Tuesday, November 27, 2007

We are all heartbroken. Kim Blum lost her fight with cancer at the age of 33. She is the wife of my favorite cousin Erich (35) they had been married for 16 years, and the mother of Kristina (15), Erich Jr. (14), and Ashley (8 or 9?).
Kim has been battling a rare form of stomach cancer for a long time. She had complications from it before her youngest was even born, but it went undiagnosed as cancer until a couple years back. She fought ceaselessly, aggressively, and so very bravely.
Kim and Erich have been together since before High School, I've know her all my life. She was a wonderful wife and an excellent mother. She was devoted to those kids and they to her. She also made me LAUGH! She was FUNNY! I remember hanging out with them when they'd come see us in Missouri or we'd go to see them in Illinois and we would have such FUN times. I love her and will miss her terribly.
Here is a link to the obituary in their local paper.... click here
I have shared Kim's story with all my acquaintance and you have cried and prayed with me through her roller coaster of ups and downs with this terrible illness, so here is Erich's address if you'd like to send him and the kids a card.
34070 N. Lilac Ave.
Grayslake IL 60030
I am including a picture that I took of their family in 2001 when we stayed with them in Illinois. I have more recent pictures, but none on my computer. The kids look so small in this photo, but Kim looks great.

Friday, November 23, 2007

At the Movies

On Friday we went to see Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium at the theater on base. We met a bunch of our friends there and all had a great time. After the movie a few families went out for pizza and just kept the fun going! Rylan, Curran, Sarah and Sarah
A Lot of BOYS in a row

The Beautiful "B" sistersvideo games at the pizza place

Derek and Mr. M win a game of table tennis. Stella and Grace splash in a puddle of spilled water (it was better than the movie!!)

Thursday, November 22, 2007


On this Thanksgiving we had our traditional meal with our church. During the service before the meal we prayed to give thanks for our country, our family, and our church. During each "section" of the service people were invited to stand up and share why they were thankful for that particular thing. While people were sharing praises for family my friend Sandy stood up. She said that it was hard for her to be so far away this year with her dear mother, LuLu, ill and awaiting a liver transplant. As the older daughter she feels a pull to be there and to be with family, but even though that pull is strong she, her husband, and her kids were exactly where they were supposed to be - WITH FAMILY right here in the church. It was very emotional and moving. I don't have any more eloquent words to sum up the day. We spent it with family.
After the meal we hung out and played games, visited, and danced. Not danced like a "club" (I have an image in my head of my dear Pastor beneath a disco ball, it's just not right), but like you would "see" in a Jane Austen novel. One of the dances was called the Virginia Reel, and we did several others but I can not tell you the names.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


Noah participated in his 3rd Pine-Wood Derby this year. He is in his 3rd year of scouting, working on earing his Bear patch. His car (which was ALL his own work) took 4th place out of all the other competing Bears. We are proud of him, and he had a terrific time.

Noah helping work the concession stand.

Noah watching his car race, and WIN!! Here are a few of the cars ready to race. Noah's is the one you can see on the very end.Noah takes a break from his busy snacking schedule (which is 75% of race-day fun) to watch his car win this race!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Phantom of the Frozen Tundra

Phantom LOVES it when we take him outside the same time as our neighbors dog, Baloo, is out. They have fun playing together and running around like the crazy puppies they are. We had our first snow fall here and discovered something new about our puppy: HE LOVES, LOVES, LOVES snow!! He would sit at the door and WHINE to be let out, and when he got there he would just dive into the snow and play and play and play. He would have stayed outside all day. When Noah made a snow ball and threw it for Phantom, he caught up to it and promptly ate it all in one gulp.......... Here he is coming in after playing for at least an hour in the freshly fallen snow.
The snow has all melted now, but there's more in the forecast and we can't wait to take the puppy sledding!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Honoring Vetern's Day

Lorraine American Cemetery in France
The largest American military cemetery of World War II in Europe. 10,489 war dead of the United Sates of America from World War II rest here. Most of those buried here died during the advance to the Rhine and the advance across Germany in the spring of 1945. Additionally, the names of the 444 Americans whose remains were never recovered or not identified are inscribed on the walls on either side of the memorial. A bronze rosette marks the names of those who were subsequently found. 151 headstones mark the graves of "unknowns".
On the VERY COLD Monday after Veteran's day we drove to St. Avold, France to visit this cemetery. It was a very humbling experience and a good way to remember......
After walking around the memorial and cemetery we went to "Cora", a super store comparable to "super Target" in the States, only IN FRANCE! Then we stopped for supper at a McDonald's and ate French Fries in France (only they're called "pommes fritas" there). A nice day spent with good friends.