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Old 10-17-2009, 10:48 AM   #85
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Thank you so much for hosting and showing them a great time. Giving Brenda a break for a few hours was brilliant...you and your wife rock!

You probably deserve a medal of honor for taking on the whole crew by yourself! I know they're great kids...but they're still kids! WHOOHOO! It's not a job, it's an adventure!

Thanks for the pictures, can't wait to see the rest of them. I'll give Brenda a call tomorrow or Monday to hear all about the trip.

May aluminum follow you all the days of your life and may you dwell in the house of Airstream forever.
(Sorry, couldn't help myself! I'll surely be punished)

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Old 10-17-2009, 04:50 PM   #86
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Thanks Hamp....

Nice to be a part of such a great endeavour.

Sounds like it was a sooper time.

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Old 10-17-2009, 09:21 PM   #87
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Wow, you all are GREAT!!! Thanks so much for the updates so far. And Karen, now that you have introduced Brenda and her brood to us please keep us updated as events in her life transpire.

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Old 11-14-2009, 03:05 PM   #88
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Hi All,
I had dinner with Brenda and our other girlfriend Andi a few nights ago so we could hear all about the trip. They all had a great time and so enjoyed meeting and making new friends. The success of this adventure was largely due to the Alumin-angels who hosted her or donated funds to help her along the way.

The Pastor who hosted them in DC arranged for them to stay downtown DC (very expensive) on their last night there. There was some kind of problem with the suite so they were moved to another floor...next to the penthouse!

Well, the kids were so curious about who might be in there that Brenda asked the manager, knowing full well he couldn't tell her, but explained the situation and how her kids were all excited.

Anyway the manager came over and asked them who they thought might be in the penthouse. Of course they came up with Tiger? LaBron? a king? the Pope? The manager said no, YOU ARE! and he gave them the penthouse for TWO nights with complimentary room service! Whatever they wanted! How crazy is that?!

On a more serious note, Brenda had another scan a few days ago and her cancer is about the same which is good news (sorta). She still has it but she's not gotten any worse since 4 months ago. Time with her family...that's what counts.

Thanks again to all of you,
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:55 PM   #89
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Karen - While we're now too old (lazy?) to cook a traditional Thanksgiving meal (we now go out ~ whooray for Hoover's in East Austin!!), we do still talk of what each of us has to be thankful for. And as luck would have it, that exercise takes quite a while!! Life's been good.

But this Forums thread has also made me very thankful. From the beginning - thankful to you for being so gracious as to bring Brenda's List to our attention, allowing each of us individually to do what we could for Brenda's & her kids, thankful to this fine Community for contrubuting what we could of our few $$ and time to make their trip a success, thru to the hotel manager for such a kind & memorable gesture.

I've never been more proud of or thankful for this Community.

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Old 11-17-2009, 05:20 AM   #90
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Hi Whitsend,
My pastor used to call it an "attitude of gratitude".

We could all use more of that, yes?

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BTW, Love your handle...I spend much time at my wits end!
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:29 AM   #91
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:05 AM   #92
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Greetings all,
Several folks from this list have asked to be kept updated on Brenda and crew so here goes.

I had dinner with Brenda and our friend Andi in January. When Brenda walked through the door it was obvious that she'd lost about 20 pounds since November. (anyone who's met her knows she can't afford that) Her cancer has come roaring back and there really isn't anything to be done about it.

Andi callled me last evening to let me know Brenda was in the hospital with pneumonia. She expects to be released today. If you're a praying person, toss one up for her, husband Jim and the kids.

I would like to again thank all the people who helped her on this trip. It was a wonderful time with her kids and YOU made it possible.
Hopefully I won't have to post again too soon,
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We will keep Brenda and her family in our thoughts.

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Karen - Very sad news indeed. We'll all keep Brenda & family in our thoughts. She is a very lucky lady to have had you as a friend. Everyone isn't so lucky.
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I spoke with Brenda before we were crushed with back-to-back snowstorms. Brenda and the kids sent us some wonderful cards at Christmas. When I spoke to her, she was doing OK. We were going to stop by and see them on our way to pick up the Overlander, but we were delayed by the weather.

Hopefully, once things thaw a bit, we'll be headed toward Ohio. If we manage to sit down with Brenda and the kids, I'll make sure to post an update.
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I spoke to Brenda on the phone today. She's home and feeling a bit better after 6 breathing treatments, a bunch of steroids and a barrel full of antibiotics. She sounds like crap but who wouldn't after all that?
She called me while I was in Florida a couple of weeks ago and mentioned that you were going to stop at her place. She'll enjoy seeing very much. I hope the weather decides to cooperate with you.
Blessings,
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Old 02-24-2010, 07:26 PM   #98
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Let's kill the damn ground hog! We need spring and sunshine for Brenda - that and a lot of serious praying. I don't expect a miracle, but I hope for one. Give her a hug for me Karen.

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