Ok, I've been trying for a while to upload a movie.  I hope this works.

This is what most afternoons look like at our house.  After Erik gets home from work he joins us outside, as we are well into our afternoon of play.  When he has changed into his "home clothes" he takes over outdoor duties and I go in to cook dinner.  I look so forward to the 30 minutes I have alone in the kitchen most nights.  I turn on reruns of Friends and Seinfeld and decompress.  I try to cook most nights and really do enjoy it.

Anyway, this particular night I was staring out the kitchen window and I realized just how wonderful it was seeing my children with their father and friends playing outside.  It's something I know I have taken for granted many times before.  Our new "normal" is surrounded by a lot of appreciation.

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  1. I never have pictured you with a southern accent ;) love it! its amazing to stand back and breath, and smile, and see normal. and live in that moment of normal. and feel thankful and blessed. you are blessed. and I am thankful you can enjoy those normal moments. and those moments that aren't so normal? remember that you have so many prayer warriors lifting Little Lucy up to our Heavenly Father for His comfort and care. and those prayer warriors that are praying for Lucy? They are praying for you too. and Erik. and Ella. and Jack. you are truly loved. and blessed.

  2. KAte - watching this video makes me smile and know that you are enjoying your afternoon time. We are in JAckson, Miss, and it's been quite warm here in the afternoons this week. I hope that you all are having some warm temperatures too, and that your family continues to have great days! Go Lucy, Ella and Jack!!!

  3. Hi Kate. I read your blog daily, keep up with your life and how Lucy is doing. I almost feel like I know you being able to read all your posts. I really enjoyed watching this video. I liked being able to finally put a voice to your words. I pray for you and Lucy and family daily. You especially, I am a mom as well, I can't begin to tell you I understand how you feel, because I don't. But I pray for you every minute of the day, for your peace and comfort for you to understand. For you to be able to answer the "tough" questions I'm sure Ella ask. For you to get that "special" time each day with all of the kids. So you don't have to worry about sweet Jack because he does love you and knows you love him too. And for that alone time with Erik too. Well anyway thankyou for posting the video, I enjoyed being able to put a voice to the words. *Hugs* By the way please tell Lucy Happy belated birthday. :)

  4. I love you sweet Kate. I would normally text you but I thought I would say it here. Sitting in my office eating lunch and catching up on your site. Crying like a fool and missing my baby like crazy. Praying for you and your family and sweet Lucy everyday almost every minute. Text you soon.

    1. Praying for you, too, Kristie. Your family's journey as shown through Kate's eyes has been yet another reason to pray. Thank you for letting this very new online world walk with you and share your burden. God bless!

  5. Hi Kate,
    Enjoy these precious moments for the time just flies by way to quick. My kids are now 16 and 19 and I find myself yearning for the sweet, carefree days when they were little and play was abundant on our farm. We have never had t.v. because the hubby and I would just sit and watch the kids. Precious memories that will be with you forever.

    Always praying for Lucy,

  6. You have inspired me and helped me through my tough days beyond measure lately. {My family is now also dealing with awful cancer again.} I wanted to let you know that reading your blog has helped me become aware of all the things in this world that may have gone unnoticed, that definitely should not be. I want to help so bad. That is what I want to do in life. I want to help little kids like Lucy, and you know what? That's all because of YOU! You are an amazing family, and I would like to thank you for everything you do for me, and probably without even knowing. Thank you. Love you all.

  7. I'm with the rest of the comments.... there's something about hearing sweet little Lucy's voice that makes everything so real. Blessings my friend (whom I have never met) God is smiling down on you....... GO LUCY GO!

  8. When I first saw this video my first thought was "of course she would sound like Melissa Cole. Duh Shala, that's how you know of her." LOL.I'm so silly sometimes.

    Anyways, I am so happy to hear of you having a day like this. I pray that God continues to bless you with days like this as Lucy comes to complete and total healing, in Jesus' name.

  9. HEHE! I too never heard a southern accent when reading your blog. I like it! I'm Canadian and I imagine people read my blog and add "eh?" to the end of every other sentence, but it's not so....
    I love your new normal. People who are healthy have no idea do they?