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Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 365

Katie and I started this journal on August 1st, but one year ago today on July 29th, Katie and I sat in an emergency room with our 5-year old only to hear the awful diagnosis that she was suffering a form of childhood cancer called Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Treatment started immediately and our lives were turned upside down. In the days that followed, she survived a bacterial infection, sepsis, liver failure, and a host of other complications that left us in the hospital for weeks on end. 365 days later, we are celebrating her life and all God has brought her through.

The attached picture offers a visual snapshot of the before and after of cancer and the sickness in between. In many ways, this process has felt like life, death, and resurrection for Grace. Today she is thriving. Her hair has changed from brown to blonde. Her body is growing and she is taller and bigger than before. Her attitude is stronger. Her faith is deeper. God has answered the prayers of thousands of people that have stood in the gap for her and has surprised us in the process. He has reminded us of his faithfulness through the most unlikely of people, and we have been showered with blessings.

We are so thankful for all God has done.

This past Christmas Grace started a very difficult phase of treatment called delayed intensification and knowing the brutal nature of the process and the challenge of watching her suffer, I sensed God leading me to the Psalms for encouragement. Soon after, I decided to devote the entire year of 2020 to this incredible book and I continue to meditate on at least one Psalm every day of the year.

Today it was Psalm 90. 

Psalm 90 was chronologically the first psalm ever written in the Bible and the only psalm of Moses. The editors of this collection of 150 psalms placed Psalm 90 in a very strategic position immediately after Psalm 89, the national crisis that consumed Israel, and the destruction of Jerusalem, the temple, and the monarchy. Psalm 90 is written to remind the Israelites that in spite of the challenging times, God is still king.  He was king when Moses was leading the Israelites and he will be king long after. The psalm begins, “Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations” and goes on to detail the brevity of humanity, the sovereignty of God, and the fleeting nature of human life. Moses then writes a concluding thought in vs. 12 in light of this knowledge. He says, “so teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom”. 

In other words, life is short. Make every day count.

We’ve had 365 of them since Grace was first diagnosed with cancer and we know she will have many more. This entire process has brought incredible renewal to our lives and a new perspective on the things that matter most. Certainly there have been challenges, but both Katie and I have also experience the reality of vs. 14 that reads, “satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days”. 

This is our prayer. What does the future bring? Tomorrow is Day 366.  Her final day of treatment is Day 820. In the meantime, we pray we will grow in wisdom and make every day count, not only for Grace, but also for the kingdom. We live in challenging times as the people of God, but we also have great hope.

Thank you for your continued prayers!

Jon and Katie
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Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 338

Thank you for praying on Thursday and over the weekend.  

Katie and Grace left for their appointment at 8:30 am and things started off well. Grace sat by herself as the nurse took initial blood samples and checked her vitals. She wanted to show her bravery and sailed through the first part of the exam. They gave her an IV of Vincristine but as she was preparing for her IT, she began to get quite tired. They checked her glucose level and her blood sugar was at 48! They quickly got it up to 147 with a dose of sugar water through her port but there is reason to believe the 6MP might be affecting her blood sugar. She has been lethargic before, but this was a bit more drastic than usual.  We will be seeing an Endocrinologist soon to figure out what might be causing the issue. 

Once she was stable they administered the spinal tap and she recovered well. Her ANC was at 1500 which is a perfect score. We are thankful! However, since Thursday she has been on very heavy doses of steroids and will continue until tomorrow. Unfortunately, each day gets progressively harder for her and zaps her energy level. Tonight, she asked to go to bed by 7:30 pm which is quite unusual for her. I snapped a picture of her this afternoon (see below) to give you a sense of how the medication is affecting her mood. It's hard to get her to smile. Tomorrow will be the toughest day.

The half life of the medication is every 48 hours so by Thursday she will feeling a bit better, and on Saturday we hope she will be back to herself.  We leave on Sunday for a week of vacation. Katie and I have been reflecting on God's grace these past few weeks. There are so many points along the way that could have ended much differently for us and for Grace. We have been spared any COVID-19 infections, the other girls have had a fantastic year of personal health, and my new role with Groundswell has allowed us the flexibility we have needed during this critical time. We have every reason to be thankful.  

Thanks again for praying! 

Jon and Katie
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Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 332

This will be another big week for Grace.  Every 90 days she has a new round of chemotherapy at Riley downtown and her next appointment is this Thursday at 9:00 am EST. There are still a number of restrictions in place with COVID-19 so Katie will need to take her to the hospital by herself. During the visit they will give her Vincristine through her port and then sedate her for a spinal injection of Methotrexate.  Once she wraps up this procedure, she will have 7 days of intense steroids in addition to her oral chemo.  We will keep you posted this weekend to know how she is doing. This is a road we have traveled many times before.  We know God will protect her and keep her safe but we also know how important it is to rally people to pray. Please lift Grace up this week!

We also ask that you pray for wisdom. The current challenge we are processing is the beginning of a new school year and whether to send her to school.  Under normal conditions, we would send her to Kindergarten but with COVID-19 and the uncertainty surrounding the disease, we feel a bit apprehensive.  We will consult with our medical team to learn more and then make the best decision possible in a few weeks. 

We are also counting down the treatments.  Once she finishes this week, there will be four more treatments in October, January, April, and July of 2021.  By October 2021 we are praying for a clean bill of health and the end to what has proven to be a long journey. This Sunday evening we have a consultation with "Make a Wish" foundation and hope we will still be able to enjoy DisneyWorld or some other fun theme park as a reward for all she has been through. 

I've attached a few photos so you can see the incredible transformation she has experienced this past year (Photo #1: August 2019, Photo #2: January 2020, Photo #3: June 2020).  The images are a reminder of God's faithfulness and blessing through the challenges of life. The year 2020 has not been an easy one and there has been much suffering around the world.  We're thankful that our hope is found in Jesus and he is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Amen!  

Love, 
Jon and Katie
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Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 311

Day 311!  It's hard to believe it has been almost a year.  When we look back at pictures from June 9th, 2019 we are amazed at the change in our beautiful Grace. She is growing up!  Two weeks ago we were able to spend our first family vacation away from Indiana in a very long time and it was so refreshing to finally see our family in Iowa. I've posted a few pictures below of Grace sporting her new blonde hair.  She started her treatment as a brunette and she will wrap it up a blonde! 

Grace is doing well and we are so thankful.  She has visits to the hospital every 30 days and then every 90 days she is given an IT of Methotrexate and an IV of Vincristine.  In the meantime, she takes oral chemo every day and Septra on the weekends.  All that to say, we are blessed to be in the Maintenance Phase of treatment and she is really cruising along.  Her next chemo treatment will be July 2nd so please jot down that date and lift her up in prayer.  

Recently, I was reflecting on 2020 and all of the global changes our society has been facing. Between Covid-19, racial tensions, leukemia, and the day to day of raising four kids, we have had our share of ups and down.  God has given us His grace and he has also been speaking to me through the book of Psalms, specifically the laments of David and the Sons of Korah. If you would like to get a better window into how God has been speaking to me, you can click here...

https://www.groundswellmovement.net/post/my-lament-for-2020-so-far

I've posted this blog through the ministry we started in January called Groundswell, and God continues to give us incredible favor by opening many, many doors.  Again, thank you for continuing to pray. 

In Christ, 
Jon and Katie
www.hopeforgrace.net (financial donations)

Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 290

We want to thank you for your continued prayers for Grace.  It's been a few weeks since I have last written and although this next phase is a long one, there shouldn't be too many bumps along the way.  The treatment is fairly predictable, the medication doesn't change, and by October of 2021 we are trusting God that we will move forward cancer-free and ready for whatever is next.  We aren't taking this blessing for granted. There are many, many children that struggle with the "Maintenance Phase" but so far Grace is flying through with no major obstacles.  

The biggest thing we are processing right now is the possible impact of COVID-19 on Grace and the extent to which we need to stay quarantined.  It seems that a few early studies have shown there is minimal impact on children with blood cancer but the sample size isn't very large and the margin for error is probably high. No doubt, we will have to use discernment like so many of you and make an informed decision on how to move forward. 

In terms of updates to our Caring Bridge site, I will probably move to weekly updates unless there are specific requests that God brings to mind.  We will try to post pictures of "normal" life for Grace and the family.  She really is doing much better and we are so grateful for our team of prayer warriors interceding on her behalf. 

Thank you again for lifting up Grace and our family, 
Jon and Katie 

Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 276

Today Grace's will go to the hospital at 5:00 pm for labs. She won't be receiving any IV chemo, but they want to check her blood counts to see how her body is responding to the oral chemo she is on.  It will be a quick appointment with the nurse and we will have a video call with the doc tomorrow to discuss.

It's been over two weeks since we’ve last written.  We knew that the DEX medication would be a challenge for her, but when she stopped treatment over two weeks ago there was a collective sigh of relief in our household.  We had the sense that there would be smooth sailing until her next chemo treatment in July.  And in some ways that has been the case. 

Physically, she seems to be doing well most of the time. We had a little scare this week as she woke up on Monday morning feeling like she couldn’t stand or walk, dizzy and kept falling back asleep. We had a prayer time and after a short nap she woke up, had a bath and some breakfast and was acting her old self.  It felt miraculous to me as all signs were pointing to her need to to go to the hospital.  Praise God! 

The real challenge we have been facing is her emotions.  75% of the time she seems fairly stable emotionally.  She's an upbeat kid, with a lot of energy, spunkiness, and drive.  She loves playing with friends, has learned to ride her bike without training wheels, and even started roller blading. But the other 25% of the time, there has been a genuine struggle. A few things she is struggling with are extreme emotions that don’t match the situation, anger and impatience with learning as we try to prepare her for kindergarten, and issues with sleeping at night sometimes due to leg pain, itching skin or insomnia, nightmares etc.   

Please pray that the doctors can discern if this is a result of the medication and chemo.  Either way, we need help learning when to give her a hug and when to discipline her.  We know she has a lot of tension inside and want to love her the best we know how.  

I thought I’d close with a story.  Grace and I (Katie) did church together on Sunday separate from the older girls and Jon.  We are reading the Jesus Storybook Bible and the story was about Jairius’ daughter, who was brought to life and healed by Jesus.  Grace really liked the story and asked me why she can’t see Jesus.  She wanted to know if she would ever see him.  I told her we would see him as he is when we die or when he comes back for us.  She had questions about dying and I talked to her about the new healthy body she would have and how amazing heaven would be.  She just sat there and thought and then started to cry and said, “I want to die so I can see him”.  She then asked, “What are some ways people can die?”  She was really getting set on the thought of seeing Jesus and I was feeling a little uncomfortable with where this conversation was going.  I told her that God has a purpose for her life and that it isn’t her time yet to leave.  God decides that.  This is the second time over the past week that Grace has cried about wanting to see Jesus.  I have to be honest, it has messed with my head a little bit.  

What strikes me though is the desire to see him and the lack of fear of death.  There is a childlike trust.  With all that is going on in the world, I know that fear of the unknown and even of death is probably prevalent in the hearts of many.  I want to to encourage you to reflect on the words of Paul in Philippians 1:21-24...

"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.  If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose?  I do not know!  I am torn between the two:  I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body."  

Paul had a clear perspective on his purpose here and it trumps his desire to leave.  And yet, he has this glorious hope of what is to come.  I want to have the focus today.  Focused on fruitful labor with my eyes on the prize.  

Thanks again for your continued prayers, 

Jon and Katie 
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Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 256

Praise God, we made it to Wednesday!  That's the collective feeling that Katie and I are experiencing today when it comes to Grace.  Beginning last Thursday she has taken the oral medication Dexamethasone (strong steroid) and her treatment ended yesterday morning.  To say the steroid changes Grace's mood would be an understatement. We were first introduced to DEX during "Induction" (the beginning of treatment) and by the end of that phase we felt like we were raising a completely different kid.  She was swollen, angry, hungry, and constantly bothered.  To put things in perspective DEX is six times stronger and more powerful than Prednisone and the side effects are quite noticeable.  

Grace has simply not been herself the last few days because of this medication.  She has had an extremely short fuse, lashed out, wouldn't receive advice, and was constantly complaining of being hungry.  Fortunately, she only needs to take it in five-day spurts during "Maintenance". Her last dosage was Tuesday morning and already we are beginning to see a change in behavior.

"Maintenance" seems to work in 90 day cycles.  Each cycle begins with Vincristine, Methotrexate, and a lumbar puncture.  The chemo is then combined with a double dose of DEX for five days.  On the 30th and 60th day she receives lab work to check counts and also receives a nightly dosage of 6-Mercaptopurine (6MP for short) that prevents certain cells from dividing (that's the simple explanation). All that to say, we are hoping for a good few weeks with much less medication and hopefully a healthy, happy girl.  

Thanks for continuing to lift up our little one and the entire family! 

Jon and Katie
www.hopeforgrace.net (financial donation)

Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 254

We serve a LIVING God! Our family had a great Easter celebration yesterday at home complete with egg hunt, easter baskets, and a family worship time.  We were also "egged" by some of Natalie's friends at school and decided to do the same for our neighbors, hiding easter eggs around their houses.  Katie fixed an incredible lunch and we had a very relaxing afternoon. While we missed gathering with other believers for worship and celebration, we actually found the change of pace somewhat refreshing and very meaningful. I never thought I would say this, but I'm beginning to appreciate the slower pace of life without restaurants, malls, coffee shops, school events, sports, running kids around, shopping, and the overall busyness that can creep in.

In fact, I've been calling this season "the Great Pause".

Clearly, this is not a pause for everyone but for many people it has required us to slow down.  It has even been a chance for our planet to catch its collective breath as I recently saw images of downtown Los Angeles smog-free with clear, blue skies. The "pause" has caused me to reflect more on what really matters and given me more time to cultivate a deeper relationship with God.  Every morning I've been spending over an hour meditating on the Psalms and there is a word that is consistently used by David whenever he is wrapping up a profound thought or comes to a break in the poetry.

Selah. 

The word may signal a musical interlude, a moment of praise, or it could be asking the reader to simply pause and reflect on what was written.  Be still. I've made it a practice whenever I come to the word "Selah" to simply close my eyes and reflect for a few moments on the preceding words.  One of my favorite Psalms during this season is Psalm 46 which ends with the words, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  In some ways, we are being forced to be still and I pray you would take advantage of "the Great Pause" to deepen your relationship with God, your family, and others living in your home.  

While there isn't necessarily a "pause" in treatment, Grace began "Maintenance" on Thursday and will only receive IV chemo and spinal taps every 90 days from now until October 2021. She will have doctor visits every 30 days for labs but the biggest challenge of this season is the oral chemo for the next 18 months.  It's quite a concoction of different drugs at different times on different schedules with different side effects. Later this week, we hope to share more about what life will be like for us during this final phase. To put things in perspective, yesterday she took Septra in the morning, 2.5 tabs of Dex (steroid) with her food and then for dinner took 2 more tabs of Dex with food along with another dose of Septra and then two hours later she took Merc which doesn't allow you to eat for an hour after. So... she went to bed with an empty stomach, full of steroids, and not herself. Every day will be different this phase and we will share more later this week as to how you can be specific in your prayers.   

Thanks again and Happy Easter.

Jon and Katie 
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Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 250 

Katie and Grace just left for the hospital a few minutes ago. Due to the new COVID-19 restrictions, only one parent is allowed at the hospital and today Grace will begin her final phase of treatment called "Maintenance". This phase will end on October 2021 and will include a monthly visit to the doctor for labs and chemotherapy every three months.  We are happy to finally have her treatments spaced out a bit further. 

They will give her Vincristine and Methotrexate and start her on oral chemo medications today that she will take for much of the next 18 months. She will also be sedated and receive chemo through her spinal fluid. When I put Grace in the van to say good-bye, she had the look of someone trying to be brave but tired of hospitals, doctors, and pokes.  I could see her little lip quivering and told her it was OK if she needed to cry. I told her she was so brave. She nodded her head and then put her face in the blanket and started to cry. 

Please pray for Grace today that she would experience the supernatural strength of the Holy Spirit.  Pray for Katie as she works diligently to protect her and Grace from any infections.  I would also ask you to pray for the thousands of people dying every day during this pandemic.  Pray for them to turn to Jesus in this dark hour. Pray for their souls as they pass into eternity. Pray for the families that aren't able to be with their loved ones. 

Thank you for your faithfulness to pray.
 
Jon and Katie
www.hopeforgrace.net (financial donations)

Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 247

"The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it" Psalm 24:1

Springtime is here and the weather is turning warmer. Our perennials are beginning to bloom with color, our trees are budding, the grass is green, and the birds are chirping. Grace's hair is beginning to grow back (see pictures), she learned to ride a bike this weekend, and she radiates joy every time she starts to pedal. Yesterday, we celebrated Palm Sunday as a family and the triumphal entry of Christ and today we "officially" begin Spring Break. I also celebrate a birthday tomorrow so we feel very thankful and blessed. 

On the other hand, there is a collective cloud hanging over our country and the world.  This week is projected to be a time of great suffering as hundreds and perhaps thousands will die each day alone with no memorial services or family by their bedside. Holy Week begins as we remember the final days of Christ, his betrayal, and crucifixion. Our family has had moments of conflict, we're trying to adjust to whatever this "new normal" will be, and we are attempting to stay "quarantined".  The risk of Grace being infected creates added stress with four kids all wanting to be with friends.

I'm reminded of the quote by Charles Dickens in his novel "A Tale of Two Cities". “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair..."

This describes the season we are currently living in as a family and globally as a people.  One day, the tension will go away as it says in Revelation 21:4-5, "He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.  He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!"  Until then we wait...and pray and recognize the sovereignty of God reflected in the passage listed above in Psalm 24. 

Today, we're getting ready to have a picnic with Grace.  Thursday, we will be in the hospital for a spinal injection and more chemotheraphy drugs in her bloodstream.  So...we give thanks...and pray. 

Praying for you as well, 
Jon and Katie
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Journal entry by Jonathan Wiest

Day 1

Thanks for visiting our website and learning more about how you can pray for Grace and our family during this season.  To bring you up to speed, on Monday of this week, our four-year old daughter Grace went to the doctor because of a prolonged fever and was sent to the hospital for further testing.  On Tuesday, she was diagnosed with leukemia (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia), and last night we received her treatment plan.  Today we started the first day of a 28-day chemotherapy plan called the "induction phase".  The prayer during this phase is to bring the cancer to remission and that her body responds well to the treatment.  The end of the first 28 days may mean a number of pathways forward and so we will pray for God to bring healing each step of the way and for the best possible outcome.  Already, we are thankful the leukemia diagnosis was ALL (as opposed to the alternatives) and that she was flagged as CNS-1 (Central Nervous System), which simply means they didn't detect any cancer cells (lymphoblasts) in her spinal fluid.  The typical treatment after the "induction phase" is 6-9 months of ongoing chemo and then two years of "maintenance", but we are praying for God's continued healing.  Rather than going into the details of the "post-induction phase", we will wait to see how she responds during this first month.  

She will be receiving a daily dose of oral medication and a weekly dose of IV medication this month as well as a few other treatments sprinkled in.  There are a number of side effects including some nausea, cramping, moodiness, constipation, etc. and we are praying God would give her the resilience needed to fight this thing off.  We will try to keep you updated as to how you can pray on a week to week basis both for Grace and our family.  We are doing well given the circumstances, have a posture of faith as we move forward, and believe that prayer is powerful and effective.  God is going to use this situation to touch hundreds and thousands of lives and is going to deepen our faith, the faith of our family and friends, the faith of our church family and many others during this season.  I could write much, much more but I want to leave you with 25 verses we are claiming during this season.  We would invite you to submit others as a collective way of encouraging one another and boosting our faith. We aren't receiving visitors at this time as she is at risk for infection but hope to see many of you soon! 
Thank you for your prayers and support.   


25 Great Verses
Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Proverbs 17:22 – A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Psalms 62:6-8 – Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Exodus 14:14 – The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still

Deuteronomy 31:6  …Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

Psalms 55:22 – Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

I Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Isaiah 58:8-9 – Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

Romans 15:4 – For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

Psalms 103:2-4 – Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion

Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Matthew 11:28-29 – Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 10:30-31 – And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Psalms 33:20-22 – Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in him.

Psalms 46:1-3 – God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

James 1:3 – because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

James 5:13-14 – Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.

Hebrews 11:6 – And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him

I Peter 1:21 – Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

I Peter 4:19 – So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

Romans 10:17 – Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

I Corinthians 2:4-5 – My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Thanks for praying,
Jon and Katie

Grace’s Story

Site created on August 1, 2019

Grace is the youngest of our four girls and loves Jesus, playing with her friends, reading books, jumping on trampolines and playing with toys. She was diagnosed with leukemia in late July, 2019 and this journal is part of her journey. If you would like to give financially to her medical care you can visit www.hopeforgrace.net. Thanks for praying for little Gracie!

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