This blog is to help offer support to the Thomas Family and their daughter, Christi, in her battle against cancer. Please visit Christi's website at www.ChristiThomas.com to learn more. There, you'll find journals, photos and a lots of other information about this amazing child and her family.
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(White House Egg Roll, 2004)Trust me, I am NOT complaining! I absolutely love being busy (when it does not involve rushing around with unhealthy loved ones)! It was a very long, tiring week. After getting home at midnight, we returned to school on Tuesday morning and I returned to Ohio State this week as spring break is over and I begin my FINAL quarter of classes, praise the Lord!! Shayla was incredibly busy after school every day with ballet, jazz and horse lessons. Then it was a quick bite to eat and off to musical practice. She returned home close to 10PM each night, but never once complained; she's absolutely loved all of this! Everyone has been very sweet to her and she will be saddened tomorrow when the curtain falls for the final time.
When we arrived in another city on Saturday night and checked into our hotel, we were upgraded to a suite! Yahoo! It worked out very well with the egg hunt that had to take place in our hotel room on Easter morning. Shayla woke up, came into our room and cuddled with us for a while. She went to the bathroom and we heard her yell, "Is it Easter because there are eggs in here?!" She had a ball and I just kept telling myself that Christi lives on through Shayla.
Well, I couldn't manage the thought of being home, without Christi, for Easter so I planned a last minute get away and it's been quite helpful medicine! After Shayne came home from work on Thursday we drove to Colonial Williamsburg. The ten hour drive didn't seem like it because two of us slept. The amazing Shayne drove throughout the night, just like he did so many times with Christi. We even took the same roads for quite a while before heading south so I worried that it was too much for him, but when I inquired he responded he was doing ok. Today I learned we had inches of snow at home, so I'm doubly glad we left town!
Shayne made it to the cemetery; I couldn’t bring myself to go out there yesterday. It’s all just so sad. I try to remember her last Easter with us and how well she was feeling and how happy she was, yet it does little to ease my sorrow. I tell myself she’s free of pain, yet it doesn’t help with my own selfish desire of wanting her here in my arms and wanting to see her face discovering her Easter basket.
I cannot believe today at 9AM will mark the one and a half year anniversary of Christi's departure - eighteen months without her, ergh! I cannot believe how terribly sad I still am. I wish I could at least pick up the phone and call her and hear her little voice!My thanks to sweet Olivia for sending me this poem. I am missing you, sweet Christi!
Shayla had a very busy, very pleasant day – until early this evening then everything changed. Now she won’t admit it, but I think she has an upset stomach – and probably a broken heart or at least a big disappointment in her soul. This afternoon we colored Easter eggs, then went to a very cold, but very nice egg hunt. It was a great day together.PICTURE: Yes, an egg hunt in the snow!
Well, one could assume (with great accuracy) that I've lost my mind (and most likely my wallet). We've decided to lease a horse so that Shayla can be in a (second) 4H club and show a horse at the fair in addition to her bunny, Swifter. Today she had her first (horse) 4H meeting and again I was beyond impressed with these amazing 4H advisors and their program! There are seven new club members (all seemed about 9 years old, fancy that! Shayla was in all her glory and I just kept thinking, "Christi would have absolutely loved all of this!") and they had a special meeting just for the new girls today. Some of the older girls were there, during this 2 1/2 hour meeting, and Shayla really enjoyed it all as they pretended to be the judge and taught her what she needs to do.
I'm certain I should just delete this entry and try to get some sleep. It's been a long, tough week. Shayne has been in Vegas all week for work. (Did I really type work and Las Vegas in the same sentence? Hmmmm.) I cannot wait for him to get home; communication has been challenging.
A couple of pictures of Shayla at ballet. The musical has been rescheduled for the last weekend in March. Because they sold out both shows and had a lengthy waiting list, they are going to try to add a Saturday afternoon show too. Shayla cannot wait to get back to practice.
Shayla had been waiting all year for the "big one" and she finally got it! She spent about three hours playing outside yesterday and I'm certain will want to head out again as soon as she's up. She had a blast; Shayne was exhausted (smile) but really enjoyed catching up with the neighbors (over shovels, hee hee) while the kids played. Be well!!
Well, despite my previous post, I was not able to get that video uploaded properly. Wonderful "Webby" to the rescue (again)! Thanks, Eric!
Despite Shayla telling me a few days ago, "The show must go on; there are paying customers," the sold out school musical was cancelled for both Friday and Saturday nights and rescheduled for two shows on Sunday. Yet another snow storm roared in on Friday and there are to be blizzard conditions today. Shayla handled the news very well and I think because she got home from the 5PM dress rehearsal after 10PM on Thursday night, we were all happy to just go to bed early.
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Shayne was to compete in the Arnold Schwarzenegger “Pump & Run” competition over the weekend in Columbus, so Shayla and I left straight from school on Friday for my sister and brother-in-law’s home. We had a great weekend and it was a wonderful way to end Shaylauary. It continues to break my heart that she no longer has a sister to play with and I am so grateful she has awesome cousins who bring her so much joy! Shayne did a fabulous job in the competition and it is wonderful he takes such great care of his health! It was great to all be back together again on Sunday!