Monday, June 27, 2011

McCoy Lake

McCoy Lake
So, my mom and her desire to live life to the fullest, her need enjoy every possible moment and to have fun at all times, somehow talked her husband into buying a little mobile home trailer on McCoy Lake. It is not a big lake and  the trailer is in need of some TLC, or as mom would say, "it's her labor of love".
It only takes us a little over an hour to get there and we LOVE it!! The kids seem to catch endless amounts of little bluegills and sunfish. (Grandpa and Daddy built an extra wide dock for the kids). We have a blast swimming, kayaking and soaking up the warm sun.

We love that fact that it is a place where we can get away from all the busyness of life. It is a place where we can let our "hair down" and just enjoy our family and have fun. It is a place where the kids can walk around with kool-a*d mustaches and where it really doesn't matter what you look like in a bathing suit or how your hair looks.

We are able to just be us...and that is a great thing!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

1st hand surgery

Well, Dane had his first hand surgery 3 days ago. The surgery was 3hours long and everything went very well! We were thrilled to find out that there were in fact 2 separate arteries and 2 separate nerves, one for each finger. This was unknown until surgery. The bone was also fused at the tips of his fingers too. Joel was able to walk Dane to the operating room and was able to stay with him until he was completely out. Joel said it was very hard to watch but he was glad he was able to be with Dane. We had our very own private waiting room and the staff was super nice. They do not usually allow parents in the recovery room after surgery but they do sometimes make exceptions. When Dane got to recovery he was very agitated from the anesthetic and was crying for us so the nurse allowed me to come in and actually sit and hold him right on the bed. When it was time to be moved to our room the nurses allowed me to stay right on the gurney with him...Joel thought it was funny to see the nurses wheeling Dane and I into the room.

Recovery has been going well for the most part. The first night was alright- he only woke 3 times and was fairly easy to get back to sleep. The last 2 nights he woke only once. We did have to make a quick trip back to Grand Rapids the morning after his surgery. Dane was sitting in the living room chair pretty mellow and comfortable. His big sister was in the chair next to him so I figured it was pretty safe to take a quick shower. Boy, was I wrong! Not even 3-4 minutes later, David came runnin into the bathroom screaming, "EMERGENCY, EMERGENCY! Dane has his cast off and he is bleeding!" I quick I hop out of the shower, soap in my hair and all and rush downstairs to find that Dane does in fact have his cast off. How in the world he managed that I do not know. He just pulled the whole thing right on off. (My only thought is maybe the swelling went down or it was not put on tight enough). So,  I scoop Dane up take him up to the bathroom with me, set him on the floor and wrap his hand in a clean bandage and I quick hop back in the shower to get the soap out of my hair. When I got out I quick called the doctor's office and then my mom to see if she could possibly help me with the 3 other kids. My mom came to my rescue and took the 2 girls and the boys and I headed back to Grand Rapids for a new cast. Thankfully Danes surgeon and staff are absolutely wonderful. They reassured me that this does happen on occasion, especially with the little ones. They checked out his hand and skin graft site and everything looked great -no harm was done...whew! They put the cast on and sent us back on our way.

Today Dane has been running around like nothing ever happened. That big cast is not slowing him down one bit which I am very thankful for!! I think this is going to be harder on me trying to keep him clean, dry, and fairly quiet.
We do have a post op. appointment in 2 weeks. We will get the cast off and get a peak at what his fingers look like. The Doc will then decide if he wants to do another full cast, partial cast, softer bandage or something different.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Great Wolf Lodge

We took a trip to Great Wolf Lodge last weekend to take a quick, much needed get away. It was actually a great weekend to be away too, the weather was cold and rainy- perfect weather to be inside at an indoor water park! We really had a great time! Dane did so well- he went on the kiddie slides all by himself, slept thru the night for the most part and handled the change in routine very well.  So very proud of that little guy.  It warms my heart to see the progress he has made. The older 3 had a wonderful time too!!

It felt sooo good to laugh and have fun! We sure did need the break!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011



Yup, it was. Well, as close as you could get to having our house sold. The SOLD sign even made it to the top of the sign.  Two days before we were supposed to move and close we got "the call". Due to some circumstances very much out of our control the deal was off. There was nothing we could do, not a thing. To say we are disappointed in an understatement! So, now I have spent the last week un-packing and trying to get our house back to somewhat normal...sigh. I am trusting God and the fact that He knows what is the absolute best for our family. And obviously moving was not what He wanted.

But it makes me think of our family. If a simple house deal can fall apart so easily and just be done, it amazes me that our journey to Dane went so smooth, for the most part. I mean when you think of all the paperwork and all the things that had to happen just so for him to be here right now is amazing! Even though we don't have our newer house and I have spent hours packing and now un-packing, I am so very blessed!! When a move gone bad is my biggest problem, life is good!

Boys will always be boys!

Here is a sneak peek at what the boys have been up to.
Annual mud run

construction work on the deck

wrestling (Dane in his new swim shirt)

Daddy jumping into the dirt pile for our constructon in process

David jumping

Go David!
Go Daddy!
Dane helping me pack

"Fear not for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you... For I am the Lord your God..
~Isiah 43:1-3