1. By now, the news of the Lewis' Family tragedy has spread across the nation. Sean graduated with me from UD and Becca graduated two years after us. Even though we weren't super close, their tragedy has permeated my life since I first heard Tuesday morning. I know I am not alone. Any parent cringes to the depths of their soul at the possibility of losing a child. And one doesn't have to be a parent to feel their pain. While the tragedy is completely heart wrenching, the response across the nation has been almost equally mind-blowing. Love has literally rained down upon this family.
- Two fundraising sites raised $145,000. These funds are going towards the funerals, travel, legal fees, grief counseling/support, and more.
- A year long prayer chain has been set up for them. Please view this sign up for more information or to sign up.
- There is an evolving website that will coordinate support efforts after the funeral. It is my understanding that even families who are not local can still provide support in some way or another.
- There are prayer vigils and Masses being organized across the nation for the family.
- Originally, the funds collected were primarily going towards the medical expenses. Imagine my amazement when I learned last night that donors of Wyoming Catholic College and insurance will be completely taking care of the bill. Preliminary estimates had been in the $80,000 range, so this is no small feat.
2. I don't really know how to segue from item number one. So I'll leave this here as a moment of silence and prayer.
3. You know, I thought I had a vague idea of what the military's plans were for my husband for the next few years. It seems, however, that budget cuts are directly affecting him. The time between promotion boards is expanding because the military doesn't have the funds to promote with their same frequency (and pay the subsequent salary increases). This means that though I thought we'd be here until Fall 2015 and then to Leavenworth, KS for school, there may be one more stop in between. We're in a weird quandry where the military doesn't have the money to PCS families(permanent change of station - move to a new assignment) yet they still say that persons of Bryan's rank can't stay in one place too long.
4. It was my turn to teach preschool last week - letter S. Our craft ended up pretty easy and actually pretty, even after the three and four year olds used their "crafting magic" on it. Amazing what classic art can do for a project!
5. I hate paying full price for things. I guess I inherited a sense of frugality, shall we call it, from my dad. At any rate, I've been pretty thrilled with four different consignment websites I've found. They're not new in existence, but they're new to me. And I can buy brand names in great condition for an amount I'm happy to pay.
- Flipsize - this website is for newborns on up to children's size 10. I've bought a lot on here and have been mostly happy with my purchases.
- Dashing Bee - this website is for newborns on up to children's size 14. I've bought a smaller selection of items here (usually only when they're doing their season end clearance) but have been very happy with my purchases.
- Twice - this website is for women. I haven't bought anything from here yet, but I really love that their website even provides the measurements for items of clothing. We all know that an 8 is not an 8 across the board, so this is a very helpful feature.
- ThredUp - I'm expecting my first package today or tomorrow and I'm very excited. This site has clothing for children, juniors, and women, and shoes for all the aforementioned categories. They have huge selections AND a free 30 return policy. AND if you click the hyperlink I provided, you'll get an additional $10 off your first purchase. ;-)
6. Embryo adoption news - I haven't forgotten the original purpose of this blog. WE ARE MATCHED!!!! Two families, each having two embryos. One family created their embryos in 2007 and had two children (two separate transfers) before they chose to give up their embryos due to medical problems. The other family created their embryos in 2008. They have three children, but only one is from this embryo set (one child via traditional adoption, one from this embryo set, and one surprise natural conception). We are proceeding towards a transfer in June and will use the older set first. Whew!
7. I guess I don't technically have seven quick takes. However, all my bullet points have to count for something, right?