I've been giving a lot of thought to the holidays - yes already! I know it's just July. BUT Jason is interning for the Ronald McDonald House. It's part of his Master's Program. He picked them since we've had so much help from them. We lived at the "Ronald" for 6 weeks when we first got to Memphis and Cole was going through radiation. We haven't been able to do much to give back to the one in Memphis, since we live here so Jason was super excited about being able to give back here locally. Cole and I went with him Sunday after church and lunch to check it all out. Cole was very excited to go and see it all. It's only half the size of the one in Memphis - but it's still a fantastic place. I started thinking immediately of things I could do for the mom's there. I know how special it was for me when we had people come and do things for us. I scrapbooked all our pictures from surgery and radiation and chemo while we were there thanks to St. Jude. They had a rep from the hospital supply us with a scrapbook and supplies we would need to scrapbook with other cancer mom's while we were there. It was great - it was therapy for me. There were many mom things offered while we were there - knitting, facials, fun stuff to get our minds off what we were going through. Anyway, I was thinking that a scrapbooking class like I attended each month would be a bit much for me to handle on my own. I mean, I can't fund all the supplies for up to 50 moms to make a scrapbook, let alone adhesive and paper trimmers, etc. So Jason said to think smaller - he has to remind me to do that often. So I was thinking, since most of the families may only be there for a week or so, I needed to come up with something they could put together and finish in less than an hour, possible an hour and a half. So I thought about doing a class in October and December and making a mini album. This way - it's done when they leave and all they have to do is add pictures later. So I've been thinking about how to accomplish this. I'm pretty sure I can use the Accucut from Scrap Etc and make some albums with chipboard I already have on hand and for Halloween last year I did a super easy paper bag album, so that I could definitely tackle on a large scale if needed. I'm going to check with the "Ronald" this week to see if this is something I can do with them and how they would want me to do it. I would love to do it on a night when Jason is there working so maybe (I haven't told him this yet) he could hang out and watch the kids so the mom's can come. I know some moms would think they couldn't come if they are there alone with their child. I'd hate for them to miss out on that.
So, this is what I'm hoping to accomplish in the next few weeks - a plan for a class, have the details in place with RMH and start working on supplies. The good thing is it's CHA time in the crafting world and Making Memories is awesome about giving stuff away. Well I entered to win their new Halloween stuff and I won. (much to the disappointment of some who didn't win, sadly) So I know it's just one of everything in their little goodie giveaway, but I'm hoping I could split some stuff up - cute some shapes out with my Slice maybe - and use that in my class. So, a prayer was answered!! YAY!!! It's a start!!
Okay, well, it's time to go battle the registration crowd! Wish us luck on a great classroom and teacher! I'm so nervous for him - new friends and a new place.
Oh, and in case I don't blog before next week - We're heading to Memphis on Tuesday for Cole's check up. He'll have labs, see endocrine and get an IV on Tuesday, MRI on Wednesday and therapies and the doctor on Thursday. Jason has to work so I'm going to be a big girl and take Cole by myself. It's time. I've only gone twice without Jason and my mom and cousin each took a turn and went with me. It's not that I can't handle Cole by myself, its just that you're sitting there waiting for the news - waiting to hear he's still cancer free. And waiting by yourself is a little nerve wracking. One of Cole's friends will be back for a check up the same three days - so that is a blessing for us. Cole will love seeing Austin and I'll get to visit with his mom - so that makes it a little less nerve wracking. Anyway - wish Cole luck (and me, too I guess) but keep your fingers crossed and prayers said for clear scans!! We know He'll see to it, but it makes us feel a bit better to hear if officially from the doctor.
Okay - now I'm gone...........