Thursday, November 30, 2017

Buckle Up

Six months to graduation. 30 days to her 18th birthday ... 
Let the Month of Georgia begin!!!

She's fundraising until the end of the year, too, so if you'd like to kick off the Month of Georgia by honoring her 18th birthday or her 8th year past diagnosis, click HERE to donate. Thank you!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Attitude of Gratitude

We are especially stocked up on gratitude this Thanksgiving as Georgia continues her quest for world domination and all-around awesomeness. Consider just these latest achievements:

Georgia and the Starfish are still burning up the lanes in swim meets, including most recently at the Aggieland Invitational in College Station, where every girl on the team set a Personal Record in at least one event!

In her very first Youth and Government event, the bill she wrote and presented ("An act penalizing the use of pesticides harmful to Texas bees and other pollinating populations ...") unanimously passed committee and the Senate - and was named THE Outstanding Bill for the District 2 conference. And once again, the Ann Richards Stars swept every category of the awards and have their first-ever nominee for Governor at the state conference!

And THEN, at the national Journalism Education Association conference in Dallas last weekend, she received an Honorable Mention for her editorial cartoon (photo to come!), and the rest of the JFam (journalism family ; )) ran the table on those awards as well!

Georgia still has cards for sale to support the Ann Richards School journalism program, so let us know if you'd like some original Thank You notes! $5 for 4 assorted cards, featuring pictures from her adventures this summer at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

And in between all of these events and obligations, she's earning her highest grades ever and loving every minute of her classes and spending time with her Senior sisters. Her time at Ann Richards has been so wonderful, and we're all looking forward (wistfully, I might add) to more special moments and events to come.

One very special moment came yesterday in the form of Georgia's annual survivorship appointment. All reports were perfect, as we expected, but what we didn't expect was the excellent news that she can continue to be seen at the clinic until she is 22! As grateful as we are for her to be turning 18 next month(!!!), the thought of aging out of our familiar care routine - and leaving our dear care team! - was a lot to swallow, so it was a pleasant surprise to find out that we can stay this course for a while longer.

Finally, as we all give thanks tomorrow, we hope you'll consider giving back on #GivingTuesday, November 28th. As always, we appreciate your support of Georgia and the Peachy Keens on behalf of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, so if you'd like to make a year-end gift in honor of the bravest girl in the land, click HERE.

We wish all of our Friends of Georgia a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

We Go To Eleven

We love Halloween, and we love Stranger Things, so ... all four of us dressed up as Eleven!

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 16, 2017

And Away We Go!

As of Wednesday, Georgia has officially applied to college! Only one school so far, and for the rest, she has supplemental essay questions to complete and her portfolio to gather, but by November 1st, she will be finished with her applications! She may add another school or two after that, but she's really excited about the list she has now and would be very happy at any of them. Such an exciting time!

In other exciting news, the Best Sister in the Land turned 14 on October 1st! Ivy continues to amaze and amuse us, and we just love her so much. We celebrated with the family on her big day, and last weekend, she took her gaggle to the Texas Teen Book Festival, where they enjoyed some author panels, bought and talked books, and WON the costume contest with their excellent depiction of Percy Jackson and fellow demi-god campers from Camp Half-Blood. Happiest Birthday, Ivy Francis!

A Georgia original for the Birthday Girl

We were told that Senior Year was busy, but our girl has been running and gunning pretty much non-stop since school began. Just last week, she had a field trip to an architectural firm, where they were seeking creative input from Georgia and her fellow art students on a new installation project downtown. She was also gifted a press pass for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, so she spent some time on Friday touring behind-the-scenes at the festival and then got to enjoy the music with her friends as well. She was back at it on Sunday with her daddy for the fourth year in a row. Might be a good way to get her home in October next year!

And she's back in the pool for her senior season, with two meets under her belt already. As the captain, she's in charge of warm-ups on Thursday mornings, and now that the team has gone from 8 to 17 this year, it's a pretty big job! We have loved watching Georgia grow as a swimmer, and we're so grateful that she's had such a wonderful team experience. These Ann Richards girls stand by each other through thick and thin and are excellent examples of teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership. We love our STARfish and are looking forward to a great season!

Say it with me now: Just keep swimming!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Action News

It's been a busy, ACTION-filled month!

Georgia and her gaggle joined us for a Back-to-School dinner with their families.
We started this when they were freshman, and now, here we are ...

 Georgia has been loving her time working with The Contemporary Austin's Teen Council - 
she even got her first paycheck!

Both Georgia and Ivy welcomed cousin Claire into the National
Junior Honor Society - these Moore girls are going to rule the world!

And between our Kendra Scott event, Georgia's latest Bald Georgia t-shirt run, and our shave at Fado Irish Pub, we raised over $3,000 for St. Baldrick's and childhood cancer research! Thank you to all of our donors, shavees, and volunteers - it was a great way to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! So was this ...

In one month, she's applying to college.