Sunday, May 13, 2018

One.


Flynn, 53 weeks











                                                                             
                                                                                    Willa, 53 weeks

ONE.

Times Two.

WE MADE IT!

I never imagined myself a mom, others did, but not me.
Now I'm a mom of two and I can't imagine my life without them.

(As I write this the girls will be thirteen months tomorrow. They had another swim lesson yesterday and celebrated our friend Sara's bridal shower with us here at our house yesterday.)

Our girls turned one mid-April in the middle of a snow and ice storm. Due to weather there were some that couldn't join us but the house was still full of family and friends. They had at least two clothing changes for their birthday (with costumes). The week before their birthday I struggled. I struggled because they were no longer as little as they once were, and would never be again. I know that we won't have babies that little in our home that are our bio children again, even though that was a decision that we made for our own reasons. I struggled because a friend of ours was in the hospital for long term monitoring for the health of her baby and herself. I struggled because another friend and his wife had just lost their baby. I struggled and there were mornings I would wake up crying. We've been through a lot this year, more than I can put to text. We've had some long nights and longer days. We've been brought to our knees, and yet here we are. The time sure went fast.  One times Two. We will remember the nights, the gremlin giggles as they woke up when they were little. Learning that glass bottles in a bottle warmer make milk hot as $*^#. That you end up needing a lot of things for a short period of time when you have two babies (think thrift whenever possible). Swaddling arms in, swaddling arms out. Hold them as long as they will let you and don't let go until they do. Learn that more than ever it takes a village. Learn that the village doesn't just take care of the babies, they take care of you too. They listen, support, help, teach, and learn all at the same time. These little girls have no idea the village that they've created and the blessing that they've given us.

As I write this, it is Mother's Day and I think of all the women that have touched my life as I've grown. These women know who they are (they are our moms, grandmas, sisters, aunts, cousins, and friends) they are to numerous to tag and I don't want to forget anyone. They have held me either when I was little or when I was older, they have been my support system and though our conversations are often less frequent these days due to needing more time for babies and taking a little breathing time for me or time to talk to my husband I hope they know the impact they've had on me and who I've become.

There are times I'm saddened, times that I think on those that have left this earth to soon, or before we even thought about having a baby and got two, and the girls won't get to meet them. The girls won't get to run and play with them physically and it breaks my heart. Or maybe they will, if their spirits choose to visit. If the spirits choose to visit I hope the girls are able to tell me, and I will smile and be glad they stopped by. To many leave us to soon.

Our girls are strong, they are feisty, they are two personalities (that trade off at times), and yet one personality. I love them with a fierceness that I never imagined existed. There are times, though rare, we take only one somewhere and it is weird! They babble, they love water (baths or swim lessons), they crawl and pull up, they give the best hugs, and if you are lucky a smile. One explores and the other watches over the exploration. They eat everything under the sun and are just discovering what it's like to try and chew on everything (more teeth?!) continue to amaze us everyday in this adventure we call life! I love you monsters, yes I do. I love you monsters, through and through.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Baxter Klitzke

On Thursday, July 14, 2016, our handsome Baxter went to sleep here on Earth with the moon and woke up Friday, July 15, 2016, in the warmth of Heaven's sun.

Baxter was born on July 3, 2006 and brought into the Klitzke fold at about five weeks old. He was immediately and completely a loved member of the family. He was a blessing in ways to numerous to count or write on paper. He knew when you needed him and was ever giving in that way, unless except you were trying to take his frisbee.

Brett and Baxter were immediately a bonded pair, he loved his dad and never liked when dad was doing something that he couldn't be part of. Baxter always wanted to be by his side. Baxter lived the first years of his life at home with Brett, Kirsten, Brenda and Kevin. He knew his first home and loved his whole family. In 2008 Brett and Baxter got a home of their own, and though Baxter now spent the nights at Brett's house Baxter still knew the Van Buren house. Though his dog house has been since retired, he still keeps a tie-out in residence and regularly visited and spent the night with Grammie and Papa. He still occasionally woke them up when the Sunday paper was delivered, while scaring the crap out of the paper delivery lady and always got a treat from the Schwanns man. In 2010 we welcomed Kirsten and Shane's son Keegan, and Baxter was so patient of welcoming the little one who started to draw more attention. In 2011, Lora and Brett started dating and Baxter gave us his consent by accepting Lora into his trust. Lora never felt more blest, and loved her little buddy so much. Later in 2011, Lora's brother Chris and his wife, Jackie, welcomed Gavin. Gavin always liked to come over and visit Baxter. On June 29, 2015, we adopted Baxter's little sister, Binne; Baxter and Binne had met earlier and ironically had very similar personalities. She will carry on his legacy here at home and has officially gone from Princess Binne to her new title Queen Binne. Kirsten and Shane welcomed baby boy Eli in early 2016 and Baxter again was patient to the shift of attention but was aware of Eli and let Binne take on his curious squawks and noises. 

Baxter loved to go on walks of any length, and in his earlier days ran with dad on a regular basis. He loved to play catch in the yard. He loved to bark at squirrels, chipmunks, dogs, and anyone who walked near the house (even if they were in the road). Baxter was the King of this house and protected it from anyone he wasn't sure was meant to be there. To those he knew and loved a jump and a kiss were always waiting for you at the door to welcome you in. He was forever at your heels in the kitchen, even if you were just doing the dishes. We will miss him in the kitchen begging for little scraps, which he would get occasionally. He loved to share edamame and carrots with mom! He knew what you were up to at nearly every moment. He hated fireworks and thunderstorms, and there were times we would come home to find him cowering in the basement to escape the noise. Eventually we had to stop him from going to his safe place in the basement and would find him, of all places, in the bathroom closet in a clothes bin. He always had the instinct to go where he felt safest and had the best intuition, but this was funny to us because he hated to get baths or go in the bathroom. When the weather was glorious he loved to be outside lounging in the shade covered grass or sitting on the front stoop watching over the neighborhood. When Lora moved in she brought a futon with her, and Baxter (along with Binne), was convinced that Lora brought that bed for his comfort. Baxter had a dog bed available to him in all the rooms of the house except for the kitchen and toys to numerous to even play with. His most loved toys were pull toys, or squeakers. You knew he loved a toy when he attempted to destroy it, and as a result there are two one-armed snowman squeakers in our house. Lora lovingly sewed them up so that he could still play with them, and he would often greet us at the door with one of them or a tennis ball. It just depended on his mood of the day.

He was loved, spoiled, and will be whole-heartedly missed. He was our baby, our confidant, our strength, and our teacher. We learned so much from you Little Buddy. 

Baxter was laid to rest here on Earth Friday, July 15, 2016. He leaves behind Brett & Lora, Brenda & Kevin, Kirsten & Shane (Keegan & Eli), Don & Colleen, Bill, Chris & Jackie (Gavin, fur cousins Maggie & Milo), and his sister Binne. He was greeted in Heaven by Fritzy, Jake, Taffy, and numerous other family members and friends that will watch over him until we meet again.

Every night we tuck in our dogs, they are our babies. Sleep tight, Little Buddy, snug as a bug in a rug, don't let the bed bugs bite.

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.

We will ever be thankful that God made the decision for us so that we didn't have to, and though our hearts are chipped, they will heal and we will always have the wonderful 10 years that he gave us with Baxter. We can't foresee the future, we can't change the past. But we can look forward, and remember the memories.


Ever a blessing Little Buddy. See you in the greenlands.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Essential Oils Email: Fall 10 2015

Welcome to your second fall email

from Lora Denniston Klitzke

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.  (Kurt Cobain)

The leaves are drastically changing and falling, Wisconsin's air is getting more and more crisp (though damp this week), and Halloween is just around the corner. Brett and I keep thinking that things will slow down and we'll be getting into more of a "routine", but life sure does keep us busy. I'm pretty sure we're in denial about anything slowing down!

Next month I'm excited to attend a training called 'Vets, Pets, & Essential Oils"! In our house we use essential oils regularly with both of our dogs. I'm looking forward to learning the ways of animals and oils from four vets who use Young Living oils and products in their full time practices and being able to share that knowledge with you.

Fall go to products list: Thieves anything, Rosemary, RC, Stress Away, Eucalyptus, ImmuPro, Inner Defense, Life5 probiotics.


My November order includes Lavender, EndoFlex, Copaiba, Gentle Baby, a Massage Gift Set, Peppermint, and Peace and Calming. What do you need added to the order?

Have you thought about being a Young Living member or retail member? Let's get you set up so that you can order the oils shipped straight to your door!! Ask me how!

Take some time tomorrow to re-read this email after your first read, then shoot me a message or give me a call with questions! I'm here for you!

Items of Note:
  • On-line Catalog Link
  • Next order being placed Saturday, November 7

Hope to hear from you soon,
LORA

Young Living Independent Distributor # 1774576

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<< the Dewdrop style diffuser >>


Fall Diffuser Recipe: Orange Spice
5 drops Orange
1 drop Cinnamon Bark
1 drop Clove
1 drop Nutmeg


We're diffusing this tonight! Next month (or before if you ask me for it) I'll share the Snickerdoodle recipe with you. All the great scents of cooking without the dirty dishes or calories!

Peace & Calming is back!

This oil, one of YL's most popular blends, is available again while supplies last. I can order only one per month so if this is YOUR oil let me know ASAP in case I need to start a waiting list.

Essential Oils Email: Fall 9 2015

Welcome to your first fall informational email

from Lora Denniston Klitzke

Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B, but inventing some imaginary letters along the way.


— Douglas Pagels
Here we are in the season of the falling leaves, crisp air, football, and whatever else our lives might send our way! I'm excited to share with you some immunity boosters, germ killers, a fresh fall diffusing option and one of the oils that is back but only in limited supply!

It's a dirty world out there!  Let's talk about germ killers and immune system boosters. As soon as you come home go to the bathroom or kitchen sink and use your Thieves Hand soap, wash the dishes with Thieves Dish Soap, then start a load of laundry with the new Thieves Laundry Soap. Maybe not all in one night, that's allot of chores. I carry my Thieves waterless hand purifier with me everywhere! I also enjoy my water "spiked" with a variety of the YL citrus oils (Tangerine, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lime, Citrus Fresh) on the go in my S'well bottle to keep my immune system boosted. Once you start drinking oils always enjoy them in glass or metal (never plastic). As it gets colder I'll start drinking the oils in tea, coffee, and hot chocolate! Think nutmeg, peppermint, cinnamon...

Fall go to products list: Thieves anything (there is a whole line of items, ask me about it), Rosemary, RC, Stress Away (think get it now for the holidays), Eucalyptus, ImmuPro, Inner Defense, Life5 probiotics.

That's a whole lot of information, in a short time. Take some time and re-read the email again tomorrow then shoot me a message with questions!

Items of Note:
  • On-line Catalog Link
  • Next order being placed Wednesday, October 7

Hope to hear from you soon,
LORA

Young Living Independent Distributor # 1774576

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Fall Diffuser Recipe: Spiced Cider 

4 drops Tangerine
3 drops Cinnamon Bark
3 drops Nutmeg

We're diffusing this tonight! It's a little strong so I've set my level of diffusing to alternate instead of constant. Next month (or before if you ask me for it) I'll share the Orange Spice and Pumpkin Pie recipes with you. It's perfect for when you have family over!

Peace & Calming is back!

This oil, one of YL's most popular blends, is available again while supplies last. I can order only one per month so if this is YOUR oil let me know ASAP in case I need to start a waiting list.

Essential Oils Email: September 2015

Young Living Essential Oils Monthly Informational Email

by

Lora Denniston Klitzke

Greetings Oil Enthusiasts,

Due to a hectic schedule I'm sending a short email this month! I'll be ordering on Sunday, September 13 and for our house I'll be getting Purification (because we love it and use it all the time), Raven (new oil choice of the month), and maybe Eucalyptus radiata (we use this all the time too).

If you need something or had a question on a specific oil just let me know!

Further Items of Note:
  • On line Catalog Link
  • I'm placing my next order the evening of Wednesday, September 9.
  • Please share this email with anyone who might benefit.
  • Let's learn together!! ​I would love to get to talk about any questions you might have. If you have any questions or are interested in getting together one on one just let me know.
  • I'm not a doctor and the oils work differently for everyone. Always do a test spot when trying new oils (the underside of the upper arm works best and one drop will do.
  • Essential Oils Safety Information (from Young Living)
Hope to hear from you soon,
LORA
Young Living Independent Distributor # 
1774576

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Essential Oils Email: August 2015 (New Format!)


Young Living Essential Oils Monthly Informational Email

by

Lora Denniston Klitzke

Greetings Oil Enthusiasts,

Super News >>> A number of the Starter Kits are on sale for $10 off through August 13. If you're on the fence about getting a kit now is the time to talk to me about it.

In other news today is the start of the 2015 Young Living International Convention in Texas! With convention comes new product launches so I can't wait to see what's coming out after convention!!!

This month we're going to talk briefly about carrier oils! What are they and how do we use them?! So here we go... A carrier oil is a vegetable oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil that can be used to dilute EO. YL V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex is an excellent carrier oil for all applications. Carrier oils ensure that EOs applied topically are comfortable. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the EO, and prevents waste due to excessive application. Vegetable shortening, butter, margarine or petroleum derivatives (petrolatum jelly) should never be used as carrier oils. Some consumers choose to avoid olive oil as a carrier oil because of its strong aroma and thick viscosity. In our house we use oils neat (straight), with coconut oil, aloe, or safflower oil.

Can these oils be used on children? Many EOs are appropriate for use with children, and they should be diluted prior to use. Some YL products are pre-diluted with carrier oil as indicated on product label and are intended for direct application on children. Children generally respond well to EO, and use of a carrier oil is recommended. One-2 drops of EO such as SleepyIze, RutaVala, Gentle Baby and Peace & Calming may be diluted in carrier oil and applied to the bottom of the feet.

Further Items of Note:
  • Online Catalog Link
  • I'm placing my next order the evening of Friday, August 7.
  • Please share this email with anyone who might benefit.
  • Let's learn together!! ​I would love to get to talk about any questions you might have. If you have any questions or are interested in getting together one on one just let me know.
  • I'm not a doctor and the oils work differently for everyone. Always do a test spot when trying new oils (the underside of the upper arm works best and one drop will do.
  • Essential Oils Safety Information (from Young Living) 
  • My August email topic is yet to be decided and I'm open to suggestions.
Hope to hear from you soon,
LORA
Young Living Independent Distributor # 
1774576

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Ireland Honeymoon Day Seven

8:00 am leave time this morning.

Thankfully on our way we stop at Hannon's Hotel for a coffee (or tea or whatever) break. Today we're crossing the River Shannon into County Westmeath! We stopped at Killgeggan Distillery, now a boutique operation on site, and owned by Tullemore for a tour on how distilleries functioned back in the day complete with waterwheel and steam operations.The smells here are amazing and after the tour you get one of their shot glasses (with whiskey). Brett's thoughts on the whiskey was "it's ok" and mine was "I didn't like it". We also got to stop here for a group lunch complete with Irish Coffee, I do so love me some Irish Coffee. Brett had the ham and cheese, I had the spicy beef sandwich. After lunch we had back to Dublin to check into the Ashling Hotel for TWO WHOLE NIGHTS! No more bog roads! After arriving at the hotel we relaxed a little while we waited for our bags to be delivered to our room, and because it has out gratuity for John (our tour guide) in it. This is also the time that we will out our CIE comment cards and prep our tip envelope for John and walk a little before heading to dinner. While stopping to look at a menu we realize that someone is taking our picture! It's Bob and Jean, sweet! Now we're getting drinks with friends before dinner!! In we head to Ryan's Pub to join them and the Rush family, we end up ordering a sampler of beer (why not try everything you can) an find out that Larry Jr has already paid for it. The sampler is followed by another beer for me and a whiskey for Brett before dinner!

Dinner tonight is a three course, private party meal at Brazen Head Pub complete with an evening of Folklore and Fairies. This is our last night with the group as a whole, and it's truly bittersweet. Dinner was amazing and so filling! I saved my first Guinness here in Ireland for dinner tonight; with it I had a fishcake starter, poached salmon and apple cake. Brett had the potato and leek soup...

this is where my notes stop! My goodness.

Even as I was re-reading this I keep remembering the little moments and that my heart was sad to say goodbye (or until next time) to all these great people that we met and spent the week with. The entire week was a whirlwind of awesomeness and I'm honestly surprised that we were able to keep up with notes until now!
Two people from our group testing whiskeys!
Classic car at Killbeggan


Johnny Appleseed telling us about Folklore and Fairies