Monday, February 7, 2011


Posted Feb 4, 2011 9:59pm

Join us in rejoicing. Scans today showed no new tumors and the remaining tumor in her left lung has grown just a little. Our hope now would be to proceed with surgery to remove a lobe of her left lung which contains the tumor.

Kelly had a special time in NY since they had mass at the Ronald McDonald House Thursday night. They anointed the sick, but it was also the special feast day of St. Blaise. (St. Blaise was a bishop in the 3rd century. He was a physician in Armenia. He was arrested as a Christian and while being led to jail a mother set her son who was choking to death on a fish bone at St. Blaise’s feet and the child was cured immediately. Despite this miracle, St. Blaise was put to tortured and put to death since he would not renounce his beliefs.)

St. Blaise is also special to Kelly. Kelly was born 2 ½ months premature and was released home in late January. Although recently home, Kelly’s mother wanted her to have the special blessing and was taken to church for the very first time on the feast day of St. Blaise (many years ago! Ha ha ha)

After some delays and detours getting them home, we made it safely to the hospital and the doctors waited for us so we could have the results tonight!

Riley has been back to 100% for the past couple weeks. After scans she wanted to go eat and didn’t want to wait for results. She wanted to know why they couldn’t just call. After we got the results, as the rest of us were excited and smiling, she said “Can we go eat now?” At dinner she asked Kelly why we cry with bad results and get so excited for good. Riley told Kelly she just needed to learn to control herself. Ashlyn chimed in and told Kelly she needed to stop just thinking about herself (a concept we work on with Ashlyn quite a bit as you can tell!)

We are so excited and so hopeful. I searched for something in the bible that would be able to express it well. I found Psalm 16. The whole psalm is great, but especially verses 8-11.


1 Keep me safe, my God,

for in you I take refuge.

2 I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;

apart from you I have no good thing.”

3 I say of the holy people who are in the land,

“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”

4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.

I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods

or take up their names on my lips.

5 LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup;

you make my lot secure.

6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

surely I have a delightful inheritance.

7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;

even at night my heart instructs me.

8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD.

With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;

my body also will rest secure,

10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,

nor will you let your faithful one see decay.

11 You make known to me the path of life;

you will fill me with joy in your presence,

with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Thanks for praying and believing with us! We are blessed, thankful, and giving praise to God for all!

Keeping our eyes always on the Lord, Kirk and Kelly