Monday, November 16, 2009

Quiet Times

Nothing much has been going on but I wanted to share the birthday picture. Our daughter is such a sweet heart and frosted the birthday cake so that her dad who does not like coconut could enjoy a piece :)
Here we are getting ready for church.. Miss V had such a pretty dress on I could not resist having a picture of her. We are into the unofficial holidays "Deer Hunting Season" and now will have to watch the roads for crazy deer running for their lives.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Today is my first Granddaughter's birthday. She joined us a month early at 3#14 oz! What a little beauty.

She is such fun and knowing her has taught me the joys of being a grandma.

What a beautiful and Intelligent young girl; thank you my Hannah for the love you have brought into my life.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Eight years ago today Steve and Nikki presented us with our first Grandchild A boy (a fact his parents did not share with us) - he was and is so cute, just a little bundle and today he is just a charmer and smart :)

All the family was present at
the happy occasion!

He is all boy and his dad enjoys sharing all of his favorite pastimes with him.

Happy Birthday to our #1 Grandson!

Monday, October 5, 2009

"Borrowed" from a friends post:

October has been declared National Dwarfism Awareness Month by Little People of America. Little People of America (LPA) is a national support organization for people with dwarfism and their families. LPA provides peer, parent and medical support for the dwarfism community.
LPA began in 1957 with actor Billy Barty and 20 short-statured friends. The first LPA meeting was monumental for a group of people who were severely mislabeled and misunderstood by society. Today, Little People of America is a thriving international organization providing much needed support, education, educational scholarships, and community outreach.

In declaring Dwarfism Awareness Month, LPA hopes to raise positive awareness around dwarfism, address common misconceptions, and increase opportunities for people with dwarfism around the country.
“People with dwarfism are no different than any other person. We may just need a well-placed stool. Our members are children, college students, business professionals, doctors, engineers, mechanics, artists and teachers. We can do anything an average-height person can do,” says Lois Lamb, LPA President and a person with dwarfism.
“Raising a child with dwarfism is new for most parents. Being part of LPA has made a tremendous difference. My daughter and I both have great friends and role models. High school is not an easy time for most teens, but neither of us feels alone in dealing with any extra challenges,” says Joanna Campbell, average-height mother of a teen with dwarfism.

More about LPA and dwarfism:
* There are over 200 distinct forms of dwarfism and skeletal dysplasias.
* People with dwarfism are generally not taller than 4′ 10″ at adult height. The typical height range is 2′8″ to 4′5″.
* Eighty percent of people with dwarfism have average-height parents and siblings.
* There are an estimated 30,000 people in the United States and 651,000 internationally with a type of dwarfism.
* In July 2009 the word “midget” was declared inappropriate and offensive. Preferable terms are: having dwarfism, short stature, little person, lp, and the medical terminology use of dwarf. A person’s name is always the most preferred.
* LPA has registered a complaint with the FCC over the use of the “m” word. Our goal is to raise awareness around the offensive impact of the word in order to eliminate use of it in media, popular culture and in everyday language.
* LPA has 6500 members across the United States and includes 70 chapters active in all 50 states.* Skeletal Dysplasias affect bone growth, but generally do not affect cognitive abilities.
* LPA hosts an annual national conference each July which draws 2500 attendees for a week of activities, including educational and medical workshops, sports, and social networking and events.
For more information about National Dwarfism Awareness Month, please visit or call 1-888-LPA-2001. Events supporting National Dwarfism Awareness Month will be occurring throughout the United States all during the month. Contact the chapter in your area, or the Regional Coordinator for Dwarfism Awareness Month listed on the website.
The National Dwarfism Awareness Month program is dedicated to increasing public knowledge about people with dwarfism.
Mission of LPA “LPA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with dwarfism throughout their lives while celebrating with great pride Little People’s contribution to social diversity. LPA strives to bring solutions and global awareness to the prominent issues affecting individuals of short stature and their families.”
The LPA National Office is located in Southern California. You may also contact Joanna Campbell, Executive Director at or (714)368-3689.

The first picture of Vivian was taken on March 14, 2009 and the second picture was taken on October 4, 2009. She is wearing the same dress in both pictures.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Vivian had her second sleep study last night (October 1st). Kelly phoned on her way to U of M and said she (Vivian) is crying so hard and there was nothing I could do to help. It is hard for young mom's to drive and listen to their babies cry.
The study will not be official until the Pulmonary doctor reads the test, but the tech told Kelly not much had changed since the first study on August 2nd. Vivian has many periods of apnea a night. Her tonsils and adenoids are small and not causing a problem at this point according to the Ear Nose & Throat Specialist at U of M.
Here is a picture of all the grand children from last weekend. Josh was some sort of fighter, Hannah was Jr. Miss America, Olivia (grandniece) was a kitten, Grant (grandnephew) was a Lobster, Alyssa was an Army person, Alex was a robot, and Vivian was a Hula Girl.

Monday, September 28, 2009

What a fun weekend! Here is Vivian in her costume, after the morning rain we had wonderful weather.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fun Friday

Friday and we are going camping this weekend in Decatur, MI - we have gone to this campground for the past five years they have a Halloween weekend with dressing up in costume's, a parade, and trick-or-treating. We also get a chance to close up our campers and prepare for the winter season. Our son and his family and our daughter and her family will come and join in the fun.

Next week our daughter will be taking Vivian Grace to Universary of Michigan where the doctors will give her the results of her sleep study that she had on August 2nd. She was diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea a common ailment for children with achondroplasia. We are praying for guidance for the doctors as they work with Vivian.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Here it is the middle of September, I have been canning tomato's weekly for about a month now and on Wednesday night I made salsa; my first try and it was not to bad for a first try. We have a busy weekend planned, the weather is beautiful and we are seeing the first signs of fall. The county fair is next week and always a lot of family fun.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ok, I thought I would give blogging a try, I want a way to post to my family and keep all up to date on our hectic lives..