- Peace for Shawn and I, for Kyle and Miranda and Braden and Connor, for our parents and siblings and nieces and nephews and inner circle friends watching and hurting as we go through this
- that God would keep soft our children's hearts toward Him through all the emotions of this hard journey
- strength and stamina; physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually
- that the cancer shrinks to gone, gone, gone!
- gentle side effects to this second round of chemo
- family unity, harmony, love, strength, joy, happiness
- anything else you feel God puts on your heart

Thursday, November 8, 2012


I woke up. I am alive. I am healthy. Thank you God.

Thankful for the sunshine, new pain meds, quick appointment dates, all the love and prayers pouring over me and my family. I am humbled but not surprised even one bit by the depth and breadth of care of the people gathered around me! You are my silver linings. I thank you.

And, lest my family and friends, think that I am 'so perky' and 'handling this so well' be assured that the moments of panic and fear and overwhelmedness are floating just below the surface.  I firmly believe that it is the prayers of God's people who are holding me up, carrying my family through our days, lifting up my sisters and my parents, my inlaws and my extended family as we all figure out how to live in the joy of the Lord even though we might want to scream and ask what the heck He was doing when cancer came into our lives.  Again and again I say, "Get behind me, Satan!  You shall NOT prevail, because Jesus never fails!"  My hope is in the Lord and I am so grateful that the maker of this entire universe cares for even me.  And you.  And all of us.

And so, let us smile.  Today is a good day.  This is a good moment.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!!!
With love,


  1. Love your attitude of gratitude!

  2. Rachel, you stole what I was going to say! And Kristin, I will think of you and your amazing attitude when I need a boost. You are so inspiring!


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