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Giving Thanks

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You HEB!!!!

5 Comments 31 January 2009

Ok, so I am officially designating HEB as the Greatest Store With the Most Kind Hearted People In All the World!!! They wrapped up the diaper drive yesterday with quite a few little (and one big) surprises that really blew us away! Seriously, they could not have met the need more head on nor done it in a better, more thoughtful way. They presented us with over 8,000 diapers that the community donated to us! The community outreach alone was phenomenal and we are so grateful to each and every person who pitched in!

Along with the community donation, HEB matched the amount of diapers given in the form of gift cards which worked out to over $2000…on top of that, they had a grocery cart full of other little baby need items, toys, and other goodies…and then on top of that, they had a backpack full of markers, stuffed animals, and other kid stuff for Eliot…and then on top of that, they gave us a personal shopper for a year who will do our grocery shopping for us and deliver them to the house…AND THEN ON TOP OF THAT…it just keeps going!! They gave us a very generous gift of several more gift cards!!

But wait, there’s one more thing that I think puts the cherry on top of the sudae…they contacted the Wilkinsons of Cedar Park – the quint family who has helped us out along the way – and donated to them as well!!! Are you kidding me?? How COOL is that?! They absolutely thought of everything and went waaaaaayy out of their way to make sure they did everything RIGHT!!

WOW!! Thank you so much to everyone at HEB who made this possible, who worked extra to put up displays, who took the phone orders, who moved diapers all over the place, who helped load the truck, who helped in any way whatsoever…THANK YOU!!!!!
God Bless,
Ethan

Giving Thanks

HEB Diaper Drive – Phone Orders

2 Comments 27 January 2009

First, a quick update. We’ll know something on Lila’s heart at some point tomorrow. They did another echo cardiogram on Ryan today and it appears that the hole in her heart (she also has a PDA) is smaller than it was originally which means she is definitely responding to the medication. She is being put on the same round of treatments that they now have Lila on and we will know more about her condition in a couple of days. Please continue to pray for Lila and add Ryan’s heart to your prayers as well!!

A good friend of mine who actually took the call from HEB about the diaper drive asked if he could “guest blog” for me to update some of the details. Since he has been coordinating everything with them, I figured that was a good idea…

My name is Dean and my wife and I are close friends of Ethan and Casey. We’ve been so blessed to see the outpouring of support from not only our church and Austin, but from around the country! For those of you not from Texas, HEB is the largest grocery chain in Texas with over 300 stores. They are THE grocery store in Austin. HEB has been so incredibly generous with how they have rallied around the Jones family with this community diaper drive, and now they want to open it up to those who can not physically get to this specific Austin HEB location. This HEB location will take phone donations at 512-336-7700. Just tell them you want to make a donation to the Jones Quintuplets diaper drive and they will take it from there and match your donation! The diaper drive goes through this coming Friday, January 30th.

On behalf of Ethan and Casey and their entire support group we want to thank, individually, the wonderful folks at HEB who have stepped up to make this diaper drive happen over the last week. Leslie, Jill, Tamra, Leticia, Xavier, Chad, Cynthia, and Jeff. Jeff actually came in at 3:30 a.m. on his day off to finish up the wonderful in-store displays. Also, a very special thank you to Mr. Charles Butt, the CEO of HEB. Mr. Butt personally got involved when he saw the story on the Quintuplets and said “We HAVE to help this family”. HEB did not have to do this diaper drive, and they have asked for no PR or recognition in the process. They did it because they are a caring organization that is made up of absolutely wonderful individuals. You can see why they retain their employees so well and maintain such a fantastic work environment.

For those of you that have already taken the time to donate to the drive, a huge THANK YOU. We’ll update everyone after the drive wrap up Friday! And again, thank you to HEB for allowing those not in Austin to be part of this phenominal event! Dean

God Bless,
Ethan
www.JonesLife.net

Giving Thanks

HEB Diaper Drive!!!!

2 Comments 23 January 2009


I am about to head up to HEB at Four Points for the kick off of a week long diaper drive that they are doing for us. This is really cool – apparently, Charles Butt, the son of the founder, Howard Butt, and current CEO, heard our story on the news and wanted to help out. He personally set the wheels in motion to make this happen.
The drive is starting today and will continue until next Friday. HEB is going to match all donations and is planning on making a surprise donation at the close of the diaper drive!! Diapers are probably the one item that we need more than anything as it will be an on-going need for several years. We are so grateful to the HEB family for making this happen!!!!

Check the website for other details!

God Bless,
Ethan
http://www.joneslife.net/

The Pregnancy

Very Cool Timing…The Birth of Molly Joy McKinney

2 Comments 11 January 2009

Friday night I slept at a friend’s garage apartment that is a few minutes from the hospital while Casey’s mom pulled the night shift with Casey – thank you, Quentin and Jaymie! As I was getting ready to come back over to the hospital around 6:30 am, I got an email from a good friend and fellow Riverbend Marriage Builder, William McKinney, that updated us on the status of his very pregnant wife. She was due to deliver their first baby on New Year’s Day and here we were on January 10th with no baby yet. The update was great however – Haley was in the hospital and half way home on bringing their little girl into the world.

I sent Will a quick text to find out where he was and to see if I could stop by. The answer: he was two door down from us! So I stopped in, gave Haley my love, and talked a little while with the dazed-daddy-to-be. Just a few hours later, Haley’s mom knocked on our door and invited us to come see the new addition. Another friend and Marriage Builder had just stopped by to bring us some food so she and I went down to check in. We got there just in time to see little Molly Joy get placed in her mama’s arms for the first time after being bundled up. What a site to see! As grandma and grandpa worked the room with a video camera, a small digital camera, and a bigger camera on a tripod, Payton, William, and I just looked on and enjoyed the scene. Later, Will snuck Molly into our room and let Casey hold her for a quick second before the nurse came and smacked Will around for breaking the law!
I’ve never been so close to a birth other than Eliot’s. It was really incredible to be in the room and share in the experience with the current two happiest people in the world! Very cool timing is all I can say about the experience!
Our prayers are with Will, Haley, and Molly Joy as they begin their new life together!
God Bless,
Ethan

Good Times

Casey’s Last Hurrah

Comments Off 19 October 2008


I don’t know what she was thinking, but I was thrilled at the idea…Casey wanted to go camping and I wasn’t going to stand in her way!! Casey isn’t that big on “roughing it” under normal circumstances so imagine my surprise when she told me a couple of weeks ago that she wanted to spend a night in the great outdoors. That’s right, a woman carrying five babies, at week 17 of her pregnancy (which for her is the equivalent of week 29), making plans to sleep on the ground and pee outside…AWESOME!! And so off we went to Pace Bend Park with three other couples and their kids (Dean/Emily/Hailey, Mark/Payton/Harper (Payton is 17 weeks pregnant too!), Rick/Wendi/Ty) for a night of campfires, s’mores, and bear hunts.
I’ll spare you the detailed re-cap, but rest assured the excursion couldn’t have gone better. Here are a few of the highlights: kids and cactus don’t mix, Emily is officially a camper, no bear sightings, but we heard plenty of them rustling through the trees, burn ban…? what burn ban?, it’s good to be the campers that other campers don’t want to camp next to, 30 foot cliffs within 30 feet of the tent – no problem!, golf balls and speed boats don’t mix, golf balls and the back of my head don’t mix, either!! Dean “Lightning” Yeck has the quickness of a coiled rattler, thank God for Rick’s boyscout skills, apparently camping and pregnancy mixes very, very well!!
Casey Ann did great! She spent most of the time in a lawn chair with her feet propped up, but that didn’t stop her from helping out with everything and having a great time doing it! This was the last camping trip she’ll be making for a long while which is kind of sad, but we’ll have plenty of pictures and memories to last us until we can venture out again!

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