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 […]

{Deuteronomy 31:6}

{Deuteronomy 31:6}

I heard from God today.  He appeared in the form of a young woman wearing a braided ballerina bun, a warm smile, and an IKEA uniform. It’s been a busy season for us, and now we’re plowing full-steam into Christmas (and Evan’s birthday, and our anniversary, and…), so today’s quick trip to Sacramento wasn’t just a […]

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree

Last year, my favorite photo of our Christmas tree wasn’t really about the tree at all.  The tree simply added some warm-fuzzies to this already adorable picture.  It was less about the tree, and more about capturing the memory of my smiling, underoo-clad babies huddled together in a blanket fort at Christmas time.  We were in a […]

Moving... and Moving... and Then NOT Moving.

Moving… and Moving… and Then NOT Moving.

Well, whatdoyaknow?  A couple more months have (yet again) passed me by, and I haven’t written anything.  I’ve had SO much to say… a thousand little things I wanted to get off my chest or write down for posterity’s sake, but possessed neither the time nor the energy to do it.  So here’s a short […]

Book of James Monday

Book of James Monday

Our friend Bobby, the Superintendent of Big Valley Christian Schools and a pastor at Big Valley Grace, approached Ryan a few weeks ago asking about anointing Ryder with oil.  He was on vacation when some church elders anointed Ryder in April (read about that here), and he wondered if we’d like to do it again… only […]

Checking In

Checking In

Back-to-School and the beginning of cold/flu season marks the one year anniversary season for most of the kids dealing with varying degrees of whatever terrible virus attacked Ryder’s spinal cord.  A few have fully recovered.  Most have not. Today, we had the opportunity to check in with Ryder’s neurologist, for the first time in six months.  He […]

Loch Sloy, a Boy, and the Marines

Loch Sloy, a Boy, and the Marines

This weekend attended the 150th annual Highland Games in Pleasanton.  We’ve been attending Games throughout the valley for several years, but this particular site is one of the largest in the country.  For the last handful of years, my parents have hosted our Clan MacFarlane tent.  They do an amazing job setting up a welcoming […]