Friday, July 29, 2011

Gracie Pics

Gracie has been doing marvelously. She is always her cheerful self and has loved participating in swim team throughout the first half of the summer. Just the other day, Stephanie took pictures of the kids at a nearby park. These are a few pictures from that photo shoot.

I am grateful for Gracie's health and happiness. She is such a joy and blessing in our lives. I have been blessed by the prayers and faith of many friends and family. I was reminded of all the miracles we have seen as I watched Gracie tell a friend of mine how she needs to protect her real eye with glasses because if she had two fake eyes she would not be able to see. There was no sadness or worry in her voice, she was smiling the whole time and just wanted to explain the facts. This friend has a 15 month old son, Chase, that was recently diagnosed with severe Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy. It is a disease of the heart that is not common in children but can cause sudden cardiac death. They are going through many of the same emotions that we did in our journey with retinoblastoma. I admire their faith and positive outlook through their current struggle. From experience I know that even though you try to have hope and exercise faith, some days are still hard when you don't know what the future holds for your child. My family and I are praying for Chase and his family and hoping for the very best.

You can read more about Chase and his condition here-


Janell said...

Wow, we feel honored to have been mentioned on your daughters very special blog. Thank you so much for walking with us throughout this journey. There are very few that really understand the emotions that go along with having a child (or children) with life threatening health problems. It was so great to get together with you. You have such an amazing family. There was an overwhelmingly strong and tangible spirit that filled your home. We feel so blessed to know you and look forward to getting to know you better. Thank you for your prayers. Janell

Jil said...

Beautiful pictures of Gracie...she is growing up so fast!

I read the touching blog posted by your friends and am once more grateful for the peace the gospel brings with the knowledge that families can be together forever.

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Anonymous said...

Her smile makes my heart happy, So happy to hear she's well. Thank you for sharing your journey.