Sunday, June 19, 2011

HFC Going Away Happy Hour

Cannot fully describe how much I love these photos and the people in them. This was my going away happy hour on June 9th. What a journey it's been with Heroes for Children.

The whole crowd with me and Larissa hugging in the middle
The Heroes for Children staff.  Some VERY hardworking women.  
Larissa and me.  

Sometimes the staff can be a little silly.  You should see how slap happy we get after events!
The very FIRST HFC volunteer and our Office Manager, Cheryl.  

My mom and me

Larissa begins to toast me.  I know I'm not going to make it without crying.  Her speech was wonderful

Like I said, wasn't going to make it through it.

Then they said I had to make a speech.  Cried through the whole thing and attempted to thank everyone as best as possible. 

"To Jenny" 

Me, Brooke, and her mom Jill.  Brooke is one of my favorite patients and her family is extremely special to me.  She made this painting of the two of us that now hangs in my playroom.  LOVE

Opening the gift from Brooke

Allie's beloved oncologist (heading straight to the Mavs game after) Dr. Stan Goldman and his wife Ellen

My partners in crime!  Well, our my Vice Chairman of the Board, Christie, and my Chairman of the Board Allan.  Best travel companions and terrific friends! 

24 comments:

dena said...

Jenny you look beautiful!!! How proud you must be of your accomplishment. Best of luck with your teaching job in the fall. You are an inspiration!

Allison said...

You look great!!

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

You look amazing, may you enter this new season of life with a ton of confidence.

Life has throw you some wicked curve balls the past several years, non of which you deserved. I hope you find peace and happiness in this new season.

Amy Lee said...

I've been following your blog since Allie was sick. I rarely post, so here goes... I am so sorry and sad to read about you and Andrew. I never saw that coming.

Having said that, you look AWESOME!! And Maggie (also my daughter's name) and Katie are SO cute! I seriously cannot believe Maggie is 5 already. I "remember" when you announced you were pregnant, she was born, etc.

Good luck with your future journeys.

Auntie Mip said...

When you have rough days and feel alone, look at those pictures and know you are loved. Know that they represent a fraction of the love people have for you. Know that you are special. Know with certainty that Gwen your close your eyes at night you have made a difference in the worl. Jenny I am a pediatric oncology nurse and you may never fully know how much you have changed lives for the better. With all the changes in your personal life it would be easy to feel down, sad, unloved. Look at these pictures, look closely and feel all that love. Your Allie is so proud. Your Allie is the root of all that love. You are loved Jenny, never forget that!

Carla said...

WOW! you look INCREDIBLE! What amazing pictures from an unexpected journey. So much love.

Wishing you nothing but the best!

Heather said...

Jenny you look amazing! So beautiful! It looks like you all had an amazing time. Good luck in your future adventures!

ViolinMama said...

First off...Jenny...you LOOK AMAZING. STUNNING. HEALTHY. SEXY. Confident! WOW!!!

Secondly, Congratulations and THANK YOU for all you've done for HFC and the legacy you and Allie have created and left. You are a treasure.

Thirdly, much love and luck as you venture into your new future. This is not the end, only the beginning, and you are surrounded by support.

Hugs Jenny...so many hugs!

tricia said...

Wonderful pictures,so many came out to celebrate all your dedication!

You look HOT!

Stacy said...

First of all, congratulations! You have so much to be proud of! I'm glad they were able to celebrate and toast all of your hard work!

Secondly, WHOA MAMA! You've lost weight and look SMOKIN' HOT girlfriend!!! Gorgeous!!!

TPPmommyof3 said...

Wow!! You look Ahh mazing!! What a beautiful celebration of the work you have done!!! I am so glad you had the opportunity to really see their appreciation for all you have done!! Congratulations, again!!

Lyndsay said...

How do you stay so pretty while you're crying?! I would have had the big old ugly cry happening!

Mandy said...

As someone who is also working hard on the weight loss, let me give you a compliment - you look SO SKINNY!!!!

Beth said...

What a blessed life you live! I know things are hard now but as someone who has followed your story since Allie was sick, I want to remind you of that. You are blessed. And looking good! Happy summer, Jenny.

Bonny said...

GREAT dress.

kborgmeyer said...

You look fantastic! Congratulations on all the wonderful years you spent with Heroes for Children and all the families you helped. Good luck as you embark on the new chapter in your life. You are a great Mom and your girls love you. Can't wait to read about your new job. Again you look soo great!

erin. said...

First, you look AMAZING! And second, I am so proud from a far of all that HFC has accomplished with you & Larissa at the helm all these years. Congratulations on your new teaching position. So many young students I am sure are going to develop a love for French because of you! Hope that you & your gorgeous girls are all doing well!! <3 From Long Island!

Carrie said...

You do look amazing...has anyone ever told you you look like Claire Danes? I'm sure it was a bittersweet evening for you...but I truly feel like the future has wonderful things in store for you!

AZMom247 said...

WOW Jenny! You look fabulous! May you continue to achieve peace on this new journey you are on. Enjoy the rest of your summer - the school year will be starting before you know it ;)

Jacquie in AZ

Beckest of the BECKS said...

YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL JENNY!!!!! Sounds like a beautiful, yet emotion filled evening. Congrats on your new step in life and I can't wait to hear about the future!

Debbie said...

You look simply awesome. I have been following you since Allie was sick and although I have never met you, I feel like I know you. I was so sorry to hear about your marriage. I do understand, I have been there done that but it does get better and some things you will actually enjoy doing by yourself, later. You have some of the most beautiful little girls ever. I wish you the best in all that you do and I believe that you will come out on top and that the kids that get you as a teacher will be truely blessed to have you.

We are Three said...

I have enjoyed following you for years- I just have to tell you how wonderful you look. Love your dress, your glowing face, etc. It must have been a very tough evening for you but it looks like you made it through with your usual grace. Good luck with the new teaching position and your new life.

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

Enjoy this summer with your beautiful girls. Keep believing in yourself!

Tammy said...

Beautiful pictures Jenny! Wow, you look terrific! Your weight loss is very noticable, you go girl!! Send some mojo my way would ya! You are just amazing! Looks like ya'll had a great time, tears and all. Hugs from Fort Worth!