Sunday, October 30, 2011


I came across this video that was taken when Anna was about 2 1/2.  Yes, she's our daughter and I'm biased, but I think this is just about the cutest thing I've seen in a looooong time!  Make sure you watch all the way to the end!  Hopefully it will bring a smile to your face too!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Getting Ready for Halloween

Anna got out early from school on Thursday for Fall Break so we ate together at the coffee shop.  She was quite entertained by the outstanding job her mom had done on her "special lunch" and topped it off with a huge pumpkin cookie!

After lunch, Tim met us and we had our first conference with Anna's teacher.  Anna's report card was awesome and the teacher said she was especially good at spelling and math.  Whoohoo!  All our practice at home is paying off!  Anna needs to continue to work on her reading as she is currently at a level 6 and by the end of the school year she should be a level 18!  Wow!  Thanks again to BeLynda and David and the triplets for teaching Anna "Hooked on Phonics" last year...that is really coming in handy now!

Fall break continued with a fun haircut with wash-out color and a barefoot run in the snow that is still left from the last storm.  

My dear friend Carol (who was one of my caregivers during my transplant) came over and we played dress-up.  We sent the picture to our transplant friend "Dancing Annie" to cheer her up as she is going through a second transplant wearing her signature tutu.  Please put her on your prayer list.  Go, Annie, Go!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Trick or Treat! Oh, so sweet!

With Halloween fast approaching there has been much talk about costumes.  No decisions have been made yet!  One thing is for sure, Anna loves to dress up!  Take a look at the fun we've had over the past 6 years!

2005 - Our little Pumpkin!
2006 - Mickey Mouse and Butterfly Fairy Princess

2007 - A Pumpkin and "Quack Quack"

2008 - Cinderella

2009 - Dora The Explorer and Sleeping Beauty

2010 - The Little Mermaid & Star Trek 

2011 - What will she be???  You'll have to wait and see!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

In Training...

Anna is on a team of kids that train for triathlons.  She really loves it.  They meet 3 days a week to swim, bike, run and have a ball along the way!  All her coaches are amazing and we are very impressed with what she is learning.  Who knew your foot has a gas pedal and a brake?  

Always warm up properly!
Skipping is great exercise!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

God gave me you!!

Thanks to those of you who have followed our journey for the past 7 years through my husband Tim's wonderful writing in my blog.  Now that my health issues are in the "recovery" phase, we have a new blog for our family's adventures.  Of course, the star of the show will be Anna!

As I take the "reins" for this new blog, I want to share a bit about Tim.  He has spent the past 7 years writing about me, it's time I get to say a few things about him!  There is a song that says "God gave me you."  With Tim, I believe that is true.  He is a loving and supportive husband.  He has been there for me every step of the way and many times, a step ahead!  Thank you, Tim, for being everything I needed you to be!  I love you!

And now, for the light of our lives...Anna!  From the moment Anna was born in 2005, she and her Dad have had a special bond.  I love watching them together and seeing the joy they bring to each other's lives.  They make me laugh and I am so blessed by both of them!  The slideshow at the right has some of my favorite pictures. (And since I can't figure out how to make the slide show bigger, I'm putting them here in this post!)  Enjoy!