I know that they say that God has a plan for everyone and everything that happens in your life is no mistake, God planned it to happen that way, good or bad. And, being a believer in the big man, I believe that too. But, some things you just sit back and ask yourself and The Lord, "What is your plan for this?"
I have some pretty great neighbors, that I think we have become pretty good friends with over the past year and a half that we have lived in our house. They are a great family, and they have great families that surround them and they are all very close to each other. And, unfortunately, this family just cannot seem to catch a break.
Katie, my neighbor has an older sister with 4 kids. One week before Christmas, while they were at a basketball game, their house burnt down. Thankfully, no one was home, but, they also didn't get those few precious moments to grab things that are irreplaceable and you cannot replace with insurance money. And, it was a week before Christmas and with 4 kids, that becomes pretty hard to deal with. Thankfully everyone was safe and healthy and they would have a roof over their heads whether it be with their parents, or a rented home.
Just as it seemed that things were coming back together, I believe her husband (Katie's brother in-law) was hospitalized....another kick to the gut of the family.
This past Friday they had a benefit to raise money for the family. What is so special about Alexandria, or, Campbell Co. for that matter, is that although we are a growing community, we take care of our own and we support each other in times of need. We make sure each family is taken care of. It was the end of a long week, the kids had all been off of school because of a big snow storm that dropped a good amount of snow and ice on us and during that week, Abbie, Katie's 12 year old niece started having some pretty bad headaches and seeing spots. She also became sick, her balance getting more and more off and her face showing signs of what many stroke victims go through. They took her to Children's Hospital on Friday and they had a CT Scan done.....only to find out that Abbie had a brain tumor.
It's times like this when you ask God, "What in the world could your plan for this family possibly be?" and "Why would you subject these people to such hard times? Haven't they had enough?"
Abbie had surgery yesterday to remove a part of the tumor so the doctors can see what they are working with and to find out if it is cancer or not. Thankfully, if there is anything to be happy about during this horrible deal, is that the tumor is not touching her brain but is kind of sitting right on top of it. Which, makes it easier (as if it is easy to remove a foreign being from inside your head) to remove.
Katie has been sending out many updates on Abbie, keeping us all in the loop, which keeps the community in the loop as we are ALL worried about Abbie, even if we might not know her, or her family. And, each one of us is praying that she get's through this with flying colors and continues to go back to the normal 12 year old life that she should be living. Not worrying about her house being gone, along with all of her belongings, and most important, not having a tumor....
So, for everyone who might read this blog, please keep Abbie and her entire family in your thoughts and prayers. They've been through enough for a lifetime, and they need all the prayers and support that they can get. As of right now while writing this, Katie has sent out another update letting everyone know that Abbie is out of ICU and going to a regular hospital room. They have her sitting in a chair and eating and drinking a little, but, she is still fragile as I'm sure everyone would expect.
Keep her in your prayers, and keep praying that God does have a plan and that he knows what he is doing.....he knows that Abbie has more time on his earth and that there are more things that she needs to do in her life, that this is just a bump in the road for her......