Monthly Archives: December 2014


Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, soap, lotion, deodorant, sore muscle cream, Kleenex – and lots of all of these things.  I am so glad you knew we would need all of this, because it was a few days before I was able to go home.  We were able to keep some at home, some at the Ronald McDonald House, and some at the hospital without having to pack and unpack each time we moved from one to the other.

And like the snacks and drinks, we had a large storage tub about half full of these toiletry items.

Your generosity has been extreme.

We had so much we were able to donate a lot of this to the CIS program at Bri’s school as well.

Thank you!


Brian, Shelley and Brianna

River of Life

First things first – the baby’s name is River.


River Ivy  Christensen — Isn’t she so pretty?!?

I have to say I don’t handle chaos well.  And while I’m not sure it has been chaotic the past four weeks, it has been a little over my head.  Or maybe I should say “full” – it has been full.  Some ups and some downs — all the things that make a life full.

So what all has been going on the past four weeks?

  1. Board Meeting at work.
  2. Work
  3. Several doctor visits – about two a week.
  4. Team dinner at our house.
  5. A weekend get-away to Fredericksburg.
  6. School
  7. A few emotional breakdowns/breakthroughs.
  8. Therapy
  9. Thanksgiving at our house with family.
  10. Grub Run (walk)
  11. Bri was sick most of last week with the flu.
  12. Babysitting

And other than the cookies about a month ago – I still haven’t baked anything pumpkin!!  I’m letting go of that dream.  Until next fall anyway.

A few pictures to document the last four weeks . . .


Lady Texan Team Dinner



Morning coffee view in Fredericksburg.



Grub Run (Bri walked half of the 5K)



Bri helping with River.