Review: Corazonas Heartbar Oatmeal Squares

Had the opportunity to review these bars during our time in Seattle with Evanna‘s birth and stay in NICU. I preface the review with that for two reasons: it is long overdue and it was the perfect time for them, since during the NICU stay, I wasn’t exactly on a regular eating schedule. These bars […]

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Not Enough Thanks to Give…

  (The first pic is Evanna on September 30th, the day after she was born. At that point, two surgeries down already. The second pic is her on November 8th, after having been home two days.) We’ve been home now for just shy of two weeks. And not a day goes by that I am […]

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Relevance and the Church…

Relevance. Churches (and people within) chase it, always looking for how Scripture fits into the culture, or how it speaks to this topic or that topic, or in what seems like increasing measure, how Scripture can be modified to make it relevant. All missing the mark. Scripture is always relevant, even if it doesn’t specifically […]

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Four Weeks Down…

The difference four weeks can make. After three surgeries, numerous IVs, a PICC line, two intubations, two hospitals, and a whole lot of care, Evanna is (realistically and medically) moving toward getting home. As of this morning, the remaining issue is which route to take for her feeding: ng tube, like shown in the bottom […]

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Following the Ark…

This is the first post I’ve written since Evanna arrived, and it’s not for lack of things to write, but because we’ve just been posting directly to the Facebook Community page. (So check there for all the things that have happened and all the pics posted…) For this post, I’ll summarize it in this: it […]

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Clock is Running Down…

Today was our final pre-Evanna hospital day of appointments. And while they’ve been pleasant visits, I can’t say that I’ll miss them. But it was one step closer to having her with us, so in that way, they’ve been worth it. She passed the non-stress test and the biophysical profile without issue, so there are […]

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What We Do and Don’t Know…

This just showed up in my Facebook timeline.   With having only 9 days to go (assuming Evanna sticks to our timeline…), the reality is really starting to hit in a major way.   And this could be part of that reality…one of the many medical things that we cannot know until after she is born. […]

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The Current Question…

The current question, and I believe it’s a sincere one, is: How are you (or you guys) doing? The answer, also a sincere one, is that we are doing ok overall. Really. Main thing now is working on the logistics of everything: when the kids are coming up, when they get to see JoAnn beforehand, […]

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My Prayer for Evanna…

From the onset of the news of something being wrong and through the weeks that followed until we had an actual diagnosis, I never had the near-stereotypical breaking down and pleading with God for a particular outcome. There was no wailing, no begging, no attempted deal-making with the Creator. And I don’t mean that to […]

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Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus…

  This is a great illustration I came across from Cincinnati Children’s on two of Evanna’s conditions: the spina bifida and the expected hydrocephalus (and as I’ll explain below, also indirectly illustrates the Chiari II malformation).   Normally-developed baby on left; baby with both conditions on the right.   For Evanna’s spina bifida, her lesion […]

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