Friday, December 28, 2007

Let the Games Begin!!

We weren't able to see Kate tonight...it was a little on the frustrating side! Mom and I went back a little after 8 and were told that Kate had a new roommate and it would take 20 minutes or so before we could go back! So...we waited and then called again...still another 30 minutes...then called again! Out comes Kate's nurse to assure us that Kate was fine...just sleeping away. However, her new roommate was not stable and she couldn't guarantee us when we could get in. So...we headed back to RMH for laundry, blogging, knitting and just some good mommy/daughter girl talk!

Just wanted to let you know (AGAIN) how much we appreciate all of our dedicated blog readers...the ones we know and all of you strangers out there! What a blessing to know we are surrounded by so much love during our journey. I was amazed at how many times I hear stories about people's co-workers who are reading our blog...or at Larry's funeral...how many of you said you read the blog! We're humbled...thanks for sharing in our journey!

And...leaving a comment is NOT HARD...and we would love to hear from you! Without tv in our RMH room...my computer becomes my best friend and entertainment...I love reading your comments...so don't worry that your comments are not read, appreciated and NO ONE thinks they are stupid. I cherish each one! Just as you check to see what I have written...so do I check to see what you have!! So here's a refresher course!!

1. Click on the underlined comment underneath the post . (not the gray square)
2. Type your comment in the box...be sure to type your name at the end
3. Under the "choose your identity" click anonymous. (you might have to scroll down to see this)
4. Click on "publish comment"

Now...I'm expecting a record number of comments! Let's shoot for 100 comments on one post!...I know...indulge me...I've been here too long, I'm getting bored!!!! Nothing profound...just a quick note to say "hi!" I'd love to see how many different states are represented...so if you are outside Indiana...share where you are from! Let the game begin...and Gayle, Doug/Amy & Scott & Laura...this includes you too!!!

Love to all...hope to spend lots more time with Kate tomorrow....I sure do miss our private rooms at St. V!

108 comments:

Melissa said...

Isn't it right that this blog stalker post number 1 of the 100! Maybe I'll just keep posting to ensure you reach 100! ;o) Sorry you were not able to see Kate. Don't you wish you were back here with us and our private rooms? Just kidding. We know she is right where she needs to be right now! Sleep good and keep posting. You know I read!

Anonymous said...

The photo of Krista and Kate was WONDERFUL!!! Thank You.

Count me in as #2, representing Pensylvania.

Love and Hugs, Susan

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Vanessa said...

I'm sorry you were't able to see Kate tonight. I hope your roommate feels better and you can see Kate tomorrow. I will be keeping up with Kate's progress and know she is in my prayers. I just love the picture of you holding her. I know that time is priceless!

Sending you hugs from Arizona!

Anonymous said...

Well----I'm trying this for the FIRST time!! I really didn't know how---so thanks for the "steps". Now I gotta go back & check step 3!! Paralee

Anonymous said...

You are in our thoughts and prayers as always. We appreciate the up to date info on Kate's progress so much. Your blog is a real ministry and strengthens our faith daily. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.
The Alexanders

Anonymous said...

I have been following your story thanks to Deanna. Kate you are a very strong little girl. Mom and dad you are strong too. You are a good blogger. check out my blog if you are bored bledsoekjblogspot.com

kim bledsoe

Deanna said...

Sending our love from Warsaw..... and soon to be Buffalo, New York!!!

We love you!

((((HUGS))))

Anonymous said...

Looks like I'm number 9, unless someone sneaks in ahead of me.

Sure good to see Kate in your arms.

Love and prayers for healing blessings coming your way.

Linda

Anonymous said...

Love you and take care of our princess!
Cathy

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see the smiles on your face and hear the laughs on the phone. I have a strong feeling that this time is for sure. There is no more powerful medicine that Kate could receive than the combined love and efforts of a mother/daughter team. Kate is in the best of hands. I'm hoping for a great turn-a-round day. Lots of Love from 1812. Dad, Ompah, Ted

Anonymous said...

Hello Laymans! We are still praying and checking in on you frequently. Glad Katie is holding her own. I'm so happy you were able to hold her. It is such a blessing after so long! Much Love, The Millington's

Judy Davis said...

Dear Krista & Nana, I think that it is great that you two are together. I wish that I could be with my daughter just one day!
You are making each day count as we all should do.
Nana, we missed you last night at the Black Dog Pub.
Our meal's were delicious.
My sister, Janice, from Canada is with us at our house. Today our big family celebrates Christmas at my other sister's house.
Go Kate!
Hugs, Judy Davis

Anonymous said...

I always hesitate to make a comment because it seems other people have already said it all and have said it so eloquently. But know that Lou and I check the blog fanatically for updates. I am back at work again for awhile, and I even check it there whenever the lady I'm training goes out for a smoke! But here's another comment to add to your goal of 100. I know you'll make it!

As always, you are all in our prayers.

Lou and Shirlie

Anonymous said...

I can't recall where I first learned of your family and your blog. It was probably on a prayer chain from our church in Indianapolis. I look for updates on Kate everyday. You are an amazing family. Your strong faith and your love for everyone is such an inspiration to me. I keep your family in my prayers. I am truly blessed by your comments and those
who have written back to you.
May God keep your family in his loving arms.
Judy

Anonymous said...

I must admit I am "addicted" to your blog. I check in on Kate before I even check my emails on most days. All of you have traveled a long road, and yet your faith is strong. Thank you for allowing all of us to share in your lives. There are many of us praying for you.

Matt, Mandy, Gavin & Baby Girl (due 5/1/08) Kling

Anonymous said...

I check your blog before I begin work each day and then two or three times during the day. Love the pictures you provide.

You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. Your faith is quite a testament and I'm sure an encouragement to all who read this blog.

Debbie Smith - just plain old Indiana

Anonymous said...

Here you go...another comment! This one from Georgia! Great pic of you and Kate. We pray for/with you guys every day!

love and prayers,
Sara (McKee) Colter and family

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that you got to hold your little girl. What a sweet picture. Prayers are still coming your way every day!
Love,
Sharyn

Anonymous said...

I follow the updates daily and share with my wife, daughter, and granddaughter the progress Kate is making. Not only is the blog a wonderful chronilcle of your faith but an example of the power of love and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you daily.

JerryK

Anonymous said...

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow! You finally got to hold your little girl! I'm sure actually getting to hold Kate, was a charge for her battery, too. And, thank God for mothers. We're just never too old for our moms are we? Hoping you have a day of fulfillment with your mother and your daughter.
Sending lots of love & prayers your way,
Tricia Haworth

On your way to 100!!

Anonymous said...

Krista -

I am reading every day and praying for you all of the time.

Shelly Ladwig

Kathy said...

Just adding to the comment numbers for the day! (I could keep posting if that high number would get you excited!!) anything for you!!!

You know that while at the RMH, I discovered that the major networks show their programs on the internet now. Just type in abc.com or the other networks. I could catch up on my guilty pleasure (The Young and the Restless) and the primetime shows are on also! (with little commercial breaks!) It was a lifesaver!

Take care!
Bundle up....I don't know what I would do in that cold weather...i don't think my bones could take it!
Kathy

Melanee said...

Every day I talk to someone who asks about you. So, just in case they don't send a comment, I'll share how many more people are thinking of you & praying for you. Just in the past week, all of these people asked about you - Christina Dooley, Amy Light, Carrie Gutman, Bryan Young (my team leader at work). The week before that, Marlene Collier, the Bells, Bolingers, Baileys and Hartsocks wanted to send their love & support to you, too.

I'm on call today for work so I'm hunkered down at home just watching the comments come in. I'm so glad to hear that Kate is making improvements - even if they are small. God is good to give encouragement when we need it. Please let me know if we can help with Seth, cleaning, laundry, or when you might need another visitor.

Anonymous said...

It's 85 in Florida, we are going on a tour of the Villages.....Greg,Jill,Chad and Megan arrived last night at midnight. Hope Baby Kate is having a great day today as well as Nana and Krista. Love the pictures of Seth at the recycling center. Our love to all.........
Gayle, Greg, Jill, Chad and Megan

Anonymous said...

Krista and Nana
We are addicted to your blog and you know it. Glad Nana was there last night for company and the picture of you holding Kate is the greatest.
Add us to the numbers and we will see what you get. I would bet you will go way over 100.
Love and Hugs,
Art & Reen

Anonymous said...

As I sit and read all the comments, I can feel the tears in my throat. I pray that this really lifts your spirits. What a witness this blog and your lives are to the body of Christ. You are in our thoughts and prayers daily and I check everyday to see how the Laymans are doing! So glad you got some time to hold sweet Kate. Lots of love and prayers from Fort Wayne!!!
Carrie

Anne said...

I check your blog at least twice a day if not more. It helps me to know how to say a quick prayer for you off and on during the day. I'm praying for a great day with Kate today! Many blessings to you from Texas!
You can check out our family blog at http://annesmith.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

We are still checking on you, praying for you, rejoicing with you and crying with you. Thanks for letting us accompany you on your journey and thanks for being such wonderful examples of those who walk with Christ. Jim and Linda Dupont

Anonymous said...

I follow the blog most everyday. I used to teach with Andy at the middle school but am at the elementary now. This site was passed along to me by Sue Mulligan and we discuss it often. So glad to see Kate back in your arms. Praying she continues to improve.

Lynn Studebaker and family

Anonymous said...

I check your blog countless times everyday! Your strength and trust in God is awesome! You are ALL in my thoughts and prayers daily. Here's hoping for good news today =)

LeAnne Stahl

Anonymous said...

I have been keeping up on your blogg since my mom gave it to me this summer! Your faith has been an inspiration for me and helps me to feel like I still have something other than family still in Fort Wayne. I have been checking daily to keep up on your journey praying that this part of your journey will end soon and you can all be at home together.
Lindsey (Skinner) Abbott

Anonymous said...

Your Christmas pictures were wonderful!! I am so happy that Cathy had all of you for Christmas.We all
love her so much.The picture of you and Kate was so
precious.Hope that you get to hold and love on her
today!I am home all day,so I look in and say prayers
many times a day.I know you must feel surrounded
by God's wonderful love.
Love and prayers.
Marilyn from Portland

Anonymous said...

Hey Layman family!
I read your blog almost everyday and then update my husband. I sit Landon on my lap sometimes and show him pictures of Kate and read the blog.
As you might remember, our son Landon has been through two open heart surgeries at St. Vincent's and still has one to go.
We feel a special bond with your family, even though we've never met.
Your strength is AMAZING! It's so amazing, in fact, that is actually gives us more strength to deal with struggles we have.
Keep it up! Kate will get better!

Prayers and Hugs,
Jean, Ryan, and Landon Miller
Northwest Indiana

Anonymous said...

Krista, Kate, Seth and Andy
I hope Kate is feeling better and.. I hope she's not staying in the hospital much longer and... I love the whole family.
Lucas

Anonymous said...

Dear Kate,
I hope you can get better soon so I can see you at your own house. I am sorry that you didnt get to spend Christmas at your own house and I miss you and I want to see you again.
Elijah

Anonymous said...

I am terrible at expressing my emotions/feelings in writing, therefore I never post. Just know I love you all very much and am here to do whatever I can to help out. I am so happy you have developed this blog to keep us all informed of your journey and Kates progress to a full recovery. Like Elijah said, I can't wait to see you all at your own house.
Doug

Anonymous said...

Isaac's Grandma Judy here. I had not read your blog for awhile. I guess I'm number 38. It's 76 degrees here in North Carolina.

Are you sure you really want 100 comments to read?

Anonymous said...

Hiya, KK!

Looks like I'm Lucky #38 today on the blog reader response poll. :)

I ate at Cafe Patachou this morning and wish you could've joined me for some cinnamon toast and good girl talk. :)

Hang in there -- we're all thinking about you!!

XOXO,
Mira :)

Anonymous said...

By the way ... my Mom reads your blog more often than she e-mails me -- her own daughter! :)

Now that's dedication!!

XOXO,
Mira

The Portas said...

Sorry you weren't able to see your angel. Hopefully she was getting some good rest! Hoping that you're all having a good day!

PICU crew said...

Hi Layman family!! Shelley and the PICU crew from good old Peyton Manning Children's Hospital. I'm here on my usual weekend shift checking in on little Kate Layman. I'm sooooo happy she is extubated and can become one with the paci again!! So stinky to not have a private room where you can snuggle with her all day long, but it is probably actually forcing you to have some much needed time away from the bedside. We are ALWAYS thinking of her and the whole clan, how brave you guys are to make this trek with her, and we are wishing you nothing but the best in 2008!
Shelley Jones - Indianapolis

Anonymous said...

We check your blog several times a day, and our daughters do too. We love all of you and pray for daily improvements, even though small. Always remember Proverbs 3:5-6. It has always helped me. We love all of you. Eldon and Sylvia Morrical

Anonymous said...

Just want you to know that we continue to pray that God's will be done for your family. We feel as though we know you by now. We check your blog each day and are about as excited as you on Kate's good days. We're hoping the New Year is much better for your whole family!
Kevin H.'s mother-in-law from Ohio

Grabb Family said...

Old timers from U of M, I am not sure how we were told about Kate but have been following her blog for a while. Our son spent a little over a year at Motts hospital Cardiac ICU and how they have cared for us from PCTU, Moderate Care, ICU when we were three times over ECMO patients and they did not do ECMO in PCTU, to the floor. How we know your pain and how hard it is. We live in Virginia and I stayed alone while only hearing over the phone from my other 3 boys, and getting weekend trips from my husband when he could get up. It wasn't easy but God gave us strength and a peace through each day. Our prayers are with you.

Terri Grabb and family

Anonymous said...

Hello Judy and Krista! I am usually just a follower of your blog, Krista, but I can't refuse a challenge!! I hope you make it to at least 100!! Glad you are there in MI, Judy. I know Krista is so glad to have you there. I had to laugh when I read about the loud
tv. That is what my house is like all the time!! Always thinking of you, Krista, and I hope Kate gets better each day.

Amy G.

Anonymous said...

OK, I'm in the game. Sure hope that Kate gets past this withdrawal phase and starts to feel better. We have our grandson, Ian, tonight. I know that Nana is loving her Kate as we are loving our Ian. Grandma & Grandpa are learning to play with his new "Play Station 2." Love to you all. We are off to Burger King. Nancy

Samantha said...

had to just sign to get to your 100! i will check back soon...we are still on our drive home.

hugs,
samantha

Anonymous said...

Just checking up on your current progress in your journey with Baby Kate. Surely hope that the TV volume problem gets solved soon.

Our prayers are with you all, always.

Hi Nana!

Love & Prayers,
Mary & Ray Hamrick

Anonymous said...

Seth and Daddy are number 50

Anonymous said...

The men in your life just finished a steak-house meal. Bellys are full and morale is high. Dad and Seth are off to a bath and some exciing videos. It doesn't get much better than that unless you count Mom on the scene. Don't worry about this end -just take care of business at your end. I will admit that you have a much greater responibility and challenge. Hoping for another good night. I love you Kate: oompa; I love you Krista: Dad; I love you Judy: Ted

Anonymous said...

Add one more who faithfully reads your blog. As many have said, thank you for sharing your journey with us. What an inspiration you are. God bless you all with the strength, peace and joy that only He can provide ... today and in all your days ahead. Jennifer Hansen & family

Anonymous said...

Krista, your testimony is awesome! There is a big contingent following Kate's journey from Fellowship Missionary in Ft. Wayne.
Thinking of and praying for you often. Hang in there!
LeAnn P.

Anonymous said...

We'll see if it works for me this time. My previous post did not appear. Krista, I admire your strength and stamina with all you have been through - wow - what an ordeal. Hope Kate starts feeling better SOON. The picture of Krita and Kate does speak a 1000 words. Imagine Kate felt the love a hundred fold when you finally were able to hold her. So nice that Judy (Nana) can be with you. Blessings to all of you and your family. Will keep the prayers going for Kate and the rest of you. Nancy H.

Linda said...

I too check the blog almost every day. Glad your mother is able to be with you and share the challenges and be a great support. All the best to your family. Linda Gaff (Summit City Singers)

Anonymous said...

Your blog is truely awe inspiring. I can't imagine what you are going through, but yet your faith remains strong. Through it all, you also witness to your faithful readers. May God bless you and your family! Go Kate!

Anonymous said...

We continue to pray for your family. Krista, I know that God's presence will flood you and your family. We will not give up believing for baby Kate.

The McCleary's (friend of Deanna's)
Warsaw, IN

Anonymous said...

Okay, Judy and Krista, I hope I am entering my comment in the right place for your count! We are in Florida and did not have our laptop out during the trip or until today after we had retrieved family from the airport. So it was important for us to catch up on Kate. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. What a fighter Kate is!
Margaret Lyng

Anonymous said...

A prayer is said in our home everyday for Kate. Love this blog to keep us updated. Hope 2008 brings your family the best and all you wish will come true especially for Kate.

Ginger and Jim

Anonymous said...

Krista,
Elijah and Lucas ask about Kate alot. I think I've learned more from them through your journey than I could ever teach them. And Kate - that little girl has certainly shown what it means to be a tough little fighter. What a girl she is! Your experience has shown so many how small the "little things" really are!

We love you all so much and can't wait to get the entire King family together for one of Oompa's wonderful meals. Love, Amy

Anonymous said...

I'll leave a comment here to boost the number. I should be 61!
We keep Katie before the Lord always and know you appreciate hearing. God bless all of your family. Come along, Kate!

Jim Nichols

Anonymous said...

Depending how long it takes me, we must be #58 or so. Thank you for your daily inspirations. I've become somewhat addicted...finding myself spending more time on your blog than I probably should. Usually Alex and Isabella start hanging around with me @ the computer when I've had an extended session and we always have to look @ the pictures of "Baby Kate". I welcome the influence you and The Layman Scoop have on my family. We can all learn something from you. You are such a great role model for me daily putting my everyday complaints in perspective. To explain, during the time I've been attempting to "leave my comment", I have taken Bella to the "potty" @ her request only to have her sit there, cleaned up moon sand and playdough that was smashed in the rug, and rescued a 20 mo old that got shut in a box by her 8 yr old brother and cousin who just mentioned "get the tape"... but, when I read your blog I am thankful. As a mother, I'm sure those are the everyday things you're yearning for. And that is my prayer for you. Thank you for your example and remember your family is in our thoughts and prayers everyday. Send Kate our "hugs and squeezes"...
The Denton's

Anonymous said...

hi layman family! know that you all continue to be in our prayers. your faith is an awesome testimony to others! so glad that you were all together, if even only for a short time. the pics of seth from the recycling center were SO cute. and i always love to see the ones of kate. i pray that you all feel the peace and comfort of Jesus' arms wrapped around you.

praying, carrie f.

Anonymous said...

Not fair, we are not in session because of the holidays.
You need to know most of the Jay County teachers and staff read your blog daily.
So add at least one hundred.
We are praying for you Kate Layman!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure that you will hit your 100! How irritating for the loud TV to disturb our little Kate. It's time for her to be more comfortable and in your arms more. Glad that Nana is with you! By the way, Nana - you have "addicted" me with those darn puzzles!!!!! I keep checking on you every time I sign on, and that's a lot! Hang in there! Love, Sharon :-)

Anonymous said...

This is so much fun! Now we are even more anxious to check the blog--not only to check on Kate's status, but to see how high the "comments" number has risen and to read all the comments.

Shirlie

Anonymous said...

Hoping that you hit 100 very soon.We check on little Kate several times a day.

Looks like they could do something about the T.V. Kate needs her rest.

Karen

LeeAnne said...

WOW! Look at all these comments! Well I am an avid reader. In fact, I have layed in bed on a few occasions saying my prayers and when I get you guys I think, "Crap I haven't read the blog today!" So I finish up prayers and go downstairs and check. A friend of mine in FL has been keeping updated as well and your blog has truly ministered to her! All things happen for a reason! We love you guys! Glad you got to hold your baby girl!!!

LeeAnne (Gene and Lynzi)

Anonymous said...

We are glad to hear that Kate is progressing. Our whole family is praying for her and your family. She is constantly in our thoughts and prayers. It is so good to see a picture of her in your arms. We hope her roommate issues straighten out. Tell Judy that we missed her at supper Fri. night, but we are glad she is there for you and Kate. God bless and good luck with the "100"!
Ron and Sherry

Anonymous said...

Krista,
I think this is #70. I imagine there are hundreds of loving supporters praying for you every day. I check for news on Kate's progress every night. I'm a night owl, so I sometimes get to read your late night posts and can pray before heading to bed. I admire you so much--your faith, perseverance, creativity, and super mothering skills. You are an inspiration! I particularly enjoy the slide shows of pics of Kate and Seth. Those are so clever! Dennis has become a frequent reader of your blogs, too. We include you all in our prayers every day. Asking God for His best blessings to you as we enter 2008.
Carol

Anonymous said...

Loved seeing the picture of the two of you. I am sooooo glad that you are taking the time to keep the blog up to date. It really lets me know how to pray on a daily basis instead of waiting to Sunday to find out at church how Kate is doing. Glad I could be 1 in a 100. I think this is #70! Lynn Musselman in Fort Wayne

Anonymous said...

Hi from MN! We just wanted to help you get to 100. I'm so glad you are finally able to hold Kate again - there is nothing more precious than a good snuggle after weeks of deprivation! Hang in there.
Jana, Kendall, and Zachary Piotter

Kathy said...

How cool is Samantha that she leaves you messages while she's driving??
How'd she do that??
Just trying to add to the numbers!
Kathy

Anonymous said...

I check your blog almost everyday. My daughter told me about your blog. Your are doing a great job. It was good to see you holding kate

Gene Marshall

Lori @ Portland said...

We have you and your family in our prayers. We appreciate the updates from your daily blog. Many more are praying for Kate daily.

Anonymous said...

We continue to pray for Kate and think about you all daily.

Kelly (Jack's mom)

Anonymous said...

I check your site at least once a day, usually more often looking for news of Kate's progress. I admire Kristafor her strength and her spiritual outlook. You are in our family's thoughts and prayers many times throughout every day.

Mary Ann

Anonymous said...

I pray that 2008 will be a banner year for all of you.

I will be working Sunday night and Monday night(New Year's Eve)- so I will be thinking of you who will also be hanging out in the ICU.

What can I say, hospital routine is a funny way of life!

Peace and rapid healing,
Jan

Anonymous said...

Hi Krista,
We are praying for you and thinking of you guys all the time. Give little Kate a hug for us and we will hopefully see you guys on New Years Day. That is the day that Andy suggested we come see you all. Can't wait. Hope little Kate continues to do well.
Sheryl and Kevin and kids

Anonymous said...

I started to write a message yesterday and got off on another tangent. The pictures of Kate are so precious. Just letting you know you are all in our prayers here in Florida.
Love Etta & Dave

Dave & Esther said...

I am been following your journey since Deanna posted you on her blog. I pray for your little girl often.

Anonymous said...

Hello,
Still reading your updates! You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
David, Michelle, Zachary & Lauren Bailey

Anonymous said...

I haven't posted yet Krista, but have been reading the blog for a little while now to keep updated. Just know that you all are in our prayers daily. Take care and I look forward to reading about more inmprovements.

Nikki Miller

Anonymous said...

Krista,

I've been reading your blog daily for many months. Ever since it was added to a prayer email from our Grace Point church. Your blog is a wonderful testimony of God's faithfulness and strength in getting through each day's ups and downs. Your family has been in our prayers daily.
Blessings,
Debby

Anonymous said...

100 posts...great goal!

I have missed reading your blog the last week. We were traveling to Ft. Wayne and Valparaiso for Christmas, but I thought of your family often having to spend the holidays in the hospital. It remided me of one Thanksgiving that I spent in the hospital for heart surgery. I was 19 and it was my sophomore year at college. I began having ventricular tachychardia due to the scar tissue on my heart. A week in the hospital and some new meds and I was on the mend. But, I know how hard it can be to be away from your comfortable surroudnings during the holidays.

Continued prayers and blessings for you all and little Kate. What a special little girl!!

Kim Tinker

Anonymous said...

Krista & Judy,
Ron and I came back to Fort Wayne today from South Bend to get some laundry done and so Ron could get a days work in tomorrow. The first thing I did was check to see how Kate was doing. The next thing was to check a website with a little slide show from my daughter's wedding. The photographers just posted it. I thought you might enjoy seeing it. Lindy always wanted a winter wedding with snow and to have their pictures taken on Michigan Ave. with the Christmas lights. While they were out having pictures taken they ran into a whole group of joggers with Santa hats on. They say they are marathon runners who like to party. They traditionally do a middle of December run complete with jello shots that they were happy to share with the wedding party. Ron's mom is amazing and is still fighting. It is hard to believe it is almost 3 weeks since they told us she only had a few days. The hospice nurse was in today and thinks it won't be long. That is way we made the quick trip home to get organized to go back to South Bend tomorrow. Here is the link to the wedding pics. http://www.zrweddings.com/LindyRich.mov
Hopefully you can just copy and paste it. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.(I wish I could have been #100.
Anita Bates

Anonymous said...

Your wish is my command!!! Only 13 more to go. Tell Andy we probably won't be fulfilling his wish though ($20 per hit)!
Aaron & Krista Hoevel

Anonymous said...

Kate is a sweetheart. My favorite new favorite Kate moment has been when you ask her, "How big is Kate?" and she responds by raising one of her arms to tell you "THIS BIG!" So cute. Keep fighting hard cutie!

Seth is the RECYCLING KING! I heard they are hiring down at the Ann Arbor Recycling Center. He should put his resume in; I am sure he would get the job!

-Scott Schaffer

Anonymous said...

Hello Layman's,
Glad to hear Kate is getting a bit more rest now. It is really hard to have a roommate who doesn't really want to sleep, when you desperately do! We're still praying! Wow, I'm #89. I think you're gonna make it! Sending Hugs your way! The Millington's

Anonymous said...

Krista, This is the first time I have ever written on a blog so I hope this goes through! Jane W. gave me your blog address. I have been following Kate's ups and down's as often as I can. Every morning I say a prayer for Kate and your family.
Love, Cheryl

Anonymous said...

Dear Krista,

We've been following your blog for quite awhile and always keep Miss Kate, as well as the rest of your family, in our prayers.

Lesley & Dave Myers

Anonymous said...

I'm still anxiously awaiting our play date.

Cameryn McConkey

Anonymous said...

Hello Seth!

Owen McConkey

Anne said...

I just read "Kate the social queen" and am so excited to hear the good report. Keep it up Kate! I left my comment here just to get you one closer to 100! Praying for a safe trip for your husband and son and that you have a wonderful time together.

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Ft. Wayne, where SO MANY people care about the Layman and King families. We check the blog several times per day and always include you in our prayers.

We remember fondly of happier days when our families went camping and canoeing and Scouting and cross-country skiing and trading baby-sitting....memories of Christmas Eve dinners together, then marathon church services with joyful open houses in between.....of little girls dressed as angels whose wings almost caught fire, of Dave Reece dressed in a plastic Santa suit and late night phone calls from him after we all got home, still playing Santa to make sure you kids were ready for bed. And then there were the New Year's Eve parties that started out as families, and ended up all adults as the kids began to date and have parties of their own....of big Larry Givens being the partridge and little Monica Kohart being the pear tree..........memories that are bitter-sweet now that we are separated by miles and other things.

Now that you are grown and have an angel girl of your own, you realize the depth of love that a parent has for their children, but it pales in comparison to the love our Heavenly Father had for His Son. And as much as your heart aches for what Kate is going through, we can't even imagine the pain and heartache that He must have felt to give Him up for our sake.

Our hope and prayer is that 2008 will bring healthier, happier, and more peaceful days for you and yours, and that our Lord God will continue to walk with you and provide strength and grace to sustain you.

Steve & Marlene Collier

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am a nursing student and I want to be a pediatric nurse. Your blog is helping me to learn more about the needs of both patients adn their parents during stressful times in the hospital. I will keep all of you in my prayers and thank you for the updates.
Sara Franks

Anonymous said...

I guess it is legal for me to post a blog now that I am home. Glad to hear our girl is having a good night. Love you both'
Nana

The Saunders Family said...

shoot, almost 100...glad to hear you got to hold your "baby" and that she seems to be making progress...love to all
Jessica

Anonymous said...

Hi, Krista! I'm Lynne Bogardus from Columbia City, IN and am assosiated with UMCC mostly through the Covenant Quilter's group and Jane Wells. I just wanted to let you know that you and Kate, Andy, Seth, and your family are in our prayers always. It is so great to see current photos of you and your little trooper princess waking up!

You are a gifted writer. (I'm sure that you have been told that many times before!)

Know that thoughts and prayers are with you from people that you haven't met yet.

Friends In Christ,
Lynne

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Krista and Kate

I just wanted you to know that I have been following your progress through my sister, Gayle. Kate and your family have always been included in my prayers. Stay strong.

Nancy H. from Florida

Anonymous said...

Hi Krista - Your "game" is a great idea and I'm hoping you reach your goal (and surpass it)! Gayle has been great about forwarding your posts to me. You and your family have been through so much, but what amazes me is how well Kate seems to cope. She reminds me of the Energizer bunny! May God continue to bless you and work His will in your lives. Nancy Givens

Anonymous said...

Many prayers for continued strength for all of you. You are an amazing mother and wife and an example for all of us!

Susan

Anonymous said...

Just thought I would add my comments. I think and pray about Kate and you everyday. I do have a slight idea of what you are going through. Someone asked me once how did I get through it. I said I had no choice.

Love and prayers,
Pam Hively

Anonymous said...

I know you've already reached 100, but couldn't help but add my two cents. I haven't checked your blog for a couple of days and just found your "game". Keep up the good work Kate...go Kate go!!!
Here's wishing you a peaceful and blessed new year,
Judi

Lisa said...

Yay - you made it to 100!!! I'm a friend of Deanna's and have checked your blog several times a day for awhile now. You all continue to be in our prayers here in Warsaw!

The Harstine Family

Anonymous said...

We have been out of town since Thursday morning and could not wait to get back to read up on Kate. It is hard to read the entry for Monday the 31st after knowing she had such a good Sunday evening.

We will keep praying for your guidance and Kate's strength and health.

Jamie & Kelly Smeltzer

Anonymous said...

I finally got the web site from my mom. I lke to read all your blogs. I'll keep you in my prayers and hopes for you.

Katy Smeltzer
Daughter of Jamie and Kelly Smeltzer

Anonymous said...

Krista,
I am part of LeAnn Pancake's small group. As I was catching up on your blog this morning, I noticed the picture of you and Kate and it occurred to me that you look familiar. Are you the Krista that was a part of Huntington's Masters Program several years back? You were single at the time.
You probably don't remember me, but I got my masters there with you.
Praying for you,
Mark A. Mays (mmays@fmcfw.org)