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Tuesday, September 2, 2014


September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so please consider taking the pie in the face challenge to raise money and bring awareness, like Ella's medical team did above!

Ella threw pies in my face and Josh's here:

We just went on a family camping trip and Ella is doing great.
Last month she had a echo on her heart and everything looks great.  Also 2 of our friends that have been in treatment just finished!!!  We are so excited to celebrate this with them in the next week.  Yea Kennedy and Zach!

Getting ready for school to start back up.  Wish I could keep them home forever.  Remember, September is childhood Cancer Awareness Month!!!!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ella's 8!

I know this is late, but I am grateful to say we have been happy doing life!

Ella celebrated her 8th birthday with a Mad Hatter themed birthday party. Her girlfriends came in their party dresses and sat for tea. Tea was mostly lemonade and chocolate milk, but that's okay!
They had a blast.

We added a new member to out family:
This is Mika.  She was rescued from a shelter in Tennessee with her 5 puppies.  Her pups were all adopted and we got the best dog and companion.  
Ella is enjoying her summer. She has 4 different camps this summer and can be found snuggling in her down time.  I love this time of year.  Josh has started to ride his bike throughout the neighborhood with friends, and rides next to Steve on his morning run.  Ella and Josh are so luck to have this amazing group of friends in our neighborhood that are always around to play with.

Cool Update:

If you read my post about Ella's ENT- here is a cool "God Thing" update.  I was asking why.  Why does this happen?  So when we got home from that ENT visit, Ella took one of her bald pictures and wrote on the back "If I can kick cancers butt- so can you!".  She put it in a card and when she went in again gave it to the doctor to give to his son.  When Ella went in after her surgery a month or so later- she had a card from the ENT's son.  It was a very nice card saying how much her picture meant and a gift card to come to his restaurant in Chicago and have dinner and meet him.  So, this past week, we went to Chicago, had dinner on the river and met Mark- a cancer survivor.  He said Ella's picture and card came right at a time when he felt he couldn't do it anymore- it was perfect timing- God's perfect timing. Pretty cool hu?!!!

We are hosting a Kid Olympics next weekend and really looking forward to it!  I pray you are all having an amazing summer.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sharing...cuz that's what I do!

I tucked in Ella last night, and this is all I could think:

As I snuggle behind you my nose is tickled by your hair and all I can smell is you. Your 7 year old legs are wrapped around mine and your hand is holding me tightly to make sure that I don't escape your bed without you noticing. You go from crying to laughing with a second when I bring up something that makes you smile. And I think to myself and I don't want you to grow up. I want you to stay in this age forever so that snuggling-with me, is always the most important thing in your life. At that moment I am so grateful to God that you are still here on this earth that I have the opportunity to snuggle with you and smell your hair and wrap my arms around you and hold you and never wanna let you go. Tears of gratitude roll down cheeks and into your hair as I praise God for your life.

Just sharing.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

My Joy.

Ella is doing well.  She just had her bi-monthly check up and her counts are all good!  So, just sharing a fun picture of my kiddos!