Day 145: There Will Never Be Another Christmas Like This One

Day 145: There Will Never Be Another Christmas Like This One

Day 145: 12/28
Team #JuCan #CobbFamCan is recovering from a very full and fun Christmas!!! We have walked over 1,300 miles and our feet and legs needed a little break.

As Papa (Jonathan’s dad) likes to say every year without fail, “There will never be another Christmas quite like this one.” He was also famous for saying as we gathered around in a circle for prayer and testimonies of God’s goodness at Thanksgiving, “Take a look around. Some of us may not be here next year.” Papa spoke from years of experience and much wisdom. It was true then and it is true today. Unfortunately, that reality has hit us blindsided in 2013. We lost Mom and Ju within 5 months of one another. I think 2014 has been a bigger reality of JUST EXACTLY what has happened more so than last year. There is something about trauma that tends to take awhile to set in. Those of you who have suffered PTSD can relate to that statement well. Whiplash is another condition that sets in AFTER the initial impact. We are, in a sense, experiencing whiplash.

Missing mom and Julia has seemed more intense lately. Christmas was both of their favorite holidays and Ju was a “giver”, just like MaD. They enjoyed buying for others and then seeing the joy on the faces of the recipient. Certain things are hard: setting the table because NO ONE could compete with mom’s decorating skills; wrapping gifts and adorning then with beautiful ribbons like mom because the joy of giving was also in the packaging; making favorite family dishes like Mac ‘n cheese and sweet potatoes because Ju always joined me in the kitchen to cook the southern dishes that MaD had taught me to make.

I am so extremely proud of the kids who tend to focus on the good times. But, for the first time in quite awhile, Jonathan paused in Toys R Us at the Skylanders. He pointed out a cool new character, but then dropped his head and said he really wasn’t into them anymore. He said the last Christmas we had with Ju she had bought him a special one with her own money. (I remember the trip to Walmart like it was yesterday). She and he would play for hours, especially in the ensuing months when she was too painful to walk and couldn’t navigate the stairs up to his or her room to play. I imagine these thoughts occupy their sweet little heads that have been forced to grow up so fast. They don’t focus on the sadness and stay there long. We recount Ju’s feisty ways and laugh about the trouble she would start.

Our kids were fortunate to receive Secret Santa gifts that were shipped to us. We also were able to do some shopping for them on the sly. It definitely took some creativity to wrap them in a tiny hotel room and hide them in a closet so they could magically appear from Santa! We enjoyed painting ornaments for the tree, decorating dollar store stockings, making homemade crafts as gifts for Jenna’s old school BFF, decorating a gingerbread princess castle and a Mickey Mouse House, decorating a tree, making and decorating homemade cookies and visiting Santa. Jenna was sure that we saw the REAL Santa this year at Bass Pro Shop because he was exceptionally nice, had a real beard AND let out the biggest “HO HO HO” we have ever heard! Even I was convinced with all sincerity!!!

Christmas Eve, we attended church, the kids made reindeer food, wrote Santa letters and put out cookies and milk. We had a hard time convincing Jenna that Santa would still turn around and come even though the Santa tracker said he had already been here! We enjoyed a delicious dinner at an old friends’ house Christmas Eve and apparently we were “late” to bed. Alas, after reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” off the iPhone (thanks to technology), the kids went to sleep-phew!!!

Christmas morning brought magic and glee! We Facetimed family and opened gifts. The kids played with their toys and we managed to cook a hotel meal of homemade lasagna and banana pudding (the vanilla wafers were in honor of Ju). It was a glorious Christmas, one better than we had expected. And we went to sleep reflecting on the day and declaring, “There will never be another Christmas quite like this one.

 

Make-A-Wish at Magic Kingdom – The Herrmann Family

Make-A-Wish at Magic Kingdom – The Herrmann Family

“We saved this until now … Merry Christmas, Cobb Family! We never had the opportunity of meeting your sweet Julia, but we felt her presence on our Make-A-Wish trip in November. I hope seeing your JuCan shirt in front of the castle brings a smile to your face tonight, and I hope Julia is smiling too! Merry Christmas to your sweet family! JuCan, AbbyCan, LoveCan” – Christine Herrmann

Thank you, Christine, for TRULY making our Christmas. The one thing we wanted for Christmas we couldn’t have, but the reminder that Ju’s CAN legacy lives on is enough. Feeling loved:)))

Your picture is exactly where our #Disney2Disney Walk Across America will officially conclude! WE CAN’T WAIT TO GET THERE!! And we hope thousands are walking with us on that day! Thanks for the inspiration.

Tag us with your Magic Kingdom pic (and JuCan shout out) @JuCanFoundation Hashtag(s) #JuCan #Disney2Disney and/or email JuCanDids@Gmail.com
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Day 140: Team #JuCan Delivers 3,000 Toys to MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital

Day 140: Team #JuCan Delivers 3,000 Toys to MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital

A HUGE thank you to Team #JuCan who showed up and showed out BETTER THAN EVER this year for the 3rd Annual JuCan Give Toy Drive! It was an incredible year for toy donations to the MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital and I just know Ju herself had a hand in this!

We went from 300 toy donations our first year with Ju herself, to 3 drop off locations last year (1,000 toys) to this year with 10 drop off locations and an approximate donation of 3,000 TOYS!!!

It was simply incredible to wake up in Colorado Springs to a FaceTime call from Quinn at MD Anderson hauling in truckloads of toys with Team JuCan on-site! Our delivery team consisted of Abacus Plumbing & A/C, Home Depot and Laine Santamaria and it was a bright and early day of drop off at 8:30 AM so that the MD Anderson crew could get them set up in Santa’s Workshop in time for today. TODAY is the day that parents of patients will go shopping in the Workshop and pick out toys for their kids (all free to families). These toys are magically delivered to the childrens’ rooms on Christmas morning from Santa.

HUGE THANK YOUs to our 14 business partners:
Abacus Plumbing & Air Conditioning
Big Ben Tavern
Beaux & Divas Full Service Salon/Boutique, Champions School of Real Estate
Clear Creek Independent School District OT/PT, Creek Cheer
El Bolillo Bakery
Flight Against Breast Cancer
HOAR Construction
Home Depot
Laine Santamaria
Dr. Bob and Tami Prangle
Pearland New Harvest Christian Fellowship
Wells Fargo

Special thanks to Laine Santamaria for coordinating, Home Depot -Porter, Texas (Angela & friends) for making the #BoxROLLS and Abacus Plumbing (Mike & Ritchie) for delivering and picking up the boxes, and Jonathan David Cobb for creating/designing a MAGNIFICENT idea to help families this Christmas.

You helped make this dream for a better Christmas for cancer kids possible and I know that Julia Cobb is smiling down and flapping her wings. If you happen to see a feather fall or experience some unexplained pixie dust, don’t question it. That’s Ju! As for me, I will be looking for it.
#TeamJuCan #JuCanGIVE

#JuCan Give Toy Drive for MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital

#JuCan Give Toy Drive for MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital

#JuCan Give!!!
Ju loved Christmas and she had a HUGE, giving heart! She used to love to make “Santa drops” at the Ronald McDonald House in Houston where we lived for 6 months during cancer treatment. Ju was so self aware and quickly noticed that other children didn’t receive as many gifts as she did. It broke her heart. Ju decided that she would drop her presents on the table and then hide behind the pillar and watch who got it. The point was to give in secret and it made her heart happy to see the joy on the childrens’ faces.

The JuCan Toy Drive is all about giving in secret. Please consider giving to sick children who will not be home for Christmas. These toys will benefit MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, Texas Medical Center and Make-A-Wish.

You can drop off toys at the following locations:

Abacus Plumbing & Air Conditioning
15851 Vickery Dr.
Houston, TX. 77032
713-812-7070

Big Ben Tavern
636 Texas 6 #1000
Sugar Land, TX 77479
832-532-7855

El Bolillo Bakery
2421 S. Wayside Dr.
Houston, TX. 77023
713-921-3500

Beaux and Divas Full Service Salon/Boutique
507 S. Danville St. Suite B Willis, TX 77378
936-856-0700

Champions School of Real Estate
Houston Galleria South location
1001 West Loop South, Suit 205
Houston, TX. 77027
713-629-4543

Champions School of Real Estate
Houston North Campus location
5627 Cypress Creek Pkwy*, suite 100
Houston, TX. 77069
(*formerly FM 1960 West)
281-893-4484

Champions School of Real Estate
Houston West Campus location
Memorial 6 Building
738 Highway 6 South, Suit 150
Houston, TX. 77079

Wells Fargo Bank
830 S. Friendswood Dr.
Friendswood, TX. 77546

Dr. Prangle
281-455-2361 call or text to drop off toys

Toys will be given to children ages birth- 20 years old. iTunes gift cards and restaurant gift cards (McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Pizza Hut) are great gifts for teens.

Gift cards welcome and will go toward the purchase of DVDs, games, art supplies and school supplies at MD Anderson’s Children’s Cancer Hospital.

Please send gift cards ONLY to the following address:
JuCan Foundation
C/O: Laine Santamaria
8826 Willacy Ct.
Houston TX 77064

Thank you for giving cancer kids a great Christmas!!!
#JuCan – WeCan – GODCAN!!!!