Archive for April, 2008

Jeremy’s Blood Drive

Yesterday was the first of three blood drives in Jeremy’s honor.  I am not eligible to give blood unfortunatley, but I did stop by to pick up some sweet treats from the bake sale.  When I arrived, the parking lot was full!   What an awesome sight!  Thanks to Christ Lutheran for the use of their gym and facility for hosting this event!
















And I can’t even imagine how many people were busy baking in Catonsville the past couple of days!  There were tons of goodies covering two huge tables…thanks to all who baked and bought!

UPDATE:  5/2 – The bake sale brought in over $1600!  Thanks to all who participated!!

















A fund has been started to help the Morse’s out with the accumulating medical costs as well as day-to-day household costs.  If you are interested in contributing, checks can be made out directly to Jeremy Morse and sent to me.  Please email or call me directly if you will be sending anything. 

Jeremy is in surgery this morning to try and remove more infected tissue from that nasty bedsore.  He crashed after a similar surgery SAturday, so please keep him and the surgeon’s in your prayers this morning.  Check for updates…

Thanks again to all who showed their love for the Morse’s yesterday at the blood drive!


Brittany’s Belly

I apologize for the delay in this post…it was a week ago today that I met Brittany and did these belly photos for her.  Her mom did it as a surprise (and when I say surprise, I mean, Brittany answered the door and had no idea why some chick with a camera was on her porch), and has a great waterfront yard, and I think we got some great stuff.  Here is one of the first shots we got:


















It was a beautiful day last Tuesday…nice and warm, and the light was especially juicy at 6 o’clock. 

I liked the perspective on this one…not to mention the perfectly round tummy…










And I think this is my absolute fave of the day…the light is just great, and look at those lashes!









Thanks so much for having me out!  Can’t wait to meet whoever is inside!  🙂

At the Beach with Alyssa

What a beautiful day today was!  Let me just apologize first to the others waiting to be blogged…I am going a little out of order here, but I had such a good time with Alyssa today, I was anxious to post it.  We met at Down’s Park and Alyssa was full, full, full of energy!  Did I mention she was full of energy? 

Here is one of our first shots:


















Her ‘sitting still’ moments were few, but in between somersaults and cartwheels, we managed to get some really nice stuff…


















Is she a sweetie or what?!  Here is her attempt at a head stand (who cares if the hair gets messed up??!) :

















And who can resist a little girl with a flower? 









Not me!!!  Thank you guys so much…it was great seeing you again!  🙂

Stan & Ange’s Wedding

Saturday was finally the big day for Stan & Ange.  Christie Culp of Martin’s Crosswinds gave Ange my name, and I am so glad she did.  These two are so much fun and are so in love…it was great just to be around them.  Ange’s gown was just beautiful:


















We did all of the group shots and such prior to the ceremony (which gave them a moment to relax after the ceremony).  I think this is my fave from that part:


















They did their first dance right as they were introduced into the reception.  These two sure know how to cut a rug!  And Stan topped the whole thing off with quite a dip at the end!  Love the expressions:


















Several of Ange’s girls gave touching toasts that inevitably lead to the clinking of the glasses, and then the kissing began.  Stan obviously felt like he won the lotto:









Later on in the night, I saw the most energetic Hora dance of all time!  I don’t know that anyone was in their seat…I think the whole place was on their feet cheering these two on.  Here is Stan being lifted in his chair…note Ange’s expression in the background…









I imagine her internal dialogue was something like “Don’t drop him!  I just got him!”

Thank you guys so much for having me.  It was a wonderful wedding! 

Miscellaneous Thoughts

I have been quite the blog slacker this week.  Much has been going on, but I just haven’t had a chance to sit down and blog.  So here is my week so far in a nutshell…

Monday-  I finally got to go see Jeremy in the hospital.  I can’t tell you how different it is to see it in person…even if you’ve seen the photos on the care page.  There are tons of machines, wires, tubes, pumps, you name it, all hooked up to that sweet little guy.  But he is plugging along.  His biggest hurdle now is a bed sore on his hiney…they think they are going to need to do skin grafts to close it, but the most important thing now is to keep it infection free.  They are hoping to get him on the transplant list in the next week, and he needs to be infection free.  Please keep the prayers coming and give blood if you can.

(Updated Thursday PM:  This bedsore is reall causing our boy some trouble.  Here is an excerpt from the Caring Bridge post:

“His oxygen levels dropped suddenly and they could not get them back up. It was pretty scarry. They put him on a “more serious” ventilator machine, and even with that they are having a hard time getting him oxygenated. He just came off ECMO becuase his lungs could not give him enough oxygen. They have to heavily sedate and paralyze him for this new ventialtor to work, which is also a step backwards. They think that he is “septic” and has some type of infection throughout his system. This happens sometimes after the type of surgery Jeremy had to clean out his bedsore. The “germs” in the bedsore tissue get disturbed and can get into the blood stream. They found bacteria and a somewhat rare fungus in the removed bedsore tissue, so they have given him antibiotics and and anti-fungal medicine. If the fungus got into his system, the doctors have said “that is very, very bad.” To date, they have never found any bacteria or fungus in any of the blood cultures they have taken, which is a good sign. We are very scared…”)

Tuesday night Rusty & I watched “Juno”.  If you have not seen this, do it NOW!  It is the story of a teenage birth mother, and it was just the smartest film I’ve seen in quite a while. I laughed so hard I thought I was going to wet my pants, and then I was crying.  A little “Napolean Dynamite”, a little “For Keeps”…just great.  And the soundtrack is on the top of my iTunes list now…just great all around!  I smile everytime I think about it.

Now we are preparing to take the boys to New York for the weekend.  This is the re-scheduled trip we didn’t take back in January.  We take the train up tomorrow and hit the American Museum of Natural History (Night at the Museum…Trent wants to see Atilla the Hun, and Graham wants to see Gum-Gum Dum-Dum), and then we tour NBC & Rockefeller Center Saturday.  We want to do the Statue of Liberty & Central Park in there somewhere, and can’t wait to see what cool resturants we can find. 

Get out and enjoy the weather!  And if it rains, rent Juno!  🙂

Second Time’s a Charm

I went to see the Holme’s last Friday, and when I arrived, Gauis had the beginning signs of pink-eye.  He couldn’t decide if he was happy or not, but we did manage to get a couple shots before he totally pooped out.  Here is a nice shot with Daddy-o:


















And a very smiley shot of the whole fam:









So that was about it for last week.  We tried again on Thursday, and is how things looked when we got started:


















But after chowing down on a bottle, things lightened up a bit and we got on a smiley roll…here he is with Mom:

















And I think this might be my favorite shot of Gauis alone:










What a sweetie!  Thanks for being patient with me…it sure paid off! 

Jennie’s Bellie

Some people are just made to be preganant…and I think Jennie is one of them.  She only has a couple weeks left before this baby pops out, and I don’t think she could look better:


















I love these shots we got in the field in her mom’s back yard:









Look at the size of that tummy!


















And I think this might be my favorite of the day:


















Can’t wait to meet your little one!