Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our hearts are full to the point of bursting today.

Two years ago our family was at the brink of devastation.  Our only child was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer and his prognosis was dismal.  In addition, because of the potential genetic nature of his cancer, our doctors had told us we might not want to have more children if we were carriers.

After experiencing the incomparable joy that children bring into a family, the thought of losing what might be our only child was absolutely crushing.  The early December day when our doctors told us there was nothing more they could do for our child was the darkest of my life.  The holidays that year, overcast with fear and grief, were anything but 'merry' or 'happy'.

Thankfully, we believe in faith, prayer, priesthood power, love, miracles, and mercy.

I don't pretend to understand God's will.  I cannot explain why one child is allowed to stay and another taken.  It breaks my heart to think of those children we know who have lost their battles with cancer and those who are still fighting for life.  But all I know is that on a Thanksgiving Day when we may have been doing our best to celebrate the holiday with no children, today we've spent with two beautiful children who we can hug, cuddle, wrestle, kiss, and love.  And it's absolutely the best thing in the world.  Words are inadequate to express my feelings.  Every day together is a miracle to be treasured and cherished, and we have been blessed with so many.  And there's a prospect of more.  Today represents nothing less than our biggest dream come true.

How grateful, humbled, and thankful beyond expression I am to a Father who has allowed our first son to stay, and who has blessed us with another, Clayton Sean.  And how thankful I am to all those who have joined us in fasting and prayer to importune the Lord on behalf of our family.

And so...with the most energy and vigor I can possibly write words that do not express the least part which I feel, let me declare that this IS truly a Happy Thanksgiving!  Evening the happiest!  And we look forward to celebrating the Merriest Christmas and Happiest New Year of our lives in the coming month.  We hope the same is true for you.

Hug your loved ones and tell them how much you love them today, and everyday.  And thank the God of heaven for each blessing you receive.

God bless you.  And Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Stephen's Run 2014

Unless the new baby decides to surprise us that day, we'll be at Stephen's Run/Walk this year.  This 5k is in memory of Stephen Peterson, a sweet boy from a neighboring church congregation who passed away of the same cancer that Emmett was diagnosed with.  In the season of Thanksgiving, what a wonderful opportunity to give thanks for all the children who have touched our lives, past and present.  This is a low key activity--bring the kids and the strollers!  There is no registration fee, but donations will be accepted to benefit Make-A-Wish of New Mexico (which recently granted Emmett's wish--more on that in another post). May God bless the Peterson family and all others who have lost children.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Hard to believe...

that this was Emmett just 2.5 years ago!  I just looked at this and can't believe he looked so bad, but at the time you just get used to it and it just becomes the norm.
Look how far he's come!!

Emmett had another good MRI in October! (apologies to those waiting, as we didn't get results til a few weeks later and actually still haven't heard from Boston!)  We'll be in Boston for his next MRI in January and in the meantime are looking forward to holidays at home with a new baby to snuggle!  Emmett is very excited and is only considering the possibility of it being a girl and says he will be sad if it's a boy.  (We didn't find out the gender).  At any rate, we're sure he'll be a great big brother...except when he's not ;)