A great weekend with the WHOLE family!

We’ve had a great time getting all the kids in the same city together the last couple days and we are so grateful to all the people who helped make it happen!  One of the things we wanted to make sure of was to let Davis and Reide come see St. Jude’s early one.  We didn’t want this place that Mommy and Bennett are going to be spending lot of time at to be a mystery to them.  There are so many things about this journey that the two of them can’t understand and so many things we do not want to burden them with.  Things like the severity of his illness and the pain he may go through with different treatments are examples of what their little hearts are not ready to comprehend. So instead we having been praying and asking God to give us ideas of how to include them in ways that are appropriate.  Besides bringing them up, here are some of the things that we have done or talked about with the so far.

  • Talked about what part of Bennett’s body (his liver) has “yucky stuff” growing on it
  • Talked about how there are lots of different doctors that are going to help Bennett…and that it could take a long time
  • Showed them on a map where Memphis is in relation to Lafayette and family back in Texas
  • Talk through our schedule with them a lot so they know what the next several days will look like
  • Talk on FaceTime as much as we can and let them see our room, the hotel and the hospital

I’m sure there will be points along this journey that Davis and Reide will get tired of being apart as a family, but our prayer is that God will fill in the gaps created by this with grace and love.  And that’s exactly what we experienced this weekend so far.  Here are some pics of our great weekend together.

Bennett helping pick a "Welcome to Memphis!" gift for brother and sister.

Bennett helping pick a “Welcome to Memphis!” gift for brother and sister.

Snuggling with Mommy and reading books before bed.

Snuggling with Mommy and reading books before bed.

Reide's "throne" for eating lunch and watching movies.

Reide’s “throne” for eating lunch and watching movies.

The Crystal Shrine Grotto.  A neat little man-made cave we found that has lots of cool climbing areas and a cave with crystal rocks.

The Crystal Shrine Grotto. A neat little man-made cave we found that has lots of cool climbing areas and a cave with crystal rocks.

There trails with bridges and ponds where we could look at fish and climb on rocks.

There were trails with bridges and ponds where we could look at fish and climb on rocks.

Reide wanted to go wherever Davis went!

Reide wanted to go wherever Davis went…and it was cold!!

We made it to the top, Mom!

We made it to the top, Mom!

At the movies!

At the movies!

All this playing requires a good ice cream break!

All this playing required a good ice cream break!

One of our favorite quotes of the weekend was Friday night when Ben was helping put the kids to bed at their hotel with his parents.

Davis – “Daddy, I’ve got an idea!  When we are ready for bed…I’ve got lots of songs I want to sing and I’m sure Reide does too.  We should have a song party!!”

Ben – “It’s too late, buddy…we are going to bed.  We’re not going to do anything that has the word “party” in it.”

Davis – “What about a fest?  That’s smaller than a party but still fun.”

Thanks for praying for our family!  We will be posting some specific prayer requests tomorrow as we get closer to Bennett’s biopsy on Monday.

8 Comments

  1. Hello Coleman family. Glad you guys got to spend some time together. May God continue to bless you on this journey! Our love and prayers. The Broussards

  2. Excited to read what a fun-filled weekend you all had! Prayers to you ALL as Reide and Davis go back with Gma and Gpa –which is ALWAYS fun—but may be a little sad still to leave you both and Bennett.
    Prayers for tomorrow’s biopsy and continued healing and health for Bennett and for sleep for you all. Prayers! Prayers! Prayers!

  3. Dear Coleman Family:
    We’re wishing God’s blessings on you for 2014 and for God’s guidance for the doctors who are treating Bennett and that Bennett will be healed.
    We also are praying for peace for the whole family.
    In Christ:
    Bob&Joyce

  4. It was so good to hear that you all had some time for family; we remember how important that was to you. Know that we have had all of you in our prayers and will continue to do so. We loved the conversation with Davis. He is still the Davis we knew and love. Give the kids a hug for us. Love, Papa Jack and Nana Sylvia
    Isaiah 41:10

  5. We will also pray for y’all in WMU @ HPBC. I surly miss you at Hyde Park. We pray many blessings your Baby Bennett and the family.

  6. Dear Ben and Megan,
    We love you and your precious children. You are all in our prayers and in our hearts.
    “You will keep in perfect peace those who trust in him; whose thoughts are fixed in You.” Isaiah 26:3

  7. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. You have three sweet and precious children, Thanks for posting the pictures.

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