Sunday, July 31, 2011

First Week with the Germans!

Our former exchange student, Kim, and her brother Mik, arrived in Dallas on Monday afternoon.  They'll be here for four weeks, and we are very excited at all of the adventures that are in store!  First up on the agenda was taking them to Fossil Rim in Glen Rose.  It's a bit of a drive from the north part of the metroplex, but it's always a great time to go there.  Here are some pics of our awesome encounters with the wildlife.  We saw a ton of animals, but as you can see below, the zebras and giraffes were our favorite!

On Friday night, we went to the rodeo in Fort Worth.  Meezy and I had actually never been before, so it was a new experience for us as well.  We enjoyed the show, and had a great time catching up with some friends.  Afterwards we headed over to Billy Bob's to grab some food and watch people two-step!  It was a fun night, and a great way to end the first week.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Bone Marrow Recipient News

The mandatory waiting period after donating bone marrow finally lapsed in June, and I was able to make contact with my recipient's mother!!  Here's a snippet of her email to me:

"He is doing very well!! He turned 12 last month! I cannot tell you how much we appreciate what you have done for our family, and thank you for getting in touch with us."

Her words warmed my heart.  I've often thought of the boy I donated bone marrow to, and I really, really wanted to know if he was okay.  To hear that he made it to another birthday, and is actually doing well, is probably the best news I have heard in my life.  I'm friends with his mom on facebook now, so I've been able to see tons and tons of pictures of him, and even follow the bone marrow donation journey from his side of things.  Please consider signing up to be a donor at  You could save a life!  Want proof?  See the picture below.

 How sweet is this face?

Monday, July 18, 2011

My Baby Nieces

My sister is working on a birth announcement for little Lexie, so she asked me to take some pictures.  Here are some of my favorites:


Happy girl

Precious face

Sweet girl

So happy!

All worn out

My 4 month old niece, Bella, was also at my sister's house when I was taking pictures, so I snapped a couple of her as well!

Who me?

Cutie face

Ready for her close-up

Friday, July 8, 2011

Happy birthday, Alexandra!

It's with great joy that I get to announce the birth of my newest niece, Alexandra Kate.  We've all been eagerly anticipating the arrival of this sweet girl, and I am happy to share some pics of her first moments!  Say hello to Lexie.