I was talking with a good friend of mine yesterday, Kendalyn Harris. She mentioned how she thought it would be a good idea to mention the specifics of the Fundraising Yard Sale this Saturday for all those local who wanted to contribute or just come shop. So, here is the ad used on Facebook, Craigslist and KSL:
Saturday, July 10th
8am to 1pm
Winegar's Grocery Store parking lot (3371 Orchard Drive, Bountiful)
Something for everyone:
Leather sofa & loveseat, 42-inch Mitsubishi TV, futon, surround sound DVD player & speakers, treadmill, grill, Making Memories scrapbooking supplies- NEW!, Making Memories tag makers, Xyron sticker/label maker, girl's bike, baseball equipment, NEW king-size quilt & shams, adult, kids, and baby clothes (Gap, Old Navy, Gymboree), crib, baby swing, toddler bed, toys, household items, and so much more.
20+ families throughout North Salt Lake and Bountiful have donated wonderful items to be sold in this yard sale fundraiser, which is helping a young family in North Salt Lake. A 29 year old mom of three was diagnosed with lung cancer in June and had most of one lung removed and is now cancer-free! All proceeds will be donated to the family to help cover their out-of-pocket medical expenses.
Donations for the garage sale are still being taken. If you want to contribute, contact Kim at 801-992-3211 or e-mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jake and I are completely overwhelmed and humbled by all the many, many people who have come together to make this yard sale happen. I want to especially thank Kim Johnson and Abby Cherry, who have spent A LOT of time preparing and organizing this whole thing. You gals are wonderful, and I love you both!
So, I'm a tad embarrassed and disappointed in myself. The whole two weeks I was in the hospital I didn't get ONE picture of my mom and I together. She was always the one behind the camera, taking the pictures. I've apologized profusely and made Ben take one of us this morning. Honestly, I don't know what our family would do without her. She is seriously taking my place as mom this month, doing everything I can't. She is also my nurse, helping me do whatever is needed. Yesterday was the day I could FINALLY take my first 'real' shower (and it was AMAZING!!!) I didn't stop groaning in the shower for probably 2 minutes, because it felt that good. (You would do the same thing if you hadn't taken a shower in 15 days!) My mom climbed halfway into the shower so she could put the shampoo and conditioner in my hair. Then she helped wash it out, getting a little wet in the process. What would we do without moms?! After I was done she helped me tape gauze over my chest tube holes, and helped put my clothes on. She is a real trooper and I love her so much. Thanks, Mom!
Last night we heard a knock at the door and it was FedEx, dropping off a package from Blurb.com I had no idea what it was. When I opened the box up I found a hardbound book, a compilation of sweet messages and pictures from friends I met while up at the University of Utah, while Jake was in law school. These friends are now scattered throughout the world, but I still stay in contact with them all. My friend, Kristy Crane, asked for submissions and created this beautiful 30-page book. It made me bawl like a baby. Thank you to everyone who contributed. You made my day, my week, my month. Love you all!
And of course I need to add a little "mom brag" paragraph. Jake and I told the kids they could sign-up for one fun activity this summer and Ben and Emma both chose swim lessons. It's a two-week program and I was a little worried about their abilities, just because we had only gone swimming once or twice since they had swim lessons last summer and I thought they probably forgot a lot of their skills. Well, it seems Ben and Emma have picked up right where they left off last summer and are doing amazing. Ben can swim freestyle and backstroke across the pool all by himself. Emma is doing "tiger arms" across the pool with barely any help. They both love jumping off the diving board at the end of class. Poor Joshie has to watch them and I'm sure is already counting down the days until he can do it next summer. Thank goodness for our friends, Dave and Stevie Mangum. They have a pool and have let the kids come swim this summer. In fact, we are heading over there today mainly for Josh, so he gets a chance to swim. Thanks, Mangum's. We love you guys!
Well, better close. Swim lessons start soon and I still need to get ready.