The Blaines

The Blaines
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Buggin' For a Cure

Buggin' For a Cure
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

If....3 years later

If Ellie never got cancer...

She would have started Kindergarten this week
My house would be even crazier with 3 girls in it
I'd still be afraid of hospitals
I wouldn't have some of the friends I have
There wouldn't be a hole in this family
My van would have 4 car seats
I wouldn't cherish God's word so much
Somewhere over the rainbow wouldn't make me cry
I wouldn't watch Rapunzel when I'm sad
I may have never seen the amazing hearts nurses have
I wouldn't be terrified anytime one of my kids gets a fever, crosses their eyes or sneezes the wrong way
Richard may not have started school
Christmas lights probably wouldn't be so exciting
My understanding of how God works all things for his glory, may not be so strong
I never would have stood in front of 500 people, talking about St. Jude
I wouldn't be taking my child to get slime poured on his head this weekend
I wouldn't be as grateful as I am for each day
There wouldn't be this blog
I would still stress the petty stuff
Empathy would just be a word I taught at school
SG wouldn't be praying for doctors to get the right medicine
My son wouldn't be good buddies with someone 40 years older than him and just raised over $18,000 for St. Jude
She'd be here
~ Carly

My mother in law shared this blog from three years ago today, titled "If" Noah and Lisa passed their goal of $15,001 last week and are marching on towards his new goal of $19,001 (which he is only $622 away from) I can only smile and thank God for these little reminders.  As tough as it is sometimes when we raise money, and all the memories it brings back, this blog is a reminder to me, of where God has brought my family from and what He has brought us through! Three years ago, I was on top of the world, Ellie was cancer free, heading back to St. Jude for another round of treatment.  I was going back to work, but I was so grateful to still have a job.  Soon our world would come crashing down, but it did not crush us, and without cancer, I may never have known what my faith in the Lord Jesus could do.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3
Prayers, Praise and Pink