Sunday, September 23, 2007

BUDDY WALK: Gabi's Grace

Saturday was our first Buddy Walk. We had a team of 27 participants...thank you soooo much for making our first year a year we will NEVER forget. We had a great time and it was so good to see those who were on our team, your support means so much to our family! Our team raised $1775, I was extremely impressed considering all I did was advertise on the blog and my
myspace page. We did decide that we want to do this every year. Gabi had such an impact on so many people and I want to continue to share her story and be a part of a community that we had only just been introduced to.

I work on the foundation a little everyday. We are kind of at a point that we can't do anymore till we figure out who we are going to umbrella under until we are able to turn it into a 501 C 3...which in plain english, we need money to start a 501 C 3, we do not want to use the foundation funds to get that going, so we are checking out our options. Although I am very proud to say that you all are the first, other than those who saw the banner on Saturday, to see our logo. It is the beautiful picture on the left of our banner. Gabi's Uncle Freddie designed the logo, we are so thankful he was able to be a part of such an important piece. Notice the cross through the middle of the butterfly, obviously the butterfly, and then the sunshine, after all she will always be our little sunshine! The only change is that the name Gifts of Gabi's Grace, will be stacked...using only one big G...make sense, if not it will be up on our website soon. Our web address is under construction, but you can still save the address,
It is up now, but not much to it, we wanted to reserve the name before it was not available. Papi is working on the design, but he has been a little pre-occupied!

Thanks again for all of those who participated not only in the walk but for your generous donations. It was such an amazing day and Gabi shined!!!

Love to all!


Anonymous said...

The banner is so beautiful!! What an awesome day I am so sorry we missed it, all 4 of us should be there next year!!! I am so glad things went good!
take care & God Bless, The Giffin's

Shannon **Gabi's Mom** said...

Wow! What an outcome! I bet you all had a great time. What a wonderful way to remember Gabi.

Anonymous said...

It was such a beautiful day and to walk for such a beautiful little angel was wonderful. I am so happy I was a part of it and plan on it every year! Your family is amazing.

Love you!

Isabella said...

Oh, I wish we could have been there. Just know that we were thinking of you. The logo is beautiful. I love it!! Can't wait for the foundation site to get up. Well I might be calling you later to let you know the results of you know what. I should know later!!
Love Ya

Anonymous said...

The banner is gorgeous.. And that's so awesome on your goal!! THAT ROCKS! -Dana

Every minute counts.... said...

I came across your blog by chance, I have a few friends who have a link to "big blueberry eyes" and followed Michelle's link to yours. What do I find but another family from KC! I am part of the CHDfamilies group too. We have never met though. I hope to meet you in person someday. My daughter had heart surgery one year ago in Sept. The same drs, and Kasey was our update nurse too.
Our stay was short compaired to yours but not uneventful. I just wanted to say hi and let you know that I will be thinking of your family often.


Anonymous said...

Micah & Jason,
The kids & I had such a great time at the walk it was awesome. It was wonderful to see you all. Give miss Gracie a hug & kiss for me. Thank you for allowing us to share in such a special day.

REJunod said...

I just sat here at my computer for a couple of hours reading each and every post. My mom is one of Bella's nurses, so I have been keeping up with her, and finally got time to catch up on you all. God really is soo good, even though we don't always understand. Your positive attitude has encouraged me so much!! I will continue to pray for you all as you come to mind. May God continue to bless you and strenghten you as the days go on. One of my favorite songs is entitled "One Day at a Time" and it talks about how God is there helping us through the days as they come. Stay strong, and keep encouraged!! God is continueing to use Gabi and all of you to touch the lives of others!!!

Esther Junod, Donna TX

P.S. Glad to see you have comment moderation. I was going to suggest it in case you hadn't found it yet.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing and beautiful day it was. Such a loving community of people. I was so proud to be a part of the walk and especially proud to be Gabi's grandma, because of her my eyes were opened. What seemed important in life just isn't anymore. I want to become more involved in the DS community as I know you both are. Thanks to all of our friends & family we will keep Gabi's Grace alive & growing stronger every year.

Michelle said...

Love the post on your Buddy Walk. Congrats on raising money for Gabi's Grace. I know she was smiling down from heaven.

Michelle - Matthew's Mom

Daryl said...

looks like everything turned out great! and congrats again! hope everything goes well for you!