Thank you for keeping up with Tony's status as he was battling cancer.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

We had another brief lucid conversation with him just now. He told us "nothing is going to take it away", "that's the way it is", and he indicated that he is ready to go. His words were not tinged with fear or resentment or anger...they were just a statement of fact and acceptance. He seemed worried about us (his Mom and I), but we told him not to be; and that we would be okay and follow him later. It is an enormous huge gigantic relief to know what he is thinking, and that he is okay with the way things are going. I hope he is comforted knowing we are ready too.

Earlier today, he said he was thinking about all his friends, but we couldn't understand much of what he said then. It is hard for me knowing that he knows what is going on, has something meaningful to say, but can't say it most of the time.

Thank you for your prayers. Please pray that Tony's peace will continue. Please pray for him to be healed and have his abilities restored. Please pray that God will provide us at least one more such lucid comforting moment for he and his sister to share before she leaves for school. She leaves Wednesday evening.


  1. This is all we are thinking about. We have not stopped praying . . . begging God to heal Tony. I can't begin to imagine how you are dealing with this. Praying for miracles . . .

    I love you.

  2. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Jesus Christ (Matthew 6.33-34)

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  4. Continually praying for God's peace and loving comfort for Tony and you, Sherri and Randi.

    Philippians 4:6-7
    "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

    Psalm 46
    "God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
    Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
    though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging."

    God Bless each of you.

    So much love and prayers coming to you from Texas,
    Karen Simpson

  5. Praying for you; wrapping my arms around you all and squeezing tight. I love you.

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  8. Brenda and I have not stopped and will continue even harder to pray for Tony's comfort and healing.

    Your families strength & faith reminds me so much about the verse in the 23rd Psalm. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;

    If there is a shadow it is because of the SON! And that he is with you every step of the way.

    Yours and Tony's faith is so inspiring and is an awesome example to us all.

    Your extended family in Arkansas is praying for all of you.

  9. Profound revelations from a remarkable young man.

  10. Thinking of you all and praying for peace, comfort and healing. I really do care!

    Shari Kissick Highland

    (can't figure out how to comment as, so I'll try "anonymous".)

  11. I pray that God will shelter your precious
    family with His love and grace. That all of you will be healed and made whole.


  12. Lifting you all up in prayer from Houston...

  13. Praying in Mississippi. . .

    Vanessa (Sanders) Hollingsworth

  14. Joan & Walt MoodyAugust 4, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Just wanted to let you know you are all on our minds and in our hearts. We have called all of the members at Nikiski church of Christ and are all praying for Tony's healing or peace and for yours. Praying that Randi will have a safe trip, as well, and that God will comfort her heart. Love to you all.

  15. I just wanted to let you know I think about you guys a lot and I read this blog everyday now. It makes me sad to think that this is happening to Tony, and I remember him from when I was little and from church camp just a couple years ago. I am praying for him and Randi and both of you, his parents. I hope you get more chances to be with him. He is so wonderful and so kind.
    With love,
    Laura Abbott

  16. Words cannot adequately express our feelings right now. Lindsey and I are praying for Tony and for you and your family each day. I wish there was something more we could do for you and if you need anything please please let us know. We are family and we are here for you. We love you Tony and we will continue to pray for that miracle.

    Buddy and Lindsey Whitt

  17. Please send Tony my love. I never told him but he does mean a great deal to me. He may not remember me now but tell him I never met anyone as good or kind or as loving as he was and I will always remember him.
    Thank you,
    Laura Abbott