Monday, April 27, 2009

New baby Stellan video

McKmama posted this video on her blog today. It was put together by a friend. Make sure your sound is turned up.

http://monkeys.smugmug.com/gallery/7192995_MLrft#520995759_pjzn9-A-LB

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Inspiring Words

McKmama continues to amaze me with the strength God has given her to handle all she is going through right now. Things with Stellan have not gone as well as they would have liked and he has had some setbacks since the surgery that are very discouraging.

She was very frustrated with the way one of Stellan's procedures turned out today-and that she will NOT be going home anytime soon, as she had hoped she would-they have 3 other children at home. But, even through that, she is trying to see things through God's eyes and wrote some words that have really stuck with me today:

"Yet what brings me great comfort, even now, is that none of this surprises God. The fact that this morning has not gone well, by our earthly hopes and standards, does not mean that God is wringing His hands. This did not come out of the blue for Him. As my friend Ann likes to say, God is not on Plan B. This is still Plan A."

Something we could all think on when times are tough.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Wear orange tomorrow!

For those of you who aren't blogaholics (is that a word??) like me, you might not know McKmama and baby Stellan-let me give you the run down.

Baby Stellan was diagnosed with heart problems (not sure the technical terms for his condition) during a routine ultrasound before birth. His parents were told he most likely would not be born alive...but he was. He has beaten all the odds so far and made it several months with no problems before being hospitalized last month. It has been a long month+ for Stellan and his family. His mom- McKmama- has been documenting their experiences on her blog My Charming Kids (click on the purple link to read their entire story).

Stellan faces a difficult surgery tomorrow in Boston. Please be in prayer for his doctors to have wisdom in treating his condition and for his little body to be healed. Show your support for Stellan and his family by wearing orange tomorrow.

Isn't it amazing how God can use such a tiny little boy so many miles away to touch our hearts and remind us that HE is still in control?

Pray for these two little ones...

I do not know either of these two ladies personally. I came across both of the blogs kind of by accident last week and have gotten hooked on reading them. I am amazed at the faith of both of them and the strength that God has given them through all they are going through. Please join me in praying for baby Stellan and the unborn April Rose this week, as well as for their families.

Check out these links to read their stories:
April Rose and Baby Stellan

Friday, April 3, 2009

Another benefit for HOPE

This is from the Stillwater Newspress. Pass it on to those who would be interested.

Fun helps school, family
Darla Slipke - Stillwater NewsPress


Covenant Community School is hosting a raffle at its carnival Saturday to raise money for a vivacious young girl who is awaiting a heart transplant.
Everyone is invited to attend the carnival, which features games, obstacle courses, face painting, giant inflatables and more.
The school is raffling off prizes to benefit Hope Williams, who was born with complex congenital heart disease.
Williams underwent three heart surgeries in six years, the first of which was when she was just 7 months old. Her mom, Jennifer, hoped the third surgery in September would last into her daughter’s teen years. However, just before Thanksgiving, Williams had some complications. The oxygen level in her blood was low. She was transported to a number of medical facilities before doctors told her parents she needed to go on the heart transplant list.
Hope was taken to St. Louis the day before Thanksgiving. Her parents left their jobs in Stillwater, and they have been living in St. Louis while they wait for a heart.
Holly Houseworth, a Spanish and theater teacher at Covenant Community, said the school just wants to help the family. She and many students had close interactions with Williams, who had attended the day care connected to the school since she was 14 months old.Houseworth described Hope as a fun-loving, caring girl.“She knows that she’s sick, but she’s still trying to live a normal life,” she said. “She wanted to go swimming; she wanted to go on all the field trips. She didn’t let anything hold her back.” Houseworth encouraged people to attend the carnival, which she said features fun for kids of all ages.“I think it will be fun,” she said. “Something different to do during the weekend.”•
What: Covenant Community School Carnival•
When: 2-6 p.m. Saturday, with a drawing at 5 p.m. to benefit Hope Williams•
Where: Stillwater Armory, 4815 S. Country Club Road

State Swim Meet Video-finally

Here, finally, are the videos from Dakota's state swim meet. I was really proud of her! Watch these and then go back to the videos from the first meet. Her progress is amazing!

This is her backstroke from the state meet. She's in the third lane from the top with a white cap. She won first in her heat and 16th overall for her age group!

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This is her 50 yard freestyle. First lane at the top of the screen. No more "resting stokes". She came in 4th place in her heat.

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This is Dakota swimming the 100 yard freestyle. Third lane from the top.I was impressed that she still had the energy to swim it after the other two races. She came in third in her heat.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Sorry animal lovers...

I came across this video last night and have watched it over and over. It's pretty funny. Hope you like it too.




Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hula for Hope!!!

I received this flyer today to promote a benefit for Hope Williams-a kindergarten student who is waiting for a heart transplant. Please pass the word to anyone you think would be interested.

Let's All Hula for Hope! Luau Cookout!
When: Saturday, April 18th @ 4:30-10:30
Where: Covenant Community Daycare on 8th and Ramsey
Who: Children 12 and under
How Much: $30 per child and $10 each additional child in the family.
We will be grilling hotdogs and hamburgers, taking pictures, tie-dying t-shirts, doing the limbo, listening to music, playing games, and much more. This is an opportunity for parents to go to dinner and a movie or just spend time alone without your children on a Saturday night! Trained Covenant Daycare Staff will be in charge so you don't have to worry about a thing.
All proceeds benefit Hope Williams and Family. Donations are also accepted.
Any questions or concerns contact Danniel (405)584-0655 or Holly (405)627-1924