A simple txt vote can save a child’s life.

Michelle and I are friends with a terrific couple at church (Justin and Stefanie Boyce). They have 2 beautiful children who have been diagnosed with a rare disease called Sanfilippo Syndrome (MPS III). It is a genetic disorder that will end their lives in their teen years. You can read more about MPS here. Pepsi is holding a donation project through the end of January called Pepsi Refresh. They give away different amounts of money to organizations based on the number of votes. Currently Sanfilippo has moved into first place for the $250,000 money spot to help with research for a bunch of possible treatments and cures that may be on the horizon (currently there are NONE). All you have to do is txt the number 105582 (the MPS organizations number) to 73774 (Pepsi). You can also log onto Pepsi’s website here and vote through entering your email (each different email can vote). Also, again through Facebook apps. You can vote once a day through all these different mediums. PLEASE VOTE EVERYDAY… WE NEED TO KEEP THEM IN FIRST PLACE.   Thanks guys!

Here is a link to read about this amazing family. http://www.theboycecrew.blogspot.com/

Fall Family Pics

For a while now Michelle and I have been wanting to get outside with Bonn for some family pictures. We were finally able to grab a couple hours to do just that. A good friend of mine and great photographer, Josh Gore, was kind enough to shoot these for us at the local forest preserve. Thanks Josh! It was a beautiful day and Bonn did really well overall. Enjoy.

A few recent pictures

Here are a few recent pictures of Bonn that have been taken at various times and events in the last couple weeks.

“I’m watching you.”


Bonn doing what I call “The Jesus”.

Bonn with great grandpa Piwowar.

“My name is Bonn… just Bonn.” This was a little tuxedo that our friend Andrea made for him for a wedding. It was awesome!

One Year Later…

Today it’s been one year since we lost our son Chance. My, how time flies. Not a day goes by that we do not think of our little Chance. He was our first child and we will never forget him. We will always be sad for the loss of him, but we know God is a good God and His reasons are also good. Knowing that helps to ease the pain of losing him. Today Jay, myself, Bonn, my mom, my dad, my two brothers and Jay’s mom all went to the cemetery to put flowers on his grave. It was an emotional time for everyone but there was some happiness in knowing he is in Heaven. Jay’s mom read the poem below. There is also a picture of Chance’s headstone.

An Angel Never Dies

Don’t let them say, I wasn’t born
That something stopped my heart
I felt each tender squeeze you gave
I’ve loved you from the start.

Although my body you can’t hold,
It doesn’t mean I’m gone.
This world was worthy, not, of me
God chose that I move on.

I know the pain that drowns your soul,
What you are forced to face.
You have my word, I’ll fill your arms
Someday we will embrace.

You’ll hear that it was “meant to be,
God doesn’t make mistakes”
But that won’t soften your worst blow..
Or make your heart not ache.

I’m watching over all you do,
another child you’ll bear.
Believe me when I say to you,
That I am always there.

There will come a time, I promise you
When you will hold my hand,
Stroke my face and kiss my lips
And then you’ll understand.

Although, I’ve never breathed your air,
Or gazed into your eyes..
That doesn’t mean I never “was”
An Angel Never Dies……..

Author Unknown

*Thank-you Allison for the poem.

Getting Settled

The three of us have been home now for about a week without interruption. Bonn is doing well. His yellowness is starting to fade which is a nice sign to see. He is sleeping fairly well through the night, waking up about every 3-5 hours for a changing and to get fed. He is opening his eyes a little more with every passing day and starting to make some really funny faces (I think mostly when he is getting ready to rip one). It has been a lot of fun so far. Michelle is doing well. She is doing the majority of the waking up and taking care of him because now I am back at work and she can afford to catch up on sleep throughout the day when Bonn sleeps. Riggs (our Siberian husky) is handling the big transition well and in a gentle manner. He is a bit curious as you will see in the pictures and finds himself following us around with Bonn. We have found him sleeping in front of the crib in what seems to be an act of protection which is really neat to see. All in all it hasn’t been bad in the least. We feel very blessed to have such a beautiful healthy boy. Some family stopped by to see him and to have him meet his relatives. I got some pics (more on the gallery page) of all this and some of his bath time too. Michelle even snapped the “classic” pic of Bonn and I napping together. Enjoy.


We are home now from the hospital. The doctors gave Bonn the go-ahead to go home however we have to keep him on a blanket light over the next couple days and take him in for a couple checkups to make sure the bilirubin stays at bay. Right now the level is around 16 which should continue to go down over the next couple days. As long as it does not raise back towards 20 there should be no problems. Bonn does not seem to mind or even notice the light continually shining on him 24/7 which is good. He is sleeping very well right now, only waking up about every 4 hours for a quick feeding then back to sleep. After we got him home and settled with his light blanket I snapped this photo of him looking like a glow-worm.

Bonn’s Jaundice

All three of us were able to go home Monday evening from the hospital and it was wonderful. We were preparing to jump right into a routine with our new son, however a small bump in the road has prevented this from happening (at least for one more day). We were called quickly back into the hospital to get Bonn’s jaundice under control before it becomes very serious. At birth, Bonn has had a slightly high level of bilirubin, a count of 9, to be exact. We had his first pediatric appointment today and got some more blood work done. The new count came back at 19. This threw up a few red flags because at 25 the chemical levels can do brain damage. So Mic and I rushed him right back to the hospital where they immediately threw on some goofy protective sunglasses and under the UV light. This light helps his body to get rid of the bilirubin at a quick rate. So the poor little guy needs to sit under this light for at least 24 hours. So it is one more night in the hospital beds instead of our own (which is ok I suppose because we realize this is NOT a super serious condition and are grateful that this is the only thing wrong with him). That being said, we would appreciate the prayers that his body rids the bilirubin quickly and that he stays calm during the whole time. It is a little tough not being able to hold our new baby when he cries in his little “light incubator”. I have some pics below and on the gallery page. We will keep you all posted on how he does over the next 24 hours.

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IT’S A BOY! And his name is Bonn.

Our son, Bonn Vernon Jenison was born yesterday at 6:05pm weighing in at 7lbs. 11oz. and is doing great. He is beautiful and perfect. Michelle is doing extremely well too. We feel so blessed and grateful for a great and loving God and dear friends and family who supported us through everything. Thank you so much. There are pictures on the gallery page that you can view. Can’t wait for you all to meet him!