Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Rourke & Esther

Rourke joined us at the hospital today. When we checked in the secretary said, "You must be Rourke." We were both surprised she knew his name. It's nice to be in a clinic where the staff makes efforts to know more than the patient's medical needs. He felt very special! Overall it was a good day, chemo was timely today with no vomit.

Rourke did a great job and was so kind to Esther. God has given him a tender heart. He was flexible and sacrificially yielded to her in their play. We wanted to do something special for each of the kids, so I brought a gift all wrapped up. He even carried it in the hospital. He asked what it was, and I told him he just had to wait. He assumed it was for Esther. I told him and daddy and I know this has been hard for him too and that because we love him so much, we wanted to bless him with the gift. He was so sweet and asked, "This is for me?!" His face when he opened the new lego set was priceless.

I'm so glad he was with me. I struggled today, feeling just sad and worn out. He was a cheerful addition to our chemo day. I intended to do school, but they were enjoying each other so much, I wanted them to just play. I think Esther was pretty excited about having a day just with his brother, what do you think?



Yep, she loves him!
Yep, she loves him!
Yep, she loves him!

They moved over to the bed by the window to watch the cranes and use the window sill as a roadway. They even scored some Colorado Rockie's hats!

The drive home has been a nice time for Esther to nap a bit. Rourke didn't sleep long this way, but got a nap after an early morning.


  1. A blessing to know you are there, even though we would rather be quietly at home. Praying for you...

    Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours
    of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and
    chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  2. Such a good big brother. I can't say it enough, you have a very special family.

  3. Toby and Mateo's NanaJuly 24, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    What a blessing to have such a wonderful big brother. Esther, you are so beautiful!

  4. OH MY GOODNESS!!! Rourke is soooo cute! And pictures of them playing together was oh so cute indeed! :) I bet he's happy to get his lego set!

    From my mom: I think the kids look so cute in the car sound asleep and I pray for your family constantly and wish the very best for all of you!