Bilda’s was a huge success! I had so much fun. It was a day of happiness, celebration of life and fun. Just pure fun. The OWENGE merchandise was in full swing, the band was awesome, face painting was stunning and the company was so great. We started at 10:30am setting up … filling the dunk tank, folding all the clothes, hanging orange decorations, etc.
My brother was willing to test the dunk tank before the crowd arrived … the water was FREEZING! Fresh garden hose water. I’m talking chill to the bone, freezing! Jaden, the little stinker had such a blast throwing at the target … he got his fair share of dunking Jake!
One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing all my friend’s kids. Some I was seeing for another time and others I met for the first time! Below is Connor – I’ve had a few playdates with him and his mom Sara (an ex-coworker from Kohl’s). What a stud … sporting his orange!
The face painting was incredible! http://www.facestofollow.com/ Here is Spencer – he wanted a kitty. Dog? NO kitty! And his kitty’s name was socks. Too cute!
Here is my good friend Jennie with her daughter Alana. Jaden and Alana had a date while we were there … they ordered mountain dews … and the waitress GAVE it to them! hahaha Honestly, thought her and Jaden were too sweet! She wanted to buy balls for the dunk tank and wanted to buy 8 so she and Jaden could have 4 balls each. They held hands while walking through the parking lot … I was about ready to give Jaden the “gentleman” talk! We won’t even go there about the kissing! :)
THIS is Patty! I met her through the blog, and she has been slowly blessing my family by the TONS! She reached out about organizing Bildas and ran with it! Her son Tucker is around the same age as the triplets. I’m so blessed to have made a great friend … another mark under the blessing column.
My brother, Jake. He wants to get a tattoo in memory of Owen (like all the rest of us siblings) but he’s not 18 yet. Even with a parent’s signature, in WI, you can’t get one until you are 18. So, he got a trial run of the warrior feather out of face paint
Abby was an Owl for the the boys!
Hello! orange shoelaces? I’m thinking we need some for Briggs & Al Run/Walk in Sept!
We had some of the boy’s nurses come out to the event too. These people come into your lives, are apart of these life miracles, and then most times you never see them again. What a blessing to family that we are able to still welcome them into our families and keep in touch! Below is Wendy, a nurse from when I was on bed rest. Man oh man did we share some giggles when I got slap happy in the hospital. :)
Here is Kaitlyn – she was one of Owen’s nurses from Children’s. There is something magical about her holding Weston after being one of the last people on earth to care for Owen. Her, Doug, another overnight nurse and I shared many conversations about life, death, children … and sometimes just laughed. Another angel in my Life Book.
Doug said he would get in the dunk tank if my sister could come up with $100 …. she had announcements being made from the band … ran around Bilda’s asking for a blitz donation. And wouldn’t you know … she came up with the $100!! If you look closely you can even see Doug’s tattoo of a crested lion, in memory of Owen (of course).
It’s a mysterious to me how we became apart of something so big. I pray every day for guidance that we’ll know just what to do. I pray for wisdom that I’ll know what to say. I know I need to find a more specific message with Owen’s story. Some who weren’t blog readers weren’t sure what the fundraiser was exactly for. To be honest, I’m not 100% sure either. God’s work? Spreading the story of hope? Good things are happening without true direction, but I have faith that it will become clear one day.
My focus now is to find a way to be true to myself, who I am. The person I was “meant to be.” Acknowledge my shortcomings and work to improve them. We all have them … why try to pretend that they aren’t there? I enjoy my glass of wine. I have been known to “drop an F bomb.” I can be selfish. I’ve raised my voice at my husband … there are many times I could be a better wife. Could Doug be a better husband sometimes? Of course … but that’s not for me to dwell on. Could the lady checking me out at the grocery store have smiled more? Of course … but that’s not for me to worry about. Focus on myself … look inward for improvement and peace. I am the one that has to look myself in the mirror at night … am I proud of what I have done, said and thought today?
For now I am hoping for continued vision. For the strength and dicipline to continue on the right path.
Thank you to EVERYONE who made Bildas’s a success! I can’t wait to see the next sea of OWENGE at the Brigg’s & Al Run/Walk.