Friday, July 31, 2009

A Day At The Zoo

Today Eric, Molly, and myself went to the Milwaukee County Zoo. I love that we have a Zoo Pass. It makes me feel like a real, American family. Okay, so not really, but I do love it. I think I see something new every time I go. The Zoo is huge, so it's easy to get lost, or see something new. The weather was great here today, so we took advantage of it. Despite the fact that I have no voice thanks to the "worst cold known to man-kind" from my husband, and my fabulous husband now has a sinus infection and pink eye in both eyes. I know, you all are jealous!

This is ALL Molly wanted to do...push the stroller. If we really let her do that every time she wanted to, we would still be at the Zoo. She would push it maybe 2 feet, then get a drink, then push it, etc, etc.

So I spared you the pics of the animals, you are welcome, so here is us on our way out to the car.

Oh my little one, who is going to be 2 in a week!

Clearly she gets the curls from me, ha...she gets them from...

This guy! I think this was Molly waving her white flag with all of the pictures.

I also went today to get Molly's birthday present. I love the fact that Molly was with me, and no she did not get an early present. She helped me put it in the cart, then I think she forgot about it. We got her a drum full of instruments. Punishment for me, happiness for Molly. Just kidding, but I am sure I will have a post or two about all the loud noise coming from Molly's room! Hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A New Look, and Some Pictures

Well, as you can tell, I changed my blog around. I love the 3 column, but still indecisive about the background. I have a picture frame in my house that looks just like this, no lie! I love the colors, but still iffy, ya know. That's why I really could never buy a background, sorry to all of you wonderfully, talented blog designers, but I am way too indecisive and I would change my mind like a million times. So don't be surprised if every time you click over to me you see something different.

My meeting went great yesterday. I was there for 2 hours! The counselor answered all of my questions before I even had a chance to ask them. I was prepared with like 20 questions, and bullet points under each question. The counselor did not utter those magic words, remember..."you are so awesome...why don't you work here." But he did tell me that he could tell I was going to make a great counselor and that I was going to do great work for the Lord. Those words might be better then a job offer. The counselor was so supportive and is going to help me in any way that I need it. So now I am trying to create stuff that sells me. I hate using that term, but here is where ministry and business come together. So I am working on my vision and mission for my ministry, creating brochures, and writing letters to different pastors and organizations. I guess all the studying and tests were easy compared to all of this!

Now on to what you all have been waiting for...Molly

Someone might have got a little upset when we told her that the crib was for the baby, not Molly.

Here is her strong will, she decided to say put, after throwing the baby!

Last day of music class. She was not happy with me for making her sit still, I should have let her run around, maybe I would have gotten a better picture!

Obviously not looking at the camera, I can't wait until she starts posing for the camera! PS- I hate that all the pics have her pacifier in them! But since I was gone all last week, she seems a million times more attached to it!

Lastly, I have made an official decision on behalf of my church...they are NOT allowed to go to church camp next year. Our Children's Pastor does have Swine Flu, yes, she is at home on her death bed! Okay, so that might have been an exaggeration, but she does feel awful. And my husband has the worst cold known to man-kind, and now has pink eye. I guess I live with a dirty, fifth grade boy, and that is no exaggeration.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Last Week

For today's walk, I am going to remember the day of my step-dad's surgery. I know it was only last Wednesday, but this was the most memorable thing striking me at the moment. Plus I wanted to participate today!

We had to get up super early for the surgery. We left my parents house around 5am. I haven't seen 5am since I was a nursing mom, and that was a long time ago! I remember walking downstairs to get coffee and telling Phil, "you better be glad that I love you so much, because I should sleeping!" We all had good spirits that morning and I had a surprise for Phil. He loves The Beatles. Love might not begin to describe his feelings towards them, but put it this way, he loves them in every sense of the word! After I got back from NY the first time, I saw this Beatles shirt that I knew I had to get and wear for Phil. So here we are...

But my Mom had a surprise for Phil. She got him a new Beatles t-shirt to wear on his surgery day. PS-I think I totally forgot to tell you all that the first time I went to NY, I got a little over 5 inches cut off my hair!

The surgery as you all know was a success. God answered ALL of our prayers and then some. Phil is scheduled to come home Friday, if all goes as planned in rehab. But still, a week ago someone was touching his brain, and now he is practically back to normal!

"Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks..."

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Okay So...

Okay so...I didn't upload any pictures today! Sorry! But I did send out all of my paperwork, and final thesis today! Not only are you charged an arm and a leg with licensing fees, background fees, etc, etc, but the Post Office gets you too! Oh well, I am finished, completed, washed my hands of all grad work. And actually, tomorrow I have a meeting with a counselor in the area. Please pray for me! I have never met this person before, but I have heard they are super nice. I am going to pick their brain about now what, and I am praying, really hard, that they just look at me and say, "You seem so awesome, why don't you just work here." Lol, okay, so that might not happen, but it could!

I will upload and post pics tomorrow after my meeting, and I will also fill you all in on the juicy details of said meeting. On a totally unrelated note...

Did anyone else's kids freak out on them today?! Or was it just my child having a rough day? Good grief, everywhere we went she would scream, cry, yell, then be fine. What the?! I know I am not super experienced in the parenting department, but I am starting to take her behavior personally. So I got some books at the library today about toddler behavior, and altering my parenting behavior too. I really like the idea of reading, but actually doing it is a task for me. I know it is her age, almost 2, and I was gone all last week. Plus I think some teeth are coming in too.

On another note, anyone have good suggestions of national photography studios?? We have gone to Target before, but they don't have a big #2, and I just don't like it there. Sorry, Target-love ya in every other department, just not your picture taking! I have heard Babies'R'Us studios are good, has anyone gone there before?

Okay so now I am turning the computer off, I mean c'mon, the Bachelorette After The Final Rose is on and I picked Ed to win all the way back on Episode 1!

Tuesday Morning

Good morning friends...

I have been up and commenting! It feels so good to be back! Today is Molly's last day of music class, which I am feeling a little sad and yet relieved. I know this is crazy, but my poor child gets in trouble for dancing at music class. The teacher frowns upon said dancing. I think it's funny, and I enjoy watching her shake the jingle bells. I refuse for her to rein in her dancing skills when we are singing and playing instruments. So I might look for another music class where my child can shake her stuff.

Today we have 16 people from the The Ridge leaving for a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. They will be there until next Tuesday. The Ridge helps support GO Ministries down there. Last year we took up an offering of over $27,000.00 on one Sunday. Not too shabby for a church that's a little over 2 years old. So we sent it down to the DR to build a feeding center and a church. The team this year is going to help finish the church and do VBS for all of the kids. Please pray for safe travels and that they can spread Christ's love to everyone they come in contact with.

My plan is to upload all of my pictures from my camera, so hopefully I will be able to share some with you today. Until then, I will keep praying for Stellan, and for the whole Mck Family.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Recap of the Past Week

It's Sunday afternoon, and what do most people do on Sunday afternoons? Nap! Well, I am trying to catch up on a week's worth of blog reading! I will never fall behind again! Do you know how much you all write?! I love it, really I do. I feel refreshed from catching up on your lives, seeing what your kids are doing, what your wedding dresses looked like, and learning about what you learned at church. You all are awesome!

I am back in the great Cheese State! Molly and I arrived safe and sound yesterday afternoon. We pretty much got stuck in traffic whenever, and wherever possible, but Molly did great despite the longer then expected car ride. Eric got home Friday from a week at church camp with Jr. High students. They all passed around some illness at camp. Our Children's Pastor, Becky, got tested for swine flu yesterday. Yikes! Eric just got a bad chest cold while there, but some other kids got sent home.

Phil is doing fantastic! Thank you all for your prayers and words of encouragement. Seriously, you all don't even know how much comfort and peace we all felt on Wednesday. The surgery did not last nearly as long as they expected, and they got all of the tumor. Which during the surgery the doctor called and told my mom he couldn't fathom being able to remove it all, then later when he called to say the surgery was finished, he told her he got it all. The Lord is great and mighty, the ultimate physician! It was not cancerous, but it will grow back. Which now that they know that, they should be able to zap it with radiation. Phil will be released on Monday to the rehab unit at the hospital. He will be there for 5 days. He has to learn to use a walker and try and regain muscle movement in his leg. It will be a long, tiresome recovery, but with God all things are possible.

So remember when I said in an earlier post that I was not going to meet my goal of finishing school and graduating by Molly's second birthday? Well, I am mailing my thesis in tomorrow! I feel silly for doubting God's ability and my ability to use what he gives me. He made it all possible for me to meet with the rest of my clients before Phil's surgery, and then during the surgery and the days after, while sitting around the hospital, I finished all of my work! Two weeks before my goal!

I will apologize now, I did not comment on any your blogs! I am awful, I know! I just wanted to get caught up with reading them, but I promise, cross my heart, I will comment this week! I can't wait to be back on our routine and get to hang out with Molly again. My MIL did great keeping Molly on schedule, and let's face it, she did a great job overall. I am so blessed to have in-laws who take time off work, and watch my daughter. Too bad they live 6 hours away!

Hope you all had a great weekend. Molly has her last music class on Tuesday. I am so glad she has enjoyed it! I also got everything I ordered for Molly's birthday party! We are doing a Backyardigans themed party. She loves watching them, so I figured why not have them at her birthday party. We are toning down the party this year compared to the big blow out 1st birthday we had last year. Eric is not a big birthday party guy, so just talking him into having more then our parents there was hard. So I have him talked into our parents, and some aunts and uncles!

Lastly, today at church I was very surprised by a video of my husband and our Pastor, Mark, dancing to MC Hammer's song, "You Gotta Pray." Or whatever the title is! So once I get my hands on the video, you all will be able to view it and laugh hysterically like I did. At least you all won't be at church doing it, like I was!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Surgery Day and Some Molly Pictures

This is Molly at the beginning of the road trip...we hadn't left the driveway yet!

Trying on some goggles, who knows?! Because a kid lives here, right...

At the playground, playing with our friend, Zoe. Look at those curls!

Riding the horse, for a second, then she would proclaim..."All done, all done!"

Riding her bike at Grandma's house. Doesn't she look older then almost 2?!

I am writing to you all from the hospital today. Phil went into surgery about 40 minutes ago. So far so good. Go here to check out all the updates! Plus I just posted some pics of us this morning, and I am going to post some of his bald head before surgery!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Back in New York

Well, I made it to Ohio! We only stopped once, mainly for lunch and to stretch our legs. Molly really did great. She had a couple outbursts in the backseat, but what do you expect for a 23 month old. I can not even believe she is almost 2! Where did my chubby reindeer baby go?? Now she is safe and sound with Grandma and Grandpa Ferguson, and Grandpa May (my dad). I know she will have fun, but I still miss her like crazy! Isn't it funny how much us SAHM's need a break, then when we get one, we would rather be back with our kids! I guess the break I am getting right now is not really a "break."

I arrived safe and sound in New York today. My flight was short and nice. I love flying! We pretty much have been watching TV, and laying around all day. Phil had another seizure yesterday, so that has zapped all of his energy. I am so glad the surgery is tomorrow. The anticipation is killing me, and all my teenage hormones that forgot to leave me! My face looks like that greasy girl in 7th grade that people would call pepperoni face! Oh well, what are you going to do but laugh and buy a ton of coverup!

We have a super early morning tomorrow...5am! Yikes! We are leaving the house at 5 and surgery is set for 7:15am. I will keep you all posted!

It has been so nice to read all of your blogs today. A much needed break from reality! I tried to comment on most of your blogs. If I didn't get to you today, don't worry, I will have a long day tomorrow to read everyone's! Thanks for your prayers and have a great night! We are about to eat pizza, that is my mom's homecookin' for ya!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A Tad Bit Nippy...

Is it Fall or what?! Today's high is only 62 here! Is it really July? Please do not think for one minute that I am complaining, because I am not! I love wonderful Fall weather! Eric and I have often talked about living somewhere where it feels like Fall everyday of the year. The windows open, wearing hoodies, and still able to wear flip-flops, ahhh, that's my dream life!

I am totally procrastinating on everything that needs to be completed before my journey begins tomorrow. I think some of you feel bad for me, you know driving to Ohio, and please keep feeling bad for me after I tell you is only a 6 hour drive. Gasp, what, gasp...yea you can go through 4 states in 6 hours. Like I said, you can still feel bad for me. This is my first time doing it alone, with an almost 2 year old in the back seat, and we are like the only people in America without a portable DVD player. Good ole' fashion singing and lots of snacks for us!

Well, I better get back to packing toys, movies, books, clothes, and all the other fun stuff! Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Friday Night and One of My New Faves

I can't believe it is Friday night already. This week sort of flew by and this coming week is going to go so fast too. I am leaving Sunday after church to drive to Ohio. I am dropping Molly off with my in-laws for next week, and then I am flying out to New York for Phil's surgery. Then I will be back in Ohio on Friday, and depending on how exhausted I am, I will drive back Friday night or early Saturday morning. We also have guests coming next weekend too. Their flight gets in on Friday night. I am tired from just typing all of that!

So for the next couple of days I will be off and on checking blogs, but once I get to New York I will be back on for regular check-ups. Especially on mom and I will just be waiting, and waiting some more. Have no fear friends, I will update you all too! So until I am back with some wonderful words of wisdom, or nonsense...I want to leave you all with this great song from Phil Stacey. You all remember him from American Idol? I always love the underdogs, and the husbands with kids. But now he has a new song out and I heard it on KLove. The video is just the lyrics, but I think a lot, well probably all of you will love it. Listen and read the words, and you will relate to the song. I know I did! Enjoy! Until next time, God is good-all the time, and all the time-God is good.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Great Giraffe, and A Little Update

On Tuesday, Molly and I went to a really cute place here in town, it's called the Gingerbread House. Our family just loves going there and taking all of our visitors there too. A really nice lady who always gives Molly free cookies whenever we are there, turned an old farmhouse into a little coffee shop. But it is not just exclusive to coffee and tea, because we live in Wisconsin you can get beer there too! That never gets old to me, I am still so fascinated with it! Plus she makes homemade pizza, lasagna, garlic bread, etc, etc. All the pies, cakes, desserts, everything they serve is made fresh every morning. They have a huge wrap around deck and an ice-cream shop outback. Plus, chicken and ducks! Molly loves to watch the animals roam around, because let me just say, they never stay in the pen! Here she is, faced smashed and all "talking" to the chicks!

Getting right up there with the animals!

This was my one good shot of her standing still! Don't you just love those lime green sandals?! I thought you all would!

The over the shoulder glance...

Waving goodbye to all the animals, in her southern little accent she for some reason has, she says bye like a little southern old lady!

Now back home to do what we do best, watch the Backyardigans! She kissed the DVD case the whole way home from the library! Don't you just love Molly's bow?! Well, my friend Jennifer makes bows, bow holders, and paints! Check her out!
In other news, my step-dad will be having surgery to remove his brain tumor on Wednesday, July 22. Eric will be gone all next week at church camp, so my fabulous in-laws will be Molly-sitting all next week. We are still working out all the details of travel, etc, but Molly will be Ohio bound for the week. Then I will be in New York for the surgery. I am ready to get this over with! But I know Phil, my step-dad, is more ready for it to be over with then me! We have had so many emotions going up and down over the last 2 weeks or so. You can check out his progress here...We will be updating it during the surgery and after it too.
I thank you all for your continuous prayers and encouraging words. You all mean so much to me, and I probably couldn't pick you out of a line up. Which if I am called to pick you out a line up, we got other issues!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

11 years ago today

Eleven years ago today, at 8:12am my brother died. On July 6, 1998 my brother, Andy, came home to surprise my dad for his birthday. See my brother went to college 3 or so hours away from home. He had a job down there and an apartment, so he just lived there year round. I was at church camp that week helping out in the kitchen. So I didn't get to see him, but I was able to talk to him once on the phone. That night he drove back to his apartment and on the way someone turned in front of him, ultimately ending his life. Andy was airlifted to a hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He never regained consciousness. He would have survived with his outside injuries which consisted of a broken leg, a broken wrist, and some cuts and bruises. But it was what was on the inside that we couldn't see that ended his life. The brain is a tricky organ, and it sure tricked us a lot. My brother's brain was so swollen that they literally had to lift a flap of his skull back to relieve the pressure. We had a lot of false hope that week from the doctors. It was so very hard to remain positive, especially for all of the people who came down to visit us. Then on July 15, 1998 we took him off the ventilator. Andy was only 22 then, and he had a living will. His will stated that he did not want to be kept alive by machines, if he could not read or write, then he did not want to live. My brother was majoring in Creative Writing. That's all he wanted to do was write, words were his passion. So my parents had to honor his wishes and he passed right away after the machines were turned off.

I don't want this walk to be a painful, slow, agonizing walk through all of my awful memories of a 14 year old girl. This is not a Judy Bloom novel. I want you all to meet the most wonderful brother a girl could ever have. I want you all to smile with me and feel so blessed that I introduced you to Andy May.

My brother was 8 years older then me. My parents had Andy when they were very, very young. Then they experienced 3 miscarriages between the two of us. I was their miracle child, and trust me, I never let them forget that. My brother was at a birthday party when I was born. He was not very interested in me at first, but I soon captured his heart. My parents often had to remind him that they were the parents, he was just the brother. Overprotective might be an understatement. I was always that tag-along sister, despite the age difference.

This is my brother and his very best friend, Parker. We are still in touch with Parker today. After Andy died we started a scholarship in his name at our high school. Parker sits on the committee with me and helps select the recipient each year. Parker meant a lot to my brother and I feel so blessed to still have him in my life.

Don't laugh at my poofy bangs! They were so cool in 1997, or at least I thought so. This was at Christmas, 7 months before Andy died. This was our last picture together. You can tell he was thrilled to up super early on Christmas. Despite his cool, nonchalant exterior, he was super soft and warm on the inside.

I think this was the last known picture of my brother. He got this tattoo in May of '98. It is an incongruency sign. In math terms it means not equal, but to my brother it represented mankind. We all are different, yet we all are equal, we all are striving for the same things. Andy was an organ donor, but since his tattoo was less then a year old, we were unable to donate any of his organs because it takes a year or so for the ink to absorb into your blood. This made us really sad, but we understood. Last year on the 10th anniversary practically everyone in my family got the same tattoo that my brother had. Plus a ton of his friends have it too. Talk about a lasting legacy.

See this is who my brother was, he could see your soul by looking in your eyes. He had that way of showing that he cared without using any words. I know this because at the visitation and funeral we had people come who only met Andy once, but he made such an impact on them, that they wanted us to know about it. I would say that my brother was not deeply religious, he believed in God, and was involved in youth group stuff growing up. So I am not going to stand here and say he went to church every week and fed the homeless, but I do know that he had the same love God has for us. My brother just genuinely loved people, he loved their stories, he never judged anyone, and he did whatever he could to help you out, even if it meant he would go broke himself.

I miss my brother everyday, oh, I miss him terribly. I would love to know what he would say about certain things, or the advice he would give me. I know he would love Molly beyond words. I know life would be so different if he would have lived. I still ask God why. I still get upset and angry that Andy was taken from us far too young. But I also look at our situation as a way to keep living everyday to its fullest, not to get mad about dumb things, and to always show love and kindness to others.

My brother impacted more lives then I will ever know, who have you made an impact on?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Blog Hop, 3 Things You Didn't Know About Me

For the Blog Hop today we are supposed to post 3 things about ourselves that our readers may not know. I am pretty transparent on here, so I think you all might know everything. So I am trying to dig really deep to find some tidbits of my life that you may not know...

1. I HATE balloons, let me be clear, HATE them! The smell, texture, sound, everything about them. Last week someone tried to give Molly a balloon when we were out to eat and my husband gave the hostess the back off sign because I would have freaked out.

2. Eric is my high school sweetheart, and we have been married 4 years, and on August 19th it will be 10 years from our first date. We have never broke up, not even once, and I love him more everyday.

3. When I was younger I wanted to be the first female President of the United States. When I was in seventh grade, I signed everyone's yearbook-Kate-Future President of The United States of America.

Hopefully you all learned something new, and now feel like you can go on with your day a little bit more enlightened!

MckLinky Blog Hop

Friday, July 10, 2009

Mail, Glorious Mail

So who does not love getting mail? I am not talking about bills, or anything like that, but when you order something, and you anxiously wait for it to come everyday. You get the kid at Christmas feeling in your stomach. That was me this week!

I have been patiently waiting for these shoes to arrive! I ordered them from Toms Shoes. You know those commercials..."for every pair we sell, we give a pair away..." My husband pretty much thinks these were quite possibly the worst choice of color possible, but for some reason I fell in love with them!

They pretty much excite me every time I see them. FYI-If you get a pair, the website says true to size, and yes they are. Mine were too small, so I had to send them back, and now I have my perfect 10!

Isn't this shirt so cute! I ordered it from Kristin, and I LOVE it! Molly is going to wear it to church on Sunday, and I am super excited! Sorry for the diaper shot, this was right before bed tonight, and right after her bath.

Molly also got these to match her cute shirt! I am again, super excited to put them in her hair!

This is a sneak peak at Molly's birthday outfit. Consider yourselves very lucky to see it early! We also got this in the mail today! I ordered it off Etsy, from the seller drinacat. She had so many cute things, it was so hard to pick. But I just love these colors, and the huge Gerber daisy on the front! I can't wait for Molly's birthday pictures and party. I love having a girl!
I hope you all enjoy checking the mail as much as I do! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Mullet, Back In Full Force

Last night we broke out the infamous mullet wig. We are sending it to my in-laws for a Redneck Murder Mystery dinner they are hosting. My MIL is a very creative lady, and she writes her own murder mysteries. They have friends coming all the way from Georgia up to Ohio, because they just love her dinner theaters. My FIL needs the wig, and I wish so badly I could be there to see him wear it! I sent the wig off today, so hopefully they will take great care of it, brush it daily, and wear it proudly. Don't worry, I won't be too lonely without the mullet, someone forgot to give Milwaukee the memo that it is not the 80's anymore.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Pray Big

Pray many of you have ever heard that? Maybe I hear it more since we are in the ministry, but this concept is something that I have been struggling with. I have faith in God, I know he is capable of great, awesome, miraculous things, but am I?

I first heard of praying BIG when Eric preached about it some time ago, and then I listened to Andy Stanley preach on it too. You will have to listen to Andy Stanley talk about praying, it is pretty hilarious. And I believe everything that my husband preached about and Andy Stanley, but I still felt/feel not trusting enough.

I am a very scheduled, routined person. I basically do the same thing everyday at the same time, I am comfortable. Praying Big=probably not being comfortable. I will more then likely be called out of my comfort zone, and I will probably not like it.

Sometimes I think why pray BIG, I have what I want right now. That is selfish, I know, and I am sad to admit that, but remember I took a vow of honesty, and sincerity on here. You get the good with the bad.

I think when it comes right down to it I am scared. I am scared that I am not going to come through for God. What if he gives me something really BIG to do, and I can not follow through. What if I pray for something really "BIG" and I feel let down. Because it doesn't turn out the way I think it should, or it does not meet my human standards. Praying BIG is really scary.

On the other hand, praying BIG is exciting. Think of the possibilities God could do and people he could use. How things would grow and how you would never be the same. If God answered a BIG prayer, you would probably keep praying BIGGER.

So when it comes right down to it, I am starting to think BIG, pray BIG, and live BIG. I know God will do awesome things through BIG and small prayers. But I do not ever want to be accused of underestimating my God, and what He can do.

So what are you praying BIG for?


For today's memory, I would love to introduce you all to my very best friend in the entire world, Adrienne. We have been friends since we were five, so twenty years later, we are still best friends. We have been through our share of petty fights, big fights, your are not my friend fights, as well as I am so glad I could share this moment with you. Since getting married and having kids, our relationship has grown so much. I think we are closer then we have ever been, and I am so thankful. I call her everyday, even if it is just to leave a message to say, guess what I just saw at Wal-Mart. Last summer Adrienne and her son Titus came to visit us. We had a great week, despite Molly having the worst case of diarrhea known to man kind. But you get to share all of that gross stuff with your best friend.

This is us. Actually this was her last day in the great state of Cheese. I was just a little too lazy this morning to rearrange all of the pictures!

Us and the kids. Molly was born in August and Titus was born in November. They will be best friends too, already decided.

Addy, Molly and Titus...what a great friend!

Posing our children, we were very inexperienced moms, we thought they actually would sit still and smile for us!

Molly and Aunt Addy at one of Eric's kickball games. Yes, he is 26 and still plays kickball :)

Best Friends, Second Generation

Now we have a new baby in the mix, Malachi. He was born at the end of April. I have yet to meet the newest addition, but we have plans to be reunited. Addy and her husband, Jed, just moved to Florida, and they are trying to sell their house in Kansas. They are also in the ministry. Please pray for them to sell it quickly!

Thanks for sharing my summer memory with me today, and I am so glad you all got to meet Adrienne, truly my better half, best friend, and my sister in Christ.

Monday, July 6, 2009

One of my faves...

I am linking up for Blog Hopping today, check out Kelly's Blog, you get to pick one of your favorite pictures. Seriously, how do you pick just one?! When I was at my mom's last week, we were looking at some pics of Molls, and this one just makes me laugh. This was her Halloween outfit that she wore to church. I even went out and bought a bow for her to wear with it. Clearly, she was not thrilled...

Oh my little one, someday you will laugh at this too!

MckLinky Blog Hop

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Home, Sweet Home

It has never felt so good to be home. I arrived back this afternoon, and I am so happy. I miss my mom and Phil, but I will be back in a week. I came home to a tired, cranky, dirty Molly, and I have never been so happy to see her. This morning was the annual 4th of July Parade that our church participates in. One year we won best "float" and last year we won grand champion of the whole shebang. People line up their lawn chairs on Thursday night to get a good seat. That's sick! Really, for a parade?! But people here in Milwaukee are serious about their parades, so we don't mess with them. We give the people what they want. So our church has a live band on a flatbed, singing 80's cover tunes, U2, and other songs to keep the crowd jamming the whole parade. Plus we hand out a ton of candy, frisbees, and can coozies. I am actually sad to say that I missed it. I was supposed to run in a 5k before the parade, and I am not sad I missed that, but sad to miss the parade. Mainly, the people I miss. But now I am back to the daily grind.

Flying home felt like it took forever today! I went through Philly, which I have never done before, and the ride home felt so long. It probably did not help that I was by myself, ran out of reading material, and the person behind me was playing a game on their cell so loudly, that I could not sleep. But I made it, and happy to be back. Have I mentioned I am happy to be home :)

This week I am trying to have business as usual, and trying to meet with as many clients as I can, so then when I am back in NY, I can work on typing out all of my notes. I figured there was nothing else to do while waiting on surgery day. At least I can get lost in my work. Maybe, we'll see how it goes.

Thank you all again for your continuous support and prayer. It means the world to us, and we really do feel the prayers. It's nice to know that God has surrounded us with great friends, even if you are in another state and I have never seen you face to face. What we have in common is more important then that. Thanks again, and trust me, I will be back to comment you all up this week!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Which way is up?

This is how I feel right now, which direction is up, where am I going, what meds need to be given now, etc, etc. Well, my step-dad, Phil, who you all have been wonderful to pray for is home now. He was released early this afternoon, hallelujah! Now we are home, relaxing, and trying to let reality set in.

A brain tumor?! Holy mother! Who has those? Well, Phil does. I got this awful phone call from him on Tuesday saying he had a brain tumor and was being rushed into the operating room to have it removed. Okay, so how do you react? I called Eric and told him I had to fly to New York to be there, and then I called my MIL and freaked out. I asked her to come and watch Molly for us, and she agreed. Eric ended up calling off the panic patrol and he is watching Molly, thankfully his job is flexible. I got on the first flight out from Milwaukee. Once I got to my layover, my mom called and said they could not operate because his brain is so swollen, he would have never made it through surgery. Well I came too far to turn back now. I got here around 11pm. My mom picked me up and when she saw me, she broke down. Once she calmed down, and we talked, we came home. We ate scrambled eggs and toast. This is my Mom's down home cooking. For those of you who know her, you are probably laughing now.

The next morning we went to the hospital. We stayed there all day Wednesday and just waited. He looks fine, it's not like he is out of it, or incoherent or anything. Just chillin' in the bed. So now we are home. Making many phone calls, cancelling appointments, and trying to survive in this new normal.

So here is the tricky part. My step-dad is more then likely, like there is a 99% chance that he will have his brain surgery on the same day my brother died of a brain injury. Talk about emotions just rushing back at you. The situations are totally different, and it will be 11 years this month, but still. I know God won't give you more then you can handle, but really, the same day? Holy mother!

I am flying back home on Saturday. I am missing my Molly, and my hubby so much! Eric is doing a great job with her, other then he had to take her to the ER last night because her elbow came out of socket. He said it was not a big deal, they just popped it back in. My poor girl! Then I will be back here for the surgery. Leaving my baby, again. But I have the most supportive, loving husband that has encouraged me this whole time. He keeps saying go, stay as long as you are needed, we are fine. And for that I thank my God.

Thank you all for your continuous support and prayers. It is greatly appreciated and most certainly needed.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Phil's Blog

Hey guys! Just wanted to let you know that I created a blog for Phil! Go to to see it.

We are waiting to see the doctor and find out when the surgery will be, and they want to go in and stop the blood flow to the major vein the tumor is sitting on. So we will see, it is a waiting game.

Sorry I have been super distant from all of you. Trust me I want to read blogs to keep sane and laugh! I will try to read throughout the day. Thanks for the love and prayers!