Jack's Photo Session and Life

If you want to see what pure heaven on earth looks like, you should check this out:


Ok, so maybe I am biased, but he truly is an angel.  Having the pictures made is the easy part.  Picking out the perfect one is the hard part.  Thank you Phil for capturing the magical moments of my children's childhood.  The photographer, my friend Phil, is a wonderful Christian man who has perfected the art of the portrait.  Funny thing is, his own father took my baby pictures. 

Lucy's ANC dropped to 0 today.  We weren't surprised, but now my stomach remains in knots as I just wait for the fever to hit.  Erik's parents and sister came down to visit Lucy tonight so my mom and I took the opportunity to go get dinner with my sister.  I wish I could say I really enjoyed it, but that would be a stretch.  I did enjoy the time with my family, but I was a nervous nelly the whole time I was gone.  This is such a volitile time in Lucy's recovery and it's hard for me to walk away even for a moment.  I'm quite sure it will be a very long time until I feel as if I can let go.

More than likely she will receive blood and platelets tomorrow.  The low ANC, the low blood counts....they are all related.  This waiting game is hard, but we are thankful for every single moment out of the hospital. 

Here are some pictures from the last few days at the Target House:

 (My little Sunday morning chefs.  They cracked 12 eggs for the two of us.  Erik just couldn't tell them to stop.)

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  1. Great pictures! Jack is an absolute doll. You're supposed to be biased; just one of the many perks of being his mother, haha. We will continue to pray for Lucy as she continues on the road to recovery. I added her button to my sidebar today, I don't know why I hadn't done it earlier. I have been following your blog for a couple of weeks now ... today it just hit me. I guess that is "mommy brain" for you.


  2. Always in my thoughts and prayers, Kate. Praying for His perfect peace to radiate through every member of your family.

  3. Jack's pictures are precious! He is the cutest little boy. I love the one at the fence. I keep all of you in my prayers and check in every day to see how you're doing.

  4. Adorable pictures of Jackers!

    Continuing to pray for you and your beautiful family.
    I know I am a stranger but I have been following your blog very closely for a long while now.
    I am here if you ever need anything!! Whether it be a quick meal drop off, laundry done. Anything!!

  5. Kate, We dont know each other in real life, but I have been following Lucy's story. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers every single day.

  6. He looks adorable. I would have a hard time choosing too :).
    I love the picture of the girls in their aprons. Lucy looks so cute!
    We will continue to pray for her complete recovery.

  7. Such cute photos of Jack. Prayers for Lucy as always and a special prayer for you to find some peace.

  8. Keeping that Precious Lucy in my prayers. I also must say, Jack's pictures are just downright adorable!

  9. That Jack is absolutely adorable! I love his little eyebrows. Prayers continue for Lucy and all of your beautiful family.

  10. Saying a prayer for your family tonight. I check daily for updates. My son also has a shunt. I can only imagine what u are going through. I've only had a taste of severe illness and I admire your strength. I know, you are just doing what you have to do. But some people would crumble and never get up again. Every day, you keep pushing on. I pray that this last few months will be a distant memory 10 yrs from now.

  11. I have been following Lucy's story for awhile now and recently your blog was up on the computer and my son, 4 years old, saw Lucy's picture of her blowing a kiss. He immediately asked me who that girl was and why she was doing that. I explained to him that was Lucy was sick and needed us to pray for her so she could get better. Every night since then he has prayed for Lucy and asks about her every day! Just want you all to know that big or small we're all praying for Lucy! If I didn't live so far away (Oklahoma) I'd be praying that our sweet babies could meet when Lucy is better! Thinking and praying for you and your family each and every day!

  12. My stomach is in knots for you! I hope you get a few relaxing moments today. Must be a really rough waiting game though. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  13. Aaaaaaaaawwww! I love the picture of Ella & Lucy in their aprons! Soooooooo precious! Sounds like you had a feast for breakfast! =) And Jack is adorable! He is growing so fast...just like a baby, right? It's like poof and they're all grown up! Do you ever feel like putting a weight on his head to keep him little for a while??? :]