Friday, July 18, 2014


I took my girls to a historic farm yesterday with friends. While the kids were playing, a woman with two girls approached me and asked how Cora was doing. It took me a minute to to realize she was one of Cora's nurses when she was diagnosed a little over a year ago! I remember the last time I talked to her. She was not only caring for my sick baby, but was helping me process my shock and grief. I am so touched she still knew Cora's name and story. There have been many lessons I have learned this past year, one of them is how caring and loving people are. Another one is how easy it is to take a healthy body for granted. I am grateful for the chance encounter I had with Cora's nurse because it reminded me how far cora has come. I get anxious about her future, but need to cherish the healthy, happy girl she is, along with my other three girls.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer girls

Liezl was able to go to King's Island today with her BFF. What a lucky girl! As I have been getting pictures of their adventures, I find it hard to believe I have such a grown up girl. Her sisters on the other hand are feeling green with envy, so I took them to paint pottery. 





Another successful lemonade stand,
And swim lessons have also kept us busy this week.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

FIFA World Cup

We have had a blast watching the World Cup this year. We started the competition with each of us choosing a team and buying shirts to show support. Liezl and Quincy chose well, their teams made it to the final. Quincy's Germany won which made her feel so proud. 




Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mom, Dad, and Emm

We had an amazing fourth of July weekend with my parents and sister in town. We went canoeing down the Miami  river, watched and played plenty of soccer, visited Carillon park (a Dayton historical park), and met up with some friends for fireworks. It was a quick trip, but was so nice to spend time with them!




Sunday, June 29, 2014

My friend Leisy moved today. I will be forever grateful for her service, motivation, and example. I know she has been placed in my life at this time to help me get through the toughest year ever. Her positive, social attitude has helped me face each day thanks to our morning conversations while running. I am so excited to see her handsome boys and amazing daughter grow up on their blog. They have been like siblings for my kids. I also have to say a big thank you to kent for being the best pediatrician. I am sure my kids have caused him several ulcers. Thanks for taking care of them and loving them. 




Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Family Pictures

My friend Leisy was so nice to take our pictures before she leaves for Japan.  They turned out beautifully! Ava was tricky to coax a smile out of and Quincy's eyes kept squinting in the sun (the silly picture of her is us trying to get her to open her eyes).  It is too bad Cora still had her cast on, but I guess it perfectly captures our life right now.  










Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer phone pictures

Summer has been pretty fabulous so far. I love having my girls home with me. Cora and I are still partying every night. She is wild!
Liezl worked very hard to set up a lemonade stand earlier this week. She baked cookies all by herself, made signs and decorations, and sat outside for over three hours. She had sisters and neighbor friends join her from time to time to help. She made $6.50 and was very generous sharing her earnings with her helpers.
One of the best parts of summer is summer food. Ava and I can go through a whole watermelon in a day, liezl asks if we can barbecue every night, and each girl picks a bowl of strawberries for breakfast every morning. Oh, and who doesn't love corn on the cob??!!
Bethel track club is almost over. Liezl has been a hard little runner. I am so proud of her.