Saturday, February 20, 2010


Many people ask about Nate and how he's doing.
Nate has just recently went back to work after being laid off since around Christmas and is traveling away from home. Work does not seem to effect him negatively with regards to his health. However, we do notice various things that indicate his kidneys are gradually declining. His ankles swell, he has headaches, his blood pressure continues to be high, he's anemic, and he seems to be really tired. Nate has regular appointments with his kidney doctor as well as iron through an IV once a month, and takes various medications.
With regards to the transplant. As of December 7th, Nate was placed on the transplant list but as said before the average wait time is 2-5 years. We were in hopes to avoid dialysis but it appears that will not happen, although it's not something he is doing right now. A live donor is always an option but we have found weight and size to be something the transplant coordinators look at closely. However, if your interested in being tested you must have "O" blood type and contact the transplant coordinator. (Let me know if you want the details of how to reach them)
As a family we have started to experience some of the various emotions that come along with sickness. The emotional ups and downs has come as a surprise to both Nate and I, however, we continue to deal with that privately. It seems lots of hugs and reassurance has done the trick. :)
We are so thankful for our family and friends. We know many people are praying for us.
So in other words, we are in a process of "waiting" until the next step. We will keep you all updated as things change.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

This was part of the scripture reading today in church. I felt it was worth sharing. From 1 Corinthians 13 (from The Message Bible)...
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first",
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Just buy a box!

Grammy Tammy and Grand-Pac Mack came to visit last weekend so we could have a Super Bowl Party. They brought the BEST present ever...A BIG BOX!!! Gunnar had a blast helping to cut a door and windows and has been sleeping in it ever since.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Family Tradition!

This post means a lot to me! It's been family tradition since the day I could remember that my Grandpa Baker would make peanut brittle with us grand kids around Christmas. It's a memory that I will cherish forever. I was extremely excited to have my Grandpa and Grandma come visit and to have Grandpa share this tradition with Gunnar!

Christmas 2009

Grammy Tammy and Grand-Pac Mack got Gunnar a camera, he loved it. Gunnar got lots of other cool gifts too.
Santa Came!

At our house we always put sugar out for the reindeer and Rodolph always tips it over. (Family tradition)