Thursday, November 17, 2005

Kerstin is Home!!!

Dear Friends and Family,

There is no doubt in our minds that prayer is very powerful. Kerstin is getting to go home about one week earlier than originally expected! Her counts came up fast enough, and she has been without a fever long enough that the doctors feel she has recovered enough to get rid of “the anchor”. She is not without limits though. The doctors have placed criteria on where she can go, who she can be around, etc… It all kind of depends on her counts. (The counts if you’re wondering are her Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC). There’s some math involved. ☺)

We are looking forward to getting her back home and letting life return to some sort of normalcy (whatever our new normalcy will be). Cards, letters, emails and telephone calls are welcome, but we will not be having too many visitors for awhile. We are sure you all can understand.

Once again we give thanks to God and to all of you for your prayers and support.

Jeff and Annie Leaf


Jennifer said...

What a blessing! God truly is amazing. It will be such a joy to have the whole family at home once again. You have all been very strong throughout the last few weeks, and we all know that is far from easy. I will keep on praying for strength and recovery. God is with you always!
Jenny Davis

Aunt Sandi said...

Kerstin, you made me cry with joy in the store when you called on your way home. :) We are SO HAPPY for you ... And you'll feel SOOOO GOOD in your own bed with your own stuff around you! We'll continue to pray for your speedy recovery and steadily rising counts, and are looking forward to more NEWS FROM HOME!!!! Your mom said it perfectly the other day: GOD IS GOOD. xoxoxoxo

Aunt Debbie and the boys said...

Yippee Skippee!!!!!! I bet you can't wait to be home! I know mom will be excited to sleep in her own bed. Can you sleep through the night without that dumb anchor beeping? It might seem awfully quiet tonight. I'm so excited for you!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I can't believe you get to go home! We're so happy, and will continue praying for you.
The Anderson Family

Anonymous said...

YIPEE! We probably passed you on the interstate, as Abby and I were in Lincoln today picking up big sis Emma! Did you see us? Ha ha!
You are all going to sleep great now that you are all home together! Kerstin, don't make a liar out of me and make sure that you eat really, really well the next couple of days! It is always better to eat Mom's cooking! We may see you in clinic on Monday! Abby has to be there all day!
We are thinking and praying for you all!
Abby and Kristi Bridgewater

Anonymous said...

You are amazing! God is amazing! We'll have extra prayers of Thanksgiving today and all week. I bet it will be great to sleep in your own bed tonight- for mom and dad too :) We'll keep praying for strength and healing and for ease of taking meds.
Hugs and prayers-
Julie Anderson
PS. Adrienne wrote the other letter- she has been saying extra prayers for you too!

The Baginski's said...

Kerstin - YEAAAAA you can go home. We will continue to pray for you and that your counts keep going up. God will continue to be with you and your family as you build your strength. We were all shouting for joy when your mom called. Have fun playing with McKenzie. Alisha & Kathryn hope to see you soon! Love - The Baginski's

toninette said...

Keep looking out your window little princess! I'll walk by (not drive by like I usually do) and stand there and wave. You need to learn sign language like I am so we can "talk" with you inside and me outside. I'm so glad you're home - safe and sound! Do you like the ribbons Ron and Bonnie put up for you? The entire neighborhood has been anxiously awaiting your arrival! God loves you, so do I!



Anonymous said...

Congrats!!! I am sure you are glad to be home! Keep up the good counts!

I know that everyone in Kindergarten has been missing you!! I hear it from the teachers all the time!

Darla Sutter (& Xander)

The Holstein's said...

Hi Kerstin! We are so happy that you got to go home! I bet you will sleep good tonight in your own bed. You take care!! We'll keep praying for you everyday.
Big hugs!
Eric, Lori, Joshua and Jonah

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm sure everyone has tears of joy! I"ll continue to pray for strength...for your whole family.

What a great day....a day to be thankful for!

Barb DeFreece

Grandpa Gordon and Grandma Joann said...

We're soooo happy you are home. You're own room... you're own things... Just keep eating to gain more strength and take your medicine.. so it can make you well. One thing, Kerstin... HOW DID YOU GET ALL THAT STUFF HOME??
hahaha. Love.

The Dimmitts said...

Hooray!! It may have been a tough road the last couple of weeks, but you were a tough cookie and look where it got you-home earlier than they thought! We are so proud of you and your family. We will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers so we can keep reading good news about your recovery. (Regan's entire Sunday School class has been praying for you, too.) Keep up the good work!

Brian and Brenna said...


Your own bed... coooool! It is always good to come home.

Maybe your Dad can rig up some beeping and people rustling around sound effects so you can get used to a quiet room slowly. (Oh ya... tell your Dad you need a TV/VCR/DVD in your room too... you know ummmmmmmm to help break you into the old room.)

I am sure Kinsey is glad to have her little sister back home.

Barbie stuff everywhere again Annie.

Love Brian and Brenna

Jackie and Mike said...

HOORAY!!!! We're so excited at this news! We pray everyday for you!!

Jill Johnson said...

Kerstin and Annie, Lauren and I are so happy that you are home. You enjoy everything that you missed. It's good to lose that anchor. Lauren's counts are bottoming out after last weeks treatment so we are on germ patrol and will try to keep from having to go back to Omaha. Have a great weekend!

Jill Johnson

Anonymous said...

Kerstin, We are so thankful that you are home and through the first session. We have been praying for you daily. We are friends of your Grandma Clarice and Grandpa Gene here in Bella Vista. Keep up you positive spirit and our Lord and Savior will see you all through this. Remember the Lord only gives us what we can endure. All our love Dave & Elaine Schurman

Anonymous said...

What an awesome surprise when I checked my email! You have been on my heart alot and in alot of our prayers. May God continue to heal you and meet all your needs as you are at home now. Enjoy!!! I do so agree - God is good!
Your friends....Aron, Amy and girls

Anonymous said...

What an awesome surprise when I checked my email! You have been on my heart alot and in alot of our prayers. May God continue to heal you and meet all your needs as you are at home now. Enjoy!!! I do so agree - God is good!
Your friends....Aron, Amy and girls