Thursday, October 18, 2012

Catching up.

As many of you know we have found ourselves on a journey of discovering hope and healing. We are facing a contradiction that may take up some space & time in the natural for a while, but we are doing our best to allow it not to take up residence in our hearts and minds. We found out for certain two days ago, after a battery of tests, that Chris was diagnosed with melanoma. This will be Chris' second bout with this sickness...(he had a previous experience in 2009) and following a mole removal, and two surgeries later, plus a preventative treatment, he was declared melanoma free. We attribute this to the many prayers, words, encouragements, able physicians, dedicated friends and family, and the kindness of Jesus that we made it through this. The last three years have been an exciting blur of raising children, settling into a permanent home, two trips abroad, new jobs, creative endeavors and loving life. We truly believed this was a done deal. Fast forward 3 years almost exactly (1 month ago) and through persistent symptoms, and then a chest x-ray, along with several other tests, we entered into the land of treatment once again. This effort to explain our story is largely in part to keep our friends and loved ones informed, additionally to encourage you all (and ourselves) in the process. It will be impossible for us to respond to every single comment, email, text, letter, etc...but know that we are extremely grateful. Please do not let our inability to always respond deter you from sharing with us. We would love to hear from you, and cherish each and every one of you. This will be a small way to keep you all informed and share our hearts with you. We may put other things in place as time goes on, but this will be the start. Join with us in the hope and belief that there is healing. We have a mighty God who is able, who loves us extravagantly, and a Savior who took our every contradiction (including sickness, doubt, unbelief) and made us whole. We are whole. Chris is whole. We believe it is finished, and we will continue to believe. Let's pray that this will manifest in the physical. Thank God for Jesus' faith and His strength that will sustain us. He is strong in our weakness...
I do not want to forget to mention our coming joy...We are having a baby boy sometime near March 1st! The Lord has spoken to us about this baby being a promise to, joy, a tangible reality of His goodness in the midst of hardship. We will let you in on his name as soon as we know:) 
Much love, Amy


  1. we love you guys. you have an army of people praying for you!
    holly + bryan

  2. As you have been, you all will continue to be in our prayers. Much love from the Stein Family.

  3. you are all loved and being prayed for!!! thank you for keeping us updated so that we may walk this journey with you. so excited about your baby boy :)

    jana and nic

  4. Praying for healing and for peace in your minds and hearts. The blessing of a baby in the midst of this is such a blessing!

  5. Just wanted you both to know that we have joined in the fight . God is faithful. Ex. 14:14 says, "The Lord will fight for you, you only need be still."

    Much love to you...

    Todd and Vickie