Long Lost Friend (NICU)

Hey all!

Sorry it took me so long to write.

Last year was a bit crazy! My cousin Everette moved into our area, so we spend a lot of time together. Her and I are very different, but we do both enjoy mysteries!  🙂 It was also when her little brother was born. Sam was a sweet little boy who struggled with some health problems. He passed away this February at only 5 months.

I asked Everette and Aunt Chrissy if we could share some photos of him in the NICU…she said that’s okay, but she’d like to see them first. So I will add some photos as I get them from her and you can see what a great boy he is!

Till then, I’ll be trying to get back into the swing of things…

Peri

 

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This is Sam on a good day! So sweet!

 

 

 

(NOTE: our little boy was in the NICU at the University of Maryland hospital for his short 5 months of life. While it is a tender subject, I would like to share some things about his care…keeping it short and sweet, out of respect for others who have lost such a sweet person in their lives. I will write the word NICU at the top of every post, in case there are those who have a hard time remembering such things. I want to share, because every moment we had with our sweet Caleb was more precious than ever. He was beautiful!) Michelle

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Yeah for Toy Story

Hey Everyone!!

Here are (FINALLY! Sorry :() the pics from our Toy Story spree before Christmas. I have a pic with all of us on the couch…
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Here we are in our costumes:

Brooke as Jessie!

Brooke as Jessie!

Woody and I!

Woody and I!

Jessie with Bullseye...her favorite! Look at her ready to lasso!

Jessie with Bullseye…her favorite! Look at her ready to lasso!

Check this out!!

Molly dressed as Buzz.

Molly dressed as Buzz.

To infinity and BEYOND!!!

To infinity and BEYOND!!!

We put together a puzzle while we watched:
Peripuzzle And our DVD/Blueray Box for every Toy Story movie!! Yipee!DVDs

I’ll leave you with a look at our favorite characters!

Buzz

Buzz

Bullseye

Bullseye

Woody

Woody

And Jessie!

And Jessie!

Blast off on your OWN fun movie adventure…Then tell us about it so we can smile too!

Peri

Changes For Kirsten

Well, we come to the end of the Kirsten series. What a brave person Kirsten is! When I look at the pictures of pioneers I think about all the hard things they had to do, just to eat, sleep and have money! I am not sure I am as brave as Kirsten, but I think I can TRY to be brave!Kirsten5

In this last book, I was so shocked! How horrible it would have been to be Kirsten, in her home when the little raccoon that she brought home to nurse turned over the oil lamp and caught their log cabin on fire! I would feel SO horrible! But it was good of Kirsten to think fast, to send Peter and Britta out of the house, to try to stop the fire, then to take out the most important thing, their trunk. She must have had a big rush of strength to push it out, being so afraid!

Fire can be a great thing, but it can be deadly too. In our house, Mama and Papa sat down with us, to make a map of where we would go if we were in a fire in the house. I think it’s good to plan these things, so we can know to get out and away and where to go to meet back up with our family.

Because the house was burnt down, the Larson’s moved in with their aunt and cousins. I’m sure it was a little squished with everyone in there during winter, but nice too to have your friends so close. They were able to use Old Tom’s pelts to sell and get the money they needed to buy John and Mary’a homestead. How wonderful that there was a friendly family to bury Old Tom, and that things worked out so their family could move forward.

Sometimes I hope for things to happen like this…like the money we need to buy tickets to see Grandma in the Philippines, or for a trip to Walt Disney World. But we can still get there if we work hard and save our money. It makes me feel good when I’ve worked hard for something, and can save a little bit here and there. When it’s time to buy the thing I wanted, it feels good to buy it with my own money.

So we say goodbye to Kirsten. I really liked getting to know her better! Such wonderful stories…and the pictures!:)

I’m not sure what book will be next, but I know I’m going to keep reading.Kirsten4Kirsten3

I hope you keep reading too!

Peri

Kirsten Saves the Day

Oh my! What a crazy thing happened to Kirsten and her brother Peter:

You know when you really want to do something great for your Mama or Papa, or your grandparents or a friend? When you see or hear something that they really want, and you see a way to get it and you just want to do it so they will be SO happy and say, “Oh, you’re SO amazing!”? Well, that’s what Kirsten was thinking when she wanted to get the honey from the bee tree that she found in the woods. But with these kinds of things, there is always a bit of danger. She didn’t think there would be harm in getting the honey out of the tree BY HERSELF, and she didn’t wager on there being a bear to contend with…black-bear_233_600x450

But that’s exactly what Peter and Kirsten found at the bee tree when they went to get the honey. A baby bear cub walked into the forest where they were, and maybe it would have been okay if not for their dog. When their dog tried to attack the cub, mama bear was close behind! Kirsten thought quick and pushed Peter up a tree and then he helped her up. I wouldn’t want to come down either after the bear was gone. But Papa was there to take care of them with his rifle. He brought them out of the tree and home, safely!

(I love how Peter prayed that all would be well. I think that’s awesome! Something you don’t see in books very often!)

I’m glad Ms. Shaw wrote about how humbled Kirsten was after she made this choice, and how she was sad she had put Peter in danger. But also what great things came to her family because she was able to find the bee tree, and they could use the bees, the honey they made, and the beeswax for their own family, and to sell in town.

I’m glad Kirsten found the bee tree, and I’m glad she is okay. Bees may be little, and a little scary (to me) but they do a good thing, helping flowers grow and blossom, and giving us honey. And that’s pretty cool if you ask me!

Peri

Kirsten’s Birthday!

Well, as you can probably guess I didn’t get all the reading done (sigh!)…But I DID finish Happy Birthday, Kirsten and it was super fun…

Guess who is new in the story?? BABIES!!! Kirsten’s Mama has a new baby in this story, right before Kirsten’s birthday. Just reading about how many mama’s and babies were lost in the early America makes me sad, and it did to Kirsten too. No wonder she breathed a sign of relief when her Mama had the baby. 

Kirsten took on a lot of work for her Mama while her Mama rested with the new baby. It must have been hard to do, when she wasn’t even 10! But she did it, and her Mama appreciated it. 

Just think how fun it would be to have that one day, her birthday, as a break after all that work! Kirsten was allowed to run free without work for a day to celebrate her special day.

A number of her friends came over with their families to help raise the Larson’s new barn. It was fun for her to run and sew with them, and have cake later on. And then the surprises! The quilt that the girls all worked on, they gave to Kirsten! How beautiful it must have been to have everyone’s names and stitches on it. That would be a great gift. Then her apron and pretty ribbons. Just simple things like this made Kirsten happy. I think it’s a good idea to be grateful for EVERYTHING you get, especially the simple things that were gifts from the heart!

Well, I have two more books to go before I finish the Kirsten series by Janet Shaw…Hold on with me, there are more good stories to come!

Peri