|Our Welcome sign in the lobby at the plant.|
|Frozen Niagara Falls, New York.|
|Media taking pics of Eli in the driver's seat.|
|Love this pic of Eli in charge. The workers had signed his vest.|
During the tour, the operators cheered and called to Eli, and many stopped the tram to give him gifts. It was touching and we were humbled by their thoughtfulness and interest in him. They were obviously proud of their work, and were eager to share it with someone they knew appreciated what they were doing. Eli represented genuine interest, and they responded in kind. The tour was an experience and a sight that he will never forget. I hope seeing him, and knowing that a little boy smiles and points out their handiwork on the road every time he sees it will help them in their daily work. As they add a part, turn a bolt, or shine a bumper, I hope they think “Maybe Eli will see this one.” Under Eli’s “management”, I read, that Ford made over 400 Mustangs. Ford and the UAW showered Eli and the kids with gifts, and we will have plenty of shirts, hats, toys and decor for our Mustang family room.
|This was his ride, which coincidentally is his absolute fav:|
2014 Shelby GT in Grabber Blue with black stripes.
|Pistons vs. Spurs|
Our Ford visit continued Tuesday with a personal tour of The Henry Ford museum, and then a tour of the River Rouge plant that makes the F-150 truck. I knew the museum was going to be impressive and interesting, but the content was not as I expected. I just thought it would be about Ford, but it was about inventions, innovations, and how they affect every day lives of Americans. But, it seemed to also have an aspect of history preservation. The museum was a personal project of Henry Ford. As most museums are, it was information overload, but we had our own tour guide telling the stories so that we wouldn’t miss something extra interesting. The Rouge plant tour,
|I hate to love this picture.|
process by adding conveyor belts to move the product to the workers instead of the workers moving to the product. Bottom line for what we learned is that HF was a really cool guy. It seemed like we could have used another day in Detroit, because I felt like the snow was covering up things we were missing. We closed up the museum and made an appearance at the monthly meeting of the Mustang Owners Club of Southeast Michigan, the largest mustang club in the country. After seeing Eli on the local news, the club president sought us out to extend the invitation. The club gave Eli gifts and donated to St. Jude. We hit the road late that night for south of Dayton, Ohio, where we visited the National Museum of the United States Air Force the next day. Again, information overload, and this time we were guideless. It was impressive, and I could just feel the gems of info throughout, but the kids and I just couldn’t appreciate it all as they were tired and I was clueless as to what I was looking at without
|The first Mustang.|
From the movie, we traveled to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where someone made fun of my southern dialect. Yes, in Kentucky! I had been to New York state, upper Pennsylvania, all over Ohio, and to Michigan, (admittedly I caught a few smiles when I used certain phrases, and one woman in Ohio asked where I was from) but it wasn’t until I was in Kentucky that someone thought how I talked was “so cute”. Seriously, less than two hours from Nashville.
We had plans to visit Lost River Canyon for a boat tour in the cave, but the canyon was flooded (and the ground swallowed some Corvettes and someone said something about me was cute. Kentucky is making me nervous - beautiful landscape though). So, we re-routed to Mammoth Cave
|Henry Ford's first "car".|
|The car in which JFK was shot.|
|They have trains! Sold!|
|Ford and Thomas Edison were like BFF's. This is a cornerstone|
from the foundation of the Edison Institute with his signature.
Hg is an Edison fan.
Thanks to all of you that were able to donate points for some of the hotel rooms, and to the many of you as individuals that gave us funds and gift cards to help with expenses. A lot or a little, it was and is put to good use for Eli and the kids (and helps Vic to relax and enjoy the trip). With the unknown
|Great detail in the exhibits at the USAF museum.|
|Space flight is covered at the USAF museum.|
As we were traveling, making small talk in the car about what cars are our favorites and what we would get if we got one, Eli asked Vic what kind of car he wanted. He hesitated because he has always been a chevy guy and he said, “Well, I kind of feel like I’ve been adopted by Ford, so I guess my new favorite car is a shelby.”
Eli’s chemo went fine yesterday. It’s just the bevacizumab and the irinotecan, which is just for the one day. His ANC was a little low for the protocol, so they backed off the irinotecan. If it gets too low, they will postpone the cycle, so by backing off they hope to keep him on schedule. He looks good, still not eating great. We mentioned it to the doc when she asked if we had any concerns and said that he would eat pizza all day if we let him. She actually said, “calories are calories, doesn’t matter.” I just don’t get that. This is a HEALTH professional, someone highly educated to the extreme in the HEALTH of the human body. But, they are on the front lines, fighting the hottest fires so I think - as smart as they are - they just have tunnel vision to see that fire only. It’s like until his
|Just feels like a "Hatch".|
I hope we start getting things lined up in order to get the house in order from the inconvenience of the burst pipe. We continue to be upside down, and I have poured more upside down on top of that upside down. I will begin collecting laundry detergent next week for us to take back to Memphis to the Grizzlies House, so watch for details on where to drop off, or you can mail funds to me just put a sticky note on it that it is for laundry detergent. The fund is still up to donate straight to St. Jude in honor of Eli for a tile on the wall at St. Jude, the address is http://www.gofundme.com/6da7z4 I’m not sure how long it will be up, someone else is in charge of it. Our trip has slowed the tallying from the car show, but we are getting the final numbers on the t-shirt sales which will wrap that up. We will get that to St. Jude, and the gofundme goes directly to st. Jude as well. This is a collective effort so that Eli has an engraved tile on the Memphis campus, but you can always submit individual donations directly to St. Jude via its website that just go to the hospital in general.
|Inside Mammoth Cave.|
Baylee, who I posted about, got good news. She has not relapsed as was first thought. The abnormalities in her spinal fluid are benign, so we are so thrilled and relieved for Baylee and her family. Two more children from our county have been diagnosed with cancer. Please, include fifteen-year-old Leah, and two-year-old Addie in your prayers as they both begin their fight.
|Part of the Mammoth cave system,|
complete with icicles and snow dusting.
Our next bench mark is the MRI February 28 in Memphis, so please keep Eli in your prayers and express our deep desire that this treatment has stabilized the disease.