Category Archives: Life as we know it

Things that go on with my family and around me

Summer 2017

This summer, the summer I was looking forward to has been racing by at race track speed. Which is how most summers seam to go as the years flow by. Ours started with continued schooling because having a baby and taking a trip to Washington took some time away from our books. By mid June we finished up History and science and each child had a few things left to do on their own.

Hospital Visit

June 17 was my husbands birthday and went to celebrate at my parents with kayaking and 4wheeling with friends. He ended up breaking his foot when the hitch of a trailer fell on his foot. (The trailer had hauled one of the 4wheelers). A week later his foot got infected and he had to spend some time in the hospital because he had sepsis

"Jumbo lets go to camp Kilimanjaro"

After 5 days in hospital he was supposed to come home to recover, well that would have been nice but we had 2 weeks till VBS would be held at our church so it was crunch time for us. Thankfully a lot of media stuff needed done so he could sit and do that and keep his foot up.

VBS is always a lot of work and stretching time for me but in the end a huge blessing. I was so blessed by all the kids who came and people who came alongside to help with it. I learned some Swahili phrases and learned a lot about Mt. Kilimanjaro plus some great VBS songs that run around my head aimlessly.

Time for R and R.

Now that it's towards the end of the summer I feel I can finally relax with walks to the park and evenings around the fire pit with some marshmallows. Though we don't get to do that as much as one would think, a lot of other things still seam to take precedence. Nonetheless I am thankful.

Washington For Christmas (part 3)

Continuing on our trip, we stayed our last night on the road in Montana, from there we hit the gorgeous Rocky Mountains.

Going through them there was snow, just beautiful.

In Idaho we stopped to check out some falls and found a great little coffee shop.

At 8 pm that night we finally arrived in Point Roberts Washington. I thoroughly enjoyed the drive out, so many sights I’d not seen in years. What a wonderful country we all live in, God is incredible to have created such beauty.

Psalms 95

4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also

5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.

Washington for Christmas (part 2)

After a delicious breakfast of pancakes and fruit made by our generous hosts we left Rodchester Minnesota and hit the road. Half way through the day we crossed the boarder into North Dakota, it was very windy there. We went through Jamestown where Louis L’amour trail is. It is also the home of the great white buffalo, there is a little western tourist town which was really cool but closed, one could still walk through it. 

Western town

At the end of the town was a huge buffalo statue. 

After a long days drive We arrived in Dickinson North Dakota where we met the pastor of the Calvary Chapel there who showed us to the home of the youth pastor and his families who was out of town but generously opened there home to us to stay over night and prepared food for us also. 

Long day on the road

What a blessing. The next morning we ate, cleaned and packed up than enjoyed a morning of fellowship at church. As soon as church was over we hit the road where soon we found Roosevelt National park where the possibilities of seeing buffalo, prairie dogs and wild horses were anticipated. 

Prairie dog

We did see a couple buffalo, one horse and lots of prairie dogs. We did not complain.

Washington for Christmas 

For Christmas last year we asked the kids if they thought driving out to Washington state to visit their grandparents would make a good Christmas gift, that meaning they would not receive any presents from us accept our whole family drive to Washington. They enthusiastically agreed. Our Rottweiler was bread early that fall and we told the kids we could not leave until all the puppies were sold which would not take place until February. We decided to take the whole month  of March for this trip, 5 days to drive there and than 2 weeks in Washington and than a week to drive back. 

Woke up early on Thursday the 3 of March

Wednesday night my younger sister Erin showed up to join us on our long adventure. We finished loading up the van and packing food than went to bed. Waking up at 5 so to be on the road by 6. That first day we drove to Chicago to go to Shriners for Charlottes Dr. appointments, they all went well. After  spending the night at Ronald McDonald house we left that Friday for Minnesota.

Stopped at Horizon Christian Fellowship in La Crosse to say hello and get a latte.

Love snow

Arriving in Rodchester MN We spend the night at my friends house Michael and Anna Lawman.

This girl is fantastic, she put up with me during my teen years

They blessed us not just by putting us up for the night but also Feeding us pizza and taking my wild clan of 6 kids to play at the bounce house. The kids had tons of fun and us adults were able to get some good conversations in. Brilliant! It was a win win situation.

Waiting, But with Hope!

We are still waiting for Luis to get to a point that we can take him home. He is making slow continual progress. It was a great day yesterday to see him move down to getting much less breathing assistance. He no longer needs any kind of machine of special mixing apparatus but is only getting a mix of air and oxygen from the hospital wall.

Cornelius on high flow

Cornelius on high flow


Cornelius got a visit from his siblings on Sunday. They each took turns holding him and were excited to see us.

Nila holding Cornelius

Nila holding Cornelius

Dasha holding Cornelius

Dasha holding Cornelius

Zeph holding Cornelius

Zeph holding Cornelius

Charlotte holding Cornelius

Charlotte holding Cornelius

Britnay and Havalah holding Cornelius

Britany and Havalah holding Cornelius


In addition to him being taken off of a lot of the breathing support, he also was able to have his IV removed. He is eating mostly by bottle now, some still through a feeding tube in his nose, which is much nicer than the one that was in his mouth. Today Sarah was able to start trying to breastfeeding which went well but short. We hope he will over the next few days grow into only breastfeeding.

Capturing the moment

Capturing the moment


It is awesome to be able to walk around the room holding him unencumbered by so many wires and tubes.  The doctor said today that we are working towards a Friday discharge. Praise the Lord! we have a date that we can look forward to. We know that God is in control and will have us here as long He needs us here. We know that God will decide whether that will be Friday, or possibly sooner, or possibly later. Please continue to pray for us here For the healing of Cornelius and for our witness here.

Cornelius sleeping on low flow cannula

Cornelius sleeping on low flow cannula

Little Luis Lingers

Cornelius our little Luis napping in his mother's arms

Cornelius our little Luis napping in his mother’s arms

Praise the Lord! Cornelius is doing much better. He has been doing very well with eating breastmilk through his feeding tube. He is more active and has even been opening his eyes to peek about from time to time.

Luis peeking into a strange world

Luis peeking into a strange world

Today the Doctor wants to “make him work”. They will be changing to a less assistive breathing system. We will be increasing his feeding to triple what he is currently getting, and if he tolerates that Sarah may even be able to breastfeed by this evening. It is great to see him shedding equipment.

This was 2 days ago with lots of equipment and support

This was 2 days ago with lots of equipment and support



Yesterday less equipment and skin to skin with Clint

Yesterday less equipment and skin to skin with Clint

We are hopeful that we will be able to bring him home next week. Please continue to pray for his healing and also fo our witness here. Between the staff and other parents, we have had several opportunities to share the Lord.

Cornelius and mom

Cornelius and Sarah

Looks like he may try to become another thumb sucker

Looks like he may try to become another thumb sucker




Cornelius Winter Laird

On the 22nd Day of November 2016 at 8:00am Cornelius Winter Laird was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.


Soon after birth he had trouble breathing and was taken into special care. During the course of the day, it was determined that care could be better provided elsewhere. At less than a day old, little Cornelius took an ambulance ride to Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee, here he now will spend his first night.

We praise the Lord that he has no heart defects or problems as was originally thought could be the case. It is thought now that he only needs time and a little breathing assistance for his lungs to adjust to the task of breathing.

We know that God is in control and that He has a plan and a purpose for this adventure. I have already had the opportunity to share the gospel with one man and hope the Lord will use us further here for His Glory. We are confident that God is the great healer and that Cornelius is in His hands. Please join us as we pray for him.

Last Summer’s Dixie land adventure 

In June of last year we went on a two week road trip to South Carolina. We convinced my youngest sister to join us. We all crammed into our silver mini van and away we went!

 After 8 hours in the car we arrived in Indiana where we stayed with some good friends and also went to a pastors couple retreat which was a wonderful time of fellowship, worship and getting into the word. The kids stayed with our friends and my sister during the the retreat. A highlight was climbing the rock wall. 

After our time in Indiana was up we headed to South Carolina which was a 12 hour drive. That was a looooooong drive. We finally arrived late that night (This is where my sister and her family moved to. They were done with Wisconsin winters). It was  pretty hot and muggy down there. It was neat how you could feel the weather get hotter and hotter the deeper south we went. So we arrived! Brother were reunited.

 Cousins reunited.
  Spending long hot sweaty days together…

 … in a cemetery, very educational.

At the beach….


We ate peaches at a gas station from a guy who sold them who said he grew them himself but I think he lied.we found stickers on them from the grocery store



  More beach fun



And of course need to get some window shopping in.


Me and my baby sister with my baby

Good times!!!!!

Our drive home we took a different route going through Georgia because I wanted to check out some old civil war historical sights. We settled on Pictures point Rock where a major battle took place.

  Very pretty  

We posed    
My beautiful sister posed too.


  It was hot and squinty weather.  

It was good to get home after two weeks away. There is no place like home. 

A Chicago adventure

We had an unexpected trip to Chicago this week.  My oldest had an appointment at Shriners with the cleft pallet team. We drove down the day before, she also had a dentist appointment in the morning which was also in Chicago so we hit that right away. Afterwards we went to Ronald McDonald House which is the highlight of the trip. 

My kids love it when we sleep there, I do too. It’s such a blessing to have a home away from home. It makes our Chicago trips a little extra special despite the fact we are visiting a hospital for medical things. Though I have to admit Shriners Hospital makes things great too. They are always warm and friendly, have play areas for the kids and give out surprises. They do an excellent job at making a hospital a fun place.
During our long day spent at the hospital waiting to see various Doctors I was able to get 3/4 of a book read which is a huge plus for me, any time I can get some reading in is a bonus! All in all we had a great trip!