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May 6, 2010

New Pics of the Herd

From Brent

Michelle is writing an update on Abby and we'll post that tomorrow. Here are some photos from a rainy-sunny-then-rainy-again Soccer Saturday:

It was great to see Abby running, enjoying herself,
and keeping up with most of the other kids.
I sit and watch her play and realize that almost no one there "sees"
her as a kid who has been at death's door several times
in the last year and is now running around like the other kids
because we serve a merciful and caring God.
It makes me wonder how many other kids out there have "stories".

Abby gets right in the shuffle. At one point, she got hit
in the back of the head with the ball on accident (she wasn't looking)
and she broke down in tears. I think it was more from the
embarrassment and "scare" than any real pain,
although she is definitely still significantly fragile from all the chemo.

She loves to play and does whatever the
coach tells her to do.

It rained off and on. Landis decided he was cold. Landis
is going through a stage where Landis shuts down when Landis
decides Landis is uncomfortable. At that point, it's all
about how Landis feels, and only Landis matters. Can you
tell that he's a little self consumed about it? We won't be sad to
see him grow out of this "I'm uncomfortable, I can't function" stage.
We removed him from the game in the first few minutes because
he refused to participate. We gave him a chance to try again
in the 2nd half and he did a little better. We'd hate to have to
change his nickname from SpideyLandis to SissyLandis.

Hannah has dramatically improved in all her sports activity.
She is VERY VERY teachable and that is so cool. Whatever
tips or instruction we give her, she immediately implements it
and raises her game. It's SO nice when you get a kid like that.
She's in the middle with her arm raised.

Hannah's agility and athleticism is growing as fast as
her body is. She is rapidly blooming into a beautiful young
woman. We are so proud of her.

She is as serious and intense about sports as she is beautiful.
She is a very good sport but lacks NO competitiveness on the field.
How would you like to be one of the other girls getting that look
pointed your way?

Abby got in on the snacks with Hannah's team.
It was really sweet... Hannah's coach led her team in a prayer
for Abby's health and recovery from Leukemia.


Mama D.'s Dozen said...

So good to see Abby up running around with other kids. Yea, Abby!!!


Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Wonderful shots and the joy in Abby's eyes is great to see!

Poor Landis sounds just like our Joshua. Sigh...good thing they are CUTE!

Love and blessings,

Penny said...

Love that Hannah's coach prayed for Abby! One little kindergartener in my class lost his daddy in Sept. and his bad behavior skyrocketed. I needed a break from him one afternoon and sent him to the assistant principal. After he calmed down, she returned him and said, "He says he's going to be good now. He said he is missing his daddy, so I prayed for him." How wonderful to work with Christians!
I am so glad Abby is getting to play and I agree with you... Hannah IS gorgeous. :)

Kim M said...

so wonderful to read and see answer to prayer! Go Abby Go!!
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

steffenboysmom said...

Your older daughter looks like she could give anyone a good run for their money on the field. Great compliments about her character. She sounds so neat.

It's wonderful to see Abby playing again!

Kat said...

Oh! The kids look amazing! We LOVE soccer here!!!!

The Adoption Journey of Baby King said...

Hannah looks like a natural at the sport. It is wonderful to see Abby running and playing. I haven't checked your blog in a while as at work it freezes up.

Karen said...

It warms my heart to see Abby running around playing soccer like that! Thank you God! And Hannah is just GORGEOUS.

The Crabtrees said...

Oh, how mean of you to say such things about poor little Landis. You can't expect all your kids to be as tough as Abby. I'm halfway kidding, but seriously, maybe he's been feeling left out lately. He's still pretty little. I too have a child like that...she's now 13, and she's had a lot of trials and pain issues, but not life threatening. Anyway, just sticking up for the little guy...I know that "dad" must have written that...I think...cause it doesn't sound like Mom. Am I right???

denie heppner said...

such a joy to see Abby looking better and GASP playing soccer!!!! Hallelujah! i check almost every day to see what's new with her situation. I pray for her every day.
God bless you all.

Denise said...

I know exactly what you mean! Sometimes I feel like shouting my son's story from the rooftops, you can't tell by looking at him now but he is living proof of God's mercy. A true miracle!