It's very hard for me to believe that it's been 3 years since Kelsey passed away. I still remember it like yesterday. The girls think it seems forever ago. What different perspectives. Recently I had them write an essay. The theme was, "Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." It allowed them to reflect. I loved reading their thoughts.They talked about why it is important to be filled with the joy that we receive through Christ saying, "Living in joy is to our benefit; it makes us stronger and gives God glory. We learn to give comfort when we have received comfort. We give joy when we attain joy. We learn patient endurance when we suffer. God wants us to bring Him glory through our sufferings. God knows about all these things. God is making us perfect through a process of refinement. The next time you face trials trust Him completely. Consider it pure joy that you face the trial, for that very trial will be used by God to develop your perseverance toward maturity." By reflecting, they had time to think about what is facing them next and what response they would have. You always have a choice...either draw near to God or turn away. I was grateful that their response was drawing nearer to God.
So what is next? We feel as though it is time to choose the haploid-transplant. Kassidy was tested last month. She does not carry the EBV virus which is pretty essential in Karly's donor. I am currently being tested. Tyler gets tested on Thursday. Trent is going with Karly in 3 weeks to be tested. While I may have all that is needed, I'm not ideal because I have older cells. At this point, we need Tyler or Trent to have all that is needed to be Karly's 1/2 match. Please pray with us. We continue to walk through the doors that become open. We pray that God makes every step clear to us. At the same time we ask that this cup pass us by. BUT in all things we pray for His will to be done and that we glorify in all that we do.