Since the day we found out that Jael had a tumor, we have been amazingly blessed by our family and our church family. People have come out to visit us, donated money, prayed, passed on our story to others so that they can pray, encouraged us, and simply loved us through. As I write this my heart wants to explode. Throughout this we have been asked many times how we can get through this. I have two answers: first is that God gives us the strength and second that we are strengthened by the outpouring of love and support from our family, church, and friends. Every response to a Facebook status, text message, visit, financial help, phone call feels to me like God loving us through His people. So, if you are reading this - thank you!!! We love you and are forever grateful.
We have also been given the opportunity to pass this love on to others that we meet on this journey. My mother-in-laws Bible study class is taking up money each week that we will use to bless other parents and children who are also going through cancer and tumor treatment. We met an 11 year old girl named Ashley at the Ronald McDonald House. She is bald and she is beautiful - a smile that lights up the room. I was touched by her the first time I laid eyes on her. Her birthday was on Wednesday and I just knew that we needed to love on her. I bought her a birthday card and a gift card to Toys-R-Us. Yesterday morning she was having breakfast with her dad so took the opportunity to give her the gift. I explained to them that our church had been collecting money to bless other kids and parents. She loved her gift and smiled so big. Her dad was blown away that our church would do that. It was an awesome way to be God's hands that day. We also gave a couple of food gift cards to another family who is going through the same thing...but you would have to ask Erik about that one.