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CUTE CUTE CUTE photos - I can't stand it! Love you all soooo much :)

Aunt Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Tuesday, November 15, 2005 7:09 PM CST
Good morning everyone,

And to follow the quote from Jana, Ashli's friend....here's another one to help those folks in our lives who are facing tremendous personal challenges right now...our love, prayers, and full hearts are with you...from Florida to Texas to California....we're thinking of you today.

Harold Kushner said it best: "People who pray for courage, for strength to bear the UNbearable, for the grace to remember what they have left instead of what they have lost, very often find their prayers answered. They discover that they have more strength, more courage than they ever knew themselves to have."

God bless you all and I hope you will be given the strength and courage you need to face this day.


Terri aka Teetay:) Mrs. M/T Mat

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va usa - Tuesday, November 15, 2005 7:37 AM CST
A quote came across my email this morning from a friend who is facing some pretty tough times right now -- Jana, my friend whose fiance passed away in August, one week before thier wedding... And I just had to post it here today. Many of you will understand WHY! :)

"The Friend who holds your hand and says the wrong
thing is made of dearer stuff that the one who stays
-Barbara Kingsolver

Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Tuesday, November 15, 2005 7:22 AM CST
Happy Monday, everyone! For those people who mocked me weeks ago when I wanted to put up my holiday lights I just wanted to let you know that since I have NOT done it yet, we are expecting 8 inches of snow tomorrow!!!!!! We can't complain because after all, it is mid-November in Minnesota. So, it looks like I am going to start working on my new in-laws and will try to convince my father-in-law that he should help up with the lights next weekend. I would rather stay inside and bake cookies :):)

We are counting down the days until we are with family. Have a great week!!!!!
Love you lots!!!

PS - Terri, you had me in tears as I remembered your parents too. The stained glass in your house is what I remember most but I also remember how beautiful your tree always looked and how many precious ornaments you had. I hope someday to have hundreds of "ornaments made with love" hanging from my tree as well. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane.

Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Monday, November 14, 2005 1:52 PM CST
Just wanted to write and say that the new pictures are just adorable! I have been a little crazy here with the stationery business (I am definitly in Christmas mode!) and Jack and Will's birthdays 3 weeks apart. I have not had much down time and I manage to crawl into bed around midnight every night! Just wanted you to know that I check in on little Ally all the time, but I sometimes am too crazed to post. Wishing you all a wonderful week and safe travels for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Sunday, November 13, 2005 9:53 PM CST
Good Sunday morning everyone!

I am continuing to 'deck the halls' with Christmas decor between little 'trips down memory lane'....you see, my Mother LOVED Christmas! She loved "thinking about Christmas, planning for Christmas, looking at catalogs and ads to find just the perfect gifts for her family, and to savor the decorations in her various houses/apartments" over many years. One year ago this weekend we traveled to Atlanta to visit Mother in her 'new digs'...a beautiful assisted-living establishment appropriately called "Southern Plantation." Ashli took Tom to "meet her grandmother" two weeks after they became engaged! During the weekend we 'decorated' Mother's apartment with all of her beloved Christmas decorations - - many of them acquired over many years. Everyone on Mother's hall came by to "see her Christmas" house and to enjoy the lighted churches she so coveted, and the dancing Santa singing Jingle Bell Rock...the lights on the tree flickered as did the ones in her eyes as she 'saw Christmas come to her' once more time. That was Mother's last Christmas on earth. However, as I've retrieved many of my decorations from the packed up tubs over the past two days, I know my mother is somehow 'both smiling and laughing' at me as I take out the 'torn and tattered' decorations from over so many years and have myself a good old-fashioned cry! The first song I heard on the radio this morning was "Silent Night"...so that started my waterworks - - - in between, I've found every hand-stitched holiday runner Mother made...every ceramic humming angel...every stuffed snowman and Santa....SO MANY MEMORIES over so many holidays shared with my Mother and Daddy....they are cuddled in these memories and will help warm our hearts again this holiday season from their vantage point in Heaven. And just so I "know they're here" I am going to PLUG in this 'annoying bird-sounds-bird they gave us about 30 years ago....we used to point to the dove on the tree and tell Kristin and Ashli that the DOVE was making all the bird sounds....after Kristin and Ashli got older and figured out it was NOT that bird, we would RELAX the bird-sound-usage! TODAY I think I WANT to hear those bird sounds!! So, chirp-chir-warble-warble-squawk-cheep....here we go!

Have a beautiful Sunday wherever you and whatever you are doing and know that Christmas is beginning to come alive in our household----complete with BIRD sounds!

Love to all and thanks for indulging me a moment down memory lane. It is a good road to travel! :)Remembering so many loved ones today!!!

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, v usa - Sunday, November 13, 2005 8:29 AM CST
Morgan..I made an oops! Wear that silver skirt with your cowboy jersey on Monday! Forgot the boys aren't playing today!!! Happy Sunday!! Hugs...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Sunday, November 13, 2005 7:40 AM CST
Happy Saturday everyone! I have accomplished alot today along with my hubby right by my side with his honey-do list! We finished painting the playroom, but are still arguing over the color I want for our bedroom! I also attended my very FIRST YOGA class today!! A friend of mine in the neighborhood is working on her certification and is doing free yoga classes. Thankfully, I had some other mommy friends there that had never tried yoga either! I was afraid that Nina was going to twist me up like a pretzel and I would not be able to get out of it!OUCH!! Maybe next time I will be able to stand on my head! HA! Love the new photos Kristin!! Morgan you sure are stylin' with that silver skirt! Ask your mommy to let you wear it tomorrow with your Dallas cowboy jersey!! Then you will really look HOT! Well, I must go nap...Nina told us all to take a 20 minute nap when we got home! I like that part! Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, November 12, 2005 1:44 PM CST
Good Saturday Morning to everyone!!!

And, Santa's cutest 'elf-angel' has put the biggest smile on my face this morning....for.....YOU SEE...WE ARE PUTTING UP CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and DECORATING this weekend!!! (see what you started Aims???) It is actually a LOGICAL "move" on our part since we are going to be away for a week at Thanksgiving (guess where??? Sandy beaches of ???? what state????) and then again during the Christmas break, so THIS WEEKEND IS IT! Not sure if I will "brighten the corner" with the big TURN ON OF LIGHTS yet, but I'll be READY when we return from CA and Turkey Day! So, to SEE the little holiday spirits on this website really put me in the MOOD! Geep is organizing and setting up the TREE as I type...(yes, we have for the FIRST time in 35 Christmases 'together' succumbed to an artificial tree...I hope I don't hate it, but it is practical and has 1500 lights to shine!!)....my job is to get everything out and place it on the 'correct' floor so that when Ash arrives tomorrow she can BEGIN her 'elf work' by helping me! We haven't decorated the inside of the house in the past two years since we travel every year and I've missed my decorations. The last time we decorated my Mom was with us for six weeks and she so enjoyed sitting in the living room looking at the tree while she wrapped Christmas presents 'for me' while I was at school. I am sure I will shed some tears this morning as I retrieve many of the Christmas decorations that Mother made and gave over many years. I also have some 'handpainted' decorations that my Dad created over many years. Then, there will be THAT "Santa Claus toliet paper roll" Ashli made when she was five! And, not to forget the "Hello Kitty bandaid" ornament the girls used to fight over putting on the tree. Yes, there is quite an assortment of 'items' that all spell LOVE and FAMILY and many moments of togetherness centered around the birthday of Jesus. Such blessings abound!! :)

I completely AGREE in the most OBJECTIVE way that the smiling Kelso family is a beautiful one!!! I love the preview of what's to come!!!

And I cannot wait to see Ash and TG's 'first Christmas house'....and the UNveiling of the 'new basement' in their house down the street!!!

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend...we are in wedding mode AGAIN this weeked - we're going to witness a former student of mine getting married! I would never have thought in a million years that I would be attending the weddings of former students...very best wishes to Emily and Trent on this special day!

Geep and I got our flu shots EARLY this morning, so we will be GERM FREE when we are around Allyson and Morgan!! Cannot wait to see them in person! Only 9 more days!!

Off to do 'tree work'...and I promise you, Aimee, that I will not turn on my lights until YOU DO!!! Like the song says..."We need a little Christmas....right this very minute...." JOY!!! : )

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Saturday, November 12, 2005 9:07 AM CST
And for all those with Christmas fever, including me who's catching the bug, perhaps this is why we anticipate the spirit of such a joyous season that actually lives in us all year long..... This one's for YOU, eager Christmas beavers! :)

"Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today's Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday.:"
--Gladys Tabor

I love, love, love that quote -- and it means more to me and my family this year more than EVER! :)

Quote Lady... need you ask who?! <auntash@ilovespecialquotes.com>
North Pole, COLD.... - Saturday, November 12, 2005 8:21 AM CST
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! That IS one fine lookin' family - thanks for the Christmas preview!!! And Al, you little stinker with that s*** eating grin -- I think we're in for quite a ride with you, Miss "Thang"! :) And of course I think that snazzy silver(!!) skirt of Morgy-lu's is top notch - it's HOT, Morgan! (Make sure Mommy says "it's HOT" in the right voice for you MAK! ;)

Hope you all have a great weekend and as I book my December travel plans, I CANNOT WAIT to see you all!! What a wonderful bday #1 and Christmas it will be just to be together and celebrating the "year that was.... 2005!" It has been a ride, to say the least, and I have been so glad to be at your sides, have you at mine and look forward to a super year of fun stuff, continued Ally progress and family time!

I have already raked this morning and discovered we still have a front yard.... TG and Dad-in-Law are back at work in the basement apartment, I am headed there to clean... then tomorrow, it's of to Teetay & Geep's to assist with (DRUM ROLL FOR AIMEE, PLEASE...........) CHRISTMAS decorations!!!!!!!! :) I am looking forward to retriving all my holiday gear as well and trying to figure out what/where/how to decorate for my "first official married person Christmas in a new house - not new but new to me I mean. Fun, fun!

Lots of love and big hugs to you all!

PS - Morg - How did your tea party turn out yesterday???

PPS - Miss Michela Calhoun was ALL about you little gals (and parents, too!) last night at dinner, and already excited to meet you at SARFA 2006! Yes, I am already planning -- what did you expect?!

Aunt Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Saturday, November 12, 2005 8:16 AM CST
Holly silver skirts!!!!! Morgan, you look so beautiful that I can hardly contain my smiles! Kristin, you made my morning by starting the Christmas theme.....I STILL have not hung the lights (aren't you proud of me?). Yesterday we hit record highs for MN of 65 degrees in NOVEMBER but the forecast for Tuesday is 30 and snow. I had better get off my lazy butt this weekend and get those lights up for sure.

Your family portrait looks awesome too. I can't wait to see the rest of the photo shoot. I am glad to hear that Ally is on the mend too. Mommy intuition is ALWAYS right! Maybe she will be crawling any day now too.

Well, I have to jump in the shower before taking Tyler to Karate (you know how bad my hair looks in the morning - hee hee). Have a wonderful weekend!

TONS OF HUGS!!!!!!!!!

Aims <itsalmostxmastime@gottahangthelights.com>
EP, MN - Saturday, November 12, 2005 6:56 AM CST
Maddie Rainwater...YOU ROCK..TEETAY 'said so'...so there.
Thank you so much for wearing Allyon's bracelet..it MEANS.."RALLY for ALLY"..and THAT means we are "pulling for Ally on all of her surgeries and medical appointments in the future"...
Thank YOU , M.Rainwaer, for writing, but most of all for caring.

We love you all,

Terri aka Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Friday, November 11, 2005 9:17 PM CST
Dear Allyson...I like your pictures. I like to look at them. My mom got one of your blue bracelets that Teetay sent her. She let me wear it the other day so that I could show my friends. Mom said that you are almost a year old. When is your birthday? You are very cute....Madeline Rainwater
Madeline Rainwater <iluvgymnastics@backflips.com>
- Friday, November 11, 2005 7:54 PM CST
Happy Veteran's Day to everyone! This is a special message to the veterans in our lives we have known and loved....THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE to our country.

Special tribute to the flying men in blue (USAF)....Geep aka Jerry Matus....Big John aka John McKay...Fritz aka F.D. Washburn....Gordie/Dazzle aka Gordon Cook...
This is for you who served your country during the Vietnam era and thereafter....

"Oh I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings...Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth...of sunsplit clouds and done a hundred things you have not dreamd of...Wheeled and soared and swing high inthe sunlit silence hovering there...I've chased the shouting wind along through footless halls of air and flung my eager craft UP,UP the long delirious burning blue. I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace where never lark or even eagle flew...and while with silent easy step I've trod...the HIGH untrespassed sanctity of space lift up my hand...and touched the face of God." John Gillespie Magee, Jr.(High Flight)

And to the veterans in our life who were US Army - Uncle Loren aka Loren D. Pugh, Terry aka Terry Smith, Pat aka Pat Siemon...thank you for your service to our country.

Special thanks to our US Coast Guard friend...Jon aka Jon Peterson...and to Kirk aka Kirk Peterson, USAF, Jon's son and my former student.

And to the many current US Navy aviators...especially my son in law, Mark...twin bro' Glenn...and 'adopted' son, Josh....thank you for your contribution to our country in keeping the peace.

And, very special memories of my Dad, BE Grant, who served in World War II and as a photographer became the 'eyes' over Europe with his many picture accounts of the war. Also, a special tribute to Uncle Nobby aka Norbert Tasler, age 93, who not only served in World War II but was captured and spent time in a concentration camp. God bless both these men who served so long ago.

If you know a veteran, or even if you don't, please reflect tomorrow on the sacrifices military families make for all of us in order that our world might be a safer place.

I am proud to know and to have known everyone mentioned in this message...there are many, many others that I did not mention. A nation is grateful for your service. And, you have my personal gratitude. I'm proud of each one of you for the efforts you made in making our world a better place.

Thank you all, and God bless your lives.

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :)

There are many children related to these veterans who have much for which to be proud. May their legacies continue with great pride.

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Thursday, November 10, 2005 7:20 PM CST
Morgan...I think your mama must still be under the weather and just didn't realize that she put the WRONG jersey on you the other day! I do love those cute braids on you though...you look like Dorothy from The Wizard of OZ! I am almost done with my painting project with the exception of our bedroom. Greg and I cannot agree on a color. I have about four different kinds of green on my bedroom wall....not very romantic! I want olive green and Greg thinks it will look too dark. There was one color that we agreed we DIDN'T like...it looked like baby poop so that one was a definite...NO!!! I have also been busy helping to plan the Thanksgiving feast at the boys school. Camden and Grant suggested that we eat what they served on A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving...popcorn, jellybeans, toast, pretzel sticks and coke floats...works for me!!! I can't believe that Thanklsgiving is right around the corner. I love Thanksgiving because I like looking back on our year and seeing how God has blessed our family. Even though this has been a difficult year for us, we have much to be thankful for...especially Greg's health. We have also lost some dear friends and relatives this year as well, but I am so grateful for the privilege of knowing these special people and how much they influenced my life in their own unique way. I am also thankful for the special memories I will carry with me forever. Well, my hubby just got home from working in Houston the last 3 days so I need to go give him a squeeze and then try to convince him that olive green will look good in our bedroom! Hugs from the state that NEVER wears BURGUNDY.....Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Wednesday, November 9, 2005 9:31 PM CST
Dare I saw you look awfully CUTE in those photos, Morgy-lu-lu!! I still hate the color and years down the road you will learn that burgundy is just not becoming ;) however, I can't deny that you are the cutest patootie around - tied with Miss Al in her stunning BLUE! (At least this family can agree on ONE color - despite the 3 different teams it represents!!). You all are so cute and fun to see in these "fall" photos. HUGS to you all and talk to you later !! Love you!! xoxoxoxo
Aunt Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Tuesday, November 8, 2005 7:34 AM CST
Hi, California Family! Loved the new pictures and just read the journal updates on Allyson. You're really doing quite well, sweetie, and we're proud of you! Morgan, you are a doll! You smile at that camera and it smiles right back at you! Not much news here except some yukky bugs going through the family - strep and stomach flu, etc. It's been so hot here - was 80 today, a new record for this time of year. I am looking forward to some cold weather and maybe a freeze - this dry warm weather seems to be incubating viruses and bacteria! I have alerted all our praying folks regarding Allyson's November 17 surgery, and you can be certain many prayers are being said for her and all of you. Much love to everyone! Hugs, Aunt Grammy
Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Monday, November 7, 2005 5:58 PM CST
Wow, Ally and Morgan!!! Great to see you in the right outfits, for once!!! Morgan, burgundy becomes you much more than gray!! And Ally , you look good in anything, especially when it says Virginia. You southern Californians have more fall color than we do here on the coast in North Carolina. At least our crape myrtles are beginning to show come color, but it is the 80s today so it is hard to even think about autumn. I am itching to wear sweaters and sweatshirts soon. I saw Jeffery and Crystal on Saturday and Jeffery is feeling better, thanks to all your prayers. But we have to continue to pray that he gets an appetite because he needs to put on some pounds. Lucky boy! I wish there was a way I could give him plenty of my extra ones! Love to all!
Lydia Kelso a.k.a. Grandma kelso <lkelso@ec.rr.com>
Southport, NC - Monday, November 7, 2005 11:33 AM CST
Ally, can you say "Wa-hoo-wa, wa-hoo-wa, U-NI-V-Vir-Gin-i-a???" Well, maybe not as you are still working on mama and dada. That's ok though because mommy and daddy will teach you that! You made me get all nostalgic when I saw you in your UVA garb. :)

Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. We did not do much - except laundry! Our new washer and dryer arrived on Saturday and we put it to the test with 6 loads. The technology is AMAZING!!!!! Our washer actually "talks" to the dryer via a computer cord - very cool! Tyler needed a new winter coat so we took care of that too. Even though the weather in Minny has been truly wonderful for October/November, we know we are just getting TEASED and are bracing for the first snow fall. So far there is no snow in sight so we are enjoying the leaves!!!!

Have a great week of being appointment free. Ally, you can spend your "free-time" working on getting that darn shoe! Baby steps, little one, baby steps!!

Big hugs from Minnesota!

Aimee, Jim and Tyler <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Monday, November 7, 2005 9:42 AM CST
Greetings to all the "morning after" the big foot-ball rivalry between the REDSKINS and the EAGLES!!! We munched on brisket, chili, and homemade Italian meatballs (made by me!) before the game, and enjoyed meeting some more of TG's friends from PA! Once inside the stadium the usual questions kept coming up to Geep (who always wears his Cowboy team gear) ..."Well, er uh, who are you for in this game?" He evaded the questions beautifully as we intently watched the game! Redskins did 'hail' - - - and I know Mark was thrilled...wish you had been with us in the stadium to see it in person!!I think the Eagles' folks were still so upset over the 'drama' of the past week that the 'loss' was just another low moment in their team's unruly week. You know what I say..."On any given Sunday...someone will win...and someone will not..."

All in all, it was a beautiful day for football or just about anything else you wanted to do...warms temps, good food, nice folks, and the end to a rather busy but fun-filled weekend for us. It was fun being around Ash and TG...haven't seen them in awhile with busy-craziness-new job-basement-construction-etc. and it was good to catch up with them! And to see TG's "Big Ten beard"...quite a sight!!! :)

Back to WORK today...it is not called a "Teacher Workday" for nothing! Grades, planning, preparation, and MORE than a 20 minute 'lunch' are in store for today. Teachers get very excited when we go out for lunch...such a treat!

And, do those faces of the little people on this website get any cuter??? Allyson's engaging smile just grabs my heart! And, then there is the "twisted hair girl" and her coyness! So funny that she says "Dallas-Redskins-Redskins-Dallas"....maybe Morgan is working on 'being a politician of sorts??? Ya think??? She'll have to throw an "Eagle" in when Uncle Tommie is around! Ah...the fun of being a sports' fan!!! :)

Two weeks from today I will see Allyson CRAWLING (maybe?) and Morgan twirling around in the leaves!!! I love the focus of having that "date" in front of me!!!

Love to all...happy WEEK to everyone! Continuing thoughts and prayers to those of you out there facing multiple challenges and working to find peace in your lives. WE love you all and care about your happines. As "Cool Kid" said on this website recently..."you have to catch it yourselves"...so go out and CATCH some happiness today!!! (I wonder if that is how the Redskins felt last night?? CATCHING happiness in the form of a little ball???) Such thoughts for pondering...(but don't spend too much time on that one! :)

Love to all and a happy week ahead....special hugs to Darren, Jeffery, Elaine K., the Crandalls/McKays/Rainwater families...we are thinking of you.

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/TMat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Monday, November 7, 2005 9:29 AM CST
Greetings to all the "morning after" the big foot-ball rivalry between the REDSKINS and the EAGLES!!! We munched on brisket, chili, and homemade Italian meatballs (made by me!) before the game, and enjoyed meeting some more of TG's friends from PA! Once inside the stadium the usual questions kept coming up to Geep (who always wears his Cowboy team gear) ..."Well, er uh, who are you for in this game?" He evaded the questions beautifully as we intently watched the game! Redskins did 'hail' - - - and I know Mark was thrilled...wish you had been with us in the stadium to see it in person!!I think the Eagles' folks were still so upset over the 'drama' of the past week that the 'loss' was just another low moment in their team's unruly week. You know what I say..."On any given Sunday...someone will win...and someone will not..."

All in all, it was a beautiful day for football or just about anything else you wanted to do...warms temps, good food, nice folks, and the end to a rather busy but fun-filled weekend for us. It was fun being around Ash and TG...haven't seen them in awhile with busy-craziness-new job-basement-construction-etc. and it was good to catch up with them! And to see TG's "Big Ten beard"...quite a sight!!! :)

Back to WORK today...it is not called a "Teacher Workday" for nothing! Grades, planning, preparation, and MORE than a 20 minute 'lunch' are in store for today. Teachers get very excited when we go out for lunch...such a treat!

And, do those faces of the little people on this website get any cuter??? Allyson's engaging smile just grabs my heart! And, then there is the "twisted hair girl" and her coyness! So funny that she says "Dallas-Redskins-Redskins-Dallas"....maybe Morgan is working on 'being a politician of sorts??? Ya think??? She'll have to throw an "Eagle" in when Uncle Tommie is around! Ah...the fun of being a sports' fan!!! :)

Two weeks from today I will see Allyson CRAWLING (maybe?) and Morgan twirling around in the leaves!!! I love the focus of having that "date" in front of me!!!

Love to all...happy WEEK to everyone! Continuing thoughts and prayers to those of you out there facing multiple challenges and working to find peace in your lives. WE love you all and care about your happines. As "Cool Kid" said on this website recently..."you have to catch it yourselves"...so go out and CATCH some happiness today!!! (I wonder if that is how the Redskins felt last night?? CATCHING happiness in the form of a little ball???) Such thoughts for pondering...(but don't spend too much time on that one! :)

Love to all and a happy week ahead....special hugs to Darren, Jeffery, Elaine K., the Crandalls/McKays/Rainwater families...we are thinking of you.

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/TMat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Monday, November 7, 2005 9:29 AM CST
HI Peeps! Love the new "action" shots of Miss Al-Pal! Get that shoe, darnit! You show them.. I mean "us" that YOU CAN AND WILL DO IT! Mommy's assistance is just fine, too - we all need a little boost now and again until we can do it on our own. I am so proud of your achievements and milestones, Ally. There is no such thing as a "small moment"... What you and your family do every single day is an accomplishment and admirable. We can all continue to learn from you and the achievements, and struggles, you face on your journey called LIFE. I am just so happy to be a part of it, and counting the days til I see you on the big NUMERO UNO bday and some Santa-Christmas cheer. Hooray!!

Hope you all are having a great weekend. We\'re experiencing the beautiful CA-e\sque fall weather and looking forward to to a fun Eagles-Skins game tonight (why am I agoign again?!?! Oh yeah, Boys have a bye-week and I don't miss an opportunity for a great tailgate :)

Lots of love and hugs to you all! Chat later!! xoxoxox

Aunt Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Sunday, November 6, 2005 10:42 AM CST
Happy Sunday to all!

What a glorious 'fall day' it is in No. VA!! We've just returned from a fantastic 'wedding weekend' in historic Williamsburg reuniting with OLD FRIENDS whose daughter we've watched 'grow up' literally...since age 5!! Her wedding was a beautiful combination of tradition, spirit, and fun!!! I think celebrating weddings together makes us all realize what an important "moment in time" that really is for families and friends. I know that was our recent experience with Ash and TG, and I felt it again this weekend celebrating with Brooke and Marc. Best wishes to those newlyweds as they travel to London today to honeymoon!

And, to come home and find Allyson's smiling/and crying face working her way toward her "shoe" just made me smile even more! Only 15 more days and I'll see her perhaps CRAWLING ALL THE WAY TO HER SHOE!!

Thanks for my "formers" for writing on this site...I love the quote from Cool Kid...I could not agree more..."One must CATCH his/her own happiness." Thank you both for your kind words and continued love and support of Allyson and all of us. We, too, have 'caught' our happiness from you and many others, and we are grateful for your presence.

There's a big "rivalry" IN THE TOWN tonight...the Philly EAGLES come to town to "rumble" with the Redksins! We are tailgating with Tom and Ashli and "some of the Philly gang" pre-game...and ironically, none of our Redskin 'buddies' are coming to the game, so it will be Dallas Cowboy fans x"2" with the Eagles folks x "5" if I'm counting correctly! A cold front is supposed to bring in high winds and rain, so we are preparing for all types of elements. Right now, it is 70 degrees and SUNNY, but DC weather has been known to change in a snap!

Wishing you all a beautiful day, and if you are a sports' fan may everyone reap happiness over your teams today!

And, as Morgan would say..."What was the BEST part of the wedding, Teetay?" I would say..."Watching Steve and Brooke do the TWIST as their father/daughter dance..."....it was spectacular!!! :) The 'next best part' might have been watching the Senior-citizen-ministers (husband and wife team) stay til the very end of the reception also 'dancing up a storm'....The Methodists were "rocking" in Williamsburg!! Such a glad time for all!

With love to all, and continued prayers for Darren and Jeffery for complete recoveries and big smiles very soon!!!

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Sunday, November 6, 2005 10:18 AM CST
Hi everyone! The home page picture is just too adorable. Ally- That smile is to die for. You always bring a smile to my face. For someone who has only been on Earth for 11 months, you have broughten joy to so many. Keep it up...getting to that shoe will get easier and easier. I know you can do it! Continued thought s and prayers are with you.- Elizabeth Hellman
Elizabeth Hellman (Former 5th period student) <dancer3191@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA United States - Saturday, November 5, 2005 7:43 PM CST
Miss Ally...I have missed that cute little face. It has been another rough week for us. I am so thankful that God walks beside me each day to give me the strength to get through the day. Ally, I am so happy that you are getting good news from your doctors! I can't wait until your mommy posts pictures of you crawling around on all fours! I showed Madeline your pictures in the Halloween costumes. She thinks that you and Catherine Crandell are the cutest babies in the whole U.S.of A.!!! I agree! Hope you have a fun weekend. Hugs from Texas....Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Friday, November 4, 2005 8:01 PM CST
Hey everyone! I decided to post as well. It looks like everyone had a great Halloween. I know I did. I can't believe how much improvement Ally has made. She'll be crawling in no time! I recently found this quote and thought I'd share it with you: "The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself." -Benjamin Franklin
I think I've caught my happiness from this website and wonderful family. Keep up all your hard work because Ally looks great!!! Keeping you in our prayers!

-Christina :)

Christina Knippler (Mrs. Matus' former 5th period student) <acoolkid15@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA - Friday, November 4, 2005 2:16 PM CST
And what good news about Allyson's new feeding schedule!!! Whahooooo!!!! That sounds like a step forward in her "becoming hungry" as opposed to "trying out the food"...so much to learn still, and so much has been learned. Yes, to DITTO what Kristin wrote in the journal...what an incredible journey this past year. Thank you to EVERYONE 'out there' who has cared about us, prayed with/for us, and has allowed us to laugh and cry...that is the JOURNEY of strength and we value you as friends and supporters. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And, we know there is going to be 'continuing work to do'...for Allyson, for Darren, for Zemery, and for Jeffery...and for many others facing the challenges of EEC or some other form of Ectodermal Dysplasia. Thank you for being part of our journey and our education.

And, I cannot say it ENOUGH...thank you to Kristin, Mark, and even Morgan for being the FAMILY that Allyson is blessed to have. There is a plan and we are all part of it.

Love to all, and continued prayers for all the "little people" facing challenges. They are our standard. Let's be the grownups they need.

Terri aka Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Thursday, November 3, 2005 8:50 PM CST
Crystal, Jeffery and Family -- We're thinking of you!!! Hang in there Jeffrey, and get well SOON. You are in the thoughts and hearts of so many :)

Hi to the rest to the gang out there in Ally-land! Lots of love and hugs to you sweet nieces - I am counting the days until I see you (which is NOT soon enough - waahhhhhh!).

It has been a while since I shared a good quote, and since there are so many facing personal challenges these days - mentally and physically - and working through some personal pain (especially you little kiddos, Darren & Jeffrey!), I wanted to share this with you:

“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.”
~Henry Ford

I wish you all a happy weekend ahead! Fighting a terrible cold, I am laying low while TG heads to PSU (another huge Big 10 game!). I have plenty of new work stuff to learn and absorb so it will be a nice quiet, WARM, weekend. That and I need to get well for this Sunday's big game (Skins-Eagles... I know, I could care less!) with TG, Teets, Geep and lots of friends. Tailgate, here I come :)

Hugs to you all - especially my CA girls and boy! xoxox

Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Thursday, November 3, 2005 8:41 PM CST
For Jeffery, Crystal,and the whole family....you are right at the top of the list. I hope and will pray that this is just a minor 'setback' for Jeffery and that he will be 100% in the very near future! There is so much love and support on Allyson's website that I know we can reach out to Jeffery. "Maria"...aka Lydia...please let the Register family know they are in our thoughts. And, I hope to see you soon!

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Thursday, November 3, 2005 7:03 PM CST
Greetings to all from sunny and warm North Carolina!! Fall arrived and then left us and reverted back to summer for a while so we enjoy it while we can. I am writing to ask help from all you prayer warriors out there, and there are lots of you, as we all know!! Jeffery Register, a 6 or 7 year old with EEC who lives here in Southport and is member of our church, needs your prayers at this moment. His mom, Crystal, frequently writes on this site and has been so supportive of our whole family. Jeffery has come down with bronchitis and had to go to the Emergency Room this morning. His family is so worried that it will develop into pneumonia again. He had a very difficult time with pneumonia when he was 3 and we need all your prayers to restore him to good health. He doesn't want to eat and has lost weight, which he can't afford to do. So please keep Jeffery in your prayers, and his mom and dad, Crystal and Jeff, too. Thanks. Lydia Kelso
Lydia Kelso a.k.a . Grandma Kelso <lkelso@ec.rr.com>
Southport, NC - Thursday, November 3, 2005 6:40 PM CST
Elizabeth...you make my heart full. Thank you so much for writing. I have been wondering about "my high school folks" and it makes me happy to hear from you. Know that "this year" is NOT the same without you, and I miss you "all" very much. Stay in touch.

Mrs. M/TMat:)
also, Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Wednesday, November 2, 2005 6:27 PM CST
Hi everyone! It's been a while since I last wrote, but have been checking the site everyday. The Halloween costumes are too cute! Hope everyone had a happy Halloween. I'm glad everything is going well with Allyson. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.- Elizabeth Hellman (Mrs. Matus's former student)
Elizabeth Hellman <dancer3191@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA United States - Wednesday, November 2, 2005 2:06 PM CST
What an absolute JOY to see the SleepingBeauty/Cow pictures!!! I especially love the one where Allyson appears to be mesmerized by the 'moving cat'...of course, I KNOW where the CAT (you cannot see him, but he is beside the kick-a carved pumpkin to the right!) resides!!! (The CAT has moving parts!)...How adorable is the "cow"...glad it was cool enough for Allyson to have a costume-change! Hugs to both the little 'treaters' in your life...they give endless TREATS to all who know them!

And, God bless us everyone...now, ONTO the NEXT SEASON..."gobble, gobble, gobble...." (reminder for No. 1 girl ONLY!)...and then, it is all about "Deck the Halls"....fahlahlahlahlah.....!!!

Love to all and a happy Wednesday to everyone!
Terri aka Teetay :)

terrimatus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Wednesday, November 2, 2005 7:03 AM CST
Hello to all the children who could not sleep because they were on a sugar high :):):)

I just had to write to tell you a funny out-of-the-mouth-of-babes story. Yesterday, Tyler had his Halloween parade at school. After the parade was over we were walking to the car. I asked him how his day was and that I wanted to know one thing he learned today. So, here is his reply....and I QUOTE......"Well, I learned I could save $15 on my car insurance through Geico." I almost died right there in the parking lot!!! He then proceeded to tell me "I watch too much TV, don't I?" TOO FUNNY not to share!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a great day!

Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Tuesday, November 1, 2005 9:43 AM CST
And to all the little goblins, a hearty goodnight...to the California PEEPS who are too "cute to puke"...and to the Atlanta nieces/nephews who are celebrating H-ween "GA style"...(thanks so much to Taylor for my note!)...and to the Philly "kiddos" who must be trick or treating for meatbals, right?? And, to the Hynes in CA with Elena's first H-ween event..and to the Crandalls and the Rainwaters ..and to Spencer in GA...how fun is this, right???

Love and hugs and many pumpkin thrills to all of you~!!

Halloween should just be FUN! Period, bottom line.

Love to all..and to the CA "pumpkin girls"...such a big WOW a your costumes and your smiles. Thank you.

Terri aka Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Monday, October 31, 2005 9:48 PM CST
TOO FREAKIN' CUTE!!!! Happy Halloween, special little friends! You girls are precious and I know you have had so much fun on your super-fun day!

I love you lots, Minnie and Fairy/Sleeping B/Cinderella, etc etc!! :) xoxoxoxo

Aunt Ashli & Uncle Tommy <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Monday, October 31, 2005 8:08 PM CST
Hello Little Miss Mini-Minnie! How cute you are! Disneyland may have to recruit her. I'm writing this at school (shh! don't tell) because I've tried to write from home two times recently on AOL, and it wouldn't go through either time. But, I've been reading and enjoying the updates of Ally's rapid and impressive progress. I especially enjoyed her new portraits as the centerpiece of Teetay's dinner gathering on Friday evening. Adorable is an understatement! Have a wonderful, funny, scary, and happy Halloween!
Theresa Cover <tesscover@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA - Monday, October 31, 2005 7:50 AM CST
Happy Halloween to all the little goblins out there in website-world! And, a special Happy Halloween to the cutest "Minnie" and er, uh, Cinderella/Fairytopia/SleepingBeeauty girl on the Pacfic coast!!! What adorable 'shots' of Allyson just 'doing her thing'...the crawling efforts are just about to turn your house upside down, right???? It won't be long now...and "Katie-bar-the-door" as THEY say! (well, somebody said it!!) :)!!! Love the sippy cup photo...the progress Allyson is making is astounding thanks to you and Mark and big sister, Morgan!! I am so very proud to be part of your family.

Have a wonderful day everyone...it is "scary hair day" at my school...and I came in "looking the same old way"...well...IT SCARES ME!!! :) Can't wait to see the little ghosts and ghouls and "princesses" and "minnies" at my door tonight. I'm ARMED with tons of candy and a special "liquid" for my neighbors who always stop by with their ADULT HANDS OUT! :)

Enjoy the festivities of this day!

Love to all and happy WEEK of fun!

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, VA usa - Monday, October 31, 2005 7:16 AM CST
YEAH Darren!! I have been thinking of you and your family these past few days, and I am glad you are home and doing well, little buddy! Big HUGS to you :))

Hi everyone else out there in Ally-land! Hope you all have had a great weekend, wherever you are! We had yet another winning day at PSU and enjoy time with friends -- and I toured TG's fraternity house for the first time! QUite a place -a hug, old, amazing home and many people were there reuniting thanks to homecoming. Of course my Sunday continued to be a winner on the football scene - GO BOYS!!! ;)

Morgy-lu and Al-Pal, your pics are precious and I loved my new frame-able ones I received in the mail - THANKS!! Precious!! Morg, your scary monster artwork is lovely, too, and on our door to SCARE the trick-or-treaters tomorrow night. I can't wait to hear all about your school day and your night out in the neighborhood with your little friends. You'll be a beautiful princess/fairy girl and Ally will be quite the little COW! I wish I could be there with you - you'll be in my thoughts!!

Much love to you all and we'll talk tomorrow - I MISS YOU lots!! xoxoxoxoxo

Aunt Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington, DC - Sunday, October 30, 2005 8:55 PM CST
You go, Darren! I so admire the "little people" who have to deal with some very serious stuff!

My holiday lights are not shinning yet. I ended up spending the day painting my kitchen table black. It was almost 10 years old and the white paint was showing some major wear-and-tear. The project took MUCH longer than I anticipated. So, after a LONG day of painting I decide to do some laundry - that is until the spin cycle decided to flat out DIE. The light hanging project may have to wait another weekend since we now have to go shopping for a new washing machine today. Oh, the joys of homeownership!

Tyler is in rare form this morning! Despite the time change he woke up at 4:30 am anyway. I told him he had to go back to sleep and so he did - UNTL 6:49 - YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is now singing the Scooby Doo theme song while he eats his breakfast. For those of you who watch the TV channel Boomerang, you know it is a non-stop-Scooby-Doo weekend with EVERY episode every made being shown. Did you know Sonny and Cher actually had guest appearances on the show?

Have a great Sunday. Since I can't do laundry I guess I'll go IRON.

Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Sunday, October 30, 2005 7:28 AM CST
Yea for Darren! Sorry that I have been absent for awhile. I had a very rough week. My sweet Uncle Joe passed away early Tuesday morning. We knew that he probably wouldn't live much longer but it doesn't make it any easier to say good-bye. I have had to say good-bye to three special people in less than a month and it has been such a difficult time emotionally. I also want to be a comfort to my friends and family who are hurting right now, too. Ally, your sweet, innocent smile always seems to do the trick when I need a boost! Each day has gotten a little better. God gave us a beautiful fall day in Texas today. The kids are anxious for Monday to get here. The boys are going to be astronauts....custom made outfits from their grandma! You go mom! They have their names monogrammed on the suits and American flag patches! Madeline is going to be a flapper girl. Her grandma made her a silver sequined dress complete with fringe, fishnet hose and a feather headband! She can't wait! I am so grateful to have a mom that can sew!!! Well, need to get my kids to bed...Greg and I are watching movies tonight! We might throw in some wine, too!!! Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, October 29, 2005 8:01 PM CDT
Happy Saturday, everyone!

What wonderful news about Darren! There are miracles happening all over the place and we are especially happy for the latest one in Pineapple Land! What a joy it will be to meet CAT and "fam" someday in our futures. keep up the good work of healing, Darren!

I hope everyone is enjoying the final days before the big PUMPKIN landing Monday and that everyone is ready for the on-slaught of the little goblins! I always enjoy answering the door in the early hours of trick-or-treating since that is when the LITTLE people come out! Then, it is always a "treat" to see how many of my students/former students FIND my house on Halloween only to exclaim, "YOU LIVE HERE!!!" (I live in the community where I teach and the kids find out on this night many times!) So, find-me-if-you-can-big-goblins!

I spent an incredible few hours today lunching with close friends - one, a lady I've admired for many years after I came to know her as a Holocaust survivor speaker at my school. Her name is Nesse and she's quite well-known around the U.S. having spoken at all the academies and receiving an honorary degree from West Point. She has honorariums lining her walls, and memories filled with emotion in her heart. It would not surprise me if someone reading this website did not know her, or perhaps you have heard her speak. Not only is her life an inspiration to me, I know that just by being "in her presence" I am a better person. Her will, her spirit, and her desire to share her "story" with the hope that the world will be a better place for knowing it is truly inspiring. She truly mesmerizes the children when she speaks of her life in a concentration camp and life in the ghetto during WWII. I am honored to have met her as a Holocaust survivor and motivational speaker, but I am blessed to be able to call her my FRIEND. So, to Nesse in Silver Spring...God bless your life and the work you do. I am humbled in your presence. Thank you for being my friend.

I hope everyone has a beautiful fall weekend, and that your Halloween Day is filled with TREATS! And, No.1 girl, I hope your "holiday lights" (for whichever season) are SHINING brightly tonight!!! And, don't forget to IRON your clohtes!

Need to cover the plants...fall has turned into 'freezing temps' tonight.

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Saturday, October 29, 2005 5:32 PM CDT
Halloween and Thanksgiving are overrated! Just a bunch of excuses to eat a ton of candy, turkey and cranberry sauce! Don't get me wrong, I like both holidays. But, there is something about Christmas decorations that I just LOVE! It makes a house look warm, cozy and loved and even though I am jewish I can't get enough of the lights. Of course, now what I have a big house to decorate I need to shop for more AND figure out how to hang them outside properly. This is accomplished much easier when it is 65 degrees!!!!! I WILL NOT TURN THEM ON UNTIL AFTER THANKSGIVING, I promise! And, I will still decorate my house on the inside for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Happy Hauntings this weekend! <planaheadgirl@lovethelights.com>
EP, MN - Friday, October 28, 2005 10:15 AM CDT
Ally- I was checking in on you after my whirlwind trip to Chicago and very little sleep (note to all: do not travel to Chicago on a night where it's possible one of their baseball teams wins the World Series for the first time in a zillion years...) and this silly guestbook banter was just what I needed! You gals are FUUUUUNNNNYYYY!!!

Just thinking about you Al and the WHOLE family -- I love you TONS! Talk on Friday! xoxoxo

Sleepy Aunt who just wants to find time to buy Halloween candy much less even discuss turkies or santas or eggs.... You people are nuts! <happyhalloweenandengagementanniversary@it'soctoberyousillies.com>
Nice fall weather in Washington, DC - Thursday, October 27, 2005 9:41 PM CDT
:)!!!!!!!!!! You GO Aimee! I KNOW you hate the cold...and actually I think it is really a good idea. But, what about hanging the "pumpkin lights" first...then the "turkey lights"...then move onto the reds/greens/whites/...and for the New Year hit the "firecracker lights"...and ummmmm.....what comes after that??? You attach various extension cords, and don't MESS UP and turn on TURKEYS when it is REALLY PUMPKINS!!! THINK CREATIVELY!!! :) It must be a slow day....just got home from my recertification "class" and I had to post just one more time!

Allyson...what do you think of all this "light" talk??? You are just anticipating the pumpkin era of your life...your first Halloween complete with your kitty cat tail 'wagging' by your front door with all those NOT NAKED pumpkins your sister painted!!! And, Morgan is just anticipating wearing Tinkerbell to school??? And Fairytopia for trick or treating??? I'm sure she's looking for striped CANDY CANES, too! (Oooops! I digress...!!)

Love you all,
Happy "whateverkindoflightsyouareputtingupwhereveryouarehangingthem"....and you gotta love a MAN who plans the MEALS for a week and then prepares them! You rock, Jim!!! :)

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Thursday, October 27, 2005 7:19 PM CDT
Ok, for the record.....I DO iron my clothes for the ENTIRE week on Sunday EVERY weekend. And, thank goodness I married a guy who is just as much a planner as me. He plans our meals for the whole week and posts it on the fridge so I know what HE will be cooking every day.

So.........can you really die eggs now????? The jewish girl in me wants to know so I can PLAN AHEAD :):):)

No. 1. Girl <stillgoingtohanglightsthisweekend@Ihatethecold.com>
GORGEOUS, SUNNY, MN - Thursday, October 27, 2005 1:53 PM CDT
Just for my "No. 1 girl"....I am going to BOIL some eggs tonight, dye them, paste little bunnies on them...and send them to YOU so you'll be "ready"....you know how those "bunnies" don't like HOPPING around in the snow!
Hey, do you "think" you started something here? !!

I know Tyler will be the cutest little pirate on the street...and I hope he gets LOTS OF CANDY CANES for Trick or Treating!

Happy early Halloween to all the little goblins out there! Mark your CALENDARS - Halloween is in October!!! And, then comes the TURKEY...and then "Rudolph" and "Frosty"...and then we all join hands and sing Auld Lang Syne, right???

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :) (and I can get away with saying this since I am No. 1 girl's "adopted" mom!!!Love you, Aims!)WritingfromsomewhereinVAwhereitisstillfall.com

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va usa - Thursday, October 27, 2005 12:09 AM CDT
Hey!!!!!!!! Who are you calling OLD???????????? May I remind you that your birthday is coming up soon!
Aim-A-Lita <plan_ahead@chillyMN.com>
EP, MN - Thursday, October 27, 2005 12:05 AM CDT

Christmas lights?!?!? Are you kidding me???? I know you like to plan ahead (i.e. ironing a week's worth of outfits on Sunday), but really! It's October 27th!

Okay, I see your point about gloves and bulky jackets and climbing on ladders... Mark usually hangs our lights wearing shorts and a t-shirt. hee hee

Have a great day, everyone! Just had to give my DEAR, OLD friend a hard time this morning!

NOT hanging XMAS lights this weekend <let'snottalkabout christmasuntilafterdecfirst@pumpkin.com>
It's Only Halloween Here, CA USA - Thursday, October 27, 2005 9:25 AM CDT
Hi CA peeps!
I just had to tell you that the new pics are adorable! Thanks for posting (and for mailing). The update was chock full of information and it sounds like Ally is doing AWESOME. I expected no less from that little miracle. :):)

I hope you have a wonderful Halloween too. There seems to be some confusion in our house as to what Tyler will be this year. He asked, no wait, begged for a Clone Trooper costume so that is what I bought. Now, he is telling everyone he is going to be a pirate (last year's costume). He is trying to figure out a way to be both actually. So, I think in the school parade and for Jim's office party he will be the clone trooper and then for actual door-to-door treats he will be a pirate. Our neighbors just put a graveyard ALL over the front lawn. Tyler thinks it looks "TOTALLY AWESOME, DUDE."

Besides Halloween, this is our first weekend in a VERY long time where we have nothing to do. I think we will enjoy lounging around the house and perhaps even putting up Christmas lights. The weather is supposed to be 65 degrees and that makes it so much nicer to hang lights. No need for big jackets and gloves, which would be needed if we waited until December.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the extra hour of sleep. Now if we could only explain that concept to the kids!!!!!
Love ya!

Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Thursday, October 27, 2005 6:26 AM CDT
Hi, California Family! I am trying once again to get a posting on the webpage. There seems to have been some kind of gremlin in my computer, and my last two entries have not been posted! I have enjoyed reading the updates on Miss AllyBeDally, and his precious Miss MAK sister! The latest reports all sound very encouraging, and the girls grow cuter day by day! I absolutely adore Morgan's hair in those braids! Sorry you didn't get to see the Blue Angels do their flight maneuvers, due to weather. They are truly an awesome sight! I loved the story that John McKay might be an angel on board! I am sure Holly and the family liked that remark as well! My prayers continue for all of them. As for Atlanta weather, we had about 7 days of beautiful FALL....then it has plunged right into winter temps here! It was 38 on our deck this morning, and the wind has been blowing fiercly for a couple of days. Brrrr ... we usually ease up to this! :) The family is gathering here on Saturday with Loren's mom, Vera, for a Halloween brunch. At 94, getting out is a big deal for her, and so we're doing a daytime event. The grans will be in costume, and I'm making one for her to wear. Should be fun! We send our love to you all!
Hugs, AuntDale/Aunt Grammy

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Wednesday, October 26, 2005 9:07 AM CDT
Kristin, THANKS for the update. I am packing to head WEST toward you, so I am VERY excited. I met a girl at Gymboree who is moving to Pt. Mugo. It was so odd. I said, "One of my 'family members' lives out there. Then I said something about Kristin Matus (sorry, Mark...she is my 'sister' so that is why I used her maiden name). Then this lady said, "Well, I know Kristin Kelso, but that is not the same lady, is it???" They are moving back to your area, and Elena and her daughter, Sarah, have become friends at Gymboree. SMALL WORLD. The mother's name is Angie.

I miss you all. I am praying hard for little Allypoo. I can't wait to be there and hold her!

THANKS to all my caringbridge family members who have prayed for us. We will be back together as a family again, and I am so thankful to all of you for your care and concern. Our little angel, Ally, has brought us together so many times.

Much love to the McKay family. You are in my thoughts and prayers

Susan Hynes <susanhynes@aol.com>
Pensacola, FL 32561 - Tuesday, October 25, 2005 10:42 AM CDT
The very best wishes go out to Darren this week...thanks, Crystal, for enlightening this website. Cat, in Pineapple Land, was one of the first folks to speak to Kristin via email after Allyson's birth. Her son, Darren, also faces the challenges of EEC....we wish him and ALL of you the very best as his surgery begins this coming week.

CAT, you know that YOU are special to our family and your gifts of information, love, and support have been powerful.

Give Darren a hug from Teetay and tell him that I still KNOW he and Morgie-lu will 'meet' one day...for sure.

Love and best wishes to you in Pineapple Land.


terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Monday, October 24, 2005 7:42 PM CDT
Hi all,

LOVE the new pictures...I cannot believe the Pumpkin - girl on the homepage! So many changes in just a few weeks...that is why I can't "stand" to be away...I might miss something!! And, Morgie-lu on that balanced beam! I guess all that LOG walking at the "big park" has prepared her for this next stage called gymnastics!

Beautiful faces...beautiful children...beautiful parents...I am so VERY proud of all that you do...Kristin and Mark...and Morgan, too...to make Allyson's days productive and filled with love and learning. I know that Morgan will be a big help in "the mimicking sounds"...I can just hear her now!!! (watch out for those "no no words"...ha!)

You are an incredible family and I am very proud of you.

Love to all from chilly, windy, rainy Virginia! FALL is definitely here...and winter is on the way!

And, my heartfelt thoughts are still with the McKay/Crandall families. I know these 'after days' are not easy. TAKE good CARE of one another.

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Monday, October 24, 2005 6:13 PM CDT
Please keep Darren in you prayers this week as he is scheduled for surgery Wednesday. I asked Cat in Pineapple Land to let me know how things are as soon as she can.

Great news on Ally's evaluations...YOU GO CHICKIE!!!!!
Great new pics, too. I think you may have two models on your hands guys.
In His grip, Crystal

Crystal Register <jbrdregister@atmc.net>
Southport, NC USA - Monday, October 24, 2005 6:13 PM CDT
Dr. Matus-Kelso!! What a wonderful update.... Although I had already heard all about Ally's appts last week, reading it all and all you and Mark are doing reminded me HOW VERY PROUD of who you are and all that you have learned, managed and been through this past year. I don't say it enough -- you are a remarkable mom and friend (and sister!) and I admire all that you do for Morg and Al, and the life you lead with them. YOU have the most important job ever and there is no salary that could even begin to match the "job" that you do. I love you, K!!

Morg's gymnastics is awesome!!! Love that photo - I knew she would be into it! Maybe she can show her linebacker instructor her pilates moves we have worked on in the past ;) The braids are too much - -adorable! And Ally with that crazy, silly grin just brings a huge smile to my face. Big hugs to you ALL!!!

We had a great time at Liz & Will's wedding in Cape Charles, VA this weekend -- Liz is a dear friend and we're a huge fan of her since she introduced me and TG :)))) The weather held out and everything was just right for them. Yeah! Two more friends' weddings in 2006 then all my peeps will be officially hitched. Such a fun time in our lives!

I continue to hold many of you in my heart and thoughts... you know who you are, and KNOW that we are praying for you during difiicult times. Like Kristin said, the angels are everywhere... blue or not! :)

Much love to you ALL! xoxoxo

Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington, DC - Sunday, October 23, 2005 9:08 PM CDT
The wheels are already turning in my mind for a plan to go to D.C. next summer!!!:) We had another beautiful day here in the Lone Star state today. Unfortunately, I spent it taking my car to get fixed at the dealership, going to get a car to borrow from mom and dad and then coming home only to find out that my car won't even be looked at until Monday morning? WHAT? I have to drive mom's VAN for a few more days? I am not a van person and I feel like such a snob for saying that! However, I am grateful that I have some wheels to get around town! We did get to go to a fall festival earlier this afternoon and the kids had a blast decorating Halloween cookies and making Halloween crafts! I then spent the rest of the afternoon picking out paint for our bedroom and entry hall. I have been itching to paint...when that happens, I don't wait on Greg, I just do it! However, he ends up doing all of the prep work...he has to when I have already moved out all of the furniture and unscrewed all of the outlet plates. I do a trading spaces all by myself! So, I am hoping to start painting this week. Teetay, I am still re-living that special moment when I finally got to hug your neck! I just knew we would hit it off! Well, I am going to help my hubby clean up the kitchen. Miss Ally...have you finished painting all the naked pumpkins yet? I wish you and your sister were here to help me paint some naked walls!Hugs from Texas...Anna Rainwater
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, October 22, 2005 9:27 PM CDT
Good morning to everyone in "Allyson's world"...!!

I am back from Texas where I was honored to be part of the celebration of John McKay's life...he was surrounded in death by the many who loved and cherished him in life. The dignity with which this good man lived was profoundly part of his passage. From the first moment the bagpiper began to play to the last note of the United States Air Force anthem I felt the room fill with honor and courage - the two mantras by which John lived. The reunion with Holly, Todd, Dave, and Charlotte was deeply felt. We laughed and we cried, and we 'held tight' a few times. Dear, precious Ashlynn allowed me to 'hold her tight' at the gravesite as she wept saying: "Teetay, I don't what I'm going to do." I hope I assured her that she would cry many times, but she would also smile and laugh as she remembered her "Papa" and all she'd learned from him in her 8 years of being his "no. 1 grandchild"....as we know, there is only ONE "first grandchild"! Reuniting with my old friend, Bonnie, was an extra special moment in the two days. All in all, I was where I 'needed to be' the past two days and when Charlotte said to me Wed. night, "Terri, you did not have to come." I ASSURED her that I DID HAVE TO COME!! We've shared much over the years...even clothes and the infamous "brown shirt"...this time we shared even more and that is the true essence of friendship. I love my 'extended' family very much and I know they know it!

And, to finally meet the "chief" Anna-bo-banna was surreal. She and Greg are beautiful people and it was a pleasure to greet them face-to-face after so much time. I actually felt as if I was meeting OLD friends AGAIN...and I think I was. I wish there had been more time to know one another in person, but I have a real keen inkling that it could happen perhaps "next summer" at the Rally for Ally. I think when Anna R. 'sets her mind to something' it DOES happen! So, Anna-girl, I'm counting on you to RALLY the 'troops' for the big jaunt to DC next summer. Even Dave indicated he'd love to see the 'touristy' side of DC....so this could be a PLAN! :)

The Thursday CHLA 'consultation' with the entire medical team for Allyson was an excellent source of information. I know Kristin will be sharing it with all very soon. Everything was positive throughout the consultation, and Morgan was able to "play on the inside playgrounds" provided at Children's. If you've never seen Children's Hosp. in LA it is an amazing structure in everyway. The tiniest details have been thought-out to make it a comfortable and comforting place for children and parents.

Falls temps have arrived in No. Virginia, but with it the sprinkles have landed. Can't complain too much...we've been in drought-mode for so long. Leaves are falling before their colors turn, but the remaining ones have brightened the sky. It is the weekend to winterize our house and 'get set' for the coming colder months. Geep is clamoring to go to the Redskins' game tomorrow, but I say "the garage reorganization comes first!" (wonder who will win????)

I know the Crandalls/McKays have many difficult days ahead, and that grieving is a very long and steady process. I also know that they have one another and an incredible support group of friends and family. Please continue to pray for them as they take the next steps. I am reminded of a quote by Helen Keller than I frequently put on my classroom board because it has such 'meaning' to many at various stages of life, so I will share it with you now.

"When one dorr of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us." Helen Keller

I hope many doors will be opening for each of you during the coming days. I am so proud to be part of so many lives and I am grateful for each thought, and each word that you send our way. Allyson's birth brought us together in ways we could never have imagined.

I wish you beauty in this weekend wherever you are...and if this weekend finds you carving a pumpkin you just might want to think about PAINTING one ...and as Morgan says: " Put a lot of color on your pumpkin so it will not be naked!" So, let's hear it for NO NAKED PUMPKINS across America!

Wishing you a lovely weekend. Now, it's off to the GARAGE!!!

With love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)
And to my students...I expect to see an exquisite piece of memoir writing from you Monday in class! Enjoy the weekend, but "write...write...write!" :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Saturday, October 22, 2005 9:02 AM CDT
Hi! Thanks for allowing others to share hope and strength. Our Johnny and Allyson are similar in age. She's adorable and I look forward to coming back for updates on her surgeries. www.croughen.com
Teresa Croughen <teresacroughen@gmail.com>
Dearborn Heights, mi US - Saturday, October 22, 2005 5:57 AM CDT
California pumpkins sure do have some long stems!! Morgan, your painted pumpkin is beautiful. Ally...you look like you had a blast with those paints girlie! Can I just say that your Teetay is such a beautiful person inside and out! You are both so blessed to have her in your lives. Teetay, I am so grateful to have had the honor of meeting you face to face! I only wish it could have been under happier circumstances. I know that it meant a GREAT deal to the McKay family to have you there to support them. My kiddoes loved the postcards that you sent to them. Thank you! Kristin, my inquiring mind still wants to know what that eyeball was on that cupcake! My boys keep asking me to make "eyeball" cupcakes! We ventured out to the pumpkin patch with some friends today. It was such a beautiful fall day here in Texas. Perfect for finding a pumpkin! I hope everyone has a restful weekend! Hugs from Texas....Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Friday, October 21, 2005 9:28 PM CDT
Happy Friday, all! It is a chilly day here in Minny but the tress are looking wonderful - such beautiful colors all around! I was checking in to get the update on the doctor appointments yesterday but then I realized it was 7 am your time. Guess I'll be a bit more patient!

I am off to Delaware tomorrow for the last wedding of the year - whew! This would make number 5 including my own. Jim and Tyler are going to have a "boys" weekend while I share a brief visit with my parents and sister. I think Jim is planning on explaining the intricate details of football to Tyler so he can watch the games (instead of cartoons) on the big screen :) I am sure Tyler would rather watch Spongebob and I am just dreading the day when he too enjoys football!!!! I think we had better finish our basement by then so I can have a hide out away from sports - hee hee.

Anyway, just wanted to let you know I was thinking about 'ya and I hope everything went really well (as they always seem to do). Have a wonderful weekend!!!
Much love and kisses to the precious girls!

Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, Mn - Friday, October 21, 2005 9:22 AM CDT
I am filled with so many emotions tonight. I am here in Austin, Texas to attend Mr. McKay's funeral tomorrow morning. I am anxious to see my sweet, dear friend Holly and give her lots of hugs. Tomorrow will be difficult, but I am comforted to know that "Papa John" is now in heaven feeling no more pain. Mr.McKay, was a HUGE encouragement to me and to Greg when we were dealing with Greg's cancer. He prayed for us, e-mailed us and sent us a card in the mail. Everytime I would start to feel down about our situation, there would be an e-mail from him to encourage me to stay in God's word and to "FEAR NOT." I feel so honored to have known such a sweet, caring man. Holly....your daddy will always have a special place in my heart. And Ally...you have another sweet angel in heaven watching out for you from above. My heart is also filled with excitement as well...I will have the honor of finally meeting Teetay face to face! Hug your family tight tonight. Hugs from Texas...Anna Rainwater
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Wednesday, October 19, 2005 9:46 PM CDT
Happy craniofacial appt tomorrow, Al! Can't wait to hear all about it and what the docs think - I mean, your TEAM! :) Sorry the wake up call is so early but I know you gals can do it!

Thinking of so many dear loved ones who are going through some pretty heavy "stuff" these days.

Miss you tons and we'll chat tomorrow - I love you!

Aunt Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Wednesday, October 19, 2005 8:59 PM CDT
To the Crandall/McKay family,
We are so very sorry for your loss and grateful for heaven's newest angel. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
In His Grip, The Register Clan

Crystal Register <jbrdregister@atmc.net>
Southport, NC USA - Wednesday, October 19, 2005 2:37 PM CDT
Cute pictures Kristin!
It sure is nice to come home after a stressful day with teenagers (and teenagers' parents) to see such sweet things and read postings from such sane, reasonable parents!
Hugs to all of you!

Jackie Horras <jackie2fish@hotmail.com>
San Antonio, TX US - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:43 PM CDT
To Holly - You have touched my heart, made me laugh, and filled me with awe so many times as I've read your words on this website. I wish you much love and send my condolences for your loss. May God's grace be with you and your family. I can tell that your father must have been quite a man, and that his life touched many. That will be wonderful for you to remember and cherish. You and your family will be remembered in my prayers.

Theresa Cover <tesscover@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:17 PM CDT
Such an awesome quick diversion from work!! Day two is also great but very busy :) LOVE LOVE LOVE the new pics and Al-Pal and Morgy Lu, you are ADORABLE!!!!

Love you all!

Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington, DC - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 3:51 PM CDT
Dearest friends,

My heart is heavy for the Crandall/McKay family tonight, but it is full of joy that John has made his way to Heaven where he will have no pain, no troubles, but will enjoy the reunion of spirits and souls who have made a place for him. Tom Stoppard said it best: " Every exit is an entry to somewhere else." John has entered the eternal kingdom and I know he is at peace. What a loving, gentle, fun, dedicated husband and father and grandfather he was! What laughter he brought to so many - - - not only with his "sweaty brow" when he and Geep would eat spicy barbecue around one of our tables...not only his "spoon playing antics" dancing around our little Pearson Street living room...not only crashing through the waves at Port Aransas Beach in south Texas....not only the gentle loving way he handed Morgan "penny after penny" so she could make wishes in the "Hilton pond"...not only his pride in his wonderfully accomplished children, Holly and David....and not only "most of all" his steadfast love for his beautiful Charlotte, wife of over forty years. John shared himself with his family, his friends, and he served his country with great pride and admiration during his USAF years. The material world has lost a great man. The spiritual world has gained a tall angel. God bless your life, Big John, and may you have eternal peace.

Thank you all for stormin' heaven for John during these past months. He fought the "good fight" but God needed the perfect angel, so he had to go.

"All mankind is of one Author, and is one volume; whenone Man dies, one Chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language." John Donne

God bless you all...God bless Allyson for bringing us together. God bless Holly for telling Ashli about this website so we could love and support one another.

And to Holly, David, and Char Char...I will put my arms around you Wednesday night. With love to all of you,

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ TMat

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Monday, October 17, 2005 6:19 PM CDT
Today I finally had a day with a little less homework so I thought I'd take a look at the website to see how Ally was doing. I must say those cupcakes sure are spirited! I'm so ready for Halloween. Today in one of my classes the backround of the TV was a pumpkin and I realized that Halloween is only two weeks away! I have to get started on some Halloween planning. Holly, I'm sorry to hear about your dad and I'll be sure to mention him in my prayers. Mrs. Matus-I miss you! Highschool's going great so far, but it sure is a lot more work! I'll be sure to check in later this week to learn more about how Ally's doing.
Allison Maher <alliem894@yahoo.com>
Oakton, VA USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 6:02 PM CDT
We have never met but I feel like I know you through this website. My thoughts are with you and your family today. Your dad is in a better place and can now watch you from the heavens.
Your cyber friend,

Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Monday, October 17, 2005 6:53 AM CDT
Hello everyone!

Hum along..."Chicago, Chicago...that toddling town...toddling town..." Well, it sure is a TODDLER!!! What an amazing city it is...just about everything one might choose in a city with "extras"....such a revival of sights, sounds, culture, tourism, beauty, landscaping, lush greenery with touch of fall color...DEEEELISHUS FOOD, and a wonderfully happy time with our friends, Kathy and Alan. They are the "host/hostess with the mostest" from the minute of arrival until our drop-off by way of the aboretum this morning. We think we "did everything on the list" including the chocolate martini...only Geep was the one to get it, and we were the "tasters" of it!! :) Dining at a French restaurant last evening was the 'creme de la creme' and that was topped off with a French soufle for dessert. The EXERCISE begins this week!

Love the new pictures of the "Pumpkin patch" girls and of course, the 'eating photo' of Allyson simply makes me smile. One has to 'create' antics in the vicinity of the feeding spoon to keep her attention! She does not want her mother to be out of sight for long! Mark...maybe you will have to start SINGING to HER while you feed her like you used to do with Morgan!!???

Sorry about PA State yesterday, but thrilled that UVA was victorious over FSU - first time in ten years! WHAHOOWHA! Glad the 'boys' found a win this weekend, and sorry the 'skins' did not...but it's all in a day's work, you know! And, the birds are 'resting'....:)

I rec'd good news from Kathleen that she is doing well and continuing her recovery. Elaine K. is also doing well...but we still need to reach out to our dear Big John McKay - he suffered a fall this past week and needs us to rally around him. Thank you for your continued support and love for this sweet man and his family. Holly, Charlotte, Dave, and all...YOU are always in our prayers.

And, best wishes to Ashli tomorrow as she begins a new career step in her new job....she is facing big challenges for growth in the corporate world as she joins an excellent company in downtown DC. Ashli, "you can do it!" And, remember we are proud of you!

Off one airplane this afternoon, and Geep said: "Teetay, it will be 35 days before you get back on a plane....but I get on one in the morning!" Hmmmmmmmm......I wouldn't mind getting back on a plane for a CA 'ride'....but these airport 'moments' can be grueling if everything isn't on time! Geep takes it in stride...it is his "life" in the skies!

But me...an 'easy week'..(ha)...a Univ. of Maryland field trip with my 8th graders Tuesday! Now, who wouldn't want to do that? And, to my students....get ready to check out the Univ. of MD! (last year it was UVA...don't anyone get offended!)

The best to everyone as the new week begins...with love to all,

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)
And to Cool Kid, Mer, Sarah, Mandy, Lindsay, Tommy, Allie, Chali, Lindsey...and so many others...I miss you guys! All of you! And, yes, you, too, Connor! :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Sunday, October 16, 2005 5:44 PM CDT
You bake amazing cupcakes and raise model children?!?!?! The new pics are precious and wonderul and YUMMY gross ;) Love you lots - Talk to you later!! HUGS to you all, sweet girls - WE MISS YOU!!!!

Almost game time......... GO STATE! Cross your fingers for a bowl game! :)

Ash <AshliAGM@aol.com>
- Saturday, October 15, 2005 12:25 AM CDT
That eyeball cupcake should bring in lots of "moo-la" at the bake sale Kristin! What is that anyway? A gumball eyeball? I love trying to guess the ingredients to the things you bake! You are so creative! And yes, Miss Ally, you are the cutest little witch I have ever seen! The Rainwaters are enjoying a quite Friday evening at home. Greg came home from work with a new Atari video game for the boys, but so far, he is the one doing all of the playing! Madeline is watching a Halloween movie on T.V. and I am procrastinating doing laundry. Thought I would check in on Miss Ally! Hope you all have a restful weekend! GO COWBOYS!!! Morgan and Ally, don't forget to sport your Cowboy gear on Sunday! Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Friday, October 14, 2005 8:11 PM CDT
Dear Kristin,
Wow - you were really brave to try the surfing thing! I think I would be constantly looking around me for fins - when I wasn't falling on my face! But it sounds like you and Mark had a great time which is what counts. Ally looks adorable in her halloween costume! It sounds like you're getting great news from all the doctors and she is making incredible progress. We hope you all have a wonderful halloween - I know Morgan will have a blast! Take care and thanks for the update.

Terri Burns <tburns@na.ko.com>
Lilburn, Ga USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 6:11 PM CDT
My vote is for the one-eyed blob! That is awesome! And, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new pictures!!!!
Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Friday, October 14, 2005 2:15 PM CDT
Kristin, you made me smile today. I am SO proud of you for surfing! Just checking in on you guys. We will be there before you know it! I can't wait to see you!!!!! Ally, you are a champ. I am proud. Morgan, you are the best BIG SISTA ever! K, I am so glad you and Mark had such fun. We love you. THANKS for the prayers, everyone. We will be together in San Diego by the end of Oct. I love you all!


Susan Hynes <susanhynes@aol.com>
Pensacola, FL 32561 - Friday, October 14, 2005 11:54 AM CDT
Greetings to all,

What a clever idea, Alex...the 20 questions for each birthday...do you write down the answers, or tape them for posterity? I think that is a great idea! I know what Morgan's favorite word would be....hmmmmmm....."rhymes with POOH"...!!!??? Allyson's favorite word is STILL "Mama" but I worked very hard at "Teetay"...!

Love the new pictures and especially since I was there to see that Halloween pajama party on the front steps with the "girls" admiring their FAMILY of PUMPKINS!!!

We're off to Chicago tomorrow to visit with good friends who used to live HERE...Kathy and Alan...we are going to SEE Chicago "live" for the very first time. 'Been in that airport many times, but this time we're 'stepping out'...!! Can't wait to rest my eyes on the beautiful architecture, Lake Michigan, and old John Hancock!! Kathy has many things planned for us including a chocolate martini experience at her "hometown" watering hole in Naperville. Now, that's what I call "toddling town"...!!! :)

Thoughts and wishes and prayers are continuing for our many loved ones who are facing big challenges each day. And, best wishes to the Hynes' family as they travel to San Diego, their new home, this coming week. Finally, Jim has been 'released' from New Orleans, the recovery, and the aftermath of Katrina, so they are traveling to their new HOME. Wishing you miles of smiles, folks!

Love to everyone wherever you are tonight.

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Thursday, October 13, 2005 8:02 PM CDT
Hi guys:
Just wanted to let you know we are still out here and checking on you little Ally all the time. It's just been a little crazy so I have not had time to post. Kristin - you are such an awesome wife! So sweet of you to sport the wet suit and join your husband out there in the surf. Glad to hear you had such a good time. I'm also happy that Terri and Geep were able to come and visit with the kiddies. We are preparing for Jack's 4 year birthday in 8 days. Today I asked him his 20 questions. This is a tradition that I just heard about this year and plan on doing every year around his birthday. You ask your child the same set of 20 questions every year and as the years go by (we all know how fast time flies with kids!) you can look back and see their answers. You'll be happy to know Jack's favorite food is spaghetti, his favorite movie is Bug's Life and his favorite word is "stinky"! Happy Thursday everyone!

Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Thursday, October 13, 2005 5:37 PM CDT
WOW! It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend followed by fantastic "medical" news - GO ALLY!!!!

I'll have to tell Tyler that he got an honorable mention on Ally's website. Turning 5 is hard work! Tyler started out by sleeping late (this is a rare occassion) and Jim and I woke him up by singing happy birthday to him. He just smiled in bed and looked as cute as ever! I asked him how his 5-year-old-bones felt and he replied "pretty good, but I don't feel any different than my 4-year-old-bones." Then I made him birthday waffle sticks. This consisted of microwavable dunking sticks complete with birthday candles stuck in them. He thought that was pretty cool and I was impressed with myself for thinking of the idea just before leaving for work. At school he was treated to a special day by doing "all the jobs." That meant he was the line leader, the weather helper, the calendar helper, the snack sharer and the griot. After school we got the birthday haircut (not really because of his birthday but because he looked like he had a snowball growing out of his head) and then we stuffed the pinata with candy in preparation for the Yu-Gi-Oh party on Saturday. We have streamers, balloons, cake and everything else known to man that goes along with the Yu-Gi-Oh theme. I sure do hope he likes the Batman bicycle Jim and I bought him (Toys R Us does not make a Yu-Gi-Oh bike). Tonight Grandma Karen arrives and I am sure pre-birthday gifts will go hand in hand with her visit. As a "new" grandma she has certainly gotten into the spoiling part rather quickly!!! Various gifts have arrived by mail (thank you Morgan) and I have managed to intercept them and hide them in the closet.

Well, I suppose I should get to work. Thanks for the update, as always. We think about you daily as well as the many other people on this website who are facing challenges.

Lots of love,

Aimee, Jim and Tyler <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Thursday, October 13, 2005 6:46 AM CDT
An old Beach Boys tune just popped in my head as I read Kristin's post...Surfin' U.S.A!!! Wow! I am impressed. I can honestly say that I will never ride the waves! Like Holly said, "You go girl!" Morgan, I need you to come to Texas and put some color on my "naked" pumpkins! Actually, we are holding off with the decorating until our Halloween block party! Can't wait! Our family enjoyed our long holiday weekend and decided to go camping. The kids had a blast mainly because they did not have to take a bath! We even had the PRIVILEGE?(not!) of having a skunk roaming around by our tent! P.U.!!! The boys thought that was great! Madeline and I were'nt too thrilled! We were even treated to a double rainbow the next morning...straight from God! It was the most beautiful rainbow I have ever seen. It was a great weekend! A win from my beloved Cowboys made it that much sweeter! I pray that you will continue to get glowing reports from your doctors Miss Ally! Hugs to you from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Wednesday, October 12, 2005 9:27 PM CDT
Hello to all you wonderful people and especially you Ally and my CA family! I'm continuing to enjoy reading the postings and seeing new pics, and I think of you all every day! I'm so glad for the small victories...like "graduating" from one of the doctors, and I know you all must be thrilled as well. I thought of you Kristen and Mark over the weekend and relived many fun memories from your wedding ten years ago and our family trip out to see you. I have to say it's taken 10 years for some of the memories of the actual trip with what seemed like 50 people to become a "fun" memory, but I'd do it again in a minute! Kristen, I'm so proud of you for taking a surfing lesson. I can imagine how worn out you would have been. I would have needed a nap after trying to get my body into a wet suit, nevermind ever making it past the breaking waves! You continue to be my hero in many, many ways!
Hugs and kisses to all of you,

Jackie Horras <jackie2fish@hotmail.com>
San Antonio, TX US - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 7:31 PM CDT
Sassy cute ATE you?!? What the heck, Aunt Ash?!?! Sorry Al, I type too fast sometimes :)

The new update is wonderful and I am so happy that you are in the "clear" with the Pulmon. docs. We are thinking of you always and I am rearranging new photos of you today too. I have SO MANY of you and Morgy-lu, it's hard to choose! I'll just make my shrine to Ally & Morgan wall I guess ;)

Love you all and happy bat-hardening, KDMK!! xoxoxo

Ashli <AshliAGM@aol.com>
- Wednesday, October 12, 2005 4:33 PM CDT
HOT photos!! Love the surfin', love the pumpkins - love you all!! Talk to ya in a bit... xoxoxoxoxoxo

PS - Al-Pal, YOU look soooo adorable on the home page! How sassy cute ate YOU???? Hugs!

Ash <AshliAGM@aol.com>
- Wednesday, October 12, 2005 8:49 AM CDT
Kristin and Mark, you are WAY TOO SEXY for this website! Thanks for posting the pic! I can't wait to read the journal update and here all the details.
Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 6:47 AM CDT
YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!! I have never been on a surfboard and just can't imagine I ever will be!!!
The girls look awesome and I can't wait to read about your grand 10 year celebration.
Thinking and loving all of you from Texas,

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Tuesday, October 11, 2005 8:11 PM CDT
Hello everyone!

We're baaaacccckkkkk on the "right" coast (ha, don't believe that I said that!) and we are still recalling the events of the past jam-packed four days with Allyson and Morgan. (and a little bit with Kristin and Mark!) We crammed as much into each "24 hours" as we possibly could! First, the WERE RABBIT movie was a big hit and we had lots of laughs continuously saying "WEEEEERRRRRRR RABBBBBITTTT" in our 'scariest' voices. Morgan cracked Allyson up saying it over and over...Allyson was laughing so big that I don't think she realized it was Morgan's "scary voice"....!! The Hollywood -day at the Kodak Theater seeing POOH and his friends celebrate Pooh's birthday was probably one of the MOST animated times I've seen Morgan...and believe me "she is an animated girl" lots of times. The show was totally interactive and we bounced with Tigger, and hummed with Pooh, and clapped with Piglet and the whole gang. She was "so into it"...Allyson actually watched parts of it when she wasn't sleeping nuzzled into my chest. Once the clapping woke her up, she was 'watching' the show....it came complete with streamers and snow all over the audience. Morgan thought that was the neatest thing to have SNOW falling on her!!! Then, we lunched at the Hollywood Bowl promenade next to the famous Graumin's Chinese Theater. We stepped on "lots of stars" as we walked the promenade.

Kristin and Mark returned from their 'trip' Sunday afternoon just in time for the "boys" to "watch the BOYS" (everyone knows who they are, right?) and for the "girls" to attend a birthday party. At the party, Allyson met several of Morgan's "original teachers" who had her in daycare when she was only fourteen months old. Although Morgan remembers "all the kids" from those days (she was there until she turned three)she was only slightly shy around the teachers. After a few minutes she had them swinging her, and taking her on the park equipment. Allyson slept peacefully through much of the party.

Allyson had a doctor's appt. in LA yesterday, so it was just "Geep and Teetay and Morgan" out for a trek to Chuckie Cheese and the pumpkin patch! The pumpkin patch was a real adventure with Morgan picking out "just the right pumpkin" for each family member...including one final special one! When I asked her who the last one was for, she replied with pride: "This one is for the ANGEL, Teetay...you know the ANGEL that watches over the family!" How precious is that??? She very carefully selected pumpkins who "looked like the family members" and Grandma and Grandpa K. you will be proud to KNOW that you are THE SAME SIZE!!! Once we were home, she decorated the pumpkins with "hair, eyes, noses, big smiles, ears, and clohtes." (there will be no naked pumpkins on her steps!) The tiniest pumpkin was for Allyson and the biggest pumpkin was for her Daddy! The rest of us were pretty much "in between"...!!

Allyson rec'd a great checkup from her Monday appt. and I know Kristin will write all about it on the update soon. She is such a joy to be around, and it was fun feeding her new foods! She really digs sweet potatoes and corn "mix" and she does love the "green beans"...she even eats them for breakfast! Geep and I managed to do most everything "for her" on time, and we didn't encounter any "difficulties" until Sunday, the day K and M came home. The feeding machine (the PET) kept "turning off" by itself, so we used the portable one..not a problem, except we didn't know WHY it was turning "off" by itself! "WE" had inadvertently "pushed" the button for "dose" and the machine "thought" the "dose" was "finished" when it wasn't...not a big problem, and that's how you learn. I told Kristin what she already knows and that is I have the utmost respect for her and what she does all day each day...there are many 'steps' in Allyson's care that she just calmly takes in stride. To "do all those steps" for several days just made me realize what a marvel she is - - she never skips a beat! Both Kristin and Mark said the "best part" about their little trip was to "be off duty" for a couple of days and just "relax" and be on their own schedule. So, happy 10th anniversary AGAIN!!!

There are many busy days ahead for us, and we aren't staying on the ground for long. We hit the friendly skies again this coming weekend to visit our dear friends in Chicago. We're tried this "trip" a couple of times and we had to cancel, but not this time. We will WALK Lake Michigan this weekend and see if 'that toddling town' really toddles!

I hope everyone had a great Columbus Day weekend. We thought of our many friends and hoped that you were enjoying some special times with your loved ones. We especially thought of Big John, Elaine K. and Kathleen. Prayers are continuing to come your way.

With love to all, and it's back to WORK tomorrow!!!

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 7:46 PM CDT
And, by the way...the SURFING picture is coming..
I have seen it. YOU decide!

And, it "may even be" THEM!
Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va USA - Monday, October 10, 2005 11:51 PM CDT
Teetay will write tomorrow..."oh my gosh," says Morgan...(and Allyson is learning to SPEAK from her big sister)..."We have done so many things that I don't know what to speak about...."..

So, let me see...

Wait til Teetay writes on this website Tuesday night when SHE is "home" in VA!

What a wonderful weekend it has been...shows, pumpkins, surfing, and the beach...

And, Teetay "speaks"...GREAT WEEKEND~~!~! Allyson sits and sits and sits..and does not like to LIE down at all anymore!!!

Stay tuned, folks..

And, know that even in CA we are thinking of you ...all of you....the Hynes who are moving to CA "soon"...and to our loved "people" who are still facing challenges...Kathleen, Elaine, and Big John...

Love to all of you,
Always...and God Bless, Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va United States - Monday, October 10, 2005 11:42 PM CDT
Will you please ask your mommy where the surfing picture is? Aunt Aimee is anxiously waiting to see it - hee hee!

Have you been told lately how cute you are? Oh wait! What was I thinking.....your Teetay and Geep are there! Of course you have been told!

Love you!!!

Aunt Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Monday, October 10, 2005 2:23 PM CDT
Hi and welcome back home, Kristin & Mark! Hope you had a great getaway and enjoy the rest of the visit with Teets & Geep! Just thinking of you ALL this morning, and wanted to say hi and I love you!!!

It's a happy morning for the Penn Stater husband who is on his way home from his 24 hours of insanity and big win in Happy (happy, happy!) Valley yesterday. We're alreay looking forward to a BOWL GAME!!! Gee, San Antonio with the family or Pasadena maybe?!?!?! Oh the possibilities! Ok, several more games to go but we're optimistic :)

Hope you all are having a super weekend -- Boys and Birds this afternoon and that's always an interesting day in the Matus-George home!!! :)
Much love -- Ash

Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Sunday, October 9, 2005 8:39 AM CDT
I am still laughing at the story of Morgan speaking her own "language" to the little girl who spoke Spanish. Teetay, I think you need to bring her home with you so she can learn some Spanish along with my students! Actually, it sounds like she handled the situation quite well....children have their own language and can communicate no matter what! I love her take charge attitude ....and I'm very jealous that you are in California spending time with your adorable grandchildren. Morgan will probably be teaching Allyson to speak Spanish before you know it!
Can't wait to see pictures of your adventures and Kristin and Mark's surfing adventure! I hope Kristin is taking lots of pictures. Enjoy sunny California. Virginia is very wet!

Carol Williams <ccw92347@cox.net>
Herndon, Va. - Saturday, October 8, 2005 9:11 PM CDT
Hi there and HAPPY 10th to K & M! So glad I got to chat with you yesterday to wish you "live" a happy anniversary. I know you will enjoy Santa Monica, that fabulous Sushi Roku (say hi to Brad ;) and SURFING!! Can't wait to hear all about it!!

TG and I are off for a dinner date before he heads to PSU tonight in an RV with 5 guys (sheez... uh hem!) for the big Ohio State game tomorrow. I will be celebrating with my dear friend Michelle at her engagement party tomorrow... and all afternoon, I had the honor of babysitting Miss Margot Kennedy while Elaine continued to recover from her surgery this week. What an amazing woman Elaine is and speaking with her this afternoon taught me lessons that will never appear in any silly book. I am proud to have been able to help and proud to know such a great, strong family. Teets & Geep - they are still raving over the food you sent and Elaine likes the chicken chili best :p

Hugs to all my peeps in CA this long weekend and everyone else, enjoy wherever it is you are and hugs those who are right next to you. We gotta stick together, right Al Pal?!!? Love to my special little nieces -- MISS YOU TONS!

Love from Aunt Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Friday, October 7, 2005 5:47 PM CDT
Greetings from "the LEFT COAST" ("Don't tell Arnold!")
We arrived here ahead of schedule last evening and made it to Port Hueneme in record time! Walked in the house before 10 o'clock PCT!! Our bodies did not even feel the "real time" for a couple of hours!

But, to CLARIFY the 'time' that one little Morgan-Lulu found me this morning...for inqiring minds..it was 5:21 A.M.!! I was wide awake, so our reunion was an AWAKE one...it doesn't get any better than hearing these words: "Teetay, I'm so proud to see you at my house!" So, we snuggled and 'talked about the day' for awhile..then we were QUIET for a bit, and then, there was this LOUD snoring sound from NEARBY. Morgan's voice:"Teetay, is that Geep?" (who was downstairs on the sofa bed) I said, "No, Morgan, it is the MAN next door." (houses are CLOSE in CA and WINDOWS are OPEN..hence...'sounds travel'...hmmmm..can be interesting at times!)...So, Morgan INSISTED on looking out the WINDOW to SEE the "snoring man"....we just saw his LEGS, fortunately....thank goodness for PULLED blinds! That was the funny start of the day...and then, we found GEEP downstairs and snuggled with him for awhile. By the time we were up and watching Cinderella it was 6:30 A.M.!! I love early mornings!

Allyson slept contentedly until after 7:30 this morning, but when she smiled her way into the day, we were 'WHOLE' again!! I had the opportunity to feed Al-Pal her cereal and carrots' breakfast and she ate so very well! She chomps away at each bite, "shows" you what's left, and continues on wide grins all the time! She "sneezed" some of her carrot-mixture back at me, but I was ready for her most of the times! I only found a few remnants on my toes later on this morning!

Another funny thing happened this morning..in fact, I'm still laughing about it. Morgan and I had a little short jaunt to the nearby park. She played on the slides with me for awhile until a little girl 'about her age' appeared and they began playing together. They picked flowers, walked the log wall, climbed the mountain up to the BIG slide, and kicked the ball....Morgan continued to "direct" the activities with the little girl following her lead. The other little girl spoke only Spanish apparently and didn't seem to understand us, nor did we fully understand her. Finally, I said to Morgan who was attempting conversation REPEATEDLY to the girl...I said, "Morgan, she is speaking Spanish." (with my very limited vocabulary I wasn't able to converse much, unless we just kept saying "hello"..."how are you?" ...or "count to ten"...) Morgan looked at me, didn't skip a beat, and immediately begin speaking "her version of Spanish" to the little girl which meant she was speaking "jibberish"...I cracked up INsdie. Children are so well meaning. Morgan still doesn't understand why the little girl didn't seem to 'get it'....Kristin said she's done that several times before! I guess the MORAL of this story is that we'd best get Morgan BI-lingual as soon as possible! I'm still laughing..you should have just heard her "made up words"...they probably sounded PERFECT to her ears. When we departed we did say, "Haste luego, and adios." The little girl smiled and waved...probably thinking to herself how stupid we were, but FINALLY we said something!!

Get your chuckles out of that story!

This afternoon is the WereRABBIT movie complete with popcorn!!! Allyson and Morgan are both sleeping in preparation for this event!

Kristin and Mark left midday for Santa Monica and their 'anniversary' weekend! They are so excited over their surfing lesson in the morning and their special REGAL Sushi-famous-restaurant-event tonight! I told them to call, or not call that we'd be fine! I have instructions, phone numbers, and power of attorney. We'll be just fine. Mark did leave me with "advice" on what to do IF the "balloon part of the G-tube" should come out..(nothing to get hysterical about..yeah, right!!!)...although he's never put it back in (Kristin did one time by herself) alone, he told me how to do it. I think I would rely on the "emergency" room to help me...but it's not going to just come out by itself and I don't plan on putting Allyson on a trampoline in the next couple of days!!!

Sharon..I'm working on the ROLL OVER song and Allyson loves it. Both girls remember you (well, actually, Morgan does!) and Morgan said that "Miss Sharon read her good stories when she was tired." (true words)

Know that we're thinking of you all, and wishing the very best of news for Kathleen's full recovery, and continued prayers are being sent to Big John and Elaine K. We know God is watching over you all.

Love to all...I may not write a lot this weekend...the schedule is pretty full and we must travel to see "Winnie the Pooh and friends" tomorrow at the famous Kodak Theater. I'll let you know if I see any STARS lingering on the RED carpet!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
her, va USA - Friday, October 7, 2005 3:53 PM CDT
Happy FRIDAY! I wanted to wish Kristin and Mark a wonderful anniversary weekend!!!!!! Unfortunately, in this day and age, not many couples reach 10 years of marriage (myself included). So, you should both feel very proud of your accomplishment and I KNOW you KNOW what it takes to keep a marriage going. Luckilly, we have our parents as role models!!!!! I wish you 50 more years of anniversaries and I hope 10 years from now you are wishing me a happy 10-year anniversary too!!!!!

I remember being in your wedding like it was yesterday and it is hard to imagine that 10 whole years have passed already!

I love you both! Have fun SURFING :):):):)

xoxoxoxoxox, Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Friday, October 7, 2005 6:25 AM CDT
Hope all is well in Ally-land! Thought of her sweet smile often today. I spent most of my day at Camden and Grant's school helping out with Texas week. I loved seeing all these cute little five year olds in their cowboy duds! Boots and shorts...what a combination! One little girl had a sequined skirt with lots of fringe and some pink cowboy boots!! Look out Dolly! I am so thankful that my hubby works so hard that I can be a stay at home mom and help out at school. Well, I must get back to ironing clothes. I keep getting sidetracked...been ironing since 4 o'clock this afternoon...it is now 10:15!!!YIKES! Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Wednesday, October 5, 2005 10:03 PM CDT
And a special Happy Birthday to Megan, (you're not "adopted" anymore...you're FAMILY!) and to Jim H. who is doing to hard work of continuing recovery and relocation in LA, and to Brian, Atlanta nephew-in-law for over 20 years...and to everyone else celebrating something meaningful today!

And, happy 10th anniversary this Friday to Kristin and Mark..your tenth anniversary marks just another wonderful milestone in 'this year of years'...right??? We're proud of you for what you DO each day and for what you ARE to so many. Thank you for being the BEST! And, thank you for letting us be part of your journey!

And, congrats to Ashli who has found a position of worth and challenge as she begins another chapter in her "career path"....we are proud of your ability to juggle all those balls, and we're grateful that you are not going to end up in the ranks of 'day laborer'...although with TG's 'guidance' you've become a pretty good 'dry-waller personified'...!!! We're happy for your new job and your TWO mile commute!

And, continuedd prayers for those in hospitals, in need, and experiencing grief. Our thoughts are with you...and we send out our "white lights" (as Cat says from Pineapple land) and our quiet prayers to you all the time.

With love to all...

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)
And to my former students who read this website. In case you are wondering..."Yes, I miss you all very much." :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 10:39 AM CDT
Hi!! Thinking of dear friends and extended family now and always as we continue to bond and find strength in each other during tough times.... Yes, it does seem like we're all facing some major challenges and losses lately, from personal issues to world events -- and look Ally, you seem to be a source of comfort that we all turn to during these times. Thanks Al, and the Kelso gang, for being out there for all of us!!

I love the sassy red (dare I say burgundy?!?) background and new fall pics. The sister love is the best and the cool part is, well if Morgan & Allyson take after their Mommy & Aunt, many of these pics will be framed in their adult homes many years down the road!! SO COOL! I can't wait to take some of these to my new office in a couple of weeks when I join the ranks of the gainfully employed again as opposed to my day labor/renovation/wedding/Rally work that has kept me busy these last couple of months :p

Have a great "hump" day and rest of the week... Matus-George thoughts are with you ALL "out there".

HAPPY 35th BIRTHDAY TO MEGAN, my special new sister-in-law & sister in heart and FRIEND!

Love and hugs to you four in CA! xoxoxoxo

Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Wednesday, October 5, 2005 8:16 AM CDT
Miss Ally...Little did you know how many lives would be touched by your life. Crystal, I am so sorry for your loss. I, too lost a dear friend last week. I pray that the memories you have of your uncle will in time help you to heal. I was talking to a friend the other night and I told her that I felt like so many people were dealing with so much pain right now. She said, "Anna, that is our cue to step in and be the hands and feet of Christ for those who are hurting. And, to help people come to Christ." I firmly believe that as well. Ally, one day when you are old enough to read all of these entries in your guestbook, you will see the impact you have made in this world. Hugs to you from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Tuesday, October 4, 2005 9:37 PM CDT
Dear Crystal,

We will keep you and your family in our prayers. This website has been a source of comfort and strength for so many the past 9+ months, and you have certainly contributed to that comfort. Know that we have your family close in thought during your time of grieving.

Bless you all,


terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 6:19 PM CDT
Long time.....no post! But I do visit often to keep up with all of you. I am writing today to request prayers for my family. I suddenly lost an uncle, more like a brother, Sunday morning. He was 43 and died at home from a massive heart attack. He leaves behind an 11 yr. old daughter, along with my Aunt Gale. Both his parents and a brother and sister. He was such a wonderful man and will be missed by so many people. Please, lift this family up ....Thank you, Crystal Register
Crystal Register <jbrdregister@atmc.net>
Southport, NC USA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 9:03 AM CDT
Greetings to everyone!

Good news about my friend, Kathleen! Her surgery today went VERY well and the doctors are hopeful that her recovery period will be minimal and she'll be back home in about a week!!! That is VERY GOOD NEWS for lots of folks, especially her four children and husband!!! Thanks for your prayers for her.

Please continue to pray for John Mc....he still needs our website support!! And, please include Elaine K. in your prayers - her surgery was today as well. We have many folks facing big challenges. Send them your strength!:)

Counting the days til our feet touch down in sunny/hazy/smokey/CALIFORNIA! I hope the pumpkins did not burn up!! Looking forward to this coming weekend!

Ashli and I just spent a couple of hours going through all the beautiful wedding proofs! The choices are difficult as there are so many good shots! We 'pitched' the ones in which we thought we looked 'stupid'...!!!

Pope Allyson looks very appealing in her big HAT! Can hardly wait to see her sitting up by herself and eating green beans!! What advancements she's made in the past few weeks!

And, of course, it will be fun making "angels and candy canes" with Morgan for Christmas!!! Maybe she'll let me sneak in a 'turkey and a Pilgrim' when she's not looking!!!

Love to all, and thank you for your prayers for our good friends.

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Monday, October 3, 2005 5:02 PM CDT
Greetings ALL! Love the updates and crazy SMILEY photos -- too cute! Al Pal the Pope is sure a winner :))

We've had a fun sports-filled weekend and continued work on the house. It was all PSU on Saturday our with friends.. WE ARE... PENN STATE! (that's their big creative chant ;) Sorry about the Hoos K&M and sorry that this possible PSU win could knock them out of the top 25 and put PSU back in for the first time in years. You have a happy bro-in-law over here. Now it's pins and needles for a Phillies win but more importantly, a Houston LOSS (sorry TX!). Enough sports talk. Blah, blah, the Skins won again thanks to some gifts from refs and now it's on to 4:15 games and we'll see what the Boys and Birds get done at their respective games. Ok, I said I was done with sports... But wait! TG had a hockey game this morning and I actually attended since it was at a "normal" time of day. FUN!! Oh KDMK, I also baked a cake today because the husband thought that chocolate cake sounded really good with a big glass of milk (this was post hockey game and he was pretty banged up so I figured if the kid wants cake, I'll make a stinkin cake!) so I baked away and he is trying cream cheese frosting for the first time on it(he's a vanilla guy) and I assured him it was your favorite and he can't go wrong ;) So the cake is done with colored sprinkles on it (most people call them Jimmys but that never made sense to me) and displayed in one of my wedding gift cake servers. The point is though, I didn't take a photo because it is no match to the Winnie the Pooh cake :) I also had to give myself a shout out because those who know me know that me baking and frosting is quite a feat for this non-baker!!!

We're thinking of so many of you and your loved ones out there who are experiencing life's challenges and pain and suffering. I leave you, especially those facing the
unknown and dealing with difficult situations - and all
those who are being thoughtful in THIS moment, here you go:

"I beg you... to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions NOW. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer..."
~Rainer Maria Rilke

Have a great Sunday - and a great week, everyone! Much love to my favorite CA girls and boy! xoxoxo

Aunt Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington, DC - Sunday, October 2, 2005 3:21 PM CDT
Good evening to all...

Just a short note...PLEASE bump up the prayers for Big John McKay tonight. He and his family need your thoughts and prayers.

And God bless this wonderful man's life...he has loved, and given, and shared, and laughed, and BEEN a mentor to everyone he's ever known. THINK of him tonight.

Thanks everyone...and love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :)
Mrs. M/TMat:)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Saturday, October 1, 2005 9:48 PM CDT
Miss Ally....Your smile just keeps getting bigger and bigger! Love your birthday crown/Pope hat! Morgan, your my kind of gal...PLAN AHEAD!!! Sorry I have been absent this week....we had a rough week, but have had some good family time. We lost a dear friend this week and it brought to mind that we must savor every moment that God gives us. The kids are so excited that there are only 30 more days until Halloween! Who's counting? Morgan, I am also a gal who likes to plan ahead so I spent most of my afternoon preparing everything for Camden and Grant's Halloween party at school! Then I spent the rest of the day helping Miss Madeline make her "coat of arms" for her history project. Unfortunately, I did not plan ahead for that project and it is due on Wednesday...YIKES!!! The boys learned how to ride their bikes without training wheels last week and they are so proud of themselves. So, we have been bike riding alot as well. BIG TEX is in town for awhile! The kids are anxious to go to the state fair and get a CORNY DOG! If you're from the south, it is prounounced "CORN-EE DAWG", not corn dog! Madeline wants to go during Texas-OU weekend because she wants to see her college team play. Yes, she has decided that OU will be the college of her choice...she is only 8!!!Talk about planning ahead!! Boomer Sooner! Greg was crushed that she doesn't want to be a RAZORBACK! Well, I have rambled long enough. Hope the air clears in Cali! Hugs to you from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, October 1, 2005 9:20 PM CDT
I just have one questions for K....is Sheesh really a word???? Hee hee hee hee!!!!

We are getting ready to "warm" our new house with some friends. Of course, Jim has cooked enough food to feed a small country and we will be lucky if 20 people show up. Guess that means leftovers for the rest of the week.

It is actually unusually warm in MN for October today. We have all the windows open and have put on shorts again (this is after wearing a turtleneck on Wednesday).

Have a wonderful weekend!

The Moores (and Tyler too) <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Saturday, October 1, 2005 2:12 PM CDT
Good Morning to everyone in Allyson's world!

What a cutie girl she is having that TEA PARTY with her big sister!!! I am going to pack some "green tea" in my suitcase next week and see if those girls LIKE it!!! I cannot wait to attend their tea parties next weekend! We are getting more excited by the day just knowing that our feet will be in a California Pumpkin Patch next weekend looking for the GREAT PUMPKIN!!! Morgan will have to share the Pumpkin Patch "stage" with Allyson this year. Last year, Morgan commanded the 'stage' by herself and put on quite a little 'show' for us! This year she will get to INTRODUCE ALLYSON to that same stage!

It is a beautiful FALL weekend in Virginia! Please continue your prayers for Big John McKay and for my friend, Kathleen. I am wishing them both a GOOD WEEK ahead. And, to K. I will keep an eye on your girl!!

Much to do this weekend...more LOOKING at Ashli and Tom's wedding pictures! Out of the 500+ I must figure out exactly which ones I want for myself!!! In reality, I want them all, but I must narrow my focus and pick just the right ones that tell the beautiful wedding story!!!

Love to all of you and a happy weekend ahead! ENJOY some time with those you love!

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Saturday, October 1, 2005 8:07 AM CDT
Wow Ally! In December you were so tiny, and now you're all grown up and looking great! You go girl! And Morgan, aren't you the best big sister! You girls keep having fun together!

This quote was on my teacher's wall and I just loved it so I thought I'd share it with you.
"Every day is a gift... That's why we call it the present"


Lizzy Knippler <lizzywiz18@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA - Thursday, September 29, 2005 4:47 PM CDT
Updated photographer link for photo viewing...


Enjoy the show! We sure did :)
xoxo - Ashli

Ash & Tom and their photos.... <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Thursday, September 29, 2005 8:21 AM CDT
The pictures are beautiful...for those who wish to visit the Holland website...

I will try to give it to you...


Hope you find the time to SEE the "wedding" and how much love was amassed among the "peoples"...it was the best and these pics actually show it!!! Glad you were there in REAL or in SPIRIT!!

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, v usa - Tuesday, September 27, 2005 9:29 PM CDT
Well speaking of wedding photography, Aimee......... Drum roll -- and excuse my selfishness for taking a moment to let Ally know that my wedding photography preview is online!!! YEAH! I just knew Allyson would be eager to see them so here ya go Pal... enjoy - And Morgy-lu too! We loved reliving the excitement and joy of our day!! xoxox


Love you CA gals and boy! Talk manana.... Ash

the most recent bride Aunt :) <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Tuesday, September 27, 2005 8:29 PM CDT
Darn....I missed being number 35,000 by 77 clicks! (Although I think I have checked the site at least that many times today so maybe I really was number 35,000.)

I think my invitation to the tea party must have gotten lost in the mail. It sure did look like fun and Ally is playing the role perfectly! And to little miss Morgan.....that hair is OUT OF CONTROL!!!!

Kristin, I think you have missed your calling all these years. Forget retail - you are a photographer!!! And, after just paying for mine from the wedding, I bet you could make WAY more money in that field!

I hope you are all having a great week so far. I know, it is ONLY Tuesday!!!! We actually don't have anything eventful happening all week and then we are having a housewarming party on Saturday. Jim is cooking the main food (yummy) and I am baking brownies. Oh the memories.......I remember in college that Mark somehow knew EXACTLY when my brownies were coming out of the oven. :):):) He would show up at our apartment just in time to eat half the pan!

Have a great week!
Lots of love and hugs,

Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Tuesday, September 27, 2005 2:37 PM CDT
Holy comeback, Batman! It was touch and go there for a while but with all those Dallas fans in SF today, the BOYS got it done - YEAH! Unfortunately, the Eagles also got it done but oh well... it makes for a happy night for the boy as he is out playing hockey!

I bet Al-Pal and Morgy lu were sporting some BLUE today... I bet! :)

Love and hugs to you all. Extreme Home Makeover is on and I need to get back for the big "reveal" and get the tears goin' ;)

Have a great week everyone, and happy belated 9 months, big Ally girl! xoxoxoxoxoxo

Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Sunday, September 25, 2005 7:12 PM CDT
"The stars at night...are big and bright....deep in the heart of Texas!"...

COWBOYS! (and I'm an equal opportunity fan!)But, I feel the need to support all the good Texans I know tonight...it's been a wild ride these past weeks. So....GO.....COWBOYS! (did I say that again??)Glad the Chief's couch did not get DINTS in it today!!! Whahoo!!!
Wonder what Allyson and Morgan were wearing in CA? (they are many Cowboy fans in CA and they do not sit in their closets!!)

Good night all,
Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Sunday, September 25, 2005 6:42 PM CDT
WOO-HOO!!!!HOW 'BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!!You go Keyshawn with the 2point conversion!! Yes, my husband has taught me all of the football lingo! Were they really playing in San Fran? Sounded more like Texas Stadium!!! There are some Cowboy fans in the Bay Area! Ally, did you wear your Cowboy colors today? Love the tea party pic. What kind of invisible tea did you have? I LOVE invisible tea! Happy again in Dallas....Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Sunday, September 25, 2005 6:19 PM CDT
Good Afternoon All -

Hope this note finds everyone doing splendidly....seems there is so much to type...if I could only get my fingers going more often like my good buddy Anna Banana...I wouldn't have SO much to catch up on each time I wrote! Oh well...hang on...there are some happenins' to tell you about.

First of all, Ally, that tea party looked like SO much fun!! You ARE a dainty little one and I just love that you didn't wait for anyone to help you but went at it all by yourself....YOU GO GIRL!

Kristin, how do you do it all? Pictures loaded, your routines, fun times, journals, appointments, you continue to amaze me...including your odd little flexibility...I have the same thing in my hip...can pop it out like Carol Burnett did on her show....am I showing my age? Well, I thought it was funny then and if I had a drum roll and live camera, you all would think it was funny too!!! Hee One more question...how is it, your girls NEVER look dirty? I feel like I keep my crew clean as possible and we don't all look that "tidy in white" all the time!!! In fact, perfect example, I have a white shirt on today...it has jelly, peanut butter and strawberries on it....guess what Catherine had for lunch? Todd suggested after taking inventory of the smearings that perhaps I was the one that needed the bib or apron. I snickered at that comment and Catherine busted out giggling (do you think she really knew what he said?)

Let's roll on that bus for the Rally for Ally.....but do we have to wait until next year?? I guess the time will be here before we know it. WHAT A HOOT!!!

It is REALLY quiet in my house at the moment...why? Well, Todd skipped out after taking the boys to church with our neighbor for 9 holes of golf, Catherine is napping and the other three are watching a movie at a neighbors house...I should be cleaning up and doing laundry but that isn't near as much fun as catching up on emails and stuff.

The Crandell girls didn't make it to church today because we were recuperating....we got hit by a mighty bad stomach virus yesterday. It came with a vengenace and left quickly thank goodness. Poor Todd, he plays in this one golf tournament every year and as he left yesterday he said....call me if you need to and I will come home. He had taken 4 golf lessons this week to re-do his swing and finally felt like he had it...couldn't wait to get out there and show his stuff. Guess what? For the first time ever, I have had to call that man off the course....I was doubled over and staring at Ashlynn doubled over and thougt..."I need some help here!" Todd, quickly came home and was the hero for the day. Way after he had gotten the house under control and after I had come out of a necessary nap, I asked him how he HAD been playing...guess what his answer was? "The best I have played in years." ARUGH! Oh well....he really didn't mind and I was so thankful he was home and that he could get out today for a little respite. WHEW!

While Ashlynn and I were home this morning we were working on her Bible Study on Friendship led by Anna (okay..you all know she is the best!) and had such a good time together. We decided to call Papa aka "Big John". Well, Big John answered the phone and was sounded good. Ashlynn took the phone from me and talked to him for a LONG time...it did both their hearts so good....mine too. Thank you for your continued prayers....Dad's sister has been in all week from Ohio and I know he and mom loved spending some quality time with Auntie Fran.

Prayers continue going up for all connected to this website....The Kelsos, Matuses, Georges, Elaine K., etc. etc. We think of all of you all the time and pray God's goodness shines on each of you.

Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon...we're still giggling and hope each of you find something to giggle about today too!!!

Hugs and kisses (only the largest from Texas) and...GO COWBOYS!


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Sunday, September 25, 2005 2:21 PM CDT
Sign me up for the bus ride to D.C.!!!! That sounds like a plan.....Holly are you ready for a road trip girlfriend???!!! Ally, just checkin to make sure you put on your Dallas Cowboy gear today! You bring us luck!! The Boys are in your neck of the woods for the WEEK!! Hopefully my sofa will be spared a beating today! Hope all is well in Cali! Oh, and Elaine K. if you are reading this, please know that you are being prayed for! Blessings and hugs from Texas......Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Sunday, September 25, 2005 11:40 AM CDT
Happy 'slightly belated 9 month old birthday' to ALLYSON!!!

Look at what you've done in your life thus far??? You have an entire 'nation'...coast to coast praying and pulling for you, and always interested in your progress whether it is about peas coming out of your nose, or sitting up alone, or being on your 'all fours' for a minute or so!!! EVERYONE wants the latest scoop on our Al-Pal!! You keep up the good work with your dedicated Mom and Dad and your ever-vigilant big sister, the 'list maker'...!! I am SURE now what was in "that list"...it was a "list of things I 'm going to teach my little sister" in the coming years! And, I am sure ONE of them is to "JUMP ON THE BED" and scream "No more monkeys jumping on the bed" while doing it! I'm sure another thing she will teach you is how to do "Ring Around the Rosie" correctly...when you get to the "Ashes, ashes part"...YOU SCREAM "Aunt Ashie, Aunt Ashie....we all fall down!" And, there comes the "dying laughing part"....so, not to worry Allyson, there's much to come in your world of learning and you have many to teach you!!!

Congrats Alex on your wonderful open house! Ashli was so impressed with your repertoire of 'stuff' and all nice, good, lovely, clever, etc!!!! She's already said that YOU will 'do my retirement invitations' next spring!!! So, I'll check that off my "list"...!!!

Yes, beautiful FALL temps have come to the DC area...alongwith clouds. Can't complain about the clouds as the green grasses of home have been brown for some time! Maybe a few "raindrops falling on our heads" will be good therapy!!

Counting the days til Oct. 6th when "all our bags are packed" and we head WEST for the long Columbus Day weekend. "Dr. Kristin and Dr. Mark" will go on a little 10th anniversary trip to celebrate their first decade or marriage! For those of you who were 'there' or 'around' at their wedding we are all saying..."Gee, my how time flies!"

I hope everyone's teams come out 'victorious' this afternoon when the football engines rev up to play!!

We are happy to report that our Texas family did not incur any damage from Rita. Everyone is back 'safe' in their respective homes after evacuating to higher spots! God was good to them. JOY!! :)

I hope Big John is having a GOOD day, and that the Chief Rainwaters are enjoying some family time and that Greg does not have to hit the sofa today...that the Crandalls have taken a "break from giggling" (but not really) at the precious things their kids say and do...(that goes for all the 'adorables' in our lives!!)...that Kathleen is having a good day with her family...that my sister and bro in law will have a wonderful trip to the great northwest this week....that the Hynes will eventually get back into their house so they can prepare for their move to CA in the 'future'....that Jim Hynes is not still having to eat MRE's and maybe he can take his body armour off now....that Elaine K. will gather strength from the love of friends and family over the coming days...and for ALL who face uphill challenges due to illness, inconveniece, or hurricane-life-disruption....you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

Thank you all for your positive, upbeat way of communicating with us via this website. There is strength in numbers and we are grateful for each of you!!! I think Alex's idea of a 'chartered' bus for next years' Rally for Ally is a great one...we could just pick up people all across the U.S. and bring them here for the reunion of a lifetime!! So, Holly and Anna...get your 'thinking caps' going on THAT THOUGHT!!! :)

Thich Nhat Hahn said:
"Everyday we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky,white clouds, green leaves,the curious eyes of a child, and our own two eyes. All is a miracle."

Thank you for being part of OUR MIRACLES!!!

God bless,

With love to all,

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ "Still" T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Sunday, September 25, 2005 9:25 AM CDT
Happy Sunday to all! Hope the CA gang is having a happy weekend and I know we're all gearing up for some good football banter again - right!?!?! Oh wait, the Skins are off today... good thing for them, they will need all that REST from actually playing football last Monday! In this house, our teams are heading to the Bay Area and we're hoping our best friends out there will bring us some good luck :) But nothing beats the joy in the heart of one Tom George who had two of his teams pull it off in the last minutes this weekend - the Phillies came back and PSU pulled off a crazy win over NW! It will be a happy weekend when we return to Happy Valley this Saturday. We'll stay excited as long as we can until Ohio State beats them silly (not funny... scary). ANYWAY, I digress into football mode - sorry :)

I have to give a shout out to Alex who hosted a lovely open house on Friday night for her new company, Write this Way. Anyone in the VA-DC-MD area needing some awesome(!) announcements, invitations of all kinds, notecards, stationary, etc - Alex is your girl! There are some really cool things to choose from, especially holiday cards!! Her email is below this entry - hint, hint! Truly, it was great to see Alex again -- and we're only connected because of ALLY so thanks again, sweet niece, for bringing us all together and creating new friendships!

Yes, the crisp fall mornings are wonderful, and we love having all the doors and windows open! Morgy lu and Al-Pal, continue to savor yous FALL beach days - we love you lots - HUGS to you girls, and Dr. Mommy and Daddy too!!! xoxoxoxoxox

Aunt Ashli, Uncle Tommy, Nala and Peeve :) <cowboysbeatthoseSFwino-s@istilloveyadallas.com>
Washington, DC USA - Sunday, September 25, 2005 8:10 AM CDT
Hi little Ally and big sis Morgan! Can I come hang out at the beach with you!! We're not ready for Fall in Montgomery Village, MD. There is something to be said though for crispy Fall mornings. I know we say this over and over but I will say it again. Thank you Ally for letting us be a part of your journey. This Web site is truly an amazing place full of some of the greatest people I've never met!! Hope that will change in the future! I say we charter a bus next year, for Rally for Ally, from Texas to DC so I can finally meet the famous Anna and Holly! Terri - thank you for helping our Dallas folks! It was sooo nice of you.

Ally - keep up the good work. At this rate, I think you will be crawling before Will! Morgan - keep up the good work on those lists. I think you were listing all the reasons why you think you should have the yummy blue ice cream again soon!!

Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Saturday, September 24, 2005 10:19 PM CDT
Good Friday evening to you all,

Somber thoughts tonight for the many who have fled homes in Texas and LA again....prayers from Virginia are being sent your way. I hope Rita will not do extensive battle in the area. We know so many folks who are in the area, or connected to someone who is. Please keep my good friend's sister and her husband in your prayers. While trying to evacuate, their car "died" and they ended up in the small town of Magnolia. Without transportation or a destination, they were taken in by some lovely Baptist church folks. To complicate things, her brother in law is a diabetic and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital. And, that's just one of the many stories...it just happens to be someone close to my friend.

Just a few minutes ago, another friend/former parent of two students of mine, contacted me with news that she will be having a form of vascular surgery in about a week. Her condition is a serious one and part of a syndrome I knew nothing about. She will be treated at John Hopkins' Hospital, so she is in good hands. But, she needs the big heartfelt prayers of this angel-website that Allyson's birth created...so, please keep Kathleen in your prayers as she undergoes surgery in the near future. Kathleen's son, Tim, was in my class last year and their entire family has embraced Allyson, our family, and this website. So, please reach out with your prayers for them at a time when they have a need. God has blessed us with so much love and outreach....so let's just REACH a little wider! Thanks everyone!

And, because I am in the 'reaching out' mode, do continue to remember Big John McKay...he's holding his own, and he has some strong days and some 'not so strong days'...what is the STRONGEST about John is his courage and his deep faith. He is surely in God's hands.

Love to all of you, and it is our prayer than Rita makes a very quick exit once she drops down on Texas! We have our family and friends in thought tonight...

And, how 'bout that Allyson up on all fours???? Can't wait to see that in a couple of weeks! And, I sure hope Morgan has finished her 'list' by the time we get there....maybe she is writing a 'list' of what to do when we are there? Her big surprise is a trip to the Kodak Theater in L.A. to see the Disney Winnie the Pooh Show!! I have always wanted to see that famous theater, so it was a no brainer when we found out POOH would be "in the house"..!!! We even got a seat for Allyson so she won't have to be 'in lap' the entire time!!

God bless you all,
Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Friday, September 23, 2005 6:32 PM CDT
I awoke this morning thinking of all the people I need to pray for today. Ally, you are always on that list! I pray that your day will be filled with lots of baby giggles and good food! Tell mommy to bring you to Texas so that we can introduce you to TEX-MEX! Ha!Ha! Ally, thank you for being so special to so many people. Have a great Friday baby girl! Hugs from Texas......Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail,com>
- Friday, September 23, 2005 6:27 AM CDT
And I must say...SO MANY KUDOS to Mark, my son-in-law..but "my son"...the one I've known since the BACKSEAT of the "brown Mercury" when he and TWIN GLENN had the TWIN bobbing heads...I did not know at that time that Mark and Kristin would MARRY...but I still think about those "rides from Band Practice" with such fondness and love.

So, Mark, you GO, MAN!

You have "weathered a storm" in your own career and you have risen above it. I know that you are researching 'what to do if' scenarios and that is because you are smart. I applaud you, and I am one of your biggest "applauders"...maybe "next to Kristin and your parents"...

We have all learned so very much this past year about what "really counts"...and the bottom line is: "It all counts." So, Mark, you PRESS ON PILGRIM, as you have been doing for some time, and know that the rest of the FAM and the 'extended FAM' on this website are pulling for you, praying for you, and wishing you the best possible outcome of all of this. When all is said and done...it is really about FINDING a landing place...or a soft place to fall...or where you are 100% comfortable. I know that we will all be 'there' with you no matter what.

And, thank you all for continuing to pray for our entire Texas family...(the related's and the UNrelated's)..as they have evacuated to HIGHER GROUND...and all are safe as of tonight's phone conversation. We have aunts/cousins/ etc. in Port Arthur, and Houston...Katie and Ken evacuated and drove "Miss Annie" (our surrogate GRANDMOTHER) to S. Antonio to be 'safe' so she would not be ALONE....prayers for Bobby and Christie in Buffalo North of Houston...and for EJ and Helen who must stay with the DAIRY in Moulton..(hang in there, guys) ..and for the many in the area who will lose power, but NEVER HOPE. Thank goodness for the strength of FAMILY. We have just seen so many of these beloved folks at Ashli's and Tom's wedding, so we are especially thankful for them, and hopeful that ALL will be WELL when they return to their homes. God bless you all.

Still watching the 'movement' of Rita and trying to understand the intensity of two horrific storms......for all our Austin folks, and esp. "Big John" and "Char Char"...we are holding you close in thought and prayer.

And for Ashli's good friend, Elaine, we will continue to pray for you.."Hey girl"...."YOU are going to just be fine..." I have met you, spoken with you, partied with you, and loved you.....YOU WILL PREVAIL!! KNOW IT!!!

And, thanks to Holly and Anna Chief R. for your recent posts...YOU rock my days. Both of you. Your love and support means all the world.

And, did I mention the most adorable pics ever??? Allyson..or is it "Dallyson"??? That headband is just too cute...don't let it hurt your brain!!
And, Morgan.."making a list?" PULEEZEEE?? What a "CEO" she appears to be...so from Morgan..."So, now , everyone just line up and DO WHAT I SAY!" (Jack and Jay and Grant....watch out...Morgan is IN THE HOUSE!)

Love to all of you tonight...the very best wishes go to those who are suffering...and the very biggest prayers are headed to Texas right now...

And thanks to the displaced "Dallas" folk for the lovely letter via Denise via Alex H. that they are settled and starting a new life...in DALLAS..(the family I spoke about, Holly)...I am so grateful that I could be part of your RELOCATION. Thanks Denise and Alex for letting me be 'part'...

Special moments ahead...we just know it. Count on it. The world has suffered too much grief recently. There will be a rainbow tomorrow...and the sun will come up.

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :) aka Mrs. M/TMat:)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, v usa - Thursday, September 22, 2005 9:40 PM CDT
Hi everyone,
I promise not to talk any more smack about that football game last weekend. I just thought maybe I would update you guys on what happens to an aviator when blood pours out of your ears. Okay, that was a long time ago, but I thought I would update you all on the "boy" side of the family.

My squadron returned home from cruise the begining of August as most of you know. About two weeks ago everyone finally got back from leave. It's been great having everyone back, but I definitely feel like the outsider. I'm working in the Operations department (those of you who know my Navy side know that I've worked in Ops about my whole life!) I was scheduled to be taking over as Ops O on December 27th last year, but my head had something different to say about that!

Anyway, my future in naval aviation is still yet to be determined. I feel fine, as I have for months now. I'm waiting to get another MRI in late November or early December and if that looks normal (that's my big worry!) then I'll go to San Diego for some more neurological testing. If everything goes okay, I might be flying again in late January or February. I've gotten over the being mad at the Navy doctors for not letting me fly. I had a pretty serious injury.

Now I'm just on the permanent "riding the pine", "put me in coach" part of my life. As the understatement of the century, let me just say that it's hard to be an aviator in a fleet squadron and not be able to fly. It's like I'm stealing money from the government: in February I got my aviation bonus and haven't flown for nine months now! In fact, my last flight in the squadron on December 17th was a flight where I eaned an instructor qualification which would have allowed me to evaluate all the other Naval Flight Officers (including my XO and CO) and recommend them for continued flying duty. It's a SuperstanX for all you Navy guys reading this. I've had this qual many times, primarily in Norfolk when I was an instructor. Alas, that was my last flight. Hopefully I'll be able to get up again soon.

In the mean time, I'm doing my ground job the best I can. I've been in our simulator many times, and it's good to get back in there and at least "pretend" I can still do my job. Our squadron now has mandatory physical training 3 times a week. For those of you in the corporate world, imagine taking all of your employees out on a football field and doing calisthenics and running for an hour. It's where officers truly do "lead from the front." If your troops don't see their leaders putting out 110%, how can we expect THEM too? Being a department head in a squadron ("middle management" to the corporate world) menas that our enlisted folks AND our junior officers watch your every move. That means you BETTER be the best aviator, the best pencil pusher and the most motivated during physical training. It's a challenge every day, but there's no job I would rather have.

I'm a movie buff as most of you know. There's a great scene at the end of "Saving Private Ryan". Tom Hanks' character has been wounded but the Allies are definitely going to win the war. I can't remember the exact lines, but he tells his guys "EARN IT", as in "Do your job!" I think of that line often, as in don't rest on your laurels. It's ben hard with my flight status being in question for so long, but trust me, there's no one who wants back in the military as much as me!

I'll update you when I can about what I'm doing. Thanks for all your support for our family. We may live in the best weather in the US, but we could not have weathered this "storm" without all of you!

Love, Mark

Mark <mark.kelso@verizon.net>
Port Hueneme, CA USA - Thursday, September 22, 2005 8:12 PM CDT
PRECIOUS PICS, AL PAL!!!! AND MORGY LU TOO -- you're so serious! (have mommy say that in the proper voice ;)

Hope all is well out in cyber family land and our thoughts are with soooo many people facing life's challenges in one way or another. I received a copy of a Eulogy today from a friend whose best friend's fiance passed away suddenly at the end of August from an aneurysm ONE week before their Napa Valley wedding... I know, I know, that's a whole other tragedy I can't even begin to really grasp. Not uplifting at all but I was so touched buy her eulogy and words of adoration for her fiance and the life he lived. It really brought things into perspective, rather, it CONTINUED to bring things into perspective... and she closed with these words below... and for some reason, I am not sure why, but with all the darkness in the world right now in so many lives I found it fitting to repeat here in "Ally world" and this special community we have created. So this is for Matt, from his loving fiance, Jana:

....In the days before Matt died, he was reading the Tao of Inner Peace, and he loved the following quote – enough to ask me to put it in our wedding program. I find it even more appropriate now:

When people call one thing beautiful,
They see something else as ugly.
By calling one thing good,
Its opposite becomes evil.
Yet having and not having produce one another.
Difficult and easy balance each other.
Long and short complete one another.
High and low rely on each other.
Pitch and Tone make harmony together.
Beginning and ending follow each other.
-Tao Te Ching 2

Love and hugs to my family and everyone in Ally's world tonight!

Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington, DC - Thursday, September 22, 2005 6:31 PM CDT
Good grief! Just when you think you can start to pull your life together another natural disaster is on its way to our already damaged nation! I heard a story on the news this morning about a family who lost everything in Katrina. They went with the shirt on their back to seek refuge in TEXAS. Now they are forced to evacuate AGAIN! My heart just breaks each time I watch the news and I am getting to the point now where 24 hours a day of cartoons is looking better and better.

We here in Minny are doing fine. The sky got extremely dark around 6 pm last night and it looked like the tornado was heading our way. The weirdest part was that we did not even get a drop of rain in Eden Prairie. However, the hardest hit area, Andover, is NOT very far from us! Right now there are 100,000 people in the Minneapolis area without power but thankfully we are not amongst them. I even have power at work (darn it!) which is where I am writing from now. We can even feel the after math of the storm because the temperature yesterday was an incredible 86 degrees and today the highs are supposed to be 68.

My hearfelt prayers go out to all the faithful writers and readers (and friends or relatives of those very same people) of this website who need support for WHATEVER challenges they are facing. In this bizarre world of cyber technology, Ally has managed to pull us all together as a pillar of strength and comfort.

Giant sized hugs from Minnesota!!!

Aimee, Jim and Tyler <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Thursday, September 22, 2005 6:56 AM CDT
Just a thought for everyone to hold close to your heart...After the storm, God always promises a rainbow!Lovin Jesus in Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Wednesday, September 21, 2005 9:52 PM CDT
Ashli, please give your friend Elaine my e-mail address if she needs some questions answered. Greg and I both feel that God put us in that situation not only to teach us things, but to use what we learned to encourage others. This is so bizarre but just today, Greg found out that two of his co-workers at his new job have had thyroid cancer. I know that was a "God wink" as Teetay says! Anyway, we will keep Elaine and her family in our prayers. Thyroid cancer is curable but it is still cancer. Lots of people are needing prayers these days. I am so grateful that we have the freedom to pray in this country. Ally, just wanted you to know that you even look cute with baby food coming out of your nose!! Hugs to you from Texas....Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Wednesday, September 21, 2005 9:42 PM CDT
Dearest Sweet Ally,

Do you have any idea the impact YOU are making in this world? I hope you read each entry one day when you are old enough to comprehend what GOOD you have done already...in your short little life. Praise God for YOU!!!!

What a source of refuge to log on and find others are struggling and to know that we can all storm heaven for each other..in good times and in times of need!! I will certainly be praying for Miss Elaine Kennedy. Elaine...if you are out there....stay strong and know that people in Texas are praying for you!!!

Ally...what has been your favorite delight these days? Has Mommy stuck any part of a Blue Bell ice cream taste in your mouth? The doctor's didn't say it HAD to be nutritious did they??? Do you have Blue Bell out there in CA? If not...I may have to see if we can get some to you SOMEHOW...it is the best and the ONLY kind allowed in the Crandell house...period, end of subject.

So sweet friends out there is cyper world....it has been a tough week and looks to still have a mountain to climb with Rita on the path to Texas. A dear friend...close to a sister, has been re-diagnosed with her 3 round of breast cancer this week. YUCK...this is the third fall in a row. I really didn't know how to take the news but know that I have experienced every emotion God gave me over the past 48 hours. Life is short so I am opting to focus on the most positive emotions when humanly possible and puddle or scream when I need to take a break from "holding it together". So far that motto is working. I found a poem and a scripture that is keeping me strong for my sweet dad, "Big John", and my dear friend Lynn. Maybe some of you will enjoy reading these as well.............

"I command you--be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
Joshua 1:9

Therefore I live for today -
Certain of finding at sunrise
Guidance and strength for the way.

Power for each moment of weakness,
Hope for each moment of pain,
Comfort for every sorrow,
Sunshine and joy after the rain!

Kristin, Mark, Morgan, Allyson, Teetay, Geep, Ashli, TG - we love you all so much and love all the faithful followers to this website. We are faithfully praying for all good things. Have a wonderful, restful night and know that we are sending those Texas sized hugs and kisses your way!!!


(P.S. Thought I would leave you with a few funny thoughts...Jack is our Tom Sawyer...does anyone remember that movie where Tom arrives home with a large thud to his upstairs bedroom and someone downstairs says "Tom's Home!" Well..that is our Jack..he had an afternoon "Mad Science" (even that description fits him well) program after school and was brought home by a neighbor just in time for piano. He came in rockin' the house, shouting and dancing and karate kicking every bit of air.....I just thought... "Lord, plese help me smile through these moments" and then thought of Tom Sawyer...his name could have been JACK CRANDELL!!! HA We love these sweet babes...and love to hear all the "fun" of learning, experiencing and changing with Morgan and Ally on this precious website!! HUGS!

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Wednesday, September 21, 2005 9:30 PM CDT
Yup, we're "stormin' heaven" from our house to many homes out there tonight! Our thoughts are with our TX family(ies) as they evacuate and make themselves safe at home. Al-Pal, your little friend Sophia's mommy needs some prayers... you met Miss Elaine at our house in April. Elain Kennedy is a dear friend (wife of John who did the wedding ready for those keeping track!) and in May, she celebrated her 5-year anniversary of being breast cancer free - Hooray for that! But now, there is cancer in her thyroid and she will go in for surgery on October 3rd. I know Anna's heart is reaching toward us NOW having just gone through this with Greg -- so we need lots of "stormin' heaven" for Elaine and John, and their two little girls, Sophia and Margot. Elain has been through SO MUCH already so let's hope this passes and gets "all gone" FAST!

Between hurricanes, tornado in MN (Aimee - you ok?!?), emergency jet landings on TV, illnesses - all the CRAZINESS - we have each other to help us and give us strength in these times... THANKS to you all for being our family, extended family and dear friends. SEE WHAT YOU DID AL-PAL!?!?!?!? Much love to you all!

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
Marcel Proust

Aunt Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington, DC - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 8:42 PM CDT
Hello everyone!

This website for Allyson has been a continual source of strength and communication for so many of us. Please TONIGHT keep our Texas relatives in your prayers. Many are in the "path" of the 600 mile radius of Rita and are/and have evacuating. WE have spoken to many of them, but not all..it seems that everyone is 'getting out' to higher ground. (that is NOT an oxymoron in Texas..there IS higher ground..honest!!)...so please keep our heartfelt folks in your thoughts and prayers. Also..

A good, good friend, Gordie and Lulu Cook...Gordie's Dad and sister are residents of Corpus Christi and have probably also evacuated. Please pray for their higher ground.

Hard to believe that only three weeks after Katrina we, as a nation, are facing another potential hardship on so many people.

Thank you all for being part of "us" and our "lives" as they go on...and to think that Allyson's birth started it all. Al-Pal, you are the ultimate child of the universe. See? Look what you made happen!!!

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay :) aka Mrs. M/TMat :)

There is a huge world out there and it needs our love and attention. Thanks for watching out. :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 6:47 PM CDT
Kristin...yes, I believe the Cowboys lost because Miss Ally was not sportin' her Cowboy duds! Sadness reigned in our house last night! Okay you Redskins, there is your piddly ol' win for the YEAR! All in fun! So, Miss "DALLY" (I like that!) how is the food at Casa Kelso? I bet your big sister is tickled to get to help feed you with a spoon. Madeline used to love to play restaurant with her brothers when it was feeding time! She would pretend to take their order and serve up the baby food like a good waitress would! Hope your day was a happy one sweet girl! Hugs from the Lone Star State....Anna
Anna Rainwater <stilllovemycowboys@hotmail.com>
- Tuesday, September 20, 2005 9:25 PM CDT
Hello "morning after" Sports' Fans!

Some thoughts for you to ponder:

James J. Corbett (1866-1933)
"To become a champion, fight one more round."

Mike Ditka: "You never really lose until you quit trying."

Henry Ford (1863-1947)
"Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right!"

And...that's why they call it a 'game'...
All I can say is, "the sun came up on time this morning, and the day is a bright one!" Congrats to the players whose team had the higher score last night...and congrats to the players who had the lower score. It's just a number.
And, the folks in Texas have much for which to be proud of at this moment. They've practically rescued an entire state single-handedly!! And, congrats to the "boys" inducted into the Ring of Honor. Quite a tribute to their team-mindedness over much time. (and you guys thought I wasn't paying attention???!!) And, congrats to the Redskins for finally doing what has been attempted so many times before!

And...Happy Tuesday to all of you!!!

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 11:57 AM CDT
Three (possibly four) words for ya: "It's about **** TIME!"

Congrats to the Redskins for finally learning how to score some touchdowns in the last minutes of the game. Just goes to show that if you actually play 60 minutes of football, things can get done. So, welcome back to the most over-rated football rivalry. Actually feels like there's something to get excited over. Now Skins, win what, say 12 or more games over Big D (consecutively that is) and we'll be back in business. Of course none of that really matters because I know my highlight of the game (and I would say Geep and Kristin's too) was the induction of our favorite boys into the Ring of Honor. Go Troy, Michael and Emmitt - you guys ROCK. Class acts and all! Well, all but one of you possibly.... Actually, I am betting Kristin's game highlight was getting on the phone and chatting it up with her boy Howie when she called to make her pledge (ok, just let her think that was actually him on the other line.) Enough from me. In this house, it's just nice to keep it even and be 1-1 with my husband. Skins, enjoy the high marks while you have them :) And Bro and bro in-law-in-law (that's you Glenn) -- I am just so happy you guys have something to be happy about!! But about that TX football.... don't they have like the most number of division I football teams in the country? (Answer = yes! It was the question of the day last week so I think they DO play football down there!)

But most of all for last night, the "other" AMERICA'S TEAM put on a great show and were winners regardless up in NY. It was a great display of support and uniting our country alongside the people of New York once again! SPIRIT is an awesome thing and that's all that really matters! (ok, I am really trying to believe that spirit is "it" so Teetay will know I listen to her sometimes... but mom, it still hurts - weh, weh... ;)

Ok DALLYSON - this is your site and I knew Teree would give you that name, or NOT, once last night's game was over! You'll always be little Al-Dal-Pal to me and we know you'll root for blue one of these days (right???)!!! We just share this stuff while you're really little so you can look back on all your friends and family's silliness in your guestbook!

Happy "it's not Monday night anymore" and have a great day! Much love to you all.... especially you, DALLYSON!!!!!!! :)

A spirited Aunt in ick ooh yuck Washington DC <it'sabouttimeyoustartedtocatchup@dallascowboysstillrock.com>
- Tuesday, September 20, 2005 8:24 AM CDT
Dear "Dallason,"
Your mommy must be sad today, so eat more peas and applesauce, and give her a hug, but wink at Daddy while you do. Cousin Timmy is safe for now.
P.S. "Victory isn't everything, it's the only thing."

Teree <waytogoskins-burgundyandgoldrules@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 6:49 AM CDT
There's been a lot of Cowboys banter, which was quite shocking to me .. BECAUSE I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THEY PLAYED FOOTBALL IN TEXAS!!!
Glenn <piperdown@comcast.net>
Redskins Country South, - Monday, September 19, 2005 11:19 PM CDT
AMEN to Susan's words! Susan, I am glad that you and your family are safe. I pray that these next few months of transition will bring lots of blessings your way. Now, about them hogs....This little piggy cried "wee,wee,wee" all the way back to Arkansas! Not a good night for the HOGS or my couch that got slapped every time USC scored...WHICH WAS PRACTICALLY EVERY 60 SECONDS!!! Anyway, Miss Ally, I am curious to hear what was on your weekend menu sweet girl! Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday afternoon! Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Sunday, September 18, 2005 5:18 PM CDT
I HAVE MISSED READING THESE ENTRIES! Yes, this is the first time on since the storm, and I cried when I read about the peas. My Allypoo is doing so well! I miss you guys.

I want to thank all of you for the prayers for our family. Obviously, your prayers worked. We are doing fine, and we are excited about being together as a family again in a few months. I hope to be sitting next to Ally and Morgan at Christmas and hope to be moved to San Diego.

This "caring bridge" family is wonderful. Allyson Kelso, you have brought so many people together that wouldn't know each other. That is amazing. I want to thank you, Ally, for making a difference in the Hynes's lives. You have brought prayers and friends our way, and we love you, Baby. You have done in your short life what many adults fail to do; you have brought people together.

Thanks to all of you out there. I have never felt so loved in all my life. Please know, you have our prayers always. When you need a few extra, let me know. I will be here for you like you have been for me.

Love to you all.

Susan Hynes <susanhynes@aol.com>
New Orleans, LA 70130 - Sunday, September 18, 2005 4:18 PM CDT
What a small world it is as who would have guessed that Razorbacks would converse via Ally's website. Having also graduated from the U of A, I'm trying to remain hopeful about tonight’s game with USC although I realize the Hogs are more than a four-touchdown underdog. If only Matt Jones could suit up for tonight’s game!! Anyway, I’ll be calling the Hogs tonight and maybe the Piggies can make a game of it!
Jimmy Razorback <wooooooooooooooopigsoooie@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Saturday, September 17, 2005 1:34 PM CDT
Kristin and Mark....I am quite sure you are already aware of this but just in case you aren't.....there are some hillbillies in Cali this weekend to take on USC....PIG SOOOIIIEEEE!!!!RAZORBACKS!!!! My hubby is a UofA grad and loves his HOGS!!!!However, he doesn't hold out much hope for them today!! My boys are sportin' their razorback jerseys for their daddy's team!! GO HOGS!!!! "HOGS" from Texas....Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, September 17, 2005 12:42 AM CDT
Do "ponder" the WORD of the DAY: "waterlooged"....could that possibly be WATER L O G G E D???:):):)!!!!!

Have a laugh on the English teacher's 'typo'...

:) Terri

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, v usa - Saturday, September 17, 2005 10:19 AM CDT
Happy Weekend to all!

I woke up this morning thinking about how beautiful "the day" is here, but how many folks are suffering still from Katrina and her aftermath...as well as how many important people in our lives continue to face extreme challenges each day. A good friend of mine, Jan Washburn,(who is currently traveling the U.S. in her RV for six months)sent me this lovely poem some time back. I want to share it for all of you with special thoughts and remembrances for the Hynes' family, Big John McKay, AnnaChief and Greg, CatPotter and Dave (who is leaving for Iraq soon) in Pineapple Land, Kathy Leis' aunts/cousins displaced by Katrina, Kim and her family (Jim and Susan's good friends) who lost everything in Katrina and have a house still standing in water, and for all of you who have reached out and "dug deep into your pockets" to help the survivors of Katrina, for Kathleen Henne, for the support and love of our family and friends, and special thoughts for my sister....and continued wishes and joy in the lives of Kristin, Mark, Morgan, Allyson, Ashli, Tom, and "Nala"...and lots more peas and applesauce "days" for Allyson as she grows into yet another new stage in her young life...and of course, wishes for that "big decision" of who to "be" on Halloween for Morgan-lu!

Here is my wish today:

"I wish for you
Comfort on difficult days,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart
Gentle hugs when spirits sag,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Faith so that you can believe,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
And love to complete yuor life.
God bless you!
I asked the Lord to bless you
To guide you and protect you
As you go along your way...
His love is always with you
His promises are true
No matter what thet tribulation
You know He will see us through
So when the road you're traveling on
Seems difficult at best
Give your problems to the Lord
And God will do the rest."

And a special thank you and good wishes to Jan and Fritz who sent this to me...safe travels, guys! And we are grateful that "Grandma and Grandpa aka Maria and Jose" did not sustain any serious damage from Ophelia this past week. And, Geep made it back from Charleston without being too waterlooged! ALL GOOD NEWS on the home front! :)

And as Tiny Tim said..."And God bless us everyone."

Have a great weekend! We're celebrating the retirement of BO today at a backyard barbecue, and then sharing a little Penn State football frivolity (let's only hope it is 'frivolous') with Ash and Tom....so let's get this day started!!! You, too!!

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay:) aka Mrs. M/ "Still" TMAT !!!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Saturday, September 17, 2005 8:39 AM CDT
Oh Ally - what an important day! You'll be an old pro with that spoon in no time. I am so happy for you. Will's favorite right now is Apples & Chicken. Dessert and protein all in one jar - yum! As far as Halloween is concerned, my cutie pie Jack has no idea that you get to change costumes every year. So when Halloween rolls around and people ask him what he's going to be, he's quickly replies Thomas! Which is what he has been the past two years. Thank goodness I bought a big size several years ago. He also loves his Darth Vader mask so I might just break down and explain to him that he could actually dress up as Darth Vader or anything else he chooses if he wants to :). Will will have to be Yoda of course!

Hope you are all doing well out there in Allyland this Friday. We hope this weekend brings MANY reunions in the Gulf regions between loved ones that got separated during the storms, especially little ones with their parents and pets with their owners!

Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Friday, September 16, 2005 7:35 PM CDT
Yes, Ashli, I remember that Brady Bunch episode VERY well..Peter was trying to find a personality! I am the Queen of Brady Trivia!!! I proudly carried a Brady Bunch lunch kit when I was in grade school!! Anyway, Ally...you go baby girl!!! I know your mommy and daddy are beaming with pride at your accomplishments!! Now you get to wear some stylin baby bibs when you dine! My hubby just got home today after a quick trip to your neck of the woods. I so wished I could have accompanied him so that I could have hooked up with ya'll! If he goes back, I will make sure I get to tag along! Kristin, thanks for taking a pic of Ally in her DIVA bow! Can she be any cuter? Now, is it already time to start thinking about Halloween costumes? I think I will be the same thing I was last year...a tired worn out mom!! HA! HA! Don't you just love the innocent little decisions our little ones get to make? Grant has already decided to be an astronaut, Camden wants to be Darth Vader and Miss Madeline is going to be a flapper girl! And Greg.......his yearly costume...ELVIS!! Mom made him a powder blue jumpsuit a few years ago...complete with a rhinestone studded cape with a Phoenix!!! Greg has since completed the outfit with ebay purchases...white shoes, blue tinted sunglasses and a wig! Pretty scary! Well, hope everyone has a great weekend....continued prayers for our Louisiana friends and especially Mr. McKay!! Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Friday, September 16, 2005 6:02 PM CDT
MOOOOOOVE over silly formula, there's a new eater in town! Lovin the new pics of her "porkchops and appleschauce" experience (ok, someone other than me and my sister has to remember that Brady Bunch episode - no?? Al Pal, you're a cute eater and a cute swingin' girl and I love you to pieces! Uncle Tommy gave his resounding "that's awesome, kid!" upon seeing your photos and your PA "Pop-Pop" even caught a glimpse since he has been here with us all week. Hi-fives from me and the two Toms! :)

Now, for this costume little Lu.... It's not just that you're going to be the cutest cow in town and make Uncle EJ so UDDERLY happy, it's that you are fulfilling a dream of your mother's.... to finally immerse herself into the Chik-fil-a family! I bet she will also make you carry a sign that reads "Eat Mor Chick'n!" (don't that that fool you... she's a steak girl at heart and you too will probably have your first NY Strip at age 5 if she and Geep have anything to do with it! Yummmmm, goood! (with ketchup of course!)

Morgy lu - Why not dress as Nala for Halloween so YOU can be the pretend dog when we play "catch"?? It's time you had to do the stooping, panting, jumping, fetching, etc etc and let the grown ups do the "throwing"!! :) We have some extra authentic Nala fur lying around the house if you want me to paste it on a costume for you. hee hee

Ok, enough cow-wearing, beef eatin', appleschauce drooling comments from this side of the world. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Katrina evacuees near and far, the Hynes family (and so happy with their NEWS!), Uncle John in TX, Cat in Hawaii and lil Reb (just about 2 months to go for BABY!) and all the people who face daily challenges, struggles and triumphs in their daily life. It's these little victories that we experience together and silently within ourselves that keep us going, make us strong and makes this web site world go 'round. Happy weekend to all!!

Much love to our favorite girls and "bro" in CA from the Matus-George home! We'll talk (or moooooo) later!! xoxoxoxo

Aunt Ashli <gettingreadyforskinsatbigdthismonday@cowboysgo15-1.com>
a very humid icky sticky Washington, DC USA - Friday, September 16, 2005 6:00 AM CDT
Peas and applesauce! YUM! My favorites!!! What a joyful milestone for Allyson and "all"...I can just 'see' Morgan placing that spoon 'ever so carefully' to Allyson's lips one day soon!!!

And great fun in the swinging! I'll be sure to teach her the "swinging song" next time I come....and Little Rabbit Flu Flu!!! That was Morgan's first 'swinging song' so it might well be Allyson's!

Happy Friday to all...and happy weekend! Enjoy the beautiful weather wherever you are...and give thanks that most of the Hynes "possessions" are OKAY. They traveled to New Orleans today "wearing body vests" to check out their surroundings. Their building was spared out of ten in the complex. Their car was spared in the middle of a garage filled with wreckage. God was taking care of them. So, that is good news!

Take care and love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ Still T /Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Friday, September 16, 2005 4:47 AM CDT
Obviously, whoever was number 34,000 to see Ally “EATING” did not matter…just a great picture and update….Megan…it HAD TO BE YOU, since you are no longer “adopted”…RIGHT….just for all of you to know, ….after the first time Megan and Melissa came to our house, I told them that “we had adopted them” ….(Big Tom understands)….because they were such close sisters to Ashli…during the wedding week end, MEGAN said…we don’t want to be adopted…can we just be daughters…OF COURSE…after thinking for a nanosecond …I said “YES”…again, thank you all for your support and prayers and caring…Kristin and Mark…such great news and pic of Ally with her PEAS and APPLE SAUCE….way to go ….just me…Geep
Geep (aka Jerry Matus) <jerrym@dallascowboys.com>
- Thursday, September 15, 2005 10:38 PM CDT
What beautiful people join us on this website!

And that is NOT only the 'chic' Allyson with her ZEBRA headband...and the "giggle box" Morgan with Allyson on her lap!!
All of you are part of 'us' and we are so grateful. Let's continue to take care of one another in daylight and in storms.

Thank you for being HERE all the time.

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Thursday, September 15, 2005 9:01 PM CDT
Well, hello all...from Texas 'ya know. Hope everyone is doing just fantastic. John & Lydia...glad to hear you rode out Ophelia just fine..you have been in my thoughts and prayers all day.

Ally, girl you are just TOO MUCH! You look like such a big girl in the newest front photo...velour jacket and all....I love it...and I love you. I so wish the Crandell clan could all just squeeze you and your family!! IT would be such good lovin'.

Everyone in Texas is good...a little tired this Thursday evening but good. Our household is busy but we are getting along fairly well. We have some "Katrina" evacuees that have recently joined the kids' school and a number of families that are worshipping with us at church....we are humbled by their steadfastness through they many storms they have weathered recently. We have used this event as a teaching experience for the kids...they think A LOT about what it would be like to lose everything. So...we are concentrating on grass roots stuff like...enjoying family time, loving each other, and finding ways to help others.

Anna Banana (aka Chief Rainwater) is hosting a bible study on friendship for our girls (there really isn't much she doesn't do so if you already are not surprised...then you are one step ahead of me...she is amazing). Ashlynn is loving the study and sweetly prays for her sweet friends and loved ones....Ally girl...you are "part" of the prayer each time!! :-)

Dad (Big John) is holding his own right now and enjoying a few outings here and there. Thank you everyone for all the prayers...please keep them coming...God is listening and Dad is fighting harder than ever!!!

Well, I have one little babe (Miss Catherine) who is not her best tonight and I hear her stirring so I must be off to comfort her....love and hugs to each of you. You make a difference to us and to everyone who has been blessed to be part of this awesome journey through life with the Kelso Clan.

Hugs and kisses - Texas sized!!!


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Thursday, September 15, 2005 8:33 PM CDT
hello to all in cali, just saw a beautiful baby and had to say hi!!!!!
hugs and kisses to the girls
your pa family(s)

megan <dotstimes3@aol.com>
springfield, pa usa - Thursday, September 15, 2005 4:55 PM CDT
I got an email from my sistah today and had to share the nice words in it......

Happiness keeps You Sweet,
Trials keep You Strong,
Sorrows keep You Human,
Failures keep You Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,
But Only God keeps You Going!

Love the new pics!!!! Hope you are having a great day!

Aims <thank-goodness-the-f-ball-talk-is-over@until-the-weekend.com>
EP, MN - Thursday, September 15, 2005 1:16 PM CDT
Heeeeeyyy! I want a sassy headband! If only I had that for the wedding -- it's HOT! Go Anna go! That is the coolest and I think putting a baby in BLACK and chic outfits is the best. Not shocking that when Morgan was a baby she had leopard print leggings and a black velour(!) "mock" turtleneck... and little black boots! That with the leather jacket from 'Aunt Rebecca", and she was the coolest kid in town!

LOVE the news pics (duh, when do I not??) and stories of the week! I am so glad we have GOOD news from our loved ones in SC and NC and that you rode it all out just FINE, John & Lydia. Been thinking of you today!!

Much love to you four in CA and I'll talk to you tomorrow!! Kisses to the lil nieces ;) xoxoxoxo

Aunt Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington, DC - Wednesday, September 14, 2005 9:23 PM CDT
And, just look at the "precious angel" girl!!! Allyson, you will warm many hearts with your 'bestest' smile today!

To Lydia/John aka Maria/Jose...I am so very glad that you are "provisioned" and safe...and still have electricity. I had heard earlier in the day that your county was without power. Geep is in Charleston with NO RAIN at all, just high winds, but had been 'tracking' the storm up the coast. I hope none of the Southport/St.James' folks have endured any significant damage. Yes, Katrina taught the world a huge lesson.

I was talking to Kristin today when you, Lydia/Grandma K, called her...so glad to hear that all was well.

For those of you who have been visitors of this website for some time know CAT Potter from Pineapple Lane/and the land of the 'white lights'...PLEASE keep her and her family in your prayers today and in the future as she is undergoing some difficulties herself. Besides that, her husband is about to deploy to Iraq. She is the mom of precious Bobbi and adorable Darren ...they befriended Kristin and family back "when" Allyson was born and Kristin 'found them' on the Cleft Advocate website. CAT has been so supportive...and we have never met her and her wonderful family....she gave advice and knowledge and information when it was needed. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. They are "website" friends we are yet to meet, and they could probably use some of the love that Allyson's website has generated. Thanks everyone!

Love to all and a safe good night to everyone.

Terri aka Teetay :) and Mrs. M/T Mat :)
Hey students...you have a quiz tomorrow. Did you study?

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, v usa - Wednesday, September 14, 2005 9:08 PM CDT
Okay I must confess that I only watch football when it matters - which to me is Superbowl Sunday and even then I usually just watch the commercials! I know, pretty lame, but my husband is a huge Redskins fan so I guess we are a burgundy and gold house (although I'd never be caught dead in those colors separately, much less together!). I'd just like to say that the best part of all the football talk was we were getting a new picture almost every day! That was SO fun! But I think today's picture is my favorite. Ally-girl you are looking so sweet. You look like you're thinking, "Okay everyone, I'm ready for those strained peas right about now!" Hope you get the okay soon Kristin!
Lots of love, Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Wednesday, September 14, 2005 8:55 PM CDT
Greetings from soggy and breezy North Carolina! It is 9:45 p.m. and we are over the brunt of Ophelia. It wasn't as bad as our hurricane last year, but we have had much more rain. Our community, St. James Plantation, remains isolated from the rest of the county because our front entrance is under water but hopefully by morning the waters will have receded enough for us to move about. We just received an e-mail that several major roads in our community and several major roads nearby are under water and closed. But we are well-stocked with provisions and have electricity and water so we'll be fine. From our vantage point we can see little damage but know there are trees down from talking on the phone with friends. John will be out with the Fire Dept. in the morning helping to clear roadways of debris. Katrina taught us all about being prepared, a sad lesson to learn at someone else's expense.

Lydia Kelso a.k.a . Grandma Kelso <lkelso@ec.rr.com>
Southport, NC - Wednesday, September 14, 2005 8:51 PM CDT
Anna CHIEF Rainwater...you are the best...you bring smiles to my eyeballs.

And, the fact that 'Grant' is my maiden name..did you know that?? ...just makes me smile even more.

Whether it is about smiles, or styes, or 'fanhood'...doesn't matter. Look how we are all bonded like a huge family and it is all because of Allyson.

Thank you all for being here in the 'serious' and in the 'silly'...it is what it is all about, and Allyson is the complete RECIPIENT of it all. Time to PRINT OUT the JOURNAL and GUESTBOOK again??? The first printout was over 300 pages.

Thank YOU for being part of Allyson's beginning, and for continuing to be part of her life..."football rivalries" and all...what fun we are giving this little girl when she's old enough to read her HISTORY and the legacy that she has spawned.

Love to you all,
And "may the best team win"...on any given day..."someone will win/someone will NOT"...they are not "losers"..they just did NOT win that day.
Hold that thought.
Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/TMat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, v usa - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 9:36 PM CDT
Okay, back to the real reason for this website...ALLY!!! I know I have said this before, but you are just way too cute little girl! Grant stayed home from school today because he has had a stye on his eye and it was bothering him. It was also starting to heal which is not a pretty sight if you have ever had a stye. He was also running a slight fever so we stayed home. He was really wanting me to be the nurse..."Mommy, can you please give me a little bell to ring when I need you? Mommy, can you please bring me my lunch on a tray so I can eat in bed? Mommy, I think it's time for my medicine again. Mommy, I think I feel the fever again, can you get the "termawbiter"? What a little stinker!! I loved wearing my nurse hat today! Anyway, Miss Ally, hopefully all these skins fans will just throw up their hands and realize that there are way more Cowboy fans in this world!!! Keep smilin' sweet girl! Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <allylovesthecowboys@cutebabies.com>
- Tuesday, September 13, 2005 9:20 PM CDT
How many ant bites, Mark? I think those Cowboy fans are just counting them...ya think? Hey..it's all in fun..don't compare it to an 'invasion'..invasions are SERIOUS. Football rivalries aren't!! (or at least I hope they're not...)

What fun these past few days! So many friends who read the website, but don't 'post' have had a 'hoot' with the 'back and forth'...and they're all Redskins' fans, too! If Allyson only knew what demise her website had taken of late!!

Those girls are looking good no matter what they're wearing...blue/silver/burgundy/gold...whatever...it's the smiles that count!!!

Love and hugs to all...from a "non fan" of either/any team....I just go for the flag waving, tailgating, and camaraderie that gets established by being part of "the old American spirit" at a game!!! And, I'm terribly grateful when no one throws anything at me when I'm walking with Geep in his Blue/silver garb!

Me-thinks-folks-take-the-rest-of-it-way-too-seriously!!! Certainly not to be compared to Afghanistan!!!! :)

Love to all and please keep those folks who really need our thoughts and prayers in the forefront. They are probably "fans" of some team, too...and they may even hail different "colors" on their shirts...like one very wise man once said: "It's all good." (inside joke...K and A will get it!) :)

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 5:51 PM CDT
Hi Ally and Morgan too.

Been a long time since I peeked in on you. Gotta say that Bobbi ADORES you in that cowboys jersey! She was so pleased to see you all dolled up like one of 'dem boys. :)
Darren on the other hand was frowning, for he bleeds black n gold. (As do I, and Dave as well. Devout Steelers here all the way) But I'll tell ya what? I'll root for the cowgirls anyday before I do the skins. Sorry Mark! Gotta love the rivalry. hehe.

You're looking real good. We've been offline for quite some time, and I lost your website address, so had to go back and look it up from an old email. Sad but true. We're not online as much these days, but life is still good. I only have access to outlook email for now, hence why I'm writing you at my neighbors. ;)

Don't know when your next surgery is, and what it entails, but if it's palate and hand surgery, we'll be thinking of ya!

Take care. Love that cheesy grin! Hugs to Morgan too. Love those curls of yours!

Catfromsteelerscountry <bleedingblackngold@pittsburgh.net>
miningtown, pa :0) - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 1:15 PM CDT
Wow, I didn't think it would only take one post to silence all the Cowboy fans. That was easier than taking over Afghanistan!
Mark <mark.kelso@skins still rock.org>
- Tuesday, September 13, 2005 11:57 AM CDT
Alright, I can't take this Dallas and Philly garbage any more!

We saw McSadd and T.O. choke tonight, and the "Girls" are going down next Monday night in Prime Time! Texas Stadium has a hole in the roof because they blew the money buying coke for the White House in Dallas. You history buffs know what I'm talking about!

Sorry, just had to talk a little smack because being a Skins fan is just painful. I heard that a thousand ant bites will kill a man. That's what rooting for the Redskins is like!

Skins Fan <skins.rock@where are doug williams, mark rypien and timmy smith when you need them.org>
Port Hueneme, CA - Monday, September 12, 2005 11:32 PM CDT
Ally, not only are the Cowboys "America's Team", they are also "God's Team." That is why Texas Stadium has a hole in the roof...so that God can watch his team!! You and your sista are stylin' and profilin' in your Cowboy gear! Now, we need to get you to a Cowboy game so the two of you can replace the Cowboys cheerleaders and do some cheering of your own!! I also have to agree with Ashli...Burgundy is not a good color to wear...with gold or any other color! You can NEVER go wrong with silver and blue!!! Were your ears burning this afternoon Ally? Your name came up at our bible study. Ashlynn Crandell said a few words about"baby Ally" and how God has helped her! Oh, and Morgan, my sweet boy Grant had hearts poppin' out of his head when he saw your picture on the screen! He said, "Mamma, that "grill" is so pretty! When Grant was 2 he couldn't say "girl" it always came out "grill". It has stuck to this day!! However, when he wants a grilled cheese sandwich, he says he wants a "girl" cheese or a "boy" cheese sandwich! Silly guy! Well....it has been a long day, I am ready to hit the sack! Sweet dreams Ally! Hugs from Cowboy country....Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Monday, September 12, 2005 9:41 PM CDT
Yeah...thank you, Ally and Morgan for helping me thru a tough week end with everyone saying....Dallas Sucks...and as long as we win, or whatever..., just know that you girls are always winners......I think the skins have only won 1 of the last 14-15 games against "Big D..or at least since 1997 for sure......." c u next Monday nite in the Big D....
The Tuna <Billl and the rest of the team...aka ....COWBOYS@DFW.com>
Arlington, TX usa - Monday, September 12, 2005 9:29 PM CDT
Thanks for the personal response, Kristin! I love it. Ally looks adorable no matter what she is wearing. She'll be picking the "right" colors when she's old enough to do so. I know she's a smart one!! Gotta love that great grin. Little does she know that she is in the center of a swirling controversy! By the way, Troy Aikman and I have the same birthday and I DO really like him! So I'm not totally anti-Cowboys. I may have to find another team to like now that Gibbs has picked Brunell to start against the Cowboys next Monday. Is he nuts? Can I stand this another season?
I think I'm done now.

Theresa Cover <tesscover@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA - Monday, September 12, 2005 9:19 PM CDT
Ter-ree --- Ally says, "you ever seen that movie `You got Served'???" And then she does a little Dr. Evil a la Austin Powers laugh: "MWAH HA HA HAH, MWAH HA HAH..." (with pinky to mouth corner of course)

Sorry babe, I couldn't resist! See all the true love and spirit of fun, silly frienships (and not so silly football rivalries) Ally has brought us together to experience!??!?! Ok, back to this train wreck they call Monday Night Football. My HUSBAND is exercising his colorful language tonight. Isssss funny. Of course I am secretly hoping the UVA-VA Tech team, umm, er, I mean The Falcons keep up their good work :) SHHHHH!

Happy week to all! Oh, JACKIE.... did I tell you to keep the positive PSU vibes going and we'll see you for the Alamo Bowl?!? YEAH!

Lots of love to all --- esp. those lil SMILING cowgirls!

Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Monday, September 12, 2005 9:15 PM CDT
TEREE will love it!

What's not to love? A happy "cowboy girl"...!! Wow...what joy! So, LOOK Allyson...look what you started! You have "everyone" wrapped around you!!!

Happy week to all,
Terri aka Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Monday, September 12, 2005 9:13 PM CDT
Apparently you in Cowboys' gear is what we needed to change the opening weekend luck The Boys have had the last few years. Just one more reason we're glad you're here with us!
Keep cheering for America's Team, and let me know when you're ready for your first Dallas visit. I'll meet you there!

Jackie Horras <jackie2fish@hotmail.com>
San Antonio, TX US - Monday, September 12, 2005 7:56 PM CDT
Hello all,

I need to "jump into the football" fray and explain EXactly what is going through Allyson's and Morgan's minds while wearing their blue and silver stars! I think Morgan has just said to Allyson: "You see, Allyson, these are our outfits for our Mommie's team. And, our Daddy has a different team in DC and they wear burgundy and gold. A long time ago, Teetay brought me a Redskins' shirt so that during games my mommie and daddy could 'share' me for half the game. That was when I was about 2 years old, and they kept changing my shirt depending on WHO was ahead. I didn't get it at all, and I wasn't crazy about all the changing! Now, Allyson, we only seem to have these blue and silver clohtes, so lie real still, and maybe they won't need to CHANGE us. Do you get it? Allyson???? Huh??? What???? YOU DON'T CARE????!!!"

Now, THAT is what I think is going on in their minds!
We've had a bit of FUN with all this REDSKIN/COWBOY rivalry this weekend! You haven't experienced ANYTHING until you attend a Redskin's game with Jerry wearing his COWBOY jersey! It is just plain SCARY! People were pretty nice to him yesterday...I told everyone who bellowed out, "What are you doing here"...that HE MADE A WRONG TURN and ended up in DC from TX! That got some grins.

Happy new week to everyone, and let's hope all the residents of the NC/VA coast will be safe from Ophelia. Geep is headed to Charleston, so he thinks he will be UNDER the hurricane by the time it arrives!

Hoping to hear more fun Allyson and Morgan news this week!

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Monday, September 12, 2005 6:14 PM CDT
I was right!!! Allyson does not look HAPPY AT ALL in her Dallas cowpoke outfit. She's having a wardrobe malfunction! She's a-yearnin' for some burgundy and gold!
P.S. No cats were ever harmed in this rivalry!

Theresa Cover <teree@redskins.com>
Fairfax, VA - Monday, September 12, 2005 2:38 PM CDT
THANK GOODNESS I know have the perfect fall football season wallpaper on my laptop!!! YEEAAAAHHH! I love seeing my two favorite COWGIRLS on the home page --- Yaaahhhhooo! Keep being rough and tough, ladies, for as long as you can! Given your roots, I have no doubt you'll be sports fans through and through. If you stick with teams that at least have BLUE in their colors, you'll pretty much please the whole family. How about that?? Just stay away from green, gold and burgundy/red/whatever they call that ugly Redskins color... oops, did I say that out loud? Besides, you both look great in blue. Burgundy, err, not so flattering. And gold, well, that's just down right gross. :) And Teree, please don't hurt Timmy. He's old now and still traumatized from the first time you tossed him in the fire place. See! See if the George niece/nephews ever get to play with you again after they learned you threatened our cat's life!! ;) OK, KIDDING everyone... Theresa is harmless. Well, mostly.... ;) Maybe all the Skins fans will be in better spirits if they don't spend the whole season KICKING again. Good luck next Monday night. I'll be protecting my cat, just in case!

Happy Monday and have a great week! You know who to cheer for tonight, right??!!? RED is an ok color by all means!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (shhhhh... don't tell Uncle Tommy!)
xoxoxoxoxoxo Talk later!

Aunt Ash psyched up for the next 5 months.... <STARSand BLUErock@digginDallas.com>
Dallas fan in Washington, DC - Monday, September 12, 2005 9:25 AM CDT
I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed reading the entries this weekend!!! Ally is for sure sticking out her tongue because she does NOT want to watch football....she wants to go shopping, get her nails done, and get her hair foiled :) Enough of this BOY stuff - HA!
Girly Girl from MN <nomorefootball@footballwidow.com>
EP, Mn - Monday, September 12, 2005 7:23 AM CDT
I'm pretty sure I know why Ally is sticking out her tongue. It's the thought of having to wear some idiotic Dallas Cowboys outfit! Mark, you have to step in here! At least ONE of your daughters has to be a Redskins fan. After all, Allyson has been to Washington, and really liked it, too, and she hasn't been to Dallas, has she? So there you go. This Cowboys attachment for her is bogus. A word of caution for those who know. . .remember Timmy's almost fate? I'd hate to have to take it that far again! GO REDSKINS!!!
Theresa Cover <allylovestheskins@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA - Sunday, September 11, 2005 7:54 PM CDT
COOOOOOOWWWWWBOYS! Told ya we'd get it done, Ally.... Welcome to the club! Your biggest fans and I love ya more than you could ever imagine..... We wish we had time to come up and see you but it's back to the bus to hit the road. Let us just say, a MUCH celebrated and worthy win to our buddies from New Orleans -- way to give the hometown fans a VICTORY! And the Giants too! Much remembering on this day and the home teams got it done for their cities. Now, if the Eagles don't pull it off tomorrow night then the NFC East might have ONE team that isn't 1-0.... hmm... I think you have an Uncle who will be very upset about that! (but, I hear he's not feeling very positive about it.... hmmm. At least his dismal PSU kids pulled it off again this weekend. But to be honest, we all fear for thier lives when Ohio State comes to town in Oct!! I digress................)

Much love to you Little A from all of us from Big D --- well, us and all your huge Big D FANS and FAMILY!!!

Your main BOYS: Drew , Julius, Keyshawn, Terry, Aaron, Eric & Jason <playmakers@BigD.com>
San Diego, CA - Sunday, September 11, 2005 7:25 PM CDT
WOO-HOO!!! Our Cowboys were winners today! The Tuna had them ready to play!!! Ally...I suppose you were sticking out your tongue to the Chargers!!! Now, don't stick that tongue out when mama tries to feed you broccoli!! Kristin, you really know how to capture the moment with your photos! Happy Sunday everybody! Happy in Dallas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Sunday, September 11, 2005 6:22 PM CDT
Hi, California Family! We've been out of town, and came back to working like crazy at the Salvation Army Shelter here in Gwinnett County to assist the folks from Mississippi and Louisiana who are among us. Have to confess to be a little muscle-sore from hefting, sorting, lifting boxes of food and supplies. But it really is rewarding, and the people with whom we've been in contact are very grateful. So many have had so little most of their lives that sometimes I think it seems a bit like Christmas morning to get such "good stuff" from the loving hands of strangers. Anyway, it's a good feeling to be involved.
And WHAT ELSE IS A GOOD FEELING IS READING ALL ABOUT ALLYSON AND ESPECIALLY THE SWALLOW TEST AND THAT YOU CAN NOW START EATING REALLLLLLLL FOOD!! Oh, what marvelous news, and it brought tears to my eyes! Just think, Miss AllyBeDally, that Geep will have you eatin the bestest brisket he makes before the age of TWO! I loved the new pictures too, and that smile of yours would light up the sky! I think you should have a star named for you, what about that?! I send you and your precious big sister, Morgan, my best hugs and kisses. Teetay sent us some new pictures of you both, and they're where I can kiss them every day! Give your mom and daddy a big ole squeeze from Aunt Grammy and Uncle Poppy! xx oo Aunt Grammy

DaleGPugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Sunday, September 11, 2005 1:12 PM CDT
Well, I'm glad to see that Geep is as excited today as I am since the start of the football season is already driving my wife (Aimee) crazy. As a former oddsmaker in Vegas, and a current "investor" in the outcome of various football games, I want to take you up on the bets you listed in your posting. But, I have a problem - all of your bets are winners! So, I'll take a pass for now and be sure to have a beer (or two) for all of us living here in Viking Country.....by the way, BOO Vikings!!!
Jimmy the Bookie <vikingschokeagain@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Sunday, September 11, 2005 8:23 AM CDT
Just in case any of your want to know….tho I have had to live with the “Skns” all my life, especially the last “ almost” 25 years” in the DC area, you wouldn’t believe how many “Boys” fans are here…yes, most are closet types, but since my first game at the “skins” and I even buy season tickets to watch them, sorta, ( and LOSE, of course, against the COWBOYS”, and so may other teams), I have NEVER failed to wear my COWBOYS “gear”…and, yes, I get a lotta S….t for it at the games, but we always prevail…ONLY ! Loss to the “deadskins” since 1997...so be sure that on Sunday, I will be wearing NO. 28’s Jersey which Ashli got for me when she and Kristin gave me a Father’s Day present to go to the Dallas/Skins game in the “Bid D” 2 years ago….What a blast…and they only charge you $6.00 to Tailgate with them…Sunday, I will probably pay The Skins (and SNYDER, the owner} $75 just to park and tail gate…..by the way…we will have Bungalow‘s “Hot Wings“, “BBQ Ribs ( I smoked them last week end), KCF chicken, POPEYE’s Chicken (extra spicy), baked beans, Jalepeno cheese dip and Fritos …of course, something to drink, perhaps…maybe start with Bloody Mary’s about 10:00 AM, then, beer, etc….
John…you have always been “BIG” in my eyes…so Hang in there….remember, not all flight plans are perfect, and some times we get diverted to a “different base”…but we “refuel”…which you are doing and press on to our final approach, whatever God has planned for us….Ally will definitely have her “Boys” outfit by the October visit…TG’s “Lions” won big today, Eagles will win, Skins will lose tomorrow, Boys will win tomorrow and the Eagles will take Atlanta Monday….any bets????

Geep <geep2@cowboys.com>
Cowboy Country, DC usa - Saturday, September 10, 2005 10:17 PM CDT
Ally --I hope you have Morgan's Cowboys hand-me-downs to wear as football season kicks off tomorrow with the Boys at SD. Let's hope the old men Bledsoe & Keyshawn get it done. You better be wearing her "old stuff" for the game since Morgan has new Dallas duds coming......soon.... courtesy of the little playa, Emmett.
All my love and best wishes as you continue on your amazing journey -- with an amazing family!!! You're an inspiration, little cowgirl! :P

As I have been quoted to say... "Everything starts with yourself, with you making up your mind about what you're going to do with your life. I tell kids that it's a cruel world, and that the world will bend them either left or right, and it's up to them to decide which way to bend."
Ally, you'll bend any way your heart and mind desires, I know it!

PS - DO you think Troy is as hot as your mom thinks he is?

Tony Dorsett #33 <the cowboysloveyaAlllyson@BigD.com>
Rochester, PA - Saturday, September 10, 2005 7:29 PM CDT
Ally....Has your Geep christened you with your own Dallas Cowboys t-shirt yet???:) Hugs....Troy Aikman
Troy Aikman <cowboyfan@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, September 10, 2005 4:36 PM CDT
Unfortunately, I missed the show last night(and my Dixie Chicks!) but, I did read about Dimonte in the newspaper. I cried as I read his story because it took me back to my teaching days when I taught inner-city children and so many used to tell me how they were left alone all night because there mom had to work or their mom went out for the evening. Broke my heart to think that a child could be left alone like that. Dimonte's parents I am sure were horrified wondering where there children were. What a courageous little boy to lead all of those others away from danger. Six years old! That is one year older than my boys and I can't imagine them being alone in those conditions much less having to care for other younger children and lead them out. You Go Dimonte!!! What a little warrior you are! Teetay, I am so envious that you will be listening to the music of SIR Elton John this evening! Love him! Now as for the Redskins...BOO! HISS! I will be enjoying my beloved Dallas Cowboys! I will close with a verse that I shared with Mr. McKay because I feel it is appropriate for those who are suffering right now..."And the God of all grace, who called you to eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 5:10 Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, September 10, 2005 1:54 PM CDT
Good Morning!

Like many of you I was watching the CBS "Shelter from the Storm" show last night which was aired to raise money for the KATRINA survivors, and I was touched by one particular story. Maybe you heard it, too, but if you didn't, I'll share it now.

A six year old little boy named Dimonte Love was found 'walking away from the city' carrying his baby brother in his arms...and Dimonte was leading five other children UNDER the age of SIX toward safety. When he was found, he was asked by rescue workers 'just where he was going'...and he said, "I was leading my brothers and sisters out of the storm." He was eventually reunited with his other family members, miraculously. What courage from such a tiny lad. Let's remember him and the many, many others that we don't even know about. When "they say" OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES now, it will hold a very special MEANING for me. God bless you, Dimonte, wherever you are! You are a leader among leaders and I applaud your rightful thinking.

And this quote sort of "fits"...

"Real courage is when you know you are licked, but you begin anyway...."

Happy Weekend to all of you, and continued prayers for those who are struggling with life's challenges.

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :) (still T Mat)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Saturday, September 10, 2005 12:27 AM CDT

Uncle John..."Big John"...you just warm my heart! Thanks so much for penning the words for 'the girls'....yes, you and Allyson share a special "space" and we will continue to pray for you, and be thankful that you are part of our collective lives. You are the best!

And, let's continue to celebrate Allyson's "swallowing" test...I know we will be just as elated when she blows her first bubble, rides her first bike, writes her first letter...etc.etc.etc.!!! So many 'firsts' are ahead for her and she has a great role model in Big Sistah Morgan...Morgan will lead her down all the 'right' paths, I am sure!!!

Happy weekend to all of you!! I have much 'first week schoolwork' on the agenda, but I'm taking time out to "party with the girls" at Elton John Concert tomorrow night, and "hang with Geep and the boys" at the Redskins' opener Sunday! And, we are continuing our efforts to help those displaced and homeless because of Katrina. There is much to be done still, and each day offers a new opportunity to help.

With love to all and prayers for many,

Thanks for being "here"...

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat (until I get a new name, I remain "T Mat")

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Friday, September 9, 2005 6:38 PM CDT
Ally, Kristin, Mark, Morgan, Dad (Big John),


Texas sized hugs and kisses,


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Friday, September 9, 2005 6:37 PM CDT
Hello Ally you sweet thing! Here is a short note from "Uncle Big" John in Texas who has had you on my mind for some time and so wish our McKay/Crandell families could have been there in VA/DC to see you all at the same time of the wedding - but, alas not to be. Let us pray and hope another opportunity will present itself in the future. I love the pictures and stories about you, your big sister Morgan (my favorite penny thrower and wisher), and your Mom and Dad and to learn how well things are going for you all. My heart felt prayers and well wishes are for such impressive progress in your lives to continue. I am doing better health-wise and a lot of that can be attributed to the same folks that write to you Ally. Isn't that amazing?? To know that you and I share so many of the same folks that are saying prayers for us - all of your relatives, all of mine and so many others like "Chief" Rainwater. I know that some day you will realize how important those prayers are and how much both of us rely on them. Bless you my child and please keep on growing up and stronger - that is my prayer for I too Love you very much, Big Uncle John in Texas
John McKay <JMckay3827@aol.com>
Austin, TX US - Friday, September 9, 2005 11:21 AM CDT
Dear Ally,
I am so proud of you passing your "swallowing" test. As if anybody would even think you could fail it. Have you failed in anything yet??? Glad to see you are sitting up so well. Now remember the "rolling over" song I sung to you...keep working at that and getting those arms strong so you can push yourself up. Can't wait to see you a81de433e88888c2e --> Horray for Ally!!!!!!!!!!!!! What wonderful news! Kristin and Mark, the doctors are so right about you......Ally's progress is a direct result of the wonderful care you provide for her. Congrats to EVERYONE! I can't wait to see pictures of chocolate pudding smeared all over Ally's face. Now that could make for some great photojournalism!

Kristin, you made me tear up at the thought of high school. I remember it like it was yesterday. We moved into our house (right next to the bus stop) and I waited for the bus to come. You walked your 527 steps and stood there with me. The rest is history!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Thursday, September 8, 2005 6:29 AM CDT
Way to go Ally!! Kristin and Mark, I can only imagine the excitement that you must feel about being able to feed Ally baby food! Hooray for all of you! I am sure her Big Sis is going to want to help too! I remember when Gage would feed Mackenzie I would worry he would try to stuff heaping spoonfuls into her mouth, but he always did it with such love and tenderness...precious moments that will never escape my mind. : ) Glad to hear Morgan's excitement about school! I will be thinking of you today as you travel to LA again and will be anxiously awaiting to hear how things go! Have a great day...hard to believe it is Thursday already! Love,Dani
Dani Van Natta <daniv16@verizon.net>
Hooksett, NH USA - Thursday, September 8, 2005 6:28 AM CDT
Ally - YOU ROCK!! You know yesterday when I talked with Mommy on the way to CHLA, I said (about the pending swallow study) - "I bet she just does it like it's nothing to her" -- and you did! How did I know??! Well, you have proven a 1000 times over what a tough, smart "kid" you are and lillle Lu, you did it again! Uncle Tommy was so happy too and again, thought you were "really cool" :)

I was thrilled to get the news of your swallowing (yes, a HUGE deal that Mommy & Daddy can feed you now!) yesterday afternoon and we're happy for you all! Now, get Morgan involved an dI want pics of some good, sloppy applesauce fights! Ask Mommy about our potato salad fight from years ago when we got it all over the sliding glass doors..... still a hilarious moment. Not sure Teetay and Geep ever knew about it (until now ;) So eat that sauce and get sloppy and have fun! We love you ALL lots! xoxox

Aunt Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Thursday, September 8, 2005 6:13 AM CDT
It sure brightens my spirits to see the beautiful smiles of the Kelso family enjoying each other! A nice departure from the sadness surrounding us in the wake of the hurricane tragedies. I'm glad Morgan and Allyson are enjoying the fun of being sisters, and Mark IS a hot-looking surfer guy! Cute dad and daughter pair, they are! Glad that life is going well out there in CA. Thanks for sharing your special times with us.
Theresa Cover <tesscover@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA - Wednesday, September 7, 2005 8:44 PM CDT
Ya gotta love a 'kid who slides' down the slide...meaning both of them! It sure looks like Morgan has a good grip on Allyson! Hold on tight, "little sister"....your RIDE is just beginning!!!

Can't wait to see those smiles in person in just about four weeks and one day...but whose counting???! Kristin and Mark will celebrate their 10th anniversary Columbus Day weekend and are going on a little 'trip' to celebrate. Guess what we get??? You're right...those little charmers!!!

School is going well...great kids...new faces...bright smiles...great ideas...a winning combination for a GREAT YEAR no. "37"...!!!

Continue to pray for our friends who are suffering losses due to Katrina and all the displaced families. And, much love is always sent to Big John Mc!

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ still "T Mat" so far!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Wednesday, September 7, 2005 1:40 PM CDT
Looove the new pics! What FUN you all are having!! Mark - Bro - Dude... Lookin' HOT in that wet suit ;)
Talk to you later!! Love you!

Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Wednesday, September 7, 2005 10:11 AM CDT
Happy Wednesday to all! Just a little note to say it's SO GOOD to hear from Holly, Dani, and T-Mat's kiddos! So far so good here in married land ;) We're busily working on the latest and greatest house renovation project (just a basement this time, whew!) and full-time job search!

Morg & Ally -- your photos continue to bring a smile to my face and all my people LOVE seeing your precious faces in the wedding photos! We are still on Cloud 9 from the wonderful weekend of FUN. Was it just barely 3 weeks ago?!?! Miss you all bunches and looking forward to seeing you later this fall! Love you FOUR! xoxoxo

Aunt Ashli & Uncle Tommy <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington, DC - Wednesday, September 7, 2005 7:35 AM CDT
Can I claim to be the OLDEST "former" student of yours on this website? What an HONOR!!!
Got your sweet message just before really hitting the pillow...thank you for your words. I scrolled down and saw the misspelling (on my previous entry) of underway....spelled undreway which made me think of underwear!!!!!!! Such a Mom thing when you have two 5 year old boys who think every bodily function and noise is a hoot to discuss and laugh about anywhere!! So....thought you would get a LOL at the fact that one boy (I won't name him) decided it would be so much MORE comfortable to NOT wear UNDERWEAR to school recently...it is a really long day you know, (as he explained) and it is just so much more "comfy" to NOT wear it. LORD HELP ME!!!!!!!! (The same offender did this at church a few weeks ago as well...guess I'll have to add "check for underwear" on his green "go" card in the morning...eh?)

Blessings and sweet dreams,


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Tuesday, September 6, 2005 10:40 PM CDT
WOW, Holly...

I met you in the mid 70's and you were my sixth grade student...YOU HAVE NO IDEA (but I am sure you DO!) what your messages do for me....I was your teacher first, your friend second...or was it the other way around? YOU "made" us become FRIENDS with your incredible parents...and here we are today 'savoring' the many moments of friendship and love on this website.

When I place my head on the pillow tonight, your name will be among the "top ten" on my prayer list.

Thank YOU for being part of us, and our journey.

And, Yes, Big John, you are on that "top ten list" as well...

Love to all and continued prayers for the folks on the Gulf coast.

God bless,

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat:)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Tuesday, September 6, 2005 9:11 PM CDT
Hi All,

Well, like Dani, I have been a bit silent lately but have been checking in regularly and am in awe of the entire Kelso/Matus/George clans. Ya’ll amaze me and make me smile every time I pull up that sweet website.

Ally, you are too cute! You always have a sweet look that I can’t describe…like you are in full control and are living the moment to the fullest!! Keep it up precious…you are making such a difference in this world…what an over-achiever…not even one yet! I will tell you a little about your young friend Catherine, who has hit 16 months and fully believes she is in control of the world (well…she is in control of her world most of the time and thinks she runs the entire household!) She has decided (about a month ago now) that the high chair is not for her…in fact..she’d like to forget the booster too but it does give her some height. Catherine has NO time to be a baby, today I caught her putting on one of the boys’ bicycle helmets and picking up their scooter. It was a site!! I grabbed the camera but not quick enough…got a few shots of that huge helmet on her head though…wait til the boys see that!! Catherine has not fully grasped the fundamentals of shopping yet (poor dear…doesn’t know what she is missing) so we don’t go out for window shopping too much yet…we are practicing more regularly now that the big kids are in school 5 days a week!! HA She plays everyone’s emotions…just like this…she literally screams (this is not a cry) at the kids as they depart the car every morning for school. It’s as if she is saying “wait…don’t leave me”, then…she giggles for me all the way home as if to say “it is just you and me Mom!” Hummmmm…sneaky isn’t she? Too, she is quite demanding that her big sister become her sole playmate once she returns from school. Catherine loves her sibs….as we know you love your precious Morgan!!! I know you and Catherine would be good buddies if you were closer...learning all this though, your Mommy may be glad she isn’t so close!! HA Now Ally, I am not suggesting you take any hints to take on any of these behaviors your friend Catherine is exhibiting, I just wanted you to know what she was doing these days! As Anna says…ya’ll are both so stinkin’ cute!

Kristin, the Pooh cake is WAY COOL! What will the encore be? How clever and fun are you? What a great Mom. I have to ditto Anna…how do you do it all? Your week sounds busy yet I know you will sail through it with stamina, humor, vigor and joy written all over you. You are an example for all of us. My mom commented today about how I have it all together…yeah right…for fifteen minutes today I was in control (WOOHOOO) other than that it was a bust…oh well…we had many good moments beginning with everyone getting their “green GO cards” completed before time to leave for school thus EVERYONE had 3 new stickers on their achievement charts…..including Mommy!!!

Just a quick update on Big John….my Dad. I know many website readers have read about “Big John”. Well, Big John was great as was Char Char this weekend. The McKay/Crandell clans had a great time enjoying our together time in Austin. The antics of the kids kept us laughing, Papa (Big John), did the Baby Bop Hop with Catherine and Ashlynn read him the entire story of sleeping beauty. At one point Mom was making snickerdoodles and between the four kids and Papa, Mom couldn’t get them baked fast enough. An entire pan was eaten before the next batch came out of the oven!! HA Chef Todd cooked up a fabulous meal of “green meat” (side joke), yellow rice, broccoli and salad….so wish ya’ll could’ve been there!!!

Here are a couple of other funnies from the kids lately:
Jay: He bumped his head yesterday and after I asked him if he was okay he said in a teary voice, as he rubbed his head, “I think I damaged something!” HA
Jay: Jay was practicing his reading today and was trying to find a rhyme…he was working with Ashlynn and said “hap rhymes with sap”. Ashlynn immediately told him that hap was not a word. He emphatically stated “yes, it is, as in BER-HAPS”. Ashlynn busted out laughing and then kindly and patiently explained that PERHAPS was really all one word and it wouldn’t work with the rhyme because it had two BEATS in it!!
Jack: A side note…Jack and Jay are BIG into Power Rangers, Super Heroes, etc…..this is important given the following: While praying about the hurricane and what was “to come”, Jack asked God to put a FORCE FIELD around everyone in the storm’s path! Not bad for a five year old…sometimes their wisdom is astounding.

As I read the papers, websites, guestbook entries, and keep up with other family and friends around the world, it seems that everyone is riding out some type storm right now. Isn’t it pure joy to know we have a faith and one another to help us ride through this life together? Matus/Kelso/George clans…ya’ll continue to brighten our world, your love for each other and others, your humor, positive light and amazing abilities to stay in touch are sustaining….thank you for everything…for sharing your hearts and journey through life with us….you are such blessings to us and we love you SO much!!!

Well, everyone is tucked in so, I guess I better get my routine for tomorrow undreway!

Sending Texas sized hugs and love to everyone,


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Tuesday, September 6, 2005 8:53 PM CDT
Christina and Meredith...

What can I do for Paul? Anything..let me know. Call me..you know my number...

My first day was pretty good...I haven't met my "soul mates" yet, but the students are really nice! Maybe I'll get a 'new name' but I'll never forget T/Mat and the kids who tagged that on me.

I miss you all, and please be in touch. Let' s just "hold hands and stick together like we did in KINDERGARTEN." You guys were the BEST. They will never be others who compare.

Love to all...and prayers for Paul and all the Gulf Coast folks...those we know, and those we have yet to meet. They need our help.

God bless,
Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Tuesday, September 6, 2005 6:47 PM CDT
I was just checking up on the site and saw some very cute pics! I still can't believe what modern medicine can do for us these days. Ally is as cute as can be. I successfully managed my first day in high school today. Yes, please pray for Paul and his family. I also am part of the music group that plays at church with Meredith. Paul is not only a great director, but an amazing person and friend. We are all sadden for him and pray for him and his family. On a brighter note, I hope everyone has a good week and, Mrs. Matus, how was your first day?

-Christina :)

Christina Knippler (former 5th period student) <acoolkid15@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA - Tuesday, September 6, 2005 6:32 PM CDT
See, what wonderful things happen on this website! Aside from everyone sharing their love for Ally and sharing in her life's journey...people get to know people and help one another out!! Meredith, I would love to have ANY and ALL info about the NH area that you are willing to offer up! We have not had much time at all to do any exploring to get to know the area, so we are game for any clues as to what to do! Feel free to email me at the address posted on this response. Thanks so much! Hope you are all having a wonderful day! Love, Dani
Dani Van Natta <daniv16@verizon.net>
Hooksett, NH USA - Tuesday, September 6, 2005 6:30 PM CDT
Its that "night before school starts" and I'm having trouble falling asleep at 10:30 rather than my summer bedtime of 2:30 so I figured I would check up on Ally! Her smile is looking beautiful and I was impressed to see Morgan's cake! Even if you say it's an easy recipe, it sure looks impressive! I'm actually on the Disney site right now looking for some more simple but "impressive looking" recipes! :-D Anyways, keep up the good work Ally, you're looking great!

Allison Maher <alliem894@yahoo.com>
Oakton , VA USA - Monday, September 5, 2005 9:19 PM CDT
Oh my gosh..to my Meredith..and my Nancy...and my Dani...you add so much to my life...
Thank you for your heartfelt words and love and support.

YOU ARE incredible people in my life.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
For real.

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/Tmat

Tomorrow is "it"...bigtime!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, v USA - Monday, September 5, 2005 8:16 PM CDT
Hey Dani,
I'm one of Mrs. Matus's FORMER students and one year ago I moved from NH to Northern Virginia. If you want any pointers about NH or about all the hot spots, such as Parker's Maple Barn (where you watch them make them make the maple syrup to put on your pancakes), the little shopping district of Portsmouth, and even the Thanksgiving dinners at Sturbridge Village just let me know. It may be a RELATIVILY small state, but there is a lot to know. :-) Hehe.

Ally's prograss is unbelievable, and my little reunion with T-MAT with Christina K. (another avid reader) was great, and much needed.

I will continue to pray for the victims of the hurricane, but I have one request for prayers. The leader of my church choir as well as a close family friend, Paul, lost his two-year-old son on Saturday in a horrible accident. Please pary for him and his family in these hard times.

Thanks! -Meredith L.

Meredith L. <mykoala@verizon.net>
Oak Hill, VA USA - Monday, September 5, 2005 7:29 PM CDT
The Wealth of Love from this site that Teetay mentioned is amazing. I'd like to add my newest favorite quote. It is always appropriate, but it feels even more tender and loving right now: ...said the fox "and now here is my secret, a very simple secret: it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." "What is essential is invisible to the eye," the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember. (from The Little Prince) Here's to all the wonderful invisible things in all our lives!
With much love, Nancy

Nancy Eckhardt <nleckhardt@comcast.net>
Reston, VA USA - Monday, September 5, 2005 6:42 PM CDT
Hello Everyone! I am ashamed to admit that I have not posted in a month (maybe longer for all I know at this moment), but I have been checking in regularly and have finally taken the time to check in with all of you. I am so thankful for this website to be able to keep up to date on all that has been going on with Ally and the rest of the Kelso, Matus clan! First of all, I can't believe the progress that little Miss Ally has made and continues to make each day! Her smile is absolutely gorgeous. I can only imagine just how much you must be enjoying every moment of her progress. Morgan is certainly growing up fast as well! Where does the time go? She seems to be enjoying her role as "Big Sister" with every passing day. Kristin and Mark, you can be very proud as I am sure you are! Ashli, thank you for sharing your wedding photos and all the events of the wedding week! You were a beautiful bride! In fact, you all looked FABULOUS and I am sure there were many memories made that weekend! You have such a wonderful, loving family and I feel very blessed to know all of you!
We are slowly getting settled up here in NH! This has been one CRAZY summer for us and the move that I will NEVER forget. I guess they say there is always one move that goes down in the record books and this (I hope) is the one because I do not care to relive it! Enough of that. The kids started school last week...Mackenzie is now a kindergartner (I can't believe it!) and Gage a 3rd grader! They are adjusting rather well and we are all grateful to be getting back to some sort of normalcy and routine.
We have been praying for all of those that have been hit by the hurricane and have been praying especially for your friends the Hynes and Glen; as well as, the other members of VAW-77...all friends that we just left in GA when we moved to NH. I would like to ask that you also keep friends of ours in your prayers as well. The Sterbis's (Chris, Liz, Sophia and Ethan) are dear friends of ours. Jack went to the Naval Academy with Chris and they have remained close friends. They were in Diamondhead, MS and lost everything...their house and every thing in it. Liz and the kids had left on Sunday and are in Missouri with one of Liz's friends indefinitely. Chris stayed behind with the house thinking that nothing was going to happen and that everything would be fine. He had to swim out of his 2nd story window over to the neighbors house, which sits a bit higher than his. On Tuesday he walked about 15 miles to a shelter and is now sleeping on the floor at his office. They are supposed to be moving to Japan in October; however, we have no idea how his orders may or may not be affected by all of this. We continue to pray that they all be reunited very soon and are thankful most of all that they are all safe. Jack and his staff are still waiting to have all of their units accounted for and their personnel, and unfortunately need to be prepared to visit family's if anyone is still missing after this weekend. It is a trying time on all of us, especially as a country. We must continue to have faith and turn to God in prayer as the search and rescue efforts continue and people try to get back on their feet.
Terri, my sister called during the same show you must have been watching on Operation Smile. It made her think of Allyson and she had called to see how she was doing, and her and her husband have decided that they want to help children like Allyson. My college roommate used to work with a group in Virginia Beach that always went to help kids in other countries as a part of Operation SMile. I remember the stories she used to tell me and it is a wonderful group to help in anyway that one can!
Well, although I have gone off the beaten path a bit in my posting...I hope you don't mind. I felt like I needed to catch up with all of you. I am so glad that Allyson is making such a great strides in her development and I look forward to hearing more about it! Kristin, thank you for your continual updates and for allowing us to share in your journey. I will call soon! Miss you all!

Dani Van Natta <daniv16@verizon.net>
Hooksett, NH USA - Monday, September 5, 2005 3:47 PM CDT
Black gumdrops are also good for blacking out your teeth! We used to pull them apart and get them a little gooey-er and stretch it across our front teeth to look like we were toothless! Raisins also work well for this stunt!!Greg and I still do this from time to time to make our kids laugh and put a little humor in our day!:o Aren't you glad I shared this info? Now, go play with your food! Chow...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Monday, September 5, 2005 1:10 PM CDT
Dear all and esp. the 'cakemaker' who lives in "the wood"...you are just too funny! So glad the GUMDROP issue has been cleared up! :) Pooh never looked finer. Now, which part of "Pooh" was the "best part?" THAT is what I want to know now!

I was spending a leisurely morning wrapping up a few loose ends for school tomorrow when I noticed a very interesting SHOW was on television! Besides the Jerry Lewis telethon which has always defined Labor Day for me, and watching more human interest reports out of the Gulf area, my eye was captured by what I saw before me. The show was called Operation Smile (which I have heard of since Allyson's birth) and the ENTIRE show was dedicated to showing the results of cleft lip revisions/cleft palate surgeries on various ages of children...children from Asia and other parts of the world...children who could NEVER have the surgeries without the HELP of "Operation Smile." My heart was touched, and I grabbed the phone and called to 'help'...that is what we do. It's easy. You can pledge any amount ...as little as $20 per month, or a complete surgery for $240.00 U.S. dollars. The doctors who perform these surgeries are just like "our Dr. Reinisch" and other American doctors who DONATE their time and talent to help children in far away places. The toll free number is operational 24 hours a day: 1-800-332-8105 or you may visit their website at: operationsmile.org

I hope you will find it in your hearts and wallets to give a child a "smile" especially from you!

Samuel Taylor Coleridge said:
"The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - - - the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heart-felt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling."

Let's continue to spread the WEALTH of LOVE that this website encompasses. All of you are important to us. Thank you for continuing to BE part of our lives.

Happy LABOR Day as it continues...and continued prayers for the homeless, the ill, especially Big John, and for my friend Kathleen H. who is spending some time in the hospital this weekend. Kathleen is a dedicated reader/supporter of this website, so when you read this next time, know that a spaghetti supper is on the way to your house tonight, and I will look after "your girl" at her first day of school tomorrow! Get well soon!

Love to all of you, and God bless you.

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :) (but 'that' name could be changing...!!! It's a NEW year!)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Monday, September 5, 2005 12:51 AM CDT
For inquiring minds... the Pooh cake is very easy to make. I am NO Martha Stewart! The icing was from a can with just the right number of drops of yellow food coloring, the cake was made from a box mix - one 9-inch round and a few cupcakes for the ears and nose... and YES, the answer to the "question of the day" is BLACK GUMDROPS! Way to go, Anna!
The Cakemaker <the-un-marthastewart@kmart.com>
100 Acre Wood, CA Poohland - Monday, September 5, 2005 11:50 AM CDT
Are Pooh's eyes and nose made out of black gumdrops? Curious in Texas....Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Monday, September 5, 2005 7:03 AM CDT
Kristin...How do you do it?? Taking care of your family, driving to doctors appointments across town, going to the beach to play AND bake a cake for no reason...JUST BECAUSE!!! You go girl! How did you make that icing the exact color as winnie the pooh...let me guess...you made it from scratch...just whipped it up and slapped it on? I was dragging my feet just to get the cereal boxes down for breakfast this morning!! Thanks for the update on Miss Ally. Sounds like you had no problem getting back in your mommy groove after being away for two weeks. We have been talking as a family about Katrina and the effects it will have on us as a family and in our country. We were talking about the gas prices and how much money we will be paying for gas, and told the kids that we were not going to be running around town doing meaningless errands. We were only going to drive when we needed to and not waste gas. (Especially since I will be paying around 70$$ to fill up my tank!YIKES!!! So, after talking about it for awhile, Grant says, "hey, does this mean you can't drive us to school anymore?"FAT CHANCE BUDDY! He actually suggested they ride their bikes to school, but being that we live 3 miles from their school and they have to cross a big intersection...the answer would be NO! And they might become "kid jelly" if they weren't careful crossing the street! Anyway, Miss Ally...did you get to sample some of mommy and sissy's pooh cake? Hugs coming to you from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Sunday, September 4, 2005 3:35 PM CDT
Hi all,

Just when I thought my "proud barometer" which hangs over Kristin and Ashli couldn't get any better, they both have to go and RAISE that proverbial "bar" one more time....not only do they both write the most magnificent messages, but now with the 'return of Martha Stewart' to the airways, we have Kristin rivaling her with the WINNIE THE POOH CAKE!! How totally awesome was that cake! And, she did it in 'her spare time'??? YOU think? Yes, I, too, wonder what the nose and eyes are???? Tell! Tell!

The Gilda Radner quote is one of my all time favorites...my students will SEE it on my board in the near future! "Delicious ambiguity"...if only everyone could live daily with the expectation that "something good is going to happen" and I will be ready to accept it! Such time is wasted on "expectations" that don't ever occur! I am delighted that Ashli continues to remind us with her quotes and that Kristin continues to remind us of that with her journal entry postings. So to my dear 'girls' - again, I say to you how very proud you make me...proud that you are part of "the us" and proud that I have been your "Nice Mommie" for 33 and 31 years respectively. My gratitude barometer is way high on that role!

And, to all of you who continue to be with us in our journey, we are grateful. The enormous connections that have been cemented through this website and the past months have given us strength when we needed it, hope when we were looking, and support for whatever we were feeling at the moment. From the first moment that Allyson's miracle life touched ours, we knew we would be OKAY, and that we were collectively as a family and community of friends and "family we have chosen" going to give Allyson every possible opportunity to grow in love. And, you, my friends, have been a tremendous part of that love.

To all of you who are struggling right now, or have friends and loved ones who have been touched or torn apart by the Katrina, please know that our family joins you in the prayer that safety and contentment will return to the coastal LA, MS, AL areas and that new life starts for the mulititudes will begin to happen.

Our friends, Susan and Jim, are admittedly not the worse off because they have a support system that reaches beyond immediate family, so they ask that you remember all of those who are without support, jobs, insurance, and are grieving the losses of loved ones. THEY insist that those are the people who need our support right now.

I hope that wherever you are this weekend you are surrounded by love and joy - -- and if you are, reach out and hold on tight to those you love. "Delicious ambiguity"....we have no guarantees that tomorrow will be as good as today...it could be better...so savor the moments of today and let people around you know that you care.

I wish you a happy LABOR or LABORless day tomorrow!

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

And...I'm wishing all my "former" students (so many of you visited last week..thanks for the face-visit!) a perfect school year filled with all the activities and 'stuff' that makes school memorable...even ENGLISH!!! :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Sunday, September 4, 2005 2:47 PM CDT
I just HAD to write again.... I mean, Ally's progress is impressive, Ally holding/grabbing a beer bottle is great, Morgan eating (my fave too) A PB&J sandwich is all well and good... But, NOTHING beats the IMPRESSIVE-NESS of my sister baking and creating a Winnie the Poo cake!!!! Awesome! Ok, so what are the eyes and nose? Yummy. Me like cake.


xoxoxoxox! Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Sunday, September 4, 2005 1:43 PM CDT
"Some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity..."
~Gilda Radner

Happy Sunday! The above quote is on a card I am about to send Susan and her family, along with some Ashli-hand-me-downs.. I am just glad someone will fit in my clothes and is living in a warm climate to enjoy my "old" (ha) stuff from this spring/summer! As Teetay said, this is Ally's site but the challenges she and her family began to face alomst a year (wow!) ago have helped us all to connect and create a community of love, strength and faith. I am sure I will forget something but we have experienced so many of life's unknowns on our journey together since Allyson brought us together -- the passing of our Gran, Mark's tests and medical check ups, the Hynes adoption of Elena from Russia, my best friend Rebecca's roller coaster pregnancy (all is fine now!), Allyson surgeries, Hayden's fight, Uncle John McKay's battle with cancer, Anna's husband's medical journey, babies born to several friends, kids going off to school... I could go on and on! So the brutal honesty in Gilda's quote above just sort of made me smile and think of ALL of us and the journeys, challenges and "unknowns" we all face, have faced and will face -- together! One never knows what is NEXT, no matter how much you plan or think you "know", so enjoy each day, the moment and those around you. Forget the things and trite crap in life -- it's so not worth it. I tell myself this when I think of my sister re-inserting her child's feeding tube that unexpectedly popped out or when I think of Teetay facing 150 kids on Tuesday for her 37th year and when I think of the Hynes' stuff (yes, just "stuff") probably ruined or nonexistent in their New Orleans home, and when I read Alex's story of "Red" and his family who are struggling as a result of the New Orleans disaster. So hug your loved ones and tell them they matter today. Do something fun, be lazy, savor the moments and do my favorite thing -- be down right silly!

I said it on my family's behalf when this web site began 9 months ago, and I say it again on behalf of ALL of us -- THANK YOU for being a part of our journey. And I mean all of OUR journeys.

Hope you all are having a fun, safe holiday weekend. The Matus-George gang enjoyed a night at the Phillies-Nats on Friday then an day trip up to PSU for the season opener. They won(!) but looked terrible so my HUSBAND ;) is already on his negative PSU rant, will cheer loyally and endlessly for them all season, and for his sanity and happiness, we'll hope that the N'Lions and Eagles have better season endings than last year :) Regardless, it was great to reunite with tailgate friends and enjoy the beauty and spirit of Happy Valley in State College. Now it's back to weekend chores and I have a "few" thank you notes to write....

Happpy weekend! Much love!

- Sunday, September 4, 2005 1:15 PM CDT
Good Morning to everyone!

So many somber thoughts are in my head this morning, and I wanted to share just a few with you. This is Allyson's website and our love and support from literally thousands of you who read, post, read, don't post continues to fill our hearts and give us strength. I know everyone of you has a heavy heart over the disaster in LA, MISS, AL and the entire Southern coast...thank you for praying for our dear friends, Susan and Jim, and for continuing to include the McKay family in your prayers. As this weekend unfolds, the one we call LABOR DAY, I hope you will open your hearts and wallets even moreso to help the helpless in the New Orleans, Biloxi, Gulfport areas....probably many of you know folks in that area and IF you do know anyone who wants to relocate to Northern Virginia, specifically, MY HOUSE, I have a 'lovely basement apartment' that I would love to fill with folks who need assistance. I figured this was the best place to let that be known. I realize that many charitible organizations are organizing relocation homes all over the U.S., but IF you actually KNOW someone, get in touch with me. My "downstairs" apartment generally serves as my "guest quarters" and I would love for it to become someone's temporary home during the aftermath of this crisis. So, that's my offer this morning. Get in touch with me via email or phone.

The new pictures are Allyson and Morgan on this site give me hope that there will be a 'sunshine' today...tomorrow..and in their futures. My prayer is that the homeless, injured, sick, grief-stricken, and oh so tired folks suffering from Katrina will also find that 'sunshine' in their futures. As Cat Potter likes to offer out from the Pineapple state, the "white light"...I hope each person finds his "white light" and our help and prayers along the way.

Blessings to all of you who are out there praying for these folks! And blessings to all of us who still have CARS in which we must put the EXPENSIVE gasoline....and voices to "complain" about that...and "places" to DRIVE to in those cars with the $$ gasoline....you know that is all 'small stuff' by comparison.

I wish you a beautiful weekend ahead of NO LABOR...or SOME LABOR...whatever fills your heart and space. And, again, thank you for traveling our road these past 8 months and for continuing to check in to "see" Allyson's newest smile, or swininging in the beach park, or cuddling her sister!!! I have had one week of "without them" and I've missed them terribly !!! Getting back into my school routine has helped and counting the days til the next HOLIDAY also helps!!! Only six more weeks...but whose counting??(me!)

I wish you the best. With love to all...God bless.

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat (my students may give me a new name this year and I will have to retire "T MAT" and let my "last year group" own it!!! stay tuned...)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, v USA - Saturday, September 3, 2005 8:33 AM CDT
Sweet Ally...You have such an angelic little smile. Sometimes I wish I could reach in the computer screen and squeeze those cute little cheeks of yours. As I have watched all of the devastation unfold on television, one thing continually pops in my mind. I wonder how many of those people know our Lord and Savior and how many of them know that He has not left them. He can calm the storm and he can also calm their hearts. I sat and cried watching the news last night listening to all of the sad stories of these people. I immediately dropped to my knees in prayer because I know that is the most important thing I can do right now. I am so proud to know that our great state of Texas is willing to help out our neighbor. You know, seeing all of the horrific photos and hearing the stories really makes you realize how quickly things can be taken away. I pray that through this disaster, people will come to know Jesus Christ and enter into a personal relationship with him. Teetay, I will put your friends on my prayer list and pray that they will embrace Jesus during this tragedy. Ally, keep smiling sweet girl....Hugs from Texas...Anna Rainwater
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Friday, September 2, 2005 9:13 PM CDT
Hi sweet Ally and all:
I have a very heavy heart tonight as I watch all of those suffering in New Orleans and beyond. I have felt so sad these past few days watching all the news reports - especially those of children in desparate need of food and water! And so I came to visit little Ally because she always puts a smile on my face and warms my heart. I pray that help is on the way TONIGHT for the thousands stranded and in need of care. And little Ally, keep those smiley pictures coming (you too big sis Morgan) because they truly are uplifting. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend.

Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Thursday, September 1, 2005 9:53 PM CDT
Hi all,

PLEASE keep our dear friends, Susan and Jim Hynes, in your prayers. They are New Orleans residents and have evaucated , but it "appears" that theymay have lost their home. Susan and Elena, their newly adopted baby girl, are in Pensacola with Susan's parents. Jim has a position as Southeastern Field Director for U.S. Customs/Homeland Security, and he is in Memphis with the Command Post for the recovery efforts in N. Orleans.
Please keep them in your prayers. They were scheduled to move to San Diego in September. I cannot help but think this will change that moving date.

John McKay is holding his own but still needs the support and prayers of us all. He is trying to gain weight and be stronger as he builds muscle mass. Holly is so dear to keep us informed. How God has blessed us as a family that we 'bonded into' back in the mid seventies. It just makes life good. And, John and Char Char and Hol and the gang...YOU are part of our everyday thoughts and prayers. And, Hol..it is "okay" is you don't post on your "good" or "bad" days...we know you are there. Promise you that.

And, to everyone 'out there' with loved ones in the Southern LA coast, we are thinking of you.

I will pray extra BIG tonight that God will look after those who are troubled and torn apart.

Love to all of you,
SCHOOL IS GOING GREAT! 37 years? But, who is counting????

Terri aka Teetay / Mrs. M./ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 8:16 PM CDT
Hi all! Just grabbing a quick bite to eat before my next meeting and thought I'd check in. The background is adorable and it matches the pictures so well. The girls are getting big so fast!!!!

We are starting to get settled into our new house. Of course, just when I think I can actually sit down and relax, Tyler slams his fingers in the car door - ouch! So, after about an hour of kicking and screaming from the pain he calmed down. Trying to calm him down completely exhausted me! I guess we are not going to karate today since his fingers are swollen and he can't make a fist.

Well, sorry to make this short but I gotta run! Have a great week filled with doctor appointments and therapy. Ally looks like she is progressing very well so I can't wait to hear about her progress in the next update.

Love and miss you all!!!

Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 12:49 AM CDT
I am a friend and neighbor of Alex Hurley in MD. She forwarded me your wonderful website and precious daughter's ongoing journey. The verse in Jeremiah is a favorite of mine too! Ally will be in our prayers!
Kristen Durning <ksdurn@msn.com>
Gaithersburg, MD USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:47 PM CDT
oooohhhhh! bathtime with a sister is the BEST! What wonderful pics and yes, such artistic ability in those beach photos. Anne and Bill would be impressed ;)

You all lok very happy and like you're having tons of funny settling back in to life in sunny California! We miss you lots and can't wait to see you again soon xoxoxxoxooxoxoxo

Aunt Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Tuesday, August 30, 2005 4:11 PM CDT
Just thought I would say a quick hi to miss Ally!! Hope your plane ride home was relaxing. I bet your daddy was happy to see you! Anyway, just wanted to check in on my favorite California baby!! Praying for you Ally....Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Monday, August 29, 2005 12:27 AM CDT
WOW. I haven't checked the website since May. Allison looks so great!! I work with your cousin Mary.
Lots of love and prayers

Barbara Silverstein <barbarasilverstein@nisd.net>
- Monday, August 29, 2005 11:09 AM CDT
Greetings ALL! Ally and Morgan, we miss you so much already -- and of course MOMMY, too! We had such a fabulous 2 weeks with you all and tons of fun. Counting the days until we see you and play and jump and snuggle and giggle again. :))

We'll be thinking of you all as you settle back into appointements, OT visits and the west coast routine. And Teetay... Rather, DIVA-TAY, TEACH-A-TAY, T-MAT... we'll be thinking of you as you walk into school tomorrow to embark on your 37th (!!!!!!) year of teaching. Your dedication to kids is amazing.... actually... dedication to anything for 37 years is amazing and I SO admire you! You're the best teacher-mom-friend in the world!

Lots of love to you ALL and special hugs to my west coast family. We love you and we are grateful for ALL you did to be a part of our awesome wedding weekend that we are still reminiscing and laughing and smiling about - it rocked and you were such a huge part of the special memories and laughter. Can't wait for the crazy video and official photos!! Talk to you soon of course!

And your post on the journal was too much! But thanks for the shout-out and for loving us so much. We LOVE YOU TOO!!!

Lots of love from the Matus-George household xoxoxoxoxox

Aunt Ashli Matus-George (since so many were inquiring ;) and Uncle Tommy George and Nala Jean Matus George and Peeve. Just plain Peeve. Well, "Mr. Pet" Peeve if we're being formal..... <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington, DC - Sunday, August 28, 2005 9:30 PM CDT
Hi Alex and all,

YOU are the best...whether or not it is 'sharing' a moment, or sharing a comment, YOU have been there.

WOW! What a wonderful gathering at the "Teetay pool" ...right?

Thank you for coming out..and know that your little ones are always in my thougths.

How great it is that you and Kristin could REunite after 9 years???
So very big WOW!!

Love to you and YOURS!

Terri aka Teetay :)

terrimatus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Sunday, August 28, 2005 9:16 PM CDT
Hi Ally and gang:
We so enjoyed meeting you in person at your Teetay's house. I just know that you and Will will grow up together (on separate coasts) but "always checking in on each other." You are an amazing girl, little one, and I am so happy to know you. Sweet Morgan, you have such an awesome personality! Jack is very excited about making you his first official pen pal. Stay tuned for your first letter! It may be a week or so because it takes him a while to write a whole "letter"!! Kristin, I can't believe it has been 9 years! I thank little Ally for reuniting us and our families and I look forward to more visits at Teetay's house in years to come. I hope you and the girls are settling back in to your routine in CA. I still marvel at how you fly across the country with 2 kids, luggage, toys, suitcase, carseat, snacks, etc by yourself! And probably without breaking a sweat. We'll talk soon.

Terri - I wish you the best on your first day of school and throughout this special year. There's nothing like the smell of brand new notebooks and pencils in the morning!

Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Sunday, August 28, 2005 7:58 PM CDT
Greetings from the "empty house" in Virginia!

Yes, the CA peeps left this morning....there was Kristin with her backpack, GIANT suitcase, tote bag, stroller, carseat base, and Morgan pulling her Princess suitcase....they looked like packhorses entering the airport! Yes, the "giant" bag was overweight! She couldn't slip it through this time! Dulles showed her 'no mercy'....!!! Morgan was excited about flying 'home to Daddy' and she painted him a card this morning before leaving! Allyson was all smiles on the last few pictures we took....and now it is time for me to "de kid" the house and put everything away until the next time!! What joyous memories we made - - - all 'simple stuff'...the BEST is always the 'simple stuff'...walks to the pond, finding special 'sticks' and throwing them in the creek, playing at the "little park"...and the "big park".....going to what is now called "Teetay's Mall" (I didn't know I had ONE!!) and playing on the JET BLUE inside playground...getting a flower painted on Morgan's cheek...yes, all 'simple things' but oh so FUN!!!

Our Lake Anna "R and R" was really incredible. Morgan became a little "river rat" (lake rat?) and loved the gooshy sand between her toes....thought the pontoon boat was a hoot, and loved feeding the fish and the ducks!!! It was a great two day get-a-way and we really RELAXED after all the "go go go" of recent days!!!

I already miss "the girls" so much, but I am trying to focus on my FIRST day of school tomorrow....teacher work week ...kids comes after Labor Day in Virginia. It will be great to see my "old teacher friends" and it is always refreshing to meet the NEW teachers! What a great profession....'starting over' each year...new faces, new challenges, and new goals! It is invigorating!!!

Geep heads to Charleston next week for his business, so our "week" will be pretty back to normal after two weeks of WONDERFUL NOT NORMAL!!!

The wedding is behind us, but the memories are sweetly lingering....we have pictures galore and it is fun pouring over them and recalling each and every moment! We can't wait to SEE THE VIDEO to see what we were actually doing! I know that I will never forget "dancing with my Philly boys" (you know who you are!) and playing the cowbell with Brian Stern who was LOUSY on the TAMBOURINE!!! What love surrounded us all in "that room"...!!!

Continued prayers for John McKay and family...we love those folks so much!!! Stand tall, John! We're pulling for you!!!

Love to all and I hope you are enjoying a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Guess I'll go pick up a few more 'toys' and pack them away!!!

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Sunday, August 28, 2005 2:15 PM CDT
We're back online! Wooohooo!!! The move went well and the rain finally stopped. The boxes were not too badly damaged and after only living here for 2 days it is starting to feel like home. Our close took a record 53 minutes and we raced home to meet the movers - who were an hour and half late due to the rain! Oh well! I woke up at 4 am yesterday and began unpacking - a task that lasted until 7 pm when I colapsed on the couch. I feel like I just worked out for 4 days straight and I am so sore I can hardly move! But - we are back at it today and still have to head over to the old house to clean it. Our work never ends!!!

To the CA peeps - have very safe travels!!!! We MUST talk soon to catch up! The website is a wonderful means of communication but it could never replace hearing the sounds of live voices.

Love ya!!! Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
The new crib at 7373 Moonlight Lane, MN - Sunday, August 28, 2005 9:29 AM CDT
Seeing these oh so cute pictures of the girls makes me miss all of you all over again. I can't believe it was only a week ago we were all together...it seems like ages have past! For so many months we've had the wedding to look forward to, to our first Ally meeting and holding, to exclaiming at how Morgan's grown, and hugging all of you again. Now I feel sad! We have to plan something so I can start looking forward to the next visit! I miss you all so much already!
Safe travels tomorrow. I know the VA house will be a quiet place, but there are so many special memories on which to reflect!
Love you all very, very much,

Jackie Horras <jackie2fish@hotmail.com>
San Antonio, TX US - Saturday, August 27, 2005 10:01 PM CDT
Love the wedding photos Ashli!!!! Looks like you put together quite the wedding. The thing I noticed most in every picture....you were having a total blast!! That is how it should be! You were even kickin it with the band girlfriend!! Ally....you look like you have grown sweet girl! I bet you LOVED every bit of attention at your Aunt Ashli's wedding. Did you upstage the bride? :) And Teetay and Geep...WOW!! What a hottie couple you are!! Teetay, Ashli had it right..DIVA-TAY in your silver dress. Gor-GEE-us!!! Morgan...you, too were so beautiful. I bet you did a great job being the flower girl. Ashli...Nellie Olsen never looked so beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing the photos....Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, August 27, 2005 9:43 PM CDT
Ashli - What can I say?????? You are gorgeous and we missed being there so much! The pictures are wonderful and as I mentioned in an email back to you....I find it so funny that in almost every picture you and TG have some sort of alcoholic beverage in your hand. It is hard to believe that I have known you since BEFORE you could drink and BEFORE you could drive. But, the one thing that has NOT changed it that you have always been an amazing woman who is a part of an amazing family. Thank you again for sharing your pictures!

We will be off-line for a few days as the "other newlyweds" move into our new house today. Jim and I have always prided ourselves as having perfect timing. Well, today we have been put to the test. We are having severe thunderstorms and flooding in the area and at 5:30 this morning I was sweeping water out of our garage. The bummer part is that ALL our belongings are packed in cardboard boxes on the floor of such said garage!!! I just hope that when the movers arrive at 1 pm the rain has stopped and the boxes are not too badly damaged. Now if someonce can tell me how to make the next 4 hours of work go by quickly so I can get out of here and start signing my life away at closing.............

Much love to everyone out there! Pray for sunshine today!

Aimee and Jim Moore and Tyler <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Friday, August 26, 2005 6:54 AM CDT
Ok, I know many of you could care less about what I have to say to you can just proceed to copy and paste the following directly into your browser for PHOTOS galore!!! ;)


I apologize in advance for the way too long entry tonight but since I have been "bride-to-being" for this whole month or so, I have a few things to say! :) There is a quote that I just received on a card that sums up a fantabulous 72 hours: "Live in the moment and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering." well friends, our weekend was very much alive and the memories are engraved in my heart and mind forever. To be quite blunt, we have a FREAKING BLAST on Saturday. TG had two big things to say about our wedding weekend.... 1) He thought it was awesome how our wedding party friends were like "family" and always with our families. 2) He wished he/we had thanked our parents more.. bigger.. better... more profoundly. And I AGREE! There are no words to thank our dedicated, supportive, loving and GIVING parents, amd sisters, for allthey did to make the weekend SUPER. And to our wedding party who ARE family, the family we choose, it was so wonderful to have you close at our sides at every event.

Since this is Ally's web site and I could write a book about this past week, I'll keep the details to the minimum (this photos kind of say it ALL) but I'll tell you what this web site has done... and how it has brought us all together.... in some way or another...

* We honored John McKay in the Prayer of the Faithful and prayed for his comfort during this time.
* I thought of dear friends who could not join us.. I DID. During the day, the ceremomy, the reception. Something would happen and I thought of family who could no tbe there, Holly and her gang, Aunt Charlotte & Uncle John, Brooke - you were definitely missed in the college gang antics- we were not complete without you... Mikki, my oldest friend and noodle!... Aimee, wonderful to see your parents but missed YOU... Melanie & Rob, you would have danced up a storm!... Tricia, yes, Vince was there but you in some killer shoes were not :(
* Because of this bond here, Anna Rainwater, who I have never met in person but only in heart, sent us a wedding card wishes
* TG and I received a wedding card signed by the whole NFED office... amazing!
* I learned to let the "imperfections" of the day - a late shuttle, 90+ degree heat and humidity, a late night ripped bustle, not getting to spend more than 2 minutes with most people.... I let it all GO. It was about being in the moment and capturing it all in memory. And what a memory it was! We loved our day, had an amazing time and enjoyed every second!

Unfortunately, I might not be able to recall who said what exactly, what cracked me and my friends up in certain photos, what songs the band played, and if I got all the perfect photos of each person -- I am sure something slipped and I am sure I will be bummed that THE photo wasn't taken. But what I have seared in my mind are.........

*Seeing all my girls dressed up and looking gorgeous! Teetay was stunning and I loved being surrounded by my favorite crew , sister, sisters in law and nieces nephews!
*Seeing that grinning TG at the end of the aisle….. and looking at my beautiful, strong, radiant sister MANY times during the ceremony (we were facing each other!) and getting that perfect grin from her
* Having a glance during the readings by April, one of my oldest friends, and Mark my brother
* Having 3 amazing friends who kept EVERYTHING behind the scenes going – Kristi, Liz, Kristen and Helen… I could not have done it without you. You better know that! You four little drill sergeants were the best!
* Being surrounded by SO MANY loved ones by all walks of the Matus-George lives for so many years… young and old, we were blessed with the crowds who love and support us so much.

At the end of it all, we felt blessed and completely excited that this day came and we enjoyed every second of it. There are so many who helped to make it perfect and wonderful – you KNOW who you are. And I know I can never actually thank you…. Our family and friends who traveled to be with us, some for even 48 hours (as my cousin Mary said, “that’s what we do!” and we DO!) we appreciate all your efforts to be here in DC with us. You are such a part of who we are and even of we had a passing glance at the reception, WE KNOW you were there and that matters. You matter. We have a special gift in our family and friends, and we are grateful.

Wishing you all a good night… a great weekend… and new conversations now that this latest 2005 adventure is DONE! I am not sure what 2006 will bring as an encore since 2005 has been pretty darn spectacular. Thanks to you ALL for being a part of it. We love you!

Ashli & Tom <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington , DC - Thursday, August 25, 2005 9:09 PM CDT
Ditto to my Sista on all counts!
Jackie Horras <jackie2fish@hotmail.com>
San Antonio, TX US - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 9:45 PM CDT
What a GLORIOUS time spent with our family this weekend....Ashli you were stunning and Oh! so Glam!!! So thankful that we could all be together.....
Ally, you are such a dear, sweet child! You have the most pleasant demeanor and I just Love! Love! Love! the way your entire face lights up when you smile! Warms my heart just thinking about it. I guess I'll have to settle for the pictures of me holding you since your big sister wouldn't let me bring you back to Texas w/ me! I could just cuddle with you forever!!!!!
Way to go, Mark! Congrats on your test. Keep up the good work!
We're three days in to the school year....Brandon came home on the first day of school and said he just LOVES second grade. (of course when I asked him why, his response was, "Cause my teacher said we don't have any homework til next week!") AHHHHHH, the little pleasures in life!!!!
Love and blessings to all!
Mary Kay
P.S. Had a blast sitting w/ Uncle Glenn and Aunt Mer at dinner....you guys are too cool!!!!!!

Mary Kay DeHoyos, Texas Cousin <Mmdehoyos@sbcglobal.net>
San Antonio, - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 6:34 PM CDT
Anna wants to go to LAKE ANNA!!!!! Where is that???? I need a Lake Anna in Texas!!! One without bugs!!It is so stinkin hot here I can't stand it anymore!!! Ashli...You were a beautiful bride and your hubby is a hottie just like you!!! Sounds like the wedding was a blast! Can't wait to see more photos!!!(hint!) (hint!) Well, my babies officially started kindergarten yesterday!!! I cried all the way home!! The time couldn't go fast enough for me to go and pick up my boys!!! When I asked them what their favorite thing was about school....LUNCH!!!! Because they get to take their Power Ranger lunchkits EVERYDAY!!! Grant was thrilled that his job for the week is line leader. Camden gets to be the caboose/water carrier. He likes being the caboose but told the teacher that the basket with the water bottles was too heavy for him to do the job alone!!!! They love their teacher...so do I!!!! Well....I need to go spend some time with my hubby!!! Glad to hear that you all had a wonderful weekend!!! Hugs...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Tuesday, August 23, 2005 8:10 PM CDT
Greetings to all!!

Congrats to Mark for his "high score" on his latest 'test'....I am proud of you!!!! I am happy that you are doing so well!!! I will give you TEN 'smilie faces' on your next test!!!! :)

Oscar Wilde said:

"To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance."

That is a pretty good SUMMATION of the past few days of enjoying, loving, reuniting, laughing, spending-time-with, creating new memories, recalling old ones, and sharing a LOVE event that brought us all together for awhile. I truly believe it is about the TIME one shares with folks that makes the "event" itself IMPORTANT! Thank you all for being part of our spectacular, awesome weekend. You have been by our sides for a very long time, and to share in the happy occasion of Tom and Ash's wedding just bonded us even more!

The "CA PEEPS" are still here until Sunday. Mark had to go back Monday for work, but Kristin and the little girls are still here. This week will be one of relaxation and fun times without any 'muss or fuss'....!!! Yesterday, Morgan and Allyson enjoyed a visit by several of my students - Sarah, Mandy, and Lindsay. Today, they enjoyed a visit from Alex H. (the notepad lady from the RALLY) and her sons, Jack and Will. Morgan is still talking about Jack...(watch out, Jack!) and wants him to come again 'tomorrow'...!!! This afternoon Kristin is visiting with her high school close friend, Beth, and her two children at a nearby park/mini zoo! Tomorrow we begin our little three day R and R to Lake Anna to "sit and stare" at the vegetation/water/squirrels/ducks/whatever else is moving!!! It will be a nice respite.

The honeymooners are "away" (Ashli can write about her jaunt) for a little "honeymoon"...the BIGGIE comes early next year when they experience an African Safari!! I am already looking for 'designer elephant boots' for her!

School starts next week - - - back to 'order and structure' and NEW BEGINNINGS!! Fresh faces will greet me the Tuesday after Labor Day and another rapid-fire year will commence. There is nothing like the excitement of the FIRST DAY! I wish I could bottle it for the kids as well as myself...there is such a high motivation during those first days. Then REALITY sets in and "it" becomes WORK....so my job will be to keep the "motivation going" all through the year!!

Here's a good one for you:

"Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway." Mary Kay Ash

So, keep on flying folks!!! The VIEW is a BEAUTIFUL ONE!!!!

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M / T Mat :)
Hey students...FORMER students....how 'bout that Odyssey???? Did anybody LIKE IT? I've heard such 'mixed reviews'....let me know.

HAPPY BEGINNING OF HIGH SCHOOL! I wish you the BEST because you are the BEST!!!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 4:45 PM CDT
Kristin, all
I scored a 93 on my latest JPME test! On to chapter 5!

Mark <mark.kelso@verizon.net>
Port Hueneme, CA - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 4:19 PM CDT
...."and another thing.... " ..as I used to say!!! I had to rush off because three of my students rang the bell to visit Allyson and Morgan and they needed my UNdivided attention! Thanks Sarah, Mandy, and Lindsay for the wonderful visit and we loved the talking-time and sharing of your beginning of high school stories!!! Morgan is still talking about "Teetay's kids" and wishes you could have stayed longer!!! She rode her bicycle right after you left...the one withOUT training wheels! And, she did OKAY!!! Thanks for taking time to come by and visit!!!

More time today was spent just "recalling" so many wonderful wedding details!!! And, Steven-Crummy-Woodzell, you were among our 'chat time'....how great it was to SEE everyone, be with dear, dear friends spanning so many years....all the way back to 1944 (ha...like I remember that??)....all the way over to Japan....and back to Rhode Island....and the many, many folks we've been fortunate to know and love along the journey. Thank you all for being WITH us for a happy, happy day!!!

Please continue to pray for John McKay...we prayed for him during the mass, and we will continue to suppport the Crandall/McKay family any way we are able!!!

Love to all and a peaceful good night!

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, v USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 9:05 PM CDT
Ally it was a delight and honor to meet you last Saturday. Even though aunt Ashli's wedding was the main event, I think you may have ended up being the star attraction. I must compliment you on how fine you looked in your dress and the poise you displayed as countless admirers gathered about you all afternoon. You're already a pro.
Steve Woodzell <swoodzell@cox.net>
- Monday, August 22, 2005 6:36 PM CDT
Hi Everyone!

"Wedding Central" is closing "down" slowly!!! We still have the Ca peeps with us and our TX Sister/bro in law for a couple more days!!! Then, we're "off" for a little R and R to a nearby lake for a couple of days with Kristin, Morgan, and Allyson!!! Just some sunshine, boating, and QUIET!!!!

Was the wedding the most beautiful one EVER???? Well, of course it was!!! (just like the "other one" ten years ago!) Ashli and Tom were radiant as were the beautiful people in the wedding party, plus the four little "ring/flower" folks with their tuxedos and pretty in pink dresses! The love that surrounded us in the beautiful sanctuary cannot be measured. The "Philly George folks" and the "Virginia/DC" Matus folks have BONDED!!! It was our honor to be with everyone of you who attended and those who didn't were in our thoughts on the special day! We are continuing to re-live the 'chats/stories/funny happenings' of the past four days and each one of us brings up a new memory periodically as we recall the harbor evening, the bridesmaid luncheon, the rehearsal dinner, the incredibly talented, witty, and articulate 'speeches' of that night...the VIDEO Kristin and Mark made of "ASH AND TOM'S LIFE" from birth to NOW....the inside jokes that were brought OUTSIDE to bring laughter and embarassment at the same time.....
Such LOVE!!!

And, Allyson was right in the middle of it all!!!!

With love to all of you..
MY GIRLS have just arrived to see Allyson and Morgan...gotta rush...


Teetay /Terri:)

terrimatus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 2:46 PM CDT
Hi all,
We too are awaiting some great pictures. We were with the whole gang in thoughts and prayers the entire day...we know it was spectacular!!! As promised, we did our "chicken dance" to help the celebration along...just thinking that through should give some of you some laughs out loud. All our love to everyone,
The Crandell Clan

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Monday, August 22, 2005 12:12 AM CDT
Me again! I talked to my parents yesterday and got the scoop on the wedding details. I heard all about how radient Ashli looked and about how wonderful Kristin looked too. They had a blast seeing parents from our high school days and loved catching up and bragging about grandchildren with everyone. Of course, Ally's matching bridesmaid dress and Morgan's curls and pink bow were a hit as well. We so wish we could have been there!!!!!!

Post some pictures soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xoxoxoxo Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Monday, August 22, 2005 8:01 AM CDT
Here comes the bride....here comes the bride. It is about 12:38 PM EST and I have been thinking about Ash and Tom all day. I hope you are having beautiful weather and that the wedding goes along with no minor issues. I know my parents will give me the full scoop tomorrow morning. Much love to the bride and groom on this wonderful and memorable day!!!!
Love, Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Saturday, August 20, 2005 11:52 AM CDT
Here comes the bride....here comes the bride. It is about 12:38 PM EST and I have been thinking about Ash and Tom all day. I hope you are having beautiful weather and that the wedding goes along with no minor issues. I know my parents will give me the full scoop tomorrow morning. Much love to the bride and groom on this wonderful and memorable day!!!!
Love, Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Saturday, August 20, 2005 11:32 AM CDT
Today's the day of the big MOVE INTO THE HOTEL!!! We are bustling around here like the busiest of BEES!!! (whatever the heck that means!!! ) Excitement butterflies are everywhere!!! So, "let the games begin!!!! "

Love to all of you who will be enjoyng in person or in spirit the celebration of this coming weekend!!! We are surrounded by LOVE and JOY and we FEEL your PRESENCE!!!

Thank God for friends and family and so many who are DEAR to our hearts for so many years!!!

Happy WEDDING WEEKEND to Tom and Ash....they are the 'calmnest' couple I know!!!

Mark arrived this morning at the crack of dawn so now that part of our family is "whole" again!!! Smiles were all over Morgan's face when her DADDY appeared at our door with Geep right behind him!!!

Everybody's READY!!!

Love to all and God bless you all...and prayers and love to John McKay. We will miss you HERE , but we will be thinking of you in TX!!

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat

And, it was great seeing "my Knippler girls" yesterday for their visit with the little girls!!! Morgan loves those girls!!!

Teetay "out"....!!! :)!!!!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, v USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 7:25 AM CDT
Loved the new photos Kristin!! You always seem to know when to "capture the moment!" Enjoy all of the festivities with your family!!!Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Thursday, August 18, 2005 7:15 AM CDT
Hey everybody! I just had a wonderfull time playing with Morgan and Ally today. My mom, sister, and I had the honor of meeting the CA celebrities in person. We had A LOT of fun! The girls are just too cute and Kristen is a great mom. It was nice to see Mrs. Matus again, too! I hope everyone has a great time at the wedding and congrats to Ashli and Tom!


Christina Knippler (former 5th period student) <acoolkid15@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 4:37 PM CDT
Here Comes the Bride.....and her entourage(sp?) of peeps!!! Ashli, I pray that your wedding day will be everything you have imagined it to be! The best part is saying "I do",planting a big kiss on your honey,and then letting him whisk you away!!!!:) We will be thinking of all of you on Saturday!!! Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Wednesday, August 17, 2005 12:37 AM CDT
Hi All! Probably my last post as a single woman!! :) We're having a blast gearing up for the big day and having so many family and friends arrive into town! TG and I hit the ground running tomorrow when we close on a house then plenty to do all day then out with wedding party and family tomorrow night. Luncheon on Friday, then rehearsal and a casual gathering at our favorite bar/restaurant for dinner then THE DAY! We know it will be great and at the end of it all, most importantly, we'll be married :)) Then Monday it's off for a couple of days at St. Michael's on the Eastern Shore of MD for R &R, spa, food, pool... NOTHING. We need to get back to normal life later next week so the REAL honeymoon will be in Feb. 2006 for a 2 week safari in Africa (where else?!?!?) - We'll be counting the days until February... I mean, after we get through football season and all! ;)

Much love to you all and thanks for all your thoughts and well wishes for this super special time in our lives. THANK YOU for your blessings and for being a part of it all.

We'll have pics posted as soon as possible, I am sure!!!!
Have a great weekend and think of us being wed at 2 PM this Saturday!!! xoxoxo

Ashli & TG <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Wednesday, August 17, 2005 10:12 AM CDT
We are off to Virginia tomorrow to THE WEDDING!! I will have the best birthday gift of all when I get to hug and hold our precious granddaughters, and, of course, our son and daughter -in-law. The icing on the cake comes on Friday when Mark's twin brother Glenn, wife Merideth and son Spencer arrive to add to the merriment. Mer and I will celebrate, a day late, our mutual birthdays while babysitting with Ally while the rest of the clan parties it up at the rehearsal dinner. And so many other fun things are planned, too! John's mom, Ally, Morgan and Spencer's great grandma will fly down on Sunday to see her twin grandsons, 2 granddaughters-in-law, and her 3 great grandchildren. We/ll be giving her a small family surprise birthday party to complete the day. I am weary thinking of it all but it will be a blast. Our best wishes to Ashli and Tom that this whole weekend goes without a hitch.
Lydia Kelso a.k.a . Grandma Kelso <lkelso@ec.rr.com>
Southport, NC - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 8:18 AM CDT
Good morning all!!

Yes, today begins the "weekend" of Ashli and Tom's "big adventure"...!! Family members (besides the California celebrities!) begin arriving today and we have 'festivities' planned for tonight and continuing throughout the weekend! Thank goodness the "cold front" hit and it is 63 degrees this morning! Now, if those pesky raindrops just hold off!!

We've had such fun times these past few days doing so many things with 'the girls' and Ashli and Kristin have had some special 'sistah-friend' time! I was delighted to spend time with Morgan and Allyson at my school the other morning with their "No. 1 Fan Club" oooh-ing and aaah-ing over them! Then, I attended a brunch in honor of one of our very old friends, Marshall, and was able to "introduce" the little peeps to many of my "big peeps"...!! Morgan swam in "Pammie's pool" and JUMPED off the side until all of the ADULT arms were weary of CATCHING! She never grew weary of that activity! Teree and Pammie alongwith Nancy and Sharon all got to hear Morgan SING her Princess songs and were quite impressed with her pitch and articulation! Allyson, of course, was "singing her favorite word of the day"...MAMA! Yesterday, I said to Allyson, "Who loves ya, baby?" And, her IMMEDIATE RESPONSE was "MAMA!" Of course, we couldn't get her to repeat 'that trick' but once was pretty funny!!!

Geep is trying to juggle "work" and do all his "DAD" stuff at the same time! Tomorrow is our big MOVE INTO THE HOTEL DAY and we do have a boatload of 'stuff' to haul! (and it's not all about SHOES either!)

Looking so forward to the next few eventful and very memorable days! We are wishing Ashli and Tom the very BEST "Varsity Wedding" on the planet!!!

So, I'm off and running this morning...this will probably be my last POST until AFTER the date....thank you for all the good wishes you've been sending our way and we'll be with you in spirit or in person Saturday!

Please continue to think of John McKay...our love and prayers are with the entire McKay/Crandall family!

Love to all and have a GREAT, GREAT weekend! You know we will!!!!

Terri aka Teetay /Mrs. M/ T MAT :)!!!!

terrimatus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, v USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 6:06 AM CDT
T minus 4 days and counting until Ashwee gets married!!!! I am so excited for you (and TG too of course)! I am sure you and K are busy doing wedding stuff and visiting with relatives who are coming into town. Jim, Tyler and I are thinking about you all as you get to visit in good-ol VA. We wish we could be there with you.

Kristin, have you told Morgan yet that Teetay lives 527 steps from "Aunt Aimee's" old house? :):)

Looking forward to seeing wedding pictures. Giant MN hugs to everyone!

Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Tuesday, August 16, 2005 1:54 PM CDT
Okay...First of all, those of us that are NOT between the ages of Ashli and Alex...We all had a pair of the monogrammed overalls!!!! Holly, you are not the only DORK!!! Mine said"Anna Banana"...hmmm...wonder where my new e-mail address came from!!! That was such a hip item of clothing back in the day!!! So glad that the Cali crew made it to Virginia!!! I hope all of you will have a great wedding week filled with tonz of memories. Kristin...only 7 pairs...I suppose if you will be there a week, one pair a day is good! :) Ally, I bet you and your big sister will be the talk of the town this week!!! Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Monday, August 15, 2005 1:31 PM CDT
She is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations on your little jewel.
Leilani Robello <leilanimay01@aol.com>
Virginia Beach, VA USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 10:29 AM CDT
Hi all!

Talking a "moment" away from BABY/KID CARE to post a message! The CA PEEPS arrived right on schedule last night and we've been enjoying those close up smiles ever since! Ash and TG brought NALA over to greet 'the girls' and they were thrilled to see her! (she's the dog-child)

Allyson slept on the plane ride across the U.S. and Morgan made cards and watched a DVD! They pretty much adapted to EAST COAST TIME and were "in bed" on schedule! Morgan had a somewhat restless night with 'dreams' and 'needing water' and 'wakeups' until she finally put herself in OUR BED! When I realized she was between us, it was 3A.M. and by that time I'd been up so frequently that I just let her stay! SLEEP prevailed! Allyson slept through the night with a minimum of wakeups early in the evening, so ALL WAS GOOD!

Morgan played in her "GIANT" swimming pool this morning and splished and splashed and dunked her proud head UNDER to show all that she'd learned in her swimming lessons! Allyson played inside (the heat is oppressive again today) with Geep and her "toys"...

Kristin is spending the day with Ashli and they are doing the table arrangments/placecards etc...and they met with the photographers at the church to scope out areas for photos next Saturday!! Ash, TG, and Kristin will all be here for dinner again tonight and we are having a "little family wedding gift-giving time" with a few surprises thrown in for the bride and groom!!

After NAPS are over, it will be time to walk to the pond to feed the geese, play in the park, and throw sticks in the creek...all in THAT order, "says Morgan"....she told me that "Allyson would have to stay her stroller, Geep would have to push her, and she and I would be the leaders of the line." (I think the girl has it all figured out!!!)

Enjoying every moment and the "best part" is that this will last for two whole weeks!! Whahoo!!! Now, that's the way to spend the last two weeks of SUMMER in "my book"...before I'm back to "the school books" for real!!

Thinking and praying for the McKays....and I'm sending out big wishes to them for hope, and strength, and continued courage.

Love to all of you,

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/T MAT :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 2:22 PM CDT
Oh my gawd! Is Ally one of the happiest babies anyone has ever seen? This is truly amazing; with all that this fantastic BABY has endured, she is about the happiest one I have ever seen! What a tribute to these families! I am overwhelmed with the latest pictures. I can't wait to hold Ally again and make her smile, and play with Morgan - maybe in the pool! This makes for excitin' times for all the Matuses and Georges and friends. Keep up the most incredible work driven by an even more incredible love and loyalty to family - what a tribute!


Pam Thompson ("Auntie Pammie")

Pam Thompson <pamelatc@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 9:40 PM CDT
Hey everyone! I hope you guys have a good trip and have fun in Virginia/DC! I'm excited because there is a chance I might be able to meet Ally! We'll see. :o) Anyway, I hope you have fun, and congrats in advance to Ashli and Tom- the big day's coming soon! Have Fun! You're always in our prayers!
~Lizzy Knippler (Christina's sis) <lizzywiz18@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 3:54 PM CDT
Hi everyone!

"All my bags are packed....I'm ready to go...just standing here beside the door.....la la la la la...leaving on a jet plane..!!!" The GIRLS are airborne! Whahoooo!! Kristin called from LAX to let us know that she was NOT part of the airport evacuation this morning!! Only terminal 5...reason unknown. Watch the nightly news to find out!! Kristin said she turned her ONE FAT SUITCASE into two smaller ones as the big one was not manageable with two little girls, car seat, stroller, backpack, tickets....etc! She has her "airport drill" perfected and she and Morgan get their 'stuff' through security with break-neck-speed! And, Allyson just plugs along like the little trooper she is!

Geep and I made our early morning trek to WEGMAN's (if you don't know what a WEGMAN's is I cannot give it full justice in this message...suffice to say, it is the GRANDEST grocery store around!) for more groceries than I've seen in a very long time!! We have stocked up for 'the week'...and the week "after"...!!! I did not leave one MORSEL unturned! We have dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets and green WIGGLES noodles and sweet potato french fries!! What more could a little girl want to eat??? BLUE ICE CREAM????!!

You probably cannot tell that I'm excited, can you???

I hope everyone enjoys this weekend as much as we are! And, then the NEXT weekend will be the real icing on the CAKE!!! Keep "storming heaven" with prayers for John McKay!

FIVE HOURS FROM NOW the BLUE BALLOON will ARRIVE at the airport!!!

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 11:16 AM CDT
Greetings to everyone!!!

THERE ARE NO MORE DAYS! Tomorrow is the DAY the "CA PEEPS" arrive and I couldn't be any more excited! Ashli's DRESS is now 'residing' in my bedroom WAITING for the 20th, and it came with a FORMED BODY so it sort of RESEMBLES a PERSON hanging from the ceiling wearing a pretty dress!!

Thanks for all the "styrofoam cooler" suggestions, but THANK HEAVEN FOR 7/11!!! They are the STYROFOAM CAPITAL of Northern VA!!! DONE!

I spoke with Kristin and Morgan yesterday and Morgan 'assured me that she would only have to ride ONE airplane to get to my house' and that I would have her a BLUE BALLOON on a STICK when I came to the airport! I certainly better not forget that BLUE BALLOON!!

Allyson's "crack me up" smile is too contagious!!! It just makes me smile to see her and I can hardly wait to hear her CLEARLY SAID NEW WORD: "Mama"...Kristin says she repeats it over and over. I know that is MUSIC to her ears, and pretty soon, she'll be saying "Daddy" and "Morgan" (wonder if Morgan will come out like "Mo-ga"??) And, then of course, we'll work on ALL THE REST OF HER EXCESSIVE COMMUNICATION GENE VOCABULARY!!!

Thank you for continuing to pray for the McKay/Crandall families as they meet the challenges facing them.

Looking forward to seeing many of you during the coming days! Good luck to all of you who are back in school, or have children starting classes this week!

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/T Mat :)
and to my former students...SUMMER READING TIME IS OVER!!! How did you do???

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 11:50 AM CDT
I was 30444 and I turn 35 today, but I'd rather say I'm thirty! I call this the mammogram birthday because I guess I'll have to start doing those now - yuk!! The pictures of Ally cracking up are just the best! Happy travels Kristin.
Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Friday, August 12, 2005 8:36 AM CDT
Heeeeeyyyyy... I was #30429. I am 30 and my birthday is 4-29. How cool is that?!!??! Ally, I thought you'd like that. I also thought you might be the only one not to question whether or not I am actually 30 ;)

NO MORE DAYS!! Safe, happy, hassle-free travels to you all - I can't wait to see you! Tons of love...

Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Friday, August 12, 2005 6:22 AM CDT

Geep <jmatus@stginc.com>
- Thursday, August 11, 2005 9:52 PM CDT
IT just does NOT get any better than this>
FOR REAL...A gin_!


Teetay /terri /Mrs.M/TMAT :)
SO... how "wow{ is this???

;) SMILES!!!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 7:53 PM CDT
Hi, California Family,
The new pictures of Miss AllyBeDally are just darling!
What a precious "flirty" smile .. Aunt Ashwee got it just right! The healing / and the outcome are just one of God's small miracles here on earth -- & there are more to come. I give thanks every day for His watchcare and His loving gifts to all of us. How blessed we are!
My prayers continue for the McKay family, of course.
And Mark, I am so glad the "boom" didn't drop any debris over your part of the world. What a scarey thing that must have been! I had a fighter jet break the sound barrier over our heads once, and it was an awesome event ...
the pilot got reprimanded, I do believe. But I doubt that NASA's crew heard a word, everyone was just so glad they came home in one piece!
We are so looking forward to the wedding! Can't wait to see you all and to get our arms around the little folks!
Love to you all, Aunt Dale & Uncle Loren

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 7:17 PM CDT
Ok, the best things about this site other than all the Ally support....

1) I learned where to get a copy of my MacDill AFB baptism cert through this site so I could hget married in the Catholic church and
2) Marcie told us where to get styrofoam coolers so Teetay didn't have to drive to every 7-11 in town and
3) I get to dish it back out to my babysitter of 28 years ago and CONFIRM that yes indeed she had an embroidered "name" and HOLLY leaves on her outfit. With that and her feathered hair, she was the BOMB! (And if you haven't seen her lately she is still one hot mom of 4 kids - seriously, she's beautiful!!)
4) I can brag that my bows were done before Teetay's. Ok, not fair because first, she had about twice as many and also TG helped (ok, he did like 6 of them) and also, I stayed up til 12 AM last night to finish so I could pretend to win
5) Hands down, mint chocolate chip is the best. When you're little and green is your favorite color, it's appealing. Then you get older and realize that the "natural" white Breyer's (yet still mint choc chip) is best. But at Christmas time, noting beats Ben & Jerry's Festivus special blend! I should probably go back to writing in 1st person.

I am back. Maybe I was in the sun too long today.

I have had the joy today of seeing Al's latest coy, rather FLIRT FLIRTY FLIRT smile(!) and the Ashlynn/Jack/Jay Crandell gang head off to school. What an awesome bunch of kids!!

Anyway, the dress gets picked up tomorrow to hang on THE HOOK at the Matus home until next weekend and we're off and running with the Kelso gang arriving in town. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL -- AND PUT MY ARMS AROUND YOU!!!

Happy packing and all that good stuff. Having fun yet?!??! K - Sorry I didn't meet TG sooner before you had to travel from CA with 2 kids but at least I beat Mark's bet that Morgan would be my maid of honor and not a flower girl. It's really better this way ;)

Ash, TG, Nala "Jean" and Peeve-y "Poo" (KDMK - joke names for you, of course...) <ashliagm@aol.com>
ridiculously HOT HUMID Washington DC, - Thursday, August 11, 2005 4:07 PM CDT
I am absolutely amazed at how wonderful Allyson looks. You can barely see any scarring which is wonderful. I bet you are so relieved to be on the other side of the surgery. I know after Michael's I was happy to be in the recovery part.
They do have styrofoam coolers at Total Beverage.. Also Terri check out who signed Michael's caringbridge site last. www.caringbridge.com/va/michael Michael doesn't get too many visitors now that he is doing so much better, but this one was so cool.

Marcie McCauley <threesenof@aol.com>
Chantilly, VA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 2:33 PM CDT
Greetings to everyone!

RIBBONS DONE! (read my last entry to know what that means!!)

Ten days "out" from the wedding date and the weather forecast is a high of 88 with 40% 'scattered thundershowers'...THEY say that brings LUCK to a couple when it RAINS on their wedding day. Now, if that isn't the STUPIDEST thing you've ever heard???! THAT 40% "chance" is surely going to be somewhere ELSE in the area and NOT on Massachusetts Avenue in DC!!

The CA peeps arrive Saturday and we are SO READY! I will have to remember to get a BLUE BALLOON since Morgan told me before I left CA that I "always" bring her a BLUE BALLOON to the airport! I do always BRING A BALLOON, but I don't think they are always BLUE! However, this time, BLUE IT IS!!! (she's into "blue"...BLUE BALLOONS...BLUE ICE CREAM...and she even ASKs for BLUE SKITTLES!!)

Allyson will not care what COLOR her balloon is!!! I always anticipate the "airport run" - -- -Geep and I stoop down, Morgan sees us...RUNS like crazy and we pick her up and twirl her around!!! IT SIMPLY ROCKS!!

Best I get to my errands now...I have a "short list" today, but it has very IMPORTANT tasks on it...like finding styrofoam COOLERS for the limos/shuttle busses....do you know how hard it is to find STYROFOAM coolers anymore???? (the throw away kind??) If anyone has a few of those sitting around your garage, send them my way!!

Happy THURSDAY to all from a very happy "mother of the bride"....!!!

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs.M/T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 8:34 AM CDT
ALLRIGHT ALREADY!!!!!!! Monogrammed overalls????.....EEGADS!! I think I remember them though...that is scary....they had my name and some "holly leaves" beside them - can you say hideous? And yet, I was SO PROUD I'm sure. I am confident my attire would rate over 100% on the DORK-O-METER!! Thanks, Ashli, for giving me a laugh...I think I may need to thumb through some old photos and see what I find!!! :-)

Geep, I have had that silly cotton candy ice cream before, and it is nasty! My kids can compete with Morgan on the 7-8 licks and they're done. Age is helping though, and they are slowly seeking the flavors they know/love vs. what looks the most attractive (THANK GOODNESS). Poor Jack, he recently ordered lemon custard and it was really bad. He cried and said I should have just ordered chocolate chip cookie dough! Who knew? The poor dear. Can you see me with my crowd...all four kids in tow and EVERYONE has to have a sample before they can possibly make a decision??? The Crandell clan can beat anyone on extreme lengths of time to place an order...it doesn't matter if I have "prepped" them or taken "pre-orders" ...it's all so different when we are actually AT the counter and being waited on!!! HA But hey....the kids are sweet and so appreciate their sweet treats and the pure THRILL of getting their own cone! Isn't that most of the fun??

Love up on your sweethearts and kids....life is so precious.

Sending everyone Texas sized hugs....I'm off to bed...tomorrow is the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!!


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Wednesday, August 10, 2005 9:36 PM CDT
BTW, for all you peeps in Allyson Land...When I had to finish up the last ice cream cone with Morgan, it WAS NOT Bubble Gum..it was reallllly yummmmmy PINK and BLUE...now get this, """"COTTON CANDY"""" flavored...not bad either...I think it was more the colors than the flavor....

Geep (aka Jerry Matus) <jmatus@stginc.com>
- Wednesday, August 10, 2005 1:49 PM CDT
The B2B has finally lost it! Ash, you crack me up. AND - while I don't have 12 (good grief) pairs of black boots, you have given me a goal to shoot for. I think I am up to 4 pairs (and yes, I wear them all too).

Happy countdown to the "wedding of the year" (again, I beg to differ on this - HA)!!!!!!

To the Kelso clan - have a great and SAFE flight.

Former B2B, aka Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 10:51 AM CDT
Ok, the B2B is still out here! Sorry for the lack of posting :) A few things from these recent guest book posts:

1) First and foremost, although my sister might have more shoes in total than I(hard to imagine), I will challenge anyone on their black boot collection and being able to justify having 12 (is it 12??) pairs of black boots. And yes, I wear them all :)
2) Holly, I came across some pics of us with our mom's and Kristin and I were wearing our rabbit fur coats (yes, they were real, Pamela-Peta-sleezeygirl!) and you, Miss Holly, were in OVERALLS. I think they were monogrammed on the chest too. One word for that... HOT. But the best was also having the plastic treehouse people toy in the pic - that thing rocked! I wonder if we were all wearing our maroon "leather" big rubber wedged heel boots with the fur coats?? Surely we had on some plaid pleated shirt - AWESOME!!!
3) Teetay will definitely finish the bow-tying programs before me. 100% guaranteed. ;) I am not crafty, njever claimed to be, have no patience for it and don't care to be.... But if anyone wants to see my "full day" wedding itinerary, you'll see that I am the Master of all details, proudly a control freak about it, and there's a reason my friends call me "Monica" (a la Friends character!).
4) I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL IN A FEW DAYS, KDMK, MORGY AND AL!!!! That will be the BEST and totally rock!

Much love to you all.. love the new pics, or course... and I would have liked that sweet sticky blue ice cream DONE. Didn't I always like that nasty sweet crap??? Yummmmm.... IS IT GOOD?? (that was for you, K ;)

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox See you soon.... 10 days to go until the "wedding of the year" (and then we can all stop talking about it... no wait, we'll talk about how great it WAS after the fact! Right?!??!). I even think Uncle Tommy is getting excited!!! Nala too! She said she can't wait for me to officially be her mommy! Ok, now I am getting weird and totally procratinating so off I go before I totally lose it.

See you SATURDAY!!!! Love you lots!

Aunt Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington , DC - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 8:01 AM CDT
We got a nice early morning "heart-attack" style wakeup this morning. At exactly 0505 (that's 5:05 AM for you civilian types) we heard a loud, earthshattering, house rattling boom. I sat straight up in bed, said "what the HE** was THAT?" and thought a car had hit us or something. I checked all the rooms to make sure the kids were okay and checked downstairs to see what damage we had. Couldn't see a thing. When kristin turned the news on, we found out that the space shuttle had landed at Edwards AFB. That's not too far from us. Anyway, on the approach to Edwards it passed directly over Ventura, about 5 miles away. I've heard sonic booms before, up close and personal thanks to your taxpayer dollars converting gasoline into noise and speed. I've never heard a Mach 3 sonic boom, which is about what the shuttle was traveling at when it passed overhead. The shuttle usually lands in Florida, but bad weather forced the return to California. Anyway, thanks NASA for the too-early wake-up!

Interestingly, they flew over us due to safety. Here's what the news said "The shuttle skirted Los Angeles because of new public safety considerations in the wake of the Columbia disaster, which rained debris onto Texas and Louisiana." I guess debris falling on us is better than it falling on LA?

Mark Kelso <mark.kelso@verizon.net>
Port Hueneme, CA - Tuesday, August 9, 2005 8:47 PM CDT
Hi there. Just checked in to see the girls and had to write...I can totally relate to the big sis huggin and squeezing thing...my daughter just can't seem to leave my son alone. poor little guy!! and the bubble gum ice-cream. too funny but also my daughter's favorite...she does however eat the whole thing. see you next saturday! jan
Jan DeFalco <jan.defalco@salliemae.com>
- Tuesday, August 9, 2005 8:19 PM CDT
Hi everyone!

I've just returned HOME from a "day with Ashli" organizing the programs for the "wed" and tying ribbons around them! I now KNOW why "vendors" who do this as their JOB charge so much! It is slow-going-tedious 'work'...but we had fun doing it and are about 1/3 finished. I brought a STACK home to do, and left Ashli with her stack. We're going to have a 'race' to see who finishes first!!! We also visited the HOTEL again today to actually see the HOSPITALITY ROOMS that we will inhabit for the four day weekend. The rooms are enormous with lots of amenities and beautiful DC/Georgetown views! Plenty of room the wedding visitors to stop by, sip, snack, meet, greet, and hang out! And, there will be plenty of space for the children to play with their "special wedding weekend toys/crafts"...!! I have the COOLEST stuff picked out for them!

And, WHO doesn't like BLUE BUBBLE GUM ICECREAM????? That was the flavor Morgan got the last time I was with her at an ice cream outing...and GEEP had to finish it off that time!! Yes, she is a "six licks" girl and she doesn't even need to 'worry about her waistline'...!!! Maybe in about a year she and ALLYSON can 'share' the BLUE ICECREAM CONE and actually FINISH ONE!

There have been MANY phone calls between Virginia/DC/California these past few days COORDINATING everything for the weekend! There will be 'informal gatherings' Thursday for the early arrivals, and of course, Friday is the big day for the BRIDESMAIDS' luncheon, and the REHEARSAL and dinner following! Then, WAH-LAH, we are to SATURDAY, the big event day complete with transporation schedules to/from the church and back to hotel. DC 'traffic' can be a bit daunting to out of towners, so we are shuttling people to and fro for their comfort and EASE!!! (but...if they miss the bus???? Hmmmmm...it's a pretty LONG walk!!!)

We are continuing to keep John McKay in our BEST thoughts and prayers. Thank you for joining us in that effort. There is such strength NUMBERS, so let's keep on "storming Heaven" with our prayers for John's comfort! Holly and her family are VERY important people to us.

Lots of kids are starting back to school this week! I wish all of you the BEST beginning of the year. My actual SCHOOL year with students begins after Labor Day, so I have a couple of weeks left of the summer! I still get the same excitement Labor Day 'night' that I always have anticipating the new students and all the 'firsts' that occur in the beginning of the new year. That's why teaching is the greatest 'job' in the world...it is the only job that allows you to have a CLEAN PAGE every year and 'start over'...always the opportunity to make it better!!

If anyone lives near me and would like to come over and tie little ribbons on wedding programs, I will certainly OPEN THE DOOR for you to help! It took almost three hours to do 70 programs....it was FUN, right Ash?

Talked to Kristin today...she was at the MALL 'a-gin' today...probably buying more SHOES!!! :)

Love to all of you and I cannot wait to get my arms around the two little angels whose faces appear on this website! Thank you all for being on this journey with us. Have a great rest of the week as I continue to countdown til "Saturday"...!!! Wheeeeee!!! Arrival late afternoon!!!!

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M / T Mat


terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Tuesday, August 9, 2005 5:21 PM CDT
Dearest Kristin,

Thank you for the recent update, for the great new pics and for continuing to petition for prayers for Dad. You are right, God is listening, and I know your preciuos readers and Ally followers are keeping us tight...we feel it!!

There are so many things I have wanted to type out in response to all your information but what it comes down to is YOU AMAZE ME!

I still remember tucking you and Ashli into bed on a babysitting adventure (it was never a job...always an adventure) and how sweet you all were. I knew then how exciting it would be to be a mom one day and ... it is!! I remember how your rooms were positioned in the house on Pearson street and how I would love to help you pick out clothes for the school days ahead. Teetay always did such a fantastic job of buying sweet clothes and shoes....little did we know your shoe fettish continues!!! HA I think Miss Catherine has a shoe fettish. Todd and I took her to buy shoes the other day and every pair she "attached" herself to, her Daddy felt compelled to buy...see if I take him with me next time...who cares if there is a sale going on....he didn't save me much!!! HA

As I logged on to look at the update, Catherine toddled in the room and said "oooh" at Ally's picture. Then...I scrolled over to the "other pics" and when we got to Morgan's ice cream picture, Catherine squealed with delight then starting doing her "eat" and "please" hand signals. OH NO!!! Question...did any of that pretty blue ice cream end up on Morgan's fancy white shirt? EEEK!!!

Dad is doing okay. He is stable and comfortable and home and thoroughly enjoyed the chaos of all the "cousins" and relatives being in town this past weekend. We had lots of laughs. One huge laugh came when we got some mail from your mom. There was a picture of Geep and Dad cuttin' a rug. Their attire was hilarious and the pic just made us all laugh so hard!! HA Your Mom also included some Rally for Ally bracelets and wallet pictures of the girls....thank you!!!

The kids are all starting school Thursday...I can't believe it. I will be sad and happy all at the same time. We are having a "Boo Hoo, Ya Hoo" breakfast after dropping off the kids on Thursday morning....I think I will associate with both feelings. The boys are in different classes this year and have "dream teachers". I think two new love affairs will be blossoming soon!!!

Ashlynn will meet her teacher tomorrow night and she is excited about starting her new school. Having come from a uniform school she and I had a grand adventure buying "fun" clothes. We brought a whole new meaning to "overboard". OH WELL!!!!

Well, I will be thinking of you all the way to VA(including the packing...take Anna's advice...I ALWAYS pack a separate bag for shoes...I have choice at home...why not on the road?).

Know that we love you dearly and miss you so much!
Hugs from me to you - Texas sized of course,\


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Tuesday, August 9, 2005 12:59 AM CDT
Morgan...How did you manage to not get a single drop of blue ice cream on your pretty white shirt???Grant will NEVER get chocolate ice cream in a cone because he has heard his mama say too many times..."CHOCOLATE STAINS!!!" My mother-in-law died laughing when she took the kids for ice cream and he told her he couldn't get chocolate because it leaves stains! Blue bubblegum ice cream...hmmmmm.....not sure I would have finished that one either Kristin!!! We just got home from meeting Madeline's VERY YOUNG third grade teacher! She was just as sweet as she could be and Madeline was mesmerized by her beautiful long brown hair! All the way home she kept telling me how beautiful she was and that she couldn't wait to go to school!!! I hope she keeps singing that tune all year long!!! Ally, I am so glad that you and your mommy have a break from doctor visits this week so she can get all of her shoes packed for the trip!!:) Your Teetay is counting down the days until she gets her arms around all of you!!Well, speaking of doctor visits, I have to take Camden to see Dr. "Go-Go" this afternoon. His name is Dr. Hidalgo but the boys could never say his name when they were learning how to talk so it came out "Go Go". It has stuck to this day!! Anyway, I think he may have external swimmer's ear. I keep telling Greg he probably got it when he let those boys swim in the river!!! Hopefully, it will feel better soon! Happy Packing....Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Tuesday, August 9, 2005 12:49 AM CDT
HI all,
I'm sorry I have not posted in a while, but I have been checking in on you guys. Things are a little crazy here. Jack broke a tooth last night! He was balancing himself on the baby's big plastic tub and he fell. It hit him in the mouth and broke his tooth! Luckily it is his baby tooth and it looks like we may not need to do anything - have to wait and see how sensitive it is over the next week (the tooth broke close to the nerve). Anyway, Kristin I wanted to wish you a good flight. I hope it goes by FAST. Someone once told me that the most important thing a baby can do on an airplane so that their ears don't hurt while you take off/land is to chew or move their gums up and down. I always thought it was the sucking/swallowing that relieved the pressure. Anyway, I would always try and get Jack to open and close his mouth as part of game. Hope that tip helps. Safe travels!!

Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Tuesday, August 9, 2005 9:49 AM CDT
OK...who was the BIG 30...i.e. 30000 hitter on the web site...I checked earlier in the day, and we had 24 to go and now, 11:30 PM EDT..we are up to 30K plus 40-something...we really appreciate all your viewings and silent moments, even if you don't post...today, JIM KELLY, New England Patriots quarter back who lost 4 consecutive Super Bowls, lost his son, died at the age of 8,after suffering from a rare form of MD...and he said, to some effect, "HE CHANGED THE WORLD" as so much was learned clinically and emotionly in pulling people together, generating and renewing love and relationships, just as ALLYSON HAS DONE FOR US in the last 7 months...
each and everyone of you is appreciated more than ever...and yes, I don't post much, as it is a "TEETAY and DAUGHTERS gene, not mine, that can say it all so much "better"....wishing John and his family continued comfort and Allyson continuted success in her care and on her journey...I remain the "GEEP"

Jerry/Geep <ispy1942@aol.com>
- Monday, August 8, 2005 10:40 PM CDT
Kristin...glad to hear we have something in common!!! From one shoe diva to another...Happy Monday!!! Hug...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Monday, August 8, 2005 2:33 PM CDT
Hi all and esp. Anna-Banana formerly known at "the chief" of RAINWATERS!

I died laughing at your shoe comment...you just don't know that Mark calls KRISTIN "Imelda Marcous" (the former female President of the Phillipines) because she has so many PAIRS of SHOES!!! (I think Imelda once claimed over 5000 pairs of shoes) So, your comment really HIT THE SPOT!

Thinking of you all today and wishing everyone a good week! I am 'wishing my week away' so that the GIRLS will get here FASTER!!!

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)
Hey "former students"....summer is almost over...have you finished your SUMMER READING???? How was it???!! Good luck to you as you begin high school!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Monday, August 8, 2005 10:28 AM CDT
Good morning, California family!
Just checked in after a few days, and learned all about the anatomy of the sphincter muscles of Precious AllyBeDally! Kristin, you have amassed tons of physiology and anatomy at this point. I am so glad you are young and can keep all those facts in your head! Have to confess that mine spins a bit trying to grasp it all! I am sorry that there is yet another problem with which to cope, of course! But Thank God, there are ways to solve and fix problems of this magnitude that probably weren't there when Terri, Leslie, you and Ashli were born! When I think back to some of the more "primitive" ways things were done in those days, balanced against the knowledge and technology of today's medicine, I continue to be amazed!
I loved all the pictures, but that precious one of Miss MAK and Miss AllyBeDally having a tea party was THE cutest! And I think Allyson's face is looking more and more beautiful as the healing days go by! I can't wait to see them and give them hugs and kisses at the wedding!
Tell Miss MAK that Aunt Grammy is going to bring a couple of special things to play with her! :)
We send our love and kisses to you all!
Aunt Grammy and Uncle Loren

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Monday, August 8, 2005 8:47 AM CDT
Hello sweet Ally....Have you and your sister had any more tea parties??? I am finally home from a week and a half of travel and I am exhausted. This is Madeline's last week of summer before she heads off to third grade. The boys still have 2 more weeks. I know I will be shedding tears when my babies go to kindergarten!:( Greg started his new job today so it is a little quieter than usual with him not working from home! I miss him already. Mr. McKay...If you are reading this, I want you to know that I talk with God about you everyday! I pray that you are feeling better each day and that you are enjoying being surrounded by family. DR. Kristin, I will be praying for you as you prepare to pack for your family to head to Ashli's wedding. It is hard enough packing for yourself, but then packing for kids too, whew! that is a day's work!!! And if you are anything like me, I need a separate suitcase just for my shoes!!! My hubby doesn't understand why I have to have so many different shoes...he obviously does not know fashion!:) Love him anyway!!!! Well, I am doing laundry and labeling school supplies so I must run. Just wanted to check in on Miss Ally and see her cute little smile today! Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <anna.banana3@hotmail.com>
- Monday, August 8, 2005 8:47 AM CDT
Happy Sunday to everyone!

I just cannot stop LOOKING at Allyson 'dressed so chic in black/white'...she must be practicing wearing designer clothing for Aunt Ashli's wedding debut!!! We are busily preparing for "the girls' arrival" next Saturday! Geep is putting together Allyson's exersaucer as I write so that she will have "choices" of SITTING PLACES while she's here! Next comes the high chair!

It is a beautiful sunny day in Virginia, but the heat has subsided so we are no longer sweltering!

Prayers continue to go out for John McKay and family. John has visited with many relatives and friends during this past weekend and has enjoyed the company of all. He is stable and in the good care of Hospice and his family. John reads this website, so let him know you are praying for him and wishing him courage and strength in the days ahead.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay / Mrs. M/ T-Mat :)!!

ONLY 13 days to go until "Here Comes the Bride" DAY!!!!:)

terrimatus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, v USA - Sunday, August 7, 2005 10:37 AM CDT
Happy Friday!!!!!! It is a wonderful 85 degrees without the recent humidity and it is absolutely beautiful outside. Kristin, it sounds like you should have gone to UVA Medical School. Holy cow! After I read the first paragraph I was thinking.....so what does this really mean?? (Ok really I was thinking I must not understand English because it was like reading a foreign language.)

Ally does not seem to bothered by the latest medical discoveries and she is just as cute as a button. Of course, Morgan and her curls get prettier every day! So how old does Tyler have to be before he proposes? Hee Hee!

We are spending the weekend packing for our upcoming move. The movers have just been hired today and I have scored a ton of boxes from the warehouse at work. The closing on the new house has been moved up a few days to August 25th so that should give us plenty of time to go back and clean the old house once everything is moved out. Lots of exciting times ahead!!!

As a recent bride, I know EXACTLY what Ashli is working on in these last few days before the WEDDING OF THE YEAR (I beg to differ on that one). It is all fun and exciting but can be a bit stressful too. I hope everything goes smoothly and I can't wait to see pictures of the beautiful bride, matron of honor, and flower girl. Since we are unable to make the wedding, my parents will have to be our stand-ins. After all, they have know Ashli (and Kristin)since 1986 :):):)

Hugs and kisses to everyone!!!!!!!

Aim-a-lita <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Friday, August 5, 2005 1:11 PM CDT
Once again I am back for a brief moment. I am leaving to go to my husband's 25th highschool reunion in Nacogdoches. For you non-Texans...that is in East Texas and is affectionately known as "The Pineywoods". I feel like I have been living out of a suitcase for a week, but it has been a blast. The kids had fun at Dinosaur Valley and the boys are convinced there are dinosaurs lurking around Texas! They swam in the Paluxy River which nearly gave mommy a heart attack when a water snake came swimming by!!!! They were being BOYS!!! We traveled to Dublin,Texas and went to the Dr.Pepper Museum and bottling company. The kids thought it was so cool to watch how they bottle the drink!! We had a great time just being together as a family and making some fun memories. It has been a difficult summer for our family but thankfully, God has seen us through. We praise him and give him all glory for that! And now to Miss Ally....I want to come and play tea party with you and Morgan! When Madeline and I have tea parties we like to say, "Pinky's Up!" right before we take that first sip of tea!!! (or air!) You have made the rounds with your visits to the doctor. You are one tough little cookie! I pray that all of your doctors will treat you like royalty. Know that all of your family is in my prayers as you prepare for the "WEDDING OF THE YEAR!!" What a fun time all of you will have celebrating love!!! Well, I must go and pack..AGAIN!! Hugs from Texas....Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Friday, August 5, 2005 9:42 AM CDT
Good morning from Texas!!!!!
Wow....those pictures are amazing. Morgan, Allyson, you two are just THA CUTEST!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the tea party...am sure there will be many more to come!! :-) Wish my two girls could join in...am sure Morgan would stay busy because they drink a lot!!! HA
Just wanted to wish all of the Matus and Kelso clans all the best for the weekend...we know you are the countdown toward the EVENT OF THE YEAR!!! Have fun and enjoy!
Lots of hugs - Texas sized of course - from our family to yours.
We love ya'll!!!

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Friday, August 5, 2005 9:40 AM CDT
Good Morning to all!

As I read the latest guestbook entry I am amazed that "it would appear" that Kristin is now getting a MEDICAL DEGREE alongwith everything else she's learning! When she was explaining it to me, I was asking her for LAYMAN's terms so I could "understand it"...!! It is so very interesting what we are all learning about the 'insides' of our own bodies that we never knew! Again, Allyson is teaching us all!

LOVE those pictures...the tea party is especially endearing. There will probably be 'many times' that Allyson will NOT give 'her cup' to Morgan to fill! I am certain Morgan will PERSIST! She LOVES her tea parties and requires that EVERYONE have "tea" in their cups....ready or not!!!

Thinking of you all today, and especially Big John McKay! Hold on 'tight' to your family!!!

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M / TMat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Friday, August 5, 2005 6:56 AM CDT
LOVE the new pics, Dr. Mommy Kristin! :) Jeez Louise, I mean, you have always been super smart but now you're really scaring me! hee hee ;)

Ok, uh, the Allly black and white!?!? Can she scoot down the aisle in that outfit? If so, she's in the weddin!

Lots of love to you all and SEE YOU SOON!!

Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Friday, August 5, 2005 6:03 AM CDT
Thank YOU, Crystal, for the beautiful poem!

It really touched my heart. Yesterday, I had a "sort of best day feeling" because I accomplished many things on my never-ending "list" ---and even though many of those "things" were minute by nature, I felt "content" that they were DONE! And, to savor in those moments of spending a good, solid day accomplishing something no matter how great or how small makes each day the significant gift that it is! Thanks for the beautiful poem saying all of that!! And, as Ashli said in her 'thank you RALLY letter'..."life is all about planting trees under whose shade you never expect to sit"....

But, we KNOW in our hearts....SOMEONE will "sit" under those trees!!!

I wish everyone a spectacular day! It is a hot, muggy, and GORGEOUS BLUE SKY DAY in Virginia! My 'classroom' is ready to RE-enter in late August, the "piles" of stuff to take to the hotel for the wedding weekend are pretty organized, Morgan's and Allyson's clothes are put away in the chest of drawers (Kristin sent them early), and I've just purchased 'treats' for one 4 year old, Wiggles macaroni, and the BELOVED JUICE BOXES!!! We're getting "readier" by the day, and counting them FAST!!!

Love to all...and again, thank YOU Crystal, for the meaningful message. Your spirit is with us.

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :) (and to my students..there is no such word as "readier"...laugh!)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, v us - Thursday, August 4, 2005 11:42 AM CDT
Good morning, California Family! What wonderful pictures are on the website right now! I especially loved Precious Miss MAK's attitude about who's to drive the plane! Go Girl!
As for Uncle Josh, I know ALL of you were so happy to have him and Mark's other mates back from their "roll about in the ocean!" (not to minimize their wonderful naval duties, of course!) Uncle Josh looks great, and I know he's happy to be reunited with his "CA extended fam"!

We're all getting quite excited about August 20th, of course! The days seem to be flying by ... but maybe for those in the last minute throes of "wedding frantics" - it may seem like not ENOUGH days left!

Today was a milestone day, and I've just had my big cry. Zachary and Whitney, Les & Randy, headed off today for Harbins Elementary to meet and greet their kindergarten teachers, take in those big bags of school supplies, along with their summer fun sheets showing how many of the activities suggestsed they did! THEY DID THEM ALL! Les and Randy weren't crying, and I managed to hold back the big lump in my throat until they were safely out the door, in the van and on the way! No more babies in Georgia!:( But they're READY and they're excited, and Grammy will survive!
Precious AllyBeDally, I can't wait to get my arms around you and love on you, and I'm counting the days!
Precious Miss MAK, Aunt Grammy can't wait to "play stuff" with you ... If Teetay will give me a turn! :) And just maybe there will be time for me to give Kristin and Mark a big hug as well!
Love to you all, Aunt Grammy

Hugs and Love to all of you!

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Thursday, August 4, 2005 10:57 AM CDT

Hope all is great with you all. Someone sent this to me this morning and I thought of your family. Enjoy the best day of you life, this day.....enjoy

Today, when I awoke,

I suddenly realized that this is

the best day of my life, ever

There were times when I wondered if

I would make it to today; but I did!

And because I did I'm going to celebrate! Today, I'm going to celebrate what an unbelievable life I have had so far: the accomplishments, the many blessings, and, yes, even the hardships because they have served to make me stronger.

I will go through this day with my head held high and a happy heart. I will marvel at God's seemingly simple gifts: the morning dew,

the sun,

the clouds,

the trees,

the flowers,

the birds.

Today, none of these miraculous creations will escape my notice Today, I will share my excitement for life with other people. I'll make someone smile. I'll go out of my way to perform an unexpected act of kindness for someone I don't even know.

Today, I'll give a sincere compliment to someone who seems down. I'll tell a child how special he is, and I'll tell someone I love just how deeply I care for them and how much they mean to me.

Today is the day I quit worrying about what I don't have and start being grateful for all the wonderful things God has already given me.

Today I'll remember that to worry is just a waste of time because my faith in God and his Divine Plan ensures everything will be just fine. And tonight, before I go to bed, I'll go outside and raise my eyes to the heavens. I will stand in awe at the beauty of the stars and the moon, and I will praise God for these magnificent treasures.

As the day ends I will lay my head down on my pillow,

I will thank the Almighty for the best day of my life.

And I will sleep the sleep of a contented child, excited with expectation because I know tomorrow is going to be the best day of my life, ever!

Crystal Register <jbrdregister@atmc.net>
Southport, NC USA - Thursday, August 4, 2005 8:39 AM CDT
Good Morning to everyone!

Just a 'few more days' and the CA peeps will be here to start the ball rolling on Ashli's wedding festivities!! Kristin and "the girls" arrive NEXT Saturday. Mark will come the following week. Kristin and Ash will have some "sister bonding time" in preparation of the BIG DAY! I will be on "Teetay duty" with the little girls. I have many surprises in store for them including a new swimming pool that I am sure Morgan will be able to JUMP in since her swimming lessons!

It was good to hear the updates on Allyson's latest appointments and know that there are DATES scheduled for the next two surgeries - finger diffusion and the cleft palate closure. Our calendars are MARKED!!!

The weather has PROMISED to cooperate for Ashli's wedding day, so we are not expecting HOT HOT temperatures! It will be wonderful seeing everyone "together" in the SAME ROOM!!!

Have a good rest of YOUR summer...and to my "former students" I hope you have already finished your HIGH SCHOOL REQUIRED READING and are enjoying some down time!!! I miss you all! I went to room 216 yesterday to "get it fixed up" for the NEW GROUP and I could still see your lingering 'faces' and 'smiles' and 'personality' left in those chairs!!! I wish you the best as you begin your high school journey!

Please keep John McKay in your thoughts. As his dear wife and my good friend, Char, said the other day: "He's a fighting soldier, and he's giving his recovery his best shot." Keep him close in prayer.

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Thursday, August 4, 2005 6:32 AM CDT
Morning! I had a nice chat with Mark yesterday on my way home from work. I am looking forward to the update on Ally's appointments. I hope everyone is having a great week!
Love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Wednesday, August 3, 2005 6:47 AM CDT
WOW!!!How much did I miss????ALOT!!! I got home late from my Colorado trip last night. I had the best time just being silly girls with my college roomies! I did have a couple of glitches though...1. I got altitude sickness(not drinking enough water!) 2. Drank ONE margarita and had a little trouble standing up(the AH-HA moment came when my friends told me that because I was not acclimated to the high altitude, drinking 1 margarita was really like having TWO!!) Thanks alot!!(Not enough water, too much margarita!!) Other than that, we had a blast. I am actually leaving on a 2 day trip with my hubby and kiddoes to Dinosaur Valley State Park and Fossil Rim! Its a short trip, but a much needed one for the kids. So, once again I will be off line but I will return!! Ally, you still have that cute little smile...I wanna see that TOOTH!!! And Kristin, in my heart, I think Ally did say MAMA!! Well, we are loading up to go so I gotta run...Hugs from Texas...Annna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Tuesday, August 2, 2005 12:47 AM CDT
Hiya Allyson.

Man, you're looking so good for just having been through your lip repair. I'm pretty sure I don't have to tell your family how great of a job your docs did, because they already know it. ;0) And, Morgan looks like one proud big sis. I haven't been able to access the your website (yikes!) until I was able to figure out this new firewall we got. (so computer illiterate here....)

Darren saw Allyson and Morgan's photo today and remembered them. Told me that the "two princesses" were cute. He called Morgan, "Cinderella", and Allyson, "pretty baby". I'm loving this age with him. They grow up too quickly. *sniff, sniff* Give those two girls big hugs from the folks in pineapple land.....

And, to Teresa (Zemery's mom). Man, Zemery is one cute kiddo. He looks like he's so full of personality! I hope to someday have Darren and I meet you and Zemery at a convention in the future.

God bless.
~Cat and clan

Cat and clan <catpotter2001@yahoo.com>
Honolulu, HI USA - Tuesday, August 2, 2005 0:29 AM CDT
What a beautiful family picture of you all! Made my heart dance when i saw it! So glad that all of the GoldenHawks are back home with their families safely, especially "Uncle" Josh--what great pics with him. LOVE the pic with Morgan in front of the plane--that's just too cute that SHE wanted to be in the front flying the plane! Can't wait to see you all in just a few short weeks to celebrate the wedding of the year--yahoo!!!!!!!!!!! Miss you and love you TONS!
Aunt Mer, Uncle Glenn, and Cousin Spencer
Kennesaw, GA USA - Monday, August 1, 2005 4:28 PM CDT
What glorious faces on this webpage!

WELCOME HOME, Josh, and everyone!!! The smiles on those faces TELL IT ALL!!! There were some very happy REUNITED folks yesterday in Sunny California!!! Josh has been 'part of our extended family' for over ten years now, and his "two girls" will always think of him as "Uncle Josh"...!!! We are delighted that Josh will become a DC "area" resident after the first of the year! Now, we can REALLY BE FAMILY!!!

The homecoming sounded wonderful! And, I know this week is a busy one for you with new appointments. We will be waiting for the news of Allyson's endoscopy tomorrow.

Tell both Morgan and Allyson that Teetay has some 'special things' for them when they get to Virginia in two weeks! Hint..hint...Morgan....your special thing has PRINCESSES on it!!! (and you RIDE on the paths!!! Hint...hint...) And, Allyson...you "sit in yours" and "expand your mind and body in twelve different ways"....hint ...hint!!!

I don't know what is more fun...the final last minute wedding preparations or the 'grandmother' preparations for two little girls???? Hmmmmm.......!!!??

Love to all and we are counting the days!!!

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Monday, August 1, 2005 4:27 PM CDT
I had to check in because knowing my sis, I KNEW there would be awesome new photos of the homecoming yesterday!! WELCOME HOME "UNCLE JOSH" (snuggle bunny! no worries gang, that's a rated G private joke!) - SOOO GLAD you're back safe and sound and we'll see you ALL really soon. xoxox

Much love - Ash & TG <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Monday, August 1, 2005 1:04 PM CDT
HEEEEYYYYYY! This is the month... the month where that little event happens on the 20th and then we can all stop talking about it!! ;) HAPPY AUGUST and I can't wait to see Morgy-lu in her princess flower girl dress and Al-Pal in her special wedding dress and Kristin in her HOT TRON 'O HONOR dress and Bro, well, a nice suit??!?!? I will see you all in 11 days (dond't count today and don't count.... ok, you know the drill....) and I'll be waiting with open arms to greet you.

TONS of love and hugs - hope the weekend was fun seeing all the people at the fly-in, albeit I know it was SUPER BUSY!!!! xoxooxoxoxooxoxooxoxoxoxoox

Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Monday, August 1, 2005 7:53 AM CDT
When there babies you cant get them to start talking..but as they grow then you cant get them to stop. kristin definatly deserves the "first word award" from ally from everything she has given to her. Hope the "after party" goes well..without the parentals!! have fun and i love the sister bonding photos since i dont get any at home with my brothers. love from the east to the west and everything inbetween.


Sarah DeCenzo <jwdecenzo@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA USA - Sunday, July 31, 2005 6:27 PM CDT
Good Morning to all and a HAPPY WEEKEND!

....so in the 'category' of "It doesn't get any better than this..."

I dialed up the CALIFORNIA peeps this morning and a small voice answered with the words: "Hi Teetay!" It was Morgan-lu ANSWERING the PHONE for the first time, I think!!! She went on to tell me about her "swimming class graduation" yesterday, riding in a canoe and jumping out, and getting a GOOD SWIMMING REPORT CARD!!! All in FULL VOICE!!! And, in the BACKGROUND, I could hear Allyson SOUNDS so I asked Morgan to tell me what Allyson was saying....Her reply: "She's just saying her little words. She can't talk yet."

So, in a nutshell, what a week it has been for the little ones! A tooth for Allyson...a "first word" (Ah-Mah!), and a GRADUATION from Swim Classes for Morgan!!! It's been a busy week..and then, of course, all the decorating and celebrating for the Squadron's HOMECOMING this weekend as well! I think Kristin and Mark have been a little BUSIER THAN USUAL!! (and "usual" is pretty busy!)

Aunt Ashli is gearing up for her Bachelorette EAST COAST GIG tonight with the EAST COAST bridesmaids/friends! Geep and I were "invited" to come for the BEFORE DINNER PART, but not the AFTER DINNER PART....hmmmmmm????? Sounds like TOO MUCH FUN TO ME!!!

We are busily getting 'things done' around the house before the wedding festivities begin in a couple of weeks!!!

I hope your weekend is a great one. Continue, please, to hold John Mc close in prayer and thought. He's a courageous fighter.

Love to all...and a BIG WELCOME HOME to the Point Magu friends!!! Welcome BACK to the USA!!!!

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Saturday, July 30, 2005 12:14 AM CDT
Maybe she was trying to say NAH-LAH?!?!? :) OK, I AM KIDDING PEOPLE!! (but she does hear that enough from Morg!)

HAPPY "MAMA" wording... of course that's what she's saying to the most awesome mommy/sister/friend in the world! Happy fly-in and homecoming for Uncle Josh and the rest of Mark's buds today - I know it will be a special weekend and we are thinking of you!! I'll have a cocktail in your honor tonight on my bachelorette outing ;)
Lots of love and hugs to you all!!!

Ash & TG <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Saturday, July 30, 2005 9:40 AM CDT
Soon after surgery I told Dad that Ally would now be able to say "mama", and gee, she has done it in her own way! How precious for you, Kristien. Now Mark, when her palate is closed Dada won't be far behind! Love to you all
Lydia Kelso a.k. Grandma <lkelso@ec.rr.com>
Southport, NC - Friday, July 29, 2005 8:32 PM CDT
Just a short note from #29000...it is "MAMA"...no matter what is sounds like....you are her life, blood, inspiration, and helper....thanks for being the greatest mother in the world...

Geep <jmatus@stginc.com>
- Friday, July 29, 2005 8:19 PM CDT
Hi all,

It 'better' be AH-Mah!! Kristin has been the 'constant' in ALLYSON's life...she had 'better be the first word' she says!!
What JOY!

Love you girls in CA..and I wish for a VERY happy "fly in" tomorroow!!

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay akd Mrs.M/T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 7:53 PM CDT
Good Morning to everyone!

I want to wish the "Golden Hawks" a hearty WELCOME HOME tomorrow when they land at Point Magu! These are the men and women in Mark's squadron who have been deployed for the past six months! TOMORROW they arrive HOME! Mark is the Officer in Charge of the 'celebration' and he and Kristin have been working hard alongwith others to make this a grand moment! I know it will be great for them to REUNION with their buddies! Having met most of the wives in the past months, I am happy that each FAMILY will be reunited! Hugs and best wishes to all of you from this side of the pond!

Please continue to keep the McKay/Crandall families in your prayers. John Mc is at home and surrounded by family and hospice care. He is a strong fighter and has a very determined spirit. Let's all remember that as we walk through the day and send some special words toward John in Austin, Texas! You've 'rallied' for our family, so please rally for these wonderful people during this very difficult time for them. Holly (if you don't know this by now) was my STUDENT in 1977 when she was in 7th grade. The friendship between our TWO families blossomed BECAUSE of her...and she was the one person who "introduced" Ashli to CARINGBRIDGE when Allyson was born suggesting that she 'might want to set up a site'....WELL! We SEE the results of that, don't we???! Thank you for thinking of my "adopted" families...the McKays and Crandalls. :)

And, to Anna Rainwater and her folks...I continue to pray for each of you and Greg's complete recovery to good health!!! You are the friends we haven't met yet...but we will.

And to everyone else out there...just more plain old THANK YOUS for being on this journey with us. Allyson's new smiles 'tells it all'...her spirit is vibrant, she has a wonderful big sister, mom and dad...and lots and lots of others who think of her everyday. YOU!

I had a wonderful dream about my Mom and Dad last night. It made me smile.

Have a great day wherever you are...hope it is cool and that blue skies envelope you!

Ursula LeGuin said it best...."It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the JOURNEY that matters, in the end."

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Friday, July 29, 2005 6:53 AM CDT
It was really fun to see you and our Ally girl at work on Wednesday. Hopefully you were able to finish your shopping since you were only able to take five steps at a time when somebody else stopped to say hello to you and Allyson. We were happy to see you both. You know Allyson needs to spend some time with her Tias(Aunts) at the Exchange. From all the hits on the web I see it as you all have family all around the USA. Which is a great thing. Take care and have a good rest of the week.Always your Softline Girls !!!!

Oxnard, CA - Friday, July 29, 2005 0:46 AM CDT
Hey Kristin~ Thanks for the response to my questions on my post on the cA site, I thought I would try to contact you on here, a little more private. Please feel free to ask me anything about the g-tube, lord knows we have LOTS and LOTS of experience! My email is bstricklett@comcast.net or you could always call, I am just a mom, so always at home...303-655-7304.

Ally looks GREAT!! The NAM did wonders for her! She looks stunning! It is so amazing the work that they do. I think that PS are like sculptors, they are really artists at work.

Again, please feel free to contact us with anything, we just started with OT today, so maybe I can help you with the oral side as well.

Talk to you soon~

Hannah Faiths mom

Brandy Stricklett <bstricklett@comcast.net>
Brighton, CO USA - Thursday, July 28, 2005 9:12 PM CDT
Dear Ally and Morgan,

I saw Teetay today and she can't wait for you to get on the airplane and visit her at her house soon! She was shopping for wedding things and can't wait to see Morgan swimming in Virginia!

We had a lot of fun at Rally For Ally! I was so glad to put faces together with the names I've seen in this guestbook. Ally, you are a special person!
The Hennes

Kathleen <khenne@cox.net>
Oak Hill, VA - Thursday, July 28, 2005 4:24 PM CDT
Love the photos of the sisters!!!
We had such a wonderful time at the Rally -- really great to meet all the family and friends and be with our "buddies" John and Lydia (alias Grandparents Kelso).
Ally, Morgan, Mark and Kristen - always keeping you in our prayers.
Love to all.

Susie and Scott Erskine <smerskine1@verizon.net>
Centreville, VA USA - Thursday, July 28, 2005 10:25 AM CDT
Dr. Goldie is one of the best neurologists that I have seen since I started having seizures back in 1997. My bestfriend Melissa, who had a brain tumor at the age of 8, has also been one of Dr. Goldie's patients. Ally is in awesome hands!!
Heather Bueling <peanuttypeanut@juno.com>
Port Hueneme, CA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 9:44 PM CDT
"Sisters...Sisters...there were never such devoted sisters!" That is for all of you Rosemary Clooney/White Christmas fans! My sisters and I used to watch that movie and try to sing and dance to the sister song! Love those photos. Kristin, you certainly know how to capture the moment! I am leaving for Colorado tomorrow for a girls weekend with my college "ya-ya's". So, I may not be as frequent on the guestbook but I do want my friends to see Miss Ally, so I may check-in while I am away! So glad to hear that Ally has a tooth!! How exciting!! Morgan, I know that eventually you will get back up on that diving board...I was the same way!! Well, we are off to dine on pizza because I am too lazy to cook this evening! Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Wednesday, July 27, 2005 6:30 PM CDT
Hello everyone!

Are those "sister pictures" the BEST, or what???!!! The glow in the eyes of both girls just grabs my heart!!! I want 8 x 10 "glossies" of those shots!! And, I bought 10 NEW frames today to "CONTINUE" my upstairs WALL gallery! So, bring 'em on!!! :)

The news from Dr. Goldie is fabulous, too...and I am so glad that 'what we were thinking' all along is probably the truth...that Allyson's BODY just needs to catch up with her head aka "brain"...!!! Her body was "doing it right" by nurturing her brain during those days when she was not gaining body-weight. In the long run, she'll probably LOVE that...NO EXTRA BODY WEIGHT and a BIG BRAIN!!!

Please convey to Josh and the others who arrive home this weekend that they have been in my thoughts and prayers the ENTIRE cruise! And, do tell Uncle Josh that when he comes to DC in January we will 'find him a house and girlfriend'!! I already have a wonderful teacher in mind!!! (now, aren't all of YOU wondering who that might be??? "Pick me! Pick me!" )

I am so proud of Morgan's swimming advancement. I am glad that I was part of those 'comfort moments'...I hope she will continue to enjoy the water in the coming weeks before your "big trip"...and we'll make sure she has POOL time when you hit Virginia! (I know people with pools, fortunately!! And, there is the HOTEL pool for the wedding weekend!)

I have lots of good RALLY FOR ALLY pictures. I'll send them out soon. GREAT GROUP SHOTS and an especially good one of special little guest, Zemery!

The heat is oppressing in this area today...but the STORMS have come in and the temps have dropped DRASTICALLY in an hour! And, the winds and tornadoes are 'around'...so much fun in DC "summers"....PRAY for CLEAR SKIES August 20th!!

Love to all of you...

Terri aka Teetay :) aka Mrs. M/ T Mat

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 6:02 PM CDT
Love, love, love the new pictures! You can just see the sister-love in their eyes! They are BOTH growing up so fast!!!!!!

Kristin, it sounds like your PHD is being put to good use. I guess your on-the-job training is paying off as your diagnosis is as good as a licensed practitioner's. I can't wait to catch up with you - this weekend???

As always, our thoughts and prayers are with you along with the other website groupies that visit and post their stories often. Holly, I am sending your family MINNESOTA sized hugs too!!!


Aimee and clan (Jim and Tyer) <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 3:13 PM CDT
Wow! That's all I can say about the new photos and the great news from Dr. Goldie!!!!! The photos are precious of sisters together having such fun!! We are back in hot, hot North Carlina after the Rally For Ally. Ashli, Tom, Peggy and Mike you did an outstanding job of organizing it all!!! We had a great time seeing all those folks we have met on the website and the rest of you who supported the cause so generously. We are ready for next year, so Fed Ex Field here we come - make way, Redskins, for the Rally For Ally!
Lydia Kelso a.k.a . Grandma Kelso <lkelso@ec.rr.com>
Southport, NC - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 1:45 PM CDT
OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!! Kristin, when you emailed me and said the new web site pics were "to die for" I HAD NO IDEA what I was in for...... They are the BEST!! Love the pics and love the sister bonding! Such beautiful girls, in and out, and that mature soul of Allyson's sure is shining through! Now, about those "bonding" photos of US when we were that little.... hmmmmm... you were probably too busy cleaning up after me to sit for a photo ;) hee hee, Yes Teets, WE KNOW We have "just a few pics" of your little sister-girls out there!!!

Happy hump day to all and hope you're enjoying the weather where YOU are - we are NOT having fun in the 100+ temps here in DC! They promise some relief tomorrow... hooray.

Happy swimming Morgy and I'll see you ALL soon so you can hear my best in-person Dory impersonation... "just keep swimming, just keep swimming... " Our motto for life, eh?!?!

Love you all and LOVE the priceless photos!!!! xoxoxoxo

Ash & TG <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Wednesday, July 27, 2005 1:44 PM CDT
And to all..

What is NOT to love about Lindsay DOANE???
"If not us...why not us?"...
Thank YOU for reminding us all.
This is WHY we are HERE.

God bless the children. God bless "my children"..

THANK YOU for being there.

Love and hugs,
Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M//TMat

terrimatus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 9:43 PM CDT
Well...I am finally able to sit and relax for the day! Wanted to check in on Miss Ally and her fab smile! Loved the pics from the rally! I felt as if I was there! Ashli, you looked like you were just as relaxed as everyone else! How do you do it girl? I am also a bit envious that Teetay gets to see SIR Elton John in concert! He is my all time fave! Miss Ally, you will have to make your BIG appearance at next years rally for sure! Mark, I hope you had a great birthday with your "home-made" birthday cake. We used to love making cakes for our dad..peanut butter and raisins spread on stacks of bread...YUM!!!! Have a great Wednesday!!!Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Tuesday, July 26, 2005 7:55 PM CDT
WOW! I'm so glad the Rally for Ally was such a huge success!!! It was so much fun to be there and to see so many familiar and new faces. Also, it's so wonderful to know that Ally's surgery went so well! I love her smile!!! Mrs. Matus, Holland sure can be beautiful. Even though our flights left at differnt times, we still met up in the same exact spot. :) "Instead of 'why us', it's more like 'why NOT us'" (I love that phrase!!!) Once again the Rally was AWESOME!!! I hope the best for you, Ally!
Lindsey Doane <Soccer1848LD@cox.net>
Oakton, VA USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 7:06 PM CDT
Oh, my goodness ... those new photos of Miss
AllyBeDally are just darling! She's gonna heal up and have an unblemished, God-lovin' precious little face and smile! The healing is progressing so nicely now that the stents are removed. I hope the sore in her nose heals quickly as well. Miss MAK, you are really doing quite well with your swimming and water activities. Uncle Poppy and Aunt Grammy are VERY proud of you! The twins have just seen the latest photo and they are amazed with her new mouth! I know you've read the latest wonderful medical report about Uncle Loren's back! It is so wonderful that he is painfree ... and several said, would we be dancin' at the wedding?! YEP, if my creaky hips can stand it! Maybe I'll be "next" for a hip makeover! We send you all our love! Uncle Loren and Aunt Dale a/k/a Uncle Poppy and Aunt Grammy

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, ga USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 12:33 AM CDT
Happy Birthday to Mark!!!

I hope your DAY as been a special one! I heard that YOU are getting to take Morgan to her swimming lesson this afternoon and see her head go in the water!! Whahoo!!! She'll be so proud!

And, those new pictures of Allyson are just fabulous!!! LOVE that smile!!! Now, I can really say : "No nose stents!" What joy her face brings to my face!!! Does Allyson know she is "famous" for her RALLY????!!

And, I loved seeing the 'three' CALLIE girls hanging out on RALLY DAY!

Mark, I know you will enjoy the CAKE Morgan made for you!!! Now, you have 'something that is construed as a dessert'...right??

Love to all of you!

Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndont, va us - Monday, July 25, 2005 2:50 PM CDT
ohhhh! I LOVE all the new pics!! Ally, you look awesome pal and I am so glad you're doing so well - you're such a tropper! Now, about that spit up... ;)

Morgy lu - I recognize your princecess bikini and YOU LOOK HOT, sista! Glad your swimming is going so well and I can't wait to see you all in just a few weeks.

Last but no least, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARK!!! Hope you have a GREAT birthday and we love you lots!!!

Hugs to all - and see you super soon! xoxoxoxoxo

Ash & TG <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Monday, July 25, 2005 1:38 PM CDT
Good Morning to all!

Please take a moment today to think of/remember/and say a little prayer for the McKay/Crandall families. John Mc is at his home and Hospice is caring for him. I spoke with Holly this morning early. They are hopeful that "Big John" will be comfortable and pain free during the coming days. Please keep them in your thoughts this week. John Mc is a retired USAF Colonel who has served his country and his family with dignity, honor, and pride....one of the finest men I've ever known...and "one heck of a spoon player" too!

Thanks everyone. God bless you, and God bless the McKays and Crandalls during this most difficult of times.
Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/TMat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Monday, July 25, 2005 11:06 AM CDT
Hi All:
Just wanted to post a quick note to say what a great time we had at the rally. I was so impressed by all the "little touches" that Ashli and gang did to make everyone feel so welcome - from the buttons, to the toys, to the quotes, etc. Jack loved all the toys you had set out. Thanks!! Because it kept him entertained for 3 hours! He especially loved playing with Zemery and asked if Zemery could come to our house for a playdate as we were leaving. So Theresa, if you are ever in Maryland give us a heads up!

I am so happy to hear that over $6000 was raised for NFED, all from a "small" ha! cookout with friends (old and new). That is amazing. Terri it was so good to finally meet you. You and Geep are such warm and welcoming people. And you're right, Geep is the grill master!! Kristin, I am sorry you were not there in person so I could give you a big hug and meet your little ones, but I know that time will come. Ashli - thanks for an awesome event. You are definitely the organizing queen! Oh and Peggy - little Will wanted to say thank you thank you thank you for the misting machine!! Let me know what I can do for next year. If we're having it a FedEx field, we need to start planning now :)!!

Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Monday, July 25, 2005 10:28 AM CDT
Wow!!!! My computer goes down for a week and look what I have missed!!!???!!!

I am so sorry I didn't get to send in the requested info. to Ashli on Jeffery for the Rally....but I guess God had other plans. (Like kicking this *&%###@#@ computer for not letting me get your email until this morning.) But that's okay, I so enjoyed the photos from the Rally. You did a GREAT job. Thanks from the bottom of Jeffery's heart.
You never know how strong and how far you can bend until something tests you, right? RIGHT!!!!!!!

Ally, you're BEAUTIFUL....loving the smile. Jeffery says to "hang loose" (as he uses his 2-finger hand to sign).
Love and kisses to you, lovely girl.

Crystal Register

Crystal Register <jbrdregister@atmc.net>
Southport, NC USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 7:26 AM CDT
"And to all a good night"....

As you read this website tonight...please ponder the Nelson Henderson 'quote'presented earlier today by Ashli on the journal....

(and if you think 'we Matus girls' are RElated...gee, you are so right!)


"The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you may never sit."

What an incredibly wonderful way to look at the world!!!

So, folks...let's plant some more trees...together...and IF we sit under them together what a great day that will be...and IF NOT...gee...what a beautiful legacy we left to someone else.

My heart is full.

Thank you all for CARING so much.

Terri aka Teetay :) aka Mrs. M/T Mat :)

And, aren't T/Mat's kids just the GREATEST???!!


I wish you an especially good week. Please continue to keep John Mc in your prayers. He's "working for life" and he needs "OUR SUPPORT"...thank you all. :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Sunday, July 24, 2005 8:18 PM CDT
Hello, California Family! We love the new photos posted, and having just had a long conversation with Teetay, I have heard all about the Rally, blow-by-blow. I know it was a marvelous occasion in every respect! Many of the participants wrote to say how terrific and special Ashli and Tom are, how fantastic our family is. Well, folks, I don't think we are all that special ... although it surely feels great to hear such compliments!! God gave our family a whole lot of energy, and using that energy in good causes, is our gift back to God! I know that the Rally was something wonderful! I know that my very special niece &company worked their boonies off to make it fantastic! We Just wish that we could have been there to celebrate with everyone!~ We are sooooo looking forward to seeing Kristin, Mark, Morgan and Allyson next month! I have already said I get FIRST kissin'-on dibs for the girls! My heart is so grateful to so many people who have been in support of our Allyson branch since December 23. Your gifts of love and caring have been astounding!
Love to you all, and special hugs and kisses to Morgan and Allyson! Aunt Grammy & Uncle Poppy

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 3:12 PM CDT
hey hello to all my new friends!! I had a BLAST at the Rally.The only down part was i DIDNT win the plastic pink tiara that i wanted to wear to homecoming :( Also..T-MAT's kids were not able to drink the margarita's..but instead looked at it the whole time in front of our working table..like T-MAT said..hopefully the 8th rally. I got the pleasure of meeting every single person who came because i was working at the geetings and selling all the "goodies" By the end of the day i was thinking everyone was family and i would be seeing them soon at the thanksgiving table. A HUGE thanks to ashli and the 'team' it was very fun and im looking forward to next year.

-sarah-bara ((one of T-MAT's kids))

Sarah DeCenzo <jwdecenzo@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 2:45 PM CDT
..."and another thing..."

I forgot ...sorry MANDY D. about spelling your name wrong...it was a typo and the website would not let me go back and EDIT>>>>so I apologize. NAMES are IMPORTANT!!!

And, I did not leave out one very important person...I wanted her to have her SPECIAL thank you moment...to Meredith S. who was not only responsible for setting up stuff for the RALLY, but for the delicious VATS of Sangria HOMEMADE SPECIALLY BY HER!!! Mer is such a long time friend of Ashli's and "another of my adopted daughters"....(Gee, the "T-Mat" girls are increasing by the dozens!!)

Mer, I think you are the truest friend and I love you very much. Thanks for all that you did yesterday....I look forward to knowing you until YOU ARE OLD!!!

"Sweet Teetay" to you!


terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:50 AM CDT
Hello everyone!!!

Huge WOW KUDOS to Ashli, Tom, Peggy, Mike, and EVERYONE who helped put together the RALLY FOR ALLY!!! Not sure 'where' to start with the details as I know there will be many other postings today about the RALLY and its events!!!

For 'starters' I have to put my arms around Ashli, my younger of two wonderful daughters, for having the IDEA of the RALLY and for pulling it off! I have tremendous pride for Ashli's ability to juggle many tasks and somehow keep "all the balls in the air" without skipping a beat! I also want to applaud her EXTREMELY good judgment in selecting/picking/choosing/ Tom George to be her life mate. From the "get go" I knew he was a "keeper"...it just felt 'right then' and it feels even more RIGHT as we get closer to "Here Comes the Bride/Groom Day"....

As Ashli said in her comments yesterday (it was NOT a SPEECH!) Tom/TG never once squelched her enthusiastic spirit to pull the rally off...and YES! ....JUST one MONTH BEFORE THE WEDDING! Tom and Ashli worked diligently to get their patio/landscaping/painting/etc. READY to greet the RALLY participants! Thanks to you TG! (and do not call me "Mam"...!!! private joke!!)

Not to be left out of the preparation THANK YOUS - great big thanks to Peggy and Mike for their participation, organization, space, the 'misting fan' (what a fabulous item that is!)and their TIME to help with the plans for this first RALLY. This morning over a lengthy cup of COFFEE Peggy and Ashli were yakking about 'how to make it better' for next year!!! Thank you Peggy and Mike...I really feel like you are FAMILY~!

Then, to the MANY who came and bought raffle tickets, donated baskets/items for the raffle, bid on the silent auction items....(sorry Kathleen...someone outbid you by $5.00 and got the Margarita machine!!!)...and the luckiest boy alive, Tommy C. and his mom, will be sitting next to ME at the Elton John Concert in September!!! Whahoooo!!! "Tommy and his teacher going to a concert together wearing sunglasses!" :) That has to bring a smile!

To my "T MAT" girls...Sarah, Lindsay, Christina, Many, and Lindsey....thanks for your contributions of time, love, laughter, and HELP in greeting everyone and keeping up the the tickets, pins, visors, money, cookies...the hot sun...and YOU DID IT WITH THOSE BEAUTIFUL GRINS!!! ' Sorry about the NO MARGARITA RULE...maybe when you come to ALLY's 8th ANNUAL RALLY when you're 21 that RULE will no longer exist!!!! :) Think about it...that is not too very far away in your lives!!

And, to our very special guests, Rolf and Heinz, Zemorie (sorry about spelling your name wrong...but I'll get it right before I see you again when you meet Ally and Morgan in August!) and his beautiful mom, Theresa....what amazing spirits these folks demonstrate as they go about living their lives with ED. I simply cannot WAIT to see Zem and Morg rolling around in "Teetay's Ball House" in August!!!

To all of you who faithfully read this website who we've known for years...to those of you who read this site only occasionally...and to those of you who are family by blood or the families we've 'chosen'....THANK YOU for your GENEROSITY with donations for NFED. I am sure Ashli will be posting the EXACT figures at some point today, but we believe we are NEAR the $6,000 mark - - - or slightly over it since there are other checks "in the mail"...!!!

God has richly blessed our family this year with the birth of Allyson and her gift of life....as well as the 'gift of a wedding' in a few weeks...and the continuous blessing of friends both far and near who care about us as we also care about you. Amidst the 'sad moments' that life brings to each person, we all find comfort in knowing we are not alone in our sadness or our joy. I think I like to dwell on the JOY part!!! As Morgan would say: "Teetay, what was your favorite part of the RALLY?" I would say: " My favorite part was seeing old friends, meeting the new, and knowing that we were sharing time together all because we want to help many others who have been affected by ED....."

Then Morgan would look back at me, and say..."Teetay, what was your favorite part, really?????"

And, I would smile and say: " The part that Aunt Ashli spoke of in her comments....do not say 'Why us?"....but WHY NOT US?" Thank you, thank you, thank you FAMILY...all of you....Lydia( Maria/Grandma), John (Jose/Grandpa), Aunt Meredith/Uncle Glenn/Spencer/Marilyn/Jim------

And GIANT THANK YOU to Jerry/Geep, my 'favorite husband of 34 years' for MANNING the 500-degree GRILL in the heat yesterday ....and for being the solid support that he is to our ENTIRE FAMILY!!!

I have a quote from Brian Andreas which says:

"If you hold onto the hand, she said, it's easier to maintain the illusion of control. but it's more fun if youjust let the wind carry you."

We certainly know where the 'wind beneath our wings'comes from....thank you, God.

Love to all...and wishes for a lovely rest of the weekend!

Happy EARLY birthday to Mark in SUNNY CALIFORNIA!!!

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T Mat :)!!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:46 AM CDT
No surprise - Ashli and Co. did an awesome job of creating a wonderful, fun, friendly, and meaningful event!! It was a great crowd of caring friends and strangers who became friends! Such terrific food and drinks and the day itself was beautiful beyond belief - all for the celebration of Ally and some adorable children like her. It was great to see the Kelsos again - John with his arm covered in raffle tickets - so funny! The Franklin MS (now high school) girls were just fantastic greeters and helpers all through out. I think they could be put in charge of just about anything and make it a success. But the ringleader,of course was Ashli, and Kristin, you would have been so proud of her efforts, and what love she shares and shows for so many people; not that you aren't already proud of her. Teetay and Geep - what energy and dedication! They are in another stratosphere from the rest of us, I tell you. I was happy to be present for the first of what looks to be many successful Rallys for Ally. Thanks and God Bless all of you who imagined and then produced such wonderful things for this day. The pins, the bracelets, the pictures, prizes - just tremendous!!! Thanks so much to Ashli, Tom, Peggy, and Mike for their hard work and for being such great hosts!
Theresa Cover <tesscover@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 10:58 PM CDT
Hey guys!!! I just wanted to write how much fun the Rally for Ally was. I had a blast! It was nice to see everyone from the website. The food was great and I love the bracelets and pins. We continue to pray for Ally and are so glad for the quick recovery.


Christina Knippler (former 5th period student) <acoolkid15@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 8:10 PM CDT
Oh- I almost forgot. Congrats on the 28,000+ hits! GO ALLY!!
~Lizzy Knippler (Christina's little sister) <lizzywiz18@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA USA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 4:39 PM CDT
Hey everybody!

I just came back from the Rally for Ally and had a great time! I enjoyed seeing some new faces and meeting the people I've been reading about since Ally was born! It's too bad that the gang from CA couldn't come. :o( We missed you! Have a good summer! We're keeping you in our prayers!

~Lizzy Knippler (Christina's little sister) <lizzywiz18@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA USA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 4:36 PM CDT
Hellloooooo to everyone at the FARFA (love that!!!)!!! We just got back from our Disney vacation and of course, the first thing I do is catch up on new Ally pictures and guestbook entries. We so wish we could be there with you right now!!!! Ally, your smile is WONDERFUL and I can not believe how different you look after only one week.

We are looking forward to seeing pictures from the FARFA and to reading the entries from those who could attend. We may have been off-line for a week, but you were in our thoughts each and every day.

Morgan- Micky said to tell you "hi."
Love and kisses,

Jim, Aimee and Tyler <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Saturday, July 23, 2005 4:07 PM CDT
Hope the rally is going well! I just finished cleaning up leftover junk from our garage sale. We actually did pretty well and my kids raked up several dollars selling lemonade! It was so STINKIN' HOT!!!!! Glad I have done my G-sale for the year! Can't wait to hear about all the fun you are having! Hugs from Texas....Anna

P.S. Jackie...I am glad to know that someone else in the world scrubs their own toilets!!!:)

Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Saturday, July 23, 2005 3:45 PM CDT
Just ready to leave for the "rally" with some of my friends and thought that I would say one last hello. Cant wait to see everyone and maybe get an explination on The Odessey (the english book we have to read for HIGH SCHOOL!! wahooO!) T-MAT- i think we might be close with our tan, but if you have a bigger tan i will DEFINATLY win in bathing suit tan line. Also, mandy is extremly tan, tanner than she was in October.. and thats saying something! cant wait to see you today. thinking of little Ms. Ally. wish you could be here but keep trying to figure out the toys! and Morgan--learn to swim young. i am still having trouble with that sport at age 14!!

see some of you soon

Sarah DeCenzo <jwdecenzo@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA USA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 12:48 AM CDT
Jack - your entry cracked me up!

GREETINGS FROM FARFA HEADQUARTERS!! OK - I have to go, I am busy!! Love you all and we miss you FOUR TONS!!! Call you later for sure!!!! xoxoxooxoxoxoxo

PS - This is gonna rock more than anythign has rocked before!!! ;)

Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
FARFA HQ in HOT but SUNNY!!! DC...., - Saturday, July 23, 2005 12:19 AM CDT
Hey everyone! I hope the Rally is going well. I just wanted to say hi from the public library in Palatka, Florida. I wish I could be at the Rally today, but obviously, I'm about 13 hours away (we drove down here from Virginia) Ally's progress is amazing and I'm so proud of her. Have fun at the Rally!

~Meredith (former 4th period student)

Meredith L. <palaverdure@verizon.net>
Oak Hill, VA USA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 10:52 AM CDT
Hi to all and especially you Ally! I wish we could be at today's Rally to raise money and celebrate such a special little girl and a great family. Instead, I'm scrubbing toilets in a very hot South Texas! But I can't wait to see all of you in a few weeks and exclaim about Ally's progress, Morgan's growth, and Kristin and Mark's strength and will in person! Steve and I will be thinking of all the Rally folks today, especially you Aunt Ashli who is taking so much time right before your wedding to do all this (and I escaped to Costa Rica the month before...how self-centered!). We love all of you and can't wait to see you soon!
Love, Jackie
P.S. And for those of you who don't know me and are wondering, I'm not in prison...I'm scrubbing my own toilets at home!

Jackie Horras <jackie2fish@hotmail.com>
San Antonio, TX US - Saturday, July 23, 2005 9:31 AM CDT
Good Morning to everyone!

We are so excited! Aunt Ashli, Uncle Tommie, Peggy and Mike have done so much PLANNING and the event will BE spectacular!!! We are going to meet and greet so many new friends made through this website. Geep is hoping to have his "Cyber Cafe" set up so that folks can post in the guestbook during the RALLY! We'll see if that works out, so "checkie this page" frequently during the day!

Our hearts are with our California 'peeps' as this day progresses. Allyson Glenn Kelso has brought us so very much JOY and it is represented by the LOVE on this website! Thank you all for joining us today in HEART, SPIRIT, and IN PERSON!

Love to all...more updates later as the RALLY begins!!!


Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M / TMat :)
And...to my students who I wil SEE today..I can't wait! Thanks for your help by "working" at the RALLY!!! :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Saturday, July 23, 2005 8:57 AM CDT
"Rally, rally,raaallleeee...rally,rally,raaallleee...rally,rally,raaalllee....RRRRRRRAAAAAAAALLLLLLYYYYYY!!!!" That was a chant my softball team in highschool used to sing before a game...lucky for all of you that you can't hear me singing it! That chant is for Miss Ally and her big rally tomorrow! We will be thinking of you tomorrow having tonz-o-fun while we are sitting in 90+ degree temps having a garage sale!!!!Call me crazy!!! Hugs from Texas.....Anna

P.S. Teetay...did you and Geep have a certs encounter????

Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Friday, July 22, 2005 5:36 PM CDT
Hey everyone! Wow Ally you look great! I love lokking at your big smile on the homepage. You are such a happy little girl who i can tell brings joy to everyone who looks at you. i can't believe what a success the rally is going to be. I really wish I could be there to see everyone, but unfortunatly I have a family conflict. However I hope it goes well and I will pray for good weather. Keeping you all in my thought and prayers.
Elizabeth Hellman (former 5th period student)

Elizabeth Hellman <dancer3191@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA United States - Friday, July 22, 2005 9:56 AM CDT
Hello all,

I am cracking up!

Between the "I am woman hear me roar" lyrics...and Anna CHIEF RAINWATER 'telling me' to have a CERTS moment at the airport (does that mean we "click our Certs together like on the commercial??)...and the "You're so pretty story"..(actually, years AGO an elderly woman approached me in the Wendy's bathtoom somewhere in North Carolina and said to me in a squeaky voice, "You're sooooo pretty!" When I repeated it to my FAMILY they died laughing! It ALWAYS made me 'wonder' if they did not believe that lady! The 'sweet old lady' was probably BLIND!! But, I was sooooooo pretty to her! Too much information, but YOU guys 'started it'....!!)

Thanks for giving me several GOOD reasons to laugh and smile tonight!

Morgan had a GREAT time swimming this afternoon and put her face in and UNDER the water more than 25 times. (I count.) And, Allyson had a good night up until a few minutes ago when she did a big "spit up" but she has now PROMISED to go to bed in her ALL CLEAN BED and sleep all night just like she did last night. (second time since her surgery) She is a 'smiling fool' and is currently tucked in...

A HOT night here tonight...that 'means' in the WORLD OF CALIFORNIA HOUSES WITH NO AIR CONDITIONING...that you sleep withOUT covers and you breathe fresh air from the WINDOWS. (for you Texas folks, that is crazy, right?)

I will MEET 90 degrees and HUMIDITY tomorrow upon arrival in VA, so I'd best PREPARE myself for the "moisture" I will experience!

And to my Allie-student...I HOPE to see you SAT., but if it doesn't work out, do not worry....I hope you will SEE Allyson after Aug. 13th when they come for the WEDDING!

And, to YOU, Anna Rainwater....I "coined the phrase" I AM WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR 'way before Helen Reddy did her tune!!! It is IN the GENES!!!

So many gratefuls tonight...John McKay is responding...Hayden is doing well....Allyson had a good checkup with the ENT....Kristin and I had lunch with another mom from Topanga Canyon who has a son with a cleft and just had surgery recently....and home to swimming lessons...Kristin to the gym...dinner...and 'gee' what did I leave out??? Probably way more than you would want to know..but , "HEY"..I'm the TEETAY and I can tell you what I want.

Looking so forward to meeting new folks SAT.!!

So much LOVE going into this event. Thank you all who have already contributed and cared to donate raffle items. Without you...wow....it would not be happening!!

And, to Ash and TG and Peggy and Mike...YOU have my SINCERE gratitude for turning your homes into "RALLY TIME" for Ally!

Can't wait to put my arms around so many folks!

Love to all...and I will not miss my CA "peeps" too much because I will SEE them in just three weeks....WEDDING CENTRAL!!!

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T Mat :)

And, to my students...I hope MY TAN IS BETTER THAN YOURS!!!


terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va United States - Friday, July 22, 2005 0:22 AM CDT
Okay Ashli...Now I can't get the words to that song out of my head! I am probably singing them all wrong, too! You know how sometimes people will THINK they know the words to a song but are totally singing them wrong...that would be me! I was so impressed that you knew the song AND the words!!! So, I guess I was right about the words??!! I am totally talking nonsense now..it is late!! But, do you remember the song that Cher sang.."Gypsies, Tramps and thieves"? Well, I always thought she was singing "Gypsies...CHIMPANZEES"!!! I remember wondering why Gypsies would be hanging around monkeys!!! I am going to bed!!! Have a safe flight tomorrow Teetay..I hope you and Geep will have a major "certs" encounter at the airport!! Hugs...Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Thursday, July 21, 2005 9:44 PM CDT
Ally your smile is looking better every day!! I have some bad news though, I may not be able to attend the Rally for Ally.=-( It turns out my parents are planning a trip to my beach house this weekend and we'll be leaving Saturday afternoon. We're hoping to stop by the Rally before we leave for about a half an hour, and I hope we do! If I'm not able to stop by I hope everyone has a great time. Sorry for this very late notice, but my mom only has a few weekends off this summer and she wants to spend as much time at the beach as she can. I hope I'll have a chance to stop by!
Allison Maher <alliem894@yahoo.com>
Oakton, VA USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 9:14 PM CDT
Anna - Yes, I know the tune, the song, the words and I was raised to roar by Teets and Geep so I can't help myself!!! ;) I wonder if this is why I am lion-obsessed and we're going on safari for our honeymoon?!

As for the pic on the photos page, yes, Teetay - you look SOOOOOO PRETTY (a la Wendy's bathroom voice of the elderly lady who told you that en route to Atlanta year ago!!) Actually at a glance I thought it was ME in that picture and I only ever think that other kid of your looks like you!!! Too funny. Maybe I am not adopted after all. Oops, probably too much of a private joke for this web site and now I have the whole world WONDERING.............................. is she?!?! Nah, my roar is too much like Teetay and Kristin's!!! :)

Good night pretty Teets with your look alike kids!!
HUGS to you all!! Love the new pics - AMAZING!!!

Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Thursday, July 21, 2005 8:26 PM CDT
Yes, Praise God that Mr.McKay is recovering!!! Ally...you are a cutie patootie!! Loved the photo of Geep, Teetay and their girls!!! You two are such an elegant looking couple! Teetay, you look so pretty in that photo...NO WONDER YOUR MAN IS MISSING YOU!!!!:) I am so sorry that I have not ordered one of those beautiful notepads...I have been pre-occupied this week. Greg will hopefully have his scan results read tomorrow and I have been a little anxious about that! I hope it's not too late to order. :0 Anyway, I can't wait to see photos and hear about the RALLY!!! Ashli, what a cool aunt you are for putting this Rally together...and before your big wedding day...YOU GO GIRL!!! I don't know if you are "old enough" to remember these lyrics to an old Helen Reddy hit.."I am woman, hear me roar." I think that's what she said!!! At least that's what it sounded like to me!!! Anyway, that should be your motto!!! Praying in Texas ....Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Thursday, July 21, 2005 7:59 PM CDT
Hi all,

Just a quickie note to let you know your "storming heaven with prayers" has helped John McKay "RALLY" today with the procedure to remove some of the cancer which was blocking his lung. He is doing well in recovery as Holly wrote to us and the family will get to see him later tonight. He still has much treatment in front of him for the cancer, but he's 'passed' step one at this time. Please continue to keep him and the entire Crandall/McKay family in your closest thoughts.

Many of us have bonded through this website, so I wanted you to know this big of good news!

Thanks for being 'with us'...!!

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay :) aka Mrs. M/ T-Mat

And, today I have SEEN the Alex Hurley notepad HONORING ALLYSON and "Rally for Ally".... ABSOLUTELY LOVELY! You will want "one" for EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE! The lavendar daisies are so welcoming!!! Thanks, Alex, for sending one out for us to SEE!!!

See many of you SATURDAY!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va United States - Thursday, July 21, 2005 5:52 PM CDT
JEEZ... I was just getting on the site for a sec to comment on hot HOT Al looks in that sweet little sundress I gave her and I end up all sobby over my bro's words -- THANKS, MARK! I appreciate your sweet words and for loving us like you do :)

Yes, folks, the 1st Annual Rally for Ally (aka FARFA -- I so dig that acronym!) is right around the corner! Nothin fancy about it, just great people, good times, super duper cause and tons of burgers, dogs, snacks, kids stuff, beer, Sangria and some non-alcoholic stuff too!!! We'll have plenty of pics and stories to share and look forward to meeting Zemery (age 4 - EEC) and his mom Theresa from Gainesville, VA and Rolf (ED - age 25) and his dad Heinz from Potomac, MD at the Rally. It has truly become a total out of control event in the BEST of ways.......... Ok, and those who really know me know that I have everything UNDER CONTROL!!! ;) And for those wondering if I am pulling a Brittney, NO, TG and I are NOT getting married in our backyard at Rally for Ally!!! (I know Mom, why DIDN'T we think of that sooner??!? Burgers, beer, me and TG - all we need for a weddin'!)

Can't wait to see family and friends at the Rally and share the event via this web site with the rest of you!!!

Hugs to Teets who will be aching inside tomorrow as she leaves her best gals in CA and rejoins us on the HOT HOT HOT East coast - what a wonderful long visit you have had and what a gift to K, M, M & A. I spent the morning with Geep (buying 120 burgers and 120 hotdogs which is a lot of food if you've never seen such mass amounts of cow and whatever is in a hot dog and shall not be pondered...) and Geep seemed a little sad (and terribly tired ;) from being away from his CA contingency. Bug hugs to Al & Morgy and I can't wait to shear you all and your "story" with everyone this weekend! Lastly, HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY Mark and I have you have a great birthday weekend and a great day on MONDAY!!!

Ash & TG <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Thursday, July 21, 2005 2:49 PM CDT
Hi everyone,
I know I don't post much on here. There's not much important to say from my end that Kristin hasn't already written about for the most part. I just wanted to say a big "thank you" to Ash and Tom for hosting the Rally. You guys are giving so much of your time and hard work, and you're doing it right before your wedding which I know takes a lot of planning. No one could ask for better people to call your family and I can't wait to see you guys in August.

For all of you planning to attend the Rally, I would just like to say thanks. I never imagined it would grow to an event like this! Your support will help lots of kids down the road. I would get choked up if I tried to say anything in real life, so I thought it would just be better to say it here.

Mark Kelso <mark.kelso@verizon.net>
Port Hueneme, CA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 11:57 AM CDT
Hi PEOPLE!! Aunt Ashli is still "out here" just been working on my Rally stuff this week and really getting excited! I have connected with several ED families in the DC area and have tons of food, drink and prizes to share with family and friends!! For all of you in Web Site land, OF COURSE we will post pictures afterwards! Too bad we can't do streaming video with a Rally-cam! ;) For those of you too far to make it, you'll be with us in spirit. THANKS to you all for your support.... I am holding a whopping $700 in hand for the NFED / Rally for Ally and uh, guys... it ain't even Saturday yet!! YAHOOOO! That's great news :)

(BTW to English students... you CAN say "ain't" in the summertime when there ain't no school in session ;)

We are grateful for the prayers for "Uncle" John (McKay) and his speedy recovery. And yes, please do keep a prayer in your heart for my dear buddy Steve and his wife Stephanie (and their 2 yr old son, Chase) as they are experiencing the sudden loss of their son at birth. The Wilburns are dear friends and my heart aches terribly for them.

Burgers, beer, sodas, dogs and sangria await those who join us at the Rally this SATURDAY!!!!! Pray for SUNSHINE!

Lots of love to my bestest gals out in CA and I'll see you SOON :) xoxoxoo

Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington, DC - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 9:56 PM CDT
Hello everyone!

Geep left today for Virginia - but upon arrival at LAX he learned that his "flight" was DElayed by six hours! It seems the PLANE was "stuck" somewhere else. Oh, the JOYS of air travel!! So, he'll be trucking into the DC area in the middle of this night. Tomorrow is the day he and Ashli will get lots of the food together for the RALLY! I hope he has plenty of coffee to drink to STAY AWAKE! Getting excited about the RALLY! So many wonderful things are happening with the RALLY and so many people are attending who have rec'd their invite via NFED! It is going to be a big day! 'Looks like it could be attended by more than 130 people!!! That's a pretty good WOW for the FIRST RALLY! We'll have to expand to FED EX STADIUM by the time Allson turns 5! Right??!

Allyson is doing well with her surgery aftermath - she's still experiencing 'brief wakeups' in the night and needs a change of position, venting (her burping), or patting --and she's having some 'spit up' conditions at night....but other than that, she's doing okay. The 'wakeups' don't seem to bother her, but Kristin and I "meet in the night" - - nod, pat, vent, turn over, and trudge back to bed!

There are several people from the DC "area" attending the RALLY - some of these attendees have forms of Ectodermal Dysplasia and they WANT to be involved in Ally's Rally for NFED. It is a growing world of "love and support" that we have, and after the rally I am SURE Ashli or Kristin will post ALL the information on the homepage.

Morgan is doing so well with her swimming lessons! She now "goes under" without 'freaking out' ....flaps her arms, jumps in the pool to someone, and is feeling more and more comfortable by the day! I am so glad to have been part of this area of growth for her! Two weeks ago she was clinging to my body like saran wrap! Now, she's having fun in the water. And, guess what's the best part? Her swim teacher is named MORGAN!! That helps! :)

Allyson had a followup evaluation with the OT at St. John's Regional today where she was born...such lovely, caring people. It was "like going home"...one of the NICU nurses who had cared for Allyson came by to see her and couldn't get over her new smile!!! It just 'felt right' to be back at the hospital who "set Allyson's excellent care" into motion.

I leave Friday for "home"....I hope I don't find too many cobwebs!! Ha!..The RALLY is Saturday, and then we 'gear up' for the wedding. However, Ashli is so organized I am not sure there are very many "jobs" left for me to do! We are looking forward to a great celebration of days as we near August 20th!

Tomorrow is an ENT appt. for Allyson at CHLA, so Kristin and I will trek down the road to L.A.

Leaving will be bittersweet. What a glorious time of sharing life with Morgan and Allyson and Kristin and Mark...I think I've been able to give them some bit of "freedom" during this past month. That was my goal, and I hope it has been achieved.

Please continue to keep John Mc in your prayers as he recovers from today's surgery and responds to treatment. Also, if you have an extra prayer or two in you, please remember the Wilburn family - longtime friends of ours - and they've suffered the loss of a child/grandchild this past week. Pray for them to have strength during their grieving.

Again, I thank you all for what you mean to me. Personally, each one of you knows how much I care about you. Collectively, I can only continue to say "thank you" for being part of our lives and our journey.

With love,
Terri aka Teetay :) aka Mrs. M/ T Mat :)
And I can't wait to see/meet/greet you at the RALLY!!!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va United States - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 9:40 PM CDT
Hello Friends....Hope you are savoring every day with Teetay! I so wish I could experience the rally and take it all in. Ya'll will just have to post pictures from the big shin-dig..okay? Holly sent me an update on her dad. He had surgery again today. I will let you know if I hear from her later. Her sweet little Jack got to see his papa and Holly said it did her dad a world of good just to have his sweet grandson sitting on the bed with him. Please continue to pray for healing and that the surgery was a success. I took my kids to pick out lunchboxes for school. The boys both picked POWER RANGERS lunchkits. They are thrilled! Way cool! Madeline chose a diva-ish lunchkit...leopard print and hot pink! She will be stylin' and profilin' for sure. I was a little sad to see her "Little Mermaid " lunchbox get ditched. She is growing up!!:( Well, I just had to check in on my favorite California baby.....love looking at your photos sweet girl!! Hugs from Texas..Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Wednesday, July 20, 2005 6:13 PM CDT
Wow!!! You have made sooo much progress since I first saw you in December, Ally. With the stitches out, you look AMAZING! I hope for good weather this Saturday and am looking forward to the Rally. I can't wait to see some old faces, but also some new ones. This Rally is going to be a blast!!! Keeping you in our prayers!!!


Christina Knippler (former 5th period student) <acoolkid15@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 1:03 PM CDT
HI, California family! Loren and I just returned from our trip to Savannah. We had a great time with dear old friends and "doin'" Savannah again with the Reeds. The 8th AirForce Museum is well done, and Bob and Loren really enjoyed visiting that. What a fantastic unit it was!
I just had to get on the website immediately to see how things are progressing! What amazing pictures! Precious AllyBeDally, what a darling little nose and mouth you have! I'm gonna give you so many kisses when I see you next month! :))) And Precious Miss MAK, Aunt Grammy is so glad that you like playing bolo ball and JAX ... I loved the little cat pictures you sent and the dictated thank you notes, and your lettering was PERFECT! You are probably going to be the bestest/prettiest calligrapher in the family, like your mother! I am going to give you a thousand kisses when I see you next month! :))
It is an amazing thing to see the results of Allyson's first surgery. And with all the prayers and love that have come her way (and ours) from her birth, I know that the future ones will have wonderful outcomes also!
Joshua, Whitney and Zachary have looked at all the photos, and they are just so amazed at her new appearance. Joshua asked if he could wear the Rally for Ally bracelet, and I was pleased that he wanted to, of course! I feel certain that Taylor and Matthew will want to wear the other two bracelets! Thank for sending them! We'll all be there in spirit! We sent a check to NFED to Ashli for inclusion in the Rally!
We love you all! Hugs and Kisses to everyone,
Aunt Dale & Uncle Loren

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 11:29 AM CDT
Hello everyone!

I am SOOOOO excited that SO MANY of my "students" are coming to the RALLY for ALLY!
Thanks so much for being 'there' for OUR family.

Cannot wait to SEE you all!

Love and hugs to all,

And, Alex Hurley...YOU can "call me whatever you wish"....

TERRI is "just fine"...!

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T Mat :)

"WHATEVER!" :) :)

Smiles all around!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va United States - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 0:30 AM CDT
Oh my gosh! Allyson looks amazing! She was already beautiful, but her smile is so gorgeous. I hope everyone's having a wonderful summer! See you at the rally!

-Katie Neiditch

Katie Neiditch (4th period '04-'05) <K8ELLA3@yahoo.com>
Oakton, VA US - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 0:22 AM CDT
Hi Ally:
You're looking too cute in your sweet dress!! I have two little boys so I never get to buy all that cute girlie stuff. Terri - can't wait to meet you Sat as well! But I don't know if I should call you Terri, Teetay, or Mrs. M :)??? As instructed I am posting how to get Rally for Ally notepads. I have included a small paragraph below explaining the idea of the notepad. If anyone is interested, please email me at cajhurley@comcast.net and I will email you a photo of the pad as well. The notepad costs $25 which includes shipping. Checks should be made out to Write This Way and mailed to:
Alex Hurley
19805 Laurel Valley Place
Montgomery Village, MD 20886

This notepad was created in honor of Allyson Glenn Kelso for the first annual Rally for Ally, a fundraising event established by Ashli Matus, Ally’s aunt, to raise money for the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED). The NFED is the only organization in the country dedicated to serving individuals affected by ED syndromes. Twenty percent of the proceeds will go to the NFED.

Ally was born on December 22, 2004 with Ectrodactyly Ectodermal Dysplasia Clefting Syndrome. The purple daisies ribbon represents a wonderful Matus and Kelso family tradition. Ashli sends purple daisies to Ally’s big sister Morgan every year on her birthday and on December 22, 2005, she will start this tradition for Ally. Your support and generosity are greatly appreciated.

Rally for Ally
July 23, 2005

Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 1:51 PM CDT
Greetings from New Hampshire! We are finally back on-line and were able to visit the website today to find Ally's beautiful smile! Wow! Words cannot even describe the joy that I feel in my heart for all of you right now! I haven't really been able to catch up on all of the entries yet, but I assume by the looks of Ally that everything went very well! I could stare at her all day! Just wanted to drop a quick note and let you know how happy I am for all of you and that Ally's surgery went so well. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I will give you a call soon! Much love and hugs and kisses! Love,

Dani Van Natta <daniv16@verizon.net>
Hooksett, NH USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 1:25 PM CDT
Ally...I think that pink needs to be your signature color. As I learned from Ashlynn Crandell.."Pink is the new black in fashion!" Teetay, I thought about you when I got the mail today. My boys have been collecting postcards from all 50 states and we received one from Virginia today...along with a magnet that said,"Virginia is for lovers!!" My dad will be so envious..remember I told you about his Virginia tie that my mom cut to shreds???:) Anyway, I pray that the rally will be a HUGE success!! And please keep sending up prayers for Mr. McKay!! Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Tuesday, July 19, 2005 1:25 PM CDT
WEST HILLS, CA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 11:33 AM CDT
Hi everyone! And Alex Hurley!

YOU KNOW I want some of the notepads...so please let me know "how" I can get them!!!! And, I am SURE some of my family members will want NOTEPADS! So, Alex, (who I cannot wait to MEET SAT.) please put on the website "how" we get them!!! I know you are donating a portion to NFED and to have an "Ally notepad" would just make my day!!!

John Mc is responding to treatment, but he still needs your prayers. Please continue to think of him as you reflect on your day.

See MANY of you SAT. - -- I leave Friday for DC/VA area...and GEEP leaves WED. to 'help' Ashli and the 'gang' get all the STUFF for the RALLY-food-wize. We have lots of surprises and 'memorabilia' for the attendees!

Can't wait to RALLY for ALLY!
Sad to leave CA and Kristin, Mark, Morgan, and Allyson...BUT the RALLY is a big 'motivator' to come home!!!

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T Mat :)
I hope many of my students are coming....we will "put you to work" (so to speak) HELPING with the RALLY functions!
Many thanks to Christina, Sarah, Mandy, Allie, and OTHERS who will be part of this experience. Please let me know if you are coming and I'll let Ashli know....I can't wait to see all of you!

Hugs all around@!@!!

Love to all...

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va United States - Monday, July 18, 2005 11:22 PM CDT
Love those chunky legs Ally! I could really use that ab workout myself right about now. Keep those smiles coming. They brighten up everyone's day.

P.S. Anna - I sent you info via your email on the Rally for Ally notepad.

Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Monday, July 18, 2005 9:18 PM CDT
LOOKIN GOOD ALLY! cant wait to see all of you at the Rally. Ill be their with the blue ribbon pins my dad had made. they look so good! see you all soon.

love from the east to the west (and everything inbetween)


sarah decenzo--4th period <jwdecenzo@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA USA - Monday, July 18, 2005 7:39 PM CDT
Ally, do you know that your smile makes me smile? I bet your mommy and daddy love to wake up to that sweet little grin! I pray that you will continue to heal from your surgery sweet girl! Hugs to you from Texas....Anna
P.S. How do I order the rally for Ally notepads???

Anna rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Monday, July 18, 2005 7:26 PM CDT
Hi everyone! Wow Ally you look great! I love seeing that new smile, and it always brightens my day. i am sorry to say that I am unable to get to the Rally on saturday. I thought i would, but it turns out my grandma will be having surgery and we will be out of town (Sorry mrs. matus I know I said I would be there). It sounds like it will be a ton of fun though, and hopefully I can make it next year! I will continue to keep everyone in my prayers.
Elizabeth Hellman (former 5th period student)

Elizabeth Hellman <dancer3191@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA United States - Monday, July 18, 2005 1:30 PM CDT
Dear Ally,
That sweet smile is medicine for our souls...keep grinning little girl.
Dad is making some positive strides and we know God is listening to our continual prayers.
Thank you all for the prayers and good wishes. We love each of you!
Texas sized hugs and kisses all around,

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Monday, July 18, 2005 9:42 AM CDT
HI everyone, it is Grandma and Granndpa K checking in! The first thing we did on on our return home today from our weekend in Pinehurst was to check out the new Ally photos, WITHOUT STITCHES!!! Oh, Ally, you are the cutest and we just hug and laugh and cry when we see those gorgeous smiles with eyes and lips!!! We had a special time this weekend when we met another former agent and his wife who have a new granddaughter, Talia, born in May, with a cleft lip and palate. They were shocked to find out that we shared that bond because we are the first people they've met who shared that bond with them. There are many coincidences including their son, the baby's daddy, who had just left the military. Talia is seeing doctors in Philadelphia and is scheduled for lip repair in Sept. They had never heard of CaringBridge and I gave them a copy of one of Ally's updates and several photos and they were going home to pass on the info to their children. Like Mark and Kristin, we now know how it feels to be able to pass on your knowledge to help someone else. Kristin and Mark, we are getting their info so you can contact them personally. We know how good you are in sharing your experiences..
Morgan, we loved the photos from your school play day and are so proud that you are "graduating" to Miss Mary's class. We hope Hannah is graduating, too, to keep you company. We are looking forward to seeing everyone next weekend at the Rally.

Lydia Kelso a.k.a . Grandma Kelso <lkelso@ec.rr.com>
Southport, NC - Sunday, July 17, 2005 7:45 PM CDT
Hello friends...I was just getting my "Ally fix" for the day. Praise God that Mr.McKay is weaning off the oxygen!! Holly..I know you are feeling the prayers girl!! Keep the prayers coming for him!! Kristin, I hope that your party goes well and that you enjoy being with your friends and family!! Happy Sunday everyone!!! Make someone feel special today!!:) Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Sunday, July 17, 2005 1:27 PM CDT
Good Morning all!

Good news on John Mc today...he is still in ICU, but is responding to treatment and is taking in 40% oxygen NOW instead of 100%!! PRAYERS are being heard and answered everyday!! Please continue to support the McKay/Crandall families with us!

And, what can " A Teetay" say about the most beautiful Allyson face???!!! I just stare and stare at her, and I've taken a ZILLION pictures to SHARE at the RALLY for all of you to see!(and Grandma and Grandpa K. will get copies!!) I look into Allyson's deep blue "soulful eyes" and I see such spirit and such courage. She continues to teach me about being a better person, and my love for her just grows and grows and grows! Her smile is 'contagious' and she returns a smile EVERY SINGLE TIME without 'prodding' or 'noise-making'...it is just too AWESOME to explain!!!

Morgan has been a jewel these past few days! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a big hit with her. (sort of surprised me...very mature humor in parts of it!) She loved the part "best" where Willie Wonka keeps bumping into his GLASS elevator! She finds it hysterical when he goes "BONK!" After the movie yesterday we hit the swimming pool so she could 'show off' her new 'moves' for GEEP! (We were trying to have a "marathon day" so to speak!) She jumped into the pool (new 'moves for her in the past two weeks'....) and puts her head ALMOST all the way in...(eyes and nose go in...top of head stays out...sort of like a SUBMARINE!)...and she bicycle KICKS while chasing her 'sticks' that we toss in. Of course, the STICKS go to the bottom of the pool, and she finds it rather funny that Teetay must kick them UP to her while holding her hands in the pool! Geep was 'rather impressed' with my ABILITY (HA??) to do this all by myself! (will WONDERS never cease?) Morgan is already talking about going to "Pammie's pool" when she comes to Virginia!!! (so Pammie...be forewarned and 'armed' with Morgan-sticks!)

Allyson had a much better night last night. She was only awake a few times when she apparently got 'stuck' at the side of her bed....she is turning and twisting into different locations in her bed now that the 'wedges' are gone. Mark and Kristin put a slanted wedge UNDER her mattress so she is slightly elevated all the time.

We are scurring around 'getting ready' for Kristin's wives' club meeting this afternoon!! There will be food, and sips, and kids, and activities!!! Geep and I get to be 'in charge of the kids'...(I don't think there will be too many) and keeping the ice bucket filled up! The house is "shiny" and ready for the GUESTS!!! Should be a fun afternoon for all. Morgan and Allyson are all dressed up for the 'event'....Morgan even helped 'set up the table' for the "party" as she calls it. She is such a good "cup-setter-outer" - - -I recall my girls learning to 'set up for parties' at about the same age. (and YOU NEVER CHANGE the SETUP or the child thinks she did it INcorrectly!!!)

Geep says he is "on Pacific time" as of today! He travels so much he pretty much 'wills' himself to the right time zone!!!

I hope everyone is gearing up for the RALLY next week! There will be some great raffle items and the SILENT AUCTION should be great fun! Just imagine Elton John concert tickets for September 10th??? And, the "best part" of WINNING those is that YOU GET TO SIT NEXT TO ME!!! Whahoooooo!!!! :)

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the RALLY! (and Chali...don't you worry...I've SAVED YOU a RALLY FOR ALLY bracelet since you will be out of the country next week!)

Have a beautiful Sunday and I hope you are hugging someone you love right now!

God bless us all...and keep the healing for John, Hayden, Greg, Shirley, and Allyson strong!!!

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :) aka Mrs. M/ T-Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
her, va United States - Sunday, July 17, 2005 12:03 AM CDT
Dear Beautiful Ally,
Ever since you were born and your loving family created this website, I have been printing out your pictures and updates to send to my 88-year-old mother who lives in upstate NY in the little house where I grew up (MANY years ago). She doesn't have a computer, but I KNEW she would want to be "involved" in your amazing life because she "knows" Teetay and Geep (and Aunt Ashli and Mom and Dad) from my many years of knowing and loving them, and also because she was a nurse for 44 years taking care of babies. This morning on the phone she told me (after having just received the post-surgery pictures) that she now fully realizes that your personality and the love that glows through and around you, comes through your gorgeous EYES. She is as completely IN LOVE with you as the rest of us are! And we're looking forward to celebrating YOU at Aunt Ashli and Uncle Tom's on Saturday at the Rally for Ally. PLUS we get to see you at their wedding! How lucky are we! We love you!
Nancy Eckhardt

Nancy and Dick Eckhardt <nleckhardt@comcast.net>
Reston, VA - Sunday, July 17, 2005 11:59 AM CDT
WOW ally! beautiful babe! without the stitches is looks amazing and the healing is just incredible! =) keep up the terrific work! i hope that everyone's enjoying their summer vacations. Rally for Ally coming up sooon!=)

chali temple <chalitemple@Hotmail.com>
fairfax, VA US - Sunday, July 17, 2005 11:33 AM CDT

You look fabulous...what a great healer. Keep up the fabulous job. Youa re a beautiful girl Ally... what a great smile!!! We'll keep an eye on you!

Leslie <hellerrs@aol.com>
- Sunday, July 17, 2005 8:57 AM CDT
Dear Ally...You have graced us with another fabulous smile girlfriend!!:) I so wish that I could give you a squeeze! You are just too stinkin' cute!! We finally got some much needed rain here in Texas. It has cooled things off a little. Thanks for sharing your smile Ally!! Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Saturday, July 16, 2005 9:18 PM CDT
All I can say right now is WOW. Ally's "new face" is even more amazing now that the stitches are gone. I still can't believe what doctors can do these days. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!!
-Allison Maher

Allison Maher <alliem894@yahoo.com>
Oakton, VA USA - Saturday, July 16, 2005 8:29 PM CDT
BEAUTIFUL STITCH-FREE FACE ALLY!!! You already looked beautiful and now your new look is even more amazing... We love and are thinking of you always! Hugs to you, Morgy-lu and the WHOLE family :) We miss you and we'll see you SOON xoxoxoxo
Aunt Ashli & Uncle Tommy <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Saturday, July 16, 2005 5:08 PM CDT
Good Morning to everyone!

TODAY is the "out stitches day"....Kristin and Mark and Allyson left at the crack of dawn this morning for LA and when they get home Allyson will be UNstiched!!! Geep arrives this morning as well, so the whole gang may drive up the "101" together! We have a BIG day planned - - of course, YOU KNOW, TODAY is the "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" movie day! And, AFTER that, Morgan wants to wear her new 'fish goggles' and SHOW GEEP her swimming expertise mastered over this past week! She is jumping off the side, putting HALF her face in the water, and 'bicycle kicking' all over the pool while HOLDING hands! This is a GIANT progression from her "original position" of SIAMESE-SUCTIONING-TO-MY-BODY!!! She has made great strides and we are hoping that the SWIM LESSONS next week will move her forward!

I don't know what was the 'best part' about yesterday...there were many BEST PARTS, but I think possibly the PUPPET SHOW that Morgan 'orchestrated' for ALLYSON late yesterday afternoon was the HIGHLIGHT. She and Kristin 'made a stage' from an old cardboard box. (aren't cardboard boxes just the best??) They 'created' homemade CURTAINS - Morgan's side curtain was a rainbow design, and Kristin's side was a series of shapes and objects. The music blared, and the SHOW began! We sat Allyson on the 'first row' in her swing while Morgan and Kristin ACTED OUT their own rendition of King, Queen, and Princess. The "princess" was named Morgan, of course! Morgan had Allyson cackling outloud! We took video of the event, but I am not sure film will do the MOMENT JUSTICE...it was one of those PRECIOUS MOMENTS that cannot be found on a 'shelf' in a CARD SHOP!

Another 'precious moment' was yesterday morning when I went to Morgan's school TAKING ALLYSON to the ALL DAY PICNIC! Kristin accompanied Morgan to school yesterday morning. When I arrived at the PARK at the 'appointed time' there were no children there, so I began walking in the DIRECTION of the SCHOOL. Then, I saw it....rows of four year olds holding hands MARCHING to the park wearing their "Mary Law Private School" (Morgan calls it PIRATE SCHOOL still!) hand painted t shirts! As I rolled Allyson "up to the line" Morgan and her friend, Hannah, dropped hands and put me in the middle of them! It doesn't get much better than that!

The day continued with many UNusual 'moments' - Allyson and I came home to greet the CARPET CLEANERS, I cared for Allyson in her purple chair on top of the dining table which was in the middle of the kitchen floor (to be out of the way)...then, BACK to the picnic with the portable feeding PAC only to learn that the formula BAG was BROKEN (this is the second time this has happened to a BAG recently!!)...so I drove BACK HOME and STARTED ALL OVER AGAIN with a new bag!!! Finally, Allyson was down for her nap, and I have to ADMIT "I joined her" by curling up on the bed in her room!!!

I had to get Allyson's "look" in my brain early this morning since she will come home today looking a bit different minus the stitches! I am sure Kristin will post new photos soon!!!

Please keep John Mc in your prayers. He is still in intensive care in Seton Hosp. in Austin, TX. Surround him with your love and positive thoughts!!!

We are hoping the SUN will shine today...it is hazy now, but there is a PROMISE of BRIGHT LIGHT later today.

Got a new update from Hayden's mom yesterday and he's responding WELL to all his treatments in Ohio. (Hayden is a former student of mine who has ALD) Send some good thoughts his way today!! He's fighting the 'good fight' as well!!

And, to all of you, I hope you will have a wonderful weekend!!!

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/ T MAT :)!!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va United States - Saturday, July 16, 2005 10:14 AM CDT
Hi all,

ALL MY/OUR prayers go out to JOHN and "Char" tonight.

We are warmed by your friendship over SO many years.

And..we pray for YOU tonight and you know we LOVE you so very mu...uuuuu...ccccc....hhhh@

PLEASE everybody....PRAY and HANG TOUGH!!

Tomorrow.....Allyson's stitches get OUT!!

Love toall,
Terri aka Teetay :aka Mrs M/TMAT

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
her, va United States - Saturday, July 16, 2005 1:11 AM CDT
Hi, it's Geep...I had to bring the laptop in at "happy hour" last week and show off Allyson with before/after pictures...as everyone was oohing and aahing, I asked them to jot a note since we didn't have Wi-Fi (yet) at the "Bungalow"... here are the messages from the English', Boswell's and Clint. BTW, The Bungalow is donating food and prizes to the "Rally for Ally"..

Hi Terri,
I’m here at the Bung with your man. He has given us a show of beautiful Allyson!!!. I know you all are so proud and blessed to have such a wonderful family. Jerry is soo excited showing off his beautiful Allyson he is just grinning ear to ear. Now Terri don’t pay attention to my lack of writing ability as I have none. Anyway I know you are having a blessed time and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you all.
Love Brian and Ginger.

Hi Kelso Family,
I finally got the chance to express my happiness for Allison and the champion I think she is. I also want express my appreciation for the entire family on both sides for the love and support you all have shown for your incredible gift from god. I am eternally thankful to be associated with Jerry, Terri and all of the supporters here at the Bungalow.
I love you all a gazillion times more than you love me!

Dwight Boswell

Just want you to know were all rooting for ya, get better,
much love

clint dixon

Geep (aka Jerry Matus) <jmatus@stginc.com>
- Friday, July 15, 2005 1:46 PM CDT
Hello CA friends....We are on our knees praying for the Crandell's and the McKays. Holly's dad is such an incredible person. Even in the midst of his health issues, he always finds the time to send our family encouraging e-mails as we deal with our own health issues. Mr. McKay...we LOVE you!!! Yes, we had a wonderful impromptu get together with Holly and her crew the other day! I had a blast playing school and being on the other side of the fence for a change...I WAS NOT THE TEACHER! The kids all had play names and then "Miss Lee" that was Ashlynn's teacher name decided our class needed to do a talent show...that was all Madeline needed to get herself dolled up and into some fun dress up clothes...she decided to be a witch...a fancy witch! I have never seen such a glittery get up for a witch!! I was given a mexican blanket to wear. When Holly came through the door, I must have been a sight!! It was so fun watching such imagination. Ashlynn made sure she kept us in line...even handed out stale candy for treats if we behaved!!!hee! hee! Miss MOrgan...you look like a teacher in the making as well! I bet you teach your sister all kinds of neat stuff. I bet she loved having that Elmo ball shake her little tummy!! You are a great sister.Hugs to you from the LONE ~STAR STATE...Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Friday, July 15, 2005 7:17 AM CDT
Hey there! This work thing is really getting in the way of posting daily (multiple times) on the website. My last job had lots of "down time" but this job I actually have to WORK. I love the new pictures! It is so fun to watch the whole progression of Ally's treatment. And, of course, I love seeing Morgan's outfits and cute ringlets.

MN sized hugs go out to Holly's family today. (And Ash too - don't exactly know what an endoscopy is but I hope things go ok there.)

We are going to Disney for a week, starting on Saturday, so I won't be posting (unless we can find an internet connection). We were so jealous of Ally's golden ears that we just HAD to get some for ourselves. No, not really! This trip has been planned for almost 2 years now but we still loved the golden ears and can't wait to get some. I can't wait to see Disney through the eyes of THREE LITTLE BOYS! Should be a blast!

Have a wonderful week and weekend everyone!
All our love,

Jim, Aimee and Tyler <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Thursday, July 14, 2005 2:14 PM CDT
These NEW PICS rock!!!! Love you all... and get that endoscopy stuff off the site, SILLY! ;)

Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Thursday, July 14, 2005 12:23 AM CDT
Hi all!

Let's "storm heaven" during the next few hours for our dear friend, John McKay! The surrounding of LOVE on this website is PHENOMENAL, so let's hold it together for John's surgery. I talked to Holly last night and she and her brother, David, are with "Char Char" while John is in surgery.

Kristin and I are 'doing the daunting task' of reorganizing Kristin's and Allyson's "toys" and "stuff" this morning because "they" are taking over the house! I've never seen so much VanGogh 'work' hitting the curb!

Love to all, and we'll keep you posted on John Mc!

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs M/T Mat

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va us - Thursday, July 14, 2005 11:43 AM CDT
Dear All,

Hol here - thanking you so much for all the prayers today. Dad's surgery is at 1:30 CST and we FEEL covered in prayer - thanks to all the love on this precious babe's websited!! WOOHOO

Ally, you are looking more gorgeous than ever! And Miss Morgan...aren't you a stylish thing? The boys are wondering if you are practicing the chicken dance? They are ready to boogie!!! Kristin, you are an example for us all - I am amazed at you and so appreciate you keeping us up to date on ya'll's journey of life with Allyson and Morgan. Big hugs sweet girl!!!

My crew and I spent some time with our good friends the Rainwaters yesterday and it was good for the soul... I know you love the Rainwaters - even though you haven't met them personally - yet! They are better than you can imagine...filled with love and fun. Anna stayed with my crowd while I ran Catherine to a swim lesson yesterday afternoon and when I came back the kids were playing school and had Anna all wrapped up in a Mexican blanket and she was sitting still like a "good girl". HA

Texas sized love, hugs, and prayers to all of you too!!!!


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Thursday, July 14, 2005 8:23 AM CDT
Wow, those are the cutest pics yet, Ally!!!!!!!! Keep those smiles coming, and oh, my gosh, those smiling eyes just suck us in! Morgan, lime green is definitely your color--you are just too adorable too. We love you both, little nieces and can't wait to see you in August! Love to you ALL out on the "left coast!"
Aunt Mer, Uncle Glenn, and Cousin Spencer
Kennesaw, ga usa - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 8:28 PM CDT
Hi all!

It's "Teetay" writing a "message from Allyson" while she snoozes in her purple chair!

Allyson "knows" that so many of YOU out there have loved her and supported HER over these past months. She has a 'favor' to ask you. There is a SPECIAL FRIEND to our family who is facing serious surgery tomorrow in Austin, TX. He is "Holly Crandall's DAD" and we all know that YOU know "Holly" from this website. She and her entire family have been part of our main support system over these past months. So, Allyson wants you to rally 'round John Mc, her dad, as he undergoes surgery tomorrow. Please pray that he will be uplifted by your thoughts and prayers. These are friends of Teetay's and Geep's for OVER 30 YEARS (gee...that's a long time to be friends! I hope YOU will be MY friends for that long!)

Thanks for doing this little 'favor' for me. I can now "snooze" a little longer knowing you are 'out there' working for me!!

And, to Holly, Char Char, and Spoon-Daddy-John...WE ARE ALL PULLING FOR YOU and PRAYING for the BEST possible OUTCOME tomorrow!!!

With our love and God's biggest blessings!

And, to Char Char..."You can do it, girl!"

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs.M/T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va us - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 1:48 PM CDT
Hello all!!

It has been a very busy few days! And....I am loving every minute of it. (I don't talk about my 'back ache' from HOVERING over Allyson's bed...right??? Ha..THAT is what Kristin tells me it is all about!)

As Allyson was sleeping peacefully in her "purple chair" it was "my turn" to take Morgan UP TO BED!! As we approached Morgan's room, she REMINDED ME to 'turn on her angel night light' ...(those of you who have been with us from the beginning know that my Mom and Allyson's and Morgan's GREAT GRANDMOTHER died 15 days after Allyson was born)...and the ANGEL night light was "Grans" and I brought it BACK to Morgan after the funeral in Atlanta. So..

TONIGHT...here goes...the 'angel night light' is ON...and Morgan says her prayers. After the prayers, she says, brightly, "Teetay, Gee Gee (my MOM) gave me this Angel night light, right?" I said, "Yes, Gee Gee LOVED (note past tense) you very much." Her face turned quickly to me and she asked, "Does she still love me?" I ASSURED her that GEE GEE loved her still. (I also wiped my eyes!)

Little children have a way of putting it right out there, don't they??

We had a lovely evening while K. went to a Pilates class...Mark and I were "in charge" and we did not fight over who was the "commander" ...( I think he knows!! ha)...Allyson slept in her purple chair and on the boppy, and Morgan had a great bath with her DAD while K. had TIME to do a PILATES class.

We feasted on LOW calorie Shrimp creole with a "kick"...

What a nice evening it has been.

I can't wait to hear from my students and friends who are attending the RALLY and we might not "know"...check in with us so we can have you a burger!!

Love to all,

It has been a beautiful day...topped off by Allyson's smile every time I LOOK at her (without words!) and smile at her..then she SMILES back like you are supposed to do!!

Then, there was the POOL this afternoon with Morgan! She 'kicked her board' and played with NEW friends...every day she is getting more and more comfortable with the WATER!

Love to you all,
Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T MAT

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va us - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 0:54 AM CDT
Greetings from Fairfax - the center of my universe! I've been thinking about Ally quite a bit and how she will be when she "grows up". I learned, thankfully when my children were wee, they will become what I tell them they are. So, I never told them they were anything bad (even when they were annoying or doing something "bad") - and they are all about good now! Well, we all tell Ally how beautiful she is, what a wonderful smile she has, how strong she is, what a trooper she is, etc., so she will become some kind of wowser! And Morgan will be a beautiful, helpful, strong, talented, and wonderful young lady who is an awesome big sis - and a wowser too! I am really looking forward to the Rally for Ally - lots of truly wonderful folks will be there! I am sure it will be a great success! Kristin and Mark, I am so glad Teetay is there to give you some time to yourselves - how precious that time must be! Well, gotta go for now - lot of love and OXOXOXOXOXOXXO's!


Pam Thompson <pamelatc@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 0:52 AM CDT
Ally...you are so beautiful. Your smile keeps getting bigger whether it's through your eyes or your mouth, it is God-given and your smile will always bring a smile to others. Hugs from Texas......Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Tuesday, July 12, 2005 7:22 PM CDT
Hey Al and Gang! So Ally, this is a quote as said by Uncle Tommy when he saw your latest pics...

"Wow, lookin' strong kid!" (he's a man of many words, eh? I know you know he loves and adores you anyway ;)

He does look at the pics everyday as do I and we are thrilled with your progress everyday! And Morgy lu, you are TOO CUTE in your Atlanta family outfit - ADORABLE LITTLE NIECES!!!

Huge hugs to you all and we can't wait to see you in August!!!! xoxoxo

Aunt Ash, Uncle Tommy, Nala & Peeve... all very sweaty <ashliagm@aol.com>
... a very hot, humid and sticky Washington, DC - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 4:12 PM CDT
Hi, California family! Just checked in on the website for the latest update and pictures. That cute little face ... oh my! I just can't wait to smother it with kisses at the wedding! Kristin, I am sure the "bloody nose" gives you a bit of a "start" -- but I had a friend who had rhinoplasty (sp?) and her nose dripped blood / seeped for a couple of weeks. Of course, she didn't have the stents, etc and she could wipe her drippies up. So perhaps it's just her "nose job" that's doing it! Anyway, it was wonderful seeing the photos!!
Now -- I must say to Precious Miss MAK, you are the cutest thing in that limey-green dress I ever saw!!!! Leslie and I just KNEW you'd be adorable in lime green, and you ARE!
Kristin, Loren and I have a friend, Caroline Alff, who called last evening for your address. She is big into "random acts of love and kindness surprises" (Loren and I have received several!) -- and I believe she is planning a box to come your way. She's followed Allyson and the Kelso journey since the beginning, she is one of our faithful praying community, and she was doing the "happy dance" over the outcome of Allyson's surgery!
I hope our little love box arrived today, and that you, Allyson, are laughing at that funny little bear-critter! And Miss MAK, when you take Teetay to the cleaners with the Jacks, just let me know! She always beat the pants off me at games of all sorts when we were growing up! It's time somebody taught her a lesson! :) We love you all, and we continue to keep you in our hearts and prayers every day!
Hugs and Love, Auntie Dale/A/k/a Aunt Grammy, a/k/a Teetay's sister

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 3:56 PM CDT
Ally-poo, So good to hear your little voice on the phone today. SO GOOD to talk to your Teetay. I love you, girl. You look and sound WONDERFUL! I love you all. Aunt Suz
Susan Hynes <susanhynes@aol.com>
New Orleans, LA - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 3:04 PM CDT
Hello ALL...and esp. Alex Hurley!


What a great poem and words do come at just the right time!!! Thank YOU for sending these out to 'the website world'...and I HOPE I can join YOU for lunch someday!! "Friends are the FAMILY you choose"....and I do believe that!!!

Thanks for being with us..and to the RAINWATERS with their "birds on the ledge"...YOU ALSO ROCK! You do not even 'know us' but you DO. Thanks to God for all the "Godwinks" and for all the "Six Degrees of Separation" ..and for all the "There are NO coincidences" people out there.I believe that there is a REASON for EVERY SINGLE THING and YOU are 'part of our every single thing'...

Thanks again!

The sun is shining in CA and all is well in Port Hueneme tonight.

Love to all,
More pics on the site tomorrow perhaps...we've been busy today buying "$8.00" shoes at TARGET!!

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T Mat

Hey students! Those of you who read this website frequently..PLEASE let me know if you are coming toAlly's Rally...or contact Ashli...thanks, guys! I can't wait to SEE YOU IN PERSON !!!


terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va us - Monday, July 11, 2005 10:57 PM CDT
I didn't have this poem with me when I posted earlier today and I really wanted to share it with you and the Ally Website family, especially those with small children. As Teetay would say, "It really warmed my heart. :)"

I am your parent, you are my child.
I am your quiet place, you are my wild.
I am your calm face, you are my giggle.
I am your wait, you are my wiggle.
I am your finish line, you are my race.
I am your praying hands, you are my saving grace.
I am your lullaby, you are my peekaboo.
I am your goodnight kiss,
you are my I love you.
- Poem by Maryann Cusimano

Hope you have a wonderful night. Sweet dreams little Ally and cutie pie Morgan.

Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Monday, July 11, 2005 7:38 PM CDT
Hello Baby Allyson and family: You are just beautiful with your "brand new" profile! I've never met you but I can tell from your pictures that you are a charmer!
Anne Elliott <snlanne@bellsouth.net>
Snellville, GA USA` - Monday, July 11, 2005 7:36 PM CDT
Kristin and Mark...I am on your side...I don't do beets. My mom made us eat them when I was little and all I remember is she always served them alongside white rice.Then, all the beet juice would run onto the rice and turn it pink..YUCK!!! Glad some Texas sun decided to visit California. I just went downstairs for a minute because Greg came up and said, "Hey, come look at these three big birds sitting on the ledge in the kitchen...Lo and behold..the three big "birds" were my kids!!! They were sitting on the counter drinking smoothies!! KODAK MOMENT!! Anyway, I love Ally's new photos!! Ally, you have alot to smile about these days!!! Have a great evening!! Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Monday, July 11, 2005 7:01 PM CDT
Love the new pictures! I know I have said this before, but your mommy sure does have great taste in clothes (we used to share a closet in college but she can tell you about that and the "Alex shirt" when you get older).

Lots of hugs and kisses coming your way from MN (93 degress today) :):):):):)xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Monday, July 11, 2005 1:35 PM CDT
The new pictures of Ally in her adorable butterfly outfit are too cute!!! Love them!!! I am so happy to hear she is healing so well and that she was a happy camper this weekend. Happy Monday.
Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Monday, July 11, 2005 8:49 AM CDT
LOVE LOVE LOVE the new pics! Can't believe that little Ally and how amazing she looks and is doing - no wait, of course I believe it!! THAT'S ALLYSON! ;) Thinking of you all today and hope you're up to something fun. We're 95 degrees and full of SUN until the remnants of Dennis roll through here later this week. Lots of love and hugs to you ALL - kiss that Al-Pal's chubby cheek for me and Morgy lu too! xoxoxo
Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Monday, July 11, 2005 8:30 AM CDT
Hi all,

Another 'cloudy' start to the 'day' but finally this afternoon the SUN CAME OUT BIGTIME!!! (those of you in Texas probably don't care!) Those of you in the HURRICANE path probably DO!!

Anyway,the sunshine warmed us as did the many, many SMILES of Allyson and Morgan! Allyson has now graduated to the "famous Morgan-purple-chair"...she sits so upright like a big girl that she is and plays with her toys in front of her! The smiles radiate the love that we all have for her!

My day began with a trip to the 'dumpster' (garbage pickup was NADA last week) and I did DRESS UP to unload the garbage that was taking over the Pacific Cove garage! ONE never knows who you might meet at the dumpster! Anyway, JOB DONE! Then, I visited the 99 cents store. (*do not make fun...they sell name brands of 'stuff' for 99 cents! Maria and I love this store!) This is BIG STUFF in Port Hueneme...we are 26miles from Malibu and there is NO 99 cent store there! (if there was a 99 cent store in Malibu it would only sell ????? Hmmmm...??? What???)

Had a nice afternoon in the sunshine on the patio and then a quickie trip to the park with Morgan where she met a friend to go on the slides...Ian was his name. Nice two year old and nice Dad. (it's fun making friends in CA!)

Home to our delicious dinner of seafood and steak on the grill....and I "made" Kristin try BEETS! (she is only 33 years old!) She says they taste like DIRT. Mark 'gagged' at the "thought" of them. So much for young people! And beets are FREE of everything 'bad' for you..it's all good!
Go beets@! (*are my students listening??) And they 'wonder' why Morgan doesn't try new things, huh???? Gotta FAKE it folks!

I think today was just about perfect. Lots of picture taking and lots of fun!! It is now Sunday night I "must" read the ads in the Sunday paper...sort of a mindless ritual while watching 60 Minutes or 'whatever'...

Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers as we face another day which offers many challenges for our 'family of friends'...please keep Shirley Derr in your big prayers. She is a dear friend who had a pulmonary embolism last week which 'escaped' the BAD PLACES! She is at home and resting well in Shepherdtown, WVA. Thanks for adding her to your prayers alongwith Hayden, Greg, John Mc, and all the folks in "hurricane ally" who might be suffering right now.

This morning Morgan and I 'saved a little bird' who had a broken wing...he/it/she/(do we know?) was 'resting' in the yard UNable to fly. We saw "the bird parents" fluttering around trying to do something...we gently moved "him" (without touching him) back to the bushes where his parents were nesting....a few hours later, "he" was gone. I think his 'parents' took him home. We thought it was a very nice moment of HELPING something that was 'helpless' at the time. Nice, nice thought, huh?

Love to all and I hope your weekend has been super!!

Terri aka Teetay :)
Mrs. M/TMat

PS...PLEASE email Ashli if you are attending the RALLY on July 23rd so we will be sure to have enough food. Both SETS of GRANDPARENTS will be at the RALLY and Ash and TG and Peggy and Mike are working so very hard to make it a special event for all!!! Ashli's email is AshliAGM@aol.com and she would love to hear from you if you are coming!!! (Thanks everyone!!) :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va us - Sunday, July 10, 2005 9:44 PM CDT
Hi CA People! So guess who I have at MY house playing grill-master?!? Yup, Geep-Romey-Dad - HOORAY! We are thinking of you all and wishing the WHOLE FAMILY were together. We (aka Dad) is going to grill enough for me and TG as if you were all here... We have London Broil and Pork tenderloins (yes, "s") and veggies and whatever else we find to put on the fire ;) Much love and a hppy Sunday to you all. So glad Al-Pal is continuing to do well - We miss you!
Ash, TG and Dad/Geep <ashliagm@aol.com>
Our deck & patio... Washington DC!, - Sunday, July 10, 2005 4:01 PM CDT
Hi Miss Ally...Hope you are having a sunny Sunday in Cali!! Your sweet little face popped in my mind as I was doing some painting so I thought that I would check in on you!! Thank you for always making me smile!! Hugs and Love...Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Sunday, July 10, 2005 12:25 AM CDT
Oh, my!!! How wonderful!!! Ally, you look so happy! And we are so happy for you. The photo with the bear is precious. We'll keep you and Mommy and Daddy and all of your wonderful family in our prayers!
Much love, Susie and Scott Erskine

Susie and Scott Erskine <smerskine1@verizon.net>
Centreville, VA - Sunday, July 10, 2005 12:22 AM CDT
Finally got back home from our family trip to South Padre Island, and after enduring 110 degree temp on the beach I am glad to be back in the air conditioning!!!!!!! Couldn't wait to log on to hear news of Ally's surgery. We were thinking about you and saying prayers all day on the 6th. What a joy to hear that all went well and that you are recovering nicely. The pictures of your "new" smile left me totally in awe. What a miracle! I can't wait for your cousins to wake up to show them your big, bright smile.
Our continuous love and prayers go out to you as you continue to heal.
Kristen & Mark, you two are AWESOME! Morgan and Ally are so blessed to have your love and support. I have seen so many families torn apart by having a child with "special" needs but you two have embraced the BLESSING that God has given you- It makes me get choked up just thinking about it. The both of you are so SPECIAL!

Can't wait to see all of you in a little more than a month.....by the way, Ashli, the boys aren't coming with me and Mark (my mom said your dad told her to let you know due to babysitting arrangements)
Anyway, see you soon!
Much love to all from HOT and DRY Texas (temps in San Antonio are supposed to stay around 100 and we haven't seen rain in about 40 days!!!!!)
Hugs & Kisses,

Mary Kay De Hoyos <Mmdehoyos@sbcglobal.net>
San Antonio, TX - Sunday, July 10, 2005 6:42 AM CDT
Praise the Lord and what he has done through some pretty wonderful doctors, other health care workers and the amazing family He has given Ally! What a transformation! The pictures are great and I printed a before and after to take to a luncheon with some of Grandma Kelso's friends. We're all so impressed with you all!!!
Babs Van Patten <babsvp@cox.net>
Bonita, CA USA - Saturday, July 9, 2005 11:36 AM CDT
Good morning everyone!

Know that we will keep all the "hurricane path loved ones" in our EXTRA special prayers this weekend...esp. our Hynes' friends in N.O. and Pensacola paths!

Morgan and I will have a "two girl day" while Kristin and Mark take Allyson for her first POST OP checkup this morning. Allyson's night was a pretty good one with only 'minor' squeaks out of her. Usually, a change of position and back-rubbing took care of it! This morning when I was VENTING her (that is her 'burping method') she KICKED the venting tube out of the syringe and consequently that amount of 'formula' was GONE! I guess that is "how we learn"....POINT LEARNED: "KEEP THE TUBE AWAY FROM ALLYSON'S BIG KICKS!" :)!!

While Allyson is being 'checked' Morgan and I have a full roster of events planned today. First, we are making M and M cookies! (yum...NOT for breakfast!) Then, we are going to the commissary to get SPECIAL JUICE boxes...and by the way, Geep, Morgan likes Gatorade after tasting yours the other day....alongwith juice boxes, there will be other NORMAL groceries! Then, a trip to the 'Exchange' (Her mommie's workplace!) to pick up some 'kid supplies'....and eventually.....(drum roll...whalah!!!) CHUCKIE CHEESE for playtime and pizza lunch!!! The icing on the day's cake will be a swimming pool jaunt later this afternoon! By the time we get to the pool-part I am sure Allyson and her parents will be home.

It goes without saying what JOY Allyson's smiles brought to us yesterday....the first 'big one' was when I played her little stuffed lamb's "rock and roll version" of Jesus Loves Me (don't think it was INtentionally Rock and Roll...it was just FAST!)...and it sounded like Alvin and the Chipmunks singing..and she did her grins!! Then, Morgan began her sister-antics and Allyson's GRINS got bigger and bigger. She still looks a bit in AWE of herself...probably thinking.."Hmmmm....this feels different...I have MORE to move around now!" Her eyes say it all..."Thanks for taking care of me, everybody!"

Tonight is a 'date night' for Kristin and Mark...they are going to dinner and a movie! Gee...as I read over this day's events I think I'd better take a few extra VITAMINS!!
Such a fun day ahead!!

The clouds are looming right now, but we are PROMISED sunshine later this morning. This area around the Channel Islands starts off with what Mark calls the "June gloom"...however, this is JULY now, so perhaps the name is "July gloom" now!!! We're looking through the clouds to find some of your TEXAS sunshine!

And, speaking of Texas...by the way, "Miss Anna Rainwater" I saw your 50's party picture and you are just TOO CUTE! I had 'pictured' you a petite blonde! Fooled me! Hope things are going well with Greg - you are a handsome couple!!! (and the kids adorable!!)

Love and hugs to everyone today...enjoy your weekend wherever you are!

And, to my students...please let Ashli know if you're coming to the RALLY so we can be sure to have enough "burgers and hot dogs" for your tummies! (among other things!!!) Just e mail her and let her know...in fact, that goes for anyone else who might be coming and Ashli doesn't know it YET. Thanks, guys...I'll see you on the 23rd!!!

Happy WEEKEND! (and, Geep...I hope you're busy on your 'list'....MY list! HA! - 'hard to run my home from the West coast!!)

Happy thoughts to all,

Terri aka Teetay :) (aka Mrs.M/TMat)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va us - Saturday, July 9, 2005 10:02 AM CDT
Good morning, smiley! I get goosebumps every time I look at that cutie pie! We are thrilled that Ally loved the little get-better-bear too!!!!! Have an awesome weekend!
Aimee, Jim and Tyer <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Saturday, July 9, 2005 9:30 AM CDT
Love that adorable SMILE - it's baaaaack! HOORAY! Much love to you all and hoping for a great check-up back at CHLA today. HUG those amazing docs for me, will ya? hee hee.

xoxoxoxoxooxo Happy weekend!

Ash & TG <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Saturday, July 9, 2005 9:24 AM CDT
Morgan...you know a cutie when you see one!!! That little Parker is so handsome!!! Ally, I knew your little smile would come back sooner than later!! Sisters always seem to know the secret to smiling! All three of my sisters still make me smile! And your cute little photos always make me smile, too! I hope you enjoy your Saturday! I am off to work in my yard before it starts to get too hot!! Hugs from the DESERT..oops, I mean Texas! Love, Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Saturday, July 9, 2005 8:24 AM CDT
Love that adorable SMILE - it's baaaaack! HOORAY! Much love to you all and hoping for a great check-up back at CHLA today. HUG those amazing docs for me, will ya? hee hee.

xoxoxoxoxooxo Happy weekend!

Ash & TG <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Saturday, July 9, 2005 8:20 AM CDT
These new pictures of that BIG SMILE are the best yet!!! Hey Pam, I just let the tears just flow down my cheeks and I get soggy all over, but who cares???
Lydia Kelso a.k.a . Grandma Kelso <lkelso@ec.rr.com>
Southport, NC - Saturday, July 9, 2005 8:10 AM CDT
That is the best smile yet!! Sisters are GREAT! Ashlynn is contstantly getting to Miss Catherine's funny bone too! We are off for a weekend jaunt to the new Gaylord Texan (similar to the Grand Ole Opry). It is a surprise for the kids after a trip to the Ft. Worth zoo. They know there is something special in store today and that made for hard times going to sleep last night. Ashlynn in particular kept coming down the stairs with every excuse possible. (She by nature can't stand to go to sleep - we always say she is afraid she'll miss something! :-) The first trip down, she had her eyes covered saying she didn't want to ruin the surprise!! HA (The kids were thinking it was a puppy - NOT) One of the next times she came crying saying she just couldn't fall asleep and had already had a bad dream! Hee Then...she came down and tearfully requested that someone come upstairs and sing her a few lullabies to calm her nerves!!! HA Todd and I roared (we were attempting to watch Hitch - very cute) but immediately complied and soon she was fast asleep - finally!! Oh to be young and SO excited about a surprise.
We will be off line but will be anxious to catch up after the weekend. Know we are thinking of you constantly and keeping everything in prayer.
Keep smiling Ally - you are looking MAAAHHVVVELOUS!!!
Hugs and kisses (Texas sized of course)

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Saturday, July 9, 2005 6:51 AM CDT
I don't know what everyone else does with their tears when reading all the informative journal and endearing guestbook entries, as well as looking at the pictures - guess y'all just let the tears run down your cheeks like I do...I just LOVE everyone who is on this journey. I especially applaud Ally and Morgan - you are the troopers here - and thanks to your parents and family, they are coping most magnificently! They will continue to amaze us! This is such an emotional time for us all - much happiness and many tears and prayers of thanks! I look forward to the Rally for Ally - I'll be there with all the other caring folks.

Much love,


Pam Thompson <pamelatc@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA USA - Friday, July 8, 2005 11:24 PM CDT
Hi all,

It just doesn't get any BETTER than those Allyson smiles! Thank God for medicine and miracles holding hands.

We are a blessed family. Tonight Allyson "cackled" her little laugh. We were all smiling. Even Morgan!

Love you all,
Terri aka Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va us - Friday, July 8, 2005 11:01 PM CDT
Glad to hear the great news about Allyson's surgery. Great pictures! She looks like a Precious Moments baby!!!

Becky Anzelone
Herndon/Franklin MS , VA - Friday, July 8, 2005 10:04 PM CDT
Hi Ally...it's me (Anna) again!!! I just had to take another peek at your cute little face before I turned off my computer for the day!! You are just too stinkin' cute!!! Sleep well tonight!!!Love from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Friday, July 8, 2005 9:07 PM CDT
Dear Miss Ally.....I am sure you are well aware that God has blessed you with a SUPER MOM!!! Kristin, I am amazed that you can have energy to take pictures, post on the main page and arrange playdates after the week you have endured...YOU GO GIRL!!! Ally, you have been through so much and I pray that now you can have some rest and not have to be poked and prodded on for awhile!! I love coming to this website! I love to read so many uplifting thoughts! Kristin and Mark, I am sure it helps the two of you to read so many positive thoughts from family, friends and people you have never even met!!! We will continue to pray for rest and for healing!!! Hugs from Texas....Anna Rainwater
Anna <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Friday, July 8, 2005 4:44 PM CDT
Dear Ally, You grow more beautiful every day, just like the Princess you are. Did you know that SO many people already love you and pray for you? I think you are beginning to look like your Grandma Lydia, really. Best web page ever!! Great job Ashli
Jane Corrie <jbcorrie@webtv.net>
Southport , NC USA - Friday, July 8, 2005 4:28 PM CDT
Hi there! I am grateful for little Gage's story and so happy you, rock-star big sis and Mom, can offer support to Kiera's mommy (and Kiera!) too. So many precious little people out there facing such challenges and trooping right through them!

So one last quotey-qoute for the week... my wish for Morgy-lu and lil Al-Pal as your wisdom, strength and inner so make me PROUD. You also make me smile, giggle and warm up with immense love. So here goes, sweet chicas! :)

"If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life." ~Rachel Carson

Much love!

Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Friday, July 8, 2005 12:14 AM CDT
God is good! Thank you for the new pictures of Ally. She is beautiful and my prayers for a successful surgery were answered. Love to you all.
Ellen <epsmith311@cox.net>
Vienna, VA USA - Friday, July 8, 2005 8:11 AM CDT
Kristin, thank you so much for posting the hospital picture of Ally. When you look at where she started and then you compare this to the "after" photos from yesterday the transformation is just plain INCREDIBLE! I kept looking at Jim yesterday and all I could say was "amazing" over and over again! There is just no other word to describe it. I am sure you all spent the day just staring into that gorgeous little face!!!! I hope everyone slept well too.

Have a wonderful weekend! It is supposed to be 90 degrees with NO rain this weekend for a change. I think a trip to the playground may be in order.

Aimee, Jim and Tyler <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, Mn - Friday, July 8, 2005 6:51 AM CDT
WELLLLLL.........Miss Ally, your front page picture looks like you are a girl IN CONTROL!!! YOU GO GIRL! You are beautiful and precious. I hope you had an awesome night back in your own bed. Please give some extra strong hugs to everyone loving on you today.
We love you!

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Friday, July 8, 2005 6:41 AM CDT
I, too, am up late. A group of us went downtown D.C. this evening for dinner and a play by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh - The Beauty Queen of Leenane - quite an impressive production with four wonderfully talented actors and a splendid director. Terri, I wish you could have gone with us - something you would have enjoyed, but you're there with what I can't help but think of as your "higher calling" - and there is no greater pleasure! I am ecstatic all went as well as it did and can't stop thinking about all of you and this incredible journey. I am super glad Morgan wants to come to my pool - it's so "cool" (but not cold). I will have "floaties" and other stuff she will love. Maybe Jessica can come too?? Hmmm, perhaps we will allow the boys to tag along? Morgan can learn to swim and then she really CAN teach Ally - maybe even in my pool!! There's so MUCH good stuff lying ahead! There is much cruelty and craziness in our world; yet, on this site, it all goes away, and nothing can stop or lessen the love, support, and faith exhibited here. I am proud to be part of this loving community. Everyone is wonderful, caring, and uplifting. Thank you all!



P.S. Terri, it IS raining here - but not as hard as predicted - just WET! I have a bad case of soggy yard. I hope it dries out by August!!

Pam Thompson <pamelatc1945@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA USA - Thursday, July 7, 2005 11:40 PM CDT
Once again, I am up late and I am just now being able to check on Miss Ally. I love the sweet peach fuzz on her head!! Ally, I am so glad to see that one day after surgery you are up playing...you go baby girl!!! Kristin and Mark, I pray that you are adjusting to all of the "newness" as well! How cool that you got to share Ally's experience with another mom who will be going through the same surgery tomorrow with her child. God is using you to help encourage others!!! Hope you sleep well tonight! Kisses and hugs for Ally from TEXAS!!! Love...Anna Rainwater
Anna <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Thursday, July 7, 2005 10:41 PM CDT
WOW on the latest pics!!! Rock star, Ally! I wonder if SHE wants to hear about my favorite part of Nemo since I just watched it for the 50th time? ;)

Love you and good night, sweet little Al Pal! - Aunt Ash

MORE RALLY FOR ALLY CLARIFICATION!!! Hate to tell you but Ally *and immediate family* will NOT be there - boo hoo, I know! But PLEASE come and enjoy and meet new folks and eat, drink and be merry all to Benefit the NFED!

And please, please, please RSVP to my email below!!!!!!!!! Thanks :)
JULY 23... Saturday... 3-8 PM :)

Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Thursday, July 7, 2005 9:30 PM CDT
Hi all,

CLARIFICATION for everyone!

The 1st ANNUAL "Rally for Ally" is July 23rd....from 3-8 P.M. Contact me directly or Ashli for any more details!!!


or contact Teetay!

We will see you then! Remember "Ally" will not be at her first rally due to surgery, but expects to see all of you next year!! MANY friends, family, and BOTH sets of adoring grandparents will be on hand! Of course, Aunt Ashli and Uncle Tommie will be hosting alongwith their wonderful neighbors Peggy and Mike! We will CELEBRATE ALLY and be reminded of the many children affected by Ectodermal Dysplasias. Look on the website for addtional information given by the NFED. (this website links you to it)

Love you all,

NEVER "formerly" T Mat...always TMat and always "Teetay"...

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va us - Thursday, July 7, 2005 9:20 PM CDT
hey everyone in Cali! The pictures are ADORABLE and that was so sweet that Morgan said that she would teach Ally how to swim!

I was wondering if someone could clarify the date for the Rally for Ally..I have been hearing many different times. Thanks!

T-MAT--you are deffinatly not FORMER T-MAT. You ARE and ALWAYS will be her..along with MANY other names.


Sarah DeCenzo <jwdecenzo@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA USA - Thursday, July 7, 2005 6:47 PM CDT
Dear California family, Today was such a happy day for all of us, knowing how well Miss AllyBeDally came through the procedures/surgeries of yesterday. Whitney and Zachary wanted to make her a special card and buy a present, so we set about to do that today! The box will be on the way on Friday! I loved the new photos today ... that little mouth and nose are precious! I know you all must be drained from the emotion of it all and the lack of sleep. I pray tonight will be a more restful one for everyone. I also had Geep in my heart and thoughts all day as he had to travel home ... heavy but thankful hearted, I'm sure -- and in the midst of the travail in London, travelling must have been "nervious." We love you all, and will look everyday for more "pretty pitchers"
as Josh used to say. He's in Camp in Alabama with the latest hurricane headed right at him! Now we all need to pray for him and the kids at Camp Cosby! Hugs and Love,
Aunt Grammy/Uncle Poppy

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Thursday, July 7, 2005 6:20 PM CDT
Hi everyone on "Day no. 2" of Allyson's new face!

She has been a very content girl today and handled her ride home in the car beautifully! She snuggled in my arms for awhile before falling asleep this afternoon for her "long nap" while feeding! We can 'tell' that she 'wants' to SMILE as her bottom lip does a kinda-funny-twitch like she's trying but can't quiet 'get there'....she is probably thinking to herself: "Where did all this new stuff come from? Hmmmmm...I have to learn to move it around!"

Your many, many posts on the website have warmed our hearts as we acknowledge how very much we are loved as a family and how deeply Allyson's journey 'thus far' has touched so many lives. Thank you for being "there" with us yesterday at Children's - we did FEEL YOUR PRESENCE! And, thank you for continuing to be our comfort.

Kristin contacted a friend today whose daughter will have "her surgery" this Friday. She was filled with encouragement and positive things for her as she faces the 'same steps' in one more day. That's Kristin....'reaching out' to give someone else what she has been given. Thank you again for being such loving "givers"...!!!

Geep slipped out of our hotel room at 5AM this morning to catch his flight home to Virginia where I understand "Hurricane Cindy" is melting the skies! He was reluctant to leave, but he'll be back in a week, so it is just a short time away from 'both girls' - - - (not me, "the girls", I said!!! :) ) First thing out of Morgan's mouth this morning when she woke up was: "Where's Geep? I miss him!" No one prompted her to say that - - and those are the BEST comments!! We had an EASY night last night - had our dinner 'in the room' of the hotel. We feasted on delicious Thai food with Morgan feasting on THREE helpings of "sticky rice"...!!! All of us had so many phone calls and we were so excited from the DAY and having Allyson 'home' with us that we didn't want to venture out for dinner - - so DINING IN was it!!

After coming "home" to the hotel from the hospital yesterday afternoon Morgan tried out her new 'floaties' in the swimming pool. She has a 'healthy respect' for the WATER (another word for fear???) and the floaties did help her become very confident in her water playing! She finally admitted that it was actually FUN to float around! She did not venture 'away from my hands' but the comfort level was enhanced. I told Kristin and Mark that "if they had a pool in their backyard and I had a week, she'd be swimming!" (they promised to 'get right on it'...the POOL part! HA) Morgan told me later last night that SHE would teach Allyson to swim when she gets bigger! (Morgan will 'get right on that' too!) Finally, I told her my friend, Pammie, (in VA) has a pool and Morgan exclaimed, "Can I go there when I come for the wedding?" So, Pammie...YOU and YOUR POOL are ON! We are coming over!!

I even had a hour-long PHONE INTERVIEW with a prospective English teacher standing in the parking lot of our Hollywood hotel....the applicant had been 'instructed' to contact me via my cell phone so she did! It was just an ironic 'twist' to the day that she called only two hours after Allyson came out of the hospital while we were still in our reverie over her transformation! Life is funny, isn't it???

The sunshine finally is out in Port Hueneme so I think we'll take advantage of losing those pesky clouds that have been hanging around for a week. I believe it might be bicycle riding time, or strolling to the Pet Store time...

Again, thank you for being part of the many blessings in our lives. We know we are loved!

And, keep watching this site for new pictures of that adorable Allyson face as it changes over the coming days POST surgery! And, we'll all be THRILLED when we can post a HUGE SMILIE FACE for the world to see!!!

Love to all!

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M /T-Mat (or am I "former T Mat" now?)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va us - Thursday, July 7, 2005 6:14 PM CDT
We are so happy to hear and see that things are continuing to just get better and better for you ally. You look so beautiful. Rest up and get to feeling better soon.
Love the Ramirez family

anthony and michelle ramirez <flyingmichelle@hotmail.com>
barking sands,kauai, hi - Thursday, July 7, 2005 5:52 PM CDT
So Al... I think about 500 of these hits on the web site today are all from your Aunt Ash because I have been checking your FACE and beautiful picture on the home page every chance I get!!! Maybe I should print out a picture tonight?!? Ok, will do. That's the ticket! :)

Hope you had a good ride home in the "girl" car and I'll chat in your ear soon! Hugs to you all! Love you!!!!!!!!

Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Thursday, July 7, 2005 3:56 PM CDT
Oooooooh! She looks so beautiful!!!!! So glad all went well yesterday. While in Connecticut since school let out, Jon and I were thinking of you and keeping you all in our prayers as well. Keep strong. Love to you all. Karen and Jon
Karen and Jon Peterson
Oakton, VA - Thursday, July 7, 2005 2:20 PM CDT
Did you see all those prayers in the sky yesterday??? Wow! After Terri called me post surgery, I sent an email to my "allynews" group. The responses were heartwarming; there is so much love and support. Ally is incredible, so strong. I think it's in the genes! I'm truly happy for all the Matuses and Kelsos - especially Mark, Kristin, Ally, and Morgan. This is an incredible journey for all of you. And I know you are thankful for Teetay, Ashli, and Geep who were able to be there, and Lydia and John who have also ventured many times across country to be with you all. What a marvelous family!

Pam Thompson <pamelatc@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA USA - Thursday, July 7, 2005 11:57 AM CDT
What a wonderful miracle has taken place! Ally, you are truly an angel given to us by God. Your courage, bravery, and beauty humbles me as it must others who have traveled with you and your family through this journey. The pictures are great and will have to do until we get our hands on you in August. Bless you, baby girl!
Sharon Paradise <sharon.paradise@fcps.edu>
Herndon, VA USA - Thursday, July 7, 2005 11:47 AM CDT
Dear Kelso Family - I'm not generally big on quotes, but there is an old hebrew saying that "People are God's language." It's one of my favorite ways of looking at things because I really believe that's true... we don't always recognize the actions of 'people' as being the way that God speaks to us. But in looking at Ally's pictures, it is clear that God's answer to so many prayers was delivered by the doctors and nurses at Children's Hospital on July 6th. Ally looks great! We love you all!
The Burns Family <tburns@na.ko.com>
atlanta, ga usa - Thursday, July 7, 2005 11:22 AM CDT
Watching a butterfly escape from its cocoon may not be the best analogy of what has taken place for Ally but all of us at the NFED are delighted to see your little one soar. The road ahead will have its bumps and detours but when you see the possibilities, as you have now, it is easy to envision some very bright days ahead. Please don't hesitate to include the NFED in your links........www.nfed.org. I send my very best wishes along with my prayers for a smooth recovery. Mary K Richter, NFED
Mary K. Richter <maryk@nfed.org>
Mascoutah, IL USA - Thursday, July 7, 2005 11:07 AM CDT
Dear Ally and Family, All of us at the NFED are thrilled that the surgery went well. As you already know, Ally is a little ray of sunshine for everyone. I am looking forward to watching you grow and hope to meet you one day. You have many many people who adore you including those of us here in Mascoutah, Illinois. My prayers are with you through your continued journey. Your smile is beautiful but your eyes tell the energy that you have had from the start.
Kelley Atchison, NFED <kelley@nfed.org>
Mascoutah, IL USA - Thursday, July 7, 2005 10:58 AM CDT
Good Morning everyone! I hope ya'll had a restful night and that you will have an easy adventure home today.
Ally, your first makeover round is astounding....we love your precious new look.
We'll look forward to hearing from everyone later.
Hugs and kisses from Texas -

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Thursday, July 7, 2005 9:41 AM CDT
Ally, you look SO SWEET! We are so pleased to hear everything went so well. Many warm wishes to your strong, courageous parents...and blessings to the wonderful doctors and surgeons who have you in their care. Yay! So looking forward to seeing you later this summer.

Love, Mer & Rob

Meredith & Rob Shields <meredith.shields@gmail.com>
Richmond, VA USA - Thursday, July 7, 2005 9:21 AM CDT
What wonderful news! We love the photo!!! We are so very happy that the surgery went so well. We will continue to keep all of you in our prayers and thanks so much for sharing your journey.
Susie and Scott Erskine <smerskine1@verizon.net>
Centreville, VA USA - Thursday, July 7, 2005 9:20 AM CDT
Hello Kelso Family! Such a wonderful success. My prayers are with you all...that little girl looks absolutley beautiful. What a trooper. I hope she is able to get the rest she needs during her recovery, as are you. I think about you all often and think that you're AMAZING! All my love to you and yours.
Megan Green <megan_green@mchsi.com>
Savage, MN USA - Thursday, July 7, 2005 9:16 AM CDT
Such wonderful news about Ally. Thinking of you all and look so forward to meeting Ally in August at Aunt Ashli's wedding. Love to all. Lynda Sckerl
Lynda Sckerl <lsckerl@garealtor.com>
Atlanta, GA DeKalb - Thursday, July 7, 2005 8:41 AM CDT
Ally -
We are so happy for you that the surgery was a success. You are just as beautiful today as you were yesterday, inside and out! I pray you were able to rest last night, and you are feeling better today! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers today and everyday! Thanks for sharing your special journey with us!

Peggy and Mike Sullivan <bakersully@verizon.net>
Washington, DC - Thursday, July 7, 2005 7:41 AM CDT
We are elated that everything went very well. What a wonderful picture! Really happy for all of you, as I know this is an answer to much prayer. We pray for constant guidance & strength for all of you. Love 2 all, Lyle & Pansy
Pansy Bigham <pansybigham@hotmail.com>
Fairfax, VA USA - Thursday, July 7, 2005 6:06 AM CDT
And another thing - The new home page pic is even better and more amazing! She's just so darn cute with that little mouthy mouth!! Love you :)
Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Thursday, July 7, 2005 5:47 AM CDT
Al... you consume my mind and heart! Fell asleep thinking of you - even Uncle Tommy said a prayer ;) - and we awoke talking about you! We hope the pain is subsiding and you are able to be a little cozy, sleeping well and all. I can't WAIT to see you and scoop you up August 13th - YEAH! Me first, me first! ;)

You ALL are the best - all my love and super size hugs to you guys.... xoxoxooxox Chat later!

Ash & TG <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Thursday, July 7, 2005 5:44 AM CDT
Yeah!!!I finally am able to sit down and see Ally's new look!!!Even though today was busy, I made time during all the driving I did to lift your family up in prayer. I kept wondering all day how things were going. Mark and Kristin, I am sure that today was very emotional for your entire family. I pray that Ally will sleep well so that the two of you will also get some much deserved rest!! Ally, you are so blessed to have so many people that love you and care for you. Thank you Jesus for protecting this sweet child today and always. Sleep well little angel...Anna Rainwater
Anna <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Wednesday, July 6, 2005 11:00 PM CDT
Kristin and Family
I give thanks to God for holding Allyson in his arms and shining a warm beautiful light on her and your family throughout these months and her surgery today. Your softline girls at work saw the first post-op surgery and were very excited for Ally. She looked beautiful before as she does now. We all send you great big hugs and good wishes your way.

Isabel Carrillo <acarrillo93@aol.com>
Oxnard, CA USA - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 10:58 PM CDT
You look great, Ally!!! The "new" you is just as cute as the "old" you! I am so glad the surgery went well. We are keeping you in our prayers and will never cease to do so. I'm looking forward to the Rally for Ally. May God bless you all!


Christina Knippler (now former 5th period student) <acoolkid15@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 10:34 PM CDT
I have been checking in alot today. The pictures are BEAUTIFUL. Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!

Jeff and I were in awe of Ally's pictures. The emotions were overwhelming. Happy....Sad....Hurting....Overjoyed....Delighted....Anxious....Nervous....Loved....Loving....Selfish....Scared....Hurt-ing....but most of all BLESSED. Mark & Kristen, I'm sure you understand.
The next few days (weeks) are going to be trying...if I remember correctly..but well worth it. Ally will amaze you time and time again....as will Morgan.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you besides pray. WE are with you thru it ALL.

Thanks for sharing....we appreciate it more than you'll ever know.

In His grip and grateful, The Registers

Jeff & Crystal Register <jbrdregister@atmc.net>
Southport, NC USA - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 10:33 PM CDT
25001, and I missed it by one! Grandma and Grandpa in NC are thrilled with the new photo. Now we can go to bed and sleep well knowing that all is well in CA! Good night and sleep tight loving family in CA!
Lydia Kelso a.k.a . Grandma Kelso <lkelso@ec.rr.com>
Southport, NC - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 10:30 PM CDT
Wow! Wow! Wow! I'm speechless!
Thanks be to God, and wishing His continued blessings on all of you, especially little Ally, during the healing. Don't worry about the rest of the journey now...enjoy the moment!
Loving you all, and very proud of her family,

Jackie Horras <jackie2fish@hotmail.com>
San Antonio, TX US - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 9:29 PM CDT
Wow! Wow! Wow! I'm speechless!
Thanks be to God, and wishing His continued blessings on all of you, especially little Ally, during the healing. Don't worry about the rest of the journey now...enjoy the moment!
Loving you all, and very proud of her family,

Jackie Horras <jackie2fish@hotmail.com>
San Antonio, TX US - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 9:28 PM CDT
Hi again.
Ally, did I mention that I love the little "chub" on those sweet arms in one of the posted pics...ooohhh...makes me want to kiss up all that "sugar"....I know there is lots there.
Kisses from me!!!!

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Wednesday, July 6, 2005 9:24 PM CDT
Wow...that's all I can say is WOW! Thank you Lord, for Ally, for her strength and endurance, for all she is teaching us "big people", for her parents, Morgan, her extended family and each precious skilled person that touched her life today! Amen

We prayed and are still praying for you Ally.

Mark and Kristin, I know today wasn't easy, those tears are good to shed...sleep is good too!!! :-) Please know how much you are thought of and loved across this awesome nation. We pray you feel it!

Is Ally "in" to Baby Einstein yet? Catherine is hooked even though the rest of us could not see it again and yet...replay it in our minds a thousand times. Catherine's favs are Baby MacDonald and Neighborhood Animals...just in case Ally needs a few "age appropriate" recommendations from her friend in Texas! HA

We had a good night....Jay earned a fish today - he has been working hard and he picked out a beautiful Beta fish that he named Emily. Tonight, brother Jack was saying his prayers and of course he included "Ally", then he said, "thank you God, for my wonderful family and for an awesome night". Sweet boy...we are thankful for each other and we are thankful that YOU have each other TOO. Ya'll are there for each other - for whatever, for everything!

Hug tight to one another and know that we are thinking of you and sending those HUGE Texas sized hugs and kisses. Hope you feel completely WRAPPED in LOVE!!

All our best,


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Wednesday, July 6, 2005 9:21 PM CDT
Dear Ally and All,
wow. matthew and i looked at ally's before and after pictures several times today. he was very sad at first because "she's hurting," but he was excited that she got her "new face." we thought about little allyson and her amazing family all day. i can't imagine how you must have been feeling, waiting all those hours to see your baby's new look. what an amazing transformation! we'll keep saying our prayers for ally as she recovers, and we'll be checking the website often to watch for her brand new smile. hugs and kisses for all of you for making it to this milestone! we are just blown away by the lot of you!
much love,
Amy, Davin, Matthew and Seth O'Hora

O'Horas <spiderq9415@yahoo.com>
Norfolk, VA USA - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 8:49 PM CDT
Hi again Al-Pal and gang!! I thought I'd let Kristin/Mark know that TG and I had a dinner in their honor tonight............ FAJITAS!!! It kind of felt like Christmas so we only thought it appropriate :)

WE LOVE YOU TONS AND WE'RE THINKING OF ALL OF YOU! Hugs all around..... now get some SLEEP! xoxoxoxo

Ash, TG and Nala (wuf to Morgy lu!) <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington , DC - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 8:27 PM CDT
Ally looks simply amazing!!! Congratulations on her new look! Hannah just *sighed* and commented "Bebe yowie". She will do wonderful with her recovery. I am happy things went so well.
Brandy and Hannah Stricklett <bstricklett@comcast.net>
Brighton, CO - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 7:27 PM CDT
I am so moved by the new pictures of Ally - words can not express. I cried for you today little one, as you move forward from this amazing milestone. I wish you a restful night and hope that the next few days will be as pain-free as possible. I just know that all those hugs and kisses you get from mommy, daddy, Morgan, Teetay and Geep make all the boo-boos feel better. Sweet dreams....
Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 7:20 PM CDT
Hi everyone,
Just got back to the hotel from the marathon of picking up Ally's meds. What a long day. WE got up at 0430 and it's not over yet. I just wanted to say thanks for all your love and support. We coldn't have done this long "NAM" journey without some help. The journey's not over, it's just beginning, but it's good to finally drive the truck into the beginning of the tunnel.

Ally is sleeping right now. She's a little fussy when she's awake but we're going to follow the doctor's orders and give her the Tylenol with codeine as prescribed for the first day and then see how she's doing. Kristin had a huge headache so she's sleeping right now. We both shed some tears earlier, I'm not ashamed to admit that. Once the swelling goes down and the scars start to fade away, she is going to be one pretty little girl. Just a few minutes ago I saw Morgan see her sister for the first time. She was happy but was more excited to swim in the pool with Teetay. The depth chart, ya know! (Inside family joke!)

Love you all and we'll post some more better pics when we get home.

Love, Mark

PS: We still haven't seen that new smile yet! When she's been awake she has just been looking around and licking her uppper lip. Must feel weird to her to have never fely anything there before!

Mark <mark.kelso@verizon.net>
From Hollywood, CA - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 7:03 PM CDT
It's my third posting of the day.....I am sitting at home with more tears as I STARE at the beautiful face before me. I even had to stop writing in order to collect my thoughts. I am completely overwhelmed right now so I can only imagine how Kristin and Mark reacted when they first saw her. I don't even know what else to say....Kristin, I am using more than 1 tissue today.

I'd like to say a special THANK YOU to the absolutely AMAZING doctors. Obviously, words can not begin to express the MAGIC that you have just performed. I am in awe!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

All my love, Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 6:59 PM CDT
Ally, Kristen, Mark, and Morgan,

Mazel Tov on the strength and courage that have been the foundation for your family and this awesome, awesome day. What a sweet day today has suddenly become-a milestone truly. My prayers are with you always.

To the entire Kelso and Matus family (and friends, who we all know are the family we choose for ourselves)-May you continue to be gentle with yourselves through this journey of emotion. I wish you continued inner strength, calm, and serenity. I'm looking forward to hearing of Ally's new voice after today's miracle!

Aimee Holleb <aholleb@yahoo.com>
Fairfax, VA usa - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 6:55 PM CDT
What a wonderful world it is today! Good news of her successful surgery and a wonderful, amazing new baby girl face! She is just more beautiful than ever, and will continue to be so. Allyson keeps winning these endurance tests and is the biggest little champion I know. Congratulations to you all, and may God bless the doctors, your family, and Allyson.
Theresa Cover <tesscover@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 6:31 PM CDT
All I can say is absolutely amazing!! And even more amazing, no tears from the little one. She is so brave!!! Love to you all.
Jan DeFalco <jan.defalco@salliemae.com>
- Wednesday, July 6, 2005 6:00 PM CDT
Dear "Precious AllyBeDally" -- Aunt Grammy and Uncle Poppy have had you in our prayers absolutely all day! My heart is so full of love for you, and I just this minute saw the new pictures! WOWSER, you are amazin!!!!!! And amazing are the wonderful doctors who "loved on you " through the talent and expertise our Good God has given to them! My prayers are now filled with thanksgivings this night for your coming through this first major surgical event so wonderfully. We give thanks for the healing team which has been in your corner all along, & who,today, performed so magnificently. Uncle Poppy and I have had a big cry ... tears of joy and relief ... that you and your mommy and daddy and grandparents and little sister have had such a glorious day! We send you our love always, and most especially today, have asked that your Teetay plant many kisses on your face from all your Atlanta family! You just heal from the surgery, and that darn tape they put on you!!! We'll be checking in for more pictures in a day or so. Our friends who have been praying for you are OVERJOYED with your new lip/nose, and we can't wait to see the FIRST of the new smiles!!! We love you all, and Kristin and Mark, there is an old hymn, "Hallelujah, Thine the Glory! Hallelujah, Amen!" That's what my heart is singing just now! We love you! Uncle Poppy and Aunt Grammy
Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 5:46 PM CDT
Allyson, you look amazing! I barely have 5 minutes on the computer and just wanted to pop on and check up on you after surgery today. I did not forget. :) Ashli, I'm thinking next week, maybe a meetup, but can't say for sure? This is my first time online since being on vacation, but wanted to say aloha from Pennsylvania and I will try to give you a call. We're taking it day by day, so we never know what's in store for us while we're here.

Enjoying the east coast for now. Much aloha to Morgan and Allyson and family and will be sending our donation to the Rally for Ally. Ashli, yes you can use Darren's story and you can use one or two of his photos from our family website if you would like. Sorry that I have been unable to get intouch with you since you last wrote me. Been a whirlwind of a vacation so far. :)

aloha from pennsylvania!
~Cat and clan

Cat <catpotter2001@yahoo.com>
Honolulu, HI USA - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 5:12 PM CDT
As we looked at the new photos of Ally after surgery with tears of joy in our eyes, little Spencer ran in, and shouted, "Cousin Aaweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!" There was no fooling him as he would know those bright, beautiful eyes in a heartbeat (as we look at her site every day, at least once!!). Our prayers and thoughts remain with all of you out there on the "left coast!" We love you and can't wait to hear updates. On a different note, we can't wait to support Ally at the Rally for Ally in July--just found out we're able to be in VA that weekend and booked our plane tickets! See you there, Aunt Ashli! Loads of love and hugs to our beautiful nieces and their parents and grandparents!
Aunt Mer, Uncle Glenn, and Cousin Spencer <piperdown@comcast.net>
Kennesaw, GA usa - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 5:07 PM CDT
Wow!! Ally, you did it!! You are such a trooper...as well as your dear parents and grandparents. The pictures are awesome (I cried a bit), and you are just beautiful. I offered my Mass this morning for a successful surgery and that the hands of your doctors would take the best care of you, and they did! However, I do miss your "Uncle Joe" look (family insight), but you are well on your way to many more great things. We love you all...and I will continue to thank God for all He has done.
Auntie Katie <kafishbeck@yahoo.com>
Moulton, TX USA - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 5:01 PM CDT
WAY TOO GOOO!! wow the pictures look sooo good. I was thinking about you all day long. I cant wait to see you later this month!

xoxo--Sarah ((FROMER 4th period student))

Sarah DeCenzo <jwdecenzo@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA USA - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 4:39 PM CDT
Leyton Allen sends warm, healing, loving, baby vibes to his girlfriend Ally. He is looking forward to meeting her someday soon in VA. Leyton's mom - Caryn, and dad - Jeff also send gentle hugs and kisses to sooth Ally as she recovers! Big Kudos to her parents and big sis who are amazing about this whole experience! And to her extended family (Aunt Ashli, Tetay, Grandpa, ect.) who are the extra pillars that every family needs. Thinking of all of you today and throughout the rest of the days as Ally recovers.
Love Jeff, Caryn and Leyton Allen <ccorso3@yahoo.com>
Great Falls, VA USA - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 4:37 PM CDT
Dear little Ally,

I woke up this morning and I knew that you would do just great. I knew it just as much as I am confident in the parents who had you and the family that is awed by you from afar. Inspirational doesn't have meaning for you yet, but it will and I hope that you know how special you are. I knew everything would be just fine, much as I have always believed in my own quiet way that things that happen can be fixed and will be fixed if we know in our hearts that they will. You are in the best place, with the best Dr's and I believe that you are such a miracle and only time will tell us your full potential. You are not just an inspiration Dear Ally, but a sounding post for all that believe in the hope that something good is out there for us all. I knew that you would do great and I will continue to know that you will amaze us with the blessing of "you". Good things will continue to come your families' way and I am certain that your future, little girl, is a bright one.

Leslie <hellerrs@aol.com>
Dacula, Ga - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 4:19 PM CDT
Congratulations Ally! Wow, what an amazing job the doctors did. My mom and I are both so amazed at the miracle that has taken place. We are so lucky to live in a country that has the technology to work in amazing ways. Ally looks beautiful, and I can't wait to see the pictures later tonight! My thought and prayers are with you all as you begin a new journey in Ally's life. I can't even imagine what an exciting day this must be for all of you able to see Ally in person!
Elizabeth Hellman

Elizabeth Hellman <dancer3191@cox.net>
Fairfax, Va United States - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 4:15 PM CDT
Hello all,

What a miracle we've seen today....I have 'heard' the whole explanation of HOW the surgery would be accomplished and still, I know it IS a miracle. The beautiful Allyson 'smile' that we've all come to love is even more beautiful today. Of course, seeing her 'right after' surgery we know there is swelling and some redness that will dissipate, but it does not diminish the beauty on that precious face. Yes, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING does not do it justice. Tears welled in our eyes when we first saw her. Kristin and Mark had their first "look" alone as only TWO persons can be in the recovery area with Ally at one time. Kristin said 'they' had their cry when they saw her. What a courageous little girl she is and will continue to be!! She will have no memory of this time in her life, but we WHO HAVE LEARNED FROM ALLYSON will have a memory of it all!! She has definitely put "all the small stuff" into perspective for many of us. I can't wait until you are INTRODUCED to the "same Allyson" with her new "look" later this afternoon when the pics are posted by Ashli. I "welcomed"Allyson to OUR world 'for the second time...once when she arrived in December and AGAIN today when she came to us 'new'....God has blessed us all so richly.

Thank you ALL for the many phone calls, prayers, and love shown over these past months and especially in the past few days at "July 6th" rolled around. We know that your faith and prayers have helped us, and helped guide the doctors to do their best work for Allyson. To know that there are friends and loved ones in nearly EVERY STATE in the U.S. praying for us, and to know that your prayers cross so many miles clearly tells us the POWER of your words and thoughts. Thank you is never enough...but thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

On a light note, Morgan calls her "muscles" in her arms "muscles of courage"....well, I believe she extended those muscles of 'courage' to her sister today. Morgan will be ecstatic to SEE Allyson later this afternoon when she comes "home" (to the hotel across the street) - Morgan was not allowed to visit the recovery room (too young)...so she has only SEEN pictures right now. She said, "Wow, she looks like me!" (and then she returned to her 'elephant climbing' in the waiting area of CHLA) I'll update the 'sister viewing' later on and I am sure you'll see a picture on the website!

Love to you all, and God bless you for caring.

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T-Mat :) (and very proud mother of Kristin who in her easy-going manner holds it all together!!! "MOTHERS" out there know what that kind of PRIDE feels like!!)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 4:02 PM CDT
Hello all,

What a miracle we've seen today....I have 'heard' the whole explanation of HOW the surgery would be accomplished and still, I know it IS a miracle. The beautiful Allyson 'smile' that we've all come to love is even more beautiful today. Of course, seeing her 'right after' surgery we know there is swelling and some redness that will dissipate, but it does not diminish the beauty on that precious face. Yes, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING does not do it justice. Tears welled in our eyes when we first saw her. Kristin and Mark had their first "look" alone as only TWO persons can be in the recovery area with Ally at one time. Kristin said 'they' had their cry when they saw her. What a courageous little girl she is and will continue to be!! She will have no memory of this time in her life, but we WHO HAVE LEARNED FROM ALLYSON will have a memory of it all!! She has definitely put "all the small stuff" into perspective for many of us. I can't wait until you are INTRODUCED to the "same Allyson" with her new "look" later this afternoon when the pics are posted by Ashli. I "welcomed"Allyson to OUR world 'for the second time...once when she arrived in December and AGAIN today when she came to us 'new'....God has blessed us all so richly.

Thank you ALL for the many phone calls, prayers, and love shown over these past months and especially in the past few days at "July 6th" rolled around. We know that your faith and prayers have helped us, and helped guide the doctors to do their best work for Allyson. To know that there are friends and loved ones in nearly EVERY STATE in the U.S. praying for us, and to know that your prayers cross so many miles clearly tells us the POWER of your words and thoughts. Thank you is never enough...but thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

On a light note, Morgan calls her "muscles" in her arms "muscles of courage"....well, I believe she extended those muscles of 'courage' to her sister today. Morgan will be ecstatic to SEE Allyson later this afternoon when she comes "home" (to the hotel across the street) - Morgan was not allowed to visit the recovery room (too young)...so she has only SEEN pictures right now. She said, "Wow, she looks like me!" (and then she returned to her 'elephant climbing' in the waiting area of CHLA) I'll update the 'sister viewing' later on and I am sure you'll see a picture on the website!

Love to you all, and God bless you for caring.

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T-Mat :) (and very proud mother of Kristin who in her easy-going manner holds it all together!!! "MOTHERS" out there know what that kind of PRIDE feels like!!)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va usa - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 4:01 PM CDT
My family is here celebrating my new daughter's first birthday, and we all stopped and said prayers today together as a family. Now we are all reading the GREAT news, and we will say prayers of thanks. Kristin and Mark, we are with you in spirit. Teets and Geep, we love you dearly, and we are so glad you are there. Your family means the world to us!
Susan Hynes <susanhynes@aol.com>
New Orleans, LA 70130 - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 3:57 PM CDT
I had just sent the message below and went back to the home page to see the fantastic photo already posted!! Oh, Ally, how beautiful!! What a fantastic job Dr. T and Dr. Reinisch accomplished! Our heartfelt thanks to them for sharing their skills and knowledge on our precious baby!!
Lydia Kelso a.k.a . Grandma Kelso <lkelso@ec.rr.com>
Southport, NC - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 3:56 PM CDT
When Mark called this afternoon I was never so happy to hear his voice. He sounded so upbeat and happy!!! And to know that Ally was sitting in her mommy's arms watching TV with a BRAND NEW smile. We can't wait to see the photos later today. We know that there will be lots of redness from the Tegaderm tape and some swelling but that won't take away from the beautiful new smile we'll see. I want to be a fly on the wall to see and hear Morgan's reaction when she sees Ally. Each time we have thrown pennies in a wishing well, a pond, or any body of water Morgan finds, Morgan has wished for a new nose for her "sister". And now her dream has come true! We are so blessed to have such a fantastic support group and such a band of prayer warriors. Your support to us here in NC with e-mails and phone calls has been such a blessing and to know that our church congregations in CA, VA and NC are all supporting us has been such a comfort. Thanks to you all, and above all, PRAISE GOD!!!!
Lydia Kelso a.k.a . Grandma Kelso <lkelso@ec.rr.com>
Southport, NC - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 3:45 PM CDT
opps! Shouldn't be there twice!
Bev Batchellor <bbatchellor@tidalwave.net>
Fairax, VA USA - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 3:33 PM CDT
It is amazing how tied up in our own lives we can become! I was busy writing letters of introduction to doctors for Christine's new OT business when all a sudden Ally popped into my head and heart. I stopped right in the middle of addressing those letters to get on-line and find out how things went. I am so gratefull that all is well. I said a prayer this morning before I got engulfed in my own world. Somehow, you are never too far from my thoughts. The best to all of you. Looking forward to seeing the pictures.
Bev Batchellor <babjkb@yahoo.com>
Fairax, VA USA - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 3:31 PM CDT
It is amazing how tied up in our own lives we can become! I was busy writing letters of introduction to doctors for Christine's new OT business when all a sudden Ally popped into my head and heart. I stopped right in the middle of addressing those letters to get on-line and find out how things went. I am so gratefull that all is well. I said a prayer this morning before I got engulfed in my own world. Somehow, you are never too far from my thoughts. The best to all of you. Looking forward to seeing the pictures.
Bev Batchellor <babjkb@yahoo.com>
Fairax, VA USA - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 3:30 PM CDT
Congrats Ally!! I can't wait to see your new beautiful smile! :-D
Allison Maher <alliem894@yahoo.com>
Oakton, VA USA - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 3:30 PM CDT
I just read your update and I have tears running down my face (and yes, I am at work). I CAN NOT WAIT to see the pictures later!!!!! (You are such a tease! Does TG know that? - hee hee)

To Kristin and Mark - take a deep breath!!!!! It is over! I love you both so much and I am so proud of you for all that you endure.

To precious Ally - you make me sooooo proud to have met you in person. I can't wait to see your new look. Lots and lots of hugs from Minnesota!!!!

Aimee, Jim and Tyler <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 3:17 PM CDT
Dear All,
Well, we are thinking of you at every moment and have been praying for "ALL" especially our precious Ally. We can't wait to see your "NEW" sweet smile Ally. Morgan...I am sure you will be keeping everyone in GREAT smiles the whole day. Loving you from Texas in the grandest way,
Holly & gang

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Wednesday, July 6, 2005 2:20 PM CDT
I woke up this morning thinking about little Ally and her surgery. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers today. Can't wait to get your update and see that precious face! Lots of hugs and kisses coming your way.....
Nora <Nora_Blackman@bshsi.com>
Yorktown, va - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 12:03 AM CDT
Iknow that Allyson is being surrounded by prayer even as I write this. I love to look into her joyful eyes and smile. Can't wait to see her transformation. Blessings and Peace, Danna Coffey (Pender UMC)
Danna Coffey <dancof@msn.com>
Trussville, Al - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 10:26 AM CDT
I woke up this morning to thoughts of Ally.....good luck to you, precious one, as you undergo the first of many surgeries. It is hard to believe that someone so young has already endured so much. You are my inspiration!!!!
"Aunt" Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Wednesday, July 6, 2005 6:00 AM CDT
My prayers are with the entire family with the surgery tomorrow July 6,2005.
Jayne Vorder Bruegge RN Parish Nurse at Pender UMC <jaynevb@penderumc.org>
Fairfax, , VA - Tuesday, July 5, 2005 9:43 PM CDT
Ally, you face a big challenge tomorrow, and with the support and love of everyone in your life, you will be fine. I will be thinking of all of you all day with much love and hopeful prayers. Stay strong!

Theresa Cover <tesscover@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA - Tuesday, July 5, 2005 8:45 PM CDT
Good luck tomorrow Ally!!! I know MANY people are supporting you and your family during this surgury and will be praying for you all day. I can't wait to see your new beautiful smile tomorrow!! Good luck!!!
Allison Maher <alliem894@yahoo.com>
Oakton, VA USA - Tuesday, July 5, 2005 8:40 PM CDT
Hey everyone! I wanted to wish Ally one last good luck before surgery! I will be thinking of you all day and praying for the best! you are such a brave little girl and there are so many people behind you. I can't wait to see the beautiful after pictures, but will miss seeing the adorable little face thats on the homepage. I will be checking the website for updates! Best of luck!
Elizabeth Hellman (former 5th period student)

Elizabeth Hellman <dancer3191@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA United states - Tuesday, July 5, 2005 8:24 PM CDT
Dear Kristin & Family~ As one cleft Mommy to another, YOU WILL DO GREAT!! You will be amazed at the transformation of Ally's precious face, you will miss the smile she has now, but will treasure the one she will get tomorrow. You are in my prayers, My daughter Hannah Faith, loves to look at the cA site, and we have clicked over to your website before, she loves looking at the girls. Please feel free to contact me about anything, Hannah also has the Mickey. Good luck and God Bless you and your family tomorrow.

Brandy & Hannah Stricklett

Brandy Stricklett <bstricklett@comcast.net>
Brighton, CO USA - Tuesday, July 5, 2005 8:23 PM CDT
David and I will be thinking of that sweet little girl all day tomorrow ~ We can't wait to hear all the good updates from Aunt Ashli. Sending our love to the whole Matus/Kelso Clan...Lots of love, Reb and David
Rebecca <rebeccalacki@sbcglobal.net>
- Tuesday, July 5, 2005 7:19 PM CDT
Dear Kristin, Mark, and Ally - We just wanted you to know that we said 'extra special' prayers tonight for Allyson's surgery tomorrow. I am so thankful that you are getting started bright and early tomorrow - even if it does require a 5:00 am wake-up call! You can be assured that at 10:30 Atlanta time, we will all be asking God for his blessing and healing for Ally... and for his strength and comfort for all of you. Please let us know as soon as she is out of surgery. We love you all and I know that tomorrow will be a very special day.
Terri, Brian, Taylor, Matthew, and Sarah <tburns@na.ko.com>
Atlanta, ga usa - Tuesday, July 5, 2005 7:11 PM CDT
Ally will be in our thoughts and prayers for a successful surgery and a quick recovery. The hardest part is the waiting but your beautiful daughter will be in good hands during your wait. Our wait for Michael's surgery was 14 hours and I thought the end would never come. We had lots of prayers and support and that is what got us through. Now here we are a year later and those 14 hours are a distant memory.
Marcie McCauley <threesenof@aol.com>
Chantilly, VA - Tuesday, July 5, 2005 7:05 PM CDT
Hi Kelso/Matus Family,
Just wanted to let you know that Ron and I will be sending up our prayers for you tomorrow. Your family's strength and faith has been an inspiration. We know that God will have his angels watching over Ally tomorrow during sugery. We can't wait to meet her in August. Our love to all of you. Ron & Kristi Saemann

Ron & Kristi Saemann <ksaemann@wrigley.com>
Chicago, IL - Tuesday, July 5, 2005 3:54 PM CDT
Just wanted all of you to know that I am thinking of you and little Ally's surgery tomorrow. I can't believe that it's already July 5th! I loved the "Patriotic Ally" photo! She is so adorable! For tomorrow, I pray that you all will have peace, and that God will protect you from all anxiety as you make this big step in Ally's Journey!
Nora <Nora_Blackman@bshsi.com>
Yorktown, va - Tuesday, July 5, 2005 3:42 PM CDT
Hi everyone. I hope that you all had a WONDERFUL 4th of July. I know that I had a blast..even being sick. Like T-MAT said..thank you to all who have/are serving our country. And to the families and friends of OUR brave heroes. We all hope you can come home safe and soon.

Good luck Ally with tomorrow! I'll be thinking about you all day and praying that everything works out as planned--I know it will!! I'll be on the website every chance I get to get all the updates from Ashli. (our very own..MESSANGER!)

Cant wait to see you all at the Rally for Ally!!

Sarah--((FORMER)) 4th period student..AND PROUD OF IT!!

Sarah DeCenzo <jwdecenzo@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA US - Tuesday, July 5, 2005 2:51 PM CDT
Happy 4th of July from TEXAS!!!!It is just too stinkin' hot here!!!! God did send us a nice little shower this morning!:) Anyway, Miss Ally....you are little miss Liberty in your red white and blue...wave that flag girlfriend!!! I will be on my knees praying for you and everyone there that will be involved with your surgery. You sure have endured a lot in your first 6 months of life....that will just make you that much stronger the older you get. Your sweet smile does so much for me whenever I look at your photos. When I look at your pictures I see strength and confidence!! I know that God has big plans for you and he is using you right now to further his kingdom. Ally, I pray that you will have sweet dreams during your surgery and that when you wake up, that sweet smile will be bigger than ever!!! Praying for you in Texas...Anna Rainwater
Anna <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Monday, July 4, 2005 10:30 PM CDT
Happy 4th of July NIGHT to all of you..

This will be the last post until AFTER Allyson's surgery. We are holding onto the words of the scripture on the homepage..."I have plans to prosper you and not harm you..." We know that God will guide the skilled and caring surgeons as they do their best 'work' for Allyson Wednesday. We also know that there are loving friends and family all over the U.S. and in a couple of countries who are praying for Allyson as she makes this next "giant step" in her journey.

Thank YOU for being HERE for us...and for being PART of us...

With love to all and in the words of Tiny Tim...and..."God bless us everyone..."

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T-Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va us - Monday, July 4, 2005 8:32 PM CDT
Happy 4th from coast to coast! We are watching the Washington festivities on tv because we are not quite young enough to join in the traffic chaos in D.C.!!! Our thoughts are with our armed forces and all military families and especially the Kelso family in California. Ally's patriotic picture is precious and says it all!!! Love and prayers to all of you. Can't wait for the surgery updates and the Rally on July 23rd. Look forward to seeing Teetay and Geep back in town!

Carol Williams <ccw92347@cox.net>
Herndon, Va. - Monday, July 4, 2005 7:52 PM CDT
Happy 4th y'all from a very, VERY hot San Antonio!
Ally, after a fun filled long weekend with your four "angel" boy Texas cousins, my thoughts came right to you. Yesterday's outing to Six Flags on the hottest day of the summer while fun, only proved what Uncle Steve has said all along..."this group's not ready for Disney!" Although the boys WERE real troopers...so maybe it's Aunt Jackie who's not ready! I'm glad all of you are enjoying your holiday and time together. I know we did!
Just wanted you to know we're thinking of all of you as Wednesday approaches. Lots of love, prayers, hugs, and kisses are coming your way!

Jackie Horras <jackie2fish@hotmail.com>
San Antonio, TX US - Monday, July 4, 2005 7:35 PM CDT
Happy 4th from Boston! I just read the latest Ally update and it sounds like everything is going as smooth as can be. Good luck next week - we'll be thinking of all of you and sending our prayers.
Helen Harris <helenrharris@aol.com>
Boston, MA - Monday, July 4, 2005 6:52 PM CDT
Happy 4th! I am not sure what was more exciting, the 4th of July pic of Al Pal or Romey wearing a George Mason t-short!!!! GO PATS! Very PATriotic of you, Dad ;)

Hope you're all having a great weekend. We had another full day of WORK... basement: DONE. Yard: DONE. Rally for Ally flyers out in the hood: DONE. House cleaners came (and broke some stuff but that's another story - it was their first and last cleaning!) but anyway: DONE. So Geep, we're ready for you to come back to this coast and grill with US next weekend!!!

Thinking of you allllllllll the time! Chat in a bit... 6:15 PM and just done with the house/yard day 3 and need to shower to head to Guy/Maria/baby Emily's!! for cookout. We'll watch the 4th of July Washington DC firewords from our ROOF TOP - How cool is that!?!??! :)


Aunt AshuLLLee/Uncle Tommy/Nala/Peeve (who?) <ashliagm@aol.com>
Our Nation's Capital! (just because it's the 4th!), - Monday, July 4, 2005 5:12 PM CDT
Happy Fourth of July everyone! Happy Birthday, John Mc!


In a new little book entitled WE LOVE AMERICA there is a quote that is very appropriate to share with you today:

"When you care about other people, you are a REAL hero every day." So, to all of OUR HEROES out there, we thank you for extending your CARING HERO SELVES to our family.

And, to all of you who have contributed to SERVICE in your lives - firefighters, law enforcers, military men and women and, of course, teachers.......and ALL the moms, dads, sisters, brothers, spouses, and children who have SUPPORTED you in your service. I applaud you and you have my utmost respect.

Have a glorious 4th wherever you are...whatever you're 'grilling'...or 'munching'...and wherever you fly your flags HIGH IN THE SKY....and whatever 'sparkles' you see in YOUR sky tonight when the sun goes down...ENJOY this day which represents the fiber in our lives.

Let's all remember "I pledge allegiance..." means just THAT. Allegiance.

God bless America and God bless you, our friends!

Allyson's 4th of July SMILE says it all...."Hi America, I'm ready for my new smile!"

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T-Mat
Hi students! Happy 4th! I miss you! See you at the RALLY FOR ALLY, I hope!!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va us - Monday, July 4, 2005 11:49 AM CDT
Good morning, California Family! I have been reading each and every website entry, and am amazed with all the positive and loving remarks. My heart is full of love for you all and we admire you for the way you are carrying this tremendous load! The latest pictures of Allyson ("Precious AllyBeDally") and Morgan ("Precious Miss MAK") are indeed PRECIOUS! I especially loved the photo of Morgan clowning and making Allyson smile. What a treasure that one is! Having sent a child to surgery multiple times in my life, I know the anxiety and nerves you are all feeling. I know you have every confidence in your doctors and the surgical/healing team who will attend Allyson. I am sure she will come through it all with flying colors, for she's already proven she's made of "toughstuff" and the "rightstuff." I know your tears will flow as they wheel her down the hall. And believe me, that's OK -- because I have always known that tears are a gift from God to allow us to express love and joy, pain and suffering, so that healing can take place. And that includes parents and grandparents! :)) All of the Atlanta/Charlotte/Winter Haven/Savannah pray-ers have been alerted to hold you all up in prayer, especially on July 6.
They do, of course, all the time -- but especially on that day! My heart is full of love for each one of you. Please give each other hugs and kisses from all your Atlanta family.

Our prayer for you this day is from the Book of Common Worship: "God of compassion, you have given us Jesus Christ, the great physician, who made the broken whole and healed the sick. Touch our wounds, relieve our hurts, and restore us all to the wholness of life, Through Christ our Lord, Amen." We love you, Sister and Loren, (a/k/a/Aunt Dale and Uncle Loren, Aunt Grammy and Uncle Poppy)

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Monday, July 4, 2005 8:42 AM CDT
Greetings from sunny Minneapolis! I have not had the chance to write ALL week but I have been keeping up with the guestbook and updates. As we celebrate our independance today I find my thoughts drifing towards precious Ally. I found a quote that I thought was very appropriate for her upcoming surgery....

It's beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart.
~Anonymous ~

Ally has captured us with her AWESOME personality and endless gifts of love. She has taught many of us to look beyond physical appearances and to truly be thankful for the things that are most important in life --- friends and family. We all come in different shapes and sizes and although the physical aspect of each of us is the first thing we notice, it is what is found inside that matters the most.

Mark, as one parent to another, it is OK to cry!!!!! Crying does not make you a wimp by any stretch of the imagination....it makes you human. It means that your love for this little girl runs deep. Trust me, it is VERY difficult to watch your BABY be taken into the operating room. You have to trust that those resumes speak for themselves and that Ally will be in the best of hands. If that means you need to shed some tears, don't hold back!!!! None of us will think any less of you. Besides, who cares anyway what anyone else thinks!!!

I hope you all enjoy your day of picnics, bar b q's, and family. Not a moment will go by on Wednesday that I do not think about Ally and the Kelso's/Matus' and I will be anxious to read about the updates.

I love you all!!!!

Aims (and Jim and Tyler too) <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Monday, July 4, 2005 7:35 AM CDT
Hi All and Happy 4th weekend!! Thinking of you ALL the time and wish I were there with the WHOLE FAMILY... well, sans me and TG! for the fun-filled weekend and Al's surgery. Instead, we're preparing the back yard and patio to be in tip top shape for 1st Annual RALLY FOR ALLY!!! Can't wait to see you all there - I mean, friends and all - I know the Kelso gang can't make it! :(

Chat later - off to more digging and planting :) LOVE YOU MUCHO!!!

Ash & TG <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Sunday, July 3, 2005 12:23 AM CDT
Hello everyone,

24,000 + "hits" on this website in six months of Allyson's life...it just warms my heart as do the "posts" that each of you send our way. I cannot thank you enough. Even though I've said it IN PERSON to many of you...and I've said it over the airways to some of you...THANK YOU CANNOT BE BIG ENOUGH to let you know how much your presence in ourlives has meant over these past months. I know there are many of you who read this site but do not post, and that is just fine. We are grateful that you care enough to 'check in' on Allyson's progress and what is going on.

My JULY 6th calendar had a page that I just had to bring to CALIFORNIA with me for the July 6th occasion.

It reads:

"Each time a rainbow appears, stretching from one end of the sky to the other, it's God renewing His promise. Each shade of color, each facet of light displays the radiant spectrum of God's love - -- a promise that life can be new for each one of us."

Allyson has a GREAT start in life already with all the love and support and awesome medical care. On July 6th she will have her surgery and her face will change. I asked Mark tonight "who" would cry first when they wheel Allyson away....he replied, "I might." Then, he said, "I don't want to be a wimp around the doctors..." ...I ASSURED him that TEARS were not a sign of being a wimp, but a caring Dad...after all..this is his "littlest" child....I said we would all shed some tears when they wheeled Allyson OUT and some more when they wheeled her BACK again. It will be an incredible day. Allyson will not get a 'new life' as my calendar expressed, but she will have a new look to her already great life. There is not one thing that this little girl will ever want for...we have all said that from the beginning, and it bears repeating again. YOUR love is evidence that will come true for her as she has such an EXTENDED family - an incredible, loving, outreaching family.

Again, my humble thanks...and to my STUDENTS...I cannot wait to SEE many of you at Ally's Rally...and I cannot wait to SEE the faces of so many ADULT friends the same day!!! We will have Allyson's new pictures ready for you to see!!! And, hopefully, we will raise awareness and funds for the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias.

Thanks in advance for the prayers you've offered for Allyson's surgery and for her recovery. She will be the 'prettiest' INFANT "non flower girl" at Ashli and Tom's wedding!!!~ We can call it her "coming out" party...but guess what? She's been OUT LIKE ALL PRINCESSES!!!

Love to all and a very happy fourth of July. Let freedom ring from the mountaintops.

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va us - Friday, July 1, 2005 10:42 PM CDT
Just wanted you to know that Ally will be lifted up in prayer on July 6th!!! Hope your holiday weekend is Fabulous!!! Our neighborhood is having a 4th of July parade tomorrow morning. The kids on our street decorated a flatbed for the parade!! There were about 15 kids putting all kinds of decorations on this float. It reminded me of the scene in A Charlie Brown Christmas where all the kids are decorating the tree for Charlie Brown and their hands are all waving around and when they step back, the tree is decorated...remember that??? Well, that's what these kiddoes looked like tonight! We had a blast!!!! We are thinking of you always....The Rainwaters
Anna <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Friday, July 1, 2005 10:03 PM CDT
Dearest Allygirl
We all want to send you a great big HELLO and Good Luck as you prepare for your surgery.To let you know we are all thinking and praying for you and your family.
To the Big BOSS ,
We wanted to let you know we all decided to let you go ahead and take the 4TH of July off this year. We miss you and look forward to hearing from you all. :) :) :)

From your fab 4 !!!!

the softline girls <Isabel_Carrillo@nexnet.navy.mil>
- Friday, July 1, 2005 5:09 PM CDT
Hi Kristin and gang:
As Ally's surgery is quickly approaching, I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know how many positive vibes/prayers/well wishes we are sending your way on July 6th, the days before the 6th as you get ready for surgery and the days after the 6th as you start on another chapter in Ally's life.

Can you imagine the novel that Ally will write if this is only chapter one!!! I so enjoyed meeting Ashli for lunch. I felt like I already knew her through this Web site. I'm only sorry I won't get to see you guys in person for Rally for Ally, but I know we'll see each other one of these days.

Kritin, you stated in the car with your mom that "this is your job" now. Well, I'd say you get the employee of the year award. I hope you know how much you are admired and what an awesome job you are doing, have done, will do. The pictures of Ally and gang are so precious. I especially love the one of her with Aunt Ashli and "Aunt" Rebecca. Her cute little face and smile are sooo cute! I think she's wondering, "Who says I can't have just a little wine!!??" Just kidding! Have a wonderful Fourth of July with your family. We're thinking of you,

All the best,

Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Friday, July 1, 2005 1:37 PM CDT
I see everyone's summer is great! Mine has gone pretty well,too. I wish Ally good luck for her surgery. I know she will be just as cute when she comes out as she is now. I love all the pictures! Ally's smiles just make my day! We will see everyone at the Rally for Ally. And we are ALWAYS keeping you in our prayers!!!


Christina Knippler (now former 5th period student) <acoolkid15@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA - Friday, July 1, 2005 11:56 AM CDT
Hi Everybody, I will be keeping you in my prayers, Ally, on July 6th! I am so excited! I will miss your smile as it is now, as will my mom. Your site is the first thing we both check when we get home from work everyday. I even check it when I am at work sometimes!! Shhhh don't tell the boss!

Also, I know this is Ally's site but would you all please keep my Auntie in your prayers. Her name is Linda, and she had surgery this morning to remove a spot on her lung and it turned out to be cancerous. We wont know if they got it all for another 3 days or so :( My poor mom lost her father in February to cancer, my brother was in a really bad car accident in March and now her sister :( Please pray for the whole family!!


Heather Bueling <peanuttypeanut@juno.com>
Port Hueneme, CA USA!! - Friday, July 1, 2005 9:53 AM CDT
Hello everybody!

Believe it or not – first time poster here! Given that my beautiful wife, Aimee, is working way too hard on the first week at her new job, I thought I would take a moment to say “hi” to everybody in Cali. All of us here in Minny are keeping little Ally in our prayers, and we love the latest pictures of her – her smiles are priceless!

Not too much new here – other than buying a new home last Saturday, preparing for the holiday weekend and gearing up for our big Disney trip (FL) in two weeks with my new in-laws. As you can see, we never slow down as we try to pack as much fun into our non-winter months. (which ends up being about three months when you live in MN!).

Aimee, Tyler and I hope that all of you have a wonderful weekend and be sure to take a moment to think about all of the wonderful men and women who have given so much in order for all of us to celebrate our Independence Day each and every year. Have a wonderful 4th of July, be safe and God bless little Ally as she gets ready for her big day next week!


Jim ( <fla_1969@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Friday, July 1, 2005 9:27 AM CDT
Hey everyone! I am one of Mrs. Matus's "former" students. I want to wish Ally good luck on her surgery next week! She is so lucky to have family and friends that are behind her 110%. I look forward to seeing the pictures after the surgery. Allyson is a beautiful little girl already, and will be beutiful after too! i will keep you all in my prayers.
Elizabeth Hellman

Elizabeth Hellman <dancer3191@cox.net>
fairfax, Va United States - Thursday, June 30, 2005 5:17 PM CDT
Good morning all!

I have a 'cute' little "Morgan story" to share with you. Last night when I was "putting Morgan to bed" for the night we began saying our "prayers"....USUALLY, Morgan is 'right-with-it' during prayers ANNOUNCING and PROCLAIMING 'who she is blessing' that night. Always, always, she ends with "Bless Uncle Josh on his big boat"....but last night she was slightly reticent to even SAY the whole prayer. When "we" had finished the nightly prayers (mostly me saying them!) I said to Morgan 'nicely'...."Morgan, you know praying is a special thing we do each day ....(pause, sink in...)...and YOU have so many people who love and care for you I just KNOW (emphasis on "KNOW") God would WANT YOU TO PRAY FOR THEM EVERY NIGHT." Without skipping a beat, she looked at me with that little innocent LOOK and said, "But, Teetay, I don't know HIM!!!" I nearly LOST it, but I smiled at her and assured her that one day SHE WOULD KNOW HIM!!! Kristin and Mark nearly cracked up when I repeated the story to them!! I'll let you know if TONIGHT Morgan has a better KNOWING of HIM!!!

Today is the final NAM appt. in LA with Dr. T and Dr. R....Kristin and Mark are going to sail down the highway ONE MORE TIME! Pablo and "crew" are here right now doing the routine exercises etc. with Allyson!! Allyson had a great night of sleeping and only "squeaked" a couple of times for a "position change"....that seems to do it when she makes a sound in the night. Being her 'roommate' I hear her sounds and I certainly JUMP to attention when she "calls"....!! Boy, does she have us wrapped around her fingers????!!!

I am on "grocery shopping duty" today to prepare for the LONG weekend, Geep's arrival, and lots of Fourth of July festivities! We can SEE the Channel Islands fireworks display from Kristin's patio, so we don't have to fight the crowds to CELEBRATE!!! And, what a day of celebration it will be...PRE surgery date...and fun together! And, I think it is the FIRST Fourth of July I can recall in years that Kristin has not been working!!! There's much to be SAID for "not working"...!!!

Morgan and I hit the beach yesterday afternoon just in time for the COLD FRONT to move in....our toes were freezing, but we continued to jump those Pacific "frigid" waves anyway!!! We played in the sand for a long time building castles that fell down...and the BEST part was Morgan saying right in the middle of PLAYING, "Teetay, the beach park is the most fun!" I totally AGREE!!!

I hope everyone is enjoying SUMMER fun!! I'll be in touch and we want you to STAND BY for the NEW pictures next week! It will probably be a day or so until you SEE them unless Geep downloads pics from the hospital!! That's a possibility!!

With love and hugs to all...

Stay close in prayer for our littlest-angel on July 6th.

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/TMat

PS..."Hey Maria....I haven't even BEGUN my work, yet!" :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va us - Thursday, June 30, 2005 11:00 AM CDT
Dear All,
hey there! i have to say that these past few pictures you've put up have been the sweetest! i know what ashli means about saying goodbye to allyson's sweet face. we are feeling a bit weird and sad too! however, we are so excited that this particular stretch of waiting and appointments will be over for you guys. we will be thinking and praying for all of you over the next week, and we can't wait to see the "after" pictures. kiss ally for us and know that we are with you in spirit.

amy, davin ,matthew, and seth o'hora <spiderq9415@yahoo.com>
Norfolk, VA usa - Thursday, June 30, 2005 7:18 AM CDT
Greetings again from Austin!!! Kristin, I LOVE photos currently up. All of you beautiful girls. I hope the bachelorette activities were a blast. Uncle John and I are off on Friday for Frisco for 4th of July festivities and celebration of his bd. Lots of Todd's relatives are flying in, too, so it should be lots of fun. Happy 4th to all of you CA folks. I love you lots, Aunt Char
Charlotte McKay <crmckay2@aol.com>
Austin, TX USA - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 1:11 PM CDT
Hi all,

It's Teetay from the LEFT coast! I experienced "one of Kristin's days" yesterday as we treked to LA EARLY in the morning...first to drop off a very sad Aunt ASHULEE at the airport. Her face said it "all" as she slowly walked away from the car, her sister, her "Al-Pal" .....yes, we all have mixed emotions as the July 6th surgery date gets closer. OF COURSE, we are anxious for Allyson's lip repair surgery to occur, but the odd "mix" is that we LOVE THIS LITTLE GIRL's FACE SO VERY MUCH right now that I don't think we can even 'imagine' the "new Ally"...except she will still be the OLD AlLYSON in sunny disposition and bright smiles. God has brought her this far and has allowed all of us to be part of her first half-year journey, and it is hard to imagine how much "better it can be"...FOR SURE....we know that Allyson will not miss "The Nam" nor will Kristin and Mark "miss" it's "fixing"....!!!

After the airport, we drove to Children's Hospital - about a 30 minute drive but with traffic extended to longer than that. As we entered the main doors of Children's we learned the POWER was "out" in the entire hospital and they were operating on backup generators. We were told to WAIT ("they said you have to wait!!!") alongwith DROVES of others. So, "wait" we did....patiently for an hour. The power returned and we continued onto the PULMONARY appointment with Drs. Huan and Ward. We did exercises with Allyson while we waited - what a trooper she is! After exercising for a lengthy time, she fell asleep on my shoulder. I don't think anything feels any better since Allyson has NOT been a "shoulder sleeper" - she much prefers being "free" in her own sleeping environment! So, "shoulder sleep" it was for a bit - and then she just curled up on the examining table, to WAIT a little LONGER for the doctors. FINALLY, we were seen by both doctors and they spent a great deal of time talking and discussing the upcoming surgery and any potential situations that could arise due to Allyson's pulmonary issues. BOTTOM LINE: "Allyson is READY for surgery and there are no anticipated problems." (Kristin will fill in all the details on her JOURNAL UPDATE TODAY - she actually UPDATED yesterday, but lost it before sending to this site! Bummer! It was a lot of WORDS, too! So, "probably today" she will update A-GIN!!!)

By the time we had finished with the docs it was after 1 o'clock!!! We grabbed some lunch, made our hotel reservations for July 5th and 6th across the street from Children's. (Geep is coming on July 2nd for the surgery so we will all stay in LA the night BEFORE and the NIGHT OF the surgery....Allyson is 'supposed' to come home the next day ....)

BACK in the CAR to head HOME....arrived HOME around 3:30 in the afternoon...as we were driving,Kristin cheerily ANNOUNCED..."Mom...this is MY DAY...this is my JOB...this is what I DO." I was so happy that I could accompany her on this particular "day"...TOMORROW...she and Mark will go for the FINAL Dr. T and Dr. Reinisch appointment before surgery. I will not go to this one, but stay here and GROCERY SHOP for the 4th of JULY weekend so GEEP and Mark will have plenty of food to grill!!!

It goes without saying that I'm having a wonderful time with 'the little people' and the big people!!! It was GREAT seeing Ashli's WestCoast bridesmaids....Michelle, Rebecca (BA-becca to Morgan!), and Brooke...it makes the WEDDING seem even closer now. (I'm "all set"...I have MY DRESS, shoes, jewelery, and I'm working on the tan!! What else does a "Mother of the Bride" need???)

Today "the girls" are getting pictures made for Morgan's fourth birthday and Allyson's six month birthday and PRE surgery PHOTO SESSION!!! Kristin and I are dressing in coordinating colors with the HOPE that we can sneak into a picture if the GIRLS cooperate!!! :)

Lots going on here...plenty of PARK time, BALL time, Fairytopia time, Madagascar-game-time, craft/coloring time...and in between I've 'mastered' giving medications and setting up the feeding machine!! Friday night Kristin and Mark are going out on a DATE!!! Whahoo!!! I'll be "Teetay on Duty"....this morning I pushed Kristin OUT TEH DOOR at 6:30 A.M. to go to the gym!!! Cheerfully, she ALLOWED ME TO PUSH HER OUT WITHOUT worrying about anything!!!

So, that's about it....sorry this is so long, but that's what you get when I'm away from this site for four days!

Please continue to keep Hayden and John McKay in your prayers alongwith our Rainwater friends...as you close your eyes on July 5th think of a little "face" waving and smiling back at you...her name is Allyson and she'll be anxiously awaiting her Hollywood makeover that these wonderful doctors are being guided to give her. WE are so very blessed to have this littlest-angel in our lives. What joy she brings, and what wisdom she has bestowed on so many.

Thank YOU for being WITH us during these past months...God bless you all.

With love,
Terri aka Teetay :) aka Mrs. M/T Mat (hey students...I miss you guys!! HONEST!)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va us - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 9:32 AM CDT
Sending you much aloha spirit and white light your way on July 6th as you go through your surgery. I know things will all turn out fine and can't wait to see photos of the "new" you. I know your family will cherish your old photos. They'll become wonderful keepsakes for you later on..... Morgie-lu.... Darren was asking where your picture of you on the slide was. He has such a sharp memory, my little man. And, Ashli- I have your ph# written in down the hopes that I might get to meet up with you. We fly out tomorrow night, and arrive late evening 30th, so, hoping to hook up with you if time allows, and the family spares us a day to be without them. :) Sounds like they're already planning out our vacation like families do.... Can't wait to return to amish country!

Blessings from the Pineapple Islands...
~Cat, Dave, Bobbi & Darren

C Potter <catpotter2001@yahoo.com>
Honolulu, HI USA - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 6:48 AM CDT
BACK on the East Coast and one thing to say ... WAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! One word to sum it all up: SUCKS.

Lil Lu and Shorty Lu, Aunt (drum roll please) "AssooLLLLLi" *yes, we have L's!* misses you so much already! And saying goodbye to my Al-Pal's face as I know it this morning was tougher than I had ever imagined. I got to stare at it in the back seat as we traveled to LAX and it is permanently planted in my mind as Ally entered this world blessed with such a precious face and soul, but we know that the physical appearance will change SOON. It's kind of hard to put into words the bizarre mixed feelings of it all... I just ask that everyone say an extra dose of prayers on July 6th as there will be some parents and grandparents feeling this same strange mix of emotions as Ally heads to surgery. Of course I will be anxious to hear about and see Ally's new LOOK, while never forgetting that face that made such impact and changed all our lives forever last December. Go Ally go!

And to my big sis, the best friend and sister a kid could ask for, THANK YOU for all the special things you did for my West coast bachelorette this weekend!! The girls and I had a blast and I loved stealing you away from the home for 2 days to wine, dine, chat, sit, sleep over and spoil this bride-to-be like crazy! And a special thanks for never making me wear a goofy veil or play silly bachelorette games!!!! I think our "mind" games and slight hazing was plenty and quite memorable! You ROCK in many ways as my sis, mother and FRIEND!!!

Happy days to the WHOLE family and happy early 4th of JULY! Bro, enjoy the waves and cookin/grillin by Teets and Geep! Mom & Dad - Enjoy your people and little ladies! Kristin - Enjoy anything you can! And remember when you need help, for me especially, the phrase that pays............. FEMALE ASSIST!! ;)
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Chat later!

Ash/Aunt AshuLLLLLi <ashliagm@aol.com>
back in DC... muggy, stormy, rainy, HOT, - Tuesday, June 28, 2005 9:31 PM CDT
I love all the smiling faces. What a happy family you are and an inspiration to us all. Summer vacation is finally here Woo Hoo! It looks like life is good in southern California and I love following your adventures. Allyson is amazing and has grown and progressed so much since your visit to Virginia in May. Morgan is the best sister EVER! What lucky little girls they are to have each other. I will be thinking about all of you as you approach July 6th. You are in the best of hands. Keep on lovin each other!!! There is no greater gift!

Carol Williams <ccw92347@cox.net>
Herndon, Va. - Tuesday, June 28, 2005 7:54 PM CDT
Ally...You beautiful little doll!! I pray you are doing well. You are so special to so many people. There are days when I need a smile to lift me up so I come and take a peek at your home page!! I always know that Ally will have a grin on her face!!! Sending you happies from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Monday, June 27, 2005 10:14 PM CDT
What a wonderful time this is for all of you - a whole bunch of love personified! The pictures are just wonderful - everyone looks so happy and beautiful - especially Ally! These pictures will be priceless as she gets older. Mark, Mr.Wetsuit himself, you sound so happy! It's a wonderful thing to find something fun to do! I love you all - you are the BEST!


Pam Thompson <pamelatc@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA USA - Monday, June 27, 2005 9:35 PM CDT
AWWWWWWWWWW!!!!! the home page picture of allyson is ADORABLE! that smile gets wider everyday! :) keep up the work allyson!

school's out :D summer is here :)


chali <chalitemple@otmail.com>
fairfax, VA US - Monday, June 27, 2005 1:45 PM CDT
Hi all,

It is TEETAY in CAL-I-FORN-I-A!!! I'm here! Arrived last night at the "home" around 11PM...for 'my body time clock' it was 2AM....NO PROBLEM!!! I drove up the "10l" just like I knew what I was doing! ( I did!!)

I can testify that I've never seen Mark happier than he was this morning after Boogie boarding/body surfing/with his new wet suit...it was fun to enjoy his enthusiasm!!!

What a great day!! Morgan 'came into my bed in the night' at 3:45..(I did not have a clock so I had no clue of the time...actually I 'felt' like it was MORNING>>figure that one out!)...after she stayed a few minutes and discussed 'her favorite parts of Madagascar' among other troubling topics....Kristin came into the room and told Morgan that is was still NIGHT and that 'the sun had not come up yet'....Morgan replied, "But Teetay is HERE now!" (I guess the SUN did not matter...! ha.)

Anyway, Morgie Lulu went back to her bed and I turned over and we WAITED THREE MORE HOURS to 'meet again'....!!

Lots of play today...lots of "home time"...lots of crafts, lots of hugs, lots of Allyson feeding, lots of BALL TIME on the patio...and most of all, lots of LOVE!

I propositioned Mark to get us Chinese food for dinner...(the "girls" are OUT at Aunt Ashli's bachelorette weekend) but then I decided to COOK instead. I wanted to be sure I could do a dinner while playing Barbie-princess-ball outside!!!

Everyone is tucked in now...I think we are all happy...Allyson is hugging her 'silly buddy'...and Morgan went to sleep hugging her Limour (sp?) form Madagascar!!!

Allyson's NAM has done the JOB...she looks wonderful, smiles constantly, and "only" acts slightly cranky when she's tired. I have tried to get back in the hang of things today...the feeding, the venting, and the meds.....I want to give Kristin and Mark MANY 'breaks' while I'm here.

Geep arrives July 2nd and will stay through the surgery on the 6th....

I'll write more later...

Aunt Ashli and "her bridesmaids" are out dining tonight...Kristin, too...I think this is a very HEALTHY WEEKEND!!!

Love to all,
Hey , students... I do miss you already. Was it just yesterday I saw you??? Take care and bE IN TOUCH!! Website or to me personally!!!

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va us - Saturday, June 25, 2005 11:50 PM CDT
OK, I have finally become the California-native that I truly am. Remember how I went out swimming in the ocean a few weeks ago when the water temp was about 59? Well Kristin and Teetay and Geep all chipped in for a Father's Day / Birthday present. Yesterday I got a full length wetsuit and a new boogie board my old one is rotting). I went out this morning and went bodyboarding. It was AWESOME!! When the water is 57 degrees, it feels much better to have a wetsuit on. I was out there for about an hour nad didn't feel cold at all, other than my feet but they got used to it. I think I'll be doing it much more frequently now!
Mark <mark.kelso@verizon.net>
Port Hueneme, CA - Saturday, June 25, 2005 7:30 PM CDT
Hello all in CA! We're hoping Teetay slipped in during the night! It is so good to hear all is going well that everyone is having some laughs and good snuggles. The new pictures are FANTASTIC! Ally, I am loving the chub on those sweet legs....if you were here I would grab some sweet kisses from those legs! Miss Catherine's legs are sporting lots of chub too...she also gets lots of leg kisses!!!
We have a down day today...the past few weeks have been fun but very full and the kids are relishing the "hang in your jammies", lego, donuts and anticipation of "swim time".
We are also gearing up for the 4th as the entire crew (McKay and Crandell) will be venturing here for our annual 4th of July and Papa's birthday celebration.
Know that we are loving and praying for you in Texas.
Have tons of fun with everyone.

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Saturday, June 25, 2005 8:18 AM CDT
The new pictures are fantastic! I hope you girls have fun whooping it up with some nights on the town. Kristin, did you make Ashli a scavenger hunt list???

Wish I could be there with you!!! Have a great time!
Much love,

Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Friday, June 24, 2005 4:01 PM CDT
Greetings from Ally's house! :) It's wonderful to be back here with my three favorite girls and playing and laughing and having fun!!! Mommy is at the dentist right now so Ally and I are playing (yes, she plays LOTS now!!) and waiting to meet her nurse at 12 PM today - Kristin will have 8 hours of relief a week - YAHOO!

Morgan and I had a fun night playing and doing everything possible in the backyard, and I awoke to the little snuggler crawling into my bed this morning. That's the BEST!

We're off for some bachelorett-ing tonight once my best CA friends, Rebecca, Michelle and Brooke arrive - can't wait for us all to be together and Kristin to be with us on TWO nights out and about! Yeah!

Have a GREAT weekend!!!!

Aunt Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Friday, June 24, 2005 12:56 AM CDT
Greetings from Austin! I know everyone is excited to have TeeTay once more enroute to CA!! Enjoy the moments! Uncle John and I are celebrating our 43rd anniversary today, so this is a special day in more ways than one. I am just loving the photos, so very precious, and reading the journal. Again, I am sorry I don't post more often, but there is not a single day that I do not think of all you and send warm fuzzies your way. Terry, I loved the poem. I need that to be my symphony as well. Love y'all...Auntie Char
Charlotte McKay <crmckay2@aol.com>
Austin, TX USA - Friday, June 24, 2005 11:19 AM CDT
I'm coming in the night!!!! :)
See you all in the morning!!!

Love you,
Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Friday, June 24, 2005 9:53 AM CDT
Morning, California family! Just catching up on the latest news again, and I know Ashli's arrived and Teetay's on the way! I am sure the next weeks will be lots of fun for everyone! We will be checking often to see the latest updates and photos. Miss MAK, you were pretty adorable in Legoland! I never heard of Legoland before! California thinks of everything! I am sure you had a ball, and you are just too cute for words! Miss AllyBeDally, you are certainly "blossoming" and I am so glad your NAM has done its work properly and that you're "ready to go." You certainly have amassed a "fan club" for a such a little one, and there are so many people who pray for you and root for you on your journey. I can't wait to hear some of your cooing gurgly baby talk in August at the wedding! Your Aunt Grammy may be the only one there who is barefoot! I am still trying to find shoes to go with my dress, but keep striking out. I have determined that shoes 2005 are not really made for MY feet! :) But I'll keep trying! You have fun with your Teetay and Ashwee! They will give you kisses from all of us here in Atlanta! Hugs and Loves to everyone! Aunt Grammy/Auntie D.
Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA Usa - Friday, June 24, 2005 9:30 AM CDT
Hi Guys!

Aunt Atchee is in CA!! What's up???

"Are you coming in the night?" says Morgan.

"No, Morgan, I'm here right now." say Aunt Atchee.

I'll see you guys tomorrow!!

CAT POTTER...I am so bummed that I will not get to meet you...but SOMEDAY, "yes I will"...you can count on it.
Love to you and YOURS...and "Hey Darren"......"Think you can keep up with MOrgan???" "Of course you can...."

Hugs to all,
Did I mention that there is only ONE day of SCHOOL left? Hmmm...???? Didn't think so....:)

Love to all,
Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Thursday, June 23, 2005 10:10 PM CDT
Teetay, I think the song you wrote about and the story from Geep can hit a chord with all of us. We all have stories, and I am so glad I have you and all the others out there to share in these stories. We are all fortunate, aren't we? Much love to everyone out there. We are one BIG family, aren't we? Special hugs and kisses to the Kelso girls. I will be seeing you SOON. I love you. Aunt Suz
Susan Hynes <susanhynes@aol.com>
New Orleans, LA 70130 - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 12:34 AM CDT
Happy 6 month old birthday, Allyson!!!

Wow!!! The new pictures are great and I love seeing you REACHING "high in the sky" for the STARS as your mother said!! I can't wait to reach WITH YOU starting Saturday!!! YAHOO!!! With just a 'few minutes' of 'refresher course instruction' I will be able to do your feeding PAC a-gin!!! I am so excited to know that I will see you in just three days!!

Please tell your BIG sister that I'm coming and she can 'find me in my special place' Saturday morning when she wakes up! (THAT special place would be in YOUR ROOM, Allyson near you!)

There was a final concert at my school today and one vocal selection was from WICKED. The title is "For Good"....the lyrics are beautiful and put tears in my eyes. The entire song reminded me of YOU, Allyson, and all that you've taught me these past six months.

Some of the special words in this song go like this:

"I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am todaoy
Because I knew you."


I know that I am a stronger and hopefully, 'better' person because of Allyson. I know many people who say that...both in the family and outside the family. Allyson has taught us to look inside ourselves for the true importance of life.

The song ends with this phrase:

"But because I knew you
I have been changed for good."

We've all been changed for good...and we will keep on growing 'with Allyson' as she continues her journey.

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M / T Mat (but only for three more days!!! Then, I'll be "formerly known as" T/Mat!! :)Students, I hope to see you on this website this summer...keep in touch. I wish you happiness and joy as you begin high school in August! :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 11:51 AM CDT
GREAT PICS - love'em! Love you!

NO MORE DAYS :P . See ya tomorrow!!! xoxoxoxoxo

Aunt Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Wednesday, June 22, 2005 7:33 AM CDT

Copy and paste this link to see the official Evite:

See you JULY 23rd!!!

Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Tuesday, June 21, 2005 7:25 PM CDT
Wow. All the new photos are great! Ally, you are the spitting image of your grandma Kelso in that one photo. :) And, Morgan, I have to say: Hau`oli la hanau Morgan! Hope your birthday was super special!

Will be thinking of you Ally when you go in for your first cleft repair. Can't wait to see the "new you". :) Blessings to all! That nam is doing a wonderful job.

~Cat and clan in the pineapple islands...

Cat <catpotter2001@yahoo.com>
Honolulu, HI USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 2:56 PM CDT
Were BAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!! I just finished catching up on the journal updates and all the guestbook entries! There are such wonderful stories of inspiration here and it fills my heart to read each and every one. It also really helps to put your life in perspective and to be so very thankful for all the little things that you don't really think about each day.

A very happy belated birthday (or should I say birthMONTH) to miss curly locks, Morgan :) How fun would it be to get spoiled rotten for an ENTIRE month?????

Ally looks wonderful and I am getting anxious to see her LA makeover next month. I know Kristin and Mark are probably filled with so many mixed emotions about the surgery, as any parent would be. It sounds like Ally will be in good hands with those resumes Mark posted. Pretty soon, her "owie" will be a faint scar as well as a distant memory.

Jim, Tyler and I wish we could be at the Rally For Ally and although we won't be there in person, we are ALWAYS there in spirit.

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Aimee, Jim and Tyler <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 12:01 AM CDT
What a great story, Geep! Thanks for sharing it on this website. For those of you at the Rally for Ally you will SEE special "Lucinda pins" that we are purchasing to either GIVE as 'prizes' or "auction" at the raffle...not sure which yet.

And, yes, it is TRUE.."we all have a story"...and it is in the sharing of the story that we become connected. Thank you for being part of 'our story' and sharing in Allyson's story.

Thanks, too, Meredith L. for sharing your beautiful poem with everyone. You are one talented writer and I admire your wisdom and thoughts.

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :) aka Mrs. M aka "T Mat"...

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Monday, June 20, 2005 6:52 PM CDT
Hi, everyone….as Teetay said, “and there, we have another story”…while in Charleston last week at the Embassy Suites, this lady in a bright red suit walks up and states “she is exhausted, had to get up early and travel from Portland, ME, did 2 radio talk shows and 1 TV interview, etc….and she had 5 more radio interviews and 2 TV interviews, plus giving a keynote speech the next day/night”…we continued chatting for a bit and asked her what she did and if she had a business card…instead she hands me a “portfolio” which told her whole story, including that she had once been poverty stricken and homeless….OK, “how is it you became homeless…” ….the rest of the Story…..

Lucinda was always – and still is – known to be a uniquely creative person with strong sense of purpose and self direction. Growing up through the 60’s, Lucinda fed her creativity by teaching herself jewelry design and craft – a skill that would serve her, and her community, well later on in life.
Due to divorce and financial setback, Lucinda and her daughter became homeless. This was unacceptable. So with the help of friends and family and the strength of will, she found a home and began anew.
With a roof over her head and a young child to support, Lucinda turned the cramped attic of her small apartment into a studio where she launched a line of fashion jewelry. It was 1983 and she was back on track. Over the next few years, demand for her work grew.

While designing her fall 1988 line of jewelry, Lucinda created a pin that was a simple, geometric representation of a house. This simple pin got Lucinda thinking about how she could help the community. She decided the pin would be a fund raiser for The Preble Street Resource Center, a community Breakfast Program in Portland, Maine. The idea behind the pin was to raise money for the organization and, at the same time, a greater awareness of homelessness in the community. The pin was a success on both counts. At that point Lucinda closed her fashion jewelry company and established a company with a conscience, Designs By Lucinda – the company now has a line of 11 theme- based fund raising pins, international distribution and a growing workforce of more than 50 people.
Now meet “Designs by Lucinda”, “Changing the world one pin at a time” and Lucinda Yates, running a Mulit-million dollar business….here are some of her “Pin Points to Changing the World”…
• Make a difference with a dare
• Imagine your best self
• Threaten success
• Build your own bridges
• Do not compromise your principals
And…of course, I had to tell our Allyson Story in great detail, to which she and others around listened intently…and she said “Everyone has a story”….one of the men nearby rushed to his room and brought down his lap top at which time we all visited “Allyson’s web site”….so everyone got to meet Ally…and we all wish you well….
www.lucinda.com for more info

Geep (aka Jerry Matus) <jmatus@stginc.com>
Reston, va - Monday, June 20, 2005 2:39 PM CDT
Hey everybody! I wanted to wish Morgan a quick HAPPY BIRTH-MONTH! Seems like the celebrating has been all month long. That's one special kiddo. I also want to congratulate Ally on her amazing progress. I can't wait to see the pictures post-surgery. Although I won't be able to join everyone at the Rally, I really want to help out somehow.
Mrs. M asked me to share one of my poems today that I shared with her. So here it is. It's called Love is in Us.


Love held on and pleaded for another chance.
It prayed to grow and succeed.
Only one last chance and it could be done,
Love is what each of us needs.

Love is a growth in each of our minds,
Love cannot be forced.
Love is a beggar,
Beseeching and running a treacherous course

It tears through our minds,
Like a bird’s screeching cry.
Repeating and playing in our souls,
Making us ask and wonder why.

Love is gentle breeze,
Reaching for care.
It wisps through mentality,
Hoping for remnants to be there.

-Meredith L. 4th Period Student, soon to be Former 4th Period Student

Meredith L. <mykoala@verizon.net>
Oak Hill, VA 20171 - Monday, June 20, 2005 2:20 PM CDT
Good morning, California family! What an adorable picture on the website when I checked in today! Morgan is beautiful in her little "purplegirl" (that's what Whitney calls purple outfits) birthday outfit, and the expression on Allyson's face looking at her is a heartwarmer! We ALL are so thrilled that the new reports/test results are so positive for Allyson's corrective surgeries. I know you will be so anxious for the first one to be completed, and the process to get rolling. I was also quite pleased that Allyson's weight is going steadily up, and that she's "on the charts" so to speak, developmentally. Great News! Our hearts are always thinking of you all, and our prayers continue daily, as do the prayers of so many of our friends. I took the latest photos to church yesterday to show many friends there. Our Salt Shakers group meets for a picnic on Saturday, so I can't wait to show them the latest as well!
I know you're having wonderful fun times with Grandma and Grandpa Kelso there!! Hugs and Love to you all!
Aunt Grammy and Uncle Poppy

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Monday, June 20, 2005 8:05 AM CDT
Hello Gang! Morgan and Allyson, you are PRECIOUS! I can't wait to see you THIS Thursday - hooray! Hope you all had a special and fun-filled Father's Day weekend!!!! Can't wait to hear all about Legoland and those SKATES - ooohhh weee!

Uncle Tommy and I met your newest little cousin-in-law/niece-in-law this weekend and she's a doll! Gina Marie Bove (and her family) can't wait to see you all in August! And Morgy-lu, Jessica said that she is looking forward to walking that aisle with you and she sent a kiss for your forehead :) You big sisters are the best!!

Special thoughts and prayers go out to the Zabinski-Saemann family this week... One of my best friends, Kristi in Chicago, lost her father yesterday - Father's Day morning. Kristin (and Allyson!) felt the love of her family with some special gifts, prayers and thoughts from Kristi's parents right after Ally was born. I had the pleasure of meeting Dad, "Bob" Bloeslaw Zabinski a few times and he is an unforgettable man. God bless him!

Happy Monday to you all and see you on your coast this Thurs!! :)))))))))) (sooo happy!)
I love you!

Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Monday, June 20, 2005 7:12 AM CDT

Crystal Register <jbrdregister@atmc.net>
Southport, NC USA - Sunday, June 19, 2005 8:31 PM CDT
Lindsey...You are blessed to have such a caring teacher...you have found a gem!!!! Teetay, thank you for sharing her story with us! Hope all you dads out there are kicking back and enjoying royal treatment today! Ally, your little sweet grin always brings a smile to my face as well. I wish I could squeeze on you!! Hugs to you from Texas...Anna Rainwater
Anna <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Sunday, June 19, 2005 7:33 PM CDT
Happy Father's Day to all the special dads out there...most especially to Geep, Poppy, Grandpa, Mark, Brian, and Randy...Glenn, too....I hope your day is a special one!

Geep is 'amusing' himself by digging out an enormous jungle of poison ivy in our yard! As "they" say..."different strokes for different folks"...but IT HAS to be DONE and TODAY is the DAY!!!

I want to share a heartfelt story that occurred in my classroom Friday. It has to do with a very special young lady named Lindsey.

As always, I gave out my 'end of the year letter' attached to a course evaluation sheet. But, this is not an "as always year" so my final letter to my students was "different" as they have been so very much a PART of all that has transpired this year. In the closing of my letter, I, once again, shared the Kingsley poem about "Welcome to Holland." (many of my students find themselves in "Holland" each day, and will certainly have an opportunity to 'visit' Holland during their lifetimes)

Everyone read the letter and then began their responses on the course evalution. Everyone except Lindsey. She came over to me with tears in her eyes (and just the sight of 'tears' blows me away!) and began to explain something to me. You see, Lindsey, has a younger brother with Down's Syndrome and she has been an advocate for him working in various ways to raise awareness of Down's and how it affects children and families. She is mature beyond her years. But what she SAID to me was even MORE MATURE than her 14 years.....through her tears she told me that her parents had always explained EVERYTHING about her brother's condition - all aspects of the medical, social, emotional...but on Friday she went onto say: "Today, Mrs. Matus, I don't just UNDERSTAND, I get it. I really get it." By this time we were both wiping our eyes and hugging. It was one of those "moments" that will be imprinted on my heart forever. Lindsey is ONE of MANY VERY SPECIAL students this year...and the memory of the "I get it" will stay with me. I told her there were so many ADULTS who 'never get it' and how very proud of her I was. That night at the 8th grade event I saw her Dad. After L. and I shared another 'moment' he looked at us with curiosity....I told him that Lindsey and I had taken a little trip to Holland that day and we were just remembering it! I am sure she explained the whole thing to him later! So, thanks, Lindsey, for giving me another reason to be GRATEFUL for Holland and the people just like you and your family that I've been fortunate to meet there.

And, so on that note, I'll sign off for today. Only five days left of school...but who's counting???? :) Five days til I board my plane for CALIFORNIA HERE I COME...but who's counting? FIVE DAYS until I start missing "some of the finest young people I know".....and that's where the "counting" stops!!!

July 23rd...RALLY FOR ALLY!!! Come and see us!

Continued prayers for Hayden, Rainwaters, John Mc, Loren, Vera (Loren's mom), and all of you facing a challenge today. God bless you all and enjoy the sunshine wherever you are!!

Terri aka Teetay :) aka Mrs. M / T-Mat

PS - Geep has an amazing story to tell as well about a woman he met in Charleston this past week - who also had an 'amazing story' about her life and how she has pulled herself up from the depths. I will "make" him write it on this site....right AFTER he finishes the POISON IVY PULLING!!! :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Sunday, June 19, 2005 10:03 AM CDT
I'm BAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaack! Terri and I and other friends met this past Friday for a "fun"... (fund),"raiser" given by a mutual friend for her 30th birthday to not only celebrate her birthday but also to raise funds for the Guilliane's Barre Syndrome Foundation. Everywhere I turn with this special group of people, someone is doing something pretty extraordinary to help others, and that, my friends and fellow caringbridge folks, is the only way to live a happy and fulfilling life. People who help others DO NOT GET depressed; they only get rewarded! Ally is our special gift - our chance to shine through our love and support. Kristin and Mark - all the Matuses and Kelsos - have truly shown us how to love and care and DO what needs to be done, and then some. In life I believe family is unquestionably first; but, friends come in a very strong second. Then, there's the...........JOB! Yikes! So necessary - but, third - in my humble opinion. There are times when our family and friends have to accept a slight variance with JOB, but they WILL prevail.

I was reminded that it's been awhile since I've written, so after catching up on Kristin's remarkable journal entries, and all the guestbook entries that just totally WOW me, I am inspired to write. The pictures are just the most heartwarming ever! I sent Morgan a special animated birthday thingie and was so happy to get an email from her saying how much she LOVED it! And, she keeps watching it over and over; boy, do I feel good or what??!!!

So, we are all here touching each other in many ways; it's astounding, isn't it? The number of caring people involved with this website is inspiring. Ally will be overwhelmed when she is able to digest all of this.

Happy Father's day to all the wonderful dads out there, especially from me to Mark, Geep, and John - still "daddying" and still strong! What would we do without you?

OK - enough from this peanut - just part of the big gallery of loving folks.


Pam Thompson <pamelatc@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA USA - Saturday, June 18, 2005 11:34 PM CDT
Just wanted to tell everyone hi before i leave for fLoRiDa tomorrow morning!! Finally some CALI weather!! Hope you have a good birthday morgon. big number 4!! Can't wait to see all of you at the Rally for Ally! Ill miss you Mrs. M monday-wednesday but ill be thinking of you!


Sarah DeCenzo <jwdecenzo@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA USA - Saturday, June 18, 2005 7:03 PM CDT
Happy Friday!!! Once again, GREAT PICTURES!! Happy belated B-day to Morgan [Princess]! I'm heading to Nags Head for a week - yahoo!! Wish you could join me :) It would be just like old times and we could create some new memories! Will take my notebook with me though so that I can keep up with the latest. Don't want to miss out on the day-to-day progress that little Miss Ally is making. She is soooo adorable! I love her smile on the website today! Hugs kisses, love, support, and prayers to you all! Nora
Nora <Nora_Blackman@bshsi.com>
Yorktown, VA - Friday, June 17, 2005 9:33 AM CDT

Happy 4th Birthday Morgan! It sounds like you've had a great day. The new pictures are so adorable and i give credit to Morgan for her talented photography :-D I hope you all have fun at Legoland as Morgan celebrates her birthday, yet again!
-Allie Maher

Allison Maher <alliem894@yahoo.com>
Oakton, VA USA - Thursday, June 16, 2005 7:50 PM CDT
Happy 4th Birthday Morgan!!! It looks like you are having a wonderful birthday and a fabulous birthday month :)!

Can't wait to see you and your little sis next week!!

Love, Reb

Rebecca Lacki <rebeccalacki@sbcglobal.net>
Oakland, CA - Thursday, June 16, 2005 5:08 PM CDT
New pics are TOOOOO CUTE TO PUKE! (why do we say that in our family, I wonder?!? :)

Jan and I were checking in on the site, we saw a new pics, then none on the photos page... then we refreshed the page and one appeared... then two more new ones! So K, we were on when you were updating and almost called to chuckle but let you and the house-full alone - I know it's a busy PARTY PARTY day and much to do for the big 4 year old princess! As for Al-Pal, she's just ridic.... Ridiculously CUTE and sooo smiley! We love it! Who's we? I LOVE IT!

I'll be off for a few days... Heading to Philly to meet the newest niece, Gina Marie Bove, and then to Princeton for a wedding. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE! Chat from the road, sista!

Aunt Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Thursday, June 16, 2005 3:56 PM CDT
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MORGAN!!! Wow! You're 4 years old! Quite the lady. I'm glad to see all the progress Ally has made. She looks so different from December. The pictures are great and I can't wait to see more. We always keep you in our prayers!


Christina Knippler <acoolkid15@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA - Thursday, June 16, 2005 2:13 PM CDT
TWENTY TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED PLUS hits in this web site... in case anyone is counting! Unbelieveable!! Yahoo! Thanks! :)
AAGM to be AAGMG ;o
- Thursday, June 16, 2005 1:59 PM CDT
Hi all! Grandmother Kelso has shared with us the web site info and we are so happy to be able to share in the unfolding story of this amazing family!
We wish you a very wonderful birthday today, Morgan! You are quite a good photographer - we love the one you took of Allyson.
A special "HI" to Grandparents Kelso - we know how happy they are to be with you for this special day.
We continue to keep all of you in our daily prayers.

Susie and Scott Erskine <smerskine1@verizon.net>
Centreville, VA 20121 - Thursday, June 16, 2005 8:29 AM CDT
Happy Birthday to Morgan!!!!

Happy Princess Party at your school!
Happy "Grandma and Grandpa" time and LEGOLAND!

Happy Cali-horse!
Happy "eating-the-icing-on-the-cake" time!!!!

YOU are officially FOUR today after all these 'days' of celebration! Isn't FOUR just the best? YOU TELL ALLYSON all about FOUR, and tell her that she will be able to CELEBRATE the ENTIRE MONTH of DECEMBER when her turn comes!

Keep taking those fabulous pictures of Ally and Mommie and Daddy for the website!!!

I'll see you next Saturday morning since you will be SLEEPING when I arrive at your house late Friday night! (leave the door unlocked for me, Mark...Kristin will be with Ashli and her bridesmaids at Mandalay Beach) Our month of swimming, ballet, and lots of 'new park' visits will begin!!! I can't wait!

Love and hugs to all of you....and an EARLY Happy Father's Day wish to all of you holding that very special TITLE!!

Terri aka Teetay:) aka Mrs. M/TMat

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Thursday, June 16, 2005 7:40 AM CDT
HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY, BIG SIS, SUPER DUPER NIECE, AND SPECIAL LITTLE BUDDY......... MORGY-LU!!! :) We are thinking of you today and I can't wait to celebrate a belated birthday with you next week. Then your birthday will have officially taken up the whole month of June!! Are you loved or what?!?! ;)

Get lots of kisses, smiles, gurgles and pokey tongue moments with Al-Pal - you are the best sisters and I love your bond already...is't the best, isn't it?!?! I hope you have a fabulous princess party at school and enjoy Legoland and Grandma & Grandpa's visit!

Lots of love to you ALL and have a AWESOME birthday!!

Al- I am counting the days till I scoop you up again and we bid good riddance to that NAM! :))))

Aunt Ashli & Uncle Tommy <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Thursday, June 16, 2005 5:26 AM CDT
Dear Kristen, Mark, Morgan and Ally,

I just so enjoyed the photos of three beautiful girls, those taken by Mom and those taken by Morgan. I think of you lots and keep you in my prayer. You are such a very special family.

Mary FRan

Mary Fran Serafino <mfser@aol.com>
Norfolk, VA USA - Wednesday, June 15, 2005 7:50 PM CDT
Yes Kristin, I'm here! And yes, I do look at the pictures and read the journal regularly. And yes, "...We're all in this together.." Just visiting the website, looking at the pictures, and reading the journal gives me so much strength! You guys truly are amazing! What strength God had blessed you with!!!
The pictures are soooooo good! And Morgan certainly is quite the little photographer. Maybe she can help with Aunt Ashli's Wedding!!!! :)
Love, thoughts, support, and prayers to all.

Nora <Nora_Blackman@bshsi.com>
Yorktown, VA - Wednesday, June 15, 2005 3:16 PM CDT
Greetings to all!!

Tears of joy well up in my eyes when I read this guestbook! All of the comments are so important and meaningful to all of our family. Thank you for posting when you do..thank you for checking in on Allyson's progress even when you don't post..."we know you are there" and are part of this journey!!

I admire each person involved in Allyson's care, but no one moreso than my daughter. Kristin has shown "grace under fire" over and over again and she continues to be a shining example to all parents - - - I say it to her often, but it bears repeating. "Kristin, I love you, and you truly Allyson's and Morgan's (and probably Mark's, too!) HERO"....you model what some people only aspire to.

The other day my good friend, Kathy L., commented that she so admires Kristin for her strength, courage, and always sunny and positive attitude. I accepted the compliment 'humbly'...and then, she went onto say that she thinks that Ashli is the UNsung hero in Allyson's story because of her selfless love toward her sister and her two nieces even when she's in the 'midst' of planning her wedding!!! I could not agree more! From the moment Aunt Ashli rec'd the phone call from me at 2:30 A.M. on December 22nd right after Allyson's birth when I said, "Ashli, you need to come back to the hospital....your sister needs you, and so do I." Ashli hasn't skipped a beat! From setting up this website originally to her frequent trips to California to 'give her sister some time alone' to the RALLY for ALLY she's orchestrating a month before her own wedding! Well....I guess my friend, Kathy, was right..UNSUNG hero is right on!@!!

To expound any longer about how DOUBLY blessed we are in our family....two incredible daughters....and two wonderful sons in law (one to 'be')....and TWO fabulous-awesome-adorable-smart-clever-loving GRANDDaughters....yes, doubly BLESSED pretty much says it all.

I shared this poem by William Channing some time back with my faculty. I think it warrants repeating in this space.

"To live content with small means, to
Seek elegance rather than luxury, and
Refinement rather than fashion, to be
Worthy, not respectable, and wealthy,
Not rich,but to study hard, think quietly,
Talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars
And birds, to babes and sages with open
Heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely,
Await occasions, hurry never. In a word
To let the spiritual, unbidden, and
Unconscious, grow up through the Common.
This is to be my symphony."

Thank you all for being part of our SYMPHONY. God bless you all.

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/ T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Wednesday, June 15, 2005 12:14 AM CDT
Kristin - It was great to see such a sunny update from you! It looks like Ally is making terrific progress and I know you're thrilled that the 'new assessments' (i.e. sleep study, bone structure, etc) have been so positive. We have a bedtime routine with all of the kids (including Taylor) where we say our night time prayers together. EVERY night we ask God to "bless all the men and women protecting our country around the world" and to "be with Allyson, Kristin, Mark and Morgan, and to heal baby Ally." You guys are always in our thoughts and prayers. I'm looking forward to holding Miss Ally when I see you guys in August. Keep us posted on the upcoming surgery! Take care. Love - Terri
Terri Burns <tburns@na.ko.com>
Lilburn, Ga - Wednesday, June 15, 2005 9:54 AM CDT
Good morning, friends! Morgan, a special HAPPY BIRTHDAY week to you. We are so proud of you. You are the best big sister I know! We love you all.
Susan Hynes <susanhynes@aol.com>
New Orleans, LA - Wednesday, June 15, 2005 8:24 AM CDT
What a cutie! That smile is sooooo great. You can't help but smile too. You all are so blessed. It sounds like things are going to be just fine. I know looking at all those doctor's appointments must be very tiring but you know how much support you have and how much love is pouring into your family.

We don't sign in much but know that we read the updates all the time. Mark, coming from an ex Navy wife, know that things will work out for you too. If it comes to that, remember that there is life after the Navy. You seem to know that your family is in the number 1 priority. Keep up the good work.

See you all in a couple of months.

Bev and Ken Batchellor <bbatchellor@tidalwave.net>
Fairax, Va USA - Wednesday, June 15, 2005 7:52 AM CDT
I like how it says "comments (required)." Isn't that what a guest book is for? SILLINESS!!

Kristin, in an odd way, your courage and strength as a parent, has given me courage and strength as a nursing student. I hope that one day, I can be just as wonderful as a mother to my children, as you are to yours.

Ally, a group of my fellow nursing students and I check out your site on a regular basis. Even some of my patients at the hospital know about you! They ask me about you every time I go visit them. You are a very lucky little girl to be surrounded by so much love and happiness.

You all have, and will remain in my everyday thoughts and prayers as I move on in my career as a nurse.


Heather Bueling <peanuttypeanut@juno.com>
Port Hueneme, Ca US of A - Wednesday, June 15, 2005 0:29 AM CDT
Did you happen to see the missing Alabama girl?

Mark Kelso <mark.kelso@verizon.net>
Port Hueneme, CA - Tuesday, June 14, 2005 8:34 PM CDT
Greetings from ARUBA! Jim and I could not stand being away from this site so we found an internet cafe at our first port. It took a few tries to remember the website but Jim finally found it. The pictures are wonderful and so is the latest update!!! It looks like we have a lot of catching up to do on the guestbook and we are looking forward to reading all the entries that have been posted.

We hope everyone is having a wonderful week! We are in VERY HOT Aruba for the day and then we are back onto the ship. Next stop - Curacao. I told Jim this morning that it will be VERY difficult to go back to work after such a wonderful honeymoon.

Our internet time is almost up! Our love to all!!!

Aimee and Jim Moore <numbersgirl1 and No. 1 guy@yahoo.com>
Usually EP, but Arajestad Aruba for today, Aruba - Tuesday, June 14, 2005 10:56 AM CDT
Hi, California Family! I was happy to read all the updates and see one more of those smiling faces of Allyson. I am sure that, while you are confident of Dr. Renisch's surgical skills, it was wonderful to see the face of a little one so newly operated on and see the perfection of that surgery. Thanks be to God! You have certainly been on a medical merrygoround, and I know that is very tiring, to say the least. I am so glad that the experts feel things are going so well. I am especially pleased to learn her sleep apnea test went well, and I am sure that's what the report will say. Mark, Uncle Loren had that test about 10 years ago for his sleep apnea, and uses a c=pap machine till this day. It is much better now, but isn't it amazing what those little electrodes can tell you? Anyway, I am sure your big girls loved having a little cookie- making and toenail-painting time because you were with your precious AllyBeDally! Kudos to you, Dad!
We love you ALL, and just wanted to tell you.

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 7:26 PM CDT
I was so glad to learn you realize that many of us check on you regularly but don't write every time. We feel as though we know you very well, but you, of course, don't know us at all. We are friends of Lydia and John and knew the boys as teenagers, but keep you all constantly in our prayers. What an incredible journey you are on and what a blessing you and your sharing of it are to all of us out here wishing we could help! You are truly a remarkable family!! God Bless you all
Babs & Dave Van Patten <babsvp@cox.net>
Bonita, CA USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 1:11 PM CDT
Hello all,

This is especially for Mark! I am laughing so 'hard' at "your father in law" remark!! TAZ, aka "Geep" aka "Jerry" will be pleased that you said that!
Wow! Wow! Wow!...I had no idea Dr. T was the master of all...he really is well-credentialed....(not sure if that is a word, but who's checking??) What a wonderful bit of information to learn...thank YOU, Mark, so very much for sharing this with the website 'world'....

I am still in awe. What pretty much 'awes' me all the time is that in God's infinite PLAN all of these incredible CAREGIVERS/medical professionals/associates/and others have all joined HANDS to work for Allyson's best interests. As parents of Allyson YOU are at the helm...(I like to use those SHIP terms!) and YOU have made it all work out right for her as you will continue to...but I thank God everyday for the "place you are" and the "people who are and have been and will be INSTRUMENTAL" in the care and healing and progress of Allyson Glenn Kelso as she continues her life journey.

I am ultimately grateful that I, Teetay, and "Geep" (maybe the second smartest man in the world!!!) have been part of this journey alongwith Grandma and Grandpa,Aunt Ashli, Uncle Tommie, Aunt Meredith and Uncle Glenn...and SO MANY OTHERS who join us in love and support each day that passes.

I will smile as I go to sleep tonight next to the "second smartest man in the world"....(can this get any deeper??)

Love to all of you,

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/TMat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Sunday, June 12, 2005 8:18 PM CDT
Your updates are awesome...you ALL are awesome and I love you so very much! See you in 10 little short days! I CAN'T WAIT!! Hug, play, SIP, cuddle and play - doesn't get much better than that! LOVE YOU!! Chat tomorrow...

Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Sunday, June 12, 2005 8:11 PM CDT
As Ally's first (OK, second, but the first we planned!) surgery draws near, I often wonder how we managed to get such a great team of surgeons and doctors to be Ally's team! I just wanted to post the resumes of the two doctors who will be performing Ally's first lip and nose repair. Again, I feel lucky to have these gentlemen taking care of Ally.

Honestly, everything we have heard is that Dr Reinisch is one of the best in the US if not the world. Dr T. has astounded us with his skill and patience. Kristin and I laughed talking about it. Dr T. spends months doing the NAM device and Dr Reinisch does the surgery in about an hour and gets the kudos. Both of these doctors are top notch and I feel absoultely confident that everything is going ot turn out great. I can't even understand half of Dr T's resume, but hey, it sounds good!

Dr. Reinisch

Dartmouth undergrad (we think!)

Harvard Medical School

Residency Univ. of Michigan, Surgical Residency;
Tulane Univ. School of Medicine, Surgical Residency;
Univ. of Virginia (OH YEAH!!!) Hosps., Plastic Surgery Residency;
New York Univ. Med. Ctr., Craniofacial Surgery;
Univ. of Michigan, Surgical Internship

Dr Amornpong Vachiramon (aka Dr "T")

Doctor of Dental Surgery (Chulalongkorn University)
Doctor of Business Administration (California)
Graduate Diploma in Clinical Sciences in Oral Surgery (Chulalongkorn University)
Master Degree of Science in Oral and Maxillofacail Surgery with Distinction (University of London)
Mater Degree of Science in Orthodontics (University of London)
Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Prosthetics (University of London)
FDSRCS(Eng), The Royal College of Surgeons of England
Specialist Fellowship Diploma in Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine of the Faculty of Dentistry, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, FFDRCSI(OSOM),
MFDSRCPS, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Specialist Diploma of Membership in Oral Surgery, The Royal College of Surgeon of Edinburgh
Specialist Diploma of Membership in Orthodontics, The Royal College of Surgeon of Edinburgh
Specialist Diploma of Intercollegiate Membership in Orthodontics, The Royal College of Surgeon of England and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Diplomate of International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Master of Implant Prosthodontic Section of International Congress of Implantologists
Fellow of International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Fellow of International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Fellow of International Society of Maxillofacial Prosthetics Rehabilitation
Fellow of Academy of Dentistry International
Affiliate Fellow of American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics
International Fellow of American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
Board Certified and Registered Hypnotherapist, The American Board of Hypnotherapy
Certified Hynotherapist of National Guide of Hypnotists
Fellow of International Hypnosis Federation
Certificate Training in Dental Acupuncture, The British Medical Acupuncture Society.
Diploma of Full Competence in Dental Acupuncture of the British Dental Acupuncture Society.
Diploma of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Beijing University
Licentiate in Acupuncture, The British Academy of Wester Acupuncture
Diploma of Technical Analysis, The Australian Technical Analysts Association.

In case any of you need accupuncture or financial advice, Dr. T does that as well! Good thing he studied in the UK so much, the British have terrible teeth so I'm sure he had a lot to practice on! He may be the smartest man alive! Besides my father-in-law, of course!

Mark Kelso <mark.kelso@>
Port Hueneme, CA - Sunday, June 12, 2005 7:45 PM CDT
Kristin, thank you so much for your detailed updates! I am so glad to hear that Ally is keeping up and even pushing a little ahead of her peers!!! I wish I could go to a sleep lab...I have not slept well all week...that makes for a "grumpy Anna" at times! :0 At church this morning, we had the privilige of listening to some pastors from different countries share how God is working in their countries and churches. One fellow from the Phillippines named "Nixon" said something that really hit home with me. He was talking about how his life dream was to get his family to the states and get a job as a computer programmer. He got an incredible job offer in San Francisco and it would have also paid enough to support his family. However, God had a different plan for him to stay in the Phillippines and share the gospel there. After much prayer, he declined the job offer and started a church in his hometown. This is what he said to us:" You are probably wondering, why I would do this but it really wasn't a hard decision because I knew I would be much safer in GOD'S WILL than in my own." WOW!!! Wouldn't it be great if we all thought along those same lines. There have been so many times that I have questioned God on things in my life, but I can tell you this...HE HAS KEPT ME SAFE!!! I just wanted to share that...sorry to be so lengthy!!! We have so much to be thankful for in this country we live in! Hope you have an incredible day!!! Hugs to you from Texas...Anna Rainwater
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Sunday, June 12, 2005 2:20 PM CDT
Hi all,

Crytal Register... I just love you!! Thanks so much for your messages..I have missed you.

And to all of you...we are simply PRESSING ON PILGRIM...it is WHAT we do.

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M aka "TMat"..ETC.

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Saturday, June 11, 2005 10:27 PM CDT
Ally's beautiful personality shines brightly thru her gorgeous smile!!!!!!! What a blessing I know she is!!! I check in alot to check on all of you. Your family touches my heart and that of our family here in NC more than you will ever know.
Ally has brought back so many memories and yet another lesson in "how time flies". Jeffery will be in second grade next year.

Morgan is the greatest gift to Ally.....with all her wisdom in sisterhood already engraved in her heart. I have always been grateful for Jeffery's brother, Jared and sister, Cass. Morgan doubles that prayer of thankfulness.

You and your family have been blessed beyond measure with the addition of Allyson. Thank you for sharing with us so that we can recall and see how far we have come. WOW!!!!!
Jeffery is going to Chapel Hill this month for his evaluations with all his doctors. Please pray they all "dance together" in the next step of his journey, whatever that may be. ck. in soon.
In His Grip!!!!! AND GRATEFUL!!!!!!

Crystal Register <jbrdregister@atmc.net>
Southport, NC USA - Saturday, June 11, 2005 12:30 AM CDT
Can't wait to see the girls and my favorite former teacher at Ash's Bash on the 24th! Ally's smile stretches all the way to LA!
Michelle B.

Michelle Beaudry <michellebeaudry@earthlink.net>
- Friday, June 10, 2005 10:59 AM CDT
Hi all,

I just cannot get "enough" of that beaming Ally-face on the homepage today! Having seen her giant grins at Disneyland (mostly when GEEP made his big voice-sounds to her!)all weekend, it makes me happy to see her smile every morning! I have been busy getting BACK into the school-groove, but believe me when I say it has been tough. My students and I are quite READY for this year to be OVER!!! I'm continuing to 'dust off Tinkerbell sparkles' from the Magic Kingdom.

The RALLY FOR ALLY event is being planned by Ashli and everything is falling into place! That "Aunt Ashli" can sure multi-task - a RALLY and a WEDDING within a month of each other! You rock, Ashli!

I was glad to hear the doctor did not want to REMOVE Allyson's g-tube without anesthesia because it would hurt her. WE certainly do not want ANY "unnecessary hurts" on this angel-girl.

I'll bet Morgan is still telling her FRIENDS at SCHOOL about all the CHARACTERS she met,hugged, and got autographs from while at Disney. She bolted into Tigger's arms, and only slightly 'shy' around the Princesses. She loved PLUTO both times because he hugged her and then he "pretend licked her face with his big plastic tongue"....!!!PRETEND everyone!!!

I am counting the days until I am in those FRIENDLY skies again headed WEST for a month. I leave the MINUTE school is over June 24th so I can be there for Ashli and Kristin and "the other bridesmaids" to share a 'bachellorette' weekend together! Morgan and Allyson and I are NOT 'invited'to the 'event'but we might 'crash'the 'beach/sunshine part' for an hour or so during the weekend! Allyson has a cool bathing suit and pink sunglasses, and Morgan has her MICKEY bathing suit, plus a PRINCESS bathing suit as well!!!

Our continued prayers are with those of you facing your own personal adversities, and I'm adding Kristi S.'s dad to the list...let's stay STRONG for one another!

I ran across a quote today that I like very much.

"Do not save your loving speeches for your friends til they are dead.Do not write them on their tombstones; speakt hem rather now instead." ...Ana Cummins

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/TMat :)!!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Friday, June 10, 2005 10:21 AM CDT
Hi, California Family! I've enjoyed the updates of your gala birthday weekend with Teetay, taking in all the dazzles of Disneyland with Precious Miss MAK! I hear Allyson was quite the trouper as well! I haven't been on computer in a while, so I have been catching up all the updates on the website. Miss Allyson seems to be doing quite well, and if the new g-tube button would cause her pain if not done under anesthesia, then I'm so glad you decided to wait. Her facial expressions are just darling, and I know you are anxious for the "beautiful face" surgery to be accomplished. Teetay says the physical therapist working with her is just terrific. I am so glad you have him in your corner to work with her physical development. Mark, I never heard from you after I wrote you regarding your tests, but I've been praying that things are settling down in your gut now. I know how disappointed you were regarding the determination to wait a while longer and retest before certifying you to fly again. Brains just heal slowly ... My prayer will be that you will try to be patient in this process, love and care for your family, and know that God does have a plan for the best outcome for you all. Kristin, you Mom says you are quite the supermom, and she is very proud of the way you are handling so many difficult things. Me, too, proud of you! :))) Uncle Loren and I send you all our love! xx oo Aunt Dale

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Thursday, June 9, 2005 12:20 AM CDT
Hi Everyone,

I just LOVE the photo of Ally with that HUGE smile! I can't wait to meet her and hang with the whole clan in just a few weeks. I'll see you all soon!

Lots of love!! ~ Reb

Rebecca Lacki <rebeccalacki@sbcglobal.net>
Oakland, CA - Thursday, June 9, 2005 11:58 AM CDT
Kristin and Mark,
I am so proud of you both! It takes strong people AND a strong marriage to handle all of the twists and turns life has thrown you. I think you do an AMAZING job and the smiles on Ally and Morgan's faces proove that.

Jim and I leave on our honeymoon on Saturday and I think I will be suffering from major withdrawal since I won't have internet access to Ally's site. I can't wait to get back and catch up on everything. In the meantime, keep posting the wonderful pictures because I know I speak for everyone when I say they are PRICELESS.

Have a fantastic week and I'll call you when we get back in town.

Aimee and Jim Moore (and Tyler too of course) <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Thursday, June 9, 2005 8:17 AM CDT
It sounds like you have a great time at Disneyland. The pictures are soooo cute! I love the one with Ally in the mickey ears. I don't know how you guys do everything - you're so busy! I hope you all have a super summer. We keep you in our prayers!

* Christina *

Christina Knippler ~ 5th period <acoolkid15@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA - Wednesday, June 8, 2005 6:07 PM CDT
LOVE all the pics! Holy SLIDE!!! Wow, Morg, you been doing some bicep curls? I have my tickets to the gun show! (Ok, that's funny to anyone who has seen Anchorman ;)

Al-Pal, you're PRECIOUS!!! I am counting the days until I see you (and everyone!) on June 23rd. I can't wait to have my closest friends to the house and hang out and have you as a prt of my bachelorette weekend in Cali (well, you can hang out SOME of the time. No wine for you!)

Kristin & Mark - y'all continue to be my heroes and amaze my with all that you do with huge smiles on your faces :)))
Lots of love to you ALL! xoxoxoxoxo

Aunt Ashli & Uncle Tommy <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington , DC - Wednesday, June 8, 2005 2:22 PM CDT
Ok, I couldn't just sit back and see a photo of Ally on cleft Advocate and not check out Morgie too! That was just too much torment for me to not check out the latest photos.

Ally-lu, you're getting so chunky, and you look SO good! That big smile of yours was WAY too charming. Love the fact that you smiled so big that the rubberbands snapped off! I had a huge laugh over that. Darren had done that more than once. Morgie, you're just too cute with those bows and pig-tails. You remind me of Bobbi when she was that little.

Disneyland sounds like it was fantastic! Have only been to Disneyworld in FL, but if it's anything like that, it sounds like it would be a blast. Morgie, Darren picked out your picture right away with Tigger. He was slightly jealous! ;0)

I just got Ashli's email and we do hope to try and meet up, even if it's just the kids, my mom and I. Dave has been asked to do some work on his mom and dad's house, so that might take up some time for him while he's home. He loves doing hands-on stuff, and just recently did alot of work for Habitat for Humanity here.

Anyways, love all the updates, and I know I should come on here more often, but with school letting out today, life will be keeping me on my toes on my end here. Will be thinking of y'all though. Well, must see Dave off to the airport as he heads to Wake Island for 2.5 weeks. Fun, fun. :0)

Take care and much aloha and warm tropical greetings from Hawaii.

~Cat and clan

Catherine Potter <catpotter2001@yahoo.com>
Honolulu, HI USA - Tuesday, June 7, 2005 2:41 PM CDT
I LOVE the golden ears! I can't wait to get a pair for myself. Of course, I won't look nearly as good in them as Ally and Morgan do :) Keep the awesome pics coming - they are precious!

Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Tuesday, June 7, 2005 2:12 PM CDT
New pics ROCK ROCK ROCK!! Happy appointmenting today and we'll chat from the road! Safe travels to Teets and Geep as they head back to the 92 degree EAST - whew!

Everyone else, more Rally for Ally details will be coming your way pronto!! :)

Hope everyone has a GREAT day - Mine would be better if Shaq had done his thing last night but failed me... At least now I don't have to hear all about it from my TX relatives (Uncle Ken!!!) during a Spurs-Heat championship. Now I am all Spurs for this one, you guys!! :)

Much love to the Kelso gang!! I LOVE YA MUCHO!

Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington, DC - Tuesday, June 7, 2005 6:03 AM CDT
Kristin, PRECIOUS pics of you and yours!!! I just admire your spirit so very much and love keeping up with the Kelso Klan. We had fun with our Frisco clan this week. It's always kinda sad to see them go, but we plan to go back and forth a lot this summer! As I've said before, I visit and keep up a lot more than I write, and think of you all often.
Hugs and love, Auntie Char

Charlotte McKay <crmckay2@aol.com>
Austin, TX USA - Monday, June 6, 2005 8:14 PM CDT
Hi Ally,
Girl, those golden ears match that beautiful golden smile you are flashing! I loved the pic!
Sounds like the weekend was awesome and that makes our hearts so full.
We're looking forward to seeing all of you and that precious smile in August.
Hugs and kisses to all!!


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Monday, June 6, 2005 6:39 PM CDT
Ally...I am not a big fan of "mice" real or not, but you, honey, are the cutest little golden-eared mouse I have ever seen!!! I am so glad to hear that you had a grand time at Disneyland. You are a "go with the flow" kind of gal!!!! We just got home from swimming and I wanted to check on my favorite California family before dragging my kiddoes to run errands!!! Thank you for your continued prayers for Greg. He is handling things very well and has vowed to be productive during adversity!! His pathology report showed the margins to be clear around the nodule and the right lobe of his thyroid had no cancer! Praise God!! He will have a full body scan probably around the first part of July. Thank you again for praying for our family. We will continue our prayers for your family as well!!! Well, Target is waiting for me so I better run!!!HUGS from Texas...Anna Rainwater
Anna <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Monday, June 6, 2005 12:52 AM CDT
Hi all!! ~~~

Taking a "break" from reliving and relishing our Disney time together and trying to figure out where all these 'new muscles' came from over the past three days????!! As you read in the journal update, our Disney splash was such fun!!! We 'went/did/rode/saw/touched/danced/sang/played/ our way through the Magic Kingdom and California Adventure! Morgan could not have met MORE characters if she'd hidden away in the dressing rooms!! The lovely Cinderella made her day as did her TWO visits with Mickey and Minnie in their houses! Did you know they live separately????!! Allyson adorned her ears several times and was agreeable to all the flashbulbs! Allyson met many 'new friends' along the way and many were interested in her "story" - - - always beaming with pride over his little sister's accomplishments, Morgan is eager to say: "Good job, Allyson!" Both Morgan and Allyson took a dip in the pool after the first afternoon at the park. Morgan liked the "hot pool" the BEST and we met some new friends from Seattle, WA and Kilene, TX - both families were playing "hookey" from school just to have a long weekend at Disney! I assured them it was "okay" to play "hookey" for a good reason!! :)!! (did you hear that students??)

We are enjoying an 'at home day' today and a visit to the park this afternoon where Morgan will undoubtedly show off her new sliding board skills!!!

Back to school Wednesday!! Such an incredible time we've had. Thank God for the time to enjoy one another in such a special place! Morgan's 4th birthday will continue when we leave...it is the marathon MONTH of birthday gala for her!!!

Our thoughts continue to be with the Rainwater and Mustico families...always in our thoughts, the McCauleys, and a special big WISH for John McKay!! Our prayers will continue for all of these folks and we will add a prayer and a wish for a close friend of my niece, Terri - he has just been diagnosed with a brain tumor. ALL THESE FOLKS and all of you out there are part of our support and we will try to be part of YOURS!!!

Love to all of you,

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T Mat

Get ready to RALLY FOR ALLY in July!!! And, RALLY for WEDDING TIME in August!!!

LOVE is bountiful!!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon , va us - Monday, June 6, 2005 12:36 AM CDT
I LOVED the Disney pics- especially little Ally in her Mickey Golden Anniversay hat!!!, and Morgan with Mickey holding her "Pluto" autograph.:) Reminds me that it's been too long since I've been there. Kristin, I haven' seen you in a while, and you look wonderful! :) I'm glad you guys had a fun time. Hugs, kisses, love, support, and prayers are still coming at ya!!! love, Nora
Nora Blackman <Nora_Blackman@bshsi.com>
Yorktown, VA - Monday, June 6, 2005 12:32 AM CDT
How can anyone NOT smile back at that adorable face in the Mickey ears? She is just a delight to look at and read about. I'm so glad your Disney trip was fun. I'm really impressed with the apparent ease with which you travel as a family, and all that you've been doing in the last two weeks. Way to go Kelsos and Matuses! Ally's progress, and yours along with her, is quite something. Love and continued good wishes and prayers to all of you. You are one HECK of a family.
Theresa Cover <tesscover@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA USA - Monday, June 6, 2005 10:06 AM CDT
How cute is that picture????? I just loved seeing it first thing in the morning. I am glad to hear how much fun you had since we will be "doing Disney" too in about 5 weeks.

I hope you have a relaxing week. We will be busy wrapping up work and preparing for our much anticipated honeymoon which starts on Saturday. At least the weather in MN has FINALLY started to warm up. :)

Hugs and love to all!!!

Aimee and Jim Moore (and Tyler too of course) <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com; No 1 Boy; and toocuteforwords@tyler.com>
EP, MN - Monday, June 6, 2005 7:12 AM CDT
GREAT Disney pics and update!!! Sure missed being with you all but had fun "knowing" all the spots from last year - talk to you later!!

Happy official JUNE (and summer) to everyone on the East Coats - Teets and Geep, the a/c is ON! :)

Much love and bazillion hugs to you all... see you in a couple weeks!!! xoxoxoxoxo

Aunt Ash & Uncle Tommy <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Monday, June 6, 2005 6:21 AM CDT
I thought I'd check at 1:33 a.m., just in case anyone had the energy to post a weekend update...and of course, Kristin did! You're amazing! Ally looks even more adorable in her "ears!" And that "I love Disney grin" can't be beat! It looks like fun was had by all, even the smallest of the group. Thanks for the update and for making me smile as big as Ally's after a late night of work!

Jackie Horras <jackie2fish@hotmail.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Monday, June 6, 2005 1:33 AM CDT
Go, Ally! Loved the pics of your tummy time--you are doing an amazing job, little angel! We love you tons and think of you and Morgan every day. Loved the Morgan, Ally, Teetay pic too. Sounds like you had a fun weekend in MN and you're off for another adventure in Disney. Hope we can go back there with you sometime soon--what fun we had in November. Hope to talk soon. Glad to hear that you're all doing so well and that Ally's surgery is a "go." We love you ALL. Sending giant-sized Georgia southern hugs your way!
Aunt Mer, Uncle Glenn, and Cousin Spencer
Kennesaw , GA USA - Friday, June 3, 2005 2:43 PM CDT
Hello all!

Morgan...Happy Birthday Princess - even if this is a bit early!!! Hope your celebration at the Magic Kingdom is everything you desire! I know being surrounded by everyone you love will make it a marvelous occassion. We can't wait to see pictures! Are you wearing your princess gowns to see the characters?

Kristin, thank you for the updates and pictures! What answered prayers to know the docs are pleased with all the progress. Ally...keep gaining weight girlfriend and keep doing those pull/push ups!

The Crandells are in Austin visiting my folks this weekend and we are relishing in some good 'ole "down time". Ahhhhhh

Aimee, number one girl (I never got this explanation...how did you get to be number 1 girl and how does everyone else rank...numbers 2-?? Hee), thank you for your answer to my rhetorical question of what happens after Holland? I think your answer and thoughts are awesome. I had some additional thoughts as well. My family and I unknowingly arrived in Holland two years ago. We haven't always found the grass to be greener or the sky to be bluer but what we have found is complete trust in a God who has everything in His control. We found grace where we didn't know we needed it and friends and relationships that we wouldn't trade for anything in the world. We are finding more and more people making a trek to Holland and together we are discovering the beauty of sharing some of the rawest emotions and the glory and FUN of "holding hands and sticking together". I am so thankful for all the blessings that have come (and continue to come) from the unplanned journey to Holland. Am not sure if I will ever leave but I know I am a stronger, more understanding, more open to the unexpected and hopefully better person for the change in my life course. There is no looking back...just looking forward and keeping "home" right where you said...surrounded by family and friends who have joined the journey.

It will be such a pleasure to meet you one day - and so many others that visit this cyper world of support for Mark, Kristin, Morgan, Allyson and their families.

Thank you to the person that started the "Holland thoughts". I know I will never look at a change in my "planned" path again!

Be blessed everyone...each day is new...embrace it to the fullest - this is YOUR journey!

Texas sized prayers, hugs and kisses to all of you,


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Friday, June 3, 2005 9:11 AM CDT
Hi everyone! The Kelso gang and Matus grandparents are off for a great weekend in Disneyland and it was all I could do to not go running to the airport to join them this weekend! :((( I know it will be a wonderful trip with lots of Princess memories for the almost 4 year old, Morgy -lu!

Jackie - you ROCK and so proud of you!! YOU CAN *and will* DO IT!!!

Have a GREAT weekend, everyone... I am happy to say that by way of this web site connection, I am off to meet Kristin's friend of 10 years, Alex Hurley, for lunch today - see what an amazing "connecting" thing Ally has done for all of us?!? And hopefully in July, I'll meet Cat Potter (and sone Darren and family) when they are visiting PA - so cool!!!

Make it a GREAT day!!!

Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington, DC - Friday, June 3, 2005 6:52 AM CDT
Thank God for "princesses" and YOU, Jackie, and for all of you who do so much for children....my nieces, nephews, and regarded colleagues.

YOU HAVE THE MOST IMPORTANT job in the world....trust me...at 36 years 'teaching' ..who's counting???

THANK YOU all..and CONGRATATS to Jackie for your accomplishments and to Mary, Kevin, Helen, Katie, Ken, and to all of you who CHOOSE to teach. YOURS is the most vital job of all. (Don't anyone 'test' me on this!)

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/TMAT (how many of you have all these names???HUH??)

HappyFOUR DAY WEEKEND to my students!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Thursday, June 2, 2005 10:15 PM CDT
Hi Ally and All!
I'm glad to hear things continue to progress nicely and the family and all are well. I continue to check up on things daily (or more than daily) but decided today that you needed to know I'm still out here...just lying low. Things have been crazy as we had our last day of school a week ago today followed by graduation last Friday night. I experienced my "baptism by fire" as I had to step out of my vice principal role a bit early and conduct the graduation ceremony since my principal was hospitalized with food poisoning. I have to say it was a bit of a power trip to say "I certify the Class of 2005 has met all requirements..." I think the new position will grow on me although I've also been able to experience the low points of being in charge in my first week or so as well. I'm glad the wedding trip went so well and that Ally wow-ed all involved! I had no doubts. Can't wait until you can wow me in August Ally! Have fun this weekend. Breakfast with the princesses this weekend sounds like much more fun than breakfast with the school board!

Jackie Horras <jackie2fish@hotmail.com>
San Antonio, TX 78213 - Thursday, June 2, 2005 8:24 PM CDT
Hi you all. It is always so great to read the updates and see the pictures. You are such a positive family that it can't help but rub off on the rest of us. Ally looks just beautiful and Morgan is so cute. Time to get Morgan and our Grandson, Sean, together again. Enjoy Disneyland. We will be thinking of you all.
Bev and Ken Batchellor <bbatchellor@tidalwave.net>
Fairax, Va - Thursday, June 2, 2005 4:17 PM CDT
Hello to all. I loved the pictures today of [Ally, Morgan & Teetay], [Aimee & Jim], and [Aimee, Morgan, and Ryan]. Morgan sure is beautiful, and her little [boy] friend Ryan is a cutie. And sweet little Ally, she sure seems to be enjoying Teetay and Morgan. She gets more beautiful everyday! Can't wait to see all of you in August, it's been too long! Thanks for sharing "Ally's Journey" with all her family, friends, and fans! My thoughts and prayers are with you everyday! Love to all, Nora
[Little] Nora <Nora_Blackman@BSHSI.com>
Yorktown, Va USA - Thursday, June 2, 2005 12:38 AM CDT
Hello to all. I loved the pictures today of [Ally, Morgan & Teetay], [Aimee & Jim], and [Aimee, Morgan, and Ryan]. Morgan sure is beautiful, and her little [boy] friend Ryan is a cutie. And sweet little Ally, she sure seems to be enjoying Teetay and Morgan. She gets more beautiful everyday! Can't wait to see all of you in August, it's been too long! Thanks for sharing "Ally's Journey" with all her family, friends, and fans! My thoughts and prayers are with you everyday! Love to all, Nora
[Little] Nora <Nora_Blackman@BSHSI.com>
Yorktown, Va USA - Thursday, June 2, 2005 12:36 AM CDT
Good morning everyone! Is it Friday yet? I don't know about you, but Jim and I have never been so tired! It is a good thing we did not leave on our honeymoon right away because we would have slept through the whole thing :) Jim and I are so honored to have our pictures on the website too.

I just have to tell everyone who has not met Ally yet - she is even more adorable in person!!!! I know that is very hard to believe but it is true. And, I could tug on Morgan's ringlets all day long.

I wanted to address Holly's question - what happens once you get to Holland? Well Holly, I think you will find that once you arrive in Holland you will realize that it is a much better place than where you were originally going. The grass is greener, the sky is bluer, the people are friendlier, and the love is stronger. You realize that Holland has become your home and that you never want to leave. You realize that although Holland may not have had everything you had hoped for, it starts to grow on you to the point that you can't remember why you did not want to go there in the first place. And finally, you are reminded that "home is where the heart is." As long as you are surrounded by your family and friends it really does not matter where "Holland" is. See you in Holland!

Aimee Moore <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Thursday, June 2, 2005 7:15 AM CDT
Good Morning to all!

Please, please EVERYONE out there do me a favor for my student, Hayden, who rec'd a bone marrow transplant last week to help him with ALD (adrenoleukodystrophy). He's had a few very ROUGH days and is in tremendous pain as his body fights to beat ALD. Please pray that his body will ACCEPT the bone marrow and that Hayden will begin to feel some relief from his pain. His sense of humor is in tact according to his mom, but his spirits are a bit down due to all the pain he's experiencing. His blood platelets are low and he is receiving a transfusion today. Thank you for extending your love, support, and heartfelt good wishes to Hayden!!! He needs all of our help!!!

God bless you all,
Terri aka Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Thursday, June 2, 2005 7:14 AM CDT
Hi everyone!

Love the new website pictures! I think it is pretty cool that the MOORES made the site! YOU ROCK, guys! Now that is big stuff for the No. 1 girl and No. 1 boy 'newlyweds', right???!!

One more day before we meet and greet in the California sunshine for a weekend of Disneyland Princess fun! Morgan told me she could not wear her "Minnie Mouse dress" because it would UPSET the PRINCESSES when we had breakfast with them. She doesn't want the princesses to think she likes MINNIE BETTER!!! I don't think Allyson CARES what she wears and long as she can wiggle her toes and kick her feet! She's into so much activity now!!

Have a great weekend!
The next website pictures will probably have MINNIE, MICKEY, PLUTO, GOOFY, and Cinderella all over them!

Terri aka Teetay :) Mrs. M/TMat

Hey students! LONG weekend coming up...enjoy the next FOUR days off school as we prepare for the home stretch! Make Anne Frank your new-best-friend!! :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 5:45 PM CDT
LOVE THE PHOTOS!! Congratulations, again, AIMEE & JIM!! You look absolutely fabulous and I can't wait to see more pictures (hint!). Looks and sounds like everyone had a wonderful time and you all were surrounded by tons of love! You are in my thoughts and I am sorry we could not be with you all.... CHEERS from me and TG! :)

Go Ally go with that cracking up smiley face! Too precious!

Lots of love and hugs!

Aunt Ashli
- Wednesday, June 1, 2005 1:11 PM CDT
Hi peeps!! Just a quick note to say hi and I am thinking of you as you prepare for your next Disney adventure this weekend!! Sure wish I could be with you but wedding duty calls... And I am not sure canceling our meeting with Father Lochman would be appropriate! I'll see you in 22 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lots of love - we miss you TONS!

Aunt Ashli & Uncle Tommy <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Wednesday, June 1, 2005 9:50 AM CDT
And we love you MORE!!!!! To the MOORES!!!! And Little Nora is baaaaaacccckkkk!!!
Thanks for the love you guys!

Terri aka Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 10:55 AM CDT
Just wanted everyone to know that I'm sending my love and support across the miles!!!
What a precious, beautiful, little Ally :)
love to all, and hope to see you soon! [on Ashli's big day]

[Little]Nora Blackman <Nora_Blackman@BSHSI.com>
Yorktown, va usa - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 9:46 AM CDT
Good morning! I just had to write a quick note to send a special THANK YOU to Mark, Kristin, Morgan, Allyson, Teetay and Geep. My wedding was COMPLETE because you were there! I don't think I have cried that much in a very long time. This time, however, they were tears of happiness. I think Jim summed it up the best as we were sitting at the head table. We were elevated from the rest of the crowd and Jim said "Just look at there. ALL of the people who mean the most to us are in one place, here to honor US!" It was completely overwhelming!

We had a wonderful time as "adults" on Friday night at the Mall of America (bar floor) with Kristin and Mark. I just can't say this enough.....your presence was the best wedding gift I could ever have! Thank you for being my long-time friends...for sticking with me through good and through bad....and for bringing your entire family to see me live "happily ever after." Please know that I will ALWAYS bere there for you too and that friendship is truly the greatest gift.

I love you!

Aimee MOORE <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 8:39 AM CDT
Wow, what a wonderful whirlwind WEDDING weekend with No. 1 Girl..and I've NOW 'renamed Jim' NO. 1 "boy"....to be sure Jim is a wonderfully caring and sensitive man who has not only won the heart of Aimee, but all of us. It was so very rewarding to meet Jim's family and to see what great character he springs from....and our reunion with old friends from "up the street" (Sharyn and Dave, Aimee's parents!) and "little sister Robyn" who used to drive Ashli to school when she was 'just a kid'....the three "Lane" grandsons, Ryan, Andrew, and Tyler...what energy and good looks!! We loved, of course, seeing and being with Allyson and Morgan and dressing up in our'wedding clothes' and for Morgan to WATCH HER MOMMIE walk down the aisle while feeling a little 'sad' for her...("I want my mommie, Teetay"....!!) and the excitement of all the pomp and circumstance of the lovely, lovely wedding ceremony. Aimee and Jim wrote meaningful dedications to one another, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house! Lots of laughter followed at the reception with so many folks coming up to admire the progress that the NAM and Allyson have made together. We met many of the folks who visit the website that we didn't even know before! They 'know' us through this site, and now we've met in PERSON. There is only ONE word for THAT : AWESOME!!!

Mall of America was great, and Morgan's STANDARD statement after seeing something she likes: "What was your favorite part?" Madagascar took front seat Friday afternoon! We were barely 'off the plane' before we were scurrying for tickets to see Gloria, the FAVORITE HIPPO CHARACTER, do her "thing!"

We did not talk a lot about "Holland" but Mark was in good spirits and seemed to enjoy his 'sort-of-weekend-get-away' with his mate! We tended to "children" as much as possible to give Kristin and Mark some TIME to be with the young adults at the wedding!!! Geep even mastered the setting up of the PET (Portable feeding tube machine!) and was quite proud that he did it from MEMORY!!! (What is that 'beeping noise' Geep???!!!)

Prayers will continue to go out to all of you - some of you are experiencing challenges yourselves right now...special thoughts to the RAINWATERS (how is 'the chief'???) and always to Michael McCauley (Marcie is his mom who writes) and continued prayers for Hayden as his body accepts the bone marrow transplant performed last week...KNOW that our hearts are filled with hope and best wishes for all positive outcomes ---- for EVERYONE!!!

And...if you will indulge me a moment of reflection this Memorial Day for those men and women who have given their time and allegiance to our country - whether in wartime, or peacetime...I salute you all. We are a stronger nation because of your service and you have my gratitude. There are "too many" to mention, but YOU know who you are...a special prayer for my Daddy, Berner E. Grant, US ARMY, WWII,(deceased) - Norbert Tasler, WWII - spent time in a concentration camp in Germany - age 93 - Jerry's uncle living in Texas - Dr. Loren D. Pugh, US ARMY, Chaplain, Retired, VietNam, Jerry Matus, USAF, Retired, VietNam (Red River Rat), John McKay, USAF Retired - VietNam, Gordon Cook, USAF, Retired- VietNam, Terry Smith US Army, VietNam/Purple Heart.... and to the younger generation of fine soldiers who are now carrying the banner for freedom ....especially: Mark Kelso, USN, Glenn Kelso, USN, Josh Reyher, USN, Laura Lenderman, USAF, David Lenderman, USAF --- my gratitude to each of you for your service to our country...and to the families who surrounded those in the past and to those who now surround the men and women serving in the military I respect your call to duty IMMENSELY!! Thank YOU all!!! And, to those of you who pledge the flag each day....YOURS is a pledge of strength for continued freedom that is very powerful.

Happy Memorial Day to all....Ashli and Tom ran past the Viet Nam Memorial this morning and reflected on the many names there...and the ones who are NOT there...then, they did a turn and ran past WWII where they gave a nod to Grandaddy and Uncle Nobby....Ash said it was a special morning to spend time at those monuments.

Thanks for your continued support and kind words to Mark and "FOR MARK"...he's a strong, dedicated, and very talented young man (I'm only slightly prejudiced that he is MY SON IN LAW!!) and I have every confidence that all things will work out for the BEST for him, and for his family. God is in charge and He will lead us all in the right direction! (and that about sums it up...and for Morgan..."That's my favorite part!")

Love to all for a great 'short work week'....and we're off Friday AGAIN to spend an early birthday celebration at Disneyland for Morgan's 4th birthday! Breakfast with the Princesses next weekend!!! Minnie and Mickey will have to take a backseat to the PRINCESSES this year!!! Can't wait!

Happy WEEK to all!!

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M / TMat

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Monday, May 30, 2005 4:48 PM CDT
Marcie, we are so encouraged to hear the great news about Michael's progress. It does give us hope for Mark that the Navy will see fit to give him a waiver at the 12 month mark. We appreciate your thoughtful words
Lydia Kelso a.k.a Mark's mom <lkelso@ec.rr.com>
Southport, NC - Sunday, May 29, 2005 8:37 PM CDT
Okay ya'll,
I know all must be going well and we are anxious to have a glimpse of your fun in Minnesota. Hope the number 1 girl's wedding was every dream come true. Too, hope you Kelsos and Matuses had a fun time visiting.
All is well although a bit wet in Texas.
Teetay, where do you go after Holland? Just curious if you knew so I could be prepared.
Love to all of you.....Texas sized of course!


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Sunday, May 29, 2005 8:13 PM CDT

Time heals the brain. A year ago before Michael's surgery he had so many deficits in his memory and language skills. Then he had his 12 hour surgery to remove the brain tumor. 6 months later he had a neuro-psych evaluation and things were pretty much the same. Then this past month he had a follow-up and it is absolutley amazing how things healed over that 6 month period. His is a different situation, where they actually removed portions of the brain, and we don't expect him to ever get back to 100 percent. But, for you with an injury there is so much hope that when you go in December you will be back to your old self. I am totally blown away by the positive changes the neuro-psychologist said in her report. I noticed slight changes myself, but in testing they were amazing He went from low to superior in so many of the tests. She kept telling me give it time the brain will heal, and I really couldn't imagine that it really would.

Good luck and have a great weekend in Minnesota.


Marcie McCauley www.caringbridge.com/va/michael <threesenof@aol.com>
Chantilly, VA - Sunday, May 29, 2005 6:46 PM CDT
Teetay, our family is experiencing Holland right now as well. However, we are experiencing it with our church family surrounding us, parents, family and very special friends!! My sweet friend Holly is taking very good care of us by making meals that are out of this world!!!! I may experience wait gain during our visit to Holland!!! Enjoy your weekend with your family!! Thanks too, for your sweet e-mail!! I am overwhelmed by all of the encouragement we have received from people we don't even know!! I feel like I have known you a long time though!!! Hugs...Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Friday, May 27, 2005 11:21 AM CDT
Terri, I think I'll join you in Holland! I just got home from the hotel where I left a very sleepy Allyson and Morgan (and Kristin and Mark). I can't wait to spend more time with them tomorrow. Tyler greeted Morgan in the lobby with a balloon and of course, I had early birthday presents waiting in the car. I am exhausted from this very busy day but I wanted everyone to know that Ally is even more adorable in person than in the pictures. I know that is hard to believe but it is true!!!!
Good night moon!

Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Thursday, May 26, 2005 10:37 PM CDT
Those of you who "know" me "know" that I say...."And another thing......" frequently....

So I am reminded of "and another thing"....right now...so many thoughts are jumping around in my head...

Remember the WELCOME TO HOLLAND poem which was first posted on this website by our niece who is a veteran special education teacher in San Antonio, TX. Later, around Mother's Day, I was prompted to post it again...

The jist of it is...."There's been a change in flight plan. You've landed in Holland when you thought you were going to Italy and it is IN HOLLAND that you must stay. Holland is a different place from Italy. BUT>...if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be FREE to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things....about HOLLAND.

I think this poem's message is worth remembering as we open our arms to all the HOLLAND possibilities.

This one's for Mark, especially, as he finds his way and catches his breath so he can enjoy HOLLAND.

Love you all,
Happy WEDDING WEEKEND as it begins today, No. 1 Girl!!!

Terri aka Teetay :)!!! (I've made my reservation for HOLLAND...how about you????!! Wanna come? It's fabulous!!!)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Thursday, May 26, 2005 10:52 AM CDT
Good morning! Yes, Teetay, you are right. God will give us the grace to get through. I tell you, life can deal us lemons. Do you know what I have learned??? Jim and I tried to have a child for 10 years. I thought that MY PLAN was THE PLAN. Surely, with all the money we put into infertility, God would grant us our "own" child. Little did I know, MY PLAN is not THE PLAN. Jim and I had to travel around the world to find our baby. God's plan was different than what our plan was, and BOY AM I GLAD. There for a while, we were told we might not be able to travel to Russia to bring Elena home (after seeing her beautiful face). I thought I was dying inside. Know what I learned? Trust in God. God will handle it. When things get too "out of control" we must count on God. That is the ONLY way and the ONLY plan. Your family does that so well, too. I have never seen such a family with strength and faith. I am so proud of you guys. You are a model for other families. Mark and Kristin will remain strong, and God will take care of them and their families. I remember when my first husband was killed in Desert Storm, and I was told I could not teach in the state of Florida, after moving back home. I thought I would die. Those of you that know me know teaching was EVERYTHING to me. Well, luckily, I ended up in middle school versus elementary, where I had been before. God worked it out for me. At that time, though, I did not realize God's hand. Now, though, I do. Mark, keep your chin up, friend. It will work out for you, too. I promise. Please know your family and friends are here for you, and we are praying. You are strong, and God is stronger. Your partnership with God will get you through, Mark. I hope you guys have a GREAT weekend. I love you all very much. Teets, thanks for reminding me of this message today. You are the best.

Susan Hynes <susanhynes@aol.com>
New Orleans, LA - Thursday, May 26, 2005 10:12 AM CDT
Good Morning to all!

My dear friend and "adopted red-headed daughter, Susan" sends me a daily devotional each day. They come from her mother's church.

This one today just 'fits' right now. So, I'm sharing it with all of you...it is for all of us, and I hope it has a special meaning today for Mark.

"We will find grace to help us when we need it." Hebrews 4:16

...Message...."God isn't going to let you see the distant scene..so you might as well quit looking for it.
He promises a lamp unto our feet
Not a crystal ballinto the future.
We do not need to know what will happen tomorrow.
We only need to know He leads us and we will find grace to help us when we need it."

Let us continue to be thankful for our MANY BLESSINGS and to look at the world as a half FULL glass filled with people who love, care, support, and are behind us every step of the way. I know that God has a direction for Mark and that everything of value will be resolved in the best possible way over the coming months. In the meantime, I hope we can continue to focus on the POSITIVES in our collective lives as a strong family unit who has the best interests of Allyson and Morgan in the forefront with special emphasis on the upcoming surgeries for Allyson. We have been profoundly blessed, and that gives me the strength I need each day. I look around me and miracles surround me.

Thank you for being part of the miracles and for helping them happen.

With love to all,

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Thursday, May 26, 2005 8:33 AM CDT
Dear everyone and especially CAT in Pineapple Land!

Your good wishes and thoughts and white light are simply enough...that IS your contribution....one day, I KNOW we will meet somewhere!! And your Darren and big sister, and Morgan and Allyson will have a grand PLAYDATE! Don't know when it will 'be' but I am sure of it. WISH your PA visiting dates were overlapping with the first annual Rally for Ally on July 23rd...know it cannot 'be' but I wish it anyway.

Thanks, always, for your best wishes and thoughts. WE miss you on the site, but understand and KNOW that YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF YOU and YOURS....you are never far away in my thoughts. "Aunt Ashli" is taking care of everything for the first RALLY...so if you wish you may contact her email address.

SERIOUSLY...it helps to know that people care, and YOU 'get it' more than most.

Best, best wishes to you in the Aloha state!

Love to all tonight..and thanks for your love and wishes and continued prayers for the entire Kelso family...and a little added support for Mark during these coming days.

We are still psyched over Minnesota wedding and I understand Mark wants "GEEP" (aka "TAZ") to accompany him on a flight simulator LOCATED IN MALL OF AMERICA where they can 'dog fight' in a WW2 plane!! As Mark said,
"Maybe I can hone up on my skills!"

Mark HAS a great sense of humor and just as soon as he settles into the Pensacola 'news' I am sure he will RALLY 'ROUND BIGTIME! In the meantime, we keep our arms around him!!! Like WE DO!!!

Can't wait til I see the PEEPS Friday in MN.!!!

We had a wonderful night of "tasting the wedding reception food" tonight with Aunt Ashli and Uncle Tommie....what joyous times we have in front of us!!!

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay aka "Mrs. M/T Mat"...:)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Wednesday, May 25, 2005 9:31 PM CDT
The photos are wonderful (as always!)Ally-Lu, I love that huge grin of yours. It's getting bigger and bigger everytime your mom posts a new picture. Morgan, you're cute as always, and Darren is always pointing to your picture saying how you're such a beautiful princess. :)

Mark, I'm sending a ton of prayers and white light out to you, because I can tell you need that right now. I'm hoping this all works out for the best so that you can continue flying.

As for the Rally for Ally, is there anyway that I can make a contribution toward it? We donate to the NFED annually through the CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) in Darren's honor, but I'd love to make a small contribution through the Rally for Ally as well. We will be attending one of the conferences in the future. It's all a matter of WHEN. (They just had a conference last year with a focus on EEC. I so wish that we could have been there. A few of our online friends attended that specific conference.)I would love to attend, though the date is too far into July. We'll be "home" visiting PA in July, but aren't staying past the 19th. However, our funds CAN make it via mail to the Rally for Ally. :0)

Think of you guys often, though I'm not online much anymore. Much aloha from Hawaii to y'all.


C Potter <catpotter2001@yahoo.com>
Honolulu, HI USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2005 6:34 PM CDT
To quote Tom Cruise's character from "A Few Good Men"

"...and the hits just keep on coming...."

I came home yesterday from my trip to Pensacola. I saw the head neurologist. He reviewed my case and said that he would classify my head injury as "severe", which is worse than what I thought from before. He told me that until a few years ago, the Navy considered any bleeding in the brain to be permanently disqualifying (ie: no more flying for Grimace) This is changing though. The Doc told me that with a severe injury, I would be grounded for 30 months. Yes, you read that right, 30 months! That was a kick to the head (no pun intended). If that happens, my career is over. By that time I will be 6 months past the end of my department head tour. This is the most important tour of my career to see whether or not I will get promoted to O-5 and make command of a squadron. If the Navy takes 30 months to decide whether or not I can fly again, it won't matter because I will have lost the opportunity to be in a flying job.

Seeing nothing to lose, since he was telling me that my career was over, I decided to pour out my heart. I told him all the things most of you already know about me. I am basically living my dream job (my parents could tell you that.) Flying for the Navy is all I have ever really wanted to do. I have no idea what I would do either in the Navy or as a civilian if I can't fly. Anyway, after a long discussion, he loked at me and said "OK, tell ya what, I'll classify it as moderate-to-severe and we'll go from there. I'm not making you any promises on the timeframe or even whether or not you'll actually get a waiver." It means that they will look at how I'm doing in December and he may submit the waiver package to the Bureau of Naval Personnel then. The December 12-month point would be the earliest, it could stretch out beyond then, although much beyond then would be a career-ender for me! That was good enough for me. I don't want them to bend or break all the rules for me. I just want a chance. That's all. Ithink the doc was actually touched by my story. I'm glad I went down there and met him and let him put a face to a name and number. If I hadn't gone there and fought for my career, I fear I would have gotten a paper in the mail saying that the Navy didn't want me to fly ever again.

I did a bunch of "cognitive" tests which test your head to see if your memory, analytical abilities, etc or OK. That was a long series of tests and I should get the results next week.

After all this bad news and the tests, I went over to the Museum of Naval Aviation, which is on base. If any of you have the slightest interest in aviation, that is one place you should defintely visit. It is AWESOME! After visting the museum, I drove by my first training squadron, VT-10. It made me really think. I had just talked to a doctor about getting the chance to continue to "live the dream" (OK, the cheese meter is pegged!). I saw the history of naval aviation and then saw the place where I had gotten my first flight suit and helmet issued to me, done my first simulator ride, and taken my first flight as a crewmember. It all hit me pretty hard. That's about all I'll say about that.

Anyway, I still have hope. It's gotta work out, because if it doesn't I may need some help from my buddies to write my first resume ever!

Mark <mark.kelso@verizon.net>
Port Hueneme, VA - Wednesday, May 25, 2005 12:48 AM CDT
I am a friend of a friend of Mark's mother (Sherry Newill) and have been following your journey. Today's story of how Morgan explained Allyson's cleft lip and hands to her friends at school was so very touching. If only adults could have such a clear vision beyond defects. She is obviously learning this from her loving, caring parents. Keep up the good work. My prayers always.
Priscilla Johnson <johnson.priscilla@comcast.net>
Chelmsford, MA USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2005 12:11 AM CDT
Hi everyone and CA peeps!!!!

I wish you "Happy Trails" as you head to MN tomorrow with Allyson and Morgan in tow! Kristin, I am glad Mark will be able to meet you at the airport and help you 'haul the gear'....(Mark is flying a different airline to MN)

We will see you Friday with open arms ready to give you some grownup time if you so desire!!! It will be such a wonderfully festive weekend celebrating No. 1 Girl's marriage to Jim!

Love to all...see you in the city of 10,000 lakes!!!

Terri aka Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Wednesday, May 25, 2005 11:53 AM CDT
Have a GREAT trip, dear family!!! Enjoy your long weekend in MN and party hard! Utilize that presence of Teets and Geep and enjoy your "adult" time! We love you lots and can't wait to hear all about your weekend and Aimee's wonderful wedding!!!

Bro - thinking of you and sending special big huge monster size sister hugs to you this week (and always!). It'll be 'awite ;) I love you lots!!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Have a great weekend, everyone... We're off to Philly... AGAIN!! Then Richmond to be with Meredith!

Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Wednesday, May 25, 2005 8:51 AM CDT
1 more day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I am living off pure adrenaline because I have not been able to sleep very well lately. Maybe it is because I get to MEET the beautiful Ally, hug the absolutely adorable Morgan, and laugh and create more memories with my long-time high school friends Kristin and Mark TOMORROW. Words can not even begin to express how blessed I feel to have you all travel so far to spend my wedding weekend with me. Family and friends are truly the two best gifts in life and there is NO GUARANTEE that I will use only 1 kleenex (inside joke for Kristin). I want to wish you all safe travels tomorrow for the Kelso clan and on Friday for Teetay and Geep. Today we have yet more rain but the outlook for Sunday looks decent. Keep your fingers crossed and be doing your sunshine dance for us. I love you all so much and can't wait to see you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aims <soon-to-be-moore@wedding.com (a/k/a No. 1 girl, a/k/a numbersgirl1@yahoo.com)>
EP, MN - Wednesday, May 25, 2005 7:09 AM CDT
Ally...I needed to see a smile this morning and all my kids are still asleep so I thought I would check on you. God knew I needed a smile story and yours was a good one. Morgan, like your mommy said, you handled all the questions beautifully. Alot better than a grown up would! Praying for you..Anna Rainwater
Anna <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Wednesday, May 25, 2005 5:50 AM CDT
Hello everyone!

So many positives have happened in the past days...I just know that Greg in TX., Hayden, Meredith's Dad, and continued good 'stuff' for Allyson and ALL will BE!! Pray for Hayden's transplant tonight...and for Mer's (Ashli's close friend/bridesmaid/adopted daughter of mine!) Dad a successful transplant this week....I wish I could embrace each and every one of you! I get these 'urges' frequently!! Thanks for being there...you are PROMINENT!!!And so are our prayers!

Two more days til I see that beautiful Allyson smile and get to hold her hands! Two more days until that Morgan-girl has me wrapped around her little fingers! Such wonderful times ahead for Memorial Day weekend and No. 1 Girl's wedding! Blessings to the entire Lane/Donohue/Moore/Hopper family as this weekend rolls around. We are so glad to be part of it!

Many prayers going out for Mark and a POSITIVE report from the Pensacola Meds....all good things are in your future, Mark, and we are glad we are with you on this journey. WE love you very much!

Always KUDOS to Kristin as she propels her family into tomorrow. Amazing girl...she always 'was' and IS today. Know that you are loved and that in our 'counting of days'...there are only two left! :)

Happiness surrounds the Ashli/Tom group as they prepare for Sister Melissa's Nursing school graduation this weekend and the birth of her daughter in a couple of weeks. There is good news all around.

And my brother in law, Loren, has done amazingly well with his rehab from back surgery. He will be tripping the light fantastic at the wedding! (I'll point him out...a handsome, sophisticated, stately "sort of" retired-preacher-man! The "sort of" means he is still very much in demand in the Presbyterian ministry!)

God has blessed us richly. Thank you all for enriching our lives.

Thank you for being part...a HUGE part ...of our blessings package.

With love to all,
Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T Mat

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 6:32 PM CDT
Happy 20400 hits, Ally! I still don't know if I'll be able to go to the First Annual Rally For Ally, because I was planning to go on vacation with my best friend, Heather, and her family. Unfortunately, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer about two weeks ago. Her surgery was yesterday, and the preliminary results say that the operation was extrememly successful, but we are still waiting for the detailed results. Cross your fingers everyone!

--Meredith 4th period

Meredith L. <palaverdure@verizon.net>
Oak Hill, VA USA - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 5:00 PM CDT

Hi All... Several of you have inquired about July 23rd and I will be emailing out more details and assigning tasks :) but just to clarify, The Kelso family from CA and our honoree ALLYSON, will NOT be coming to DC for the event this year. Sorry to break the news but I will be there! Come see ME! Ok, not the same effect, I know, but the Kelso gang hopes to be there in future years. We will have many other family members and friends in attendance so come meet and greet many of this web site guest book celebraties! Additionally, we might have other ED familes fromt he DC area in attendance and hope they can share in the joy of what we are doing to honor Allyson and so many others on July 23rd.

Rally for Ally will occur annually in DC, probably right after the 4th of July in following years however this year it is July 23rd. Allyson and her family cannot join us this year because she will be mending from her first lip surgery in early July. We look forward to having Allyson with us in years to come with a mended bilateral cleft that will "go away" in the coming years but she will live with ED (specifically EEC) all her life. It is important that we Rally for Ally and all those effected by ED by raising funds and awareness for NFED.

NFED is the ONLY organization with the following mission:

1) Be the authoritative resource for information on the ectodermal dysplasia syndromes.

2) Provide services that meet the physical, emotional, informational and social needs of affected individuals and their families, and that help them lead a more normal life.

3) Support research on the ectodermal dysplasia syndromes.
much needed research and supplemental medical costs for those living with ED.

*** To assist in the planning with the Rally, please email Ashli at AshliAGM@aol.com. This event will consist of family-oriented games at a park (no running of marathons involved as one person asked!;) followed by a casual backyard BBQ at the Matus/George-Baker/Sullivan homes in upper Georgetown in Washington DC. We will need volunteers to assist with games, food and clean-up; also, if you or anyone you know has a business, service or product that would be appropriate for the raffle (the main source of funds contributions!), we need their donation! Start thinking about who you know and what they could offer... every little bit helps! THANK YOU!! ***

Ashli Matus / Aunt Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington, DC - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 9:49 AM CDT
Kristin, you and your children will never cease to amaze me! The strength and courage that they exhibit in their behavior is no doubt learned by what they see in you and Mark! I know how proud you must have felt at that moment watching and listening to Morgan with her friends. They will never cease to amaze us and I know that you will remember that moment always! What a wonderful way to start your week! Have a good day!


Dani Van Natta <dlv16@bellsouth.net>
Acworth, GA USA - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 9:26 AM CDT
THE PICTURES ARE SOO ADORABLE!! Morgan--that is JUST what i looked like. That long, curly, blond hair and big smile. I'm sure you get many compliments..and the just keep on coming! I am so happy that I will be seeing all of you this summer. Mrs. Matus asked me to participate in the Rally for Ally, and how could i turn something like that down!? I can't wait to see all of you soon. and ashli--CONGRATS ON THE WEDDING!! what a great day to get all excited about..and another excuse to buy a new pair of shoes 0:)

4 days till the pool opens The things to
20 days till schools out look foward to.

=Sarah=4th period

Sarah--4th period <jwdecenzo@aol.com>
fairfax, VA USA - Monday, May 23, 2005 7:16 PM CDT
You are the BEST Mommy!!! Miss cutie pie Morgan gets her confidence and strength and absolute wonderful nature by what she witnesses at home!! How precious your snipet was today! Thank you for sharing ALL of you with us. We love you and are praying for all good things. Have a great night flying solo.
Love from Texas,

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Monday, May 23, 2005 6:41 PM CDT
What a heart-child that Morgan is!!! Yes, she is going to be the BEST BIG SISTER in the entire world!!! She already is!!! I was with Morgan at her school when Allyson was very tiny and the children gathered around her then asking questions...her answers 'early on' were straight forward and simple and she used the correct words "cleft lip and nose" and "it doesn't hurt and the doctor will fix it, right mommy?" Bless her for continuing to be Allyson's best big sister and advocate. I know that will ring even truer as time goes by.

"Maria"...I did not know about your surgery until I read today's post. I certainly hope everything is healing fine and that you will be back to "your cleaning duties" (NOT!!) in the not too distant future. Glad to hear that you are coming to the first annual RALLY FOR ALLY! That will be a great gathering 'before the wedding' weekend!!

We have so much for which to be thankful...and all of YOU are part of our blessings. Thanks for caring, caring, caring, and continuing to do so.

With love,
Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs.M/TMat

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Monday, May 23, 2005 4:36 PM CDT
Thank you, Aunt Dale :)
Bride - to - be <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Monday, May 23, 2005 4:09 PM CDT
Hello, California Family! I have enjoyed reading the latest entries about our precious great nieces! The Mommy Niece is pretty darn special as well! :) The school scenario brought tears to my eyes, and I am sending Precious Miss MAK some extra kisses and hugs, for being the BBSIW! Miss AllyBeDally has no idea yet what that really means for her, but she WILL! My heart and prayers have been with Daddy Mark all day as he goes through his evaluation in Pennsacola. Our prayers are that he'll get the thumbs up and "all healed" sign, OF COURSE! Mark and Kristin, we love you very much, and know the events of the past months have been such a challenge. We are proud of the way you've gone through step by step and inch by inch of all the procedures needed to help Allyson. Your Atlanta family loves you and we're rooting for you every day and praying for you all continually. We'll be anxious to hear the results of the evaluation exam for Mark. Have a great time at Aimee's wedding, and give her our wishes for a
wonderful life with her new husband. Love and Hugs, Aunt Dale & Uncle Loren

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Monday, May 23, 2005 3:33 PM CDT
Happy Monday!! Just wanted to say that I am MOST PROUD to attest to the fact that I know EXACTLY how and why Morgan got ot be the best big sister in the world :)

Love you little nieces and big sis who rocks more than anyone has every rocked before!!!!!!! xoxoxo

Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Monday, May 23, 2005 1:33 PM CDT
This won't be long since I'm in recovery from carpal tunnel surgery on Friday, but I just have to write and let you know how the tears flowed over Morgan's answers to the "hard for us but not for her" answers to the questions about her precious baby sister from her pre-school friends. She has surely absorbed all we've been trying to do - we treat Ally like all other children; she has special needs but she's normal in every other way. Hope those words convey to all what I mean. Dear Bo doing what he does best - that computer stuff! Most of what I know about computers I learned from him 15 years ago at NKF Engineering. What a small world! I, too have been keeping Ally's journal on hard copy and just bought a beautiful notebook to store it all in. I often go back to the original photos and marvel at the changes Dr. T and now Dr. Groper have wrought. Dear Mark, we are all praying for you especially hard now that you are at Pensacola and waiting impatiently to hear what the tests have to say - hopefully that you are now back to being perfect in every way. OK, maybe that's a mom talking, but we are with you every step of the way. Ashli, we are planning to be at the Rally For Ally in July and hope lots of others will join us. Love, Mom K (aka Maria and Grandma K) PS Terri, Maria has been taken off her cleaning responsibilities until healing in the hand takes place. Can't say that I mind a bit!
Lydia Kelso <lkelso@ec.rr.com>
- Monday, May 23, 2005 12:19 AM CDT
Be still my heart! I can not get over the latest pics! You girls have got to be the cutest I have ever seen (and I can say that because there are only boys in our Lane/Hopper/Donahue/soonto be Moore family). The next 3 days (YES THREE - WHOOPPEEEE) will be so hard to get through. I can barely focus on work and I hope my boss knows she is paying me to stare out the window and to write in your guestbook.

Your weekend sounds wonderful. Ours was filled with last minute wedding "stuff" like alphabetizing pots - UUGGHH! If I never see another potted, silk rose in a clay pot with a name tag on it again I would be sooooo happy!

Kristin, I know you are going SOLO for the next few days but have NO FEAR......there will be soooooo many grandparents here when you arrive to fill the gap before Teetay and Geep arrive. And, how lucky are you that my mom already knows ALL ABOUT feeding tubes?? She has stepped up to the plate to snuggle and feed Ally if you need her to.

My thoughts are with Mark today as he gets his head examined. I have my waterproof mascara ready to go for the airport hugs on Thursday!!!!!!!

My love goes out to everyone this week. We have so many things to be thankful for.

Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Monday, May 23, 2005 9:50 AM CDT
5 months!!! Where does the time go?! Ally's smile just brightens my day! It is so nice to hear that all is going well with all of you and to see that you are able to get out as a family and have some fun!!! Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark during his trip to P-cola. I am sure you are getting excited about your trip to Minnesota! It is hard to believe that June is just around the corner and from the sounds of it, it looks like you have a fun summer ahead of you! My thoughts are spurratic this morning as we are pretty much homebound for a while...Gage came down with the chicken pox this weekend, and we are hoping Mackenzie gets them too so we can battle it all at the same time! Poor Gage...this is his last week of school (which he will more than likely miss the entire week), and the last time he would see most of his friends and teachers before we move. It breaks my heart because he has had 3 wonderful years with these people, but we keep finding the positive in it all for him and he seems to be doing much better than the first day he found out that he probably wouldn't make it to school this week.
Anyway, I wish you a wonderful trip to Minnesota and I will pray for sunshine! Keep smiling Ally...your happiness is contagious!! Hugs and kisses to all!


Dani Van Natta <dlv16@bellsouth.net>
Acworth, GA USA - Monday, May 23, 2005 7:44 AM CDT
Dearest loved ones on this site,

I am sure Allyson will not mind if I ask you to extend your gracious love and prayers to a student of mine (last year) who is currently in Children's Hosp. in Cincinnati, OH WAITING for a bone marrow transplant. Tomorrow night is the 'timeframe' for him to receive the transplant. Hayden is his name and he is a delightful, spunky, funny, and artistic young man who has been diagnosed with ALD (adrenoleukeodystrophy) at age 14. He is very positive as is his mom, Nana, and brother, Tyler, and they take this challenging journey together. His younger brother, Tyler, also has the affected gene, but at this time is not symptomatic. The entire "Hayden" family will appreciate your prayers during this time. Please join our EXTENDED family in support of them.

Thanks to all of you! And, thanks Allyson, for sharing a little of your space with Hayden! :)

Have a beautiful spring MONDAY!!

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/ T Mat :)
Remember....we all need to 'hold hands and stick together'...just like in kindergarten!!!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Monday, May 23, 2005 7:15 AM CDT
I ditto Teetay...Y'all are too much and we love you so!!
Big Hugs and kisses....prayers for Mark, Ally, Morgan, Kristin, the wedding crowd, grandparents, Anna and Greg tomorrow and everyone else visiting the site. Love you all-

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Sunday, May 22, 2005 9:52 PM CDT
My heart is too full to speak.
The pictures and the words say it all.

I love you, our people!!

Terri aka Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va USA - Sunday, May 22, 2005 9:44 PM CDT
Those pictures are RIDIC (as Mer would say!) !!!! How freakin' cute are you Lady Morgan Godiva (ok, not really.. someday I will show you how it's really done - I bet HOLLY might even recall my plastic bouncy pony in my room at Bergstrom...hmmm...???) You are too cute to puke (that saying makes sense to a handful) and I can't stand it, Morg - those bouncy pig tails!!

Now for Al-Pal, I recognized that saucy little aqua capri outfit, yes indeedy! :) You are lounged out and chillin like the 5 mos old you are - way to spend some down time! Get it, DOWN time?! Your're lying down? Like all the time?? Ok, I am not even drinking people... seriously!

Bro - best of luck in P'col and I hope it's a fast, painless process and you get a clean bill of health on your BRAIN! We'll be thinking of you!!!! Hugs!!!

KDMK - Alone with the ladies for a few days then relief in sight with Teets and Geep in MN! Hand those kiddos over and have a blast at Aimee & Jim's wedding, get drunk and party up a storm! be a dancing queen! (just watch that zipper! eeek :)

Ok, I am OUT. We're psyched with our kick-a$$ grill from my Atlanta family we received today! Now there's plenty of room for burgers and dogs at RALLY FOR ALLY on July 23rd! can't wait to see you all there!!! And can't wait to get grillin'!

Have a great week everyone!! TG and I are looking forward to our tasting with Teets and Romey on Weds, then we're off for a super long weekend in Philly as Melissa (sister in law) graduates from Nursing School - YEAH!!! And then we'll be celebrating our friend Elaine's 5-year anniversary party being breast-cancer FREE... YEAH again!!! Lots of great moments to be had this Memorial Day week/weekend...and a huge congrats to Aimee and Jim on their marriage this Sunday!! YEAH x1000!

I think the month of May is really starting to ROCK, don't you???!!!

Ash/Aunt Asswee <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Sunday, May 22, 2005 7:37 PM CDT
Ally...DO YOU KNOW JUST HOW STINKIN' CUTE YOU ARE SMILEY GIRL???That photo made me wish I could reach in the computer screen and squeeze you to pieces!!!! I just woke up from a much needed nap this afternoon!My dear friend Stacy and her family came in town for a visit on Wednesday and left late yesterday afternoon! So, I got to spend my birthday with one of my best friends!!! She and her husband have been missionaries in eastern Asia for almost 13 years!!! It has been 5 years since the last time that I saw her. Alot of tears were shed when we said our good-byes!! My hubby and kids made me birthday pancakes with wax....the candles got a little tired of waiting on Stacy to put a new battery in her camera!!! I was serenaded by my kids and Stacy's kids, and then Mike( Stacy's hubby) sang the birthday song in Russian. Well, at least that's what HE told me it was...I would never know!!!:) Then, last night, Greg took me out to a fancy dinner....JUST THE TWO OF US!!!!I also have to mention a fun gift that I received from Holly...She is keeping me in the fashion loop. She got me a "hippie". It is a glitzy cross tied on to a sheer ribbon that you tie on to your bluejean belt loop to dress up your jeans!!! I like to refer to it as my "Jesus" bling-bling!!! It is so cool!!!Thanks for keeping me in style Holly!!! Well, I need to get off the computer and get my kids packed to spend the night with grandma and grandpa tonight!! Grandparents are so wonderful!!!Ally, I love looking at all your photos. Your mommy must have her camera handy 24/7 to capture all of those smiles!!!!! Hugs from a very HOT Texas...Anna Rainwater
Anna <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Sunday, May 22, 2005 5:20 PM CDT
Hi Allyson, I just want to add a big Happy Birthday to you at your five month milestone! What a wonderful gift YOU are to everyone who has been touched by your sweet little life. God bless you every day, but especially at each eventful moment like today. Keep smiling for us, gain strength with your exercises, and endure each day with your Nam and feedings. You are a little rock of powerful strength! I also want to send my love to your wonderful big sis Morgan, and your amazing Mommy and Daddy. Can't wait to see you all again this summer. What a big girl you'll be then, Ally!

Theresa Cover <tesscover@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA USA - Sunday, May 22, 2005 11:14 AM CDT
Happy bithday, baby plucky! I can not wait to meet you, to hug you, to squeeze you, and to spoil you! Only 4 more days to go and I am honestly bursting at the seams. I can hardly even sleep!!!!!!

Mark - good luck in P'Cola. I'll be thinkin' about 'ya :):)

K- better pack some rain gear for everyone. The extended forecast makes Sunday look like a completely YUCKY day. Me, stressed - YEAH!!!!! Can't wait to see you too and to have a night out on the town kid-free - whoopeee!!!!! Mall of America (adult floor) here we come!

4 more days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aim-a-lita <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Sunday, May 22, 2005 11:01 AM CDT
Happy Birthday to Allyson!
Happy Birthday to Allyson!
Happy Birrrrrrttttttthhhhhhdddddaaaaaaaayyyyyy toooooooooo
Alllllll - yyyyyyyy-sooooooonnnnn! Happy five month birthday big girl!

What joy you have brought to us in your 'short' five months of life! (From the second you peeked into our world and found out that you had the STARRING ROLE!) Wow!! You have touched so many lives and taught all of us so many lessons in these past months. The main lesson you did not'have to teach us' was how to love you!!! Your wonderful disposition brings sunshine into our days. We are so very proud of YOUR MOMMIE and DADDY for all they've done for you these past months, and all they will continue to do. PEOPLE love you who do not even know you and that is evidenced by this website.

(by the way, thanks to our good friend, Bo, we are getting a printed copy of the journals and guestbook entries soon...thanks, Bo, to you and your high-powered printer!!..and YOUR friendship! THANKS BO, and THANKS, Pammie, for setting this up with Bo! YOU ROCK>)

So, Allyson will have a hard copy of this website .....'up to this point' with all the messages that have come your way to encourage YOU and your mom and dad through these challenging days. Thanks everyone for being here for us, and for continuing to be present in our everyday lives.

There is so much interest in the FIRST ANNUAL RALLY FOR ALLY! Aunt Ashli and I were just discussing it yesterday when we were in DC. I think it will be well attended and lots of fun! I'm returning from CA the day before just so I can be part of it!

Only five days til I see Allyson and Morgan! Morgan has her heart 'set' on seeing Madagascar, so that will be our Friday event!!! Then, of course, MALL OF AMERICA and the Charlie Brown amusement area on Saturday! Aim's wedding is Sunday...and we fly home Memorial Day!

Good luck to you, Mark, as you travel to Pensacola today for your medical'evaluation'....just 'check your head in at the front desk' and THE DOCS will do the rest, right??? That CA water sounds too cold for my toes! Glad it was invigorating for you!!! I'm so happy I found the 'beach park'...it is the best!

The sun is shining in VA and we have much to do today in preparation for the coming two weekends - MN and Disneyland the following! Thank goodness for ENERGY!!

Happy Spring Sunday to all...and a HAPPY Birthday to Anna Rainwater today! Blessings to you on your special day! I'm awfully glad you were born. Now, I just want to meet you!

Good news about John Mc, Holly's Dad....keep those good health vibes running strong, John!!! Prayers answered again!

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/ T Mat
(Students, work on your Shakespeare recitations for next week! And, only TWO MORE STATE TESTS to go..and you're free of TESTS for awhile!!! Anne Frank is coming soon! Stay tuned!! :) !!)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndont, va us - Sunday, May 22, 2005 10:06 AM CDT
HAPPY 5 MONTHS, AL-PAL!!! I'll never forget the wee hour adventures that began when you poked your head into the world on Dec. 22nd! We'll have so many stories to tell you someday... from when Geep and Teetay and Daddy were there with you and Mommy to me bolting back to the hospital and leaving Uncle Tommy (!!) ALONE with Morgan and summoning her into bed when she awoke at 4 AM... to all the love and attention and support that has surronded you and the WHOLE family for the last 5 months!! It will only get bigger and better and greater as the years go on, I promise!

The next 5 months hold so much for you... another airplane trip this weekend for Aimee's wedding then Disneyland and Legoland, big sis's 4th bday, and then surgery!! YEAH! Then we'll be rallying for you and the NFED July 23rd then the most important day in 2005 will occur in August ;) YEAH! (ok, I am alittle biased but I am the Aunt and I can put my own inportance on things! HEE HEE). Oh yes, I can't forget your first bachelorette party - duh!! That's right, there's no time to get started on bachelorette parties with the best of friends so Mommy, Rebecca, Brooke and Michelle can't wait to party-up with ya in late June. From this busy list of to-do's and to-go's, I see already that nothing's stopping you lil sista... and nothing stands in the way of all your Mommy & Daddy do for you and with you too!

I love you all and Teetay and Geep are sending HUGE hugs to you all this weekend from me and Uncle Tommy when they see you!!

KDMK & Bro - glad you've had some sunshine fun this weekend! You all were the topic of convo with Helen/Dan and Kristen/Joe as we all went out for Margaritas to celebrate Helen's graduation last night! :)

Chat later... off to my wedding and house work now... Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond (if we have time).. NAME THAT QUOTE, BROTHA! :))

We love you ALL!

Aunt Ash (here I am Holly!!!) and Uncle Tommy and NALA.......... woof! <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Sunday, May 22, 2005 8:51 AM CDT
Hi All,
Mark, it was good to read your words.. it brough a smile to my face to envision you bodysurfing in the cold water! BRRRRRR It was over 100 degrees in Frisco, TX today and our pool was somewhere around 90. What do you think it will be like in August? Boiling? Nonetheless, our kids, like sweetie pie Morgan, were splashing away and enjoying themselves. EVERYONE was tired by the end of the day. We tucked all the kiddos in and as we were kissing Ashlynn good night she did the "would you like to see my Ancient Greek book I made at school?" Since it was a project she had been working on FOREVER neither Todd nor I had the heart to say no. So....she whips it out and begins to read. The poor dear, Todd and I were both asleep and snoring on her bed in about two sentences. She just kept reading...I woke up to something about the Greek Gods and Goddesses!!! She didn't seem to mind but I felt bad anyway!:-0
Ya'll have a wonderful spirit. Have a terrfic SUNNY and SMILEY rest of your weekend! :-)
Hugs and kisses (Texas sized of course),
(p.s. Where's Aunt Ash these days??..oh yea...today is Anna Rainwater's birthday!)

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Saturday, May 21, 2005 8:28 PM CDT
Call me a native Californian. We went to the beach today. The waves were breaking pretty good so I thought I would go out and do some body surfing. Have you ever been in water that made your feet hurt about 5 seconds after you got in?

Well, that's what I did today. Just to give some perspective for Glenn, rememebr going to Boy Scout camp on catalina island? Well, the water temp we thought was so cold was about 64 degrees. When I defrosted, I found out that the water temp here was 58-59 degrees. A few weeks ago I thought about getting a short wetsuit for bodyboarding. I think I might do that now!

Not only that, the waves were 4-5 feet with occasional 7 footers. That's pretty big surf for anyone. I rode two in and then had to get out, my feet felt a little numb, I was freezing and the waves were just pounding me.

Anyway, it's a gorgeous day today, Morgan is playing in the backyard in her inflatable swiming pool and Ally is laughing inside!

Mark <mark.kelso@verizon.net>
Port Hueneme, CA USA - Saturday, May 21, 2005 6:01 PM CDT
Love the new pictures, especially the one of Ally on the home page. What a cutie pie! Count us in for the rally on July 23rd. So happy it is in DC, so we can participate! Terri - I'd love to meet you!!! I'm in the Human Resources office at Neimans on Monday/Wed/Fri. Come on over!!! Happy weekend to all.
Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Friday, May 20, 2005 7:18 PM CDT
Hi guys! I am still enjoying the page tho am a woman of few words (not the Aunt Charlotte YOU remember, right Kristin?) We are loving seeing how little Allyson is growing and responding to the miraculous treatments. And we love seeing how Miss Morgan is growing and being such a sweet big sister. Love you lots, Auntie Char
Charlotte McKay <crmckay2@aol.com>
Austin, TX USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 4:19 PM CDT
Hello, all! I haven't posted in awhile, but just wanted to let you know I still check everyday (sometimes more!). I can't believe how much progress Ally has achieved so far. GREAT WORK, ALLY!!! I am looking forward to the Rally for Ally! As of right now, July 23 is clear on our calendar. I hope you're having better weather there than we are here. Keeping you in our prayers everyday!


Christina Knippler ~ 5th period <acoolkid15@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA - Friday, May 20, 2005 3:25 PM CDT
"If help and salvation are to come, they can only come fromthe children, for the children are the makers of men.:
........Maria Montessori

Yes, HAVING A BABY gives you a sense of what's really important....you still work like crazy, but its all in perspective. Having spent my lifetime working with young people I can attest to the fact that at the end of the day when the head hits the pillow there is a sense of achievement and accomplishment that compares to no other. So, to all the YOUNG and OLD-er moms out there who are giving their 'all' and to the YOUNG and OLD-er dads who are side-by-side in the development of those wonderful children, I applaud you all!!! It is the hardest, best, and most rewarding 'work' you will ever do. One day those 'children' will raise your GRANDCHILDREN and THAT is when you 'see with 20-20 vision' exactly WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED as a FAMILY UNIT.

This is to all of you...the 'new parents' like Susan and Jim...the "older parents" like Holly and Todd, and Dani and Jack, and that Rainwater clan....and to Terri and Brian, Leslie and Randy, Mary and Mark, Christie, and Bobby...and ESPECIALLY to MY CHILDREN, Kristin and Mark, for the amazing, outstanding, loving direction YOU are providing Morgan and Allyson. Look at your victories!!!!

I am overwhelmed with pride at times. Today is one of those days. Lady Bird Johnson said, "Children are apt to live upto what you believe of them.

So very true! I have not been disappointed ONCE in my girls and I have faith that THEIR children will say the same thing someday.

With love to all for a happy SPRING weekend! One week 'til it is wedding-time in Minnesota! STOP THE RAINS!!! And Mall of America-time with Morgan and Ally!!! Wheeee --Charlie Brown, here we come!!

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/TMat

My students are 'psyched' over the RALLY for ALLY! They want to be involved. What wonderful role models they represent for the future! I'm so very proud of them, too.

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Friday, May 20, 2005 12:42 AM CDT
Kristin, I am thinking of you this morning. I send your mom a thought of the day that my mom sends me, and I stop and say a prayer for you at that moment (and others). Why I was REALLY thinking about you is that Elena is not taking her formula like she should be. All mothers out there know what it is like to be a first-time MOM, so you will understand this when I say I worry and get frustrated trying to chase her with the bottle. This morning, I just sat down by her and smiled and laughed. She started laughing, too. I was thinking of you and all you DO for Ally, and Elena's lack of formula seemed SO INSIGNIFICANT. I put the bottle down, and got on the floor and played with her.

I love you, Kristin, and I think you are awesome. Just wanted to share that with you.

Susan Hynes <susanhynes@aol.com>
New Orleans, LA - Friday, May 20, 2005 10:51 AM CDT
Hello, Everyone in Allyson-Land....I can't beleive the 20,000 hits from people all over who love you, Ally, and all your family, soooo much...but, of course I believe it. And I know how many people visit you daily for updates, but don't post....but they care very much. Much love and thanks to you, Kristin, for being the ultimate "MOM". I love you all, very much,

Jerry/Geep <jmatus@stginc.com>
- Friday, May 20, 2005 10:17 AM CDT
You all are amazing! I read your updates with awe. What incredible parents and grandparents this precious little one has. God did know what he was doing when He gave you all to Allyson. You are truly an inspiration!
Babs & Dave Van Patten (friends of John & Lydia Kelso) <babsvp@cox.net>
Bonita, CA USA - Thursday, May 19, 2005 11:48 PM CDT
WOO WEE - Gotta love those smiles Miss Ally and Miss Morgan!! Have to say...that started my day of right! Ya'll have a good one and know we are loving you from Texas!
Hugs and kisses,

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Thursday, May 19, 2005 6:33 AM CDT
Hi everyone out there in website-land!!!

Loved reading all the new posts - Dani, you write such meaningful words. Thank YOU for caring about all of us so very much. Kristin and Mark are so fortunate to have YOU in their corner!!

Holly - loved your newest 'funny' about the bedroom shoes! I think that is the 'beginning of YOUTHFUL senility' - at least you had all your clothes on!!Also I loved the pictures you sent of your adorable clan - that Miss Catherine is the spit out of her Daddy's eye, I think! So precious to see those glowing faces! Please alert 'the boys' that Teetay and "JER JER" will be ready to DANCE with them, so practice their steps!

There was an HONOR SOCIETY pinning ceremony today at my school. So many parents expressed how often they visit the website and have followed Allyson's progress over the past 'almost five months'....their caring and support make our 'teacher/parent' relationship so very special. This website has brought people together all because of that little Allyson!! What love surrounds you!

So, thanks over and over for 'watching over us' and being there for us, and continuing to monitor the progress of one special little girl and her entire family. The lip revision surgery will be early July. We will certainly keep everyone posted on the outcome of that special day!

I read somewhere recently that when one spends a life of loving that LOVE becomes the legacy one passes along...and each one who passes that love along lights a little light in someone. There are many 'lights'that have been pointed our way and many that we've directed toward you. What a beautiful glow we've started!

Now I have to go and tackle some annoying little 'specs' of 'dust' in my kitchen window...I've been following these 'specs' for several days now! They look like 'ground pepper granules' - - - found out today that they are CLOVER MITES and the 'control remedy' costs $110.00 for a PINT of the solution! I've researched 'clover mites' for hours now - and I thought I could 'kill them with clorox and then put SUPER GLUE over the space where they are coming into the kitchen window'....the RESEARCH told me I cannot do that! (they won't die with clorox) I need PROFESSIONAL HELP, I'm calling the good ole Orkin man (person?) tomorrow. Geep is in Charleston, so I'm battling the 'mites' all alone! I hope you find this bit of information somewhat interesting. I've learned many new things today....I didn't PLAN on learning any of them, but there you go - the REALITY OF THE INVASION has allowed me to LEARN!

Have a beautiful spring evening wherever you are!

Only one more week until I see 'the CA peeps' in Minnesota for No. 1 girl's wedding!!!

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T MAT
Good luck on your Math SOL test tomorrow, students!!! :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 5:31 PM CDT
Good Morning All -
Have a funny to share....it has been a busy morning getting everyone here and there and trying to get a meal going for a friend about to have surgery. We needed to make a quick run to the grocery store so...I had everyone getting ready quick...dressed, fed, backpacks ready for school and we were off. I actually had showered, makeuped and was ready for the day too (this is an accomplishment!). We got to the grocery store and I stepped out of the car to notice I had my slippers on!! EEK.......Well...I did the grocery store with my slippers!!! (At least my tootsies were comfy!)Thankfully, we only needed a few things for the meal we were prepping and everyone was already with me and in a good mood, so...we kept going, slippers and all! I got a few stares but no one (kindly)said anything to this SPACED OUT MOM! HA

Well, we are thinking of you all and wishing you the sunniest of days. Keep smiling Ally girl!!


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Wednesday, May 18, 2005 9:43 AM CDT
Greetings from Acworth, GA! It has been way too long I know, but I have no excuse but that I have been trying to keep up with my kid's as the end of the year draws near, and moving day is just around the corner! I have been keeping up with all the journal and guestbook and entries and have so enjoyed them. I am astounded at Ally's progress and it just makes me smile when I look at her pictures! I will have to digress a bit as I play catch up and tell you how I have enjoyed reading about your trip to VA...how much fun you all had! You could feel all of the excitement, joy and love pouring from your words on these pages! It is wonderful to hear too how Ashli's wedding plans are coming along and how the two family's are "meshing" so beautifully...a true testament to God's work in molding yet another beautiful family! Although, just for the record I must say how anyone could NOT get along with the Matus is family is beyond me- your compassion and love for people is contagious to those who are blessed to know you...thank you!!
I digress again...a Mother's Day with time to yourself Kristin...Ashli, you are AWESOME!!! I am so glad that you had that down-time Kristin. Time to sit on the beach and get lost in a book, enjoying the peace and time to REFRESH! I know that times like that give me a whole new perspective on things and I always come home feeling REFRESHED and brand new...it is funny what a couple hours alone can do for mom's! I returned recently from a weekend women's retreat with my church in which the theme was titled: "Soul Refresh"...and refreshing my soul is what it did! I came away with a bible verse that I am of course going to share, but one that I will turn to often I am sure..."times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord." Acts 3:19b
It really says it all and gives me such a huge peace of mind.
Sounds like the next few weeks are going to keep you hopping, but they will be filled with lots of fun and good times...special moments! Gage has just one more week of school left and Mackenzie graduated from Pre-K last week. I can't believe she is going to start kindergarten in the fall! Moving day for us is just a little over a month a way, so will give you a call very soon so we can catch up and all that good girl stuff! I miss you all! Hugs and kisses!


Dani Van Natta <daniv16@bellsouth.net>
Acworth, GA USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 9:17 AM CDT
Long time no write - lots going on. I, however, had the wonderful privilege of holding and toting around Princess Ally - and she was WONDERFUL; she smiled and was soooooooo good! I also had the supreme privilege of playing with Morgan and Jessica - playing with the mask, the ball, and watching Morgan, the artist, color. These young ladies are magnificent; they win your heart in a second!

Mark, you and Kristin are blessed and truly amazing! If there ever was a higher calling, your time is here. Never forget "mysterious ways". I pray your trip to P'cola is all you want it to be.

The pictures are incredible! Ally has made amazing progress! Her pictures are beautiful! Morgan is a real beauty and a wonderful big sister.

Time to say nitey nite to all.



Pam Thompson <pamelatc@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 11:00 PM CDT
Love the photos and best wishes to you Mark when you head to Florida. Ally and Morgan, you two are beautiful as always. Your smiles sure brighten my day. :)
~Cat in aloha land

Honolulu, HI USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 10:32 PM CDT
Texas greetings to all -
Howdee!!!!!!!!!This website has made me lol many times tonight - THANKS! I really laughed at the moving guy story...poor TG...must have given him a "moment"! Glad it was another Ashley...we haven't even met TG but consider him family already!
Todd just walked in and asked me if I was ever going to tell him what happened to the garage. "What?" He repeated the question. I then remembered I had BUMPED the wall in front of my HUGE Excursion the other day. Well...it was more than a little bump...I kinda crushed the wall (woops). I told him it wasn't my fault, the "brick" that usually stops my vehicle BEFORE hitting the wall moved! Now...where do you think I learned reasoning like that? My kids have taught me well!! Todd said "what, the brick sprouted legs and ran away?" Yep..that is what happened....and I don't feel badly about it at all....I mean what is a little hole in the garage anyway? It didn't bust the brick on the other side! HA Everything else is under construction around here...sounds like a good plan to get some new organization and a new paint job to my garage (that wasn't my motive...I promise!)

Ally, has anyone been kissing the dimple on your elbow lately? That dimple looks totally irresistable ... like it needs a whole bunch of kisses so here you go........xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx!!! Consider yourself appropriately smooched! You can pass a few on to Miss Morgan if you want!

I had written in the guest book earlier today only to come back and it was gone (woops - ya'll probably think I am making excuses again yes?) Well...really...I don't know what happened...life I guess...don't even remember what I had typed - that is the result of life with four kids. I KNOW I must have typed something like we are thinking of you and sending all our love.
Oh yes...and Jay says he can't wait to meet his new girlfriends in person!! What a sweetie pie!

Terri, I loved your sweet post and KNOW God has planted special angels around all of you...like the custodian lady...I sure hope SHE knows what a difference she makes! What an awesome story!

Well, I am off to slumberland. Hugs and kisses (Texas sized of course) to each and everyone!


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Tuesday, May 17, 2005 9:35 PM CDT
AWWW Allyson & Morgan NEVER fail to look cute! Keep up the good work, Ally!


Chali Temple <chalitemple@hotmail.com>
Fairfax, VA U.S. - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 7:16 PM CDT
LOL! Thanks for the tips on how to recognize you. Given the latest pics of you on the site, I would say that you have gotten better looking with age :) I remember when you and Glenn first came to band and you had a TON of hair and those god-awful glasses. I suppose it was good that you lost some of that. Now you just have to figure out a way to make it STOP (and when you do be sure to tell Jim. I think his hariline looks the same as yours.). I don't know what to tell you about the sandals. You can bring them but you had better pack your snow boots too - uugghh!!!!! FINALLY, as far as Kristin's memory......HAVE YOU NOT LEARNED ANYTHING??????????? NEVER, and I do mean NEVER argue with her about details from the past. My camero was dark blue :):) Way to go K!!!

Since we will be meeting at baggage claim I suppose I had better give you some tips on how to find me.......(1) my hair is slightly less blonde than it was at UVA (but I really don't know what color it actually is since I pay a lot of money for someone to make it "multi-tonal"), (2) I MAY have gained a few pounds but I will NEVER admit it, (3) I am still as short as I used to be and (4) I will be the one with the biggest smile on her face and will probably cry AGAIN as you walk towards me.


Aim-a-lita <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 5:55 PM CDT
Happy Tuesday everyone! Ashli, your man shares the same birthday with my two little guys....They are 5 years old today!!! Teetay, I will definitely hold on to the front page of the newspaper. Although, I NEVER have time to read it!!! Camden and Grant keep telling us, "Since today is our birthday, we can do ANYTHING WE WANT, RIGHT?" WRONG!!!! I have a feeling their big sister planted that idea in their head!!! We did go swimming this afternoon...brrr...the water was a little too chilly for me!! Good thing, because I am not quite ready to get into a bathing suit just yet..(don't know that I ever will be!!) Anyway, we are enjoying this special day and thanking God for the memory of delivering twins 5 years ago!!! Ally, on your 1st birthday, you and your family will have alot of memories to look back on and thanking God for all of the many miracles and blessings He has bestowed upon you. You are a very special little girl who has already touched so many lives!!! Keep smiling!!Hugs from Texas....Anna Rainwater
Anna <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Tuesday, May 17, 2005 4:22 PM CDT
I can't believe it's been nine years either! It seems like just yesterday we were riding around in your black Camaro (Kristin claims it was dark blue!) listening to Whitesnake in high school!

Anyway, I know you're going to meet us at the airport, so I thought I would give you some tips on recognizing me. Things that have changed since high school (and college): I'm about fifty pounds bigger than my senior year of high school (about 35 of it good, the rest I'm trying to get rid of!) and definitely less hair on my head than college! Maybe 152 missions in or near Iraq during my flying career have done that! Don't worry though, Kristin read in a magazine that if you have thinning hair, it's best to cut it real short on the sides. Maybe I AM a man ahead of my time, I've been doing that for years! Anyway, Kristin has been helping me out with what she calls my "cool California Dad" look, so I hope it'll be warm enough to wear sandals out there! See ya soon!

Love, Marquitos

PS: Tell Jim not to worry, you're the only girl who has actually cried in a good way when they found out I was going to visit her! Most women hide or file a restraining order!

LCDR Mark Kelso <mark.kelso@verizon.net>
NAS Point Mugu, CA USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 3:59 PM CDT
So Al-Pal and Morgy-Lu, lemme tell you a funny story about what happened to Uncle Tommy today... on his birthday!!

A few minutes ago a moving van pulled up in front of our house and there was a knock on the door. (Uncle Tommy is working from home today) When he answered, the moving guy said, "Hey is Ashli home?" And TG said no... "Why?" He replied, "because I am here to pick up her stuff.: Looking baffled, bewildered and feeling the pit grow in his stomach, TG looked more confused... moving guy said, "yeah, to move her to New Jersey." TG said HUH?!?! "Is it Ashli Matus???" And the guys of course had no name or phone number, and asked TG to call 'Ashli', which he did, but I was in a meeting (or on my way to NJ ;) So finally TG said, "dude, what's the address? You got the right house?" Moving guy said "3606 S Street"... Next door!!! So TG yelled at the guy (you can imagine if you know him) and said "Dude, I thought my fiance was walking out on me... on my BIRTHDAY!!" Mover guy felt really badly and the college kid next door named Ashley is moving back to New Jersey.

Morale of the story: Never answer the door for a moving man? Sorry, still trying to think of one and it seemed to be the proper closure to such a story! One thing is for CERTAIN: I am NOT moving out on TG and I am NOT moving to New Jersey!!!

Have a great afternoon! :)

Ashli at 3604 S Street... Not 3606!
- Tuesday, May 17, 2005 12:49 AM CDT
Hello! I just had to add to Terri's words below....... I can not begin to tell you how excited I am to see MARK and all the GIRLS next week PLUS Terri and Geep! It has been 9 long years since I have seen Mark and about 2 years since seeing Kristin and Morgan. What a wonderful wedding present! As Terri said below, it is friendship that we all cherish. I seriously could not ask for a better gift than to spend my wedding weekend with my long time friends and their beautiful children. When Kristin called me on Saturday to tell me that Mark was able to come to the wedding I was in tears. And, actually, I was just beside myself all day long! Every time I thought about it I cried! Jim is a bit worried that I am so emotional already. He thinks I will be a total wreck at the ceremony and he is probably right :)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful and sunny week. We have had nothing but rain every single day. I hope that means the showers will be gone by the time Sunday the 29th rolls around!!!

Much love and friends +++

Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 12:37 AM CDT
Greetings to everyone!

I just read the 'neatest' thing - this is for all the YOUNG mothers/fathers out there in cyber-land!

Each year on your child's birthday, save the FRONT page of the newspaper as a history of what was going on during your child's lifetime. Place them in some form of scrapbook (however you do it is fine although Holly and Dani and Kristin will make theirs 'beautiful'....they are the scrapbooking queeens!) and present it to 'the child' upon the age of 18 or 21 or college graduation!!! What a wonderful ACCOUNT of 'his or her life' that will be!!! Just thought I'd pass that little tidbit along for whatever it is worth......

The new picture of Allyson on the homepage is awesome! Her beautiful eyes are telling us so much..."Thanks for helping my mouth and nose, and taking such good care of me, Mommie and Daddy!" (among other things!!)

We are so excited that Mark will be joining us for "No. 1 girl's wedding" in MN Memorial Day weekend! That will make it an extra-special event for Aimee to have BOTH of her 'old high school buddies' share that time with her and Jim. And, it will be great for Kristin and Mark to have some 'adult' time together. Geep and I will make sure Allyson and Morgan are cared for during the weekend...." a tough job" but someone has to do it, right???!!! HA>>>!!

We spent another wonderful PHILADELPHIA weekend meeting the George cousins! Ashli was SURPRISED with a bridal shower and we were able to meet so many family members! It is wonderful sharing time with "the sisters" and their families...GRAM, Tom's grandmother, is a spunky grandmother and makes some 'killer potato salad'...!! What love surrounds Ashli and Tom on all sides of family and friends!

Yesterday afternoon one of the custodians in my building stopped by to see me while doing her rounds of cleaning, and she told me that she prayed for Allyson every single day...she went onto to say "God gave her life, and your family is helping to make her life good." This is a lovely young woman who has immigrated to the United States to have a better life for her family, but her outreach and her caring are also for 'our family.' I had never met this young woman before February when I came back from California after being there for 7 weeks. When I came back she had wrapped a number of 'Valentine's Day gifts' for me and her words were then:
"I wanted to make you BE happy." For her and for all of you I am grateful. Angels come in so many different packages!

Henry David Thoreau, one of my all time favorite writers and thinkers, said it well:

"The most I can do for my friend
is simply be his friend.
I have no wealth to bestow on him.
If he knows that I am happy in loving him....
he will want no other reward."

That about sums it up. Know that you are loved and KNOW that 'we know we are loved by you.' It is just that simple and it is just that COMPLICATED. What a blessing we have in your friendships.

Alex Hurley...I sure would like to meet you one day...maybe I'll stop by Nieman's one day and find you???!!!

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M /T Mat
Students...Shakespeare OUT! :)!!!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 7:35 AM CDT
Good morning, California family! I sure enjoyed catching up on the website this morning after an absence of a week or so. The new pictures are just darling, and that little smile of Miss AllyBeDally's is just precious. And of course, Miss MAK is always a charmer in her photos ... got her mama's photographic gene!
Enjoyed reading about all your activities as well. I am so pleased you've got new friends and playmates to enjoy ... I am sure they will be quite supportive as you begin Allyson's surgeries in July.
Mark, please know we're praying for you and for a good outcome for your "head check" beginning next week. I will have all my Georgia prayers to add a special request to the Good Lord for your complete healing.
They keep you all in their prayers continually....
I know Teetay can hardly wait to be in California to be with all of you. She asked me to come and visit, but I have responsibililties here with Uncle Loren and teaching Bible School and Loren and I have decided to have "Grammy-Poppy-Camp" with Zachary and Whitney. They are our only two grans that we haven't had "summer camp" with -- and since they are now almost six, we thought this the perfect time to do that. Both of us are quite excited that we will have them for most days during summer vacation. It's hard to believe our last "babies" will be SIX in September!! They're quite excited about "ele-mentary" school (as Zach pronounces quite exactly). They, like Josh, will be older kindergarteners, since they missed the birthday cut off by 23 days.
Uncle Loren continues to improve, and has begun his aqua therapy in the heated pool at SportsTherapy. Right now his physical therapy just consists of 3 20-minute fast walks per week, and 3 times doing exercises for flexibility and strengthening in the pool. He still has considerable restrictions to activity level, but he's coping pretty well, I think. He's down to only ONE pain pill per day!
Guess that's about the news from Georgia ... We all send you much love! Thanks for your last pictures ... they're framed and proudly displayed! Hugs and Love to you all,
Aunt Dale and Uncle Loren

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 7:27 AM CDT
Hi sweet Ally!!! Your smile is so gorgeous!!! I know your mommy's heart just melts when you flash her that beautiful grin! Sorry to make this short but we are headed out the door for an evening bike ride!!! Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Monday, May 16, 2005 7:43 PM CDT
Hi, Kelso clan! Just sitting down during Elena's nap to check out what is going on with my fave CA people. Kristin, do you think you can squeeze anything else into the week? You are amazing. Our prayers and love are coming your way. Mark, so glad to hear you are headed to Pcola. Saying prayers for you. We will see you soon. We love you. Jim, Susan, and Elena
Susan Hynes <susanhynes@aol.com>
New Orleans, LA - Monday, May 16, 2005 4:41 PM CDT
Hi there! Love the new pics and SMILES galore! Happy appointment-ing this week and know I am thinking of you and so, so, so very proud of you, Kristin! From seeing you in action many times with the girls, I know how busy and frustrating your days can be and amazing, we NEVER hear you complain.... you're MY American Sister Idol!!! (Go Bo!) ;)

Chat later chicas... We missed you this weekend and I am so sad we couldn't make it THREE in a row! xoxoxo

- Monday, May 16, 2005 10:29 AM CDT
11 more days!!!! So happy to hear Ally is on the mend! The pictures are priceless.

Terri - I am not sure how receptive Tyler will be to kissing Morgan but I can assure you that I have been prepping him about marriage. I think it would be SOOOOO AWESOME to have Kristin be the "in-law" once Morgan and Tyler get married :):) They have already seen each other naked (about 2 years ago in the tub) so they might as well get married, right? By the way, Terri - I think you are on the same flight as my sister the Friday before the wedding.....

Have a wonderful week! Keep the pictures coming. I absolutely love seeing them.
Cyber hugs for now with real hugs to come VERY SOON!!!!

Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Sunday, May 15, 2005 7:19 PM CDT
Greetings to all!

These new SMILES say it all!!! Allyson's GRIN is the best tonic I receive! And, the love-look in Mark's eyes to Allyson is another tonic! And, then, of course, there is the 'poser' Morgan showing her radiance as well! What beautiful messages on all of these faces!!

Great news about Mark's flying to FL for his 'checkup' and being able to also come to the "No. 1 Girl" (no one says it right but me!)wedding! We will be there as well on "Teetay and Geep duty" taking care of the girls so Kristin and NOW MARK can be GROWNUPS and enjoy all the weekend festivities associated with the wedding! We, of course, will attend the wedding of Aimee and Jim, and are looking forward to their celebration of new life! I know Morgan is excited to be reuniting with Tyler again...and TYLER..you'd 'better still like girls' 'cause she is a cutie!!! You'll have to 'wait awhile' on Allyson to get a little bigger for you to romp and play with her!!!

We have just returned from another wonderful FAMILY weekend in Philadelphia where Tom's sisters threw a SURPRISE SHOWER for Ashli! (and Tom, too!!) There were many family members present - 'all cousins'...and all "Georges"...it will be easy to spot them again at the wedding..."Just yell, GEORGE-cousin"...and the cast of thousands will appear!!! Lovely, delightful folks! We're happy to be uniting our families! Megan and Melissa have already proven their 'sisterhood'....they are the BEST and already I've 'adopted' them the way I 'adopt'...!! (Susan, Aimee, Helen, Holly, and others get it!! Right girls? And Anna Rainwater is on the list...I have to meet her first before I can adopt her!)

Kristin, your week sounded BUSY as usual, but very productive and fun! I'm so happy you had the REUNION with Tony, the OB nurse, who BONDED with you and all of us immediately. There was an immediate connection. Who knew your children would be playing together 4 1/2 months later???? "The Six Degrees of Separation" is always at work!!! Or the "Celestine Prophecy"....whichever you wish to claim is at work in your life!! There truly are NO coincidences as we've said over and over again on this website. Look at all the folks who are connected to someone on this site???? Amazing links...amazing...amazing....'makes my heart flutter to think about it sometimes.

Wishing you all good things in the coming weeks, and again and again, our gratitude for all the love and support you have given us. Allyson has been blessed with a wealth of people who love her dearly and will work tirelessly for her every positive advancement.

With love to all,

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T Mat

Good luck to my students who are taking STATE tests next week!!! Get plenty of REST each night! :)YOU are the BEST!! :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Sunday, May 15, 2005 1:52 PM CDT
Hello everyone! I am just now able to sit down today. I am getting things ready for Camden and Grant's birthday party tomorrow! They are having a Buzz Light Year Space party with "Star Wars" music thrown in! I am so glad I will have two big time helpers tomorrow...my Madeline and Holly's Ashlynn..they have dubbed themselves the "Space Divas!" I on the other hand have dubbed myself.."Spaced-Out Diva!" Sorry I have not been checking in like I usually do. I pray that all is well in the Kelso household and that Miss Ally is continuing to make great strides! Hugs from Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Friday, May 13, 2005 9:27 PM CDT
Hi Kristin and family:
I always look forward to reading this Web site because it is filled with such beautiful words and so much love, plus I usually get a chuckle or two from something someone has written, or I cry because I am so touched by something someone writes (usually Terri) or I think "me too!" when I read some of the antics us mothers have to deal with and the funny things our kids do (i.e. when someone wrote about their 3-year old touching everything on the buffet line on Mother's Day!!!). Anyway, just wanted to say hello and to let you know that we continue to check in on and send good wishes/thoughts/prayers to Ally-lu (I think that's what Ashli calls her - so sweet). Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Friday, May 13, 2005 7:05 PM CDT
Hello! It is the bride who is now offically freaking out! (And no - it is not Ashli yet). With 15 days to go I still have groomsmen with no tux measurements! Leave it to the men to screw things up. Guess I am going to have to call their wives this weekend :)

Believe it or not, we actually had snow flakes this week. There better be some global warming going on in the next two weeks!!!!!

Kristin and Morgan, I CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE YOU!!!! Ally - precious Aly - I can not wait to MEET YOU and HUG YOU and smother you with kisses!!!!! I am sure my mom and I will be fighting over who gets to hold you more :) Mark, although you will not be there and I miss you a bunch, I know someone has to hold down the fort.

I hope you all have a wonderful (AND WARM) weekend. We will be taking Tyler to get him remeasured for his tux (since he has grown about 3 inches) and doing other random wedding things.

MN hugs and kisses, Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, mn - Friday, May 13, 2005 2:35 PM CDT
Okay...I am convicted..am not here often enough but hello........we have had almost 19,500 visitors...where is everyone? Things tend to slow down when life gets to some kind of norm....oh...what is norm? I don't know that in my world yet wouldn't change it!!
Had a wonderful day on a field trip to my graduated preschool boys. We went to a lake and park, fed the ducks, played with friends, did the swings, had a picnic, blue bubbles and released balloons to signify the end of preschool..........oh the dawn of a new era!

We pray your day was awesome and we also pray God is with you through every journey.

Sending Texas sized hugs and kisses,


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Thursday, May 12, 2005 10:02 PM CDT
My heart is warmed by the love that fills these pages. What a wonderful oral history for Allyson...and Morgan..and the entire family. Thank you all for contributing to this legacy.

The updates are always good to read, and the conversations with Kristin while "in the car" or en route to somewhere.

Yes, I hope Kristin gets LOTS of omelette days ahead...when I'm there I'm make sure she does!!! What an incredible role model you are, Kristin!!! I love you more than I did when you popped your head out Dec. 31st in Taiwan!!! And, then to think that Ashli followed your birth because as she says "I had to get a good one"...HA!!

What joy both of you have brought to our lives and Allyson and Morgan will continue to bring you that same reverie.

I am so very proud of all that you do and ARE to your family.

Love to 'all the CA peeps' and I can't wait to see you at No. l Girl's wedding at the end of the month!!!

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M / T MAT
To my students....Shakespeare is ON THE WAY OUT!!! :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 6:57 PM CDT
Thanks for the newsy update. I love to see the bond and love between all of you guys. Not having a sister, I know your bond is tremendous with Ashli - I am praying my two girls knit together a special relationship too!!

How is your novel? I know you said you started it but that only gets you into part of the story. I hope you are stealing some moments each day to read some and "escape".

All is well here. Our supervisor Jack, assisted the guys who put plaster in our pool today....one more day and they begin to fill it with water - woohoo. It is a good thing as it is warming up around here mighty quick. The kids are anxious as all get out and I am just really ready for no dirt in the house - oh...sorry..that is a given. I cherish each muddy step...it will be far too soon before they won't be dirtying up everything everyday!! :-)

Well, I am off to have a little Holly time....hard to come by but certainly appreciated when it happens!

Have a marvelous day...hug your sweet family for us and know that we continue to keep you in our daily thoughts and prayers. We love you all SO much!


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Wednesday, May 11, 2005 3:29 PM CDT
Lovely update, even if I do say so myself!!! :) Allyson and Morgan, be sweet for mommy and when you get a sec, learn how to make her an omlette EVERY morning because she deserves them and I can't make them from here, ya know?!? SO get on it, Morgy-lu and Little Lu, I know you can do it. You gals can do EVERYTHING!!! :)

KDMK - take as much time off from this journal as you want! No news is great news, right?!? :)
Love ya tons!

- Wednesday, May 11, 2005 3:06 PM CDT
Kristin, thank you for the update! But gosh, I hope I did not make you feel guilty about waiting an entire week to fill me in. I am glad you got to have some "Kristin time" and it sounds like you had a wonderful mother's day. As ususal, there is never a dull moment at your house!

I love you!!!

Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, mn - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 2:42 PM CDT
Al-Pal-Squirt, Morgy-lu ("sista!") Mark and mi hermana!!! I miss you lots already and had a wonderful 4 days with you :) Such special, fun, silly times with you all!

See you in 43 days!!!!! xoxoxo

Aunt Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington, DC - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 9:17 AM CDT
PS - I just realized I was #19,036! Holy page hits, Batman!
Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 3:39 PM CDT
Hi everyone! I love the new pictures. I just CAN NOT WAIT to get my arms around all 3 of you girls!!!!! Only 16 more days........

So, Kristin, as if you are not busy enough, I think I am having an update withdrawal!!! Inquiring minds want to know the good, the bad, and anything else you are willing to share. I know I have missed you the last few times I have called so I hope we can catch up soon. I hope your mother's day was relaxing and peaceful too.

Hugs to the girls and a big kiss for Mark - hee hee!!!

Aimee, aka "No. 1 Girl" <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 3:38 PM CDT
A BIG "AMEN!" to Sarah's posting. Let's be thankful that there are men and women in uniform who are willing to sacrifice. Sarah's friends will certainly be in my prayers and I hope in yours,too. What a big heart this 14 year old young lady has...she is sensitive and caring and one of the BEST of my MANY wonderful students (many write on this website)who have cared so deeply for our whole family and me over these past months.

LOVE the new website pictures - especially the one with Morgan helping Allyson do her 'grasping' exercise!!

Have a beautiful day wherever you are! The sun is bright in Virginia!!!

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/TMat:)

Love to all,

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 12:06 AM CDT
Hello Kelsos!!! Kristin, I hope your day at the beach was Fab-u-lous!!! Ashley, yes, you are a cool aunt for giving your sister the best gift for Mother's Day!!! Teetay, your entry made me cry happy tears. I felt so honored to be included in your "list"!!:) Hope your Mother's Day was memorable. Like Aimee, I thought I could sleep in a little late and get ready for church with no interruptions...FAT CHANCE!! I was awakened by one of the boys at 5:45a.m. to tell me he had an "accident". So, off I trudge up the stairs to change sheets and get my sweet boy cleaned up!! Then, just as I was about to hit some quick Z's before I really had to get up, my sweet girl brought me her version of breakfast in bed at 6:28a.m....cut up bananas with whipped cream and a cherry on top!!! I felt like ROYALTY!!! My hubby and kids made it a very special day for me!!! Kristin, I forgot to mention, I LOVE the photo of you and Ally. I call it "SUPER MOM and SUPER BABY!" Ally, I am sure you already know this,but let me tell you sweet girl..God gave you the best mommy to take care of you. He made the two of you a perfect fit!! Have a great Tuesday!!! Hugs from the LONE STAR STATE...Anna Rainwater
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Monday, May 9, 2005 8:36 PM CDT
Hope everyone is having a little better day then me. Yesterday a close family friend found out their 21 year old son had died in Afganastian. He had just wrote to his parents talking about college and how he now has his life planned out. He said, "I'm now going to a dangerous place, but dont worry, I'll be fine." Probably the WORST Mother's day present you can recieve are uniformed soldiers ringing your doorbell. Please keep Nick, and his family and expecially his 9th grade brother at PVI, my good friend, in your prayers. And lets all remember to think a little bit more about the people that are fighting and sufferning for our freedom. This is going to be a very stressful next couple of weeks, but with the support for their family and friends,we will all try to make the best of it.

"Don't think of what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country"

May God bless you all and expecially those with family/friends in the armed forces.

--Sarah 4th period

Sarah--4th period <jwdecenzo@aol.com>
Fairfax , VA USA - Monday, May 9, 2005 5:09 PM CDT
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!! found this cute little poem

Mommy, I love you
For all that you do.
I'll kiss you and hug you
'Cause you love me, too.
You feed me and need me
To teach you to play,
So smile 'cause I love you
On this Mother's Day.

short but sweet.

--sarah*4th period

Sarah DeCenzo <jwdecenzo@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA USA - Sunday, May 8, 2005 5:22 PM CDT
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!! especially to Mrs. Matus and Kristin and Ashly..to her dog :) I hope everyone had a great day with the "mommy" I no kristin is having a blast on the beach!! 20 more days till the pool opens yay! I had a great day with my mom doing what girls do best..S-H-O-P! Have a great rest of the school year Morgan and then finally summer wiil be here when Mrs. M can come and visit you with the ring of the bell. I hope that I run into you guys all some day. How much fun we had together! What great people and mothers you are. I'm sure Ally would agree. God bless you all and have fun in the sun!

--Sarah--4th period

Sarah DeCenzo <jwdecenzo@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA USA - Sunday, May 8, 2005 5:12 PM CDT
NEWS FLASH #2! Eeeeek! Are these people CRAZY?!?! They have left me all alone with the kiddos since mark just left for the store and K is still at the beach (yeah!).... I am sure it'll all be fine unless there's a really whacky journal entry later! Eeeeeek!

(All kidding aside of course... Signing off to revel in more Aunt-hood! It rocks and I highly recommend it! :)


Aunt Asswee
All alone in the Kelso home... ;), CA - Sunday, May 8, 2005 4:03 PM CDT
NEWS FLASH!!! At this very moment, 1:44 PM PT, Kristin, mommy-extraordiaire and sister, friend, care-giver and MOMMY of the year (in my book at least!) is..... guess what... she is... ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, you heard it here first, folks, Kristin is out ALONE on the beautiful beach of Oxnard staring out into the Pacific Ocean and doing.... NOTHING!!!! Of course as she pretends to do nothing, and read the pages of a novel, I bet her mind continues to wander back to her special little gals and how they are, what they're doing, etc! I am guessing she'll come back to say it was "weird"! ;) We all had a nice morning as Morgan helped her open her sand bucket packed with beach-related gifts and lounged around a bit. It's a beautiful sunny, 70 degree day here in Pt. Hueneme and we're all enjoying being together! I am sure Kristin will give a full update on her day later!

I spent a couple of hours alone with Morgan at the Ventura Harbor earlier today, spoiling her rotten with games and carousel rides... lunch... ice cream... popcorn... boat watching.. chatting... skipping...and lots of skipping to my lou... it all warmed my heart to have this special silly time with Morgy-lu! Finally after ALL THAT, she tugged on me as we were dancing to the little jazz combo in the park, and she said, "Um, Aunt Asswee, um, this was fun but I am so tired now." Precious she is, we skipped to the car and she was fast asleep in her seat with the bag of popcorn at her side. Mark was here with Allyson, studying and doing the Ally-feed-vent-medicine routine and now he's prepping for some grilled salmon tonight! So Allyson is cooing and playing with her toys next to me on the floor, Morgan is napping away upstairs and like I said, the Mommy is ALONE!!! :) We're hoping she stays away a LONG time and enjoys...

Happy mother's day to ALL of you special moms and grandmothers out there! You all have a job like no other... I just don't know how you do it sometimes.. and I am happy to have learned from so many of you!! Right now all I can do is parent a DOG -- but what a fine dog she is! ;) And an extra special Mother's Day greeting and HUGE hug to my mom... we love you and miss you and glad you has a relaxing, quiet day too!! Lots of love!! xoxoxo

Ashli/Aunt Asswee <ashliagm@aol.com>
currently in Pt. Hueneme, CA! - Sunday, May 8, 2005 3:56 PM CDT
A PS to my last entry...(could I make it any longer??)

I realized in my lengthy LIST of "names" that I did not include SIX of the MOST IMPORTANT little people in my life...my Georgia nieces/nephews...

So, for all the "Taylors, Matthews, Sarahs, Joshuas, Whitneys, and Zacharys" in the world who will go forward and become the next generation of caregivers, I applaud you for being the BEST in the world! It has been my HONOR to be your "Teetay" starting 14 yeasr ago when Taylor named me Teetay ! (so now, all of you on the website know where my fabulous 'handle' came from!!) Bless you children for you come from good stock!
With love,
Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Sunday, May 8, 2005 9:55 AM CDT
Happy Mother's Day to all! (I'm still wiping the tears from the beautifully shared "Holly poem" - wow...what powerful words and they hit HOME with me!)

To all the extra special "moms" out there...and not to exclude anyone, but I want to mention a few special names that stand out to me today..

Kristin....my daughter, and the most incredible example of motherhood and selfless love...THANK you, Kristin, for showing ME that "mothering matters"...

To all the grandma-friends in my life...especially my sister, Dale, (Aunt Grammy on this site) who has given her all to her children and grandchildren while caring for our mother and daddy for such a long time..her heart is bigger than Montana!
To my nieces who are giving, loving parents...Terri, Leslie, Mary, Christie...

To my sisters in law...Katie and Helen...what beautiful examples you are to your children and to all of us for giving, giving, giving...

To my 'grandma' friends who read this website and we've shared the moments of 'becoming' first time grandmothers together..YOU know who you are! Thank you for being part of my life!

To many of you who have supported us on this website over the past four + months..and we don't even know some of you..to Cat, Anne Rainwater, my dear, dear, Holly...Aimee NO.1 girl....Meredith... and to Susan who has been the mother of Elena for just over a WEEK now and doing well in New Orleans...and a SPECIAL Happy Mother's Day to "Grandma Kelso" (my friend, Lydia aka Maria) with whom I a SPECIAL bond because we 'grandparent' Morgan and Allyson. We've shared MUCH over these past four months. We can 'read' one another's eyes now and that is a special bonding. Have a great day, Maria, and don't do any "work" on this day!

And to Melissa and Megan (Tom's sisters) in Phil. who are beautiful mothers of Geo, Jamie, and Jessica..and soon to be ???Baby Girl Bove....and to Gram, and to Carol, Tom's mother...all beautiful people who are filled with love for one another and now for us as we 'become family'....

And in honor of Nanny, (Jerry's mother) and Gran (my mother) I offer these words in tribute to these two MOMS who hopefully have joined hands in Heaven and are singing the chorus right at this moment...

"Thank you for giving us every opportunity to JUMP AT THE SUN...we might not always land on the sun...but at least we will get off the ground." Thank you, MOMS, for giving us the wings to fly and the wisdom to KNOW that we needed to GET OFF THE GROUND!

And, with many memories of my OWN mother today on the first Mother's Day without her voice...
I recall....

As a child I marveled at how my mother knew just how to mend my scraped knees, and was always there with a hanky to end my sniffles, and had that uncanny ability to READ my mind.(the scary part!) She would put on that knowing smile and I knew I was safe in her keeping. As long as she was nearby' all would be right in the world. (I think us-Moms tend to recreate that feeling for our own children) A good night kiss, an encouraging smile, her wisdom to solve little problems, and the softness of her hugs, plus the scent of her Estee Lauder when she would come into the room....are tucked lovingly away among my lifetime souveniers of my Mother. Mother always knew how many peas were left on my plate, or how many spoonfuls I'd slipped under the table to Dale, and whether or not I had really used toothpaste, or just said so. Mother seemed to know when I was really sick, or if I was just faking it to get out of something? And when I felt like the whole world was against me she was there to say, "I know you can do it." Mother did not spell out her philosophy, but left me to observe and draw my own conclusions. She probably knew I wasn't really listening, but WATCHING. I am proud of my mother and I am thankful for the courage and love of others that she instilled in me - - whether it was INTENTIONAL or not...it was the 'mothering that mattered'....

God bless all the mothers today for doing the most important job in the entire world...for loving, nurturing, and raising the next generation of Morgans, Allysons, Spencers, Brandons, Ryans, Jarreds, Jacobs, Ashlynns, Jays, Jacks, Catherines,Tylers,Elenas and all the little Rainwaters..and Darren Potter who will someday be Allyson's or Morgan's boyfriend....and to all of those facing adversity in the world...wishing you all today the VERY BEST DAY EVER!

And to my students...my incedibly sensitive and caring students...THANK YOUR PARENTS for starting you our 'right'..it is in the 'right' that you will lead the world to be a better place.

With love to you all,

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M aka TMAT :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Sunday, May 8, 2005 9:52 AM CDT
Happy Mother's Day, my oldest and dearest friend! I was hoping to get to "sleep in" this morning as my mother's day gift, but I suppose sleep is overrated:) Instead, I was tapped on the shoulder at 5:02 am by a very anxious 4 1/2 year old who desperately wanted to give me his mother's day card. I convinced him to watch TV for about a half hour or so and then he tip-toed into my room, tapped me on the shoulder, and said "mommy, I'm only." (translation - Mommy, I'm LONELY.) "Ok, baby", I said. So we went out to the couch for some cuddle time and watched baby looney toons. Since Jim had the card hidden, Tyler decided he would just read it to me as he remembered it. After all, we did not need to wait for Jim to wake up - ha! So, in Tyler's own words he quoted from his card......"Mother's are like light bulbs......they have to be replaced." After I chuckled to myself I gave him a big hug and thanked him for being the most wonderful child I have ever known (no biased on my part - right?). This afternoon my two favorite men (Jim and Tyler) are taking me to brunch. Now that Tyler is a little older than last year I am hoping this brunch goes a bit better. Last year he insisted on touching everything in the buffet line - including the butter!

But, as I think about what this day is truly supposed to stand for, I think about all the wonderful things we as mother's do for our children. It is the little things, like making them drink milk every once in a while, or rubbing their back when they are sick, that makes a difference in their lives. It is showing them each and every day how much they are loved and that with enough encouragement, they can accomplish anything!

Today (and every day) I am so proud to be called "Mommy." It is certainly the best title anyone can have and there is nothing comparable in this world. To all the mother's that are reading this today, and especially to my best friend Kristin, have a wonderful mother's day.

Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Sunday, May 8, 2005 6:21 AM CDT
Dearest Kristin,
Hi! I have missed being on line to chat although I have been keeping up here and there. It is always good to learn that things are well with the Kelsos and Matuses...and that the everflowing fun was in full reign last weekend!!! I know ya'll enjoyed getting your cups FILLED up with one another. (perhaps in more ways than one! HA)

Just wanted to jot you a quick line...all is well in Texas. My big girl spent the night with Anna Rainwater's big girl last night and they stayed up way late but had a TON of fun. This made for a very happy yet tired Ashlynn today! But oh...was it fun. Remember when you could just say "DUH" to your best friend and it would reverberate in laughter from your toes for 10 minutes? That is our Ashlynn and Anna's Madeline...so cute!!! They are, however, growing up way to fast!!!

My heart felt wish for you tomorrow is a joyful and easy Mother's Day. I never want to be a foot away from my kids (okay sometimes I do...but I love having them around!)but I especially like them close by on Mother's Day. It is such a great day. I will miss seeing my Mom tomorrow and will so look forward to hugging her neck next week.

My "sweet, tenderhearted" Jay told me today "Mommy, I am glad we get to honor you tomorrow!" WOW...he is 5 and he GETS IT!! I love these kids. Our precious 5 year old boys GRADUATED from preschool on Thursday. I'll be sending pics soon. Needless to say it was an incredibly cute and a tear jerker ceremony. Who would have thought?? Towards the end of the ceremony, our wonderful preschool director read the following poem. I am passing it on specifically to you and Teetay, but also to every other mother that reads this post.

Mothering Matters

"When you felt the foot within your womb,
When the infant cry first filled the room...
To think that you and heaven just circled the moon..."
You knew then that mothering was going to matter.

"And the day the bus pull to a stop
And you zip the jacket up to the top
And place a kiss on a five-year-old's cheek
And wave goodbye, then see the trike...silent and still"
You hope that all your training as a mother has mattered.

"The first time you notice his voice is deep.
The first time she asks if you are asleep
And wants to know when love is real."
And you tell her.
You sense that mothering has mattered.

"Then the candles are lit.
She comes down the isle.
Do you weep? Do you smile"
And when your child, with child, tells you the news,
And in the quit of the corner asks for clues."
Then it is confirmed. Mothering HAS mattered.
(Quoted verses by Max Lucado)

Happy Mother's Day sweet friend. You are incredibly blessed and I am thankful to have you in my pocket of friends. God is so good!!!

Hugs and kisses (Texas sized of course!)


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Saturday, May 7, 2005 7:52 PM CDT
We've been offline for a couple of weeks until today, so REALLY missing the updates and pics. So "excited over here" to hear of your fun-filled, action-packed festivities in Virginia! What a trooper you are, Kristin, to fly cross country with 2 little ones by yourself--you are amazing! Great to hear of little Ally's progress. She is really growing--can't believe how big she is in the most recent photos. She is ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!! Kristin, wishing you a peaceful, relaxing Mother's Day--hopefully ALONE on the beach reading--you deserve it more than anyone I know. You are a truly remarkable mother. Thanks Aunt Ashli for providing that for her! Take care and enjoy the Aunt Atchwee time. Love you all TONS!!!!!!! xoxoxoxoxooxo
Mer, Glenn, and Spencer
Kennesaw, GA USA - Saturday, May 7, 2005 8:46 AM CDT
Hello from the east coast! I enjoyed your update. You girls are all so beautiful. Kristin, just wanted to wish you a Happy Mother's Day. You are awesome. Words can't even describe it. I am remembering you all in my prayers and I am glad to hear you had a safe trip. Have a great weekend! - Amber Thompson (Will's mom)
Amber Thompson <abthomps@unch.unc.edu>
Siler City, NC US - Friday, May 6, 2005 9:05 PM CDT
An early "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL MOTHERS"!!! I am so glad the past weekend went so well for the Matus/Kelso families. I know the great feeling of being with your loved ones. I will be enjoying the coming weekend with all four of my children and grandsons at Jackie and Steve's home in San Antonio. Hopefully the weather will be nice enough to have a splash or two in the pool. Wishing all of you a blessed day wherever you are. We love and miss all of you very much. Hurry up, August!!! The pictures of the girls continue to brighten my day...one can really see the changes in Allyson...God bless modern medicine/technology!!
Hugs and kisses to all.

Auntie Katie <kafishbeck@yahoo.com>
Moulton, TX US - Friday, May 6, 2005 1:27 PM CDT
This piece was given to me this morning by my very dear friend, Maureen Mc, Asst. Principal at Franklin. I hope the beauty of these words will warm your hearts and your Mother's Day weekend!

To all the MOTHERS out there, I wish you a happy SPECIAL MOTHER's DAY!


For those who are lucky to still be blessed with your Mom, this is beutiful. For those of you who aren't, this is even more beautiful.

The young mother set her foot on the path of life. "Is this the long way?" she asked. And the guide said, "yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning." But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years.

So she played with her children, she fed them, and bathed them, and taught them to tie their shoes and ride a bike and do their homework and brush their teeth. The sun shone on them, and the young mother cried, "Nothing will ever be lovelier than this." The thenights came, and the storms, and the path was sometimes dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her arms, and the children said, "Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come."

And the morning came, and there was ahill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary too. But at all times she said to the children, "A little patience and we are there." So the children climbed, and as they climbed, theylearned to weather the sorms. And with this, she gave them strength to face the world.

Year after year, she showed them compassion, understanding, hope, but most of all...unconditional love. And when they reached the top they said, "Mother, we could not have done it without you." The days went on, and the weeks and themonths and the years, and the mother grew old and she became little and bent. But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage. And the mother, when she lay down at night, looked up at the stars and said, "This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned so much and are now passing these traits onto their children."

And when the way became rough for her, theylifted her and gave her their strength, just as she had given them hers. One day they came to a hill, and beyond the hill, they could see a shining road and golden gates flung open. And the mother said, "I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know that the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk with dignity and pride, with their head held high, and so can their children after them." And the children said, "You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates."

And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said, "We canot see her, but she is with us still. A Mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence."

Your Mother is always with you. She is the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street. She is the smell of certain foods that you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore. She is the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well. She is your breath in the air on a cold winter's day. She is the sound of the rain. Your Mother lives inside your laughter, and she is crystallized in every tear drop. A Mother shows every emotion, happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow and allthe while, hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings inlife.

She is the place you came from, your first home, and she is thenap that you follow with every step you take. She is your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing onearth can separate you. Not time, not space, not even death.

May we never take our Mothers for granted.

With love to all on this special DAY!

Terri aka Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Friday, May 6, 2005 9:19 AM CDT
Ditto Ashli's words about the updated pictures and words on the website journal!

YOU KNOW I LOVE THE FOREST PICTURES!! Morgan was so 'taken' with the tall trees - -- she said, "Teetay, I don't have any forests in CALIFORNIA!" I told her she could visit 'my forest' anytime she needed tall, green trees!

The weekend was filled with happiness and happy, shared moments with loved ones: family and friends from close and far. The love that surrounds our family continues to be a source of strength to give us well-being.

I am reminded of a quote I read not long ago:

"What is the best gift you ever received? Better still, what is the best gift you ever gave? Perhpas you will recall that in each instance, the best gift was one that was tied with the heartstrings of the giver, one that included a part of self." Thank Wanda Fulton for these words. Ashli received some very sentimental FAMILY-ties gifts last Saturday - ones that she will carry into her own family one day.

Ashli received the best gifts last weekend with the TOP one being the PRESENCE (present?) of her sister, Kristin! Kristin's GIFT was herself and the two little people who accompanied her cross - country! Thank YOU, Kristin, for giving YOURSELF to all of us.

Thank you Megan and Melissa and Jessica for GIVING yourselves to us last weekend as well. All the friends LOVED meeting you, and feel like you are FAMILY...and YOU ARE!!! What a lovely bond we all have....it just 'fits'...RIGHT!

Please continue to write/call/post on the website and let us know you're 'out there' - - your caring is appreciated!

An early happy MOTHER'S DAY to all of you, and a SPECIAL HAPPY MOTHER's DAY to my daughter, Kristin, who has modeled the most exemplary role of MOTHER during these past months. Two little girls in CA are incredibly fortunate to have you at the helm of their lives. YOU ARE THE BEST!!! And, you show selfLESS love everyday. :)!!!

And, a special memory wish for the mothers who are no longer with us...to yours, and to ours...Nanny and Gran. May God continue to hold you both in the palm of His hand. Mother's Day will be a little lonely this year - - but I will remember the MANY previous MOTHER'S DAYS that I was blessed with my mom. I had her with me for a very long time.

With love to all,

Terri aka Teetay :) aka Mrs. M/TMAT

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Thursday, May 5, 2005 12:28 AM CDT
Great photos and update! And not just because I am in them!! hee hee :) It was a wonderful weekend and I can't wait to see you ALL again this Saturday - woo hoo! CALIFORNIA HERE I COME, RIGHT BACK WHERE I STARTED FROM.. WHERE BLAH BLAH AND BLAH BLAH (do something in the sun?!?) Help Teets! I know you know all the words!! ;) And nope, I am not really from CA but lately I pretend to be when traveling frequently to see my favorite girls! See you in a few days - I am heading there so Kristin can have a Mother's Day ALONE and possibly sitting on the beach ALONE reading ALONE! That's all she wants and I will grant her that wish, watching the girls with Mark at home and perhaps some back yard games and baby pool time. Can't wait!

And to you ALL who were a part of my activity-packed weekend last week... my birthday, bridal shower and suprise (!) visit by my sisters-in-law and niece (ok, let's just admit it, we're already there so forget the "future" part!)and seeing all the dear teacher friends who have known me for SO LONG, thank you for EVERYTHING!! I am still smiling from all the love and happiness that last weekend brought. Thanks!

This quote pretty much sums up all that I felt and gathered from last weekend, both emotionally and physically (from some family heimlooms I received). Enjoy :)

"Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future."
~Gail Lumet Buckley

Make it a great day everyone!! Much love and hugs to the CA gang xoxoxoxoxo

Aunt Ashli.. or the new "Asswee" ;)
Washington, DC - Thursday, May 5, 2005 10:34 AM CDT
GREAT PHOTOS!!! Welcome home. Glad y'all had a safe trip. Hope her Ortho appmt goes well. And, love that grin of yours Morgan! Ally, I can see a huge difference from your nam. The transformation is amazing. :)

~Cat in the breezy and balmy pineapple islands, whom will be "thawing out" in San Fran next week. ;)

C Potter <catpotter2001@yahoo.com>
Pineapple Islands, HI USA - Wednesday, May 4, 2005 10:02 PM CDT
Hello all,

Just "picking up the infant equipment" to STORE AWAY until the next time. Not tooooo 'sniffy' as I put it away. Such good memories now touch every piece. The downstairs bedroom smells of Kristin's perfume, and there are 'baby' aromas everywhere!!! Morgan's "room" is still "her room" and her 'stuff' stays put! There is such a good feeling left in the home from the visit!!! Thanks for making our four day weekend such a happy one by your presence!!!

And, yes, Meredith L., I will pray for your cousin, Cory, and the about to be born baby child!!! Please let me know when the special day arrives! I am glad the mom and baby are okay at this point and I wish a safe and healthy delivery!

We are on the road again late May for a MN wedding for "No. 1 Girl"....that will be the next 'reunion' with Allyson and Morgan and Kristin! Hope Mark will be there,too...that will make it EXTRA special!!!

Have a good WEDNESDAY!!! Hump day!!!

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M / T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 6:57 PM CDT
Hey everyone! Thanks, Mrs. M., for the previous entry, but I should be the one thanking you. I'm so happy I've had the oppurtunity to meet Morgan, Kristen, and espcially Ally! I enjoy doing what I can to make everyone's day just a little bit better. The two missing pilots and their families will remain in my prayers.

Please keep my cousin, Ed, in your prayers, too. He just safely returned home from Iraq, in the Air Force, for his first child's birth in the next week. His wife, Cory (also in the Air Force) was involved in a hit-and-run car accident 10 days ago, and although she was injured, neither Cory or the baby were seriously hurt.

I'll leave you with a quote that fits in about now.
"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ Meredith L. 4th Period

Meredith L. <mykoala@verizon.net>
Oak Hill, VA USA - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 6:04 PM CDT
Dear Mark and everyone..

My prayers are certainly with the families of the missing pilots. They have reached up and touched the face of God. I hope there will be comfort for their loved ones in knowing that they were working toward a common goal of realizing peace in the world, particularly, Iraq.

And, God bless us everyone.

Love, Terri aka Teetay :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 10:33 AM CDT
I got some sad news this morning. Two Marine F-18 pilots from my air wing were killed flying in Iraq yesterday. They are from VMFA-323 Death Rattlers stationed at Miramar MCAS in San Diego. Incidentally, that was the first place we were stationed at in California back when it was a Naval Air Station. It's tough to know two of your fellow aviators, guys you trained and played with, gave the ultimate sacrifice. Please say a prayer for thier families.

From Multi-National Force-Iraq Combined Press Information Center

BAGHDAD, Iraq (NNS) -- At approximately 10:10 p.m. May 2, contact was lost with two U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), flying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Status of the crew members is unknown at this time. Search efforts are currently underway.

There was no initial indication of hostile fire in the area at the time contact was lost.

From Multi-National Force-Iraq Combined Press Information Center

BAGHDAD, Iraq (NNS) -- Early this morning local time, search teams located the body of a pilot from one of two missing U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 aircraft from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

The aircraft had been flying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom when contact was lost at approximately 10:10 p.m. May 2.

The status of the second crew member is unknown at this time and search efforts continue.

There was no initial indication of hostile fire in the area at the time contact was lost. The incident is under investigation.

Mark Kelso <mark.kelso@verizon.net>
Port Hueneme, CA - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 9:15 AM CDT
Hi everyone,

I wanted to mention a very special student, Meredith L., my poet laureate of the 8th grade! Mer made beautiful "Welcome to Franklin" signs for Morgan and Allyson, and Morgan took them HOME to CA this morning. What a special memory of her trip to VA!!

Thanks, Meredith!

Mrs. M :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Monday, May 2, 2005 9:37 PM CDT
For all of your who read Terri's update - I TOLD YOU SO!!!!! Thank you Terri for making me feel like a part of your weekend.
Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Monday, May 2, 2005 2:30 PM CDT
Hi Everyone! LOVED the new pics! What beautiful outfits the girls are donning!! Know you are having a ball. It makes me happy just to know you are all together and having fun playing and visiting. Remember we love you lots. Aunt Char (aka Cha Cha)
Charlotte McKay <crmckay2@aol.com>
Austin, TX USA - Monday, May 2, 2005 2:28 PM CDT
Dear Kristin, Morgan, and Allyson, It was so wonderful getting to see you this past weekend! Morgan, thank you for playing catch with me and teaching me how to catch the jelly ball and not bounce it too high. (I think I only hit your head twice with my bad tosses.) Kristin, after talking with you at lunch and watching you in action with your girls, I understand more than ever why your Mom is so proud of you. Your calm manner and assurance exude so much love--there is a radiance about you! And Allyson, what a joy to watch your alert, bright eyes taking in everything, to feel your sweet soft skin, and to observe your casual eating style--one eye almost open and legs crossed in such a grown-up manner! A special thank you to your beautiful Aunt Ashli who shared her nieces and sista' with us during her special weekend. A lovely time was had by all! Love, Marilou
Marilou Cook <grannylulu@sc.rr.com>
Conway, SC USA - Monday, May 2, 2005 2:16 PM CDT
Ah..........it did my heart so good to learn of all the love shared this weekend...in so many ways and venues. I have more to share but wanted to let you know we are loving you from Texas. Have a great day,

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Monday, May 2, 2005 9:16 AM CDT
Did you know the BEST prayer you can utter is

"Thank you."

So....THANK YOU! God is good to us.

Terri :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Monday, May 2, 2005 8:48 AM CDT
Hello all!

I'll try to 'write my three lines' as Aimee, No. 1 girl, suggested!!! HA! She knows me all too well!!!

Morgan always asks: "What is your favorite part, Teetay?" (regarding events, stories, movies, etc!!) So, this morning wehn I asked her "favorite" part of the weekend, she brightly announced that it was "playing in the ball house" with Matthew and Catherine yesterday. Thanks to the Lutz visit, Morgan was able to reunite with her 'old friends'...it was a boisterous time for all!!! The 'next best part' was coming to Teetay's school and 'teaching her students' the letter V. She hopes that this week I will carry on with her lesson and teach the "W"...!! And, she said, "Be sure the tall boy with red hair practices more." (so, that would be you, ANDREW!!)

My "favorite part" is multi-faceted - - from the first minute of arrival last Wednesday night down to the big bear hug this morning when I left for school! Playing 'jelly ball' in the front yard....blowing bubbles with the PINK bubble-stuff, walking in the woods to find just the right sized sticks to throw in the creek behind my house...feeding the geese and SAVING some crackers for the 'little duck'....celebrating Ashli's birthday with friends in Georgetown....(and staying up TOO late - even Morgan and Allyson!!)...and enjoying the most elegant shower given for Ashli Saturday afternoon by the BEST friends in the world...(and her sisters-in-law-to-be surprised her with their visit and MEETING JESSICA, the other flower girl!)....eating 'sticky' rice, watching Allyson coo and gurgle and LAUGH OUTLOUD (what joy in Mudville!!!)....helping set up Allyson's feeding machine, albuterol, venting, and the 'etcs' that go with her territory....oh, and, and, and,and LAUGH OUTLOUD AGAIN and AGAIN...!!!!(I think my noises were funny to her!)...doing exercises with Allyson...listening to Morgan sing all her princess songs while being a 'ballerina princess'....and in between SO MANY VISITORS from our past...

Old friends, Jan and Fritz, dropped in Thursday night(from Florida) ...we became friends when our 'girls' were BABIES...we have been there for one another many,many times...GREAT to see them!

And, Kristin's "old" high school friend, Beth, and her family made our Sunday complete!!! Kristin and Beth were talking about being "old" since they've known one another over 20 years!!! HA>..they 'jest'.....!!!! OLD???? Wait til my dear friend of 61 years hears that? And my other dear friend of 49 years? These 'girls' have an INFANCY FRIENDSHIP by comparison, right???

And, through it all, we missed Mark - but understand that he was HOME in CA 'killing the ivy' that has attacked the backyard/fence etc!!! Good, physical theraphy, Mark!!! Can't wait to see your GARDEN GROW in its place!!! We talked of you often during the weekend, and Morgan would say outloud: "I have to go home and see my Daddy. He misses me." (and I'm sure she was so correct!!) And, I won't even go there with your 'margarita talk'....!!!

Geep made sure we had delicious meals...there was brisket for Ashli's birthday party....and some 'steaks' were thrown on the grill last night in between visitors! Somewhere in all of that Allyson even managed to get her bath!!!

Kristin and Ashli organized wedding 'invitation' stuff so that Kristin can begin her beautiful calligraphy/writing on the envelopes!!! And, the 'sisters' got a couple of outings all by themselves!!! Ashli said Kristin was absolutely giddy Friday afternoon and when Ashli asked her "why"...Kristin exclaimed, "I'm alone! I'm alone! I'm alone!" ( I am SURE every mother understands that statement!!!) I am grateful the girls could have some sister-time together.

I don't think we finished all the conversations...I think there are probably dangling sentences hanging in the air, but all in all, we hugged, laughed, and felt the warmth of one another for FOUR FULL DAYS!!!! We could not have 'done much more'....!!

The Franklin school visit was perfect. Every student and faculty member got turns seeing/talking/and some holding time....Meredith made signs....Sarah and Allison escorted us around with Allison carrying ALLY....Chali and Christina got special looks....and everyone got to meet the California Kelsos. Now, they must go home to unadulterated obscurity!!! HA>>>until the next time!!!

Tomorrow is the orthopedic surgeon visit for Allyson where he will look at her hands and feet and provide information on what might occur in her future regarding her hands and feet. Another trip to LA - Kristin could probably drive it in her sleep at this point! And, Morgan will be back in school working on the "w" this week!!!

Such gratitude that the visit happened and we were able to be together for these past days. It fills my heart to the brim. I will count the days until I see them the end of the month in MN for "No. 1 girl" and her WEDDING!!! Then, there is Disneyland to anticipate the following weekend! And, then later in the month of June, Morgan goes to Legoland with Grandma and Grandpa! LOTS of big stuff on the horizon!!!

Thank you for your love and interest and continued support.

18,000 +.....hits on this website...in slightly over four months...is that just amazing, of what??? Thank you for being here in our world!

With our love,

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M aka TMAT !~!! :)
How 'bout these THREE lines, Aimee???
:) Sorry if this is too long folks...it was a BIG weeeknd...next time, I'll provide CLIFF NOTES!!! :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Monday, May 2, 2005 8:46 AM CDT
Good morning. Terri - I just had to comment on your entry. First of all, after knowing you for over 19 years, I find it VERY hard to believe that you will NOT know what to say. :):) hee hee!!! In fact, I think if anyone made a bet with Terri that she could not write less than 3 sentences on any given occassion, they would win hands down. That being said, I am really looking forward to reading about your wonderful, family-filled weekend. I loved the matching outfits too and the girls look so adorable! I am getting excited to hug and squeeze Ally and can barely contain myself. Have a great week!!!!!
Much Love, Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Monday, May 2, 2005 7:15 AM CDT
Hello ALL!!

YOU can 'expect' a GREAT BIG message tomorrow...I've been 'rather busy' these last few incredible, wonderful, fantastic days!!! So...get ready to READ the 'stuff'....wow...so much going on, I might not know 'where' to START!

Believe me..I KNOW where to start!

Love to all...return to school tomorrow...and so much love for the FRANKLIN FAMILY who loves my family so much!!

Later everyone!

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M aka TMAT :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Sunday, May 1, 2005 10:10 PM CDT
Ally and Morgan...you girlies are stylin' and profilin' in those cute outfits!! Was that Disney princess nail polish that Miss Morgan had in her hand? Teetay and Geep....are you just filled with excitement to have your girls within arms reach??? Glad to hear your time together has been loads of fun!!! Happy belated birthday to "Ass-wee"! I got so tickled at that!!! Have a happy Monday!!! Texas hugs...Anna Rainwater
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Sunday, May 1, 2005 4:57 PM CDT
Gretings, all! Happy belated birthday, Ashli! What a great b-day gift to have had Kristen and the girls spend it with you. I haven't been on in awhile.....the end of school "chaos" and summer school planning has begun and kept me quite busy! (speaking of school, did you hear the great news about Jackie??? She is the new principal of Health Careers High School, a phenomenal magnet school that teaches the future medical professional geniuses! We're all very proud of her!!!!)
Sorry to digress......Kristen, glad to hear that all is well with your family. We're sorry about Mark's flying news but glad that he can continue to be there to support you! Can't wait to see you all in a few months.
Love to all,

Mary Kay De Hoyos <marykaydehoyos@nisd.net>
San Antonio, TX - Sunday, May 1, 2005 10:16 AM CDT
Hello to everyone!!
It was sooo great to see everyone, I can't even put it to words. It was so much fun walking around the school with all of you 3rd period (yes i missed Spanish..shhh..dont tell)I loved holding little Allyson, riding in the elevator with Kristin, playing catch with Morgan,dancing in Mr. Walkers room, drawing on the chalkboard in Mrs. Williams room and playing with the toys in Mrs Paradises office. But most of all..the best part was..getting a sticker from Morgan when Tee-Tay told her to give it to someone special! What a great feeling that gave me! I also LOVED the picture that Morgan did on T-MATS chalkboard of me and her. It looked like me..with the curly hair and EVERYTHING
xoxo--Sarah--4th period
~Nancy-We miss you!! It was great to hear that you are donig well in your new school. e-mail me your sn so we can talk!

Sarah DeCenzo--4th period <jwdecenzo@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA US - Saturday, April 30, 2005 7:56 PM CDT
NOTE TO PARENTS: Please make all small children leave the room. This next discussion concerns alcoholic beverages and may not be suitable for young viewers. I know this is a website for Allyson, but I know if she could see me she would smile and laugh.... or scrunch up her nose and poop.... or whatever....

BACCHUS is not scared of the beer margarita!

Sorry, that's kind of pagan. Bacchus is the roman god of wine and frivolity. At least that's what I was told at Mardi Gras when I was in college. It celebrates the new HBO miniseries "ROME" due out this fall. (They did not pay me to say that!)

Anyway, the beer margarita is NOT the best margarita ever! Ash, were you loaded when you drank this thing and said it was really good? Just kidding, it's not too bad. Surprisingly, it tastes like..... a pretty good margarita... that has had ... well.... beer poured into it. Kind of like drinking the refuse when you're cleaning up after a fraternity party..... only less puke.

I shall enjoy these in the sun and make a toast to you all. In the future, this drink should only be made in (Ron) Mexico, where Montezuma's revenge might prevent you from drinking the tap water or anything else that doesn't come in a bottle!

Mark <mark.kelso@verizon.net>
Port Hueneme, CA Mexico - Friday, April 29, 2005 5:25 PM CDT

Wow, you've been 29 only a few less times than me. At least you're not a balding fat guy!

I wish I was there, seriously, I could use one of those "beer" margaritas right about now.

I talked to my flight surgeon today and got some disappointing news. As you all may know, the doctors down in Pensacola will make the final determination of whether I can fly again for the Navy and how long it will be until I do. Well, on the "bad news" side of it they told my doc that it would probably for sure be at least a year before I could fly again. On the "good news" side they want me to come down there in a week or two and get all the testing done so they can see how I'm doing. I'm trying to be optimistic about this, but it's tough riding the pine while your teammates make the playoffs. (sorry, I know, lame sports quote!) Anyway, hopefully things will go well and we'll see what happens after that. The good part is that every time I hear my doctors say stuff like that, I have to go vent my frustration. I spent 45 minutes on the Precor at the gym and about burned that thing to the ground. Anyone heard this quote before; "Pain is weakness leaving the body". A good motivator when you're working out and can't go anymore.

It's a beautiful day here, sunny with no clouds anywhere, 70 degrees, typical SoCal day. I think I may try my 'lil sistas beer margarita recipe and catch some rays out back. Ash and Tom, I'm going to be very humbled if the perfect margarita recipe that my whole family knows I have been searching for most of my adult life contains BEER! Need to get the recipe down before Cinco de Mayo!

See you!


Mark Kelso <mark.kelso@verizon.net>
Port Hueneme, CA - Friday, April 29, 2005 5:07 PM CDT
Happy Birthday Aunt "Asswee"!!! So glad you can spend it with most of your family. I know Geep will have some good cooking for you. Glad the trip for Kristin and the girls went so well. Hugs and kisses to all, but especially to you on your "29th"...you wish!!!!
Auntie Katie and Uncle Ken <kafishbeck@yahoo.com>
Moulton, TX - Friday, April 29, 2005 2:34 PM CDT
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO PLUCKY CHICKEN'S SISTER!!!!!!! I LOVED the journal update and can TOTALLY relate to the potty story. Tyler was my date for a wedding we attended in March and just as the big doors opened for the ceremony to start this little voice pipes up...."Mommy, I have to go potty." Kids have the best timing, don't they. Mental note to self - no juice for Tyler at least one hour prior to MY wedding next month!

Glad to hear your trip is going well and that you have becomes stars at Franklin Middle School. You are all stars in my book too!!!! I am so jealous of your sister-time - have fun, giggle, drink wine, and give a giant hug to the birthday girl for me. I can't believe I used to drive her around and have known her since she had hair down to her butt all crimped from her perm :):)

Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Friday, April 29, 2005 12:24 AM CDT
Journal update coming... but I just wanted everyone to know that TODAY is Aunt Ashli's BIRTHDAY!!!! Have a great day, Ash, and we'll see you for lunch SOON!

Morgan and Allyson

Your California Nieces <weloveauntashlisomuch@dc.com>
Port Hueneme, CA USA - Friday, April 29, 2005 7:38 AM CDT
my apologies, i spelled kristin wrong! *
chali temple <chalitemple@hotmail.com>
fairfax, VA US - Friday, April 29, 2005 5:43 AM CDT
we finally got to meet the two famous sisterS! Allyson, Morgan(and Kristen), it was so nice to have u at franklin yesterday! Allyson and Morgan are the most adorable girls! and Allyson is looking great!!! :D have fun with Teetay this weekend! :D

chali temple. 2nd pd. <chalitemple@hotmail.com>
fairfax, VA US - Friday, April 29, 2005 5:42 AM CDT
Ooops!!! Sorry, Mrs. Matus, but I just found out Teacher Appreciation Week is NEXT week. Hehe! At my mom's preschool, they do it this week. Also, ( I must have been sleep typing or something) sorry about the misspellings of symphonic and percussionist. Ok, now I'm done. Have a good rest of the week!


Christina Knippler ~ 5th period <acoolkid15@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA - Thursday, April 28, 2005 2:24 PM CDT
Hey!!! I finally got to meet the California ladies! Both girls are so cute - cuter than in the pics. ;) I'm sure Teetay has plenty of activities planned, so have FUN! And to Kristin, make sure you relax! Morgan is the cutest little percusionist, and I hope she doesn't replace me in the Franklin Syphonic Band. Too bad you couldn't stay longer, but I know how ansy little ones get. I'm so glad to see Allyson is doing very well. Mrs. Matus, happy teacher appreciation week! I know it's almost done, but I keep forgetting to say so when I see you. Enjoy your stay in the Old Dominion. And, as always, you all are in our prayers.

Christina ~ 5th pd.

Christina Knippler <acoolkid15@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA - Thursday, April 28, 2005 2:12 PM CDT
Thanks Ass-wee (you will never live this one down) for putting a smile on my face. I am so glad (and relieved) to hear that the flight went smoothly as I know this was a "test run" for May. It sounds like you have Kristin and the girls booked solid for their stay and I have no doubt you all will enjoy every minute! I wish I could be a fly on the wall of Franklin Middle School right now :)

Enjoy your wine and your bridal shower! Wish I could be there but instead I am trying to deal with the 39 degree weather in APRIL for goodness sake!

Hugs to everyone!!!!

Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Thursday, April 28, 2005 12:46 AM CDT
HI EVERYONE WHO'S WONDERING HOW THE TRIP WENT... Of course the Kelso gang arrived safe and sound and incident free last night into Dulles. Teetay, Geep and I were there to greet Kristin, Morgan and Allyson - Morgan bolted across the airport hall into my arms while Kristin carrying Allyson in her carrier and about 3 other bags (!) followed behind - the silly airport crew put the STROLLER back through to baggage claim instead of delivering it when they got OFF the plane so my sister was carrying quite the load! The girls were great on the plane... Allyson slept, Morgan watched movies and took a nap, and the bulk head seat was a blessing to them! We had a nice visit back at Teetay and Geep's, and Morgan dragged Teetay around the house uncovering all her toys and things and surprises! Geep got Morg's late supper ready while I had a long bit of Allyson-holding while she fed off her "pet" and Kristin and I fed off our wine :) Allyson looks awesome and so happy and chubby and bright eyed... Stong as heck with those little hands already and smiles galore when coo'd at. It was wonderful to see them all and have a little visit before I had to head back to the big city. Pains me greatly to be at work today!!!

Kristin and the gang are at Teetay's school today... it's as if ROYALTY were coming! (Well, they are, aren't they?!?) I am not sure who was more excited, Teetay or Morgan to have the special day at Teetay's school!!

I am sure Mom or Kristin will post something later... but we have lots of visitng and fun stuff planned so we hope to keep Kristin away from the ol computer as much as possible! Tonight is dinner at home and evening play time, then tomorrow, the girls come to Aunt "Ass-wee's" work... yes, the "Atchwee" has evolved into Ass-wee... we all knew this would happen someday so just spare me the smart remarks ;) ha ha. After a visit at Sallie Mae, we'll head to lunch the Teetay gets the girls for the afternoon while Kristin and I head to my house for party prep and well, whatever else we want to do!! TG and I have about 15 people coming over for the evening, also happens to be the day 'o my birth, so having us all together is the best gift of ALL!

Us ladies are so looking forward to my bridal shower tomorrow and a wonderful weekend! Hope you're having great spring weather and blue skies wherever you are!


Ashli... Aunt Ass-wee... f/k/a Aunt Atchwee ;)
Washington , DC - Thursday, April 28, 2005 10:11 AM CDT
Happy Thursday! I am thinking of you since I know you are close by and on the East Coast!! I know your schedules are packed with visits to all your adoring fans and of course time well spent with your family. I wish you all the best while you're here and hope that little Ally enjoys her first of many many trips. I just know she will be a world traveler. Take care,
Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Thursday, April 28, 2005 9:10 AM CDT
Lilke Dorothy said.."There's no place like home." Teetay, how big is your smile right now???!!! Enjoy your family time!!!
Hugs from Texas...Anna Rainwater

Anna <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Wednesday, April 27, 2005 9:01 PM CDT
Hey ppls! itz nancy here and i jus wish i was still at Franklin so i could see Lil' Allyson tomorrow but i'm not going to, i send you all my love and i'm doing fine at my new school~mucho amor nancy
Nancy Cruz-Lara (former 4th pd. student) <Morenita0506@aol.com>
Bealeton, Va USA - Wednesday, April 27, 2005 8:17 PM CDT
16 MORE HOURS!!!! I am sooooo excited to see everyone! I could tell that T-mat just wanted to run to CA and pick you all up and run you back to her house..she was SOOO excited today.
Well, I was thinking this weekend of how you all would know who I was. Well..PROBLEM SOLVED! I rolled my ankle, sprained my foot, and stretched our a ton of ligaments and tendons and stuff power-tumbling this weekend. SO, all you have to look for a tall, curly haired girl, on crutches!
Sending all my love to the plane flying you all to VA and T-mats house. Can't wait to see you tomorrow!!!

-xoxo-Sarah~4th period

Sarah DeCenzo <jwdecenzo@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA USA - Wednesday, April 27, 2005 4:03 PM CDT
Love the new pics! I bet you are so excited about your journey east tomorrow. I wish I was still living in VA, just to be close enough to maybe link up during your visit and give you a great big hug and lots of love! I know how well you all will be taken care of while in NoVA and how much you will be loved upon. I wish you a great trip and have fun! Love, Dani
Dani Van Natta <dlv16@bellsouth.net>
Acworth, GA USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 6:08 PM CDT
Dear California Family, I have just talked to Teetay and she's so excited ... she's about "wiggly" all over! I loved Pam's story about the boy and the dog ... I've had that sent to me several times, and each time, I think of Allyson! She has a special place and a special kind of love for all of us ... and I know her blessing for us will be meaningful and significant. It already is!!!! :)
Kristin, you and Miss MAK and Miss AllybeDally will be in our continual prayers tomorrow as you fly to northern Virginia for the "Ashli and Tom" gala! I hope that it will be smooth flying and no blips on your kid radar screens. Uncle Loren and I and all the Atlanta family send you our love and our prayers .... Hugs to Mark, who will be holding down the homefront at Port Hueneme ... I'll bet he'll O>D> on beer and games and tv and know he can sleep all night through! Hugs and Love to you all, Aunt Dale

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 5:35 PM CDT
One more day!!!!! I will be praying that you will have a safe flight tomorrow. I am sure that Teetay will be waiting for you with open arms. It will be a "certs" encounter moment!!! Anyway, I have been quite the "klutz" today. So far I have managed to break a glass bowl that I accidentally knocked off the counter, dropped a bowl of hamburger meat all over the floor....and then, I had enough, so I decided to pour me a glass of Pepsi and ...dropped the 2 liter bottle on the floor and pepsi sprayed EVERYWHERE!!!! I had just mopped the floor from spilling the hamburger meat!! I should have gone for something stronger to drink!!!:) Hopefully that was the last of my spills for today!! Well, enjoy your family time in Virginia. Kristin, you let your mom spoil you girlie!!!! Praying for you in Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Tuesday, April 26, 2005 5:05 PM CDT
One more day until I get to meet the "celebrities"!!! I'm so excited to finally meet you all! Everyone at Franklin has been waiting for this day to come! :-)
Ally, great smile on the homepage picture! The NAM is sure working its magic!
I hope you all have a safe trip to Virginia and I will see you on Thursday!
~Allison Maher--3rd period

Allison Maher <alliem894@yahoo.com>
Oakton, VA 22124 - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 4:00 PM CDT
Hello!!! I can't wait until all the "celebrities" come to visit us on Thursday. Ally, what a beautiful smile! I hope we can see some of those when you come over. Today in class, we talked about self-less love. Mrs. Matus, you are full of self-less love as you travel across the country to visit your family and open your home to the one's you love. This whole family is filled to the brim with love for one another. I recently found this quote and think it goes well with the self-less love topic: "What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things instead of using people and loving things." - Anon. I think this family has already learned how to love people and they do a great job. Always keeping you in our prayers!

- Christina Knippler ~~ 5th period

Christina Knippler <acoolkid15@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 3:01 PM CDT
Absolutely LOVE that smile Ally! And the rest of the photos are great too. Love the one with grandma and Mark and the girls too. Ally, you can really see the resemblance to Morgan now. That little nam has done some amazing work. And, I can definitely "see" Mark in Ally now.

Safe travels to all of you and HAPPY vacationing!
~Cat and clan

C Potter
Pineapple Islands, HI USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 1:44 PM CDT
NO MORE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy travels... in-person chat, talks, holding, hugs and FUN tomorrow - yahhooo!

Love you four! xoxo

Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Tuesday, April 26, 2005 1:31 PM CDT
I'm baaaaaaaaaaack! I've just spent a couple of hours catching up on "our" website after being gone for 10 days. Wow - so much love, excitement, and many changes - and the impending visit of the Kelso ladies - I'm overwhelmed! Soon I'll be holding Ally, playing with Morgan, and hugging Kristin! Ellen, Theresa, and I are gonna have the BEST shower for Ashli on Saturday - then everyone will get a special added treat with Ally, Morgan, and Kristin's presence.

I have a wonderful story to share; when I read it, I immediately thought of all the wonderful folks associated with this loving website, so here goes -

A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups. And set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.

"Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your puppies."

"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, "These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money."

The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. "I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?"

"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. "Here, Dolly!" he called. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.

The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight.

As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up....

"I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt.

The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would."

With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, "You see sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands."

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.

"How much?" asked the little boy.

"No charge," answered the farme. "There's no charge for love."

The world is full of people who need someone who understands...

This website if full of people who understand and LOVE!



Pam Thompson <pamelatc@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 12:34 AM CDT
Greetings to all of you!

I don't have to tell you how excited we are in ANTICIPATION of the CA -peeps arrival! You will probably hear the laughter and feel the love when American Airlines touches down tomorrow night!If I 'get any more ready' I'll be sitting on the curb TONIGHT waiting for them!!!

The weather is appearing to BECOME more cooperative with each day, and we're doing our very BEST SUNSHINE DANCE this week! But, as always, there are 'rainy day activities' that can be very fun!!

LOVE the new Allyson SMILE picture! To see it in person will warm my heart! And, Morgan already told me 'the drill'...."Teetay, I'll drive in the car, then the bus, then the airplane, and give the lady our tickets"....she has it memorized PURRFECTLY! I think she is as excited about seeing the FAMILY-animals as she is us! That's okay we'll share her with the felines and the canine.

One hundred and fifty Franklin 8th graders are going to be so excited to see 'the girls'!!! (and, you, too Kristin) And, the guidance secretary is 'setting up a schedule' for them to SEE EVERYONE! I've told you..."you are celebrities" in my school!!!

We know that love is, above all, the gift of oneself. And we cannot wait to GIVE THAT GIFT to Kristin, Morgan, and Allyson this weekend. We WISH that Mark was going to be receiving some of 'that gift' and we will miss him. Don't worry, Mark...you will be in our thoughts even though you are not here.

We love you all very much!

And, I'll be the one standing with the ear-to-ear-grin tomorrow night at Dulles Airport ...I might even have a BALLOON!!!! Ya think???

Travel safely,

Love you,
Teetay/Terri/Mrs.M/TMat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 12:15 AM CDT
Dear Allyson and all,
OH those smiling eyes! So sweet! Have a great trip, and be sure to call us if you are in the neighborhood. We would love to see all of you!
Amy, Davin, Matthew and Seth

Amy O'Hora <spiderq9415@yahoo.com>
Norfolk, VA - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 11:53 AM CDT
Oh sweet Ally,

I love your precious smile!

You be VERY good for Mommy and Morgan tomorrow...then...soak up all that LOVE and SUN from everyone.

Hugs and kisses to you and your family (Texas sized of course!)


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Tuesday, April 26, 2005 11:14 AM CDT
Happy Monday morning! That is one amazing "little" device. Thanks for sharing the picture. It makes it a bit easier to visualize and I can't believe that "thing" actually fits into Ally's mouth and nose.

Kristin, I am sure you are super busy getting ready for your trip. I wanted to just tell you that I hope you have a wonderful time. I am sure you are looking forward to doing wedding stuff with Ashli and to perhaps get some more Kristin-time while the 1,000's of adoring Ally fans dote on her.

As I mentioned the last time you were planning a trip back "home," be sure to show Morgan that Aunt Aimee used to live 527 from mommy and that mommy was too lazy to walk to the top of the street for school. I can still remember our high school mornings....I would pull up to your drive way and you would run out with your peanut butter toast. Then we would ride to school with the t-tops off (regardless of how cold it was), stop at Shell for gas - 85 cents per gallon back then, and you would squeegie the car since we did not have time for an actual car wash. It is unbelievable how much time has gone by yet I can remember it like it was yesterday. :):):)

I told Tyler he had better prepare himself for all the kisses Morgan will be sharing with him in 33 days. He turns bright red and hides his face under the pillow. Jim told him there would be a special kissing table set up at the reception and that Tyler had to kiss all the little girls. It is so funny to watch how embarrassed he gets.

Hugs and kisses to everyone for us!! Have a safe flight!

Aimee, Jim and Tyler <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Monday, April 25, 2005 11:34 AM CDT
Great new pics! Thanks for sharing the joy of sister-hood, grandmothers and wow, holy NAM Batman! That's quite a piece of artwork and it's amazing how much Ally has changed in the past few months with this little device - way to go, Ally!!

Have a great day - I love you!!!

Ash <AshliAGM@aol.com>
- Monday, April 25, 2005 8:40 AM CDT
SEE YOU IN TWO DAYS, AL-PAL!!! :) Can't wait to see you three gals and run and jump and play!!

Lots of love and hugs xoxoxoxoxo

Aunt Ashli <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Sunday, April 24, 2005 8:37 PM CDT
It is so hard to be back home in North Carolina knowing how much there is to be done in California. Believe us, there is rarely a quiet moment in the Kelso household. We just don't know how Mark and Kristin continue to keep up the pace! It took us a while to learn to do "everything" and feel comfortable with it all, but we were so happy when Kristin went off shopping by herself one morning and took time for a pedicure and manicure one afternoon, time for her to be by herself and just relax, something we all agree she needs more of. (Pardon that phrasing, Teetay!)Anyway, Grandpa and Grandma had a fantastic visit with the whole family and loved it when Mark and Kristin hit BJ's Brewery for a relaxing and quiet dinner alone. For our visit in June we will only have to brush up our new skills at using the feeding machine, venting, medicines, etc. It was neat to see Dr. T at work with the NAM and especially to witness Morgan's special love for her little sister. Ally was changing and growing and doing new things all the time - what a joy! Love you all and already am looking forward to celebrating Morgan's fourth birthday at Legoland.
Grandma and Grandpa K <lkelso@ec.rr.com>
Southport, NC - Sunday, April 24, 2005 8:08 PM CDT
Hello everyone!!!

Happy Sunday! Let's the rains BE GONE! "Out...out...rains"...(trying to quote a little cleaned-up Shakespeare just for my students!)

Good to see the update and to know that Kristin had some 'girl time' the past few days and that Mark did the Daddy-on-duty by himself to give K. at break~! Good for you both...as I've said..."You're quite the team!" :)

I had not thought of the "Virginia is for lovers" slogan in a long time. When we first moved to VA in 1980 that was a red-hot saying, Anna R....and I was not 'sure' what kind of behviors were 'necessary' to live in THIS STATE. However, after being here for 21 years, it all translates into this: Some of the "loving-EST, giving-EST, and caring-EST" (such poor English!) PEOPLE we've ever met have surrounded us in this STATE OF LOVERS! So, let your mom know "it's all good"....!!!! The outreaching of hearts and arms most recently have just cemented that slogan...Virginia is really for love and those who give it...I guess that means LOVERS!

Now...don't all you 'other states' think that we have the monopoly on LOVE...I think there's plenty to go around, and you have proven that time and time again...West coast to East coast....and around the globe. It really is a very small world after all!!

Loved hearing that Allyson is turning and kicking more and more. I cannot wait to see her acrobatics this week on her Baby Einstein play station!!! She will probably have stimulus-overload I have positioned so many areas for her to play! And, Morgan's ball house is set and ready to go!!! You will FEEL the joy in Herndon come Wednesday night!

Now...onto my preparations of getting the right kind of formula, water, a hook for the feeding tube bag...and special foods that Kristin and Morgan like! Allyson will have to stick to her formula for awhile, but the other two girls can look forward to some brisket meals...and of course, "Morgan food" of pizza, chicken, and sticky-rice!

We will celebrate Ashli's birthday Friday complete with balloons and party hats...the shower for Ashli on Saturday and Morgan can help open the gifts...playing with some of 'Teetay's friends' Sat. afternoon, church, a zoo trip....and who knows what else? It may be that "Uncle Tommie's niece and sisters" might even join us so the girls can meet before the wedding! That will be a surprise for Morgan...IF it happens!

I hope you are enjoying a beautiful weekend wherever you are. We have just returned from Philadelphia where we met Tom's WHOLE FAMILY, many friends, extended family...and a few people off the street!!! Lots of food, lots of laughter, lots of 'stories' .....and lots of LOVE! They don't call it "The City of Brotherly Love" for nothing!!! It was a great time meeting/greeting 'our new extended family'....it just felt right! And..."oh those meatballs!"

Love to you and yours...and especially my California people as they prepare to travel! Our arms are waiting...

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M aka T/Mat :)!!!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndont, va us - Sunday, April 24, 2005 12:32 AM CDT
Okay, now...don't you think my sweet friend Anna has a way with words? She is able to capture the greatest thoughts and always makes EVERYONE feel good. I am missing my friend and hope to sit by her in church tomorrow. It has been 7 days since I have seen her and it is oh too long. Am sure ya'll are counting the minutes before all arms are hugging each other. TAKE PICTURES!!!!!!!!!!!!
We are hugging each other and YOU from Texas.
Sending you all our best,

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Saturday, April 23, 2005 7:36 PM CDT
Hello Kelsos...I have been peeking at guestbook entries and reading your updates for a week now but have not posted. I think I was experiencing writer's block or something!! Anyway, I'm Back!!!! Loved the new photos...Morgan, I don't even know you, but I can see it in your big beautiful eyes how much you LOVE your sweet little sister. Oh, and you look like you could be the next "CHARRO" with those maracas...cootchie,cootchie!! Teetay, your last entry made me giggle because when you mentioned to Kristin about the "love people" in Virginia, it made me think of a tie my father used to own....it said, "VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS!" My mother and father had different views about that tie. Daddy loved it...mom hated it! She secretly hid it when daddy announced that he was going to wear that tie to a funeral that they were attending. Mom was livid and hid it so that he couldn't wear it!! To this day, I don't know whatever happened to that tie, but my sister seems to think that mom cut it up and threw it in the trash!!!SHHH!!! Don't get me wrong, mom loves your state, she just doesn't want daddy bragging about all the love!!!:) So, Miss Ally, you I am sure have not lacked for attention this past week!! I bet you were treated like royalty while your grandma and grandpa were in town!! Just wait, there is more in store when you travel to see your Teetay and Geep!!! Kristin, you and Mark seem like pros at all of this. I pray that you will continue to be strong and lean on the everlasting arms of our father! Thinking of you in Texas...Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Saturday, April 23, 2005 10:46 AM CDT
wow! Ally has really come along well and she and Morgan make the best of two sisters i've seen! Keep it up! Virginia can't wait for the arrival of Ms. Ally and Ms. Morgan!
-chali temple

Chali Temple <chalitemple@hotmail.com>
Fairfax, VA 22033 - Saturday, April 23, 2005 9:39 AM CDT
Hi all,
Hope this finds you doing well and getting all those last minute details of 'THA VISIT in place. Kristin, I do hope you can relax once you get there because just "getting there" is a feat all in itself!! You are amazing!
Mark.......Congratulations!! WOOHOO Did you do the Happy Dance? We'll teach it to you at the wedding if you don't know it...it is awesome....remember Phoebe's run from Friends? It sorta looks like that if that gives you a visual!! HA HA

All is well in Texas for now. Mom and Dad are here soaking up some grandkid (and big kid) loves. It is so fun having everyone around.

Praying for God's hand to continue taking care of all of you Kelsos and Matuses...coast to coast.

Loving you from Texas,

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Saturday, April 23, 2005 6:33 AM CDT
Congratulations, Mark! I am so glad that you passed your test!!! Being 'the teacher' I am always proud of my "students"...of course, YOU are NOT one of them! I am still proud. And, I am so very happy that Allyson is 'passing her many tests' as well. And, then there is Morgan about to READ ALL BY HERSELF any day now!! Wow!! Now, those are the 'real tests' ...right??? However, I want to tell you that I am the most proud of how you and Kristin are taking care of Allyson and Morgan - - - and handling the many challenges that have faced you. You are an incredible team. There IS no preparation or 'test' for that...it is just about life and how you face it. Thank you for doing it 'right'...

Kristin, I loved speaking with you this afternoon and talking about the "plans" for next week. Get ready to be a Northern Virginia 'celebrity'....this 'world of love people' is just waiting to wrap their arms around you! ALL of you! And, you are passing all the supermom tests in the world. Thank you for being the best daughter and mom I know! I know that everyone who knows you agrees with me!!!

Mark...we wish you were coming to Virginia to do your Rockville, MD work too...it would be fun to have the (to coin Morgan's phrase) "whole FAM-ly" together!!!

Love to you all,
See you in a few days.

OFF to PHILLY to celebrate knowing the George family (Tom's family) and to celebrate the birth of another George 'baby' to be delivered by Melissa in June!!! Cannot wait to meet EVERYONE!

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M / TMAT :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Friday, April 22, 2005 7:11 PM CDT
Mark- That is soooooooo awesome! Congratulations!!!!!!!!
love ya' mucho! Aim-a-lita <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Friday, April 22, 2005 5:13 PM CDT
Hi everyone,
Just wanted to tell you guys I successfully passed my second JPME test with an 88, so on to part 3!

LCDR Mark Kelso <mark.kelso@verizon.net>
Port Hueneme, CA USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 3:02 PM CDT
Kristin and Mark, the latest pictures of your girls are so precious! Terri, I have the feeling that your feet will not touch the ground for a few weeks--so many happy times ahead for your family. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you. Love- Marilou
Marilou Cook <grannylulu@sc.rr.com>
Conway, SC USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 11:49 AM CDT
Happy FOUR month old birthday to Allyson!!!

I "turned over and smiled" at 2:1l A.M. this morning recalling the moment Allyson Glenn Kelso graced our lives. She is a child of God who has brought love, courage, and JOY into our lives during the past four months. We are growing into better people because of her.

The first time this poem appeared in this guestbook was right after Allyson was born. Mary, our niece from San Antonio, provided it first. Mary is a special education teacher in Texas and has guided and helped hundreds of students over the years. This poem was given to me again yesterday, and I thought it was very appropriate to share again in HONOR of Allyson's first FOUR months of life.

"Welcome to Holland" by Emily Perl Kingsley

I am often asked to desceibe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have ot shared that unique experience to understand it, to iimagine how it would feel. It's like this....(statement by Ms. Kingsley)

....When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip...to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardness comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."

"Holland???" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm SUPPOSED to be In ITALY. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."

But...there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay. The important thing is that they hadn't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine, and disease. It's just a different place.

So you must go out and buy NEW guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It's just a different place. It's a slower-paced that Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around...and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills...and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy...and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say: "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away...because the loss of that dream is a very, very significant loss.

BUT...if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be FREE to ENJOY the very special, the very lovely things...about Holland.(end of poem)

Thank YOU, ALLYSON, for giving us all a chance to 'experience and love Holland' through YOU! God bless you and your INCREDIBLE family!

See you next Wednesday night! I have your Mozart mobile ready to play just for you! I have your play station READY TO KICK! And... Morgan, I have your "Ball House" set up in the living room waiting for your squeals! And, your princess dress-ups are waiting to become YOU!

Kristin, I have TIME set up for you to RELAX!!(if you remember how to do that!!)Counting the days....

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/TMat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Friday, April 22, 2005 7:51 AM CDT
"And ....one more thing...."

17,000 PLUS 'hits' in four MONTHS TOMORROW...but who is counting???

Allyson has touched our lives...all of us. We are grateful for her.

I know all 17,000 PLUS loved ones CARE. And it doesn't get any better than that.
Teetay a-gin :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Thursday, April 21, 2005 9:51 PM CDT
Hi to all,

Just great big WOWS! Look at the intricacy of Morgan's hands POSITIONING Allyson "to just the right spot"..>I can just see her 'doing it' ....what a wonderful sister relationship they will develop. (and IF I know anything about sisters....well..I know..I raised TWO sisters and I have a sister...we are all SO bonded!!)

The love eyes just grab me.

Great updates...and I cannot wait to hear about today's Dr. T. Children's NAM adjustment.

We can hardly wait to see you.

Franklin has their 'banners' out...figuratively speaking...and one teacher said, "We should just call off school" for the CA arrival. That just shows you how special you are!!!

And, to my long time friend, Jan...you are welcome anytime. We will connect.

Love to all of you.

Next week is MORE than SPECIAL...the arrival of the "peeps"...Ashli's birthday ...a wonderful shower for Ash's wedding...SISTER TIME - both Big and little! And the joy of having family surrounding us!!

God bless you all,

Love, Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Thursday, April 21, 2005 9:49 PM CDT
Allyson!! Morgan!!
What a phenomenal photo update - yes, beautil and FUN pics!! I especially like seeing those adoring and loving big eyes Ally already gives her best big sister. I KNOW those eyes of a little sister who adores the "bigger" one, ya know... ;)

Morgy-lu, I took Nala out today to the park and told her that you would be here soon to play catch and she's anxious to see you and "drop... sit... down... now go get it!" And Ally, well, she'll just lick you to pieces! (ok, not really, Ally!)

Can't wait to see you ALL soon. Back to Philly tomorrow morning for the weekend and "Aunt" Melissa's baby shower -- oh yeah, and see Uncle Tommy too! He is looking forward to having you at our house next week too! REALLY!!

Lots of love and hugs!! xoxoxoxoxox

Aunt Atchwee <ashliagm@aol.com>
- Thursday, April 21, 2005 8:41 PM CDT
Allyson, you are the coolest maracas player I've ever seen! You rock!
Morgan is soooo serious about her music, and I hope I can hear her sing very soon. We are coming to Teetay's "neighborhood" at the same time you'll be there, and I am so pumped to think we might be able to cross paths, even if for only a few minutes. We'll be there for a wedding, and everybody knows how things are at those times. And you girls have a lot going on too, with Aunt Ashli's birthday (hope to see her and Tommy too!) and other "special" events, so I'll feel very lucky if this rendezvous works out. I hope to tell your mom how proud I am of all she's achieved these past few months, and congratulate your dad on his many contributions to your well-being too. You are some-kind-of-special family! But that's no surprise, considering your heritage, is it?
You are truly a special little angel, and I can't wait to see all of you!
Aunt Jan

Jan Washburn <FritznJan@mac.com>
Cocoa Beach , FL USA - Thursday, April 21, 2005 8:09 PM CDT
Allyson, Morgan, Kristin, T-Mat + everyone else.
I am SOOOOO excited to FINALLY see the people I pray oh so much for. I get a smile on my face when I think about that day inching its way closer and closer.
I LOVED the pray by Gordie Cook. It has so much meaning to it.
I can't wait to start As You Like It. It sounds really good from people talking about it.
We missed you today Mrs. M. Someone in the office brought flowers to the classroom so we thought they were from you to us but it turns out they were to the substitute because it was her 42nd anniversary..opps 0:)
Well..happy spring days to all and can't wait to see some of you soon.-XoXoxO-

*Sarah-4th period*

Sarah D-4th period <jwdecenzo@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 6:12 PM CDT
Hi Al and Gang! counting the days til I see you next week... SOOO EXCITED!!! Is my brother going to come at the last minute as my surprise?!? My bday gift?? :) That would be the BEST - the whoooole family!

Lots of love and hugs and thinking of you! xoxoxo

Aunt Ash <ashliagm@aol.com>
Washington, DC - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 1:17 PM CDT
Hello, California Family!
I had trouble getting my last entry to "take" for some reason, and I just looked and read //// and it is Not there!
Boo Hiss! Anyway, I love you all, and just wanted to say hello. I think Miss AllyBeDally is doing just great with her NAM, even with the occasional discomfort and sores that occur. I am glad you are being careful and allowing healing to take place from time to time without the Nam in. The photos of both girls are just darling! I am sure the girls are enjoying have the Kelso grandparents doting on them.
Kristin, I am so glad you've had a bit of a break for yourself and shopping, etc.
Mark, we are sorry to learn that your brain is not yet completely healed, as revealed by the latest CT scan.
I'm sure you're "bummed" ... but in God's good time, you will be well again and able to resume Navy life as in the past. Know we will continue to hold you, Kristin, Morgan and Allyson in our prayers, & that God's timing of healing for you ALL will be "just right."
Uncle Loren /Uncle Poppy continues to heal. Spinal surgery healing is a slow process, of course, but we're doing everything 'by the book.'
One of the things I said on the previous posting, which seems not to be posted --is that the beautiful cards that Morgan made for us (now on our Fridge) .. and the lovely cards she made for her Atlanta cousins were a bit hit! Sarah loved her card, as did the bigger kids! They think Morgan does really terrific letters "for a little kid."
:)))) They send you all their love, and they loved seeing the new photographs I took over.
Hugs and Kisses to you all. Love to Grandma Lyda and Grandpa John as well. xx oo Aunt Grammy

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2005 7:06 PM CDT
Hi CA people!!

YES, there will be R and R for you, Kristin, when you hit Virginia!! Not including family, there are at least a hundred outstretched hands who want to embrace you, hold Allyson, and skip-the-light-fantastic-with-Morgan!!! My students can hardly contain their excitement. Franklin "family" are thrilled that you will be HERE for a visit! The friends who are attending Ashli's shower are beside themselves that they will have TIME to be with you for an extended amount of time! Then, there are those who have said they just want to put their arms around you and tell you how very proud you make us all. You know you are loved, but you will probably feel an EMbarrassing amount of love from your "Virginia support system" once you are here. Like I said to you awhile back, you have taken on the 'celebrity status' with this group! As for the R and R, count on it! We will become your hands/feets/arms/eyes/ears/whatever you need while you are here, so you can enjoy the weekend and be festive with birthday and wedding events!!

Some of Morgan's "old friends" (i.e. Aynslee and maybe Sean and Lorilei) are hoping to see her! Aynslee told her grandmother a few days ago, "I want to see the girl with the clay. I loooooovvvvveeeee HER!" Her grandmother explained that Morgan lived in California. Aynslee said, "Let's go there!" So, even Morgan's little friends are anticipating her visit!

As for Allyson, well, her friends will be NEW friends, but she will have many of them in person once she hits this coastline. Up to now, her friends have been website buddies...but not for long!!!

Hugs and love to all of you on a beautiful California sunny day...Virginia is rivaling 'the CA climate' this week, so come on over to our blue skies. Remember tall green trees? We have them!!!

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/TMat

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Tuesday, April 19, 2005 2:26 PM CDT
Kristen, It was so nice to read your update. Just wanted to write and tell you that you are doing an awesome job. I am sure at times you feel like you are having to be everything to everybody and you are!! Please tell grandma and grandpa Kelso Amber from the connections conference says "hello". It is so wonderful to hear how well Ally is doing she has been in our prayers. I've told other friends of mine and we are praying for all of you. My William is doing great, he is getting ready to meet the craniofacial team next month to talk about his "plan" for the next year. Let me know if you have any questions about the lip repair(mommy or medical related). I didn't have the opportunity to talk with anyone before Will's so just let me know if you need anything. I know I am across the map but thank God for phones and email. I hope you get some R and R soon and your girls are absolutely beautiful!
Amber <abthomps@unch.unc.edu>
Siler City, NC US - Tuesday, April 19, 2005 11:36 AM CDT
Hello everyone from a very rainy Minnesota. I love the new family pictures!!!! Morgan - I want your clothes! Ask your mommy what she and I used to do in college with our clothes? (I'll tell you the secret - we combined all of our clothes into 2 closets. It was so much fun!!! I wore your mommy's black ruffle skirt and she wore my "Alex" shirt - which I STILL have. Kristin, I hope you are smiling right now.)

It sounds like your time with Lydia and John is going well - lots of playing AND napping goin' on. We spent Saturday househunting and Sunday cleaning out the garage. I tell you, getting a small townhouse ready to put up for sale is no easy task! This weekend we will be steam cleaning the carpet. Tyler will be disappointed when he can no loger drink juice in the living room.

I am assuming no news is good news and that since your update on Sunday all is well. Mark, I know your news was disappointing but everything happens for a reason. Haven't we learned that lesson yet??? Someday you will see that it was meant to be. I am just happy to hear that your injuries are healing. Only time can heal the wounds as well as the disappointment. For now, I am sure your family is so thankful that you can continue to be there with them.

Have a wonderful week!!!!! You are in my thoughts always!

Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Tuesday, April 19, 2005 11:19 AM CDT
Hello EVERYone!

I just have to say that CAT Potter is the ultimate in 'understanding'...thanks so much for being the best friend we haven't met...YET! I am confident that we will meet in the future..somewhere, somehow, sometime. Thank you for ALWAYS being there with the right words.

The flowers are growing! All I need is Morgan to water them, and Allyson to sniff them!!

Love to everyone.

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/T Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Monday, April 18, 2005 9:29 PM CDT
Great family photos and it's great to see grandma and grandpa Kelso with the girls too. Mark, I pray that you're able to return to work soon, though I know that the docs are doing what they need to do when they say that you have to wait some more. But, here's to hoping that you're able to get back to being with the guys sooner than you think.

Kristin, you're doing a terrific job, and glad that you finally have that Pet pack to make your lives just a tad bit easier. I'm sure you're so happy to be able to be on the go more now. ;)

Here's hoping y'all have a SAFE and relaxing trip "home" this month. Blessings from hawaii.
~Cat and family

C Potter <catpotter2001@yahoo.com>
Honolulu, HI USA - Monday, April 18, 2005 3:44 PM CDT
Just checking in and realized I haven't made an entry lately. So, HELLO and great to see EVERYONE in all the new pics.
We are delighted and forever thankful for your growth and beauty....Morgan and Allyson. What lovely angels you both are.
Lydia, please give those babies some hugs and kisses from the Register's here in NC. John, TAKE A NAP!!!!!The pictures warmed our hearts and brought tears to my eyes.

God Bless You All, Crystal

Crystal Register <jbrdregister@atmc.net>
Southport, NC USA - Monday, April 18, 2005 10:23 AM CDT
Good Morning to everyone,

I am "hunkered down" in my planning of a Shakespeare unit, so please INDULGE me the latest quote from "As You Like It"....

"Sweet are the uses of adversity." I think this has special meaning for all of us who are bonded by the angel-child on this website! (you know..'the one with her hand up'????)

And, then my very dear friend, Gordie Cook from Conway, SC sent me this lovely prayer this morning. I think it, too, has merit and is worth sharing with all of you who gather here daily.

It goes like this:

"I asked God to take away my habit.
God said NO.
It is not for me to take away
But for you to GIVE.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said NO.
His spirit is whole.
His body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience.
God said No.
Patience is a byproduct of tribulations;
It isn't granted, it is LEARNED.

I asked God to give me happiness.
God said No.
I give you blessings;
Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to take away my pain.
God said No.
Suffering draws you apart fromworldly cares
And brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said No.
You must grow on your own,
But I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked God for all things that I might enjoylife.
God said No.
I will give youlife,
So that you may enjoy all things.

I asked God tohelp me LOVE others,
As much as He loves me.
God said....Ahhhh....
Finally, you have the idea."

Thank you, Dazzle, for sharing this meaningful message. I hope we can all find ourselves somewhere in these words and give a little more of ourselves to others today.

We are blessed to have you in our lives.
God bless you on this beautiful sunshine day!!

I'm "off to meet with the bard"....get ready students...AS YOU LIKE IT is coming whether YOU LIKE IT OR NOT!!! :)

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M/TMat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Sunday, April 17, 2005 9:46 AM CDT
Hello to Allyson with her hand raised! I know HER question: "When are you going to take this head-wrenching-headband off???" Hello to all the CA peeps! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend with Grandma and Grandpa, and I hope your skies are blue and sunny.

We are having bright days in Virginia with a bit of a chill overnight. I wanted to plant my spring flowers today, but the temps are still a bit too cold for the plants!

Geep and I are somewhat 'out of sorts' this weekend as we don't really have anything on the AGENDA that we MUST DO! It feels sort of strange to have an entire weekend to plan for ourselves! We have busied ourselves with numerous little tasks. After spending the past weeks/months with nearly every second planned with something, the 'down time' feels very odd. For those of you who know us very well, this probably makes sense!

We are anticipating the arrival of Kristin and 'the girls' in 10 days. I've added a few more special 'kid friendly' items to the mix in preparation for their visit!

Our dear friends, Susan and Jim ("Aunt Susan" and "Uncle Jim") will be traveling to Russia to pick up their little girl next Saturday. This is a dream-come-true-and-prayers-answered for them. They have wanted a child to join their happy family for a very long time, and it will happen next week. Please keep them in your prayers as they travel far to get Elena. (Jim and Susan are our 'adopted' children...'adopted' in love, not in reality!) We wish them the BEST as they begin their journey as Elena's parents.

Thinking of you all, and we are so happy with Allyson's progress and weight gain! I can't wait to clasp my hands around hers! And, I cannot wait to 'see the sweetest girl in the world' put on her 'fairy princess gown' and sing "Let It Be Me." And, I can't wait to let Kristin 'sit a spell' and let me be her hands and feet!

But, I will WAIT.
Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M aka T-Mat (Students...get ready to rock-n-roll with SHAKESPEARE next week! The play is called "As You Like It"...and I guarantee you that you will LIKE IT!!! The bard is back!)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Saturday, April 16, 2005 5:05 PM CDT
Hello from Texas!
Glad to hear all is well and Allyson - you are a doll. I love the latest cover photo...do you have more questions sweat pea? LOVE the updated photos.
Just had to let you know that the ever present and most awesome friend Anna Rainwater is currently leading a precious bible study with some sweet girls. Each week we do prayer requests and today Ashlynn asked that everyone pray for Allyson and that "everything is well".........so sweet, so innocent...so tender. Anna truly brings "the spirit" to life in these girls and does an amazing job teaching the girls more about God(of which I know you are not surprised)!! FYI...I may have to pack Anna in my suitcase for the wedding!! Hee

Following bible study we met my brother Dave for some much needed Mexican food. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH - twas SO good.

Anyway, everyone here is good and we are so thankful to hear things are going well there. We continue to pray daily for God to shower His special blessings your way.

We love you all.

Hugs and kisses (yes, Texas sized of course!)


Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Friday, April 15, 2005 8:44 PM CDT
So happy to hear all the good news for you guys. Ally looks amazing. If you guys are anywhere near Tysons Galleria when you visit VA at the end of the month, and you have time to pop into Neimans (I could arrange for some makeovers:) ), I would love to see you! Have a great weekend.
Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Friday, April 15, 2005 4:39 PM CDT
Ash - from one bride to another....there is ALWAYS wedding stuff to do :) It never seems to end!!!!

And, as Ashli said, Happy Tax Day! As a CPA and a tax paying individual who got a refund, my taxes were filed on February 1 :)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We will be cleaning the garage - fun fun!!!

Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Friday, April 15, 2005 11:49 AM CDT
Happy Friday to all!! So glad all the doc visits are going well and Al-Pal is plugging along with all her amazing progress!! I am sure by now Morgan and Allyson are in the full swing of fun activities with Grandma and Grandpa -- I know Morgan had a very long list of to-do's! ;)

Have a wonderful weekend and know I am thinking of you ALL and the joys you bring to one another every hour of the day! No really, I think of you even MORE than that!! :)) Chat with you later or from the road to Philly tomorrow when I will reunite with Uncle Tommy for an evening. We're off to the Phillies-Braves game and given Gran's affection for those Braves, I'll be cheering *quietly* :) for them!!

Much love and hugs to you all! See you in 11 days - YEEEHAW!!

Happy Friday, Happy Tax Day and Happy Springy SUNSHINE to you all! xoxox

PS - Teetay, what wedding stuff do we have to do?!? No more wedding stuff!!! No work that weekend!! All fun! All Play! :))

Aunt Ashli/Atchwee / Ash...
- Friday, April 15, 2005 9:17 AM CDT
Hi Kelsos!

I'm so glad everyone is doing so well and the news for Allyson continues to be so encouraging! I'm loving the picture of the two beauty queens lounging and can't wait to see one in a few years of the two doing "all the fun stuff" that Morgan enjoys now. Sisters are a special blessing!

Sending more positive thoughts and prayers your way,

Kathleen Henne <khenne@cox.net>
Oak Hill, VA USA - Thursday, April 14, 2005 5:47 PM CDT
Wow! I'm so excited. I finally might get to meet all of the people I've been reading about since January. Make sure you visit 4th period while you're down here, Ally. We're all dying to see you!
Meredith L. <mykoala@verizon.net>
Oak Hill, VA 20171 - Thursday, April 14, 2005 1:52 PM CDT
"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.
In fact, the encountering may be the VERY experience which creates the vitality and the power to endure."
...Maya Angelou
We know that God has given Allyson to our family for special reasons, and those reasons are playing-out every single day. WE also believe that God is directing Kristin, Mark, Allyson, and Morgan to walk over the highest mountain, one step at a time.

So many special blessings this week...so much good news surrounding Allyson and her progress...so much for which we are thankful!

And, I can't wait til the end of the month when the CA "peeps" FINALLY make their trek to Virginia - - - the REscheduled March trip will happen the end of this month just time TIME for Aunt Ashli's birthday!!! That was my SURPRISE news, but I couldn't mention it until ASHLI was informed! The 'sisters' have some wedding stuff to attend, and I'm on 'tap' for lots of Allyson and Morgan 'holding time'...!!!

Happy Spring Day to each of you! (how can you tell it is spring in Pineapple land? Doesn't spring reign eternal there?)

Love to all,
Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M /TMat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Thursday, April 14, 2005 7:46 AM CDT
Wow Ally-Lu. You've gotten so big! Your mama wrote me and so I just had to pop on see some new photos of you and Morgan. Love the new photos and your nam is doing wonders for you! Can't wait to see that new smile now.... Morgan, that dress is absolutely beautiful on you. No wonder you wouldn't take it off. You look like a princess in it. Darren told me that he could "kiss" the princess. Ahh, boys!

So glad to hear that great report on your eyes too. You're making great progress. That's even better news. :) I can remember when we first realized that Darren made his "first tears". He couldn't produce tears until his first surgery at 5 months old. His first lip repair opened up his tear ducts. The first thing we said was "Oh my gosh, he's CRYING!" We were ecstatic and literally jumping for joy. The post-op nurses on the ward thought we were a bunch of nuts! haha. We then had to explain and of course they were celebrating too. So, I'm celebrating right along side you in cyber land. ;) Must try to come back more often to check up on you. Your photo gallery brought big smiles to our family tonite. Dave said that he didn't recognize you from the first time he saw your photos. He was in awe. :)

Not that we'll get to meet, but Ally, I'll be even closer to you in heart come May when I fly to San Fran. Amazing to think that I'd be so close to meeting you. :) Some day.

Aloha & many blessings to all from the pineapple islands.
~Cat in Honolulu

C Potter <catpotter2001@yahoo.com>
Honolulu, HI USA - Thursday, April 14, 2005 3:15 AM CDT
WOO-HOO for all the blessings that our heavenly father is showering on you!!! So glad to hear that the insurance will be picking up the TAB on the kangaroo pac! Ally, that smile of yours reminds me that God is taking very good care of you! You melt my heart sweet girl! I could stare at your picture for hours!!!! Hope you are letting your grandma and grandpa smother you with lots of hugs, kisses and the kind of love that only a grandparent can give!! Praying for you in Texas....Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Wednesday, April 13, 2005 10:10 PM CDT
Well, HELLLOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So good to catch up with all of you. I LOVE this site. I am so thankful and amazed at all God's blessings. The good news is bountiful and we were so tickled to hear about all good things...weight gain (where else but in a baby is this a good thing?), insurance approvals, nights of sleep, etc. Our hearts are full and thankful!!

Ally...you are CUTE!! We love to watch you filling out and beginning to discover the world around you. What a blessing you are!

Kristin, we have said it before...but wow...you AND Mark amaze us with all you have going on.

Morgan...are you still practicing your dance steps? WE ARE!!!

All is well here in Texas. The kids are good, the family is good and we are having a beautiful spring weather week.....

We love you all and are praying fervently for continued blessings and answers to prayers.



Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Wednesday, April 13, 2005 9:20 PM CDT
Hey! I can't believe how much progress Ally has made since she was born! And I'm glad to know she's doing very well. Keep it up, Ally! I had the priveledge to look through Mrs. Matus' photo album of spring break today. Wow! All the pictures were soooo cute and it looked like everyone had a great time. We keep you in all our prayers!!!
Christina Knippler ~ 5th period <acoolkid15@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA USA - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 2:37 PM CDT
My husband and I met grandma and grandpa Kelso at the Connections conference in myrtle beach last weekend. We enjoyed getting to know them and hearing all about beautiful Allyson. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. We would love for you to visit our son's new site nc/willthompson.
Amber Thompson <abthomps@unch.unc.edu>
Siler City, NC US - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 1:45 PM CDT
Great news, Kristin and Mark! I know prayers are working. Ally is at the top of the list each and every day. Our prayers will never cease for her OR for you. I hope the streak of good eating/sleeping will continue. We love you VERY much. "Uncle" Jim and "Aunt" Susan
Susan Hynes <susanhynes@aol.com>
New Orleans, LA USA - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 9:12 AM CDT
Hello to my CA peeps and everyone!!!

It is so terrific to hear the good news from the opthamologist, and that Kristin and Mark are getting the Kangaroo PET! I love the name of the portable g-tube pac! It has a 'ring to it'..!!! The newest pictures of Allyson are looking fabulous! When I looked at some of the original birth month pictures of her the other day, I found myself being amazed all over again! What incredible work by the doctors who 'thought' of it, and by Kristin and Mark who are MAKING IT HAPPEN! I'm pruod of 'my children' in every possible way!

I loved my 'surprise news' yesterday. Whahoowah!!!!

It is always fun to hear about the special antics of the 'sisters' in California! And, I know that Maria (Grandma K) and Jose (Grandpa K) are flying to CA today with joy in their hearts!!! And, the moments of fun are just beginning for them!!!

Love to all of you, and special prayers and hugs for continued GOOD NEWS on this site!

Terri aka Teetay :) aka Mrs. M aka T-Mat

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 8:53 AM CDT
HI, everyone..did not mean to do it, but we just passed the 16,000 mark in hits on this beautiful web site; just want to let the CA family know that I miss all of you and love you bunches. Have a great time with Grandma and Grandpa during their visit.
Love , GEEP

Jerry Matus <jmatus@stginc.com>
- Wednesday, April 13, 2005 8:42 AM CDT
Holy VIOLET, Batman!! Is this your new favorite color, Ally?!? You look precious in the violet page setting and wow, really perked me up when I saw your precious smile. I know you girls (and boy) will have a wonderful time with Grandma and Grandpa this next week so enjoy the special moments, swing twisting and all that other word-for-word FUN stuff!!

Al-Pal, it was great to TALK with you last night when Daddy put me on speakier phone. I just love our little chats and thanks for being such a great listener :) You rock in so many ways!!!

See you all SOON.... and SOONER. Can't wait. You put this on my face :))))))))))))))))))))))) (that's a super huge SMILE, not curved ink marks on my face, sillies!!!)

Love you TONS!

Aunt Ashli & Uncle Tommy & Nala :P
Aunt Ash in Washington DC... Uncle Tommy in Philly for many more days... , - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 8:25 AM CDT
Happy Hump Day!!!! I just saw the new pictures and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!!! It sounds like you received an abundance of good news yesterday - from the weight gain, to the eyes, to the Kangaroo pack, to Mark. It is so refreshing to hear about a completely successful day and I am so happy for you! You ALL deserve it. Not too much is new in MN. We are starting to see warmer temps and hope that the days of 30 degrees or cooler are behind us. Friday is supposed to be 70 and in MN that is THE PERFECT temperature - not too warm and not too cold.

I hope you have a super teriffic day today. Keep up the smiling Ally. I can't wait to hug you, kiss you, and cuddle with you in May :)

Aunt Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 6:57 AM CDT
Good morning Kelso family! It is very early for you right now as it is 6:30am here on the east coast. I know I have not posted for a while, but once again the daily hustle and bustle with two young kids and a husband who is away makes things quite hectic when you break down the activities of each day! I have been checking in daily to keep up on the progress of Ally and am amazed at all of the progress she is making on a day to day basis...how blessed you are and how comforting it is to see. The kids have been joining me on the day to day updates and have been enjoying seeing the progress that Ally is making as well. Mackenzie is now asking for a baby sister, but as you know as do we that that will only happen if it is God's will!! Mark, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as you patiently await the results of your catscan and then head on to Pensacola for further testing. Jack sends his best as he is in New Orleans right now learning all he needs to know to take over Command of the Reserve Center in Manchester in July! Fun! Fun! Kristin, thank you for your continued updates and for making us all feel like we are right there with you as you explain your day to day happenings with your family! I miss you! The new pics are great and make us all smile! Much love to you all. More to come later. I have to get Gage on the school bus! Have a great visit with Mark's parents! Love, Dani
Dani Van Natta <dlv16@bellsouth.net>
Acworth, GA USA - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 5:41 AM CDT
Hi Ally! I've been reading all about your progress each day, even though you and Mommy and Daddy and Morgan haven't heard from me in a while. It looks like things are going so well for all of you. I couldn't be happier! Steve and I got to hang out with Teetay, Geep, Aunt Ashli, and Uncle Tommy this weekend. We sure had a great time! I can't wait until we are all together soon and you can meet all of your cousins. Teetay has some VERY cool things waiting for you and Morgan. She didn't let me play with any of the toys! I can't wait until you can visit that very special place. Just remember...if they ever try to drop you off near the awesome monuments on the Mall to mingle with the 999,999 other visitors in town to see the cherry blossoms, refuse to get out of the car and go straight to their house for gin and tonics instead! We love you!

Jackie Horras <jackie2fish@hotmail.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2005 9:25 PM CDT
What a great smile Allyson has. You can see it with her entire face. That NAM device is absolutely amazing.Modern technology is great isn't it. I can totally relate to those long rides to the hospital. When we go to Hopkins it takes about 2 hours to get there and 4 to get back. The traffic on the beltway coming this way is awful. Last Thursday Michael and I counted the hubcabs on the side of the road 3 hours into our grid lock ride home. Luckily he is a great traveler.

Keep Smiling Allie

Marcie McCauley <threesenof@aol.com>
Chantilly, VA - Tuesday, April 12, 2005 3:38 PM CDT
Good morning and happy appointment day!! :) I'll be thinking of you all and looking forward to a godo updated. Pics are precious... you already know I love the Chandler/Joey pic - you you girls just need a cooler of "treats" between you and later we'll upgrade you to REAL recliners!!

Much love to you all, precious girls!!
Talk later and have a happy day!

Aunt Ashli
Washington , DC - Tuesday, April 12, 2005 8:09 AM CDT
Dear All,
I have missed you so...have been keeping up and KNOW the Lord is keeping you strong. Thank you Sarah - 4th period for your precious words.

You ALL are precious and I can't wait to see everyone. We pray faithfully for you each day!!

Texas sized love and hugs,

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Monday, April 11, 2005 9:28 PM CDT
To all of you..and especially to Sarah D...you are amazing. What a strength of love and courage you pass on.
Thank you. (this is my student!)
Love and lovely blessings to you all this beautiful springtime night.

Terri aka Teetay:) aka Mrs. M/TMAT!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Monday, April 11, 2005 7:25 PM CDT
ALWAYS remember this>> So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand

-sarah, 4th period

Sarah D <jwdecenzo@aol.com>
Fairfax, VA USA - Monday, April 11, 2005 4:57 PM CDT
Hi Kristen and Mark. I just wanted to write and say it's so great to see Ally with her smile and flailing baby arms and legs. I just want to scoop her up. And Morgan just looks more and more grown up every day. I get exhausted from just reading your entries, so I can't imagine how tired you must be...you are doing a tremendous job. Hopefully you'll get more 8am to 8pm nights! Love, Jan
Jan (I work with Ashli!) <jan.defalco@salliemae.com>
Arlington, VA USA - Monday, April 11, 2005 12:16 AM CDT
Happy Sunday night to all!

Loved hearing the updates from Kristin about Allyson's latest progress, her visits with Pablo, and her visit next week with Dr. T. Loved hearing about Morgan's antics singing and dancing, and of course, I LOVED HEARING Morgan tell me 'herself' about her upcoming birthday party (JUNE!) and her visits to the new park!

I am so glad Lydia and John (Grandma and Grandpa K) were able to attend the conference and learn more about EEC and cleft lip/palate issues. I am interested to hear more about what they learned! I know they are anticipating a great visit starting Wednesday!

Excited to hear that Mark will have his Cat scan tomorrow. Keeping our fingers crossed that you will receive a clean bill of health!! I know that Kristin is anticipating that news, too. I just hope you are able to remain on land a little longer to be helpful in Allyson's care.

We loved seeing our niece, Jackie, and her husband, Steve, this weekend. They were here from Texas where Jackie had been awarded a national honor as Asst. Principal of the Year! She is a rock-star educator, and it is always a joy to be in her presence.

Wedding plans are in full bloom like the cherry blossoms! Ashli is so organized with all 'the stuff' that I am just positive that everything will turn out perfectly.

Loved the newest quote from Sarah D. in fourth period...love the postings from my other students who frequent this website....Meredith, Chali, Ally, Marla, Christina, and others...you bring joy to my life.

I am thankful tonight for 'all my girls'...the ones I birthed...the ones I grandparent...the ones I teach...and the ones I call my best friends. (you know who you are!!)

Have a glorious spring week!

Terri aka Teetay :) aka Mrs. M / T-Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
Herndon, va us - Sunday, April 10, 2005 9:16 PM CDT
Hello California friends....I sure have missed keeping up with Miss Ally. Greg and I just returned from a long overdue weekend without the kids!!! We went to the Texas Hill Country and relaxed at a beautiful bed and breakfast in Comfort, Texas. The Texas wildflowers were a sight to see along the highway...especially the bluebonnets. Now I am trying to get my mommy groove going again for the week! Loved the new photos of the girls! Kristin, I am so impressed how you find the time to take photos and then post them on the website! You go with your mommy groove!!! And Miss Ally...WOO-HOO for sleeping through the night!!! I am so glad that you and Mark are getting the hang of all your responsibilities in caring for Ally. Hope you have a great week! Hugs from Texas.....Anna Rainwater
Anna <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Sunday, April 10, 2005 9:02 PM CDT
To everyone in Cali and T-mat

Hope everything is going well. You all are still in my prayers and always on my mind. Glad the warm, spring weather is FINALLY kicking in. Spring means school is almost over!! yay! I put this quote on the board in English Friday, so I wanted to share it with you. --Respect is what you owe, love is what you give--What a great saying to think of. Glad little Ally is doing well and Morgan..keep singing!! Maybe one day you'll be on American Idol and I deffinatly will vote for you!!

-Sarah, 4th period

Sarah D. <jwdecenzo@aol.com>
Fairfax , VA USA - Sunday, April 10, 2005 6:45 PM CDT
Good morning, Allyson, Mark, Kristin and Morgan. It's Grandma and Grandpa Kelso checking in to see how you all are doing. We can't wait until Wednesday when we can do it in person. Yesterday was an enlightening day for us as we represented the Kelso family at the Parent/Patient Connections Conference of the Cleft Palate Association in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We laughed and cried and learned and asked questions and networked with other families who have members with cranio-facial conditions, most of which were cleft lips and palates. There were also professionals there who were ending their week-long conference. Although we didn't get to see Dr. T, Dr. Reinisch or Pat Magee, Allyson's case manager, we did meet Debbie Oliver from Cleft Palate Advocates who told us about Kristin training as a Pathfinder for their organization. Way to go Kristin to be willing to share what you have learned with other parents! We also talked with several people about the NAM and proudly shared photos of Ally's progress. We met a family with a 3 year old who had the NAM with Dr. Cutting and Dr. Grayson and they were glowing with their results. Terri (Teetay) and I have often talked about "worse cases" and believe me, we saw some of them yesterday, including families with 3 children with differing conditions having 3 and 4 major surgeries a year. So we thank God constantly for the excellent care Allyson has received with a fantastic team relatively close by. We met one couple who traveled from NC to NYU each week for treatment. WE are excited about being with the CA part of our family in the coming week. Hold on to the sunshine for us; we've seen enough rain out there this year.
Lydia Kelso a.k.a . Grandma Kelso <lkelso@ec.rr.com>
Southport, NC - Sunday, April 10, 2005 7:46 AM CDT
Have not been a visitor lately, as was out of town one week and busy with work. Enjoyed finding out all the "news". Ally is growing and sleeping all night, hurrah! You go Ally.... Morgan playing the piano is following all the musical talent that her Dad and Grandparents have! She looks so grown up. Blessings to all of you. Give my best to John and Lydia when they come out next week. Calif. is enjoying such a beautiful spring after all of our rain. Get out and enjoy each new day.

Patti Hurst <pattih64@comcast.net>
Novato, Ca - Saturday, April 9, 2005 11:33 PM CDT
Hey Ally. You're looking great! I can't believe how much you've changed since I first started checking in on this website. I hope you liked the poem I wrote for you (the one that Mrs. M. shared earlier). Tell Morgan she's the best big sister I've ever seen! Trust me, I'm the youngest too, and it's lots of fun.

~Meredith - 4th Period

Meredith L. <mykoala@verizon.net>
Oak Hill, VA USA - Saturday, April 9, 2005 3:36 PM CDT
Hello everyone out there and especially 'my people' in CA!!
We are experiencing a beautiful spring weekend complete with cherry blossoms in full bloom! The DC area is spectacular in the springtime.

The newest pictures of Allyson and Morgan warm my heart even more than the breezy temperatures. I have already told Allyson to ALWAYS have her "hand up" to ask a question - there is so much she will learn by listening to the 'answers' to those questions! And, Morgan's "piano playing" ability is beginning to sound 'as if' she may want to follow in her mother's 'ivory key finger-steps' ...so to speak! Morgan's abilitly to amuse herself for long periods of time continues to impress me.

I continue to be so proud of Kristin and Mark for keeping up with the arduous schedule and its changes. It seems that all of the adjustments are working well. Still, no mother could be any more proud than I am of BOTH of them!!! It is an HONOR to call you "mine"...!!:)

Ashli and I had a special Saturday morning - - I have NOW seen her in HER WEDDING DRESS! We took pictures, but NO ONE will SEE THEM except Kristin!!! It's all a secret...shhhh....hush....!!!! She WILL BE a radiant bride and NOT just because of the dress, but because she is truly so very happy! Our family is so full of joy for her.

Have a wonderful weekend, and I hope you are surrounded by loved ones! We are enjoying some time with our niece, Jackie, and her husband, Steve, from San Antonio this weekend. They are in town for an event and we are capturing much of their free time. There is nothing that surpasses the bonds of family, and we are just delighted to have this special time with them.

Love to all,

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M . T-Mat :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Saturday, April 9, 2005 2:51 PM CDT
Hey everyone!
Allyson is looking SO GREAT! WOW! The NAM is excellent! She's really made so much progress. Everyone @ Franklin Middle School is proud of her :). Keep it up Ally!!!

Chali Temple <Chalitemple@hotmail.com>
Fairfax, VA U.S. - Friday, April 8, 2005 10:10 PM CDT
Hi Ya'll -
I am still out here - praying big for you from Texas. Will write more soon.
Huge love and hugs,

Holly Crandell <hmcrand@comcast.net>
- Friday, April 8, 2005 9:50 PM CDT
Kristin and Mark, You are incredible parents and an inspiration to all parents of special needs kids. God has truly blessed Allyson and you with your network of family and friends. Know that you are thought of daily.
Valerie Sutherland <Valnana50@aol.com>
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI - Friday, April 8, 2005 4:34 PM CDT
I have to say, I see a flash of Teetay in the shot of Morgan playing the piano. I can't pinpoint it exactly, but it's there! And what can I say about Allyson? I envision many more winning smiles as she continues to capture and hold on to our hearts. What milestones you are crossing each day. Can you imagine one day looking back on these days, Kristin and Mark? You will have the documentation, that's for sure!! You continue to have my boundless admiration and awe. I know you are being enriched by it all, and it's part of a great plan for your lives. Know it, and continue to embrace it with the courage and strength you have been demonstrating. You inspire us!
Theresa (aka Teree)

Theresa Cover <tesscover@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA USA - Friday, April 8, 2005 3:47 PM CDT
Yo Al-Pal!! RAISE THE ROOF! That's what I say you're doing in Photo #1 :) Such a mover and shaker you are, sweet thing! And Morgy, you're a rrock star and I totally adore you!

ALL you girls and boy :) are the BEST and I continued to be so proud to be a part of your awesome, loving, spirited family who proves time and time again that you can do IT ALL! I love you mucho!

See ya in a few weeks!

Aunt Ashli & Uncle Tommy
Washington DC (Ash) and St. Louis (Tommy), - Friday, April 8, 2005 1:30 PM CDT
Morning all! Just checking in. I have been on the website all week but with month end I have not had time to write. Now, it is FRIDAY - HORRAY!!!! It has been a rough week for us with some disappointments (we did not get the bid we put on a house) but I can tell you that when we were feeling sorry for ourselves both Jim and I checked the website to look at Ally's big, beautiful eyes. This weekend we are taking Tyler to the Science Museum to see the dinosaur exhibit and I think he is going to LOVE it. Sunday will be a trip to Chuck E. Cheese (Morgan - want to come?). We intend to soak in the sun that is supposed to be here tomorrow too. The summers are so short in MN that you have to treasure every minute of good weather. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Keep smilin' Ally and you too Morgy-lou. Extra hugs and kisses to K and M.
Love ya'!

Aims <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Friday, April 8, 2005 7:05 AM CDT
Oh, Wow! That last picture of Ally on the home page is amazing! I see her smile and those incredible eyes - she's a real beauty - just like her sister! I love the picture of Morgan with her pony tails - how adorable! Mark and Kristin, you seem to be doing so well with the constant demands made on your time and hearts - Bravo!! We are glad to have "Teetay" back, and we also understand she has to split her heart between CA and here with her students, family, and friends - but, hey - we're all on the same side - and boy, are we! I look forward to May and pray it works out for everyone. I am ready to hold Ally and play with Morgan - and give you all a big hug! We are having a glorious spring here - what a wonderful change! "Hope springs eternal" comes to my mind. OX to all - Pam
Pam Thompson <pamelatc@cox.net>
Fairfax, VA - Thursday, April 7, 2005 10:25 PM CDT
Dear Miss Ally-poo,

I am keeping up with your progress, and the sparkle in your eyes does a heart good! You look great, baby, and I can really tell you are a trooper. Your first surgery is on Elena's bday. I can't wait for her to meet you, Ally. On that date, we will hopefully be close to moving to CA. I am so looking forward to spending time with you and your mom. We will have "girlfriend" days. Many of them, I am sure. I am praying that all of you are getting enough rest (is that possible???), and I am praying for continued success. You are working diligently, little girl. We are all so proud. Thanks to your mom and dad for keeping us updated. We love you. You are such a source of strength for so many of us. A true angel, you are.

"Aunt" Susan and "Uncle" Jem <susanhynes@aol.com>
New Orleans, LA USA - Thursday, April 7, 2005 10:03 PM CDT
Hi, California Family! Just checking in after several days away ... Loved the pictures, of course, and it is amazing to see the change in Miss AllyBeDally's face. I am sure it feels good to have a "target" date for her first surgery! I know with the wonderful and loving care she is receiving, she'll be ready for it!
We're hanging in, trying to get Uncle Loren up and running from his spinal surgery, but he is doing well, I think. He has reduced his pain medication by 3/4! And he is walking and moving so much better .. no walker now at all! He's beginning to get a bit stir crazy and have cabin fever now as he is feeling better. The rain has been gloomy, but I believe we are to have a lovely sunny weekend, and we can take a small stroll in the park by the lake. That will be a tonic, I know.
We send you all our love and our hugs and as always, prayers for continued gain, and for strength for the mama and papa! Kiss Beautiful Miss MAK and Precious AllyBeDally for us! We love you all, Aunt Dale/Aunt Grammy!

Dale G. Pugh <DaleGPugh@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Thursday, April 7, 2005 6:38 PM CDT
How's that sweet little California baby? I am in a bit of a hurry so I cheated and came straight to the guestbook!! Just thought I would check in and give a shout out to Miss Ally!! Love your new photos...you are really looking like your beautiful big sis! Kisses and hugs from your Texas friend....Anna Rainwater
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Thursday, April 7, 2005 3:00 PM CDT
Hi Allyson and everyone!

The entire CA 'contingency' is doing the BEST job with Allyson's treatments and CARE! And, I'm proud to hear that even Morgan is getting involved in Allyson's exercise moments!!!

John Ruskin said: " When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."

Certainly LOVE and SKILL are working in concert in the sunbelt of Southern California. I am grateful. I am thankful. And, once again, our entire family is blessed to have the commendable, caring professionals working for Allyson. God has gifted our famiy in so many ways.

"An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight...The truly wise person is colorblind." Albert Schweitzer said that first...and I wonder if this is why Morgan colors all her pictures RAINBOWS!!!!?? Such a MIX of all the colors!!!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Thursday, April 7, 2005 8:13 AM CDT
Ally is looking great!! I can't believe how far she has come with the NAM. It's truly amazing. Keep it up Ally!
Allison Maher

Allison Maher <alliem894@yahoo.com>
Oakton, VA USA - Wednesday, April 6, 2005 4:41 PM CDT
Just talked to Kristin and another "HERO" day (a la Mark) for her... She NAM'd all by herself!! Having seen first hand the patience and details on getting the NAM in and adjusted, it's hard to see how this is even POSSIBLE but it anyone can pull off such a feat, it's this superwoman.

For Ally-Poo, Morg and Bro... The best news I got to deliver to my super Mommy-Sister-Best friend is,

Mother's Day festivities compliments of yours truly (i.e... a day "off"!!) :)

Tons of hugs and love!

Ash & Tom
- Wednesday, April 6, 2005 2:07 PM CDT
Allison, I know your Grandpa, Jerry, he is one of my co-workers. You should see him light up at work when he talks about his granddaughters. You are a beautiful angel sent from God. Your mommy and daddy are so lucky to have you!
Jennifer Maes <jmaes@sgtinc.com>
Reston, VA USA - Wednesday, April 6, 2005 1:23 PM CDT
Dear Kelsos,
Wow. what a huge difference in Allyson in your most recent pictures! she looks gorgeous! I can't get over the improvment in her nose and her lip! i tell everyone i know about the NAM and how amazing it is. I'm so glad that you are all starting to settle into somewhat of a routine. even just sleeping regularly in your own bed has got to be such a relief.
we are doing well. seth is a crawling maniac, and matthew is constantly reminding me that summer vacation is coming soon. Davin is gone, and will be out most of the rest of this year. We would love to hear from you!
Kiss the girls for us, and let allyson know that if i could i would just love on her cute little head all day!
take care!

Amy O'Hora <spiderq9415@yahoo.com>
Norfolk, VA usa - Wednesday, April 6, 2005 11:54 AM CDT
Hi everyone!

Love the new 'horseshoe' effect! Allyson's eyes continue to be so very expressive. She is looking up at 'the world' and saying..."You are going to take care of me, aren't you?" What a little trooper she is! ALL THIS STUFF 'being done to her' and she continues to have a good disposition!! We are blessed!!!

I am missing my CA-peeps, but I'm back at school and home and re-orienting myself into the 'routine'....

I sure miss my sleeping partner, Allyson, and her goos and gurgles...and I sure miss "the sweetest girl in the world" (according to Morgan!)...and I miss K and M. I will see them soon.
I am so glad that Maria and Grandpa "Jose" are going out this coming weekend! I know they will have a wonderful time.

Daylight savings simply rocks...it is so nice to see the blue SKY after 6 P.M.!!!

Hugs and love to everyone!

Terri aka Teetay aka "Mrs. M"..."TMAT" and all my other names!!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Tuesday, April 5, 2005 9:08 PM CDT
Love, love love the new pics of Ally! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! Those eyes... makes me melt, Ally-Poo!

Much love to you all, my favorite peeps :)

- Tuesday, April 5, 2005 6:15 PM CDT
Mark....you are quite the organizer! I am impressed! I totally don't understand any of it, but I LOVE the color code!!! Teetay, glad you made it back safely to Virginia. I loved reading the poem by Meredith. That is what makes teaching so rewarding...when your students give back to you and teach you something!!!! :) I am sure they are all THRILLED to have their teacher back.Speaking of teaching, Madeline is in the playroom right now trying to convince Camden and Grant how fun it would be to play school in their pajamas! She is a teacher in the making! We have had some beautiful weather here in Texas the last few days but I am too tired to enjoy it...daylight savings...UUGGHHH!! It was tough trying to convince my kids that it was really time to get up for school even though it was dark outside! Kristin..I am so glad that you and your hubby had a night out on the town! I pray for you and think of you daily. Whenever you start to feel overwhelmed with everything, just remember that sweet smile of Ally's or the beautiful songs that Morgan sings to you or the wonderful compliments your husband shared about you on his guestbook entry the other day. YOU GO GIRL!!! Have a great rest of today!!! Hugs from Texas...Anna Rainwater
Anna <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Monday, April 4, 2005 5:27 PM CDT
Hi Kristin and gang:
I love the new pictures of everyone, and I am so happy to hear that you and Mark are getting into a groove with the "new normal". I just got my Real Simple magazine and there was a quote in there that reminded me of you and your family, so I wanted to share it with you:

"The most important thing she'd learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one" - Jill Churchill

Just wanted to send a quick note to let you know we're thinking of you guys often and we're always checking in on little Ally.

P.S. Kristin - whenever you get a chance to check your Verizon email, keep an eye out for an email I sent you about a couple of ideas Wendy and I had to help you guys out. Even if we are 3000 miles away, we really want to do something to help :).

Alex Hurley <cajhurley@comcast.net>
Montgomery Village, MD - Monday, April 4, 2005 4:43 PM CDT
Hi there Ally-lu and gang! Thinking of you and loved hearing your gurgles and coo's last night! I love you tons and tons!

And to Meredith L. in fourth period... you're a wonderful person and thank your for your beautiful poem and support fo our family! You characterized Ally so beautifully - and how true your words are! Thanks! :)

Happy Spring and happy LONGER days, everyone!

Washington, DC - Monday, April 4, 2005 11:53 AM CDT
Good morning!

One of my highly accomplished student writers presented me with this poem this morning.

She Is Everything

She's a warrior,
Fighting in the battle handed to her.
Her own innocent being
Leading her through.

She's a sister.
Listening with intent ears.
Watching with sparkling eyes.
Smiling perfectly on cue.

She's a daughter.
Inspiring eachsoul.
tucked inside every mind, Around her radiant glow.

She's little Ally Kelso.
So definted but yet unknown.
Growing up to be an achiver.
God's gifts blessing her world.

By Meredith L. in fourth period
Franklin Middle School, Chantilly, Virginia

IT is easy to see why I choose to teach. This is who I meet each day.

God bless you all,
Mrs. M :)

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Monday, April 4, 2005 9:48 AM CDT
Good morning everyone! Loved the new pic on the homepage and the update as well. Mark - that is quite the schedule!!!! We also had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the 70 degree weather. While this may seem "cold" to you CA peeps, it was like being in FL to us. Jim and I took Tyler to the playground for the first time this year and the smell of the air was so refreshing. Today we are supposed to have equally as beautiful a day but it is back to work for us. I am sure Tyler will be playing outside all day with his Grandma. Now that it stays light out in the evenings I can't wait to get home and enjoy the weather. Of course, in true MN fashion it is not unusual to see 40 degree swing in the temperature and on Wednesday it is supposed to be back into the low 40's with rain. I guess that is better than snow but I just want summer to be here already!!! I hope you all have a great week and continue to settle into your new "normal."
Lots of love!!!!

Aimee, Jim and Tyler <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Monday, April 4, 2005 7:26 AM CDT
I'm baaaaaccccckkkkk in VIRGINIA~!! I finally realized what was the "BEST PART" of the entire two weeks...I had "thought" it was arriving at CHLA on March 20th at midnight in the rental car having traversed numerous LA freeways all by myself...and then I "thought" the 'best part' was the DAY Allyson came home from her successful surgery of the G tube....and then I "thought" the best part was celebrating EASTER in the beautiful Port Hueneme chapel....but YESTERDAY the "BEST PART" literally jumped out at me! It was hearing Morgan sing the "reflection of who I am song" from MULAN as we scurried down Pacific Coast Highway en route to the AIRPORT! She sang the high notes 'delicately' and the low notes she belted! It was quite a little performance over and over and over .....Kristin and I wiped our eyes and loved hearing her! I left a little part of me on the curb in Port Hueneme when I gave Allyson her goodbye 'toe squeeze' and I left another part of me on the curb at LAX when Morgan reached out and said, "Teetay, I want to go with you." IT JUST DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT! Who cares if she really ONLY wanted to 'ride the bus' and the 'airplane'????!!! Hold-on-hugs did not seem ENOUGH, but we said our goodbyes and I trekked into the masses who had congregated in the airport.

While flying home so many thoughts consumed my brain...from my God-loft I could see the symmetrical shapes of Kansas (why are agricultural plots so perfectly laid out???) and the blue mountains of Kentucky...the flight was smooth and passed quickly. Torrential rains, Jerry, (GEEP) and some of my VERY BEST friends in the world welcomed me home! We visited and chatted for several hours. Daylight savings made me SPRING FORWARD, but my body only wanted to sleep this morning!!

I miss my CA peeps so very much. My heart is still there, but the body will jolt itself into full function tomorrow when I greet 'my kids' again! The BEST PART of teaching 8th grade is that one cannot have one's mind on ANYTHING but them during the day! (**and you 'do' believe that, right?)

My best wishes to CAT as she continues to follow her healthy regime and get back to feeling 100%! My prayers are always with you and your family!

And, my BEST to Suz and Jem in their journey to bring Elena HOME to LA very soon! Suz...take care of YOUR head and your nose!!! You, too, have my constant prayers.

And, continued good wishes to my 'overachiever' brother in law who is recuperating beautifully from spinal surgery two weeks ago! He's a trooper and will be BACK TO NEW very, very soon, I hope. His nurse, Aunt Grammy, is making sure he does his exercises and regime to regain strength and mobility!!

And, love to all of you for making my "??" birthday one of the BEST! God bless you all.

Terri aka Teetay aka Mrs. M aka T-Mat ...I'll see you tomorrow students!

terri matus <teetay43@aol.com>
herndon, va us - Sunday, April 3, 2005 10:03 AM CDT
Happy Birthday Mrs. Matus!<Morgan's cake looked beautiful, it looks like you have a chef in the making! I can't wait until you get back!

Wishing you were here..

Marla Sihalath (4th period) <shortstuff3908@yahoo.com>
Fairfax, VA - Saturday, April 2, 2005 6:07 PM CST
I'm Back!!! I meant to mention earlier that I LOVED the sweet picture of Ally and the Toucan!!! That sounds like a good story title...hmmmm!!! I am not much of a bird lover so I am glad to know they are good for some things!! Kisses and hugs from Texas Miss Ally....LOve, Anna
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Friday, April 1, 2005 7:32 PM CST
I just wanted to let everyone know what an awesome wife I have. She continues to amaze me. I guess she really listened to the "in sickness and in health" part, although I think I was a little brain-damaged even before my fall!

She not only lets me know when I've forgotten to vent Ally's tube (vent,vent,vent!) but she actually reinstalled Ally's NAM this morning by herself after I was leaving for work and realized one of the rubber bands had broken off and then was doing her "exercises" when I got home today. I've been pretty ill since leaving the hospital and Kristin has picked me up on her back and carried me (well, not literally, carrying a fat bald guy wouldn't be good for your back!) I know she checks this every day, so babe, I love you! Thanks for being the best wife and mommy in the world!

I have a hero, and it's you.

Mark <mark.kelso@verizon.net>
- Friday, April 1, 2005 6:30 PM CST
Hey Morgan...My birthday is coming up. Do you do special orders on your rainbow cakes!!! You are quite the cake decorator girlfriend!!!! Hugs from Texas....Anna Rainwater(my last name kind of sounds like rainbow too!)
Anna Rainwater <chiefrainwater@ev1.net>
- Friday, April 1, 2005 6:25 PM CST
Me again! I did not realize there were other new pictures too!!!!! Kristin, I just had to tell you that when I looked at the one with the cake I could have sworn it was Ashli. You guys are really starting to look more and more alike.
Nothing better to do today than to check out the website..... <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
EP, MN - Friday, April 1, 2005 11:03 AM CST
Happy FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!! The new pic of Ally is so precious. It amazes me that in the midst of everyhting that is going on she looks as peaceful as ever. It must be all the LOVE that surrounds her every day.

Terri - have a safe trip back to VA!!!!! And to everyone else, have a wonderful weekend! We are hopefully going to have some decent weather so maybe we can go to the park for the first time this year. Otherwise it will be the usual - coloring, watching cartoons, drinking boat loads of juice, waking up at the crack of dawn, and doing house chores.

Miss you all tons and as always I am thinkging about you!!!

Aimee <numbersgirl1@yahoo.com>
Eden Prairie, MN - Friday, April 1, 2005 10:59 AM CST
Hello my fellow FOOLS! ;) Just wishing you a happy April 1st and letting you know I am thinking of you on this last visit-day... HAVE FUN, BE SILLY, LAUGH, KICKA THE BALL & SNUGGLE the LU-LU LOTS!!! Glad you had a great bday celebration, good visits from Pablo and gang, good weight gain Ally, great painting day for Morgan... what else? Get anymore medical degrees since we spoke last night?? Uncle Tommy awarded me an honorary doctorate but said I had a lot of catching up to do to be worthy of all the PhD's the Cali crew has recieved lately.

Taking my coat to the cleaners today... maybe I'll have a day off from fighting crime and saving lives....
Ok, only Teetay and Kristin will be laughing but that was kind of the point. Love ya my fellow docs and crime-fighting team.

Much love to the WHOLE family and huge DC-sized hugs! (ok, not quite the same effect as Holly's TX-sized hugs becuase that state is pretty big afterall... I try. :)


The Other Wise Woman... Dr. Ashli
the not-so-huge Washington, DC - Friday, April 1, 2005 8:32 AM CST

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