Cousins 2/25/18

Robbie’s cousins visited today. Robbie showed Kellen how to build with the Star Wars legos. Lynn did Snapchat with both the kids. Little Nora had fun rocking in my old rocking chair. I missed getting pictures of their parents. It is nice to have them nearby.

Lynn is Visiting 2/23/18

Lynn snapped this picture and sent it to me. She drove down from Tulsa yesterday.

Robbie wants to keep working on his leg, so we went in search of a fitness center. The first few places we stopped at didn’t pass the smell test. If I feel like I’ve entered a boy’s locker room, I’m not joining! Robbie thought I was being too picky and we would never find a place.

We ended up joining the YMCA. They are clean, kind, have knowledgeable people on how to help Robbie with his leg, and they pass the smell test.

Boxes! 2/20/18

All the boxes and furniture have been moved into our house. The movers arrived at 8:00 and took only three hours to empty the pods and set up the beds. Even though I thought I got rid of a lot of stuff before moving, I can’t believe how many boxes are everywhere. It was difficult to decide where to have them put everything. I miss my friends and family that helped me pack.

Robbie and I also ventured out into our new city to run errands and due to my great sense of direction, we got lost a couple times even with my phone giving us directions. When you get close to multiple roads and highways, the gps is worthless. We did have a few good laughs. At one point I told Robbie that the car ahead of us seems to know where they are going…I’m going to follow them. They turned into an Irish pub and Robbie laughed and asked why I didn’t turn too.

Moving Day! 2/18/18

We moved out of our apartment today! The movers did a great job bringing our stuff down from our 3rd floor apartment to their truck. We are so happy to be out of the apartment!!! We are still waiting on our pods to show up. Hopefully they will arrive this week.

I went and picked up a few groceries that I fit into our little dorm refrigerator until the pods arrive. No stairs or parking garage to navigate our groceries through. Yay!

Robbie is enjoying being able to easily go outside again.

Now I need Mary Poppins to fly in and magically put away all the boxes.

Thank You for the Priceless Gift for Robbie 2/17/18

Written by Robbie’s sister, Ruth Holland.

This is Robbie holding a baby sloth at the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. They were so inspired by his story and how he wanted to visit them that they surprised him with a ton of plush sloths to bring home to other cancer patients. Oh…and a baby sloth to hold! (Contrary to popular belief, sloths usually aren’t huge fans of being held, so this was very, very special gift).

I’ve been taking time to try and think up the best words to say thank you for this dream trip for Robbie and they still escape me. I think the best is what my husband, Nick, said. “In the 12 years I’ve known Robbie, I’ve never seen him happier.”

Everywhere we went, people realized Robbie liked sloths and would find him whenever one in the wild was visible nearby. It is safe to say everyday of the almost 2 weeks we were there, he saw wild sloths. 🙂 Thanks to your generosity we were able to give him a trip of a lifetime. Everything from whitewater tubing (hilarious! try it sometime!) to ziplining through treetops. Coffee and chocolate plantation tours to hours of giggling beachside.

I hope your life is as full of joy and happiness as you helped us bring Robbie.

Thank you again for your support and prayers. Pura vida!

Ruth Holland


*Note: We are closing down the You Caring site. Thank you from the entire family. You have given Robbie and all of us a priceless gift. Cindy

Where are the Storage Pods?

We are still trying to get our storage pods. We used Pack Rat storage pods, incase you want to know who to avoid. They were scheduled for today…they cancelled and told us tomorrow…then cancelled again and moved the delivery to Monday…and the latest is next Wed. Keep in mind that this includes our refrigerator along with all our furniture etc.

We were planning to leave the apartment set up until mid March when our lease is up, so if we need a place to go between Robbie’s appointments that we could still utilize the location. Instead, we have movers coming Sunday morning to move us our of the apartment and we bought a small dorm refrigerator to use until the storage pods are delivered.

Our other disappointment was to wait in line forever at a Post office distribution center to set up our new address and collect a key for the mailbox.. There was one ugly blue door with a smaller door that would open occasionally and take another person’s information and then shut the little door. We found out we would need to return to this location when ever we want mail for the next few months until mail gets set up for our neighborhood. Instead we set up a PO box at a nearby UPS store. It is clean, quiet, and no wait for our mail.

I’m really stressed out. Moving…Robbie sick…..and I’m ready to be settled again!

We are Officially Texans 2/15/18

We are officially home owners again! After nine months of living in a tiny loud apartment, we will be moving to a suburb of Houston called Katy. This move will be our 10th city since we got married in 1982. I always thought we would end up back in Wisconsin.

We are ready to be settled in a home again! A lot of work ahead to move our stuff from the apartment and retrieve our storage pods. The pods were expected tomorrow, but they cancelled. We hope we are able to get them soon. I didn’t realize how much I would miss little things like playing our piano or having our family pictures displayed.

Robbie had a great day and he is also looking forward to being in a house again.

Valentine’s Day: Remembering Robbie’s Grandma Graves 11/26/1929- 2/14/2015

Robbie’s Grandma (Margaret Graves) passed away three years ago today. This weekend will be the first time we move without her. She always liked to come and organize my kitchen ….and my life. She was a determined German. Lol. I miss her so much. Missing her strength, her advice (whether I asked for it or not), her strong faith, and her love for her family. I have especially missed her since Robbie has been sick. Her friends and her church continue to pray for Robbie, which means a lot to us.

Cookies for Robbie 2/13/18

I’m making Robbie’s favorite cookies today. When he was in 1st grade he kept checking out the Nestle Cookie Cookbook from the school library until I finally bought the book for him.

It is a little dangerous making cookies when I’m stressed. I should be packing up our apartment for the weekend move.