Thursday, December 27, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Kevin got a carnivorous plant kit, 10 meat eating plants...yummy...
Jared got two games for the play station from Santa.
Ryan got a double stroller for her babies from the big man in red.
Ramsay is taking the time to roll around in the plethora of pipe cleaners that Santa put in his stocking. Foxi and Aubie just enjoyed the treats. Also pictured is the "mega crinkle ball" that Ramsay carried around with him all day and growled at anyone who even thought of taking it from him...
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The holidays are here! We at the Homer House are so excited, anticipating the arrival of the big day. Our family is so blessed and so fortunate and we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. Christmas is a very special time for me to reflect on why I do so much for Relay. Many people have asked why I put myself through the stress of all the volunteer work. Two reasons. A few years ago we went through the Christmas season having just lost Grandma Lou on December 1st to colon cancer. That was a very hard year but it was also very beautiful. The night she died I was sitting in the common room of the hospice home with the kids, while mom was in with Grandma, and it began to snow in the courtyard. A beautiful "Christmas is coming" kind of snow that we don't see in the South. When I went in to say goodbye to Grandma I told her that it was so beautiful outside. The snow was really starting to come down but she didn't have to worry about getting out there to shovel the driveway. I said that she was very lucky because she was going to get to be home with Jesus for his birthday and she smiled at that in her sleep.
The second reason I Relay is for Ty. Last Christmas I sat on the couch with him at the Harvey's annual Christmas Eve party. We talked football, as usual, and he demanded that Troy was better then Auburn, as usual (and this year Troy had an awesome season :)). But in the back of my mind I kept thinking that this was probably his last Christmas here with us, and it was. Ty passed away on April 5th. That is why I Relay. That is why year-round I hassle people with emails and why I don't stop talking about it. That is why at Christmas I take a second to stop and count my blessings-- because the Homer House is healthy and fortunate. We want to stop and take a moment to think of all the people that are not having a very Merry Christmas because they are going through treatment or are newly diagnosed. We also want to think about the people that have fought hard this year and are either in remission or have lost the battle...that is why I Relay.
If you need to make a year end donation for your taxes, please consider Relay. If you have a hard-to-shop-for person, please consider a Relay donation in Honor or in Memory of one of their loved ones. All of the Homers are registered on the team and you simply click on this link"Friends for LIFE general donation page" and you can chose your favorite Homer off the list to make a donation.
From our house to yours, Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy, Healthy New Year!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Here are the boys. Spencer is in lane 1 (top of the screen) and Jared is in lane 4 (bottom of the screen). Watch closely because it's a photo finish with Jared and the boy in lane 5. Spencer came in third....you guys totally rocked the house, we love you!!!
The Homer-Harvey clan went on a field trip today to north Georgia for the older kid's very first Gold swim meet, the "Jingle Bell Classic". We had a great time even though it was very crowded in the stands, warm in the pool area and chaotic. The kids all had a wonderful time and they all did their best. The times were posted but it was too crazy to write them down. If you came in the top 16 then you scored points for our team. Mikayla was the only one of our three to score...4 of her 5 events went towards the team. We should know later which team won the entire meet. Even though Mik smoked the boys, only the top 8 places got a ribbon (top three got a medal) and the best she did was 10Th. The boys were usually in the 20's with their placement. What a learning experience! They all want to do it again so I guess we'll be off to Columbus Georgia in February...
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Yes, we were SO lucky to be blessed with the HOTTEST set of tickets on the planet. THANK YOU to Pap and Mamaw a.k.a Cliff and Beverly Bartow (Jen's folks) for helping us get these tickets, THANK YOU!!!! Hannah Hysteria and Miley Mania have attacked Atlanta. We left right after the school bus and headed out to Gwinett Arena. We had a quick bite to eat where we spilled the beans to the girls that this wasn't just any GNO (girl's night out)...we were actually going to the concert. They were so excited, especially since ALL the girls in the restaurant were totally decked out in Hannah gear. After we braved the sea of people to get our souvenirs we took our seats. It was a tad overwhelming and they teased the kids by constantly raising and lowering the lights. Each time they did that an eruption broke out that could be heard in Alabama. No lie, I still have no hearing, well...except for the ringing in my ears...Ryan hates loud noises and once the concert actually started she kind of got used to it. Jonas Brothers opened and then Hannah took the stage. She changed outfits every few songs and then she took a break to become Miley. The end came too soon for some of the crew but she did come back for a 1 song encore...let the pictures speak for themselves...it was like, so totally awesome...really!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Well the boys worked really hard this year and they finished their projects tonight. Kevin's presentation is on Thursday and Jared's is on Friday. Kevin's work is entitled SHARK BITE and he researched shark teeth. He wanted to do this after catching a shark this summer on uncle Ricky's boat. He and Rick dissected the shark and took out the jaws. He also bought a pack of fossilized teeth at the gift shop this summer. Using his shark magazines and umpteen shark books- he listed a bunch of new facts about sharks and their teeth. Pretty cool. A HUGE thank you to mom and dad for scanning in pictures of sharks for us!!! UPDATE:Kevin didn't place but the competition was tough, 17 entries in his grade. He said he'll do it again next year. Great attitude Kevy!
Jared's was a tad more complex. He insisted on doing an invention...big shock since he wants to be an inventor...he came up with a way to mark his swim goggles so that his name won't come off in the water. He is SO forgetful and is always losing something and goggles are $15 a pair...not cheap...and he needs them to compete now. His is entitled AQUATAGS and he even has them packaged up. His first set of three tags is going to Spencer and Mikayla since they helped him test his prototypes...he plans on selling them this summer at the swim meets...UPDATE: Jared got 3rd place, that's three years in a row he got 3rd place, great job Jarebear!!
Monday, November 26, 2007
This is your personal invitation to join my relay team. Just because I'm not the team captain anymore is no excuse...now I'm the co-chair of the entire-million dollar-event and I need your support more then ever. If you would like to join the team the cost is $5 and it includes your tee shirt. This offer is good until the 12th of December...after that date the cost is $10 to join. This year the relay will be on Friday and Saturday May 9th-10th. If you do not wish to join but would still like to support our cause please go to our team's donation page, Friends for LIFE, at the Cobb County Relay for Life website. Rob, Jared, Kevin, Ryan and I are all on the team so you can click on any one of us to make a donation. This is a wonderful gift for the holidays for that hard to shop for person. To all my friends and family who have supported and continued to support us in this mission...THANK YOU!!! Our family is truly blessed and we have learned so much through our journey with the American Cancer Society. It isn't a road anyone ever wants to find themselves on but it's great to know there is someone there to help if you ever need them. As always, for more info on the team--click on the Friends for LIFE links on the right side of the blog. We have direct links for donations and also one to our team blog page.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
I'm thinking of sending this out to people I know....do you think it's too pushy asking for donations? Be honest!
Today, Friday November 9th, is the one year anniversary of Michael's surgery at Egleston Hospital.
One year ago today, we sent our son into surgery with him bravely fighting back tears...
One year ago today, we spent hours in the Waiting Room waiting for news about our son...
One year ago today, Michael woke up from surgery with ½ of his face almost completely paralyzed...
Today, one year later, because of the excellent doctors, nurses and medical equipment at Egleston, he will be playing in a tennis tournament...no doubt with a smile on his face from EAR TO EAR!
Our local radio station Star 94 is holding a radio telethon this weekend benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (Scottish Rite and Egleston Hospitals). Children's Healthcare is a non-profit organization relying heavily on donations from people like us. Please consider making a donation---even a gift of $5 will go a long way to help Children's Healthcare continue to provide the expert medical care to seriously ill children. Last year, Star 94 raised over 1 million dollars!!!
You can access the Star 94 website through the link below.
Just click on box "Star 94 Cares for Kids". Scott and I are selecting the option to donate in honor of our hero---Michael Tarbell.
Turn on Star 94 this weekend and listen to some of the stories from the parents and children who are so bravely battling life-threatening illnesses. It will make the day to day challenges that we face with our children seem not quite so overwhelming.
Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be interested in donating! Thanks! Karen and Scott Tarbell