Sunday, May 29, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

Into His Arms From the Carepages site

Posted 1 day ago

Riley woke this morning feeling good. She had a great morning at home with her mom and grandparents who are visiting. She encouraged Kirk to go to work. At approximately 1:30 this afternoon, Riley got up and moved toward Kelly with her arms raised. As Kelly lifted her up, Riley moved from Kelly's arms into His open arms.

We are grateful that Riley passed from this earth without pain and suffering.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. this evening, Riley's grandfather (Kelly's Dad) joined Riley in Heaven. Kelly was able to speak to her Dad and let him know that she loved him before he passed away. We know that Riley was there to lead her grandfather on His path.

Details for Riley's memorial service and funeral will be posted once they have been finalized.

We thank you for your continued prayers.

"Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am, you may be also. And you know the way where I am going." Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me." John 14: 1-6

Karen Rupp for Kirk & Kelly

Ok... so it wasn't the last update...

Celebration Times

Posted 14 hours ago

So much has happened and Riley has been missed today but the day still has been full of joy.

We have much more to say but not enough time tonight to say it all.

Riley was recognized on our newspapers front page today. You can see the story and photos on

We have also done interviews for our 3 local television stations which will air this evening. Will post links to the stations later.

It is amazing the impact our baby had and how quickly we were approached to share her story.


St. Gabriels Roman Catholic Church

3250 Dickinson Ave.

Greenville, NC 27834

(252) 758-1504

Sunday May 29th Visitation 5-8 pm. Rosary at 6 pm.

Monday May 30th Funeral Service at 11 am. Graveside service following.

We have also been encouraged and are planning a community memorial service celebration in a few weeks.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to

Riley's Army/GGCF

P.O Box 20154

Greenville NC 27858

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Reaching to Heaven Last Update on Riley Philpot

I have tried to keep everyone updated on Riley. Yesterday I had heard she passed away. I didn't want to post anything until I knew for sure. When I posted updates they came directly from her parents Kirk and Kelly Philpot via I would copy and paste. I know how easy it is for things to get twisted. The following is taken from The Daily Reflector, the local newspaper.

Cancer battle ends for Riley Philpot

The Daily Reflector

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Riley Philpot, whose brave fight against cancer drew a whole army of supporters, died Wednesday at her home in Winterville.

The 10-year-old was diagnosed with a Wilm's Tumor in May 2006. She and her family formed Riley's Army, an organization created in her name to provide support to children with cancer and their families in eastern North Carolina.

She was honored in November with the 2010 Youth Philanthropy Award by the Greater Greenville Community Foundation.

Her parents, both physicians, had hope early on that medical treatments would help the life-loving girl survive recurrences of the disease. It became clear about five weeks ago her cancer could not be medically fixed, her father, Kirk Philpot, said.

She had been home for two weeks, and on Wednesday was feeling well enough for her father to go to work.

Her mother, Kelly, was in the kitchen getting Riley pizza. Riley walked to the kitchen with her hands held up and her mother picked her up.

Riley collapsed in her arms, and she passed, Philpot said. “At that moment that she picked her up, so did Jesus. He swept her right up, too.”

The Philpots later were kneeling at Riley's bed where they had laid her. Her father looked up to see a favorite photo of Riley at ocean's edge with her arms lifted upward to the sky, he said.

Looking at the photo, he was able to imagine the last moment of love Riley shared with her mom, her father said.

“The thing about Riley is that even though she was sick, she never worried about herself,” Philpot said.

She would not want people to think of her as gone, he said.

“It's not that Riley was a beautiful girl, it's that Riley is a beautiful girl, and she loved life and she still does,” Philpot said. “She would make sure everyone knew that everything she loved about it, she still does.”

News of Riley's death spread quickly Wednesday. Friends of the family and children who were friends of Riley began to fill the Philpot's home in the Irish Creek subdivision.

Youngsters chattered in the background as Philpot spoke on the phone Wednesday afternoon. The family has two more daughters and a son.

Toni Tucker's family and the Philpots have been neighbors since Riley was 2. She said the families' children are like brothers and sisters.

“She's an amazing girl. She's inspirational. Riley wanted to make sure that everybody else was OK,” Tucker said. “She didn't want anyone to be sad. She wanted everyone to know that no matter what happened she was going to be OK.”

Riley's initial treatment in 2006 required surgery to remove her right kidney and six months of outpatient chemotherapy.

A routine follow up confirmed a relapse of her cancer with metastasis to her lungs in June 2007. Riley had been treated for her cancer with chemotherapy, radiation, surgeries and stem cell transplants. As of August 2010, she was facing her fourth relapse.

As she fought her disease, Riley and her army also fought to raise money to provide educational, financial and logistical services to other pediatric cancer patients and their families. The organization works to raise awareness of pediatric cancer and advocate for patient centered care.

The family decided “there was a profound need to take the willingness of so many of their friends and volunteers and turn that into a community-wide program that would provide individual support for families who also were fighting pediatric cancer, and all of the challenges that come along with that,” Community Foundation director Melissa Spain said when honoring Riley in November.

Riley's Army teams up with East Carolina University athletes and other community groups to raise funds for its efforts. Riley played soccer, so the organization worked closely with the Lady Pirates soccer team and Pitt-Greenville Soccer Association. It also works cooperatively with other nonprofits, such as the American Red Cross.

In March, the organization hosted the third annual Pediatric Cancer Survivor's Dinner in conjunction with Pitt County Relay For Life. The “kid-friendly” event gave families of pediatric cancer patients and survivors the opportunity to interact with each other and learn more about services and opportunities offered locally.

And, it hosts an annual picnic for past and present pediatric oncology patients and families.

Riley's Army is sponsoring a blood drive at the Red Cross donor center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 4.

Daily Reflector staff members Bobby Burns, Cherie Speller, Kim Grizzard and Ginger Livingston contributed to this report.

Arrangements are being handled by Wilkerson's Funeral Home and Crematory.

Riley Michelle Philpot May 25, 2011

Riley Michelle Philpot, 10, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Monday at 11 am at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Pinewood Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 5 to 8 pm at the church. A rosary will be said at 6 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riley's Army Fund/GGCF, P.O. Box 720, Winterville, NC 28590.

Please continue to pray for this loving family!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Fun Giveaway over at MissTightwad

Do you like getting stuff in the mail? I do..
I look forward to checking out the mail every day.
Right now over at Miss Tightwad's blog she is
giving away the above mystery box!
How fun is that?
But hurry the giveaway ends on May 23rd at Noon PST.
If you win, I want to know what you got!

Friday, May 13, 2011

I am real confused

I posted something yesterday. I got an email showing my post and then 

 It was gone.
Now, I just got an email from a post I did on March 11, 2011. What in the world? Have I been hacked?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Simple but true..

Hi Lord, its me.

We are getting older and things are getting bad here.

Gas prices are too high, no jobs, food and heating costs too high.

I know some have taken you out of our schools, government & even

Christmas, but Lord I'm asking you to come back and re-bless America .

We really need you!

There are more of us who want you than those who don't!

Thank You Lord,

I Love you.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Mother's day

"Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her...Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gates."  (Proverbs 31:28-31)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

~In Honor of The National Day Of Prayer~

Today is the 60th Annual Observance of The National Day of Prayer. 
May we be reminded of the importance of prayer and the results it brings to our lives. 

Fifth Grade Assignment

A fifth grade teacher in a Christian school asked her class to look

At TV commercials and see if they could use them in 20 ways

To communicate ideas about God.

Here are some of the results:

God is like.


He works miracles.

God is like.


He's got a better idea..

God is like.


He's the real thing.

God is like.


He cares enough to send His very best.

God is like.


He gets the stains out others leave behind. ..

God is like.


He brings good things to life.

God is like.


He has everything.

God is like.


Try Him, you'll like Him

God is like.


You can't see Him, but you know He's there.

God is like..


He's ready when you are.

God is like.


You're in good hands with Him.

God is like.

VO-5 Hair Spray;He holds through all kinds of weather

God is like.


Aren't you glad you have Him? Don't you wish everybody did?

God is like .


Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet nor ice will keep Him from

His appointed destination.

God is like.

Chevrolet. . . .the heart beat of America

God is like

Maxwell House. .... .

Good to the very last drop

God is like.

B o u n t y . . . .

He is the quicker picker upper. . Can handle the tough jobs. ..

And He won't fall apart on you

Peace, Love and Prosperity to all !

God is like.

The Energizer Bunny

He Keeps Going, Going, and Going

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mercy ~Latest update on Riley~

Posted 10 hours ago

Things changed so quickly this week. Twenty minutes after posting to the carepage about how well Riley was feeling, she woke up with complaints of a headache. After a couple hours of school, she came home not feeling well. We hoped she just had a virus, but she developed high fevers, a bad headache and was unsteady on her feet again. Our happiness turned to confusion and anger. Things weren’t going as we hoped and expected. We feared the good days were gone again.

We prayed, but also had difficulty praying. Feelings of numbness, sadness, and anger clouded our thoughts. We worried for Riley’s health and how we would survive.

For 3 days, she did little more than lie on the couch and watch movies.

Our sleep has been restless and Thursday night Kelly was awakened by Riley mumbling in her sleep. She then heard Ashlyn call out “I don’t want her to go yet!” and Riley soon said clearly “Hi. What’s your name?” Fear of what was happening gripped us, but Riley awakened and remembered nothing. I feel someone visited us that night, but we don’t know for what purpose?

Friday morning brought such anger about what was happening. Our dreams and life seemed to be changing quickly. Kelly called a friend who had been trying to reach her as I had nothing of my strength that I could spare to help her. Her friend helped by promising to pray and believe even when we weren’t able. She asked if we knew what Riley was praying for so we wouldn’t pray for something different. She also told us to pray for guidance and a sign to help us know what to pray for.

Riley says she still prays to be healed down here on earth and for her friends and family to not have cancer. Relieved as her prayer fit ours (yet was even better as she remembered to pray for others also), Kelly went to get the mail. A special package came for us from our neighbor’s Godparents. The enclosed letter was uplifting and the book enclosed was one we have tried to focus on - “Christ the Healer.” With all this we were encouraged to continue praying for earthly healing for Riley.

In the Catholic faith, we believe that saints are able to intercede on our behalf. This can be odd to other faiths, but think of it as asking someone you know who is very spiritual to pray for you. You let all your “friends” now your needs and they too can pray and ask on your behalf. The Blessed Mother asked Jesus to help at the Wedding in Cana. She didn’t tell him what to do, but just presented the problem to Him. She interceded for the wedding couple for something they couldn’t do themselves.

The Catholic church recognizes some as saints after a lengthy review process of their life. The review process doesn’t even start usually until five years after their death. The individuals life has to have been full of heroic virtue and been a role model of Catholic virtues (the candidate is Venerable). If a miracle has been attributed to a candidate posthumously, then the candidate is Beatified. If a second miracle can be proven, the candidate can then be canonized (recognized) as a saint of the Catholic church. The miracles are “proof” that the person has interceded on someone’s behalf after their death.

Today was the Beatification of Pope John Paul II. This was also the celebration of “Divine Mercy Sunday.” In 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized Saint Faustina, a young polish nun whose visions of Jesus Christ revealed to the world the boundless love and mercy of Our Lord. “Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to my mercy, “ Jesus said to St. Faustina. John Paul II chose the Sunday after Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday to draw attention to the intimate connection between the Pascal Mystery and the infinite Mercy of God. Filled with loving compassion for all of fallen, sinful humanity, Christ suffered a terrible death on the cross to reconcile the world with the Father. Pope John Paul wrote in 1980 “In this way, redemption involves the revelation of mercy in its fullness.”

To my point, friends at church told us prayers would be offered for Riley at all masses this weekend. We didn’t expect much as it is common to offer a mass for certain intentions, but we were shocked with what was really planned for Riley. Both of our local catholic churches began a Novena for Riley’s healing asking for Blessed Pope John Paul’s intercession. A Novena is a prayer said daily for 9 days (each day representing a month of Jesus in the womb is just one theory on the 9 days of prayer.) Today was the first day and the congregation was asked to join in prayer for the 9 days and repeating the 9 days of prayer until the cure is obtained. Below is the prayer and feel free to join us in this prayer:


“Blessed Pope John Paul, you yourself for so many years, bore a debilitating disease in your body. As a champion and advocate to the children of the world and a witness to hope, we join your devotion and adoration of our Most Blessed Mother.

Please pray with us now for Her powerful intercession, to ask her son Jesus, our Lord and Savior, to look upon Riley with eyes of mercy. For the grace of His healing hands to rest upon her, for His life giving power to flow into every cell of her body and into the depths of her soul.

Restore to wholeness O Lord this life which you have created. Be it not our will but your Almighty Father. We pray now and forever.


Riley could be Pope John Paul’s second intercession for a miracle! Join us celebrating God’s Mercy with us. The prayers have lifted us and given us some added strength. Riley’s symptoms have improved this weekend, her fevers have resolved and her headache has almost completely resolved. We continue to pray for her healing and we ask that you pray with us.

Trusting fully in His Devine Mercy, Kirk and Kelly