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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Miracle Miles

If you are so inclined, please done a few dollars to Tyler's Trek. Tyler is the son of my very dear friends Matt and Tracy. All money donated goes directly to NICU at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies here in Orlando.

Here's Tyler's story (there is a video on Team Tyler's Trek page - you really should watch it and see how amazing he is)...he is a miracle!

Tyler was born at Winnie Palmer Hospital at 28 weeks, 6 days gestation weighing just 2 pounds, 13 ounces. The first few days were especially critical, with us not knowing if he was going to survive his early arrival. Before I even left recovery, Dr. Lipman was at my bedside explaining what was going on and assuring me that they were going to take good care of him. The NICU journey is one filled with steps forward and steps back, good days and bad. Because his arrival came so suddenly, we had no time to prepare and no idea what to expect. There are a lot of unknowns and it's so difficult to see your baby hooked up to monitors, wires and tubes when all you want to do is take them home. But the staff at Winnie Palmer Hospital took great care of him - and of us! When Tyler came home 56 days later, we knew that he was ready. Today, Tyler is a ball of energy at 4.5 years old. He's tall for his age and has zero residual effects stemming from his prematurity. He loves superheros and his baby sister and we couldn't be happier. He often looks back at his pictures from the NICU and makes comments - I can only hope that one day he truly realizes the impact that he has had! We're sharing our story in hopes that others can understand that miracles do happen - the doctors and nurses at Winnie Palmer are outstanding and we will always be grateful to them. Please help me in supporting Miracle Miles and in giving other families the chance at the same happy ending!

Saturday, September 1, 2012


Mr. Paisley and I are gearing up for a trip over to the coast to visit KSC (that's Kennedy Space Center) while they are letting people into formerly restricted areas since the government decided to bail on the space program. 

I saw this video and thought it was pretty amazing. Kinda long at 8:32, but totally worth it - especially having grown up with the Space Shuttle in my back yard...well, you know what I mean.

What the Solid Rocket Booster saw... 

and here's a 360 view from the Mars rover

Anywho...apparently, it's going to cost us like $500 to do the KSC thing with all the extra super secret tours. That's CRAZY!