7.01.2012

Back in the Saddle



Last Wednesday night, as I sat writing a Lucy update for this blog, Erik says "I've got an idea."  He then proceeds to tell me that he thinks I should leave in the morning and head to the beach to spend a day with Ella and Jack.  Those that know me best know that I am the least most spontanious person ever.  I even like to plan my plans.  Something was diferent about this, though.  It was an opportunity to see my children and I knew instantly that I had to go.  It would be a 5.5 hour drive.  I would only get to spend one full day with them and would have to leave before they even woke up the next morning.  It was a no brainer.  I had to see them.

The next morning I had a meeting scheduled with the Rehabilitation Day Program.  This will be the next step in Lucy's recovery.  I'll be giving more details as the week goes on about that, but its going to an awesome and we are really fortunate to be a part of it.  Anyway, after the meeting was over I hopped in the car and headed to Orange Beach, AL.  When I arrived I headed straight to the restaurant where my family was.  No one but my sister knew I was coming.  Imagine everyone's surprise when I came around the corner.  My mom and dad both cried, Ella screamed and Jack literally climbed out of his high chair and on to the table trying to get to me.  It was the most wonderful moment.  



The whole next day we spent in the ocean or playing on the beach.  I have come to the conclusion that both Ella and Jack should have been born on the West coast.  Ella was made to be a surfer girl and Jack is happiest in the water. It was so neat getting to watch both of them ride the waves, splash in the surf and squeal every time water splashed in their face.  For fear of sounding trite, I will say that the whole day was magical.



Leaving Saturday morning was as hard as leaving the very first time.  I cried half way out of the city.  Yet while I was heart broken from leaving them, I was as equally thrilled to be seeing Lucy again.  I sure missed that sweet girl.  The best part of the day came when I pulled into Atlanta and headed straight to the airport. Amanda flew in to spend a few days with me and Lucy and the timing was perfect for me just to grab her on my way back into town.



We also had some very special visitors yesterday and today.  My friend Kristie and her husband Jerry (Justin's parents) came to visit.  This was the first time I had seen them since Justin's funeral.  Kristie and I have such a special bond.  It was so wonderful seeing them both, but I know being here was hard for them.  Please keep them in your prayers.  The road they are traveling is not easy and there are still so many wounds that need healing.

Tomorrow is a very busy day for Lucy.  We ask that you continue to pray for strenght, stamina, sustained appetite and more independance.  Lucy is making great strides, but she still has so far to go.  As of now I expect to be in Atlanta for another month.  It's a long time for our family to be seperated but I remain convicted that we have made the right decision and Atlanta is where Lucy needs to be.  We will stay here until everyone feels it is time for us to go home.



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49 comments:

  1. That picture os Ella and Jack hugging you in the restaurant brings tears to my eyes! I am so glad you were able to make this tip and see them. Just what your heart needed!! I will continue my pryers for sweet Lucy and your family!

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  2. What a wonderful blessing. Still praying in Cali.

    Ella got her braces off??!!??

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  3. I cried when I saw you hugging your precious kiddos! I am so thankful that you were able to spend some time with them...Continuing to pray for Lucy and your family through this journey. Laura (Oxford, MS)

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  4. Beautiful photos!!! So HAPPY you got to spend time with Ella and Jack. You are such an AMAZING mom :). Praying constantly for sweet Lucy and the family :).

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  5. You have more strength than I can ever hope to have. I'm so happy that you got to see Ella and Jack and am continuously praying for Lucy and your whole family. I have no doubt that Lucy will have the strength to live a long and virtuous life. A life that many can only dream of being able to live.

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  6. The road you are traveling is beyond any of which I could imagine. Your beauty, grace, and faith makes me proud to even be able to read about your fight. I pray for easier, hopeful, family filled days to be in your near future. Once you see a miracle, you have to believe in more!!! Lucy is amazing and tough as nails. I know I believe in her complete healing. <3 You have children living thru so much, yet they look so completely happy to be in your arms. So incredible. Truly. You are all doing so much right.

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  7. Such beautiful pictures. I am so happy you got to spend a wonderful day with them :) Praying continually for your sweet Lucy and your entire family.

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  8. Tears! Yep! Here they are again. The pix of the surprise melted my heart! Missing you all!!!!!

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  9. I couldn't help but cry at the sight of you surprising jack and Ella! Continued prayers!

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  10. The photo of Jack and Ella hugging you in the restaurant speaks volumes of love and joy! How wonderful that you were able to see them and spend a day at the beach...in the sun and sand...time to fill your hearts and give all of you some special moments. Continuing to pray for Lucy every single day.

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  11. Dear Kate... I can't imagine having a sick child and two other healthy children. You seem to be the doing the absolute best you can for all your children. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I will continue to keep Lucy in my prayers and also for little Jack and Ella. Hang in there, please. You are so strong. A month seems like forever but you can do it, you are a strong mother.

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  12. The picture of Ella and Jack hugging you in the restaurant is precious. Such love! I'm so happy for you that you got to spend a special day at the beach with them. Just what your momma heart needed! Continuing to pray for sweet Lucy and your family as you walk this journey.

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  13. Holly N. MadugulaJuly 1, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Kate, I think you are an INCREDIBLE MOMMY and deserve MOMMY OF THE YEAR!!!! Your family is precious!!!! I will continue to pray for Sweet Lucy, and little Jack and sweet Ella and their Daddy/Husband as well!!!!! Your postings just amaze me!!!! GO LUCY GO!!!!!!

    Holly N. Madugula
    Arlington, TX
    (my sister Marnie is an RN at West Clinic in Memphis)

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  14. What a wonderful husband! Wise enough to give you, Jack, and Ella a wonderful, magical day together. Praying

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  15. Jack and Ella look so happy....so does mommy.... Continued prayers from St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

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  16. Chills and tears reading this. Always sending prayers your way..

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  17. What a great surprise for your kids! I'm sending tons of prayers to your family. I wish nothing but the best for all of you. I hope Lucy's recovery is quick, and that y'all can be a family again soon!

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  18. So wonderful to see your other kiddos so happy to see you. Prayers continue for all of you. Take care!

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  19. Wow, this blog journal is incredible, such a testimony to the faithfulness of God. Continue to see the Lord in all that happens, both good and bad. Romans 8:28 is my anchor. <3

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  20. Lit a candle for her in the Galway Cathedral yesterday. Hang in there!!

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  21. Loved the pictures, many continued prayers for your family and Lucy!

    Amy

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  22. May I just shout, "Go, Kate, Go!" You are doing a fabulous job of guarding the hearts of all your children during a very difficult time. You are spreading yourself thin, but I know you would have it no other way. I shall pray for exceptional rest for a Mommy I don't know named Kate.

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  23. How wonderful that you got to spend even a day with your precious babies. This makes us continue to thank God for each moment and trust HIM to provide those moments for us. Many prayers continuing to go up for Lucy...Our God is a God of MIRACLES and that is what I pray for, for Lucy!

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  24. dearest Sweet Kate, I am so heart broken that you could not stay at the beach longer with your family. You need rest my friend . You are right where you want to be and need to be right now. just lay in the hands of Jesus, and let him guide your days. Covington and the world is praying and cheering Lucy On . Grace Phelps preached today at the Methodist church. She brought up the Lasurae moment in her sermon today. You and your family are in all of our lives each day. I am so proud to have yall as my friends.
    In Christian Love,
    Kendy Erwin

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  25. Oh Kate, so happy you were able to surprise Ella and Jack! LOVE the picture! I am thankful you were able to spend some much needed time with them. You all remain in my daily prayers.

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  26. Kate, I am so glad you had a magical day with your babies! I bet that meant the world to them! Also glad to hear that Lucy is making progress!!!! A long beach vacation for you and your WHOLE family is what I pray for in the future!

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  27. Oh my heart just bleeds for you!!! I was balling when I saw the picture of you hugging the kiddos!!! I can't imagine how hard it is with your little ones being separated!!! You are an amazing woman with so much stregth!!! I think an pray for you daily!!!
    Kristi
    Oklahoma

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  28. Kate, has anyone told you that you are one strong lady. You have managed to be a loving, selfless mother to three adorable children whom I hope to meet one day. I'm right there with you in my prayers each day.

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  29. I agree - the picture of the three of you hugging is just priceless! I'm crying tears of joy for you beung able to be with them, even for such a short time. Erik is, indeed, a very special husband and father. Continued prayers for all of you during the month ahead, especially sweet little Lucy!

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  30. What a wonderful blessing to have time with Ella and Jack! Praying for Lucy for stamina and to make great strides to healing. Hugs to you mama, praying for your stamina as well :)

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  31. God bless you and your precious family. He is faithful and will continue to supply all your needs as He as so miraculously done the past weeks and months. What a privilege to pray for all of you and to follow your blog.

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  32. praying for continued progress...and continued strength.

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  33. I cried when I saw/read about you hugging your sweet kids. I'm so glad you were able to spend even a little time with them and in such a happy way. I'm sure they were as happy to have your hugs as you were to give them! Praying for your sweet family always. I am breathless when I read your blog and I am so thankful you are sharing your story with us.

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  34. SuzannemculpepperJuly 2, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    What a special time, I wish everyday could be like that for all of you. We are continuing to pray, we know GOD is Bigger than any of this!!!
    The Culpeppers

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  35. What a sweet day with Ella and Jack! The first picture was beautiful!

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  36. I cried seeing that picture of Jack and Ella holding onto you so tightly! What a special moment and day for all of you. Continued prayers from Virginia!

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  37. Prayers for your beautiful family, and especially Lucy. I was happy to get to share your magical day through pictures. Praying in Michigan..Carole

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  38. What a way to lift your spirits! And Ella, what a gorgeous girl without her braces!? when did she get those off? She is stunning. And of course Jack and Lucy are just as precious. :) Prayers of continued strength your way!

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  39. So happy that you were able to spend time with Ella and Jack for a bit. The photos of you and them were wonderful. Constant prayers being sent for Lucy and her Mom & Dad. Thinking of you all the time, Lucy's story has touched me !

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  40. Hi Kate, I have been meaning to drop you a note for awhile now. I am an old friend of Erik's. His family and our family were pretty close and used to spend fun family times together during his highschool years. My maiden name is Wollenburg. Although a faithful Lutheran, I, like you, always try to figure out the "why" in many situations. I have struggled with my son's reoccuring Kidney disease for 6.5 years now. Anyway, as I read your post awhile back, I read where you mentioned the "Lazarus moment" on a couple of occasions. You and I know the story of Lazarus, but I bet lots of people who read your blog do not. I am sure you have your Bible with you, and I was hoping you would tell your readers about Lazarus and one of God's many amazing miracles. (just an idea for your next blog) I just started reading your blog during Lucy's most recent decline. You are a gifted writer and a super great mommy, and I can tell Lucy's story and your writings have touched so many lives. I have no doubt that many of those people have/are or were nonbelievers. You have an amazing platform to show God's unconditional love to others. (perhaps part of the "why") We are always praying for you and your family, and I look forward to meeting the rest of the Krull family some day. Love to all of you. God Bless!

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  41. What a wonderful surprise for the children and wonderful therapy for you mom.

    Praying and praying often for all of you and Lucy.
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  42. I dont even know where you could possibly get your energy other than from God....you are one busy lady. So glad you were able to visit your little ones! Your family continues to remain in my prayers. Today I pray for the time to go by quickly, energy to be abundant, and for miracles to continue to show themselves in a way that no one can deny God's work.

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  43. Aww. This made me cry! Your babies look so happy to have their mommy there! I'm so glad you could have some time with them.

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  44. So glad you had a chance to see your babies. As a mother of 4 around the ages of yours I can't imagine how torn you are most days. On another note, if you ever want to visit the West Coast we live an hour away from the beach. Granted, it is the Oregon beach so I can't guarentee the water will be warm but it is beautiful and my kids still get in. Take care and we are praying for your whole family.

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  45. Leighton, Miss Georgia 2012July 3, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Hi Kate,
    Someone sent me your blog today to read. I met Tori Svenson, an 8 year old girl battling Medulloblatsoma, a year ago now. She is being treated by Dr. Janss at CHOA. She and Lucy sound a lot alike. Here is a link about her journey... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dLSVvth3xA

    Long story short, I recently just won Miss Georgia and will compete in Miss America in January. I visit CHOA on a weekly basis, and was actually just there in the Aflac clinic today. I would love to come visit Lucy and do some crafts if she feels up for it and give her a signed picture. You can find me on Facebook under "Leighton Jordan," or you can e-mail me. Leightoncj@gmail.com

    -Love in Christ,
    Leighton

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  46. I so love the picture at the restuarant when you surprised them. The family hug speaks volumes of love.

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  47. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! Blessings & continued prayers for your sweet girl. ~Julie Roberson

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