#TeamRyder: Reflections {Part 3 of 3}

#TeamRyder: Reflections {Part 3 of 3}

A few weeks have passed since we became Spartans, and I still get teary when I watch videos or look at photos.  I’ve had plenty of time to reflect, and despite the fact that this is less of a well-thought-out blog post and more of a glorified list of random thoughts that popped into my head, I decided […]

#TeamRyder: The Road to Tahoe {part 2 of 3}

#TeamRyder: The Road to Tahoe {part 2 of 3}

This post may be the portion of the #TeamRyder series that proves to be the most difficult to write.  And it’s sure to be the longest.  There are SO many details I want to share, and so few words to adequately describe the impact of each one.  (Catch up on Part 1 here.)  And I’d love […]

#TeamRyder: An Introduction of Sorts {part 1 of 3}

#TeamRyder: An Introduction of Sorts {part 1 of 3}

I think I can safely speak for all of us on #TeamRyder when I say that we are just ordinary people who have survived extraordinary circumstances, and we were brought together to live out a pretty amazing weekend that will be stamped on our hearts and in our minds forever.  And I think it’s also safe […]

New Friends

New Friends

School recently started, and we are in a season of abundance when it comes to making new friends.  After having the same teacher and same classmates for the last two years, Ryder stepped into a whole new world.  And Evan just started Kindergarten so new friends are all around us.  But social media has also […]

Shriner's

Shriner’s

This is where I might normally apologize (to no one in particular) about the length of time that has passed since my last post.  But I won’t.  The information we learned, and that I shared in that post, hit me pretty hard and I just felt the need to be quiet for a while. Before […]

A Fork in the Road

We all make choices.  Some choices are easy, some feel hard, and others really are hard.  We have some really hard choices to make in the coming year (or so), and would cherish your ongoing prayers for wisdom and strength. Yesterday we made another trek to Oakland to meet another new doctor – a pediatric neurosurgeon. […]

Oakland Appointment #2

Oakland Appointment #2

This post is a week late, but life got busy and the days slipped by quickly. So let’s get up to speed… A few weeks ago, we left the house before dawn to meet a new-to-us neurologist in Oakland.  You can read more about that appointment here but the gist of it is that she listened […]

Ryder's Third MRI

Ryder’s Third MRI

When we met with our new neurologist in Oakland two weeks ago, she ordered a follow-up MRI.  Ryder’s first two scans happened in the hospital more than a year ago, and they sedated him both times.  He still insists that it “only takes a minute.”  Meanwhile, Mama and Daddy were biting our fingernails and pacing […]

Overdue Update

Overdue Update

It seems as if a hundred years have been lived since my last update.  Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much.  We’re slowly getting major projects checked off the new-to-us-home project list, we successfully completed our first bootcamp, and then I got the plague.  After two brutal weeks of flu-like […]

December 22nd

December 22nd

I approached today, December 22nd, with some apprehension this year.  It’s my sweet Evie’s 5th birthday, so it should be a day to happily celebrate another year on earth with a funny, smart, adventurous boy.  But it’s also the one year anniversary of the day Ryder was admitted to the hospital after mysteriously losing the […]