Away in a Manger



It is hard to believe Ella Joy has only one more visit to clinic for chemotherapy left! Today she had her final spinal tap. Please pray for Ella Joy, we just got back from downtown and we gave her the nightly oral chemotherapy meds as well as the prednisone she usually takes in addition to other drugs. Her stomach was hurting right before bed, and she was crying. Earlier today, along with her spinal tap, she had methotrexate chemo in her spine as well as the vincristine push. In addition to the prednisone hormones, her stomach has been in pain after she gets these chemotherapy meds. Please pray that God would protect the lining of her stomach and ease the pain these chemotherapy drugs bring to her tummy.

A huge thank you is in store to Kelsey and Marian for helping out and coming to Ella Joy’s second-to-last chemotherapy! Her ANC counts once again looked great this week! We are so thankful for all your prayers for her! So many of our friends let us know they are praying with their children for Ella Joy at night. We feel so encouraged when our friends tell us they read every single blog and faithfully pray for Ella Joy as they read our prayer requests. We get to see firsthand so many of our friends who never give up praying for our Ella Joy! We feel so supported and loved by you! From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!

Both Ella Joy and Asaph have had issues with their stomach having pains. While we believe Ella Joy’s stomach pains are related to the chemo meds and hormones, we are not yet sure what is the source of Asaph’s stomach pains. Even while we were at Luries, he told me many times his legs hurt. This has been going on for a few weeks now. Please lift up a prayer for Asaph’s stomach and leg pains too.

Ella Joy’s final chemotherapy visit will be on Thursday Jan. 7, 2016!

C.S.Lewis once said “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” My prayer for Ella Joy is that through all the challenges and pains of having cancer and going through chemotherapy, that all these things would prepare her for a promising future and a testimony of God’s faithfulness in her life. When she gets older, I would love for her to be a counselor at a pediatric oncology retreat to share her story and to help support and counsel children battling cancer. My prayer is that she can be a blessing to others as she gives all the glory to Jesus!

I would like to end this post with an early Christmas gift to you: Ella Joy singing one of her favorite Christmas songs. Bonus feature: a newly 5 year-old-one-sock-wearing friend making his debut near the end … wait for it!

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. – Luke 2:7

Merry CHRISTmas!