Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas Update

So, we decided to try something a little different this year. Our Christmas newsletter is posted here. I'd like to think that we are a forward thinking family who is techno-savy and eco-friendly... but the reality is that the fact that I would have one less piece of paper to stuff into our Christmas cards appealed to me too : )

2008 has been a great year for the Bowmans. Keira has gone one entire year without treatments or trips to the ER. We are so blessed. At this point, she is being seen by her oncologist every 3 months for labwork and we have another round of scans in June. If everything checks out ok at that point, she will get to "graduate" from her CT scans - something I'm sure she will be glad to see the last of.

She started pre-school this year 2 days a week. She loves her teacher and her friends. She is really starting to open up and we have seen her become much more at ease around new people. She loves to "read" and can recite many of her favorite books from start to finish. Her favorite question is "Why?", and she has to do everying by herself. We are happy to report she is a very normal 2 year old -who is potty trained - yeah!!!

Erin is still in residency - yes still. Fortunately she gets to work with a great group of people! She keeps busy with her studies and trying to keep up with Keira and when she's not doing that .... what am I saying - that pretty much covers it.

Jason is also the eternal student. He continues to do well in his Doctorate of Ministry program. He is in his 7th year of teaching Bible to high school students - and his seventh set of lesson plans, always striving to make things better. His favorite role is that of Daddy and is quite influential in that role.

Blessings to you all during this wonderful time of year. We pray that you get to spend some sweet time with your families. We are grateful for all the gifts God has given us this year, most importantly the gift of His Son.

We thought the most fun way of capturing this year might be in pictures - so we hope you enjoy the show!

Jason, Erin, and Keira Grace

December 5, 2008 - More results

Keira decided to celebrate her father's birthday this year by going to Children's and having a CT and lots of labwork performed. At the end of the day, it turned out to be a wonderful birthday present as all of her tests gave us good news. Keira continues to look great and so far has not shown any signs of complications from her treatments! We are blessed with this news and look forward to a special Christmas.

Jason, Erin and Keira Grace

About Me

At the age of 10 months, Keira was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma. She has completed 4 rounds of chemotherapy and 2 surgeries. She has had a wonderful response to therapy and now has only a small mass left in her chest.

3/9/2008 - Celebrating one year from diagnosis

Stylin at the Easter Egg Hunt!

2 years and I still love cake!

First trip to the zoo - a great reward after a long day at Childrens!

- and I even got to hold a bird!

I see how long it's taking mommy to get through - I'd better get started now!


First day of school with best friend Ellie

How am I going to stick this landing?

The Fam

Keira's first cake




Daddy & Me

Daddy & Me