2012: In Our Own Words…

Christmas 2012

Looking back at all that has happened this last year, I asked everyone in my family to do a little summing up – Here is my family in their own words on 2012…

Karsten (1): [grunted and walked away]

Chase (3) [thinking he’s writing an e-mail to his hospital, which he’s never done and is unlikely to do anytime soon]: “The cancer is still running away from me because it wants to hurt me, but I am very brave. (breaks into song) God is near me, God is near me, all the time, all the time!”

Aidan (4): “I like when Christmas comes…and I like Uncle Trevor…and I get sad when Chasey hits me…but then we make it right and that makes me happy again…and Mom, when are you going to get out of my room?”

Darcy (6): “Some days I really want to go to my home and be back with my family when Mommy and Daddy don’t have to go to the hospital anymore and be on the phone with doctors all the time, but I’m very happy that I can be off school this week and that we can be together as a family.”

Bob: “If I could use one word to sum up this year, it would be ‘DIFFERENT‘. In many ways, I worked, traveled, wrote and read as in other years, yet this year was profoundly different with the cancer diagnosis. It’s ironic how the normal and the very abnormal go hand in hand.”

Ellie: I think if I also had to find one word, I’d choose ‘BLESSED‘. Never have I been so aware of all that I have and all the amazing people around me.

On that same subject, I’d like to take a moment to say thanks.  The simplicity of these words can’t possibly encompass what we feel, but on behalf of Chase and our entire family: thank you.  Some of you I know personally and some of you I may never meet, but I so wish that I could have the chance to sit down with each of you face-to-face and tell you how much all of the prayers, encouragement, gifts and service have meant to us. We are so blessed by you in ways you cannot even imagine. THANK YOU.

Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is love and His gospel is peace; chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother, and in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name;
Christ is the Lord, Oh, praise His name forever!
His powr and glory evermore proclaim!

Knowing The One who heals all and frees all is our true and constant comfort in this season and always.

Moment by moment…

6 responses to “2012: In Our Own Words…

  1. Beautiful pictures and words from your hearts. Thinking of you all and praying for you tonight. Love, Wendy (Walker) Larson

  2. Praying for you and your sweet family every day. I feel like I know you all and I definitely love you all even though we’ve never met. Merry Christmas.

  3. It’s been a real journey for your whole family. Knowing the Lord has been with you and will continue to be with, is such an awesome assurance of His great love for you!
    I have appreciated all the updates regarding Chase….loved his graduation video! Every time I get an update…I go into prayer for all of you. I then forward your update to all the prayer warriors I let know about Chase.

    Please give my love to your mom and dad for me.
    Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year………….
    Jeannine Limbeck

  4. Still smiles from a Beautiful Family. God only knows what he has in store for all of us, and believe my family has endured a lot in these last 5 years, but one thing for sure “LOVE IS AROUND YOU ALL THE TIME”.

  5. sometimes I am speechless in responding, but one word was revealed to me today. “Gorgeous, just gorgeous”. It is wonderful to know we can love so many people, as the love I feel for you and yours. and proud of you and the kids and great parents and family.
    carry on your valient battle with the “C” guy. I will continue to pray daily for Chase’s perfect healing.

  6. Love you all……..xo

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