Munoz Family's Journal
Written Apr 17, 2012 9:46pm
Update from Kris:
Spring! There is so much to love about the change in seasons well at least we never get bored with the weather here in Minnesota. I wanted to give a brief update to those of you that may not hear from us very often. We still very much appreciate you and are so grateful for your presence and your prayers in our lives. Samuel and Amanda’s birthdays are approaching (the 22nd and the 23rd) of April. Amanda will be 18 and Sammy would have been 21. Josh is now 14 and in the 8th grade (Amanda is Graduating in June) Life is busy and moving quickly along.
We are still serving through Side by Side Ministries and Sam & Evan’s Coffee is continuing to help kid’s reach their goals to go to camps and on mission trips. This next weekend we have a Camp Castaway Retreat!
There is also a Memorial Baseball Game being played at Bentfield Mills Field in Buffalo, MN on April 21st. Josh will be playing with the 9th grade team their game is at 2:30; and will throw out the 1st pitch for the Varsity Game @5:30. There will be refreshments and silent auction item’s available all proceeds will go to a scholarship fund given in Sams honor. If you can make it out we would love to see you. We will be a little split over the weekend but will be attending both the retreat and the games. But whether you are involved with one or the other we still love to see you so make sure you come up and check-in. Crowds are still difficult for me so you will find me more on the perimeter of the events:)
Both Amanda and Josh and Terry will be going on a mission trip to Guatemala in June this year. They will be helping to build an outdoor clothes washing area for the orphanage. It is always wonderful to know that we are making a tangible difference in these kid’s lives as we have been going back to the same orphanage for quite some time now. It is still amazing to me that they have light poles around the kid’s soccer field that were put up in honor of Sammy. He loved serving those kid’s so much.
I wish I could express the gratitude in my heart for all of the prayers and support we have received from you. Life continues to be difficult for me but God is not done with me yet. And I am certainly not alone in this journey. I hope and pray that those of you reading this are blessed often by our Lord Jesus Christ and He is showering you in His abundant Love.
Written Apr 20, 2011 9:19amUpdate from Kris:
It's been awhile since I've done any kind of update. Believe it or not I have come back to this site many times to read the journal (I still have not finished the whole thing and the notes from people.) The school here in Buffalo chooses a date every year to hold a memorial ball game in honor of Sam. This year they have chosen April 23rd. Though it is Easter Sat. we are hoping people will come out It is also Sam's Birthday. (they did not know this) After the ball game we'll be having a bon fire out at our house (Sam's Fire). The varsity game starts @6:30 at Bentfield Mills ball park in Buffalo. It's behind Target and near the Civic Center there. They will be having a silent auction and selling concessions the money going to a Scholarship given in Sam's honor at the school. It's a beautiful way of remembering our boy. If you can make it we'd love to see you. The bon fire will happen after the game around 8:30. We'll have some drinks and snacks available. Bring chairs and/or blankets. I think by then the snow should be gone and the weather very nice:) I pray your Easter is Blessed beyond measure. We are forever grateful for your presence in our lives.
Written Apr 5, 2010 7:44amUpdate from Kris
I haven't written in this since the week before Christmas so maybe it's fitting that I do an update near Easter. Many of you know that I had a big seizure in Nov. It's been a long 6 months of finding the right medicine that doesn't make me dizzy and non-functional. The doctors have okayed driving for me again because the meds are working and holding all both large and small seizures. I saw a middle ear specialist last week because of my pre-existing hearing loss we felt that it was possible that the ears could have been causing the extreme dizziness. Plus there is now a constant high pitched ringing in my ears that makes hearing difficult. The middle ear specialist did hearing tests and determined that my ears were actually worse than before the accident and that my system is just overloaded and tired so he recommended hearing aids (not suprising to me) I haven't had them for 10 years I suppose it's time again. My husband is relieved he's tired of repeating himself and hates how loud I need to have the TV to hear :) I'll be seeing an audiologist today. The other good thing that came out of that appt is I'll be seeing a different Neurologist on Wed. down at the UofM Clinic. They will have ALL my information which this doctor requested and will be better able to follow up with me. Terry and the kid's are gearing up for soccer and baseball. We also have a big retreat (Castaway) coming up in a couple of weeks. It promises to be an amazing time. Please keep that in your prayers as it can be life changing for kid's.
All and all we are doing well as a family still grieving the loss of Sammy but understanding that he celebrated Easter yesterday in heaven it feels almost selfish to wish him back here. His birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks. I honestly have him on my mind and heart constantly. It's just something I'm learning to carry with me (we all are) as life is continuing forward. The good news is that we have hope in the Ressurection of Jesus Christ! He has repaired the way to the Father so that we all might have life after death. Death is no longer the end but a beautiful beginning. There will be a great reunion one day of our fellow believers that have gone before us. It is something that I really look forward too for this life is often painful and difficult.
I pray that this Easter season is Blessed for all of you and your loved ones. An early warm up and Spring has been a gift to us all here in Minnesota that is.
Thanks for checking in