Sunday, June 16, 2013

What We've Been Up To and Upcoming Plans

We can't believe we have let so much time go by in between posts. We have been enjoying every minute of summer. We are sorry we have not stopped to share with you how much this summer means to us. This time has not come to us without great appreciation and reflection. At this time last year, we were headed into the summer filled with fear, dread, apprehension of the unknown, and sadness. As school was ending last year,  Elena was in the hospital. In the weeks that followed, doctors tried without success to get Elena into remission. Her bone marrow transplant was delayed, again and again. We awaited test results and prayed for clinical trials to open. Liv was lost in the storm of it all. Summer was lost. Joy was hard to find.

Now, a year later, a new summer, new joy, new appreciation. We entered this season of summer filled with great excitement and thanksgiving. We are so happy to be together as a family and are enjoying all that life brings. Last summer, we didn't know if it would be Elena's last one.
We know God brought us through last summer, through these past 11 months since Elena's transplant, to today. We are so very grateful to Him and to you. You have been the hands and feet of the Lord here on earth every day to us. There are no words to completely express our appreciation to you for your prayers and your love. Thank you!

Sunday afternoon, we will be bringing Elena to Camp Sunshine. She hasn't been since 2009 and decided a couple of weeks ago that she wanted to go this year. It is a wonderfully, amazing week long camp for kids who have or have had cancer. Please pray for Elena to be safe, physically strong, and happy. Pray for her to enjoy her time away, to make new friends, and be honest about how she feels. Pray for peace of mind for us while Elena is away.
On Monday, June 17th, Liv will be having her yearly MRI at 10 am. She is already anxious. She cried about it on Friday and Saturday. It breaks our heart for her to already be distraught about it. Please pray for all anxiety to go away, for Liv to be strong in spirit and calm in her heart and mind. Please pray for CLEAR scans and NO evidence of a recurrent tumor. Pray for Liv to be completely comfortable in her decision to be sedated for the MRI or not. Pray for her to be calm when she gets her IV to receive the contrast liquid. Pray for no negative side effects from contrast or anesthesia.
Thank you for praying for us and with us. Thank you Lord for going before us!
In Him,
The Tates
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
Here's a little glimpse of what we have been up to so far this summer.

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  1. looks like a great summer so far! Excited to add some pictures of us to it :) Can't wait to see yall!

  2. Loved the photo album- looks like a great start to the summer. So happy for you guys. Prayers for Liv today and for a fun filled camp for Elena. Love to you guys!

    The Kenney's