Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Beautiful sunshine

While out on a sunny winter's day with our horses, we found pussy willows! Now we're anxiously waiting for winter to end, but still enjoying the snow and warm weather like +14C! Even Sara's doing well, getting out a lot, and keeping up to her sister Hailey! Sara's med levels are doing much better, and she's also down to 11 meds! Now it's getting easier to cover the cost of her meds and thankfully as she improves she'll be on less & less medications. Now that we're out of the hospital it seems like there's more costs, like trips to the city, and parking, and meds. So we're glad Joel's back to work, and hope that his job brings him closer to home! Please pray that Sara will stay healthy, continue to grow and that her weight will come up! She also needs to be drinking more to keep up with fluids.

Here's an interview the Joel did in January on the Radio! Listen to the Radio INTERVIEW on CISN! It was great to be part of a fundraiser that raised 1.25 million for the Stollery Children's Hospital! Thank you!

Thankfully, because of the Stollery Children's hospital and the Ronald McDonald House, our stay there is a memory, and not todays reality. They made us comfortable in a very uncomfortable time. By supporting them you're supporting families like ours, and others like ours.

Please continue to pray for our friends in & out of the hospital - Joel, Muskaan, Rylan, Makenna, Grayson, Caleb, Alexis, Precious, Hope, Austin, Harrison, Sheldon, Kaiya, Cohen, Kolby, Hannah, Hilda, Melissa, Connor, and Colton. Also the families of Isabelle, Jack, Drayton and Addison who are grieving their precious little ones. May God keep you in His care.

Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation

Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Our trip to Salmon Arm

We went to Salmon Arm to visit family last week for the funeral of my Uncle Larry Dyck, and to visit with the extended family that came. I was so glad to see many cousins, Aunts & Uncles. It's too bad it was such a sad and shocking death that brought us together, I hope it's a reunion or wedding that brings us together next time. I'm so thankful for the ministry my Uncle was a part of, as a pastor for 47 years, he touched may lives with the Gospel of Christ, and the hope that it brings in Jesus. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. We love you Auntie Marilyn, Jeff, Jessica, Amelia, Simon, Paul, Janine, Josiah, Kailey, and Hunter, we're praying for you all.

 It was so good to spend time in Grandma & Grandpa's new house! It was so fun for the kids to play hide-and-seek and roller blade in the basement with their cousins! Thanks for having us Mom & Dad!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Please pray for Isabelle's family

This post was supposed to be for Isabelle and her fight for her life while waiting for a heart transplant. Instead it is a post for prayer for her family, sadly she passed away last night. Izzy and her Mom & sister were a huge part of our lives while at the Stollery hospital, they visited, laughed, cried, and shared so many times together with us. My girls Hailey & Sara are so sad they won't have their friend to visit or play with at the beach anymore. Many times when we were gone for supper, Sara & Izzy & Muskaan would be out in the hallway with the nurses, eating their supper together or watching TV. All of them would be laughing, and smiling and being goofy. Izzy was a spunky, silly, fun, and a loveable 6 year old girl. She was sure of what she wanted, and wasn't afraid to tell you! She stole all of our hearts, we miss you already Isabelle and you will be remembered always.

Please pray for Becky & Mady, they will need so much comfort & love right now. Pray that they will find relief in knowing Izzy is not suffering anymore, and hope that they will be with her again one day in Heaven.

"Yes, my soul finds rest in God;
my hope comes from Him...
Trust in Him at all times,
you people; pour out your hearts to Him,
for God is our refuge."

Psalm 62:5, 8 NIV

God knows our pain and sorrow, and he will never leave us. He is there for us in good times and in hard times. Lean on him and he will carry you through anything this life brings your way. His love for us is so great.