Thursday, May 27, 2010

Last Call!!

The month of May, with all its wind and crazy weather, has FLOWN by. Two fundraisers are coming to a close in a few days so here is a final reminder of what they are and if you have a minute please visit their website to say THANK YOU!!! 

WHAT:     MARY KAY Fundraiser
WHEN:    Now until the end of the month. Order accepted through May 31st.
DETAILS:  Alicen Taylor Independent Mary Kay Beauty consultant is donating 40% of your purchase price to the Baumgartens.
HOW TO ORDER: Order online at, call Alicen at 435-789-8992, text 828-8416 or email
Kyle Ashworth began his fundraising effort the beginning of April and finishes on June 1st. He committed to give $500 for every home he sold before June 1st.  That is coming pretty quick so there isn't enough time for new clients to be part of his fundraising effort but this is the perfect time for all of you to help say THANK YOU to him for his generous and heartfelt contribution. Visit!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Never enough ways to say THANKS!

There probably isn't a proper way to thank everyone for the amazing things being done for the Baumgarten family. This isn't the first and surely won't be the last post trying to say THANK YOU for what has been done. In the last few weeks there have been more fundraising events.

The ladies at Sending Smiles and all the people who bid on the items that were auctioned are angels. Most of the people involved are perfect strangers to the Baumgartens and some are even clueless about where Vernal is, but they showed their love anyway. What amazing examples of selfless service. THANK YOU ALL!!!!

The owners and staff of Basin Sports and Marsen Furniture are an excellent example of the GIGANTIC hearts of people in the Basin. Obviously, not every business can reach out and help every cause. To all involved in the fundraising efforts at these businesses last weekend THANK YOU for your love and support!!!

The rummage sale was a great success and a lot of fun! THANK YOU Coldwell Banker Aspen Brook Realty, Inc. for the time and effort to put this together. Every minute of your precious time and effort is appreciated!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

A daddy daughter moment.......

My fingers may be small,
but I can still wrap daddy around them.

Friday, May 21, 2010

SATURDAY: Coldwell Banker Rummage Sale

WHAT:    Coldwell Banker Rummage Sale/ Quilt Raffle

WHEN:    Saturday, May 22nd; 9:00AM - 1:00PM

WHERE:  1340 West Highway 40 in the Coldwell Banker parking lot,  just East of the movie theatres

DETAILS: Come to the sale. Enter the quilt raffle. Donate items to sell. If anyone would like to donate items for the sale please drop them off at the Coldwell Banker office anytime Monday through Friday between 9:00AM and 5:00PM. If you have items to be picked up please call Angela Walker or Jennifer Hawkins. A picture of the quilt will be posted later this week.

CONTACT: Anglea Walker at 435-828-3770 or Jennifer Hawkins at 435-828-4198

A Sincere Thanks

The Baumgarten family in Virginia wants to express our deepest gratitude for all you have done for Kristen and Josh the past 2 months. Words cannot express how we feel being over 2,000 miles away and reading about all the fund raisers, service projects, and love expressed for our children and grandchildren living in Vernal. May the Lord bless you. All our love, Pete and Lyle Baumgarten and Family

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Half way there!

Tuesday was Josh's 15th radiation treatment, and since he needs 30, he is half-way there! The best part is that he is still feeling pretty good. Yes, he has lost hair and yes, he gets really tired. But, he hasn't gotten sick and thanks to the radiation van that takes him to Salt Lake everyday, we have been able to try and maintain a "normal" family life. He is still in good spirits and positive about treatments, traveling, and everything in between.
Once his radiation treatments are done, he will have a "cooling period" for four weeks followed by another MRI and a shorter cycle of Temodar (the chemo). The MRI will determine how successful all this radiation and chemo have been on the tumor.
Everyday is a new day and a chance for us to be grateful for life and for all of you who have reached out to us in one way or another. Not a prayer is spoken that we do not thank our Heavenly Father for the acts of kindness, the service, the financial support, the well-wishes, the prayers in our behalf. We pray that blessings will be upon each of you for what you have done for us. We pray that in someway, someday, we might be able to reach out and show the same love and support to others and that we will never forget how humbling this experience has been.
With much love- Josh, Kristen, Kimball, McKay, Benson, and Eliza

Monday, May 17, 2010

Relay for Life: Team Ad Astra - To the Stars

"The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated."

WHAT:   Relay for Life
WHEN:   June 4th and 5th
WHERE: Uintah High School
DETAILS: Team Ad Astra - To the Stars has made a goal of raising $1000. This money is given to the American Cancer Society for cancer research's fight for a cure. Tami Gross and her sons Kiersten and Kiley know and love the Baumgarten family. Josh was their Young Mens Leader at church for several years before the Baumgartens moved out of the 9th ward. They formed this team in honor of Josh and in memory of other close friends who have lost their battle with cancer. They have 9 team members who have also been affected by cancer and are part of relay for life's fight for a cure.

CONTACT: Tami Gross at 435-790-4490 or Mindy Smith at 435-781-1515
click here to visit the Team Ad Astra page

How You Can Help:
Donate to Team Ad Astra
Join Team Ad-Astra 
Buy a Luminary
Team Ad Astra invites everyone to purchase a luminary bag for $10 that can be decorated and dedicated in honor or memory of someone affected by cancer. The bags can be decorated however the purchaser sees fit and the luminary will be displayed at the event. It will be part of the luminary ceremony at 9:00pm on June 4th. All are welcome to participate! The bags must be decorated and returned to a member of Team Ad Astra no later than May 27th to be displayed and part of the ceremony. They would love to have a section of luminary bags for Josh as a show of support and love for he and his family. Call Tami Gross at 435-790-4490 or Mindy Smith at 781-1515 to purchase a luminary bag.

Raffle Tickets:
Raffle tickets are also being sold and can be purchased from any Ad Astra team member or other teams participating in Relay for Life.
1 for $1 or 6 for $5. 

What is Being Raffled:
3 month membership to Curves
1 month free lessons and uniform to keep from Unbroken Circle
Tickets for a family of four to a Salt Lake Bees Game
3 free days of Handy Man Service from K&W Handy Service
Tires and Rims from Dan's Tire
1 Adult and 1 Kids punch pass to Vernal's Rec Center
8X10 Autographed photo of Kyle Korver with jersey and basketball
8X10 Autographed photo of Andrei Kirilenko with jersey and basketball
Flaming Gorge Lodge overnight stay with dinner breakfast and raft rental
Years supply of milk from Meadow Gold.

The buyer can choose which prize drawing to enter.
Donations or sponsors can be made to my team Ad Astra - To the Stars (Kiersten picked the name he is taking Latin can you tell?) online at (search my name or team name to make donations or sponsors) or call Tami Gross at 435-790-4490 or Mindy Smith at 781-1515.

To see other team pages or to learn more about Relay for Life in the Uintah Basin, visit

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Drink and Never Thirst by Liz Lemon Swindle

"The story of the woman at the well holds a particular interest because it speaks so directly to all of us. There are times in each of our lives when we stray from the path leading back to our Heavenly Father and need to know there is a way back home.

"In the story of the woman at the well, the Savior invites the Samarian women to drink of the living waters. She mistakenly thinks Jesus is speaking of the water dripping from her jar. It is only as she sits at his feet and listens to His words that she comes to know Jesus is speaking of the spiritual waters of repentance.

"It was Jesus who gave rest to the woman's troubled soul that day, and it is He who continues to give rest to a troubled world. He stands ready to forgive if we will but ask, and He continues to show each of us there is always a way back home."

-- Liz Lemon Swindle

Friday, May 14, 2010

Helping Hands: Basin Sports

WHAT: Basin Sports Baumgarten Benefit

WHEN: Saturday, May 15th, Open till Close

WHERE: Basin Sports, 511 West Main in Vernal

DETAILS: 10% of all sales will be donated to the Baumgarten family

CONTACT: Phone: 1-888-246-4867, E-mail: customer_support @

Come get equipped to enjoy the great outdoors while showing your support of the Baumgarten family!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Helping Hands: Marsen Furniture Outlet

WHAT: Marsen Furniture Outlet Baumgarten Benefit

WHEN: Saturday, May 15th; 9:30AM - 6:00PM

WHERE: Marsen Furniture Outlet; 40 N 500 W, Vernal

DETAILS: 10% of all sales will be donated to the Baumgarten family

   *note: if you haven't been in to Marsen you should take this chance to check it out on Saturday. I own a fabulous couch(like the one above) and comfy lazyboy from Marsen and am a 100% satisfied customer!

Message from the Family

From Our Family.....We are Kristen's parents, Bill and Laurie Kremin. How in the world can we ever thank you enough???? We will be loyal to your businesses though!! And we will give back to this community!! We so appreciate this help!! Josh and Kristen are very appreciative! You guys are the BEST! Thank you a million ten trillion times! With all of our hearts thank you! The Kremins

Thank you Subway and Channel X94!

Saturday's SINK the PINK event was an absolute success. The golfers were more than generous and everyone had a great time! Kristen's Aunt Collete and Uncle Mark Kremin represented the family and accepted the check for the money raised on their behalf.
The pic above is the X94 crew and Scott from Subway, myself and the Kremins

I doubt we can say THANK YOU enough to Charlie, Scott and everyone who made this event possible and a success but I'll try anyway.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Helping Hands: Rifle being raffled by Nikki Kempton and family

WHAT:    A new Weatherby Vanguard 270 short mag rifle with a Nikon BDC scope is being raffled to benefit the Baumgarten family. The rifle picture above is not the actual rifle but a stock photo of a Weatherby Vanguard Synthetic rifle from The scope picture is not the actual scope but a stock photo of a Nikon Slughunter BDC scope from

WHEN:    Through July! The raffle winner will tenatively be announced at an event related to the Uintah County Fair. When those details are available they will be posted on the blog.

COST:    1 ticket for $10.00 or 6 tickets for $50.00

CONTACT:    Nicci Kempton at 789-4423 to purchase tickets or learn more!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Little Princess

I will let the cute little girl speak for herself.;)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Sweet baby Eliza
Weighing 6lbs 9oz
Measuring 18 3/4 in
Born at 9:00am on Saturday, May 8th
....and she already has daddy wrapped around her finger.
Mom and baby are doing great. Look for more pictures soon!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Saturday May 8th, 8am - 2pm: Make a stop at the Dinaland Golf Course

Vernal's Dinaland Golf Course: 675 South 2000 East
8:00AM - 2:00PM

Get a t-shirt and Subway coupon
just for participating!! 
Everyone wins in this fundraising competition. Every participant will get a cool t-shirt and a coupon for a free Subway breakfast sandwich. You pay $10 and get 3 chances to make a putt on the putting range. Make a putt and keep going in the competition. The grand prize package includes a new BBQ grill and valuable gift certificates! ALL the money earned will be given to the Baumgarten family. Come help a great cause.
All Ages Welcome!
Any Skill Level!
Fun Guaranteed!

To the highest bidder!

Once Sending Smiles posted the items being auctioned, I had one reaction: Are You Kidding Me?!?! The items are, in a word, AWESOME. To someone with zero crafty abilities I am amazed at the cute hand made items being auctioned off and the women who so willingly donated. I was also surprised at how low the bidding start prices are. The auction closes Saturday night at midnight. This is the perfect opportunity to find that perfect gift for yourself, your kids, or a friend and every penny you pay for the item will be given to the Baumgartens. Everyone wins. :) click here to go visit the Sending Smiles website.  Here is a peak at some of the items if you still need convincing....

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A message from Josh

I want to express my thoughts of sincere gratitude to all in the Vernal/Roosevelt and surrounding communities in Utah, even in other States in this Great Nation, America, in which we all live in...each of your charitable thoughts & donations all in the spirit of brotherly/sisterly love has profoundly changed my life in ways that only strengthen my resolve to overcome this cancer by faith in Gods healing power through His Son Jesus Christ, and return this same service of love to my community.
Thank you Kristin for your example of love for our family in all that you have done and continue to do...contributing/sacrificing many long hours of your own family time because of the love you have for your friend, my wife - Kristen. I want to thank all of Kristen & my friends/ family who came together to help lift the burden of organizing and putting together her baby nursery, and countless other acts of kindness around the home. Please accept my sincere love to each of you and may Gods blessing be upon all who have participated in this miracle of Gods tender mercy for our family.

I Love You!
Josh Baumgarten

Subs for Service Success

You've heard the term "standing room only" - well that practically describes Subway today at lunchtime. What an amazing community we live in. The Baumgartens are loved and supported by so many. I know it was a bit overwhelming for Kristen today when she looked around and realized she knew literally every person there having lunch, eating cookies, and running crazy with balloons(mostly kids....mostly). Thank you all for coming and showing your support. Thank you to X94 for teaming up with Scott and getting the word out. Thank you Scott and the Subway crew who worked so hard to put this together and undoubtably worked overtime today(and still are!) to make this a success. From the very bottom of my heart thank you all. I found myself in tears more than once as I looked around. The Baumgartens continue to express their awe and appreciation for all everyone is doing. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!!!

PS- If you are reading this on Thursday before 9pm there is still time for you to head to Subway and get some grub, cookies, or make a bid on the Jazz memorabilia!!! Bids can be made on the Jazz memorabilia until Saturday at 2pm when the winners will be announced. For more info on the items in the auction CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

3 FUN fundraisers in the next few days!!!

#1. What:     Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner at the new Subway in Vernal
When:    Anytime on Thursday May 6th. TOMORROW! A group of Josh and Kristen's friends will be there at 12:30pm. If Kristen is feeling up to it she will be there too. Please JOIN US!! Or you could plan to get lunch from there for your office. Make it that special day you all go out together!
Details:      Subway's Subs for Service Day - 10% of all sales will be going to the Baumgartens
                   Jazz memoribilia auction - the last bid I heard for the basketball was $1000!!! Come see it and make a bid on it or the signed Jazz pictures. The bids on the pictures start at $15. More info and pictures.
#2. What:  Visit the Sending Smiles Website and view the items being auctioned
When:    Thursday May 6th - Saturday May 8th(closes at midnight)
Details:       All the money earned from the auction will go to the Baumgarten family. Check out all the gorgeous, hand made items being auctioned. Click here to go to the website.
#3. What:     Stop by the Dinaland Golfcourse for the SINK the PINK fundraiser
When:     This Saturday, May 8th. Come anytime between 8am and 2pm.
Details:      ANYONE can stop by and participate. Pay $10 for 3 chances to make a putt. Those who make it can continue in the competition and the winner will receive a prize package including a NEW BBQ Grill!!
Every participant will receive a t-shirt and a coupon for a free Subway Sandwich!!! All the money raised will go to the Baumgartens. Come have fun and help us make this a success!!! Click here for more details.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Another Way to Help the Baumgartens

I know that many of you are already helping the Baumgartens in many ways. However, as a young parent myself, I find that there are many things that can become incredibly overwhelming, even without the burden of sickness.

I realize that there are accounts and fundraisers that have been set up in their family name. I'm grateful that the costs of medical expenses are being addressed. However, I would like to help their family in various ways that may lift some different burdens and allow their family to spend as much time together as possible. I plan on organizing about one service per week. This week, someone will be coming to clean their home before the baby comes.

I know that many of us who live out of town want to help, but don't know how. Some of you may have time constraints due to work/family. Let this be the opportunity to help! If you are willing to make a donation of even $5, I can assure you it will be put to good use (skip the Wendy's drive through this week!) For those who donate, I will update you weekly on what service was provided. Please include your email address.

Please send payment through Paypal using the following email address:
Or, if you feel more comfortable, it can be sent via mail to:

Lindsey Paulk
3686 S Flanders ST
Aurora, CO 80013

If anyone has any good ideas for services, feel free to email them to me. Also, I'm looking for any family pictures that anyone may have. Please send them to me via email.

My next project is to send Kristen and Josh on a mini date so that they can enjoy each other.

Thanks for all of your love and support-

Lindsey Anders Paulk

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mary Kay Fundraiser Extended!

Alicen Taylor has extended her fundraising efforts through the month of May! Anyone who places an order for this fundraiser will be giving 40% of the price they pay to the Baumgarten family. This is a great opportunity to buy the health and beauty items you already need and use while helping ease the financial burden on the Baumgarten family. The other day I picked up some mascara from Alicen because I had run out and figured I might as well support this fundraiser than just give my money to the store I usually buy from.

Remember, Mother's Day is this Sunday!!!
Call Alicen(435-789-8992) to see what items she has in stock that your Mother will love.

Or click here to place an order online and support the Baumgartens while pampering yourself.
Thanks everyone for all you are doing!!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

"In Memory of Josh - In Honor of Josh"

In Loving Memory of Josh Graham
(Toni Graham and Kristen Baumgarten)

In Honor of Josh Baumgarten
(Celesta Graham and her Grandpa Richardson)

The Graham family and the Baumgarten family have been friends for years. Josh Graham lost his battle with cancer on July 14th, 2009 being survived by his wife Toni, sons Keaton and Christian, and daughters Celesta and baby Lizzy. Toni and Kristen have been a support for one another and continue to be. Toni is an avid runner and wanted to do something special to honor her Josh and Kristen's Josh. She had t-shirts made and organized a group of family and friends to participate in the 5K this morning. Amazingly enough Kristen showed up(one week from having her baby!) to support the Graham family and her husband Josh and walked the entire 5K. It was a special thing to be a part of. Me miss you Josh Graham and we are fighting for you Josh Baumgarten!!