Welcome to our journey of love, living in the face of loss and just plain living. We've experienced the greatest loss a parent can face--the loss our our baby daughter, Sylvia. She flew to Heaven due to complications of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) on 2/26/09. We have two "Earth Angel" children, Will and Stella. They have been a great help on this journey. We live a blessed rich life in spite of our loss. We are lucky to be parents to such special children. They are our life. Welcome to our life!

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

Friday--We spontaneously had some friends over for a playdate. There were 8 kids and 6 adults. It was a fun couple hours. The kids did a variety of things--played outside, put puzzles together, colored pictures, played with toys, pretended to be dinosaurs, had cinnamon toast snacks. Will played very hard and it was a school day so he was beat! He asked to go to bed and was tucked in before the other kids even left! Stella must have been tired too as she napped most of the time the company was here. That or she's just smart! :)
Saturday--I went for a run. We played around the house and did some cleaning. It seems we can never keep up with this house! Can't keep ahead of anything! I split the decorative grass in Sylvi's garden from 2 mounds to 6! It all looks pretty sad right now though! I hope it lives through my harsh transplanting! Had Tony and Katie and kids over for dinner. The kids had a good time playing. Chandler loved holding her baby cousin! The adults had a nice time chatting! Andy had fun playing baseball with the kids after dinner while Katie and I talked inside. Can't wait til she has the baby because a) just can't wait to hold the baby and b) it will be nice to have a beer/glass of wine with her again!
Sunday--Went to the Madison Zoo. A great time was had by all. Forgot the camera so no pics to post. I did take our cell phone so I got a few shots on that. It was actually kind of "freeing" not to have the camera. However, after finishing updating the albums today, I wish we would have remembered it. It is just so fun to look at albums. Some like their "digital" albums--I'll take my old fashioned photo albums anytime! We picnicked at the zoo. When we arrived home, neither of us wanted to cook so we headed to Hy-Vee for Chinese. Oh, when we arrived home from the zoo, a very special piece had been placed in Sylvi's garden! I've had it for awhile and had the image in my head of how I wanted it. Stan of SR Custom Metal Railings made my dream come true! Thanks for installing it, Stan (and Connie)!
Monday--We had planned to go Alpine sledding, but the chilly temps and drizzly rain have kept us away. I got up with the kids at about 6:20am. Stella just woke from a long nap. Hoping Will takes one this afternoon! I hung some clothes on the line, but just ran out to get them as it is starting to sprinkle. We played with Will in the backyard this morning. I really like our back yard! Hope you like the photos. Will's first day of school, Stella with her new favorite toy--a sword and Sylvi's arbor. If all goes well, I may take a nap this afternoon! There's always something to do which makes me feel guilty for napping, but sometimes you just gotta!
**The picture with the Sylvia decoration (just says Sylvia)--there was this butterfly flying all around that like an excited child. I think it was Sylvia telling me she loves her garden especially the new arbor! The butterfly didn't even go away when I watered the grass! It may have left for a couple seconds, but returned to the garden. Connie, a friend that I work with, made the Sylvia decoration.
**The arbor--it's the missing piece of the garden. I LOVE it!


  1. The arbor is beautiful, Beth. It does complete Sylvi's garden. It is made of metal, is it not? Also really enjoyed the rest of the pictures-little Stel smiling as usual and little Will off to school---WOW!!! Glad you had a nice weekend. Hope you got a nap this afternoon.

  2. Love the arbor, Beth! Beautiful! Also, I didn't know you went to Itasca this summer! We were there too earlier this summer! The kids crossed those rocks so many times! And Tom was teaching Thunder to enjoy the water there too! An entertaining sight!
    Love you!