Thursday, February 21, 2008

Peter Barr

There is this sweet little 8 year-old boy in our ward at church who was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor a little over a year ago. This week he seems to be sadly slipping away and though I never personally met him, as we haven't been in this ward too long, it has really saddened me and touched our family. His family is so strong and has such tremendous faith in Jesus Christ and the plan of salvation. Their faith is getting them through this difficult time and I wonder would my faith be so strong? As a mother, I can't imagine what his parents are going through. They had to go and make funeral arrangements yesterday. Just thinking about having to do that makes my heart feel so heavy.

His parents started this website where they have recorded the goings-on since the diagnosis. It is sad, yet so inspiring, a site you should visit when you get the chance. I'm sure they would love a comment in the guestbook. The more love and support from people, even strangers, the better. Any thoughts and prayers on their behalf would be appreciated. They need them right now.

Life can sometimes take a turn you didn't plan and I know because of this family coming into our lives, I am trying to be a better person. I need to be more grateful for what I have and most of all, treasure the time I have with my loved ones. Sometimes the Lord's plan for you isn't what your plan was, which is a scary thought-how little control we have of what happens in this life. I'm grateful for a testimony of a living Christ and of the plan he has for us. There is a way for us to all be together forever, even after death. That is a great knowledge. Families can be together forever.

Update: I am participating in a team for Relay for Life, sponsored by The American Cancer Society, on April 25 in honor of Peter. We are called "Peter's Polar Bears." (remember how he wanted to surf a polar bear down an avalanche?) :)



Anything would be really appreciated! Thanks everyone!

9 comments:

Wendy Lee said...

Reading this post brought major tears to my eyes! Everytime I think about sweet Peter and his family it makes me so sad. I think that Heavenly Father gives trials like this to people that are strong and that is definitely the case with the Barr's, they are an amazing family

Jan said...

What a heart-breaker this is. I'm going to go check in at their website. Your comments really hit home for me - I'm so thankful for the knowledge I have of families being able to be together. But it will be so hard for them to miss him until they are together again.

-Melissa- said...

I know that the Barr Family has touched and blessed many lives. I know I have been touched by reading their website. They are an amazing family. They have been in my thoughts and prayers this week too.

Emily Loria said...

Holly, didn't Sis. Barr speak at this last stake confrence?? I am always amazed at the strength of the people that have to face trials like this. Thanks for posting this. It makes my day seem a little less stressful. ♥

hoLLy said...

she did speak at stake conference. she did amazingly. i wouldn't have been able to keep it together so well. they are such a strong and amazing family!

Rebecca said...

We used to car pool to preschool together. You would never meet a sweeter boy. He would just skip out to the car. All the little girls (including Morgan) just LOVED him. She prays for him every night.

Kristi said...

Holly, great post. This family is inspirational--it makes my heart heavy. too, to hear something like this. Thank goodness for faith and the gospel. It really does make me appreciate my family and my blessings all the more. :)

Hirschi Family said...

I don't know how families deal with these kind of heartbreaks without the gospel. I am so grateful to be a forever family and to have a testimony of the gospel. ( And of course I have your testimony and courage to thank for that)

100 Percent Cottam said...

oh so sad. good grief. it's so hard to understnad why things like that have to happen. what an amazing family.