Thursday, February 19, 2009

8 pm tonight

We have a great day being with Hannah, Brad, Jill and below..... Maria

> Just wanted to touch base and let everyone know that we now have internet
> access, thanks to a wireless USB device that God provided for us through
> some wonderful people. What a blessing it has been to be able to
> communicate with everyone again...the emails we send and receive have really
> become such a huge part of our lives. We just got through reading all of
> our email from the last day or so, and we are overwhelmed and amazed at what
> God is up to simply as a result of what is happening in our's
> very humbling. To know that our precious child has touched so many lives is
> such a comfort!
> Hannah has had a pretty good day today. She has slept almost all day long,
> but she woke up long enough to eat half of an orange this morning, and then
> to eat some fettucini for supper. She has talked very little today, except
> for a little while just after eating supper, when she actively participated
> in a conversation about American Idol. Those of you who know Hannah know
> that she is a huge fan of that TV show, although she has really not been
> able to follow it this season. While we were talking about this year's
> contestants, she didn't have much to say, but when the conversation turned
> to previous years' contestants, she jumped right in. It was really nice to
> see a glimpse of "our" Hannah for a little while this evening. She did have
> a little bit of bleeding from her mouth again today, so they gave her two
> units of platelets, and she has been fine ever since.
> We've been able to have some wonderful time with family over the last couple
> of days. The hospice center is wonderful and has been so accomodating to
> our rather large extended family. Because they are not full right now, they
> have graciously provided us two rooms, so Brad and Bethany are both able to
> stay here with Hannah and me. There is a very inexpensive meal program for
> families, so all our needs here are provided for. Again, we do welcome
> visitors, but wish to limit visitors to family only after 5:30 p.m., so we
> can have some private time in the evenings.
> Again, we are so thankful that she is not in any pain. Our oncologist was
> so surprised that she did not have pain, because after looking at the scans,
> he said she really should be having severe headaches and nausea. She has
> had none of that, and what a blessing that is. We have so many things to be
> thankful for, but we are most thankful that Hannah's future is assured.
> Whether she is healed here on earth (which, at best, would only be a
> temporary healing...all earthly healings are temporary), or whether she is
> healed in Heaven (which would be a permanent healing), she is going to be
> just fine. As Bethany says, "Either way, Hannah wins." And that's why we
> can say that God is good, all the time!
> Jill & Brad
> *For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world. and this is the victory
> that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the
> world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?—I John 5:4,5.*

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