Monday, November 1, 2010

Remembering . . .

Today is a day that I am sad to say snuck up on me.  It has made me think of how thankful I am for my children and the good health they have been blessed with in their lives.  Too many children are sick - so sick they never get well.

A year ago today, we lost our friend, Mallerie.  She was a senior in high school.  Mallerie had a hard fight for close to a year, most of which was spent in St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis.  Her motto while she was there:

God would not have given me this life if I was not strong enough to live it.

Mallerie always had a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone she met.

Unfortunately, Mallerie is not the only friend we have had in St. Jude's in the past few years.  Natalie was in St. Jude's during her junior year of high school.  She was there for a good part of a year and fought so hard.  Thankfully, she recovered and has been in remission for 2 years.  She is now a sophomore in college and is living her life to the fullest!

Sadly, we got word last week that our college friend, Mandi, had to take her 4 year old son to St. Jude's with leukemia.  He had a tough week last week with the chemo treatments.  They have set up a Caringbridge site so you can keep up with little Eli's progress.

St. Jude's is doing a wonderful work in the lives of so many families.  If kids are not able to pay for treatments, it is taken care of.  There are so many ways we can help these families who are living this tough life God has given them.  I think Mallerie's motto could be said of any of them there.  One way you can help is to shop.  They have a wonderful gift store online and all the money goes to the hospital.  Check it out and see how you can make a difference in some children's lives who aren't getting to enjoy life as a child.  You will be so glad you did.  

Graves' family, we love you 
and think of you daily!

Natalie, we praise God for healing you!
We are thankful we get to see you
live each day to the fullest.

Eli, we are praying so hard for you!
Keep fighting!

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