Tuesday, March 30, 2010

trying to find our rhythm

If you have been coming to this blog as of late you might have noticed I've been a bit quiet.  We have been regrouping after coming SO VERY CLOSE to being able to say this was over and then finding out that it isn't over yet.  Each time we get the news that something has been postponed, dragged out, extended, or appealed we just need that much longer to recover from the blow.  So. We are getting there! 

I have several things I would like to comment on in the next few days so check back in if you are interested! I would like to share a couple of thoughts about these amazing fundraisers (see post below!)  and about this experience in general.  When I am upset I become a little bit withdrawn, but lately I have been talking to a newfound friend who is going through the same thing that we are.  I am also listening to some great music by The Avett Brothers right now (and eating a Watchamacallit -- but that is not super relevant) and getting fired up.  Which always makes me a lot more wordy.  When I was in high school and college I would right myself letters to cheer myself up when I was going through a tough time.  Lame, sure.  But who is better qualified to know exactly what you need to hear than yourself? And no one appreciates my sense of humor like I do! I recently remembered those old letters and it made me smile.  I might have to put that back into practice.  The point to all of this is just, come back. An actual post will be made soon.

In the meantime, I would like to share my favorite moment from yesterday.  Wave had thrown up all over herself on the way to get Harper from preschool so I had massive clean up to do while taking care of a pitiful baby and dealing with Harper while she felt like being something of a challenge yesterday. I was at the end of my rope. After dinner I had jammied Wave and was getting ready to put her to bed when I looked out the back window and was appreciating the beautiful weather.  The light in the back yard was gorgeous so I ushered the girls out to enjoy just a moment.  The girls were getting along beautifully (anything to stall bedtime, yes?) so I took a few pictures of them together.  A book that Harper loved that Wavy is totally into right now is Goodnight Gorilla.  I was lucky enough to catch them talking about it.  Please note the faces below.  They are reenacting their shared favorite part -- the zookeeper's wife turns back on the light to find the gorilla in her bed, smiling at her.  

Wave is being the wife and Harper the gorilla.  Sisters.  Oh man, I do love this life.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Save the Date!

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Hi friends and followers,  

I'm your guest blogger today, filling in for Danielle. My name is Bri and I have had the incredible honor of having Molly as one of my closest friends since we were in middle school together.  

If you are anything like me, throughout this whole legal battle, you've been wondering what you can do to help and how you can show your support for this amazing family.  I am so excited to announce a date for "Eat, Meet & Greet" where you will be able to lay eyes on the Nagels, visit with them, and tell them in person how you've prayed and fought for them throughout this journey.  

Coach's Bar and Grill in Overland Park, KS has generously offered to donate a portion of sales on Sunday May 2nd from 4pm-7pm to the Nagels.  There will be a limited menu  available and $4 from each item will be given directly to M&M.  In addition, they will give $1 from any Bud Light Draw ordered. You do not have to be there throughout the entire event, just come by when you can to show your support.

You're going to eat anyway, right? So gather your family and friends and come and have dinner for a good cause! 

Please note, in order for Coach's to be prepared to accommodate our group, we'll need a general head count. I'll be sending out an evite so we can track RSVPs.  For more information on this event, please email me, brianairwin@gmail.com

Thanks, Bri 

Sunday, March 14, 2010

WavyBell Ballers... March Madness Fundraiser!

Play for Wave!

Join the WavyBell Ballers Bracket Group!

Good Luck to everyone playing for Wave during March Madness!

Kelly Warren

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Winners (I Should Be Fired!)

It's true.

If keeping up with my blogging duties were my job, I would for sure be FIRED!

I know I promised raffle winners, um...  last Friday!

Hence, the reason I should be fired!

I have to plead gettingreadytohaveababyanyday, gettingsickfortheumpteenthtime, reorganizingandswitchingkidsroomsin5days, and planningmyson's5thbirthdaypartytoday as my defense :)

At any rate...

THANK YOU to all who so generously donated to the most recent Fundraising raffles!  You were able to provide M&M with the funds to be able to make yet another legal payment.

Without further ado...


Quilt donated by Carla Timberlake


Please contact Carla at twigcreek@swbell.net to make arrangements to get your lovely quilt.

Cottage Care Carpet Cleaning


Please contact Brian at Cottage Care at 913-469-0220 to arrange your carpet cleaning up to $125 in value.


I realize I have... um, no creditability when I say this...


Please do stay tuned for new fundraising opportunities coming soon!

We are planning a March Madness Bracket fundraiser, some new raffles (cute kids things), and a special event in the KC area where those of you in the area can go to meet M&M and their two sweet girls.

I just may have to ask for some help in blog posting given my defense #1 (gettingreadytohaveababyanyday) up above :)

Thank you again for continuing to walk this journey with the Nagel's
and for forgiving my severe lack of follow through on my blog postings :)

With gratitude,


Thursday, March 4, 2010

the bait

As I mentioned in the last post we have been having a hard time getting back into the mentality of waiting and getting past the disappointment that the end does not appear near as we had hoped that it was.  Tonight I am cheering myself up a bit by looking at some cute pictures of our girls. They really are amazing little people with tender hearts and sweet dispositions.  Tonight Wavybel was tucking her monkey in next to her in the crib as I was putting her to bed.  She gently covered monkey up with a blanket and said in a sing-songy voice, "Night night monkey. Hug (hugged him). Kiss (kissed him). Paci (offered her pacifier to him)."  Then she laid her head down and rubbed her cheek with monkey's hand.  Earlier today the girls were hugging and Harper was telling Wave what a good girl she was and saying, "you're my little sweetie pie!"  These are the sweet moments that I am savoring tonight.  The I'm-so-frustrated posts can wait for another time I'm sure.  Here are a few cute pictures of Wavy that made me smile.  I'm offering them up as bait so that you will hopefully stay interested and not give up on us through all of these ups and downs! We wouldn't have made it this far without you.  


Wednesday, March 3, 2010


We spoke to our lawyer Kevin on Monday and we did not care for anything he said.  I have never been mad at a state before, but I am officially furious with the state of Kansas. 

Let me fill you in on the timeline for the Supreme Court of Kansas to decide if they are going to hear our case or not:

They can and will take as long as they would like to decide if they want to hear our case.  


From the cases we looked at that the court decided to hear or not to hear they took anywhere from four to ten months to decide.  FOUR. TO. TEN. MONTHS.  They could take less.  They could take longer.  If they decide to hear the case it will just go on from there.  

I could go on a bit here. But I am not going to. I am getting too angry.  So I will post a few more thoughts and details in the next day or two.  

Please pray for us as we try to handle settling into this new wait and the huge disappointment that we will most likely not be able to finish this by Wavybel's second birthday.  We are having a very hard time digesting that.  Thank you.