Weekend Wrap Up

I took the weekend off from the computer.  It wasn't really a planned hiatus, it just sort of worked out that way.  It's amazing how when life runs smoothly you get so busy!  We have learned a lot during the past 19 months, and making sure we don't ever over extend our family is one of them.  We will never put anything before our children/marriage.  However, with that being said I'll be the first to admit that just doing what seems to be the minimum these days can keep you burning the candle at both ends.  There's a balance in the middle of it all.  Trying to figure it out is just an act of trial and error I guess.  That and a lot of prayer.

We did make it to church this past Sunday.  It was only the 3rd time we have been to church since June 3rd.  It was so wonderful being there and I just loved the music.  Lucy sat in my lap and sang along as the choir sang "Thou Oh Lord," bringing tears to my eyes.  She has such a sweet, sweet spirit.  The pastor talked about preparation for future glory. His four main points were to trust Christ in the trials, love Him in the grief, rejoice in the circumstances and look for Him in the word.   It was a sermon I needed to hear, although I admit that it was hard to listen to.  I can be honest and say that I am in a pretty heated battle with the Lord on several issues.  I've got a lot of things I'm trying to reconcile myself with and I'm not thrilled about most of them.  As I've said before I find it easy, almost instinctive to throw myself at the mercy of God when all hell is breaking loose.  It's when I have time to sit and think about things, truly process what is happening, that the devil starts working his magic.   I'll work it out.

 Last Friday Lucy got a haircut!  It was her first, obviously, since she got sick last year.  She was very nervous about it and I actually sort of felt as if I was betraying her in some way.  I've not really ever discussed it here, but Lucy has large patches on her head where she will never be able to grow hair.  Ever.  Radiation can be thanked for that.  It's really bad and I dread having to explain it to her one day.  Right now it doesn't bother her and I am very thankful for that.  But between two surgeries and already patchy spots, she was in need of a shape up.  You can tell by the picture below that she wasn't just thrilled to be with Mrs. Sonyia.

She looks precious and even my friends who were mad at me for cutting it agree that it looks better.  I told her tonight after her bath that her hair looked nice and she said "I know."  Gotta love that girl!

Our refrigerator died last week so we had to buy a new one.  GROAN!  I would have rather eaten my foot than to spend money on a new fridge.  I was sick over it.  Jack, on the other hand, was thrilled.  Look at this face!

He took to the delivery guy/Sears owner like he was his own grandfather.  It was hilarious and strangely odd at the same time.  Jack followed him and his son around all morning with a socket wrench "helping" them and following every footstep.  I was worried at first, but this gentleman loved every minute of it.  Jack even got to explore the delivery truck.  He seriously cried when the man rode away.

I snapped this picture of Lucy and Hyatt the other day.  Don't they look so precious?  He is the most amazing little boy in the world.  He has a maturity that is beyond his years and compassion that can't be measured when it comes to Lucy.  I love this child as much as my own children.

If you have an extra prayer to lift, I'd like to ask that you pray for my sweet Ella.  She is really starting to open up to Erik about some things and it is clear that Lucy's illness has taken a toll on her.  I knew it had been hard, but the things she has told us is breaking our hearts.  It isn't fair for an eight year old child to fear the things she fears or hurt like she's hurt.  I have amazing children, but this one...well, she's special.

Thanks for loving my family and we appreciate your continued prayers.  Everyday is a challenge, but everyday is a gift!

post signature


  1. We continue to lift your whole family up. Just remember, not only did God want you and Erik to be Lucy's parents, He chose Ella and Lucy to be sisters. God has a plan in all this for Ella (and Jack), too, and He won't fail her. {{{hugs}}} for y'all.

  2. breezieloueezie@gmail.comAugust 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Praying for that sweet little Ella! I've often wondered how she is doing with everything going on in your family.
    Lucy looks BEAUTIFUL as always!! What a sweet friend she has!!
    And Jack is just adorable with the Sears man!! Glad you got a picture of it!!!

  3. It is good you took a break! :)

    Lucy, I love your hair cut! Looks fabulous! How blessed you are to have a friend like Hyatt.

    Boys and tools and trucks, what a combination. It is so cute seeing Jack take to the delivery man and his truck. Reminds me of my son when he was that age. Precious.

    Praying for you Ella. This whole deal has been so hard on you too!! Talk to your mom and dad about what bothers you, because you too need to get these things off of your chest. Praying for you hon.


  4. I could wax poetic about how amazing your children and family are. About how special each of your children are. About how Ella will be okay, I promise. Though I do. Because my brother died when he was 6 1/2 after his battle with cancer and I am okay as are my sister. I could say all those things. But tonight I want to be utterly superficial!

    Kate your children are stunningly beautiful. Stunning! Each in their won way. Ella's beautiful olive skin and lovely hair and smile. Lucy's piercing blue eyes that penetrate your soul. And Jack's delicious handsomeness. You have beautiful children Kate. And all their amazing, unique and special qualities only serve to magnify their beauty!

    Against all hope in hope I believe...Romans 4:18

  5. Your normal right now is just perfect. My thoughts are always with the five of you.

  6. as always prayers for all your family. when someone in the family has been as sick as Lucy the whole family & there friends also go trough so much worry & sadness. my thoughts & prayers are with u each day. take one day at a time & make the best you can make it be !! love to yall, Vicky Autry

  7. Please tell Lucy I LOVE her haircut - just right for back to school! And prayers are headed Ella's way. Praying for peace, for understanding and for strength!

  8. It could be Jack thought the Sear's guy reminded him of Santa. I can't imagine how Ella feels. I love the Romans 4:18 verse below.

  9. Kate,
    I will continue to pray for your Sweet Ella. You are so right, our children should not have to worry or fear every day.
    As always, your Jack is adorable! I love his little boy smile.
    Lucy looks precious with her haircut. I just know that there is a hairstyle out there for her that will cover the scars that cancer left behind.
    Praying for all of you!

  10. Hi Kate,

    I dont think Ive ever commented before, but I have been following Lucy's story for months now after a friend sent it to me. We often discuss your adorable children and we were so happy with Lucy getting clear scans!

    As for her hair, I lost all my hair at age 14 to Alopecia and it is probably never going to grow back. It was a tough pill to swallow, but I am happy to report that I am extremely happy with my life and I dont let it get me down! Lucy has tons of options open to her if she wants more hair, such as a wig or a postiche (it is a toupee of sorts, but for girls and it clips in and you CANNOT tell).

    I just wanted to share my story. Lucy is very lucky to have had parents who worked so hard to save her life and a loss of hair will not stop her spirit!

  11. Kate, I have to say Jack is one of the most handsome little boys. Those little cheeks, I would have to smooch on all day. (sorry if that sounds weird) He looks/sounds like he is just such a little boy thru and thru. I bet he made the refrigerator delivery guys day. I have wondered how Ella was able to handle all that she has been through, I feel so bad for her/well all of you. She is so Beautiful and she must have so much going on in her mind. So many questions that she wants answers for when there probably isn't an answer for at this point. I have to say Kate I worry about you and Erik, "How in the world are you handling this" is beyond me. I know the saying goes you are only dealt what you can handle but, WOW !!! it is time to give your family a major break. You are ALL in my thoughts daily and I hope things begin to turn around very soon. Hope this week is a new beginning.

  12. Kate, you have such a precious family :) they are so amazing!!!

  13. You have the most amazing kids, each in their own special way. But they all have something in common, they are are beautiful inside and out.

  14. Keeping y'all in my prayers. So glad to see life is "normal"!

  15. Miss Kate, I know that you are concerned about your precious Ella. I have been double blessed to have been able to twice sit under the amazing Corrie ten Boom, author of "The Hiding Place," personally. From those two encounters I carried away numerous wisdoms from which I've drawn all of my life. One of those I remember best: "Nothing ever happens to us for nothing. Everything that happens to us; everything we go through is perfect preparation for what God has planned for our future." Faith, Precious Kate, faith. Rest in it. :) ~Selah~

  16. Praying for Ella! so glad that Lucy is doing so well and will continue to pray for her. i've actually thought about sweet Ella a lot since this all happened and have been praying that God would protect her and walk with her through this all. as hard as it is for the sick child, it's also hard for the siblings. will be praying for your whole family!!

  17. I haven't commented for a while, but thought this would be a good time to let you know that you and your entire family are always in my prayers.

  18. Will be praying for your family as a whole esp. Ella

  19. Praying for sweet Ella, I am sure at her age she has had it rough while Jack being so young will hardly remember any of it. Looking back at your blog from the beginning Ella and Lucy looked close and were always doing things together so I am sure its been really hard on Ella seeing her sister sick and being away from her parents so much also. You are an amazing Mom and woman and I am sure you will find a way to help Ella get through her fears. SO glad your family is getting to be together and living like normal. Love Lucys haircut, she is looking better with every pic you post......

  20. It must have been glorious to have a weekend full of family, even if not everything was as you might have wished. Sorry about the fridge! But what fun for Jack. He's all boy, and so darn cute. Great to see the photo of Lucy and Hyatt, too. It's obvious Hyatt is such a very sweet friend to her. What a trooper Lucy is getting her hair cut and continuing to gain weight. I grieve with you and Eric for all Ella is experiencing. Her life, like the lives of all who are close to Lucy, has changed profoundly. However, how wonderful that Ella has been able to open up to you and share her feelings. In many ways, you are all heroes. Not just Lucy. Ella is certainly a hero, too. Amazing children you have, Kate.

  21. Saying an extra special prayer for Ella tonight. She is a remarkable little girl!

  22. I DO love your family! It's kind of strange as we have never met and you don't know me at all, but..all the same, we share God and Christ, so I guess we are part of the same family. That and your 3 remind me of my 3 kids as they are very close in ages.
    I don't know, whatever it is, we will keep on praying (extra prayers for Ella tonight)..

    Sleep well!

  23. Hello Dear Kate,
    I realized tonight it's been a while since I have written however, thoughts of you and your family have never been far from my mind. I'm so sorry to hear Ella is hurting as much as she is. I am however glad she is opening up and is expressing her feelings - that is 1/2 the battle.
    I must admit, as a friend of yours, my eyes became teary when I read about the simple routine of your days...and evenings. I so longed that for you as I know just how much you longed for that yourself!!!
    As I said Kate, I think of you often and I pray for you all constantly.
    Please tell Miss Ella and Miss Lucy to check their mailbox in a week or two as they will be getting a little love from Canada!!! :-)

  24. praying for your ella.
    jennifer thompson

  25. Hi Kate. I saw you walk by our Tiger Lane spot yesterday. We are across the road from the restroom building. I have been following Lucy's story (we live in Munford) and were excited to see her and the rest of your family enjoying the day. The game didn't end the way we wanted, but that wasn't my focus of the day. Enjoying family and friends was great. Life is good!