Our day in Austin was beautiful. We felt incredibly blessed and honored. From the moment we arrived, Rep. Dennis Bonnen took good care of us. We even went on a tour of the Capitol. It was also such a blessing to have Madison Brown with us in Austin one of Brooke´s friends from BMT along with her Mom, Dad and Brother. Although, she is still fighting GVHD, she has been cancer-free for over a year. It was our pleasure to include her and honor her along with Brooke. Senator Jackson and Rep. Bonnen both did an incredible job and as we stood before everyone in the Senate and House, we tried our hardest not to sob. The feeling was overwhelming! Many times, Chaney and I looked at each other and said, "Brooke would love this." (She loved attention, but in the moment, she always acted as if she didn´t notice). She would have marched right to the front of the House and Senate with her knees lifted high and her little crooked smile.
We were also so very proud of Taylor. Many Senators and Representatives came to meet us and hug us. They made a big deal over Taylor telling her how brave she was, and what a good sister she had been. This blessed my heart. Over the last couple of weeks, I have noticed
Taylor struggling somewhat as I have found letters to God and drawings of and about Brooke. I believe our day at the Capitol was a boost for her and it did more for us than I can ever put into words. Although, it was incredibly hard to stand there without the honoree, Brooke, I knew she was watching, and she was proud. I also felt God´s loving touch letting us know that He has not forgotten us and that Brooke´s life had, and still has, incredible meaning and purpose.
Thanks to all of our family and friends who joined us in Austin it was great to share that special day with you. And a special thanks to Rep. Bonnen, Senator Jackson and staff for remembering and honoring our girl I just wish you could have met her!
We also had the privilege of going to Brazosport Christian School this past week for a small ceremony to dedicate a tree in remembrance of Brooke. Many of the kids at BCS had pink and red ribbons that they hung on the tree and a stone underneath the tree that read "Brooke €“ 2006." We all sang "Jesus Loves Me" as we held hands in a large circle around the "Brookie Tree," and then closed with prayer. Thanks so much to Brazosport Christian School, the first grade class and Betsy Farkas for making all this possible!! Again, we felt so honored.
Lastly, Taylor, Cassie and Aunt Zelle went to see Krystil Burney pitch the first pitch at the SFA softball and baseball games. Krystil was also a BMT patient and is now cancer free. Her family has been a tremendous blessing to our lives. And from Taylor, Cassie and Zelle, "It was an absolute honor to share your special day with you." Go #12!!
I have posted new pictures on the Carepage of all these events. Also, our webpage will be going in about a week. It looks great hurray! Also, please don´t forget to send pictures and recipes for our Cancer Kid Cookbook and get involved with our special Mother´s Day and Father´s Day Baskets.
Thanks for all your help,
We now have a NEW bank account and P.O. Box. Do not send donations to the TX Dow Credit Union. We have closed that account. You can make checks payable to BIG Love Cancer Care and mail donations to:
B.I.G. Love Cancer Care
P.O. Box 10386
El Dorado, AR