October 29, 2007


He rolled! He rolled!! Bauer rolled over all by himself!!! You would have thought Adam and I won the lottery. We started cheering like we were at the Super Bowl!! We even caught it on video. Just imagine what a mess we'll be the first time he plays football!! :) If we can figure out how to download the video we will.

October 22, 2007

Red Ribbon Run

Saturday was the 2nd annual Red Ribbon Run at Avon Park High School. Around this time of year all the schools in the area celebrate Drug Awareness Week. The Red Ribbon Run is for all ages elementary through high school. Everyone runs either 1 lap, 2 laps, or an entire mile. The school I worked for last year volunteered to run the concession stand and donate the proceeds to Bauer. They were serving homemade strawberry pancakes!! Big Thanks to these wonderful people. I really miss working with all of you.
Bauer ran a few laps (ha!) and was pooped!! :)

October 15, 2007


Wow! We can't believe how many things were donated, financial gifts were given, & the amount of people who volunteered to help. It's so awesome to see what can be done when so many people work together.

All Thursday and Friday huge amounts of items were collected & placed at the garage sale site. My mother-in-law & my dad rode around town with huge horse trailers getting everything together. Special thanks to them both. I think by the end they were both sleep walking! ha!Stuff just kept coming and coming and coming. It was great!
Saturday most volunteers arrived around 4:00 a.m. to get things going. By 7:00 a.m. we had plenty of shoppers. Here is the early morning crowd.
Bauer and I came out around 7:30 a.m. (Adam wasnt' able to be there. He was taking a huge 6 hour test in Winter Haven.) Bauer was loving every minute!!! What a little social bug!! It was neat being able to show him to everyone. One guy said, "Well, that's good. I know I'm giving to a good cause now."
I must say Bauer was the handsomest boy out there and was exhausted after working so hard.

We are so thankful for every minute that was put into this. To all who helped, gave, & prayed THANK YOU!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
A BIG THANKS TO THE FAMILY PRACTICE CENTER! Thank you for loving us. We appreciate you so very much. It would not have been possible without you.

Adam and I were reminded how great it is to see & feel such awesome love. Sometimes we think that the little things we do for people aren't worth much, but without everyone doing "a little bit" there wouldn't have been any blessing at all.
This weekend was an awesome example of God taking every piece, large & small, and making it a huge success!!

October 8, 2007

Trust Him!!

So many times Adam and I have second guessed our choice with Boston. It's never been a question of their ability or experience, but more a question of convenience. Many times we've been asked by friends, strangers, nurses, and even doctors why we are going "all the way to Boston". But each time it happens and we begin to doubt the Lord simply brings someone or something into our lives to give us a little, "yep, you're doing the right thing". From the very beginning the Lord has guided us through every step and it's so great to know He's going to make sure we are taken care of. We found Boston Children's through a woman I've never even met, spoke to 2 surgeons within 12 hours of calling the hospital, had our 3d pics reviewed by their ultrasonographer at no cost, and have had continuous contact with nurses and doctors since April. Theses are only a few of the countless reasons we know we're in the right place.

If you are in the process of finding a hospital make sure you:
- take your time
- feel comfortable with the doctors
- get a sense of honesty & genuine concern from the whole staff - I remember every time I called the office they acted like I was important & truly made us feel "taken care of".
- find previous patients and compare the surgical results - You will be amazed at the difference between various surgeons
- discuss & compare when the surgeries are done - some doctors perform the first surgery within a month while others wait about 5 months.
-if possible, try setting up a consultation with the craniofacial team. Most of them want you to do this anyway so they can get a pre-operative look at your child.


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