"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Like it or not, fall is coming. So rather than fighting it, we are trying to embrace it.

We did some cleaning in the living room today and started putting out our touches of fall d├ęcor.

This is a new room brightener for this fall. We took a vase and some fall glass beads we had on hand,  and then added a cheap pack of pinecones, pumpkins etc., and the miniature lights.

We all love it. I think it needs a little more yet to finish filling up the vase and hide where the light cord runs over the lip of the vase to the battery pack hiding behind it, so I may add some fall silk leaves and things yet to the top--not sure yet. It's fun to have my finger in a small project again--it's been a good while since I have done anything like this! I never used to think I was really a creative person but I have discovered that really I am. If I'm not at least occasionally creative, it isn't a good thing.

Along with sprucing up the house for fall, we are focusing on trying to make sure that the kiddos have what they need for winter weather. Charity has been helping me by sewing a warm jumper for Katya for the rapidly approaching cooler days of fall.

Katya is very interested in the progress and seems exceedingly pleased.

Kristina has sewn a warm, flannel PJ bottom for herself


and one for Katya.
And so, little by little, we are getting ready for the cooler days.
Among other things, we are remembering that a year ago, God kept Katya alive when she was desperately ill from a massive infection in her head post grafting surgery.
This picture was snapped seconds before she was wheeled to the OR on Sept 20, 2015, for an emergency surgery to do what needed to be done to clean out the infection and save her life. As you can see, sepsis was doing it's deadly work and Katya was a very, very sick girl. She couldn't have hung on much longer with out the appropriate medical attention.
How thankful we are that Katya is alive and happy today! Here she was Saturday helping me to put away the shopping!
What are you doing for fall?