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Posted 2014-11-28T03:34:55Z

Happy Thanksgiving!

Soooo much to be grateful for! From our family to yours, THANK YOU for ALL your encouraging words of support and love, ALL your support in prayers.....numerous acts of kindness.....too many to count.....your support means the world to us!! May the Lord richly BLESS you!! We will NEVER forget..... #savoringthemoment #familyFIRST #blessed

Posted 2014-11-25T06:05:38Z


thanks·giv·ing ˌTHaNGksˈɡiviNG/ noun 1. the expression of gratitude, especially to GOD. A year ago today, Natalia Sofia had her cancer surgically removed by an amazingly skilled surgeon. With the Lord's guidance, he was able to not only remove her cancer, but reconstruct a bone and salvage her leg. As she went into surgery, we did not know exactly what to expect when he opened her up, all we knew is that the tumor had shrunk with the chemotherapy.....after a long wait, we walked into recovery, and we were shocked to find her in a spica cast holding her tiny body still. As a parent, when you hear the word cancer regarding your child, your entire world falls apart into a million pieces...BUT GOD puts all those pieces together and creates something even BETTER than before the cancer! That's the GOD we serve! As we move into our family's CELEBRATION/THANKSGIVING week....we can't help but remember our last thanksgiving.....spent in our hospital room at All Children's Hospital. Thank goodness for family and friends for taking such good care of us....making sure we had our homemade dinner! Soooo much to be thankful for! Thankful for JESUS' LOVE, GRACE AND MERCY towards us...for RESTORATION, RESURRECTION, HEALING AND RENEWAL. CANT HELP BUT WANT TO SHOUT IT OUT FROM THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN TOPS....LOOK AT WHAT THE LORD JESUS HAS DONE! We still have our baby girl...HERE....with us smiling, laughing heartily, soft, warm and FULL of life! The GOD that is out of the box, the God that raises dead things and makes them come to LIFE! YES! JESUS! He is worthy to be praised, and HE is the one I serve! It is JESUS, the one and only true LIVING GOD, who deserves ALL the praise....ALL our praise! We are grateful for ALL our BLESSINGS.....counting them ONE by ONE, LITTLE BITTY ONES, DAILY....THE BLESSINGS OF LIFE! OUR HEARTS ARE FILLED WITH JOY AND GRATITUDE. Thankful for our family, friends, our lineup of doctors, our amazing surgeon, for our pastor/church, our daily bread...the list goes on and on! Thankful for our trials....for they produce PERSEVERANCE Romans 5:3-5 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. James 1:3 ...because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 5:11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. James 1:12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Posted 2014-11-23T05:15:59Z

Being a kid again......

Natalia hit another milestone yesterday....she was able to finally ride a bike! Even if it's only with training wheels, we are ecstatic as we watch her be a kid again! Priceless, Overwhelming JOY! She has not ridden a bicycle since before her illness, and it's loooong overdue!! It is truly a JOY to watch her ask the physical therapist, as she is doing something else and spots this "stray" bike! Her persistence payed off, before we knew it, she took off.........and was out of the office, and into the hallway! There was NO stopping her!! Her face totally lit up! Thank you, JESUS, for the little things! Small steps that help you reach milestones......forever grateful....grateful for a faithful GOD, who NEVER leaves you nor forsakes you, grateful for his strength and peace! Grateful for the little things! The little things....the details....are the THINGS of most importance....NOT the things that this world focuses on! Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes BEFORE you and WILL BE with you; he will NEVER leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Her urologist called this week to report that Natalia does NOT have an infection! Praise JESUS!! JEHOVAH RAPPHA!

Posted 2014-11-14T04:52:23Z


Natalia's scans ALL came back NORMAL! Praise JESUS!! Cardiology switched her Pentam to Bactrim(antibiotic) to see if her nausea/vomiting/metal taste goes away. As long as they keep a close eye on her heart, she's ok to get back on it. Praying this works! Please continue to pray for Natalia...her last urine culture came back positive, so we will be going to the specialist first thing in the morning. She's been battling this infection since August. Praying for wisdom for the physicians involved, for peace and healing, in Jesus MIGHTY name. We believe in the power of your MIGHT, Lord Jesus, and your WORD doesn't come back does what you send it to do. Isaiah 55:10-11 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my WORD that goes out from my mouth: It will NOT return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Restore Natalia's body....By HIS stripes, Natalia is JESUS holy name! Acts 3:16 By FAITH in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely HEALED him, as you can all see. Psalm 107:20 He sent out his word and HEALED them; he rescued them from the grave... Jeremiah 30:17 But I will restore you to health and HEAL your wounds, declares the Lord...