Archive for November, 2008

O Christmas Tree

Ricky really loves to get live Christmas trees.  Me, not so much.  Yes, they smell great.  Yes, they are beautiful.  But, the needles.  Oh, the needles.  I sweep them and yet they multiply.  However, it is now a tradition and we always get it on the day after Thanksgiving.  So, we decided to step it up a notch and actually go and cut down our own Christmas tree.  Another new tradition.  We found out about a place fairly close from some friends and headed out in search of the perfect tree.

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All Finished

I am happy to announce that Ricky has completed all 33 of his radiation treatments.  We were able to finish up yesterday morning and he skipped out with his mask in hand.  Okay, he didn’t really skip, but he was pretty excited =)  We have the next two weeks to just relax and get ready for the next step in our journey.  We are meeting Dr. Leming, the new oncologist here, on Thursday.  He has bloodwork on the 11th and an MRI on the 12th and then we head to Houston that night.  Please continue to pray that the tumor is gone.  Our appointment is on the 16th at MDAnderson with Dr. Yung.

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Happy Thanksgiving

I just wanted to take a quick  minute and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!  I am about to go headfirst into the kitchen and not leave until we eat at 2:00.  We are having both families over and Riley has already asked me 100 times when the party starts.  Don’t let him fool you, he just wants cake and ice cream =) 

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Thanksgiving Outreach!

I want to say a huge thank you to all of you who donated to the Thanksgiving outreach.  I also need to thank the manager at Kroger’s who gave me 27 turkeys for the sale price of .59 cents a pound.  The limit is 2, but he let us have all of them for that price.  Yay Kroger’s!!!  Thanks to Melissa for going with me to get the turkeys.  We were worried that we would be pushing a carts with the turkeys but the nice guys had Kroger’s helped us load them all.

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Auction To Begin Tonight!!!

We are so excited that the auction that so many people have put so much into is going live tonight.  A huge thanks to Erin and Alisa who have put an unbelievable amount of time into getting it up and running.  Another big thank you to Mr. Darvick who authenticated all of the items in the auction.  There are not words to describe how grateful we are for you taking the time to help out our family. 

Here is the post from the Rally for Recovery blog.  The button at the bottom will take you directly to the auction and it will be live tonight with the items listed.  You will not be able to see the items until tonight!

Sunday is THE day!

We are so happy to finally let you know that the Rally for Recovery baseball auction benefiting Ricky Stone and his family is set to begin!  We have partnered with eBay Giving Works and Mission Fish as the format to run the auction.  Winning bidders will receive a tax deductible receipt.  Please pass on this information to anyone and everyone!  
Items go up for auction between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST this Sunday, November 23 and will run until Sunday, November 30.  Please be aware that items will not appear in the eBay store until they list Sunday night!  Here is the link which will take you directly to the store

We are just overwhelmed by the pouring out of love and support we have seen through this trying time.  However, my prayer is that the testimony that continues to build each day will be used to glorify God.  May our words just speak of His love and goodness.  May we continue to praise Him and give him all the glory through the good and bad!  We love you all…

I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart;
       I will tell of all your wonders.

Psalm 9:1

Update on Ricky

Hey everyone!  I just realized that I haven’t really given an update on Ricky in awhile.  Let’s just say that no news is good news =)  His treatments have been going very well and he has only 5 left.  Yeah!  The only side affect that he has had is loss of hair.  He lost the whole area on his left side where the surgery was and now he is even losing some on his right side.  But if that’s his only problem, we will take it!!!  He has had very minimal fatigue and none of the other anticipated problems.  We are so thankful!

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Our First Snow

This morning we woke up to our first snow.  It is only flurries, but still the first of the year.  As we looked out of our big window watching the flurries passing by, Lily said something that was so cute.  She said, “Mom, it looks like we are inside a big snowglobe.”  Here is a video of the kids looking out of the “snowglobe”

She amazes me with some of the things she says.  Anyway, they couldn’t wait to get on their hats, scarves, and mittens.  Here they are all ready for the snow…

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