This blog chronicles the miracles and struggles of our daughters, Emily and Olivia. Emily was born 15 weeks early and had many complications, but she continues to amaze us! Olivia, born in China with heart complications, is also beating the odds. She joined her forever family (us!) when she was four years old and has been doing wonderfully! UPDATE: We started homeschooling August 2009 :)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

March for Babies

Our Top Walker award!! What a nice surprise!
Emily doesn't look like a preemie anymore does she?!
Aunt Ruthie and Bo joined us for a fun day :)
This venue (in Bolingbrook) was only 3 miles vs. 6+ (in Naperville) which really appealed to me with rain in the forecast!
Thankfully the rain actually held off until we were almost done!

On Sunday we did our annual March for Babies to raise money for other babies born too soon like Emily. It's almost hard to believe our tall ten-year-old once weighed barely more than a pound! We are so blessed to have her in our life and will be forever grateful to March of Dimes for their life saving research that enabled her to survive. This is our way of saying thank you and trying to make a difference for future babies. We certainly never dreamed we'd have a baby four months early, but unfortunately one out of seven babies is born prematurely.

Andy's Aunt Ruthie and Uncle Bo joined us as we walked at a new location this year (Bolingbrook Promenade vs. Naperville) where we were surprised to be recognized at the Top Individual walkers! That means that of all the individual walkers there (vs. teams or corporate) we raised the most money :) Our current total is $2,755.00, but we're still accepting donations if you would like to donate! We'd love to make it to our $3,000 goal and we're soooo close!! Just click here to go to our March of Dimes page.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010


These pictures uploaded in reverse order, but you can still see that we had a great Easter. Our soon-to-be-moving-far-away friends came over for dinner and a little Easter egg hunt. We will really miss you guys!!

Where oh where could those eggs be?
The early morning obligatory pre-egg hunt pose. They were eager to fill those baskets!
Ta da! Look what I made!
Emily was wearing almost as much dye as the eggs!