Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Random Thoughts

I sometimes have to step back and look at our life. I know that I am a huge planner and that I tend to overbook our life. I keep our schedule booked with dinners with friends, happy hours with co-workers, meetings for Ella's Halo, volunteering at the hospitals and spending time with family. There isn't always much room for rest and relaxation in our life. I don't know if it is my way of trying to keep busy instead of letting life happen or if I just naturally like to be social. But thankfully I have a good husband that reminds me to breath and just let things happen. I definitely need those reminders daily.

Ryan and I met with a group of parents called NEXT at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. This is a group of parents who have all had a child in the NICU, and come together as a committee. Ryan and I met with them to talk about Ella's Halo, to see if there are ways we can help them, and to see what needs their NICU has that could benefit families and babies. It is fun to meet new people and spread the word about Ella's Halo with those who really understand what life in the NICU is like. We look forward to working with the parents and staff at the Minneapolis Children’s NICU in the future.

We have also been gearing up for Ella's Halo Bowling for Babies. May 14th is fast approaching and this year we started a little early with our planning. We are already receiving exciting donations for our raffles and silent auction items. Gift cards, tickets and wine tasting are all just some of the items up for grabs at this year’s event. We are also working on getting sponsorships for our event. If you know of anyone who would be interested in being a sponsor, just send us an email.

Over the next month, we have a lot of fun things to celebrate. Valentine's Day, our 5 year anniversary, Ryan turning 30, and Ella's 2nd birthday. Of course, both of Ella's Grandmas and one of her Grandpas also have a birthday in the next month. I can't believe we have been married for five years and that our little girl will be two. Time sure does fly by, probably because I have been over planning!

And don't forget our Borders "Benefit Days". Ella's Halo is the nonprofit on February 19-20 for the Minnetonka store's Benefit Days. Just bring the voucher below with you into the Minnetonka store ( Minnetonka - 1501 Plymouth Road, Minnetonka, MN 55305) and each time a voucher is used a portion of the sale will be donated to Ella's Halo.

***Print this voucher off and bring it to the Minnetonka Borders February 19-20! Help us raise money to help babies in the NICU.


meents said...

the kids and I will be @ borders tomorrow morning - with our coupon!

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