Blessed by my Junior Volunteer

Today my 11 ½ year old daughter became a Junior Volunteer at the hospital.  I couldn't have been more proud as she followed the nurse into the bingo room at 3:25 PM (she wanted to be early!), eager and full of excitement for her first day of "work".  I knew that her friendly smile and joyful spirit would touch and warm the hearts of the residents she'd meet.  I knew because it's that … [Read more...]

Actually, today was the day

So you know how yesterday we celebrated our girls being "finally home"?  Well, it was sort of a lie.  Just a little white lie.  But yea - it was a lie. Yes, they arrived in Billings to cheers and tears.  And yes, we were finally together as a family.  And yes, all the waiting had finally come to an end.  But we didn't make it home. Don't get me wrong - that was our intention!  Just 225 … [Read more...]

Finally home

One year ago I paced excitedly back and forth, staring at the top of the escalator, willing for familiar faces to finally arrive. The kids giggled nervously amongst themselves with posters and gifts in hand. Friends, reporters and even strangers who had been touched by the story waited as well, eager to see a long-awaited and much-talked-about union. It was January 26, 2010 at the … [Read more...]

Why 10 kids?

As I was sitting in the ER last week with chest pains, dizziness, shortness of breath and heart palpitations, the doctor was asking a variety of questions to get to the bottom of my symptoms. The casual question came up as it always does, "And do you have any kids?" "Yes, we have a few kids." "A few?" "Well, actually 10." The doctor about fell off his stool, sputtering with … [Read more...]

A look back at 2010

  With 2011 suddenly upon us, I want to take a moment to pause and look back at 2010.  It's been an extremely momentous and special year in the life of our family.  As John and I were discussing the coming year, and the fact that for both of us, it is our last year in our 30s, he said, "But I feel like we're just starting to really live."  Well said indeed.  So, here's a glance back … [Read more...]