Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Another Day of Improvements

I am exhausted.  It's been another long day.  The biggest news of the day is that the Opthamologist came in today and did an eye exam on Lucy.  He did not detect any acute optic nerve damage.  In other words, he did not see any damage that would lead to permanent eye loss.  PRAISE GOD!!!!  Lucy was able to see a few more things today but still has significant eye loss.  If all the doctors are right, this problem will eventually correct itself.  We just have no idea how long it will take.  In the mean time I have one frustrated and scared little girl.

Tomorrow is a new day.  We are expecting God's miracles to be revealed further.  Just as today.  Just as yesterday. Lucy will start PT, OT and Speech tomorrow.  These will be in very abbreviated formats but now is the time to start pushing her to see just how hard she is willing to fight.  I know she's got it in her.  I can see it in her eyes.  I really can.

Ella had a swim meet tonight and I have gotten report from Erik that she totally dominated the pool.  Especially in her 25m Butterfly.  I am insanely proud of her!!

I'm so ready to get my hands on Jack that I can hardly stand it.  Oh, I miss him terribly.  Being away from my precious children is absolutely heart breaking.

Thank you for your continued prayers.  I have to admit to all of you that your faith is so much greater than mine.  I have been shamed and humbled by how thousands of  people around the world never stopped praying for a miracle for my Lucy.  I, however, was only able to pray for mercy and no suffering.  Why wasn't I praying for a miracle?  Had I really stopped believing God could provide one?  I'm not sure.  But if I ever had doubts I have been reminded that the child I was ready to bury 4 days ago looked at me today and told me she loved me.  Unsolicited.  Because she does.

I have faith.  I believe in miracles.  I serve an awesome God.  I will never, ever stop praying for Lucy's miracle.

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234 comments:

  1. Praying for a miracle for Lucy and strength for your entire family.

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  2. We all pray for different things. There is no "should have". We are praying for you because you can't do it all. Let us be your net. Know that when you simply can't... we are.

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  3. You are stronger than you give yourself credit for. Keep walking it out, crying it out, and praying it out. We are all praying and praising with you. Hugs to Lucy!

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  4. Praying all day throughout the day from California. So thankful that we do serve an awesome God!

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  5. My family is praying SO hard for a miracle for your sweet Lucy!! God does amazing things!!

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  6. Kate God gave you us to strengthen us, God gave you us to help carry you to Him when you could not walk.
    Much Love

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  7. Anna Prasinou Atl.GaJune 12, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Wonderful news!!!!! I am so happy for sweet lucy and for you an awesome and very strong mother!!! We all praying for that beautiful miracle name Lucy. Prayers, love and hugs for your family and especially for the big blue eyes sweet girl Lucy!

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  8. Kimberleewalker100June 12, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    I am so happy about the I love you part that I am crying big mommy tears, those are the sweetest words I have ever heard from my children and I am SO GLAD you heard it from yours today! I am praying for continuous miracles and countless "I love yous" for and from Lucy!!

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  9. Thank you so much for the update. This made my day! GO LUCY GO!!!!!
    Sending Love and Prayers from Oregon

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  10. I think we all pray for not just Lucy but for all of you and we do it continuously because we believe so strongly in what all of you represent to us: hope. I keep going to yesterday's video and am simply overjoyed at what I believe is the beginning stages of recovery. I will continue to believe in miracles.

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  11. Oh Kate, such encouragement. I have been praying that God show us his presence with an even greater miracle. He surely must see how many people are loving and praying for your darling girl. I watched your video with tears of joy running down my face because I saw the deep sarrow that was etched on your face just earlier that day. Only time will tell, but I keep praying for that "big" miracle to come your way. Keep loving your daughter and we will keep the prayers going!

    GO LUCY GO!!

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  12. Right on, Mary K!
    Kate, we really are your "net", hands, feet, voice and whatever else you might need! Go Lucy go!

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  13. Mary Jane AndersonJune 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Go Lucy Go!! Praying for Lucy to have more fight than ever!

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  14. For the first time in quite awhile I prayed. I prayed for sweet Lucy, along with you and your family. Know that your fighter of a daughter is helping restore faith for many like myself. I am always thinking of you along with many other Minnesotans. Never stop fighting.

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  15. We love you too, Kate.

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  16. God knows what's on your heart. Prayers going up from GA for a miracle. Sending lots of positive energy Lucy's way.

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  17. AMEN! God puts us here to hold each other up through all the storms in our lives! He IS the Miracle Worker and we will continue praying for Precious Lucy, for you Kate, and for Erik, Ella, Jack and all your family in addition to the doctor's and nurses taking care of Lucy and her treatment plan. Rest in Him!!!

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  18. Good news, how wonderful. Kate, you just love your beautiful and brave Lucy. Your children and husband, the people who need you the most. We are more than happy to pray for Lucy, for you, for your family. Do not blame yourself.
    I keep praying for further miracles.

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  19. Praying for Lucy from Texas! I think about her constantly.

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  20. I love it! I have a big smile on my face, just imagining how amazing and 'melt your heart' that moment was, hearing Lucy say, "I love you." I was thinking the same thing as you, Kate. Why is it I'm only praying for God to take away Lucy's suffering, when I serve such a BIG and AWESOME God that He can do way more than just take away suffering! God is able to do so much more than what I was asking!!! Have faith, Kate! And rest in the fact, no matter what happens, the God of all the universe is walking through it with you and His eyes and heart never leave you! He loves you so much, Kate!!! Look at Lucy and feel all that love pouring out of your heart, like a spring gushing water? That's EXACTLY the way God feels when He looks at you!!! No more praying for just a night of no suffering! If it's time to show how much we know this God we serve is capable of!

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  21. This makes my heart so full! To God be the glory!

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  22. oh, girl have i been there! God bestowed a miracle on my granddaughter, Mercie, back in November. In fact, I posted about Lucy and my sweet Mercie tonight on my blog. I am so thankful that we serve a God who can! He is the miracle maker!!!! continuing to pray and believe.

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  23. Kate, I don't think you ever stopped believing in a miracle, you were just tired of seeing your baby hurt and like you said, were ready for God to heal her no matter what form !!! That, is not losing your faith, that is loving your baby beyond measure !!!! But, if for a split second, you did lose your faith, that is expected with all that yall have been through !! But, that my dear, is why you have all of us behind Lucy and your family, we can pick up when you are feeling a little doubt! Rest assured Kate, we are hear to pray for your sweet baby girl and your family at any time ! That baby never ceases to amaze me and I still believe that God has a miracle for Lucy !!!! So, just know, when you don't feel that you can go another minute, we are here to carry you !!! GO LUCY GO !!!!

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  24. What a great post. I will pray with you for the miracle from God. I check on Lucy daily and I admit I thought when I got home from being away all weekend without a computer that I would not find good news when I checked on her. I thank God for these days you have. The video was priceless! Praying for more days filled with God's miracles!

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  25. Wow Kate!! What a testimony you are to me:) thank you for admitting doubts, fears and anger through a horrific time in your earthly journey! It is such a witness to many to see that Christians can have these feelings but what is sooo marvelous about a Christian journey is the moments when Christ steps in and reveals His power and glory and provides us sinners unexplainable peace!!! We pray for you daily and appreciate your updates! Remember if you need anything let us know....
    "I sought the Lord and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears." Psalm 34:4
    Ashley Hutcheson:)

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  26. Made my day too!! Way to go Lucy and ELLA!! Butterfly is a hard stroke. Thank you for the updates.

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  27. Way to go Kate !! You really have to believe for a miracle as we serve an awesome God !! Never stop praying and never stop believing ! I was praying for Lucy and God gave me the word "WIth long life will I satisfy her and show her my salvation". Remember what Jesus said to Jairus "Dont be afraid, just believe". So, dear sista.....dont be afraid...just believe !! My family is praying and believing for a miracle ! We have been claiming Psalm 118:17 for Lucy.. !

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  28. The "I love you" that you got today from Lucy warms my heart! Praise God for helping her to be able to tell you that. Kate - you have been on the front line with Lucy for everything. You've been praying to help her not to suffer or hurt....in whatever form that took. That "form" could be a miracle. You (we all) saw a miracle today during Lucy's awake time!!! So please don't be hard on yourself. You might not have said the words "miracle" in your prayers....but your heart says them every moment to Him who is capable of just such miracles. We will never stop praying for Lucy and for more miracles!! Go, Lucy, Go!

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  29. I too am praying for Lucy's miracle !!! Go Lucy Go !!! Fight Lucy Fight !!!

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  30. Way to go Jesus!! :) We cry out, "More Lord! More!! Heal Lucy all the way!!"

    Kate hon, don't be hard on yourself. I am sure if I was in your position my faith would falter. That is why we need each other to encourage and strengthen when one of us is weak. Remember it is when we are weak that He is strong and He is showing you His strength by touch Lucy and sending many, many prayer warriors to hold you up. Remember the story of Moses and his hands in the air? While his hands were in the air the Israelites won their battle but when he grew weary and dropped his arms they lost. So Aaron and another held his arms in the air until the battle was finished. We are holding you up in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Keep the faith. Keep believing because God is God and no matter what He is totally awesome.

    Praying and praying 100% health for Lucy. Yes, my God, yes.

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  31. Awesome job in the pool Ella! What an amazing athlete you are! I know you make your mom and dad so proud for the willingness you have to compete and push through the tough stuff.

    Blessings girl,
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  32. Juaacklyn CunninghamJune 13, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Praise the Lord for another good report. I just started following your blog last week. I have prayed and cried and prayed some more. Go Lucy Go!

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  33. I am yet another "stranger" who has been lifting you and your precious family up in prayer. Rejoicing with you over the miracles our awesome God has performed in Lucy's little life this week, and expecting even greater things to come! Never feel alone or defeated in this battle, Kate. You've got an army of prayer warriors behind you!

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  34. Michelle in AustraliaJune 13, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Kate, in your exhaustion, you still find strength to update 'The Legion of Lucy'. I appreciate that enormously. Thank you. God Bless Lucy and all of your family. And I will pray that Lucy's improvement continues.

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  35. Praying for a miracle for sweet Lucy!
    God bless Lucy and the rest of you, Kelley

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  36. Congratulations Ella, your rock big time! I'll be watching for your name in the Olympics a few years from now!!!!! Your recent triathalon was impressive too! So glad to hear about Lucy's eyes and that she said, "I love you!" Kate, you have amazing faith, way greater than mine will ever be. I am doubting it at the moment as I want be a mom in the worst way. You had never stopped praying for a miracle. We are all one step removed and can see the forest for the trees. We are praying for a miracle for Kate, but also for peace and comfort for you and the whole family. Lucy is already a miracle. How many little girls in the world have connected and touched so many lives? Elizabeth, Vancouver, Canada

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  37. Sweet Kate,

    Thank you for updating us on Lucy. I continue to pray every day for her miracle and for your & Eric's strength & peace. Kate...PLEASE don't be so hard on yourself about what you have or haven't prayed for. Of course we all know you want the best for Lucy & It's VERY easy to see your love and devotion you have for your child!!

    As for praying for a miracle, I don't think one person would judge for praying for mercy & no suffering . I completely understand why you would do that. Kate...you are a mama of a very sick little girl & at the time Lucy WAS suffering & in pain! Of course you would pray for that to stop.

    Also, don't forget you were probably in a total state of SHOCK since this happened suddenly and not to mention being exhausted, overwhelmed and of course heart broken!! I honestly cannot imagine 1 person judging you for not asking God for a miracle and if they do, well..than that's their problem, not yours.

    The bottom line is there is not a right or wrong way to deal with the situation that has been placed upon your & Eric's shoulder. I hope you know everyone that has come to your blog is coming out of love and support for yourself, Eric, your family and of course, sweet, beautiful Lucy.

    When I look at you Kate, I see a mother who loves her children with every bit of her being. A husband and wife clinging to eachother for love and support while carefully holding their sweet, precious, ill child in their arms. I see family, friends and yes, even strangers desperate to help in any way possible while praying for hope, strength, wellness and a miracle for one sick little girl who has touched all of our hearts and souls.

    I am grateful for your updates. Grateful you have decided to share your beautiful family with all of us. Grateful to call you my friend. I will continue to pray for Lucy's miracle and as I said before, for continued strength, wisdom, and peace for yourself and your whole family. Please tell Lucy people all over the world love her and we all know she is a little fighter and we will continue to stand beside Miss Lucy and your whole family for however long it take b/c after all, that's what friends do.

    With Friendship, Support & Love.
    Jenn from Canada xo

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  38. I am so happy to hear Lucy's wonderful miracle today! God is SO GOOD! I continue to pray for strength and fight for Lucy and I know God is going to answer ALL OF OUR PRAYERS. I continue to pray for you and your family, for strength, faith, and trust that our Lord will wrap his arms around your sweet angel and prevail. Thank you ,Kate, for keeping us, your extended family updated in Lucy's progress. It warms my heart to hear such great news. I know your days must be never ending so please take a moment to take care of you so you can be the strong mom that Lucy needs. I hope you know that if you need anything at all, all you have to do is ask, and we all will be there for you in a minute, whether its physically or spiritually. We all have your back. We love you all and continue to pray for God's mercy for Lucy.
    With so much love,
    Jessica Leake (and family)

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  39. P.S....I forgot!!! WAY TO GO ELLA!!! "YOU'RE THE QUEEN OF THE POOL"!!! You're an AMAZING little girl Ella!!! We are soo VERY Proud of YOU!!! Keep up the good work!!! Can't wait to hear about your next meet!!

    With a High 5 & a Great BIG Hug from Canada,
    Jenn xo

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  40. I too will not stop praying for that miracle....so glad she is doing better....Lucy has captured the hearts of many people....Go Lucy GO!!!!

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  41. SO excited and thankful for these improvements!! It's amazing what great healing our God can do.
    Like others have said, don't be so hard on yourself! You are an incredible mother who wants whatever is best for her baby, no matter what that may be. What a selfless prayer for a mom to pray!!
    Though you may feel weary, I am in awe of your strength during this time. Keep praying whatever is on your heart -- you have thousands of other people around the world praying for Lucy and your family, so I'm sure together we'll cover it all ;).
    Much, much love from Nashville.

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  42. Nobody here is walking in your shoes. Nobody here is seeing the devastating consequences of Lucy's illness. Nobody here know's Lucy better than you do. Nobody here loves Lucy more than you do. Nobody's pain is as strong as your pain. Nobody here feels the torment that you do seeing your child suffer. Nobody here wants more than you do to see a miracle.

    We all want to see a miracle, but not more than you do. We all love Lucy, but can't come close to the love that you have for her. We all see some of the suffering, but we don't see it as you do. We all know a little about Lucy, but we don't know her like you do.

    What am I getting at? Your prayers were perfect. You prayed to God what was in your heart - and I remember you specifically saying that you "prayed for God's will". Jesus was just as devastated, scared, hurt, in anguish in the garden. He prayed "not as I will, but as you will". You did the same thing. Your faith and devotion to God is stronger that you see right now.

    What I am seeing, as a stranger on the outside looking in, is someone so much stronger than I could ever be. What I also see is the Lord's work in you. My prayer for tonight was specifically this:

    "God, please if you will, use Lucy's illness as a testimony to the miracles that you can perform. Please , if you will, heal her body so that all of these people that are watching can see what you can do and have their faith strengthened and restored. Especially my faith, Lord. I need to see a miracle, because my faith is still weak. God, please let Lucy's suffering be so that you can heal her in front of all these witnesses, just as it was in the Bible. God, Kate has prayed, kept a strong faith, and still gave you all the glory. She deserves to have her child healed and back home with her. I have no doubt that you can heal Lucy, I just hope that you will do it. Just imagine how many people will be able to witness a miracle if you will heal Lucy's body and allow her to continue to live here on earth with her family. That is what I pray for Lord".

    You see? I can talk the talk, and walk the walk - but my faith is still weak. I asked god to heal Lucy for me (don't get me wrong here, I asked him to stop your suffering too). But I want this to strengthen my faith. I am one of the many Christians who believe in God, but question the power of prayer sometimes. I, too, wonder why God uses Lucy to change lives. What I am hoping for is that He is using her to absolutely change lives and people's faith and have a healed body here in this earth.

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  43. Yes yes yes...BIG things do come in small packages! God Is Big and He is definitely in our small package, Lucy, and showing Himself in awesome ways. Thanking Him yet again for the little things that to us are BIG! Little ones to Him belong, they are weak, but He is strong! Way to fight little Firecracker. To God be the Glory!

    Go Lucy Go!

    Love u Sweetpea,

    The Bolton Bunch

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  44. Praying for miracles every day. You were my strength when my baby was born at 1 lb 9 oz. I read about your strength and faith everyday in the nicu. Walking the halls at lebonor when he had surgery I felt a connection. Now that we are home I pray for a miracle for your family like the one given to my family by our awesome God!!! Love and prayers to Lucy and you as well as the rest of your family. Prayers from Mississippi.----- Misty

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  45. My 7 year old little boy and I prayed for your sweet Lucy tonight. Praying HIS healing hand will give us a miracle! I loved watching her little video from yesterday! What a precious gift she is!

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  46. Kate,
    Are there any sweeter words to hear from your child than "I love you"? I'm so happy that you are receiving these cherished blessings to recharge your battery while you're so exhausted. I know it's hard to think of yourself when your focus is on Lucy getting well and coming home but please remember to take care of and be good to yourself too.
    Also, I don't think that not praying for a miracle was an indication of lack of faith, but quite the opposite...That you have enough faith to "Let go and let God" and be willing to pray and accept that His will be done.

    Love and blessings to you and your family!!!

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  47. Lucy, you are proof that their is a living God and he is using you for something great! I know you are giving others hope that have never had hope before! Kate, we are all praying for you guys! I just want to say that you are one strong lady, I can't imagine how you are pulling through with such strength. When you think you can't possibly hold on anymore just remember that we are all here praying you through!

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  48. You are amazing , absolutely amazing . May God continue to be with you all. Go Lucy Go ! : )

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  49. i'm so happy kate!!! he knows whats best never give up on him.. woohoo you go baby girl that video made my day...much love lil one

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  50. So happy things are looking up... Don't beat yourself up for praying for peace and mercy instead of miracles... You have been at some lowest lows and that prayer is the most selfless prayer... You were putting HER best interest at heart even if it was breaking yours... I will continue to lift up each of you and continue to pray for victories and miracles...

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  51. Kate, wonderful news about Lucy's vision. She is such a fighter! Go, Lucy, Go!
    Praying with strengthened hope for the miracle we all want. And big congratulations to Ella on her swim meet. As Maisie posted earlier, the butterfly is a hard stroke! Good for her.

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  52. It sounds like Miss Ella may be in the next summer Olympics (2016) with her swimming and triathlon activities!

    Continuing to pray and hope for a miracle for Lucy and many more happy memories for all of you.

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  53. Thanks for the update. These help me to know how to pray. I pray for you all everyday during quiet time and throughout the day whenever I think about Lucy(and I work in a hospital so I think about her a lot). Praying for your family as you all can't be together right now! Especially little Jack. Congrats to Ella! She sounds like an amazing swimmer!
    Praying for a miracle for sweet Lucy!!

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  54. God is no less God now than He has ever been. He wants to show His power today just as He did in biblical times. We are standing together and calling forth His destiny and plans for Lucy's life.
    He loves us.

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  55. Go Lucy Go ...miracles happen and I whole heartedly am thanking God for what he had done and will do. We serve the ultimate Healer and God can make Lucy perfectly healthy on this earth..death is not the only way Lucy can have healing or peace. Believing and trusting in our Healer in confidence and full faith...."to him who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine..." Thank you Jesus.

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  56. This is wonderful news. God performs miracles everyday, this is proof. I pray for Lucy &your family everyday. I feel as if I know y'all personally. I wake up thinking of you guys and pray for you at night. With continued prayers I know you will be able to get through this

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  57. Kate, wonderful news about Lucy's vision! Praying with strengthened hope for the miracle we all want. Go, Lucy, Go!!! And congratulations to Ella on her swim meet results. As Maisie posted earlier, the butterfly is a hard stroke! Go, Ella!

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  58. Its not that you didnt believe there could be a miracle. I think you were just so tired of seeing your baby in pain that you just wanted to see her in no more and if that meant going home to be with God then you were ready for it so she wouldnt hurt anymore. Dont blame yourself for anything. Youre an amazing mom. A very very strong one for sure. I think of ya'll daily. I believe you and Miss Lucy both have a lot of fight left in you!! Go Lucy Go and Go Mama Go!!!!!! :)

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  59. Praying that we are just seeing the beginning of this Miracle unfold. GO LUCY GO!! Love and Prayers from KY

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  60. Every time I read an update about miss Lucy I am brought to tears; I can see how great and amazing God is by working miracles trough such a special little girl
    Stay strong baby girl! We're all praying for you!!!!

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  61. Go Lucy Go!! Great update! All our love and prayers Kate!

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  62. I have passed Lucy's prayer request to my Mam in Wales and she is praying for you all. I am so pleased that Lucy has improved. What a fighter she is. Lily. xxx

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  63. Julie (in Australia)June 13, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    Praying for a miracle, we love Lucy!

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  64. More prayers from Nashville!

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  65. So glad to hear Lucy's sight loss doesn't seem to be permanent!

    Please don't think your faith is less than it is. You and your faith are incredibly strong! Like others have said, you are walking this path. There is absolutely nothing wrong with how you feel or what you have/haven't done. Having followed your blog, I have no doubt in your faith!

    Continuing to pray for a miracle! I think of Lucy and your family daily.

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  66. Praying for Lucy and your entire family. May He give you strength and peace through it all. My heart breaks for all of you. Keep the faith. You are on my thoughts everyday. I have extended your story to others I know. They are also praying too.

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  67. Kristen FriedlandJune 13, 2012 at 5:10 AM

    Kate, you are an amazing mom! And your faith is strong--don't be hard on yourself. Throughout all that you are going through, your love of God has shone through. Lucy continues to be in my prayers. What a beautiful little girl she is inside and out! I hope that today will be another great day for her! And for you!

    Congratulations to Ella too! I am also lifting her up in prayer as well as little Jack! May your beautiful family all be together again soon!

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  68. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+103:13-15&version=KJV

    He knows our frame. He remembers thatt we are dust.
    In other words, He understands! DO NOT beat yourself up. We are simply bearing your burdens when you can't, just like Joshua held up Moses' arms so the Israelites could prevail in the battle! And we are so honored to do this!

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  69. Kate - Our faith is made stronger by the faith and love you show. If you feel lifted up by US and in turn we are lifted by YOU - why, think about how that must look to God!

    "A house divided cannot stand" - Kate, your HOUSE is united, we are standing with you, united in a prayer of praise for HIS LOVE, a prayer of thanksgiving for HIS GIFTS and a prayer for HIS MIRACLES in HIS PERFECT TIMING.

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  70. My heart is full of joy when I read this! What wonderful news; truly inspiring :)

    Praying for more miracles and strength for all of you xxxx Nicole

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  71. Is Lu's cancer actually back or do we need to just recover from this set back?....praying sooooooooo hard for your amazing little girl!

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  72. Praise God for everything he's done so far in Lucy's life - to say I'm overjoyed would be an understatement! I'll keep praying for more miracles for Lucy, and for her to get through all her appointments today okay. Go Lucy Go!!!!!!!

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  73. Praise be to our glorious God... Go Lucy Go!! I am continuing to pray from Killarney, Manitoba Canda. Your sweet Lucy will not be forgotten. Take care, and God Bless all of your Family.

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  74. I'm praying for Lucy and your family every day. I'm praying for a miracle and for no suffering. And I'm in Brazil. Go Lucy Go

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  75. Jamie, Fort Lee, VAJune 13, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    Go Lucy Go!!!! I find myself looking for updates all day and even if I wake up in the night. I love watching this miracle unfold! Praying and you, Kate, amaze me as well!!

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  76. That is what the body of Christ does for each other. We pray for each other when their strength is gone. I am praising God with you today! My son Davin and I check on Lucy every morning while he is doing his nebulizer treatment:-) You all are constantly in our thoughts and we are praying without ceasing. Praying for a miracle!!

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  77. "Go KATE Go" You, along with your precious little Lucy, are in the race of your life. All these people that you know and don't know are here cheering you on........"Go Kate Go"!!!!

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  78. No ones faith is stronger than yours!! What you are going through with sweet Lucy is horrible and God knows that! It sucks and sometimes it is too much for your heart to handle. You are allowed to feel all of that. You wouldn't be human if your faith didn't shake a little! :) Praying for you and your sweet girl. So wish I could make it better!

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  79. Kate -

    Don't be hard on yourself. You have had faith the entire time and praising God through all of this is unimaginable to most of us - and I lost a child. We will all continue to pray for that miracle for your precious child. God is still in the miracle business! Sending God's strength and peace through prayer - and strength for that little firecracker you have!

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  80. PRAISE THE LORD!! HE is an awesome GOD! We will continue to pray for little Lucy and all of you.

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  81. God's miracles are unfolding right before your eyes. Thank you for sharing with all of us this wonderful news! When you were praying for mercy and no suffering, you were being so selfless. I honestly do not know if I could do that in your situation. Your faith inspires me and I am praying non-stop and holding out for that big miracle. My micro-preemie daughter, who is miracle to be here today, watched the video of Lucy talking and when it was over said "Amen!" She just turned two! Never underestimate the faith of a child. Praying for your family as a whole and individually. I am so glad Lucy told you she loved you! I bet that is just what you needed to hear.

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  82. Please Kate, don't be so hard on yourself. When my husband was in the deepest part of illness and not expected to live, I didn't have the faith that my friends and family had. I was tired, worn out, scared, and tired of seeing him suffer. As he turned the corner I was able to rest and was so glad for those who kept the faith for me when I doubted. I trust God now, always, and sometimes it is so very hard! I can't imagine the pain you have gone through with your precious Lucy, Kate. No mother should fight for her childs life! God is hurting, too, and he understands your anger and what you felt in your heart through this road you had to walk. We are here to pray when you can't and always will be. Thank you again for sharing your journey, I am praying praying praying!

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  83. Praying for each of you! May God's love and strength continue to embrace you. We pray for Lucy to gain strength daily. God is an Awsome God! We believe in miracles!

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  84. Kate, the thousands stand in the gap and pray for the things you are unable to pray for. That is how we are one as the body of Christ. You are a good and faithful servant.

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  85. Still praying for sweet Lucy and your family. I believe in miracles and you are all so deserving. Your little girl is a fighter. I smile every time i see bits of improvement in her. God bless you all!

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  86. Praying constantly for Lucy's miracle! <3

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  87. What an amazing update-- I'm thrilled to hear even the smallest improvements (yet these are huge accomplishments for little Lucy!!). I used to work in Pediatric Oncology, and please be comforted that when you prayed for mercy and no suffering for your baby that is absolutely normal-- it does not mean that you gave up on your miracle, just that you saw your child fighting for comfort and peace and you were strong enough to pray for anything necessary for her to achieve that state. It's honorable, and Lucy is so lucky to have the family and support that she has...Prayers continue for Lucy and your entire family! <3

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  88. Seems to me your prayers are very humble. Shelly summed it up so well before!

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  89. Another old gospel song comes to mind: "Let others see Jesus in you...." You have let all of us see Him in your life through this blog. When the miracle was tangible to so many others, it was because you had been pointing the way to the cross all along. Praying relentlessly and hoping that today brings you joy

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  90. Sounds like a great day was had by your whole family. Still praying and believing.

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  91. It's no wonder her favorite character says " to infinity and beyond"! You go Lucy! GO LUCY GO!!!

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  92. We are praying for your precios baby girl and all that know you. Thank you for having the strength to share your story. Your family is truly an inspiration.
    God Bless.

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  93. So glad that yesterday was a day of improving. You are in the thick of things Kate and you have so many people telling you so many things about Lucy's condition, processing all of that. There is NOTHING wrong for praying for mercy and no suffering. God knows what is on your heart. You want the miracle, we all want complete healing for Lucy, no suffering , mercy ect..it all goes hand in hand. You are a good and faithful momma. Please do not sell your self short Kate....You are doing everything right. Even if it feels at times you are not, believe me you are doing an amazing job. Just keep on following your instincts and pray for what is on your heart.

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  94. Adding my prayers for your precious little girl

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  95. Laurie McClerkinJune 13, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    Kate, I just have to tell ya that you are an amazing Mom! Little Lucy is very fortunate to have you. I have been praying daily for her and your family and I know that the emotional roller coaster you are riding is a very difficult journey. Hang in there and always keep your focus on God's healing power.

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  96. Thinking of you NON-stop and praying. Love you all.

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  97. We won't stop praying either!!

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  98. You never lost faith, you just became weary and understandably so. We all lifted you up to the Father and HE is the giver of Life AND Miracles...which we will continue to pray for daily! PRAISE GOD from whom ALL BLESSINGS flow!!!

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  99. Sweetie,
    You were praying a mommy's prayer...you just didn't want that sweet baby to suffer anymore. Never say that your faith isn't strong...who has sat hours on end in a hospital chair, purely exhausted, yet, pushing on? if that isn't faith, I don't know what could possibly be. I am doing prayers hourly, on the hour, for Lucy. It helps me to remember if I do it on the hour. I cannot wait to see more improvements. God is good. and yes, we seve an AWESOME GOD!!!

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  100. Kate, we live in a community of God's love. When one is exhausted (I will NOT say weak), the others will step in to give strength. Draw from us.. the courage you and Lucy are showing feeds our strength, so we give back.
    God is here with us.. all of us. Grace and peace..

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  101. Lucy is a miracle. We rally around her and pray for her when words won't come for you. All you should be concerned with is loving your precious daughter. Lucy, as well as the rest of your family, has thousands upon thousands of people praying and believing that God will perform a miracle and Lucy will be ok.

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  102. Thrilled to read about Lucy's improvements.....prayers abounding for your entire family.

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  103. Oh Kate...you are the one with faith that can move mountains. You are just in the middle of a valley and we are removed so we can see more than you can. SO encouraged by Lucy's improvements!! And continuing to pray for a miracle!!

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  104. Many other mothers who have walked your shoes don't think to pray for a miracle, or don't know if they really believe one will happen. It seems the "waiting" for what seems inevitable gets so very bad and painful, it feels worse than if the suffering would just stop. It takes an even greater faith to turn your child over to God and pray for His will to be done, even if that means you don't get the answer you want with your most precious, treasured, thing on this earth, which is what you did. Abraham had no idea God was going to stop him from sacrificing his son, Isaac, and didn't pray against that plan. He just put one foot in front of the other, submitting to God's will. In many of the great stories and miracles of the Bible, God just showed up, not because a broken-hearted mother strung together a certain set of words, but because someone there had faith as small as a mustard seed.
    Also continuing to pray for a miracle - an earthly healing for Lucy.

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  105. Susie WhittingtonJune 13, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    What courage and strength you have through Christ! I'm a friend of Lucia's and have been following sweet Lucy's story. I will keep up through this beautiful website and I will not quit praying for a miracle. God bless your sweet family and Lucy. I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through. PRAYERS going up right now.

    Susie Whittington
    Mississippi

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  106. Kate, you have to understand that our faith does not have the strain that yours has. We are on the sidelines....you are on the firing line. Many of us would change places with your if we could but God has chosen you.

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  107. from the east to the west, from the north to the south, you and your family are covered in prayer.. praying the Lords pryaer is a comfort when we want his will to be done and dont want to stand in the way of God receiving the Glory.. He shall be lifted on high and your prayers shall be answered.. God Bless

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  108. Couldn't have said it better myself Nava!

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  109. Do not feel ashamed for ANYTHING! You are stronger than you realize, and most of us would have the same doubts that you have had if we were in your situation. In your moments of doubt, we will be here to pray for Lucy's miracle. Love, hugs, and prayers always.

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  110. This is what it means to stand in the gap for others. I just see all of our fingers intertwined with each others as we pray for Lucy (kinda like a quilt but made from hands and fingers instead). A momma's heart (and a father's) have every right to be broken and that is when all of our prayers cover you and Erik. You still believe for a miracle. Don't let satan try to beat you down right and tell you otherwise now cause he surely will try to destroy you during this. We are all praying for Lucy and you. God still has plans for Lucy. Believing and praying in Athens, IL

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  111. We're been praying hard for a miracle for Lucy in our family here in NC! and we totally found a "sign" in your post from Monday, and please understand we are so serious about it! My daughter, Jennie, her favorite band is Hanson. You may or may not know that Hanson are all 3 very strong Christians. Well one of Jennie's favorite songs is a song called "Lucy" and then there is a line from another song of theirs that goes "there's 1440 minutes in a day" - when we read your post from Monday, I got chills! While we of course don't know Lucy or you, we have followed you since her diagnosis and have prayed and followed on a daily basis and Jennie and I believe in God's signs - and we totally took these signs from Hanson's songs since they are devote Christians that perhaps Lucy was going to be granted a miracle. So we'll keep praying and never giving up on Lucy!!! God loves her and is working miracles for her and through her!

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  112. We will never stop believing with you or praying for you.

    Covering your family in prayer today that God's miracles will be revealed, no matter what shape they take. Praying for strength for this race that you continue to run.

    GO LUCY GO!

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  113. I believe and have faith we are all going to behold an amazing miracle from The Lord! I pray for more than a miracle. We have experienced miracles with precious Lucy! I pray for A Lazarus Healing! I believe The Lord has been steering everyones prayers for faith to be restored or stengthened! Lucy's sweet name yields prayer everytime I see it or hear it! And I see it and hear it all the time, like God's voice is whispering come to me, pray to me now! I woke up at 3 this morning and was scanning through the tv channels! And there it was "I love Lucy" ... prayer for that Lazarus healing!

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  114. Praying without ceasing! Lifting you and Lucy up to the Lord, asking Him to take away the exhaustion and give you renewed energy each day.

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  115. Don't be hard on yourself. You love your daughter so much. God understands. I truly believe He understands our emotions and feelings as we are scared, troubled and grieving. He knows you have a great faith. Praying for Lucy and your family. Go Lucy Go!

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  116. Mary K, You said it perfectly! So many people are praying. Noone knows what God has planned for Little Miss Lucy.
    Kate, You are 1st hand watching your baby hurt. You're a great mom and Christian to pray to end her pain. Most people would be too selfish. I can't imagine your pain, but we are here. You post your heart out (good and Bad). We have your back with prayers. Who knows how many people really are living this with you and praying for your entire family. Thousands... I would bet there are Millions praying for your baby girl and your family. God Bless!!

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  117. I LOVE IT!!!! On Monday as I was praying for Lucy, I remember telling God that I knew He could heal her...but did my heart really claim it? So I stopped and began to claim the only prayer a moms heart would...a healing miracle. That HIS power and glory shine in LUCY so that those who don't know HIM will believe . It's so good to wake up to this news, am praying for a healing day, and want you to know we are here standing in gap.

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  118. We wont stop praying for Lucy's miracle and your precious family! Go Lucy Go!

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  119. Oh Kate, Please don’t be discouraged because you don’t feel your faith measures up. Most of the commenter’s have never been in your situation, and pray that they never are. All we know is what you put out there for us to know, and people who have never been around childhood cancer don’t truly understand the depth of what is going on. You see Lucy’s struggles, you know the little girl you once had and how cancer has affected her. All you want is for her to be better, that’s not a lack of faith, I believe that is letting go and letting God take control, which is great faith.
    When my son was sick I knew what God could do, but when the doctors would come in and say there was nothing more to do, it was beyond my human brain of how God could change things. I knew He could, but I didn’t know if He would. I believe that God understands, we are only humans and you are being put through the greatest test of your life. I was often reminded of Peter, when his eyes were on Jesus he was able to get out of the boat and walk on water (this is when I would see God’s hand all over the situation) but when the winds came he became afraid and began to sink (this is when the doctors would come in and give me their news). I knew I had to keep my eyes on Jesus because everything else was overwhelming and discouraging. While I wanted nothing else but for my son to come home with us, I came to the point that I knew that wasn’t going to happen. I asked God to take him home, where I know he is healed in a way that he never would be on this Earth.
    I don’t know why God chose us to walk the cancer road with our children, but I do know that God understands every one of your emotions and he knows what is in your heart and that you only want the best for Lucy.

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  120. To God be the glory. Such wonderful news. May God continue to radically intervene and work miracles in Lucy and give strength, courage, hope, and peace to you, Erik, Ella, Jack, and your extended families. Praying for your family.

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  121. Praying in Chardon, OhioJune 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    That's what we're for, Kate! To help carry your burden and sustain you so that you can give your strength and energy to Lucy! So happy to hear that Lucy's vision loss is not believed to be be permanent! Congrats to Ella on her excellent job at her swim meet! It was probably very theraputic for her! We all continue to pray for Lucy and your family, for the doctors and nurses and especially for God to perform a miracle, even if it comes in little bits and pieces! With love and in prayer from Chardon, Ohio!

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  122. God is good! I am happy to hear such great news. I will continue to pray for your sweet Lucy and your family! With much love.

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  123. Kate, it is okay that you didn't know what to pray...that is why you have so many people praying for your family. We can pray when you can't. Sometimes we just don't have it in us. We really don't know what to pray for. God understands that! I will continue to pray for Lucy's miracle :)

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  124. Fight, Lucy, Fight!!!

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  125. Just started following your blog. Hang in there! Praying for your little Lucy.

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  126. The power of prayer is stronger than any medicine out here. And I think God can't help but hear the thousands that are praying for your family. And always will.

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  127. Keep your head up Kate. God knows that anyone in your position will have moments of weakness. You are the strongest person I know. Love on sweet Lucy and I will continue to pray for her to feel better so you guys can go home.

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  128. I don't think anyone's faith is grater than yours. Having gone through this, I know how hard it is to hope for a miracle, yet be really realistic. I have to be honest with you though, I have been praying for mercy, no suffering, and healing here on *Earth* - I have been real specific with God, when for my own babes I prayed for no suffering in whatever form that may look like :/. Thank-you for your continued updates, xoxo -Jess

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  129. SherriadeffebachJune 13, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Kate I am praying daily non stop for your family and sweet Lucy. I have asked my prayer warriors also. It occurred to me while reading your last post that I have a verse for you. I actually have it on a shirt of mine. The front says..Have faith expect Miracles. The back says... Psalms 107: 20 Jesus bore my sickness and carried my pain; Therefore I give no place to sickness or pain. For God sent his word and healed me. I have found great comfort in that verse and I hope that you can too. Always praying Kate hugs to you.

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  130. Oh, Kate . . . you are the most eloquent person! The simple reason we were all able to pray for the miracle and you prayed for mercy is that you have lived every single one of these roller coaster moments in person. Lucy's needs take precedence over your (and our) selfish desires for her to live. By praying for mercy and no suffering, you did what every mom always does for their children . . . put their needs first. I have no doubt that in the countless hours of holding Lucy you did pray for the miracle, in whatever form. Lucy and the world knows how much you love your children. And, because of your grace in sharing with us, we love them too! I can't begin to tell you how consumed I've been with praying for Lucy and your family. The number of times my family has seen me crying on my computer lately is setting a record. I am delighted to have some of them be happy tears . . . and remember, the eyes reflect the soul. If you see Lucy ready to fight, then believe it!

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  131. Dearest Kate
    God has surrounded you with people to uplift you and your family when you are too weak. That is the beauty of God's love for us, when we "can't" God provides someone else who can. We are continueing to believe and pray for miracles. I can't WAIT to see what God has planned for your precious Lucy and your family. Praying for improved vision, improved strength/stamina, some feistyness in lucy today for PT/OT, for Jack and Ella, that they supernaturally feel your loving arms around them today and always. And that the doctors keep coming in with more proof of God's miraculous healing. With love and prayers always. ~Danielle

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  132. Praying for many miracles to happen and that she has an even better day today! Go sweet girl!

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  133. It is a privilege to stand in the gap praying for each of you.

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  134. Praying for continued healing and miracles. Praising God for all he's done so far!

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  135. Your faith is the greatest. You were willing to give up control to let God's will be done because you don't want your daughter to suffer one more minute than she has to. It is the ultimate faith and the ultimate love. Do not feel guilty for 1 second that you "gave up". You were loving her the most. Not one of the commenters on your blog sat by your daughter's bedside and watched her suffer. Not one of the commenters on your blog has the same love and feelings of desperation. You are protecting yourself and your daughter by asking God's will be done. If it is a miracle, you will rejoice. If her healing miracle is ultimate healing, it is still a miracle. Here is another story about a little girl who bravely fought cancer. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003886843_gloria16.html

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  136. Kate,
    My prayer life is being inspired daily by Lucy's fight. I am so thankful for the "Lazarus Moments' you are having and are praying for them to be more frequent.
    Congrats to Ella, we are all praying for her too! The Butterfly is such a hard stroke and we are oh, so, proud of her!!!

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  137. Praying for your miracle!! I believe you're going to get it!

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  138. Praise God, He is AMAZING! Lucy is such a strong girl. She is fighting. She has the determination. She has your love and God's strength to beat all of the infection. To beat this scary cancer AGAIN! This is not the end of Lucy's journey.

    Congrats to Ella on the swimming!!!

    Keep your head up and know that Jack and Ella are being taken care of and someday will understand better what was going on with Lucy and that you needed to be there for her.

    Keep the miracles coming!!!

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  139. What a privilege to be able to witness the miracles God is doing in your daughter. We continue to pray!

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  140. Praying for a miracle for your little Lucy! She has touched the lives of not only myself, but my two daughters. My five year old daughter prayers for her daily! May God grant your whole family strenghth!!!!!!!!

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  141. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Phillipians 4:13

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  142. Continuing to pray for miracles and 100% healing!!! It's AMAZING what our God can and will do! Go Lucy Go!!!!

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  143. So many praises in your last couple of posts. Just a reminder that God is at work and that His work is completed in His time... sometimes it's just so hard to wait, though! Praying specifically for eyesight to clear, as well as continuing to pray on the other issues. See, Lucy, see!

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  144. Kate, I don't really post on here, but I have been following you guys for a while. I knew Erik in high school through some friends. I am so glad to see the recent developments. Just wanted to say that no one's faith is stronger than a mother's. We (the readers) are on the outside looking in. Our worlds are still turning. We are not bogged down in the minute by minute agony that you have been living. As a result, we just pray differently. When you are in the middle of something horrible, unthinkable, you are lucky if you can pray "help" at the end of the day before you fall asleep. You have plenty of faith. You have more than enough courage. You are simply surviving. So rest on the understanding that lots and lots of people all over the world are filling in the gaps in your prayers for your sweet girl. Hang in there!

    Ezekial 22:30 "I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none."

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  145. Oh Kate God placed us here to pray for you because your focus was Lucy! You are there living it and God knew your prayers would be for immediate needs and he knew we were all here praying for miracles and man oh man has God provided!! He is an amazing awe inspiring God that is using Lucy once again to show the world his love for each of us and his amazing power to move mountains. Seriously I have tears of joy for you!!!! My mother heart is rejoicing in this news! My heart is one of many that have been touched by your family and their strength and faith. I am starting a high school bible study and I hope you don't mind but I am going to share Lucy's story with them. I have a few ideas of things we are going to do to honor Lucy and her fight. Can't wait to hear what God has in store for Lucy today GO LUCY GO!!

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  146. Praying fervently for miracles, mercy, love, and peace for the Krull family.

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  147. Praying for Lucy's strength, peace, AND MIRACLE! Praying for you all.

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  148. In the same way The Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. ~ Romans 8:26
    You have no idea how much God has used your words, this life, your family! Your family and your journey has affected so many! This has been a call to prayer for God's people that has awakened hearts to His power! It has gone way beyond our area to many parts of the world! Praying for God to give you strength, endurance and renewal in the midst of the tsunami.
    In Christ's Love, Shamara Latham

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  149. Kate, first and foremost, you are a Mom....a wonderful loving mother. There is no shame in praying for no suffering and mercy. Any Mom would pray for that when they see their child suffering. So, hold your head up and don't ever doubt your faith. Your faith is there and evident for all to see....

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  150. Lucy's recovery reminds me of what Jesus told Jaris. "Do not be afraid. Only believe..."

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  151. Praying with you and for you! Praying for a miracle of healing for beautiful Lucy and for all of your family to be strengthened and encouraged during these difficult days. God bless!

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  152. I believe that God is hearing the prayers of all the Christians around the world that are praying for sweet Lucy a miracle! Seeing improvements gives me such great excitement as to what God is going to do next! I have been praying for a miracle, that Lucy will be completely healed! No cancer, no effects from cancer, a completely healed child! I can not wait to hear what God is going to do today!

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  153. All things are possible through God! I have read your blogs for a couple of weeks now and am from Tipton County. I hesitated to get involved for so long because I didn't want to get attached to your family and have something horrible devastate your lives and in a small way devastate mine. I can't ignore yall any longer. Everyday I find myself checking this blog, praising God, and yelling Go Lucy Go! My prayers are with you now and years from now. You are a precious mother and you have a sweet family. Lucy is a fighter and I love sitting back and watching her take charge! Thank you so much for sharing this most private time with me and countless others. You are truly an inspiration!

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  154. Hopeful, Joyful, and Greatful for your miracles that you have had these past few days. :)
    Blessings from CA,
    Michelle

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  155. This is one of my favorite quotes about christian friends- I thought I would share it with you. I've been reading Lucy's story from the beginning but I've never commented before. I am praying for her!

    "Having friends, friends like these, was part of my survival. Sometimes I felt like they WERE my survival. During the dark days when I couldn't see one foot into they future, they believed in me. Days when I couldnt pray, they prayed for me. Days when I wasn't sure if God existed or cared anymore, they knew He did and lived as if He did. These friends have never, ever given up on me. And they have had plenty of chances and more than enouch reasons. I tend to get my heart broken a lot. Chances are, I"ll get my heart broken again in the future. And they will be there. They were there for me the first time. And the second. So no matter what heartwrenching situation I find myself in, they will love me and pray for me and listen to me and pray for me some more. Even when I dont want them to. Even when I scream that it doesn't work. When I give up, they'll keep on. I think, I hope, that if I find myself in another desert of loneliness- when I think that God has abandoned me and given up on me- I hope I will have the wherewithal to remember His most creative gift to me. My friends. He knew how much I would need them. Knows how much I need them still. Because of them, I am not alone."

    Let your friends be the ones who continue praying for Lucy's miracle when you can't find the strength to believe in it yourself. She is a beautiful little girl who is changing lives on a daily basis!

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  156. Kate, you are an amazing Child of God. When you are Weak He Is Strong.
    We are all Prayer Warriors for you when you are focusing on loving Lucy.
    I as many others are constantly sending up blanket prayers for Lucy and all of you.

    God's got your back!!!

    Continued Blessings and Miracles to Lucy.

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  157. www.tsharee.blogspot.comJune 13, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    GO LUCY GO!!!!! Mary K is right! Let us be your net! Let us know what you need!

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  158. Lucy is so strong. I keep thinking about the video that you posted yesterday. I'm so happy you allowed us all to witness that miracle with you. Continued prayers for your family.

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  159. Please don't doubt yourself--at all. You prayed for your daughter and family and God listens. Of course you don't want your little Lucy to suffer. God knows you also breathe hope of a miracle--you don't even need to say it--He knows because you are a mother. Lucy is showing us all how to be strong and brave and show God's love is shining on her and within her. I will keep praying for your beautiful daughter and all of your family. Thank you for sharing Lucy with us--I feel I have learned so much from her and your family--and I think what she is going through is part of God's plan for all of us to be more understanding and sympathetic and knowing in God's love. Our prayers will never stop for her to be a whole Lucy again...

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  160. God bless Lucy! What an amazing and strong little girl! May the power of God's love, the abundance of people praying for her, continue to help Lucy heal! Continue to stay strong for your precious angel she needs you.

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  161. Kate, ya'll are so loved! We simply helped carry your burden while you couldn't (Gal 6:2). Know that I will always be praying God will strengthen your faith through His grace and miracles!

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  162. Praise God!! Shout His name, for He does perform miracles and that sweet little Lucy of yours is deserving!! My prayers will continue for Lucy's miracles and your faith and energy to be restored. Much love always, Christy

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  163. Reading your post, I'm reminded of the story of Peter walking on water....I just read the book If You Want To Walk On Water You Have To Get Out Of The Boat. As long as Peter was focused on Jesus, he was a water walking champ, but when his focus shifted to the waves and wind, he began to sink. I can't imagine how incredibly easy it would be for your focus to shift to the storm you're in when you are watching your precious child bounce back and forth between recovery and set back. But the WONDERFUL news is that Jesus is still there!! Ready to IMMEDIATELY save us from the storm just like He did for Peter! You are an awesome mother...full of love and compassion. We are praying for a miracle for your sweet Lucy! Why not? Our God is a God of miracles!! So stay strong in your faith....and continue to believe in miracles! I have been blessed to be able to pray with you for Lucy. It's amazing to see prayers from thousands of people culminating in the life of one precious little girl! We weep in her set backs and joy in her triumphs with you! It's amazing to be a part {in some small way} of what God is doing her life. I feel very close to God when I pray for Lucy. It just amazes me to see the evidence of prayers that have reached the throne of God! We must trust in His sovereignity. I know this path makes you heartbroken and weary, but keep the faith....believe in miracles....and trust that God's ways are above our ways...even when we don't understand. The book {If You Want To Walk On Water.....} says waiting on the Lord requires inexstinguishable hope! We don't always have to run in the race we're in...sometime walking is all we can do....just to put one foot in front of the other is all we have to offer.....we want ot quit, but we don't. We take up our cross and say, "I'll follow Jesus even on this road." the book goes on to say that "Maybe God prizes our walking even more than our soaring or running." God knows our battles and how difficult it is. He knows YOUR battle and Lucy's battle. I believe that prizes your clinging to Him now more than ever. Remember that God knows what it's like to watch His child in pain.....He is the only one who fully understands your battle. I know I'm rambling.....I just felt led to leave this note of encouragement for you. John Ortberg reminds us....."Waiting on the Lord is a confident, disciplined, expectant, active and sometimes painful clinging to God. Waiting on the Lord is the continual, daily decision to say, "I will trust You, and I will obey You. Even though the circumstances of my life are not turning out the way I want them to, and may never turn out the way I would choose, I am betting everything on you. I have no plan B." May you feel God's presence with you and your precious family! We are all praying for you!! <3

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  164. Ruth Our God is good, and he loves us.Lucy is in my prayer every day,because is my duty as cristian.God is in control.

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  165. Praying for God's will is showing the greatest faith you ever could!

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  166. Dear Kate, I am praying for Lucy and I'm visualizing Jesus' hands carressing Lucy's head and healing coming from them. I believe in miracles! Praise be to God forever and ever! Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty who was, and is and will be forevermore. Amen.

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  167. I'm so grateful for the news from Lucy's eye exam! Praise God! Continuing to pray for Lucy... one miracle at a time!!! (And great job, Ella!!)

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  168. Only God knows our days....I believe in an Awesome God who saves. Hold tight dear one, to the God who is holding your close!!!
    Kristi Pendleton, OKC, OK
    Mom of Wyatt...St. Jude

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  169. Most of us can pray for a miracle because we have never seen our child as sick as you have seen Lucy. My sweet 2 year old pulled part of her toe nail off at her brother's swim team practice this morning. She cried the entire time we were there. It was even upsetting to the teenaged coaches. If a hurt toe can cause such anguish, I can not even begin to imagine where you stand. That is why we are a family of faith. We will stand in the gap and pray where you can not. We can call out to God and ask Him to show his power since He is Lucy's hope. You are showing your love for her by asking God not to allow her to suffer and your love for Ella to protect her young heart. God has given us to you to hold through this time.

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  170. again amen to what mary k said......couldn't have phrased it better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!amen and amen!!!!!love, bettie g. ...col. 3:17

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  171. It's wonderful to read that Lucy had another great day! Two days in a row! Wow! What an awesome God we serve! I'll continue to pray for your sweet Lucy, as well as for the rest of your family during this time!
    Prayers from WA State,
    Krista

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  172. I believe in miracles, and I believe good people, as in Lucy, have miracles in store for her. Praying every single day. Never giving up on little Lucy Love.

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  173. We're all praying for mercy in all its forms. God alone will decide. Beaming more love and light your way.

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  174. Kate, So glad to hear you thinking positively again and to know that we are all out here praying for a miracle!!! Awesome news about Lucy's vision and PT, OT and other procedures starting back. I will never give up hope and on that miracle! So know that we have your back when you are low. I know that hearing that sweet voice say "I love you" was music to your ears and heart. Today is a great day!!

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  175. I think we've got Kate back too! :) Still praying for a miracle! !!!!

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  176. So glad yall are getting some positive news! Hoping it continues to come! Praying for your sweet Lucy and you all! May God continue to bless you!

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  177. Your family and Lucy are doing extraordinary things! You are extending Faith, sharing in all the miracles...I do also think that sometimes we are afraid to ask for the big miracles too. God is big and he has given you and Lucy so many people to influence-even through your doubts and fears. I follow your story through Jeff McCall, who has reached out to all here at Lampo (The Dave Ramsey Org), and we are all praying for you, your family and Lucy. When I saw her video the other day, I cried and cried! It inspired me so - and I in turn, sent it to several friends and added you to prayer circles. She's touched more lives than most of of us ever will in our lifetime...continue to stand boldly and see the extraordinary in the ordinary in every moment - what a beautiful job you do of that!! You have made Lucy and GOD famous to all of us in this (he must be so proud of you!) ...thank you for being so courageous in sharing Lucy's story despite your complete exhaustion. I pray for you, your family, Lucy, strength in your marriage and for your health and stamina through this difficult time. God is catching your tears and none of you are alone without him. I hope to meet you some day to give you a big hug. One of the greatest inspirations I have received in my life is to be here with you during these tender, beautiful, remarkable moments. What a beautiful Mother you are...truly.

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  178. Praise for small miracles! Continuing to send many prayers your way. Lucy is one amazing little girl!

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  179. Kate, I don't have any quotes or beautiful words, but I do pray to an awesome God that does answer prayers. I love it when he shows off his love for us. Lucy, you, Ella, Erik, and Jack are continually being prayed for throughout the day for healing and blessings.

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  180. GO LUCY GO!!! Hope and prayer are so powerful. Keep fighting, Lucy! We are all here fighting for you and lifting you and your family up to provide strength to fight harder when it may seem impossible to you. Together we've got this. I will never stop praying for an extraordinary miracle for Lucy!

    Sending love and prayers always. Keep it up baby girl...you are one amazing child. Miracles are happening for you! Praise for all miracles and every triumph!

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  181. Makes my heart happy to read this! God is so good. Praying so hard for Lucy!

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  182. Our God is an Awesome God. Praying for a miracle!

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  183. praying for sweet lucy in midland texas! While i have never met your angel she is the first thing i think about in the morning at the last before i go to sleep at night. Being a mother is the best gift and we are all in it together- from all around the world- all praying for your baby . I KNOW GOD is a good God full of miracles, NOTHING is impossible or too big for him. We will keep praying for her to get stronger and for your precious family.

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    1. small world..midland is my hometown..now live in Fort Worth, Tx and I feel the same. God is not thry with Lucy's story. I think there are many more miracles to come! This mom of two is praying for all of you!

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  184. Such great news! Kate, our grandson was diagnosed with the same cancer as Lucy's right before his third birthday. He also had some problems with his eyes, but it worked out fine...just as Lucy's will. Want to report that our grandson will be 20 years old this July. That is GOD working miracles. Continuing to pray for everyone in your family..especially Lucy. Give her a hug for me. GOD Bless.

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  185. Just think of the awesome testimony that Lucy will have when she is an adult. I am believing and standing on this and I know there are several hundred that will believe this also.

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  186. Praying for Lucy's miracle and claiming it in the name of God! He will supply all our needs....

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  187. Please don't ever doubt yourself as a parent. You are absolutely wonderful. No matter what you pray for or no matter how you choose to make decisions, life will always throw you curves. I know you have to take one day at a time and work with the best information available. Sometimes you still will not get the outcome you want. Just know as everyone following and rooting for Lucy knows you are amazing.

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  188. Insanely incredible!! All for His glory!!! Praise the Lord!

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  189. We are all praying for Lucy & her family let us all be prayer warriors.. We serve a awesome GOD Lucy has touched so many people and I know God has more for her.

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  190. Amen to Mary K's comments. Rest in the shelter of God's arms and we will continue to carry you, Erik, Ella, Jack, and little awesome Lucy in our prayers. We are your prayer warriors and yes Sweet Kate, Our God is an Awesome God. We will never stop praying either.

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  191. I doubt anyone's competing with you regarding faith, Kate, but you've plainly got plenty of it! I've certainly gained in faith through Lucy's story. I think sometimes it's when you really surrender to God (and that's an exercise of faith, not a lack of it!) that unexpected miracles occur. Maybe being prepared to let go has helped to make Lucy's Lazarus moments possible? Of course, also the power of prayer. Surely the ongoing prayers of friends, family, and strangers around the globe have made a difference, too. I cannot imagine your exhaustion, but I'm certain of your strength. Glad Ella's becoming such a successful little athlete. What wonderful strength you all have! Hope you're able to smother sweet Jack with hugs and kisses more regularly soon. And it goes without saying that I'm hoping for the best for Lucy in the coming days. May her fear disappear and her vision return! Her unsolicited "I love you" was such a special gift!

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  192. We are continuously praying for all of you here in Texas. Praying for God to wrap his arms around all of you and to perform a miracle in your sweet Lucy. My family will be walking in the Relay for Life in HONOR of your precious girl. Lucy has touched my life and renewed my faith. I've cried tears of sadness and tears of joy reading your blog. She is one special little girl!

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  193. It isn't that you don't have as much faith as those who are praying around you, it is just your time to be lifted and carried by fellow believers. That's what this family of believers is all about. Praying praying praying!

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  194. Your comment is such an inspiration, Evelyn. Now i believe in miracles..

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  195. Kate, I'm so sorry for what you are going through. I don't have children so I can't even imagine. All I know is that you, your family and especially little Lucy has touched so many lives. I just learned about your blog a few days ago and have gone back and read most of all of it. You inspire us all to have faith. We do. We do for you, Lucy and your family. I'll continue to pray for a miracle for Lucy. I hope so much that she gets to come home soon without a feeding tube. I know she would really enjoy being with her siblings in the comfort of her own home. That is my prayer for you all today. I'll keep checking back and pray for what's needed, but for most of all, a miracle for Lucy. Keep your head up and your thoughts positive!

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  196. Kate, do not be ashamed of your prayers. That's what prayer chains are about.....others having the strength to pray when you can't. I can not imagine what it is like to walk in your shoes. All I do know is that God has chosen you for this walk for reasons we may never understand. I had to write to you today....I have been following your story since it was introduced to me over a year ago, but today on the feast of St. Anthony, I was able to go visit a Church by me where the statue of Our Lady of Fatima was visiting and while there, I said a prayer for a miracle for Lucy. The significance of this to me is this: Fourteen years ago, at 20 years old, I was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma. I had 7 rounds of chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, and four weeks of radiation, over the 11 months. I was very fortunate that I am hear to tell you all about it. But after my treatment ended, I stopped getting my period and I was devastated, because that meant the end of my fertility. My family lives in Spain, and we visited Spain for a family wedding when my treatment was finished. Fatima, Portugal was four hours away, and we were able to get there to pray. An hour after leaving the shrine, I got my period! IT was my personal miracle....and here I am 14 years later with not one, but TWO beautiful, healthy children. So, I asked Our Lady for her to work her miraculous powers once again. Praying for you always......Tiffani

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  197. Oh Kate, you never gave up - you want peace for your daughter and for her to be free from pain. We are not in that room looking at her, and what she is going through. I think you are a wonderful mom and so strong. I am thanking god that he is showing us all the power of prayer.

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  198. Kate don't be so hard on yourself. As christians we are to stand in the gap and lift up prayers for our brothers and sisters. We are so thankful for your news!! We are rejoicing in the miracle God has given to Lucy and we will continue to ask for miracles fo Lucy. Praying for Lucy in Florida!!
    GO LUCY GO

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