Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 years ago

As I sit and think back to that day, that day of terror, I am reminded of what I felt that day.

It started out as a day as a new mom. Coy was 2 weeks old, and I was preparing to take him in for his 2 week checkup. We were all set to go, when the phone rang. It was Vinton asking if I'd had the TV on. Being me, I asked, "Why, am I on it?" I will remember that comment forever. No, it wasn't me, it was our country, The Land of the Free, under attack. It was a Nation wondering WHY? Why us? How could someone take so many lives, innocent lives from us!? There were so many people that day that lost their lives on that tragic day. So many people lost their loved ones.

It was on that day that changed America. We came back together as a country. Helping one another, asking if one another needed a helping hand. The way our country should be. The Land of the Free. The Land where my children can go outside and play in the dirt, ride their bikes, play with their friends and not be scared.

Take time today and thank our Military personnel, past and present. They are fighting not only for their lives, their freedom, but for ours too. Be thankful that we are free. We live in the Land of the Free.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and GOD. It was never between you and them anyway.

This is something I wish more people would live by, but since some don't, I WILL. Trust in GOD and he will be there for you.

Monday, September 5, 2011

It's about time!

Greetings Everyone!  It's been awhile!

Here is an updated picture of the boys!!  Cooper is 2 1/2, Carter is 7 and Coy is 10!!  I can't believe how time flies! 
Coy was in kid pitch baseball this year, and loved it!  He played 3rd base a lot.  Carter played coach pitch this summer also.  They love baseball so much that they play it on the XBox 360 all the time, and watch all the baseball on T.V. they can.  Coy entered 4th grade and Carter is in 2nd grade this year.
Cooper is hanging out with mommy again!  We get a lot of housework done, and baking!  Cooper has to go back to the plastic surgeon in December.  The little screws in his head are beginning to dissolve, and you can really feel them sticking out!  It grosses some people out, but that is the fact of "his" life!  Once they dissolve completely, the only thing left of his surgeries will be his scar.
Daddy is busy with the truck!  We pray daily that the darn thing will stay together! 
We hope everyone is doing well.  Now that I have more time at home, maybe I can blog more!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Hello Everyone and Happy Hot Summer!
We started out the summer with Coach pitch baseball for Coy and T-Ball for Carter. We had a lot of fun watching them progress from last season and through out the year!
We also have taken trips to Omaha for Cooper's check ups. They have come through a far. The Dr's are still watching the back of his head to see if it goes back to "normal" shape. If they don't think it is, we may have another procedure, but all is good right now and that's all that matters.

Sunday, May 30, 2010


Craniosynostosis is a congenital (present at birth) defect that causes one or more sutures on a baby's head to close earlier than normal. Sutures are connections that separate each individual skull bones. The early closing of a suture leads to an abnormally shaped head. Side effects could include: loss of hearing, blindness by age 6, 1% chance of brain damage and dental problems.
This is a defect that our baby Cooper has. It was not caught at birth nor at any of his wellness checks with our family doctor. A nurse at Kearney Clinic saw pictures of him and was concerned and recommended we go see a pediatrician. So we traveled to Kearney. While there, we were sent over to the hospital for an MRI. The MRI showed that his frontal cranial was prematurely closed. From Kearney Clinic, we were sent to Surgical Images in Omaha where we met with our plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Bruneteau. In just 5 minutes, he knew we needed to fix Cooper's skull. However while there, he recommended we see a neurosurgeon to see if there was possibly any brain damage. While meeting with Dr. Mark Puccioni, he reassured us that there was not any brain damage present.
So with letters to our insurance company, surgery was scheduled for May 17, 2010 at Children's Hospital in Omaha.
The day of the surgery, we had to be at the hospital by 5am. They preped him for surgery and gave him his happy juice and took him away. We went out and sat with our crew of family members that came to support us. It was nice to have them all there to help pass the time, but little Cooper was in our minds the whole time.
Around 9:30am, the surgical nurse came to say they were closing and near completion. Both Dr's came out to visit around 10:30am to reassure us that things went well and that they were taking Cooper to recovery.
We had to wait until about 11:30 to see our little Cooper. His poor little head was bandaged up, and his right eye was beginning to bruise and swell. He was coming out of anestisia and not a very happy camper. Nothing we did could settle him down, so they tried more pain meds. Finally we were able to calm him down enough that he could sleep.
Later in the day, they informed us that his heart rate was creeping lower so they wanted to change his pain meds. That helped the heart rate, but he began vomitting almost every hour. The first night was a very long night for all of us.
By Day 2, his eyes were swelling a lot more and his bruising was terrible and we were still in PICU. They were able to stablize him enough that we got to move to 5th floor which is pediatric floor at Children's. It was on this day that his sweet little eye opened up. It was close to 7pm and everyone was wanting to leave the hospital and his cousins were talking to him and all of a sudden he opened his eye. It was one of the most precious things I've seen!! We were all happy to see his little blue eye ball!!
On Day 3, Dr. Puccioni came in and noticed his little eye was opened and said that as soon as he ate something, we could go home. The nurse we had was not in agreement to that, but the little man wanted FOOD! We gave him some food and by noon, Dr. Bruneteau came in and said that we could be released. With all the paper work and consulting with Dr's, we were finally on the road home by 7pm.
The trip home was a great one. Cooper vomited once, but I think it was the pain meds on an empty stomache. We finally made it home at 11:30pm, and on the way home his other little eye opened up!! When we got home, my parents had the older boys here waiting for our arrival! Cooper was so happy to see his big brothers and they were excited to see him!!
Thank You everyone for all your continued love, support and prayers through all of this!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Been awhile!

I can't believe it's been since May that I have posted anything!! A lot has happened since I posted last! Coy was in coach pitch baseball and Carter was in T-Ball. They both enjoyed themselves a lot!! It sure kept us busy the month of June! In July they both took swimming lessons in Broken Bow. Ma'Ma was able to take them both weeks and they all had fun! Cooper even got to do a little swimming! In August school started again and Coy & Carter were both eager to get back into the swing of things! (so was I!!)
We celebrated Cooper's 1st birthday Thanksgiving weekend. We were blessed to have so many family and friends join us. I think we ended up feeding 35 people. I made beef 'n' noodles, chicken 'n' noodles and mashed potatoes for the event. I had a lot of help and was very thankful for that!
The holiday season came and went with a bang! We busted through hood high drifts to get to my parents house on Christmas Day. We only stayed for 45 minutes because of the blizzard. Thank goodness we were able to make it back out okay! The drifts we busted through were already blown shut!!
The beginning of January has changed our lives a lot! We have made the decision that I would stay home with the boys and keep the house in order...along with the book work of our business. I am so far enjoying being home-cooking and cleaning and just being around for Tig whenever he needs me to run for parts. The older boys miss going to Ma'ma's after school, but really enjoy being able to come home, get homework done and go outside and play.
Cooper and I are getting along good. We have a routine figured out and we like it that way!
I will post pictures sometime soon!! I hope you all had a great holiday with your families and a prosperous 2010!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

5 Months

Happy 5 month birthday Cooper! He is rolling from stomach to back now and definitely has his own personality! Coy & Carter love him very much and help out a lot.