Starla Chapman's Journal
It's a new Season...
Written Jan 13, 2014 5:22pm by DeAndra ChapmanWhat a blessing it is to write to you all in a brand new year....2014!!!! Yes, God is yet blessed us! Starla is still doing great. We are halfway through her first year of pre-k at the 'BIG' school, she is in her 2nd year of dance and has grown beautifully right before our eyes. I was taking a break from my facebook account for a few days, and I checked my email a few minutes ago to find an alert from caringbridge that showed recent activity on this page, so I took that as a sign that there may be some people who are interested in how we are doing as a family :)
KJ turned a year old on December 13, 2013...so we are now proud parents of a very active 1 year old and 5 year old, and we are absolutely amazed at the love they have for one another, even when they are screaming at one another which they occasionally do ;)
We have a very exciting year ahead of us. Korey and I will be leaving for Miami on the 24th of this month for our first cruise.Our first ever real getaway since we've been married. it is a 5 day K-Love family and friends music cruise to Ocho Rios Jamaica and Grand Cayman Islands. Korey and I are beyond excited. The best part?!?! It is an all expense paid getaway because we were invited to be special guests of one of the artists that are scheduled to minister through song during the cruise. This will be the first time that we've left both kiddies for a lengthy time. I will have to leave grandma all of the instructions for administering Starla's meds (I should probably get started writing them now.)
This year, we are also working hard on the production of "Just Trust:The Movie". One thing we have learned during the whole movie process is that it's a LOT of hurry up and wait. Hurry up and turn this in and WAIT.....this was just purchased by this person, now we WAIT.....we have this person on board as a promoter, now we WAIT lol But there is a blessing in waiting <3
Starla's next oncology appointment is in March, this will also mark her 2 year off treatment milestone. Her oncology visits have graduated to every 4 months....next stop, every 6 months!!!!
Thank you all for continuing to pray for us and support us, we still feel your prayers.
The Chapman Family
We welcome you, October...
Written Oct 1, 2013 7:43pm by DeAndra ChapmanCan you believe it, our girl is going to be 5 years old in 9 days!!!! I could shed tears of joy. Since my last entry so much has happened (I will try to recall it all lol). We established a foundation in honor of our hero, the Proverbs 3:5 Foundation. Our story was shared with a national audience, ESPN paid a visit to our home to document our relationship with Alabama qb AJ McCarron. The documentary aired on Aug. 31 and can be found on YouTube ubder 'AJ McCarron's Special Bond.' Starla Started 'big' school. We held the foundation's first event, a walk during childhood cancer awareness month. Starla had a photo shoot as part of the hospital's new advertising campaign, the photo has bern featured in local magazines and billboards. Starla got to be an honorary high school cheerleader and cheered during homecoming, and we were specisl guests at the BAMA game (shutdown Ole Miss).
Whoever would have imagined that this journey would still be reaching/touching lives today. September 13 made 2 years since diagnosis. God is so very good to us!!!
First entry of 2013
Written May 26, 2013 6:56pm by DeAndra ChapmanOkay, so I am horrible at updating caringbridge! Here we are, almost halfway through 2013!!!!! Starla is almost 15mos off treatment and doing great. Her labs were all normal at her oncology visit about 2 weeks ago, so we have been changed to appointments every 3 months. How GREAT is our God!?!? I have been busy busy busy being a mommy to a 4 year old nd ow 5 month old, but he is the sweetest little man!!!! We are so very blessed. So much has happened since my last entry. We have participated in fundraisers for the hospital in which Starla was treated, I was asked to be a member of the Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors (I accepted!), we are currently getting ready to host Statla's third lemonade stand in another week or 2, and Starla has been asked to be the honored child for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk in Mobile, AL. This year I had a desire to attend the 46 Momma's Shave for the Brave in San Antonio on June 30....thats depending on family finances, but I would love to spend some time with women who share my same feelings, and who have been where we have been, I think that would be an awesome experience. Im so thankful that God continues to bless us with our daughter's health. I am overwhelmed at the fact that next Sunday we will get to see her dance on stage at her first ballet recital....alive....well....healthy....enjoying life!!!!!
#JustTrust....God is with us!!!!