Support For Christi Thomas

This blog is to help offer support to the Thomas Family and their daughter, Christi, in her battle against cancer. Please visit Christi's website at to learn more. There, you'll find journals, photos and a lots of other information about this amazing child and her family.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

An Early Christmas Gift

Wow! I can't believe it. It's like a glorious early Christmas present! I feel great joy!! As we prepare to leave our old building and move into our brand new k-12 school, I've been clearing out things in my classroom. Last week, I started going through old 3 inch computer disks to save or delete any items because the new computers do not have 3 inch drives. Imagine my surprise and delight to find pictures taken of Christi, about 8 weeks (July 2002, age 5) before she was diagnosed. It was right when I first got the digital camera and I have no idea why I had that disk at school, but it was awesome to see the photos; however....there was a HUGE problem with the disk.

The photos would flash on the screen and then vanish so I could not save them. I tried to open them at home, without any luck here either. I knew I was desperate, so today I went to our awesome music teacher due to her computer connections. Well that amazing woman didn't need to ask her husband for help, she emailed them to us tonight and we cried seeing those beautiful images of Christi we suspected were forever lost! They showed her picking out Buttercup, taking her to the vet for the very first time. (Christi even wanted to be a vet back then. When she said that girls cannot be doctors, I called the vet and explained that we'd like Christi to have the female vet in the office so she'd not think that girls couldn't do whatever they wanted to do in today's times.) The final picture shows her cuddling with Buttercup - similar to one of the very last pics I have of Christi, with Buttercup resting beside her on the couch before she made that final trip to Philly.

THANK GOD these images were able to be saved! THANK GOD for great friends and their talents!! (Shayla and I took Buckeye to the vet yesterday and we were thrilled to find out that Dr. Jamie had a baby boy last week!! I'm certain Christi is watching over mom and baby!)

Holding them all, trying to decide which kitten to select. Buttercup won, paws down!
Going back to State Rep. Jeff Wagner's barn to bring Buttercup home.
Christi's first visit to a vet
She wore a lot of dresses (because I bought them very inexpensively at garage sales) and that summer and fall wrapped Buttercup up in the dress to "cuddle" and watch TV together.

Shayla absolutely rejoiced in Theaterworks' Production of "A Christmas Carol" in Marion on Sunday! Getting to meet the actors, from NYC, was an additional highlight! We were surprised by the wonderful questions she asked them and they seemed to happy to answer the questions.
Needless to say, Shayla LOVED driving through the Christmas lights in Upper Sandusky. If you get a chance, please go. The donation is $5.00 per car and the tremendous display is "out of this world"!


At 4/12/07 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are becoming more photogenic everyday...

I envy all of you your endless energy.

All children should be lucky enough to have parents who enrich their lives by creating such wonderful memories and traditions.


At 5/12/07 11:15 AM, Anonymous Katie from OH said...

I can't believe how long Shayla's hair has got! She's beautiful with a capital B!
Those images of Christi are breath-taking.

At 5/12/07 4:45 PM, Blogger HeatherB said...

What beautiful pictures of Christi as a little one!! I'm sooo thankful that they were able to be saved for you! Precious!

Shayla you look beautiful!

I'm glad you enjoyed the Christmas Carol play!

With all my love and prayers,

At 5/12/07 9:44 PM, Blogger Olivia said...

Oh wow, what a precious gift those pictures are! Thank you so much for sharing them here. I absolutely love Christi with Buttercup. And what a wonderful idea to request a female vet!

I am so glad to hear that Shayla had a nice time seeing the lights! I hope you're getting lots of snow there for her. We're getting some dust here tonight.

Much love,

At 7/12/07 9:46 AM, Blogger nikki the red said...

shayla looks so much like shayne in this picture! it's wonderful to see her grow up through this blog!!


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