Monthly Archive: June 2016

June 18, 2016

Today was a wonderfully low key day! We slept late, the kids swam, Tim & I snuck away for lunch just the two of us, and we finished up with birthday/father’s day dinner with Tim’s side of the family.

Kayleigh felt pretty good today. We have swapped over to .5mg steroids in the morning and .5mg again in the evening and she has not mentioned a headache. Thank you Jesus! I am noticing her right eye is drooping much more often. That usually correlates to her fatigue level and she is certainly a bit more run down these days. Of course, if you ask her she is absolutely NOT tired.

This coming week we are planning to rest as much as possible and keep everything low key. As radiation continues Kayleigh will become more tired each week. Thankfully there are only 2 weeks remaining and she has done very well!

Please continue to pray with us for Kayleigh’s complete, miraculous healing. As we see the end of radiation on the horizon we can’t help but try to look to the future. We know that her healing can only be accomplished through God himself and we know that He is able. Our prayer is that He will see fit to grant our request. And we want as many voices as we can possible gather to be storming the gates of heaven with the same request, repeatedly, consistently, persistently.

So, while it would be easy to start worrying we are going to CHOOSE to not worry. God keeps reminding me that He’s got this. It’s my job to be still and let Him run the show. God is already doing amazing things before our eyes every day, answering prayers before we have a chance to realize what we need, and often times before we ask. It is obvious God has a plan and it is perfectly prepared and tailored just for us. That is what grants us peace.

Exodus 14:14
The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Psalm 46:1-7
1 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. 2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. 3 Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! 4 A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. 5 God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it. 6 The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble! God’s voice thunders, and the earth melts! 7 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.

The God of Israel is our fortress… That pretty much covers it. We will not fear when the earth quakes. We will not fear when the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar – we will not be shaken – because we are rooted in God Almighty himself, the maker of heaven and earth. How thankful we are for our relationship with Jesus that affords us direct access to this amazing God. Cancer has no power here. Cancer cannot win.

No matter what you may be facing God is big enough to beat it. He may not answer your prayers they way you think they should be answered, honestly, He probably won’t – but that’s ok. In those circumstances make the choice to be thankful anyway. You can’t see the future but God can and He is moving all the pieces into place for your benefit and His glory.

We love you all and are so thankful to have you standing with us.

Until tomorrow,







June 17, 2016

Hello All!
Tonight’s post won’t be nearly as long as last night’s because frankly this mama is pooped! Last night was incredible. We are still getting messages and pictures today of teams supporting Kayleigh in their purple. If you have purple team pictures please feel free to post them here on the page. We really love seeing them!

Today Kayleigh finished up radiation treatment #20 of 30. It’s hard to believe we only have 2 weeks left. Please continue to pray big prayers with us that this radiation is eradicating this cancer. We know the doctors say radiation can’t get rid of it but we know God can. We want to storm the gates of heaven with thousands of prayers!!

Kayleigh has felt better today. We changed her dosing today from 1mg in the morning to 1/2mg in the am and another 1/2mg at night. So she is getting the same amount but hopefully this will keep head aches away. So far so good today. She didn’t mention a headache until it was time for another dose – thank you Lord for progress!

We also had lots of fun wrapping presents at RMH before we left. Today is Tim’s birthday and Kayleigh HAD to have everything ready to give daddy tonight. It’s fun to see her so excited to give to someone else for a change!

One super cool thing did happen today. Coach Jojo swung by the house with a big surprise for our girl. See, Jojo coaches more than just softball, she coaches basketball too. Her little 8u basketball team won state this year and many of those girls are also on the softball team. Their team voted to make Kayleigh an honorary member of the basketball team and today their championship rings came in. Can you guess what happened? If you guessed that Coach Jojo delivered Kayleigh her very own big, sparkly, shiny, state champions ring then you get a gold star! Kayleigh was amazed.

Many of you reading at from our softball family. We probably will not be at the ballpark tomorrow. The scorching hot weather really takes a toll on Kayleigh’s body. She is not going to be very happy with our decision but sometimes we have to make hard decisions and keeping her feeling good tops the list! So all you awesome girls in purple, play hard, never give up and post pictures!

Tonight’s prayers requests:
1.) Complete healing this side of heaven!
2.) For the radiation to be doing far more good than the doctors dreamed possible.
3.) For Tim and I to have clear direction for phase 2.
4.) For Kayleigh to get back to feeling good all the time and to be able to wean off the steroids.

Joshua 1:9
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Until tomorrow,







June 16, 2016

Wow, what a night! You know, I’ve started looking forward to writing these posts. At first I started because we needed prayers so badly. We were desperate for prayer warriors to join us begging God for mercy for our baby girl. But now, I like sharing with all of you. Yes, we still need prayers. We still need a miracle. Nothing medically has changed – but I have, we have. God continues to grant Tim and I incredible peace. When the bible says “peace beyond our understanding” (Phil 4:7) it isn’t lying. I wish I could explain it better but I’m pretty sure it’s just one of those “you’d have to be there” kind of things.

Now I write these posts sharing the good and the bad knowing that each of you that take time to read it are helping carry our load. “Share one another’s burdens” (Gal 6:2) – some of you ask how we are able to do this, to have hope, to be positive, to still trust God. Partly it’s our faith, but part of it is all of you. All of you wonderful people, so many we’ve never even met and yet here you are, sharing our burden. You send us encouraging notes, you pray for us, you guard us on a spiritual level, you support us financially. You are our army – God’s army – whom shall we fear?

Tonight our softball family came out in full force and I don’t just mean Hartselle. Every team I saw tonight was wearing purple. From the little 6u teams to the big girls, they had a “Purple Out” for Kayleigh. When we walked in that ballpark my baby kept saying “look at the purple, just look at all the purple – they are wearing it for me”… I so wish you could have seen her face. Yes baby girl, they are wearing purple for you.

In Kayleigh’s world, just getting to go to the game and be in the dug out with all the girls absolutely makes her day. But tonight the League had a surprise for her. Before the game every team gathered on the field for an announcement and award presentation. North Alabama USSSA awarded Kayleigh an MVP plaque and those precious girls cheered for her like crazy. Truly, that was awesome. But more awesome was our friend Carlos that led Kayleigh to the middle of the field and watching the entire ballpark bow their heads and pray over Kayleigh. Asking God for a miracle. Dry eyes were hard to find after that.

If I stopped this story right here it would still be one of the best nights ever but in the words of any great infomercial – but wait! There’s more!! Kayleigh played! Coach Jojo put her in to bat, Coach Allen pitched, and Kayleigh swung – a LOT. That blue made some of the worst calls you’ve ever seen. I’m pretty sure Allen pitched 15 times and her bat didn’t touch the ball once but that blue just kept on calling foul balls. David, we will be eternally grateful for those bad calls. And to the precious Russellville team that did not disputed those calls and purposefully made some of the worst fielding throws you’ve ever seen to keep the ball in play and Kayleigh running around the bases, we thank you as well.

Now, what I want you to all know about Kayleigh tonight… She didn’t feel good. The steroids just aren’t quite balanced yet and her little body is still struggling. Radiation makes her a little tired but she will fall asleep standing up before she will admit it. She had a headache come on about 15 minutes before we pulled into the ballpark that was making her right eye droop almost to closed. But softball, her team, her coaches, they give her purpose. They drive her. Tonight softball was the best medicine. It may not cure cancer but I can promise it made her feel better than anything else could.

We are now on our way back to Memphis. Kayleigh has treatment in the morning at 10:00 and then we will head right back this way again to go home. Many folks probably think we are crazy for driving 5 hours round trip for a little league game but I can tell you it was worth every. single. mile.

Philippians 4:7
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 6:2
Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation–so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?

Prayers for tonight:
1.) Complete healing this side of heaven.
2) For us to get the steroids balanced so she is feeling better and then to be able to wean her down slowly to get off them completely.
3.) For direction on phase 2.

We love you all very much.
Until tomorrow,
‘Carrow 💜

With the Hartselle 6u teamimage

Talking to Coach Jojo (I’m pretty sure daddy still makes this face 😜)image

Receiving her MVP plaqueimage

Supporters from Rogersville!image

They may be “the other team” on the field but they were ALL team Kayleighimage

Up to bat!image

Playing right field with Adilyimage

Praying after the gameimage

Russelleville sporting 14image

Thank you Coach Jojo!image

You play hard when you love your coachimage

This precious girl painted hope rocks for Kayleigh to keep with her!image

Thank you Russellvilleimage

Even the big girls were team Kayleigh – thank you Hatton!image

June 15, 2016

It’s Hump Day! Which means we are half way through week 4. Only 12 radiation treatments left!

Today was a much better day than yesterday. Our friends Jeremy & Ashley made the trip to Memphis to help us swap out kids and to just visit with us. It’s a wonderful thing when you have friends you enjoy doing nothing with, or at least nothing terribly important. We did take a quick tour of the hospital, eat good bar-b-q, and stop by the pyramid for fudge but that was it. Other than that we just visited at RMH – boy was it good for our attitudes after a stressful Tuesday!

We did have to increase Kayleigh’s daily steroid dose a little. We had the 1mg in the morning and this evening she had a slight headache so we added .5mg tonight. The doctor told us that is was a possibility that she would need more after yesterdays’s episode so we were just thankful we had what we needed to keep her feeling good! We see her oncologist tomorrow so we will have a more solid plan by tomorrow afternoon.

Now how about something really cool? During our kids swap Grace brought the mail up to us. In it there was a box from the University of Alabama Athletic Department. When we opened it there was a note to Kayleigh from the Alabama Softball team! It also had an autographed poster and softball and a few other things. She was ecstatic! I sure do love my Crimson Tide – even my War Eagle loving husband was thinking Roll Tide today (yes, we are a house divided). I don’t know how they found her story or our address but I do know that they absolutely made my sweet girls day! Thank you Bama for making a difference! #RTR #tidesoftball #rolltide

Prayer Requests:
1.) Complete healing this side of heaven.
2.) A good plan to wean her off the steroids and she not get sick.
3.) Direction for her treatment after radiation.

Thank you all for your prayers!
Until tomorrow,














June 14, 2016


Well, today has been eventful!

We started off the day a little later than we have been which means we got a little more sleep – that’s a big praise for this mommy who’s been cruising on 5 hours or less each night. Woo hoo! Kayleigh slept well and felt good this morning but after radiation she started having a headache. We hoped that it was just from stopping the steroids and that it would ease up. The headache was fairly mild and she didn’t have any nausea so we went on to her other appointments. She did physical therapy, occupational therapy, and child life all with this headache. I called her clinic and was given the OK to give her Tylenol to help the symptoms to see if we could stay off the steroids. We filled her Tylenol Rx at the clinic and headed back to Tri Delta.

Meanwhile… we were told last Friday that we were going to be moved to Ronald McDonald House which isn’t really what we wanted. By moving to RMH we would no longer be on campus, we lose our cafeteria meal card and are no longer eligible for mileage reimbursement for the trips we make back and forth. On the plus side we can leave our things at RMH on the weekend instead of packing everything up each week. Monday when I spoke with housing I left feeling like they were going to allow us to stay in Tri Delta but was told to come back this morning to confirm. When I went back this morning I found out we were indeed moving to RMH. So, while I was taking Kayleigh to her appointments Tim and Cole were back at the room packing up our things and loading the car after just unloading them the night before. I’m sure you can guess what kind of mood everyone was in…

By the time Kayleigh and I met Tim and Cole at the car she was beginning to cry because her head was hurting so badly. It progressed rapidly to the point of vomiting within minute. Usually vomiting helps her feel better quickly but today she didn’t bounce back like usual. To compound the problem we were in between rooms with no where to go. Checked out of Tri Delta and had 2 hours before we could check in at RMH. So we buckled her up with her blanket and pillow and drove around Memphis while she slept. That is when I sent the mid day prayer request. My goodness how thankful we are for all of you! Thousands of her prayer warriors were on the move in moments. Moments! God is amazing.

While we drove I called her clinic to let the doctor know what was going on. They decided to put her back on the 1mg steroid dose for now and to wean her down slower. Evidently while 1mg doesn’t sound like much it’s a little high to drop off of cold turkey. So now the prayer is that we will be able to keep coming down and get off completely in the near future. Kayleigh slept for about 20 minutes and woke up completely back to normal and hungry. That was a huge thank you Jesus!

We are now unloaded at RMH. Diner was brought in by a local restaurant so it was nice not to have to get out. The facility is quite nice so while we weren’t thrilled about being moved here I am quite sure everything will work out fine. I’m also certain the Lord has a reason for us being here. Perhaps there are people here we need to meet, or perhaps it’s something else all together, I don’t know. What I do know is God always has a reason even when I can’t see it. So we are going to just wait and see what He has in store for us.

And while we wait, tonight we are enjoying some family time in the awesome craft room just down the hall from us. Check out Kayleigh’s awesome family tree. Some of the leaves are our finger prints – it was all her idea. We are looking forward to adding Grace’s finger print tomorrow!

Isaiah 40:31
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Romans 12:12
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

Until tomorrow,
‘Carrow 💜

It was pet therapy day!image

Welcome to Ronald McDonald Houseimage

Planning her family treeimage

The nearly finished project image