Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Choosing to Live

We are choosing to live.  In light of the uncertainty of the long-term outcome of Dennis' battle with the brain tumor, we are choosing to live each day and not have everything surround the fact that he has a battle with cancer to fight.  We will enjoy and celebrate whatever time God chooses to give us, building memories along the way.  Not always the easiest thing to do and certainly there are times when we are overcome with what we are facing but then we are reminded that no one knows how long or short of a life they will have.  It does change your perspective when you think your time may be short. What matters for eternity is in much sharper focus for us.

Today we enjoyed time together doing simple things around the house and even took a short trip to the store for ice cream and some dog food. After supper we went outside and sat on our deck.  We took pictures and got in a pillow fight with Brooke.  It was so good to hear her giggle.

Keep praying.  Your prayers are being heard and answered.  We have seen it in the peace we are experiencing each day.  We love hearing from you too.  Your words are often the voice of encouragement we need.


  1. Praying for you daily that you experience a peace that passes all understanding, strength and endurance for the road ahead, and healing according to His will. Praising the Lord for the testimony that you are to those around you which I think can be summed up in the following passage: "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.....Therefore we do not lose heart...For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all." 2 Cor. 4:8 & 16-17. Thank you Jesus for your hope and salvation. Thank you for Dennis and Ellen, and their steadfast love for you. May you continue to equip and stregthen them so that they can continue to be your beacons of light. In Christ, Erin Schmidt

  2. Nothing refreshes you more than a child's giggle! I hope and pray that you have many more opportunities to hear her Brooke giggle.

  3. The phrase "Live, Laugh, Love" comes to my mind when reading about your journey. Although it is overused in today's society, you are living it out loud. Praise God! Brooke is precious and I can almost see her giggling! Hang tight to our Lord and Savior; He is faithful. Praying continually for you all, Sue Hildebrand