Wednesday, July 21, 2010


If we are having trouble, it is so that you will be comforted and renewed. If we are comforted, it is so that you will be comforted. Then you will be able to put up with the same suffering we have gone through. Our hope for you remains firm. We know that you suffer just as we do. In the same way, God comforts you just as he comforts us. 2 Cor. 1:6-7

This is Pastor Gary from Twin Lakes Church.  He is a 3 time cancer survivor and a very sweet man who made time in his day to visit Emilie.  During Pastor Gary's visit, he prayed, did a few magic tricks and shared his cancer journey with Emilie.  He shared with us that during his bouts of cancer and treatment, he smiled
E V E R Y D A Y!  He also shared a Bible verse that helped him....
"May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. "  Romans 15:13

Thank you Pastor Gary for giving Emilie a chuckle and a great dose of encouragement and hope.
This is Theresa.  She is also a cancer survivor as well as a wonderfully kind, patient and confident young woman.  Theresa is also from our very small community of Scotts Valley and has been visiting Emilie on a regular basis.  She brings a craft to share with Emilie and for the last couple visits, she has also shared her crafty goodness with Nicolas (did I mention she was very patient?). She is such a sweet girl and her visits are really really good for Emilie.  Thank you Theresa for not wasting your journey, but rather sharing it with Emilie.
These are some of the many luminaries that lined the SV High track for the SV Relay for Life.  Not pictured are two very brave Scotts Valley cancer survivors.  Ashton is a five year old who was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma in 2008 and is now doing great.  He had another MRI today and the preliminary results came back negative.  We were lucky enough to have a visit from Ashton and his parents today.  Ashton is a super cute little guy full of joy.  Thank you Ashton for bringing a big smile to Emilie's face today!

Evan is another Scotts Valley cancer survivor.  Evan is a ten year old who was diagnosed with leukemia (ALL) in 2008 and is doing just wonderfully now.  Evan and his family visited during one of their visits to LPCH.  Thank you Foy Family for sharing your journey and giving us great hope!
Are there not some in your circle to whom you naturally betake yourself in times of trial and sorrow? They always seem to speak the right word, to give the very counsel you are longing for; you do not realize, however, the cost which they had to pay ere they became so skillful in binding up the gaping wounds and drying tears. But if you were to investigate their past history you would find that they have suffered more than most. They have watched the slow untwisting of some silver cord on which the lamp of life hung. They have seen the golden bowl of joy dashed to their feet, and its contents spilt. They have stood by ebbing tides, and drooping gourds, and noon sunsets; but all this has been necessary to make them the nurses, the physicians, the priests of men. The boxes that come from foreign climes are clumsy enough; but they contain spices which scent the air with the fragrance of the Orient. So suffering is rough and hard to bear; but it hides beneath it discipline, education, possibilities, which not only leave us nobler, but perfect us to help others. Do not fret, or set your teeth, or wait doggedly for the suffering to pass; but get out of it all you can, both for yourself and for your service to your generation, according to the will of God.  Taken from Crosswalk the same day that I composed this post.  Amazing!


Eva said...

It's wonderful that people have come into your lives with whom you can connect during this journey. I'm glad you don't have to feel alone and that Emilie has people who know what she is going throw and can walk it with her.

Praying for you guys. Lots of love.

Auntie Vicki said...

Moist eyes for your latest post. So many people added to your lives to bring life. It is amazing to be witness to the process. Seeing the purple heart around Teresa's neck knowing what that means and looking forward Em to seeing you wearing your purple heart.

I hope you are having a great day today.I love you precious girl and great niece of mine.

Marianne said...

Thank you for today's post, verses, and Crosswalk reading. All were so meaningful! It is an honor to get to know Emilie and your family! You are an inspiration to so many people who witness your faith through this journey. Like Vicki said, we look forward to the day when Emilie joins the "Purple Heart Club". You are an amazing girl, Emilie! Keep your sights on that rainbow!

Anonymous said...

I think bout you guys every day and can only say that I send love with understanding. Bryson and I would love to visit if ever possible and are in the area every once in a while to visit family. Let us know if ever we could stop b :)