Friday, June 6, 2008


Here is my big boy Kaden, standing and walking by himself. He is getting so big, so fast. Yea, Kaden!!! Go big boy, go.

At the very beginning of this video he is signing "water" well, his version of water. We went to the zoo today, I think the heat (although it was a really nice day) kind of made him thirsty. He has been drinking more water today then he has in a long time. I forgot to bring the camera to the zoo, so I have no pictures. He really enjoyed feeding the goats. Oh, and the monkeys and apes. Kaden couldn't get enough of them. I think him and the apes have a special bond. Last year when we went to the zoo there was one ape who seem to be intrigued by Kaden. He came to the glass and just stared at Kaden, Kaden would put his hand on the glass and the ape would do the same. Well this time, there was an ape already at the glass and when Kaden stood up to the glass it turned around and faced Kaden just staring away. When Kaden started walking away, he turned to watch Kaden. Too cute. Kaden then saw the black and white monkeys with the long fur...can't remember what they are called...those he called Santa Claus Monkeys. I thought that was very creative...and he is still talking about the Santa Monkeys : ).

So this last week was my first week back to work. It went pretty fast. I started by only going back part time, I think I am going to try to get into nursing school. Hopefully I can get in soon, they have a waiting list.

Also on Monday, Nate ended up in the ER. He was cutting the grass on our empty lot (I know that is a scary way to start off, but no it had nothing to do with the mower) and saw a piece of metal. He told me that as he was throwing it, it was going through his head not to and yep he caught his hand on the metal. He ended up with stitches.

That was pretty much all the excitement this week. Oh, except for all of the storms, softball size hail, tornadoes (didn't hit in city limits here) and damages (we got lucky in that area compared to the many others)!!!


Isabella said...

Way to go Kaden!! Also, I am so glad you decided to go into nursing!! Hopefully you can get in soon. You will be great, I have no doubt about that.
Thinking of you always and missing you. I will have to call soon so we can chat.

Anonymous said...

Great job on walking Kaden! That is so exciting! You can tell he enjoys walking by the big smile on his face. Way to go!


Anonymous said...

that's awesome that Kaden is walking! Now there's no slowing down.
I hope that your family is doing well. I'd been meaning to post this for a while for you to read. I came across it when I was in the NICU with Jacob. I feel you can interject your own situation into the poem, as did I. We are thinking of you guys all the time. God Bless, Wade & Beth Schmelzle family

The Special Mother

Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures and a couple by habit. This year thousands of mothers will give birth to a premature baby. Did you ever wonder how mothers of preemies are chosen?

Somehow, I visualize God hovering over Earth selecting His instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs His angels to make notes in a giant ledger.

“Armstrong, Beth, son. Patron saint, Matthew.
“Forest, Majorie, daughter. Patron saint, Ceceila.
“Rutledge, Carrie, twins. Patron saint… give her Gerard. He’s used to profanity.

Finally, He passes a name to an angel and smiles, “Give her a premature baby.”
The angel is curious. “Why this one, God? She’s so happy.”

“Exactly,” smiles God. “Could I give a premature baby a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel.”

“But does she have patience?” asks the angel.
“I don’t want her to have too much patience, or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wear off, she’ll handle it.”

“I watched her today. She has that sense of self and independence that are so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I’m going to give her has his own world. She has to make it live in her world and that’s not going to be easy.”

“But, Lord, I don’t think she even believes in you.”
God smiles, “No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect. She has just enough selfishness.”

The angel gasps, “Selfishness? Is that a virtue?”
God nods. “If she can’t separate herself from the child occasionally, she’ll never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child who comes in a less than perfect way. She doesn’t realize it yet, but she is to be envied.”

“She will never take for granted a spoken word. She will never consider a step ordinary. When her child says ‘Mommy’ for the first time, she will be witness to a miracle and know it. When she describes a tree or a sunset to her blind child, she will see it as few people ever see my creations.”

“I will permit her to see clearly the things I see - ignorance, cruelty, prejudice - and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as she is here by my side.”

“And what about her patron saint?” asks the angel, the pen poised in mid-air.

God smiles. ”A mirror will suffice.”

-Adapted from
Erma Bombeck
Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession

Amy B. said...

Way to go Kaden. You are getting to be quite a big boy.
Amy I think you will do great in Nursing school. I am still planning to do that some day, but right now is not the time. Getting in is easy, it just takes a little time. I have been accepted 4 times, but couldn't make it work, so I am sure you will have not problem. Good Luck!
Then you can take care of Nate and he won't have to go to the ER. ha ha!
Thinking of you always, Lots and Lots of Love.

My Three Sons said...

What a great video of Kaden. He has certainly come a long way since I saw him back in Feb. Way to go. Take it from me, once he's off, you'll be getting a lot of exercise!! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


Carey said...

that is awesome! way to go kaden, walking boy!!!! yeah!!!

Ashlea said...

What a cute little walker you have there! Ho cute about the monkeys. My Caden has a stuffed monkey toy that he loves. I think it kind of looks like him too. :)

I have thought about going to nursing school, but I don't know if I could do it. I have thought that I would be a better nurse having been there with Caden through everything, but I get too attached. Go for it though! Keep us posted.


The Bryant Family said...

Way to go Kaden!! that is awesome. Keep up the good work. He looks so tall.....

Rachel said...

I am so proud of Kaden!! You must be too. What a big boy he is becoming. I'm glad to see things are going well for him. I think of your family daily and it's exciting to see something positive come your way! Way to go Kaden!
I hope you get into nursing school soon! That will be great for you. Something I always wanted to do, but never did.


Shelly in Topeka said...

You can tell Kaden is so proud of himself. What a big boy - good job, Kaden. Good Luck w/ your nursing school plans. I admire anyone who chooses to go into the medical field... it takes a special kind of person, you fit the criteria. Continued prayers to all.