Home and Reunited

Tonight we’re sharing an update from Anna Marie. Love, Sarah

My blood count started multiplying quickly, and I was discharged from the hospital yesterday at 10 AM! It was such a joy to see Simon Peter in his car seat when he rode along with my mom to pick me up! Needless to say we have enjoyed some good snuggles.

And then this morning, an even more joyful reunion when Christopher arrived! We are so delighted to be together, and so grateful for Maxwell grandparents and aunts taking care of the five children in his absence.

Tomorrow I will go to the cancer clinic, and they will begin the usual routine of drawing labs and then giving me a Vitamin C IV. Once lab results are back (within an hour) my oncologist will decide if I can tolerate another round of chemo or if we need to delay. While I am hopeful we won’t have further setbacks, we also don’t want to push ahead before I’m ready.

I read Psalm 145 today and one of the themes that stood out to me was praising God for his mighty acts and wondrous works. My time in the hospital afforded so many opportunities to share with doctors, nurses, and other staff how the Lord has led and blessed us throughout this cancer journey. He is good, always good—whether we can see it or not—but there have been so many examples and little stories of His faithfulness that we have seen! 

Being in quarantine with no outside visitors meant that I could give undivided attention to conversations with nurses and I truly enjoyed getting to know them. I never would have guessed that I would be so excited by middle-of-the-night fellowship with precious sisters in Christ, while they were checking vital signs and drawing labs. It was a reminder that it is the same God at work in all His people conforming us to the image of His dear Son… “for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). In a way, I hope I don’t have to return to their care; but if I do, I know I will see many friendly and familiar faces!

This is a hymn I was thinking about while in the hospital. Our “little spaces” will all look different at different seasons. But whether it is homeschooling a passel of little ones or sharing Christ from a hospital bed, may we each be content to fill our little space in a way that brings glory to God!

Father, I know that all my life
Is portioned out for me;
The changes that are sure to come,
I do not fear to see:
I ask thee for a present mind,
Intent on pleasing thee.

I would not have the restless will
That hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do,
Or secret thing to know;
I would be treated as a child,
And guided where I go.

I ask thee for the daily strength,
To none that ask denied,
A mind to blend with outward life,
While keeping at thy side,
Content to fill a little space,
If thou be glorified.

In service which thy will appoints
There are no bonds for me;
My secret heart is taught the truth
That makes thy children free;
A life of self-renouncing love
Is one of liberty.
    -Anna Waring, 1850

Love,
Anna Marie

“According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that
in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always,
so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether
it be by life, or by death.” Philippians 1:20

20 thoughts on “Home and Reunited”

  1. Thank you for the update – I was hoping to see one! I’ve been praying for God to bring your numbers up so you could be at home during Christopher’s visit, and He did it even better than I hoped He would! Thank you for sharing what God is teaching you and doing for you.

  2. One of my children has just been praying for you before this latest post, and we joined with him in lifting you up before the Lord, Anna Marie.

    We see God being glorified in your suffering, and rejoice in that.

    Great to hear the improvement taking place in the blood count. What a wonderful joy to see you with your little man and your big man 🙂

    Each day is just one day – and grace supplied for everything in it. Keep looking onward and upward as you are, and thanks for all your example in faith and perseverance and patience.

    Love from our family

  3. Anna Marie, I am glad you are doing better! I am encouraged by your steadfast faith and determination! I pray that your health continues to improve!

  4. Dear Anna Marie,
    We are praying for you.
    It is so good to see you still praising the Lord despite your circumstances,
    Thank you for being a light in the darkness for other broken and hurting young women who do not have the comfort, only our Lord can bring.
    Love you lots,
    xxxxxxxxx

  5. I almost cried when I read this post!!!! Thank You Lord for raising Anna Marie’s blood count levels so she could leave the hospital!! I am SO happy you could see Christopher!!!! His love for you will be another immunity boost as it lifts your spirit!!!!! And of course that sweet little Simon Peter!!!! I continue to pray that God would protect you from infections and strengthen your body for the coming treatments!!! How sweet that Christopher shaved his head for you!!! I am so happy he could be with you!! I know you are a source of strength for him and he for you!!! Hope you gets some rest and enjoy your time together!!! And Thank You Lord for answering all our prayers the way we hoped!!!!!

  6. Mrs. Maxwell,
    The picture of you with your husband and baby boy just seems to glow! I am so thankful to God for your sweet spirit during all of this. It is inspiring. Please take care and be safe. Rest when you can and get in lots of snuggles!

  7. I think of you often…I’m amazed at your strength and courage. I’m so happy you have your baby and now your husband with you. You look wonderful and thank God for the extended family who are able to care for your children in your absence.

  8. Aww Christopher shaving his head for you is just beautiful. I’m so glad God made a way for him to come and for you to be home to see him. It still amazes me daily that God hears each of our requests and answers them for us. He truly gives us the desires of our heart. This photo is wonderful. I know you’ll love every second with him. I’ll keep your family in my prayers always.

  9. Thank you for encouraging me. I feel it should be the other way around, but I am encouraged by you continually.

  10. Still praying! Again, thank you for encouraging me! This post really lifted my heart from a difficult emotional state!

  11. I am so glad to read that you were able to leave the hospital for Christopher’s visit! Praise to God! Continued prayers!

  12. Anna-Marie
    I’ve been thinking and praying for you. Thankful your blood count has gone up! 🙂 It’s truly wonderful news, Praise the Lord!!
    Even in the midst of all this, you have been such an encouragement to me and many others. May He be glorified!! The verses and hymns that have been shared by you have touched my heart deeply. Continuing to pray for you, Christopher, and the rest of your sweet family.

  13. Praise the Lord! I’m so happy that your blood count went up so you could be released from the hospital in time to see Christopher. Our family will be praying for you and your family.

  14. Dear Anna-Marie,
    you have been such an inspiration to us all of trusting in God’s faithfulness. I will continue to pray for you and your family.
    much love in Christ,
    Heather
    Vancouver Isl, Canada

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