Thursday, December 13, 2007
I am proud to say I have taken my shopping difficulties to a new horizon this holiday season!!!
Over Thanksgiving Sherri and I went out and did all the shopping for our big dinner. After purchasing all the groceries on the list, forgetting to stop at one store on the list (the florist) and coming home we began making the many side dishes for the dinner. After a few hours it became apparent that there were items missing??? We were certain we bought them. My receipt showed I did succeed in purchasing these groceries. So by Thanksgiving morning we finally realize that HALF the groceries I bought were left at the STORE!!! You are probably asking how can someone possibly leave only half their groceries at the store. Admitting to yourself that many of you have driven off leaving all of your groceries in front of the store, but still confused as to how someone leaves half of a 200.00 grocery cart at the store. Having left all of my groceries several times, a bag or two at the store, I too am confused as to how I managed to bring home only half. Yes, if you need your grocery shopping done feel free to call me. I am sure to get it done eventually. We ended up going back to the store between that afternoon AND Thanksgiving day no less than 6 times to repurchase all those items I forgot.
So with great joy we head into the Christmas holiday and it is always questionable if we have the actual items I purchased. Sad isn't it. I am sure the stores love me. I share this wonderful story with you so you may laugh and maybe even commiserate in your shopping ability or lack there of. This past week, I managed to forget only one bag at the store!
Heads up Safeway I will be shopping tomorrow!
Saturday, December 08, 2007
The Three Grabb Boys
They have reached the age when I can no longer talk them into letting me get them matching outfits! :) So now we just do favorite sweaters! And of course we have to include Corbin Bear!
Can you believe he is 8 years old!!! Soon 9, how time flys.
As always lots of smiles and love to share!
Sweet little Bro Bro! How sad I am to see him grow up. Yet he is on me.
My Beautiful Boys!
Friday, November 30, 2007
The boys are not feeling well currently all three have strep throat. We have been snuggling a lot on the couch and watching TV. I have to admit that I don't like the day we have to run to the doctors office but enjoy the day after when we can relax at home snuggling in bed and on the couch.
We are getting ready for the holidays. I am amazed how each day there is an ache in our hearts for Corbin. Some days it is just a dim pain, others it is an agonizing overwhelming blinding pain searing deep into the souls of our hearts. Brodie still talks about when Corbin comes home how he will play with this toy or wear this shirt like him. We have stopped explaining that Corbin is not coming home.
For me, the holidays are just hard. Missing Corbin and my parents, the holidays are a time when it makes the hole in my life and heart feel like a spasm of darkness before me. Yet, with that I remember to enjoy each day. Cherish the holidays with the boys and take nothing for granite.
All our Love,
Terri and Family
Friday, October 05, 2007
We had a small adventure as many of you heard about! While watching a friend do an adventure quest race at the local park we had a small emergency. Gunnar fell on a SNAKE and of course it was poisonous and OF COURSE it bit him! So off we went to spend a few days in the wonderful Fairfax Hotel! A short vacation for Travis, Gunnar and I. He is doing alright. His arm and wound is healing well. He did require antivenom to be administered, through out the entire event he was stable.
We are getting back on track and into a routine.
We also have finalized the Logo for the Foundation! So all you logo buyers out there, here is the website that you can buy logo gear from and a profit of the sales will go toward the foundation which we will send the money of for CHD research!
CMG Heart Foundation Store at CafePress!
Corbin's Fun Run Store at CafePress!
We also had the great pleasure of visiting the new Children's hospital. It was great. They did a fabulous job and it will be opening very soon!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Gunnar LOVES school at Clifton. He is enjoying his teacher, classmates and the work. Brodie is so funny about school. He told us after his first day, "My Bus Driver is CRAZY!" She keeps stopping the bus and I slide off the seat. Aiden is having some what of a hard time adjusting to school. We are working through a lot of anxiety that has surfaced. He told us that he is afraid when he leaves me someone else will die. Heart breaking that our 6 year old son is so afraid to leave me because of the fear someone else he knows will die. He has a great counselor, teacher and staff to support him. I am attending the school to do lunch time and recess with him. I am sure soon he will learn that when Mommy leaves him somewhere it doesn't mean that someone is dying.
Brodie as usual has much to say. Yesterday he came off the bus to tell me he "I invited a chick over to play with me Mom! I can't remember her name but she is a girl!" Got to love that crazy kid. He is also learning about Bears. His homework was to learn two bear facts. The only bear fact we seem to get out of him is "Bears poop like this!" along with a demonstration. I am praying he has NOT shared this fact at school.
I am still teaching Astronomy at the Church co op on Thursdays. Now, volunteering at the school, and staying busy. Travis has found his past love of Mountain biking and started that up with the boys again. They are building jumps, "skinnys" and many other contraptions to ride on. I would love to see them take up Olympic knitting or some other boring calm sport. I dare say there is no such luck in that.
Well that is all that is going on at the Grabb Zoo.
Terri for all
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Here is a slide show of our Jason during his Fontan. How we love the Yorks and are so excited that Jason is doing well.
Terri and Crew
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Life just whizzes by me. I try hard to just hang on to the coat tails and pray I don't let go and fall off. Who knows where I may land!
We celebrated Corbin's 3rd birthday on July 20th with an amazing tribute to his life at the cemetary with many families. The occasion was filled with laughter, squeeling children and lots of energy. As I gazed out at the mass of children (over 15 kids at his graveside) I whispered up to him and said Oh my son how right this is. For you loved these children. You loved to chase, play and wrestle each one. May we always remember your love and joy for life. Your smiles and joyful approach to all things. So we had a time of prayer and then we released butterflys to send butterfly kisses to Corbin. Each of the Children decorated the grave with handmade pinwheels.
We had an amazing and wonderful first Annual Corbin's Fun Run. I was overwhelmed and at times speechless with tears at the many who came out and asked us to continue and do it again next year. We made THOUSANDS of dollars to go to CHD research. It was incredible. I am working on a slide show so it should be up soon.
This past few weeks since the event have been catching our breath and regaining our energy.
As Brodie approaches his time to begin school. Yes, he is entering into Kindergarten at the local school here. He is very excited but has some things to say about it that make us laugh. Gunnar and Aiden told Brodie that "Brodie is going to PRISON!" after the comment made with Grand Penny that a school looks like a prison. You can tell my children have been home schooled and never even entered into a school before to know the difference. Brodie went on to tell Grand Penny and Poppy that "There are bullys at my school and I am going to beat them up!" So I have some small worries over how the first few days of school will go but praying it is peaceful.
Life with three boys is incredibly busy. At times I wonder how a Mother survives the childhood years. I once heard a lady talk about her dogs that she could only let two out to play at a time if you let more than that they act like a pack and make bad choices. I think the same goes for BOYS.
This past week we have had to scrub berry juice out of there hair and skin because they got the bright idea to make themselves into Umpa Lumpas from Charlie and The Choclate Factory. Then they proceeded to top the afternoon off with making a mud bubble bog and taking our 2 year old neighbor boy into the mud bog and trying to make him a different color! Yes, we went through no less than 5 showers that day, a ton of clothes and lots of my patience! I did avert one small disaster when I stopped Gunnar and Aiden from tying Brodie to the ceiling fan to see if he could fly like Peter Pan.
They currently have found their love for making ramps and jumps for their mountain bikes. I am off to make sure everyone has all body parts intact. This is probably why I don't update very much as they are keeping me way to busy!
All our Love,
Terri and the WILD boys.
Monday, July 09, 2007
For all you Angel Heart Mom's out there Please email me a picture, name, dates of birth and passing of your child. We are going to be doing something special with the photos. I will email you to let you in on the secret! firstname.lastname@example.org
On the Home front: We had a really nice get away. Thanks to the Long Family for letting us use an amazing cabin. The James and Schaaf Families for tagging along, keeping us very busy, for the special memory box, the candle ceremony and balloon release. You are awesome friends. Aiden is on antibiotics for his leg and joints as they have found markers for lymes disease. He is doing well. Walking better and feeling much more like himself. He is not allowed to run, ride a bike or jump for several weeks. That has been our hardest struggle. Thanks for checking on us and come on out and walk with us (Notice I said walk! :) ) Terri and Crew
Sunday, June 24, 2007
How I miss him.
Monday, May 28, 2007
The boys are finishing up soccer season. They have finished with the homeschool co op as well. They had their year end program and did just awesome. I wish we could have taped their sign language song. They were so cute!
We have registered Brodie up for Kindergarten at the local school. He is so very excited. He had a bus ride as well. I cried and cried to see my little boy get on that bus like a big boy.
We are still doing school through the summer to catch up.
I traveled to U of M for the memorial service for Corbin and the other babies at the hospital. That in itself is a whole update.
We have begun to remodel the bathrooms at the house which I am very excited about. Our community garden is growing very well. MC all your beans are growing great!!!!
Corbin's Memorial Run is getting geared up. We are in full swing with that. My sister did an awesome Heart Quilt that is beyond words that we are raffling off. The boys are crying about the quilt being raffled.
Well thats about it.
Try to update soon.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Yet, with all the emotion flowing through me I am happy for Corbin. As he has WON his fight with this disease! He is HEALED!!!! I can't wait to see him healed and running, playing and free of tubes!
And so we begin the next three months of harsh memories. Please keep us in your prayers as we try to only remember his wonderful time at home and not dwell on the sad memories of these times last year. May we remember the truth and God's promises to us that we WILL see him again!
Terri and Crew
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Many thanks to Diane, Hope, Diane, Jennifer and many others for working hard to make this happen. We are so excited as the date has worked out to be right after Corbin's birthday! We hope that many of you can join us.
Check out the website and stay tuned for registration!!!!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
For our family that is what this day meant up until three years ago, now it means tiny broken hearts being mended. Hearts struggling to pump, little blue hands, feet and lips. Babies who struggle to even drink out of a bottle. Medications to give, blood pressure to check, heart rates and respiration's to be aware of. For us families coming home to empty cribs, car seats, and high chairs because their children's heart is now healed but that healing did not occur on this earth but in heaven. So now instead of their children's broken hearts they move forward with their broken heart.
Valentines Day for us will always remind us not of Love and Romance, Chocolate and Kisses but of the Warriors Who Fight so Bravely and the Families that Go on each day since their child's ultimate healing.
Terri and Family
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
I hate feeling this way yet I can't seem to shake it off! When oh when will it all end! How I long for HEAVEN!!!!
On a funny note, Aiden has taken up a new trade! He has become a barber a not so good one according to our beautiful neighbor girls. Yes, he cut not only his own hair but also our two neighbor girls hair as well. YES, HE CUT OFF A SWEET GIRLS BANGS!!!!! It is never good when a babysitter calls you while you are out! The funny comment that he made to us was "Mom it just didn't turn out how I thought it would!"
I don't know about that kid!
Brodie managed to break his glasses, yes his glasses that I think they plated with gold since they cost so much!!!! The ones that they tell you are made for kids so they don't break!!!
Our insurance fight is still going on with Blue Cross and U of M. Apparently U of M has not received payment because Corbin is not insured??? He was removed from the policy and that removes them from the responsibility of paying. Yes, it has gotten ugly especially as I yell into the phone at the poor lady that the reason our son was removed from their policy is that he is dead!!!! Yes, I had the poor girl crying. U of M has been very good about waiting but can't file any more until they get this situation repaired. Corbin was insured and is covered but for some computer and human malfunction they view him as uninsured and not on the policy since he was removed in July of 2006!!! Yes, after his death which they did once they received the information from the hospital! Can I tell you how much I despise insurance companies and all the mess with it! The system really needs to change, not sure how but it does.
Well there is my funk!
Saturday, January 20, 2007
HELP SPREAD THE NEWS FEBRUARY 7TH - 14TH IS CONGENITAL HEART AWARENESS WEEK!
WE ASK THAT YOU WEAR A RED AND BLUE RIBBON ALL WEEK TO SUPPORT OUT KIDS THAT ARE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS AND THOSE THAT ARE STILL FIGHTING!!!
Thanks for your love and support!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
This is how it looked after he passed away. Many of his toys just sitting out of site so they would be out of mind! This is the look that drove me absolutely crazy and kept the door shut to his room so whenever we walked by you just wouldn't be reminded of the sadness of it all.
So this is the current look. Our new classroom and office. One that we can remember Corbin in and yet not have the sadness of boxed up toys and his clothes packed away constantly reminding us of what we don't have here on this earth.
How do I feel about it???
Good, I feel that it was time and the sadness of the closed room needed to leave our home so we could move forward and heal more. Pray that we will find joy in the new room and make new memories while remembering the old.
Terri and crew