Sunday, September 28, 2008

story time!

i'm here to ask for those michael stories i know you've been thinking about. i have received some (which have been so great to read), but i know there are a lot more out there! so get those pens out or start typing and send them to me please:)! i never gave a time frame, but am hoping to start working on putting them together soon. it's going to be such an amazing finished product. it will be a true treasure for me and especially the boys! michael had such an incredible impact on SO many and i want his boys to know that! thanks for helping make this happen!

also please include a picture of yourself or your family if possible so i can show the boys all the people their daddy loved!

disney was GREAT!



we went to disney two weeks ago! thanks to some VERY generous friends the boys and i along with my sister got to spend five days in florida! it was amazing! it was wonderful having erin there (thanks gail and jerrel for watching eliana and harper). the four of us had a great time together making some more amazing memories. the boys loved all the rides. noah was tall enough to ride lots more this time and kaleb was even tall enough for space mountain. and he rode it! he was so brave! we got to see many characters too!
now it's back to the real world! it was a fun escape and much needed one. life seems to move too fast some times, so it was nice to slow down and truly enjoy each other. we are all still enjoying school and doing well. this fall will be busy with school stuff, clemson games and some visits from family!
thanks for your continued support and prayers! we still need them and appreciate them!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

school starts!





i can't believe that i have a kindergartener! wow! it is official- kaleb is in big school! he started last monday and hasn't stopped since. i woke him up at 6:30 the first three days of school and since then he's been up on his own (including saturday and sunday - which we'll have to work on). last monday morning he hopped on the bus just as big as he could be. i am SO proud of him and continue to be. noah and i walk kaleb to the bus stop every morning, which is only one house over and then sit under our willow tree waiting for the bus to drop him back off after school. kaleb seems to be loving it. he doesn't say a whole lot but every now and then he shares a little sneak peak of his day.
noah started his 3's preschool class last monday too. he is doing great. he's already earned three trips to the treasure box! it's been a little strange and much more quiet as i've only been driving noah to preschool. it gives us some special one on one time that noah and i have never gotten. i think it works out well and noah probably could use some focused attention these days.
my new class of pre-k kids is going good too. i have 8 girls and 2 boys. that's alot of bows and dresses in my room! something different, but good!
i am totally busy with all our schools and being mom. i don't think i've ever been as tired as i am these past two weeks (worse than pregnancy and that was tough). it's been a physical and emotional drain. i have missed michael alot this past week. i know he would be SO proud of kaleb. school was always a big deal to michael, i think he even changed his middle name to it after two masters degrees and the dream of more. i remind kaleb and noah how proud daddy is, even from heaven.
i am so thankful school is going so great for all of us! God is amazing in his mercy and grace! i trust in Him to take care of it all! He has so far and i don't doubt He'll ever stop!

summer fun!


hi friends!
it has been a fun and busy summer! thanks for being patient with me as i haven't blogged in a couple months. hopefully with the routine of school and work starting i'll get better!
this summer was full of fun little trips. we spent some time at my sister's house in summerville, sc, the beach, the whole brietzke/peters family took a trip to tennessee, and we had lots of weekend visitors, like grammie and papa! we celebrated kaleb's fifth birthday in june - i can't believe he's that old!
overall, we are doing well. the boys are enjoying life, just like michael would have wanted! they miss their daddy and talk about him a little bit. i miss him too! we are still so grateful to be surrounded by amazing family and friends who continually support and encourage us! with them and of course, our big God we are moving forward, remembering the great memories we have and being thankful for what we also have now.
please continue to pray for us as i know that helps so much!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Running for Cover

isn't this amazing. we are truly being loved on from so many different people and even those we don't know. i've been in email contact with angie bowbliss (who started this event last year) since last summer after reading about the event last summer. it's been great to have someone who is truly walking through the same things to share with. this year angie wants to donate some of the money raised to our family. wow! one of the awards given out at the ceremony will also be named in michael's honor. another wow! i continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of so many. i just wanted to let you know about the event and if any one wants to participate that would be great too! i'll be there!

Running for Cover At South Forsyth High School

THIRD ANNUAL 5K RUN / 1 MILE WALK

The second annual Running for Cover - Atlanta will be held at South Forsyth High School in Cumming, GA. The Atlanta event was started in 2007 after Pete Bowbliss was diagnosed in 2005 with malignant melanoma. We are dedicated to raising awareness regarding the importance of sunscreen and skin care in the prevention of melanoma and other skin cancers. We also realize the importance of assisting families locally that have been effected by terminal melanoma. When: Sunday, June 29, 2008. Race Time: 7:00AM, Walk time: 7:15AM Same Day Registration: 6:00am-7:00AM Post Race Awards Ceremony: 8:30AM

WHEN
Sunday, June 29, 2008. Race Time: 7:00AM, Walk time: 7:15AM Same Day Registration: 6:00am-7:00AM Post Race Awards Ceremony: 8:30AM

WHERE
South Forsyth High School, 585 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA 30041Call 404-663-4123 for more details

TO BENEFIT
The Noreen O'Neill Foundation for Melanoma Research and The Wistar Institute and the Michael Colwell Family of Cumming, GA

REGISTRATION $20 per person
Participants will receive a t-shirt, bracelet
and one raffle ticket.
DONATIONS
Donate $20 and receive a bracelet.

to register visit
www.foundationformelanomaresearch.org/runwalk/

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

favor addition

hi friends!
i've gotten a great response from many of you letting me know you are working on those letters for michael's book. many of you were already a few steps ahead of me and going to do that anyway! you all are amazing! if i could i'd like to ask you to send in/email a picture with your letter. it would be amazing if you had one with michael, but of course one of you or your family would be great too. it would really give the boys a visual of all the people's lives that their daddy has impacted. i thank you already for doing this. it's going to be something great! just like michael was!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

big favor

i need your help! i want to put together a book for the boys about michael. i would love if anyone could to send a letter or email, nothing long, retelling a story about michael, a description of him or somehow he impacted your life. it can be funny, serious, sad, happy anything. then at the bottom please have your name with how you knew michael. i thought i could put them all together and make a book out of all of them for the boys to be able to look at later! i don't want them to forget or wonder about what daddy was like. this will help them continue to keep daddy alive in their hearts and see how they themselves are like him! it is something kaleb, noah and i will treasure for a long time! thanks for your help!