Comfort and Joy

I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will
give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
Jeremiah 31:13

Monday, September 5, 2011

2nd half of August

Updated with new pictures

I am going to do the rest of August in a few posts.

We landed in Memphis a week before the race.  I unfortunately didn't take many pictures because I was extremely busy with the race.  All of the cousins were in town so my boys were in heaven.  They loved playing every day with their cousins.

Miller took some time to do some cleaning at YaYa's house.
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On Friday the Spence/Miller clan along with the Forrest Spence Fund board members and staff headed to Le Bonheur for the Forrest Sibling Playroom Dedication.

securedownload-2 This is a day I have been dreaming about for a long time.  David and I fought for this room and made sure it happened by funding it through the Forrest Spence Fund.  We felt so strongly that there needed to be a place where healthy siblings could go to feel safe, secure, and have fun at the same time while their parents spent time with their sick brother or sister.  Research has shown the positive effects on a sick child when their parents are there beside them.  So many parents don't have help or finances to take care of the siblings while they are visiting at Le Bonheur so now the room gives them a way to do that. IMG_3713
Our painter, Elaine, is very talented and did a wonderful job. She painted the pumpkins in the tree as a remembrance of sweet Forrest in his pumpkin hat. I loved it! IMG_3710 IMG_3711
All of the furniture, toys, and supplies are perfect. I loved seeing my boys love the room that their brother inspired.
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It was an emotional day but mainly a day filled with joy. IMG_3719 IMG_3723 IMG_3722
The rest of Friday was spent finishing up last minute details for the 5k.  We had to hire someone to bush hog the field next to the event where people would park.  I definitely never thought I would be hiring a bush hogger when we started the Forrest Spence Fund. =)  That afternoon/evening we held packet pick-up and late registration at Fleet Feet. 01 DSC_1337 DSC_1336
Stay tuned for the 5k, travel back to Boston, and more Boston adventures!


Jada Scruggs said...

Oh, Brittany, this post brought tears to my eyes!! Y'all have made such an impact on Memphis, and the memory of sweet Forrest continues to thrive and help others. Missed y'all this summer and Love reading about your Boston adventures!

tb29 said...

Love seeing the pictures from the race and sibling room. Makes me miss Memphis! Looks like you guys are enjoying Boston and taking it all in.