Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Trip Info: Part 2

Hello again!

More trip details are included in this post.  This is the exciting part.  If you haven’t caught up on recent posts, you should check out THIS ONE and of course THIS OTHER ONE.  They both have important (and fun!) news.

So, here we get into some of the nitty-gritty...

The Jewett family is going to be driving across the US from Washington to get to the dog class in Xenia, Ohio.  This means they’ll be driving with four kids (yes, all of them are coming along), three adults, and one dog on the way back.  The drive is 5,126 miles round trip.

WHEW!  It’s going to be really really fun.  It’s going to be crazy.  It’s going to be tiring, and it’s going to be messy.  All these things are certainties.  Yes, there will probably also be some bickering and a lot of questions like, “Are we there yet?” and, “Can I have my snack?”  And you better believe we’ll mapping our rest stops according to Starbucks locations (kind of joking, kind of not).

But, even with all the “hard” parts, there will also be some visits with family, and special sight-seeing and miscellaneous stops along the way.  It's not going to be a straight drive-all-the-way-through kind of trip.

So, if you haven’t guessed already, we’re going to be fundraising to help pay for the trip.  Expenses to drive with everyone isn’t cheap, but seriously, who doesn’t love a nice summer road trip?

The Homewood Suites hotel in Xenia has already been booked for the two week dog class, and it’s a pretty nice place...
  • 2 bedrooms with kitchenettes
  • full breakfast each morning
  • dinner four nights a week
  • same hotel that most of the 4 Paws families will stay (BONUS!)
  • (obviously) allows service animals

If you want to make donations towards our accommodations, you can contact Homewood Suites and speak with Steven Brown (4Paws Sales Manager) or Brian Wipprecht (General Manager).

Also, Ann Jewett (sometimes referred to as Corey’s Mom, or Grandma Ann) is coming on the trip as well.  She will be flying in--she's scheduled to arrive the weekend before the dog class starts.

So basically, we’re all excited to be a part of this adventure, and we can’t wait for Rosalie to finally meet her dog the first day.  Please be praying for all the details of the trip... from safe travels, to no car troubles, to inexpensive gas prices, and of course, good attitudes the whole way!

Thanks so much for checking in with the progress of this journey--we’re so thankful for you!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Trip Info: Part 1

Hi again!

Ha, I bet you’re reading this post thinking something like this, “Oh, I thought she wasn’t serious about posting something soon, guess she showed ME!”  Well, if you’re not, that’s fine too.  It’s not like I’m the best mind-reader.

By the way, if you missed our awesome update from a few days ago, you should catch up with your homework and check out THIS POST.  Okay, you’ve read up on everything?  Awesome-sauce.  I think you’re ready for the next step... it’s pretty epic--hold on!

So, not only is this whole adventure becoming a reality for the Jewett family, but it’s also becoming a reality to me personally.  Because--


I get to go with them!

Hooray!  I get to road trip along with two adults, four kids, and a new dog back and forth across the country in the summertime.  If you think I’m being sarcastic about being excited, then you haven’t seen my iPhone full of pictures and videos of Rosalie, Kaylin, Holden, and Malachi... they take up about 90% of my picture storage.  In other words, I’m pretty crazy about them.  Oh yeah, and I kind of like Shawna.  And Corey’s good too.

It’s going to be a fun trip, and honestly, I can’t wait!  Basically I’ll be doing whatever needs to be done... whether it’s kid activities, driving for a stretch or two (or eight), unloading the van at hotels, telling bedtime stories, going to the grocery store, etc.

Okay, that’s all the epic news you can handle at this moment, but I promise there will be more to come... so check back with the blog soon--more trip details to follow!  And don’t forget to pass this info on to all your friends, acquaintances, and people you’ve barely met--the more support we have, the better!

Thanks for stopping by... until next time!

P.S. By the way, I’d love to hear helpful tips about traveling with kids... mostly because I haven’t been on this long of a car trip with a family for 13 years. :D

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Long Awaited Update

Hello again everyone!

Yes, it’s been a while since the last blog post--but believe us, we haven’t forgotten about any of you!  In fact, we really wanted to extend a ginormous THANK YOU to everyone for their support of our journey in getting Rosalie her service dog.  If we could come to your house and hug each one of you individually, we would.  But then you might think we’re crazy, so we’ll go with a virtual hug instead:

Seriously, though, we have been feeling super blessed by all of you and your constant encouragement and support.  We have begun to really see this adventure become a reality, especially since Christmastime.  Sometime in January, the real-ness of our family getting a dog for Rosalie sank in just a little bit deeper for all of us.  It’s like we’ve turned a corner--and part of it has to do with a countdown we’ve begun!

We’re bubbling with excitement over this countdown.  The frantic running around to get all the details started and finished has begun.  The planning is beginning--this is the beginning of the end!

We know some of you have been waiting patiently to hear when we are getting Rosalie’s dog... maybe you already know...

The date that we are officially showing up for our dog class is August 5th, 2013.

This is reality.  

We have 115 more days until we get Rosalie’s dog.  

Only 115!  That’s amazing.  Oh my goodness, are you getting excited?  Because we sure the heck are!

Before we wrap up this post, we just wanted to re-thank all of you AGAIN for your support... it doesn’t go unnoticed.  Also, we’ll be updating the blog soon--so check back for more news.  Oh, and if you think we missed anyone in this update, please pass on the information to anyone that you think might be interested--the more people we get the word out to about Rosalie and her dog, the better!

Thanks again--you are truly the best ever.