I can’t believe it has been almost a month since I have written. Time flies. I will try to recap things! My memory seems to be failing me a little more often than I’d like to admit.
I think I will give you the recap by following the pictures in the slide show….
When Nana & Pa came through to visit in Oct., Pa captured this great picture of Nana with the girls! Also the tomato plants are the ones that Pa and Nana helped the kids buy and plant. Pa is the professional at tomato plants! Nana is doing well after her breast surgery to remove the cancerous lump. She will start radiation soon. Please continue to keep her in your prayers.
Caleb has been home for several passes. He graduates from Youth Challenge Academy on Dec. 19th! He is enlisting in the National Guard this week. We are so proud of his accomplishments!
We adopted 2 female kitties from a lady that does cat rescues. The girls LOVE them! Due to several members of our family being a little allergic, they are outdoor kitties.
Our family took at one night get away to St. Augustine, Fl. We found an inexpensive hotel on the beach w/ a pool that had a huge waterslide! It was a much needed get away for just a single night. My sister lives in Palatka, which is about 45 minutes south of St. Augustine. We live about and hour north of St. Augustine. We hadn’t talked in a couple of months. Have you ever realized when God does something that was very much needed in your life? He did that day. While we were enjoying the waterslide at the pool, around the corner came my sister! They also were taking a one night getaway, out of the blue. What are the chances that we would be at the same hotel, the same night??? It was awesome! We got some much needed talking done….girl talk! Yay! The kids had a blast having their cousins to play with!
We had several CFF events in the last few months…..Golf, Tango by Moonlight and Singles Greatest Night. There are pictures for all 3 events. We were volunteers at the golf event, attended the Tango event, and were the parents of an Ambassador for the Singles event. Our friends at the Singles event, Chris, Carrie and Keeley are all also parents of Ambassadors for Singles. There are only 4 Ambassadors that the teams of singles raise money for. I have talked about these singles before, they are amazing young single professionals that commit to raising at least $1500.00 each for CFF! There is always a competition to see which of the 4 teams will raise the most money. This year, Chris (team Cammie) decided that whomever won would get to flaunt HOT PINK HEELS. So, as you can see, my dear friend, Keeley won the honors, her daughter’s team, team Leila won!! It was a fantastic evening with friends! The Singles raised over $150,000.00!!!!!!
We have a newly acquired used drum set in the middle of our house. It is LOUD! The kids love it though! Zoe is practicing to be like Emily from Rock CF!!
We were blessed beyond our belief last week…..
The school, First Coast Christian, has been doing our Great Strides Walk for team Zoe for a few years now. Which is a blessing in itself. But…this November they have what they call a month of love. For each week of Nov. they have a special person, family, organization, etc….they write letters to, raise money for, have a whole single day of prayer for that person, etc… Well, they picked our little Zoe for one of their weeks. To my total astonishment, as you can see in the picture, they wrote hundreds of letters to Zoe. We sat down one night and read them. We cried many tears during that reading session. The letters were from the youngest kids to the high schoolers. Straight from their hearts. The love and caring in their letters was unbelievable. One girl wrote how she was donating her paycheck, some gave icecream coupons, all gave their prayers and hope for Zoe’s future. I cry still when I think about these kids.
The funds they collected could not have come at a more perfect time. You see, we were behind in our rent for almost the exact amount they gave us a check for. We have had a bunch of medical bills and medicine co-pays lately, so things were tight. I cried when I opened the envelope. Scott and I were just talking on the phone before I got to the school that day about how we were going to come up with the rent money. I am still in awe.
We lost 2 more Cf’ers this month at cf.com . A young lady and an 18 month old little boy. We NEED a CURE. Our hearts break for the families……please keep them in your prayers.
My dearest friend, Mel, has been in the hospital with a CF exasperation for 11 days now. She has had a rough time. She normally has to stay at least a month to get a good lung clean-up. I feel so helpless being so far away….. Please add her to your prayers…..
As far as health goes around here…..Scott had a horrible cold that no one but him caught. But this week Caleb and Alex had a new cold. We are hoping and praying that Zoe doesn’t catch it. Zoe has been doing very well! We feel so happy that she has been so healthy for such a long stretch!!
Well, if you held out this long, thank you!
God bless you and yours………
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