The Natalie & Alice Fish Story

We are the Fishes. In 2011 two of our five children; Natalie and Alice were diagnosed with a rare gene disfunction called Leaky SCID (Severe Combined Immune Deficiency). Their condition is so rare that only two cases are reported in the U.S. each year. Both girls have endured much, and have spent most of their young lives in and out of hospitals due to common illnesess a healthy immune system would overcome. The required treatment for our girls is a bone marrow transplant.
Although the new marrow could mean a normal life for them, it will be a long and arduous road. This blog is to share our experience as parents and the courage of our children.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Boys Night out to the Rodeo

The boys have been so patient these past few months helping us with the girls. We decided they needed a night out to themselves. They both have been hounding me the past few weeks about Mutton Bustin. We signed them up, and last night away we went to the Strawberry Day's rodeo. Natalie's school teach (Mrs. Bromley) was so good to come over and watch the girls while we spent a couple hours with the boys. They both performed much better than I had anticipated, and Matthew did well enough to take home first place. However, they sure did get an education on the difference between riding on Dad's back and then riding on something that wants nothing to do with you. I told Matthew to not let go, and that's exactly what he did. He brought the sheep down with him.....and then over him. His shoulder was a little jammed up, but its nothing a little dirt can 't heal. Congrats Matthew and Blair, you're real cowboys.


This is right after.....the agony of victory


  1. Awesome for Matthew! That's not an easy trophy to win. Sweet pic by the Men's bathroom!

  2. congratulations boys!! You did a hard thing! Looks easy, but its not. Proud of you both and Matthew that was really something to see you take the "mutton" down with ya -- that was real "mutton bustin"!! glad you recovered and won the trophy! Happy Trails, lil cowboys.

  3. You guys are awesome! That looks like fun! I sure miss you guys!