Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Thank You Father April 26, 2011 Update on Riley

Posted 1 hour ago

John 11 When Jesus raised Lazurus from the dead:

(40) Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

(41) So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.

We thank Him because we know He has heard us, we just don’t yet know how His answer will come.

Riley has been feeling better. Her cough, pain, dizziness, and shortness of breath have been resolved now for more than a week. She enjoyed spring break and returned to school yesterday. You wouldn’t know anything was wrong or different with her right now, and we are thankful. So thankful!

Is this relief temporary or permanent? When will we know? It feels like we are floating just above the surface of the water - weary and fearful of sinking and at times barely breathing. So what do we do? - We keep our eyes on the Lord for He will keep us safe and afloat just as He did Peter. However in this “normal” world it is tough to maintain complete focus on God, so we are thankful for those who help us concentrate on Him.

We have heard rumors are milling again that Riley has only weeks to live. We don’t know where, how or why these rumors start. We don’t have the energy to search them out again and ask that you trust that we will tell you of any dramatic changes. We have been so exhausted, trying to live in the “normal” world and enjoying her improvement that we didn’t have the energy to write an update last week. We were also waiting for her improvement to be stable for some time to avoid confusing everyone with potential changing information day to day. We thank everyone for your prayers and concern for Riley and our family.

We shared last time that we had found comfort in the song “Through the Storm”. We have found a new song and it has kept us going: “Are you Ready for a Miracle?” - As ready as I can be!

We don’t know what to expect. We do know what we want. We know what we fear. We know He is with us even though otherwise this is truly a very isolated place to be. It is hard to talk to each other about all of this. Even harder to talk to others.

Please help us pray for some others children we have come to know and grown to love: Ashley, Meghan, Dustan, Michael, Elijah, Bayleigh, Taylor, Abigail, Franklin, Kally, and many more who we have met throughout our journey with cancer.

Friends have begun a prayer chain for Riley. It is simply to recite The Our Father at 9 pm nightly. Please join with us in prayer. We thank all who continue to pray for us and support us in various ways - you are those who help us concentrate on Him. Thanks! But most importantly we give thanks and praise to God who is all deserving. We will never be ale to thank Him enough for all He has done and continues to do for each of us, but let us try by starting today with a prayer of Thanks and Praise!

Thank You Father, Kirk and Kelly

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Jesus at the Garden of Gethsemane

Thank you to Gloria from
 The Little Red House with the White Porch
for the link to this post.
Original Post is Here.
Happy Easter everyone and let us remember the REAL meaning!

After Jesus and his disciples shared supper on the day we call "Maundy Thursday," Jesus went to the Mount of Olives in the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. Peter, James and John accompanied him.

Jesus asked his disciples to keep watch while he prayed. Jesus knew that he would be arrested and that he would die, and he was getting a little nervous about it. Jesus prayed that if there was any way to avoid it, that God should let him avoid this terrible fate. Jesus said that he knew things would go the way God wanted them, and said "Your will be done."

When he went back to the disciples, he found them all sleeping. He scolded them for not staying awake, and then went again to pray about what was to come, and when he returned he found that the disciples had fallen asleep again!

Jesus was probably a little frustrated when he returned and saw his disciples sound asleep for the third time. Now it was too late, because Jesus saw his disciple Judas coming toward him. Judas was followed by priests and elders from the temple and a noisy crowd carrying swords and clubs.

Judas identified Jesus by kissing him, and Jesus was arrested. Peter, James and John, afraid that they might be arrested, too, ran away.

Jesus did not try to get away. He accepted the terrible job that God had given him. Jesus would be questioned, tortured, and crucified - but on the third day, Jesus rose from the dead.

Jesus' victory over death is what we celebrate at Easter. We who believe in Jesus can depend upon His sacrifice to assure that God will forgive us for our mistakes and, through His grace, grant us peace and eternal life in heaven.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Praise You in this Storm Update on Riley

Posted 31 minutes ago

Lyrics to a Casting Crowns song that has been meaningful for a couple years for us but even more now:

I was sure by now,God, that You would have reached down

and wiped our tears away,

stepped in and saved the day.

But once again, I say amen

and it's still raining

as the thunder rolls

I barely hear You whisper through the rain,

"I'm with you"

and as Your mercy falls

I raise my hands and praise

the God who gives and takes away.


And I'll praise you in this storm

and I will lift my hands

for You are who You are

no matter where I am

and every tear I've cried

You hold in your hand

You never left my side

and though my heart is torn

I will praise You in this storm

The past couple weeks have been a struggle for us. Riley got sick with 103 fever last Tuesday afternoon and was exhausted. A deep cough developed and she was sick the first time in years. I know that sounds odd, but even though Riley has been undergoing treatment all this time she barely was ever “sick.” When her fever went away, we sent her back to school Friday but school called that she was coughing and pale so we brought her home. She said she was okay but just called because her teacher was worried. The cough has remained through the weekend and although we have remained hopeful, she has developed pain when she coughs and actually wanted to stay home from school today.

All of this is such a quick change for her. She plays for short periods but spends much of her time resting on the couch watching TV or playing video games. She is sleeping more. Her cough continues.

We reviewed her CT scan and this tumor is located differently in her chest than her others. This tumor is toward the center of her chest and comes in contact with the main artery to the right lung and the large airway to the lung. It had grown “quickly” to show up as it did on scans and doesn’t have much room to grow without potential serious complications to occur.

The time is growing closer that we need His miracle. We need prayers for her healing and our strength. Our minds to clear enough to do what we have to do (and the help to know what that is). Prayers for the cough, pain, and lightheadedness to resolve. Prayers for Riley to remain calm and at peace. Prayers for the other kids (in our family and her friends) to not be scared and have the attention they need too.

We know good will come. We know what we think is best. We know He wants to heal those who believe, but only He knows and understands His plans. We continue to pray. We praise Him in this Storm because His plan will be best.

Giving Praise while seeking shelter in Him, Kirk and Kelly

Thursday, April 7, 2011

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The Arrogance of Authority

A DEA officer stopped at a ranch in Texas , and talked with an old rancher.

He told the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs."

The rancher said, "Okay , but don't go in that field over there.....", as he pointed out the location.

The DEA officer verbally exploded saying, " Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me !"

Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removed his badge and proudly displayed it to the rancher.

"See this badge?! This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish.... On anyland !!

No questions asked or answers given!! Have I made myself clear......do you understand ?!!"

The rancher nodded politely, apologized, and went about his chores.

A short time later, the old rancher heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, being chased by the rancher's big Santa Gertrudis bull......

With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it seemed likely that he'd sure enough get gored before he reached safety. The officer was clearly terrified.

The rancher threw down his tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of his lungs.....

Your badge, show him your BADGE........ ! !"

Saturday, April 2, 2011

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