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Mary’s Story

On January 15,2009  Mary Pearson was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Mary is a mother of four children Phillip 22, Emily 19, Cassie 17, and Janelle 12. We will be starting Monday 1/26/2009 a three phase process to begin to treat Mary's Leukemia and after 16 month battle the Leukemia took Mary's life on 5/14/2010.

On January 15, Mary Pearson was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

Latest Journal Update


Dear Friends,

It has been a little over a year since I updated this
sight.  I thought it would be a good time
to post again during the Thanksgiving weekend. It seems it is easier to update
events when the person is ill and things are changing every day, but after the
person dies, the events and changes are not as frequent. The healing is far
slower than the onslaught of an illness.  It has been a little over a year and a half since
Mary’s death.   Even though we are still
moving through the grief of losing, a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister and a
friend, we do have much to be thankful for. 
The past twelve months has brought some healing and built our faith in
an eternal faithful God.  Sorrow is still
ever present, and the question why has not been answered, but we are not
dwelling there.  Those are God things
that may be too heavy for us to carry right now, so we just trust in Him and
His wise and perfect plan for us.  God,
although, has been sustaining us so we can keep moving forward.  We wake up every morning to go to work, to
school, to church, to whatever, and we are not debilitated by bitterness,
anger, depression or despair.  We do however;
keep our eyes on Jesus, and His spirit and strength keeps us from falling or
slipping.  The second year is in some
ways is harder than the first.  The shock
is not as present as in the first year, but you are more aware of her absence, especially
during the holidays.  There is something
very special that a Mom brings to a home, especially during the Holidays.  The smell of Turkey, dressing, cookies,
brownies and how the house takes on the look of the seasons, and the table has
to be set up just so for dinner.  In
short a mom makes it a warm special place we call home.  She cares for her family in so many ways; these
are the things that we notice are not the same and we long for her.  But, I do see her in our children. They all
have taken on the same attention to detail and it does bring joy to my heart to
see them work together and make a Thanksgiving dinner with Mary’s family, come

Other events that need mentioning are Emily and Cassie are
at Bethel University, Emily is a junior nursing student and Cassie is a
freshman hoping to study Social work. They both live on campus and Phillip had
an opportunity to move in with some friends this fall, which left just Janelle
and me at home.  We went from five to
two. That took a little adjustment for both of us.  Also Both Emily and Cassie were baptized on
September 30 at Bethlehem’s Mounds View Campus. 
Bethlehem video tapes their testimonies a few days before their baptisms
to share with the congregation, so they do not have to speak in front of eight
or nine hundred people.  I have posted
their testimonies on YouTube and link is below:


Many people will ask me, how are the kids doing,
and this is a very good representation of their hearts and how they are doing.  Fair warning, these will pull on your heart,
but will also bring a joy of see how God will not forsake us and uses all circumstances
to bring us closer to Him and to display His glory to us.

Keep us in your prayers as we continue to
move forward. We are learning to live without Mary, but it is not easy,
and it is not suppose to be easy. We miss her greatly, and have the great hope
that one day in the near future, when we will stand before the Thorne of God, and
we will not only see Jesus’ face, we will also see Mary again and all those who
have gone before us and will never have to be separated again.

Praising God for a future to come,