvis. That will be interesting to see what the doctors really have to look at.


 
February 09, 2004

We have very good news we sold our home and will be moving in less than 2 weeks. We are very sad. Courtney is going to miss her friends and preschool so much. She has been crying and telling us that she is to sick to move. I just hope that it will be easy for us to find a preschool and dance for her to start in. The girls are still sick, they were throwing up today and not doing well. I am hoping they will get over it soon.


 
February 08, 2004

The tables have turned, now Maliyah is sick and not doing well. Our testing is now done and will find out the plan more on March 1st. Than on March 2nd we will be on channel 2 at 10:00pm. I am very nervous to hear what the doctors are going to be telling us. I just want there to be a plan of what we are going to do. I know that isn't going to happen, because more than likely they are going to say that they are still to small, and that they don't know how they will put a kidney into Maliyah's pelvis after they are separated. They also say that they need to do something before they are eight years old. It is very frustrating!!!! I just hope that they can find away, that is what we pray for everyday.


 
February 06, 2004

We are very excited that we have received a offer on our house and hope that it comes through. Courtney is having a really hard time because she doesn't want to move. Kendra is sick and not doing well, Maliyah is doing just fine eating and wanting to play. Pray that she will start to feel better. Thank you for all the support we love reading your guestbook entries.


 
February 02, 2004

We just updated some of the photos so take a look there great!!


 
February 01, 2004

Thank you all for the prayers and the fasting that took place today. We really have felt the spirit very strong today. Please remember us in your prayers as the girls will be facing more testing. We felt very moved today as we knew that people were praying and fasting for us. Its wonderful to have such wonderful friends and family that want the best for the girls and our family. We are very very blessed.


 
January 30, 2004

We have started our testing today. We had a colostogram and also a CT scan. It went great!!! Kendra had a hard time with the medicine that they gave to relax, it made Kendra throw up. Maliyah did great. Dr. White and Dr. Meyers were impressed with how well the test show the different organs. We are lucky to have such wonderful doctors that take the time to help our girls. Would you please remember these girls in your prayers and also we will have a fast this Sunday the 1st. We are asking for direction for us and also for the doctors, also that the doctors will be able to see everything that they are needing too. The Lord has helped us so much. Thank you for all of the prayers, it gives us strength to go on and be strong and make the right decision that we can always feel good about.


 
January 28, 2004

We are going to be posting pictures of the babies walking with their walker. They are so happy! Well maybe just Kendra, Maliyah is coming right around.


 
January 26, 2004

Kendra is walking!!!! It is so amazing that Kendra is walking. Maliyah is trying so hard to walk. I ask Kendra "do you want to walk" she will say "walk" and get really excited. Maliyah cries and says "no no". They are so perfect. The doctors told us that they will never walk, boy they were wrong. It kills me to think that Maliyah is holding Kendra back. What are we suppose to do about this??? It just breaks are hearts. I just hope that the lord will let Maliyah's kidneys works so that they can separate them. Please pray for that!!!


 
January 25, 2004

We wanted to fast for them on Sunday. Please remember them in your prays this is a scary time for them and for us.


 
January 23, 2004

Kendra and Maliyah are doing well gaining weight like crazy. They look great. We need everyone to start praying for the girls. Kendra and Maliyah are starting testing on January 30th and will go though February 4th. We would also like to have a fast for them that the doctors will be directed in what would be the best things for the girls with the greatest outcome. We just want the girls to be safe and live healthy long lives. My Grandfather past away so me and Courtney went to Reno for 6 days, when we got back Kendra and Maliyah have gotten so big and Maliyah is starting to talk more.


 
January 15, 2004

Kendra and Maliyah have gotten their walker. Maliyah hates it and Kendra loves standing up by herself. We are working on them standing with the walker. They are doing so well we are so excited to help them learn to walk. We are going to be doing the Festival of Trees this year. All the proceeds will go towards Primary Children's Hospital. The tree will be donated in Kendra, Maliyah and Courtney's name. The theme will be "Is Solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister" Alice Walker. In the next little while we will be starting testing again, we will let you all know.


 
January 08, 2004

The last couple of days have been hard because Kendra and Maliyah have been sick. They had a virus of some kind and it seemed to have gone away, we hope. Yesterday after dropping Courtney off at dance, I walk into our kitchen and down the stair to put Kendra and Maliyah into their jumper so that I could start dinner, when I fell holding Kendra and Maliyah, we went flying down the tiled stairs, it really hurt. To make matters worse Maliyah though up all over because they were crying so hard. Thankfully the girls were just fine. I am very sore today and hope that will go away fast.


 
January 01, 2004

We had a great New Year!!! Everyone is healthy and doing great. Kendra and Maliyah are starting to move their walker forward. Maliyah is getting a lot of teeth and it seems to be hurting her. Courtney is getting ready to go back to preschool which she is very excited about. In this coming year we are expecting wonderful things, Health and more Health. We have been greatly blessed this last year and we know that it will carry over into the next. God bless and have a wonderful coming year.

Herrintwins

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