HERE IS MY HUG FOR EACH OF YOU!!!!!
Just wanted to send a hug your way. What is family for if not to send love and hugs when you need it most. Please take a moment to send Monica, Bill and family a big hug and love mixed in with your prayers. Love, Julie
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Posted by Julie at 10:13 AM
Thursday, October 13, 2011
P.S. THANK YOU TO WHOMEVER LEFT THE MONEY ON MY DRESSER. I have been asking around and no one will admit to it, so Thanks it was a very unexpected surprise.
Posted by Julie at 11:06 AM
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
How weird is it that I am doing 2 posts in a row? Does that mean no one else is using the blog anymore? I just wanted to post a little update about our journey. As most of you probably know, when we went to the Cancer Treatment Center for our last visit, they told us that the cancer had progressed and that they were basically out of treatment options. They said our best bet was to look into doing some clinical trials. We tried the one they thought would be best but it is full. As I'm sure you can imagine, we were disappointed (and had lots of other feelings) with this news. But since then we have looked into alternative treatments. I am learning new things every day. The first thing we found was infrared treatment. Mae mentioned that Keith had used an infrared pain for some pain he had. That reminded me that I had used infrared on my frozen shoulder after physical therapy didn't work and the infrared healed my shoulder. So I called Anna to ask where she got the pad. She told me about a friend of hers and gave me her number. I called her friend, Debbie, and she is amazing. She not only told me all about the infrared but she let me borrow her pad and showed me the infrared hothouse bed she has. She is extremely knowledgeable and super nice. She also works at a store that has great natural stuff and another very knowledgeable naturopath. We mostly wanted the infrared to help Bill with the pain from the shingles but it turns out it also helps with cancer. We also ordered the hothouse dome and are just starting to use that. Then I read about something called the Budwig protocol where you blend cottage cheese and flaxseed oil. The combination makes the flaxseed oil much more absorbable and easier for our bodies to use. This helps to kill cancer cells because it oxygenates them and cancer doesn't like oxygen. Bill eats it every day and even likes it. Go figure :) . The day after I read this, I met with a nutritionist/natural healing/ biofeedback/ essential oils / flower essence woman. She is awesome and she knew a lot about the Budwig protocol and the research behind it and loves it. It's so cool to find stuff on the internet and then have a living person that you know verify it. She also is helping me eat better. So I went to a store that has all sorts of healthy food like Anna makes. I had grain free granola with soaked nuts mixed with blueberry coconut kefir for breakfast and then I had Black Bean and Bison soup for supper. They are delicious. I'm excited to learn what we like and then learn to make it myself. I also got the name of a friend of a friend who went to Switzerland for cancer treatment when the doctors here said there was nothing they could do. He had a treatment where they raise your temperature to fight the cancer. I am going to be giving him a call tomorrow. There are many alternative treatments and I trust that if it is God's will, we will find one that works. I could go on forever about all I'm learning but my fingers would get tired. I will try to post again when I know what we're doing next. As always, the most important thing is to keep the prayers coming. Love you! Monica
Posted by Monica and Bill at 7:33 PM
Sunday, July 24, 2011
It is with great sadness that I write this post. Bill's mom passed away on Friday. She was going 90 mph until about 2 months ago. She had a little scab on her nose that wouldn't heal and then she got an infection. She went to the ER and her white counts were high because of the infection. Then her shoulder started to hurt. They moved her to a rehab facility and couldn't seem to figure out exactly what was wrong and what to do about it. She went from rehab to hospital to rehab for the last 2 months. Then early last week we got a call that they had found cancer cells in fluid drained from around her lungs. They didn't know what the source was and she was too weak for them to do any treatment and they gave her 2 - 4 weeks. That was a shock. We all thought they would figure it out and send her home. They said there was nothing they could do so they moved her to a hospice facility on Wednesday. With all of Bill's treaments and pneumonia, we had not been able to get up to see her so we were going to go on Friday. Bill's brother called Thursday morning and said she had taken a turn for the worse on Wednesday night. So we decided to go that day. We are so thankful we did. She wasn't able to talk and only opened her eyes a few times but I am sure she knew Bill was there and could hear him talking to her. It was so hard to say goodbye to someone who was so vibrant just a few months ago. The facility called Bill's sister on Friday morning to tell her that Mary had passed away. We are thankful she didn't have to suffer any longer but sad that she is gone. She will be missed. I don't know much but I do know that you never know when your time is up. Hug each other and remember to tell people that you love them. If you are reading this, I love you (most likely :) ) I have posted a link to the obitiuary. As most of you know, the grandson that preceded her in death is Bill's son Eric. We figure that the two of them are having a great time and putting in a special request for Bill's healing.
Posted by Monica and Bill at 8:55 PM
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I hope the title of this doesn't scare anybody, but this week really did change my life. As most of you probably know (word travels fast in this family haha), I spent the past week at Anna and Keith's house/farm. Wow, so what a blast! I had the time of my life!!!! :) I learned so much that it would take years to describe, and probably even longer to practice what I learned haha :) To get good at it...ya :)
Posted by Lexi at 1:15 PM
Saturday, June 4, 2011
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
|Bella Marie - Click to enlarge photos|
Woot, Woot! It's BOGO day at Caribou! WINNNER WINNNNNNER!!! Chris buys and Dawn drinks for free! YEAH! But Large Mocha Lattes can be a bit too much caffeine...
Wandering around Lake Geneva we pretend like we're tourists... including stopping at the local real estate office.
Dang it, they figured us out... I guess make believe is over.
So we decided to go back to the park by the lake where we parked the van, get our our picnic blanket, books and enjoy a bit of sun. No parking ticket... good, plug in a few more quarters for insurance and we're set.
No sooner had we settled down, then a little 4-legged critter comes bounding at us. Little furry critter jumps up in my lap and immediately starts kissing me like crazy. Behind her, her brother and 2 young girls came running up.
As it turns out these two adorable little creatures are 14 week old Silky Yorkshire Terrier puppies. Yes, the one that jumped in my lap was a little female and they called her Foxy. She went from kissing my face to nuzzling into my neck to laying on the blanket next to me... on her back sunning her tummy.
As her owners came chasing behind their two girls, we found out a bit more about the dogs. They were born the day before Grandpa's birthday, February 1st.
Let's fast forward...
The owners were going to grab some lunch, Chris and I were going to discuss if having a puppy was even possible and we were parting ways.
That sounded simple...
What really happened was that this little puppy girl began to cry and wiggle trying to get out of her owners arms to come back to me. The wife brought her back over and immediately she stopped crying and tried jumping to me. I held her she nuzzled in and let me know that this is where she was meant to be.
Now I know I'm nuts... like caramel cashew ice cream nuts... but a tiny dog... a puppy, what the heck was I thinking? We brought the little one home with us along with the plan that the owners would meet us at their house after they got a bite to eat. Once we got home, Cody and Brandi both looked at us with that "Really? A puppy, c'mon mom... you've to be kidding!"
And then sniffing chipmunks around the downspouts became SOOOO much more exciting.
Since Sunday we've learned Nyla Bones save flip flops, squeeky toys start out frightening and end up ringing in your ears and 3:30 am isn't such a bad time to wake up if it means we don't have to clean an accident up out of the crate.
We've both always been big dog lovers, but this little tiny Bella has stolen our heart... and my pink flip flops.
Apparently the bling is irresistible! Can you blame her? So be cautious when going out for a coffee... you could get much more than you intended!
Looking forward to sharing Bella Marie with you.
Much Highly Caffeinated Love,
along with Small, Medium & Large!
Bella, Brandi & Cody
|Bella Sleeping... after a long day of serious toy playing|
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Posted by Julie at 2:19 PM
Friday, April 29, 2011
Everyone always raves of Cozumel, I wasn't too impressed. I'd rather be in the USA than in Mexico!
On our way to Cozumel the ride was very rocky, it was hard to walk on the ship, and a lot of people got sick. By the time we arrived in Cozumel, around 1 pm, everyone was feeling better. I was fortunate enough to not get sick. Don's sister and went to a pilates class on the ship the morning of the cozumel excursion, and the same morning the ship was bouncing around. Needless to say the spa was on the 11th floor and was very very rocky. Try doing pilates moves with the floor moving, it's not easy. Don's sister didn't make it through the class, she had to run to the restroom. I finished the class and have been sore ever since. :). Between the pilates, all the walking, and the stairs, I am exhausted.
When we arrived in cozumel we arrived early, (I think the boat was "speeding", and that is why the ride was so bumpy), and also the reason we arrived 30 mins earlier than scheduled.
We went and had a drink at Señor frogs and then back to the pier to catch the taxi to our excursion. In cozmel we did the zip lining. After getting our gear on and then having the safety briefing, we climbed the first tower. The worst part of the whole thing was climbing the stairs. They were very steep, and I don't like stairs anyways. Once to the top we all got very nervous. No one in my group chickened out. There wad another 17 year old girl with us, and her mother climbed up and then right back down, she didn't even try. :(. I felt bad for her daughter so we included her in our group. There was also a younger boy with his father, his dad did one, and then climbed down. So of course we included him too. The actual zip lining was like a ride at an amusement park. It wasn't jerky at all. We had someone push us off and catch us at the other end. Wish there had been more than just green leaves to look at, but hey, the "ride" was fun.After the zip lining we saw a peacock and some iguanas walking around. Pictures are on the camera, not the phone, so I'll add them later.
After zip lining we were sent off in a taxi to a beach resort. I wouldn't really call it a resort, and it didn't have much of a beach, but hey it's Mexico. We stayed at the resort for a few hours, swam in the pool, jumped off the pier into the ocean and relaxed under an umbrella.
After the resort we were sent off in another taxi and back to the ship. We met the rest if the family at the ship and headed out to find some authentic Mexican food. We had gotten the name of a good restaurant from the zip line guys. So we walked around until we found it.
While in Mexico Don's brother lost his debit card
Now we are back in Miami
Our guide had a net and caught a live star fish, sea cucumber, and picked up a queen conch shell for us to pass around. Don took pictures on his camera, I was afraid mine was going to go in the water, so I will post those when we get home.
After kayaking we walked around downtown key west. They have very narrow streets there, and our guide told us all the sand in brought in from other places.
I called mom while we were waiting for the shuttle back to the ship. We were standing by a live web cam and she was able to see us. The URL is trolleytours.com if I remember correctly.
You can go to the casino, hang by the pool, go to a dance club, watch the water go by from the
After leaving key west we sailed to Cozumel.
The view from where we ate conch critters, fish tacos, oysters, and crab cakes in key west.
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Posted by Amy at 9:54 AM
Monday, April 25, 2011
Last night we went to Jaxon's ice cream parlor and had a dusty road.
Three jumbo scoops of ice cream, chocolate malt powder, hot fudge and whipped cream.
Today, we checked out of the hotel and headed to the Miami airport to drop off the car, and then took a FREE shuttle to the ship. We arrived a little later than I would have liked, nut nonetheless we are here. We checked in to our room, and have eaten lunch. Today we had mongolian grill.
Returning the car to the airport was quite the adventure, we had to drive around the whole airport, and then they had us doing u turns instead of making a turn lane. How weird!
Anyways, this is the view from deck 10 of the ship where we had lunch.
I didn't get a picture of the outside of the ship, but we'll try to get one of those at port.
Until next time.......
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Posted by Amy at 1:25 PM
Sunday, April 24, 2011
After a layer of sunscreen, we have arrived at Dania Beach.
Beach #1 Dania Beach
We are going to relax here for a while and then go find some lunch.
The lifeguard is blowing his whistle, someone went our to far.
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Posted by Amy at 10:15 AM
Abby's fish and chips
Don's boiled sampler
My baked sampler
I had already eaten half of my scallops before i remembered to take a pic. Sorry, can't rotate the pics on my phone, you'll have to stand on your head for one of them. Don't stay that way too long or you might pass out.
Since we arrived later last night, it was dark shortly after we got here. I take more scenery pictures today and send them. Just remember, the camera on an iphone isn't that great. But something is better than nothing right?
Talk to you soon!
Posted by Amy at 6:06 AM
Saturday, April 23, 2011
We made it! When we got to our hotel, the room we booked, with 2 double beds was not available, so they upgraded us to a one bedroom suite. And let me tell you, it is a suite room! There is even a kitchen with a stove, dishwasher, and a full size fridge, and microwave for our leftovers.
We are sitting at a restaurant called the ale house waiting for our dinner. Don and Abby are watching the original Jurassic park on one of the many TV's. I ordered the seafood sampler platter with a southern sweet tea.
Gotta go, food is here. Yum, yum!
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Posted by Amy at 8:00 PM
Amy is not able to post while sitting at the airport so I am posting this for her. Her login won't work.
Good Morning all,
We, (Donald, Abby, and I) are sitting at the Madison airport waiting for our flight. Our original flight was scheduled to leave at 9:10am, however that flight was cancelled, the crew didn't show up. Our new flight is scheduled for 12:15, so here we wait. We are flying into Fort Lauderdale now instead of West Palm Beach. Our hotel is in Fort Lauderdale so we won't have as much driving now. We also had to change our rental car, but that is done now. Greg did us a huge favor and got up early and brought us to the airport this morning. Thank you Greg! We were here by 7:30 and ready to go, to bad our flight crew wasn't as efficient. :o( So why are we going to Florida you might ask? We are going on the first cruise of our life. We will be boarding Carnival Imagination on Monday. We will head to Key West on Tuesday, Cozumel on Wednesday, and then back to Miami on Friday morning. We will be back in Madison on Saturday and my wonderful brother will meet us at the Madison airport. He even downloaded the American Airlines App so he arrives at the right time.
Some of our adventures will be: In Key West we will be kayaking, in Cozumel we will go ziplining. We are looking forward to a fun filled week ahead of us. I have packed a few bottles of sunscreen, we will be picking up sunglasses (anteojos del sol, for those who would like to learn a new Spanish word today), and sun hats for Abby and I. Time for family bonding. Talk to you all soon!
Posted by Julie at 10:41 AM
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Kimberly is having issues signing into the blog, so I thought I'd share this recent fb post with you on her behalf.
"Many of you know and many of you do not know - Branden and I are expecting IDENTICAL TWINS later this year! Yes, Ayden will be a big brother! Yes, we are going to have our hands very full and we could not be more excited to extend our family and be even more full of love, laughter and happiness! We can't wait for their arrival and just pray they are healthy little babies!"
Also, they will be moving to a house just down the street from us! So, I can be there at a moments notice to help out with whatever (except in the middle of the night, per Scott - which can be overridden by my maternal instincts). So, life is pretty dull in my corner of the world. How about yours?
BTW - party at my house for Easter. If you don't have plans, feel free to join us, but you have to let me know by Friday so I can give you your duty assignment.
Love you all!
Posted by JenniLynn at 9:18 PM
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Ok, you asked for it, and here it is - Robyn's 10-Minute Appetizer!
1 Pkg (8 oz) softened cream cheese
1/2 C Miracle Whip dressing
TOPPING: 1 C chopped tomato
1 C chopped cucumber
1/4 sliced black olives
Athenos crumbled feta cheese with herb and garlic
Mix cream cheese and dressing until well blended. Spread on dinner platter or serving platter. Layer toppings over cream cheese. Sprinkle with the feta cheese. Serve with your favorite Nabisco crackers or cut fresh vegetables. ENJOY!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Hello, this is Lexi (Holland if you are confused ;)) I am participating in Relay for Life-University of Tampa this year as you may have heard. The reason I am choosing to participate this year is because of the struggle I have found in dealing with Bill's cancer, as well as hearing that of my Papa Jean( Grandpa Holland). It just is not fair that so many people have to go through the agonizing chemo and the strain in the family trying to keep hope alive to finding the cure. By donating to American Cancer Society, you are helping thousands find the cure for cancer, the tiniest thing that kills so many people year round. I know every one of you has dealt with someone who has cancer, and I just hope that you think of them when you make a donation. Any amount you can donate is an amount worth giving :) Many tears have been shed over this six letter word ( cancer), but we can turn those tears of sorrow into tears of hope. Hope never dies, but someday, cancer will. You guys have seen me deal with Bill's cancer through the best and worst of times, and you guided me into something better, some path that led me to participating in this event, and for that I would like to thank you. When everything else feels empty, hope and love prevail. Thank you guys! Thank you for reading this, and I hope you know that you are making a huge difference . Hope is in the air. Let the helping hands unite! I love you all! You guys mean the world to me :) You can donate by going to: http://www.relayforlife.org/utfl click at the top: donate then participant and search for Lexi Holland ( both first letters capitalized, I have two accounts but please use this one) and click in the right hand corner where it says "support Lexi R. Holland" and it will take you from there. Pass the word on to as many people as you can possibly think of. :) Thank you so much! Let's make a difference! Lexi Holland.
Update from Dawn Blog Queen Extraordinaire... at 7:17 CST:
Here's the link directly to Lexi's Relay for Life website:
That should be easier than having to hunt!
Rock on Lexi! So proud of you! XOXO
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Hi all at the Reindl Blog: Noah and I recently traveled to Memphis, TN for dinner. I wanted to share our experiences with you but I can not copy and paste into the blog. Dawn, if you can copy my FB note in here feel free! I did post our story on my Facebook page. Feel free to go there and read it my short story. If we are not FB friends, feel free to friend me to read it. I do have some rules for friending people on Facebook though. You must fit the following: 1. Be a high school classmate 2. Be a relative over the age of 18 3. Be an "old" friend That's it. Of course, I have a couple of exceptions, but they are few (thus the term exceptions). Love to all, Scott
Update Added 9:15 pm from Scott's FB page:
Posted by Scott Gregory at 5:45 PM
Friday, March 25, 2011
Feel free to count your blessing here on the blog we would all love to be inspired as Monica has inspired so many already. Julie
Posted by Julie at 9:22 AM
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
What wonderful weather we are having. I have been for many walks these last few days, complements of Lucy, and I LOVED it. I have been waiting for the ice to melt so we could walk and walk and walk.
Lucy gets tired after we walk through the mud and then she needs a mini bath.
I have been surprised 3 times in the last few weeks with phone call from family members I don't talk too often enough. Today I was thinking how often I send a message online but don't pick up the phone. I thought how Mom and Dad must feel if they get fewer calls because we are all keeping in touch via the Internet. I guess maybe the warm feeling I got from my phone calls made me think of calling Mom and Dad more for no reason but to say HI. So if you have time give someone a call and say Hi you might just make their day.
Have a great week!
Posted by Julie at 4:31 PM
Friday, February 4, 2011
I just had to share this video of Ayden singing along with his giraffe. I hope it works!
Have a GREAT Day! Love you All!
Posted by JenniLynn at 10:07 AM
Sunday, January 9, 2011
We found our missing link. She has been here even 24 hours and yet all the kids changed their schedules just to come meet Lucy. I cannot express how blessed Ed and I feel this morning to sit and visit with Paul -he stays at hotel Doucette while attending guard weekends in Elkhorn- play with Lucy and count the blessings of our week past. I am Thankful for each of our kids and their open generosity to take the time to pop in yesterday. The comment still giving me a giggle this morning came from Ashlynn. "Hi Lucy, I'm Ashlynn. How's the weather today?" What little 2 1/2 year old asks hows the weather. Dawn made a great post on her blog and I want to share it with you. Well it is time to get on with the day http://designsbydawnmarie.blogspot.com/2011/01/family-member.html or just click on Dawn Marie Designs on the side bar. Have a great Week I know I will. Love Julie
Posted by Julie at 8:00 AM