Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Many of you reading this blog know that Kate, Mary, Jackson, and I had a very scary event happen to us on Sunday. After having a nice lunch with some friends of ours in the downtown mall in Charlottesville, we were walking back to our car and Mary stopped breathing in the stroller. Luckily, thanks to our quick response and the help of lots of people nearby, we got Mary cleared out and breathing again. The ambulance was there almost immediately and Mary was in the ER within minutes. We were back home the same night and Mary is doing fine.

After something like this happens it makes you sit back and think of all the things we have to be thankful for. Here is a small list and some pictures of all the things I am thankful for:
-two wonderful kids
-a loving wife
-great family and friends who pray for us all the time
-our nurse who told us to always carry the "ambu bag" in the stroller with us when we go out
-the people on the street who called 911 and rushed to help us in our time of need
-ambulance crews/first responders/and emergency personnel
-our doctors and nurses (too many to mention by name!)
-the soldiers fighting overseas for our freedom
-The Lord our Father

Hope you enjoy the pictures. . . .

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Mary's Driving Lessons

For the past several months we've been in the process of getting Mary ready to drive. Yes, we've been evaluating her for a power chair! We'll the time is coming closer to when she will have her own power chair, but for now she has a loner chair from the Kluge center where she does her PT. Here is a small video of the first day she brought it home and drove it in the driveway. Mary loves to turn in circles. We are still working out the details of how she will interface with the chair, but for now she is using proximity switches and it is working ok. Hope you enjoy the video!


Friday, September 5, 2008

Blog catch-up!

Hello everyone!! We know it's been a very long time since Mary has posted anything - she's been very busy!

We just had a great visit from Grandma and Grandpa Windscheif! While they were here we went to the mountains, Michie Tavern, story time and a hike on a really cool trail near Monticello! We also celebrated Mary's 18 month birthday! Mary got to pick out a fish for her birthday, which she named Dorothy! Along with her fish, Grandma and Grandpa found a praying-mantis and put it in a jar for Mary to see. Mommy thought it was yucky and wanted it out of her house. We think it is still lingering outside trying to find its way in!!

Mary has been having fun playing, blowing bubbles and learning how to drive a power chair! She's doing very well and next week we get to take the demo home to practice! We're all very excited - even Jackson!

Speaking of Jackson - Mary loves being a big sister and is teaching Jackson about playing with toys - especially Elmo!

Daddy started back to school a few weeks ago and Mary really misses him during the day. When Mary hears the door open at the end of the day she smiles and says "Daddy, Daddy!". She's so smart and cute! She's also been learning all her colors and even more animals! Next we're working on the alphabet!

We hope everyone had a great summer and things are going well coming into fall and the winter months. Please say a prayer that Mary and Jackson stay very healthy during "cold and flu season" and don't have any major illnesses or hospitalizations - Mommy is very worried about this! Also, please continue to pray for all the SMA families as well as our troops serving overseas - including, Mary's Aunt Angie, Mary's Uncle David and Mary's Godfather Joe.

Thank you all for your continued support and prayers! We love you!

Here is a slide show of some of the pictures from the past few weeks:

We will remember to post more often! Love, Mary, Jackson, Ryan and Kate