Sunday, November 1, 2009


Last night, we had a fun Halloween evening. Elena's costume was planned around her wheelchair...she decided to be a cheerleader with a broken leg. Liv wanted to be a cheerleader too. Our easiest costume year ever. A HUGE thank you to our sweet friends who loaned us the uniforms!

We enjoyed dinner with friends before the dads headed out with the children to trick-or-treat, while the moms stayed back to pass out candy. The rainy weather kept many trick-or-treaters at home or at least off our street. However, our kids came home a little wet, bags loaded with candy, and big happy grins on their faces. We are truly blessed with great neighbors!
It was a great night!

Tomorrow is Elena's first day of month two of Delayed Intensification. It will be a long day for her. First, she will be sedated to receive chemo in her spine. Then, she will be given a shot in her port as well as a hour long IV of another type of chemo called Cytoxan. This drug is harmful to your kidneys, so Elena will first receive a hour of fluids before receiving the chemo and then three hours of fluids after the chemo is given. Please pray for a great night's rest, for Elena to not be hungry in the morning, (since she is being sedated, she can't eat, but her appointment is not until 9:30!), strength to manage the day, peace that only comes from God and no bad side effects. This round also brings us back to giving chemo shots at home. She already started getting anxious about that tonight. We will have to give them to her Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week and next.

Thank you for your cards, emails, posts, prayers, kind actions, and love! It helps make this road less lonely!

With much love,
The Tates

"..I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them." Isaiah 42:16


  1. Thats too cool great costumes.

    Love ya,

  2. Best looking cheerleaders I've ever seen!!! Will be praying for a day full of strength and courage for Elena and family!

  3. I just love those cheerleaders ! The pictures are great and your updates are so much appreciated. I wish I could physically be there with you guys but I am there in mind and spirit every minute of every day. All of you are such an inspiration to everyone who knows you or knows about you. I am so proud of your courage, patience and perseverance. Much love, thoughts and prayers. Grandma Pat