Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Christmas Surprise

Lance came into town on the 26th with a little more than just the Baker Family Christmas party on his mind. Towards the end of the party when everyone was chatting around a bowl of peanuts, he suggested that we exchange Christmas gifts. I shrugged it off, and suggested that we wait until everyone left. He agreed, for a minute and then asked again. In short, we exchanged gifts. He handed me a heavy square box and I opened it. Inside was a digital picture frame box with a 5lb weight inside. Feeling almost as embarressed as I thought he would be after forgetting to put the frame back into the box after uploading pictures, I turned to Lance. He looked confused, and just as quickly and I became confused, he was down on one knee asking me to be his wife. Here come the tears and of course the words he wanted to hear. I SAID YES!!! It is official Lance and I are getting hitched....tying to knot. We are so excited and look forward to a wedding, perhaps sometime this fall. Thanks so much to everyone for their love and support. The De Jonge family just keeps gettting bigger!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


I got a work release today! Dr. Kremer wrote the release without any restrictions so that I can try to get back to work. I also sealed the deal on my new apartment today. Things are starting to come together and I am getting excited to finally have a normal life again. Please pray that my back can take it! The next week is going to fly by and I plan to move on Dec. 30. I am getting excited for Christmas and I can't wait to see everyone. Thanks for reading!

Friday, December 12, 2008


Yesterday I went to Petoskey to take care of some stuff. I spoke with my boss, who was great and really reassured me that they still want me ;) I also was able to find a very nice place to live. It will be great. I found a two bedroom, two bath, with washer/dryer, on the main floor. I will also have access to a pool, hot tub, and 24/7 work out room. I will be able to continue my therapy in that gym. I also went to Dr. Kremer today and spoke with the nurse about getting a work relsease. How exciting! I am glad that I will be able to start working again, but I am nervous at the same time. I hope I continue to improve as I am still having some pain. I hope and pray that the other disc with heal on its own without another surgery. I hope to get referred to a physical therapist so I can continue with that. Otherwise I am doing great and looking forward to seeing everyone at Christmas. Life is good!

Sunday, December 07, 2008


Yesterday I was confined to the house because we had so much snow. At this rate we are sure to have a VERY white Christmas. We were under a snow warning the past two days, but today it has finally stopped. It is very pretty today, the sun is out and everything is covered in snow. I am sure snowboarders are excited. I however will warm the lodge this year as I don't think the neurosurgeon would approve of racing, out of control, downhill on a snowboard. I am getting excited to see everyone at Christmas time. This week Wednesday I will venture to Petoskey to find a new place to live. I can't believe what a long journey this has been. Thanks for all the love and support! Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

A Clean House

Harley and Sadie got their cage freshened up last night. Dad helped me lift the cage because it is so heavy. I think the lizards are happy again! I have resorted to taking pictures of my lizards, I know what you are thinking, how bored is this girl?......surprisingly not too bored. I am still doing physical therapy and I am getting ready to move back in January. I have a lot of healing to to between now and then, but I am confident that things will work out.
Harley checking out his new pad!
I decided to go the natural look this time.