Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Tough Day

Hi all,
Once again after a rough day all your comments, prayers, and verses have lifted my spirits. How different my experience would be without the Internet. It is easy to feel like the world is the hospital room you are stuck in and nobody else in the world knows or cares what is going on. Then I see over 70 comments from people who do know and care deeply. Right now it is hard to have visitors because Joseph is no longer sleeping all day. In fact, he is barely sleeping at all. He was very agitated all day, except for his 3 hour nap after they gave him valium. Then he woke up and was pretty agitated the rest of the day. Allen is working on getting him more medicine (they had to wait on the doctor to order the valium for him), so hopefully valium or morphine will help settle him again.
I am spending the night at home and Allen is sleeping in there with him. I think I might be getting sick so I have been ordered home to get rest. Please pray that Joseph will sleep tonight and that Allen will too--and that I don't get sick.
We are meeting with the neuro-oncologist tomorrow between 11:00 and 12:00 to discuss the results of the pathology. I don't know what any of these words mean, but basically they will hopefully have found out what type of tumor we are dealing with and what the plan should be to treat it.
Thanks to each and every one of you. We feel overwhelmed in a very good way at how much our church family is doing for us and of course, our immediate family have dropped everything to support us and love us. Thanks Nana, Grandad, Mimi, Big Daddy and sissies and brothers. And thanks, Granny, for praying!! It also warmed my heart to hear that, SJ. We have also had the sweetest, best nurses in the whole world. One night nurse actually called our hospital room from home the next day just to check on Joseph b/c she said he touched her heart.
We will post again tomorrow once we have some more news.


sj said...

You can see how much I check this..
wow sorry gillo that it has been a hard day. I will pray for Joseph to sleep tonight and for medicine and calmness tomorrow.
When I sang Jesus loves me to my kids tonight I thought of Joe P.
"They are weak, but He is strong...Yes Jesus loves Joe P, yes Jesus loves Joe P, Yes Jesus loves Joe P, the bible tells me so." I love you and wish I could take the hard days for you. You have been so amazingly strong through this. You are my Hero!!
(sometimes I forget I'm writing this and everyone else will read it too...oh well.)
hope I can talk to you soon.You really are amazing.


Lay said...

Dear Gillian and Allen, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong and be sure to take care of yourselves.

All the best,
Lay and Victor

Margaret said...

Gillian and Allen,
I'll be praying especially hard for you, Joseph and the drs tomorrow during your appointment. Thank you again for the updates. So many of my friends and family have come to the website and are praying for you also. I'm checking all the time to see how you are all doing. I'm not calling bc I know you are busy and tired, but please know I am thinking about you all the time. I'm bringing you some food and meal this weekend so I will see you then.
Love, Margaret

Lauren Klein said...

Gil-thanks so much for taking the time to write these updates. Your sister is right; you are amazing and a hero to your little boy. Please take care of yourself so you can remain strong for Joseph and Holly. I sent out an email to some Ward Melville alum. so that they may keep you and your family in their prayers. Much love, Lauren

Chris and Melissa said...

Chris and I are praying for you all. Especially during your appt with the doctor. May the Lord cover you with his everlasting peace and comfort.

Joseph Taaffe said...

Hello this Liam up in Canada you have my prayers for little Joseph.

paige cunningham said...

All of you I have been in my thoughts and prayers nonstop. I am frustrated that i used to live close and now I live so far away. It's killing me that I am not able to help you somehow or at least bring some food-what is a southern girl to do?

But I am praying--and SJ, I too have become that woman imploring everyone I meet to pray.

Gillian, I will pray that you and Joseph get some rest tonight.


Jody said...

Gil-Great seeing you today and sorry that he not sleeping better. You do need to take care of yourself...I will pray you stay healthy and that Joseph and Allen are both able to get some sleep tonight. I truly thank you for writing these updates with all you have going on...I check it all the time. You and Allen are troopers and seeing you this morning with Joseph warmed my heart. You will survive this and are so loved. Please take care of yourself so you can remain strong for Joseph and Holly. I will be saying extra prayers tomorrow while you meeting with doctor. We love you so much. Please let us watch Holly some once she back...Abigail misses you all. Night Night! Love, Jody, Abigail and Molly

Anonymous said...

You are right, Gillian - so many people that you know and don't know are praying for Joseph and thinking of your family right now! Thank you for this update - I've been checking it all day for news. We're thinking of you and Joseph all the time. I'm praying that the results bring you good news. And, I do hope Joseph has a restful night with Allen and that you stay well.
love, Tracey

Melissa P. said...

praying for health, strength, peace, wisdom, unity and comfort for your precious family tonight. my heart hurts for what you are going through and i am thankful that in the midst of a difficult day you are taking the time to update those of us who are checking on your little guy from afar.

may you all experience sweet sleep tonight,
melissa platt

Wrights said...

We continue to pray for you guys. "My grace is sufficient for you for MY POWER is made PERFECT in weakness." 2 Cor. 12:9 We are praying for rest for Joseph and for you guys, for health for all of you and for a good report from the pathology. We have shared your story with everyone we know and they are all praying for you too.
Nathaniel & Rebekah

Anonymous said...

We are so sorry that it has been such a hard day. Kathy, it was good to talk to you and hope that Joseph enjoyed his wagon ride to see you and Rick and that Uncle Matt was a safe driver. It seems like if we're not praying we're checking out this blog . Allen ,I'm still working on Antarctica. I thought I might have contacted a Russian priest that is supposed to live there but his web site was in Russian.[what was he thinking?] Kathy, I was thinking about our conversation tonight and came across a quote by C.S. Lewis.."There are times in my life I have to remind myself God does not give stones,... only bread," We are praying that everyone will have a peaceful night, that Joseph will begin to not only drink but develop an appetite like his great Uncle Karl. Gillian, we pray that you will feel better tomorrow, and we are especially praying that Joseph will recieve a positive report tomorrow. Praying that everyone will stay strong. Love, Martha and Karl ...."But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."

Jennifer said...

Will be praying Gill... Matt just told me he too has been singing "Yes Jesus loves Joe" with WK every night (he has been putting her to bed lately)... Will pray you are not getting sick. Give my love to Fella & Joe.


suzanne morris said...

Dearest Gillian,

Dearest Gillian,
I have not stopped thinking, praying and checking this blog more than hourly.

Please rest well at home tonight and I pray God's protection on your health...you need it.

Praying that God would supernaturally calm Joseph in the midst of what must be a very confusing, frustrating situation for him.

Asking also that God will provide what you and Allen need to comfort, coax and guide Joseph.

Praying that God's presence with you during that meeting tomorrow will be palpable...that you will feel Him surrounding you and upholding you as you take the next step.

Pleading for good news tomorrow...one week almost to the hour of when this all began.

I'm pleased to be able to pick up Jennifer from the airport on Friday, so I hope to give you a hug when I bring her to the hospital.

We love you all!!!
Suzanne for all the Morris family

Brea said...

We continue in prayer for your strength and rest. We will be praying for you tomorrow as you meet with the doctor to discuss next steps.

Anonymous said...

Allen and Gillian,
I just wanted you to know that we are still praying for you very much. Our 4 yr. old daughter, Amelia, now prays for "little Joseph," every time she prays. She asks about him and wonders what he is like. Maybe one day they will meet. I also wanted y'all to know that in the midst of this most difficult of times God is using you to minister to so many. You are ministering to us in an amazing way; just seeing how you are able to put one foot in front of the other. Thank you!!! We praise God for you.
Chad Smith

Phil said...

I'll be praying at 11.

Alison Fontenot & Family said...

Hi Gillian and Allen,
You are all still constantly on our minds at New Hope...as we pray, sing, teach, play...Joseph is at the front of it all--it seems he has become part of the school--the unseen visitor we cannot wait to see running down the halls someday soon to see Mimi. If we say a prayer during the day and happen to forget to say Joseph's name, one of the children will pipe up, "What about Mrs. P's grandson? Don't forget to pray for Joseph!"

Special prayers for you tomorrow for your Drs. meeting--may God's presence be felt so strongly as you hear the results and make decisions...

I think we will sing "Jesus loves Joe P" for devotions tomorrow...I hope he can hear it all the way in Atlanta. Good night.

Christy said...

I'm so glad for an update, even if it's not what I wanted to hear (I think I nearly broke my mouse clicker today). I'm so sorry - what a long and trying day. Praying, praying, praying and waiting ridiciously full of knots along with you.

Boothe Farley said...

we will be praying tomorrow between 11 and 12. praying joseph feels rested and that gillian remains healthy. may you feel an inexplicable peace as you enter the day tomorrow.

conor and boothe

courtney said...

We will be praying all morning tomorrow. I pray that rest will keep away your sickness, Gillian! Praying for rest for Joseph and the both of you...


amber said...

Allen and Gillian,

We are praying for a good report and for great wisdom to know how to proceed. May the God of great comfort continue to surround you.

"I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord."
Psalm 27:13-14

"Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to Thee, when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For Though hast been a refuge for me, a tower of strength against my enemy. Let me dwell in Thy tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Thy wings."
Psalm 61:1-4

The chaplains at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson have lifted sweet Joseph up in prayer.
God Bless You.

Doug and Amber Hess

Holly said...

I pray that the Lord will give you guys "the peace that passes all understanding" continually, and that Gillian, you get some needed rest to fight off getting sick. We, along with so many other people, love you guys so much!!

Emily said...

Thanks for writing an update, even though I can't imagine how exhausted you are. I kept checking all day to see how Joseph's doing. I am so sorry he had such a trying day. I will pray that the doctors will get the medication balance just right for what Joseph needs to get rest and heal. I am just crying out to the Lord that you will have hopeful news tomorrow, and that you will feel His love as you meet with the doctor tomorrow.

Vann and Norma said...

I Peter 5:6-7
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
Tim Grissom writes,"When we are humble, do you see where God places His hands? Above us to cover us and beneath us to carry us. Sometimes our humility comes via repentance from sin, and sometimes it comes through the pain of suffering. In either case, humility hails the presence of God, and He cups us in His hands. What better place to be?"

You are in His hands. May you rest.
We love you all.
Vann and Norma

Mary Vagnoni said...

Goodnight Gillian,sleep well and stay strong
we love you

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine what it would be like to be in this situation. Joseph will always be in my prayers. God is in control and he has a special plan for Joseph.

Lynn T said...

I am so sorry today was a tough day. I ache when I think of you all having a hard time. I am so thankful that after a hard day, you still write. I check this all day and you are so loved. I loved hearing about Granny praying and I cried when I read Mary's post. I am praying you feel better Gill. Allen, I am praying for a peaceful night for you and sweet Joseph.

I will be praying in the morning and during the meeting with the doctors.

Much love,

Lynn T said...

I also wanted to tell you that today in the lunch room at Will's school, Will asked me to tell his buddies funny stories about
Joseph. It was so sweet to see all these 5 and 6 year olds listening to funny stories about Joe P. Will is so proud of his cousin and wanted his friends to know all about his hero.

Chad said...

Thanks for the update Gillian. I will pray for lots of rest for all 3 of you tonight and strength for the meeting tomorrow. Thinking about little Joe all the time.
love you guys,
c. shell

Sam said...

It pains me that I cannot be there with ya'll. I will be praying for God to grant Joseph and Allen rest tonight, as well as for wisdom in the doctors' diagnosis tomorrow. Everyday, I receive numerous texts and emails from people who don't know Joe but are praying for him. It has been so encouraging to see hundreds of people love you well! I love you and miss you all. Lynn, I wish I could have been in that lunchroom today, as I am sure that was quite a fun time! I can see Will bragging to his friends about his funny cousin "Jophus".

May the God of all grace continue to fill you with hope and peace!


mom said...

gill i am so sorry it was such a hard day.it brings back so many memories of the pain my parents went through years ago when christopher was sick.i am so thankful for the amazing faith all of you five kids have.it gives me more comfort knowing that you all turn to jesus for guidance and strength.gill i too like sarah jane wish i could take the hard days for you and take the pain for joseph.sleep well and i hope you feel better tomorrow.i love you all so much.love frommom holly and of course the baby dollies..linda hoehn brought holly a new dolly tonight holly immediately undressed the doll this doll came with a bottle and holly was very impressed with that so she fed her and of course triumphantly said did it once she got the bottle in the dollys mouth!!she is quite a character and a joy for david and i right now .see you tomorrow

Liz Rollman said...

Dan and Laura told me about your little Joseph and I have been praying ever since. I was so moved by what you are going through. As you might know, our granddaughter had a brain tumor removed this summer. I know what an emotional roller coaster you are on right now. I will be praying for healing and courage and strength for you and your family and for wisdom and guidance for the doctors. May you feel God's loving arms enfold you. I happened on this scripture verse tonight and pray that it is speaking to you. "His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." May joy come to you and your family tomorrow morning.

Carrie said...

Hi Allen & Gillian-
I good friends with Allison O'Steen. I have been praying for little Jospeh and your family- & check the blog often throughout the day. I have told many people in my church and we are praying for yall up here in NYC.
In Christ,
Carrie C.

Keyana said...

Allen and Gillian,

I am praying for you and your family...that God will give you strength, and much needed rest for Joseph. I think about you all so often during the day, and have asked everyone I know to keep you in their prayers, even if they don't know you. My love and thoughts will be with you as you talk with the doctors tomorrow.
Keyana Washington

Whitney said...

Gillian and Allen,
I only found out about Joseph this morning. I have been in England for the past couple of months so I am a bit out of the loop. My heart is aching for you guys. There are no words to tell you how sad I am for ya'll, so I won't try and say anything great. I just wanted you to know that I am praying for you all so much. God is good, somehow it always come out that way, not quite sure how but I have seen it so much this past year. I will continue praying for strength.

Mary Vagnoni said...

Hi Gillian I hope you got some rest last night and that today some of our prayers will be answered. I wish I could give you a big hug, this world is too big.-
love mary

Jean Joiner said...

I will be praying for rest for you all, especially for Joseph. Praying too for your time with the doctor at 11.

Craig said...


At the risk of being an offensive blogger (I think about all the hundreds of times I know I have offended you and Allen and I'm soooooo grateful ya'll still keep me around - because I love ya'll, KJ loves ya'll, Claire loves ya'll and Craig loves ya'll. We really do) So without further ado....


10. You don't have to follow any stickin rules if you don't wanna!
9. NO thank you notes, call or emails - unless you find them therapeutic or fun - but their will be NONE written out of obligation
8. Excessive use of caffeine is Good
7. It is OK to go over cell phone minute usage.
6. Cuss - it just might make you feel better
5. Yelling, Hollering and calling your spouse stupid - is just your new secret special way of saying "I love you"
4. Messy Hair, no makeup and stained, wrinkled clothing = Fashion Forward
3. Huge emotional outbursts in public places are cool
2. 8 hours - who needs em!
1. And to quote Rich Mullins "So if I stand let me stand on the promise That you will pull me through. And if I can't, let me fall on the grace That first brought me to You"

If anyone has more to add -please do

Praying for you so much! - Gwen

Becky B said...

Allen and Gillian,

I was going to drop by today but it looks as if it won't be a good day for y'all. Just wanted you to know that all of the Brachers and their classmates are praying for you. We think of you throughout every day.

Becky B

Sara said...

Hi Gill and Allen- We will be praying that you will feel God's grace, comfort, and hope today as you meet with the doctors. I know that God will grant you wisdom about how to proceed from here. Gill, I pray that God will give you all strength and health and will supernaturally multiply the rest you receive during your short breaks. Thank you so much for keeping us updated. I so look forward to hearing how Joseph is doing, and even on tough days like yesterday it is a blessing to know how to pray for you all. I pray that Joseph will be more rested and comfortable today. We love you and think of you constantly.

-Sara Wade

Kendall said...

I will be praying today between 12 and 1 as you get results. I will be praying for comfort and wisdom and discernment as you and the doctors decide how to proceed. I will continue to pray for Joseph to be able to sleep restfully and of course for his continued healing. If you need anything while you're at the hospital, let me know. Since I am just across the street, it wouldn't be a problem at all to bring you something if you needed it and didn't want to leave. And I'm available any night next week to hang out with Holly, do laundry, or anything that would be a blessing to you. Please do not hesitate to call if you need me. I'd like to help as much as I can before I leave.
Love in Our Healer,

Dave said...

Allen and Gillian--

When rising this morning, I am sure it feels like one of the most stressful days of your life. And, it likely will be; you cannot change that or how we are wired to WANT to take the place for our children. It truly is a gift from God. Know that no matter how today goes, Christ's ability to take the place of his children has not changed and neither has his plan for blessing your family. Be strong and hope, regardless of the pathology.

Praying for all the Peabodys,
Dave and Erin.

Mel said...

You're on our hearts constantly and we're praying as you face this new day. All our love,
Mel and Steve

trmills said...

Dear Gillian, we are praying for rest and health for all of you, and for peace and understanding tomorrow as you hear the report. It was a sweet encouragement to hear your family lifted up to God in both English and Thai in our worship services on Sunday. Love to all of you.

And don't you just love that Gwen?

sj said...

Gwen or Craig???
Thanks for making me laugh out loud through my tears!!
I'll try to think of some other rules...I'm just not that funny.
thanking God for people with humor:)sj

abbie said...

Gillian--thanks for the update. I will be praying today for the things you mentioned.
With love for you & thanksgiving to the One who will sustain you,

Anonymous said...

Jesus, Lover of our Soul.....we fly to you this morning asking for
comfort. Ease Joseph's fears and pain. Ease Gillian's distress as a
mother wanting to be with her hurting child. Give Allen clarity as
he seeks to be husband and father....through the sometimes painful
but ever-present lens of doctor.

Your promises loom this morning...as you, God, have named yourself
The Great Physician, I Am, Emmanuel, and Faithful Father. We do not
pretend to be anything but your children. Soothe us now in the
middle of our distress.


LR said...

Allen & Gilllian - we continue to lift you the Father, Who never takes His gaze off you. We will be praying as you meet witht he Drs. for understanding, peace, wisdom & the presence of God. We love you - Scott & Linda

Jennifer said...

Fell & Gillford; Though I am not there in person today (and this kills me) I am praying for you fervently.

Friends & family; thank you for your encouragement, for taking the time to write out scripture & prayers. My spirits are lifted when I read these comments. Gwen, that comment was priceless. Dave & Erin, your comment is so, so true....

Corby said...

hey guys, just wanted to let y'all know that the Shields' are praying for y'all in Pennsylvania. we love you guys and your son whom we haven't met. we look forward to hearing results from today's meeting.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Gillian & Allen,
My sis-in-law is Margaret Wise & she let me know of Joseph's illness. Your family is in my thoughts & prayers every day. I belong to a wonderful church & home team & have asked them to pray for Joseph too. I wanted to share with you a prayer poem that my sweet Grandma gave me years go that has always been a source of comfort for me. I pray that it brings you peace & hope during this time of uncertainty. God bless you, Sharon

I said a prayer for you today & know God must have heard.

I felt the answer in my heart although He spoke no word.

I didn't ask for wealth or fame,
I knew you wouldn't mind.

I asked Him to send treasures of a far more lasting kind.

I asked that He be with you at the start of each new day.

To grant you health and happiness and friends to share your way.

I asked that you find joy in all things great and small.

But it was for His loving care, I prayed the most of all!

Anonymous said...

Gill and Allen,

I will be interceding for you guys during your talks with the doctors. Dave and I will continue to pray for rest for Joe. It's encouraging to see the church unite and pray for him. Like Hannah says, there is no ROCK like our God.

Just reading your blog entries, I see how much you all are glorifying the Lord. You're living out your purpose to glorify God and enjoy him forever.

Love you,
Carolyn & Dave
Nashville, TN

Anna said...

"Before they call I will anwser; while they are still speaking I will hear."



Margaret said...

I know you are probably getting ready to head to the doctor appt. I am praying that the news will provide hope and that God will guide the doctors to provide the best possible care and medicine for Joseph. I'm praying for your health and for Joseph's health, comfort and rest. I'm holding you in my heart.

the Belchers said...

Gillian & Allen,
Just found this blog this am. We are praying for Joseph and your family throughout the day. You have been on our minds and in our hearts. May the LORD's unfailing love rest upon you as you put your hope in Him (Psalm 33:22).
Bill & Alyssa

alexis said...

I've been praying for all you guys. I know that this is in the Lord's hands. Trust in Him.

Love and hugs,

susan and brian said...

Thinking of you all a lot of the time, hoping that all will go well. It is so difficult to think that you have to go through all this, especially Joseph. To all of you our love at this time. Susan Brian Killian Marie Shane and Susan

Julie said...

You all don't know me, but I am a friend of a friend of Jennifer's in Memphis. I have been praying for you all ever since I heard the news about Joe P. and will continue to do so especially today as you wait for word from the doctors. (Psalm 34:17-20)

Julie B.

The Johnson Kids said...

We will be saying BIG prayers for your big day tomorrow. Pray for Joseph's comfort and your health! stay well.

Jan said...

Allen, Gillian!!!

This is Jan Collier, your long-ago teacher buddy from Intown, Allen, and frequent visitor to Pitts Theology Library, Gillian. I am having all of my 8 classes and the entire school (St. Pius) PRAY FOR YOU and JOSEPH every day. Rachel Templeton is my student (again!) this year and Grace Morris is in my homeroom, so we are mighty in prayer and petitions. May you rest in the Lord, which is almost impossible to understand until all you CAN do is rest. And then you realize that's all we're ever able to do anyway.

God bless you... Jan

stephanie said...

Dear Allen and Gillian - We are sending you all many prayers and good thoughts. Ireland may be your stonghold but we have added a few prayers from another county or two. We are so sorry that this has happened to your family and pray that Joseph is resting easier now and you all are able to sleep some.

Warmly - Stephanie and Michael Walsh

Allison & Jeff said...

We just wanted to tell you again that we are all still praying very hard for you - especially right now as we wait to hear the results that you recieved today. Please know you are all weighing heavy on all of our hearts and minds. We know He can provide a miracle and we are praying for one.

Allison & Jeff

Slotkins said...

I pray that your faith in Jesus will grow daily so that you will live in forever peace and soundness of mind as you talk with the doctors and make important decisions. We love you!
Beth, BJ and Logan

Jody said...

I love Gwen's 10 rules.....9,5,3 are my favs.

Thinking of you tons today and praying that the meeting with the doctor gives you guidance. God will watch over all of you and lead you in the direction that is best for Joseph and your family. Please know I am always thinking of you. Love, Jody

Suzy Goodman said...

Allen, I am going to an MD in Nashville who might be able to offer some natural medicine support for Joseph that could possibly really help him. The doctor's name is Asa Andrew and he has The Center For Natural Medicine. He is a Christian. His phone number is 615-269-6355 and he is located on Harding Road just down from St. Thomas Hospital. He accepts insurance. I believe that he would want to help any way possible. That is his heart. It wouldn't hurt to give him a call and see what he says. At least he could suggest ways to strengthen Joseph if he is facing chemo and radiation. I just know that when my late husband was receiving treatments for cancer, it seemed logical to me that he needed supplements to help strengthen him but I was told no, that he didn't need them. I now realize how crazy that was. But I have also learned since then that cancer cells find it difficult to survive in a certain environment in the body. I can't remember about it other than to say Dr. Andrew would be able to address this.

It would really be worth it just to hear what Dr. Andrew might say.

My heart and prayers are with all of you. I wish I lived closer to be able to offer help but the prayers for healing and for peace will certainly continue.

Suzy Goodman

themojos said...

we are anxiously waiting to hear the results. Praying for all of you and leaning on God. Our church, where Craig Brown pastors, prayed for Joseph last night during our prayer meeting.
Much love,

The Whites said...

Just to let you all know that "the whole White Gang" is praying for you all and keeping you all in our hearts and minds each day. We know how strong you are and how loving your family is. That's how you deal with something like this. I read the news each day and wish we could be there to hug you all. Our love is with you all.

the fulghums said...

We have been checking this site several times each day to keep up with how Joseph is doing. I know this latest news must be quite a blow, but with God, nothing is impossible. You remain in our thoughts and prayers each moment. We love you.

Mark, Ellen, Becca, and Ben

Catherine Tighe said...

Just to let you know that we're all still thinking of you here in Ireland and praying for Joseph. Paul, Chris, Clare, Matt and my parents all send their love to you.
Lots of love,
Catherine xxx

Ann said...

Hi Gillian Allen Holly and Joseph, I spoke to Billy and Pauline yesterday and was so incredibly sad about the news. On December 5 in Holland we celebrate Sinterklaas (the feest of Saint Nicholaas) it should be a festive occasion and very geared towards young children. With Joseph in our hearts we tried to offer our celebration to him. I hope he felt it. Words cannot describe what I feel for you. I love you all. Take care. love Ann Ben & the boys
p.s. Lynn - such a sweet thing you did at Will's school,it set my crying agin