Grateful for silver linings, one of which is how family and friends are gathering around us in prayer and with offers of support. Cancer is a lot of hard things. It is already proving to be a lot of connecting with loved ones and strengthening of relationships and that is so, so good.
- Peace for Shawn and I, for Kyle and Miranda and Braden and Connor, for our parents and siblings and nieces and nephews and inner circle friends watching and hurting as we go through this - that God would keep soft our children's hearts toward Him through all the emotions of this hard journey - strength and stamina; physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually - that the cancer shrinks to gone, gone, gone! - gentle side effects to this second round of chemo - family unity, harmony, love, strength, joy, happiness - anything else you feel God puts on your heart
Monday, February 16, 2015
A Valentine's Day Victory!
After a dark and dreary year, we were thrilled to hear that Kristin's cousin Brody was invited into the Chopped Canada Kitchen! The timing of his episode could not have been better. It was a stark contrast from where we were a year ago on February 14th, and we were thrilled to make new memories on on this Valentine's Day!
We quickly got busy putting together a Chopped Canada Screening Party as Brody and his gang gathered in Calgary for their own screening party and fundraising event.
Here is Brody with his parents Bev & Brian, his wife Sandra, and his brother Brett & wife Kristen at their Screening Party in Calgary.
We were on the edge of our seats watching the show!
There were tons of tears, oodles of laughter, and even a little yelling at the judges! We had a fantastic time cheering Brody on during each round! The kids and their dad were thrilled that their mom was honored with such a sweet and caring tribute, and there wasn't a dry eye in our home.
The show twisted and turned it's way through a three course meal and in the end the BEST CHEF WON! Congratulations Brody on a well-deserved win! We look forward to giving you a real life hug and a heart felt thank you for the beautiful tribute to Kristin, and to the love you have shown her family.
We celebrated BRODY and his CHOPPED CHAMPION VICTORY 'Kristin style'
Shawn and the kids tried to skype with the winner but it was really hard to communicate with all the excitement! I'm not sure any of us were truly prepared for the emotional ups and downs of the evening, but it sure was fun. If you've watched the show, you will know what I'm referring to. One moment grieving the loss of Kristin and the next second cheering so loud she could probably hear us in heaven!
We were thrilled that Brody's true character was not lost during the entire episode. From start to finish, he remained true to himself. He was so calm, poised, and caring.
Kristin would have been SO proud of you Brody, I know we are!
I would also like to extend an extra special thank you to the owners of Charcut Roast House along with Brody's wife & son, his entire family, and the staff that he works with every day. Your love and dedication to both Brody's talent and his love for his family has been out of this world. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!
If you missed the episode, please click here to watch Brody in action: