We Meet and Become One
Author, Becoming a Family
Caregiver A person who provides needed help to someone of any age who is ill or injured and unable to care for themselves. They may provide emotional support, physical assistance, financial assistance, or other types of help. More
Donna and Lynn Steigleder
Married October 11, 1997
Three biological children; 1 adopted adult child
Author, Sci/fi/Fan books
http://lynnsteigleder.com/ Our Story Through Pictures of Our Family
My Mom and Dad
The Day We Married
Our Wedding Day Oct.1997; My two children (Daniel & Sarah) in front of me and Lynn’s (Eric) son in front of him
Evelyn and Albert Steigleder
Donna & Lynn Steigleder
John & Amanda
My Mom and I making lunch together in my home
Helping Lynn play a game at Christmas with the rest of the . family The basic unit in society traditionally consisted of two parents and their children but the family has now been expanded to include any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family. More
Our family gathered with Mom during her chemo treatments to give her moral support.
During the early years of our marriage.
My parents and siblings with their spouses and children (and their spouses or significant others)
Before Lynn’s MS became so progressed, he was a carpenter and builder. He was in the beginning of building us a new home when the progression took over and he was unable to get beyond this point.
One of our grandchildren helping another one make their way back to the car after a doctor’s appointment. In special needs families, all family members become caregivers regardless of their age.
You might find it interesting to know that we have nine grandchildren. Two are not shown here because they are currently waiting for their adoption to finalize. Of our nine grandchildren, seven have medical conditions requiring special consideration. In addition, six of our eight children have medical conditions that significantly impact their lives. Furthermore, I have developed arthritis, fibromyalgia, abdominal and head migraines, and irritable bowel syndrome that impacts my ability to function. impact my ability to function.
Sarah and Emma 2020
Eli and Greg 2020
Jones Family – back Allie, Parker, Amanda, Ryleigh, Kaylei, John, Sabastian in front
Lynn and I playing Santa when we gave out present to our family, Christmas 2018
Clark running 2020
Papa giving Eli a ride on the wheelchair
Daniel, Katie and Jameson 2020
Katie, Daniel Jameson
Emma in eggs 2021
Clark and Emma
Donna and Lynn gazing at each other 2013
Lynn being lowered by Mike
Helping Lynn “swim” in the ocean.
Mom and Me during Chemo
Dad was always there for Mom
Family Caregiver helping spouse enjoy time with grandchild.
Donna working from home
I’ve learned to manage multiple care situations at once. Here I’m playing with my medically complex grandson (age 3) while my terminally ill mother and my husband, who has MS, watch us play trains.
Lynn cut all this timber to plan specifications himself.
Parker – Our oldest adopted grandson. Soon to get his driver’s license and a genius in mathematics and things like technology. He is also autistic and has a few chronic health conditions that compromise his health but he is the first to pitch in to help us do things at our home and ultra-responsible. He could go to college now at age 16 if his Mom would let him complete the course but she’s holding him back. Who needs a Doogie Howser in the family?
Kaylei – Second oldest adopted grandchild and a true daredevil. She is Miss Adventurous. She loves a challenge and seeing if she can get around something or beat an obstacle. I think she has been around potential death and illness so much that she wants to laugh in its face and say, “no, not me.” For years she was chronic illness free but now has challenges of her own and has joined the ranks of special needs like her brother and sister.
Allie – third in line and also from the adopted gang. She is a miracle child with over 100 separate medical conditions and a life expectancy of less than a year old. She has exceeded all expectations of all her doctors through the grace of God.
Eli – our first biological grandchild, has multiple medical problems, autism and is a savant in science, math, lists and possibly other areas yet to be identified.
Sebastian – The adopted son of our adopted family, he’s the fifth in line age-wise of the grandchildren. He and his sister joined the family officially on July 31 of this year (2021). He unfortunately suffered a lot of mental trauma in his young life and has some baggage he needs to dump and which impact him occasionally.
Jameson – number six and our second biological grandchild. Isn’t he adorable in his graduation gown? So far, he’s been blessed to have escaped all the chronic illnesses of the rest of the family and I sure hope it stays that way. He’s a healthy, normal boy and I hope it stays that way.
Clark – number seven – another cutie pie and also healthy so far. This one loves to talk and what a vocabulary he has!! He has an explanation for everything he encounters and it’s a fascinating one. I predict him to be a writer one day because he has much to say and needs an audience with whom to share it.
Ryleigh – number eight – She’s the adopted daughter of our adopted daughter. Ryleigh is a special needs adoption and has already made significant improvement in many of her limitations just by being part of this big loving forever family who are now happily “stuck” with her and Sebastian. Ryleigh calls me Ena instead of Grandma and I love having a special name. She and Sebastian stole our hearts the minute we met them just like their adoptive brothers and sisters years earlier.
Emma – last but not least is our water baby, number nine – Emma loves water. She’s drawn to water like a magnet and loves it like a mermaid. She is also special needs though not with a labeled diagnosis. She is a “failure to thrive” child because she refuses to eat enough to grow and she has delayed speech along with a few other accompanying issues. None of them slow her down however because she’s on-the-go all the time, very out-spoken, and totally independent.