Sunday, October 31, 2010

Another Angel

Wendy Jackson lost her fight with cancer last night and earned her angel wings.  We will miss Wendy!  Here are a couple of pictures of Wendy helping out the Foundation.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Attention Parade Riders

Our line up time for your parade entry is 7:45 AM. Our entry must be lined up on College Park Drive between College Park Pavilion and the Ron Houston Center at this designated time. You must entry campus from the north on College Park Drive on 16th Street.

· It is imperative that your entry is lined up at your designated time. A Homecoming staff member will be on location to assist you.

· We understand that this line up time may be a bit earlier than you expected. Once you have been give the okay by a Homecoming staff member, you may leave your entry and return to it no later than 8:15 AM. Any groups not in attendance by 8:15 AM will be unable to participate in the parade, as we will start filtering entries into the parade line-up at this time.

· Please make sure anyone walking with you and/or entry is also with the entry by 8:15 AM. Parking has been reserved for parade participants on Lot 61.
· Please remember that throwing candy (or similar items) from the parade line-up is not allowed.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Senior Project

We received a letter from Jennifer Gregory, a senior at Willow Springs High School in Willow Springs, MO about using the Foundation as her College English class project.  Her project will take up most of the year and will end with a donation of stuffed animals to the Pediatric unit at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, MO.  She plans on holding a competition in the elementary school to receive donations to use. 

We are honored that she has been touched enough by the Foundation to use it as a project and the fact that she is sharing Abby's Hugs with others!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Granny's in Heaven

My Grandma joined Abby in Heaven on Thursday night at the age of 92.  A bittersweet time for us as Granny is at peace now, but of course it was hard to let her go.  I was able to spend quite a bit of time with her before she got her wings and was able to talk about her getting to see Abrielle.  I asked her to make sure she took care of my little girl for me until I get there.  I asked her to tell her how much we missed her and how much we love her.  I told her to snuggle her, rock her, and read her books.  

Here are just a few pictures of our two angels in Heaven together.  I didn't go through the more recent ones just because they are harder for me to look at.  

On a fun little side note, Grandma was always Grandma to everyone that knew her, but after the girls came along, we had to come up with a way to differentiate all their Grandmas, so she became Granny in our household.

Love you Grandma and don't spoil my little girl too much!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Another Round at MTC

Last week I spoke to another class of offenders at MTC.  This class was probably the largest I have had there with about 20 men.  I was met with many questions and comments from this class also which makes me feel like my speech has made an impact.  Several offenders also shared some of their stories with me, which was a first.  Before I left, I was asked if I would be willing to speak at the correction facility in St. Joe too.  I said I would so soon our Abby will be touching more lives.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bagging/Parade Prep

We are scheduling a long overdue bagging for next Saturday, October 16th at 7 pm.  We will also be working on getting things ready to hand out in the parade. 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Women Who Change the World

I received a wonderful card from a friend that really made my day.  Sometimes I am not sure if what I am doing is really making a difference so when I get words like these, it helps. 

"There are women who make things better... simply by showing up.  There are women who make things happen.  There are women who make their own way.  There are women who make a difference.  And women who make us smile.  There are women who do not make excuses.  Women who cannot be replaced.  There are women of wit and wisdom who - through strength and courage - make it through.  There are women who change the world every day ...women like you."