Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Last Inpatient. The Bell Ringing.

There are a lot of pictures in this post. I am not going to do a lot of journaling because Jen's pictures are so powerful. We were lucky to have Jenn as our "last inpatient" nurse. She is one of our favorites that we have had quite often throughout this year. We first started when she was newly pregnant, and now she has a sweet little girl. It has been a long year but we are so blessed to have had these wonderful people in our lives.

Ericka has the same birthday as Spence. Even though we don't know her well she always comes to say hi. They have a birthday bond.
Wonderful Jenn.

One last chance to "room service it up."

This is Irish. He is the units practical joker.
This is Spencer. He is the practical joker patient. He decided to beat Irish at his own game by doing one of those Idiot Tests where a scary person pops up and yells in the middle of it.
This is Irish covering his mouth from the expletives he just released. Apparently it scared the {bleep} out of him. I love this picture. I love the laughter.

Spencer loves Mike, the Child Life Specialist. He drew him a picture and painted the frame himself.
This is our super duper housekeeper Sharon. She brought so much love, happiness and cleanliness to the unit and to our lives!
Spence drew a poster for the unit and put it on his door.
This is the bell. We heard this bell ring many times before, only dreaming of the day that we got to be the ones ringing it.
The unit all cheering Spencer on and saying goodbyes.

Mike thought he was funny and made one of the signs backwards. Spence loved this.

Our beloved Julia.

One last raid of the snack room.

I hope these pictures made you cry as much as they did me. I am so thankful to Jen who has graciously captured our journey and created such power. I am so grateful for these images and the emotion they capture for our family.


  1. Oh, they did.... I am a big teary mess. What an amazing feeling that must have been for all of you. I can't even begin to imagine. You are an amazing Mommy!!! BIG HUGS!

  2. Yep. Crying like a baby. I'm here in my bed at 6 am, crying. These are wonderful. Holly, thank you for blogging through all of this. Often times, your posts put things in perspective for me and helped me be kinder person, not just to my children, but to everyone. Everyone's fighting some sort of battle, I've learned. And I so glad Spencer got to ring that bell. I bet there was never a sweeter sound.

  3. What a great day! Thank you for sharing the journey with us we have come to love you guys!

  4. Wow. Totally made me cry. Congrats to Spence and thanks for sharing.

  5. AMAZING. I can't stop crying the spirit is so strong that these pictures bring. I am so excited to see this be the end of inpatient for you! thank you for giving us all a little added strength through your journey. You are an amazing family.

  6. yup. crying!!
    way to go, spence! way to go family!!

  7. Definitely crying, what wonderful pictures! So happy for your family and for Spencer!

  8. SO happy for Spence + your family!! You guys have been amazing through this whole ordeal. Way to be strong. Love you!!

  9. That most definitely made me cry! I am so so so happy for you guys.

    I'm going to school to be an oncology nurse or a PICU nurse, and I just wrote a blog today about whether or not I think I can handle all the death that will be around me. It's SO encouraging to know that people DO SURVIVE. His story is wonderful, he's such a great little boy, and it makes me want to quickly get out of school and help kiddos like him.

    Thank you for sharing this journey with us. The pictures are BEAUTIFUL.


  10. If bringing us all to tears (of gratitude that you made it through this journey) was your goal, then mission accomplished!! SOOOO happy for you all to be moving past this! What a milestone visit. I can't imagine all the emotion you must feel--I'm overwhelmed with relief and don't even know you! Best of luck to each of you and your future battles--after this, anything thrown your way will be easy to handle! Thanks so much for sharing your life, your heart and soul with us through this trying year. My family will have to find a new focus in our fasts and prayers now--it's been Spencer Gooch for so long! :)

  11. These pictures made me cry a ton.You are an amazing family and I have a special place in my heart for you all.Thank you for sharing your journey with us.You have touched my heart.The pictures are wonderful.I'm so happy Spencer got to ring the bell.Spencer you are a special boy!

  12. These pictures are amazing, beautiful, and so powerful. I'm so happy that you are nearing the end of this scary process. May you continue to be blessed. Much love!

  13. Incredible. Stunning. I am so happy and filled with emotion looking at these pictures. What a year, my dear friend. I love you so much.

  14. My nephew was released from Primary Children's hospital last April. It looks as if he shared several of the same nurses-Irish for sure! My sister posted a video of him ringing the bell, it brought tears to my eyes just as your pictures of Spencer ringing the bell has.

    I will continue to pray for your family as you continue this journey at home.

  15. Awesome post with incredible portraits! Thank you so much for sharing this window of time with us all. Spencer really is a giant in my eyes:)

  16. I love this post. I love the pictures. God is SO GOOD!

  17. They did make me cry...and the bell...that's what got me. I want to ring it so hard for him. I love you Spence, you don't know me, but I love you. You've been in my prayers, and you will continue to be in my prayers. I'm so thankful for this blog. Thank you for writing and sharing. It makes my life more full.