Our family's journey through life

Merry Christmas! December 13, 2011

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Some of you will be receiving this Christmas letter in the mail, but I thought I would post it as well.  Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas!


Blessed.  Grateful.  Humbled. 


This year has been quite a year.  It could have turned out so many different ways, but we are fortunate enough to come away from 2011 saying that we are blessed, grateful and humbled by all that we were able to overcome.

We began the year on a joyful note, finding out that we were pregnant with our second child.  Although a bit nervous to expand the brood, we couldn’t have been more thrilled.  The first half of my pregnancy was like clockwork.  I was quite a bit more nauseous this time around, but everything seemed to be going well.  At 20 weeks, our ultrasound showed a few concerns.  At 22 weeks, I had surgery to ensure that our bundle would stay put.  And at 23 weeks, we found out that I was in pre-term labor and was admitted to the hospital indefinitely.

For two months, I was restricted to bed rest at the hospital, leaving my husband and son to fend for themselves.  By far, it has been the most challenging experience of our lives.  But God doesn’t lie when he says that His grace will be sufficient in our time of need.  We were SO blown away by all of our friends and family being so supportive.  Again, the words blessed, grateful and humbled come to mind.

Our sweet, beautiful baby girl who threatened to come at 23 weeks, managed to hang on until 38 weeks and 4 days.  Reese Liana Wegner was born on August 20th.  She is perfect in every way and we feel so honored to be given the opportunity to be her family.  She is already 3 months old and although she looks a lot like Cole did when he was a baby, she has her very own personality.  She is a very content baby, nurses well and is already sleeping through the night.  She has the most amazing eyelashes, but has unfortunately lost most of her beautiful dark head of hair.  She is cooing, smiling, just barely laughing and we can’t wait to see more of her personality come to life in the next few months.

Our 2 ½ year-old is quite the boy.  Cole is super tall and super talkative and often gets mistaken for a 4 year-old.  It’s been very entertaining having conversations with him to see where that little mind of his will take him.  He is into doing things on his own and loves to help around the house.  He loves reading books, doing puzzles and enjoying all things Buzz Lightyear.  He is a great big brother and loves to shower Reese with plenty of hugs and kisses and tells her about all the things she’ll be able to do when she gets bigger.  Potty training is not fun, but he’s starting to make a bit of progress.  And we can’t wait until the meltdown stage is over…it does end right?

Ben began a new position at Ameriprise this year where he helps transition high-level advisors from their old firms.  He enjoys it, but has also realized that he misses managing people.  And…drum roll please…after 2 ½ years of hard work, he has obtained his MBA from Bethel University!  We are SO proud of Ben and this great accomplishment and love to not have to share him with homework and class.  We are very excited to see where his MBA will take him in his career.  He enjoyed hunting this year, both bow and gun even after encountering a bobcat.  He plans to take turkey hunting with a buddy in 2012.  He also thoroughly enjoyed skydiving a couple of times this year. 

And me?  Work is going well and I am still able to work part of my week from home.  I am still getting used to having a family of four. With work and two kids, I often feel overwhelmed.  The laundry never seems to end!  But frankly, I spend most of my time just enjoying my family.  It’s so good to be back into our normal routine and it’s so easy to take the simple, mundane things in life for granted.  Being away from my home and my family for two months put a new perspective on things and I pray that God will continually remind me to sustain a grateful heart for all that I am blessed with in life. 

As I end this little update, we want to sincerely thank each and every one of you for supporting our family this year in.  I don’t think we could have done it without you.  Many blessings to you and yours! Merry Christmas!



Dedicating Reese December 7, 2011

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This past Sunday was a special day for our family.  It was dedication Sunday for Miss Reese!  Our family joined us at church as we publicly committed to raise Reese with godly principles in hopes that we will guide her into a relationship with God.  We invited everyone over for brunch after, even though Reese was upstairs sleeping and didn’t make an appearance until everyone started leaving!  But she couldn’t have been more beautiful and we are so excited to see what God has in store for her life.

What a beauty!

Brother and Sister - So cute!


It sure is fun to play dress-up!


 And here are a couple more pictures to tide you over in case I don’t post again for a while. 🙂  The next time I post, it might be pictures of Reese’s first tooth!  Eek!  Yes, we think she’s teething already.  She’s growing up WAY too fast!

Check out those eyes!

Tummy time with big brother

Bathing Beauty

Big Girl!


Deck the Halls

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The weekend after Thanksgiving we decided to go hunting….for our Christmas tree that is!  Everything is a bit more exciting with a 2 1/2 year old.  It was odd weather though…warmer and rainy…almost foggy!  I honestly didn’t mind though as we’ve had some pretty cold tree hunting experiences in the past.


Yes, Ben let him hold the saw!

Our beautiful tree!

Cole helping Dad assess the situation

A Clean Cut

Yes, Reese and I were there...can't you see her under the blanket? 🙂

Peek a Boo! There she is!

After we got the tree home and upright, Cole was so excited to help me decorate.  He did a really great job of decorating, although all of his ornaments that he added to the tree were all in a nice little cluster.  Needless to say, we are officially in the Christmas spirit!  Ho, ho, ho!! 🙂

All ready to decorate!

Notice the nice cluster of ornaments at the bottom! 🙂

Reese getting in the holiday spirit!

Merry Christmas Everyone!



M.I.A. November 15, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — kmwegner @ 9:34 PM

Wow.  I don’t think anybody reads this anymore, but I feel as if I need to explain.  I’ve tried to post a few different times lately, but WordPress changed the layout of things and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to post.  Tonight, I find myself with some free time and I obviously figured it out.  So, here I am!

Reese is just about to turn 3 months old!  WOW!  Time flies!  Reese has adjusted to daycare well.  She finally got the hang of drinking out of a bottle and seems to be napping ok too.  She sleeping through the night and only wakes up once to nurse, sometimes twice.  She is such a content little baby and has a gorgeous smile.  She HATES tummy time, as did Cole.  So she is not up to par on holding her head up, but she’ll get there.  We love, love, love having her in our family.

Cole is as entertaining as ever.  This 2 1/2-year-old can talk!  I really should start recording the funny things he says, but I never do.  He loves having Reese at daycare and I think he’s over the hump as far as getting used to her in our family.  There was a rough patch, but nothing too terrible.  He is SO tall (we’ll find out next week for his 2 1/2 year check up).  Between his size and his ability to chatter, people often mistake him for a much older little boy.  We have been attempting potty-training.  Slow goes it.  He can go on the potty, but often chooses not to.  He still doesn’t really get the concept of letting us know when he has to go potty, so accidents are plenty.  I’m hoping that it’s true when people tell me, “One day it will just click and he’ll be potty trained.”

Ben is officially done with his MBA!!  He had his last class a few weeks ago and I am still not used to the idea of it being completely done.  He has a ceremony in December and I just couldn’t be more proud of him!

And myself?  Well, I’m doing just fine. I am officially back to work full-time.  My company has this awesome phase back benefit where I ease into full-time and I think every company should have it.  So I started about 5 weeks ago, but this week is my first full-time week.  I also started  back to the gym.  I’m easing into the workouts since I’ve been a complete lump for about 6 months.  I’m doing a running program called “Couch to 5K”.  I’ll be glad when I can go to the classes again and sweat off the lbs.

And here’s some recent pictures to enjoy!

Relaxing on the Couch

My Lil' Pumpkin and Buzz

The Three Musketeers

Cole thought she needed some friends

Where's Reese?


The Cabin October 12, 2011

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My family has a cabin up in northern Wisconsin that I’ve been going to every year since I was a baby.  I love going there and I love that my kids can now go there and enjoy what I’ve enjoyed for so many years.  We weren’t able to go this summer as we had planned due to my crazy pregnancy drama.  But we were able to get up there this fall and enjoy a few days of vacation.  Cole was at such a perfect age to enjoy the outdoor adventures.  Next summer, both of the kids will be running around!  Enjoy the pictures of our little trip!

First Vacation Treat

Papa and Cole Shooting the Bow

The Boys and Their Toys

Typical Cabin Fashion

Nap Time for Daddy and Daughter


Papa Teaching Reese Cribbage

Daddy Carrying the Kids

Petting Deer at the Wildlife Park

Wheelbarrow Ride!!

Ben Shooting His New Pistol

Again...the Cabin Fashion!


Catching Up

Filed under: Uncategorized — kmwegner @ 1:54 PM

The next few posts are long overdue.  But since this is my last week of maternity leave, I thought I should try to get caught up on my blog before I get even more behind!  So enjoy!


Photo Shoot October 5, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — kmwegner @ 9:55 PM

I know.  I’ve been MIA for quite some time.  Sorry about that.  So the easisest way to do a post without spending a ton of time would be pictures, pictures, pictures!!  This photo shoot was done quite a few weeks ago…about four to be exact when Reese was about 2 weeks old.  Our wonderful friend Dan Bennett took these pics for us and we couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.  Enjoy!!  Oh and check out Dan’s website =  Oh and sorry about all the captions.  My pictures won’t post unless I put a caption in….













Brother and sister







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