One Year Anniversary Florida Trip

We spent last weekend in Florida! This time last year I wouldn’t have believed you if you said that in a year we would be spending a day at the beach with dad. I will never forget my mom sitting us all down together a year ago to share the news that dad would be discontinuing treatment and coming home with hospice. His days were numbered.

Well, the days turned into weeks. And the weeks turned into months. And one year later we are celebrating dad still being on this side of heaven with us. And we couldn’t be more thankful for this miracle.

So many of you have checked in, continued to pray for us and asked for updates over the past year. I am grateful for you. The latest update is…we just don’t know! Because dad is technically still in hospice he does not see a doctor, although a hospice nurse visits him weekly to check his vitals and see if he needs any medication. Over the past year dad has been in minimal pain and made tremendous physical improvements. He is most comfortable getting around in his scooter, but he can walk short distances when he is motivated and can even ride a trike one lap around the neighborhood each day. A year ago Matt had to lift him out of bed to get him to the bathroom, shower or into the car. And today he can do those things on his own. Mentally, we can see the toll that chemo has had on his brain. He called me Caroline most of the weekend and has a hard time concentrating on activities like reading, but he can carry on normal conversations and continue making his corny jokes. And emotionally, he is just so grateful to God and happy for each and every day.

Right over my parents house…



  1. Shawna
    July 31, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    What a miracle, and what an answer to prayer!! So happy to see this!! Thank God!!! xoxo

  2. Debbie Kimrey
    July 31, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    God is good! I have a similar situation with my cousin. Just amazes us constantly.

  3. August 1, 2018 / 6:16 am

    So thankful! God is so good – enjoy every minute with your dad!

  4. August 1, 2018 / 7:21 am

    How absolutely wonderful! god is good!

  5. Peyton
    August 1, 2018 / 8:01 am

    Continued prayers for your dad and family. So glad y’all are getting extra time with him, especially so the kids can get to know him!

  6. Sarah
    August 1, 2018 / 8:03 am

    Such a miracle. Brings tears to my eyes. So happy for your family!

  7. Susan Foster
    August 1, 2018 / 8:07 am

    Prayers for you and your wonderful family from Winston-Salem!

  8. Amanda
    August 1, 2018 / 8:22 am

    This gives me chills as I’m reading it. What a blessing! Will continue to pray for you and your precious family!

  9. Sarah
    August 1, 2018 / 8:24 am

    What a blessing to have this time with those beautiful kiddos!

  10. August 1, 2018 / 8:28 am

    So amazing! So happy for you and your entire family. xo

  11. August 1, 2018 / 8:42 am

    What a beautiful blessing! So happy for you and your family! xx

  12. Toni :O)
    August 1, 2018 / 8:44 am

    Such wonderful news! I’m so very happy that you continue to have time with your dad and make every visit a priceless gift. Prayers continuing for your sweet family.

  13. August 1, 2018 / 9:03 am

    SO happy for you and your family!! Such a special blessing to get more time.

  14. August 1, 2018 / 9:46 am

    What a miracle.

  15. Meredith Thompson
    August 1, 2018 / 9:49 am

    So amazing!! Love this, my Grandmother just went on hospice about two weeks ago. We are relishing every moment with her. Even being called the wrong names are joys these days aren’t they? Continued prayers for your Dad and your entire family. oxox

  16. August 1, 2018 / 9:57 am

    So happy you have squeezed in another year with your dad!

  17. Katie
    August 1, 2018 / 10:10 am

    So amazing that it’s been a year!! I think about you guys often. Such sweet pictures!

  18. Maureen
    August 1, 2018 / 10:13 am

    You are very fortunate.
    Cherish these times and the memories that you will make from these times.

    I lost my father late last year and I miss him every day.

    The pictures you have posted are wonderful and expressive of your feelings.

  19. Kate
    August 1, 2018 / 11:28 am

    This was so wonderful to read. It must be a huge comfort to see him enjoy his days with his family.

  20. Jo
    August 1, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    LOVE this! God is so, so good! I’m so happy for you and your sweet family, for the miracle of still having your dad with you!

  21. Melissa
    August 1, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    Just beyond amazing! i’m so happy for you and your family that you continue to have your Dad and that he’s not in pain. I hope you have many more happy days ahead together!

  22. Maurizia
    August 1, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    God Bless you and your family, this is such a happy post! I also have a parent fighting cancer, and it’s such a rollercoaster ride, I’m so glad you got to enjoy another year with your dad!

  23. August 1, 2018 / 11:16 pm

    What a gift, and a precious reminder to make each day on this Earth count. So happy your family has had this “extra” time with your dad, and hope these days just keep coming for you all. Hugs.

  24. caleyjaderosenberg
    August 2, 2018 / 9:07 am

    Amen and amen and amen. So happy for your sweet family – praying for continued miracles x

  25. Traci
    August 2, 2018 / 12:04 pm

    This makes me so happy! Still praying for all of you!

  26. Morgan
    August 3, 2018 / 2:02 pm

    What an amazing blessing! Cannot imagine how grateful you all must be!

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