Three-year-old Faye was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on April 11, 2011. After 135 days in the hospital, Faye was able to spend 3 years at home. On September 5th 2014 she was told that she had relapsed. She was able to achieve a second remission and had a bone marrow transplant on Oct 17th 2014.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

So much to be Thankful for

Its crazy to me that it is November already!  When everything started with Faye we thought, we would be lucky to be able to be home by mid November.  And since the decision had been made to only do four rounds of chemo we have now been home for two months.  Can you believe it?  Neither can we.  There are moments over the past 7 months that I dont know if I will ever forget.  But for everything that happened to us I honestly could not be more grateful for the many blessings I felt and witnessed!  And for that I am truly Thakful.  It was my plan to have Faye share things she was grateful for over this month, just to see in the eyes of a child what she is grateful for!  So far it has yet to happen, but I hope to get a few pictures on here over the month of things Faye is grateful for! But for now I will leave you with the news that Faye is doing wonderful!  Last Monday we went to her checkup and her counts looked great:
(In the parentheses is what is considered normal)
White Blood Cells: 5.67 (5.0 - 14.5)
Hemoglobin: 13 (11.5-14.5)
Platelets: 188 (150-450)
ANC: 2710 (1500-8000)
Yeah everything is in the normal range, haven't had that yet!

Also last Sunday Faye was able to participate in the Primary Program (its a program put on by all of the kids ages 3-11 at church) they are able to share what they have learned throughout the year, in words and song!  Some might disagree, but by far one of my most favorite Sundays of the year.  This year was Faye's first year to be able to participate, (another thing I was afraid she would miss)  She was cute doing her part, she has been so excited.  Ever since we started practicing her part she has asked on Sunday if it was her turn to go up yet.  And even the following Sunday after the program she asked if she got to go up again.  Her part was "Heavenly Father has a plan for me"  When her part was handed out and I saw what they asked her to say, I couldn't help but get a little emotional.  This is a reassurance I have had from the very beginning.  I have always known Heavenly Father does have a plan for Faye, he is watching out for her, and he has sent her here for a purpose. 
Some brother sister time, these three love each other so much!

 The best big sister, she always wants to hold him!
 And of course Halloween! (Wish Faye was smiling in this picture, but typical four year old....has a bit of an attitude at times to say the least!)
Flynn Rider, Rapunzel, and Pascal 
 Trick or treating was quite fun, dad had to hold her hair up sometimes, because going from none to a ton got quite heavy!
I just had to add this picture in!  This was Halloween last year!  This year if you went to Freebirds (a local burrito place) Halloween weekend and the kids wore their costumes the kids got a free burrito, Nick had the great idea that this is something we needed to do.  I didnt want the kids to chance getting this years costumes messy before Halloween so we decided to pull out last years and see if they would still fit.  They sure did!  But I had to keep smiling, because Sally Brown just doesnt have the same effect without any hair!
(Just picture it, I didnt get a picture of them wearing the same costumes this year)
 Helping Dad mow the lawn...yep this was just yesterday!  Nothing like Texas and still having to mow the lawn in November!
Life is good!  I just told Nick last week that I was finally feeling a little more at peace, and feeling like we were getting into a normal still has its challenges, but like I said we couldn't be more Thankful for all the many blessings we have!


Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart said...

Oh what a great post! I love hearing as is well!! So many blessings!!

I am thankful to have gotten to know your family!

Michelle D said...

Love all of the costumes! Very clever. Glad you guys are having a good time and getting your groove back :)

Marcie said...

Glad Faye is doing so well! Seriously love the costumes, especially the little Pascal.

Ryan and Hetz said...

I started to cry when I read her line for the primary program. "Heavenly Father has a plan for me" What a powerful line and what a perfect girl to say it. I think it is something we all need to remember, I think that is why it touched me so much because it hit home. My Heavenly Father has a plan for me too! Thanks for sharing!

The Nelsons said...

Ahhh so wonderful! I love how you braided her hair with flowers in it for Halloween. I couldn't tell you had done that in the phone picture. Everyone's so cute in your family. I miss you all. Especially "Pascal". I wish he was sitting here with me right now. I'm praying that the good news continues!

Thiago & Teri said...

well once again, their costumes are to die for. i tell you what friend, you are a pro at making those. So freaking cute. Love Faye's hair, just makes me smile. So glad to hear all is well and feeling more "normal" all the time. Still think about you almost every day, hope you are feeling at peace. It sounds like you are. I love the little story about Faye and the primary program, her little line makes me a little teary eyed. Sure takes on a special meaning, doesn't it.

Love you bunches dear friend.

Eric and Jenny said...

What a great post, this makes me so happy to see you all home and enjoying the fun this time of year.

The costumes are great, you always amaze me with your creativity. I was looking at pictures from Halloweens past and fell in love with Luke's Woody costume we borrowed from you guys that one year. Has to be my all time favorite of my kids.

It's been awhile, I will call you this week friend. Love you lots!

Katie Ellis said...

What a great thanksgiving. I will count my biggest blessing this year your wonderful family and Faye's health! Yipee!

Dan & Staci said...

You family looks so great Stacy. I love their Halloween costumes so super cute! And that little Nixon is getting so big already!

GoldenGirl said...

Her line in the primary program hit me right in the heart. Couldn't help but cry. I am soooo glad things are looking up for her. She has her own special spot in our prayers. Right next to Jon's. What a year. Take care and give your kids a hug from us.