12.19.2011

Encouraged and A Christmas Gift

I just want to say thank you to all of you who have sent encouraging comments to me via email or this blog.  I have never felt so uplifted as I have this past week.  And I have to tell you, I think your prayers are working.  For the past 9 months I haven't allowed myself to wallow in self-pity and despair.  But this past week I completely swam in it.  I was so depressed.  The weight of the stress that I was living with was about to break me.  Last night, even, I went to bed at 6pm and woke up 6 times throughout the night with an upset stomach.

But this morning the Lord answered my prayers and I awoke with a renewed sense of hope and peace.  Lucy has been eating better the past 2 days.  I don't know if its enough to keep us free from a G-tube, but its progress.  Even if she ends up needing help, I can say that we all did our best to clear the hurdles.  That sweet little girl has tried her hardest to eat.  God love her.

So, thank you all.  Thank you for your sweet and caring words.  Thank you for your prayers.  Thank you, once again, for loving a little girl that you may never meet this side of heaven.  I may not respond to your comments, but I promise I read them.  Every single one of them. 

And here is a bit of encouragement for you.  If you have not spent all of your Christmas budget and are looking for the perfect gift for those "hard-to-shop-for" relatives and friends, let me suggest Compassion International.   Compassion International "exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults."

My girls were given the task of going through the gift catalog and picking out what they would like to give.  We are doing these gifts in honor of special people in our lives.  They chose several items and I narrowed down our list to a grouping that fit our budget.  I was able to print our some great cards detailing what the girls chose that I wrapped and presented as gifts.  My grandparents seemed pretty honored to have a goat bought in their honor!  I only wish our family could do more. 

I am encouraged today by you, my dear blog friends, and by my God. I don't know what our doctor appointment will bring tomorrow, but I do know that my God has it under control.  As my friend Sarah D. would say "he's got this."  Yes, yes He does.

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33 comments:

  1. OOhh Kate!!! I am SOOOoooo Happy to hear from you!!! Best of luck on your appointment!!! I'll be thinking of & praying for the best possible outcome for BEAUTIFUL Lucy girl!! xoxo
    God Bless,
    Jenn

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  2. Your endless trust in the Lord and strong faith lifts me up therefore I will do my best to lift you up in my prayers! You are a GREAT Mother.

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  3. Uplifting post. Thanks.
    www.rebeccabany.com

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  4. I am so glad you are feeling better today! Praise God!!

    Continuing to pray for Lucy that she will continue to gain weight.

    I will check out Compassion International.

    Praying and praying,
    <><

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  5. Praise the Lord!!! He has got this that's for sure! The Warren's are praying for your family & precious little Lucy!!!

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  6. Thank goodness there is a blog tonight. I have been so concerned since your Friday one. You have all been so strongly on my heart and mind.
    If hope could win this battle, Lucy would be a shoe-in. But combined with prayer, we can hope and pray that better days lie ahead....and soon!
    She is a remarkable little girl, but she has remarkable parents to guide her. Never feel that you are forgotten by.....me!

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  7. God Bless you Kate and your precious family!!!! I hope all goes according to his plan! You are such a strong woman!

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  8. I am so happy to hear about her progress. She is a such a wonderful little girl. I may not post all of the time but I have been reading all along. Thinking of and praying for her, you and your family. What a wonderful Christmas present idea!!

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  9. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it :)

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  10. You have got to be one of the strongest people I "know". Your trust in the Lord is an encouragement to all. You and your precious family are in my prayers.

    "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Cor 13:13

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  11. Tears are running down my face as I write this - I'm SO GLAD you are feeling better, calmer, more peaceful. Will be praying for Lucy today.

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  12. I have been praying for Lucy and family since last spring. I know God will hear our praying today and uplift you and all your family. God bless you.

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  13. Kate, I have been reading your blog since the beginning of the year (we have a mutual friend who told me about it). Your family's story has touched me in a profound way. Our family prays for Lucy and your family frequently, and your example of strength has been an inspiration to me. God bless little Lucy and your entire family. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, and next year proves to be one of your best ever.

    God bless you,
    Sharon

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  14. Lucy proves to be a strong little girl. Whatever the outcome is today it will be the right choice. Lucy will fight this to the very end and she has a strong support system to help her do this. May God be with you all and I hope that you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

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  15. When I was going through treatment for childhood cancer, my granny used to sing this old hymn to me: "Day by day and with each passing moment, strength I find to meet my trials here. Judging with the Father's wise bestowment, I've no cause for worry or for fear. He whose heart is kind beyond all measure, gives unto each day what He deems best. Lovingly it's part of pain and pleasure, mingling toil with peace and rest".
    Praying for you each day!
    http://marcusandkara.blogspot.com

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  16. “I think that my Jesus is the same as He was before I walked into this room.”

    I read this on someone else's blog (Angie Smith) the other day and thought of you. They too were faced with a crisis over one of their children and this is what came to them after less than optimistic news. Hope, pray, believe. :)

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  17. You are truly amazing, prayed for Lucy today and will do so every day! Thinking about all of you...
    Suzanne and Clay Culpepper
    www.theculpeppers.com

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  18. hey kate!!! i have been praying for you and your entire family!!! i hope the appiontment goes well today!!

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  19. Before I read your post, as I was clicking on the link to go to your page, there was one word in my mind, "hurdles". I was amazed that you mentioned the same word. Go, Lucy, GO! I LOVED the youtube video. Makes me cry every time. May your days be filled with many more giggles and tears of joy in place of tears of sorrow or fear. I pray that Lucy's biggest hurdle and yours as a family is behind you now. GOD BLESS!

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  20. Kate, We have been praying for your sweet girl and family. Thinking positive thoughts for you today as Lucy has her weight check. Hugs to you.

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  21. May God and his angels continue to watch over Lucy! He has given you direction, and will bring you through yet another hurdle in Lucy's healing. Prayers for your sweet girl, as well as your whole family are always being said. Hoping you get good news at the appointment today.

    Sending Hugs,
    A Mom-Mom in NJ

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  22. So glad to hear your spirit was lifted this morning Kate. I woke up burdened and praying for Lucy throughout the night last night. God loves your sweet family!

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  23. Prayers, prayers, and more prayers for you all! So happy to hear that Lucy is eating better, and that your spirits have been lifted! I hope the appointment goes well, and that whatever the result of the appt, that you all have peace and comfort in knowing that God does have this under control!

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  24. I prayed specifically that God gives Lucy an ENORMOUS appetite so watch out!! LOL All kidding aside, you and your family are constantly in my prayers...I pray you all have the BEST Christmas yet!

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  25. Kate,

    You were so due a time to "swim in self pity"! You deserve that much....but God would only allow you a short swim! Too much to do to do that too long!! :)

    Praying....believing...trusting...always have!!
    I pray you and your's will have a very blessed and warm CHRISTmas together.

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  26. I am so happy to read this post today, my heart has been heavy thinking about you and Lucy since reading your last post...I have been following your journey for months now and I have to say that the last paragraph in your previous post was the most profound for me...simply a mother sitting with her child in the stillness of the night, the quiet voice of your prayers to God...only a mother can know that feeling, we have never met but I know in my soul what you were feeling. Wishing you more peace in the days ahead and courage, strength for Lucy and your family.
    Kelly

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  27. I have been following your family for several months now and I just want you to know I am praying for your sweet little Lucy and your entire family. God wants us to encourage each other and lift one another up...so, from one Christian sister to another...I love you all and pray for you daily :)

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  28. Praying for Lucy...and the entire family! I cannot begin to imagine how difficult a journey like this must be for you...her...and all involved. Your faith, hope, and trust in the Lord is so admirable...and a breath of fresh air for us all. I'm in admiration of you as a mother...and as a christian. May God keep his arms wrapped around Lucy during her recovery! Merry Christmas to your precious family.

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  29. Kate,
    Sometime you just have to let it out. We have all been praying for Lucy and for your entire family.
    I was so thankful to hear that Lucy is beginning to eat. My prayer is that it will sustain her.
    I am thankful that God has sustained you!!
    Merry Christmas!

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  30. What a wonderful post, Kate. Yes, He does have this. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  31. I just found your blog tonight...and I wish I had the perfect thing to say. You are an amazing woman, and your babies are blessed to have you as their mother. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you, your family, and your sweet Lucy only the best in the coming new year.
    Take care-

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  32. Hi I have been lurking for a while but when my grandmother was ill and looosing weight we used to make shakes with ice cream and heavy whipping cream and also mixed ensure with it which made it taste better. Just an idea to get some calories in.....we even made her cereal with it Rebecca

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  33. i have been praying for yall!! god bless

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