On this very day, six years ago, Olivia was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Two surgeries later, the most recent 22 months ago, she is an amazing child of God. Full of life, laughter, and love.
On this very day, one year ago, Elena was diagnosed with leukemia. Here we sit at CHOA, right next door to where we were last year. Elena has been and continues to be incredible. She is a fighter. She is brave. She loves God and others with all her heart.
Through this time, God has been teaching us to be patient and to trust in Him.
We have experienced the love of the Lord through the actions of others.
We have witnessed countless prayers answered.
We take pleasure in life's everyday moments.
We are blessed to have an amazing group of friends who have taken care of us.
These friends, along with our wonderful families, have been like God here on Earth to us.
Some just sit with us and comfort us without saying a word.
Some continually lift us up with cards and emails.
Some make sure our home stays clean.
Others mow the grass and finish projects around the house for us.
Some watch our girls for us to have even just an hour with each other.
Some care for one precious daughter when we have to care for the other one.
Some provide us with really yummy treats - just because.
Some simply listen.
Some have captured precious moments on film for us.
Some meet needs we didn't even know we had, until they were met.
Some are there for us, no matter the time of day or night.
Some offer their hand to hold when we need it the most.
Some have carried us when we could no longer carry ourselves.
Some remind us to laugh and laugh often.
Some help keep life "normal".
Some helped us with two different fundraisers, where thousands of dollars were raised for CURE and the Aflac Cancer Center.
Others have prayed without ceasing.
The staff at Christy's school have provided us with 100 great meals and many gift cards over the past year.
The incredible medical personnel at both CHOA and the Aflac Cancer Clinic take great care of our girls.
God has truly blessed us through it all!
He has been with us each step of the way and will continue to see us through it all.
He has given us each of you!
Thank you Lord and thank YOU!!
"A friend loves at all times." Proverbs 17:17