Matthew is the youngest of our three boys. He has been diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disorder Complex I and III, Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction, FTT and Glucose Intolerance. He has been through countless tests and procedures in the past 8 years . We do not know what the future holds for him, but we are going to do our best to cherish every day with him. Stay strong little man.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas!!! Matthew had a wonderful Christmas. He enjoyed opening presents and playing with his new kitchen set!

Matthew in his chef outfit playing with his new kitchen set!

Matthew on Christmas morning with his new kitchen set!



Matthew was exhausted after a long Christmas day. He fell asleep in the car on the way home.

Friday, December 19, 2008


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This video is of Matthew singing a part of "What A Wonderful World".


Matthew received some special Christmas gifts from his friends at our local post office today. Thank You Linda, Gene and Pat. He loves everything! He even likes to get into the gift bag.





Sunday, December 14, 2008

This is Matthew's new puppy Harry. He will be flying from California next week. Matthew is very excited.


Saturday, December 6, 2008

We are back from yet another trip to Boston. We had a little bit of time in between several doctors appointments and tests to see Matthew's friend Eithene, meet a new friend Nicole, and do some night time site seeing. We stayed at the Family Inn while we were there. You can go to Matthew's caringbridge site for details of our visit. www.caringbridge.org/visit/matthewcech

Matthew(4) with his friend Eithene(2). It was a long day for the both of them and Eithene wasn't in the mood for a picture. She was being admitted to the hospital while we were there. Matthew was very happy to see her. He talks about her all the time.

Matthew having his EKG done. He was very distended and retaining fluid in this picture.

Matthew in a Lobster pot in downtown Boston.


Matthew with some Lollipops from the Rainforest Cafe.

Matthew with his new friend Nicole. Nicole does a different charity each year. This year she decided to collect gifts for some children on the Make a Child Smile web site. Matthew is on that site. It was so nice that we were able to meet. She brought Matthew a wonderful bag of gifts. Matthew loved playing with her and we hope to stay in touch.

Matthew with his statue friend at the hospital.


Matthew all tired out after a very long day at the hospital.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I took some Santa pictures of Matthew. He was being silly in some of them . Enjoy!!

















Monday, November 17, 2008

Our class went on a field trip to the grocery store today. Everyone had a good time. We even had a chance to touch a live lobster. A group picture is below. Matthew is the one in the back in the shopping cart.


Saturday, November 8, 2008

We had Matthew's 4th Birthday party today with friends and family. He was in a very crabby mood this morning but was super for the entire afternoon. He enjoyed his cake and ice cream and loved opening his presents. He did get what he asked for for his birthday: cereal, jelly beans, lollipops, slippers and pajamas. He also got a lot of other nice gifts that he also loved. By the time the party was over, his belly was quite distended. We hooked him up to his Farrell bag and it seemed to help.


Matthew with his cake!

Matthew with his presents and his pink kitty card from his cousin Amanda.

Matthew trying to break the pinata in the garage.


Matthew's tummy a few hours after eating his birthday cake.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Matthew had a wonderful 4th Birthday . He wanted to wear a tie to preschool today. He brought pudding to share with his class. Matthew also had a special pumpkin cookie party with Gina this afternoon. So many friends had gifts for Matthew. We can't thank you enough for making his day special. A very good friend of his bought him princess pj's. Yes, PRINCESS PAJAMAS. He loves them. He also won a birthday cake from a local radio station and he picked out a pink one. The pictures that I took tonight are going to be priceless some day when he's older. We will also be having a small family party for him on Saturday. Enjoy the pictures.

















Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Matthew received an unexpected early Birthday surprise today. His "Wish Ladies" sent him a giant lollipop bouquet with a huge balloon. Matthew was so happy when he saw it. He had just finished up with his PT session and was about to take a nap when it arrived. A big thank you goes out to our special "wish ladies" Diane and Jessica. Thank you. You made his day!







Sunday, November 2, 2008

Matthew had fun at preschool on Friday. Both of us were dressed as lions. He fell asleep when we got home and took a long nap before we went trick or treating.




Saturday, November 1, 2008

Matthew has been liking the whole "princess" thing lately. It's pretty cute. He dresses up like princesses at preschool during free play time. He has also been watching Cinderella over and over . I took this picture of him the other day at school. I'm sure he'll love it when he is a teenager! Ha! Ha!

Monday, October 27, 2008








Matthew's Wish:
To go to Disney and get the Biggest Lollipop in the world!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Matthew was exhausted after Trick-or Treating at the mall tonight. He rode in his stroller and made sure to say thank you for every piece of candy that people gave him. While waiting for the judges to decide on costume winners, he wanted to get out of his stroller. He didn't go far. He plopped himself down on the dirty mall floor and wanted to go to sleep.



Saturday, October 25, 2008



Matthew won a costume contest at our local Borders store today. He was dressed up as a Ninja Turtle. He won a cute book about manners. He was just happy to be eating a lollipop.
Matthew waiting to be judged .
Matthew with his prize.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Just a few pictures of Matthew in his turtle costume for Halloween. He wanted to be a turtle because he likes the story "The Tortoise and the Hare". Matthew says ,"slow and steady wins the race".




Sunday, October 12, 2008

Yesterday we went over to South Hero Vermont for their annual applefest. Matthew had a good time although his belly was still bothering him. The weather and the trees were beautiful.

Matthew and me at the applefest.
Matthew on a tractor at the applefest.
Matthew having a snack under a big maple tree.
Matthew on Terry's shoulders.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Matthew on a few rides at Six Flags Great Escape. We went there on Sunday for Fright Fest. Matthew had a good time.




Thursday, October 2, 2008

Matthew went on his first class trip today to the Pumpkin Patch/ Apple Orchard. He was very excited to go even though he wasn't feeling very well. It was a little colder than he had expected and I carried him the whole time. We only stood him on the ground to take a few pictures. He kept asking when was it going to be over. Poor kid. He said that he didn't like the wagon ride or seeing the animals. He did really enjoy the last part of the trip.(snack time) I gave him an apple since he couldn't eat the donuts but the apple upset his tummy. He did also get to lick a bit of rock candy.