We’re ok.

The boys wanted to put the Christmas tree up to celebrate Daddy’s birthday. I think we might make this an annual tradition. They were so proud of their effort.

Hi everyone,

I’ve been thinking for a while now that I should really post something to let people know how my boys and I are doing. So, here I am.

It has almost been five months. Five whole months. I honestly thought things would be getting easy by now. Particularly because the first days and weeks were so, so hard. But the truth be known, it’s still just as difficult now as it was back when I first lost him. The reality has truly set in. I miss his voice, his smile, his compliments to me in the mornings once I’d dressed for work, his companionship, his hugs, his spaghetti bolognese, his fettucini and prawns, his laugh, sharing stories of the boys with him. I miss watching him be a Daddy. I hate doing this alone. I don’t know why he had to go. I know God has it all under control, but it doesn’t make the day to day business of living any easier.

Cody and Jakob are doing incredibly well. They miss their Daddy all the time, but they are so resilient. Cody loves school and is growing so tall. Jakob is such a funny little guy with such a sensitive streak. I love them so much and am so, so proud of them every day. They are the reason I keep putting one foot in front of the other, and try to keep functioning. They ask a lot of questions about Daddy – why he had to die, what is he doing in heaven but they have bounced back amazingly well. I am so grateful for all the prayers people are praying for us, as I think that is the reason my little chickens are doing so well. Thank you so much.

It is so exciting to have had Kristian’s blogs published. I am thrilled to have in hard copy his journey, which I’ll be able to give to the boys to read when they are older and ask what it was like for Daddy when he was sick. They will be able to read in black and white about how hard he fought for them. How his faith in Jesus never once wavered.

Thank you for praying for us. Thank you for thinking of us. Thank you for believing we will be ok.

love Rachel

Both boys love Star Wars. I think it’s because it’s a tangible link to Kristian. He’d be laughing if he knew how often I had to watch it (before he died I’d never sat through even one of the movies!).

We found our book for sale at a bookstore at the airport. Just a little bit excited!

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~ by Kristian Anderson on May 28, 2012.

67 Responses to “We’re ok.”

  1. Dear Rachel
    As a mum I find myself thinking of you as I do normal “stuff” around the house. Sorting laundry, picking up after my kids. I often find my thoughts on you and your boys and wonder how you are coping. I keep you in our prayers and I hope that you are doing ok. Thank you so much for taking the time to let us all know.
    This is not an easy road for you and five months cannot heal your heart but I’m glad to hear that you are heading in the right direction.
    Take care and know that I am thinking of you and sending you a virtual hug.
    Gina.
    P.S. you are a great mum!

  2. Dear Rachel
    I just wanted to say thank you so much for speaking at Chapel the other week (Oxford Falls Grammar School). You message was so encouraging and I think many of us needed to hear it. I definately did. I am a Christian and have been for a while but I seem to still be messing up and tripping over the same old stuff. Your message reminded me that even when we don’t feel like we’re doing so well we are never outside of God’s grace. He never leaves us nor foresakes us and we can be holy because he himself is holy. I really hope to hear you speak in chapel again soon!!xx

  3. Oh Rachel, You don’t know me at all, I’m just one of so many thousand who were inspired by you and Kristian. I’ve not stopped thinking of you and the boys, in all of these months. I often wonder how you can possibly be doing it, remembering to breathe in and out and wake up each day while taking care of those two little boys. As horrific as leaving you must have been for him, I’ve no doubt that the one comfort would have been knowing the boys had you, your strength and your grace to raise them. Thank you for updating us.

  4. Dear Rachel,
    My husband and I were just talking about you and prayed for you a few days ago. I’m so grateful for the update on you and the boys. We will continue to pray for you. Kristian was loved by so many people that never met him. We feel the void too. There’s no doubt that it’s not to the degree that you and your boys feel it, but somehow, through his battles, we feel as if we met a friend.

    I say these things to make this point: if we, who are total strangers in reality, have you on our hearts, how much dearer are the thoughts of our Heavenly Father toward you. My sincere prayer is that you feel his presence, that you come to know Him as a loving husband and that your boys learn His great love as a father. We pray that you hurt and your loss do not keep you from running to him in your season of need.

    Please know that YOU are as dear to us as your husband is. Your faith in God and your love for one another touched our hearts in ways you may never see.

  5. Rachel,

    How brave you are and incredibly thoughtful to think of us. Five months seems like an eternity but really is not all that long in the grand scheme of life. Give yourself more time to grieve. You two had a strong bond that will carry you through. I am grateful that you took the time to update us on your progress. I look forward to when I can get a copy of the book Kristian wrote. May God bless you and your precious boys. I also pray that you will find peace in the days ahead.

    Lisa

  6. Rachel,
    You are amazing. The boys are beyond adorable. I can’t imagine how hard it is to get past the loss. It is nice to see that the boys are doing well.

    I have a friend that lost her husband unexpectedly 5yrs ago on his 40th birthday. It was so painful to watch her and her daughter go through the grief of losing such an amazing husband and father. So many times I would just sit with her and cry. It took over a year for her to get to a good spot. She says that she learned who her true friends were.

    Like you, she has built a new beautiful life for her and her daughter. She constantly amazes me with the strength she has. While she would do anything to have her husband back, she always says how thankful she is to have an angel watching over her.

    Wishing you continued strength and peace.

  7. I just want to thank you for posting this, Rachel. We constantly think about you and your beautiful little boys. I can’t imagine how difficult it is. I do know that I truly admire you for doing this and clearly doing it well. You have every right to ask questions and be confused. You are human, you loved him and losing him is one of the worst things that could have happened. I just hope you will always have the strength to carry on and I know it is not much consolation… It doesn’t get easier as such. The pain doesn’t get less, but you know what? God gives you the strength to grow stronger as each day passes and you learn to handle it all a bit better… Thanks again for sharing this with us and we hope to hear more from you in future. Love to you and the little guys all the way from South Africa!

  8. Rachel,

    Thank you for letting us know how you and the boys are doing.
    Big Huggz to all 3 of you!
    Your’e never alone,we are always here for you each step of the way.
    As I know that Kristian is always watching over you and his boys.

    Rest in the God’s love,he will always be with you :)

    Sending love from afar,

    Sandra Allan

  9. Thank you for checking in…I am glad to hear that the boys are doing well and that someday things might get a bit easier for you as well Rachel. You’re thought of often… Xo

  10. Thank you for checking in… You three are thought of often… Xo

  11. Lovely to hear from you Rachel. Praying for you and the boys!

  12. Rachel,

    As a father of 3, I can say that if something should happen to me, I would be beaming with pride to know that my wife was carrying on with the strength that you exhibit. You are a tremendous mother, wife and woman. Remember that “….power is perfected in weakness.” Surely, it is. For now, take much courage because I truly believe we will all behold Him sooner than than we think. What a glorious day that will be….. Blessings from Dallas, TX, USA

  13. Dear Rachel,

    Like all the others here, I am so grateful for the update. I’m just another stranger who followed Kristian’s fight and was so inspired (and comforted, my dad died of cancer the day Kristian was diagnosed) by the things he wrote here.

    I think of you and your boys and pray for you, and have wondered how you are doing, so thank you for updating all of us friends and strangers. I know it’s hard, the hardest thing ever, to go on. I know it takes your breath away sometimes, those moments when you just ache for one more moment to be with him. I also know God IS with you and He will sustain you and I pray that you will continue to trust Him and rest in His strength.

    I really don’t think pain like this ever truly goes away. It does get easier to put it aside and be happy again though. And it does get easier to think of the person you love and lost (for now, you’ll see him again of course) with less tears and more smiles. Let them both come when they will, and don’t be hard on yourself if you aren’t healing as fast as you (or others) think you should.

    With lots of love and prayers,
    Becky Willems (Canada)

    “Missing someone isn’t about how long it has been since you’ve seen them, or the amount of time since you’ve talked. It’s about that very moment when you find yourself doing something and wishing they were by your side.” – Author Unknown

  14. Rachel,
    thanks for your update, even if i am so far away from you (I live in Italy) i often think of you all.
    Much love to you and the kids. My thoughts are with you,
    Silvia

  15. Dear Rachel,

    Thanks for sharing how you’re doing. We’ve grown so fond of your little family and it is heartwarming to know the boys are doing so well. It’s a long journey for you, my dear — time and love will heal.

    Lois, USA

  16. Dear Rachel,
    Thanks for the update! Still in our thoughts and prayers! God Bless!xx
    Helen

  17. Hi Rachel,
    I have just read your post, and cried again for your heartache. Thank you for sharing in your everyday struggle. There is no time limit to grief, there is no cutoff to it. One day, a long time from now, you will suddenly realise that you didn’t cry today and that you actually feel a little better. I lost my best friend years ago now, but it was years before I could talk about her without crying and my heart aching. I pray that with God’s guidance and ‘the peace that passes all understanding’ be with you and your children as you go on.
    Catherine, Adelaide.

  18. Precious Girl,
    Thank you for letting us know how you’re doing…..and the boys….your husband was truly a lovely person. Time is a fleeting and sometimes forever type of thing – five months can seem like five years or just yesterday. Keep on keeping on – Kristian would be so very proud of his family…..you are doing a great job. I am anxious to read his book and will look for it here in the states……May God bless you and keep you in the palm of His hand – forever.
    -the grandma from North Carolina w/non hodgkins lymphoma

  19. Thanks for the update. I miss both Kristian’s Blogs and hearing about the boys and you…I’d love to hear more. I think of you all often and wish you the best! Your story sure made an impression on myself and the other 299 Oprah’s Ultimate Viewers!

  20. Thanks so much for the update! God Bless you and the boys!

  21. Dear Rachael,
    Hold close those precious times that you & the boys all shared. In time life will become easier to cope with your loss. God will always be there for you as he was for Kristian in his unwavering faith, he will continue to give you strength & guidance, ask & you will receive. (Matthew 7:7). Kristian left you with the most special gift from your love, your two boys, this love will also keep you strong. You are in my thoughts & prayers!
    Vicki

  22. Many thanks for updating us, have popped onto this site and twitter for news (all saved in my favourites of course :o))
    Think of you all often, God bless.

  23. Thank you for the update.
    You are an inspiration.
    It is certainly no coincidence that you and Kristian found each other, fell in love and made a life together…you are cut from the same cloth. You are each a wonder.
    God bless you and the boys. Continued thoughts and prayers to you.

  24. Rachel,
    I often think of you and the boys. My husband passed away 3 months ago from bowel and liver cancer. I used to read Christian’s blog and know what to expect with my husband’s treatment which pretty much mirrored Christian’s. I am feeling now that the numbness has worn off and that the reality is just overwhelmingly difficult. Our 3 children are older and are finding some comfort in the great people at Canteen, but is particularly hard for my daughter who is doing her final year at high school.
    You are an inspiration to those of us left behind.
    Jenny

  25. so fine to read you again. if kristian could read it he would be very glad to see his children grow up and to see that everything goes on. i was very glad to find this new post in your blog and wish you and your boys all the best! greets from vienna, austria, europe.

  26. It is so very generous of you and your family to have shared your lives with us these past 4-1/2 years.

  27. Rachel, I continue to think and pray for the three of you. Thank you.

  28. Thank you for your beautiful update, Rachel. The boys are adorable and no doubt as wonderful as their amazing parents. I’m a follower honored to share your journey in a small way from the Seattle Washington area, blessed to be instructed and uplifted by your faithful walk. Oh, how I wish I could ease some of your day to day challenges.

    I offer this scripture to help your precious heart.

    Hebrews 13:5b-6
    Amplified Bible (AMP)

    for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

    So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?

    In His love, Michal Ann

  29. Hi Rachel, thank you for updating Kristian’s blog. I think of yu and your little guys often, and pray for you. I can only imagine how difficult it has been with Kristian gone. As a parent that lost a 15 year old son to cancer, I know that there are days I just do not want to get out of bed, but I know the prayers going out for myself and my family help me to keep moving forward. My faith remains strong, I am aware that God has a plan for all of us, and it is beyond our knowledge but never will I understand why we lose the ones we love. I know one day we will be with our loved ones again where they will be healthy and it will be such a joyous reunion. For now continue to let his light shine on in you ad your boys, he was an incredible man that touched so many. May God be with you and give you the strength and the comfort that you need.

  30. Thank you very much Rachel for the update on how you and the boys are doing since yopur tragic loss..I know that with time all wounds will heal and i’m sure there are still alot of people out there praying for you and your sons…I find it truely amazing about how something likr this can bring so many strangers together and also make our planet seem so small…Although i know it was a tragic story that brought me to you and christian but i know it was all a part of our lord and saviors plan to bring us together…Thank you again for sharing athis part of your life and I know that it must of been a realy tough thing to do…Love and prayers for you and yor sons :)

  31. Hey Rach,

    You’ve all been on my mind a lot… big hugs and loads of prayers heading your way regularly.

  32. Dear Rachel,
    Thank you so much for letting us all know that you and the boys are ok. Life is hard as a single mum. I only lost my marriage, I can’t imagine how you must be feeling.
    But know that like a lot of people out there in the world, we have you in our thoughts and have faith that you can do this.
    Your boys are beautiful and strong , embrace that.
    jo

  33. Dear Rachel I too want to join in to say a big Thank You for updating us on your daily life. It;s not easy and we know & feel with you. You are loved an d I hope this helps a little bit with your pain. Your hubby loved you so much, it is an honour to have such love at least once in a lifetime.
    God bless you & the boys richly…… x xx

  34. Dear Rachel,

    I’ve wanted to write for such a long time. I was lucky enough to receive an email from your husband after I posted something nearly two years ago. I was going to send something to all of you via email then, but I was so afraid that it might not be the right time. I wonder now if it might be okay?

    On the 2nd of every month, I pray extra hard for you and your boys. I can’t imagine. I can’t fathom. I can only pray.

    The day after I heard about your story and watched your husband’s birthday video gift, I was at the spring getting water, and met a man who was at the same spring getting water for his horses, because his well was broken. I’m not a bold person, but I returned to the spring later that day, listening to “Marry Me” whilst driving. When I got to the spring, I put a note in a bottle and tied it to a tree root…hoping he’d come back…hoping he’d find it. He did find it, and we married about two months later. I don’t think I could have possibly believed that such a love were possible had I not had the blessing of sobbing as I watched your husband’s birthday video gift. Our closest and best friends are Amish, and they love to hear the story of how we met. I also told them about the video I watched the night before. Normally, it wouldn’t be appropriate to talk about things like that, but they let me share the entire story of how we met.

    Your lives have touched so many. I think my course changed when I happened upon the “Happy Birthday, Rachel” video. I don’t think I would have been at the spring at the same moment had I not been so moved by that part of your story the night before.

    I don’t know if the email address your husband replied from is still valid, but I wonder if it might be okay to send what I wanted to send then to you and your boys now. This time I won’t second guess myself. If you say it’s okay, then I’ll send it.

    Thank you for this post. The idea of celebrating your husband’s birthday with Christmas sounds perfect.

    Kind regards

  35. Thank you for updating us. We think of you and the boys often. Will continue to send prayers and positive thoughts your way.

  36. Hi Rachel,

    I just read your post. I wanted to say that you are an incredibly brave woman and an inspiration! Your husband was and still is an inspiration to me. Whenever I feel like things are getting “too hard” I remember Kristian and how he fought and had an unwavering faith in God….

    I wish I knew a way to take a way your pain :(

    All i can say is I think about you and you boys and pray for you all.

    Sending you love and prayers
    <3
    AG82

  37. All my love for you and your family, Rachel.

  38. Dear Rachel, I followed in silence your story through these months. Today I discovered the sad truth and I really felt bad because I was sure you would have got out from that terrible situation. Let me just say how brave and how sweetheart was your husband. He kept his faith till the end, and now he’s gone I’m sure he’s still there with you and you can feel it. My sincere condoleance to you and your family. I live in Rome, Italy, and will pray for you to find again peace e happiness. Please keep the faith, I know it’s the hardest thing. But we cannot know the plans of God.

  39. Dear Rachel, Cody and Jakob,
    I have been thinking about you all lately, and thought I would write and let you know, that you are in my prayers. It’s so unimaginably difficult to lose a love, your heart, that you don’t know if you can even get up in the morning… I know that it’s easy to say (write) “Jesus makes ALL things right in his time, that He can make good come from the most horrible”, but it is another thing to live it, daily.
    The thing is, I DO believe, that He CAN, and HE WILL make all things right, in His time, His way. I don’t know how, don’t know why…but He will. The other thing, that I am absolutely certain is, Kristian will meet you and your beautiful boys, arms outstretched and running towards you, the second you get to heaven.
    You all are loved, and being lifted to the gates and feet of our Beloved Savior and Lord.
    You can do this Rachel. You can. I believe in you.
    Roxanne

  40. Thank you, Rachel, for keeping in touch. I think of you so very often and your adorable boys. I miss Kristian’s writings…it was so evident how much faith he had and how much he truly loved his family. My heart & prayers are with you always. XOXOXO

  41. Dear Rachel,

    I’ve been absorbed in my own little world for the past year or so after having a baby, and did not hear about Kristian and your journey until I purchased Days Like These just a few days ago. I have just finished reading the book and am so moved by everything Kristian and you have written.

    I am not a religious person, but you have touched me and inspired me in a way that I cannot describe. I now look at the world so differently and feel so grateful for everything I have. I hope to remember Kristian’s words and remind myself to wake up if I ever feel otherwise.

    Rachel, you are such a strong woman and a wonderful wife and mother. Thank you for sharing your story with the world, and for updating us on your progress.

    Take care of yourself and your beautiful boys. I will pray for you (the best way I can!) and pray that God and his angels continue to watch over you.

    Lots of love and admiration,
    Liz

  42. Dear Rachel

    I came across your post, which I had kept, today, so I wanted to say, I am thinking of you, all the way here in SA.
    My son is a Star Wars fanatic, so I understand that end line so well – I am too so it’s our major connection!! Enjoy it with them, it’s such a great way to share Kristian with them x
    Love
    Sonia xx

  43. Dear Rachel,

    Thanks for the update. Since Kristian’s funeral was posted, I kept click back to his blog with no reasons, as it would not have any more new posts. So you can imagine how surprise and happy I was when I found your new post – it actually took me a short while to realise that was truly a new post, not my imagination.

    I pray God will continue to keep you strong physically and spiritually, and know that you have plenty of “brothers” and “sisters” out there to support you in prayers.

    Sis. from C3 family,
    GiGi
    (gigiwellness28.wordpress.com)

  44. Hi Rachel, is there anyway someone going through this same thing can get in touch with you directly ?

  45. Hello Rachel,
    It is true what you said in your lovely, courageous eulogy – there is a reason why I am here today, why I was drawn to Krtistian’s video to you that was posted on Facebook, why it lead me to this blog. God does amazing things in our life journey. I’ve been blessed to have a woman in my life that I called my best friend. She was my sister-in-law but I never thought of her as that – she was always much more. She died July 23, 2011 from colon cancer after a 5 year battle. Like your wonderful Kristian, she fought this battle to her last day, her last breath. She left behind her husband and two daughters and so many people that loved her. She never prayed for herself and always prayed for others — whether it was a chemo patient that sat next to her or a customer with failing eye sight at the bank that she managed. We prayed together knowing that eternal life is waiting for us and that God had plans for her beyond all comprehension. Watching her gorgeous curly hair fall out and the horrid rash she endured from the Erbitux was so hard to see. Kristian’s blog let me realize there were far more things than just that that my sweet friend dealt with everyday. The agonizing fear of what this dreadful disease would someday lead to is beyond my thoughts. Kristian and Joann and countless others faced that fear. I can’t imagine what everyday knowing what the outcome would be could possibly be like.

    Today we have a Foundation set up and we will continue to honor Joann’s legacy of never giving up, always doing your best and helping others along the way.
    Yes it is true, there is a reason why I am here today. I am all the way from Oregon in the USA and I was drawn to this, to your Kristian and to your lovely presence for being so strong for your husband. God is so good to do these things for us each day. Simple meetings like this. I truly feel honored to have been able to read Kristian’s blog, to view the videos and to know that our precious loved ones have eternal life with our God. What a mighty God he is.

    God bless you, Cody and Jakob!

    Lori

  46. i just want to say… that your husbands video floored me, (and im a grown man) along with so many other people. It was Beautiful.

    i wanted to pass the video on to a friend an then noticed the update, i just wanted to send my love to you and your boys (even though you dont know me)

    x

  47. Hi Rachel, I have recently lost my husband. I remembered seeing you on ‘sunrise’ a little while ago and wanted to contact you. I love your blog it is of great comfort to me…

  48. I’m so sorry for your loss. Just wrote a comment (on the lovely birthday-video-blog) where I praised him for being such a wonderful man to you. Next click I find out he’s no longer and I feel like an idiot….

    Thinking of you and your boys and wishing nothing but the best for you.

  49. I recently brought the book your family published. I could not put it down. I read the whole book in about two hours. I have also gone through cancer, but I am able to say I live to tell the tale..I had seen Kristain’s birthday video to you before but had to watch again. With tears in my eyes I watched as your wonderful loving husband expressed how much love he had for you. What a lucky and blessed woman you are to find such love, and with that love have two very handsome boys. He was so brave to fight so hard for himself but most of all his family. And to be a partner beside someone going through this horrible ordeal, you are also truly amazing, brave and strong, to be there with him through, his ups and downs, and to try and keep some normality for your boys. It cannot of been easy, and sometimes the partners don’t get much credit, and can be easy to forget about looking after yourself. I hope you and your boys can carry on and live the life your husband would have wanted you all too. You are a very courage’s person, it does suck that life goes on, but you and your boys deserve every happiness.

  50. Im not religious nor into God but if i was to ever pray it would be for you and your family. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I lost my grandfather to bowel cancer and this blog and your story made me remember I should cherish every day I have on this planet. thank you. I dont know how you got through it, and live with it evey day but you are such a strong, wonderful woman. I would be curled in a heap. you are so brave, you inspire me.

  51. Dearest Rachel,
    I have just finished reading ‘ Days Like These’. Thanks you so much to you & Kristian for sharing your story. It broke my heart, energised my love for life but most importantly it renewed & cemented my faith.My family will keep you & the boys in our prayers.

  52. Hi Rachel, I followed this blog for many months while I was living a similar story, but I never had the strength and courage to comment any post up to now. I live in Italy. My wife died 11 Jan 2011 for a lung cancer, after 23 months of suffering. We too have two little children, now they are 7 and 4 years old. I know how you feel. I think Kris was a very special person. Good luck Rachel.

  53. Rachel,

    I am praying for you and your precious boys. My heart reaches across this big earth to touch yours.

  54. Have had you, Kristian, and the boys on my mind lately. Still praying for peace for all of you & knowing you must miss Kristian so much. Hearts, love & prayers for you & your family, Rachel.

    Much love,
    Alison

  55. Dear Rachel,

    Thank you so much for working and getting the book “Days Like These” onto the shelves around Australia. I saw it this afternoon in the “50 Books you can’t put down” guide to reading and grabbed it off the shelf in the library. It is truly a book you can’t put down till the end!
    I have spent the last 4 hours in your journey and thank God for drawing close to you both during that time and for being with you now.

    Galatians 6:9
    “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

    God Bless You,
    Diana

  56. All the way from Missouri, USA, I think about you all and pray for you and the little ones regularly. I hope you’re all doing well. Have a VERY Merry Christmas! /hugs

  57. Hi friend.
    I know this is a tough time of year…and wanted you to know your sweet family is prayed for and lifted up to our Precious Jesus.

  58. Sending you and the boys warm holiday wishes from sunny California. That is how far love can travel! I see it in these pictures and in your heartfelt words, which have moved me to tears on more than one occasion. Please stay strong, Rachel. You are a beautiful person, and we are all behind you!

  59. Thinking of you, your boys and Kristian’s beautiful legacy that he has left us through his blog & journals. Keeping you in thought & prayer during this difficult time of year. XOXOX

    ~Alison
    Garner, North Carolina, USA

  60. Thinking of you and your boys and Kristian today.
    Anne
    Austin, Texas

  61. Dear Rachel
    I just want you to know we are still holding you and the precious boys in our prayers, in our hearts and know you are in His hands. I am hoping that you feel the comfort of ministering angels.

  62. God bless you, Rachel and the boys! They are getting so big. Take care of yourself and have a good new year!

  63. Rachel..I started to read Kristian’s blog after seeing both you and him on Oprah’s show. I followed his words, thoughts and beliefs right up until his death. I can’t believe that one year has passed. I can recall the first anniversary of my own fathers death and being afraid because all of those ‘this time last year….’ thoughts would be no more once we headed into the second year of not having him. I do hope that you and the boys are ok. You are a great mother to them. You are all in my thoughts regularly.

    Lorraine, Ireland

  64. Rachel,
    I have written about Kristian’s inspirational blog twice before on my own blog. http://www.lifecycles-by-neil-killion.blogspot.com I intend to feature him again on March 15th, Bloggers Unite Day in a post titled “The Fight Against Cancer-Never Give Up “. It would be an honour if you could read the post and even leave a comment. It is obvious from this series of comments just how many lives you have touched..
    i wish you well at this most difficult time.
    Neil Killion

  65. Hi, Rachel. Just letting you know that although we don’t know each other, I have you in my thoughts today as I re-read parts of the blog on a seriously rainy day here in Canada. I hope things are getting a little bit easier for you and you have found a new routine. Kristian’s spirit lives on through you and your sweet boys. :)

  66. Hi Rachel, so glad to see what you and the boys are up to now.
    My husband was diagnosed 9 months after Kristian, and I have always
    found his blogs comforting. My husband has had a similar path of
    treatment to him as well. It has been 3 yrs now and he is doing well,
    after a major liver resection last yr, unfortunately the markers are again
    rising, but reading about your family gives me so much inspiration for
    me and my 3 children. I wish you well.

  67. Hi Rachel
    GOD BLESS YOU, RACHEL AND YOUR BOYZ…..Sending you Love and Prayers

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