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Our website is dedicated to our family and the struggle of our child, Nora, who has a terminal disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

The purpose of this website is to celebrate Nora's life by sharing as much as we can.

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The Goodentree Story

The story of our family and how the terminal diagnosis of Spinal Muscular Atrophy changed everything.

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Our Sister website that gives advice to SMA families. We also sell a variety of products that help SMA children to move and interact and stay healthy.

 

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Nora's own YouTube channel. She has over 70 videos for you to watch with more always being added. Stop by and subscribe to support us.

 

Nora's 6th birthday party weekend

Nora's 6th birthday party weekend

Nora's birthday was a blast.  Like I said in the previous post, didn't have a ton of plans so we did the private home party thing.  With Cold/flu season being upon us, we couldn't risk having a bunch of kids or adults around Nora.  

While Nora was sleeping Jaime and I filled a tremendous amount of mylar/foil balloons and decorated the house.  We had a big minion happy birthday banner and another one for Monster High, streamers, confetti, cupcakes etc.  We setup games like...

Nora's birthday is coming

Nora's birthday is coming

TJ: "What's the penguin's name?"
Nora: "Poop"
TJ: "You named him poop?"
Nora: "uhhuh"
TJ"That's awesome"

Nora's 6th Birthday is almost upon us.  We initially planned to take Nora on a dolphin encounter thing in Atlanta.  After Jaime found out there was a no camera rule, and you only got 10 minutes, that idea fizzled.  So we're going to have a little party at home 

The truth about shelf elves.

The truth about shelf elves.

Our Elf on the Shelf (Chloe) put on quite a show this year.  All thanks of course to Jaime who provided the inspiration for Chloe's antics each night.  Chloe's job was to monitor and report Nora's behavior - okay, let's be honest about Elf on the Shelf here.  They are recalcitrant little tattle tails! All of 'em!  they run to Santa each night to tell their little hearts out.  Then after they finish tattling on your children, they return to your home and get caught doing naughty elf things....

Little girl, huge heart

present for Hiro

Little girl, huge heart

Out of the blue Nora told us it was Hiro Hamada's birthday tomorrow.  Hiro is a fourteen-year-old boy and the main character in the movie: Big Hero 6.  He's also a 3 and a half inch figure that Nora adores and insists on having him in her hand, always.  

Hiro's impending birthday was mentioned occasionally throughout the evening, but honestly,  Nora says things like this all the time, so we never took this one too seriously...

Christmas Eve 2014

Christmas Eve 2014

This Christmas Eve was a blast.  Jaime had the day off but I had to work until 2:30.  So when I got home, she was napping... well, she never naps anymore so it was more like just watching a movie with her BiPAP mask on.  We call it her rest.  Nora had been so excited to have Jaime and I home.  She's been saying "I want to see Mommy and Daddy" for the...

Nora sees Santa Claus & Turnip

Nora sees Santa Claus & Turnip

We took Nora to see the big guy this past weekend at my company's annual kids party.  Nora was excited and kept asking "how much time?" on the drive there.  Nora didn't seem the least bit intimidated when it was her turn to see Santa.  She told Santa what she wanted which surprised us a bit.  Nora said "Turnip" referring to the character from a cartoon Christmas special she watched called Octonauts and the Very Vegimals Christmas.  The video is below and turnip is in the opening scene, if you want to see her

What'd She Say Wednesday #23

What'd She Say Wednesday #23

 

The weekly series we will post every Wednesday as we collect some of the more "unique" phrases of Nora.  

Nora's recent new "thing" is pointing out that things are different.  She also has started asking "how much time?" referring to how long until X or Y occurs.

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Playing in the leaves

Playing in the leaves

Before it got brutely cold in Tennessee, we took Nora outside to play in the leaves.  Nora's best friend and next-door-neighbor "Claire" even came over to jump in the leaves.  Nora adores Claire who is about a year younger than Nora.  The two girls hold hands when they are together which is simply adorable.  If Nora sees Claire in her backyard, Nora tries so hard to get her attention but her little...

Giving Thanks 2014

Giving Thanks 2014

We had the pleasure this year to have Grandpa Gooden over for Thanksgiving.  Nora and Grandpa played all day and were making paper airplanes in the pictures.  Nora would yell "Grandpa Grandpa Look, Grandpa look at this!" even when I...

What'd She Say Wednesday #22 - Tomorrow

What'd She Say Wednesday #22 - Tomorrow

 

The weekly series we will post every Wednesday as we collect some of the more "unique" phrases of Nora.  

Literally in the last two weeks, Nora learned the art of procrastination.  Her new favorite saying is that we will do something tomorrow.  Everything is being pushed off to tomorrow as you'll see...

Nora (having daddy put decals on her bedroom wall): "I want to do the next one  ... tomorrow"

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Nora doing better

Nora doing better

Four days into this sickness and things are looking up.  Nora no longer has any sign of a fever, and her voice is begining to sound normal now.  The remain bits of the sickness is still causing some trouble though.  It's all about snot and saliva - huge dangers for SMA kids who can't swallow or...