…my cousin’s darling daughter.

Last week she was diagnosed with leukemia.

And it’s hit me hard to think how quickly life can change. To go in one day from trying to swim through the often molasses-like mundane-ness of every day life to being thrown into a new world where blood transfusions and chemotherapy are thrust forcefully into your every day life. They will become as common-place as a trip to the park or baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Suddenly you are in an alternate universe where worry seeps into every inch of your body as your heart can’t seem to stop aching for your baby.

It makes me want to hold tight to the gift of each day that is “normal.” And to cling to the love and encouragement from Above that becomes so plentiful if we let it when we are in a dark, deep trial.

I believe in the power of prayer.

And Cami and her family could use some of that power sent their way as they begin their battle.

To read her story and be inspired by her family’s strength, click here.

I love you guys!


  1. Wow, such a beautiful little girl.
    I feel so sorry for her and everyone in her family. I'll pray for her.

    I have no doubt in my mind that her road to recovery will be supported with just as much love and passion as Lucy has.

  2. Oh she is just gorgeous – those eyes – wow!!!
    And my heart breaks when I hear things like this. So young. 🙁
    She and her family will be in my prayers!!!

  3. I feel for her family and yours. My sister had myelodysplasia and AML as a child, giving her a 5% chance of survival. I know it is possible to beat the odds, if it is the Lord's will. I will be praying for her that she experiences the same miracles my sister – now sixteen – did.

  4. Wow! What an amazing story. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and hers. What a fighter she must be. I love reading about how the Lord's hand guides others lives so that miracles can occur.

  5. Ok Shawni, I've had a good cry and it has put any tiny bumps in the road I have this week into perspective. Thank you for posting. What a beautiful little girl. My heart goes out to her family.

  6. We will keep sweet Cami in our prayers. My brother fought a tough battle with childhood cancer and won and my family has never been the same since. We can hardly give a talk or spiritual thought without sharing an experience or two from those years of fighting cancer with him. The miracles and sweet experiences that come with trials are so sacred and so special that it often helps to ease the scary.

  7. Shawni- thank you for giving us the gift of more prayers! We are feeling and witnessing the miracles from them all first hand! It is so touching to read the heart-felt comments from people we don't even know. It gives me strength and hope just reading the sweet things others have to say. We can feel all the love being sent our way. And we SO need it! Thank you!!

  8. Prayers from Texas already sent up. Do you know if there is a financial need? If so, please post on your blog where donations can be made. I will continue to pray.

  9. oh no, I'm definitely going to keep her and her family in my prayers.

    that is just so tragic for someone so little to be affected.

    hugs to everyone and most definitely all of our prayers here

  10. we have lived through brain cancer and come out stronger and happier… please share our journal with your relatives. caringbridge.org/visit/ellie1

    We will be praying for Cami

  11. this makes me want to just squeeze that little girl and give her the world. what an amazing family! and seriously what an amazing and inspirational little girl! she is going to move mountains!

  12. wow! i'm speachless! thank you for sharing this, i have placed a link to her story on my daughters blog, do i have your permission to use this picture just to use as the link picture? you can email me at blessedwith4kids@gmail.com i wont' use it until i have permission…
    there is power in prayer and thankfuly they got on it early!
    will keep following it.

  13. Oh Shawni… so sad! I too have a strong testimony of prayer and I have a friend going through the same thing right now. The kids and I will definitely keep her in our prayers.

  14. Cami's gorgeous… she has amazing eyes.
    Will keep Cami and her family in my prayers. My heart breaks when hearing stories about sick kids. So young, so unfair.
    Please keep us updated.

  15. My family was in almost the exact same situation back in January, and I understand firsthand how devastating it is to have the rug pulled out from under you like that. I will absolutely be sending my prayers and love!

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