The Gold Hope Project

Going through cancer treatments with a child is challenging. I am thankful for the many different organizations out there that help support children and families going through the challenges.

One great organization is The Gold Hope Project. TGHP is an organization of photographers that seeks to bring awareness, research funding, and support for children undergoing childhood cancer through providing free photography sessions.

We were blessed a couple months ago with a photo session taken by Ann Mirek of Dillybar Photography. Ann was great to work with and our kids couldn’t stop talking about how we had our photos taken in the rain. 🙂

CLICK HERE to check out some of the photos from that session! You might just recognize the photos if you’ve seen our Christmas letter or card.

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Christmas Letter: 2017

Law_101417-50.jpgNo, we are not going green by putting our letter online in trying to save paper. This happened because one of the kids so kindly stuffed all our Christmas cards in envelopes and decided to sealed them before the letter went in! 🙂 So, we thought we would just post it here for everyone to read.


This year brought far too much to put into a few words but we wanted to share just a couple highlights.

In February, we were able to got on Brennen’s Make-A-Wish cruise as a family. It was a wonderful time to spend as family and to set aside the realities of cancer treatments back home.

This Summer we had the opportunity to visit the life-sized Ark in Williamsburg, Kentucky. It is amazing to see the biblical dimensions brought to life. Answers in Genesis, the creators of the Ark Encounter, have created an amazing place to show and teach about the historical account of the biblical ark.

We had a couple chances to spend time with our extended family. There are a lot of miles that separate us but we love to take advantage of times we have to see them and enjoy making new memories.

Life in our family is usually full of activity. The four boys keep our home filled with youthful energy and busyness. We are thankful for having a big yard and long driveway for the kids to run, ride bikes, and play sports to work off some of that energy.

At Christmas we are reminded of the amazing birth of Jesus Christ, Immanuel (God with us).  He was not just a man, He was truly God come to earth

The question becomes, “Why did Jesus have to come?” It was because of sin breaking the perfect relationship between God and man God humbled Himself and left heaven to come in flesh to live and give His life as a payment for sin.

It is by grace through faith that we accept His gift of forgiveness by repenting (acknowledging and turning away) of our sin and following His lead in our lives.

It is for this cause that we give our lives to serve Him here in Wisconsin and wherever God has us. We pray that this Christmas you would receive the most amazing gift in the world has ever been given: God’s forgiveness.


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Chris & Jenny – We are blessed to have been married 18 years. This year Chris celebrated his 40th birthday when Jenny put on a surprise party. Jenny homeschools the three oldest and finds time to decorate and create some beautiful projects.

Law_101417-32Isabella (13) – This Spring Isabella started her first garden and did an amazing job watering, weeding, and enjoying the huge harvest. She loves learning about gardening and hopes to have some chickens next year.

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Brennen (9) – 
Brennen is willing to play any sport with any person who will join him. Lord willing, he has 3 more months of treatment and then will have to go back once a month for blood labs to ensure the leukemia hasn’t returned.

law_101417-28.jpgEddie (7) – Eddie is “Mr. Giggles.” His laugh is infectious and he genuinely cares about everyone he meets. He is often found striking up conversations with random people and he loves to hear their stories.

law_101417-24.jpgElijah (5) – Elijah marches at the beat of his own drum. Sometimes that is slow. Sometimes it is fast. He often has a serious face on but when he smiles, he lights up the room. There’s not a tractor or truck that he doesn’t’ want to play with.

law_101417-25.jpgHolden (4) – Holden keeps the family laughing with his funny faces and comments. He is always trying to keep up with his big brothers on their bikes or climbing trees.

law_101417-34.jpgAynsLeigh (22 months) – She has her big brothers and sister wrapped around her finger. There’s hardly a moment when one of them isn’t wanting to play with her or carry her around.

 

3 Years

This morning, as I was driving to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee with Brennen and Eddie for Brennen’s treatment, I realized that it was three years ago today that we received word of his diagnosis.

I’ll never forget sitting in the room with Dr. Gates as he shared the results of Brennen’s labs. It was clear that his labs had turned for the worse and it would be clear that he had leukemia after another bone marrow biopsy.

We spent the following day with Mariano Friginal in Yosemite. He captured some amazing photos that will forever be some of our family favorites.

A lot has transpired over the past three years. In some ways, a lot has changed. We know more medical terms than we’d prefer to. The little boy that sat on that exam table is not so little any more. We’ve added another member of our family, and, oh, we have moved to Wisconsin. 🙂 In other ways, life has stood still. Much of our family’s life has been focused on making sure Brennen gets the care he needs. I am thankful for how his siblings have been such a support. They have traveled countless miles, sat countless hours in the van waiting, and even had the opportunity to join him in his treatments.

Through it all, we can testify that God has given us the strength to make it through each day. Many of the days have been good but there have been those days in which we have grieved over the physical state of Brennen. I am so grateful for the good health that Brennen has and we pray that he continues to stay cancer free for the rest of his life.

IMG_5978.JPGLord willing, we have 117 more days of treatment, 117 more doses of medications, 4 more weeks of steroids, 3 more regular clinic visits, 1 more spinal tap visit, and 1 surgery to have Brennen’s mediport removed.

Thank you for your prayers and support. Please continue to pray that Brennen stays cancer free and that there will be no long-term side effects of treatment.