The Palmetto State

I'm sitting here tonight watching Lucy play Rummikub with Grandma, Auntie Holly and Auntie Cheri.  The 4 big girls have been riding bikes around Hilton Head but are now with Jack at the Club House.  I am so thankful for this gift that Erik's family gave us this year.  A week as a family at the beach has been just what we needed.

It was 4 years ago that we took this pilgrimage (a little more than 13 hours) to South Carolina.  I was 7 months pregnant with Jack and Lucy was 3.  I was miserable with an undiagnosed condition called Celiac Disease and Lucy was taken to the hospital twice in this week.   The fact that she developed a totally random but none-the-less vicious case of impetigo might have clued us into the fact  that something was awry with her immune system.

Those details seem but a distant memory as I have watched my three children laugh, run and play on the beach this week.  As I enjoyed my day today I got a call from St. Jude that Lucy's next scans will be July 10th.  I have to admit that my stomach started turning as I thought about the "what-if's" but I quickly resolved myself to enjoy my last 2 days and think nothing but positive thoughts.

Totally emerged in God's glory and beauty this week I have often been reminded of God's omnipotence.  This beautiful world that He has created, the provisions He has given even the squirrel along the bike path--surely this same God can hold my daughter in his arms as she continues to fight the evils of cancer.  With my life totally devoted to Christ, I will continue to pray for His mercy, grace and healing hand.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in duetime. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” 1 Peter 5:6-7.

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  1. Sharon Furniss HarrisonJune 26, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Kate.. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful family... I have followed your blog since Lucy's diagnosis. You don't know me (but I know a few people who know you:) ) but I have prayed and prayed for Lucy. What an great God we have!! We live in Memphis so I randomly see sweet little "Go Lucy Go" window clings or hear someone mention you guys. What a beautiful testimony your family is. We LOVE Hilton Head. Enjoy your last few days. Prayers coming especially hard on Juky 12th!!

  2. Beautiful pictures. Love the first one of Lucy. God is so good and I keep praying for all of you. He knows our hearts inside and out and I love Him so much. I am forever thankful for his goodness and grace, for your family and so many others. I love reading your blog and watching your family grow. Thank you so much for sharing your miracles!

  3. desperateforavacationJune 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Beautiful pics...awesome testimony. Praying.

  4. so glad you are having time out as a family. Praying for you daily and have marked the 10th about Lucy's scans. God's continued blessings on all of you. Becky

  5. I was just there myself! we stayed in Sea Pines June 28th to July 5th. Looks like you had a fabulous time. great pictures. I love Hilton Head :)