Friday, April 1, 2011
Zoey's Heart Blanket Project ...
Next month we will be making out 8th delivery of blankets to our 4th floor warriors at CHLA.Cannot believe the way that time passes.Come next month,we will be just one visit shy of celebrating 2 years since Zoey was discharged from treatment.2 years.I need to repeat that to myself sometimes because I find it absolutely mind blowing the pace at which time goes.Often we wish so desperately to hang onto our days and moments but when you have journeyed with cancer,the more time between it and you,the better.Everyday,that our little miracle girl remains in remission,is a day we rejoice in and never,ever,take for granted.Ever.Although I have to tell you,the other night as Zoey and I did our nightly ritual of potty and pj's and reading and rocking,I stopped myself and I wondered, do I pause enough and recognize and acknowledge her courage and fight and our gratitude for this place she is in today?I hope so.I hope I never become so busy and distracted and comfortable,that I don't take the time to give thanks in word or deed.
Maybe in someways this blanket project becomes just that.My way of saying I will never forget.I will never,either with the passing of time or change of life circumstance, will I ever forget our time on that floor.I will never forget each every name of each and every roommate we had.I will never forget the faces of our friends that struggled and fought alongside us or, more importantly,I will never forget those who's miracle and cure were not to be.Those brave and precious souls become the motivation and drive behind this simple gesture of blanket making and delivering.Their lives,their battles,their inspiration somehow live on through the threads of the fabric.Just the other night we made this super cute alien patterned one.That day happened to be the one year anniversary of the passing of our sweet buddy Christopher.I had made him a brightly colored space one.One he loved and one that he was wrapped in as he was ushered into heaven.
And thanks to the loving and generous people we have in our lives,the fabric for delivery number 8 has been purchased and we have begun to make our blankets.In honor of Zoey's birthday we asked that people forgo buying her presents and if they wished,donate instead a gift card to Jo Ann Fabrics .... and donate they did.Big time.And thanks to an incredible sale and a few coupons,fabric that would have cost almost 800.00 dollars,was instead... $280.00.Nice.Almost brought this momma to tears.And, we still have a few gift cards left over.So once again,our family is humbled and grateful for the continued love and support that we receive not only to our family but to the causes that are near and dear to our hearts.We love you all.