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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Share Mitchell's Smile

I know many are anxious for an update on Mitchell since things are always changing.  He has seriously declined and as of the last couple of days has not been able/willing to swallow food and drink.  This is common as our bodies slow down and prepare for death.  He sleeps almost all day and is almost completely unresponsive/communicative.  Obviously he no longer "feels" like our little boy, but it does feel like we're holding an angel and we are cherishing these days.  While this is obviously painful and heart-wrenching, we are trying to focus on what we know to be true.  Death is not the end, but another glorious beginning.  Just as when we come into this world, death is the portal to move into the next; a world of peace, free from pain and sorrow and full of joy and love.  We have felt angels administering to us and Mitchell in our home and it has been so special to participate in such a sacred sphere.  Even still, there are moments of intense sadness, fear for how I can ever let his little body leave my arms--and I KNOW it's just a body!--and pain watching his little body deteriorate.

One thing that keeps us going is our Mitchell's ongoing service to us.  While he can't talk or move, he still tries so SO very hard to smile for us.  It is truly inspiring and heartwarming.  He has done this all through these past two and a half years and we never cease to be amazed at how he knows we need this and how much it lifts us up.  He is totally amazing!

After weeks of prayer on various issues, one of which is a way to honor Mitchell and who he is, we received a very (and I mean VERY) strong impression that we are to hold a day of service in Mitchell's honor.  September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we feel it is fitting to honor Mitchell as well as all of these amazing souls who have both succumbed to or survived cancer.  This service can be big or small; individual or as a large group.  We plan to wear yellow and feel that this service will make a big difference for both those who serve and those who will be served.  We are working on a website:, which should be finished later this week.  We also should have some publicity materials, ie video, out soon too.

The day is SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th, but if for some reason that date doesn't work for you, please make an effort on a day of your choice in September.  We are hoping for people to email us via the website and we'll post your stories: what you did, how you felt, how it impacted your community, etc.  We hope this will be an ongoing annual event, and possibly might have a facebook page with monthly ideas of service activities to keep us all going.  We believe service more than anything else can change the world faster and more effectively than anything/anyone else and to this end we strive to honor Mitchell's legacy!

Mitchell's greatest desire in life was to be a missionary, which essentially is a life of service.  We know this is how we are supposed to honor him and his smile.  PLEASE get out there and "Share Mitchell's Smile" on Mitchell's Day!


ally said...

I'll be wearing yellow! love you Ames, Mitch and family!

Honey said...

Thanks for the update, Amy. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. We will be out serving and wearing yellow next month - especially on the 15th. Much love.

Erickson Family said...

I just read through your blog for the first time and feel so saddened and in awe at your words. Thank you for your updates. They are honest and inspiring. You are the epitome of faith to me. We will definitely support you in Mitchell's Day by wearing yellow and giving service in honor of his wonderful sweet spirit. We are here if you need anything else.

Anonymous said...

Your grace in this extremely difficult circumstance is an inspiration to all of us who know you. Prayers for your family from us go up every day. Thank you for sharing so openly, you are all a gift to this world. Love and prayers from your neighbors, the Carters.

Jeannie Barclay said...

Great idea! We'll organize a service project on the15th and be wearing yellow! Thank you for sharing your faith and testimony with all of us! Love you all Jeannie

Brock and Layne Andersen Family said...

Amy, I am so sorry for all the pain your family has been/is going through. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for PEACE for your family at this time. Layne Overly Andersen

Bryan said...

Amy and Chad,
My deepest appreciation for the updates and news so we can love and support your family during this time. I'm so glad you've found a great way to have others reach out in Mitchell's direction with smiles and love, just like he's done.
This journey with Mitchell has been long- and with lots of ups and downs. I am sure during this time when you see Mitchell just not being himself anymore, it makes another mixture of ups and downs. Praying for peace for you all during this time. You are on our minds and in our hearts. Thanks for the upcoming smiley yellow day to look forward to. My girls are ready for :)
Love, Maegan, Bryan and kids