Monday, August 25, 2008

House News!

In other news, we are officially home owners of only one house! We closed on the house on Cullowhee Ct. this afternoon around 5pm. We're happy to have only one house payment, but I'll be honest and say that I shed a few tears at the closing table. I'm not sure where they come from, and they were short lived.

I hope the guy who bought our house loves it as much as we did. We had so many good times there, and I hope he does too. I also hope he does things like keep up with the butterfly garden. I also hope he doesn't change the nursery, but one day gets married and has his own children in the nursery we loved so much. I hope he's a good neighbor to our neighbors and friends.

And that's the big news around here. :-)

What a difference four years can make

Yesterday was Alex's birthday. He would have been four years old, had life been different. Our lives are so different now, more so than I ever thought possible. We didn't have much time to even reflect on life since having him, but as I watched the closing ceremonies of the Olympics, I remembered watching and Olympic game of soccer in the hospital. And then I remembered the strange medications they gave me to help me sleep, which made me dream of kangaroos playing soccer and honeycomb cereal. But I digress...

Most people know that after we had Alex, we attended a grief counseling group run through Florida Hospital called HEAL. It's an amazing support, and we were so blessed to meet so many wonderful people through the group. In particular, we still stay in close touch with the Brantley's and the Dullmeyer's. I wish I could find the one picture we all have of just the three couples just for comparison, but I don't. So you'll have to imagine us, three couples, brought together by the mutual losses of our children, Alex, EJ, and Julie, learning how to live again, how to be happy and how to go on. We spent a lot of time that first year with them, and we grew into great friends. Ones that some people look a lifetime to find.

And now our lives have gone from three couples mourning the loss of our children, to three couples with six children! Life is surely different. And one of the things that is so neat about our little group is that from the oldest-Josiah, to the youngest-Adelyne, there's only 20 months difference. Our group managed to give birth and/or adopt 6 children in just over a year's time. Crazy! You can't see it in this picture, but Laurie and Ed have baby number 7 on the way.

(L - R) Dan, Nicholas, Shannon & Matthew MacDonald, Scooter, Adelyne, Cathy & Colton Brantley and Jesse, Ed, Laurie, (baby) & Josiah Dullmeyer

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Why are you using Skribit?

Look a little to the right on this page...

See it? A little thing called Skribit? I put that there for you, dear reader.

While I would like to continue writing about the mundane lives we lead, I know it might not be exactly what you're hoping to read about when you come here. So participate in the little widget to the right, and tell me what you wish I'd write about.

Yes, I'll continue to write about our boring lives. But maybe, just maybe, you will find it interesting because you've helped shape the blog to be a little more interesting. :-)