Happy December!!! My favorite time of the year!
At the end of November and celebrating Thanksgiving, we were also able to take a train ride at Union Station. We all LOVED it! So thankful that everyone had fun. The magic of the season is here!!!
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Happy December!!! My favorite time of the year!
Posted by K.M.L at 10:48 AM
Friday, November 4, 2016
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
14 years ago, on your 26th birthday, you asked me if I would marry you....
It's been 5114 days
- 441,849,600 seconds
- 7,364,160 minutes
- 122,736 hours
- 5114 days
- 730 weeks and 4 days
Here's our story...
- Mike and I had met at a 4th of July BBQ (2o02). We had met a couple of times before this but really just in passing at parties, etc. The only reason I was going to this 4th of July BBQ was to see Mike. Thanks Matt Kennon for taking me there! Mike and I hit it off that evening literally....we were in the pool and playing pool baseball and we bumped heads! We "connected" during a catchphrase game with about 8 other people there (and anyone who knows my catch-phrasing ability know that that is a tough feat!) From that BBQ we spent every day together....thank goodness for summer!
- Fast forward to August 31st (2002) yes...less than 2 months later....we were on our way to a wedding of one of Mike's friends. (Angie and Adam!) Little did I know that Mike had this proposal planned....below is the story in his words.
- "I had hidden a build a bear leopard that was dressed in a wedding dress that I made for her and a bottle of wine and of course the ring in my luggage. As we were leaving (for Angie and Adam's wedding) I said I forgot my car keys in the room (which didn't work as smoothly as I hoped b/c we were walking there and back), but I went in and set everything up on the table and put the ring (still in the box) in a passport carrier around my waste. At the reception she put her arm around me and put her hand right on the ring on my back and of course she asked what it was. Due to a bit of quick thinking, I told her that I told my dad that my back was hurting from moving stuff into my apt. all week and he gave me a back brace, then she said, but it feels like there is a box back there and I said "I don't know what that box thing is, but it sure feels good", which was enough to convince her that it wasn't anything too interesting. After the wedding reception we walked back to the hotel and when she walked in the room she saw the build a bear and read who it was from, "her fiance" and then when she turned around I was on my knee and she was crying and she said yes before I finished my little speech that I had been trying to perfect the last week and then she got down on her knees with me. After she stopped crying and we had hugged for a while she asked me what I said, so I made her get back up and I asked her again ("The one thing I really wanted for my birthday that would make me the happiest man in the world would be if you would promise to spend the rest of your life with me")and she said yes again and I then put the ring (which was 2 sizes too big) on her finger. "
- I called my mom and told her (my dad already knew because Mike went over and asked him for his permission). When I told my mom, she didn't know because my dad knew that if she knew....she wouldn't be able to keep that a secret! ha! We got married about 4 months later on Dec. 28th, 2002.
- 14 years ago today your birthday present was when you asked me to be your wife...
- So today, on our 14th year anniversary of that day, I am saying YES again....
- Yes, I am so glad that I met you, got engaged, and married all within 6 months
- Yes, you make my life complete and I'm so thankful for our sons
- Yes, you still make me smile from across the room when I see your face or if I hear your name
- Yes, I love you....not for what anyone thinks you should be, but for what you are, what you strive to be, and what you always will be...
- Yes, some days are better than others...but I wouldn't trade them for anything
- Yes, you have a way of making good times better just by being there
- Yes, you are the love of my life
- Yes, you are still a dreamer and a romantic and you overwhelm me with happiness
- Yes, I still thank God for you everyday
- Yes, I am still crazy about you and I am SO thankful we walked into each other's lives
- Yes....I still wonder how did I ever get so lucky????
- Yes...I'm so thankful for the ups and downs in our life. Yes, there have been many hard and difficult moments. For us. For our amazing, beautiful boys. For our family, but knowing those difficult moments bring us closer together in the midst of chaos, is actually comforting.
- Yes, to the amazing adventures and trips and the ones we will have in the future.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Celebrated our nephew's 9th birthday!!!!!
And THIS one lost his 4th tooth! He kept saying "All I want for Christmas is my teeth to fall out!"
Well, buddy, they are :)
Welcome to the awkward teeth stage E.
Posted by K.M.L at 8:45 PM
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Looking back at these photos, makes me so happy and sad at the same time! It's amazing how fast the years have gone. From the chubby toes and hands to the amazing little boys they are becoming, I'm so grateful for documenting the every day life. I want to get better at telling their stories, our stories, and remembering the little and big things.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Posted by K.M.L at 9:01 PM
Friday, July 15, 2016
Something that I've been doing for awhile is share what I am loving lately and today is NO different! Today is definitely a happy Friday! The sun is shining, we are halfway through July and we have a fun weekend planned.
Here are some favorites lately to help decorate our new home.
I've always loved Meg Duerksen and have followed her blog for years. She loves color and it just makes me SO happy!
Can't wait to hang this print and 2 others in the playroom!
Wishful Printing from Etsy
Can't wait to hang this style in our guest room. I ordered 9 to display on the wall in the spare bedroom and it will fit in perfect with the wall color and new bed spread. WOOT! Love the quotes she has in her shop.
Artful Life Designs from Etsy created a custom piece for our family. I love it.
I've been wanting to find a piece of artwork or print that shows our family picture in a sentimental way for us. Since we never did get to see our third baby, I felt like this really was a way to share for us. Can't wait to get this framed and hung in our house.
SK Wood Designs
For the last Friday Favorites I got this from the above etsy shop and I LOVE how it turned out. This little piece is going to go in our living room and I'm excited to showcase both Columbia and St. Louis. STL will always be my home even though we've been here in Columbia for 12 years :)
Monday, June 20, 2016
At the end of this month we have a big ol' test and medical stuff
going on for our oldest with blood work and information that I am still
reading about and learning. Our doctor and our brain balance teachers
think E has an autoimmune disease going on called Pans/Pandas. Pediatric
Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disease Associated with Strep or other
bacteria and viruses. We would love your prayers as we start this journey and trying to find some answers.
See more information here at PANDAS Network.
Here is the list of symptoms of this autoimmune/neurological disorder:
Symptom presentation and severity can vary from child to child. It can also vary in each exacerbation. Below is a list of possible symptoms a child may exhibit. Not all need to be present. Not all possible symptoms are listed.
OCD (OBSESSIVE/COMPULSIVE DISORDER)
See OCD in a Young Child for a list of how OCD can present itself. OCD is not only obsessive hand washing!
This includes selective eating to full out food refusal.There can a variety of reasons why the child experiences this, including contamination fears, sensory sensitivities, trouble swallowing, fear of vomiting or weight gain, and more. If restrictive eating is resulting in severe weight loss, call your provider immediately.
Emotional lability includes not being able to control one’s emotional response. It may include uncontrollable crying or laughing. This is a neurological symptom.
IRRITABILITY AND AGGRESSION
This includes baby talk.
DETERIORATION IN SCHOOL PERFORMANCE
This includes deterioration in math skills, inability to concentrate, difficulty retaining information, and school refusal. School performance can also be a result of another contributing symptom, such as OCD or severe separation anxiety.
CHANGES IN HANDWRITING
This includes margin drifts and legibility.
This can include being sensitive to touch, sounds, and noise. Simple touches may feel like they are hurting. One may not be able to stand the way socks feel or the texture or temperature of certain foods. Sensory processing problems can also cause difficulty in finding an item when it is among a vast selection of items. For example, a child may have a hard time finding a shirt in a full dresser or finding words in a word search.SOMATIC SIGNS
This includes sleeping difficulties, enuresis, frequent urination, and bed wetting.
SEVERE SEPARATION ANXIETY
This includes both visual and auditory hallucinations.
FIGHT OR FLIGHT RESPONSE
Evan has shown these symptoms in the last few years. I had NEVER heard of Pans/Pandas. It wasn't until Brain Balance where he (we now know...was having a "flair") was regressing, spitting, trying to head-butt people, and was in constant fight or flight mode. It would get bad for about 1-3 weeks and then he would go about 10-12 weeks with no problems at all. No dilated pupils, anxiety wasn't on edge. wasn't as emotional, etc. But we were trying to figure out what was going on. This was different than his "typical" diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder and Anxiety Disorder. We were still missing something. Brain Balance asked their supervisors what could be going on and they had asked if he had strep recently....and he was diagnosed a few days before following up with us on his behavior,etc. They suggested it was PANS or PANDAS (one is associated more with strep and the other is more viruses/bacterias). We started reading up on it. And we read some more and the more we read, the more it "sounded" like E. We called and talked to our doctor and he said he would get in contact with the infectious disease doctor here in town who specialty is PANS/PANDAS.
We also knew something was seriously going on when Evan ran away from school. :( He slipped through a locked gate and went a mile away from school and crossed a 5 line highway. Thankfully there were some store workers who brought him into the store until the police arrived. So scary and his anxiety and flight response have been getting worse as he gets older and that was the icing on the cake for us. We made an appointment with the pans/pandas doctor and next week we see him. I'm hoping this blood test will help give us some answers on what is going on in Evan's body.
It's scary when your child is sick and you don't know what is going on. It reminds me when he was 2 and was hospitalized. I'm not sure if this is when the "symptoms" started with this, if it is this autoimmune disease, but this is around the time frame when we noticed a big change in Evan with everything.
October 25, 2011
October 28, 2011
October 31, 2011
June 2012 Giving back from our hospital stays
Today, we've been noticing that E's behavior the last week has been reverting back to huge anxiety stressors....like not wanting to go outside at all because of seeing a bee. He hasn't been sleeping great lately and is highly emotional and then impulsive. I had a feeling he was getting sick. I took him to go get a strep test to see if it was positive. Alex and I also got tested to see if we were carriers. Well...turns out mine and Evan's were negative and Alex's was positive. This explains so much. Alex has NO symptoms of being sick. No sore throat or anything. E lately has been "off" and I'm guessing getting sick from Alex.
If you don't mind could you pray for Evan. Pray that we find some answers and get his body the treatment it needs. Pray that the blood test isn't too traumatic for him on Tuesday.
Posted by K.M.L at 5:17 PM
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Posted by K.M.L at 8:38 PM
A week ago Evan and I got to attend Arrowhead Stadium. This year at school he wanted to raise money for the American Heart Association that our school was doing for the Hoops for Heart. We had enough friends and family donate, that he ended up being a top 100 Regional finalist. We got to see the locker room, lots of games and fun things for kids to do, and also watch a movie on the field. It was awesome to have some mom and Evan time. My high school also made it to the final 4 and we got to go and watch Summit play before the event. They won and it was fun to watch. Made me miss playing! Alex also got his kindergarten shots! Can't believe he will be in kindergarten! Love these two!
Posted by K.M.L at 8:34 PM