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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Sunny Sunday Birthday Party!

Yesterday was the celebration of my great niece's 5th birthday.
Mackenzie is special to me since we haven't had a girl in the family since her mom was born!  She is "sugar and spice and everything nice" with a little "puppy dog tails" thrown in.  (Mackenzie had cut off her hair a few weeks ago.)
Mackenzie with mom, Jessica.  Jessica is special to me too because she is the daughter of my late sister, Wendy, who passed away when Jessica was only seven.  I always wonder what Wendy would think of her children and grandchildren if she were living.  Jessica is all about Brewers baseball, Texas Holdem,  and such, but she is a good wife and mom.  Come to think of it, my sister was a bit of puppy dog tails too.
The kids all had their suits on as they played with water balloons and the "Slip and Slide."  I didn't get close enough to the water to get a picture of that!
Mackenzie got about 4 dolls and many outfits (so cute).  Mom and Dad got her her first bike.
It had a bike for Barbie too, but Mackenzie noted, no helmet!  I believe she is feeling awesome in her new helmet!

"Barbie, we're doing it!"
The sun was hot, the food and company were good.  We all got a tad sunburned and a good time was had by all!

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