Monday, April 19, 2010

Good Evening!

What a busy week this has been! We have been enjoying the sunshine and the flowers that we missed during spring break. Hopefully we have missed all of the pollen as well. Elena has been steadily improving, and Olivia's road rash is healing nicely. We've played volleyball with friends and crochet in the backyard. We've gotten back to our routines and have settled in to work and to school. Olivia felt confident that she did well on her CRCT tests last week, and Elena felt good after her first one today. Please continue to pray for Elena as she has four more days of testing to go.

It is hard to believe that it has been almost two weeks since Elena came home from the hospital, and a week since her last count check. She will get her counts checked again on Thursday afternoon, and if they are high enough (insert prayers here), she will officially begin her maintenance phase on Monday. This phase will last for the next year and four months with clinic visits once a month and will hopefully bring us to the end of this chapter in our lives (more prayers needed here). This past year has been very challenging for all of us for many different reasons, and we are praying for restoration and renewal in the weeks and months to come. We pray for a total healing that only God alone can provide and for His great love to carry us as we seek His guidance for our lives.

We look forward to each new day with excitement and anticipation as we humbly wait upon the Lord to reveal to us more of His plan for our lives. It is with great joy that we thank him for all that He has done in ours lives and for all that He has yet to do.

In Him,
The Tates

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30


  1. The Amazing Tates remain in our prayers every night. Lillie and Nathan have been faithful praying for the girls. I thank God for the witness you have been to us who have watched you guys cling to God. It has been fun to see God respond to your faithfulness and continually renew both body and spirit. Can't wait to celebrate (maybe a crawfish boil) at the end of the cancer season.

    In His grip,
    The Dravi

  2. Mark and Christy,
    GOD IS SO GOOD!! We pray every day for God's healing and for His continued knowledge and wisdom to fill Elena's medical team. May his love surround you all every day.
    John and Toni Kimbrough

  3. YOUR ALMOST THERE!!!!!!! So excited for you guys, more than you will ever know! I can't tell you enough how awesome it is and it's great to know another wonderful family making it to this point and that Elena will start to heal all around. You've been through alot and deserve to be where you are. You are the family that has amazed me the MOST as I've always said, your attitudes are amazing! I wish I could have been like you all during the toughest times. Thank you so much for being such an inspiration to me and for always expressing your faith with us....many hugs!

  4. God's timing is always perfect although it doesn't always coinside with our desire to speed through things(rats). We will continue to pray for her levels to improve & for her to stay free of germs.