Thursday, April 30, 2009

Close to Home

Dear Friends,

I come to you today with a heavy burden and an aching heart. Last week, our friends and neighbors (across the street from us), son Grant (age 2) was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It is a fatal disease and right now there is no cure. This disease slowly attacks the muscular system ultimately taking away Grant's ability to walk, his arm function and more. As you can imagine this is devastating news to this family. I am asking that you will come together with me, as a body of Christ, and pray for this family - The Meermann's - Heinrick, Heather, Dresden (6) & Grant (2).


Dear Heavenly Father,

We come to you right now, grateful for today, as we know there is no guarantee for tomorrow. We pray that every day, we are reminded of how precious life is and that our time on this earth is a gift.
We lift up The Meermann family to you and the journey they are facing. We pray that You will provide them with undeniable peace in this storm.
Lord, use us, as a body of Christ, to come together and reveal Your grace to this family. You are the hope they need to battle this fatal disease.
We pray for their hearts and eyes to be opened to the love of our savior Jesus Christ. We lift up their strength and determination to fight for a cure for this disease.
Lastly, Lord, we pray for baby Grant, may you use his story to impact others. Provide him with a zest for life that is magnetic. Use him to make a difference in the world.

In His Holy Name,
Amen


If you have said this prayer, please leave a comment for this family encouraging them. And then forward this on to your friends and family asking for their prayers. Let's come together to make a difference in this family's life. Thank you for your prayers.
Tanni

P.S.
From the heart of a mother - this e-mail was sent from Heather, last week - My Dear Friends, I have some very sad news to share. As many of you know little Grant was delayed in his speech and has been in speech therapy. We still struggle to understand him, but he has made progress. Last Thursday, one of the ladies evaluating him noticed how defined his calf muscles were. We had always thought he just had nice calf muscles. But the lady seemed overly concerned and asked us to check with our doctor. I...of course...immediately went home and began web searching (calf muscle + language delay) and found that a horrible disease...Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy kept coming up. It is a rare disease and thought it was a long shot...but I just couldn't get it out of my mind... so Heinrich took Grant to the doctor last Friday to have a CK test run. Just to rule it out. The doctor did not seemed overly concerned, but decided to refer us to a pediatric specialist. Even the specialist didn't seem overly concerned and thought his calves were not out of line with his body type. (He has always been a little stocky) He agreed to run the test anyway...just to ease our fears. We got the results late yesterday. Normal levels for kids and adults are around 50-190 U/L. Grant's levels were over 24,000 U/L. I know all indications are leaning towards the worst. I am asking all my friends and family to pray (to whatever God you believe in) for a Miracle. He is my baby. I am so sorry to let everyone know about this through email, but I am so emotionally and physically drained I don't have the energy to call. Please just pray for us (and any other families affected by childhood disease). I will be in touch soon. Love to you all,
Heather Meermann

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Where did the time go?

Looking back three years brings back foggy memories. Going from a family of 3 to 5 shakes you up a bit. It also makes life move so fast that 3 years passes by in a BLINK! It is fun to go down memory lane so I am sure you will see some more posts on birthday's past.

For those of you that don't know, Gage & Grayson were born at 33 weeks and spent 3 weeks in the NICU before coming home with us. They both weighted about 5 pounds at birth which is quite large for their gestation.
First family picture minus Gavin since we were still at the NICU.

My boys!

Gavin was so excited about having two new brothers.

Grayson

Gage, already praying, I wonder what that will mean? :)

Two little monkey's

Can't you just eat them up? Newborns are so much fun....minus the sleep deprivation.

Little Boys Third Birthday

Well, it is official. Gage & Grayson turned 3 on April 14th. Happy Birthday boys! We had a very small party on Easter Sunday. They were super excited to have a cake and blow out their candles.

Gage

Grayson

Gage & Grayson with their cake, make by me (with a little from Duncan Hines)

Party attenders -- Nate & Gavin (ironically, Nate & Gavin shared their 3rd birthday party together with the same theme)








Saturday, April 25, 2009

Easter Egg Hunt

The boys had a blast hunting Easter Eggs. They are actually obsessed with the eggs and I have decided that I like Easter eggs about as much as I like balloons....they are kind-of my nemesis. Regardless of how many fights broke out over the eggs, we had a successful egg hunt and the plastic eggs are already packed away for next year. :)

Waiting not-so-patiently to go outside.


Gavin is a serious egg hunter!



Gage, you are so close the egg is about to bite you!

Love the face!

No chance of getting Gavin to look at me. I say "say cheese" and Gavin smiles and looks off somewhere else.

Candy eating....in action.

Gavin's loot.

Easter Party at KOK

Hopefully, I am going to get caught up on blogging. Here are a few pictures from the kids Easter parties at school.
Gavin
Gavin with his PK4 class
Grayson

Gage

Gage & Grayson's 2 year old class. It is hard to get a good picture if you can not tell. :)
More to come!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Where have I been?

Absent, busy & addicted! Those are the words that would describe my life over the past few weeks. We have had Gavin's birthday, Billy's birthday, Gage & Grayson birthday, Easter, a sick dog (been to vet 3 times), an obsessed mother who has read all FOUR of the Twilight series in a few weeks (more to come on that), no Internet for 4 days (the exact days that I planned to catch up on blogging.) & the same obsessed mother frantically preparing for a garage sale on Saturday (do you really know how much stuff one can accumulate just over a year after moving into a new house?)

WHEW! Just typing all of that makes me dizzy! :)

I hope to catch everyone up with what is going on in our life soon. For now, I am back to sifting through more JUNK to get rid of. Hopefully the preparation will pay off.....$$!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter Giveaway

Today is Good Friday and in honor of our savior Jesus Christ, I want to give away a neat prize. If you have never seen a Clinging Cross, they are pretty cool. It is a palm size cross that remarkable fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. I use mine all the time when I pray, it is a tangible reminder of the love and sacrifice of Jesus. I am a sales rep for Not So Plain Jane. I love being able to share Christ by selling and giving away these crosses.

Here is how to enter the contest.
- Leave a comment telling me why you would like one. It can be for yourself or for someone else. I have found that I almost always know someone who needs one.
- If you read my blog, become a follower so that I know that you are reading and so I can follow your blog if you have one. :)
- Remember that the greatest moment in our history is not Jesus dying on the cross, it is his RESURRECTION.

The contest will end at 12pm on Easter Sunday. I will post the winner soon after. :)

Blessings,
Tanni

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Birthday Blog

Please scroll down to see Gavin's birthday posts. They are before the I ♥ Faces post. :)