Monday, December 15, 2008


Well it has been about a month and half now since Liz's diagnosis. We are spending more time at home than we are in the hospital and Christine is administering most of the chemotherapy drugs to Liz from home(I know she never thought she would be doing that in a lifetime).

It has given me some time to start to reflect as we continue, day by day, in our new reality. As I look back on our first month I think of the HOPE that was so prevalent in Liz, Cathy, Jim, Christine and I. If you are a parent I think you will really be able to relate to this...
How many times have my wishes and dreams and my prayers for my children been hidden beneath my breath?
We all HOPE for the best, right?
What is hope? To want? To desire? To expect that what's envisioned may indeed happen? YES to all the above. Is hope the gut feeling that it's worth holding out and hanging on for just a little longer?
Is hope the core of our being?
Can you have hope without faith and humility and wonder?
Just the thought that there's something bigger, something truer, something totally surprising out there waiting for us is...
What would we be without hope growing deep in our bones, thriving in every inch of us?
What does it take for us to have hope?
Hope takes never ceasing to be amazed...
Wearing your soul on your sleeve...
Holding your breath, waiting to hear Gods still small voice...
Believing that tomorrow could be better than today...
that you will get a second chance...
that you'll make a difference...
that you matter...
I am well familar with the pharse, "Faith, Hope, and Love... yet "hope" has taken on a whole new meaning for us.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.(Romans 15:13)


Max and Maddie Family said...
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Max and Maddie Family said...

May the warmth of God's arms keep giving you strength and love. Lizzy - you are very special. Keep up the great work. You can beat this!

Let's wish upon a bright star on Dec. 24th.

The Miller's

Unknown said...

This is a profoundly beautiful and moving testimony to the power and meaning of "hope," the tenacity of your family, and the unimaginable grace of God.
Bright blessings to all of you - and healing light for Liz. You're all in my prayers.

SAMi. said...

dude im gonna go to abueloes and buy the most expensive dish && drink ! :)
and i might come byy tonight to give you somethinn
sami .

The Merklinger Family said...

Mr. Lothrop,

My thoughts and prayer are with you and your family. I happened to see the information about your daughter Liz's fundraiser tonight on Facebook. Unfortunately, I am unable to attend but please keep me posted on any upcoming events or help that you may need.

Emma Blake-Merklinger
(1994 Sycamore Grad)

The Quigleys said...

Thank You Randy for always giving others something to hope for. Your strength with Gods help will keep your family safe and strong. Wishing everyone great success with the fund raiser tonight. A special "Happy Birthday" to Jimmy.
Aunt Cecilia, Uncle Gene,
Patrick and Justin