Thursday, November 27, 2008

Stories from this Summer in Baltimore

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If you go out to http://wjz.com/video and do a search on "Jessie", you can see all the news stories that were done on Jessie this summer in Baltimore.

There are 25 different videos...I had no idea that they did this many stories on her this summer in Baltimore.

I wonder if there is a way to preserve them.

What a trip down memory lane.

Cris

Happy Thanksgiving ; Jessie the Flower Girl

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Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone! We have so much to be thankful about this year. Jessie has been seizure free now for almost 6 months, and she gets stronger and stronger each day. We are blessed in this economy to still have our jobs. Everyone in our family is healthy for the most part, and we are almost back to a normal life again. I just realized it has been 2 weeks since my last post, and that is a good sign.

The Hemispherectomy Foundation is doing GREAT! Check out the new website at http://www.hemifoundation.org . Also, we have Christmas cards for sale this year on the website, that feature the ART of some of our children...including Jessie.

Yesterday, we went to Dallas and met a nice family from Rowlett whose son recently had a hemispherectomy. His name is Kenny, and he is doing very well. Be sure to say a prayer for his speedy recovery.

For those of you in the Baltimore area, today, Thanksgiving day, they ran a 30 minute special on Jessie's journey, from the beginning to the end. I didn't get to see it, but I heard that it was very good. It may be on the WJZ website, but I haven't found it.

Last weekend, Jessie got to be in a family wedding. This is Doug and April, and they asked Jessie to be in the ceremony as a flower girl. She did great! Here are some pictures.







Thanks to everyone who has kept us afloat in 2008. We will be forever grateful for you support and encouragement. We couldn't have done it without you all.

God Bless,

Cris and Kristi

Friday, November 14, 2008

And More Therapy!

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More Home Therapy Video!

Nothing was broken in the making of this video.

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Well, Maybe one thing!

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Therapy, Therapy, Therapy!

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Jessie is in therapy A LOT...9 times a week to be exact, plus tutoring and home therapy. She is one tired little 6 year-old by the end of the day. Here's some video of some of her home therapy. We are begining to use her Therapy Trike without her brace on. We think that it makes her use her leg more to build strength. That leg has atrophied significantly.

The Therpaist said that he saw independent movement in her thumb, forefinger, and middle finger. I haven't seen it, but it still made us feel good.

Notice Jessie pushing with her left leg in these videos.

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Below is a close-up of the same thing.

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Speedy Gonzalez!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Our Alma Mater : Texas Tech University

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Number 7, Texas Tech University just beaten number 1 in the nation, "tu" (texas university) in an incredible game!!! I'm now sitting at my computer, in my signed Graham Harrell #6 jersey, remembering that the two top guys on the team are not only Heisman Trophy candidates, but they are also pretty incredible men with a whole trophy case full of class. Most of you have seen this picture, but I wanted to share it again, as it really speaks to what amazing individuals these two men are.

Here is Jessie getting her jersey signed by Graham Harrell at this years homecoming game against Nebraska.
Jessie with her bud "Raider Red".

Graham stuck around and signed every kid's jersey or pad or hat or whatever they wanted. No child was left unattended, including the big kids like me.
Supporting our Red Raiders!!!

Below is a link that I posted way back on July 26th of this year while Jessie was still in the hospital. It's fun to go back and read it.
Fight, Raiders Fight!
Fight, Raiders Fight!
Fight for the School we love so dearly!
We'll hit'em high!
We'll hit'em low!
We'll push the ball across the goal!
Tech, Fight, Fight!!
We'll praise your name.
Boost you to fame.
Fight for the Scarlet and the Black!!
We will hit'em, We will wreck'em!
Hit'em! Wreck'em! Texas Tech!
And the Victory Bells will Ring OUT!!!
Cris
Just got an update on Sunday. Tech is now #2 in the AP top 25 poll !!!!!
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