Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I just wanted to give all you prayer warriors an update on my Call to Pray post, regarding the Nagels', appealed, adoption case.  According to Molly, the hearing, yesterday morning, "was not great," and the official ruling will most likely not happen for three to five weeks.  At that point, "the judges can either rule that [the Nagels] win the appeal [or] lose the appeal, or they can kick it back to the lower court and order a retrial."  This information was taken from the For the Love of Waverly blog, where you can read all the specific details of their long, hopeful journey.  Please continue to take time to pray, for this precious family and the judges' speedy resolution, over the coming months.  I'm sure you can imagine the pain and uncertainty the Nagels are feeling.

I, also, wanted to give you an update on my Cards for Kate post.

Kate is back in the hospital and will soon be receiving her 5th and final round of chemo.  Her mom, Holly, says, on her CaringBridge blog, "We really need prayer that Kate's MRI, in December, is clear before going for her stem cell transplant. The battle would still be long from over, but what an unbelievable day that would be!  [At that point, Kate] could avoid radiation... and another, potential, brain surgery...  The prognosis is also more hopeful with a clean scan going into transplant."  Please join with the McRaes in pleading, with our Heavenly Father, for complete and total healing of and claiming Isaiah 43:1-2 over their beautiful Kate. 

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

The McRaes, with the help of their church, are coordinating a toy drive for kids on the oncology floor where Kate goes.  They're calling it Kate's Crazy Cool Christmas.  The truly giving spirit the McRaes possess, even amidst their turmoil, just astounds me!  Please go to Kate's CaringBridge blog to find out more about how you can get involved, this Christmas season, in this gift-giving endeavor.  In her November 8th and 9th posts, Holly gives a list of items she suggests sending, unwrapped, by December 15th, to...

Cornerstone Christian Fellowship
Attn: Kate's Crazy Cool Christmas
2211 E. Pecos Rd., Suite 2
Chandler, AZ 85225

On a totally unrelated note, I have a card for you all today.  It was duplicated and delivered to all those who thought of Adina, with gifts, for her first birthday.

I began this card by stamping the "Thank You so much" sentiment, in Old Olive ink, on an Old Olive, cardstock, card base.  I, then, arranged squares, of patterned paper, on a piece of cream cardstock and machine stitched the squares down, with cream thread, to give it a quilted look.  All the patterned papers you see, with the exception of the white, floral, patterned paper by My Mind's Eye, are from Stampin' Up.  Most of them, also, were used on her invites here.  Don't you think that's a great way to connect the whole party process from beginning to end?!  The cream cardstock was punched, across the bottom edge, with Martha Stewart's Doily Lace Edger punch.  I, then, wrapped a pretty, Hobby Lobby, ribbon purchase around the cream cardstock, right over the quilted sqares, and tied it in a bow.  The butterfly was stamped, in Pumpkin Pie ink, on cream cardstock; glittered; hand cut out; and adhered, just at its center, using Tombo, Mono, Multi, liquid glue, at the end of the Best Occasions gemstone, butterfly trail.  Finally, the prepped, cream cardstock was adhered, to the card face, with dimensionals.

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