Running to Stand Still Just another day in the life….

September 20, 2006

Back to Texas

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Irelynd and I are headed back to Texas tomorrow.  We have had a great time visiting with friends and family, but we are anxious to get home to daddy! 

We are extremely grateful to both sets of Nana’s and Papa’s for taking such good care of us while we were here.  We love you all and can’t wait for you to come visit us in Texas.


September 19, 2006

Baby Jackson

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Irelynd and I went up to Woodland Park today to visit Todd and Rochelle’s new baby, Jackson.  Little Jackson is so adorable, and so tiny…not even seven pounds!   It was nice visiting with Todd and Rochelle; and Irelynd had a great time playing with Miranda. 

We sure miss this family!




September 18, 2006

I found…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari @ 9:39 pm

…this poem in an old bible belonging to my grandmother.

Drop thy still dews of quietness,

Till all our strivings cease;

Take from our souls the strain and stress,

And let our ordered lives confess

The beauty of thy peace.

-J.G. Whittier-

I love looking through my grandmother’s old journals and writings….so much to learn from someone even after they’re gone.

September 17, 2006

Sick Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari @ 10:28 pm

Irelynd woke up at 4:00 a.m. this morning crying and burning up with a 103 degree fever.  Not a good way to start the day.  Her temp went down by later in the morning, but the poor little thing had a rough day…she just wasn’t herself. 

We did get the chance to take a nice walk this evening, which made us all feel a little bit better.


September 16, 2006

Family Time

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Two of Irelynd’s cousins, Michael and Kristianna, are also in town this weekend.  Irelynd and Michael have been having a lot of fun playing games and riding in the wagon together. Little Kristianna is just three months old, so we have to keep a close eye on Irelynd because she wants to hold and squeeze her like she does her baby dolls! 

Unfortunately, Irelynd came down with a high fever late this morning….hopefully it will subside soon.


(Michael and Irelynd playing)


(Irelynd trying to unbuckle Kristianna)


(My brother and I with our girls)

September 15, 2006


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For all you bagged-spinach lovers out there (Amy), please read this article.

My wonderful husband, who can’t get enough spinach, made me aware of this danger. Don’t worry, Jon, you can still eat the frozen kind! :-)

September 14, 2006

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September 13, 2006

My Friend Frieda

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I have a wonderful, elderly, German friend named Frieda.  I met Frieda almost five years ago at the physical therapy clinic for which I used to work. She had been sent to our clinic to be treated for “hip pain.”  As Suzie (my co-worker) and I watched her painfully make her way into the clinic using a walker and moving slower than a snail, we realized she had much more going on than her diagnosed “hip pain.”  It turned out, that Frieda had been hit while walking to her car by a mini-van backing out of a parking spot.  After the accident, she spent a few days in the hospital and was released.  Her condition was grossly overlooked by the physicians who treated her as she was released without any help or aid. Right away we discovered she had serious arthritis in both hips which was exacberated by the accident resulting in her almost immobile condition.

As I worked with Frieda that day, I learned that she not only was a widow, but she had no children and no family at all here in the United States.  Her only living relative, I learned, was her older brother who lives in Germany.  It was very apparent from the moment I met Frieda that she was a very lonely women who just needed a friend and a helping hand.  She was unaware of her health insurance situation (she had great military benefits that she never knew she had) and many other health related issues. When our session ended, I asked her who was picking her up; I could hardly believe it when she told me she had driven herself to the appointment!  Scary!

So to make a long story short, with some help from my co-workers and a wonderful orthopedic surgeon that I worked with, we got Frieda set for bilateral hip replacement surgery.  The hip replacements were a success and made all the difference in her quality of life.

So almost five years later, Frieda and I have grown very close and truly enjoy each others company.  She has cooked me a million wonderful German meals, and we have probably  consumed close to a hundred Little Ceasar pizzas (she loves LC pizza?) :-) She joins our family for holidays and special occasions, and until we moved, I was able to see her almost once a week.  It was really hard when I moved to Texas, but my mom has been able to step in and help her out since our move.

Frieda has taught me so many life lessons that she will probably never be aware of.  She has a huge heart, and is unbelievably generous despite struggling to make ends meet.  She truly is a blessing to me and she is constantly in my thoughts and prayers.

We enjoyed a nice pizza lunch together today!


September 12, 2006

Relaxing Day #2

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Today was another relaxing day enjoying time with family.  We got the chance to meet up and have lunch with Aunt Deborah at La Baguette.  Deborah and her husband are headed to England on friday, and Deborah agreed to let me tag along…thanks Deborah, I hope I won’t be a third wheel!  In my dreams. :-)
Irelynd is getting spoiled by her Nana and Papa.  Nana got Irleynd a toy shopping cart filled with all kinds of toy food.  Irelynd just has a ball playing in her kitchen and pushing around her shopping cart.
Not much else to report…just having a good time.

September 11, 2006

Relaxing Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari @ 9:57 pm

Irelynd and I had a nice and relaxing day just hanging out and enjoying our time here.  Irelynd is having a great time reading her books with Nana and Papa, and she loves having Nana give her wagon rides.  We also enjoyed seeing the snow on Pikes Peak this morning….can’t believe it is already that time of year.





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