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Nov 17, 2010

Two...

From Brent

Abby is back at home. She's just a "normal" sick kid but seems to be much better today.

If you are coming to Abby's party, or thinking about it, be sure to read the end of this blog post.

Abby's Chemo Countdown
Countdown until Abby is finished with chemo
(started at 986 days July 20, 2008 to November 19, 2010
TWO more days!

Abby's story here


Abby started growing her hair and her health...


We will never forget our Make A Wish Trip...


Abby got to see so many wonders...


She enjoyed the entire experience with SpideyLandis...


And sat on a REAL alligator when all the other kids were too scared...


Played on the beach in Florida...


Beautiful olive brown skin...


At the Give Kids the World Village...


Her special day with Princess Jasmine...



It wasn't all roses though (sadly, it wasn't even half roses;
Abby still had lots of hospital stays and health scares)...


Wonderful friends sent her gifts...


Which she was excited about; can you tell?


Another winter came and went but this time she was out in the snow...


And the father/daughter dance...


And the art show...


And down in Austin with her special big sister Mattie...

Abby's Kick Kemo to the Kurb Party

Here's the list of blog friends from out of town that are coming to the party (if you are local or family, you don't need to be on this list. Basically, we just want to know how many people to expect):

Party Information:
  • When: 6:00-9:00pm next Saturday (Nov 20); come as you please but the prizes will be given away between 7:00-8:00pm

  • Where: Crosspointe Church - Hwy 9 & 24th Street (directions here)

  • Why: celebrating the end of 2.5 years of Abby's chemo and Leukemia

  • Details:

    • lots of finger food and desert to eat;

    • kid-centered, prizes given away to kids and adults;

    • games, activities, moon walk, fun for the kids;

    • casual dress, think of it as big fun party for kids

    • We especially want to recognize and say thank to everyone who was so kind and helpful to us during this difficult journey

Please RSVP with # of adults, and # of kids, so we can know how much fattening finger food and desert to buy as well as prizes for kids. For those of you who want to help:
  1. If you are local or will be here early and want to help with setting up, managing kids and activities or decorating, we will appreciate any and all help. Please email Brent and let him know your availability and he'll keep a list - brent@brentriggs.com

  2. IDEAS FOR FOOD, GAMES, ACTIVITIES & PRIZES: - Do you have suggestions for games, contests & activities for a truck load of kids for 2-3 hours of fun?
    - Do you have ideas for prizes that the kids can win, and what kind of contests, activities or event would give every kid a fair chance to win? The SIMPLER the better but we want it to be fun for the kids... we are trying to plan about an HOUR of time to give away the prizes; the rest of the time will just be free to play and have fun
    - Any suggestions for easy fun finger foods and deserts that we can buy and quickly prepare or set out?
Gifts for Abby We don't usually mention about people sending these things but so many people are asking, here is our answer: if you want to bring or send a gift, card, photo, poster, whatever... we will put them out at the party give them to Abby there. SUGGESTION: Abby really loves books now, and a childrens book (used is fine!) with a note from you would be perfect. She could collect and keep these to read to her own children, and help her remember all the wonderful people that loved her through this cancer. We know this is late notice, but send them to:

Brent Riggs
504 Morehead
Washington, OK 73093

One last thing... We are not exactly the best at planning parties and social events. People like Carol Bauman exist to plan world class parties. We're just simple folks from a hick town. If you have any ideas, suggestions, advice or epiphanies, could you email us and let us know. We appreciate any help and want this to be a great memory for Abby, but also a great time for all those who attend. brent@brentriggs.com

One last last thing... We aren't sending out official invitations. So many people have walked with us through this journey we KNOW we would miss someone and feel terrible. This is an open invitation to everyone who has loved Abby through her cancer treatment. You are invited. If you want to come, YOU ARE INVITED. No criteria, no conditions. YOU ARE INVITED, okay? We just want people to let us know they are coming so we can plan accordingly.


9 comments:

Lisa said...

Miss Abby the beautiful. Even when she was so sick she still was beautiful. PLT that right now she is just normal sick (not that, thats any difference when you feel yucky). Praying for you all so excited for her Curb party, what a great day for her and your family!!

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

SOOOO WANT TO BE THERE!!!!!!!!

We will be doing weekend camp instead.

Know that our hearts are there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

whenpigsfly said...

How is Abby today????? What happened at the hospital last night?

Ann Brown said...

I LOVE all the photos and history. What a wonderful way to bring everything full circle.

Glad to know that Abby was able to be released and come home -- an answer to prayer.

Two. Wow.

Ann (and Elke)

Janet and Kevin said...

Wish we could be there in person to hug such a special little girl. Just know that we are rejoicing in Indiana in the fact that God brought Abby through to the other side of cancer.

Janet
Kevin (cancer survivor from 1987 - and now father to three treasures - 1 bio and 2 adopted and about to be a father again to a daughter from China)
Ted 24 (was only 1 years old when his daddy fought cancer)
Philip - 5 (China)
Elijah - 3 (China)

Praising our Lord!

Ann Brown said...

ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thinking of you!

Anonymous said...

Looking back at the pictures bring back so many memories.... good and bad. I loved reading about the "Make A Wish" trip and all the pictures you posted at that time. I have cried over some of the pictures when Abby was so sick and rejoiced as she would get better.

I wish I could be there to celebrate with you all (and get to meet you all, too), but am too far away to be able to attend. Just know that my .....

heart and prayers are with you
Ann Stegall
Wake Forest, NC

Tay :) said...

If only I lived in Texas and I could come to Abby's party!!!
Thinking of you! Tell Abby I am so proud of her!
Thank you for sharing your journey!
We love you <3

Jillian and Crew said...

LOVE the pictures!