Monday, May 17, 2010

One Year Ago!

One year ago yesterda Lily was released from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics following her birth and two open heart surgeries
                                                          Getting ready to go home!                                                             

                                                            And here I am today!!


I wish that I could share with you Lily's newest adventure but I just can't seem to get the video to upload so if anyone has any suggestions please share.  Keystone AEA came last Monday to see how Lily has been progressing.  We are glad to report that she is right on track in every way.  Last night she showed us just how determined of a little girl she is...she wants to walk!  She would get up on her feet, take a step and fall and get right back up, take a few steps, fall and repeat this over and over until she had made her way over to me!  All of this I got on video.  It is just amazing to see how far she has come in one short year!  We are so blessed that Lily has been as healthy as she has been.  She is one amazing little girl!

We had our family pictures taken on Saturday so as soon as we get them back I will share!  I can't wait to see them.  We had pictures taken back when Ellie was a baby and they turned out awful so these will officially be our first family photos since Lily was born.  Thanks to Amy and Kari from Life Photography.  They were absolutely wonderful with the girls!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A Beautiful Day for a Walk!

Today was the 2010 Heart Walk and we could not have asked for a more beautiful day!  We are so thankful for everyone who joined us today to walk, anyone who purchased a t-shirt and all who donated to Team Lily!

         Team Lily raised $1,425.00!!!

I continue to be amazed at the support that we have received from our family, friends and co-workers!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

                                           Our attempt at a family photo!

                                           Half of Team Lily

                                           And the other half!

                         CHD survivors-all born in 2009 and looking fantastic!
                         Matthew (2010 Featured Survivor), Lily and Kennedy


                                    Lily and Great Grandma Hartmann

Thank you to the following people for their support of Team Lily at the 2010 Heart Walk:  Becky Hauder, Jolene Hedley, Jean Sawvel, Sandi and Sam Hough, Kalyn and Leah Decker,
Grandma and Grandpa Mihalakis, Jed and Becky Hurst, Kelly and Sarah McDermott, Sharon Loeffelholz, Trish Taylor, Kayla Crane, Mary and Natalie Fury, Jake and Katie Mihalakis, Shirley Koppes, Dawn Ellis, Jenny Stork, Tony Konrardy, Kristen Hurley, Vicki Huff, Jane Northrup, Kate Dean, Rachael Goedert, Becky Zurcher, Deb Finn, Cindy Hedrick, Linda Crawford, Kim Muntz, Michelle and Luke Hartmann, Courtney Smith, Tyler Wernimont, Great Grandma Hartmann, Lynne Millman, Catherine Kremer, Jon and Nikki Decker, Carla and Kayla Schueller, Emily Moes, Sarah Ochs, Lindsey Chapman, Brightin Kisting, Ron, Laurie, Austin, Alex and Kayla Helbing, Randy Swenson, Tony Burgmeier, Joanne Kintzle, Cheryl Runde, Karen, Russ and Sarah Duve, Katie Ford, Elizabeth and Caroline Ott, Jessica Ward, Valerie Stecher, Jill and Kayla Hohmann, Susan Meier, Deb McGinnis, Elizabeth Burgmeier, Erin Collins, Brittany Tashner, Kim, Holly, Emmy and Jack Kunkel, Tina Weber, Chris, Pauline, Aaron, Amber, Bridget and Elizabeth Duve, Kelly and Bree Garmen, Buelah and Gabrielle Lape, Ana Schmitt, Tracy Bechen, Jamie Pluemer and Mary Geisler, Jake Hammerand, Cyndy Billmeyer and Sharon Hefel.

Thank you to the following businesses and groups for their support of Team Lily:  Rich and Junnies Coin, Thermo-Fisher Scientific and Ladies Clutch

We are forever grateful for all you have done for us!

Love,  Jesi, Russ, Ellie and Lily Duve