It seems that I've started my last few blog posts with an apology. But this time, I'm not going to! You all know how crazy it is at our house and I know you understand. Thanks to Gammy for updating in my place the past few times!
A lot has gone on in the past month. I'll start with last week since the past 5 days have been a blast! Last Monday, Kari's counts were low but they did treatment anyway. With our impending Tennessee trip, we came back Friday to get counts checked again. Unfortunately they were even lower! Her ANC was 325 which should pretty much mean house arrest for Kari. However, we had everyone pray for her Friday night at campmeeting (all 500 people that were there) and I truly believe God moved for her. She was feeling so good Friday evening and slept well Friday night too.
There are several things that Kari has asked to do before her upcoming intense treatments that start in November. One was the aquarium which we visited in September; her list also included riding a boat on the lake, going to the zoo, and going to Tennessee for a few days.
So, Saturday, Pappy found us all a pontoon to take out on the lake and ohmygoodness. We had such a good time. It's one of those evenings where you take the memories and file them away to reflect on for weeks to come. No, her counts weren't great but she acted like she felt great and was so excited about going out on the boat. I made a mommy's judgment call and I feel like we need to make good memories with her while we can.
Since her counts were low, we decided against Tennessee. We were scheduled to be there Monday and her next clinic appointment wasn't until today, Thursday. I was afraid to take her without knowing if her counts were good. BUT...after she felt so good all weekend and I saw how bad she wanted to go, I made another judgment call and went with my instincts. We got to Tennessee Monday afternoon and that trip will be for another post!! We had so much fun and it was truly a good thing because today, Kari's counts are back up!!! God smiled on us! :) Every fall, I seem to start thinking about the year and what it's meant to our family. For those of you that have been following my blog for a while, you remember that this time last year things were looking up for our family! God gave us a miracle and we're so thankful for God blessing us like he did! Even if things have changed now, God was still merciful and good to give us a miracle.
But this year, I'm struggling to get through the things that life has dealt us. I know that there are different seasons in life that we'll face...some good, some bad, some happy, some sad, some bitter, some sweet. I feel like we're in a season but I'm not sure which season it is. LOL! It's a rough one, that's all I know. I'm being honest because...well, I'm always honest on this blog! Ha ha! Seriously, it seems that in the past month everything has gone crazy. But in the craziness, I've seen God work in so many ways that it blows my mind. It shouldn't, but it does. God never ceases to amaze me with his goodness and grace. He's taking care of me and my children and that means so much to me.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...(verse 4) A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
I'm so thankful that in those seasons of our life that are the weeping times or the mournful times that God is still in control and guiding our every step. We have good times for sure even in this season of weeping. I appreciate those times so much!
But I know that one day, whether in heaven or here in this life, God will have a time of laughter and a time to dance for our family again. One preacher said that if we could stand the pull, God would pull us through!!! Thank you for your prayers, support and LOVE! We love you all!!
I started this blog to document the story of my kids as they grow up. However...July 8, 2011 changed that slightly when Kari was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) . We invite you to share our journey as we walk through it with the Lord's help!