Blessings In The Midst Of Heartache

Today was an exciting day for Jacob! Some sweet friends of ours from church, Kevin and Val Burrell, came by this afternoon to make a personal delivery to Jacob. Kevin used to be a MLB player, playing for the Royals, the Mets, the Giants and the Red Sox. He now is a scout for the Chicago White Sox. After hearing that Jacob was a big Braves fan and that he loved going to games with his Dad, Kevin made a few calls to some of his friends.

Today, Kevin and Val came over with an autographed picture of Jason Heyward, an autographed picture of Freddie Freeman, a signed baseball by Chipper Jones and another official Major League baseball with the Braves logo on it! How cool is that???? Jacob is beyond excited! What a great thing for Kevin to do for him!

Kevin also told us today that Jacob has something in common with Freddie Freeman. Freddie’s mother died from Melanoma when he was 10 years old. I found an article online that said that she was initially diagnosed when Freddie was four years old. She had been in remission for almost five years. They had already planned a 5 year celebration dinner, when she was admitted to the hospital for appendicits. A routine chest x-ray showed that the melanoma had come back in her lungs. Within seven months, she had died. Freddie is now very outspoken about the importance of sun safety and about raising money for finding a cure for melanoma.

Melanoma is such an ugly disease and affects so many lives. I pray that one day the “miracle drug” will be found that puts a stop to this deadly disease.

We just want to say a BIG thank you to Kevin, Val, Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman and all the others that made it possible for Jacob to receive these special gifts! Yesterday Jake was having a bit of a hard day and I was thrilled to see him so happy and smiling today! Thank you all for blessing my boy!

Jacob receiving his autographed photos

Jacob receiving his autographed photos

Jacob receiving his baseballs.

Jacob receiving his baseballs.

Jake and Kevin

Jake and Kevin

Happy Boy!

Happy Boy!

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Trusting His Plan,
Sandra, Katie, Emilie and Jacob

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle Plunkett
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 17:22:16

    How wonderful!

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  2. Carole Peek
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 17:27:53

    That is so cool!!!! =D

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  3. julie alain
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 17:49:45

    Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Gina Ramsey
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 17:50:39

    Oh you don’t you know that Greg was there smiling the whole time?!!!! I am happy that Jacob had such a great day!

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  5. Michele Bradfield
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 18:39:11

    That is so great!!

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  6. Aunt Cricket
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 19:46:05

    What a blessing!!!! So happy that he has a beautiful smile on that handsome face. God is so good all the time!

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  7. Alicia Strickland
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 20:13:08

    So precious! God’s timing is always good, so glad for both of you! It always does a mom’s heart good to see their child smile!

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  8. Bethany Johnson
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 20:29:51

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing. We look forward to seeing you Saturday at the Dell’s! Bethany

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  9. Toni Saba
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 20:50:01

    Amazing! I can’t wait to tell my Andrew about this! Our God knows right when we need a smile.

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  10. johnorr0723
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 21:36:58

    Chill bumps! That is so like Jesus!

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  11. Laura
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 22:15:09

    Love this! Just a little God kiss.

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  12. Claudia Voigt
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 10:18:49

    Awesome!

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