Sunday, September 23, 2012

Eli in front of the house after his Welcome
Home  Wave-in the night before.

So, I’ve been working on a post for what seems like days now. I can’t crank it out in an evening any more without violating my new midnight rule of which I am currently in violation of just to write this post. I’ve been sick for several days with just the same yucky cold stuff, and this is my first productive night past 9 p.m., and will be only my second night not sleeping in the recliner after about six days in it. But, I couldn’t finish the post to my satisfaction (which when you read it now, you are going to expect something great, but will be disappointed – “What? This is what she couldn’t finish in two hours?”), so I had to save it once again. But, I did want to share with you a couple of things. First, that Eli is doing about the same. His eating has not increased, and his energy level seems to be low. But, overall he seems to be doing well. He goes Tuesday for bloodwork and I am going to be anxious about his weight. I have him wearing clothes from when he was five and he is swimming in them. But, he does seem glad to be home. He went right on to Sunday class without me, and doesn’t seem timid to be around people, although he is still not friendly, but I think that is his personality. Secondly, I wanted to make sure that I thanked everyone for your generosity. Any time I come to the well, you all surpass any hope I might have. I don’t think I ever said what a hit the Eli t-shirts that were donated were. I get all jazzed up for a project like that, but once it gets close to completion, my mind is planning the next project, which was the household item drive. So, I want to make sure I mention how fun it was to hand out the shirts, and how successful the household item drive was, and really, how wonderful the cards with the gift cards in them was. That was so much fun to have handed out. It was unique, and I think the Target House people were really surprised about it, how there was a card for every patient. I just loved it. But, as I said, I’ve moved on to the next thing(s). I am so excited about a fund raiser that our school volleyball team is allowing us to host at their invitational tournament on the 6th. We are going to have an “Encouragement Booth” where people can pay to make a card to send to a kid at St. Jude. It is going to be fun on both ends, and all the money raised will go to Eli’s marathon team for St. Jude. I will write more on that later, but I wanted to put that in your ears via your eyes so that you will watch for details. I have added a link on this homepage so that you can donate directly to St. Jude via the team. All funds go to St. Jude, nothing else. 
Abbey on the go-kart as Eli followed on the sidewalk.
That's about how he's always done - just followed the
action, never participating.
Lastly, I have an idea….. don’t you HATE it when you see me write that. Eli and I will be going back to St. Jude on the 15th, (I think) for him to have his line pulled, and I refuse to go back to St. Jude empty handed. So, if you have Halloween costumes that your kids have outgrown that you would like to donate, I would love to take them to the kids there. Please, no bloody or gory characters, just fun, benign costumes, any sizes. And, please, only if the costumes are in really good condition, no rips or tears, just think about if you would pick it up for your kid. If you could somehow attach all the pieces securely, or bagged and safety pinned, that would really help. So, see, that’s not so bad, right. I will collect until October 14th, in a box at church, and I will see if I can get a box put out at school somewhere. If you are not local, I hate for you to have to pay to ship to me, but you are welcome to if you really want to participate. Again, if you can’t participate in this, I’ll catch you on the next one. The picture at the top is of Elin in front of our awesomely decorated house for his homecoming. That was such a special night; I can’t even begin to cover it all. I hope you saw the video of the news clip. Before I sign-off, please remember Ryan. And, a special thank you to those of you who have given toward his funeral arrangements. We have raised $470 so far and that is just phenomenal. My goal is $1000, so we are easily on our way. I’ve seen prayer requests for some kids I’ve been following: Please, remember Jayden, Jonathan, Collin, Ayden, and McKenzey. Also, I just learned of a new cancer diagnosis in our area, but I do not know details, so add 11yo Megan to your list, and also remember an 8th grader named Andrew who goes to our school. He was struck suddenly with kind of seizure activity and continues with unresponsiveness now days later. The doctors are not sure what is going on, so add him to your prayer list. I will end my post as Jonathon’s mother always ends hers, “Please, pray.”  

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