Jackers had his first holiday show last night with school and it was so utterly cute! Jack’s teacher had all the kids and parents over to her home so the kids could put on a little show for their families and we could all have a little holiday party. It was such a good time. Braden and Nikki came with me and it was a nice night all around. The kids came out and sang 3 songs while doing sign language and it was just too cute for words! Nikki recorded it so hopefully we will get that uploaded soon so we can share it with you all. The parents of the children that Jack are in school with are so wonderful too so it was nice to spend some time with them. I didn’t realize some of them read this blog and it was a good feeling to know that they are supporting us and our mission to raise awareness for Neuroblastoma.
I was just reading through our blog from last year at this time and it is just unreal how much it has changed since then. Jack was in the hospital at this time going through a very painful round of immunotherapy. He hit his 100 day post transplant this time last year which was a HUGE accomplishment. I took both my boys to the grocery store (after he got out of the hospital) for the very first time EVER on December 20, 2010. I can’t help but get emotional (I know, I am always emotional when it comes to the boys) but it’s true. I will never really believe that Jack went through all that he did. We are so very thankful that this Christmas we will be all together again and this time we won’t have to go back to the hospital right after Christmas Day is over with. This time we get to go to many more places than the grocery store. I am not nearly as concerned about sanitizing their hands as I used to be. Of course I still like my kids to be germ free, but I am not a total freak about it anymore because I simply don’t have to be. The “rules” have gotten a bit more relaxed and so have we. With each day we are getting a little bit stronger. Funny that I never realized how low our lives got. You live in the moment and keep trying to stay strong for the future. Now that I look back, I still have no idea how Jack got through it. I have no idea how Zac and I got through it…but whatever the reason, I am thankful. I am so happy Jack is here and thriving. I am thrilled Braden is growing at rapid rate and becoming a very strong and beautiful little boy. I could go on for hours….but I won’t! I am just happy right now….
We are still looking for more toys for the kids at PCH, so please let me know if you are interested! Any donation would be appreciated!!