From the two parts of “Our Rollercoaster Ride” you’ve come to know a little more about our family and Craig’s journey with Clear Cell Sarcoma of the Kidney. What I haven’t spoken about yet is our amazing support system! While all this is going on and we’re in and out of hospital, it’s not just Jonathan and Me holding our family together. I’ve had so many people tell me that we’re strong, we’re brave, that they admire us, and we do appreciate all the kind words, really we do, but it’s not just us. Firstly it’s a complete and utter reliance on our heavenly Father, without relying on God for strength and guidance and just trusting Him with all our heart, we’d have lost it a long time ago. Then there’s our amazing family supporting us.
My mom, Pamela is simply incredible, she lives with us and not only cares for Joel on a daily basis when we’re at work but also cares for all of us at home, she’s done and continues to do so so much for us, from cooking, to cleaning to running our home and caring for Joel and Caleb when we can’t be home because we’re at the hospital. And she is also a nanny to two other kids daily, looking after the three kids is her work, and yet she still added so much more to her plate since Craig’s whole ordeal. We really appreciate her and all she does so much!
Then there’s my in-laws, all three of them – My mother-in-law Sabrina, father-in-law Randy and my sister-in-law Renèe too. They have been so amazing, on Sunday evenings and even a few extra nights in the week at times, when Craig is in hospital, Caleb stays over at their place, they see to him in the morning for school, Rènee drops him off at school, my mom-in-law fetches him most days and Jonathan and I do so on the odd day. They do homework with him and give the quality time and a little special pampering he needs so he knows he is not being forgotten about in the chaos, even though Craig needs us a little more at those times. Caleb obviously loves it, because he loves being with his grandparents and his aunt and is absolutely besotted with his Granny Sabrina especially.
Then, my dad, Colin and step-mom Colleen, something you have to know is that Craig is totally obsessed with two people in this whole world, his dad, and his grandpa Colin. Our kids are so blessed to have so many grandparents, great-grandparents and even a great-great-grandma, they all love spending time with all of them. Family is very important to us so we make an effort to visit and spend time with all of them, thankfully we all live nearby to one another and some of them even live together on the same property, so it’s not that difficult. Craig however simply idolises my dad, his “Pa Colin”. I mentioned previously that Craig is very close to his daddy, more so than with me, so when he stays over in hospital, he tells me that I am not allowed to sleep over and only daddy may do so – which works out well because he is happy and Joel is very close to me rather than his dad, and is still breastfed at night so it works for us all. Well, the only other person that is allowed and even requested to stay overnight at the hospital with Craig is none other than “Pa Colin”. We owe a huge thanks to all of their grandparents (all three generations up) and especially to my dad for staying with him sometimes so Jonathan could get some sleep in a bed for even one night here and there during Craig’s hospital stays, and also funnily enough, for the already arranged overnight stays that Craig himself has already arranged with his grandpa.
A special massive THANK YOU to our photographers, Amy Green and Nicki Johannisen for our beautiful pictures and for helping us capture it all, we just know that Craig will be so grateful that he has these for what we believe will be an awesome testimony one day.
I could go on and on about all the people, family and friends, and friends who are like family, and even friends who I have never met in person but have grown to love from a distance, everyone who have supported us in so many ways over the past couple months. I cannot mention everybody by name, but Jonathan, the kids and I would like to thank you all for absolutely everything you’ve done for us. From visiting at the hospital, to bringing hospital snacks, cooked food and baked goods, a phone call when we needed it, all the messages of support and concern, all the prayers and well wishes, absolutely everything, THANK YOU!
Especially to our family mentioned above, you all deserve HUGE medals and we wish we could somehow repay you one day but I don’t think we ever will be able to, we so eternally grateful for you all, we love you!