Thursday, January 7, 2010

The January 21st Project

I've got this idea...

Two weeks from today is the one-year anniversary of Brady's diagnosis and his first surgery. January 21st sticks out in my mind like a huge sore thumb this year and probably will for the rest of my life.

After all, it was a bad day.

As this day has been approaching on the calendar, I've been thinking of a meaningful way to mark the day as to hopefully displace some of our bad memories.

So, I starting thinking of ideas. I'm a girl who likes to come up with big ideas. About 90% of them don't ever amount to anything...but I keep dreaming them up anyway. Like the time I thought, "I think we should have this big, huge party this summer to celebrate the end of Brady's treatment. We'll call it the BRADY BASH!" And then the time I had this idea to sell lemonade... Okay so those were the good ideas, but trust me people I've had plenty of silly ones that were downright impossible!

Back to my point. How do we mark this tough day in our family's history?

I came up with the idea called the January 21st.

I've been thinking a lot lately about little man Brady and how someday I will have to tell him all about this time in his life. He’ll have questions about the scars on his body and I will be answering them the best I can. Of course I’ll have the blog to refer to, the pictures, and even the cards that were sent.

But I want him to know more.

I want Brady, Eli, Cara, and Allie to understand that through Brady’s illness, people’s lives were touched. I want them to understand that God took this terrible situation and used it for His purpose. At a time in their lives when they may not yet understand the ripple effect that God’s love can have, I want them to learn that the story of a little boy with cancer truly impacted those who prayed for him and supported his family.

This is where you come in!

My idea is to put together a scrapbook with pictures and thoughts from those who have followed Brady’s story. On January 21 I would love to share some of them on the blog as way to commemorate Brady’s cancer anniversary, but also as a way to keep the testimony of his story alive.

If you are willing, I would love to have anyone who has been impacted by Brady to email me and share how his story impacted you.

Maybe you are someone who has prayed for Brady. I would love to have pictures of those who have prayed for him, maybe even a picture of our prayer warriors holding up a sign with his name, or saying “We pray for Brady!”

There may be some of you out there who have donated to a specific charity, reached out to volunteer, or just changed the way you view life’s ups and downs. Whatever your thoughts, no matter how small they may seem, would be a wonderful contribution to this project.

We have around 250 readers a day and I’m hoping to hear from many of you! I pray that gathering all of these stories will bless our blog readers, provide further healing for our family, and be an amazing testimony of God’s never-ending love for all of us.

Thank you for your help with this project.

Please email me directly at or leave a comment on the blog. If you do not want your story or picture shared publicly, please let me know.


  1. Megan

    There is nothing wrong being a girl that has BIG ideas. So do I. And yes, most of mine amount to not much but those that do tend to impress the socks off people. Keep the ideas flowing.

    I'll try and come up with some way to email Brady with how there are a little family on the other side of the planet whose heart he captured.

    Good afternoon from hot, humid and rainy Brisbane.

    M x

  2. I am a lurker, have been for a while now. Brady and other children I have read about have taught me many things. The most important thing though is that life is precious and i am a very thankfull, greatfull person because of these children. I hold the children in my life closer and thank God that they are healthy and safe. I cry when I read of a child who is newly ill or when one loses this incredible battle to be rewarded with a peacefull pain free life in heaven yet their families can no longer hold them, touch them and see them.. And I celebrate oh I praise the lord when one like Brady beats the odds and gets to grow up and touch so many people along the way. Brady you are a very brave little man! And your sisters and your brother who have also been through so much are very brave children as well. Then there is your Mom and Dad they are nothing short of amazing, holding on and making it...Well thats how Brady and his struggles have effected my life and it is forever changed.

  3. Awesome idea Megan, I will try to come up with something for you. Prayers continue.


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