Wednesday, August 09, 2006


It has been a while and lots has happened.

The biggest news is that we are going to have a baby.

Jacqueline Paige Helmke, due Dec 14.

This is obviously a very bittersweet thing as Ashlyn should be here to share this experience with us. She did have the honor of naming her, as this was the name she planned to use for her future daughter. We felt it was a nice way of tying the two together.

We continue to work on the house, but it looks good and we take time off to enjoy life as opposed to slaving all weekend on this ongoing project.



We have also made great progress with Ashlyn's Foundation. We had a successful fundraiser a while back and are up to 22k, which now resides at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, who manages the money for us.

We are sponsoring two kids contests this year and will be finalizing plans to award the first scholarship next year. We have also been in contact with other families who have suffered a similar loss due to HCM and do cardiac teasing in their communities, so we plan to learn from their example and do the same in Galveston and beyond.

We appreciate the outpouring of support and look forward to keeping Ashlyn's name alive in the community and do good works that she would approve of.

Mahalo

Team Jola