Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Okay, today is the 'big reveal' - what is inside the box?!
Thank you everyone for your patience as we were rookies pulling something like this off. I hope we don't fail anyone by saying, 'no, it's not a baby', 'no, we are not moving back to Utah', and 'no, there is no solid plan to take over the world, yet'. But, I hope you will be just as excited as I was when my incredible friend, Lindsay, approached me with her idea. She has been so good to me and I've invited her take over and share everything in her own words.

I lay awake as the minutes ticked on, late into the night. The world around me was in quiet slumber as I forced my lungs to maximum capacity, then squeezed out all the air, and tried again. What would it be like to have 60 percent lung capacity? What about 36 percent?
My thoughts were troubled.
Mandie had mentioned her mother-in-law was coming to town and, in nosey fashion, I wondered, why? It wasn't spring break for our student-husbands. It wasn't anyone's birthday, as far as I knew. Easter was coming; did that warrant a flight across the country?
Deep breath in. Push it all out. How had I never realized the power of my lungs? How had I never thought about my ability to breathe like this? I had always taken breathing for granted.
Then I played the worst case scenario game. A game, my close friends know I'm good at, and has given us some good laughs.
As the sun rose, I forced myself to wait for a decent hour to ask; because if you're going to be nosey, you should at least wait until a normal hour of the day.
'Mandie, is your mother-in-law coming because you're headed into the hospital for two weeks, again?'
When she replied, 'no' a rush of emotion came over me, and I realized how much I truly care about this girl. 

I first met Mandie at an end of the quarter party held for our student-husbands. She opened a fizzy bottle of soda in the grass so my child wouldn't have to wait, and later, as her baby lay asleep in her arms, I overheard her say, 'this makes it all worth it'. I had no idea the depth of those words. I had no idea I was looking at someone fighting a terminal illness.  I had no idea I was taking breathing for granted. I had no idea what Cystic Fibrosis (CF) was. 

I have since learned, CF is a progressive genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage, and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the realease of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.

For Mandie this means an average life expectancy of 36 years. Days filled with lots of hand sanitizer in attempts to avoid any illness. A handful of medications taken before each meal (that she can down all at once!). Unpredicted time spent in the hospital - always in two week bursts, never less. Doing treatments daily and sometimes throughout the night, that include wearing a vibrating vest to shake loose built up mucus. Numerous doctor appointments, and stops at the pharmacy. Daily exercises to push herself to stay as physically strong as possible to keep up the fight. And a great amount of courage. 

When I first met Mandie, I had no idea her daily battle with this terminal illness because she doesn't let CF define her. It is part of her life, but not her. Mandie is a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, and a friend. She has completed multiple half marathons and a sprint triathlon. She has traveled to four of the seven continents. She feels at home at basketball games and plans to rock the soccer mom scene. She is rarely without candy, and her favorite color is gray. 
Mandie is an individual.
She is an individual who strives to conquer all that steps in her way.
In recent years she has conquered bringing a miracle baby into this world; not an easy feat for a CF individual. Conquered sending her parents across the world on an LDS Mission; saying goodbye to her mom, just as she, herself became a mom. Conquered moving to a new state; supporting her husband's dreams. Conquered finding a new CF team; twice, as the first did not fit well. The list goes on - all while fighting this terminal illness and putting her trust in Christ.
Mandie let's the light of Christ shine through her as she conquers. She knows that He set the example and conquered all, that she may as well. 
Mandie is not Cystic Fibrosis. Mandie is a Christ-loving individual who, conquers all.

It was in those late night hours, breathing deeply and playing worst case scenario, a dream was born. In the moment Mandie said, 'no hospital stay' the dream grew legs and ran. And today it is with great honor, I announce the dream come reality - 
The Mandie Tee:

With Mandie's permission and input, I teamed up with Elkhorn Embroidery - a small family owned shop - who worked to create a t-shirt to share in Mandie's motto, and ability. A tee that allows us, as ShermanArmy supporters, to join in her journey to conquer all. 
AND after learning more about Mandie and her journey, Elkhorn Embroidery has graciously offered to donate ALL profits from each t-shirt purchase to assist with the Sherman family's medical expenses.

The Mandie Tee is a screenprinted, tri-blend crew neck that comes in all sizes! To order your Mandie Tee, to show support and ease the financial burden of medical costs follow this link and fill out this order form:

Wait there's MORE:
In honor of Mandie's upcoming birthday we decided to take The Mandie Tee one step further and host a TEE PARTY in Phoenix, AZ and a Mandie Tee Pick-Up party in Sandy, UT. Held the night of Septemeber 8th!
If you would like to join in the fun, be sure to use the code: AZPARTY (for the AZ Tee Party) or UTPARTY (for the Utah party).
For both party locations you will receive FREE shipping (as you will receive your tee at the party) and an invite with party details. 
The ORDER DEADLINE FOR THE PARTY is August 18th - so hurry, hurry.

I am honored to be a part of this, and hope you are, too. Now let's show this girl some support and wear the Mandie Tee! 


  1. What a beautiful post, incredible story, and fantastic idea! I am a huge fan and remember Mandie in primary! She was also the only babysitter we had watch my son who is now 15. Thank you for this opportunity to love and support her and her sweet family!!

  2. I LOVE this idea! I cannot wait to order mine! Could you give me more details about the pick up party in Sandy? Would we just need to order the shirt by then to have it count towards the party? Will the whole Moss/Rudd family be there, and will the party be outside? (To know for safety with CF). Will we get an email with the details?

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    2. Rachel, thank you! And good questions, the event will be held outside to help prevention of spreading germs. All shirts will be handled and distributed by my sister, Nicole (and her husband) who does not have CF, therefore no cross contamination. The shirts are coming directly from the manufacturer. There will be hand sanitizer - because, always.

      And yes, to receive your shirts at the Pick-Up Party all orders will need to be placed by August 18th. You will receive free shipping with code 'UTPARTY' at checkout (or 'AZPARTY' if attending the Tee Party Birthday in Arizona), and this is your RSVP indicating your attendance.

      After this date I will send out an e-mail to everyone who used the code with all the details in regards to both parties.

  3. We have yet to meet you personally, but Tyler is Ric's cousin, and we would love to support our family! You are inspirational! Sherman strong! Much love, Tyler and Jenny Sherman

    1. Thank you so much for your love and support. I would really like to meet you. Are you two in AZ? WA? UT? CA?