Good morning! I have lots of stuff to share with you today!
First off, I want to let you all know (especially those who are subscribed to my blog via Google Reader - there are 3,193 of you still subscribed that way) that as of July 1st there will be no more Google Reader! Yikes!!! I have been putting off my own transition because I love my daily routine of looking at Google Reader (I'm subscribed to 191 blogs!!)! I couldn't imagine the daunting task of trying to switch to another service. In my mind, I thought that included manually adding allllllllll of those blogs! Ugh! Well, we are down to the wire and I can no longer put it off. I have researched some alternatives and thought I would share with you the ones that I have found to be the best.
This one keeps popping up on the top of many lists (cnet.com and many other techie reviews) as a good alternative to Google Reader. I was particularly excited to see a pain free import of google reader! I can tell you that I signed up today....and yep, in only 20 seconds ALL 191 of the blogs that I'm subscribed to via Google Reader were ready and waiting! Not only that, but I could customize how I viewed them! So far, I think this will be the service that I stick with!
Networked Blogs (www.networkedblogs.com)
I have a widget on the sidebar (to the left farther down) to this service if you would like to subscribe via this option. I have used this service some, and it does seem user friendly. There is also a way to link it to facebook if you like to view your updates there. I haven't explored all of these options yet.
I haven't personally tried this one yet, but several people I know like it.
Just remember to switch before this coming Sunday (June 30th)!!
Next, I thought I would update you all on how my daughter is doing. I've received several emails/messages asking about her so I thought I would share with everyone! A few weeks ago we traveled back to Seattle for her 6 month post surgical assessment. After many long days of intensive testing we met with her neurosurgeon to go over the preliminary results. The thing I remember the most is when he first came into the exam room to meet with us. He had THE BIGGEST smile on his face!! Both Ali and I breathed a deep sigh of relief! :-) Indeed, the news was all good! All of her scans look excellent and her surgical healing is coming along very nicely! She has shown remarkable improvement in all of the areas that the seizures affected her brain and body! This will continue to get better as her brain continues to heal. She is gaining more and more stamina (one of the biggest side effects of the surgeries was fatigue) and this should continue to improve as well. They haven't exactly called the surgeries a "success" formally. They will be able to do this after her 18 month post surgical assessment. Yeah...that's a long time! Apparently the brain heals very, very slowly. We are SO grateful for how things are going and continue to pray that Ali will make a complete recovery! :-)
Now, for some final news! Last Spring our family go some VERY unexpected news! We found out that we will be welcoming another Schmidlin this fall! After the first few months of complete shock wore off, we can now say that we are very excited! We absolutely adore our kids, and even though this one was not planned, he is already abundantly loved! Our other kids are very excited...especially our youngest who now can say he is a "big brother" and not just the "little brother"! :-)
Our little bundle of blue (yes, another boy :-) will be making his appearance early in October!
You might have noticed a decrease in posts since Spring...and now you know why! I was very, very sick for a while but am now feeling quite a bit better!
Well, thanks so much for sticking with me! This post was a long one! :-)