Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Beginning

Ok, here goes. I am showing Alex how to do the blog. He has had his first round of chemo and so far so good. Mild side effects, but was able to have a full fun week. Next chemo is in 2 days.

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  1. Triumphant Evening

    Now that I have had over a week to try and process the events that unfolded on the evening of April 4th at the Speakeasy in Austin, I still find myself at a loss of words for the heartfelt emotion of such an awe-inspiring occasion.
    I love Shannon's recap and expressions of thanks to everyone that was involved that evening. If you have not had the chance to visit the website for the Ausitn event, please take a moment to reflect on the tab "How the Event Went" at the site.
    Shannon gives a great depiciton of the extra effort and recognizes a few others besides the obvious, that I would also like to reiterate. Although, I would literally like to sit here and thank each and every one of you, individually, by name for attending or donating and each business/individual for sponsoring, I felt that if I expressed my emotions about the evening in this note, that hopefully my intentions and purpose would get across.
    First of all, once the evening got started for me it never seemed to stop. It was so amazing seeing such old friends and the wave of memories that came with each expression of everyones face was such a warm and welcomed sight. I, literally, caught myself stopping, multiple times that evening, and thanking God for such an opportunity to visit with old friends and re-kindle some great relationships.
    Although some brief, most of my encounters were very heartfelt and I was so inspired to hear how well everyone was doing. It was so nice to meet those significant others that coudl attend the event and I would like to say "thanks" to the significant others who allowed their spouse to escape for the weekend.
    I must admit, the most surreal moment of the evening came when I had the opportunity to step on stage and look out across the sea of friends, family, and other support there for a common cause. I hope some of my words that evening offered just a glimpse of the love in my hear For All Of You!
    Being able to share such a difficult journey with friends as opposed to complete strangers (where I normally share my story) seemed to be very theraputic and the compassion in the room was overwhelmingly supportive. That was truly such a monumental moment in my life, aside from the gracious donations, aside from the friends and family who attended, and aside from all the kind thoughts and generous prayers...there was such an energy about the evening that left me craving to be blanketed by that type of love, the type of Love that only God is capable of providing for us, through us.
    Incredible to see how beautiful all the ladies in our Judson Rockets' lives have remained and how bald & pudgy all the men have become (present company included). I was so grateful for all of my immediate family and extended family for attending and for their amazing contributions (Big Up to Tiff and Shane, plus Kari and Brian for making the trip from Washington with Anders). I know my parents and step-parents were happy to see some of their old friends and were equally as appreciative for their presence, support, and candor. Of course, thanks, to old friends who traveled from Indiana, Florida, and Geogia...what an effort!!! It was so great to see the Old Judson Soccer Crew who always played with more heart than you can imagine. It was also great seeing all of my "Wildflower" Girls and their parents who made the trip from Dallas to the event. It was such a special gift to visit with each and every one of you, no matter how brief, and I will never forget what everyone of you did for my family and me.
    One last special thanks to Rhonda, who has one of the kindest, most generous hearts of any woman I know.
    To Brandon, Fatty Monk, and The Speakeasy for my first and definitely last live performance on stage. Thanks again for all your effort!
    To Tiffany A., although I know we are family, your contribution and effort moved me to tears and is a testimony to how you live your life.
    To Rafik...boys for life...your award winning personality, sense of humor, and ability to "work a room" is such a gift and I hope you can continue to utilize it.
    And To Shannon for your tireless dedication, unbelievable zest and drive, and for being such a blessing because without you none of this would have been possible!
    And to everyone else that has given, continues to give in some way, or has graced us with a blessing of any kind...thank you, I love you, and God Bless You!!!
    Hopefully, between Shannon's site and this site I can keep everyone update about my most current situation. I hope to also continue to share information about everyone as well, so please keep me informed about your lives by reaching out to my through facebook, this site, email, or by phone.

    Graciously Honored,