Thank you so much for you prayers yesterday…I am so relieved that it was something her doctor could identify and know how to treat (actually, no treatment, which is even better than medicine :) ). We will go back in a few weeks to make sure it has gone down a little but she said that it was something that could take months. Who knew that lymph nodes felt like bone when they got swollen up? Not me. Ellie had five of them in a row where there was obviously a reaction to something. We think it is the kitty cat that has been coming around our house. The girls named her “Midnight Purr” and they feed her milk out of a bottle…hilarious. It’s somebody’s cat because it’s gorgeous and well groomed, but we haven’t figured out who she belongs to. Sweet Ellie-she was trying so hard to hold it together and then she just broke down and the doctor’s office. They did a little finger prick and tested her blood and everything looked perfect, so I went to bed a very grateful woman last night.

I had actually written something about a special moment between me and Ellie for (in)courage, and it was scheduled for today, so it’s up right here if you want to come over and read.

If you haven’t become a part of the (in)courage community, I really urge you to. Stop by with your morning coffee and meet all of the writers over there. I promise you will be blessed beyond measure. It is one of my favorite things I have ever been involved in and I can’t tell you how much I love the hearts of the women behind it. As I have mentioned, we moved our book club over there and have been reading Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts, which, if I might add….



I’m so, so proud of her :)

Tomorrow is Todd’s birthday, so I need to run and do some scheming…

Love to all,

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  • Boni

    So glad all is well!

  • Connie L Amato-Mahle

    Yay for Ellie! (And for some relief to a momma’s worry!) How heavy your heart must’ve been… So glad that it is a positive prognosis!

    I need to add Ann Voskamp’s book to my summer reading list!! Love to read – need more time to do so. : )

    And good luck to your scheming! May the tricks in your sleeve be plentiful and merry for Todd’s upcoming birthday!

    Blessings to you on this day, my friend!

    In love and friendship,
    Connie Amato-Mahle
    Clarion, PA

    • Connie L Amato-Mahle

      Dearest Angie,

      Just read your post at (in)courage with a lump in my throat, mind you. It started just after I studied the photo of your sweet little Ellie and (who I thought to be) your grandmother. What a ‘treasure’ of a picture! What a worthy moment to capture on film! Endearing. Moving. Humbling.

      You’ve got some pretty powerful ‘stuff’ in those words you write!!

  • Kelly

    So glad to hear all is well! :)

  • http://twitter.com/crochetcrazymom Alexis McQuinn

    So glad to hear all is well!!

  • http://www.dominicandkristin.blogspot.com kasmith03

    So very happy everything is fine…what does this mean for the cat though? :) So many things to be grateful for…I am guessing you added this to your “list” huh? Have fun planning Todd’s birthday surprise! Could you maybe post another high school photo….I am sorry Todd but that was too funny last year!!
    Many blessings!

  • Amie

    I’m glad everything is okay!

  • sarah @ Handbags*N*Pigtails

    We were so relieved yesterday when Jess posted the update. On a side note, my mom is having surgery for breast cancer tomorrow(we just found out about all of this LAST WEEK so we’ve had alot to take in in a relatively short amount of time.) Praying for a good outcome but my mom is at peace, which is really wonderful.

    • http://www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com angelac519

      Praying now…

  • http://itwasbroughtonbylove.blogspot.com Southern Gal

    Those kinds of things can be scary. So glad it’s nothing to worry about. Happy Birthday to Todd!

    I loved the post at (in)courage.

  • http://www.thegypsymama.com thegypsymama

    So happy to hear that sweet Ellie is well. And we love having her and you both over at (in)courage today!! xoxo Lisa-Jo

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WFDMY5L7FZP5HEVCRQLHPQP4PQ Laurie

    I am so happy that Ellie got a good report!!!!!!!!!!! I love the name “Midnight Purr.” You have the sweetest girls!

  • http://ohpicklesmommy.blogspot.com caroline

    Happy Birthday Todd….tomorrow!
    It was so great meeting you and Kate on Saturday, what a treat to hear you talk. And please don’t think just because we “know” your story doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear you talk about it. It has changed your life and made you a better person, and God was SO involved and thats what we want to hear, how God has worked in your life. I loved hearing you speak and I really wish I could go to a WOF conference, but nothing is near Topeka, :(

    I tried finding the website where I got Alayna’s headband, but I guess they don’t make them anymore. Etsy has lots of cute ones if you search felt headbands :)

    Also I posted a picture of us on my blog, and again it was so great to meet you!

  • Bridgemacd

    My son had that exact same thing on his neck – oh I remember the feeling of my stomach being an empty pit. I’m so sorry that happened. Thanks for recommending One thousand gifts – this book is transforming my life! So very good!!

  • Lisa

    I’m so glad everything is okay with Ellie. I just read your post over at incourage about her and I just thought it was the sweetest thing. I have a 21-month-old daughter and look forward to those mommy-daughter moments together. By the way, I am loving the incourage site. I went over there on your recommendation and have been getting their emails for a few weeks now. It makes me smile to get a bit of encouragement in my inbox every day. Have also been reading One Thousand Gifts and I must say, it is life changing! My husband has joined me in reading it and I hope it will transform us both into people of thanksgiving. Thanks for being such an inspiration! I look forward to your posts! :)

  • Jennifer

    Glad to hear Ellie is well and really enjoyed the story on the other blog! I can’t find Adrienne’s link on your blog anymore and need to save it. I have a system of reading your blog and then going to hers. Thank you!

    • http://www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com angelac519

      It’s a button on the left hand side that says “praying for Bennett:)” you’ll just have to switch to the other side for your system :) xoxo

  • Kaye

    So very thankful for so many answered prayers for Ellie. Will continue to pray for her. And so thankful for Ellie’s Mom….to have peace of mind:)
    Please tell Todd early Happy Birthday! Hope he has a blessed day tomorrow!
    Love (in)courage, all of you, so very talented and seems as though the topics are so timely, what a blessing to all of your readers.
    Blessings to your entire family, today and always,
    Matthew 21:22
    PS The pictures from your visit to Arkansas were precious to see on Kelly’s blog:) That Kate, toooooo cute! I know God was honored in everything you said to the ladies there. Pray you are blessed for blessing so many others.

  • http://sufficientgrace-kelly.blogspot.com Kelly_SufficientGrace

    So glad sweet Ellie is well…thank you, Jesus….

  • http://www.holmanhouseholdhappenings.blogspot.com aholman

    My youngest had swollen lymph nodes on the back of his head once. I about had a heart attack because our oldest is a cancerous brain tumor survivor. They are SO scary until you know what they are. Now I don’t panic quite as much when they happen. So glad it was nothing serious.

  • Transparentmama

    First, I have to say that I have been following you on Twitter and you are hilarious on there. Make me laugh out loud all the time. I feel like I am watching TV with you.

    Next, I am loving One Thousand Gifts so I will stop on over at InCourage to join the party or book club or fun.

    xo- Brigetta

  • http://www.onedaycloserblog.com/ Amy

    My son also had the same thing on his neck.

    We’ve found that it swells when he is about 3 days away from getting sick. It’s a handy little illness-barometer. :o )

    I freaked out when we first discovered it though. It didn’t help that we saw someone fresh out of med school. She felt his neck all over, mumbling something about it feeling “thready” too… and then just walked out of the room. I was *not* reassured when I heard pages being turned. She was flipping through a textbook! When she returned she said she was “pretty sure” it was a lymph node. Not so reassuring! :o /

    Our regular (and appreciated on a whole new level) doctor confirmed at a later appointment that it was just a lymph node. He said if it gets smaller – that’s good. If it gets bigger, then smaller, then bigger, then smaller – that’s good. If it gets bigger and stays bigger, or just keeps getting bigger and bigger – that’s bad. :o ) (he speaks my language)

    / Praising God that Ellie is well!

    By His Grace,

  • Anonymous

    So thankful to hear about Ellie.

  • Mom2Two

    Have your girls read the book called “Charlie Anderson?” They will have a connection to it with the cat! :)

  • Heather

    I had the same thing happen to me with my lymph node when I was in my 20s. Of course the “nice” doctor told me he thought it was lymphoma & whisked me into surgery 2 days later. Turned out to be just some cat scratch fever! It makes for an interesting conversation starter…”Well, I had cat scratch fever…” :)

    Glad she is OK!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2VSF3U2ACGDR4BPHBFBXULCX3I Dara

    My baby Hadassah Naomi will be 13 on March 2nd. She is a chocolate Labrador Retriever, but she is my baby.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2VSF3U2ACGDR4BPHBFBXULCX3I Dara

    My baby Hadassah Naomi will be 13 on March 2nd. She is a chocolate Labrador Retriever, but she is my baby.

  • http://www.thisheartsdesire.blogspot.com/ Rachel Bobalik

    So very glad to hear about Ellie (love that name-it’s my youngest sister’s name as well). :)

    About to order a copy of One Thousand Gifts. It looks great!


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Aldridge-Luttrell/1189485383 Stephanie Aldridge Luttrell

    Pioneer Woman is having a “Sisters” photo contest. You should enter the one of your older girls at Disney World and the little mouse ears hat for Audrey. That is a breathtaking photo. Much love and prayer,


  • http://www.myangelwithgod.blogspot.com/ Ourangelabove

    I too cant be around cats, they make my throat swell up, its so bad and no fun. Im sorry you guys had to go through that, but I am so glad she is ok! Praise God!

  • handsfull

    So glad Ellie is ok! Just wanted to let you know that Focus on the Family has just finished playing their interview with you out here in New Zealand! I didn’t manage to hear all of it, due to 2 rather noisy little boys (lol!) but I loved what I heard, and you made me cry… again…
    Please pray for the people out here in Christchurch dealing with the stress and difficulties after another major earthquake – 163 fatalities so far, and that number is expected to rise :(

  • http://wendyourway.blogspot.com/ wendycarole

    Glad to hear Ellie is OK

  • http://wendyourway.blogspot.com/ wendycarole

    glad to hear Ellie is OK

  • Crazymama

    Glad to hear everything is okay…but please don’t feed the kitty milk! It is not good for them.
    Although milk is not toxic to cats, it may have adverse effects. Simply put, adult cats fed a nutritious diet don’t need milk, and many cats are lactose-intolerant, which means that the lactose in milk and milk products produces stomach upset, cramps, and gassiness. If your cat loves milk, and begs for it, a small amount of cream may be okay, two or three times a week. (The more fat in the milk, the less lactose.) Another compromise is CatSip, a product made from skim milk with an enzyme added that helps the digestion of lactose. Catsip is available in supermarkets such as Safeway, Albertson’s and A&P, as well as pet products chains, such as PetSmart and Petco.

  • Nikki

    I LOVE this blog! I just wrote my very 1st post today on my blog. I’m Nikki and just found Kelly’sKorner and felt so blessed but overwhelmed by those 500+ stores to shop! It will take a year to see half of them!! lol I still loved her blog and found this I don’t even know how now! I’m totally a newby and can’t even figure out how to put my pic next to my google account name or on Blogger when I put comments like this one. I am lame at that! I told a horror story on my first post of a very spoiled life I’ve been living now soon going on 25 yrs! And already admitting I’m going to spend 18-24 months on another spoiled splurge my parents are gracious to afford me with. I am HOPING to find myself b/c I’ve been a Christian all my life and after getting my 2nd Master’s Degree-finding myself drawn to Missionary Work or possibly working for the Peace Corp!! We shall see. Till then-I will be living in Paris as my home base with my best friend, Lauren who’s been my bestie friend since 4th grade and she & I will hop a plane for Paris at the end of April and join 7 others who are already there! We plan to back pack all over Europe but also have a jet available thanks to one of the women in the group’s father. It’s going to be something wonderful, though, I already know that and for now-my itty bitty brain is so worn out from FINALLY finishing up getting my degree’s, I truly am just being as lazy as possible and loving every moment of it!! lol

    This is a fabulous blog and I will PRAY for wifi in all parts of Europe or then I can’t keep up with it and that won’t make me happy!! My mother got me into reading blogs believe it or not! I’ve found some amazing ones to read by beautiful women who are so smart, know what they want in life and become such great mother’s and I hope I will one day know what I truly want. My first post will show how selfish I’ve been but I will be totally changing my life once I get to Europe! Yes, I will have a beautiful place to stay thanks to my parents but we’ll also be rouging it in some places. God will lead us and we will all follow and pray hard He will lead us to where he wants each of us to be. This took a lot of planning to find the right people to do this with and I’m really relaxing now like crazy b/c once I get to Paris-yes, it will be beautiful & wonderful to see SOOO many great places there and in so many countries, we also will visit many places in poverty and possibly in some dangerous places if the government will allow us to enter. Please pray that God will lead us and help us through it. I joke about it being one big party moving there for 18 to 24 monhts but it’s NOT going to be any party!! It is to discover many things but most of all for each one of us going on this trip-to decide EXACTLY what Christ wants of us. :)
    I hope you’ll read my story of a spoiled 24 yr old going on 25 very soon! I love being at home now and lounging around and having a great time but I will soon be on the REAL journey of my life! I ALWAYS pray for everyone everywhere I go and have read such great blogs that have people in need of prayer! The whole world is in need of our prayers!!
    I’m Nikki (Tiffany Nicole Nicholson) and my parent’s live in The Woodlands, just a little N. of Houston and that’s where I grew up in a mansion really and have been blessed all my life-and want to give back now!!

    I love your view of everything!! Blessings to you. I will post pics of my family on my next post. I sing a lot but am not a pro singer but could have been but I just went a different route. My sister’s a trained classical singer and plays classical piano and I took classical violin and classical pinao lessons for 9 yrs. I rarely go a day w/o music and Selah’s my fav Gospel Group! Go figure! lol
    MY NEW BLOG I JUST STARTED TODAY: OH MY OWN (name of my new blog…but truly NOT on my own-yet!)…and my e-mail is: nikkinic25@gmail.com I welcome to hear anything from you or any suggestions you may have. Now my little brain is tired and I must go. God be with you and your beautiful family!
    *my name is Tiffany Nicole Nicholson but everyone calls me Nikki*

  • Nikki

    Nikki here-I made a type-o on my comment I left. The name of my new blog is: ON MY OWN. I’m so tired and tired too long out in the heat outside by the pool to figure out how to add my pic beside my name on here-and these fonts appear as very small on my laptop so I typed it wrong. Sorry.