|Gaming with Betts. If it is in the shape of a block,|
really, is there anything else one can do but build.
|The kids all spread out.|
|Had no idea there was a Station No. 3. Good to know!|
At this time last year, we enjoyed Thanksgiving oblivious to the sky bearing down on us. We did not learn of Eli’s relapse until December 5, just two days after his birthday, so Thanksgiving last year was a breeze emotionally. I miss naivety, inexperience, ignorance, obliviousness, and even shallowness. I slept so much easier and was so much better at those things. And, to think I’m not those things any more shows that I am still those
|We kicked off our Thanksgiving weekend by being thankful|
for moving back into our house. We celebrated by giving
ourselves a Welcome Home gift... not that one.
So, after much thought and consideration and just plain mulling, I am officially announcing the kick-off of Eli’s Transformer Birthday Challenge.
FIRST, please, sign and share this petition asking Ford to create a shade of blue called “Eli Blue” to offer as a Mustang color and give a portion of the sale of cars in that color to Team Victory 4 All (our new non-profit that will hopefully be official before the end of the year).
SECOND, consider this to be your official “call-out,” your official “challenge” to Create a Transformer! Even though in my video I only challenge a handful just to give an example of a video, this challenge and request is for each of you! This is your challenge to create a Transformer for Team Victory 4 All! For those that might not know, a Transformer changes from a robot to a car and protects humans and earth, but it's your creation, so use your own imagination and creativity.
So, here are the simple how-to’s:
1. Create and draw your transformer (it doesn’t have to be an Eli or even anything about anything he likes, tailor it to your creativity)
2. Write on the paper the name of the Transformer and “Team Victory 4 All.”
3. Share your creation through a (short and quick) video recording and include that it is to Transform Childhood Cancer; include any other details that you have attached to your Transformer.
4. Challenge 4 or more friends to do the same and warn them in the video that if they ignore the challenge and have not posted within 53 hours, they must pay St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 10 million dollars (one million for each of Eli’s birthdays).
Successfully completed, this effort is simply to raise awareness for Childhood Cancer; to have fun and be creative (doesn’t have to be elaborate or take a lot of time); and to tell Eli Happy Birthday by
|The kids digging for dinosaur bones.|
Eli had a lab check on Wednesday. His platelets were the lowest they’ve been, I think, but hopefully by Friday, he will be ready to wrap up this round of chemo and another month is in the books. We are slowly getting moved back over to the house, and the kids are having fun spreading out. The
|Eli loves making a Christmas list. He has got|
it numbered and ready to fill in.
|Picking out our tree. We started getting our tree from Lowe's|
years ago because we would get a $10 coupon for something
there in the mail about this time of year. We don't get the
coupon any more and now the kids expect it as our tradition.