Monday, January 21, 2013


We are still working on finding peace and joy in every day as life seems to move full steam ahead even though we aren't ready and the pace we love is so much slower.  Having a three day weekend definitely provided some much needed rest, fun, and more time in our days to simply enjoy life. We filled our weekend with a little shopping, lots of laughter, movies, playing at the playground, jewelry making, a long walk on the Suwanee Greenway with friends, and an indoor picnic. Elena can't enjoy eating outside yet - - haven't figured out the whole 'how to eat when you have a mask on' thing.

We also enjoyed a great morning of worship together in the balcony at church. The sermon was "What To Do When You've Had Enough" - - how appropriate is that?!  Through Pastor Dean, we were reminded that God is always enough!

Below are the words from a song we sang on Sunday -Always by Kristian Stanfill:
My foes are many
They rise against me
But I will hold my ground
I will not fear the war
I will not fear the storm
My help is on the way
My help is on the way

Oh, my God
He will not delay
My refuge and strength always
I will not fear
His promise is true
My God will come through always

Trouble surrounds me
Chaos abounding
My soul will rest in You
I will not fear the war
I will not fear the storm
My help is on the way
My help is on the way

I lift my eyes up
My help comes from the Lord

This Friday, January 25th, will mark the end of Elena's sixth month post transplant.
These six months have been a war, a storm filled with trouble and chaos.  We have had enough.  But, we know, without a doubt, that His promises are true, He will not leave us, we are not alone, and He is our help! He has proved this over and over to us throughout this storm.

Many times God made Himself present to us through you - - your prayers, your calls, your notes, your gifts, your love, and your presence in our lives.
Thank you for staying with us - no matter what!

In Him,
The Tates

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2


  1. you are such strong fighters and belivers! It's encouraging to see how much trust, faith and hope you have in the days ahead! Continue to lean on one another as well and us! we love you and are praying each day brings more hope and joy than the day before.

  2. The LORD is there to carry the burdens so that you may enjoy the blessings. I am praying with you always.

  3. My prayers continue.... God will not leave you guys now. Glad to hear you all had such a nice weekend, you deserve a lot more like that to make up for missing out for sooo long. Love and miss you all. Aunt Beth

  4. Glad you guys had a good long wkend. Know God is always with you and gives you the strength you need. We think of you everyday and are continuing to pray for your wonderful family. Love, The Lindstedts

  5. 6 months, that's a milestone - like every day is in it's own way - love to read your posts, your words help me too -love to you all - hope to see you in the near future - love, The Slater's