~~~standing together as Ansley battles non-hodgkins lymphoma~~~

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"...for this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you..."

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

His love endures forever

Today has been a good day.  We were excited to have Ansley's counts high enough for chemo, she did better with accessing her port, and we got to see the love and protection of a big brother in a beautiful way. It's funny what constitutes a "good" day now.  It is really different than it was 6 weeks ago. Six weeks ago a good day was when all the kids got up in great moods and the day was fairly easy and predictable. Well, predictable is no longer part of our vocab.  At least not right now.  But, I think it is good for me to realize that ease and comfort are not the things that are "good".  Great moods  and ease don't seem all that important right now in the grand scheme of things.  What seems to really make my heart overflow with thankfulness is seeing our little girl finish her 8th round of chemo and be doing okay.  To think about not having access to these treatments would also mean that our Ansley would be dead.  That thought makes a momma's heart sigh a deep sigh of gratitude.  Watching Gavin today want to protect and watch after his little sis is really one of the most beautiful pictures my mind will ever capture.  And, although this is the most painful season of life I have ever experienced, I think it is also the richest.  There are so many daily lessons and wake-up calls along the way.  It is definitely a new kind of "good" but I am thankful for it. Rejoice with us that today was good.  Thanks for all your prayers on our behalf.  

So, this starts us on the next phase of chemo. Induction is over and for the next year, we will continue on the next phase.  In the midst of heavy hearts, we are excited to be moving toward a precious daughter who is cancer free! Pray we will not grow weary in this battle.  

"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever."  1 Chronicles 16:34