Thursday, April 28, 2011

Maileen's Journey - April 27th

April 2006
APRIL 28 - 1pm
Got my Jackson-bulb out even if I was still draining over 25cc. Now I have a hole on my side. Sitting for the next 90 minutes receiving my first dose of Herceptin to slow down the cancer in my liver while I travel and heal. Chemo in 2 weeks.


Here is a summary and two prayer requests...(I apologize for the length)

To summarize, I had healed well from my right-side biopsy of the 1.5cm breast tumor taken out on the

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Go-den Egg

Easter 2011
Jesus is alive...
so let's party all weekend long!
First, let's have all our family over and eat lots of food like:

macaroni salad
cauliflower salad
mashed potatoes

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Maileen's Journey - April 26th

April 2011
Having another biopsy tomorrow (April 26) on my liver...really asking Jesus that it ends up being nothing no matter how small the percentage...God has it.
Praying that things will line up so we can absolutely complete the adoption these next few weeks. Thanks for praying with us.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Maileen's Journey - April 22

Sister and Brother
This is a song that has gotten me through many different journeys God has given me. I will have to admit this one Peter and I are facing takes the cake...but my God has been there through it all since I can

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Maileen's Journey - April 21

February 2010
Because He Lives...I can 'live' no matter what tomorrow brings...I have the 'Great I AM'...never to be taken from me, so with such Great Love for me, with such Deep Love for me....Who can stand against

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Maileen's Journey - April 18

I am scheduled for a PETscan & a CATscan to see where the cancer has moved. The surgery results showed the 5 lymph nodes removed all had cancer. Just praying now that it will move really slow/halted...praying that my cancer has not spread to another area of the body (metastasized).
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Weekend Shenanigans

My Gianna and my Bill are twins -
and I love it.

I need coffee -
right. now.
(update: just got some - thanks to a gift card from a sweet friend! -

Maileen's Journey - April 17

April 2011
Home from a wonderful time of worship...God is great...still singing the songs. Got to talk to Pastor Page, one who married Peter and I, he is the interim pastor locally as he works out of Dallas traveling.  Now sitting, knowing I am missing my 3 year old daughter walk in her first flowergirl outfit, in a dear

Friday, April 15, 2011

Maileen's Journey - April 14

February 2011
Praising God for your prayers with us...I'm healing well from surgery...Still waiting for results, -praying that the lymph nodes are clear- and the HER2neu is something I can deal with, causing minimal damage to the rest of my body and asking God for wisdom
to respond honoring Him through this.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Maileen's Journey - April 8

My lymph node / tissue surgery is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon...praying for clear lymph nodes...and Praising God that His is kind, gentle and lovingly caring for each of us through difficult circumstances.  He still lovingly shines that He is...LOVE.
...The Lord earnestly waits, expecting, looking and longing, to be gracious to you;
and therefore He lifts Himself up,

Take Heart

Our awesome band played this yesterday.
Love it.
There is a light
It burns brighter than the sun
He steals the night
And casts no shadow

Friday, April 8, 2011

Maileen's Journey - April 8

February 2010
-My MRI-biopsy yesterday came out cancer on the left side.
-Someone is looking at buying our van so it is not sitting...pray it gets sold.

It is confirmed that I have Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and that

Is It Thursday Yet?

Gianna at the Circus
I don't know how it happened, but Thursday became THE IT day of Espy and Gianna's spring break.

Isabella will wake up at any moment - which means I have to pick Evangeline up off her butterfly play

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Maileen's Journey - April 7

October 2009
I briefly talked to Maileen tonight - her voice is just as joyful as it's been since I've known her

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dear Maileen...


I am a friend of your wonderful cousins Grace and Sarah.  I must say that your updates are as much
an encouragement to me as they are requests for prayer for you and your family.  Your faith is beautiful and I can see your love for and trust in our mighty and loving God.
You are walking a tremendously challenging and frightening journey, but, as your blogs indicate, you know that you are not walking this alone.  We don't know the plans God has for us, but we do know that He will always accompany us and strengthen us on our journey through life.  This is challenging to accept in the midst of a struggle, I know, but I pray that you continue to hold onto this promise.
God is faithful...that's all I know and I pray that you and Peter will feel His peace and arms wrapped tightly around you.

Sisters in Christ,


Dear Maileen...


Of all the forces that make for a better world, none is so powerful as hope.
With hope, one can think, one can work, one can dream.
If you have  hope, you  have everything.

Tita Jeatte and family

Dear Maileen...

So glad that you made it back to the states safely. We called your dad late last night to see how you were, but we forgot about the three hour time difference. I asked my church to pray for you and your family. Thinking of you everyday. Praying for you everyday, too. We love you.

gi and family

Maileen's Journey - April 6

September 2009
Thank you so much for praying for Maileen and our family.

Maileen saw an excellent doctor and his team on Monday and had lots of tests and blood work done. 

New Document

...because my husband rocks like that.
I love YOU, Bill!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Maileen's Journey - April 5

January 2009
Thanks for praying...I have more exams to take and waiting for path. results to come make surgical/treatment decisions...and Peter has driving and meetings for Marissa's papers to move on...

Dear Maileen...

Dear Grand Ate,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Peter, and Marissa! Sending you all good vibes from Southern
California and remembering the good times!


Maisa, Camille, and Charis

Monday, April 4, 2011

Craft Time

Dear Jessica,

Dear Maileen...


This truly breaks my heart! But I do know that God is Sovereign, and He will not let anything come into our lives that He doesn't ultimately choose to use for His Glory. I am definitely going to be

praying for Maileen and for her dear family. I can't imagine having to leave my loved ones behind, but knowing I had to in order to be there for them in the future. I am glad to hear that she has a great team of support...that means alot in times like this!!
I read this a second ago and thought it may encourage you and Maileen.

Faith is built upon trust. God wants us to trust Him - even when we do not understand what is happening or can explain the circumstances. Even when nothing makes sense and everything seems wrong. It is easy to trust Him when the seas are calm and the skies are clear but the strength of our faith is measured in the midst of a raging storm. A crisis always reveals what is really inside. What life does to us depends on what life finds in us. Faith is a deliberate choice to believe God, to walk through our fear, knowing we can trust Him every step of the way.
Mary Southerland

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Maileen's Journey - April 3

June 2009
Maileen has landed safely in August, Georgia -
thanking God for safe travels...

Ephesians 1:15-19 - My prayer for those journeying with me in our growth to His likeness...

...Very thankful that I am a daughter of the Almighty King and that I am blessed with a family of

You Hold Me Now

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dear Maileen...

All your family from Oz are praying and thinking of YOU, Peter and Marissa. We are believing for God’s best for you and every prayer point, and believing to hear ‘good news’!!!

-I remember the last time we saw each other was at California at a family dinner get together just after
Ian and I were married (2004)... the four of us prayed for each other (just  before we said our goodbyes for the night) specifically for  each other’s ministry. Even though our time together was somewhat brief then, am sincerely thankful for the encouragement and the hugs! Our church on the Gold Coast is praying for YOU, Peter and Marissa.

Laiza Rumsey

Friday, April 1, 2011

We Heart Mail

Letters from Friends
Photo by: D Sharon Pruitt
If you'd like to encourage Maileen via snail mail,
please let us know at:
graceundoneblog at gmail dot com.

If you'd rather send something through the wonderful world wide web,
messages can be sent to graceundoneblog at gmail dot com as well.

Thanks in advance for your thoughtfulness!
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Maileen's Journey - April 1

May 2008
Hugs of departure, tears from unspeakable reasons, leaving questions behind for others to seek and headed on a plane towards a different life...