Friday, September 13, 2013

A Date Change!

Apologies! We decided it will work better for our family to change the party from the 21st to the 28th, which probably just guaranteed that the 21st is going to be warm and sunny and on the 28th we'll have a hail storm, but we'll leave it to fate. So please remark you calendars! Don't worry about presents, just come celebrate with us that Emmett is turning 3 and has finished chemo and will possibly be moving back home! (Still awaiting his MRI, which is now scheduled for October 2) We'd love to have everyone that's been thinking of Emmett, asking how he's doing with treatment, praying for him, reading the blog, sending cranes or packages and supporting him in so many ways this last 18 months to finally get a chance to visit, so please don't be shy. It's an Open House, so you can just stop by if it's a busy day. If it doesn't work for your schedule, I will just say thank you here, then, for all the love we have felt from so many people! I am amazed at the support we have received most of all from strangers-once in a while people stop me in stores and ask his name so they can pray for him.  At the grocery store this summer as we were getting back into the car, an older gentleman stopped and insisted on looking through his cart to give Emmett something and found a coloring book and ice cream. Sometimes it's hard or feels strange to accept goodwill or attention, but then I have realized this year that it's not my place to stop people from being good. Doesn't everyone say we need more good in this world? Who knows, maybe this man at the grocery store had lost his wife to cancer and seeing Emmett really struck a chord with him, so how rude of me would it be to not let him do goodwill out of a sweet memory of a lost loved one. You never know someone's motive or intentions. We have discovered this year that there are many people with good hearts and I have felt truly blessed to be Emmett's mom and to see it all. I can think of plenty of examples I could share, but I don't want to put people on the spot.  People do things quietly, not wanting or seeking any attention for it, so some things are just kept in our hearts and we will never forget.  I realize that as he gets better and stronger, and mostly as his hair starts to grow back and when his NG tube is unneeded and gone, all this goodwill will pass on to the next patient and to strangers on the street, Emmett will just be another kid. I know that when strangers are kind to us, they don't even know us, so it's not Emmett personally that they love, but are just being sympathetic and charitable, and truly acting as the Savior would if he crossed paths with a sick child. Seeing that little bit of Christ in everyone I will miss and that has been uplifting to us this year and carried me through.  I wish I could find each and everyone one of those strangers as well as all our friends and family that have gone out of their way to show kindness to us and invite them to celebrate with us. Emmett is doing well today and what the future holds, no one knows, but we are excited to have made it to this milestone and so grateful! This is more than I had planned on writing, but I wanted to share that to me this is more than a birthday party, but a way of us being able to say THANKS! This is more a party for you than for him, so let's all celebrate together!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Here it is!

Thanks to Betsy for this DARLING invite!  Please don't be shy (even if you're a friend of a friend) and put this on your calendars and plan on coming if you're in the Boston area!  This is more of a party that Emmett has made it this far in treatment and we would love for everyone to come celebrate that with us!  We had to change around his MRI date, so that won't be until early October now.  That is the biggest appointment we are waiting for, but if all goes well, we will hopefully be heading back to Albuquerque soon after that, so this is our chance to say hello and goodbye before we go, since we didn't get much visiting in while we were here.  Also, this is an open house, so feel free to just stop by and say hi!  We know Saturdays are busy.

No presents, just your presence!  
We wanted to keep a tiny bit of privacy by not putting up our home address.  
Most people know my parents house I think, but if you don't, please email me at

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Our little friends have put me to shame! They have grown their hair for over a year so they could donate their ponytails. I could grow my hair my entire life and never get enough hair to donate, I think, so this was especially touching for me.

Since this post is for the Hoopers anyways, I just have to add a BIG thank you to them! They moved into Albuquerque and we met them literally 2 weeks before Emmett got sick. Because of a mutual friend/cousin, we had a connection and knew they had moved in and got to know them pretty well in a short amount of time. Stacey was heaven sent for me...another miracle in all of this. She took such good care of us at UNMH and somehow always knew exactly what we needed to make those first weeks in the hospital better. We gave them keys to our house as Lee dropped us off at the airport to come to Boston. Can you believe that-someone you've known for a month and giving them the keys to your house? I guess at that point we had bigger things to worry about than our house burning down ;)  There were lots of people willing to help with anything, but the Hoopers just happened to be at the right place at the right time and were lucky enough to get an extra house to take care of!

There are so many people that have helped us with our home.  I haven't had a single worry about our house, yard, mail etc...  We owe so many people a HUGE thank you for helping us out.  You've taken that worry away from us! 

Save the Date!!!!

Well, this is a little bit premature, since we are still pinning down a date, but just wanted to let you know that Emmett's birthday is this month, he's recently ended treatment and we are possibly going to be heading back home sometime this fall...the latter depending on appointments and how good his MRI is (which is scheduled for mid September.  Micah just found out that he has a business trip he has to be on then so we will be pushing that back, so more likely the end of September).  But this all sounds like the perfect storm for a party, so one of the last 2 weekends in September will be a party and YOU are ALL invited If you read this blog, we want you to come!  As we've avoided kids especially, and visitors in general as he's gone through treatment, we would love to have everyone come out now to visit and celebrate.  We wouldn't have made it this far without all the prayers, love, support of friends and family... and friends of friends, and friends of family and family of friends....we are always amazed who is following Emmett's condition and wanting to help.  Please check back and we'll be posting more details this week, I hope!