Friday, April 22, 2016

An Update on Theo and a Great Opportunity!

Natalie and I wanted to provide an update on Theo, and invite you to be a part of something happening in Charlotte in June (

First, the update:

On April 25, Dubya (Theo's certified pre-owned kidney) will celebrate his third anniversary in Theo's belly. I've taken some time over the past few days to reflect on the changes that Dubya has brought, and the progress that Theo has made, over the past 36 months.

To be sure, 18 month olds and 4 year olds tend to have little in common with one another. In Theo's case, I think these distinctions are amplified. Dubya brought Theo energy, an appetite, an ability to grow, and a zest for life that we had only dreamed of seeing at this point in his life. In fact, his swim and soccer coaches probably wish that we could tone down the energy level for his classes, as he (like his father did at the same age) seems unable to stop having fun long enough to pay attention to what they say.

Watching his little sister grow (Nora is now 2!) gave us a new perspective, as the thought of our beautiful girl going in for major surgery at 18 months was unfathomable. With Theo, we marched right on, knowing it was the best thing for him.

Theo showed Nora around the hospital. 
On Wednesday, my kids prematurely sang "Happy Birthday" to me (it was yesterday), and hearing Theo sing those words brought tears to my eyes. I guess I'm actually brought to tears at some point on a near-daily basis as I think about where he was and where he is and where he could go and what God could do in and through him.

Theo and Nora love rolling in the Jeep. Sometimes, he even lets her drive.
And now, we maintain, and grow, and take care of our kids and Dubya. And we try to give back to causes and organizations that are important to us, and important to Theo (whether he knows it or not). This bring us great joy.

Which brings us to the opportunity...

On Saturday, June 11, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is hosting a Kidney Walk in Uptown Charlotte. We've set a (relatively) ambitious goal of raising $10,000 for this cause. We've barely advertised, and we're already almost 1/4 of the way there!

Kidney Walk is the nation's largest walk to fight kidney disease. Held in nearly 100 communities, the event raises awareness and funds lifesaving programs that educate and support patients, families, and those at risk.

We would be honored to have you join us! I'm working with our local NKF representative to make our team (Team Theo) a moving party. The more the merrier.

Whether you can be there or not, we'd be humbled to have your support as we walk to honor Theo, Dubya, and Cool Aunt Whit.

Ready to join? Visit: to sign up.

We're grateful that you've joined us on this journey, and we look forward to sharing more stories of success.

Theo helped Mom bake a Panthers themed cake.

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