Its a Tradition

In typical Krull style, Ella's birthday has dragged out an additional week.  Ella and her best friend, Gracen, celebrated their 11th birthdays with a movie/slumber party.  Amanda and I took 15 kids and 5 adults to see the movie "Dolphin Tale 2" and then followed that up with a wonderful slumber party.

Instead of going to the movie, Amanda's husband Nelson stayed home and, unbeknownst to us, planned and prepared about 7 games for the girls to play.  I about died, seeing as I usually just tell the girls to go upstairs to play.  Apparently I need to up my game.  He really went overboard making sure the girls were entertained.  I'm still laughing when I think about how proud he was of himself.  It was pretty impressive (but don't tell him I said that.)

Games like rump-shaker, cheez-it pile on, cracker-whistle and the obligatory line dancing (think cha-cha slide.)  I left the girls in good hands and for the first time in several years did not host a party at my house.  I went home and slept in my own bed while Nelson and Amanda tossed and turned to the sound of little girls giggles and whispers until 4:00am.

Ella had a soccer game at 9:00 and in a very obedient move she actually went to sleep at 11:00.  Oh, I remember the day of staying up all night....and then feeling like crap the next day.  I sure couldn't do it now.  Speaking of being old and tired....stayed tuned.  Jack's birthday party is tomorrow.  If I wasn't worn out yesterday I'm sure 15 little 4 year olds will do it tomorrow.


Team Lucy for LeBonheur

LeBonheur Children's Hospital hosts a 5k as an annual fundraiser every year.   Since Lucy is the Children's Miracle Network Champion for the state of Tennessee we thought it was more important than ever to have a Team Lucy.  We are doing a shirt for the runners/walkers, but also for anyone who wants to support Lucy and her continued fight.  If you are interested in purchasing on please email me at golucygofoundation(at)gmail(dot)com.  You need to list your name, size, short or long sleeve and whether or not you want to pick it up or have it shipped.  

**The short sleeve adult shirt will not be this dark.  The color is actually called heather navy.**

The short sleeve adult shirt is a Soft Style.  These are a little more fitted and are extremely comfy.  The long sleeve and all children's shirts are true to size.  Thanks as always!


Once Upon a Time

(Thank you all for your very encouraging words of support from my last post.  It meant so much to me. )

Once a Upon a Time....there was a princess that was born.  Her name was Ella.  She was the most beautiful baby in all the land and she was everyone's pride a joy (everyone being her parents and grandparents.)  And then, one day, she was 11.  How in the world did that happen?  When did it happen?  Was it really in the blink of an eye as it seemed to everyone?  Yes.   The answer had to be yes.

Overnight she became a young lady who asks for grown-up things like a Fitbit, cowboy boots and tickets to the Phantom of the Opera.  She became the young lady who is joining the cross country team and is in 5th grade.  It's still so hard for me to admit that she is growing up.  

Ella, I am so proud of you of sweet baby girl.  Thank you for making me a mommy, thank you for teaching me what loving unconditionally really means, thank you for proving to me that I can love one person more than humanly possible.  Thank you for being a rock in our family when things are hard.  Thank you for understanding when my attention is forced other places.  Thank you for setting an amazing example for your sister and brother.  You are the perfect big sister to them and I know that they love you with all their hearts.

The past 11 years have been an amazingly wonderful whirlwind and I can't wait to see what the next 11 years will hold.  Someone pointed out today that at 11, I only have you in my home for 7 more years.  Writing that makes me cry.  Tears of sadness stream as I think of you ever leaving me, yet my heart flutters as I think of the exciting adventure you have ahead of you.

May God hold you in His hand and protect you all the days of your life.


It's September...Go Gold

Is it just because we have a front row seat to the nightmare known as pediatric cancer or does it seem to be an epidemic?  I swear I am hearing of a new child almost weekly being diagnosed with cancer.  I don't understand nor can I even begin to wrap my head around the situation.  Is it the environment?  Is it what we put in our bodies in the form of drinks and food?  I fear it may be a little of all of it combined.  

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  More than 263,000 children will be diagnosed with some form of cancer this year alone.  This has got to stop.  Federal funding of pediatric cancer research is a joke and most treatment options remain as harmful as the cancer itself.  We've got to put an end to this nasty, horrible disease.  

Everyday approximately 250 kids worldwide die from cancer.  This can no longer be acceptable.  

What can we do?  For starters, you can pray.  Pray for the children fighting, the parents supporting and the doctors who are searching for treatments and cures.  Second you can raise awareness by going gold this month.  Change you FB profile, post on Instagram, share on your blog or just wear gold.  Writing about it won't cure cancer, but the more awareness we can raise the greater emphasis will be placed on research.  This is VITAL to the lives of our children.  

Third, find a reputable charity and donate to them.  Make sure you do your research and that the majority of the money is going to actual research or support/awareness, not administrative fees.  Together we can make a difference.  Our family lives this life everyday and we are committed to seeing this nightmare come to an end.  

Would you please join us?  If you post to FB or Instagram, please use the hashtag #gogoldinseptember and #golucygo.


No Longer Relevant

I began blogging many years ago and was popularly read by tens of people.  I was quite content just writing for myself, documenting the boring and mundane lives of my children.  Then Lucy became ill.  I don't know how it happened or even why anyone even cared about this particular child but people started reading.  Lots and lots of people.  I have always appreciated, but never asked for, "followers."  Those who genuinely care about Lucy and our family and have prayed over us for some many nights and days have literally changed our lives.  

Lucy and her fight against cancer will never end.  Ever.  The aftermath of treatment and the constant fear of recurrence is a reality that we live with every minute of every day.  I've been getting emails lately from people who are no longer following this blog because the "content is no longer relevant."  Please don't misunderstand.  I am not upset that someone would no longer be following.  I never sought recognition of any kind.  But man, those are hard words to hear and digest.  Lucy's "content" is our every breath.  Lucy's "content" dictates every decision we make in all aspects of our life.

For those of you who still pray for Lucy and our family I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Our struggles are real and are present every day.  Lucy is an amazing child and inspires me daily as we walk hand in hand through this life that is so unknown to us.  Today was a hard day for this mom who so desperately wants nothing but a "normal" life for my child.  I would give anything in the world to take the struggles, the hurt and the headache away from her.

Tonight I want to encourage you to be kind to someone tomorrow.  Smile, say hello, offer to hold a door or simply say a breath prayer for a stranger or a friend.  So many of us walk around with a  Superwoman cape around our neck, and we never asked for it.  We didn't ask to be a super mom or we don't pretend to take joy in the constant demand to fight battles every day.  We are doing the best we can to keep our family together, to give our kids what they need to thrive, keep households from falling apart and at the very minimum trying not to have a nervous breakdown.

Every mom has challenges that they face everyday.  Moms of children with special needs face challenges that you could never even begin to imagine.  There are so many decisions to make and so many questions that go unanswered.  Quite possibly the hardest challenge is that are always so many tears to dry.  Be kind tomorrow.  You never know who's day you can change.