Border’s Benefitting Cystic Fibrosis

Valid December 17th - 18th

I know it’s been WAY too long since we updated.  I will be working on updating everyone over the holiday break when I’m off to give you the progress of over the last several months.  We all miss Court SOOOO much, but with her passing has given us many blessings.  She has changed our lives forever. 

This Friday December 17th we are doing our first annual “Wrap it Up and Stick it to CF” at Border’s Books in Plano from 5-9PM.  Believe it or not, but this was one of Courtney’s fundraising ideas a couple of years ago but we never followed through until now.  I know she’s smiling down and is proud of us!

Come see us!  I have attached the coupon so you can print it out.  You must present the coupon at the time of sale at Borders in order for a percentage of your purchase to go to CFF.  We hope to see you there!!!

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Betting on a Cure!

I am so excited to say that my sisters and I, along with our mom, are working on a new fundraising event we’re calling “Betting on a Cure”, a casino night benefitting the CF Foundation!  We think this event will be a lot of fun, and I hope we have a great turn out. 

The casino night will be on Friday, April 9th at the new Marriott Courtyard in Allen off Stacy Road.  The party starts at 7:00pm, and will include the classic Las Vegas games of Poker, Black Jack and Craps!  Marriott has graciously agreed to donate the space to us, so we need to make sure we have as many people there as possible.  This will be open to the public so, save the date and bring all your friends!

Buy-ins to play the games is $40, and prizes will be awarded to the top chip holders.  Additionally, raffle tickets will be sold for $10 each for a chance to win more great items.  We are currently looking for sponsors and raffle items, so if you have any ideas, please let us know.  We are positive we will have some wonderful options to choose from!

So far, everything is working out perfectly, so I know Courtney is working her magic from above and pulling some strings for us.  If this event does as well as the Zaza auction, we will easily be dancing over the $15,000 goal line she set for us!  Please come out and help us make this happen!!

Love,

Kelly

60% there…

Well, Well…look who just popped up for me to reconnect with on Facebook! I’m thinking of you too Court, and guess what!?!   We are 40% away from meeting our goal of $15,000 you gave us as one of your last wishes.   I love you and I try everyday to make you proud! You taught me so much. Just a couple examples are 1. Determination and 2. Endurance… I’m working on it! 

As most of you know, an old friend of mine from High School, Sarah Brady Smith and I worked on a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraiser at an upscale hotel in uptown Dallas called Hotel ZaZa.  This event was thrown together and planned in less than 4 weeks.  We had numerous generous donation items for Silent Auction and Raffles totallying over $10,000.   A couple of examples of the items were a Celebrity Chef Experience,  Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket Experience – an hour on the set with the Sports Radio talkshow and touring the radio station,  and The Ultimate Dallas Stars Hockey fan package with Team Signed Jersey and 4 tickets just to name a few.  The night of the event it was raining and we just weren’t sure how many would show up.   I hadn’t been able to sleep in a few days, worrying over how the event would go.   Neither Sarah or I had put on an event like this before.   I had prayed to God that he would give me the strength and help the event to run smoothly.   Well, it was a huge success and we had nearly 200+ guests, we raised over $9000 and with a couple of hiccups on Dallas Stars/Mavs tickets…everything ran pretty seamless.  Thank YOU Jesus! 

It’s amazing how God brings you together with people.  At the event I met a sweetheart, named Amy Allen.  She has a nephew with CF and is on the Board for the 2010 Collin County Great Strides Walk.  She proceeds to tell me at the event that they have decided to make the walk in Honor of Courtney Hill this year!  What can I say, but what an tremendous honor!!!   My sister’s and I have joined Amy as committee members to help the Collin County GS Walk be a huge success and are looking forward to the challenge. 

Courtney, all I can think about is your beautiful smile, your contagious laugh and heart warming love that has kept me strong.   We are 60% there and it’s all for you and supporting your Cyster’s and Fibros.

All My Love,

Megan

The Snow & Sunsets

The weather has been crazy since you left.  It’s funny because you never liked really cold weather, so you left just in time.  I remember that morning I was with you in the room alone.  I was typing on my laptop while you were taking a nap.  You tapped on your bed and signaled me to come over.  You mouthed to me “I need to buy something for Lindsay for Christmas”.  Tears start to roll down the side of your face.  There was a look in your eyes that you knew you weren’t going to be here for Christmas, and you were going to miss us all here, but I saw no fear.  I shook my head “Sure, what is it?”  You mouthed, “I want you to give her a Snuggie from me”.  I smiled.  You mouthed, “Promise?”.  I smiled again, “Of Course”.  Up until your last breath, you were thinking of others.   I gave that Snuggie to Lindsay on Christmas day.   I know you were there with us all.  I could feel your love.  It wasn’t me that gave it to her.  It was you.  

You gave the snow to the kids these couple of days while they are out of school.  We RARELY have snow, especially not around Christmas and especially not twice in a week.  The snow yesterday was fluffy and so easy to make a snow man.  I couldn’t get the kids to stay in long enough to get warm. 

Last night I couldn’t stop thinking about you.  I layed there and talked to you.  You were with me.   I cried, but mostly cried happy tears.  Of course I miss you and it was weird you not being here with us on Christmas.  It was weird having all of us together and we couldn’t see you.  I stop and I think about how much pain you were in.  The sores you had all over your body.  The bones you had sticking out of your back.  The abundance of medicine you were taking and it’s ALL GONE!   How AWESOME is He!?!?  I can’t begin to imagine how you must feel now.  

Lately there have been some amazing sunsets.  There was this one that it looked as if some wings were opening up out of this cluster of clouds.  There was another one where it looked like a huge hand reaching down out of the clouds.   Even the kids saw it.  We talk about you all the time.   The kids miss you terribly!  As a matter of fact there is a preview out for “Alvin and the Chipmunks – The Squeakwal” and they told me this morning that if Courtney was here she would be taking us to see that.  They said, Courtney loved to take us to the movies.  Yes, you did! 

I love you Court.  Although you aren’t here with us on Earth, you have sent so many signs that you are still here with us in spirit.  I want to Thank You for that. 

All my Love,  Megan

Random thought

This line came from an email my mom sent to me this morning – it made me think of Courtney so I wanted to add it for all to read:

“Sometimes the angels fly close enough to you that you can hear the flutter of their wings…”

Which made me think that sometimes we don’t realize it’s their wings we’re hearing until they have to go back home.  I miss my Courtney.

Love, Kelly

A memory with Courtney

One of my best memories with Courtney happened only a couple years ago.  In May of 2007, Marty and I decided to take a cruise as our family vacation.  We told Courtney about it, and she was so excited for us that we asked her join us on the trip.  So we packed up the car and drove down to Galveston for a 5 day cruise to Progreso and Cozumel, Mexico.

The ship itself wasn’t that big, at least compared to the one and only other cruise I’ve been on, so by the 3rd day we’d pretty much seen all that the ship had to offer.  Of course, the shows change daily, but for the most part, there was no more exploring to do.  Except for this one spot at the very front of the boat…  If we were standing on an upper deck, we could look down and see a few people lounging around a small pool.  It looked so nice and inviting compared to other parts of the boat that had many people roaming about.  So, one day while Courtney and I were by ourselves watching a show, I leaned over to her and said “Do you want to see if we can go find that little pool?”  She of course smiled and said yes.  I pointed to a set of doors towards the front of the auditorium and said, “I think we should go that way.”  Now I must say that a show was going on, so the auditorium was dark.  I pulled Courtney behind me (because she couldn’t really see well in the dark) and we made our way to the set of doors.  There wasn’t a sign that warned us not to go in, so we did.  We entered a hallway and climbed down a few flight of stairs to another set of doors.  When we walked through them, we were standing outside on the front of the ship!  Nobody else was down there – just me and Courtney!  The lack of people standing around didn’t alarm me; I figured it was just because nobody ever thought to walk through the doors at the front of the auditorium.  Courtney didn’t say anything either, so we kept exploring.  We walked towards the front of the boat and there was another set of stairs that took you down to a lower deck, and on that deck was the ship’s bell.  I turned to Courtney and said “let’s go down there and take our picture in front of the bell!”  She was up for whatever and followed right behind me like a little puppy dog.  Now, I should probably also tell you that there was a little chain strung across the stairway down to the lower deck, but again, there wasn’t a sign telling us to stay out.  So I tried to unhook the chain, but to no avail.  Rather than turning around and giving up on the picture, we simply ducked under the chain and walked down the stairs.  We took turns taking pictures of each other in front of the bell, and when we were satisfied with our portraits, we climbed back up the stairs and under the chain.  When we reached the top, a man in a white uniform stopped us and said “you two aren’t supposed to be down here.”  To which we simply replied, “no problem, we were just leaving,” and we turned and walked back the way we came in – going up more stairs and into the auditorium (which was still dark because of a show).  When we returned to our seats, Courtney said in her sarcastic voice “I can’t believe you just walked all the way down there.  Don’t you think the unmarked doors and CHAIN across the stairs should have been your clue that we weren’t supposed to go down there!”  I just shrugged my shoulders and said “oh well, we had fun didn’t we?  If that guy hadn’t shown up, I bet we would have found the pool!”  We got the best laugh out of that! 

I can hear her laughing now…

Love always,

Kelly

I’m talking to Court

Today was such a beautiful day!  Low 60’s and super sunny.  My 4-year-old niece Camryn was riding on her scooter that I gave her for her birthday a couple of weeks ago.  Lindsay said that she was riding along, when she says “Is this a shortcut?” and Lindsay answered her and said “Yeah” and then Camryn tells her “No, I am talking to Courtney”.  Taking Camryn out on her scooter is something Courtney would have done if she was still with her. 

Camryn woke Lindsay up the other night after having a nightmare that Barney the dinosaur was attacking her.  I would be scared too!   Lindsay told her to try to go back to bed and think of something that she loves.  She told her to think of her favorite thing when going to bed and she would have good dreams.  Lindsay asks her what her favorite thing is, and she replies “Courtney”.  Lindsay sends her back to bed and tells her that Courtney will protect her and keep over her.  The next morning Lindsay gets up to wake Camryn and hears a little bell ringing from her Christmas tree in her living room.  The only problem is that she doesn’t have anything on her tree that would ring like that.  Lindsay thought to herself, that it must be Courtney letting her know that she was watching over Camryn last night.  Once Lindsay woke up Cammie, she asked her if she had anymore bad dreams and she told her “Nope” and that she slept good. 

Thanks Court! 

See, she’s still watching over her nieces and nephews.  Just like she always loved to do. 

Love, Megan

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