Saturday, September 21, 2013

BLAST Childhood Cancer #4 is TODAY

The big event is today!

Are you coming?  If you are and you have one of Lisa's babies that you adopted, please bring it with you.  We are hoping to get a baby reunion photo op:)

Lots going on today...don't miss out!

We have raffles, a fantastic dinner, games, live music, a magic, fun, fun!

We will be at St John Neumann church in Canton on Warren road from 5-8 and a euchre tournament starting at 8:30.  All are welcome.

Join us!  It's going to be a BLAST:)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Euchre Tournament--September 21

If you plan on playing Euchre Saturday evening, pre-register by emailing and save $5!!!

Euchre Tourney
St. John Neumann Church
44800 Warren Road Canton, MI

Registration 5 pm – 8 pm
First deal begins at 8:30

$15 pre-register/$20 at the door

Snacks, Cashbar
 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes.

All proceeds benefit
University of Michigan-C.S. Motts Children's Hospital and The Rainbow Connection.

Anyone want a signed baseball by Al Kaline ?

Hey Tiger fans!

We have a ball that is signed by Baseball Hall of Famer Al Kaline, aka "Mr. Tiger", and it could be yours!  

How?  Be the lucky one person who is holding the winning raffle ticket this Saturday evening at BLAST.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

BLAST bake sale

Many of you know my brother Frank and his knack for baking fantastic peanut-butter based desserts that are impossible to resist. (I often think he does this just so he can make his siblings fat and then tease us afterwards!).

As much as he loves making goodies, he enjoys eating them, as well as, hitting up local bake sales to try out other's creations.  This love has prompted him to declare that we must continue to have a Bake Sale at BLAST. 

Frank has taken it upon himself to start mixing up some of his best treats to stock the bake sale. While he is pretty talented I fear that he has bitten off more than he can chew (haha!) and could use some helping hands.

If there are any bakers out there who would like to contribute baked goods to the sale that would great! 

You can drop items off at the church on Saturday starting at 2:00.

Email if you have questions.

Happy Baking:)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Come have a BLAST this Saturday

Things are shaping up as we prepare for our 4th BLAST fundraiser. There will be:
  • Great food
  • Raffles
  • Bake sale
  • Live music by Kylee Phillips-a pop/folk singer, pianist and songwriter from Plymouth who survived Neuroblastoma
  • Magic Science Show
  • Games
  • Lantern  Light up and Launch (weather permitting)
  • Euchre tournament (be sure to email to pre-register and pay only $15 vs $20 at the door)
Special friends have arranged to place a memorial stone in Lisa's honor at her school, Hulsing Elementary, at 4:00 on Saturday, Sept 21. Please join us for this "opening ceremony" and follow us afterward to the church to have a BLAST:) 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sweet 16:)

16 years ago one of the most wonderful people I know entered my life:
Happy Birthday Maranda:)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

BLAST Fun Fair....we need:

We are taking inventory and found a few things we need for BLAST

Please email if you can provide:
  • Gently used to new stuffed animals for prizes
  • Plastic Tee Ball stand
  • 16 oz Coke or Towne Club bottles to be used for ring toss game
  • Restaurant vouchers or other raffle items
  • People to come join us at BLAST and have fun:)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

BLAST Childhood Cancer Sept 21! Need your help

Thank you to all who sent encouraging words for the first day of school.  We made it through.   I have a great picture but for some reason cannot get it to post:(

Second day one kid overslept, one kid lost their schedule and one kid was organized and ready to go (I'm sure you can guess who did what!).

We are quickly approaching our 4th BLAST and need your help!. 

BLAST is on 9/21  at St John Neumann in Canton. 
Dinner and Family Fun Fair is from 5-8
Euchre tournament--first deal starts at 8:30. 
You can go to for details or checkout the FB event

We do know that our event is the same day as Canton Homecoming and we are offering a special dinner rate for homecoming attendees, as well as, transportation to the dance.

If you are reading this please think about what you can do in your neighborhood, at work, school, and sporting events to help raise awareness!   You could:

·         Post event fliers

·         Pass out GOLD ribbon awareness stickers

·         See if kid’s sports teams and clubs will wear gold ribbons or gold shoelaces

·         Sell awareness pins & pencils

·         Sell suckers (Cancer Sucks)

·         Circulate collection cans and take donations

·         Wear GOLD and let people know why you are wearing gold.

·         Volunteer to help at the event on 9/21
If everyone picked one thing on the list and then asked a friend to pick one thing, and they asked a friend to pick one thing and so on,  imagine the difference we could make!!

Please consider lending a hand or two:)

Hope to see YOU on 9/21!!

P.S.  We are still in need of a photographer, party bus for transportation to Canton homecoming dance, and raffle items.  If you know of someone who can help please email


Monday, September 2, 2013

Not ready...

I'm not ready....I'm never ready for school to start.  I love summer and the schedule-free days and having my kids around.  I dread the homework, cooler weather and shorter days.  I'm not ready.

Tomorrow my teens will wake up and get themselves ready for the bus and holler goodbye.  I will stand there with tears in my eyes as they move on in their life and I know I must let them--- they are just growing up.  I will cringe at the letting go as all parents must do.

I will sigh and try not to have an anxiety attack as once again the hole of sorrow left by Lisa attempts to swallow me.  As the clock ticks, I will try to count all the blessings Lisa had and not regret that she does not get to start third grade as she/we had all hoped.  I will try not to cry too hard that for the first time in 12 years I do not have a child to put on the grade school bus and then race on my bike to beat them to the school so I can greet them when they get off with smiles and a camera.

I will try to balance my thoughts and feelings so I can figure out a way to LIVE life fully.  Lisa having cancer was hard, living without Lisa is harder.  I will do my best to live and remind myself that there are many times in life we are not ready for what we are dealt but we must still move ahead because life isn't about waiting for the storm to's learning to dance in the rain.