Monday, April 26, 2010

March of Dimes 2010

These are just a few of the pictures of March of Dimes. As you have heard all over the news, Mississippi had some bad storms hit, and it was expected in my area but never came. They cancelled the walk at 6, but after seeing continuous sunshine everyone was called back out there to walk. It was sad not seeing everyone because of the unique situation, but we all had a blast. There will be a party this Thursday for all of the teams.
This year our team worked hard, and together we raised $12, 700 for the March of Dimes! Thanks to everyone who helped us get there!

Caroline pushing Walt's stroller

The Schulte Family

Me and My Little Man

Friends after a long day

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Request to Post

I was sent a request to post this video so that more people can become aware of SMA. I don't know more than what I saw in the video, but it is powerful. Even through my blog you realize that a rare genetic disorder can happen to anyone, and it is a sad thing to watch your child suffer. I do not believe in chance, luck, or coincidence. God has a special purpose for any type of suffering. I do believe that God uses organizations like the March of Dimes, whether Christian or not, to carry out his plan. I do not know much about this particular organization, but it is good for us all to be aware and to be thankful for the blessings that God gives us.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Last Chance!!

We are in our last week of raising money for the March of Dimes for this years walk on April 24! Please consider joining our team and walking with us, giving a donation (www.marchforbabies.org/julieroberts), or buying a t-shirt (cost is $18 with $10 from every shirt will be donated to MOD)!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Our Weekend

Noah spoke more freely of where we were going to go before we left while I was much more hesitant. I didn't want too many questions asked that would make me lose my courage before I got there. We went to a Respite Retreat in the country in TN held by Nancy and David Guthrie for those who have lost a child. http://www.nancyguthrie.com/retreats/
It was definitely emotionally exhausting for all of us there. The first night and next morning, after chatting to get to know one another a little, everyone shared their stories. Everyone cried for everyone there, and we began to carry each others burdens. There is a special bond between parents who have lost a child because it is a pain like no other and for those who feel the same, there is no need to put a front on.
Noah and I had to deal with many issues: Giving grace to our friends, Learning how to respond to questions without sucking the air out of the room, How to deal with those who don't understand, How to not let the grief run our lives, some other things too, but most importantly we were continually pointed toward God and how this is his will. There is nothing that can be done to change that. We did not leave smiling without a care in the world, but we all laughed, played games and were happy. Together we faced our fears and we talked about how to head in the right direction and focus on the cross as we move forward.
There are so many things that Noah and I are working through together because there is no moving past this difficulty or getting over it. God will use this love for Magdalena and the pain of losing her to shape who we are in Him.
We are so thankful for Nancy and David for reliving a lot of their pain with us and allowing God to use them in such an amazing, unique way. And although I was incredibly nervous about the entire experience, I am so blessed by what God laid upon my heart while I was there.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter

Easter is such a bittersweet time for our family. Noah and I know in our minds that because of this special holiday is the reason why we will be reunited with Magdalena in heaven. Jesus is alive, and he is holding her now! But on these special days we are reminded of our loss. These are days when families come together to celebrate, and our hearts ache for her wishing she were here with us. It is like my world just starts spinning out of control when a holiday approaches, and trying to manage everyday life, act normal, smile with everyone else just piles in on me.
But just as I will be doing for the rest of my life, I am learning to live this new way, and slowly it will become easier.
Because of God's grace, we have our special Walt to keep us distracted and give us so many smiles and fills our house full of laughter.


Walt loves being Super Baby, and he loves to not have his clothes on, so this is his favorite pose!




Loli and Walt are hanging out watching Caroline and Emma play soccer.



Walt loves to roll all around the room, and here he rolled over and pulled the blanket over his head, and he laughed the entire time.



Walt has to have some sunglasses to get ready for the summertime!




Walt is already enjoying reading!




The SIDS walk was on a special and hard day for this family. You may remember me writing about Laura, who initially was Lori's friend, but now, is a friend to all of us. Her son, Tucker, passed away of SIDS on March 27th, and this year the walk was on that same day. She encouraged us to find a way to honor Magdalena's life, and just a few weeks later we walked in our first March of Dimes walk. Throughout my pregnancy with Magdalena and the short time we had with her she was an amazing support for our family. This is her with her oldest son, Foley, and the first walk for her daughter, who is due at the end of June. Walt was excited to be a part of Tucker's Team too!



Walt's first time to eat baby food. He is loving those bananas!



A few days later we tried sweet potatoes, which was more of a challenge, but he can't keep that smile off his face!



Walt's six month picture



I do not know how to garden, and I struggle to keep plants alive, but I decided that this was something that I really wanted to do. My mom helped me to pick out plants that could be in the full sunlight, and then, she showed me how to plant them and basically everything else. Here we are wearing last years Magdalena's Feet shirts together, which was not planned!



Walt loves to be outdoors




Some of our finished projects



Tomato plants that Noah planted for us! Yumm...



Rosemary and Cilantro



My family has a tradition since I was a young girl of waking up with an egg in our slippers on Easter morning. Here is Walt's egg!






Our family Easter picture. My men look so handsome! And if you look closely you will see what my thoughtful husband gave me today. It is a butterfly pin handmade from the rhodonite stone, and it is beautiful. It is such a sweet reminder of Magdalena.

Carved Rhodonite Butterfly Pin




My mom, my sisters, and me on Easter Sunday



Mimi always has gifts for the grandkids on Easter. Looks like Walt likes everything!