Jones Family

Jones Family
November 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Happy Grandparent's Day!

I feel awful to realize that we missed Grandparents' Day yesterday, in that we were clueless it was such a special day! Brayden is very lucky to have Grandparents' surrounding him - great-Grandparents too! We love all of you and are so thankful for the love and support. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to watch your grandson endure so much. But you are all so strong and not once have we heard from you any complaints while you shower Brayden with love and affection, encouragement, prayers! Bryan and I are thankful for each one of you and are so blessed that our son is able to grow while always knowing your love is there for him to fall back on!

We are headed out for Little Rock for a bit. Brayden will have a spinal sedation to inject chemo into his spinal fluid and proceed with his 3rd round of High-Dose Methotrexate. We're praying there are no complications with the sedation and that his spinal fluid remains clear. We're praying he's able to drink enough and stay hydrated to flush everything out quickly. We've been so blessed not to have mouth sores yet (other than a few on his lip the first round) and we're praying that trend continues! Dad will be home and this will be another week with just mom & Brayden so we're praying for safe travels and enough activities to keep him busy, high spirits, and plenty of rest for us both!!!!! Mom is waaaaaaay behind in that department!

The speaking engagement went beautifully while watching others work so hard to raise money for Children's Miracle Network. We were blessed to meet some of the most wonderful people! Some who have followed Brayden's Journey here since the first days. WOW! We are overwhelmed at the kindness and generosity of others and reminded how many good people there truly are! We were so excited to have a night out together! This is (I think) only our 2nd or 3rd night out in nearly 5 months so it was nice to smile and have fun and laugh and yet be so moved at the concern of others, their encouragement and kind words to us. Thank you to Tracy & the Crossmark team for your incredible kindness and for allowing us the privilege to share Brayden's Journey with others and help them to be encouraged that each and every penny for CMN is going to SUCH a good cause. It was so great to meet Ken & his sweet wife, Carrie! Brayden LOVED his gift from you! I took pics and hope to send to you soon. You are such a beautiful family. We are so thankful for your prayers and concern and love you showed our family. Thank you!

Well, gotta get going. I'll continue to update this week from Little Rock on how Brayden progresses. Thank you again for all of your prayers while we press on!


  1. Mrs. Jan WelshenbaughSeptember 14, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    I do believe that every day is a HAPPY Grandparents' day for all of Braden's Grandparents because they are extremely thankful he is alive and doing so well!! As a Grandmother, I know I can state that with certainty!! We love you, Brayden, and we are keeping you in our prayers. We're especially praying for you and your Mom as you head to LR (and for Dad - no doubt tough to stay behind). Keep displaying that beautiful smile as you are lighting up many people's lives when they see that grin on your face!! We're looking forward to a GREAT report!!
    We love you and miss you!
    Mrs. Welshenbaugh (for the W Clan)

  2. Mrs. Jan WelshenbaughSeptember 14, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    WHOOPS!! Sorry to have misspelled your name the first time I quickly typed it . . . I DO know how to spell BRAYDEN!!
    Red-faced, Mrs. W

  3. Awww, no need for apologies, sweetie, cuz even Papa & I didn't know it was Grandparent's Day! lol! Every day we get to have contact with Brayden, (via webcam, or phone, or in person),.....are the happiest days of all for us - (grandparent's day or not)! You all have more important things to keep track of right now, so please don't worry about us! We all love you guys & think we should be celebrating a special "Parent's Day" for everything you two are doing for our precious Brayden!

    With all our love today & every day,

    Papa David & Nini Nett