Friday, July 08, 2011


The past thirty-six hours have been full of so much shock, fear, grief, adrenaline, and questions. It's difficult to put into words exactly what I've been thinking and feeling. But tonight, as I sit on the end of a sleeping Chloe's bed, looking out on the lit skyline of Grand Rapids, I feel grateful. Grateful for:

- Dr. Worpel, who found the mass, questioned it, and followed up on it. We've been told over and over the past two days how amazing it is that this mass was found during a well-child exam.
- The doctors, surgeons, nurses, and other specialists who have taken us in and made us feel that no matter what turns up during the next test or procedure that they have it figured out.
- our families that have been by our sides
- the mass coming out in one solid piece and the surgery being so successful
- the fact that my brother was able to get away from work for a few days and flew in this evening
- our professions as teachers and that we have nothing else to worry about right now other than nursing Chloe back to health and taking care of our family
- Our insurance company who told me this morning that my only concern is Chloe and that they will take care of everything
- our decision to buy travel insurance so our previously-scheduled 15th anniversary trip to NYC (set for next week) was refunded in full this morning
- the flood of communication from friends and family letting us know that we are not alone in this
- trust in a loving, gracious God


Nancy said...

Dear Kip and Christa, I'm teary reading this update. Grateful, yes. The Erickson-Soderberg-Nordenson-Holmgren contingent is praying along with you. Much love to your family, Nancy

HisBothy said...

He knows the end from the beginning . . . sharing your gratitude, and continuing to pray.

Unknown said...

I'm grateful to know what's going on and am grateful for those things along with you. Thank you for taking the time to post. What amazing blessings within a hard situation.

TRC Youth Ministry said...

Thanks for your updates. Your testimony of God's faithfulness in the midst of the unknown is a blessing to us all. love and prayers.

Kathryn Schoon-Tanis said...

oh, dear friends. thanks for writing and keeping us updated. we love you all, and we are praying for you!
h. would like c. to know that she loved the pictures with the star wars guys on FB. and, h. would also like c. to know that she is praying that she get better so that they can have their swim play date.
much love to you all!

Tonia said...

Thanks for the update and for letting me sit with you awhile yesterday. I worry so much when I can't just see how people are for myself, so thank you for indulging me :-) I know you thought I was helping you, but now the truth is out.

I talked to Lois when I left and she'll be by to see you Monday. She's in a right state. Better be prepared for baked goods to come your way!

jcamenga said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Unknown said...

Thanks for choosing a grateful heart during the tough stuff...'s contagious.
so grateful with you.

heather pietrowski said...

Wow....Im speechless. Your strength and positive energy will guide you through this.

steved said...

So happy to hear that the surgery went so well. It's encouraging to know that the first hurdle has been conquered. We are on the prayer team for the long haul here. The postings help us all. Blessings for today. M

geding said...

May God continue to bless your family as Chloe heals and your family reality changes. I will continue to pray for all involved.
-G. Eding

Ben Braymer said...

Glad to hear the surgery went so well! The Braymer´s are praying for a quick recovery.

Sandy Stielstra said...

Thank you so very much for the updates! We continue to uphold you all in our prayers! So glad you touched base with Oliver and his family! Blessings, Sandy & Ed