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Join us on a journey of faith, healing, learning to live with part of our hearts missing, and recovery, as our family rebuilds our lives, after our son's long battle with cancer....and his eventual rise on eagle's wings into Heaven...victory is his...he is serving the King!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

pumpkin patch

Recently we spent the day together at Bloomsbury Farm in Iowa. There is a charity organization at the children's hosptal called Dance Marathon that many of the medical students belong to and every year they have a 24 hour dance marathon, hence the name, where they dance for 24 hours and raise money to help out the cancer kids there. Well, they use the money for many good works including financial donations, medicine assistance and material needs in the hospital like tv's and DVD players etc. One of the fun things they do is volunteer to play with the kids in the activity rooms and they invited and paid for any families that were interested go to this farm and provided lunch there as well. It was really fun to just get away and spend the day together as a family! Bryce was between phases of chemo and was looking and feeling pretty good. We were very thankful for this special day/memories.

They even had a 40 acre maze to navigate that required some maps and finding hints. It was really fun. Dylan went through it all by himself ahead of us and it took him awhile. Dad is the team leader here, directing his squad for the corn maze mission!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

he's my son

I am working on a video of B's fight with cancer, I am very excited. In the meantime since I am very slow in the video fun dept., am homeschooling and going through all this with B, (even with my highschoolers help time can be hard to find) I am going to post this beautiful song written by MARK SCHULTZ and a tear jerker u-tube video about a boy and his fight with cancer. Get the tissues out.

I'm down on my knees again tonight
I'm hoping this prayer will turn out right
See there is a boy that needs Your help
I've done all that I can do myself
His mother is tired
I'm sure You can understand
Each night as he sleeps She goes in to hold his hand
And she tries not to cry
As the tears fill her eyes

CHORUS: Can You hear me? Am I getting through tonight? Can You see him? Can You make him feel all right? If You can hear me Let me take his place somehow See, he's not just anyone He's my son

Sometimes late at night I watch him sleep
I dream of the boy he'd like to be
I try to be strong and see him through
But God who he needs right now is You
Let him grow old
Live life without this fear
What would I be Living without him here
He's so tired and he's scared Let him know that You're there

Can You hear me? Can You see him? Please don't leave him He's my son

Monday, October 20, 2008

mini field trip to farm

Recently we went on a small scale field trip to a farm in Iowa. It was nice to get out of the house, into the country and get all that fresh air.

We saw chickens.

Abby helped squish real apples for apple cider we all enjoyed drinking it at the end. What a beautiful day!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

apple time

Here is my sweet girl helping me make apple pie crusts for me right now!! It was soooo yummy! We did read the book HOW TO BAKE AN APPLE PIE AND SEE THE WORLD!! So cute. I am glad my friend reminded me to read that to the kids again. Sorry friend, can't get that 'stuff' out of the background due to 12 inches of counter space...:) (I will get around to that island someday)HEE. Enjoy!

Here is my little helper!

Ready to bake

All done...can't you just smell it?

Ice cream just makes it better


Here is Bryce with his garden friend the Praying Mantis. I still have to figure out how to get my camera to take better pics close up...I'll get there!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

light the night

LIGHT THE NIGHT was a wonderful success!!

Thanks to all of you who came, donated or bought shirts!


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Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:
MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.