10.13.2013

Our Higher Calling

This week I will be laying low on the blog.  With the dinner and auction just 1 week away I am going to be up to my eye balls in planning and details.  I would love for you guys to keep this event in your prayers.  The proceeds from this event will be given to LeBonheur to help purchase some amazing and very sophisticated imaging software.  The Neuro ICU would be so blessed to receive it.

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I want to say thank you for all your comments on my recent post about health insurance.  It is and always has been so comforting to know that others have walked in the same shoes.  I want to be clear that our family was able to provide this medicine for Jack.  That was not the point.  What I was trying to convey was empathy and sympathy for families who are struggling to make ends meet and who often have to make very hard choices between medicine and other necessities.  From the very beginning I have been nothing but honest about our situation and life circumstances.  I plan to remain that way, too.

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God has used this platform in a manner that has united mothers all across this country.  Through our virtual friendships we have felt validated, encouraged and loved by thousands of people we have never met.  This is truly a blessing for us all.  Who would have ever thought this would be possible?

Tonight I am grateful for your encouraging words, your prayers and your friendships.  Life is already too hard and filled with trials and troubles to allow hateful words to bring us down.   We were put here to encourage each other and build each other up.

Hebrews 3:13 tells us to "encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” and Galatians 6:2  says "Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."  I know it sounds crazy but we can do this.  Even 1000 miles apart, we can do this.   We can be each other's shoulders to cry on and ears for listening.  

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I want to leave you with a picture of one of my favorite quotes.  Oh how true this is.  The next time your are at the grocery and you see "that" mom yelling at her kids, pray for her.  Maybe she isn't upset with her children but more worried about how she will put food on the table.  And when "that" mom doesn't show up to volunteer for school functions just maybe she is the only provider for her family and is working to make ends meet.  The list could go on and on.  We all have burdens to carry and crosses to bear.  Be mindful of this....ever ready to lend a hug not an ill comment.   


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10 comments:

  1. Don't listen to silly people's comments about blogs that put extra cash in your pocket or the way people interpret your blog from day to day. Your heart is in the right place, that's what counts. God knows you're doing what's right, those who walk close to Him also know that. Some people pull the negative every time, don't listen or take their comments to heart. They feel better to criticize someone else and set themselves up as judge/jury. God bless your precious family, following/praying for your family since the beginning when Summer Webb led me to your blog. We were one of the ones who offered our home when you were in Atlanta, that offer stands. Jack (makes me smile everytime I see him) is no worse for his grandparents' tender loving care during Lucy's illness and has bonds with them that the average child doesn't, Ella is a "beautiful" preteen who has her head on straight and has the same bonds with her family, Lucy is a product of prayer and what God can/will do for those who bless His name, you and Eric are a united front to protect this family. Blessings. Sue Bennett

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  2. Hi Kate, sounds like you have a busy week ahead. Praying it all goes smoothly and lots of money will be raised.
    Blessings hon.

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  3. Very well said Kate!

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  4. Wonderfully said. We never know the storms others have walked through or are still in. Encourage, pray, uplift! God Bless You!

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  5. Don't forget the Mum's overseas that are also sending hope your way. You have a world of friends.

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  6. Hello, I found your blog 2 years ago by chance. I only want you to know, that I pray for your daughter. And I think there are many other people who pray for your family. Blessings from Germany - Lydia

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  7. Thank you for this post Kate. You have encouraged me today.

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  8. desperateforavacationOctober 16, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Thank you for this post!

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  9. My husband's cousin works in neuro in LeBonheur. He's been a surgical tech for awhile now--Jacob Howell. Maybe you all have had him? Medical bills--we have a couple at our church that had triplets. I can't imagine the nicu bills for 3! We had a 53 day stay with our Lucy in the NICU, and what a blessing in disguise that she was 2 pounds and 8.5 ounces. The cut off for TennCare & Social Security Income checks is 2 pounds 10 ounces, so we got secondary coverage automatically. Thank the Lord! Now our #3 baby got terminated from our insurance around 3 months because they couldn't read the birth certificate, we went around and around with them. What a mess to have to backpay from birth--well visits costs over $700 =( Thankfully we squeaked by to have her covered by CoverKids, because she wasn't going to be able to have any more well visits, sick visits, or get her reflux medicine. Almost 9 months of well visits, sick visits, and a birth are very expensive! I can't imagine more, and am sorry you have to deal with things. People who make the comments like those have never been in the situations. Medical situations with our babies are very traumatic, & you won't understand unless you've been there. Anxiety, depression, PTSD, it's all ridiculously too much to handle--any little thing on top of it will cause any mom to cry.

    PS-- would you mind to take a minute to vote for my Little Lucy? She's enterted in the Preemie Power contest! Link is on my last blog: http://lucasandemilyhowell.blogspot.com/

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