Thursday, December 15, 2011

Because of you...

It all starts with a box.

Dave and I wrap each box and so far have completed 75 out of 100. Can you believe we are up to one hundred care packages?? Thank you so much for being a part of this! This has been one of the greatest things we have done in our entire lives!!

It gets pretty messy around here...

Rainey makes her own kind of messes too ; )

The boxes had taken over Aviana's patterning table.

So we moved them to another location. 
Rainey has almost knocked the whole stack over at least 4 times! 

This is what it looks like when we are about to fill the boxes.

So pretty!

This is where we bring the empty boxes to be filled.  

Someone thinks he is going to get into the goods!

Caught! Red handed! 
Put the candy bar down Hodder!!
There are no grazers in this store!

Wow! Look what you made happen! I love looking at this room.

And more....

And more...

So beautiful! never gets old.

More pretty boxes.

Yep...we work where we can. We are quickly growing out of our a good way!

Even when she sleeps, she keeps us working. She says it's not easy to run the elves. She says they get out of control and having to constantly keep them in line is exhausting!  Her words, not mine!

The tower is getting smaller...
only to be built up again tonight!

At the end of last night, we realized we actually put a decent sized dent in it. We still have so much more, which is so exciting.

The boxes were everywhere. We couldn't find enough space to place them. We took over her patterning table once again....

And this table...

And brought in the old coffee table from the therapy room. We use this cushion lined table to lie her on in order to administer her CO2 O2. 

We took over the desk in the office...

And set up her old patterning table in her room...

At 1:30 in the morning Dave and Rainey finally went to bed. I was amped, so I stayed up until 4 doing other stuff!

I wanted to thank my friend Amy for coming over late last night and helping us fill the boxes. The three of us worked like a well oiled machine. It was the most rewarding kind of work ever! Aviana put Rainey in charge of us while she snoozed.

Thank you to everyone who has graciously donated. We are overwhelmed by the goodness of your hearts. I wish you could see how excited we get with every PayPal email, gift card, big box of items, check in the mail, offers of help, and especially all of the wonderful cards and letters we have received with them.

Warms our heart like nothing else!

Thank you.



  1. This is amazing. I could see how it could feed your soul. The true meaning of christmas. I love Aviana's elves. Pure brilliance! Love ya, Sarah

  2. You guys are amazing! I am in awe of you and I cannot find the right words that could really express how much I love you both and how incredible I think you are and how blessed I feel to know you!

    love ♥ love ♥ love ♥ you ♥




  3. Thanks for posting photos of your beautiful boxes, Jen. It's great to see all that has been donated...or some of it. That's amazing, all you have collected to fill them with. They are going to be such a blessing to families who need encouragement, as they spend Christmas (or any time) in the hospital with their child.

    Your idea was amazing, and God truly blessed your giving spirit and your desire to help others going through similar circumstances.

    And I am truly amazed that Rainey has the discipline to stay out of the boxes. Good Girl, Rainey.

    Nancy in the Midwest

  4. Amazing! You guys are so great! They look so pretty too!

  5. I'm overwhelmed by the amount, awed by the task, and blessed to be a little part of it. You guys are amazing and you are Avi's angels!

  6. Oh my gosh!!
    I had no idea!
    I mean, in my mind I pictures putting together care packages...
    but WOW this was nothing like what was in my mind!
    This is huge!!!
    I'm SO excited for this! You guys are doing an amazing job!

  7. Warren, Anna and Oski :-)December 17, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Thanks for sharing ! Keep on smiling, you all are awesome and doing a wonderful job. You will surely bring lots of joy to many families during the Holiday season.

  8. Thank you.
    We just received your care package. Our hearts are just hurt right now...
    Thank you for your box of love :)