Our MOPS group went to RMH the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and it was so much fun! We made a Mexican meal with tacos, Spanish rice (with awesome homemade seasonings!), chips and salsa, and corn bread. We also did the activity hour where kids and adults enjoyed making the Perler Beads into fun patterns. There were some pretty creative kids!
The House wasn't full (an awesome miracle, because that means more families were able to be home for Thanksgiving!), but we had a great crowd at the activity hour. It was nice to be able to sit and spend some time chatting with some of the families. It seemed that most everyone there was international, but we were able to break through most of the language barriers and find some common ground.
I was also able to catch up with some friends I made during my time staying at RMH, who were back for their baby's next surgery. It was nice to see a familiar face and love on their sweet little boy.
I think all of my MOPS friends had a great time, and I can't wait to head back again!
If you got the RMH newsletter (I believe that everyone who donates gets on their mailing list, but I'm not sure about that), you might have seen some familiar faces! There are a couple of pictures of our family, as well as a birthday picture of Abby and one of Abby and Caleb. In the newsletter, they announced the grand total of donations that were given in honor of Abby's first birthday....over $2,000!!!!! WOW, that is incredible!!! Thank you SOOOOOO much to all of you who donated. I sent thank you notes to everyone I was aware of, but thank you to those of you who did it online as well!!! Please know that your donations are going to an awesome cause! If you aren't sure what RMH is all about, just ask me. I'll fill your ear. :)
We are looking for people to join our team for the RMH Red Shoe Shuffle run/walk on April 15th. I know it's a looooooong way off, but wouldn't it be nice to just go ahead and register so that you can put it on your calendar?! :)
If you're interested in joining us, go to http://www.redshoeshuffle.org/. Be sure to choose "Joy Runners" as your team!
If you "Adopt a Week" for RMH right now, you will receive a 4-pack of tickets to the B&O Railway Museum's Holiday Festival and a pack of RMH Christmas cards! What a great Christmas present--helping a family stay together during a medical crisis.
I hope you guys realize by now how important this place is to us. One of my friends asked me if being back at RMH brought back bad memories...not at all!!! It fills me with hope, because that's the kind of place it is. It's "The house that love built."