Highs and Lows

Highs and Lows

Nothing extreme happened today, but looking back, it was pretty full of enough emotional highs and lows to leave me pretty exhausted. High: Spring cleaning the boys’ drawers, and finding a decent stack of Ryder’s old warm-weather clothes for Ev. Low: Calling Evan into his room to try on Ryder’s old clothes and noticing just […]

Tutorial: Healthy Smoothie Popsicles

Tutorial: Healthy Smoothie Popsicles

I loooooove a good smoothie.  I make one every morning for breakfast, and the boys are starting to love them too.  Inspired by this weeks summer-like temperatures, I figured it was a good time to make some popsicles.  We have a pretty relentless ice cream truck driver, so I try to keep healthy alternatives on hand for when she […]

A Matter of TIME {Magazine}

A Matter of TIME {Magazine}

After being so enraged by the People Magazine incident (which I blogged about here), I have been very hesitant to share our information with any media, local or otherwise.  I felt that there was a bit of irresponsibility on their part because much of their information was both incomplete and incorrect, and led to a […]

Adventuring

Adventuring

Every once in a while it’s nice to escape from real life for a bit… to leave the housework behind, disconnect from technology, and reconnect with God’s amazing creation.  And it’s even more awesome when “escaping from reality” is only 40 minutes away. We took advantage of a free Saturday to drive out to Knights […]

My Prayers, His Plans

My Prayers, His Plans

About nine years ago, Ryan and I embarked on a journey that would make us very familiar with the phrase “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”  However, the older we get and the closer to God we become we have come to understand that it’s not about our plans at all.  We […]

Neurology Follow-up

Neurology Follow-up

We’ve been really intentional about celebrating every one of Ryder’s small victories.  But every now and then, it’s nice to have someone validate just how far he’s come since the initial onset of his symptoms.  Our neurologist has been working Ryder’s case since the beginning, but we haven’t seen him in about a month so […]

Today Show Video

Today Show Video

In case you missed it, The Today Show featured a brief segment this morning about Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) and Enterovirus D68.  Unlike the People Magazine article I wrote about a couple weeks ago, this clip seems to give the most accurate information I’ve seen so far. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and […]

Confidence

Confidence

Ever since Ryder was a tiny boy, he has looooooooved to dress up.  There was no shame in this kid’s game when it came to sporting his super hero cape and mask or construction hat and tool belt to Costco… or In & Out, or Target, the doctor’s office or anywhere else for that matter! So when […]

Speed Racer

Speed Racer

Ryder has been receiving lots of attention on the blog lately, and for good reason… but there is another courageous boy in this house, and his name is Evan (in case you’re new here). We first realized something was really wrong with Ryder on the evening of Evan’s fourth birthday.  Luckily we had already celebrated a couple days […]

Great News!

Great News!

When we met Ryder’s Occupational Therapist for the first time last week, we left the office a little disappointed.  He asked lots of great questions and got a good idea of what Ryder could and couldn’t do at the time, but he didn’t do any actual work.  This week, we practically floated home on glittering clouds […]