July 25, 2006

Ben – The week after you were born

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:57 pm by Karen

When you were born, Dr. Evans noticed some ‘petikia’ on your temples, forhead and groin. Those are a sign of a number of things, so he had your blood taken right away in the delivery room. It turned out that your platelets were low, so they tested you again in the morning. You had what was called neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia. Low platelets because of mommy’s antibodies. They took your blood both days we were in the hospital, but we were able to go home on the Monday after you were born. We were back in the hospital on Tuesday and Wednesday for more blood tests, and your platelet count got lower and lower such that when we were in on Wednesday, dr. Lannon wanted to admit you and give you what is called an IVIG – blood products that would help your platelets recover. So we went right upstairs to the pediatric ward, she started an iv on you, and there we were. They had to give you this injection 2 times over a period of 12 hours, 12 hours apart, so we were in the hospital for 3 days. I kept you on my chest the whole time except when they had to take your blood, and when Nana came to hold you for a few hours so I could go home and take a shower. Your platelet count went up from there, and you were totally fine, a perfectly healthy boy.

A couple of days later, sarah was at Nana and Opi’s house, and she fell in the back yard, and we were all in emergency to get her checked out.

And a day or two after that, we were back at the doctors because you had an eye infection. Actually, I made your dad take you in because I was so sick of hospitals and doctors by that point.
It was a busy week.


Ben – The day you were born

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:56 pm by Karen

March 27, 2005

You were due on March 17th. But let me start before that. We found out that I was pregnant with you on August 4th, 2004. I remember that day so clearly – it was one month before Sarah turned one, and you caught us off guard. I made your Dad go out to the store to buy a pregnancy test, and when he came back, I took it, and passed! Craig and Tammi Somerville were visiting for the week, so they were the first to hear the big news. We went over to Kevin and Shirley’s place on Roy ave and told them, and then over to Nana and Opi’s to break the news to the family there. Every one was so excited to hear our news, and it took a while for us to get over the shock, but once I finally believed I was pregnant, I was so excited.

My pregnancy went really well with you. I felt really great, aside from being SO tired the first little bit – in fact, that was my first inkling that I might have been pregnant – that I was so tired I needed a nap before work one day. Shortly before we found out I was pregnant, we bought the 4-plex on Government, and packed up the house on Murray and moved. I was back to work in July, and Daddy started his masters that fall. It was a really busy time, especially with Sarah being so young, but so far we’ve made it!

Back to the pregnancy – I gained 30 lbs, I think, and people said that they couldn’t tell that I was pregnant from behind. I really loved growing you inside of me.

You were due to be born the first week of a 2 week spring break. Grandma and Grandpa Bond came to town to wait for your arrival. Every night I would go to bed thinking maybe tonight is the night that baby will come, and every morning I would wake up disappointed that you weren’t here yet. And every morning, Grandma and Grandpa Bond would look at me and say “you’re still here?”

The doctors decided that they would induce me that weekend. We were to phone the hospital and see when a good time for that to happen was. We went in on the Saturday morning to be induced, but it turned out that the Doctor on call was already inducing someone else, so he didn’t want to start anything else new. Daddy and I were so disappointed, so the nurse said that she would check me out, and maybe that would get things going (but don’t tell anyone, she said). Starting in the afternoon, I had some mild contractions, but nothing to watch the clock over. It was Uncle Matthew’s birthday that day, so we went out for appies and drinks at Martini’s, and the contractions were coming pretty regularly then, but not so strongly. Once we got back to our house, Grandma and Grandpa wanted to go to Tim Hortons for a treat, but they said just call the cell phone if you need us to come back (they were going to watch Sarah). So, of course, while they were gone, I figured that it was in fact time to go to the hospital, and wouldn’t you know it, the cell phone was off. While daddy called for Uncle Kevin to come and watch Sarah, she woke up with a big poop, and I was trying to deal with that while being in labour. We ended up getting to the hospital at about 11:15 pm. The nurse hooked me up to the monitor, and said that she’d be back to check on us in 20 minutes, but after a couple of minutes, I told Daddy that he’d better go find the nurse because I wasn’t going to last 20 minutes. So he got her, and she took one look at me, called the Doctor, and said that she thought this baby was going to be born before midnight.

You were born after a short time of heavy labour, and about 3 pushes at 12:14 am on Easter Sunday, March 27th, 2005. I got to call Nana and Opi and wake them up with the big news that “It’s a BOY!!” and they came right over to see you. Grandma and Grandpa Bond came that morning, and so did Kevin and Shirley, and Chris and Christine. I felt so good, that I made it to Easter dinner at Nana and Opi’s that evening and stayed just until I go the phone call that there was a hungry boy at the hospital wanting his mommy.

You have been a sweet natured boy, right from the start. A real blessing for daddy and me.

July 24, 2006

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:12 pm by Karen

Great is Thy faithfulness,
O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.


Great is Thy faithfulness!Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.


Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Summer of 2006 so far

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:02 pm by Karen

How do I sum it up?

family, and life.

Lindsay and Derek were married at the beginning of June, but we couldn’t go.

End of June, we were at the coast so Travis could go to Tofino for Chris’ stag. A weekend of surfing and some fun with the boys while the kids and I stayed in Coquitlam with Mom and Dad and had a really nice time just spending time at the house and laying low.

I worked the July long weekend ( a 7 day stretch), then we were back at the coast for Becky and Danny’s wedding on the 8th. The Thursday before, though, we got that family email from Auntie Linda that she had terminal cancer, but all she really talked about was visiting and stuff. Friday, Mom and Dad got to Abby before we did, and Mom phoned me to tell me that Auntie Linda was in palliative care, and wasn’t going to come out. We thought that we would go and visit her on Sunday or Monday after the wedding and stuff. It was at the reception of Becky’s wedding that Dad got the phone call that she was gone. What a paradox of life — celebrating the wedding of a cousin, while at the same time, an aunt dies.

I remember dancing with my sisters at Becky’s wedding, in honour of my aunt who didn’t want to disrupt anyone’s life with news of her sickness. Dancing with my sisters.

We stayed at the coast that week, because Chris’ wedding was on Friday. We went to a Rempel reunion/barbcue on Sunday, the rehersal was on Tuesday, a viewing of Auntie Linda was on Thursday, the wedding was on Friday, and her internment was on Saturday in Summerland. I managed to meet with Kim and Corinne on Monday for coffee after dinner at Rob and Heidi’s, and Ben was working on 4 molars, so needless to say, it was a busy week.

Chris and Christine’s wedding was beautiful. A little stressful for me, to keep the kids quiet, and for Travis, to get the slide show done (which was good, but the sound sucked — the bane of his existance for the past weeks). Rob was there to watch the kids, and he was a great manny.

Joan had an 80th birthday party for Grandpa at the house after the wedding, at the end of which, Richard (who I had just met that day) got stuck at the bottom of the ravine, and Dad Bond had to call 911 to get him out. Full on rescue vehicles and fire trucks in the driveway. Poor guy.

We missed Auntie Linda’s funeral on Friday because of the wedding, but made it to Summerland on Saturday afternoon for the internment. It was a beautiful hot day. I will never sing Great is Thy Faithfulness the same way again. The words get me every time, they mean so much. After the internment, we went out to Mom and Dad’s for dinner — Johnny, Marshall & Carla, Frank& Les, Omi & Opi, Jenny & Ken, Makenna, Grandma & Papa, Theresa & Greg, and kids, Gary & Charlotte and Stan were all there for dinner and breakfast the next morning. On Saturday evening, after G&P had left, we got a call that they had been in a bit of an accident. Turns out Papa had dozed off and veered off the road, but the ‘Lord was driving’, and thankfully no one was hurt. Couple of days later, he had a fall emptying out the ‘honey wagon’ at the trailer, and mucked up his face a bit. I think he really needs to get in and get that artery unclogged. Heaven forbid that he ever end up like Auntie Kaye.

Home for 5 days (worked every one of them), and then back to the coast to Thetis Island for the Peters family reunion. Which was also great, but busy keeping the kids happy, so it feels like I didn’t get much of a chance to really visit with anyone. Wish the weekend was a bit longer — maybe next time we’ll stay for family camp. There were lots of cousins there, and I got BURNED!!

To sum it up…..

Life goes on.

Celebrating with my cousins.
Dancing with my sisters.
Crying with my uncle.
A new chapter for a brother.
Concern for my Grandparents.
Appreciation for my parents and in-law parents.
Catching up with old friends.
Hanging out with cousins.
Having fun with my husband.
Laughing with my kids.

Being blessed by my family.

July 6, 2006


Posted in Uncategorized at 10:24 pm by Karen

Benny has 4 teeth on the bottom now, and a molar (or two) on the way.

He has quite the mullet growing, but I just can’t quite bring myself to get it cut off. It’s so cute and curly when it’s wet!

He is trying to speak like crazy:
appo-ju apple juice
Ikea 🙂

He is walking along the furniture, and can pull himself up on anything, and even stand by himself on the floor, but no walking really yet.
other than….

a few steps on Sunday July3rd, and some more on the 4th. I saw the ones on the third, and Travis on the 4th.

Sarah talks like crazy, and is getting so good at conversation.
The other day, she wanted to come to work with me, but I said there are too many stinky people there, you don’t want to come. A couple of days later, she said there are stinky people at mommy’s work. silly girl.

She is totally potty trained!

Too ___ to blog

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:12 pm by Karen


Summer is here! Travis has been finished work for one week. My year is divided into two. Waiting for Christmas to come (Sept-Dec) and waiting for summer break (Jan to June). We decided this year that instead of Travis busting his… butt working the summer doing a job that he hates, I mean, grossly dislikes, that we would have a bit of a change of pace and I would give working full time (for pay) a try. I really want him to have a bit of a break — as much of one as you can have with two kids, and my work is so desperately short staffed that I don’t mind a couple of months of work. Or so I thought. I’m one week into my ‘full time’, and already missing my days with my kiddos. But anyways, I guess the paychecks will be nice. Makes up for the lack of one on Trav’s part for the summer.
So aside from work, we’ve been: to the beach (lots, but not enough), working outside, cleaning up inside, playing with the kids, and the next thing I know, it’s 11 PM (!) and the day is gone. Ahh, I love the summer.


We got some sad news from my end of the family today, and it just gets me kind of down.
L, we love you, and hope we can see you soon.

And so, I think I’m going to take a bit of a break from this blog thing. Not an official one by any means, but I probably won’t be posting too too much over the summer. I think most of you have already got the idea as my posting has drifted off anyways….. but I think that saying so just takes a bit of the pressure off that I put on myself.
I will, though, try and post pictures when I am reunited with my long lost camera (two weeks is a really long time, and the kids have changed sooooo much) and the summer of a billion weddings begins! 🙂