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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Monday, December 17, 2007


Shayla has been loving this huge amount of snow left behind by the weekend storm! We didn't realize it was a "level 3" (no driving, except for emergency vehicles) when we drove to the park to go sledding and snowboarding yesterday. I lasted about 10 minutes before I crawled back in Shayne's vehicle to watch them. Shayla had a blast - of course who wouldn't when Daddy not only arranges you perfectly on the sled and gives you a gentle push, but then he runs down the hill and pulls you back up on the sled so you don't have to walk. I was laughing so hard when I heard Shayla with her back flat on the sled yell up to Shayne, "This is hard riding up the hill backwards." What a Saint that grand daddy is!

Today Shayla and I are enjoying another "Snow Day". We made some "Coffee Bars" and toasted our "Cheers" to another snow day before having our dessert. Of course I had to tell Shayla that Christi never appreciated "snow days" like we do. She was always disappointed that she didn't get to go to school. I explained to Shayla that we should probably not be so happy today because we are going to have to make these days up at the end of the school year. (Oh, I wish you could have seen the look on her face - what a hoot!)

Well, I've yet to hear back from our local doctor who was going to get me the name of a different specialist for Shayla to go to, so.......thanks to AMAZINGLY SWEET BLOGGERS AND ADVOCATES sharing information with me, I made many phone calls, did some Internet searching and this morning transferred Shayla's paperwork, got pre-certified and have an appointment set up with a doctor in Columbus recommended to me by a "blogger" (and it actually works in my schedule)! Praise God! Thank you to all who contacted me and shared the horror stories you've lived with ear problems!! Just like her big sister, she is a real trooper - rarely complaining about not feeling well!

We made a pinata for Shayla's birthday party. (I think Shayla's 2nd birthday so Christi would be 3 1/2 year, swinging the bat in the kitchen while Daddy holds it.)
I'm so glad I recently discovered these great photos at my mom's.....and I'm so happy to say that pretty soon that dreaded kitchen floor is going to change!!!!! The NYC bathroom is currently "on hold". Let's just say, I had to break the news to Shayne that I didn't really like the color I picked out. Once on the walls it looked green and not gray. OOps! That sweetheart said, "No problem. I'll just take the mirror down and repaint it." Can you believe it?! I think he spoils me as much as Shayla!


At 17/12/07 10:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The girls look adorable in their matching Christmas dresses! I absolutely love seeing pictures of Christi that I had never seen before because it's great knowing there's more to her life that I've yet to see. She lived so much in her 9 years on earth and there's still much more to learn about your amazing girl!

Shayla, it looks like you and daddy had a lot of fun! I'd love to ride in a sled but I've yet to see snow.. but it'll happen! I think snow days sound great. Having to make up a few days in summer is okay because the benefit of getting breaks during the winter seems worth it!

At 18/12/07 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless you hearts for what you are going through with Shayla. I to was born with numerous, nonstop ear infections that caused hearing loss in my left ear. I had numerous sets of tubes until I was 2 1/2 years old and then had my tonsils and adenoids removed which helped the problem tremendously. The damage was already done but it made a major difference in my life. I rarely got ear infections again until I was an adult and they began again. I had enough hearing loss that after tubes were put in and everything healed well I underwent an operation to have a tympanoplasty and then I had a prosthesis (fake bones) put in my middle ear to restore some hearing which was successful. The operation was very quick to recover from as it was all done through my ear and there was relatively no pain. I now have some hearing back in my left ear after having basically none so I would say it was a success. I also have not had any ear infections at all since that operation. I wish you the best of luck with Shayla and hope that this new doctor can figure out something to help her. You all deserve the best and nothing less. Happy holidays!

At 19/12/07 5:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't commented for a while - but I have enjoyed reading about your reminiscences and looking at your photos. Plus well done on the grades Angela! Happy Christmas to the 'Thomas Team'


At 19/12/07 8:38 AM, Blogger Olivia said...

I absolutely love, love, love all of these pictures! So precious.

I am glad that Shayla has been enjoying the snow. We've had more ice and rain in NYC than snow, and that's definitely not as much fun! I hope her ear infections have gone away and that this new doctor is able to help.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Much love,

At 23/12/07 1:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Angela, thinking of you all this Christmas Season....I truly think you are amazing, and thank you so much for keeping up this site. I can only imagine how difficult it is as a Mom. How is your friend doing? I pray that her health is better....she sounds as though she has been suffering for a while. Take Care~!


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