Tuesday, December 23, 2008

MeRrY ChRiStMaS!

Merry CHRIST-mas from our family to yours! As you've probably noticed, it's been almost a month since our last post. Between Christmas programs, finishing up classes, subbing, and the "normal" hub-bub of the holiday season, we've been keeping pretty busy. Believe it not, with Christmas being a mere TWO days away, things are starting to slow down, at least for a few hours!

Tomorrow we will be leaving to celebrate Christmas with the Spore clan in Eureka. This Christmas will be a very emotional one for us all. Mark's brother, John, his wife, Cheryl, and their two boys, Tyler and Seth, lost their home and everything they owned except the clothes on their backs, to an electrical fire on December 9th. We thank God none of then were home at the time. Even still, it has been tough on each of them. We'd ask that you please keep them in your prayers during this difficult time.

After our Eureka celebration we will be traveling on to Cherryvale, where my parents (the Zuck's) live. My sister from Florida is coming home this year with her family. Us four girls, our families, and mom and dad will all be together for lots of fun, laughs, and memory making! It's sure to be a CRAZY time! We only wish our family in Indiana, Justin and Kristina and their families could be with us. (We love you all!)

As we celebrate Christ's birth, we will be thinking and praying for each of our loved ones, as yourself. We wish all of you a very blessed Christmas from our family to yours!

Mark, Penny, Logan, Ethan, and Caleb Spore

Thursday, November 27, 2008


From our family to yours
Happy Thanksgiving!


Friday, November 21, 2008

Our Baby Boy is 11!!!

Caleb Elijah Spore turned 11 today, November 21.
However, he is spending it sick and in bed. Poor lil guy...
Please send him your get well and happy birthday wishes to brighten his day.

We love you Caleb a.k.a. Lil' Fighter!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ce-LeBrAtE gOoD tImEs...O yEaH!

Have you ever read, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" by Judith Viorst? From the moment Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair, things just don't go his way. His teacher doesn't like his drawing of an invisible castle, he loses his yo-yo, there is no dessert in his lunch, the dentist tells him he has a cavity, and there is kissing on TV, and that's just the beginning. It's a wonderful children's book that I would recommend to all parents and elementary school age children.

The past couple of weeks we've made our own true-to-life story, "The Spore's and the Terrible, Horrible, N
o Good, Very Bad WEEK!" Our heater quit working on THE coldest night AND we ran out of wood (for the fireplace) at the very same time. Brrrrr...One kid got sick, and then like dominoes they started falling...and fell and fell. Yuckkkk... The dishwasher forgot how to wash dishes...Ughhhh... The trash piled up higher and higher after, "someone" who shall remain anonoymous, didn't do his chores... Grrrr... The ONLY show I enjoy watching on tv, "House" didn't get taped, of course no one fessed up to stopping or cancelling it... Ahhhhhh... Needless to say, things were a tad bit frustrating on the home front during this time

So, why is my title about celebrating? Because in the middle of the storm, we were blessed with a rainbow. It came to us through a phone message that went something like this, "Mrs. Spore? This is Animas Corporation, your son Caleb, has finally been approved for
his insulin pump." (silence...silence...silence...) "Mrs. Spore? Are you there?" At that point, I snapped out of my shock, squealing with joy! At that point, there was no question on the other end that I was still on the line.

Caleb, our 11 year old has been wanting an insulin pump for about two years. His endocrinologist agreed about a year ago, but it wasn't until now that the insurance company finally approved it "medically necessary." (Don't even get me started with that one!) Ethan, our 14 year old and older brother of Caleb, got his insulin pump at 11 years old, when he was in 5th grade as well. He is going on his fourth year with his pump and loves it!

Our terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week turned in to one of the best ever with the news of Caleb getting a p
ump! Spread some love by congratulating him. He's a lil fighter, but needs to be encouraged during this crazy transition time. Thanks!