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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Monday, November 27

Student of the Month

We have another student of the month in our house! (Finn was SOM in Jan of Kindergarten). I write with great pride and joy that Korrigan was student of the month for November! Her teacher picked one student from her classroom. Here are the words she wrote for why Korri earned this honor:
Mrs. Erger is nominating Korrigan Thomas for student of the month in her first grade classroom. Korrigan is always listening when the teacher and other classmates are talking. She is respectful and shows that she cares about what others have to say. She also shows these great listening skills when she is in the audience at an assembly. She makes everyone feel welcome and always includes them in games and activities, which makes her a great friend. She has been a kind classmate to the new student in our classroom and is always willing to help. Keep being a great example to others, Korrigan!
I almost cried when Korri gave me the note last week. I mean, she doesn't have any major issues at school, but she does struggle (more with the social stuff than academic). She often doesn't want to go to school and says how "hard" it is and how she "h word" school. But this shows what I've thought all along...she is doing great and is probably focusing on a few small things that don't come super easy to her instead of all the good, easy things she does do! I mean, she was the "All Star" in her class last year, so she/we must be doing something right!!!

Wednesday, November 22

Uncharted waters

Finn and I embarked on a new adventure to anybody in the Thomas household...a visit to the Orthodontist! Neither Jim nor I had braces, so I don't really feel this is "fair" that we have to go at all! I mean, send somebody who caused all this fuss to THEIR parents!!

Needless to say, I was NOT looking forward to the visit today, but since Finn's birth, I was told it was coming. It was time. The reason really is to get a benchmark for the future and see where he's at right now (but I didn't know where he was "at right now"!).

The appointment could not have gone better. The orthodontist basically said the issues Finn has are minor and he'd like to see us back in about 6 months to see if there has been improvement or not. And the issues Finn has are from thumb sucking NOT his early birth! The orthodontist said those issues at birth seemed to have correct themselves (Finn had facial and mouth asymmetry and narrow/crowding). I felt a huge weight lifted from my shoulders that I didn't know was there.

Finn's issues are normal child issues and the orthodontist thinks they may correct themselves as his mouth grows, since he doesn't suck his thumb any more! Praise God! Now we'll just wait and see. And to make things better, Finn loved the office, people and the visit (no pain!!). So that helps for future visits.

Korri has the same issues as Finn (or so I was told by our dentist), so we'll be back there in a year or two for her. But I have a feeling hers are going to be more severe because she sucks her thumb for frequently and for longer duration than Finn has/did. Argh! Oh, well, could be worse. We'll deal with both when the time comes.

Friday, October 6

Jim's Vows

I knew what I wanted to say to you today when I found our wedding album this week. The album was buried in the garage from when we moved. Some people might think that’s a bad thing. However, I think it is somewhat appropriate because we didn’t just continue to exist at that point in our relationship as great as it was in that moment; we moved forward and grew stronger and closer. As we committed to in our original vows, we’ve been together during, and gotten through, ups and downs. As time has gone on, I believe that we have chosen to exist in the present and planned and looked forward to the future, while remembering and learning from the past. I want to thank you for being as good of a wife and mother as you were and are my best friend. As we celebrate and enjoy this moment, I promise to you that I will continue do my part to make sure that today is better than yesterday and for as long as we have tomorrows, that tomorrow is better than today. I love you.

Why I Said I Do

Renewal vows for 10th Anniversary
By: Stacy Thomas

Jim, my love, my life, my partner, my true best friend. After many (MANY!) years of NOT being married, I thought I got married for ME. I wanted a husband. I wanted a nice house with a big yard. I wanted somebody to do things with. I wanted to have a baby (or four!). I wanted to experience what everybody else experienced...a loving union between two people.

Then I realized I said I do for you. To love you. To serve you. To support you. To laugh with you. To cry with you. To fight with you. To make up with you. To give you a loving wife. To give you children. To give you a happy home. To help you succeed in all things you do.

And after 10 years, I now know that marriage is HARD work. It isn’t a wedding. It isn’t about what you want. It isn’t what you get in return. It is choosing to be together every single day. Every single hour. And some times, every single minute. Marriage isn’t 50/50. It is 100/100. Each of you giving all that you have all of the time. It is choosing to love each other during those times when you don’t necessarily LIKE each other.

I promise to fight WITH you for ME, for YOU but always for US. I am nothing without US. God says, “Two are better than one, if either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” A good strong marriage is about two people who won’t give up on their original promise to each other and to put the other first. Marriage isn’t for me. And it isn’t for you. But it IS for US.

I loved you SO much on our wedding day. But I love you so much more now in such a deeper way. I can’t imagine loving you more than I do right now. And yet, life has taught me that I will. No couple is perfect. But a perfect marriage is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other. I love you, my bestie. My imperfect partner. My everything. My forever.

Wednesday, September 13

Dentist Fail

This morning was Mac's first dentist appointment! Yes, I know he should have had it in July when he turned three, but give me a break. However, in hindsight, I wish we had done it in July!

I was NOT looking forward to taking him, based on his behavior at his three year well child appointment at the doctor. I had my cleaning yesterday and the hygienist recommended I not over communicate with him about it. Kind of like, the less he knows, the less he will freak out. So I didn't. It also helped that Finn and Korri were going after school, so I just said they were doing it too.

My worry was all for naught. Like he did AMAZING! It helped that his hygienist was super good with him.

He got to pick strawberry toothpaste and after his cleaning, he noticed a silly tooth monster, whom he loved! He didn't love that the chair reclined, but I just had him sit up until it was down and then lean back.

I was so happy with how the appointment was going. Until the dentist came in. Mac had SIX teeth with cavities on them. Please keep in mind he only has TEN teeth!! I was shocked and honestly felt like the a terrible mom (I didn't feel like the worst mom until later). But I shouldn't have been. I mean, the kid eats sugary snacks All. Day. Long. And while we do a pretty good job brushing, the sugar still sit on his teeth all day. AND bad teeth can be genetic and Jim has really soft teeth and has had problems with them his whole life. So, we made an appointment for next week to try to get the fillings started. If it doesn't go well, the dentist will refer us to a pediatric dental facility that is capable of putting patients under. Fingers crossed.

Mac says he loves the dentist, so I'm glad for that. We'll see how he feels after the appt next week. Plus, he got to (finally!) pick out a toy from the toy basket, which  make anything better.

Fast forward to Finn and Korri's appointments. I picked them up a little early from school to be sure we got there on time. Neither kid was excited about the appointments but after some grumbling and "I'm not going in," they both got started. After walking back with Korri, I stayed in the waiting room with Mac. I was a little upset they didn't call me back when the dentist talked with them because well, I'm the mom. Oh, well.

They both did very well for their cleanings. However, the grand total of cavities between the three of them was FIFTEEN! Korri had 4 and Finn had 5. I mean, what?!?! This is where the feeling of being the worst mom rear their ugly head. They brush their teeth twice a day. They use Act mouthwash Every. Single. Day! Holy crap! I get a pit in my stomach just writing about it.

So, now over the next few months, we get to go back in for filling appointments. Argh!!

Oh, and Finn got a referral for an orthodontist. I mean, I'd been told since he was born that he had issues and he'd need either surgery or orthodontics, but it still hit me like a ton of bricks.

It was just too much all at one time. I couldn't even fully process all of it. So it wasn't so much a "dentist fail" as a "dental health fail."

Tuesday, September 12

A Last First

Today was a last first in the Thomas household: our last first day of preschool! Mac started preschool!

He was SO ready. He didn't know why he couldn't go last week with the Bigs. It is so hard to push them out of the nest but it makes it so much easier when you know they will fly. And he flew!!

Last night he picked out his own clothes (in Flat Me style):

He ended up going with shorts in the morning instead of the baseball pants, but still, quite the first day outfit!! I guess I should just be happy it wasn't a skirt. LOL

It just about killed me to have to wake him up (something Stay-at-home moms don't have to do very often!!).

He was a little grumpy but once he got ready and ate some mini-muffins, he was happy and ready to go.

Is it just me or does he look really old?

But you can tell he was ready. I even got all three in one picture!!

Here comes the bus and there goes my baby.

I did okay emotionally because he was SO excited. But in contrast to the pictures by the front door where he looked so old...he looks so small getting on that big huge bus!!! For the record, he sat with Finn on the first day and will sit with Korri on Thurs (that is the schedule the Bigs came up with!).

He was all smiles when he got home and was super amped up!

Mac picked pineapple to bring for his shared snack so I emailed his teacher to ask if I should send spoons and cups along with it. In her response back to me, she said, "Hope he enjoyed preschool his first day! He did a good job." Awww...good to hear because I was thinking about him the whole time: what's he doing, is he playing nice, is he listening, is he getting along with others, etc.

Wednesday, September 6

Patio furniture

Our deck was useless this summer. Our indecision about what to do to make it functional lead us to do nothing and therefore not use it at all. There is no shade. No block from the wind. It is barren.

But we are having a grilling party this weekend and I didn't think it would be hospitable nor comfortable to have our guest standing on the deck the whole time. So after the Bigs left for school yesterday, Mac and I went to Menards to see what patio furniture they had. My mindset was "anything is better than nothing." When I got there, I found some really cute sling back chairs that I liked, but that would be more for the fire pit area. I wanted more of a dining/lounge patio set for on the deck. And even with my "buy now, buy anything" mindset, there was NOTHING there. And not because they'd clearanced it out. It was either not what I was looking for or it was junk. Argh!!! This ALWAYS happens to me.

I sent a couple pictures to Jim, but I felt defeated. Then my wise and wonderful husband suggested all of us going to 2nd Shade in Minnetonka. I'd never heard of it but I've learned that when Jim has an idea, to go with it. We schlepped to Minnetonka and found the Mecca of patio furniture. I mean, the rooms and the patio sets just kept going and going. And the service was really spectacular.

I surprisingly wasn't overwhelmed, even though we were there for HOURS. After walking through the entire space, in my mind, I'd narrowed it down to two: one was used but the style we liked and the other was new and had a table that could be used as a dining table with little ottomans tucked underneath. Jim and I talked and we agreed that for only a little more money, the new one was exactly what we wanted. Jim also wanted an umbrella to help block the sun and we found exactly what we wanted (it is lighted!)!

So, when can we get it because, well, our party is in four days! Luckily the patio set was in stock and they could promise delivery by Saturday. The umbrella had to be ordered but that wasn't required for the party so that was fine. I was doubtful that'd actually deliver it on time (I feel like those places over promise and under deliver...pardon the pun) but low and behold, they delivered it this morning!!! Like less than 24 hours later!!

I'm so happy with it and can't wait to use it on Saturday. The kids LOVE it and we already ate dinner on it tonight. I guess the lesson is to just do something rather than nothing!! Come on over any time to check it out and have a drink with us on it!

MaryEllen even got in on the action!

I plan to go back to Menards tomorrow to get the sling back chairs I liked:

Now we'll be all set...for NEXT summer, hopefully. And for Saturday, of course.

Tuesday, September 5

Back to School!

Well, I had very mixed emotions about school starting. I mean, the Bigs had gotten to the point where just the sight of the other would cause WWIII. So they were ready. And I was looking forward to a little non-fighting hours in the day. BUT...I LIKE having them around. I like talking to them throughout the day. I like having their help with little projects and things.

And it didn't help my emotions that my "I love school and rules and friends and desks and backpacks and everything else that relates to school" girl was having some very strong feelings about NOT wanting to go to First Grade! What? I mean, this girl LOVES school. I knew it was just nerves and maybe her being a little upset that none of her best friends were in her class this year. But she's a social butterfly so I knew she'd be okay.

Open House went really well (other than running around like chickens with their heads cut off because we had THREE to go to!!) and both Finn (3rd grade; Mrs. Halverson) and Korri's (1st grade, Mrs. Erger) teachers seemed really NICE. There's a lot to be said for kindness in school. And both kids seemed to click with them. MUCH better than last year when I cried for two weeks after getting Korri's teacher assignment (which, in hindsight, was actually a great fit for her) but I digress!

Last night we did baths and set out clothes in "Flat Me" style:

Korri cried a bit at bedtime, but everybody went to sleep fairly quickly, which is always a blessing on the night before the first day of school.

All the worry was for naught. The Bigs jumped out of bed. Brushed their teeth. Got dressed. Ate breakfast and were ready in like 10 minutes! And now I've gotten first day pictures down to a science, so we were ready and waiting for the bus, which amazingly for the first day of school, was on time!

Perhaps my favorite part of the morning was looking back after taking the bus pictures and seeing this:

Mad did not understand why HE wasn't going with the kids on the bus! Poor guy. His first day isn't until NEXT Tuesday.

And the best part of the day was when they got off the bus and both had huge smiles on their faces:

Here's to an amazing year of learning and growing and happiness. I can't wait to see what they accomplish this year.

Friday, September 1

My First Vikings Game Didn't Disappoint

Our friend's, Laura and Matt, invite us to a charity event called Brew Love that benefits the Ronald McDonald house. They have amazing silent auction items and we always make sure to bid a few things to give to such a worthy cause.

This year, my amazing hubby bid on (and won!!!) a Vikings preseason package! We didn't realize how amazing it was until we got home. They tickets were on the 45 yard line in the SECOND ROW!!! As in, right behind the players. In the middle of all the action. Four tickets were included and our friend Isaac and Andrea could come with so it was all set and I was beyond excited.

Jim's mom was kind enough to come watch the kiddos (since the game was a Thurs night, which makes it a little tougher to find somebody to watch the kids). Included in the package was VIP parking. So, after dealing with horrible traffic due to FOUR major sporting events going on (I know, great planning), we pulled right and walked across the street to the stadium. I mean, honestly!!

To top it off, I'd never been to US Bank Stadium before. It was beautiful. I was most impressed with the giant doors that they open to make it feel like it is outside. Very cool. We walked around the plaza for a bit but I wanted to see inside. We got inside and found out our tickets got us entry in to the Delta 360 Sky Club. What is that you ask? All the food, beer and wine you want...for FREE!!! (Holy crap. We may have to Uber it all the way back to Waverly!!) Oh, and it opens up onto the SIDELINES! Like this:

The green on the other side of the metal is the sidelines!!! Beyond my wildest dreams.

Like I felt like I was one of the players (okay, maybe not but a girl can dream!!). We stayed there for a while and then went to our amazing seats. Our amazing view:

Words can't explain the time I had. It really was a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you so much, Jim, especially since you don't love the Vikings and weren't impressed with the stadium the last time you were there. It was the best gift you could have given me. And to spend it with such great friends just made it more special.

Now, can we do it again next year?!?!?

Friday, August 25

Twenty Questions - Mac 3

Starting at age 3, I have been asking Finn and Korri and now am asking Mac these 20 questions every year around their birthday(s). I am hoping to assemble a small album for each of them with their yearly answers. It should be fun to see how their answers change. I chose NOT to direct or influence their answers in anyway. Here are his responses:

20 questions: answered by MacKeegan on 8/25/2017

1. What is your favorite color?, no blue
2. What is your favorite toy? Hot Wheels
3. What is your favorite fruit? Watermelon
4. What is your favorite TV show/movie? Little Einsteins / Secret Life of Pets
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Strawberries
6. What is your favorite outfit? T-shirt in case it's hot out or getting cold
7. What is your favorite game? Playing Mario Cart
8. What is your favorite snack? Candy
9. What is your favorite animal? Sharks
10. What is your favorite song? I play Pokemon Go Everyday
11. What is your favorite book? I don’t know
12. Who is your best friend? Finny
13. What is your favorite cereal? Strawberry (he doesn’t really eat cereal)
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play Hot Wheels
15. What is your favorite drink? Pop
16. What is your favorite holiday? Have friends over
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Cozy rocket
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Strawberries
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Pizza
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? I don’t know, a daddy and teacher
Bonus Question:

21. What is your favorite sport to play? football 

I felt like (for the most part) understood the question really well. But he also refused to just give me an answer if he didn't understand or couldn't think of something. I think normally at this age, they will just say something in order to have an answer. Interesting. Also, there seems to be a theme: Hot Wheels and strawberries! Sounds like he has the good life :)

Also, yes, I realize I did this over a month after his birthday but I totally forgot! Oops. Third child problems, I guess. At least I remembered at some point. He enjoyed going into daddy's office alone with me and having all of my attention for a bit.

My commentary (for what it's worth):
4. He didn't answer the movie when I asked him but when I asked him TV show, he said Secret Life of Pets, so I put that down. He still gets confused about the difference between the two.
6. I have no idea where he came up with that but it cracks me up. I THINK it was because it was a cool day and I told him to wear a t-shirt so he wouldn't get hot or cold. Perceptive little bugger.
7. Finn didn't even know what video games were at this age. One of the benefits of being the third child, I guess.
8. Did anybody doubt this answer? Truer words have never been uttered.
10. If you haven't had the pleasure, please (PLEASE!) Google this song.
11. He doesn't have one favorite go to book right now like the other two did at this age.
12. Finnegan, for those of you not in the know about nicknames.
16. He did NOT understand what a holiday was and I couldn't explain it very well without giving him examples, so his idea of a good time is having friends over.
17. Little Einsteins Rocket (which he actually NEVER sleeps with but I digress).
20. Either he couldn't think of something for this one or he didn't know because he wouldn't answer until I gave him some suggestions. So, this answer might be slightly lead by me.
21. I would argue that it is actually baseball or basketball but football is on his mind this time of year.

This was the last picture of my baby before he turned 3 (he was born at 11 pm). Finn is reading a bedtime story to him. And just to make a liar out of me, he's holding his cozy rocket from question 17:

Thursday, July 27

Click. Take a pic!

Yesterday, Mac had his 3 year pictures taken. And I was NOT looking forward to it. He was HORRIBLE (like possessed by the Devil, horrible) at his well child appointment last week so my expectations were very low. BUT...I wanted at least a couple good pictures. I prayed on the way there that he would just have SOME compliance. He fell asleep about 10 minutes before we got there, so I sat in the van until exactly 10 am (I didn't want to be late but wanted him to get as much sleep as possible).

Honestly, he wasn't great, but I shouldn't have worries. Renee, our photographer whom we've used since Mac was 18 months old) was wonderful with him. I think she could tell I was stressed out when we walked in and she told me that we had plenty of time and to just let him play with the toys/props for a while. (i.e. just breathe!) I immediately calmed down and we got started.

And the funny thing, this was the first picture she took and it was a "We got it. We're done!" LOL I worry for nothing.

That is your one sneak peek! If you want to see all of them, click here or copy and paste:

As you will see, we also got a couple family and sibling pictures. Renee really does a great job! If anybody is in need of a great photographer, check out her website:

Thursday, July 20

Mac's 3 year well child

I was actually looking forward to Mac's 3 year well child appointment yesterday. He seems so healthy and other than a few minor things, I had no concerns.

Until we got there. He was HORRIBLE during the appointment. Like I wanted to tranquilize him. He has NEVER acted like this before. Thankfully, the doctor just laughed and said he was the second three year old she had that morning and the other went exactly the same way. Argh! I HATE THREE! Where did my sweet, compliant baby go? I'll tell you: far, far away!

Anyway, here are his stats as of 7/19/17:
Height: 39.25" which is 88% (34", 49% at 2 year)
Weight: 39.8 lbs which is 97% (33.2 lbs, 94% at 2 year)
BMI: 94%
(they no longer measure head circumference, but I'm sure it was still 99%)

So basically, he's huge, which we already knew. Again, she assured me that he remains on his curve and since his BMI has always been along that curve (and so have my other two kiddos, for the record, which she also reminded me!), she is NOT concerned about it. Argh!

She was shocked about his height and double checked it and still didn't believe it. He grew FIVE INCHES in one year! Holy moly. And his length is all body because he still fits in 3T for length (or at least I think so since he doesn't wear pants very often in the summer!).

She said that since his hernia hasn't gone away by now, it most likely won't on its own, which we already knew. But since it is a cosmetic procedure (but one he has to go under for), she strongly recommended waiting until we can piggy-back on something else (like if he needs tubes or something). But she also said that if he gets self-conscious about it or if there is any kind of "reason" we want to do it, that she would write a referral right away. On the other hand, recovery is easier when they are younger, so I don't want to wait TOO long. But for now, we have decided to wait. It shouldn't be an issue until he gets a little older. We'll see. Optimistically, I do feel like it has gotten a little smaller, but that could just be because he's gotten bigger.

I asked about Mac having allergies. I realized after last winter that Mac had a runny nose all the time but wasn't actually sick with a cold. Then I started thinking that maybe it was allergies. On top of that, he's always had sensitive, dry skin but for the last few months, he scratches it until it bleeds. On both accounts, she thought it could be allergies and recommended trying OTC Zertec the next time I see it happening. If that doesn't help, then she wanted to see him again. Hopefully this winter is different and it isn't a problem (one can hope, right?).

And that would have been it except when she was doing her exam...she found he had a double ear infection! Like, seriously?!?! I felt terrible because I had no idea, but what can you do. He is my enigma that only gets ear infections during the summer! So, antibiotics for now and hopefully it goes away and stays away. While it would be nice to have a reason to get his belly button fixed, I really don't want tubes!

And that was it. Other than feeling like I ran a marathon when we were done. Seriously, he was horrible, if you didn't get that from earlier. Overall, a healthy, rambunctious preschooler!

Wednesday, July 19

ER trip

So, we had to take Korri to the ER yesterday. All five of us were out shopping and we just needed a few last groceries at Byerly's. The kids were getting on our last nerve. Jim needed to buy meat, so I took them with me to get some baking stuff. I mean, I just needed some freaking PUDDING!

They were running back and forth, which didn't particularly bother me because we were the only ones in the aisle, but they were being very loud. I told them several times to stop and quiet down but I was focused on getting the right kind of pudding for Mac's birthday cake (important stuff, I know!).

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Korri trip and hit the shelf behind me. I turned around (probably to say something like "see, I told you!) and as I was turning back, I saw blood spurting all over. Like it took me a second to realize what was happening. She'd split her freaking forehead open from the brunt force of the impact on the shelf!!

I know this sounds silly but I'd just watched a reality TV show where this same thing just happened to one of the moms and her kid on there and she handled it very calmly (and because of that I knew head wounds bleed a lot, even if they aren't really bad). Having watched that helped me SO much.

I dropped down to where she was and clamped my hand over her cut. I looked at Finn in the eye (so he'd know this is serious) and told him to go get daddy right now and tell him Korri was hurt. A man walked over to see if we needed help, which I thought was very kind because if Jim hadn't been there, I would have needed help. Jim came over (beyond pissed) but grabbed some napkins from the deli so I could put them over the cut.

I then called our clinic (which happens to have an office just down the road) but they said they don't do stitches on the face and to take her directly to West Health ER. Great. So I walked with Korri out to the van while Jim took care of stuff instead (the store manager gave him her card in case we needed anything) and we went to the ER.

This pic was after they cleaned it up and it stopped bleeding (she had blood all over, like even on her flip flops!). The staff was AWESOME at West Health! Like, so good. They honestly turned a horrible situation into one that at the very least won't cause lasting damage to Korri's psyche and her scar should be minimal. Once they put numbing gel on it, she was able to calm down. They had a child therapist come in and talk to her and explain what was going to happen and give her some Disney princesses to play with and sheets to color (did they have Korri pegged or what?!?!). The therapist was AMAZING!!

After prepping her for stitches, the doctor came in, looked at the cut and decided glue was the way to go, which I think was easier for her.

It honestly looks like a very clean cut and should heal very nicely. They said the #1 thing for healing scars is sunscreen for the next twelve months! Yikes. I think I'll get some scar cream, too, since it is on her face. Hopefully it just blends in with her smile wrinkles!!

All's well that ends well. I felt like the worse mom in the world and had to keep myself in check not to burst into tears. I second guessed myself the whole time and kept thinking I should have been watching them closer but in the end, it was an honest accident. There was some talk about whether or not Finn tripped her, but it doesn't matter. Even if he did, he did not want this to happen.

So, the Thomas family has now had our first trip to the ER. And I hope our last ;)

Sunday, May 28

Official pics

Finn's official First Communion pictures are in:

So cute. Love them. It was such a special day.

Monday, May 15

A Fighting Chance for Every Baby

On Saturday, we participated in our eighth charity walk for healthier babies! And we could NOT have ordered nor wished for better weather.

L to R: Uncle Les, NeNe, Korri, Grandma, Zander, Kristine, Zachary, Stacy, Mac, Jim and Finn
A HUGE thank you to each and every one of our donors and supporters. With your combined totals, Team Early but Tough raised over $2000, which is a record high for us! Holy moly, what an accomplishment. We truly appreciate each and every one of your donations because together we can (and did!) make a difference. Also, Team Early but Tough was the highest fundraising team and had the honor or leading the entire walk on Saturday!

I can't wait to see what we can do together next year to help give all babies a healthy start! And finally, here's our real 25-weeker superhero (air cast and all!) and the reason why we walk:

If you wanted to donate but didn't, please do so now: Team Early but Tough (or copy and paste: