Friday, September 5, 2014

Indestructible Me

"Keep pretending everything is fine. 
Keep doing the thing that only benefits you. 
One day you'll see you're not in control. 
One day you'll see how you could've been loved." 

God uses storms to cleanse us. Sometimes He has to fiercely work on people to bring them closer to Him. 

I know storm after storm is meant to cleanse me. Some storms are about me and some aren't. But there are days when I often ask "WHY?" and cry out "I'm drowning!

Then, I go back and forth with myself and my circumstances (some public, some not). 


This one phrase humbles me to my knees every single time. 

One day you'll read how He redeemed me, protected me, saved me, and loved me because even after all of the uphill climbs and the many miles, every single time I look back all I see is His complete and authentic love. 

Today, as I was just about to lose sight of trusting and having faith in the unseen, I glanced over at a shirt that was sent to my by Vanessa, owner and creator of RUFFLES  WITH LOVE

She's started a new line for indestructible women and is using her website to tell their stories and inspire women like them. 


I was so honored to be able to wear one of her new shirts. So after a long day at work, I pulled myself off of the couch and slipped it over my head. 

There was something empowering about wearing it. It reminded me how strong I am, how strong I've been, how even on the days I think I'm the weakest, He still guides me and keeps His armor around me no matter what chaos, selfishness, drama, negativity, or criticism is swirling around me. 

Circumstances still haven't destroyed me. 

And they won't. 

Still running my race. 
Focused on the goal. 
Anchored in Him. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Childhood Cancer - Now That You Know, DONATE!

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Action Month! 

Most of you are aware now how often children are diagnosed and thrown into this community without warning. If you've been reading this blog or this caring bridge for any amount of time, especially at the beginning of our journey, then you know we've been very candid about our struggles and our victories with Jace and leukemia. 

I think I'm speaking for most of the families I know affected by childhood cancer when I say we celebrate when anyone wears a Super Jace T-shirt, remembers yellow Wednesdays or donates to our new passion Operation Love in hopes of making it a non-profit for families of childhood cancer  (We always need donations!). We are thrilled because doing these things means YOU are being AWARE and thinking outside of what's going on in your own life. 

Now we are being candid about taking action. 

The only way that we will make a difference is if we band together and DONATE to places that are making a difference in research and in lives. 

Fellow cancer mom, Candi ( and I put together a list of specific places that we know, firsthand, are focusing, specifically, on childhood cancer. You may see some of your favorite charities not listed. We wanted to give you a list of organizations that we as cancer parents trust and know are giving most of their donations to childhood cancer research. (more info

Some of the links below are organizations that either help families financially or help give the kids and the families some great memories during treatment that we've worked with, personally. 

The following list should be helpful to you as you make your choice for donations this month. 

Childhood Cancer Donation List

**direct money only to childhood cancer related causes, primarily research

If you'd like to, specifically, help a family whose child is currently undergoing treatment, please email us for more information.   

Visit Charity Navigator to view efficiencies & financial information for many major charities:

Cure Search

Triumph Over Kid Cancer

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Alex's Lemonade Stand

Local - Texas
Team Connor

Heroes for Children

Sarcoma specific:
Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative

1 Million 4 Anna


Make A Wish

Hope Kids

Kenna's Kids

Peach's Neet Feet