On June 1, 2010 our two year old, "Little Air Bear," was diagnosed with Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Type M7. After enduring 146 days at Primary Children's Hospital, Erin is now in remission and living a full life at home with our family. Her strong will and constant happy smile is an inspiration to us all. Through our difficult circumstances we found great strength and peace in our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for checking in on us.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


Our sweet Young Men and Young Women gave us a wonderful Halloween gift!  They hold a Halloween Carnival each year for the Primary children.  They offered to come a half hour early and have everything set up and all of the youth ready to give our family our own personal little carnival.  It was such a relief for us to let Erin enjoy some Halloween festivities and not be around too many other people (since her ANC is only 1000).  The youth were all dressed up and ready to help us enjoy all of their activities.  It was so much fun.  Erin enjoyed playing a bean bag toss, candy walk, face painting, donut on a string, a fish pond, and "wack a Deacon" (similar to "wack a mole").  We want to say a really really big THANK YOU to the wonderful youth and youth leaders in our ward who gave of their time for Erin.


The Ward Halloween Carnival!

Erin doing the bean bag toss!

Playing "Wack a Deacon!"

John and I dressed up.
When Erin saw John she said, "Dad is a cow!"  HA HA!
She didn't comment on my costume - I guess I always dress this good!

The whole gang getting ready to
Trick or Treat!

Princess Air Bear!

The kiddos. . .
Caleb the Bat, Cecily the Witch, and Erin the Princess.

Erin LOVED Trick or Treating!
She and the kids and two of their friends ran from door to door yelling "Trick or Treat!"  She walked the entire time and didn't want to ride in the stroller.  It was raining for most of our trick or treating and the kids didn't even seem to notice. 

Erin totally understood everything about trick or treating.  She had it down before we even got to the first door.  It must have been all the practicing the kids had done around the house the previous day.  They trick or treated around the rooms of our house and then dropped all of their loot in the middle of the living room floor - it took us forever to clean up the mess of toys, books, my cell phone, car keys, music books, etc that they had "trick or treated" for!

It was really a blessing to enjoy the Halloween holiday as a family!

Happy Halloween!


  1. How fun! What an awesome ward!

  2. Hey its Skyler's mom. I was reading your blog and looking at pictures of sweet little Erin and realized that we have seen her before. When Skyler was first diagnosed and we got admitted for the first time it was horrible and I thought how are we ever going to get through this, but then I looked out in the hall and saw the cutest little girl with a little hat on running around with a smile on her face. It was Erin. I just want to let you know that in that moment I was comforted by her and her sweet spirit. She is so strong and adorable.

  3. The party looked great! I loved the "Whack a Deacon"! I'm glad the kids had so much fun. :)

  4. that is so awesome of your YM AND YW! what a great idea! i'm SO glad you guys all got to be together for halloween! erin totally deserved that night of just being a kid. your kids sure are cute all dressed up- it looks like a great night!

  5. oh, and eric and i both laughed at erin calling your husband a cow. haha! :)

  6. That "wack a deacon" is awesome! What a fun game! That's so cool that the YW/WM did that early for her. Wow!

    PS. I'm having a lot of fun with this tree. I hope you'll be able to come to the festival and see it!

  7. We can't wait to see your tree Angie!

    John & Jill