It's been a pretty hectic several days without our nanny here to help us. She went home on Wednesday with a cold and will return after the new year. I have a new appreciation for our nanny. These past few days, I felt like I was juggling ten different tasks at once every hour of every day. Bless my mom and my sister who came to help this week. After several stressful days, it was nice to round out the week spending time with close friends over dim sum in chinatown today. Thank you guys for the wonderful company.
Looking forward to nanny returning. :)
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Winter is here and this means colds season. Erin caught a cold bug and the first night was rough. She woke up every hour. She lost her appetite for milk so she's been eating mostly solids for the past couple of days. She's regained her appetite today and is feeding better. Tim took her to urgent care because of a slight fever. The doctor simply said that she had a cold and should be better in about 5 days. As I was waiting at home for Erin to return home, I couldn't help but to think back to that Saturday when Tim and I took Elyse to urgent care because her fever wouldn't subside after 5 days. As you can imagine, I was anxiously waiting and hoping to hear from Tim that Erin just has a common cold and nothing more. What a relief when Tim called me !
I hope everyone has a prosperous and healthy 2008.
Posted by Elyse Yu at 10:08 PM
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
We added new pictures today. Also, Rev. Kang sponsored marrow drive is being arranged with Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation. Please check for information here and tell all of your Houston, Texas contacts about it. There are still more lives to save!
Merry Christmas everyone. Thank you for your prayers.
Posted by Elyse Yu at 12:11 AM
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I hope Inee and Rev. Kang won't mind us sharing this with everyone on Elyse's Blog. We have gained so much strength from reading these that we wanted to share it with all of Elyse's friends.
Dear Tim, Susan, Erin, Faith,
I was introduced to Elyse this past summer and was moved by your bravery and your unwaivering trust in our Lord. I was absolutely shocked to check in today and catch up on the past few months.
I won't pretend to know what it was like these past few months. And I hope you'll find my email encouraging, instead of painful.
Elyse is the bravest person I know. It must be from her family's love and prayer. She's an amazing human being, and I can honestly say I can't wait to meet her. I am so very sorry that she isn't with you physically. I am hurting with you and mourning with you, and I apologize that I am so late on my part. I wish I knew what to say to help with this recovery but everything is sounding a bit clumsy.
I really wanted to take this time to say that everyone in the Yu family are my heros. The strength of your faith has touched me greatly, and helped me to reconnect with our Lord. Your ability to love God, raise your beautiful girls, and not give in to the urge to stand still is amazing. As difficult as these times may be, I hope you find comfort in knowing that God is truly watching over you and you will all be reunited with a healthy, happy Elyse.
I know there are good days, but with those come some bad ones. I hope you continue to find strength in our Lord and feel comforted knowing that strangers have been touched by Elyse's life and we are still praying for your family.
Thank you for sharing your journey, your daughter, your struggles, your joys, your life- it is truly and inspiration and encouragement to me.
Through God's love,
P.S. Erin and Faith are growing up to be such beautiful girls! I hope you continue to keep us updated.
May God's peace continue to work in your lives... truly i was moved, inspired and motivated by the story of your precious Elyse.
would it be possible to have a marrow donor drive in Elyse's name (to add to the wonderful count of 3000?).
it is such an amazing testimony of faith and ultimate hope..
i am pastor of a church here in houston tx. God just led me through various friends on facebook to your story...
peace to you,
Link to Rev. Kang's Church site (http://pathwayshouston.org)
Posted by Elyse Yu at 11:26 PM
Friday, December 14, 2007
(Please Click on the Image to enlarge)
We wanted to share this encouraging card that we received from a 5 year old girl named Jaime and her mom a while back when Elyse was going through Chemo. I hope that it will encourage you all as it did for us. Thank you Jaime!
Posted by Elyse Yu at 10:10 PM
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
It has been a while since I posted on Elyse's site. Susan has been diligently updating everyone on what we've been doing for the past 2 months while I laid low. Emotions are still up in the air and we are waiting for them to settle to the surface. For now we wonder if they will ever settle. My heart jumped and a rush of emotions surged through me as I visited Elyse's web albums today. I haven't had the strength to open Elyse's Memorial Slide show since her funeral and I don't know when I will be ready to sit and watch it again.
Life goes on whether we want to or not. It is strange yet nice to see people's posts on Facebook and Myspace. Life seems to be moving forward for all of our friends. News of travels, new encounters and relationships are posted on their sites. Our days are still crawling along at a snail's pace as we tip-toe around memories of our dear Elyse hoping to let our emotions settle enough to muster up the courage to revisit happy memories of her.
Difficult events lie ahead and yet looking back we have navigated through rough waters even in the past 2 months. Elyse's memorial plaque will be in place soon and Susan and I will be visiting Rose Hills soon. It will be the first time since the burial service. I am sure it will stir up memories and emotions when we are there. We may ask our friends to join us for support. Our friends have been such a blessing to us.
We have been compartmentalizing our emotions so that we could begin to live a "normal" life. It wouldn't be appropriate to cry in front of strangers while conducting business or while at the check-out line at the grocery store. We are trying to define normal and make sense of what we can each day. We are TRYING HARD to get through all of this by clinging to Jesus. We can't complain to God..that he does not understand what we are going through because he has experienced the same loss to save us all. That is comforting.
Elyse's life was only 8 months long and it brings tears to my eyes and pains me to the core every time I realize how short that time was. I hope that many would benefit through her marrow drives and the sharing of her story through her website.
Blessings and Peace to you all in the name of Our Lord Jesus!
Posted by Elyse Yu at 11:14 PM
Monday, December 10, 2007
Yesterday after church we took Faith and Erin to visit grandma and grandpa. They usually come to our house and stay for a few days to spend quality time with the girls. It was definitely a nice surprise for the grandparents. While Faith and Erin napped (I think Tim was napping also when I got back), I was able to get away to run some errands. Going to the bakery and Rite Aid certainly doesn't qualify as a self-pampering activity but nonetheless it was a nice moment by myself to breathe and relax. I think all moms can relate. Right ladies? When I got back, both girls were awake happy and playing with grandparents. Faith is constantly standing up every chance she gets. She stands for a few seconds and falls and gets right back up again. She's very persistent. I think she'll start walking soon. Erin is extremely limber. I mentioned this to some of my friends....She sleeps doing splits sometimes. I'll have to take pictures of this and upload it to the blog site.
Posted by Elyse Yu at 10:54 PM
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I finally mustered up the courage to organize all the pictures I ordered from Shutterfly. I've made several attempts in the past month to do this but I always ended up in tears going through Elyse's pictures and had to set them aside until yesterday. I don't know if it will be that much easier if I do it a year from now. So I just took the plunge and organized them and placed them into an album as quickly as I can. Every picture of Elyse I hold in my hand makes me pause and think back to the moment captured in the photo. As I had all the photos spread out on my bedroom floor, Tim came in and looked through them. He mentioned how much he missed her. Every quiet moment that Tim and I have thinking about Elyse just stirs our emotions. At the end of every one of these moments reality bites and we realize again that we will have to go on without her for now until we see her again in heaven. I decided not to incorporate Elyse's BMT photos with the other photos. The images are still just too fresh in my mind and too painful to see. I will have to save these photos in a separate album for safekeeping with Elyse's other belongings. I need to find a box or a nice chest to store Elyse's belongings. If anyone can suggest a store where I can find a pretty box/chest, please let me know.
Posted by Elyse Yu at 4:34 PM