Marshmallow Mondays


Christmas in Pennsylvania
12.22.14, 8:07 AM
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For the past three days, we’ve been enjoying an early Christmas with our families in Pennsylvania.  We arrived on Friday and kicked things off by visiting a big group of friends who were all really excited to see us and celebrate Ryan’s successful transplant.

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On Saturday, we enjoyed a gift exchange with Nana and Pap, Uncle Brad, Aunt Jill and Cousin Bryar. Santa always brings the best gifts to Nana’s house, so Rydan and Lily were very excited.

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We also had a very special visitor on Saturday evening, our dear friend Trav.  This is the guy who created our Match For Ryan bracelets earlier this year, and someone who has been such a strong, hopeful, positive supporter of us. Trav recently launched his very own custom-designed fitness apparel, Kut-Up Fitwear, so be sure to check it out!  He even brought Ryan a pair of super comfy, stylish sweatpants in Match For Ryan colors. Being able to visit with Trav was a big highlight of our trip.

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On Sunday it was off to Klingerstown for a second round of gift exchanges with my mom’s side of the family. After the kids tore through their gifts, the adults enjoyed a few board games, including Battle Of Sexes.  So much fun!

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Today is being spent with my dad (“Papoose”) and Grandma Wiest, and this evening we’ll end our early Christmas in Pennsylvania with Ryan’s extended family.

Ryan has been like a celebrity with everybody wanting to see him since his transplant. It’s really been great to watch everyone’s reactions upon seeing how healthy he looks. Not only is it a reminder of how far he has come, but also of how loved and supported we’ve been throughout this entire journey. We are truly so appreciative of our Pennsylvania friends and family, and we thank you so much for rearranging your holiday schedules to accommodate our visit.  We’ve had a wonderful time!  Tomorrow, it’s back to Kentucky to pick up our Brooks babe and enjoy our first Christmas in our new house while celebrating Ryan’s health.

Merry Christmas to all of our Marshmallow Mondays readers!

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