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!