Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tulsa Great Strides

This weekend we had family walking for E in Tulsa since they couldn't be at the other walk with us!  Thanks so much for going and for sending pictures, Nana!  We love you guys!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

ONE Year Old!

My baby is ONE!
It's amazing how much they change in the first year.

I wasn't sure what life would be like with 3 kids.  Going from 1 to 2 was really hard for me.  But E has been such a good baby.  It's pretty crazy that with all of the meds she is on and the airway clearance we have to do, she still seems like my easiest baby!  No inconsolable crying, no pacing around the house for hours at a time trying to get her to calm down.  She's been sleeping through the night since she was about 2 months old, which is pretty much the best thing a mommy could ask for.  She is amazing.

I am so thankful for every day I get to spend with this precious little girl.
Happy Birthday!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Great Strides 2013

Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's largest national fundraising event.  The money that is raised helps to support life-saving research, care and education programs to help those with cystic fibrosis.

Several months ago, Ryan and I decided to form a team for the Great Strides walk in our area.  When I registered, I was asked to enter an amount for our team's fundraising goal.  I entered $1000 thinking that I could surely get that if I asked everyone I knew and really worked hard to get the word out.  I sent an email to our family letting them know about the walk and asked if anyone wanted to donate or join our team.  One by one they started signing up.  Our team grew and people started raising money.  Everyone was excited about it and we actually had people who had never even met E sign up to walk with us!  This was our first walk and we had 24 adults and 10 kids on our team!!!
On the day of the walk, the weather wasn't very nice at all.  It was cold and windy and miserable but that didn't stop everyone from coming! 

I am so proud of everyone for getting the word out and sharing E's story.  I don't have the official numbers yet but I know that we have raised at least $19,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!  Yes, you read that right.  NINETEEN THOUSAND!  Never in a million years did I think we would raise that much money!
Every single person on our team did an amazing job and I cannot even begin to tell you all how much we appreciate it.  I do have to give a special thanks to Uncle Eric for raising $8,000 on his own!  Unbelievable!

***Update: Our final total was $20,100.00!  WOW!!***

 There were "hero awards" for all the kids who have CF and each one got to go up and receive their medal.

Then it was time to walk!

All that walking wore her out!

Love my little hero!