Wednesday, November 25, 2009


If nothing else, my job often reminds me of how much I have to be thankful for...namely, healthy kids. Unfortunately, this year, I know a lot of families who are experiencing their first holiday season without their child, and others who are about to surely experience their last. In a word, it stinks. I realize that there are so many little moments I take for granted with my kids and I complain about them driving me crazy way too much. I fuss about potty training, and ear infections, and viruses, and so many stupid, silly things. I am fortunate in many ways to be a part of the journey of some families whose child has a major medical issue, sometimes terminal. It definitely puts things in perspective for me. I am not great at remembering these things sometimes in the midst of the daily grind, but here, right now, I am thankful even for these:

-Jonah's accidents,
-Reagan's attitude,
-fighting over eating veggies,
-waking up in the middle of the night because of a bad dream,
-crying over minor boo-boos,
-Jonah getting distracted over, and over, and over,
-Reagan screaming...etc, etc.

I am thankful, because these things mean my kids are alive, and breathing, and healthy, and normal. This year, I don't need anything other than that. Everything else is just icing on the cake. Thank you God, for my 2 babies!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!

We went to a local farm to pick our pumpkins and got our own personal hayride!

Indiana Jones and his spider friend came to visit...

She's still not too sure why she's dressed up!

Jonah's intense "Indy" look...

We went Trick-or-Treating for the very first time this year. We've never gone before because our church's awesome Fall Festival is usually that night. This year, it was on the 30th, so we got to do both! We had a blast! Reagan was a little unsure at first about going up to people's houses....but then quickly took to it once she realized they were giving her candy! At the fall festival, they both had their first taste of cotton candy. I can't say they'll get that again! While Jonah passed out on the way home, Reagan was going strong until almost midnight!

Time to check out the loot!

Perfect Timing and a Worthy Cause

Last Monday, October 26th, a friend from Virginia Tech who was in the German Club with Rush, was killed while serving our country in Afghanistan. His name was Seth Mitchell, and he was a Captain in the Marine Corps.

Rush recently decided not to run the Richmond Marathon this year for a variety of reasons. Just the other day, however, he was asked to run the 1/2 marathon with the Wounded Warriors Project Team....a fund Seth's family listed for contributions in his obituary. The timing and situation was perfect to be used to raise some money to donate in Seth's name and memory to this worthy fund.

So...Rush is running....and raising money. Please see for details.