Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I think this little boy is going to have two doting sisters!  Does the word "spoiled" come to mind?

The family went home this evening.  I know Annisa will be more comfortable at home in her own bed with the little munchkin.

Monday, April 27, 2009


How precious is this little boy! Robert Dixon was born at 2:46 pm today.  He weighs 6 pounds 12 ounces and is 20 inches long.  What a lusty cry he has! But as soon as he was cleaned up, he was quiet and peaceful!

Daddy loves his little boy!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Just 24 hours after our great night at the ball game, Jim and I experienced first hand the scary effects of Juvenile Diabetes.  Saturday evening Aidan registered high glucose numbers that we couldn't control, even with the help of a doctor on call at Children's Hospital in DC.  To make a long story short, after watching this precious little boy vomit six times and suffer distress, we ended up at the emergency room at Chambersburg Hospital.  The staff was fantastic.  He was admitted overnight and got the care he needed.  Turns out, his pump was defective and he wasn't getting the insulin he needed. I want to thank all of you for your prayers and concern. My deepest thanks goes to the Chambersburg Hospital doctors, nurses, and diabetes educator for their awesome care. I also want to thank everyone who has contributed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk For A Cure.  So far, we have raised almost $6000.00.  Hopefully researchers will soon find a cure for children like Aidan and his brother, Ryan.

Putting together his Legos, which he is passionate about, helped Aidan pass the time. Thanks Barry and Becky!


Look at these two adorable T-Ball players and baseball fans!  We took Aidan and Ryan to a Hagerstown Suns game Friday night.  They had a blast. 
Here they are with Wooly, the Suns' Mascot and enjoying ball park treats.

The highlight of the evening was competing in a tug-of-war contest on the first base line.  

Monday, April 13, 2009

These are pictures from last year's Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk For A Cure.  It was the first walk that our family participated in and we raised over $10,000.00!  My two grandsons, Aidan and Ryan, were diagnosed four years ago at the ages of 15 months and 3 years. It was a shock to our family because no one on either side has diabetes.  In addition, they developed Celiacs Disease (gluten intolerance), which about 10% of Type I Diabetic children develop.  Researchers are very close to several "cure" options for children with diabetes. Jim and I set a goal to raise $6000.00 (just the two of us!) for this year's walk. Through support of family, friends, and Jim's business associates and customers and two scrapbooking crops we organized, we have raised $5500.00 so far!  We are so close to our goal! Woo!Hoo!  If anyone would like to donate to the JDRF, you can do so online at jdrf.org.  Click on donate and select Aidan and Ryan's Warrior Walkers (Martina and Jim Fegan).  You can also send a check made payable to JDRF to Martina Fegan, 19 Obsidian Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202.  Thousands of children are diagnosed each year making diabetes one of the fastest growing childhood diseases.  Although the disease can be managed, children can suffer major complications including death.  Hope you can help us fund a cure!  Thank you!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Day began with Aidan, Ryan, and Kari enjoying their Easter baskets.  When Ryan saw his Spongebob Lego set, he exclaimed, "The Easter Bunny read my mind!"  Aidan was thrilled with his Lego Agents Gold Hunt.  Legos are his obsession.  Kari loved her Barbie DVD and her other Easter goodies.  
Then the entire family went to church for the Contemporary Service.  The Praise Band music was wonderful and set the tone for the day.  
When we got home we discovered that the Easter Bunny had hidden eggs all through the front yard area and the kids made a mad dash to find them!  We discovered that as we were hunting eggs, a momma duck was sitting on a dozen of her own eggs under s bush beside the porch.  She didn't move as the kids were running around hunting plastic eggs, not duck eggs!  Sasha and Clara also found Easter baskets filled with books and other goodies awaiting them. 
Our Easter meal was delicious!  Beef Brisket and ham, Annisa's homemade mac and cheese, salad, vegies, and for dessert, a heaping bowl of fresh strawberries, blueberries and pineapple with whipped cream and some Angel food cake on the side!
The real gift was having the entire family together for the day.  Although it can get chaotic, it is truly wonderful being together for these special moments. 

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Today we had so much fun coloring Easter eggs.  Yes, it was messy, but the grandkids had a blast picking their colors, dipping their eggs, and watching the vibrant colors appear.  With five egg dyers it takes quite a few eggs so that they each get to color a bunch.  We used the traditional Paas egg coloring kits and wax crayon, to draw designs or write their names on the eggs,  just like we did it a long time ago!  Some things never change!