Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More Quads !

Another set of Quads were born on Monday August the 18th. in Ft. Worth - three boys and a girl.

Check out McLean, Party of Eight blog:

Suzanne S. and I went to visit Tina a few weeks ago to talk to her about setting up her Share the Care team for her new babies.

Carrie's quads born in PA. June 24, also at 26 week, will start going home soon -

See her blog for more information about her babies:

I have talked to Carrie's sister by phone and email about setting up her Share the Care team for their quads -

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Diaper Darlings Party

Sunday Aug. 3, 2008

Ben knew to get rid of that tissue paper fast. Savannah started chewing on her bear as soon as she got it out of the sack. Yes - they are washable !

Drew - Savannah - Ethan - Ben
I sewed their names on their bears when I made them.

And now on to the Diaper Darlings party !

xxxxxxxxxxxxxJoyce xxSuexx Libbyxx Tempexx Lacyxx Linda

The first four are 4 of the 6 Captains for this team. Lacy is Suzanne's best friend from childhood and then me - the coordinator for this team of Mom's, Grandma's, Grandpa, and Great Grandma. Just think of all the "adopted" grandparents these kid's have! And one Diaper Darling will have her first child in March.

Below the pictures you will find the story of the Diaper Darlings with links to the Share The Care web site. It was so much fun having all of us together at one time and loving on those kiddo's. And yes I made the cake for this party also.

You did not have to worry about stepping on a child - they were never put down !

I like to I write about my daughter Marcie and how ALS has affected her life and my life - I also write about Share the Care – a wonderful way to share the care to others who may need a few extra helping hands at one time or another. It could be helping a family who has sickness in their family as my family does or helping a family who has been blessed with multiple babies all born at the same time. In both cases the families can do without the extra help but to those who lend the helping hands – they are the one so blessed.
I have helped a lot of families form Share the Care teams – for people who have a family member with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) or as I have done in the past few months - help families of multiples form care teams for their new babies.
I like giving back to others that which was given to me!
I did not understand this until I had the opportunity to coordinate the Diaper Darling.
Ten years ago I was teaching preschool and a group of people gave me some extra helping hand for 5 years – you can read all about this on the Share the Care web site
and read about Marcie’s Guardian Angel Team at - or look to the right of the page and you will also find the link: Share the Care for Marcie / Steece Quads.
I finally understood 9 years later what people had told me for the 5 years they help me – they were the ones blessed by helping me and Marcie.
The Diaper Darling – the “friends” who give Suzanne extra helping hands – are all Volunteers – mostly grandma and grandpa – some even great grandma – a few young mothers. The Steece quads have given the Diaper Darlings such great joy! Going to the Steece’s house is so much fun. I do not get to go nearly as often as I would like since I do care for Marcie at home - but all the Diaper Darling have told me many time what a joy it is lending extra hands to love on those babies and get loved back. And the Diaper Darling are so appreciated by Suzanne, Joe and their families – most living out of town so we are their “in town” family.
I say all this so everyone reading this understands being a part of this team is so neat. God gave Suzanne and Joe 4 babies all at one time because HE knew they could care for them alone – but HE gave the Diaper Darlings to the Steece’s because HE knew the Steece quads had so much love to give to others !
If you want to know more about how to form a Share the Care team just ask me - leave me your email address I'll be glad to help you.
We had a GREAT party on Aug. 3 – to celebrate us as Christians being able to share the care – and isn’t that what God’s people do!

Visit Suzanne's blog for more info and pictures:

Friday, August 8, 2008

Drew, Savannah, Ethan and Ben Steece are now ONE year old !

The Steece quads had a birthday last Friday - not one but two parties - one on Sat. for family and friends and another on Sunday afternoon for the Diaper Darlings - all the Volunteers and their families who have helped Suzanne and Joe since the kiddos all got home from the hospital last October -

I have pictures from both parties but I am waiting for Suzanne to post more picture's of the birthday party first -

I did go with her and the kiddos last Wed. to Ft. Worth to go visit Tina - she is in the hospital now on bed rest waiting the arrival of her quads - it was very interesting as we maneuvered our way from the parking garage to the Dr. office who delivered her quads last year, to the floor of the hospital where Suzanne spent maybe 6 weeks before her babies were born - that is where were found Tina - that is where I first met Suzanne - and then as we were leaving - we stopped by NICU were her kiddos spent the first few weeks of their lives.

As Suzanne said - I am used to this but you are not -everyone we passed said "four" or fell over each other getting out the door of a room to see FOUR kids in a very long stroller -

One little boy announced - "that is to many babies" -

It was a very interesting outing for me - I loved it - the kids were great ! And we were gone about 3 hours.

My husband was at home with Marcie or I could never have gone.

We will help Tina set up a Share The Care team for her quads.

posted Sunday Aug. 10

Happy 1st. Birthday to
Drew, Savannah, Ethan and Ben Steece!

I made the caterpillar using jumbo cup cake pans.

The theme of the birthday party was "bugs"!
I used regular and mini size cup cake pans and made them into bumble bees and lady bugs.

Lots of mini bumble bees and lady bugs!

Ben xxEthanxx Savannahxxxxxx Drew
Suzanne and Joe

Suzanne is taking a big #1 candle out to each cup cake before giving them to the kids to eat.

Drew was born first

Then Savannah

Then Ethan
Then Ben --- all born only a minute apart

The kiddos were striped down to their diapers and taken outside for their birthday cake - we sang Happy Birthday 4 time. Each child is an individual and deserves his/ her own Happy Birthday song to be sung to them. Singing first to Drew, Savannah, Ethan and then Ben in their birth order.

I think it was about 105 degrees in Texas or more on the day of their birthday party so we were not outside for very long - just long enough to watch the kids "play" in their birthday cup cake, lick their fingers and then we all went back inside to the air conditioning.
See her blog for more pictures.