Monday, September 29, 2008

St. Jude's Night


I just wanted to say thanks to the few friends of ours that showed up at Chili's tonight for St. Jude's Night. I know some of you had things going on tonight and couldn't make it and thats OK too. At least I know you remembered. It think they had a wonderful turn out. At least it was pretty crowded while we were there. Chili's is such a big donor to St. Jude's. They even recently opened the Chili's care center. This newest building on campus will be home to the Radiological Sciences department, the Bone Marrow Transplant inpatient unit, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium, and new research labs for Pathology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Virology. And not only are they researching childhood cancer, but they are also doing bone marrow transplants for patients with severe Osteogenesis Imperfecta which is the brittle bone disease that runs in our family that has affected my Dad, sister, and my 3 nieces which in turn affects our whole family. So once again, thanks for supporting St. Jude's!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Happenings

Here's a little update on the happenings around the Crow's house. We are busy, busy, busy. Brea is tumbling, taking pitching lessons, and playing softball. She's keeps us hopping. I don't know what we will do when Luke and Jolea start having activities and playing sports. Those days are not too far away. School is going great. Although Jolea did get another sad face on her folder yesterday. She actually locked herself in the BOYS restroom stall with another little boy during there bathroom break. She had to go see Mrs. Painter this time. She had a melt down in the office, but I had to stay clear even though I wanted to run in and hold her and tell it was ok. She was crying for her Mommy but she needed to know that her behavior was not acceptable. My sweet girl, I love her so much. I have had no problems with Luke and Brea.



Luke went to see the Dr. today for an ear and sinus infection, and I ended coming home with a nebulizer for Jolea. She's been coughing lately so I had the Dr. listen to her and she was wheezing. I think this will be a good thing, and hope it will cut down on the antibiotics and pneumonia. I'm not sure how many times Jolea has had pneumonia during her time in the orphanage. I do know she was hospitalized as a baby with it, and has had it once since she has been home. She is very prone to sinus infections, and wheezing. She most likely has asthma as well. We were going to do the inhaler but with her palate still being open it will likely not be as effective as the nebulizer right now. She has to have breathing treatments several times a day right now, but eventually we'll only have them when she needs them. Here are a few pictures of Jolea taking her first breathing treatment.



Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Childhood Cancer Awareness

Below is a video that my sister put together for me a couple of years ago. I was so proud of her. It was made to honor Colt, all the children, and families affected by childhood cancer. In the video you will be introduced to two of the most important organizations that Joey and I are huge advocates and supporters for. They are Camp Sol and CureSearch. Also included are many pictures of Colt throughout treatment including the last picture that was taken of him only 4 days before he passed away. I know some of you may not want to see these pictures but regardless of how they may make you feel they are very special memories to us as a family. We treasure each and every day we had with him, even if they were spent in a hospital.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sorry for the long break in posts. I'm still adjusting to going back to work, and all the things that comes along with getting three kids and myself ready for school every morning. I have to say that I really love my job. The first week or so was hard for me. I think about Colt a lot of day. By being there I am having to again face the reality that Colt is not there. He will never get to start school. I will never get to see him all excited for his first day of school, all dressed up in his brand new clothes and shoes. It is just a change, and change is hard for me. I've been in the same routine for nearly 4 years and it is just a comfort zone for me. Although, I am so excited that God has given me this opportunity. I love where I'm at, and I love the people I work with. I actually look forward to getting up and going. I think this is going to be a great thing.

As far as the kids, they are doing great. Luke has really surprised me how well he is doing in school. He has not been in trouble yet! Now Jolea is a different story. Friday she had her folder signed. She broke 3 rules! Hitting, pinching, and not following directions. She also got mad at her teacher and tore her work up that she was working on, and had to sit out at recess. What am I going to do with her? At home, she is the one who minds the best. Such a reverse in behavior for them two. Brea is also doing well. She is adjusting great to the demands of 5th grade.

One last thing! September is childhood cancer awareness month! Please go to curesearch.org and join the virtual walk. Together, we are determined to reach 12,500 and honor all children diagnosed with cancer! Also, September 13th is childhood cancer day. So please take the time and pray for all of the children who are undergoing treatment, and also remember those who have passed away and their families. Chili's is also doing the create a pepper fundraiser for St. Jude's, and on September 29th they will donate 100% of profits to St. Jude's.

Remember: One Goal. One Month. One Person.

Walk for One to Make a Difference in the Lives of 12,500.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

First Day of School





Today was the kids first day of school. They had a great day. All three were very excited. I think I was actually the only one who was nervous. The thought of my baby going to school terrified me, but I made it through the day.

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