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.

3 months later

Luis is doing very well. We were able to come home after a week and a half in the hospital. He has been very healthy since and a delight to us all.A week after we got home with Luis. We are so thankful.

Luis at 3 months giving us smiles.

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!


Things to be done

(I wrote this a few months back, I’ve been having issues with my blog but have it fixed now and so here is something new and old 😁)

There are so many things I want to do, try to do and should do but I am constantly distracted so that when I actually have a chance to do it I can’t even remember what I was going to do! Yes, one of those crazy cycles that seams to have no end. 

 Me dressed for church standing next to a bed full of clean laundry that needs to be folded and put away. One of those many things that needs to get done in my house. Hope I remember to do it😉 

What I do find myself doing a lot of is holding these young ones because I’ve heard that babies don’t keep. Which comes to mind that poem by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton called 

Song for a Fifth Child (rather appropriate because this is my 5th child too)

Mother, oh mother, come shake out your cloth! Empty the dustpan, poison the moth, Hang out the washing and butter the bread, Sew on a button and make up a bed. Where is the mother whose house is so shocking? She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking!

Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby, loo). Dishes are waiting and bills are past due (Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo). The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo. Look! Aren’t her eyes the most wonderful hue? (Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.)

Oh, cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow, But children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust, go to sleep. I’m rocking my baby. Babies don’t keep.