Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Prayer time

Katy made it through another night and eagerly looks forward to tomorrow. The Remicade treatment should help within a couple of days, her pain levels should drop, and she will be able to do the many things she has been longing to do. Thank you for your prayers. Last Friday when this all started I knew it was going to be tough to make it to Wednesday, but hour by hour, we have experienced the mercy of God.

We spent several hours during the night praying for the students, parents, and faculty of Virginia Tech, as they struggle with the reality of yesterday’s shootings. Paul Burton arrived home late last night after spending eight hours in the ER helping with the surgery of an unidentified student. Her parents had not found her as of last night. Many of the students who were injured or killed were not carrying any ID. We prayed for them and with tears streaming down our faces begged the Lord to surround that family with His love and peace because they still did not know if their baby girl was dead or alive. What a joyful day they will have today when they find she is alive. But for many it will not be the case and our hearts are broken for them.

While we have struggles here at home dealing with Katy’s pain, we are so keenly aware that others suffer, and need our prayers. The time spent with Him in the calm quiet of the early morning has strengthened us. We’ve prayed for your strength, too. We can face uncertain days, because He lives. (From the hymn, He Lives.)

  1. andrea russell Says:

    Hello you all!!!!!

    Well Katy I cant wait for tomorrow to arrive so you can get your treatment!! :)
    I been praying my heart out for you, and hope you can reap what I am sowing here.

    I feel so bad for the students and their families. But I strongly believe it couldve been avoided with more security in place, like a alarm system. IF they would had a alarm system and would have send the signals throughout the campus right after they found the first crime scene, it probably had saved many lives.
    I will elaborate on my blog about that today probably.

    Anyways, I came here only to say “I’ll See YOU Sunday” I am sure!

    Love and lots of Blessings

  2. Karen Tillman Says:

    A hardy Amen!!! Just having Katy with you and alive is far more than what the parents at Va Tech have at this moment. That is truly a blessing to us all actually.
    While I am horrified by yesterday’s events, and even with the recent shooting that took place on my own daughter’s college campus recently, I can rejoice that God is in control, and will not leave us nor forsake us.
    Love and prayers
    Karen Tillman

  3. LInda Burk Says:

    HI Katy, well you asked for funny..here goes..my sweet smart 5 year old Asian student wrote that he had two pet fishs in his journal yesterday. I told him fish is an unusual word. You do not need to add an s to the word fish to make it mean more than one. He didn’t believe me. In walked the vice principal so I told Mrs. Morris maybe she could explain to Cole that fish didn’t need a s. Mrs. Morris tried but he didn’t believe her either. Cole was frustrated and decided in the end to change his sentence.Cole’s new sentence was ,”I have one fish that died.” Last night I shared this story with my daughter , Julianna, who is a first grade teacher. Julianna suggested I read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, one of Dr. Seuss’ favorite books, to Cole. I did exactly that today. I said “Cole even Dr. Seuss knows Fish is an unusual word and he does not use a s on fish.” I think maybe I was successful but am not sure at this time. My students keep me on my toes!!!!!!!!!!!
    My second daughter, Maggie, is a nurse and works in a syliac (sp.?) clinic at University of Maryland hospital. Maggie tells me they use remicade with their patients all the time. We all hope Katie finds relief very soon.
    Hugs to everyone, LInda

  4. Beth Sprankle Says:

    For humor, the most recent joke I’ve been told is from Josiah.

    A gentleman walks into a restaurant, sits down, glances towards another table at the restaurant, and tells the waitor, “I’ll have what that guy is having.”

    The waitor replies, “All right, sir, but I don’t think he’s going to be very happy about it!”

    Josiah says he’s going to draw the cartoon illustration for it tomorrow…it was too close to bedtime to draw it this evening. It’s very nice to have children around…to them, all jokes are fresh and new!

    I am praying for better days ahead….very very soon!

  5. Kristin Dunker Says:

    YAY!!! It’s Wednesday FINALLY! I’m sure you’re counting the minutes to treatment, and looking forward to the wonderful relief it will bring… I pray it will take effect fast, and last a little longer this time. Look forward to hearing about you up and at ‘em again soon!


  6. Doris Thompson Says:


    A little boy was attending his first wedding.

    After the service, his cousin asked him, “How many women can a man marry?”
    “Sixteen,” the boy responded. His cousin was amazed that he had an answer so quickly.
    “How do you know that?”
    “Easy,” the little boy said.
    “All you have to do is add it up, like the pastor said,
    4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer.”

    After a church service on Sunday morning, a young boy suddenly announced to his mother, “Mom, I’ve decided to become a minister when I grow up.”

    “That’s okay with us, but what made you decide that?”
    “Well,” said the little boy, “I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit and listen.”