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Getting Away, May 2010

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We took a short vacation up to the Michigan Upper Peninsula two weeks ago.  It was the first time we were actually able to get away in two years.  Brooklyn went with us, so it was nice to have some one-on-one time with her.  She’s gone through a lot the last few years.  She’s becoming such a little lady. 

We are anticipating the first reconstructive surgery at the University of Chicago Hospital, scheduled for the end of August.  This Memorial Day weekend marks the one year anniversary of the cancer diagnosis-it’s hard to believe it’s only been a year.  In many ways it feels like it’s been five.

Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Tahquamenon Falls State Park


Making a Wish in St. Ignace (Straits State Park)


Mackinac Island


Hanging out at the Cabin


Taking a walk with Dad

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One Year

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I’m hijacking Lindy’s blog. One year ago today, our twins Maxwell and Samantha were born. That blows my mind. Just yesterday, yet forever ago. We can’t celebrate this milestone birthday without looking back on how far we’ve come.
sam.jpg It’s a day we’ll never forget as our baby girl, died during child birth and was miraculously revived. Samantha’s outlook was grim as her doctor’s feared extreme brain damage; the kind that bounds people to a bed, never to walk or interact. Separated from us, she was rushed to DeVos Children’s Hospital to be placed on a experimental “cooling mat” for 72 hours to save her brain and organs from further damage. I’ll never forget seeing Samantha late that night and praying and pleading to God over her. It’s a place no parent ever wants to be. The flood of emotions is still indescribable—this is the first time in my life I literally fell to my knees.
It’s been a rough year for us with Samantha’s health, caring for twins (anyone with multiples will get this one), closure of our family business and Lindy’s cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatments. I use the analogy that we were running a marathon and when we were just about across the finish line, someone made us run another marathon, then another without rest. At times we got angry, cried, questioned, cursed, you name it, we did it.
No matter how dark the days can get, there’s something magical about two little giggly babies crawling towards you when you walk through the door; Samantha leading and Max right on her heels. I believe its God’s way of making everything bearable for us and reminding us of His true grace–a lifeline. img_4622.jpg
As we anticipate Lindy’s surgery on November 5, we ask for your continued prayers. We’re only half way through this marathon, but together we plan to finish it.

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Laps for Lindy

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Race for a Cure was awesome.  Thank you to everyone who participated either by running, walking or giving money to support a team member.   This meant more to Dusty and I than you’ll ever know. 

  • Thank you Clair for pulling this together. 
  • Thank you Livvy for designing such a cool Laps for Lindy logo. 
  • Thank you Jen for having the T-shirts printed. 
  • Thanks Nederveld and you-know-who for buying the t-shirts. 
  • A special thank you to everyone for coming and showing support. 

Personally, I think Laps for Lindy was the best looking team there (see photos below).  You all looked great.  A little tired at the end, but great!  I had a blast!

Here are some pictures for your enjoyment.  We’re running this one next year!

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