Visit Rebekah's Page to get updates, read messages and send messages to Rebekah and her family through comments. This is a public "diary" of a family whose little girl started a battle with inoperable cancer in April 2005. In December 2007 our house burned down. And in September 2009 Mommy was diagnosed with a terminal disease (a genetic form of ALS) that took her to Heaven in July, 2011, leaving Daddy and two young girls to make it on their own. Over several years of ups and downs, you will get into our hearts, minds and souls as we share joys and sorrows. It can sometimes be very difficult to read. We hope it is also uplifting. Please find joy in what you read here.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Another Day At King's Island

Sarah gets a big hug from 'Lil Bill (Cosby)

Don't know what all to tell you about today except that it was an emotional day for us, or at least for daddy. Not exactly sure why but after spending two days at King's Island we may not be going back tomorrow (pretty much have worn out the Nickelodeon section and the rest of the park is too "big" for the girls). But leaving there today (and writing this) is kind of sad because it's almost like her wish is over. And I don't want her wishes to end...

Daddy got up early this morning and did some work while all the girls slept in a bit. Once everyone else got up we went to Cracker Barrel (see previous post about restaurants you have to go to because they don't have them out west) for breakfast using the gift certificate that the manager of the hotel got us. Then we went on to the park. When we got there the supervisor of guest relations had Dora doll for us, some Dora Bucks to spend in the park, and helped us get a stroller for the day. All of that was very VERY nice.

We headed off to the rides in the kiddo section and rode most of the same ones from yesterday (added one or two and subtracted a few). Apparently they were having staffing difficulties as only about 1/2 the rides were open at a time. Here are some pictures of the girls enjoying themselves today:

The girls on Swiper's Sweeper, a tiny flat roller coaster that swings you around at either end - they LOVED it and it was probably one of their favorites. It was the only one they went on multiple times in a row yesterday.

Another one of the favorites - the swings.

We got in another Dora Sing-A-Long show today. Actually it was the same one as yesterday but all the better as the girls knew the songs and the answers to the questions. As we were kind of afraid would happen, Rebekah kept saying "Dora come!" We had to explain to her a lot that Dora was really busy with other things and couldn't come today. But many of the staff did recognize us (including some of the on-stage actors) and came over to say hi after the show. During the show they kept waiving at Rebekah but she didn't notice. Word was getting around that there were pictures of them on Rebekah's blog and they wanted more of Rebekah's business cards. One of the most touching things of all was when one of the male staff members came over to daddy and said "Having Rebekah here yesterday made working here this whole season worth it!" Wow. If only there was some way to express to them what they meant to Rebekah. They literally made the wish of all wishes in her young life come true. If you guys are reading this - THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU (honestly written with tears of joy pouring from our eyes!)

This was a Blues Clues ride which Rebekah really liked.

This was the girls showing daddy "sister loves."

The girls "driving."

The girls and daddy on a "drop" ride. This picture was taken before the ride because I am pretty sure only the girls were smiling after...By the way - if you recognize any of the other kids in our pictures DON'T tell them about their pictures here, we don't have a clue who they are nor any releases to post their pictures.

The view from the Eiffel Tower.

YES, they actually have a full scale Eiffel Tower. At least I think the guy said it was full scale. It is over 300 feet tall and has an observation tower at the top. We rode an elevator up and the girls really enjoyed looking out. Rebekah enjoyed it more than Sarah and kept wanting to climb on the fence around the outside of the observation deck. Sarah had a bit of an apprehension and, even though she is normally the climber, she didn't want to get so close to the edge. Our day pretty much ended when we got down to the bottom. Someone stole our stroller. Can you believe someone stealing someone else's stroller, let alone a Make-A-Wish kiddo?! If you believe in Karma that person is REALLY in for it. Rebekah and Sarah had absolute melt-downs because their stroller was gone and there was nothing we could do about it. We carried them to the car and headed for the hotel.

On the way to the hotel we stopped at the last of the "mid west" restaurants that we don't get to visit in Oregon - Whitecastle. Not sure that it is worth explaining now and maybe we will later, but Whitecastle sells 1 oz hamburgers on tiny buns with 2 ozs of onions on them. It's just weird. Here are the girls enjoying their Whitecastle:

Tomorrow we plan on meeting with the local Make-A-Wish people who set this all up for us. It is almost over and, as we started this post, it is sad. THANK YOU again to everyone who has made this happen and thank you too to the rest of you who continue to pray and check up on us.

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At Thursday, May 24, 2007 6:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous Left a thought...

Hi Gang,

Sounds like you are having a pretty good time, sorry to hear about the stroller.

I got to eat at a Whitecastle once upon a time, in Vancouver BC, when we were up visiting my grandparents.

There's lots of American culture that just doesn't make it all the way to the left coast. :)

Hope the rest of your week goes well.


At Friday, May 25, 2007 1:04:00 PM, Blogger My Kid's Mom Left a thought...

Great Pictures!!! It looks like all of you are having so much fun! I'll be seeing you tomorrow!

At Sunday, May 27, 2007 4:45:00 PM, Anonymous Ashley Arent Left a thought...

Hi everyone,

My name is Ashley and I'm the guest relations associate that had the gave Rebekah the Dora doll and Dora dollars that Dora had left for her. I just had to tell you that Rebekah is one of the sweetest little girls I have ever met. She is so full of energy, strong, kind hearted, and made my day better just in the little time I spent with you all. I would also like to apologized for all the issues you experienced at the park, it is not usually like that. I hope your family had a great time despite that issues and I hope that Rebekah loved her wish. I wish you all well and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


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