One Year Ago

While the 23rd is the actual anniversary, one year ago today my life changed forever.  One year ago today I drove Lucy to Memphis for a "quick" doctor's visit.  By 2:00pm we were thrust into the depths of chaos, fear and confusion.  One year ago today OUR lives changed forever.  Not just mine, but the lives of Erik, Ella, Jack and mostly Lucy.  Our family, our old friends and the new friends we have made across the world through this blog.  We have all been changed.  Some days I know it's for the better and some days I still question.  A LOT.

This is not the post I have been wanting to write, but it's all I can do right this moment with Jack helping me.  It's time to get Lucy to OT and then our day of therapy, tutoring and trials begins.  I couldn't start the day without saying thank you to you all.  Thank you to all the ones who have showered our family and our Lucy with prayer every single day.  In all honesty, we still need it.  Many days are hard.  Most days I still worry.  And every day we need your prayers.

As we begin the Lenten season today, this day of such a sad anniversary, I know my moments will be spent in reflection about where we were, where we have been and where we are going.  Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  I am giving up Sonic for Lent.  (That's a whole other post in itself.)  I am also taking on the task or writing letters of thanks and/or encouragement to 40 people during the 40 days of Lent.  This was not my original idea, but I sure have a lot to be thankful for so it seemed like a great fit for me.

Today is the day.  The day that changed our lives forever.

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  1. I've been thinking of you as the days inched forward. You are always in our** prayers. I hope this coming year is filled with joy and happiness and wellness.

    **everyone who reads your blog

  2. You are such an inspiration, Kate! I read through your blog religiously...I celebrate with you...and think often I need to respond. But today I'm drawn to write. Because it's your love for the Lord...your dedication to Him that overwhelms me each and every entry. And this is no different. Thank you for being an example to others even when you are in the throws of a storm.

    Lindsay Keegan

  3. God has truly carried your family and especially Lucy through a year of so many emotions. My prayers are still with your family and your sweet Lucy every day. Your strength has come from the Lord, and it will continue to carry you through the coming days, weeks and months. Lean on Him daily and reach out to feel His presence in your like as I know you will. Love, Pat Williams, a grandmother in Tuscaloosa

  4. Kate,

    I have only been following your journey a little while but I agree...you are an inspiration. As a mother and grandmother, I can hear your heart every time I read your words. Thanking God for complete healing in Lucy and comforting assurance in His Word.

    When I read that the 23rd was the actual anniversary date...God may have spoken this to you already but I was immediately reminded of: The 23rd Psalm..."yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."

    And the next Word I was reminded of: In Luke 8:50, Jesus spoke to Jairus.."Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole"

    Praying in "LOVE"

  5. Still praying for Lucy and the whole family. Even though we don't see you all often (life/children pulls us all in various directions :), we still think of you as friends. I think back to the days of Kindermusik, of starting off visiting the Bible study group, of your preschool class... so blessed to know you, and to pray for you & your sweet family. We rejoice with you in Lucy's daily gains, and pray for you through the daily challenges. ... And, by the way, Cade was thrilled to see Lucy at school yesterday. He talked about it several times throughout the afternoon :)

  6. I love the 40 days and 40 thanks, what a great thing to do!

  7. Thinking of you today and remembering with you. I'm just so sorry for all your family has endured this year. We are constantly praying for you and will continue fervently. Ditto other commentors - you are an inspiration, your faith is so strong, and your love for your family and the Lord is incredible. We are praying for a wonderful, peaceful year ahead. Love to you all,
    The Flacks

  8. What a blessing your transparency and faith has been to me and to so many others. God bless you and your family as you continue your journey.

  9. I love the 40 days and 40 thanks too! I may have to do e-mails. It's not quite as classy, but I have some friends I would love to write to.

    I can't believe it's been a whole year. Let's hope this is the beginning of a much better year.

  10. I started reading your blog on Feb. 25, two days after your post titled "The biggest day of her life." And I have stayed with you the whole way. God bless you. God bless Lucy. What a journey. Prayers continue, always.

  11. I have not been with you since the beginning but for quite a while. You are an inspiration. Your love for your family and God makes me feel I can live a better life. I keep you all in my prayers and will continue on this journey as long as it takes. I'm looking forward to see Lucy grow and follow in her sweet sister's loving 'heartsteps'. You have a beautiful family. It's an honor to be allowed to follow you on this journey. God bless you all.