On June 1, 2010 our two year old, "Little Air Bear," was diagnosed with Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Type M7. After enduring 146 days at Primary Children's Hospital, Erin is now in remission and living a full life at home with our family. Her strong will and constant happy smile is an inspiration to us all. Through our difficult circumstances we found great strength and peace in our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for checking in on us.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

And it came to pass . . .

I ran into my cousin Becky at Wal-Mart today and we chatted in the shampoo isle about life challenges. I told her about how yesterday when the rain was pouring down outside, that the kitchen ceiling starting leaking in 3 different places. The roofing company came today and ironically, they were the ones who did the roof 27 years ago. We are overdo for a new tar and gravel rooftop.

When it rains, it pours. Literally. . . in the kitchen.

Cecily thought it was pretty exciting that rain was coming through the ceiling. She immediately wanted to call her friend Ella and tell her that it was raining inside the house. She and Caleb filled the rain catching buckets with tap water and then dumped it on the floor and mopped it up with towels. It was grand fun! By the way, there wasn't much water that came inside, not more than 1/2 gallon.  But, it was so exciting for the kids.

I tell you this only because normally things, like rain in the kitchen, would make me upset and I'd worry and fuss about it. When the dripping started I looked up to the ceiling and jokingly said to Heavenly Father that, "you've got to be kidding!" I mean, seriously, we're already going through one trial, we might as well have a few more along for the ride. That way our trials won't be lonely.

So, my cousin Becky told me that in the scriptures so many verses start, "And it came to pass . . ." It never says "And it came to stay."

So, this too, shall pass.

The leaky roof will pass away and a new one will come in its place just like all of the other challenges we've had in the past.

Erin's fevers are still high and the doctors have added another antibiotic, Gentamicin. She had a blood transfusion yesterday and she is pretty happy when she's not fevering at 104 degress.  If the fevers haven't stopped by Thursday then they'll do a CT scan. This too shall pass, just like the fevers and CT Scans we had last round of chemo.

In the meantime, we are enjoying being here together in our home. But it is lonely without Erin. The kids snuggled with us in bed this morning and I just wanted so badly to hear her come padding down the hallway to our room and greet us in her happy voice and join our snuggling. She is a sweetheart.

John and I went to the Temple tonight. As I was taking the kids up the street to the Shirk's home (thank you Shirk family for babysitting) Caleb asked me if I was going to the Temple to get married. I told him that I already married Daddy and then the kids and I had a good conversation about the importance of the Temple. I love my kids! I love teaching them about the wonderful plan of salvation. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a beautiful message of love!  It is so peaceful in the Temple.  The Temple is truly a refuge from the storm!


  1. Love you. We will pray for Erin. Hope her fevers go down. I check your blog regularly, and though I don't call or comment much, I am always thinking about your little family. I hope things start turning around. love, love, love...

  2. Haha, I'm laughing at Caleb's comment. "Are you going to the temple to get married?" So cute. Sorry about your roof, but I'm glad the kids had fun with it. We will keep praying for Erin to get better soon!

  3. 27 Years! Just think, once you have the roof fixed you shouldn't have to do it again for a really long time. We had ours replaced last month after a particularly heavy rainstorm exposed the leaks. Luckily we don't have a ceiling up there anymore, so we discovered the problem before any serious damage was done. We had the roof stripped to the base, bad plywood replaced, and new shingles put on. It's a comfort to know that we won't likely have to do it again for 19 years or so. I guess roofs don't last as long in Oregon as they do in Utah.

  4. That was beautiful. Ever praying for you all.

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