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Thursday Update: 11/29/07

We are just settling in for the night…after having a three hour conversation with Ruth Lycke from the China Connection. Our heads are spinning with all the information…it was a very, very insightful conversation!! We discussed her experience, as well as that of various other patients, and we learned a lot about what to expect, and talked about all the possibilities.
There are still lots of unknowns, and of course, no guarantees…but after talking to Ruth, we all feel encouraged that there are things which could be worked on and improved through treatment over there. We are very excited to let everyone know that Matt is on their schedule to go to China in March!!!
I will be receiving more information tomorrow…Ruth will put me in touch with a US manager and a China manager to help coordinate all the logistics of the trip. They will handle setting us up to travel, and get everything ready for Matt in China. It is incredible to think that we are really going to do it…after all these …

House Pics

Here are more pics from the inside of the house.

This is the view of the dining/living room...I am standing in the kitchen.


This is the view of the kitchen area...I am standing in the dining area.


This is the view down the hall...the basement steps are on the right, where the half wall is...the front door is just after them. The hall bathroom is straight ahead.

Wednesday Update: 11/28/07

Happy Thanksgiving…a little late!!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a highly enjoyable long weekend at home! It was soo great to have extra time off together, and we soaked it all in. Thursday we headed to my grandparents’ house for a delicious turkey dinner with my aunts, uncle, and cousins. It was a full house…but it was great. We talked, laughed, ate, and had a really good time.
We stopped by the new house on our way up there and I took a bunch of new pictures! It was exciting to see the house with windows, doors, and the rooms all framed up inside. The siding was supposed to come this week, so I’m sure I’ll be posting more pictures of that soon! It was the perfect way to start off the Thanksgiving holiday…being excited and so very grateful for the new house that we’ll soon be living in.

Friday and Saturday we hung around the house, watching football and decorating the house for Christmas. I got some real garland and put it up on the front porch again this year…and I also…

Tuesday Update: 11/20/07

Here are a couple more pictures of the house…things are really starting to take shape and we couldn’t be more excited! Well, maybe we’d be a TAD more excited if we had an offer on our house…but I’m sure it’ll work itself out. We had a buyer come and look at it Friday for the second time, but have yet to hear any feedback from her. This is the third buyer who has viewed our house multiple times so we’re just HOPING that sooner or later one of them makes an offer!!

In other news, we heard from Ruth Lycke at the China Connection yesterday!! She is going to come down to our place next Thursday to talk about her experiences and answer all of our questions. Matt and I intend to sit down and come up with a list so we don’t leave anything out. She thought that things looked good for Matt, so we are anxious to talk through the details and see if we could really make this work. We are SO excited!!

We also made a big decision this week, in regards to therapy. After much thought and discus…

Tuesday Update: 11/13/07

Well, it has been another busy, but good couple of weeks. The most exciting news is that work has finally really started to take off at the new house!! They started framing it up last Monday and by Friday they had all the exterior walls done. It was so exciting to actually walk up and IN to the new house for the first time. Of course, it is still hard to visualize where the walls will be and everything, but it is finally starting to look like a house! YAHOO! We’ll be driving by again tomorrow to check out the progress, so I’ll try to get updated pictures out there as well. We showed our house again last Friday, and are keeping our fingers crossed that we might finally have a really interested buyer. Let’s HOPE!!




This past weekend Matt and I went to Iowa City for the IA/MN football game. We hadn’t been out to a game there for a number of years…and it was so much fun. We found our seats easily and sat next to some really nice folks who have been sitting in that spot for a number…