I'm a full-time wife and mom of two adorable boys. When I'm not busy trying to keep up with them I enjoy photography, traveling, planning parties and a little bit of reading.

In February of 2008 I was diagnosed with an incurable terminal lung illness, though God promised me a full and complete healing. While we wait for His timing, we're taking it one day at a time, and standing in awe of how God's using all of this for His glory. The tough road we've traveled has given us a new perspective on the fragility of life. Memories are more important to us than ever before. The goal of this blog is to share some of our family life - the ups and downs, the joys and probably some of the pains as well. It's mostly meant as a personal journal of sorts, but you're welcome to share in it. We'd like to take this opportunity to say ...


Monday, November 1, 2010

Poor Guy....

It's November 1st, and he's working from home.  

The thermostat is set at 67.

... And his fingers are in grave danger of freezing and falling off.

Honey - remember your childhood winters in Wisconsin ...

... with no electricity ...

... and an outhouse???

I think you'll be ok ... and perhaps you're over-reacting just a tad. 


Friday, October 29, 2010

Batman & Robin

This was their first year trick-or-treating ...

(those are pjs sticking out around his wrist - we needed some way to keep him warmer last night!)

(with a group of neighbor kids)

(with the ones who live next door)

Harrison: MINE.

Little girl: (thinking) I'm not taking your chocolate, you silly boy.  You should see the stash mommy has hidden in our kitchen - and I don't have a big brother I need to share with.  I don't need your one little measly chocolate bar. 

I sat at the end our our driveway, covered in blankets (it was FREEZING!), puffing away on my oxygen, handing out candy.  Aaron went around with the boys ... until ... Alex ran ahead with the older kids (and two of their parents),
so Aaron took Harrison around.

Harrison (our resident sweets lover) REALLY got into the whole concept of ringing doorbells and being given  lots of candy!  He's been begging all morning today to "go trick-treat" again!  He's actually wearing his costume right now. *grin*

That hill is so much easier going down than going back up!

The boys had a blast!  

(And they'll never know that we raided the
stash last night while they were in bed!)


All the moms ooh-ed and aah-ed over little Cinderella (who was maybe 2 years old) and Prince Charming (her daddy), and Beauty and the Beast (her daddy)!  There were only a couple duplicates - 2 sets of Mario / Luigi (but their costumes were different), 2 hippies, and 2 policemen, and 2 groups of penguins (the hockey team, not the animal).  I was very impressed at the variety of costumes we saw!  

Aaron never went trick-or-treating as a child, and I think I only went twice.  He was shocked to learn that the basketful of loot the kids brought home is expected to last about a week (of course we'll be helping to empty it when they're not looking).  Doubting my guesstimation, he asked a couple kids how long theirs would last.  The unanimous response - "a week"!