Monday, April 28, 2008


Check out my new blog design for my photography blog. Thanks to Jennifer at PINK ARMCHAIR DESIGNS for the make over. Check out her website......VERY talented!!!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Read this blog

All I can say is click here. But just a warning, you will cry. But it is an amazing story of a family's faith and trust in the LORD's sovereignty.

Friday, April 25, 2008


Click HERE

This is a link to the MURRAY quads. 4 BOYS!!! Can you even imagine?? They are so stinkin cute!!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Kacey Rose

This little 3 year old girl and her family REALLY need your prayers right now. Kacey is probably in her final stages of leukemia. Hospice has been called and they are trying to keep her out of pain. Here is a post from her daddy. is gut wrenching to read. I can't imagine what this family is going thru. Hug your babies tighter today. Kiss a little more today. And say a prayer for this mom and dad who must be experiencing the worst pain ever.

let me fill you in....We left Yale yesterday afternoon. We are attempting to keep Kacey comfortable at home. We were met by the VNA and Hospice and have some sort of plan which we will modify as needed.Kacey gave up eating and drinking 5 days ago and is currently receiving IV nutrition (TPN) for 12 hours a day. She continues with 103 degree fevers every 4 hours or so and has a bad cough. The cough caused her to vomit many times last night all over herself and bedding. Needless to say, last night was rough and I have been up for 26 of the last 27 hours, so far. BUT we would not even complain if it meant that our little monkey was going to be alright.I will be taking some time off with the intentions of taking Kacey on a few day trips to the aquarium, butterfly garden, zoo, etc. I hope she is stable enough to enjoy these trips.Saturday morning was absolutely beautiful outside, sunny and in the 70's - the first real spring day. As everyone was enjoying the weather my wife was doing something no parent should ever have to do - she went to pick out cemetery plots. We purchased 4 so we will all be together. She picked out a wonderful spot where you can see our house and backyard from and in turn, we will be able to see from our backyard and bedroom window. In some way, we believe it will comfort us to know that she is close and watching over us.Needless to say, we should have gone together but one of us had to stay with Kacey at the hospital.Again and please - be VERY grateful for what you have and do not complain about what you don't. Know that you are blessed and that you did not spend this past Saturday selecting a cemetery plot for you child.Kris and Kacey are still sleeping, hopefully she will feel up to a small road trip today - we will let you know how it goes.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Beckham's new trick...

Beckham has been going up Grandma and Grandpa's stairs for a while now, but recently he's learned how to go back down them.

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Lately whenever I say we are going somewhere, he tries to grab my purse or his diaper bag. I guess he's figured out whenever we leave, I grab some sort of thing to throw over my shoulder. So Josh bought him his very own backpack the other day. He wheeled it around everywhere he went. He wants to hold it in the car. It's really funny when I look in the rearview mirror and all I can see is his little face with this big backpack covering up the rest of him.

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On a slightly crazier note, our house was kinda struck by lightning last night...we think. There was a big POP, and all the power went out. Josh was on the computer and got a wave of electricity sent up his hand and arm. Everything else was ok, except it fried our master bedroom outlets, and we can't get the circuit breaker to flip on. CRAZY!!! Any electricians out there in blog world know how to fix that??

Friday, April 11, 2008

Going home....

Please lift the Powell family up in prayer today. They are having Ethan's "going home celebration" (as they call it) today. And if it is on your heart, where blue today in honor of Ethan.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Invite a Friend!

Tonight we went to LITTLE GYM with Beckham's babysitter, Mandy, and her little girl, Carly. Beckham had a BLAST!!! He LOVED it! He loved the music, the climbing, being around other name it, he loved it! Here are a few pics to show off the great time we had!!

Clapping and dancing to the music

More clapping

WOW!! Where should I go next?

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Monday, April 07, 2008


I have struggled whether or not to post today. Being so many of my posts have been sad lately, I didn't want to be a big bummer again. But my heart is just too heavy not to get some feelings down. SO here's your chance to exit out of here and just skip this post all together.

Saturday I came home from Maggie's birthday party to read that Ethan Powell had passed away. I had been reading for several days about his declining situation, so in my brain, I was not shocked by the news, but in my spirit, I truly believed that the LORD would honor the amazing faith of Ethan's parents, Ben and Becky, and grant them the miracle they so faithfully prayed for for so many months. And He didn't. At least not here in the flesh on this earth. Again, in some way I can rationalize the precious blessing that Ethan is whole and in Heaven with the Creator and that is ultimately where we all long to be...someday. But I still don't get, and probably never will, why He allows things like cancer in a 2 months old baby to happen in the first place!

Ethan's story caught me immediately the day I heard about him, and for months I have read daily about his progress and setbacks. I guess it touched me so much because Ethan and Beckham are only 24 days apart in age. I would read about this courageous family and be in awe of their faith. I was amazed at how the word spread like wildfire about Ethan and couldn't wrap my brain around how many prayers were being sent to the Father for him. Bone marrow drives were set up in honor of Ethan all over, in hopes that there would be a match for him. There was never a match for Ethan, but I think about how many lives may be saved because of Ethan in the future because there are so many new donors. The faith the Powells displayed thru such a horrible situation, I believe, could be compared to Job. Never, not once, did they show a wavering in their faith. And even since Ethan has passed, they have given glory to the LORD and His sovereignty. I am not sure I could have been as strong and unwavering as they have been.

I guess we all have those times and things in our lives that just hit us, and for whatever reason, change us a little. Ethan has done that for me. I am now a bone marrow donor. I pray that I get a phone call some day and I am able to donate. I will proudly say that's it's because of a little boy named Ethan. I see my son differently today than I did 3 days ago. Those times when I would tend to get frustrated, I remember that Ben and Becky won't experience that today, or ever. When I am selfish and tired and don't feel like doing the simplest of things like giving Beckham a bath because I am too lazy, I remember that Ben and Becky would give anything to give Ethan a bath tonight. Confession time...I love my son, more than anything, I love my son. But lately I have allowed myself to be selfish, lazy and put myself ahead of him at times. Now of course he's fed and bathed and all the basics, but I don't always WANT to do some of those things. I don't want to read him another book. I don't want to watch "MickeyMouse Clubhouse", I...I...I.... Well, no more. I will treasure everyday and every moment. It will no longer be about me, but about that precious, wonderful, sweet, rambunctious, little red-head that God has entrusted to me.

In the post on Ethan's website tonight, Ben says that Ethan lived up to his name: Ethan Isaiah
Ethan=mighty warrior/Isaiah=messenger of GOD. I couldn't agree more. Please continue to pray for the Powell family. On the website, if you feel led, there is fund established at their home church in Louisiana. I can't even begin to imagine picking up life at home after 14 months of being away, but I am sure there are some financial obstacles that may arise. And the Powells are also asking for continued prayers for Ethan's friends still at St. Jude. Ben always closes his posts: BeLIeVe...PRAYER WORKS!! The little "e's" are in honor of Ethan.

(Thank you if you are still reading this, for allowing me to vent!)

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Bumper Sticker

Ok, I know my posts lately have been a little bit "Debbie Downer-esque." But yesterday I saw a bumper sticker that made me laugh out loud. It was a white sticker with the pink breast-cancer awareness ribbon on it and it said "Save the Ta Ta's." Ok, I have no idea if it is a real awareness sticker, and hopefully I haven't offended anyone by posting it, but I thought it was really funny!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Ethan Powell

Several months ago I posted about a courageous little boy and his family and their fight againt leukemia. Ethan was diagnosed at his 2 month check-up with leukemia, and has gone home to be with Jesus this morning. He was 16 months old today. You can click in his blog on the right. PLEASE lift this family up in your prayers.

Friday, April 04, 2008

The Farley Family

If you haven't been following the Farley family, ck out this video. I love reading Boothe's blog, even though I have never met her. She is SO transparent in her emotions. Raw emotion that we all feel, but too ashamed to admit, or perhaps not as eloquent to express it. I encourage you to read her blog from the beginning. You will become part of an amazing journey that God has this family on, and you will be touched in ways you can't imagine.

You can read their blog here.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Did you see Oprah??

Yes, I record Oprah everyday. I watch it strictly for entertainment purposes, and if she has a topic, and many times she does, that I feel is crossing some boundaries and contradicts any of my personal beliefs or my faith, I immediately erase that episode without watching it. All that being said, if you missed yesterdays episode, you should try to find it online somewhere, or wait for it to rerun in the summer.

Her guests for the day were 2 families whose daughters were in car accident together. Thru a number of strange circumstances, the girls identities were mixed up. 1 girl lived and 1 girl died. The family of the girl who really died ended up caring for a girl who wasn't their daughter for 5 weeks in the hospital before the mix up was cleared up. I know that sounds REALLY confusing. Ultimately the girl who survived the accident and her family were reunited and the family of the girl who died had to come to grips with the reality that their little girl was gone.

The great thing about the story is that both families are Christians, and because of their faith in the Lord, they are friends and have seen the glory of GOD in the whole thing. The families met on the 1 year anniversary of the accident and the mother of the girl who survived told the other family that she felt guilty because they got the "happy ending" and the father of the girl who died replied "so did we, we just haven't seen it all, yet." It is a WONDERFUL story of faith and mercy. The best part of the show was when Oprah asked the father of the girl who survived why he thought they have been able to make it thru and he TOTALLY preached the gospel of Jesus on Oprah's stage!!! He said that because of the forgiveness that we have been given thru Christ on the cross, they have been able to forgive and heal. It was so great!! I love it when God chooses to use such a secular forum to have the Truth spoken. When Oprah asked the father of the girl who died why they didn't file a lawsuit, here was his reply:
Don says his family was not interested in filing a lawsuit then or now. "I just didn't see what that would gain for us. Over the years, I've learned that forgiveness and love is healthier than bitterness and vengeance," he says. "One of my favorite verses in the Bible says, 'What has the Lord required of you? To act justly. To love mercy. And to walk humbly with your God.' That one phrase—'to love mercy'—you don't see a lot of that today." ( from

So if you have a chance to catch the show, do. If you are totally, 100% against anything that Oprah Winfrey says or does, then the families have written a book together about their story called "Mistaken Identity." It really is a bittersweet story, but I think worth reading.