Back near the end of December, shortly after she had been diagnosed, she wrote this on her Caring Bridge site:
"Now I need to schedule a party. We need a slogan, and we should choose colors, design a tee shirt, maybe pick an official flower...what do you think, Girlfriends? I did look it up last night in the wee hours, and the official ribbon color for leiomyosarcoma is purple. I'm thinking we might just tweak that just a little bit to more of a bright pink. I told Daryl I might get a purple ribbon tattoo! (Too much? I think so!)"Of course, that's all it took to set the wheels in motion for an afternoon of love and laughter to show support for our dear friend.
We came up with a logo:
and other yummy sweets,
The party provided Ruthann's many friends the opportunity to share their love, their faith, and their words of encouragement on a day planned especially for that purpose. Folks who might not have wanted to 'bother' her with a phone call or visit were thankful for the chance to greet her in person before her treatments begin. Our prayer is that this strong outpouring of love for her will give her strength for the fight. And we know it will be one. Cancer is a formidable opponent. But we have a Great Big God, and we are putting our Trust in Him.
They did an awesome job on the video, so be sure to take a minute (or five) to watch!
Emily and Abby checking out the welcome table. We had little cards for folks to write words of encouragement to Ruthann. We will put them on a ring, and she can take them with her to read during treatments or anytime she needs a little love. :)
Abby and Emily are pretty fond of Aunt Ruthann too.
As is her F.L.A.G. team.
And all the strong women who stopped by, signed their names,
We love you, Ruthann!