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Lauren Elizabeth’s Story

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A Giraffe Named Lolo?

WE have so much for which to be thankful.  It was such a normal Thanksgiving this year.  We haven't been back to Grandma's for Thanksgiving since right before Lauren ended up in the hospital in 2012.  That year we had gone to Grandma's in Plano, Illinois, like most Thanksgivings.  Lolo had so much fun because her dad had put up his industrial-sized 200 ft zipline through the trees at Cedar Ridge.  Lauren said she remembered feeling really tired that trip, but not overly ill.  She was strong enough to spend the chilly afternoons ziplining up and done the tree line at her Grandma's house.  Last year she was so exhausted from trying to keep up in school and just getting back on her feet, we thought it would be better to stay home and rest.  This Thansgiving, we got on the road and had our usual Thanksgiving back in Illinois, with Phil's family.  We had a very good time and a lot of great dinners from Grandma Polly.  Phil's sisters, Alesia and Erica, were home, as well as Unky Troy....he is the main attraction for the kids.  He is a hoot!  On Saturday, we ventured into Chicago and took the kids (& Phil's sister, Alesia) to see Second City and then went to a cool "make your own Ramen" restaurant called "Ramen San."  The show had us rolling.  If you don't know Second City, it is the comedy improvisation place in Chicago that inspired Saturday Night Live.  Since Saturday Night Live is a source of a lot of Jonathan's comedy, we figured he needed new material.  So, we decided to show him how it is done "Chicago Style."  We were very impressed.  We had fun at the restaurant too.  It was spicy, with kim chee, ginger, molten eggs, etc on your usual Ramen style noodles.  It had a neat atmosphere and was good for the kids to get outside the usual fare.  It is a long trip home, but we had a good time in the car....ok, I am lying, but it wasn't horrible and I only snapped...hmmm....ok, we arrived home safe and sound.  But, I checked my facebook posts and saw that someone had posted about the new baby giraffe being named at the Henry Doorly Zoo and it got me thinking....

     So, in the car, we all agreed this baby girl giraffe had to be about the cutest thing we have seen in a long time.  We also remembered the baby giraffe in Omaha that wasn't quite strong enough and died.  Lolo was so sad over that.  So, we were thinking that this little baby girl giraffe needs to be a fighter.  She needs to be strong, like our Lolo.  Lo was pretty excited thinking about the possibility of the baby giraffe being named Lolo.  It is a shot in the dark, but we were hoping enough of you might take a couple of minutes to follow the link and vote for the giraffe at the Henry Doorly Zoo to be named "Lolo."  Then entry is simple and quick.  But, you have to do it pronto because they close taking votes on Tuesday, December 2nd.  Please spread the word, if you are so inclined!!!  It would help this little girl have a fighting chance and it would help remind Lauren that she is still loved and people are cheering her on too!  Plus, it is a pretty dang sweet name for a long eye-lashed little sweetheart!  The link is below:


You don't have to live in Omaha to vote.  In fact, I think the more people from all over that help the cause, the better.  Please vote for Lolo! 

I am so thankful that there are so many people that keep Lauren and our family in their prayers.  This Thanksgiving, it was obvious we were thankful for the health of our children.  We are so thankful for our family.  We are also thankful that we continually are lifted up by the love and support of such generous and loving people.  This love has been apparent and is very tangible to us and the other families we have met that have kids fighting pediatric cancer.  Thank you so much!  You are a blessing to us. 

9 people hearted this



Anne Fangman
By Anne Fangman
Lolo is the perfect name:)
Cynthia Teegarden
By Cynthia Teegarden
Hope it wins, I voted Lolo!
Alesia Hacker
By Alesia Hacker
GO LOLO GO for the name voting -- and for our most excellent family in Omaha!

PEACE and LOVE from Grandma Polly and Aunt Alesia
Rosemary K.
By Rosemary K.
I VOTED FOR LOLO as you wished. I hope they choose it. God Bless you all.
Susan Johnson
By Susan Johnson
I voted Lolo!!! :)