Wednesday, May 29, 2013


We were shocked for quite awhile when the surgeon, Dr. Gaw, told us he wouldn't be operating on Reese.  Had we had the surgery, we would've been at the hospital for atleast a week!  With a baby.  Imagining Reese in pain after such a major incision and surgery was so scary.  But, God had other plans!

So, to celebrate we took the girls to the Great Wolf Lodge.  For those of you who don't know what that is, it's a hotel with an indoor water park.  Up here in Rainy-ville, an indoor water park is a pretty exciting thing.

Ella LOVED it.  Reese...well...she liked it.  She didn't go down any slides, not even the little kid ones.  But she did play in the water a lot.  They also have this game throughout the hotel that is best described as a big video game scavenger hunt using these magic wands.  No, we didn't play the game.  But we did get one of the wands so the girls could walk around the hotel making the animals talk and treasure chests open.  They had a great time with that too.  And the bed time story and show was a hit too, especially since Daddy stopped at the ice cream stand on the way!  All in all, it was a great family time.  And we actually got some sleep too. :-)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Harper in April

Here are just a few cute pics of our cutie pie.

Reese Battles Cancer

We are on week 5.  Some days you were hardly know Reese was undergoing chemo treatments.  She runs, plays, fights with her sister. Some days it's evident.  Maybe it's the sad droopy eyes, and the look of exhaustion.  Maybe it's the outburst because she can't tell us that she is feeling sick.  So far God has been so good to her and us.  Her nausea has been kept to a minimum.  We were able to stop the steroids after 1 week, so no more crazy out of control outbursts.  Heck, she hasn't even lost her hair yet, so maybe she won't. 

I am in awe of the strength of this little girl.  We always knew she was strong, but learned it on a whole new level as we watch her undergo poisoning.  She watches her IV goes in when she needs one.  She merely whimpers when her port is accessed.  She throws up, stands up and declares, "feel better".  Then goes on to start her day, no tears.  God has given Reese a spirit of fight.  A spirit that can take on any challenge the world puts in her way.  I pray she does so and learns how to lean on him during the times that she loses her fight and isn't sure how to make it through the day. 

I know she will do great for the next 17 weeks, and as we taught the girls to say, "kick cancers butt"!