Saturday, August 10, 2013

Thanks and Giving

Last week, the Dream Weavers were invited to an event celebrating the achievements of numerous blood donors associated with the Oklahoma Blood Institute.  They gave out awards for chapters, locations, drives, and individuals who went above and beyond to make OBI successful this past year in their efforts to save lives.  We were honored to be invited, and even more honored that our Finn was a special guest at the event!

The nigh started with introductions, and then a nice dinner presented by Oakwood Country Club in Enid.  After dinner was well underway, the presentations began.  When it was time for our area, Finn was introduced, and Britt and I got to take the podium and briefly tell our story of how 6 blood transfusions saved Finn's life during his 84 day NICU stay.  We are so grateful for the organization, the blood drives, the staff, and especially the donors!  One of the most special moments of the evening is when we got to meet one of the specific donors whose blood literally saved his life!  Her name was Kristi, and she sat at our table for dinner.  We really enjoyed chatting with her and getting to know her better.  Finn, who is usually very stranger averse, took right to her and charmed her!  He was a little rambunctious during dinner, but he was the hit of the party!

April 2012
August 2013

The Key Note speaker for the night was a young man named Tyler who lost a leg and had NUMEROUS injuries from a grain elevator accident in 2011.  He had 96 units of blood during his extended hospital stays and various surgeries.  He has made it his life  goal to donate back all 96 units.  IF he donated every time he was able, it would take 15 years.  he has a good start!  We were incredibly blessed by his talk, and were honored to meet him!  He is an OSU Cowboy, as well, so he is a GREAT role model for Finn!

For being a part of this incredible night, Finn received a giant gift basket!  It had a Mike Gundy signed football, a cute little outfit, a bath set, gift card for a photo session, candy, cards, and a HUGE teddy bear made out of OBI Bedlam Blood Bash t-shirts!  It is bigger than he is - and we will cherish it always!

Last week we also celebrated Britt's 49th birthday!  He has been legendary since 1964, and we love him so very very much!  We showered him with "As Seen on TV" gifts, and took him to eat at  Fuzzy's!  What a great day!

Back to school shopping is almost complete, and enrollment verifications are half done.  School starts in 2 weeks!  WHERE has the summer gone?!?

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