Monday, March 31, 2008

My dear, sweet Drama Queen

I have been given permission from Grace to post the following conversation which happened the night after her colonoscopy/endoscopy.

Kimberly: Grace, you did so well, and just think really the only thing that will change is that you cannot eat popcorn anymore.

Grace (as she begins to sob): But, Mama I love popcorn!

Kimberly: Grace you hardly ever eat it.

Grace (still crying): But, Mama, now I'll never get married.

Kimberly: What in the world are you talking about?

Grace: Well, you know when you are at the movies with a boy and you both reach for popcorn, and your hands accidentally touch and you fall in love...that will never happen to me now!

Kimberly (laughing): Grace, you hands can touch while you're reaching for Twizzlers. And, anyway that's not how you fall in love. Someday a boy will fall in love with you because you are beautiful inside and out, you're smart and you love Jesus with all your heart. That's why someone will fall in love with you.

It was one of the most precious moments in our life! I smile every time I think of it.


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Amazing Grace

I've been thinking about Easter and the movie the Passion of Christ. I am overwhelmed whenever I think of the incredible love that God has for us. To send His one and only Son, to die such a horrific death...for me. Can one even put into words what that kind of love means? It speaks to me at such depths, I can't even begin to explain it. It moves me to such great emotions. Think about it, "While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." That anyone would think so highly of utterly amazing.

Grace asked me why all of my blogs talk about God. I explained that I talk about her as well, to which she replied, "Yeah, and God." How can she understand that I can no more separate my life from God than I can stop breathing. I hope someday, she will understand completely. That is my prayer for her this Easter, that she will know the depth of God's love for her.

In Christ Alone,

Easter at Grandma's

Hi. We got to Grandma's yesterday. My cousin Kassidi and me wanted to sleep over but we couldn't because tomorrow is Easter. Today we had an Easter egg hunt with my other cousins, Madison and Andrew. I've also had a good time with my brothers.

Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

A New Day

From Grace:
Hi, I just got up and last night my mom and dad said I could be their boss for 2 hours and 10 minutes. Well, that's all I wanted to tell you. Bye.

From Kimberly:
Yes, we did agree that Grace could boss us for 2 hours and 10 minutes (great negotiating). We promised that if she took her medicine then that would be her reward. She did and so at some point today Grace gets to play the role of parent. Should be fun. :o) I'll let you know how it goes.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

From Grace

If you have any questions for us, please just ask and we will answer you. By the way, I love Sponge Bob mom doesn't though. OK that's it for now. :o)

About Me

Hi, I'm Grace. I'm seven years old and my favorite color is red. It's funny, though, because I hate blood. My favorite stuffed animal in the whole wide world is Alaska. She's my purple bear and she sleeps with me every night. I have a bunny named fluffy. He's one year old. It's pretty hilarious because he's older than my niece Jada. My sister, Devin, had a baby in January. My dad is Tim and my mom is Kimberly. Right now I can hear my dad talking up stairs.

Today we have snow outside that is probably up to my chest. It is so big I don't even think a tiger could crawl through it. I have two sisters, Devin and Alison. I love to write books. Some day I'm going to be a famous author. My first grade teacher said so. Now I'm in second grade. My birthday's in May. I love getting presents. I love the surprise part.

Well that's all for now. Bye.

The Beginning

I am the mother of Grace. She is seven years old and we just found out this week that she has ulcerative colitis. It has been quite the week with a trip to the hospital on Thursday for Grace to have a colonoscopy and endoscopy. The trip to Columbus was a fun one, as we jammed to Travis Cottrell on the way down. We are Christians and had been asking everyone for prayer. God was truly with us as Grace was so calm and in high spirits although she had gone through a "cleaning out" process the day before. The doctors and nurses were amazed at how happy my little girl was. God had given us all great peace. When given the option of having one of us go back with her, Grace decided that if only one of us could go then she would go by herself. She was such a trooper! She took her favorite bear, Alaska, with her, and we left them both at the OR door as they wheeled her in.

After about a two hour wait her doctors came out to let us know what they had found. Grace was diagnosed with a mild case of ulcerative colitis. They said that is was very much contained to the lower part of her colon. Although it would have been great if they had found nothing, we were glad it wasn't more serious than that. Grace did very well after the procedure and two days later we are only beginning the journey of understanding this disease and what it will mean for our little one.

One reason I wanted to start this blog was so that I can hear from those of you who may have this disease or know people who do. Grace's doctors talked about educating us and we certainly want that as well. We are trusting God that He is taking care of Grace and I believe that He is working for her good!

With all that said...welcome to the beginning of our journey.