Sunday, November 20, 2011

Be of Good Cheer

As one can imagine, there are days when it is hard to keep my spirits up. For the most part, I try to live each day as just another day. But there are times when it is just too hard to not let the gravity of the situation and sheer fear creep in to my mind.

My hardest day was the day after we first came home from the hospital. I had been at the hospital with Case for two full weeks and then all of a sudden we were nurses, no doctors, no hustle and bustle. And I think I just had more time to be afraid. We didn't know at that time that he was MYC-N negative and I was just so scared that things wouldn't turn out well.

Again, as one can imagine, it's hard to function and take care of my family when I let that fear take over. It wasn't too long until I was reminded that our Heavenly Father is truly aware of us in a day to day function and wants to help us. Xavier and Graydon were at church, Case was asleep, and I was by myself thumbing through the magazine our church puts out, The Ensign, I turned right to an article called "Be of Good Cheer: Choosing Happiness." Sounds, from the title, like it was meant for me in that moment, and it truly was.

Here is Case, choosing to be Happy!

I shouldn't be surprised, since it happens all the time, that the Lord puts things in our pathway that we need. Read a paragraph from the article:

The Lord clearly promises, “In the world ye shall have tribulation” (John 16:33). When we acknowledge that we each face difficulties, that the Savior overcame the world, that He has lifted and strengthened and given vision to each of us in very personal ways, we will realize that we are never alone. We will feel a peace within even though the crisis without still rages. We will be filled with hope and even cheer. ...Amid all our mortal gloom and doom, Jesus Christ has overcome the world. Come, let us rejoice.

When reading that I could totally relate. Hard things are never taken out of our lives, we just have the option of making them easier to handle. So when I think of having Case's situation made easier for me to cope with, I respond with, "Please!!" I have truly experienced a peace that did not originate from myself. That fear that I felt the first weekend home has been eased through prayer and blessings. I do have things to be cheerful about! Case's cancer is treatable! Case is MYC-N negative! Case is home with us and happy! We have good insurance! We have the biggest and most loving support system made up of family, friends, and strangers! We have great doctors and nurses who love Case!

I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for Case and a reason for all of this yuckiness. But I also know that as his mother Heavenly Father is planning on me having a vision to see this thing through, and He'll help me, thank heavens! So each day I try to BE OF GOOD CHEER. It doesn't always happen, but I try!


  1. So glad to hear things are going well! You are seriously amazing! I miss seeing you guys...hopefully we can sneak you away to do something fun one of these days. My boys (and us) pray for Baby Case several times every day!!

  2. Emily, your post enspires each of us! You and your family are surrounded by earthly angels AND so many heavenly angels known only by Heavenly Father. He loves you! And His plan is GREAT for Case. We love you all!

    AJ and Cindy Harty

  3. Emily, I am so happy you were able to find that article when you needed it most. What a wonderful blessing the gospel is and it is our prayer that you will always be uplifted, whether through family, friends, scriptures, or strangers that will help you find that peace and happiness you need at that time. We love your sweet family and want you to know that we would love to help in any way we can. Seth was saying yesterday that he wished Case could just come spend the day with us because he just keeps us laughing and smiling every single minute. I am sure he is your ray of sunshine, but if you ever need someone to watch him, we would love it! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Lots of love!
    The Edwards

  4. Emily,

    I really loved this post. I needed it my life right now for different reasons. It is amazing to me how God knows what we need and when we need it. For me, it is through the small daily occurances (like your Ensign article, or a visiting teacher stopping by at just the right moment) that keep me in awe and wonder at our Heavenly Father and His love for us. I am grateful you are receiving these many tender mercies that are keeping your spirits up and helping you stay positive during an obvious time of turmoil and trial.

    I do miss seeing you, chatting with you, and just hanging out. I know those days will come again soon. Keep loving that beautiful family of yours!
    Happy Thanksgiving!


  5. You never cease to amaze me. Your faith and strength are incredible. What a blessing to have the tender mercies of the Lord - and being able to recognize them during difficult times is truly a gift. Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. Hi Emily and family!
    We are thinking about you guys and praying everyday. Love the photos and your blog. Emily what you wrote about the Lord watching over you and strengthening you is so good. Am glad the Ensign article was there. One of those 'tender mercies' that help us. Case is the most precious little guy! I just love his sweet face. Sending love your way! Mary and the Burke's (sounds like a bad 60's rock band)