Saturday, September 29, 2007

Look-A-Like Meter

Hello all. This is a cool look-a-like meter from It scans the faces from your photo and tells you who your child looks like most. Pretty fun! Thought I would share...

For Zella:

For Madeline:

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Baptism Photos

Hi all. Zella and Grace had a joint baptism in August. I thought I'd share some photos. I have more to scan and will add them later. It was a really special day and we are so thankful most of our family could join us. We had a bbq at my house the night before and a reception after the baptism. It was a lot of fun!

If you can't view this Flash slideshow, click on "Our Online Photo Album" link on the right side of this page.

I'm hoping to update them often.

Talk to you soon,

Photos of the girls

We've been having fun the last week. Madeline had her friend Amelia over for a play date. They love tea parties!

Karen and Grace have been hanging out with us a lot. I can't seem to get pics of M, Z and Grace together because the little girls nap quite a bit. I'll try to post some this week.

Talk to you soon,

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Great news!

Zella did great at her eye appointment today. Her ET went from 35 without glasses to 8-10 with glasses. That is a huge improvement in her numbers! It means that the glasses are helping her realign her eyes. It is more than the doctor was hoping for.

We also found out that she has a 50% chance of only needing glasses to correct her cross eye (right eye) and lazy eye (left eye). Eight weeks ago her chances of correcting it without surgery was only 10% although I didn't know that at the time. What a difference! Dr. Suh performs 700 of these surgeries a year so if Zella does need surgery in the future I feel confident of a good result. He will tell us at her next appointment in 12 weeks if she needs surgery or not.

She will need to wear glasses for at least two more years for her farsightedness. She may grow out of it but he doesn't know if she will or won't.

Now for the best news...

1. She is currently using both of her eyes together while wearing glasses. She was not doing this 8 weeks ago. I am hopeful she will continue to do this.

2. The doctor told me she has a good chance of having normal vision in the future.

I am so incredibly thankful to hear this! At the last appointment the doctor kept using the word "dangerous" to describe how Zella was using her eyes. She was only looking out of one eye at a time and shutting off vision to the other eye. This could lead to permanent vision loss in one or both eyes. It was something we were very worried about so to hear she could have normal vision was amazing!

So we had great news today! :) Madeline had fun with Aunt Gayle and cousin Sarah. She loves it out on the farm.

Thanks for all your support everyone.

Talk to you soon,

Monday, September 17, 2007

This Thursday

Hello all. Zella has her 8 week follow-up appointment with the pediatric opthamologist on Thursday in Ames. My MIL Stacey is going to meet me for the appointment. Madeline is going to stay at Aunt Gayle's house. Cousin Sarah is going to be there in the afternoon to help watch her. Thanks guys!

Zee is doing well with her glasses and when she is wearing them there is a big improvement. Her left eye (the lazy eye) is still turned in but not as bad. Her right eye (the cross eye) is almost perfectly aligned while wearing glasses. When she takes them off her left eye is still turned in pretty bad. I'm thankful for the progress and anxious to see what the doctor says.

Think good thoughts for us! I'll post an update when we get home.

Click on her picture below to see some photos of her progress with glasses.


Zella's Eyes

Friday, September 14, 2007

Testing 1 2 3

Hello all. Does this thing work?

I haven't been very good about sharing pictures lately so I thought I might give a blog a try. Karen (my sister) has one too ( to chronicle their 6 month stay in Scotland so you'll have to check that out too.

My plan is to update this with pictures on a weekly basis but with two little ones running around you never know.

Talk to you soon,