Wednesday, April 29, 2009

thing I want to remember about this week

1. Ta is doing better at being the big sister
2. Ta and Kam both went to the doctor, Kam went last Wednesday the 22nd. As of last Wednesday she weighted 8lbs 11oz and was 20.5 inches long. Ta went to the doctor today and is 26lbs 4ozs and 35 inches long. Ta did so good at the dr's!
3. We need a van. Jacob can't put his seat all the way back to drive. Kam's car seat is in the way!
4. Its been 3 weeks since my dad and I talked on the phone
5. Kam sleeps in 4 hour blocks and wakes up once during the night to feed! PRAISE THE LORD!
6. Jacob and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary on the 22nd of April. 2 kids in 3 years!
7. We love ZHOP! Some of our closest and dearest friends came to my dads funeral last week. They probably do not realize how much it meant to us!
8. We started using cloth diapers this week...WOW talk about lots of laundry..but its good because no more costly disposable diapers!
9. Ta is potty training and doing such a good job.....We started off with cookies as a reward and now we are down to using 1 M&M each time...cookies each time was a little much!
10. Kam sleeps through anything...even her sister yelling and screaming!

We are looking forward to this new season the Lord has for us. We feel like the whirlwind has ended in the Ferrell family. We are excited about locking in and doing what the Lord has called us to do. Thanks for praying for us and please keep praying for us because the grieving process has just started.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Compilation CD


This CD features various artists from the east coast and benefits Malaria in Africa. Each artist was picked by the producers to be on the compilation. Jacob was picked back in December and the producers asked if "They Say" could be placed on the compilation. The CD was released on April 1, 2009. Check it out on ITUNES.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Yesterday, we laid my dads body to rest in Union, South Carolina at Mt Lebanon Baptist Church. My dad grew up in the area and he attended, was baptised and saved at this church as a handsome young lad. Which many people reminded me of how good looking he was these last two days! His body is buried next to our precious Aunt Rodey (Lucy, who will out live everyone) along with his grandparents that raised him. The church is way out in the country...I mean way out in the country....It is gorgeous out there!
The funeral service was absolutely amazing....! It was simple yet classy, which if you know my dad that is him! His body was buried in a blue pin stripped dress shirt with khaki dress pants and yes he did have shoes on.. his favorite light brown Florida shoes.....this is his typical attire...if he's not golfing! The service was lead by Pastor Jimmy Farmer, which my dad and Jimmy grew up together. As a matter of fact, they were best friends growing up and even got saved and baptised together. He had a wonderful message which was on Psalm 90-91. The Lord gave Psalm 91 to my dad and I the day after (October 11, 2008)he was diagnosed with cancer. He even had a couple of stories about my dad...which included my dad being the best baseball player in the neighborhood...Than a cousin of my dads, Danny Ponder played the guitar and sang 3 songs..."What A Friend We Have In Jesus," "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree," and "In the Garden." My dad would have loved the guitar and singing...! I know I did...
We took my dads body to the grave site and did the final goodbyes..after everyone left I just stood there and watched them put his body in the ground. I think that was the hardest moment. I picked some of the flowers that were left, so I could dry them and keep them forever!
We followed the funeral with a family gathering at my Uncle Grady's house. It was so nice to have all the family together...except we were missing my dad!
After getting home last night, I was in the bathroom brushing my teeth..the bathroom/shower is where I do most of my thinking. I was thinking about our children Ta and Kam, how much of a blessing and a reward they are to us. Kam, was born 10 hours after my dad died. In Psalm 127 it says that children are a reward from the Lord. The Lord told us that Kamdyn was a reward from him to Jacob and I for honoring my dad. I just started crying and thanking the Lord for the confirmation! I have always wanted to honor my parents, especially my dad and the Lord confirmed it with a baby!

Thank you all for praying for Jacob, Taylor, Kamdyn and I during this most difficult season......

Monday, April 20, 2009


Kamdyn Born April 12, 2009 Resurrection Sunday
Taylor Born April 1, 2007 Palm Sunday


Kamdyn 1 week old.
Taylor in her new princess jammies....! She dances around in a circle saying "Princess," "Princess"

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Things to remember from this week!

1. We forgot what it is like to have a newborn!
2. Kamdyn is way more relaxed in nature than Ta!
3. Hearing Ta call her sister "Pamdyn!"
4. Teaching Ta that Kamdyn isn't a doll......
5. Kamdyn getting karate chopped in the face by..none other than Ta!
6. Finding my Dad's long lost passport that he put in a very special place!
7. Wishing I could call my daddy, for wisdom in what to do!!!!
8. Learning and getting to see people that my dad touched, counseled and befriended over the years!
9. Donating my dads putter to the golf course that him and his golfing buddies play at 3-4 times a weeks, so they can put it in a memorial case with his picture!
10. Receiving a letter from the person who runs a day program for the handicap here in Port Charlotte. It talks about how my dad got her the grant from the state to start the business...and how grateful she is to have known such a good man.
11. Finding out how wonderful the neighbors are....
12. Ta Flipping the switch "ON" and becoming a 2 year old...."parents you know what I mean."
13. And learning to thank Jesus even in the Valley...and in the Whirlwind!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Celebration of Life Information for my Dad

Roy N. Vaughn

Roy N. Vaughn, 66, of Port Charlotte, FL, went to be with the Lord at Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care on Saturday, April 11, 2009 surrounded by family.

Born in Spartanburg, SC on September 2, 1942, he was the son of the late Allie V. and Rome G. Gowan. He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandparents O.F. and Hattie S. Ponder, formerly of Spartanburg County, SC. He was formerly married to Jean Lawter Robertson and Denise Coe Vaughn. He was retired from the Sunrise Community, Inc. of Miami, FL where he served a variety of corporate roles in his position as Vice-President over a period of seventeen years. He also worked for twenty-one years with the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services in a variety of roles ranging from Youth Counselor to Senior Human Services Program Administrator to Chief of Developmental Services Resource and Information Management. A former resident of Columbus and Hendersonville, NC he taught math and science and coached baseball and football at Blue Ridge School for Boys and Polk Central High School from 1963 – 1971, inclusive. A 1963 graduate of Wofford College, he also attended Western Carolina University for graduate work in education.

He is survived by his son Roy Vaughn Jr (Shannon). of Tampa, FL. and his daughter Lacy V. Ferrell (Jacob) of Fort Mill, SC; a grandson Wesley Vaughn and granddaughters Taylor and Kamdyn Ferrell; brothers Grady (Cheryl) and Norman Gowan of Spartanburg, SC and Royce (Diane) Gowan of Coos Bay, OR; sisters Martha Rowell of Spartanburg and Carol (Terry) Medley of Gaffney, SC. In addition to many adoring nieces and nephews he also leaves behind a special mother-in-law, Flo Baldwin, his special friends Charles “Butch” Patteson and golfing buddies, L. Spencer (Spence), John Romanik,and his Sunday morning “Chairman of the Board”, Roger Geib all of Port Charlotte.

A visitation will be held 6:00 PM to 9:00PM on Thursday at Peace Lutheran Church, 21500 Gibralter Dr, Port Charlotte, Florida 33952

A second visitation will be held on April 23, 2009 from 6:00PM-9:00PM at the J.F. Floyd Mortuary in Spartanburg SC at the North Church Street facility. The funeral service will be held April 24, 2009 at 11:00AM, also at J. F Floyd Mortuary's North Church Street facility. Burial will be in the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church cemetery, Union, SC.

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Joy of the Lord is our Strength!

Kamdyn Ruth Ferrell Born April 12, 2009 Resurrection Sunday at 10:17am. 8 lbs 3 ozs 19.5 inches long
Taylor and Kamdyn seeing each other for the first time!
Our midwife Samantha and Leslie with the birthing center dog!
Jacob and I in the tub with our other midwife
Kamdyn just minutes old!

The JOY of the Lord is our strength!

First and foremost we would like to announce the birth of our daughter, Kamdyn Ruth Ferrell. Her name means "valley of loyalty." She was born Resurrection Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 10:17am. She was 8 lbs 3ozs and 19.5 inches long. She is beautiful! I think she looks like her papa!

I jumped out of bed Sunday morning at 5:30am, after Jacob and I had just fallen asleep at 2:30am with painful contractions. We timed them for an hour and in between the contractions I would fall asleep. We called the midwife at 6:30am and she told us to start heading down to Cape Coral, Florida which was a 45 minute drive from my dad's house. We arrived at the birth center at 7:30am and the midwife check and I was 7cm dilated! I decided a week ago that I wanted an all natural water birth. So, we jumped in the tub and by 10:16am Kamdyn Ruth Ferrell was born. It was a total of 5 hours! The Lord knew I was exhausted!

The night before, April 11 2009, Jacob and I had the privilege of spending and ushering our daddy into heaven. He spend his last day on earth at the Hospice house in Port Charlotte, Florida. Before we moved him, from the hospital to Hospice he asked to see Taylor and we brought Ta into the room at the Hospice house (which is an amazing place.) I said daddy Ta is here to see you. He opened his eyes and had a huge, huge smile on his face and than closed his eyes. Jacob and I spend the rest of the day just praying over him and singing over him. We were privileged to have many friends and family come and pray with us as well. And we even had a church choir come in and sing a couple of songs "What a Friend we have in Jesus" and "Amazing Grace." At 11:00pm, we knew that the time was getting close and so Jacob and I stood by his bed and rubbed his hands and arms and spoke and prayed over him. I just kept saying "daddy, I love you." over and over and over again. I said it at least 1000 times. Jacob and I were weeping and than the Lord said to me "The Joy of the Lord is our Strength" so I said that out loud over and over again. Jacob and I began to have a peace and we began to laughed little! We than told my dad that it was ok and that he could go be with Jesus. Just when we through he took his last breath, his eyes opened and he looked at Jacob and I for about 5 minutes. My daddy was looking at us, his eyes followed my eyes and we told him that it was going to be ok because the joy of the Lord is our strength and that he could go be with Jesus. Than his eye's began to close and at 11:47pm he died, he was with Jesus! He was the most loving and caring man I know. My best friend and the man, Jacob and I would call for wisdom and council. We would talk everyday! He will truly be missed by many, many family and friends. I know heaven can't gain anything but they did on April 11, 2009, it gained an amazing man of faith and love! The joy of the Lord is our Strength!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Still pregnant

Yes...I have past my due date...which was today. I am actually not stressed about it because Ta was 1 week late and all I could do was stress about when she was coming. Hey...the Lord knows and has a special date for Kamdyn...! I think it will still be a few days but who knows...
I do have a top 5 list of what not to say to pregnant women when they are very pregnant...and if you have been or never been pregnant or if you are a male please...especially, when I do not know you or when I'm walking in the grocery store..... think twice...and LEARN FROM THE LIST!

5. WOW! When are you due?
4. Twins? Are you having twins?
3. Did you swallow a basketball?
2. I bet you can't wait?
1. AND THE #1 QUESTION is...... WOW, you look like you are going to POP!

I mean more people come up to me in the grocery store and ask these questions....
Ok we will keep everyone updated...We are 3 cm dilated and 90% effaced...So, I am thinking yes...just 7 more to go...just keep walking...keep walking!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Quick update

We are in Florida. I know in the last post I posted that we could not come because I was 39 weeks prego. But, we decided on Thursday after having a midwife appointment and me being 2 cm dilated that we needed to come to Florida. Our midwife gave the approval and so we got on a plane and came down. I actually, am less stressed being in Florida with my dad than being at home South Carolina.
We are having the baby here at a birthing center in Cape Coral. We were planning a home birth but, since we came down here we can't have the baby at home. We found a great place in Cape Coral. I have a couple of friends who have had their babies there. Its a birthing center and it feels just like home. The midwife is awesome and she's been licensed for 15 years. We are so excited. Tuesday is my due date but, I think the baby might come a few days after that. Who knows!
My dad is doing better, he is still in the ICU. They are slowly weening him off of everything. He is still on the respirator but, he was awake today. I could tell he was a little aggravated at being on a respirator which I would be as well. He tried to talk to me but, I couldn't understand because of the tube. All his vitals are still good. He has a heart flutter which the doctor was not too concerned about but, Jake has a irregular heart beat and he's obviously had no problems ever with it! Praise The Lord! The big thing now is just getting him off the respirator which will be on Tuesday. I ask now that the prayer focus be on his lungs being strong enough to be off and that there are no relapse. He is a strong man and a fighter! The Lord is so kind and gracious to us and he is defiantly "loyal" to our family in the "valley."

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Happy Birthday Taylor!!!

Ta destroying the cake...that I made!!!
The Cake...Minnie Mouse!!! Yep, I made it!!!
Ta and her famous look!
Ta and Daddy at the ZOO
Ta and Mommy at the ZOO

Today is Taylor's 2nd Birthday!
We had a very busy day today...filled with events! We woke up this am and Taylor opened presents. We got her a fish for her birthday! She asked for one and so we said yes. But she was so excited when she saw it sitting on the counter this am. We thought she would name it "Nemo." So, we started to call it Nemo last night when Jacob went and got it but, no this am she named it "Ruth." It doesn't look like a girl and poor Jacob who will be surrounded by girls for life, now has a girl fish, as well. I do have to mention the fish tank. We went Sunday to pick out what tank to buy and what fish we wanted to get Ta, but we didn't buy it until Tuesday night. Well, I stressed to Jacob that I would prefer a glass fish bowl vs a plastic 1985 fish tank with a running filter! I told him that I wanted to put the fish on the counter where Ta can't reach it...just in case and that the glass bowl would look the nicest! Well, Jacob went to get it Tuesday night after Ta went to bed. Yep guess what tank he came home with??? Yep, the 1985 plastic fish tank with a filter, a light, plastic tree and colored rocks! Just what I wanted.....! Now, the fish tank is sitting on the very corner of our kitchen counter...with a motor running, plastic tree that was extra and colored rocks! Not really matching the rest of the decor!!!! Thanks babe!
So anyways we had a great day today...! We went to the ZOO, in Columbia after opening up our presents tired me out, along with my feet! Ta had so much fun...she calls the ZOO the "ZOOP." Than we ate dinner and came home. Ta wanted to have a minnie mouse cake for her birthday. So, I braved the challenge and made a minnie mouse cake for her....I can't believe how good it came out! We gave it to her and she asked for a fork and a spoon! She is so girly...can't get those hands messy! She dug right in and ate the cake! So, thats about it...
On a side note...please pray for my dad...he is in the hospital again. Which this time is a little more difficult and a little more serisous, he is in the ICU (he is currently in a medical induced sleepy state) which is a good thing and he needed rest so they can do some minor surgery on Friday but, we can not be there. I am 39 weeks prego and can't travel! He does have a great support team there but, I want to be there as well. He will be having not major surgery but it is critical surgery on Friday so, please pray that it goes well.
Thanks again for everyones prayers through out this....
I have posted some pics from today...Enjoy! Oh and if you want to see what Ta looked like 1 year ago. Our picture on our page, were we are on the train tracks, was done for her 1st birthday!