Shayne and I were incredibly surprised to notice two very interesting "orbs" in our recent pictures. Out of all of the first Holy communion pictures, there is only one orb and as you can see, it is HUGE - and right on Shayla's dress! Interestingly noteworthy, this is when five children were lined up to say certain prayers - including "Today's mass is for Christi Thomas." Wild, eh?! I can't help but think Christi planned it. What a hoot
Out of all of the Heidelberg College Awards Ceremony pictures we took last week, there is only one orb and again - it is HUGE and perfectly placed. Dr. Armstrong, Chair of the Education Department, is presenting Christi's beloved babysitter - Sara, with one of the education department's highest honors. It's like Christi is hovering right over two very special people saying, "Go, Sara!" There weren't any orbs in any other other photos. Shayne and I were a bit "freaked out"!
Here are two pictures taken one year ago tonight. Unfortunately, I was in class and unable to attend Christi's one and only spring music program. She was so happy that her wonderful music teacher wanted to borrow "Daisy" - an old stuffed lion of Shayne's that the girls just love and I keep taking out to the garage because I don't want "that thing" in our house (smile). My mom snapped the pictures and I love them. It shows how happy the girls were as they carried "Daisy" to Shayne's truck.
Things are coming together unbelievably well for Christi's Tea Party to be held on Saturday, May 12th. If you'd like to attend, please let me urge you to get your tickets soon. Currently we only have 23 left. The "Proper Party" sweethearts have some fabulous surprises planned and this week we received some more generous donations for the auction items four water park passes to Great Wolf Lodge and two $25.00 gift certificates to Buffalo Wild Wings. We are so thankful and appreciative for all of the loving support! Here's the link to get tickets if you want to do so: http://www.active.com/donate/christi
I must share this awesome picture of one of my very best friends. I'm incredibly proud of her. She's been faithfully working on her Ph.D. for seven years and has experienced great adversity herself all along the way. She's a wonderful inspiration, role model and professor. I'm so blessed to call her friend and colleague! Congrats, Lori!!You'll be styling on your graduation day coming up very soon! Go, Buckeyes!
Tomorrow night I get to help with the Girl Scouts. They are going to a water park overnight because of all of the cookies they sold. Thank you for buying all of those cookies. While Shayla and I are looking forward to it, it's hard to be joyous when our hearts are so heavy. May I please ask for "Prayers for Penelope" today. Our little friend is nearing the end of her battle with neuroblastoma. Shayne speaks with her sweet dad each week and although I knew her pain had been horrendous for weeks I did not realize that she's allergic to morphine. Hospice has been involved with them at home for weeks and they are all trying to get her suffering under control, but it's been pure hell for all involved. Shayne and I still cannot shake the horrible memories of those last two painful weeks with Christi out of our minds, and our NY friends have been watching their daughter suffer for so much longer. Each night I ask Christi to be waiting for Penelope and to take her hand and take her to Jesus's lap. This disease is an evil beast. No one should be filled with pain and suffering and no parent should have to watch their child endure such agony. A cure must be found. I recently read that relapsed neuroblastoma only has a cure rate of 3%. That is unacceptable. Penelope's site is: http://www.caringbridge.org/ny/penelope