Sunday, October 30, 2011

At home but far from well

Hi All,
Kevin here again.  It has been a while since I last updated you on Katie's condition and I thought it was about time since things have evolved a bit since the last update.  As you know we are home from the hospital and we were doing radiation treatment to arrest the bleeding in Katie's stomach.  We have finished the 10 rounds of radiation and we thought we were past the bleeding but in the last couple of days Katie's nausea and vomiting have become worse and the bleeding has returned once again. She was going through a time of vomiting about once every hour and a half or so with quite a bit of blood in her vomit; not something I wanted to see. She has now seemed to have passed the worst of the bleeding and we have her nausea mostly under control.
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In addition to the increased nausea is vastly increased pain. We have been upping her morphine dose almost every day, with her reaching 90mg/hr this afternoon. She is now pretty much pain free but is also pretty much unconscious. Our hospice nurse has tried to convince us to make the transition to the Hospice House, but as of this afternoon Katie has remained adamant that she is not ready to pack her bags just yet. We shall see what the future brings but please know that we have made the hard decision to stop treatments and not pursue further chemo or radiation. At this point we are continuing the TPN (IV nutrition) but we are not convinced it is helping her condition as her weight continues to drop.

Please keep Katie in your prayers and please keep the cards coming, she loves to look at all the wonderful crafting you put into your cards.

Take care,
Kevin

197 comments:

Jen Tapler said...

Thinking of your family with love and thoughts of comfort, strength, and peace in the days ahead.

Saskia said...

Always in my thoughts...

Saskia

Debgem said...

Kevin - thank you for taking the time to post an update - it must be so hard for you. Keeping you all in my thoughts. Keep strength in your faith and love in your heart. Regards, Deborah

Joan B said...

You have been the best husband and are giving Katie what she wants and needs. Thanks for taking the time to let us know how she is.

Barb said...

Always in my prayers.
God bless,
B

Tara said...

Always on my mind and in my prayers.... God bless you all!
Tara xx

Kelly G said...

Thank you for keeping us updated. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Rhonda AKA Thisgal said...

Praying for strength and acceptance for Katie and you and the children.
God is good, and has plans for us we cannot begin to imagine.
God loves you all and will be there for you all forever.
Your friend in Christ, Rhonda Sadler

Squirrellyshirl said...

There are no words........only prayers.

Robyn said...

Close to tears...Hugs and love to you all... Robyn

Anonymous said...

I don't know what to say except i'm thinking of you all every day and you are in my prayers. Sending you all comfort. Elaine x

GlitteryKatie said...

Oh Kevin this sucks so much. Please know that you and Katie and the boys are in my thoughts and prayers.
Wishing you peace and strength.
kt x

Sue Ann said...

You are always in my prayers sweet Katie and your family too!! I hope there was a moment where you made it to the front steps for a family photo. Kevin your are an amazing man and I know Katie and your boys feel blessed that God choose you for them. Sending cyber hugs to you all!!!

Mandi-Lee said...

Kevin thank you for the update! Sending you love and strength during this most difficult time!!! mandi x

Donna said...

Thank you so much for keeping us updated Kevin, my heart goes out to you all, I think of you all everyday. I'm so thankful Katy has such a fantastic husband to help her through this, I hope you have a lot of support too as I'm sure this is taking everything out of you. While you take care of Katy and the boys please make sure you take care of you or someone else does. Give Katy a Kiss from me. Hugs Donna x

Camperstamper said...

Kevin, I am praying that God wraps his arms around you and Katie and the boys and that you feel his loving embrace and peace. Thank you for loving her so much that you are willing to let her go on her own terms. Please take time for self care and care for the boys. Carmen

sherryann (aka Sherry Eckblad) said...

Thanks for the update on Katie. I will continue to pray for all of you and that Katie finds peace.

hello gorgeous said...

hey gorgeous, give Katie my love and lots of hugs, spread some to the boys and yourself. Stay strong over the next few days/weeks...she is a bright spirit that has filled not only your lives but others too ;o)

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

Koopdedoo said...

Kevin, thank you for taking the time to update Katie's blog again. Keeping all of you in my thoughts. May this time be peaceful for all of you.

Kathy said...

Kevin, thank you so very much for taking the time to post and let us know how things are going. I can only imagine the pain you are going through yourself. Please know I am lifting Katie, you and the boys to the heavenly Father for peace and comfort.
in Christ's love,
Kathy

Caroline Hackney said...

Kevin, thank you so much for writing an update. Many of us have never met you or Katie but we support you as best we can, sending you love and encouragement, and of course, cards. You are not alone on this journey. We are praying for you all.

Dinahsoar said...

I hate cancer. I wish Katie would get well, but if it is not meant to be I pray she is at peace and that her pain is limited. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Holly said...

I'm so sorry to hear that things have gone downhill for Katie. I continue to keep you all in my prayers.

Jade said...

Your family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for comfort and peace for you all.

IamDerby said...

There are times when words just fail. Sending you and Katie love and strength and prayers.

Jessie said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through this time in your lives. I wish you all peace and comfort.

Ted said...

May the God of comfort and grace show His love to all of you during these times. The Renz family remains in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prayers are with you. Wishing you peace and strength.

Anonymous said...

This must be so terribly hard for you Kevin and you are both in my thoughts. Stay strong, Katie needs that. With love, VivP xx

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry Kevin. I pray for precious memories for your family of Katie even through these hard times.

Novice Naturalist said...

Peace, relief, and strength--for all your family.

Susan@Cardmaking-Companion said...

Hard decisions - hard times!

May you find all the strength you need in people's love and prayers.

God bless you all.

Jenny said...

Praying for you all.

Pam~ said...

Forever in my prayers Katie and family will be! Thank you again, Kevin, for taking the time to update all of her stamping friends. I am always thinking of you all. May peach and comfort be with you.

Lorie said...

Much love and many prayers to your entire family.

Deirdre said...

Praying for you all. Sending hugs - thank you for the update.

Emily Painter-Davis said...

Thank you Kevin, for posting this. Constantly praying for you.

Love & Hugs,
Em

Stephanie said...

Katie, Kevin and family.....Many prayers to you and your family.

Joyce across the Pond said...

May each one of your family and the caring team know the tender care of the Lord Jesus in the days ahead.
Prayers for you all from Northern Ireland.

Whimcees said...

Hello Kevin,

Bless you for the update. Please know that you are all in my prayers many times every day. There are really no words to say but one keeps trying. Your difficult decision has been made and I pray that Katie can have her wish to stay at home with you and the children as long as possible and that she can be pain free. You are an incredible husband Kevin and for Katie to be so supported by your strength and love for her is a blessing.

Please give my love to Katie and tell her that she is in my thoughts and heart each and every day - as are you and the boys. A card is on the way.

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Lori said...

Thank you for the update. You are in my thoughts everyday.

Gina said...

I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers and you are on my mind and heart several times a day. Sending love to all of you.

Sewflake said...

Thank you Kevin for the update. Katie and your family are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. Katie has made such an impact on my life with her writtings. She has a place in the stamping family hearts always.
Sharon Doolittle

Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking the time to update us on Katie. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry that you are having to make the decisions you are making right now. Take care of yourself and the boys. Katie is such a courageous and loving woman.

Jeanne said...

Kevin, you are all in my prayers each day. Know the grace of God is with you bring His love. Love from us in the crafting community too.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Thanks so much for the update Kevin. My thoughts and prayers are with Katie and you as you care for her. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God give the strength you need at this difficult time.

Jodene said...

Kevin thank you so much for taking the time to keep us updated. I have been checking back often and think of you all every single day.

Normita said...

Kevin, thank you so much for the update. Katie, you, and your family have reached the depth of my heart. Please continue to remind Katie how much she's loved all over the world! You're in my thoughts and prayers for strength, comfort, and peace.

A BIG Texas hug,
Normita

LORi said...

Thank You for the update Kevin! Please know that me, my family and friends are continuing to pray for Katie's Miracle! I pray for perfect strength and peace the kind that can only come from our Heavenly Father! I pray for complete healing in Jesus' Name!
Love you guys!
Hugs -LORi

Theresa Momber said...

Kevin, such a very difficult decision. My heart goes out to you all. That's our Katie, fighting to stay home! Sending strength and love to you all!

Craft Crazy Carrie said...

Kevin...I was SO hoping that the time between posts meant you all were on the mend. My sister-in-law died of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma 10 years ago Oct. 13th and it just really hits home. You are courageous in keeping her blog up, as many in the crafting community are thinking and praying along with you. Love to you and your family.

Tameko said...

Thanks for the update. Continued prayers for Katie & family.

Dawn Frost said...

Thank you for updating us about Katie Kevin, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

auntbeespickles said...

Oh Kevin, thanks so much for taking the time to update us all! This is beyond words to explain my sincere sorrow for you and your family. I pray you and the boys will find some peace through this terrible time. Know that Katie is such a sweetheart and we all love her!
Hugs to you and the boys!!
Sarah Taylor

cgashley said...

Oh Kevin...I have no words beyond these: God knows of your trials and we trust that he will continue to surround you with His Grace.

I will continue to pray for you through these difficult days.

Donna C. said...

Thanks for updating us. I had been hoping that no news was good news, but I also knew that it probably meant you all just needed time to yourselves. I continue to pray for all of you.

thestampingbug said...

Oh Kevin,

My continued prayers go out to Katie, You and your boys (and your extended family) as Katie travels this painful journey. My prayer is that she continue to have the faith and comvort in knowing that her sense of purpose in this earthly world is fulfilled and that her sojourn here has been a beautiful one. I hope she finds peace in the love of her family and friends.

I know she's been truly blessed to have you in her life and to carry a little of her load. Blessings to you and your family as you progress down this difficult road. Kerry Urbatch

Harriet Skelly said...

Sending you my love and prayers - your whole family is in my thoughts daily. Thank you Kevin for keeping us updated.

Lisa Hjulberg said...

I am so so very sorry. I will continue to keep Katie and your whole family in prayer during this incredibly difficult journey. I know first-hand what it's like. God's peace to you all. <><

Bernadette said...

Sending my love to Katie and family...

Kathy Mc said...

Kevin, your post brought tears to my eyes even though I've never met any of you, except through blogland. I was SO hoping no post meant all of you were busy enjoying life. Obviously, not so. I'm so sorry you're all having to go through this dreadful journey. Please know you have lots of prayers and support to help you down this difficult road ahead. Wish there was more I could go. Will continue praying for Katie and her lovely family and will send another card. God Bless all of you!

Rose Ann said...

Thank you for the update, Kevin. You all are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Much love and hugs to all.

Julie Masse said...

Very sad news, our hearts are heavy reading this! You remain in our daily prayers. Much love to you all!

scraphappy4067 said...

Sending comforting thoughts and prayers!!

Lorraine said...

Kevin, thank you so much for updating us during this difficult time. You & Katie have touched and inspired so many across the world. I cried when I heard Martina McBride singing "I'm gonna love you through it" - (http://www.theboot.com/2011/10/27/martina-mcbride-dancing-with-the-stars/)

It made me think of Katie and of you being the pillar of strength & love for her. Continued prayers & love for Katie, you & the boys.

Anonymous said...

Wishing you all strength for this journey.

Donna Wilson
Saskatchewan

Ronnie said...

Prayers going out to Katie and your entire family..

Melissa Bickford said...

Thinking and praying daily for Katie, you and your boys! God Bless you all!

True :) said...
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True :) said...

Kevin,
My heart goes out to you, Katie and the boys.
Keeping you in my prayers!

True ;)

ThePurplePlace said...

Oh Kevin - I am very sorry to hear this sad news - it's truly heartbreaking! You, Katie and the boy will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!

I am not sure what Katie's thoughts are on staying at home or going to Hospice, but I'm praying that she is comfortable and where she wants to be.

You are an amazing man and she's blessed to have you by her side. My heart goes out to you ALL!!

Jill said...

May God send comfort for you all and surround you with his love.

God Bless, Jill x

naturecoastcrafter said...

Kevin,
You are an example of unconditional, sustained, and true love. You inspire me. While more hard times are ahead, I know you will weather them and continue to guide your children in your footprints. Sending thoughts of comfort and peace.

Nancy said...

Keeping you all in my prayers.

Joannie Legoe said...

Kevin (and Katie)

Sending much love your way!!!! The strength and courage that the two of you continue to demonstrate is amazing. My mom spent the last hours of her life at home, with hospice care, and with my brother and me by her side. I hope that when this time comes for Katie she can be at home surrounded by love and her amazing family if that's what works best for all of you. You are a wonderful husband Kevin! Thinking of you all...

Jana said...

I am so sorry to hear this. She is blessed to have you there to comfort her and make the right decisions for her care. You are ALL in my prayers.

Kim said...

Katie and Kevin & Family~
You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time! Sending LOTS of love from Wisconsin!!!
Hugs~ Kim

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

I'm continuing to pray for you all! Giant hugs and I'll be sure to make another card today.

Sarah Hurley said...

Thinking of and praying for you all

Sarah xx

Kelly Schelske said...

Thinking and praying for you all, for strength, comfort and peace in the days ahead.
Hugs, Kelly

Shazza said...

thank you for the update Kevin, I was thinking of you all this morning and wondering how things were. I have the image Lori designed ready to colour and will send a card soon. Praying for you all
x

Glenda J said...

Sending you hugs and strength...

Susan said...

Dearest Kevin,
Thank you for taking the time to think of all of us in this time of great need for your family. I continue to pray for Katie and for you and for your beautiful boys. God bless you for facing this situation with such strength and courage; and I pray that God will wrap you all in His loving embrace.

Diane S said...

Katie and your sons are very lucky to have you taking care of them. Thinking of all of you.

Vicky said...

Thank you for the updates! You are all in my prayers, and also pray that Katie can stay home. Nothing like having your family around you! How are the boys doing?

Amy said...

I do not have the right words now except that I am thinking of you and your family. As a nurse, I see everyday the hard decisions families have to make so I know what you are facing. Hugs to your family!

Suzie said...

Always thinking of you all. God will continue to keep you all in his arms.

LouLou said...

Kevin this is heartbreaking and all my thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Thank you for taking from your precious time for update. God bless you for your strength Kevin! Take care!
Sending all my love across the Ocean.

WENDY said...

Oh Kevin not the news we wanted to read today. My heart goes out to you all. Will continue t kep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Take care now.
Wendy
xxx

KathyE said...

Thank you for the update. Will continue praying for Katie and your family.

Sandi said...

Wishing you peace and comfort in this very difficult time for you, Katie and the children.

Gina said...

It must be so difficult for you to be dealing with this when the whole world is pre-occupied with death as a form of entertainment(Halloween)
As a pagan, I don't fear death, and consider this a good time to" move on" as I know friends and family would find it easier to great me. Don't think I'm being heartless or insensitive,I mean these words only as comforting thoughts.
Blessings on you and yours, and especially Katie, who sounds like she has tired of the battle. Nothing to be ashamed of, we each cope as long as we can XXX

Desiree said...

Not sure what to say. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayer constantly. May you and Katie find peace knowing that you are both held in so many hearts.

Gramma Jacki said...

This latest sad update breaks my heart. Peace, love and strength to you all. <3

Anonymous said...

Praying for you all, and sending love and light your way. May you feel the love and care that surrounds you all.

Kathleen said...

Think of all of you with love. Wishing you peace and continued courage.

Barbara said...

Thank you for the update in this difficult time. I'm thinking of you all daily and am sending all the strength I can dispense with and then some.

Marni said...

Sending love and prayers to you. Thank you so much for letting us all know what is happening.

Tricia said...

I've been thinking and praying for your family today as my dear Aunt was diagnosed with Stage IVB Pancreatic Cancer in the last few days. Her hope is in Jesus Christ her Saviour and there is such peace and joy amidst the pain as she waits for Him to call her home. I pray for that peace for you and Katie as you continue this next stage of your journey. All my love and prayers..

elliejoan said...

Awful, awful news. So sorry to hear but keeping you all in my prayers. Stay strong x x

judy said...

Kevin, thank you so much for the update! I think of Katie and your
family often and have checked the
blog regularly for updates. I will
continue to keep all of you in my
thoughts and prayers.

Jenny said...

Kevin, thank you for the update!! I hope and pray that she will be at peace and comforted. She is in my daily thoughts and prayers. I think about you all everyday. I am praying everyday. Stay strong and sending lots of love and hugs!!! xo

Anonymous said...

Kevin, sometimes the best think for you and the boys to do is to tell her that it is okay to go. That you can't bear to see her in this pain anymore. Don't ask me how to do this. I'm afraid i don' know. Love and many prayers to all of you, my precious people.
Maru Samson

Donna said...

Kevin, too many of us have been where you are now. We understand your pain. We are here for you and Katie and the boys. If there is anything we can do, we want to help.

Renee said...

Kevin, thank you for the update. I have been praying non stop for your family and Katie. I can't imagine the pain that she is in but I also can't imagine you wanting her to let go and leave you and the boys either. You have a hard job and I just pray that God will give you all the strength you need to move forward and do what is best. I wish there was something I could do to help but I don't know what so I will just pray pray pray and lift Katie up as well as you and the boys.

Big hugs…..

Claire said...

Thanks for the update Kevin, my heart is breaking for you all. I have no words that could possibly say how sad I feel for you all. My thoughts are with you and yours.
Claire xxxx

cbuswell said...

Thanks for the update. Thinking of you all. I'm hoping Katie is as comfortable as possible. Sending love and positivity.

June K said...

Kevin, thank you for the update. My heart goes out to all of you. I had tears in my eyes as I read your post this morning. Katie, you and your sons are in my thoughts. Hugs.

Angelica said...

Praying for peace and comfort - my heart aches for Katie and your family.

stampinganja said...

Praying for you all, my heart is heavy,I don't know what to say, it is heartbreaking.
Lots of strength and courage and love for you all!

Kristen said...

I am so sorry! Thank you for updating, as I think of you all often. We will keep you all in our prayers.

Jak Heath said...

Keeping you all in my heart. be strong.
Jak x

This Art That Heals said...

Thinking of you all. God bless you. Hugs to you all.

Anonymous said...

Prayers for all of you. May Katie be as comfortable as possible.

Dawn B. said...

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I can't even imagine what you are all going through but know that you are loved.

Karen L said...

I have been checking the blog daily with the fear that the news is not good, and I am so very, very sorry. I have lost too many friends and family, at too young an age, but I know that everyone's journey is a personal one. I hope that Katie knows how many hearts she has touched with her blog, and with her stamping, and that you and your family will gain some comfort from that. I will be praying that she finds peace and that she has relief from her pain. Hugs to you and your boys.

Lori Apgar said...

What a blessing that Katie is at home surrounded by family. We were able to provide that for my dad a few years ago and it was very peaceful.

I was 20 when my mom lost her battle with cancer (alone in the hospital in the middle of the night). It took me a very long time to realize that God had other plans for her. I am now 43 and have felt her with me many many times. She watches over my children and nieces.

My prayers go out to your family, your children especially!! This is not an easy time right now, but so many people care about you!! I pray for Katie to be pain free and cherish her time with you!!

Pryn said...

I know your decision was not an easy one. I pray that God keeps Katie as comfortable and pain free as possible. My heart, prayers and thoughts are with you all!

Kristie said...

Thank you for taking the time to post an update. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Anonymous said...

I don't know Katie personally but I think about her EVERY day!

My prayers.....

Carol

Dana said...

No words can take away your pain and anguish. But love is like a violin, the music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever.
Keep Katie's strings wrapped around your heart, and the heart's of your children. She will never be far away.

Davi said...

Kevin, Thank you for taking the time to update us. There aren't really any words that seem adequate but I'm so sorry that you all are going thru this hard journey.. I pray that you and the boys will be comforted in this most difficult time and that your hearts will be strengthened and filled with peace. Obviously Katie wants to be home with you all so I pray that during this time you will all share your great love with one another.

Shirley said...

Thank you Kevin, for the update. Dear Kevin and Katie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Nancy said...

My thoughts are with all of you... hugs to all of you

Kelly S. said...

Katie's strength and grace continues to inspire, as does the love that you all share. Saying prayers for peace and comfort for you all!

Kathy R. said...

So sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts and prayers remain with all of you. ~Kathy

Sandie said...

Thinking of you all. xxx

Meredith MacRitchie said...

Kevin, thank you for the update. I've been thinking of you (I took a trip south to Bellingham the other day, and always think of you when I am there), wondering how you were all doing. As always, you're in our thoughts, and we hope Katie finds some relief soon. Take care.
Meredith

gayle-rn said...

Thanks so much Kevin for taking the time to update us as I know you must want to spend every minute w/Katie.I would like you both to know I continue to pray for you Katie to find peace and continue to be pain free and Kevin for you to carry on with the boys and all your memories; good memories;those will never leave your heart.Please give Katie a hug from me and GOD BLESS.
Fondly,
Gayle

Steph Lee (Arty Carty) said...

Thanking for taking the time to write this update. You and your family are in my prayers as I send you strength, comfort and peace in your time of need. Hugz, Steph

ALTHEA said...

I am praying forKatie to be able to not only be pain free but spend time with you and the boys. I cannot begin to imagine the type of strength and courage that is needed to balance your role as a husband and parent right now and still have time with your own feelings. God bless you all today and in the days to come.

Anonymous said...

I continue to pray for you and your family. I pray for salvation and for healing.

In His love,
Sue C

Margie H said...

Kevin, thank you for taking the time to update us. I am heartbroken bur I remain hopeful. As I do most days, I will continue my prayers of strength to all of you. Love and warm gentle hugs to Katie!! xo

Anonymous said...

I wish there was something I could do to take away the pain. Please know that you are in my thoughts & prayers. Much gratitude for sharing a few precious moments to update us.
Hugs & peace, Vina

Anonymous said...

my thoughts continue to be with you and your family.
You, Kevin have been an amazing support to Katie, you should be proud of yourself for the way your have taken care of Katie. At times I am sure you feel like you have not done enough but know that you have been everything and more during a most difficult time .
take care of you too
Blessings to you and your family!

Tammy V said...

You and your family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers! Take Care!!

Karen Giron said...

You all are in my thoughts and prayers and Katie is so blessed to have you, Kevin - you are so strong and supportive and everything she needs in these moments. Sending you much love.

Anonymous said...

No words can express the sorrow I have reading the latest update. You all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers many, many times each day.
Erin and Mike Cristofaro

Cor* said...

Thanks for the update Kevin. There simply are not enough words to say to you at this moment. Be at peace with your decisions. Be strong. Keep praying. Keep believing. Know that we care! XOXOXOXOXOXO to you, Katie and the boys!

Debzi333 said...

Kevin, thank you for taking the time to keep us up to date. May God keep you , Katie and the children in His embrace. Love to you all, and my prayers.

Deborah F.

eleftheria said...

I m sorry you are going through this.You are a great husband. God bless

There She Goes Clear Stamps said...

Just want you to know that there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you guys! I hope that you all are overcome with peace and love during this painfully difficult time.

Lots of <3 from Chehalis!

Z-Scrapper said...

Just tell our Katie how much she is loved by all of us. Hugs and prayers!

Linda F said...

Prayers for Katie and your family as you face this difficult time. Thank you for keeping us updated.

Cathy said...

Kevin, thank you for being so kind to keep us updated knowing how hard it has to be for you and your family. Prayers for the strength face the next days and weeks for yourself, your boys and Katie,.

Chantell said...

Thank you for keeping us updated. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Chantell - South Africa

Lisa S. said...

Sending love and comfort to you , Katie and the boys.

annie in Oz said...

Kevin, thank you for taking the time to update. Praying and thinking of you all. Annie xx

Jerusha said...

Praying with all of my heart.

Trish said...

Thank You for the update kevin. You, Katie and the boys are in my thoughts and prayers. x

Junebugpins said...

Kevin...I have been thinking of all of you....today is Halloween and I know the boys will want to trick or treat....
Just really touching your taking time to keep us updated...I wish there was more I could do back for you all....prayers being sent for sure....
Big hugs to all of you...and a special one for Katie...

Cathy F said...

Katie, Kevin and the boy our prayers are with you. God Bless and may peace be with you too.

smhoffmann said...

I was heartbroken when I heard the update Kevin as like many others I had hoped for the best.

My prayers go out to Katie, You and the boys through these upcoming times. It will be very difficult but somehow God heals with time.

You and your family have become part of my work family as I have shared your blog with them; everyone is sending their prayers to you all also.

God's blessings to all of you.

Grandma Nancy said...

God bless all of you and I continue to pray. Love and hugs to all
Nancy

Barb- NICUGypsy said...

so sorry to hear that the journey is getting more difficult. Please know that your friends in cyberspace continue to lift you all up and pray for a smooth transition. Savor this time as you support Katie and you get the opportunity to love on each other. I am so grateful for being able to call Katie friend, even though we've never met. God bless you all.

susie.m said...

Thinking of you each and every day - My prayers are with you all. All my love xx

Queen Mary said...

Dear Kevin, thanks so much for updating us on Katie's journey, I know you will share our love with her. My whole family holds you all in our prayers - for strength and peace, Katie is already a model of grace.
Praying for the strength that surpasses all understanding for you and your precious boys.
Mary

Sparkly Pink Star said...

I am thinking of you all...I am going to make Katie a card now.

Anthonette said...

Kevin,
I've have thought of Katie and your family many times these past weeks. You are an amazing husband! I pray that your strength may be sustained. I hope Katie's suffering in minor. I pray for all of you. Peace.

Allison said...

Thinking of you all today. I admire the strength that both of you inspire in each other and for your children.

Gill said...

Prayers for you all are winging their way across the Atlantic. I pray for strength for you, Kevin, & for a peaceful mind for all of you.

Holly said...

I've had Katie and you and the boys on my mind so much since the last update on the 18th...

What a blessing I'm sure it is for Katie to have such a supportive, loving husband to care for her and the boys throughout this very hard ordeal. You both have such amazing strength.

I pray that Heavenly Father can keep watchful care over you all and bless you with the strength, comfort and whatever else you may need at this time.

Sending thoughts of love...
Holly in SoCal

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Kevin thanks for the update. God be with all of you right now. Will keep saying prayers!

Marilyn said...

Kevin, you are such a solid rock for Katie and your family. May God hold you all gently in this special time. Prayers and loving thoughts are with you all right now!

rooney said...

Kevin, you and Katie are in my thoughts. I am praying Katie has a personal relationship with Jesus as she slips into eternity. I am also praying that you do as well because what you are facing, both now and in the future, will require a strength greater than your own. In Christ's love,
Jackie

The DiLoreto Family said...

I'm so sorry for all that you and the kids are going through. Thoughts of strength go out to you now.
Michele

Anonymous said...

This poem I read is not attributed to an author but it spoke to me and I wanted to share it with you.
We all have faced times when those we loved are in the final stages of life. It is hard to let go of someone we love so much.
Katie is loved by many and her presence will remain long after physical self is gone. Katie will always be present...her radiant smile, her joyful spirit and the memories you have shared for the many years you have spent together. Katie is special and I feel honored to have been able to get to know her through this blog

"What is dying? I am standing on the seashore. A ship sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean. She is an object of beauty and I stand watching her till at last she fades on the horizon, and someone at my side says, "She is gone." Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all; she is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when I saw her, and just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination.

The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her; and just at the moment when someone at my side says, "She is gone," there are others who are watching her coming,and other voices take up the glad shout, "There she comes!"--and that is dying."
Blessings go out to your family!

Laura Isham said...

My heart goes out to you all. Sending love and prayers to you.

Anonymous said...

Kevin - I, too, have been checking the blog regularly and thought that no post was a sign that all was well. I am so very sorry that this wasn't the case. I think of all of you, often and wish that I lived closer so that I might have been able to give you some respite, sit with Katie, or do whatever was needed at any particular moment. No one could have asked for a more loving, devoted husband than you. I am praying now, as I have been, for peace for all of you. Katie, you have been an inspiration to all of the stamping community, not just with your gorgeous creations, but with your grace and elegance during this most difficult of times. We all love you!

Linda said...

Katie has touched so many with her blog and now you with your posts. Thank you both for a glimpse into such special hearts. Stay strong and know many prayers and hugs are offered up for you and your family daily.

Marlene said...

Keeping Katie...and all of you, her family members, in my thoughts and prayers. I've never met Katie in person, but know her in the blogging/crafting world. I agree with so many here who say she has touched so many hearts. xoxoxoxox.

Connie L. said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Heather Jensen said...

I am heartbroken. I wouldn't want to pack my bags either. Such a strong woman! I will say another prayer and send another card. :)
Hugs and prayers,
Heather

Anonymous said...

Kevin, thanks for the update. I'm so glad that Katie and the boys have you in their lives. I know this must be an extremely difficult time for you as well as Katie. You are all in my thoughts and prayers daily and will continue to be! Sending Love and Hugs to you all!!

Anonymous said...

Kevin, thanks for the update. I'm so glad that Katie and the boys have you in their lives. I know this must be an extremely difficult time for you as well as Katie. You are all in my thoughts and prayers daily and will continue to be! Sending Love and Hugs to you all!!

Anonymous said...

Kevin, thanks for the update. I'm so glad that Katie and the boys have you in their lives. I know this must be an extremely difficult time for you as well as Katie. You are all in my thoughts and prayers daily and will continue to be! Sending Love and Hugs to you all!!

Becky Jo said...

The above anonymous comment was from Becky Jo. I have no idea what key I hit to make it go in three times, but then again maybe you needed to hear it three times and a higher power helped me out.

Linda McClain said...

Thank you for the update, Kevin. You and Katie and the boys are in my thoughts so often. It sounds like you have wonderful Hospice resources ready to step in whenever you need them. Katie has such grace and courage, and you are such a rock for her. No wonder she wrote about you with such affection. Sending you wishes of comfort and peace.

Anonymous said...

Kevin, Isn't it amazing how someone you've never met affects you so much? Both you and Katie are such inspirations to so many people. Prayers for strength and peace for all of you.

Kasha Rolley said...

Kevin. Can you please send me your addressbto krolley@yahoo.com so I can send a catd to Katie. You are in my prayers. Kasha

Stephanie Gruss said...

All my thoughts, love, and prayers are with you. I keep coming back hoping for a miraculous recovery. May you find peace together. Katie is blessed to have you care for her and you're a real hero to the crafting community.

Stay strong!

Stephanie

Ali said...

Lifting you all up in prayers. May you all gather strength, comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Ali B in Dublin, Ireland

Sandy Rhyneer said...

Kevin, Katie and your family are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. I hope that knowing so many people are surrounding you with love and thoughts is somehow comforting you all during this most difficult time.

On Saturday, I will ride 40 miles in South Florida in support of cancer research and to honor Katie...her spirit and strength will help fuel me along the way.

Eileen said...

Such sad news my prayers and thoughts are with you all x

Superfan said...

Sending you and your family a word of encouragement and support... Love!

Love is the key

ameklus said...

Kevin-
Thank you so much for the post. May you and the boys find peace and strength at this very difficult time. And god bless Katie for having the strength to say she is not ready to pack her bags! My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.
Annette from TaDa

Cath said...

Love to all of you through this difficult, difficult journey. May strength and peace be with you as the path is revealed.

Jess-The Whimsical Butterfly said...

It is so hard to find the right words during times like these, but please know that what is on my heart is peace and love and many, many prayers. I am absolutely in awe of the love and emotions running through the huge network of wonderful people rallying around Katie, Kevin and the boys. What a tribute that is to what an amazing person you are, Katie! I will not give up praying for a miracle but during this time, I pray you aren't in any pain. Huge hugs to the Renz family!

Michelle said...

Hi Kevin

Thank you for the update.

I have no words that will offer the comfort I so desperately wish I could give to you and your family at this time. Katie has been in my thoughts every day.

The poem from anonymous before was absolutely beautiful.

Hugs from Australia.

Michelle

Mary said...

You all are in our daily thoughts and prayers.

Cathy P in AZ said...

My prayers and thoughts are with all of you in this very difficult time. I still pray for a miracle for Katie and for peace and comfort for you, Kevin and for your family. May God's hand hold yours and guide you through - come what may.

Edith said...

This is one of those moments when you want miracles come true. I send each one of you, family, great strength and also my prayers, hoping that these, together with all friends of the world which are praying for Katie, could be of some help to the whole family.

Many warm hugs from Chile, S.A.

Dana said...

Kevin know that I continue to pray for the both of you. May God provide you strength as you both deal with this difficult time. I am praying for a miracle in her body.

Hugs
Dana (Warner Robins, GA)

Mothermark said...

Kevin, thank you for the updates. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Katie, and your family.....

Marylynn said...

Praying for you and thinking of you every day.

KarenK said...

Kevin, thank you so very much taking the time to update us. I, too, was hoping that no update meant that you all were enjoying spending time together. My heart sank when I've learned of Katie's current condition. I am so very sorry for what Katie and you all are going through. I have no other words, but profound sadness. Please let Katie know how much she is in our thoughts and prayers. That we wish her peace and comfort in her journey. That she has inspired so many with her creativity, spirit, courage and so much more. Sending you all love and prayers constantly.

Sue W said...

Thinking and praying for you all!

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