Saturday, October 31, 2009
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:13 PM
Friday, October 30, 2009
Can you believe it? This month, Kate's Kart will have passed out it's 10,000 book. With 10 hospitals, we aren't sure exactly when or where it happened...but it did! Totally amazing. We thought we might celebrate a little...it's worthy of celebrating I think.
So...we checked w/ the child-life specialist at Lutheran and asked her for a patient who she knew would be there. Together, we chose Austin...a 10 year old oncology patient, going through his 3rd round of chemo. We found out his interests and put the plan in motion.
So..last Monday, some volunteers and I go find Austin...take him some balloons and the complete set of Captain Underpants series (all 10 of them)...including a blow-up Captain Underpants himself! Austin was thrilled...the look on his face was priceless.
I could honestly say...that experience totally solidified why we do Kate's Kart...it made the countless hours I put into Kate's Kart each week work SO WORTH WHILE. I know for a few moments...Austin forgot what was going on...and found joy in a cartoon hero who only wears a cape & his underwear.
So...totally cool story in itself...right! Wait...it gets so much better. I'm talking with Austin...he mentions that his mom read Kate's mom's blog! Okay, I'm confused...I'm Kate's Mom...I don't' know Austin. We talk some more...find out where he is from...things start clicking! His mom is friends with one of my dearest friends, Deanna and through that connection, Austin's mom, Angie, began following my blog and praying for Kate during her hospital journey 2 years ago. Deanna...tells me about Austin a while ago via her blog and I have been praying for an Austin I never met and his journey w/ cancer. (are you following me?) And now...here we are...celebrating our commemorative 10,000 book...and Austin is the kid randomly chosen.
What's so cool...with God, this was not random. I totally believe God in his amazing way of dealing with the small details of life orchestrated this whole thing. Isn't it cool how God has a way of bringing His people together. I LOVE IT!
Plus...the newspaper is doing an article on Kate's Kart and it's success over the past year and so we even had a photographer there. I will cherish these pics...always. You can see the link to the article HERE!
Oh yeah...and after our completely amazing book drive through Borders...we are now the chosen recipients of the Barnes & Noble Christmas Charity Project! Both stores in Ft. Wayne will be collecting books for us from Nov. 1 through January 1. Plus...we have another exciting project in the works...I'm telling you...we are so blessed!
Posted by Krista Layman at 12:27 PM
Click HERE to see a link to the latest publicity Kate's Kate is getting. I haven't even seen it in print yet...but they already have it online. I'm guessing it will be in today's paper.
It's a great article and sums up Kate's Kart really well in such a short amount of space...I'm particularly excited about the pic of Austin getting a book (not of me...but at least of the experience)....more on that story to come!
Kate's Kart is blessed....thanks to all of you!
Posted by Krista Layman at 8:05 AM
Well...we had no other night to go as a family...so daddy so graciously called his mom and she drove up for the day. She was my hero today! I had so much to do w/ Kate's Kart...she came up early and watched the kids while I got some work done! YEAH...for Grandma!
Grandma and her 2 boys!
Broomhilda, the friendly witch
My two little cutie-patooties!
This trick or treating is HARD work! He was zonked for the last 1/2
Posted by Krista Layman at 12:16 AM
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
...loves watching his brother do ANYTHING
...went to see Where the Wild Thing Are...and actually stayed awake for the whole thing. He was quite startled at the loud digital sound announcement at the beginning
...turns his music player/mobile on and off during the night w/ his feet
...can take his paci out of his mouth AND put it back in....sometimes!
...makes mommy smile EVERYDAY!
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:17 PM
Monday, October 26, 2009
Posted by Krista Layman at 9:24 PM
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
--still has his mouth open all the time
--is beginning to suck on just a few fingers, instead of entire fist
--is in size 3 diapers
--rolled over from his back to tummy
--had his 3 month professional photo shoot (can't wait to show those pics)
--is getting quite good at manipulating spinning toys on his swing and exersaucer
--loves his exersaucer
--has been waking up at 6:30 for a quick mornign snack (fortunately, he'll go right back down)
--went to Grandmas....but didn't help with the raking
--can sit up momentarily, if propped between your legs
--giggles and giggles and giggles
--chews and chews and chews
--drools and drools and drools
(notice the line of drool and drool soaked shirt)
--attended his first carnival at Seth's school
--does 180s in his crib at night
--makes me smile EVERYDAY!
Posted by Krista Layman at 12:19 AM
Sparky, the stray cat who now has a home at Grandma's, thanks to a lot of loving from a little boy everytime he visits
I somehow lucked out and got Grant duty...we stayed inside...did a little of this (at least he did)...a little eating and some browsing through catalogs. We did make a few quick trips outside to see the progress.
And...I met Ted's daughter's...it was nice to meet them before the wedding! Yep, Grandma is getting married. We are very happy for her and so glad she found a Godly man to share her life with.
Posted by Krista Layman at 12:08 AM
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
--is grabbing at any and everything
--spent a morning with neighbor Bonnie while mommy went on a fieldtrip with brother
--took his first trip to the dentist with mommy & big brother
--plays with toys...holds on with both hands and puts to his mouth
--watched his cousins play at their church on Sunday
--wore a winter snowsuit to his cousin's soccer game
--was loved on by Grandma, Nana & Oompa all in one day
--pulls himself way up in the bouncy seat...in fact..to the point where it makes mommy nervous that he's going to plop out
--sat in the Bumbo seat for the first time...likes it for a few minutes at a time
--is doing better at falling asleep by himself when put in his crib for nap/bed time
--loves chewing on anything he finds to put in his mouth
--continues to bring us so much joy...really, we couldn't have asked for a better baby!
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:13 PM
This one was so huge...it took Seth and his buddy, Nate, to hold it!
"Wow...look at this one!"
Seth and Mrs. Holley...snipping it right out of the field!
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:16 AM
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Grandma came up for the game...and we all went for breakfast after the game. Then...just some relaxing, playing and a little yardwork before heading back for the Season End Celebration. The Upward Crew did a great job organizing a night of fun for the kids...they ended it all with a really good firework display. I was impressed. It was a little (okay, a lot) on the freezing side...but we made it...and were glad to have left Grant w/ Nana & Oompa.
Sunday morning we visited my brother's church to watch him and his 2 sons, Elijah and Lucas play. Elijah played the drums, Doug sang and played mandolin and 6 year old Lucas stood on chair and played upright bass. They did great...maybe I can get a video. Then...lunch and playtime at their house before coming home and watching a lot of football.
Grant and Nia played too...but as you can see...Grant STILL isn't sure about Nia. Remember THIS traumatic experience 6 weeks ago? I love the look on his face..."why does she keep touching me?"
And before you know it...the weekends gone....here comes another week!
Posted by Krista Layman at 8:34 PM