This Thanksgiving

Can you feel it? What…might you wonder? The holidays are officially here! You’ll have to excuse my over-the-top delight, but this year the holidays have taken on a whole new role in my life. While most are dreading the holiday season…the overspending, the congested traffic jams, the over-indulging of food, the holiday commercials and the annoyance of spending time with relatives you would not normally wish to be around…I, on the other hand, am welcoming it all with wide open arms. You have to remember, we spent the last three years in Costa Rica where holidays were celebrated (although just us Gringos had Thanksgiving dinner), but it just never felt the same. I was lucky to have my parents to share the holidays with (which unfortunately meant Rob...
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Easter – Last Year

Thinking back to this time last year (a different date due to Easter being much earlier this year) gives me an eerie and chilling feeling. Last year Rob, Lola and I were living in Costa Rica. Rob and I ran a medical hotel that demanded all of our time and certainly all of our energy. But even with the distractions, we began to notice something wasn’t quite right with Lola. While we didn’t know it at the time, for about 10 days prior to Easter we were watching Lola have tiny, but enormously damaging seizures. Lola was never one to make much eye contact nor did she track objects, but her eyesight was diminishing, her smile was fading and the light within began to dim. She stopped progressing...
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Year in Review – 2011

When trying to sum up 2011, I thought what better way to share our ups and downs than through my own words? Therefore I decided to gather a compilation of my own posts from the last year. The year started out with the birth of the most awesome baby ever, we went on to figure out about being parents, Lola began to have seizures, coping with the reality of having a child with a condition, more conditions were found, we felt a tug to move back to the U.S., we traveled, we loved, we moved and much more. While the subject matter in some of the posts is not “my favorite” from the year, it is in fact the reality of our lives. Life wouldn’t be life if...
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Still Catching Up – An Old Post

In Costa Rica, Lola began to hit some pretty incredible inchstones. She began to mimic kissey noises when we made them first. She began sitting up unassisted for extremely long periods of time although she still does not understand the concept of falling hurts and I take full responsibility for that. I just can’t sit and watch her bang her head repeatedly. Once we are settled in to our house where we have a bit of carpet, I will be more apt to letting her fall. She also began to push herself up on all fours which is HUGE!! She doesn’t know where to go once she is up there, but she’ll figure it out in due time. The chica is so strong she can even do the...
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The Last Few Days – An Old Post

OK – We’re here, alive and freezing our touchies off! So much went on in the last two weeks that I don’t want to leave anything out. We took the site down so everyone wouldn’t continue to wonder when on earth I was going to post something, but I had a few drafts started. So pretend you are just catching up. Thanks for your patience! November 28th, 2011 Rob, Lola and I are spending our last few days in Costa Rica at my parent’s B & B. It is funny how different Costa Rica feels from over here. I don’t think either of us realized how stressful life was just 100 feet away. In that 100 feet was the hotel we once ran…right next door to my parents....
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