Sorry for the lack of posting these last few months! If you haven’t heard, Drs. Gene and Phil were in a train accident on February 12th, 2010. My dad did not survive the crash, but my husband had non-life-threatening injuries and is on his way to a full recovery. We are so blessed with great patients and supportive friends who help keep us strong throughout this difficult time! Here’s the last photo that Phil took of my dad, just a few hours before the accident.

Our Spark a Smile parties now have a special place in my heart, because the last time I spoke to my dad was during our party on February 11th. He called to make sure I was safe as I locked up and left the office that evening.

During the last few weeks, Spark a Smile has been a great comfort to our family. Dr. Phil received a hand-made Get Well Soon card from one of our smallest patients, which made everyone smile. She even decorated the envelope :)

The Spark a Smile parties continue! We’ve actually had three parties since February – two were hosted by Miss Marlene Barber at her home. Trust me: crafting, chocolate, and chatting are good comfort for the healing heart! So please, we invite you to join us at our next card-crafting party, Thursday, March 13th, 2010, from 5-7 PM.

Starting in *June*, our parties will be held on the second *Wednesday* of every month, from 5-7 PM, so be sure to check your calendar for the future!