Monday, August 30, 2010

3rd Annual Lynn Wheeler Golf Tournament for Emily Lee : #SMA

Well, in about 1 month we will make another trek South to Georgia - this time for the 3rd Annual Lynn Wheeler Golf Tournament... for Emily Lee!!  Thanks to some friends from my time in GA Emily will be the beneficiary for this years golf tournament. What a blessing it is! We are looking forward to the time and fellowship with people we don't really get to see all that much.

Thank you so very much, Wheeler Family, for choosing Emily for your tournament -- and to those who have put the time and effort into arranging this tournament.  And thank you so much for thinking of our family and Emily.

Click on the link above for more details. You can also fill out and print the form below to participate.  Thanks!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It's a boy!!!

.... DOG!  Yep, we've moved on as a family and found ourselves a little doggy to accompany us on our journeys.  We've talked about a family pet for a while and have looked into what the best addition would be for Emily's needs -- and that led us to Sunny, Bichon Frise / Shi Tzu -- a "Shichon."  We picked a male Shichon b/c it is small, hypoallergenic, and in my research and conversations found that it would be a good Companion Dog for Emily even while living in a townhome environment.

Our plan is to put Sunny through therapy dog training and immediately started incorporating Sunny into our daily routine of respiratory treatments and busyness.  He is doing quite well.  We haven't found a good trainer just yet, but he is still a puppy, so we have some time to find a good one in our area.

This little guy was made possible by some incredible girls from the Columbia Presbyterian Pioneer Girls.  Through fundraising, their efforts made it possible for us to find just the right little puppy for our family. Thank you so much girls.  We're looking forward to presenting Sunny to you guys this Fall! :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Linnea Grace

Our time was so short with our precious little girl, but the things that we learned through her life were priceless. Her name holds a lot of meaning to us, our sweet Linnea Grace. Linnea Borealis is the national flower of Sweden, so that is part of Nathan's heritage. It is a pretty and delicate flower, just like Linnea was. "Grace" came as we struggled through being young parents and a rocky marriage.
I was 6 months pregnant with Linnea when Nathan started an internship in Westcliffe, Co. As he spent his summer guiding, I trudged around a ranch with an 16 month old energizer bunny that couldn't quite keep her foot steady when the ground sloped all around us. Porta-potties all summer and changing rooms every few days to a week. I recall freezing mornings with frost on the ground, as we ate breakfast outside, and then, 90 degrees by the afternoon. Nathan and I didn't get to spend much time together, so that really made it more difficult on our marriage. With that said, it was by God's grace alone, that we survived that summer as a family, that we walked away loving each other, together to rejoice in our 2nd daughter's birth. So through God's grace, we were privileged to care for one of His, and we are so thankful for every minute of those 13 months of Linnea's life.

Sweet girl, thank you for your beautiful eyes and gentle spirit. God is good.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Mom and Dad are on vacation!

By the time many of you read this Diana and I will be on the road, on our first vacation alone since having kids. Believe it or not, we are leaving for 4 days without Annabelle and Emily while an Army of 4 + Annabelle take care of Emily -- My mom, Diana's sister Cindy, and two nurses will take turns on shift covering the 3 nights / 4 days we will be away.  I can hardly believe we are doing it, but we are. :)

So what do the Lee parents do without children?  Not sure yet -- but we have some fun activities planned. Camping, Whitewater Rafting, Motorcycle trail riding, and ---> RELAXING.

We're heading to upstate New York to enjoy the Adirondacks and it is going to be great. I'll be tweeting (duh!) so check in if you'd like to catch some photos and other tidbits of info.