6 Months and Growing.

Jensen turned 6 months old Friday, February 26th.  WOW……where has the time gone?  Drew and I feel like it wasn’t very long ago when we were celebrating the 6 week mark!  I would say Jensen had a very exciting weekend of celebrating her milestone.  On Friday night, we went to my parent’s house and Jensen got to open presents!!  She was so excited!  On Saturday, gma and gpa Schauner came in town and we went shopping!!  Jensen of course ended up with several new outfits and a new dress and sweater from her grandparents.

Jensen is constantly searching over her toys for the tags and staring at them.  She has even found the warning label on the side of her carseat and is always messing with it.   Judy (Jensen’s babysitter) and I always joke that she must be trying to read them!  As you can see in her picture from Saturday, she’s definitely digging the new “tags”!!!!

Latest Craze = chewing on her finger

My parents got me this handprint maker before Jensen was born and I have been so excited to use it.  I felt like 6 months was an exciting milestone, so I thought we would give it a try!

The directions said to let it sit for about 5 minutes before using and if it were still too wet, give it another 2-3 minutes.  Well, we got busy playing with gma and gpa and about 7 minutes went by before we remembered to check it.  Needless to say, it was PLENTY ready for us at that point, so when I went to press Jensen’s little hand into it, it didn’t give much.  Drew was not impressed with my skills and says we should re-do it, but I am quite satisfied with the final product!  I will fancy it up with the chalk that was provided and it will look great!

To wrap up our weekend, Drew and I are preparing to take Jensen’s 6 month photos.  Don’t fret, I’m going to have plenty of copies made so that everyone can have a copy of a couple.  Drew and I will pick out our favorite ones and post them on his website in the next couple of days.

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Come on Jenbug!!

I don’t think it will be long now before my little Jensen Michelle is crawling! She has been trying to perfect her skills over the last couple of weeks and I had to get video last night of her latest moves!! Jensen is now doing the “inch worm”……and it cracks Drew and I up! Enjoy the videos!!!!

Happy Birthday Mom!!

Today is my mother-in-law’s birthday!!  I have always felt so fortunate to have her as my mother-in-law.  Even my sisters consider Terri a second mom!  She is very kind, generous and loving.  Jensen is very lucky to have her as a grandma!  Terri has always been there for me to celebrate special moments in my adult life.  She helped Drew and I move away for college when we were 21, she was there to celebrate my graduation from pharmacy school, she was there when I successfully completed my pharmacy practice residency and she was there to help us move into our first home.  So of course, when I was told I could have 3 people in the delivery room with me, I felt the decision was easy.  My husband, my mom and of course my mother-in-law.   Here is a picture of Jensen just hours after birth with her Gma Schauner…..

Happy Birthday mom!  We love you so much!!

Cousins.

This past Friday, the three of us headed down to Wichita to visit family.   Jensen hadn’t seen her Gma and Gpa Schauner is almost 7 weeks!!!  While we were in town, we visited my cousin Megan and her adorable baby girl Sophia.  Jensen was born August 26th, 2009 and Sophia was born December 26th, 2009 – making them exactly 4 months apart.  You can definitely tell the age difference right now, Sophia is so tiny and in comparison, Jensen looked like a big girl!  In a few months, we won’t be able to tell the age difference I’m sure.

We met up with my uncle Rod and aunt Jill (Megan’s mom and dad) for dinner at Louie’s Bar and Grill.  It was so wonderful getting to see them and we can’t wait until we get to see them again!!!!

Megan holding Jensen, Gma Schauner holding Sophia

Gma Schauner with Sophia

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my mom’s birthday.  She is a very special person to me and my family.  She is full of love, kindness, generosity and laughter.  Her sons-in-law love to tease her about her “craziness” as well – no question where all of us girls get it from!

My mom has always been there for me and is definitely my hero.  I am so blessed and fortunate that my daughter, Jensen, gets to share in my mom’s love and laughter.  It is hard to put into words how wonderful it feels to see Jensen with both of her grandparents.  Jensen definitely knows who they are and LOVES to listen to my mom talk and sing to her.  My mom has always kissed on Jensen’s cheeks since she was very little and now Jensen will go after my mom’s cheeks with her mouth wide open!!!  It makes the whole family crack up!

I thought I would post some pictures of my mom with little Jensen over the last few months along with some others.

Happy Birthday mom!!  We love you so very much!

On the Move.

Over the last few weeks, Jensen has been trying to get the whole “crawling” thing figured out.  For those of you that follow us, Jensen did not enjoy tummy time very much a few months ago, well now, we can’t keep her off of her belly!  When we lay her down, she immediately flips over to her belly and kicks her arms and legs all the while yelling out and babbling.  Drew and I enjoy putting toys just slightly out of her reach and watching her as she very methodically figures out how to scoot, roll and scoot some more to get to them!  Here are some pictures of her on Valentine’s day.  Drew was watching a movie and I was working on the computer and little Jenbug was playing with her toys…….

….on her back with this ring first……….

….then, after a little while of playing and me being on the computer, I look over and she has moved to under the chair!!!!!  Drew and I laughed and I had to grab the camera and take a picture!

Haiti Tragedy Personalized.

As most of you are aware, I work with pharmacy students as part of my University responsibilities.  Along with that responsibility, I am contracted to provide pharmacy services to the Research Family Medicine Residency Program at Research Medical Center.  In addition to working with pharmacy students, I work with many Family Medicine Residents.  Over the last two years, I got to know a resident, who has since graduated and now practices in southeastern KS as a family physician, Rachel Stevens.

Dr. Stevens recently came back to KC for a visit she wished she didn’t have to make – to update everyone on the destruction her parents are facing in Haiti.

Rachel Stevens parents have lived in Haiti for over 11 years.  Her father, a physician, her mother, a nurse, invested their life savings in a tiny patch of land and set up a not-for-profit Haiti Health Ministries Inc. medical clinic “Christianville” about 40 minutes west of Port-au-Prince.  They, along with a physician assistant and 3 other Haitian physicians, have been providing medical care for more than 25,000 patients.  The recent earthquake destroyed their clinic, most of their medical supplies and their home is uninhabitable.

Rachel came back to KC from her recent trip to Haiti and is asking for any financial support you can give.  Her parents are dedicated to their work in Haiti and are doing what they can to start rebuilding as they continue to care for the sick and wounded with the medical supplies they have.

Red Cross and UNICEF, to name a couple, are doing a great job, but according to Rachel Stevens, the help is slow to arrive and their are many people in need – a very devastating situation.  I am pasting her local story printed in “The Kansas City Star” and information if you would like to give to their cause.  Visit http://www.haitihealthministries.org and help Rachel Stevens and her family as they push forward to help the Haitian people and rebuild their medical clinic.

Thank you.

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Kansas couple lose clinic in Haiti, but not their will

By LEE HILL KAVANAUGH
The Kansas City Star

The great roar sounded like the end of the world.

At first Jim and Sandy Wilkins thought the shaking was coming from the generator for their second-floor apartment in Gressier, Haiti. Then ceiling tiles began to drop and the floor cracked apart. They leaped to safety through a hole that had opened in the wall.

Within minutes, the first truckload of injured arrived at what was left of their medical clinic.

The victims were mostly children, Sandy Wilkins, 54, wrote in a text message to her family in southeast Kansas. Gruesome injuries: crushed skulls, torn-off limbs. Tiny children, some dead, some paralyzed forever.

“Six people died in our immediate work. Many more will. Many open fractures. Two little girls paralyzed, horrible lacerations that you cannot imagine. … They come in droves, desperate for help. … We had only two docs, although our eye doc is sewing up head lacerations. … We are exhausted. We have almost no supplies and medicines left. Please pray for us.”

Sandy, a nurse, and Jim, 59, a family physician, moved to Gressier from Girard, Kan., 11 years ago.

Haiti needs us, they told friends and family. They had been on medical missions to many places, but Haiti grabbed their hearts.

Investing their life savings in a tiny patch of land, they set up a clinic in the area nicknamed Christianville, west of Port-au-Prince. They embraced the hardships of their new home.

Just last year, their nonprofit Haiti Health Ministries Inc. treated more than 25,000 patients. A typical day began with people lining up at 4 a.m. to see a doctor.

Now the clinic is destroyed, along with medical equipment that took years to buy. Their supplies of medicine are buried under rubble.

But patients keep coming.

Daughter Rachel Stevens, 29, a family physician, learned about the earthquake in a phone call from a friend. Within the hour, three more friends had called. The first news reports were sketchy.

Everyone waited hours to hear anything more.

“I have cried more in the last 24 hours than in my entire life,” Stevens said.

Finally, word came from another missionary, alerting her and her sister that their parents were safe.

“We’re so relieved to hear they’re OK, but the physical and emotional toll this is taking. … They are seeing things people shouldn’t see.”

Stevens, her husband and her younger sister, Amanda Lehman, a nurse, are organizing medical supplies and physicians to go to Haiti. Both daughters have spent hours on the telephone and online, trying without luck to arrange transport.

They hope to get to their parents, with supplies, in the next week, Stevens said.

“Right now, the most pressing issues they have are survival. There is no clean water. They’re boiling whatever they can with a small amount of the fuel they have left. They need food, water, clothing. People need surgeries, but they can’t do it without supplies. And without supplies, they’re only able to do basic first aid.”

She knows her parents are triaging each patient, working with those they can, trying to ease the pain of those they know will not survive. Difficult decisions that must be made in a disaster, she said.

“They’re focusing on saving who they can save … but the basics of this country are gone. … Everything’s gone. They’ll need a lot of help to rebuild what they had.”

Stevens, a University of Kansas graduate, worked at Research Medical Center before moving back to southeast Kansas three years ago to practice family medicine.

Last year her best friend, Amber Botros, a family physician from Kansas City, worked two weeks at the Christianville clinic. Botros returned home changed by her time in Haiti.

“The Wilkinses are amazing people,” Botros said. “They devoted their lives to helping the people of Haiti. In the two weeks I was there I saw so many illnesses and injuries, sick people who, if they were here, would be immediately admitted to a hospital.

“But there, you have to perform bedside surgeries. … Everyone was so appreciative. What the Wilkinses are doing with their lives, showing love like that, is absolutely amazing. This is a time when they need our love and support.”


The details
Haiti Health Ministries Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Its address is P.O. Box 175, Girard, KS 66743. It’s Web address is www.haitihealthministries.org.

Giving Credit where Credit is Due…..

Drew recently had a photo of his printed in a local fitness magazine here in Kansas City!  There was a feeling of both happiness and curiosity/disappointment because unfortunately, not only did the magazine not get his permission to use the photo, but they didn’t even credit him for the photo.  While Drew works on contacting the magazine, I thought I would share with you the work!!!  Pretty cool, but Drew deserves some credit/compensation for the work, don’t you think??!!!!