Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Back with a sleigh full of presents from KS
Well, spending such wonderful quality time with the family was so great this trip. While Braden wasn't up for much moving around, we still managed to see many family and friends. For the most part, Braden did extremely well, but did give us some long sleepless nights throughout. Mommy and daddy fought the "crud" everyone seemed to be passing around and even got a touch of the flu. Vacation should be more relaxing and should involve more times of feeling good, don't you think? We know all too well life isn't fair. Braden is very happy to be home, and seems to be enjoying his light canopy more than ever!
The pics are of our family time together - I will try to label them if I can figure it out!
First, let us give praise and thanks to God for allowing us safe travel without too many "major" incidents. His angels were flying with us along the road, and we felt His protection while on our journey.
Second, a great big THANK YOU to Braden's AUNT, Jenny Betschart and her mother for organizing the Soup Supper fundraiser for Braden's Medical Fund!! The Knights of Columbus were so generous to support us, Aunt Shala's company donations from National Beef were a huge help, not to mention the gift baskets from LA Fish Fry and Bruce Foods. WE THANK YOU for sending money to support this effort, for giving of your personal time, and for showing up to donate your support and money to help us pay off Braden's medical bills that only seem to grow! A very special thank you to Ryan O'Neill, who not only showed his support by coming to the dinner with his family (our long-time family friends), he wanted to something extra to help and hosted his very own "Push-Up-A-Thon" and did over 1200 push-ups for Braden! WOW!! We were blown away by this personal contribution of sweat to help our sweet boy (who has never met Ryan!). We truly appreciate what you did, you are an amazing young man - Thanks for blessing us!!
The gifts and piles of gifts - thanks to all family and friends for the thoughtful gestures and all the wonderful christmas cards we've received. We are so very blessed by your friendships and love, and the support you have provided us during this tough year. We hope that 2009 brings all of you many blessings.
Brad, Kodi, & Braden Wilson