Saturday, January 25, 2014

‘This may be my best vacation ever’


IMG_20140125_143210_424We moved into the Habitat for Hope house today, and all the kids are thrilled. They’ve already made friends with the boys who live here, and Emmalee has made friends with the horses.

“It’s going to be an adventure,” she said when I asked her how she liked the place. “This may be my best vacation ever.”

Noah has been feeling great. He had a long day of chemo treatments at the hospital yesterday, but today we only had a short visit for lab work. Tomorrow will be a short visit as well.

A few prayer requests:

1. Please continue to pray for Noah’s upcoming MRD test, which is scheduled for Friday. We’re hoping for an MRD of less than 1 percent and are praying for one of less than .01 percent. This would be a tremendous indicator of how well Noah is responding to the chemo.

2. Pray for Sarah as she gets us settled into things here at the Hope house, and as she begins to figure out how to get back into some semblance of schooling for our kids.

3. Pray for me about work. The spring semester starts on Thursday, and I’m teaching two classes. I still have much prep work that needs to be done before then, and I need some focus, concentration and large chunks of time to get everything in order for my students.

Many people have asked about what they can do to help us during this time and in the days ahead. We are so grateful for your generosity. We are blessed that our care at St. Jude will not cost us anything, and St. Jude even provides us with some weekly support for groceries. Our church has also been a blessing to us and has helped us greatly during this time.

However, we know that there will be several incidental expenses in the many months to come. If you’d like to provide any financial support, there are a couple of ways for you to do so:

1. You can send a check payable to our church, Cornerstone Community Church, and simply put “Noah Ellsworth” in the memo line. The address is: Cornerstone Community Church, 3720 N. Highland Ave., Jackson, TN 38305.

2. A second way to give is through the Noah Ellsworth Charitable Fund, which has been established with the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation. You can make a gift online through this website, simply putting “Noah Ellsworth Charitable Fund” in the “Designation” field. Checks may also be sent to: West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation, 620 Skyline Dr., Jackson, TN 38301 (with “Noah Ellsworth Charitable Fund” in the memo line).

Thank you so much for your kindness, your concern and your prayers. The Lord has led us through this storm thus far, and we know that he will be faithful to us in the future.

Categories : Family, Leukemia, Noah


  1. Di Winson says:

    It’s no wonder Jesus loves children so much! Emmalee’s reaction epitomizes a child’s view on what we adults might see as a majorly stressful inconvenience. More prayers for all of you, especially Noah. : )

  2. Sandy Phipps says:

    Prayers are continuing to be answered for Noah and your family on a daily basis.
    Will keep Noah in our prayers for Friday as his MRD comes up and will send our
    donation to one of the above locations. One of the things that came out of the movie and book about Corrie ten Boom is something that her sister Betsie said,
    “There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.” I am sure that in the days ahead you will feel that you are in a pit if you experience some of what we went through as you may very well do. We will always be here if you need us.

  3. Love that Emmalee met Cash! He is a super sweet horse đŸ™‚ Can’t wait to meet you all!

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