Monday, June 30, 2008
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Sunday, June 29, 2008
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:17 PM
Evidently...the two youngest decide to give themselves tattoos...My sneaky little one tried to wash it off when he heard me coming upstairs! I'm laughing at this point...just grateful it isn't permanent or poop! Well...a few minutes later I discovered the marker also had ended up on the bedspread...and every marker we own (there are A TON, as Seth got lots of markers/coloring books while Kate was hospitalized) is thrown all over the playroom...with the lids off...which mean there were marker dots all over the carpet!
I was still laughing looking at the boys...and still found it hard to get really mad. I guess that is why we have a playroom...and one quick load of laundry and a bucket of soapy water...and a good bath...all was fixed!
It just makes me a little scared what these two little ones are going to get themselves into in the future...all while their older cousin sits quietly coloring a beautiful picture!
Then later that night...Seth wanted a phonebook...I'm wasn't sure why...but he was pretty insistent. Well...a few minutes later we find him in his treehouse...with his power ranger phone doing important business! How cute is that. He was just flipping pages...dialing random phone numbers and carrying on conversations.
From crazy, silly kid...to grown-up business man....all in a couple hours!
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:02 PM
Friday, June 27, 2008
Again...a huge thank you to everyone who sent us pictures of your families eating ice cream...and if you still have some...please send them as I can easily update the slideshow!
I think one of the biggest fears of Kate's passing is that she would be forgotten...she had so much joy and Andy and I hated that she could no longer share it with others here on Earth. Well...she is proving us wrong...between smiles on kids (and adults) eating ice cream...to the smiles from her book Kart...she is still spreading that joy. And...that is what I want most from her short little life. Thank you for sharing with us in remembering our little girl! We appreciate it more than you know. Enjoy...it was so much fun putting this together!
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:29 PM
Our magic day on the beach at South Haven, Michigan. We took a little mini-vacation and spent 3 days up there. Looking back....that day was truly a gift from God...as the water is NEVER warm enough for a little one to sit and play in...and that day it was. We could not have asked for a better day...and better memories with Kate. Her beach picture has become her "famous" picture...and as you can see...I worked really hard to get that shot...and I am so thankful I did! Thank you Jesus for days like that!
Posted by Krista Layman at 1:59 PM
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Well...today has come and is nearly gone. Overall...a good day, but Andy and I just feel like we've had the "sucker punch" in the stomach...you know the feeling that things are just not right. But...today was still filled with blessings.
We had a slow morning...Seth and I ran some errands, finished some laundry...you know all the "normal" stuff.
Then...ice cream at The Scoop...there were 13 of us there...what a nice treat!
Then...Grandma, Seth, Andy and I headed out to Lutheran for an extra rolling of Kate's Kart. We even had a bunch of beanie babies and stuffed animals that we passed out with the books. Of course...many many smiles and happy happy kids! Seth has always been so anxious to go...and he was so excited that he got to go...but he just didn't why he couldn't go in every room and why he couldn't get books and stuffed animals. Plus...there were just a lot of kids with contact precautions...and we couldn't let him in those rooms. He did a couple rooms...and that was fun for him. Plus...great to have Grandma along this time.
Back home...for a little break and labeling of more books. They just keep coming as Grandma brought some from Portland...plus Anita brought bags and bags as her "birthday delivery".
Grandma treated us to Chinese buffet (and they even had an ice cream machine...which of course we had to indulge in)
Tonight...I've been doing lots of work with Kate's Kart...just trying to get organized and update lists and stuff.
But...the coolest part of the whole day has been getting emails of people all over the US eating ice cream in honor of Kate. I can't wait to get them all together in a slideshow. It has just totally warmed my heart today...so THANK YOU to everyone...WHAT A BLESSING! I hope to have that posted tomorrow!
Thanks to everyone who sent up an extra prayer for us today...and I even got word from several people that they saw rainbows today! What an extra special treat back from our little Kate! We love you sweetie...and miss you like crazy!
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:49 PM
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
We had a great little get-a-way the past few days. We took my parents RV on a training weekend to a state park (Chain O' Lakes) not too far away. (We want to take their RV to Lake Michigan later in the summer...but had to learn how to set-up/tear-down a little closer to home. My parents...generously drove up with us...help us set up and then came back today to review tear down!
We got there about 3:00 on Monday...got all set-up and Seth headed straight for the playground. After dinner cooked over a fire...we all took a bike-ride. It was our first bike-ride with all 3 of us on our own bikes...Seth did really really well. More playing on the playground...and cooking of S'mores before getting setlled into the nice, warm, soft RV!
Tuesday was absolutely beautiful...we couldn't have asked for a better day. We took about a 2 1/2 mile hike down to the lake and all around it...Seth's little legs did really well...his favorite was anytime we came to a bridge...thank goodness there were several of those at the end.
After lunch...we rode our bikes back to the lake and rented a canoe...and took a couple hour canoe ride through the channels connecting the lakes. We saw lots of neat water plants and flowers...a turtle and a SNAKE! I HATE SNAKES...and just seeing it sunbathing in the water gave me the creeps for hours.
Seth found a couple playmates on the playground...so he spent most of his time over there! We took lots more bike-rides...went to the camp store for ice cream...and just enjoyed sitting by the fire.
Today...we woke up to rain! So...after a phonecall to Nana and Oompa telling them we were ready to come home...we loaded up! It was a yucky day...and the area outside our campsite turned to mud. Fortunately...the sun came out a while after we got home so we could dry everything out!
It was a fun couple days....Seth loved it. He had been looking forward to it for so long...and even had himself buckled in his seat about 20 minutes before we left.
Thanks Nana and Oompa for letting us borrow it...what a treat and we were SO thankful...especially this morning with the rain.
Enjoy the slide show of some of the pics....and don't forget to get your ice cream tomorrow (see last post) I can't wait to get tons of pictures...I think it's a great way to celebrate Kate! And...see you at "THE SCOOP" at 1:30!
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:54 PM
So...Thursday will be Kate's 2nd birthday! And...we've wondered how we could remember her on her special day...well, we don't think there would be any better way than eating ice cream...Why? Watch this!
Yep...Kate LOVED ice cream...so in honor and memory of Kate...we do declare Thursday, June 26 as "GO EAT ICE CREAM DAY!" If you can go out...do...cause there is nothing better than going out for ice cream...If you can't...then dip up yourself a bowl in your own house.
And....better yet...send me a picture of you and your family eating the ice cream (email@example.com) and I'll put together a slide show (if enough people do it). If you can't send a picture...at least leave a comment or send us an email and let us know!
And...if you're local...why don't you join us at THE SCOOP, on Dupont Road at 1:30 on Thursday...for a little ice cream treat and we'll all just celebrate a sweet sweet little girl!!
Posted by Krista Layman at 6:00 AM
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Another weekend gone! They just go too quick!
Yesterday I got a day of scrapbooking with my friend Laura...we had all day at her house...to scrap our little hearts out. I got 13 more pages done on Kate's Book. The excitement was that I got a CriCut machine as an early birthday present from my mom and Andy's mom! It is the coolest letter/shape cutter EVER! I always dreaded lettering in scrapbooks...especially cutting out all the letters...so this makes it so much fun! Thanks mom and Cathy! Now to find time to catch up on 3 years!!
We were supposed to attend on Saturday afternoon an end-of-season carnival for an Upward Flag Football League that had been doing Kate's Kart as a mission project this spring ...but it got cancelled due to the weather..which just meant more time for scrapping. Then...Andy and Seth and I met Laura and her husband and daughter for dinner at Mexican! YUM YUM!
The boys were busy while I was scrapping...they tore out an ugly tree in our front flower bed...and took all the books back to the storage shed...as Seth says: Guy Stuff
Then...today we went to the carnival that was rescheduled from yesterday...it was the whole gang: Grandma, Nana, Oompa and the 3 of us...we held off because it was storming again...but by 3 it had cleared up. We got there...realized I had left the memory card in the computer for my camera...so my dad and Andy went home. Grandma, Nana, Seth and I were walking around looking for the lady in charge...the wind was picking up...it was beginning to lightening again...and they told everyone to go to their cars.
Well...all of a sudden this huge gigantic inflatable moonwalk/bungee run type thing gets caught in the wind and starts flipping over and over across the entire field filled with school-age football players and cheerleaders heading for their cars. It was one of the scariest things I've ever seen...everyone running...it landing on top of people...It was crazy. Finally..it gets caught against a fence...when the other one starts to go...and does the same thing.
We quickly take Seth to the school for cover from yet another impending storm (we had no car) and wait....meanwhile here comes like 4 ambulances. I guess one boy was on the inflatable when it started tumbling and hurt is head. I don't' know all the details...just that it was really scary and I am so thankful that we were not in it's path. I know several others were hurt too..and one little boy was caught under this gigantic mound of canvas...my hearts just breaks for the entire situation and all those directly involved. God's Blessings!
Please send up a prayer for those kids/adults hurt by this freak accident...and for those in charge as they deal with this day. They had put so much work into this...and it just got destroyed.
We were excited about meeting some of the people who have so graciously collected books for us...but obviously....that will wait for another day.
Otherwise...a wonderful sermon at church today...supper with grandma...ice cream with the whole gang...new flowers in the area where the tree came out...and funny home videos. Can't complain too much!
UPDATE: Just got an email from one of the organizers...all injuries are minor! Praise God!
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:36 PM
Friday, June 20, 2008
So this is what our couch looks like tonight...after our onslaught of books today...and after Seth unloaded them all for me to label. He loves loading and counting the books. It's amazing the books we are receiving...a bunch of books from Kelly in California (more on that below), I had some building up upstairs, we picked some up from the pottery store where people had been dropping them off...and we stopped by Barnes and Noble today and took advantage of their clearance sale since we have gift cards from the Little Give to use. I got some great books...hardback board books for like $2-3 (hint hint if anyone is a Barnes & Nobles this weekend!)
Posted by Krista Layman at 9:40 PM
Thursday, June 19, 2008
We made the news again. It's crazy! We were interviewed (well...actually it was just me) when Seth and I were in Portland for VBS. And... the sweetest little intern wrote an article about Kate's Kart for the Portland Paper. Thanks to a letter from Grandma...they found out that Kate's Kart will be coming to Jay County Hospital in late July/Early August and wanted to do a story about it.
She asked lots of questions...and it made the front page of the paper yesterday. You can find a link to the article HERE!
I'm still amazed at how much this is growing and spreading...and how fast! What a ride! I go back tomorrow for another rolling of Kate's Kart...plus taking a huge tub of books to re-stock the Kart. Andy labeled his little heart out tonight...and sorted some books! We have quickly learned that we need to be a little more organized in how we arrange the Kart. We're figuring it all out...slowly but surely (well...actually it doesn't feel very slow!)
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:26 PM
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
So we've been making the tour of my family's concerts. A week or so ago we went to my dad's brass band concert. I think I mentioned how good it was and how impressive they sounded for being less than a year old! My dad plays the tuba....that's how he got the name "Oompa"
Last night we went to my mom's choir concert. She started and is the director of a community wide choir...which my musical dad also sings in. They did hits from the last century...and it was fun to sing along with a lot of the songs. Plus it was in the new library downtown...which I hadn't been in....very cool! We need to go down there just to spend a few hours.
Then...tonight we hit my brother's band concert...in a park across town. It was a little chilly...but it was a lot of fun...just sitting on the green...listening to the music. Plus...the cousins were there (since their daddy was singing) and all 3 boys had a blast chasing each other...playing in the stream and the nearby playground. Lucas and Seth came back completely covered in mud with dirty wet shoes (well, Lucas has taken his off!) What fun the boys had!
Nana and Oompa...if you want Seth to stay for your whole concert (he didn't make it through those) you need to have it outside at a park...with streams and dirt nearby...and room to yell!
So...we are now cultured..and NO...you won't be able to hear about my upcoming concert. I GOT NONE of the family musical talent. I am very proud of my mom, dad and brother for their dedication to music...and the joy they bring others.
In fact...both my mom and brother were in the newspaper this last week. I know...3 King articles in the paper within 2 weeks. You can find a link to my mom's choir HERE...and to my brother's HERE.
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:19 PM
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Andy had a nice Father's Day today. We knew it was going to be a hard one...with Andy missing his father and his daughter...and the fact that it's 5 months today since Kate passed. But, amidst glimpses of sadness and going some a few memory lanes....we had a good day.
Church was encouraging as always...the kids choir did the neatest pantomime to blacklight...WAY COOL! Then...time in the afternoon for slip and sliding and Andy got time to read the paper and take a nap while Seth and I headed to the grocery. My parents came over for a yummy bbq tonight.
Seth painted some pottery (a pencil holder) from the pottery store...and it turned out really cute. Andy also got his own MP3 player...so now we are both in the 21st century.
I am so honored to be married to Andy...and am humbled by the way he has handled the past year. He has been an incredible role model for Seth. Happy Father's Day Andy...we love you!
And...Happy Father's Day to my dad...another great influence in my life! I'll always be your little girl! Love you!
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Saturday, June 14, 2008
VBS. On Monday...they showed the "story of Kate's Kart" video and I talked a little about it and about our 1st experience. Each night..the kids were to bring in their "spare change" for Kate's Kart.
Well...meet Zeth...a 10 year old who attended VBS all week. On Tuesday...he was so excited and told me in the parking lot that he had $58 for Kate's Kart. I asked his mom later...and she said..."Yep...it's all his birthday money." Here is this little kid...who gave all he had to help out some other kids he doesn't even know. Does that just melt your heart? I guess he was quick to learn about serving others...the theme of the week! Thanks Zeth...YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE in lots of kids lives! WAY TO GO! We are all so proud of you!
Grandma is going to call tomorrow with the grand total of the week tomorrow! Stay tuned!
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Friday, June 13, 2008
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008
So this week...Seth and I are hanging out at Grandmas. Seth is going to her church's VBS. They are doing Kate's Kart as their mission fundraiser during VBS...plus at our Church you have to have finished Kindergarten...so it worked out well. Since Cathy just finished her last treatment...she's still a little weak, so that's why I'm staying too! I helped with VBS last night...and that was fun...so really it's all working out.
Andy is home...replacing our stone patio and taking care of his pool responsibilities. I'm anxious to see how it turns out when we get home on Thursday night.
Unless I figure out Grandma's computer...you may be pictureless this week...but I'll be sure and fill you all in at the end of the week.
Andy and I did another rolling of Kate's Kart yesterday. There weren't too many kids on the floor...but there were tons in the clinics...especially the cancer clinic. That was rewarding...everyone we run into just loves the Kart...and we're getting so many positive comments! And...we continue to get books and checks in the mail from strangers...how cool is that! Kate's Kart is contagious. (BTW...we got a package from Children's Book of the Month Club...with no name attached! I'm curious as to who blessed us with that package!)
Well...gotta go...fill you in tomorrow!
Posted by Krista Layman at 3:28 PM
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Well...it was a pretty great day for a brand new 4 year old. We went to church this morning...Seth took cookies for all his friends in his Sunday School Class.
Then...lunch with Nana and Oompa at Bandidos--yeah, we're so cheap we couldn't even pass up a free meal for Seth. Plus...if he picked we would have ended up at McD, Burger King or Subway! Nana and Oompa came back to our house for presents, cake and icecream. I'm sure you won't be surprised as to what he chose for his cake this year (see slide show!) He's one loved little guy...and got baseball bases, Cars DVD, Cars pjs, Cars paint book, a swimsuit, an activity book, a new shirt, a new game and squirt guns...and oh yeah...a killer swing set!
Then...an afternoon filled with playing new games...squirt gun fight with daddy (mommy stayed out of this one)...a rousing game of T-Ball complete with bases and a watching of his new movie! Yep...didn't take much to get him down this evening.
We'll celebrate more this week at Grandma's (after her final treatment tomorrow) and then...the festivities will come to a close. He's pretty excited about being 4 and we've been talking about new responsibilities that come with that...like being self-sufficient in the bathroom (he did it today!) and leaving his blankie in his bed (we'll see how that one goes).
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He's so excited about his trophy
Seth and Mya...soccer friends!
Seth's first coach....our friend Ken (Mya's dad!)
Posted by Krista Layman at 12:24 AM
Friday, June 6, 2008
Kate's Kart rolled again today...thanks to Sherry and Gayle for manning the Kart. I talked with Sherry and she said it went really well...lots of smiles again and very appreciative parents.
Well...Miss Kate...you've had a busy day bringing smiles to everyone--including me with the rainbow...the 1st one since Seth's little bit of insightfullness! We miss you sweetie!
Posted by Krista Layman at 9:19 PM
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Today we celebrated Seth's upcoming birthday with his cousins. Seth picked what special things he wanted to do today...and they included:
--lunch at Subway (as he says...let's "Eat Fresh")
--Putt Putt and Arcade Games at Crazy Pinz--too hot for outside Putt Putt
--playtime on the swing set
--Fun at the Splash Park
It was a fun afternoon and the boys had a great time! Seth got a new Scooter for his present. He was out there giving it his best shot with his older cousins. I'm really proud of him. I have a feeling...he needs to master the whole bike riding without training wheels first...but he's trying hard.
We'll celebrate with cake and more presents (not many...as he has a VERY NICE ONE already in the backyard!) on Sunday..his actual birthday.
Tonight we also went to see my dad's concert. He plays in a Brass Band and they had a concert at the outdoor auditorium. They sounded really good...it was the first time I got to a concert (the band is less than a year old). Sorry we had to leave at intermission...that was about all one worn out 3 year old could handle.
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:52 PM
6 seconds...the length of coverage we got only on the 5:00 news. It was a very brief clip...showing Andy pushing the Kart...us looking for a book...and a darling little guy reading his new book. It was short...but VERY SWEET.
Guess it turned out to be a big news day...and there wasn't room. Sorry to all of you who anxiously waited by your tv set...I didn't mean to give false info...just told you what they told us.
If anyone knows how to get a video clip from VHS onto the computer...I'd love to share our 6 seconds with you.... but that is WAY beyond my technological knowledge. And...I can't find anything on the website...so all you out-0f-towners are out of luck! Sorry. Wow...what a week! The Kart rolls again tomorrow!
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:09 PM
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
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Monday, June 2, 2008
So...in the blogging world there is a little game of "tag" where occasionally you get "tagged" to answer questions. I've been tagged a few times...but have never played. Well...it's almost midnight...my almost 4 year old is up watching a movie...I always cave in after 3 hours of him laying in bed quietly. So...since I have some extra time...I thought I might as well give it a shot as I was tagged by Kelly.
What was I doing 10 years ago today?.
Since I wasn't blogging...I'm not totally sure. I'm pretty sure I had just moved or was getting ready to move into my 1st house. I had it built brand-new...and it was pretty big step for me. I was 0 for 100 on dates and had resigned myself to being single forever.
I was probably frantically planning summer camps and mission trips...as I was in youth ministry at the time...and that was pretty much all-consuming of my life.
Five things on my to-do list today?
1. Drop off books at library
2. Go to grocery
3. Sort and label books at the school
4. Splash park with Seth
5. Contact Parkview to set up training time
Five snacks I enjoy:
1. Popcorn and M&M's...something about sweet & salty
2. Animal crackers
4. Fiber One chocolate bars
5. milk and cookies
hmm....maybe I should find some healthier snacks!
Five things I'd do if I was a millionaire
(after tithing, of course)
1. Fly all my new heart mom friends to a beach for a weekend together
4. Hire a personal shopper to buy me a new wardrobe
5. Start a "Kate's Kart in every state"
5 places I've lived...I'm boring I only have 3!
1. Ft. Wayne, Indiana (6 different houses/apartments)
2. Muncie, Indiana
3. Charlotte, North Carolina
Five people I tag:
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:44 PM
So after a day of press releases and signing autographs...okay not really...BUT still..this is the most publicity I've ever had. I am just so glad that they were able to include part of our faith in the story....cause really...without our faith and hope in Christ and heaven...there would be no story. I still never imagined it would all become what it is. In all honesty...I really thought that we would have to beg for books...and ask for books instead of holiday presents...and that this might last a year. I guess we have something good here...and it's being blessed by God...and his little angel, Kate!
It was a little bit of a hectic day...I took Seth to the splash park at the Y. I've never been...Seth went last year with Oompa. It was a lot of fun for him...and very relaxing for me to sit in the sun and watch him.
Then...Andy and his students were in town for their last day of school celebration at Crazy Pinz...so Seth and I stopped in for a quick visit.
Then...Seth and I went out to Canterbury High School...and a wonderful bunch of high school girls helped me sort and label a ton of our used books. Now...they are ready to be placed in doctors offices...in ER's and passed out to other community organizations. It was a huge relief to get that done.Seth was an amazing helper...once again...and just worked and worked moving books and of course...being our trash man! I guess he was just a little worn out today as this is how I found him after our trip home from the school. ( He just discovered he loves Sprite...so he was pretty excited about getting his first can of pop out of a machine!)
Then...after supper...back to the storage unit to take back the books...and now Andy is at the pool closing it down. He has just one more teacher day and then he is home for the summer! YEAH!
And...Cathy (grandma) had her 2nd of 5 cyberknife radiation treatments for her brain tumor. It is going remarkably well...she is just really really tired. Please keep her in your prayers this week...as she has one on Wednesday and Friday...then again on Monday.
Posted by Krista Layman at 9:29 PM
So...it's always a little shocking to open the paper and see your family's picture...including baby Kate on the front page of the Features section.
Wow...it printed! You can check out the article online or read it in today's (Monday, 6-2) News Sentinel...evening paper. I'm really happy with the article...considering some of it was cut in the cutting room.
Thanks Deb...the writer for an awesome article. We appreciate your willingness to help spread the news of Kate's Kart.
And...of course...if you're local and have some extra copies...please save them for us. Who'd ever have thought...wow...Kate...what a legacy! You're one little amazing girl!
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