Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Shouts Out

Ok, first of all, I have not been at the hospital since late last night, but the report is that Thomas is doing just fine. No noticeable differences of any kind except, in Scott's words, "A big, radioactive poop" early this afternoon. So far, so good. We have another round tonight and then we will all come hom

Second of all, I have some serious thankfullness to send out. There are countless friends and strangers and strangers' friends' moms and people who have made personal contributions of money and favors and every kind of support, and to you we will just keep crying and saying thanks until you get sick of hearing it. I did want to send some shouts out, though, to some organizations from whom we've received really substantial help this week:

Jasper High School, where I teach, has been unbelievable. I received a package the other night that was a wad of good wishes - bags of cash and change from students' pockets, checks from teachers, and even a St. Nicholas necklace for Thomas (that's the patron saint of children, my Baptist friends). It was so fun to go through the package and think of how many good wishes and prayers each envelope from each class or group represented. Seriously, I'm tearing up thinking about it. I'm blown away.

And that's not the half of it - the cheerleaders, the drill team, even the TAKS-help class are making special donations and efforts to make sure we're taken care of ...and our principal's email to the school community was how the Dallas Morning News found out about us. One of our multi-talented football coaches, Coach Nutall, even stayed up all week frantically making his famous candy (with supplies donated by coaches) and sold it at, I hear, outrageous prices that students paid because a) it was going to us and b) it's really, really good candy.

Speaking of the Dallas Morning News, we were having trouble with readers donating to our Wells Fargo account at first. The reporter from our story, Kim Breen, contacted Wells Fargo and Wells Fargo quickly fixed the account and called us back -- all of this before I even had the time to respond to Kim's phone call. The manager at Wells Fargo even made the effort to get in touch with Pay Pal on our behalf to make sure everything was in order. I have always been a huge fan of the DMN and WF, but this is really going the extra mile.

And speaking of the extra mile, I was home all day while our old house got its first adaptation for the little guy and his machines - Milestone Electricity donated their time to put in a grounded outlet for Thomas's room. It's the first in a long line of electrical improvements that need to be made to the house, but it's the most important one for now and a big relief. Thanks, Milesone.

I can't tell you how hard it is to have to depend on the kindness of others to make our new life, but I'm going to do my best to tell you how amazed and grateful we are that we're making it so far.

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At 1:40 PM, Anonymous sarah's_mom said...

wow!!!! How GOOD GOD is! i have been moved to tears myself many times with the generosity and kindness of everyone. so, thank you to all from me too!!! :) and big, BIG hugs/kisses to my grandbaby!!!! WooooHOOooooo~~!

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Nicci said...

So glad things are going well on getting your big guy home. We are praying for you.

At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

((((Sarah and Scott and Thomas))))

Generosity is something that we are so not expecting in today's world. Amazing how God surprises us, huh? :-)

We are still praying. We know there will be a remarkable outcome to all of this!

Andi and Neil Weathersbee

At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Kristin Tolle said...

I am a friend of Chuck and Trish. I just learned of Thomas' battle. Know that I am praying for you and your family. May He provide you strength, endurance, and patience through your present and future trials.

Kindly, Kristin Tolle

At 7:14 PM, Blogger Ronee said...

How wonderful, our Lord is. People around the world are praying and giving so generously. Thank you all for everything. Love you Thomas, my most favorite third grand child. Love Scott' MOM

At 10:55 AM, Blogger virge said...

Once again, I'm moved to tears reading your blog.


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