Category Archives: Family


I told you in previous posts the we had baptism scheduled for the last Sunday in April but due to Kramer’s health, we had to cancel it.  Then once we found out that Kramer was only given days to live, we quick tried to put things together so that he could be a part of it.

The minister was awesome.  The “other side of the family” was super accommodating.  We thought Kramer would be good enough to go to church but as the days went on, we knew there is no way he could.  So then we contacted the minister and asked if we could do it here at the house.  It we started making those plans.  Then we got to the point that we knew even that would be too much for Kramer so we started making plans to do the service just outside the living room window on the porch and Kramer and I would stay in the house and listen.

Kramer had his own idea.  He passed away at 12:20am on the Sunday we planned for baptism.

So we convened as a family and tried to decide what to do.  Baptism was very important to Kramer, and to all of us too.  We wanted to make the right decision.  As Kramer lay dying he asked the time of day….we all really thought he was doing all he could to make it to baptism day….and technically he did.  We wanted to honor his efforts and we decided to hold baptism.

I was really fine with things and actually happy.  I think it was the first time after Kramer’s death that I could be happy and sad all at the same time.

Here I am with the girls and the babies.  Kelli and Georgia are on the left.  Kalissa and Gannon on the right.

Georgia is wearing Kalissa’s baptism gown that my sister Judy made.  Lucy wore it too.  I think it’s going to be family tradition that the girl babies wear it.  Gannon is wearing Kramer’s baptism outfit.  Carver wore it as well.

Here is Kalissa’s family….

Gannon has become Ganjo.  It’s a combo of his first and middle names, Gannon Joseph…Ganjo.  He gets called that very often.

This is all the grandparents from Craig’s family.  This is all Craig’s mom’s side of the family.  There aren’t living grandparents from the Friedman’s side.

…and here is just me.  There are no other grandparents on Kalissa’s side of the family besides me.  I didn’t really put that all together until I started writing this post.

This is Kalissa with her long time friend Regan.  We all love her.  I think she’s honestly more of a family friend…at least we all claim her!!  Karl is Gannon’s other Godparent.  I don’t know why I don’t have a picture of him.

Here’s Kelli with Georgia…. Continue reading

Happiest of Mother’s Day

I know the title of this post is a little odd….Mother’s Day??  This is JULY.  Why am I talking about Mother’s Day?

Well there was something that happened on Mother’s Day but I was sworn to secrecy.  I didn’t maintain that on a personal level but I did what I promised on the blog level.  On the personal level, the secret revealed itself so I didn’t completely blow that.

As for the secret I can now share, Kayla gave me this card….

Open it up…no words.  Just these safety pins glued into place.

For those of you who don’t know, Kayla’s last name is Pins.  She often makes reference to pins of all sorts…rolling pins, bobby pins, stick pins, safety pins.  So this is a reference to her.

Did you get it???  If you didn’t, here’s the secret….. Continue reading

Saturday Night Again

It’s Saturday again.  Saturday nights are the worst for me.  Although Kramer died on a Sunday, memories always come to me on Saturday.  He’d want it to be remembered as the Sunday.  He fought hard to live until Sunday.

That last week Kramer was with us was a bit of a whirlwind.  The Sunday before on the May 26th he started talking about how he wanted to go to the Memorial Day observance here in town.  He had never gone as he was always farming.  This is the year he was going to go.  He could so he was going to….so Kelli and I started scrambling.  We knew he needed a wheelchair.  She could borrow one.  We knew he needed oxygen, we could get a bag to hook on the wheelchair.  We did what we could to try to make it work.

Memorial Day came.  We started getting things in place.  He was dressed and then “had a spell” only to realize he wasn’t well enough to go.  He was so bummed.

Tuesday came.  Kayla was suppose to drive him to Lacrosse but I could see that Kramer wasn’t well enough for anyone but me to take him. That was the day of the PET scan and when we found out he only had a few weeks to live.  Here’s the post on that if you missed it.  I didn’t tell all of you until Friday.  I had blog posts already scheduled and I needed a bit of time.

On Tuesday the scrambling started.  We had these things on our list: Continue reading

Garage Sale Goodies

A post from Kelli–

As many of you know, kids clothes are expensive!  Mom always said that kids are mostly as expensive as you let them be….Which I’m coming to find is quite true!

Before I had Georgia, I really didn’t think it would be that bad, but I was the Aunt buying an outfit or two…not a parent needing to supply a wardrobe.  Needless to say, thrift stores and garage sales have acquired a whole new appeal!

Kalissa recently told me that there was one that I NEEDED to go to.  After a bit of chatting, we figured out that I would leave Punky with her and run to Decorah.  Afterwards, I was going to go to work at the nursing home for a bit to work on things.  Kalissa jokingly told me that even if they were closed, I needed to knock on the door because it was just that good!

I took Georgia to Kalissa’s house and headed to Decorah and boy am I glad I did!

I ended up spending $95.00 and got TONS of super cute stuff….

Is this stuff not the best?

And things were so reasonably priced!  A 3 piece outfit like this was $2 to $3 for the entire outfit!

I know it’s a huge surprise that I would be a sucker for anything with a dog on it…

And some little Scottie dogs too…

Seriously though, who could say no to these!

I swear that I tried to restrain myself, but it was just so hard!

The best part? The person hosting the garage sale was a coworker of mine at the hospital.  It was nice to catch up with her as I’ve been on maternity leave and then Dad’s journey.

I know it’s a surprise, but I swear that my mom somehow gets smarter and smarter every single day.  Georgia is only going to be as expensive as I let her be.  $95 for a full wardrobe…that’s not bad at all!!