Tuesday, October 20, 2009

AMY'S SPECIAL HALLOWEEN/FALL DECORATED TREE

AS YOU ALL KNOW RECENTLY I WON A GIVE AWAY AT LYNN'S....
BEFORE I ENTERED THE GIVE AWAY I SAW A POST ABOUT HER
PUMPKIN TREE WITH PUMPKINS PAINTED AND CREATED FROM
LIGHT BULBS. THEY WERE NOT PART OF THE GIVE AWAY BUT I
JUST HAD TO TELL LYNN SO MUCH, HOW I LOVED THEM.
WELL TO MAKE AN OLD STORY SHORT, I WON THE BEAUTIFUL
GIVE AWAY AND MUCH TO MY EXCITEMENT SHE SENT ME A
FAMILY OF 5 ADORABLE, CHARMING PUMPKINS. THEY MAKE
ME SMILE EVERY TIME I SEE THEM.
WHEN I POSTED ABOUT THE GIVE AWAY, I TOLD HOW I WAS
GOING TO MAKE A TREE FOR AMY AND SEVERAL OF YOU
PRECIOUS LADIES ASK ME TO TAKE A PICTURE OF THE TREE.
THE PICTURES DID NOT TURN OUT VERY GOOD BUT THE TREE IS
GORGEOUS. WE RECEIVE COMPLIMENTS FROM EVERYONE THAT
COMES TO THE HOUSE.
MY SISTER BOUGHT THE TREE AT A THRIFT SHOP FOR HERSELF
AND WHEN SHE SAW THE GIVE AWAY FROM LYNN SHE GAVE ME
THE TREE SHE HAD PURCHASED. MOTHER LET ME USE HER
LIGHTS FOR THIS SEASON AND DONATED SOME RAFFIA SHE HAD.
SHERRY BOUGHT A FALL LEAF SWAG AT THE DOLLAR STORE.
WE TOOK THE RED RIBBON OFF THE BURLAP SACK AROUND THE
BOTTOM OF THE TREE AND TIED RAFFIA AROUND IT. WE WRAPPED
THE LIGHTS AROUND THE LEAF GARLAND AND THEN MY SWEET DH
WRAPPED IT UP AND AROUND THE TREE. I PUT THE CROWN
ON THE TOP OF THE TREE......THE UNIQUE WITCHES HAT THAT LYNN
MADE....I AM NEVER ONE TO BRAG BUT I MUST SAY, "IT IS AWESOME!"

WE PUT THE 3 FOOT TREE ON MY GLASS COFFEE TABLE. WE HAVE RUN
OUT OF ROOM WITH THE HOSPITAL BED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
LIVING ROOM. I HAVE A LIVING ROOM/ FORMAL DINING ROOM
COMBINATION AND WE HAVE BOXES OF SUPPLIES, AND STACKS AND
STACKS OF STUFF.
AROUND THE BOTTOM OF THE TREE IS THE AWESOME SIGN LYNN
PAINTED, I'LL GET YOU MY PRETTY...A BOTTLE OF WITCH HAZEL
SHE MADE....2 PUMPKINS MY SISTER SHERRY MADE FROM A VINTAGE
BEDSPREAD...A BASKET WITH ACORNS FROM CHAR AT
A LEAF DISH THAT DOES NOT SHOW UP...A PUMPKIN STRAW FROM
A FRIEND OF AMY'S AND LEILA'S AND ON THE CHAIR BESIDE THE
TREE, A GORGEOUS SCARECROW SENT FROM BARBARA...
ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE TREE IS A SCARECROW MY MOTHER
PURCHASED FOR AMY 3 WEEKS AGO. AND ON THE BEDSIDE TABLE
BEHIND THE TREE IS A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS, THAT LEILA'S
SISTER, SHERRY SENT HER TODAY. THEY ARE SCATTERED
ABOUT WITH GLITTER, SOMETHING I HAVE NOT SEEN BEFORE
AND IT IS JUST GORGEOUS TO LOOK AT. IF YOU LOOK CLOSE IN THE
TREE, YOU WILL SEE A WIZARD OF OZ CARD, THAT CAME FOR AMY
TODAY FROM A FRIEND OF LAURIE'S AT BARGAIN HUNTING.
ALSO IN THE TREE IS A PRETTY HANDMADE PUMPKIN FROM CHAR.


THIS IS OUR PRECIOUS ANDY...SOMETIMES CALLED ANDREW...AND
SOMETIMES CALLED ANDY PANDY BUT ALWAYS LOVED. HE IS OUR
PRECIOUS ANDY THAT WE RAISED FROM 6 DAYS OLD...WE ARE
HIS PARENTS AND NO MATTER WHAT WE DO, HE IS ALWAYS IN THE
MIDDLE OF IT. HE HAS THE SWEETEST LITTLE PERSONALITY.....
AND HE THINKS THE TREE IS JUST FOR HIM AND THE SCARECROW,
BARBARA SENT......HIS NEW BEST FRIEND.




AN UPDATE ON AMY DAWN:

THIS IS AMY WITH HER DOROTHY WIG ON AND THE DRESS LAYED



ACROSS HER, WHERE HER TRACH AND MASS CAN NOT BE SEEN.



SHE WAS SO VERY HAPPY THE DAY MY SISTER SHERRY AND MOTHER



BROUGHT THIS COSTUME. SHE GRINNED FROM EAR TO EAR.



THE BEAUTIFUL PILLOW CASES WERE SENT TO HER WHILE SHE



WAS IN THE HOSPITAL. THEY WERE MADE BY THE BEAUTIFUL



MICHELLE AT:



http://rosebudquilting.blogspot.com



THOSE PILLOW CASES FOLLOWED HER INTO ICU AND SHE ONLY HAS



THEM OFF FOR LAUNDERING. AT THE FOOT OF HER BED YOU CAN



KINDA SEE THE QUILT SHE MADE HER.



THE RED CORD WRAPPED AROUND HER WRIST IS HER MUSTARD



SEED NECKLACE THAT SHE HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO WEAR



AROUND HER NECK SINCE SHE HAD HER TRACH PLACED.





WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO WEIGH AMY SINCE SHE BECAME BEDFAST. WE

FIGURE SHE PROBABLY WEIGHS 48 POUNDS. WE ARE AFRAID WHEN WE

REPOSITION HER, WE WILL EITHER BREAK A BONE OR TEAR SKIN.

HER COLLAR BONE WITH SKIN IS ALL YOU SEE FOR SHOULDERS...YOU

CAN PUT YOUR THUMB AND FINGER ON EACH SIDE OF HER COLLAR BONE AND

TOUCH YOUR FINGER TIPS TOGETHER BECAUSE SHE IS JUST SKIN FROM FRONT

TO BACK....YOU JUST CAN'T DESCRIBE IT.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY WAS VERY BAD FOR HER...THE LEFT JAW HAS LIKE COLLASPED IN

AND SO WHEN YOU TRY TO SET HER UP SHE JUST MOANS OUT AND

TRIES TO ARCH HER BACK AND HER EYES ARE WILD, LIKE A DEER CAUGHT

IN HEAD LIGHTS.

SHE HAS EXCHANGED PURSES AND BLACKBERRIES FOR A REMOTE CONTOL,

A MIRROR, HER BED CONTROL...ANYTHING THAT FITS NICELY IN HER

HAND AND SHE CAN MOVE AND WAVE IT AROUND. SHE KNOWS PEOPLE BUT

IS NOT ABLE TO COMMUNICATE EXCEPT ON A VERY BASIC LEVEL...SHE HAS

A HAND MOTION FOR WHEN SHE WANTS A SPONGE TOOTHETTE DIPPED IN

WATER AND SHE KEEPS IT IN HER MOUTH LIKE IT IS A LOLLIPOP.

SHE IS GENERALLY HAPPY AND SMILES READILY. PASTOR MARNEY SAID

IT AMAZES HIM HOW SHE CAN SMILE WITH ALL HER PROBLEMS. SHE HAS

THE MANNERISMS OF SOMEONE WITH SEVERE BRAIN TRAUMA.





RICHIE, AMY'S BROTHER IS QUITE ANGRY. WE HAVE ALL HAD OUR DANCE
WITH ANGER. WE WILL NEVER KNOW WHY SHE MUST SUFFER SO. I DON'T KNOW
WHY SOME PEOPLE DIE INSTANTLY AND SOME SUFFER AND WASTE WHILE IT
RIPS THEIR FAMILY APART WITH GRIEF...BUT I TRUST GOD AND I KNOW THAT
HE NEVER LEAVES US OR FORSAKES US. JESUS KNOWS REJECTION, ISOLATION,
PAIN AND SUFFERING, ALONG WITH HUMILIATION. SINCE EVERY SINGLE
THING IS ABOUT BRINGING GLORY TO OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE DO
NOT KNOW, WHO GOD IS TOUCHING THROUGH THE DETERMINATION OF AMY
TO BEAT CANCER. BUT EVEN AS IT SEEMS THE CANCER IS RAVAGING HER BODY...
AMY IS STILL SMILING AND STILL FIGHTING TO LIVE. I TOLD HER SHE
DESERVES A PURPLE HEART AND HER UNCLE TONY WHO WAS IN THE MARINES,
THINKS SHE DESERVES A PURPLE HEART ALSO.
SATURDAY MY SWEET BIL, BOB, DROVE MY MIL, IRENE, AND MY FIL, AJ, OVER
FROM TULSA TO VISIT. AMY HAS LOST AT LEAST 60 POUNDS SINCE THEY SAW THEIR
GRANDDAUGHTER LAST. MY MIL, IRENE IS IN HER 80'S AND IS IN CONSTANT
PAIN. IT TOOK A MIRACLE FOR HER TO BE ABLE TO COME.
SHE IS A SURVIVOR OF BREAST CANCER, AND LUNG CANCER. SHE FELL AND
BROKE HER SHOULDER JOINT OFF....WENT THROUGH SURGERY...SHE HAS SEVERE
ARTHRITIS AND SHE IS EITHER CRYING IN PAIN OR TAKING MEDICINE THAT
MAKES HER SLEEP ALL THE TIME.
WE KEPT A TOWEL OVER AMY'S MASS AND TRACH. WE TRIED TO DISCOURAGE
THEM FROM COMING BECAUSE OF THEIR HEALTH BUT THEY FELT THEY SHOULD.
AMY KNEW THEM AND GRANDMOTHER BROUGHT HER NUMEROUS STUFFED
ANIMALS.
I TELL YOU MY FRIENDS, THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT ROAD. SOME DAYS
THERE ARE BOULDERS THAT JUST SEEM IMPOSSIBLE TO GET OVER BUT
THE WORD OF GOD IS ALIVE AND IF YOU CRY ENOUGH TEARS YOU WILL JUST
FLOAT OVER THE BOULDERS...LOL..BUT IT WORKS WHILE CLEANSING THE PORES
OF YOUR SKIN.
SO MANY PEOPLE ARE IN NEED OF PRAYER...AMY, LEILA AND KORBIE, BILL AND
KERRIE, ROY AND ELISABETH, CEEKAY, DEANNA, SALLY, WILL AND CASS,
IRENE, MRS. MARNEY'S SURGERY, BECCA, DORIS AND RICHARD, TAWNA AND
MIKE, JAMIE, ANDREW, TAMMY, JENNIFER AND THE LOSS OF HER PRECIOUS CAT,
DENNETTE'S SON, LADY PENNIWIG'S JOB INTERVIEW, MEGAN AND RICHIE, BRANDON,
ERIC, ROBBI AND JEFF, REBECCA AND HER DAD, AUNT JEAN AND UNCLE BILLY,
PATRICIA, KIPPEY, KIMBERT, BOBBY, MADONNA, DONNA, CLIFFORD
+++++++++++++
THE GREATEST THING WE CAN DO FOR SOMEONE IS TO PRAY FOR THEM.
I KNOW IT IS YOUR PRAYERS THAT HAVE KEPT ME SANE AND AMY A LIVE.
WE EACH MUST DECIDE FOR OUR SELVES WHAT QUALITY OF LIFE MEANS TO US.
IF AMY IS LIVING IN THE QUALITY OF LIFE, I BEG DEAR LORD TO
NEVER EXPERIENCE THAT KIND OF QUALITY BUT THEN WHO ARE WE TO SAY.
IT WAS DECIDED WHEN WE WERE BEING KNITTED IN OUR MOTHER'S WOMB
THE DAY WE WOULD BE BORN AND THE DAY WE WOULD DIE....AND WE ARE
TO GIVE THANKS TO THE FATHER FOR EVERY DAY...EVERY MINUTE AND
EVERY SECOND.
+++++++++++++++
O LORD, IF YOU HEAL ME, I WILL
BE TRULY HEALED; IF YOU SAVE
ME, I WILL BE TRULY SAVED.
MY PRAISES ARE FOR YOU ALONE!
~JEREMIAH 17:14








FOR YOU WHO FEAR MY NAME,
THE SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
WILL RISE WITH HEALING IN HIS
WINGS. AND YOU WILL GO FREE,
LEAPING WITH JOY LIKE CALVES
LET OUT TO PASTURE.
~MALACHI 4:2







ANGEL HUGS TO EACH ONE OF YOU















46 comments:

  1. Debbie, I am praying for all of you.

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  2. Oh Aunt Debbie what a wonderful tree for Amy to look at! It is just so precious. At times I am at lost for words all I can say is that God is good and Amy is a Angel.
    xoxo
    The Smiths

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  3. Debbie, the Halloween tree is beautiful and I'm glad Amy is able to enjoy it and the Dorothy costume. Your lil' Andy-cat is precious and glad he found himself a friend in the scarecrow:)

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  4. Dear Debbie,

    The tree is beautiful! Dear, sweet Amy is such a fighter. I'm so glad she had the chance to don the Dorothy costume. My prayers are with you in this most difficult of times. Bless you.

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  5. What a lovely tree for Amy to see. What a great reminder of all the love surrounding her and your family...I'm sorry she's suffering so. God bless you all.

    Kind Regards,
    Doris

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  6. Debbie

    How happy I am that Amy has the tree to enjoy and that the costume brought her so much pleasure. Her spirit is so touched by God. Some things we will never know the answer to, and suffering such as Amy's is right at the top of the list. But we know and trust that God is in control and so we just rest in that. You both have been an inspiration to soo many, and have touched so many hearts for Him. I continue to pray constantly for Amy and you all. Blessings to you, Debbie

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  7. I am glad that Amy is able to find pleasure even in her condition. You are both on my hearts and in my prayers.
    Hugs from Heidi

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  8. Oh Debbie.. I hope you know, as busy as I am right now, having to move by Nov. 1st, that I have not forgotten you and your sweet Amy. Through everything STILL, she smiles!! God bless her!! Her little tree is so sweet, and I LOVE her costume! My heart goes out to Richie.. No one can possibly fully understand what or how many things he's going through right now. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to all of you during this time. I still pray for a miracle! I have fallen so behind in everything!! I hope to send another card out to Amy VERY SOON! By tomorrow, at the latest! ~tina

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  9. Dear Debbie, I am so happy that God gives Amy the opportunity to enjoy her tree and her custome. Your family is in our prayers everyday. I am in tears now, the question that you had for people that suffering so much with this illness, is the same that I had many times with my uncle. Until the last day, that I see him before my moving to VA, he was smiling. He was a wonderful person, as a teacher, as a family but most of all as a God son. During his battle he lost a lot of weight and was in a bed for long, long months but always smiling. Chantal send an email to Amy, please verify your email. She ask every day if you make a post from Amy. Blessings for Amy and your family. Hugs from VA,

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  10. Dear Debbie,
    What a wonderful tree you have set up for Amy! I hope it brings her much happiness in the midst of all her suffering. What a beautiful Dorothy costume. Amy is surrounded by so much love. I am praying for her but also for Ritchie that the Lord will comfort his heart and help him to understand that Amy will indeed be in glory when the Lord brings her home. I am praying for you and your DH too! May God comfort, strengthen, and bless you all through this difficult journey. With much love, Loretta

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  11. Oh Debbie, your tree is truly amazing and what a blessing to Amy. I am so sorry you are having to walk this road. I can't imagine the pain that you are all suffering. You are always in my prayers. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

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  12. Your prayer list will be added to mine, as is your sweet family. I am so sorry you are all having to deal with this but God does have a plan and I hope his for your family will be understood. Your tree is great. Love that sweet kitty!
    Hugs, Lisa

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  13. why, like you said, no one knows, all we have is faith, and tears right now, you need prayers too, so i will pray for you, you are one of the strongest women.

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  14. Big Hugs, Debbie.
    We don't know why things happen in this earthly life, but we do know that GOD is with us till the end of time. We are sure of that.
    I am praying without ceasing for precious Amy and her family. Sending big hugs from Texas.
    Sandra

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  15. I love your Halloween tree, it is adorable. I am so happy that Amy is able to enjoy her Dorothy costume. Amy definitely is a fighter, you can tell in her eyes. I am still praying for her.

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  16. Dear Debbie,
    There are no words that can be sayed in regard to all of these. The only thing that I can do is to pray to GOD that Amy could feel peace in her heart and mind. To all of your family a big hug and wishes that all of this suffering be converted in a miracle for AMY. Not too much to say, only to pray for all of you. You can count with me if I can be helpful someway. Sorry for any mistakes in writing but my language is Spanish. I WILL BE PRAYING .

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  17. Debbie and family, life can be very hard and I don't believe it could be any harder for you and your family. No one knows why, but love and hope are getting you thru along with your family and friends. We are always here when ever you need us, we continue to hope and pray.
    Amy was able to share her Halloween custome with all you and with us. This is a memory that will live on forever. She is so sweet in her ruby slippers, Char

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  18. I check your blog daily to see how Amy is doing (and the family too). It just breaks my heart that she is in so much pain, but can still smile.
    Your halloween tree and decorations are as cute as can be, and it's neat that they are right there for Amy to see.

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  19. Debbie, wish I could be there to give you a BIG hug. Just know I'm hugging you through the miles.

    While we see in a mirror dimly, we will understand everything one day. That's what I told myself as I watched people I love battle cancer or go through other earthly struggles. I can't even begin to know what you are feeling right now with this being your daughter, but my heart goes out to you all the same. I have walked this road with some of the people I love most. In spite of everything, I still believe He is who He says He is, that He can and does heal, and I know you believe that, too. I also know that Amy believes it. The fact that she is alive is living proof of that belief.

    Amy's will to live and belief in the Lord is staggering. Would that we could all be that strong in belief. Just know I'm still standing with you. Her battle has taught me a lot about setting your face like a flint. I try to do that, but Amy is an amazing example of that scripture in action. And you know, I was thinking, Debbie that for Amy at this point in her journey, quality of life is simply being near the people she loves most... your precious family.

    I don't celebrate Halloween, but that was very sweet of your friends to remember you with gifts. Their thoughtfulness and love is evident. As are the love of the friends who made other things for you all as well. It's nice to know that so many people have reached out in love from all over.

    Thinking of you and praising the Lord that He is our Savior, our Redeemer, and Friend...

    XO,

    Sheila

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  20. P.S. Amy is so precious with her Dorothy costume! I loved her red shoes. Now all you need is a little Toto suit for Andy! :-)

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  21. That is exactly what I think when I come to visit your blog...Amy's spirit is amazing, and I can see that she got that spirit from her mother. It is wonderful that the two of you can find things to smile and even laugh about. The H'ween tree is great! So glad Amy got the "Dorothy" card. My friend had told me she found one and was sending it. Still praying for y'all. With love, laurie

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  22. A ~Special~ thank you for letting us all drop in and visit with you this morning. Everything looks so festive and magical with your "Touch of Fall" decorations.

    And of course, Amy's costume is just the cutest. In her mind, I think she is singing and dancing her way down The Yellow Brick Road in those ruby red slippers. What a wonderous thought!!

    Continued prayers from our house to yours.

    Carol & Alexey Rae

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  23. I feel for your son. Amy has done God's work. She shouldn't have to go through this. I send love to all of you.

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  24. My Dearest Debbie,
    Words do not come easy to me as to what to type or say to you at this time in your life. You have endured so much as a mom.

    I know that I don't have enough words to say to comfort you and your loved ones the way that you all need. I am so very sorry for this suffering.

    As we live in this world, it truly is a fallen world with suffering, wrong doing and aging. People do wrong and mistreat one another. Difficulties will come. Many times I have to say out loud the words of Christ "Be of good cheer for I have overcome the world." Heaven will be a place of no more tears or suffering and the joy will be unspeakable.

    Your sister-in-Christ and eternal friend,
    d

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  25. such a deep deep well Debbie...At it's depth may your soul one day be refreshed. Anger is a part of the process...grief a long road to traverse. He needs to know that it is alright to be angry and that he is accepted...
    Amy's tenacity is apparent...I hope that when it is time to lay it down that grace overcomes her and it be a pleasant transition for her.


    Debbie this will turn around one day...it will be understood some day...one day she will be free.

    This is not for forever that the trial of such intense adversity befall you.

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  26. All I can say Debbie, is I will continue to pray for your family and for Amy. My heart is sick for all of you.

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  27. I don't blame Richie. I am angry, too. I think of Amy just a few months back. And right after the trach. Now so tiny. I am angry she has to suffer, to see her just skin and bones and the smile through the pain, it is a terrible thing to witness, it is beyond my comprehension to see her in this state. Her smile is the saddest and yet most incredible thing I have ever seen. But what I would give that this never happened and Amy would not be fighting this terrible cancer and terrible ordeal. I think anyone of any religion can agree with the truth of Paul's words, We see through a glass darkly.

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  28. Dear Amy and Debbie,
    Oh my goodness - what a beautiful Haloween tree you decoratd -such a bright and cheerful tree. Amy, you are truly a Child of God and an inspiration to all of us. You look adorable in your darling Dorthy outfit and I wish I lived closer to you so I could come visit you. Bentley sends a big dogie kiss to you.
    God Bless you and your family and friends,
    Blessings and Love,
    Erin and Bentley.
    P.S. I am celebrating my first blog anniversary and giveaway and if you have a chance, stop by to visit. It would be great fun if you won the giveway as you get o pick out one of my small paintings.

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  29. Dearest Debbie - You know this already but I just wanted to tell you again what an amazing Daughter you have. Amy is a fighter, so very very courageous and that beautiful smile, who could not mention that. I am in awe of the courage and strengh your family has found through God. Amy looks wonderful in her Dorothy outfit and I just love her ruby red slippers. What a magical tree for Amy to look at and enjoy. I can understand where Richie is coming from, may God speak words to heal his heart. You are all in my prayers and thoughts everyday♥♥ My love and special thoughts to all of you. You are one very brave and wonderful family. Linda

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  30. I have no words to say. I sure will be praying for Amy and your family.

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  31. Dearest Debbie, Thoughts and prayers are with all of you, especially sweet Amy and Richie. So many things we will never know on this earth where we see through a glass darkly. The Halloween/Autumn tree is awesome and so is our Amy/Dorothy.

    Sending you and Amy, Rich and Richie much love and lots of hugs!

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  32. Debbie, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I Love your Halloween tree and Amy looks beautiful in her Dorothy outfit with her ruby red slippers on... Amy is & has been such a great fighter.... I'm just so very sorry that she has to endure so much pain...

    I send Amy and you my love... and lots of hugs and prayers are being sent from my home to yours...

    Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration to me Debbie!

    Blessings,
    ~Lynn/OKC

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  33. You are an amazing and inspiring person. God must love you and Amy very much. The tree is beautiful, and so is that Andrew. May God continue to give you the courage not only to get through the hours but also to live them fully. I continue to pray for both you and Amy, as do my friends.

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  34. I'm sure it does Amy heaps of good to have something so beautiful to looks at. I never thought of doing a fall tree, it's a wonderful idea. Amy looks like she's loving her costume, I love her shoes!
    We all hear your anguish and feel your pain and our prayers go up to the Lord for all of you every minute of every day.

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  35. Debbie and family, Bill and I pray for Amy at every grace before a meal and think of you all through the day almost constantly! Amy looks beautiful in her Dorothy costume! I cannot believe her courage, her faith, her determination. As we said before, she will give up when she makes the decision to meet Jesus. It all seems so cruel to see her suffer but Jesus is holding her tiny hand. I cry and hurt because I cannot help but consider yourselves loved and hugged. Major Blessings are wished. XXXOOOO Kerrie and Bill Thank you for your prayers for us amid all the chaos going on! The tree is wonderful!

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  36. Dear Debbie, I am so glad you visited my blog. I am reading post about your dearest Amy and my heart just aches for you. I understand that Amy has a form of cancer and I am praying for Amy, you and your family. I pray the blood of Jesus over her and all of you for healing, peace and a miracle. My father has been suffering from lymphoma that spread to his hip and destroyed his pelvis. He just had a year pet scan and it did not come back clear. He has some questionable areas. I love halloween also and the tree you made and the costume Amy is wearing is so awesome! May God be with you and protect you and his love surround you and your precious Amy. I will pray for you all day.
    Love to you,
    Lori

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  37. Oh Debbie,
    I can barely type this through the tears......I am comforted in knowing that my give away has brought Amy, and your family some joy ....even in the midst of such unspeakable saddness. I just can't believe how lovingly you have dislayed everything....I can almost feel the love and peace that Amy is surrounded by. Her beautiful costume, wig and shoes..... It was just heartwrenching to see Amy .......it brought back such painful memories of my fathers painful death from cancer.....it is so hard not to be angry and not ask WHY one must suffer as Amy has...........there I no words that I can say........except that you are one strong amazing woman and mother........my prayers continue to be with Amy and your family.
    Blessings
    Lynn

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  38. Back over to say I'm praying for you right now. Tell Amy that the sky here looks like the color "sky blue" from a crayon box. It's beautiful. As I type, I hear the birds singing. The sun is shining brightly, too. I'm wrapping up this image for you and sending it over the miles of cyberspace, tied with a ribbon of love...

    XO,

    Sheila

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  39. Debbie,

    Thank you for following my blog. Wow. You and Amy are TRULY an inspiration. Praying for her and you dear friend. :)

    P.S. Andy is adorable.

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  40. Debbie, The tears are pouring just pouring out, I'm a very visual person and you knnow they say a picture is worth a thousand words, thank you for the updates. Praying for all of you, my dear friend. Your posts and words are SO VERY INSPIRING, ENCOURAGING AND RIGHT ON THE EXACT PLACE WHERE WE SHOUDL BE WITH JESUS, THE HOLY SPIRIT AND OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. 'So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good." 1 Peter 4:19 The Lord must be pleased to look down and see how through all of your suffering you are continuing to "do good". Your faith is shining and you are bringing much glory and will reap your rewards in heaven....our HOME and ultimate destination, this is all temporary as you know and look around, signs point to living in the end times...he could come back any day, all the prophesies have been fulfilled and we await the sound of the trumpet, where I will hug all of you in enternity and hope to worship with you, you are all great warriors...

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  41. HI Debbie,
    Amy looks like the best Dorothy I have seen in a while!!!So fun for her to be included in dress up fun, I understand the anger and I do not understand the plan God has for Amy and her family, I jsut Pray for strength for all of you.
    God is good and he knows his Plan for all of you, you are touching people everyday with your stories of courage though.
    Hugs and love to you my dear,
    jamie

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  42. Dear Debbie. Your tree is beautiful, and I am so glad that Amy is able to enjoy it, as well as Andy, he is adorable.
    Words seem so inadequate here, other than to say I have and am still praying for Amy and your family. I agree Amy does deserve a purple heart, for She as well as you my dear have been heroes for all of us. Your faith reaches to the highest pinnacles and you both will never know this side of heaven how you have touched so many lives.
    You not only have an "angel on your front porch", but a beautiful one inside as well, dressed as "Dorothy." Just adore those red shoes.
    Blessings,to you today,
    Hugs, Sue

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  44. Dear Debbie,

    It's true and it is amazing to have read that amidst all that has happened to Amy, she still manages to show that spark left on her and smile. It is hard and seeing her picture gives you that ache. But with it is a smile - she celebrated a fun event and was very sport about it.

    Your family is strong. I believe it takes a lot of courage in your part to be doing what you are doing.

    We may sometimes never understand what God has planned for us but i too trusst in Him that He has something great in store for all of us and for dearest Amy.

    Mizpah!
    Li

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  45. Debbie sent me an email. Please pray for them!!! Amy went home to be with Jesus last night. I am sure she will update as she is able - but I pray that you will pray for them all.

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  46. Debbie,
    My heart aches for you in the days ahead.............
    Hugs and prayers
    Lynn

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