Monday, August 31, 2009

Details about Marie's service.

It does not feel real that I am typing these words... and yet, it's happening.  I'm so happy for my Little Mama, so sad for us.  Sarah is beautiful and so far, a very good girl.  Being that she is sister of Josie and Marie (two girls capable of great misbehaving) I am expecting this will change.  Below are details for the service.  Thank you all for the continued words of support and prayer, they mean more to us than words can say.

Marie's service will be at Zion Lutheran at 10:30 am.  She was baptized on Easter, this will be a re-creation of that service.  Her "Easter 2" as our Pastor called it.

Memorial donations can be made to Eli's Angels and Hospice of the Plains.

Apparently all the hotels in town are booked up.  There are rooms available at the Ramada in Sterling.  They have a bereavement rate.

Thank you all so much, we are touched and blessed.


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Jumbled thoughts and comfort found...

Firstly, thank you so much for everyones prayers and so many words of comfort.  Luke and I have read through everything, we have taken comfort and strength from your words and are blessed by your prayers.  Please keep praying, for at the moment we are lost.

At this time we are making decisions about Rie's service, we will update when we know. 

We take comfort from:

Marie's being perfectly whole and healed by the grace of our Lord Jesus.  In the words of a very special boy, "can you see her running?".

Our girls, Josie and Sarah.  Even in despair we are blessed with a new bundle and she is beautiful.

In the words of one of Zion's lions, Bob Marley:
"Rise up this mornin',
Smiled with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Each by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin', "This is my message to you-ou-ou:"

Singin': "Don't worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh!
Every little thing is gonna be all right. Don't worry!"
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing" - I won't worry!
"'Cause every little thing is gonna be all right."

We also find comfort in the words of our Heavenly Father, I hope they bring you all peace as well.

Romans 8:18-27
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Psalm 62:5-8
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. "Selah" Trust in him at all times, O people!


Friday, August 28, 2009

Angel--heavenly being: in some religions, a divine being who acts as a messenger of God

This is the Schlachter's Family friend Tami, updating for the family.   God is amazing, his acts are amazing beyond what we can begin to comprehend on this earth.  Sarah Kate Schlachter came into this world yesterday, healthy and beautiful. As she came into this world with so much joy. She got to meet her sisters.
As with the joy came an unimaginable pain.....................
Special angels were sent from Heaven to guide her sister Maire to our Father, the Lord Jesus.  Sweet Marie passed away in her sleep this morning. She met her sister last night and was at home in bed with her favorite person, her daddy.  She went peacefully.  We ask for prayers, for strength, for guidance.  Please pray for this sweet family, they have been such an inspiration to everyone they know.  There faith is amazing!
I or Shan will update with further information.  I really am at a loss of words right now.
Sweet Marie has made her Jouney Home,  We love you Marie!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Today I dropped Josie off for kindergarten in my pajamas. I never thought I'd be that mom, the one in sweats and flip flops in the drop off lane. You know what? It's not such a big deal;)

Also, today I confirmed that I will be checking in very early on Thursday morning to have a baby. We're a little excited!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Isn't he something?

Still here, no baby. :) That said, life goes on. I have a dr appointment tomorrow and I'm still planning on being induced Thursday. At 41 and a half weeks. Whew.

Lots of other things go on too, Josie is loving kindergarten. Me? I'm just shaken every morning when I drop off my shining star and she doesn't need me to walk her in. She throws her backpack on her shoulders, head back, half a smile on her tiny mouth and marches into school like a woman with a purpose. She loves it. I'm glad she does, it makes it easier, but still it's very hard letting her go. She doesn't need me to walk her in to school. How did she get so big so fast?

Marie is doing alright... heavy thoughts there.

She's cutting her two year molars, teething is hell for Marie. Lots of movement issues the last few days, she can't sleep steadily but wakes and arches and grunts and hurts. Tylenol helps, but not with the Dystonia that seems to be worse with this additional stress on her body. She's drooly and so she chokes more, feeding her is more intense. More attention required, and she doesn't feel good and doesn't want to eat by mouth. She chokes and arches and hurts... it sucks.

After bathtime last night Luke mentioned how she's not really kicking anymore. She used to go nuts the moment we laid her on our bed for bath. She'd kick Josie with legs going a mile a minuet, both of them, just kicking for all she was worth. She doesn't do that anymore. When did she stop? How did we miss it? Is she just getting older and big two year old girls don't kick? Is she getting worse? Her legs are floppy most of the time now...

Still she smiles and giggles and is joy. So I'll concentrate on that.

Right. It's so, so, so hard to see changes in my baby. I don't know if I can put into words exactly how it hurts. Her life is formed with purpose, God lets me know that. I just. I just hate.

I just hate how she must suffer so.

So, before I cry I'm going to just focus on good things. Like this.

We went to the county fair one county over. They have the biggest county fair in the state they say. They have a great carnival. Lots of happy times, lots of wonderful pictures. I love this one most.

Isn't he something?

Because Marie is Marie, only God knows what her future holds. She's tiny and floppy and can't hold on. Because she can't hold her head up, or wrap her legs around the pony, Daddy does.

Isn't he something? In Daddy's arms that girl can do anything. How lucky am I to have him?


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Update on Baby...

Well, Tuesday was my due date but more importantly the first day of Kindergarten (Josie had an absolutely wonderful day and is loving every minuet since, she's just a little tired and crabby in the evening). No baby Tuesday, yesterday I had my 40 week appointment and following a stress test we decided to schedule an induction date for next Thursday, August 27. This will give baby plenty of time to finish growing and hopefully make an appearance on their own. I'm holding my breath on that as I had to be induced with both girls and have never actually gone into labor on my own, but there's a first time for everything.

Marie and I are puttering through our mornings, it is so quiet with Josie gone at school. We were going to go for a nice walk this morning but it's so windy here, and the wind steals her breath so we're getting ready to play some games on Sesame Street instead. She loves being able to do the computer because well, she's 2 and unless she's supervised that's sort of off limits.

So we're still here, not much news. Just hanging out and killing time until baby comes. With Josie gone the house is staying remarkably clean... so I don't have to worry much about that. The grapes in our backyard are beginning to ripen so that is sort of fun, I just have to figure out what kind they are...

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

First Day of Kindergarten

I Trust You'll Treat Her Well
Author: Victor Buono
Dear World:
I bequeath to you today one little a crispy dress...with two brown eyes...and a happy laugh that ripples all day long.. and a flash of light brown hair that bounces in the sun when she runs.
I trust you'll treat her well.

She's slipping out of the backyard of my heart this morning...and skipping off down the street to her first day of school. And never again will she be completely mine.
Prim and proud she'll wave her young and independent hand this morning and say "Goodbye" and walk with little lady steps to the schoolhouse.

Now she'll learn to stand in lines...and wait by the alphabet for her name to be called. She'll learn to tune her ears for the sounds of school-bells...and deadlines...and she'll learn to giggle...and gossip...and look at the ceiling in a disinterested way when the little boy 'cross the aisle sticks out his tongue at her. And now she'll learn to be jealous. And now she'll learn how it is to feel hurt inside. And now she'll learn how not to cry.

No longer will she have time to sit on the front porch on a summer day and watch an ant scurry across the crack in the sidewalk. Nor will she have time to pop out of bed with the dawn and kiss lilac blooms in the morning dew. No, now she'll worry about those important grades and which dress to wear and whose best friends is whose. And the magic of books and learning will replace the magic of her blocks and dolls. And now she'll find new heroes.

For five full years now I've been her sage and Santa Claus and pal and playmate and mother and friend. Now she'll learn to share her worship with her teachers ...which is only right. But no longer will I be the smartest woman in the whole world. Today when that school bell rings for the first time...she'll learn what it means to be a member of the group...with all its privileges and its disadvantages too.

She'll learn in time that proper young ladies do not laugh out loud...or kiss dogs...or keep frogs in pickle jars in bedrooms...or even watch ants scurry across cracks in sidewalks in the summer.
Today she'll learn for the first time that all who smile at her are not her friends. And I'll stand on the front porch and watch her start out on the long, lonely journey to becoming a woman.
So, world, I bequeath to you today one little a crispy dress...with two brown eyes...and a flash of light brown hair that bounces in the sunlight when she runs.

I trust you'll treat her well.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

We've been...

Watching parades...
Hanging out with good friends...

Reading books...

Trying out new hairstyles...

Sitting in pickups...

Looking at fish and things...

Slingin' it...

And lovin' it...

Looking way too grown up...

And waiting for baby...


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Still here...

Hello everyone, just a quick update to let you know we're still here just caught up in the "getting ready to go back to school" business. Baby number 3 has a week to make it's appearance and I'm betting it will be about on time.

Everything is going really well, Marie's doing fantastic (think weigh's 25 lbs, eating entire containers of Yoplait, fighting naps, tormenting her big sister, laughing, getting sticky, swinging a lot, having fingernails painted for the first time fantastic).

I have pictures to share of the aquarium and just how pretty my girls are but since that would involve actually downloading images from my memory sticks, organizing them on the computer and uploading them here I haven't done it yet! Things are just so busy!

Tonight is Kindergarten night at the school, it's no-kids-allowed so we have a sitter and are going to see just what kindergarten is all about. You know you're grown up when you get a sitter for the first time in a month to go to a parents meeting at the elementary school... don't fret, we may take the long way home ;)

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Calling for support on H.R. 3502, Legislation for reasearch/awareness of Mitochondrial Disease

So, Mitochondrial Disease sucks. In fact, although I don't like the word, I'd have to say I hate Mitochondrial Disease. I hate Leigh's Disease specifically. I have watched it devastate families and steal babies from their mother's arms. I am blessed that Marie is doing so well, but my heart breaks at the though of another family walking this road. Luckily, progress is being made.

I am calling you to participate in supporting legislation titled H.R. 3502 which was recently introduced to the House of Representatives. "H.R. 3502 expands existing research efforts at the NIH and fosters greater coordination among NIH Institutes involved with different aspects of mitochondrial research to improve our understanding of mitochondrial disease and dysfunction and to develop treatments for mitochondrial disease."

All the info on this piece of legislation can be found here and there is plenty. From explaining what it is, how it will help, to a form letter all ready to email to you representative it's there. I sent mine yesterday.

Please help me in raising support for H.R. 3502!

I thought this was fascinating, it seems that Mito may be much more common than is believed and it affects even more families than those with rare diseases like ours. I've copied and pasted that info below from the website.


Mitochondrial dysfunction is at the core of a surprising range of very common illnesses and conditions, and represents a promising new avenue for their treatment. As the mitochondria are responsible for producing energy, any illness that has an energy problem could be related to the mitochondria. Diseases in which mitochondrial dysfunction have been implicated include:

• Alzheimer’s Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), mental retardation, deafness and blindness, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Over 50 million people in the US suffer from these chronic degenerative disorders. While it cannot yet be said that mitochondrial defects cause these problems, it is clear that mitochondria are involved because their function is measurably disturbed.
• Even autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Sjogrens syndrome, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis appear to have a mitochondrial basis to illness.
• Mitochondrial dysfunction has been associated with a wide range of solid tumors, proposed to be central to the aging process, and found to be a common factor in the toxicity of a variety of physical and chemical agents.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Still here...

We have had a busy few days here. Saturday we ran away to the aquarium and I have lots of wonderful pics to post from that, then Sunday we were back home but had company come in that evening. Lots of good times hanging out with them and then last night was Josie's gymnastics recital, again, more cute pics.

Today I'm doing laundry and getting trying to figure out what Josie still fits in after getting tall this summer! Busy, busy, busy, but good. Baby is doing well, only two weeks to go. Luke's betting it's sooner, we'll see;)