Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Why I've been a bit mia...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I have avoided making this post.  Despite having a blog I'm a pretty private person.  

I'm getting on an airplane in a few hours to fly to LA.  My 3 year old nephew Elijah has Leukemia.  He was diagnosed two weeks ago today.  The initial shock has passed and now we are all adapting to a "new" normal life.  After 13 days in the hospital Elijah was released on Monday.  My brother asked me to come out to LA for a few weeks to help out and be another set of hands.  We have lots of treatments and challenges ahead of us but I'm confident in Elijah's strength.  The love and support from family, friends, co-workers and so on has been amazing over the last 2 weeks.


Remember the Zig Zag quilt that I made for him a while back?  Well my brother & sister in law discovered that this had become his favorite of all the quilts I made because it had a "fuzzy backing."  Since I made it for Elijah the quilt is only 36" x 48" big.  My brother & sister in law asked for a new larger version.  


The result was the Stash Stack Quilt that I posted about a few days ago.  It's 54" x 72" and big enough that it can cover the bed when mom or dad cuddles with Elijah.
Karin & Elijah with his new Stash Stack Quilt

I was told that upon receiving his new quilt... he said 
"it's my favorite daddy"
and that was all I needed to know.


While I'm in LA I might blog a lot... I might not... I'm not really sure yet.  Karin does have a sewing machine and her stash grows with every visit I make to LA.  The GPS in the car might just drive me to Robert Kaufman's offices one day... who knows.  Either way please understand that if it takes me a bit longer to get back to you on an e-mail it isn't because I don't care about you.  Also my amazing mom is going to take care of shipping out any orders that are placed in the shop.  Patterns & Magazines will be easy... everything else might take an extra day or two.

Thanks for all your love & support.

-Julie





© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/

185 comments:

KristyLou said...

Thanks for the update. It so sad to hear about Elijah's battle. But what a great thing for you to be able to go and help out. Good luck on your travels.

Coisas da Laura said...

I'm sure with all the prayers Elijah,you and your whole family will get from all over the world,including Brasil, this brave little man will be more than a winner!!!
Love,hugs and prayers,
Laura.

Vickie said...

You and yours will be in my thoughts and prayers!

The Pink Fawn said...

Sending prayers for Elijah & your family. We went through cancer treatment with my Mom a year ago & prayer helped us through it.

Jen said...

Family is the most important thing in the world, so don't feel guilty for not posting if you can't. I hope Elijah has a successful battle. He's lucky to have an aunt like you.

Sudi-Laura said...

May your presence be of comfort to Elijah and his parents. May your quilt remind him how much he is loved, and may you find comfort in knowing that you will be in may thoughts and prayers!

RenegadeQuilter said...

Senging good thoughts & keeping Elijah, you & your family in my prayers. I am so glad that you are able to go & help out during this time.

joliesjunebugboutique said...

So sad to here about his. I am sure it will be a comfort for him to have you there.
Sending lots of prayers to your family and little man. May your holidays be blessed.

CaraQuilts said...

Hugs to you all. Know so many are sending prayers, thoughts and strength to you all.

Dorian said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. What a sweet looking boy Elijah is.

wishes, true and kind said...

Thoughts and prayers for Elijah, family, and his wonderful, loving aunt.

Sarah Craig said...

I'll be keeping all of you in my prayers. Isn't Elijah lucky to have his aunt come out to be with him!! Be with your family and don't worry about us - we'll still be here when you get back!

Gali said...

hope he feels better!!

Becky said...

Hugs and best wishes to you and your family. Having a 2 year old, i can't imagine what you all are going through. So wonderful that you are able to be there to help them. The picture of him with your Stash Stack Quilt is too sweet. I hope his treatments are quick and successful. Don't forget to take care of you.

Vicki said...

Oh Julie, so sorry to hear this. I really hope all the treatments go well and everything ends up ok!

Barbara said...

Hugs and love to your entire family - including your mom for holding down the fort.

Elijah has a very competent medical team looking after him - he is in good hands I know. You give some extra hugs to his parents - it is an incredible lonely place to be

Much strength to all of you

Julie said...

My prayers are with your family.

Monica said...

I'll be praying for Elijah and your family. I hope your time out there brings you all closer together. Safe travels!

Wendy Walker Cushing said...

Wow! Always sad to hear about this especially when it involves a child! Love the quilt! It is healing the family already I see! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.!

Kaye Prince said...

Oh Julie, I'm so sorry! Please know that my thoughts are with you and your family, and if you need anything I am here. I'm sending lots of love and good wishes to you and Elijah!

Jen B. said...

You, Elijah, and Elijah's family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sending lots of healing vibes to him too.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this, Julie. I'll be praying for your family and Elijah.

teresamnj said...

Prayers for Elijah, & his family for strength in the coming days ahead, & for a full recovery. Hugs, Julie.

cornbreadandbeansquilting said...

It's awesome that you are able to go and help your family get through some of this. I will be praying for your family and Elijah.
Melissa

Lizzie B said...

Sorry I missed you last night Julie! Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. An aunt can make a world of difference in a little guys life. We'll be cheering for Elijah from afar! Keep him strong.

AMKreations said...

I'm so sorry for the poor little guy! Will be praying for him and his entire family during this challenging time!

Lovely new quilt and he looks very pleased to own it. =) Such a cutie!

badlandsquilts said...

Hugs & prayers for you...you will be in my thoughts.

Kris said...

I'm so sorry Julie. I'm sure Elijah will be a fighter and it's wonderful that you can go out there to help out. I'll keep your family in my thoughts.

NorahS said...

Sending good thoughts to you and your family. So great that you can hop on a plane and help out! Take care.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I'm sure you will feel all the love from there Julie..so sorry...he is a sweetheart..and loves that quilt...what a great aunt you are...best of luck with your nephew..take care

Johanna said...

Oh Julie, that is not really a christmas present someone would wish for :(
I wish for Elijah to get better and for you all to have the strength to get through all this together. I will be thinking of him and praying that he will be healthy and strong again.
Take care.

RWL said...

Sending strength, positivity, and all good vibes to Elijah and all of you. How wonderful that you're going to help - I'm sure it's greatly appreciated!

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

Sending love support and HOPE - take the best care x

Esch House Quilts said...

So sorry to hear about your nephew's illness. Sending all my healing thoughts his way!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh my, so sorry to hear this. I hope and pray that all goes well for little Elijah and your family.

Mama Bear said...

Sending good thoughts for your nephew. It sounds like he has a great support system and much to live for...these are both very good things.

Stay strong...cancer is a challanging fight for all involved. I went through it with my Dad.

Hoping you can all stay positive and have a good holiday despite this bad news.

Sandy said...

Oh Julie! I'm so sorry to hear about your nephew! I pray for you and your family that it only takes one round of treatment to make him better. It makes me sad to think of such a little guy having to go through something like that. He is in my thoughts and prayers.

amylouwho said...

Hugs to everyone! you are totally excused from blogging. Don't even think twice about it. So glad you are able to go and be with them. You are awesome!

Justine said...

Julie, my thoughts are with you during this hard time. Please remember that children are so very resilient and that your lovely nephew will probably not be feeling as despaired as the adults around him. I know this 1st hand being a pediatric nurse. Hugs to you all, Justine xxx

Megan said...

I'll be praying for peaceful spirits and strong hearts! Safe travels - I know your family appreciates all your love and helpfulness!!

~Laurie~ said...

Oh sweetie - I'm so sorry about your darling Elijah (I have an Elijah too!) Your emotions must be all over the place. You are a great Auntie and sister to show your support with a great cuddly and being there in person. That little smile Elijah has in the picture with his Mom is precious - that is love! I pray that you have the strength and good health you need to help your family through this difficult situation. You know we love you here in blog land - you'll have a lot of love and support whenever you need it. Let us know if there is any way we can help you.
((((((((((HUGS))))))))))

Terry said...

Sending lots of good thoughts, prayers and cyber hugs to all of you as you help Elijah through this. Remember to take care of yourself too during this trying time.

Jewel said...

I am praying for him and your family Julie. Don't worry about us we will still be here.

Amanda Murphy said...

Elijah is just adorable and I am so sorry that he has to go through this. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. I'm glad you gan go out help him and your brother and sister-in-law. Lots of love and warm thoughts to you all.
Amanda

Mrs. Darling said...

I am sorry that your family has to go through this. I hope that this is treatable and will be soon just a memory of how your family is able to pull together in a tough time!

The Rx quilter said...

Prayers of healing for that sweet child and bless you for being there. We miss your blog and all the cool things you whip up...but we will wait...patiently :) Lisa in Texas

harleywife57 said...

Prayers and hugs to your family . God bless you all and keep you strong through this . The quilt is beautiful ! And now it's his favorite .

Jessa said...

I am SO sorry to hear about Elijah's illness. It's wonderful that you can go out and help your family. I will be remembering you all in my prayers.

margie c said...

What a handsome quilt for such an adorable boy!
Much love, hugs and prayers coming to Elijah, you and your family...
Have a safe trip!
hugs, margie

Sammy said...

My heart and prayers goes out to Eilija, you, and the rest of the family. God bless all of you.
Lots of love,

-Samya

Needled Mom said...

My thoughts and prayer go out for Elijah, his family and his friends. I am so glad that you will be able to go and help out.

Your quilt is lovely and I know it will provide much comfort for the hard days ahead.

Tammy said...

I am so sorry for Elijah and your family...such a sad thing to go through. You and your family will be in my prayers. Thank you for sharing...I know it is hard but now we can lift up the prayers for Elijah!

lisa said...

so sorry for your familys struggles. you have lots of thoughts adn prayers for that little boy, and everyone else!

Heather said...

Poor Elijah, he will be in our prayers. God bless you and your family. It is good you can be there to help out.

MN2NM said...

I wish Elijah and his family strength and courage as they face this illness.

KerryQ said...

Blog schmog. Sending healthy thoughts Elijah's way.

Strlady said...

Funny thing the internet. I'm always surprised how it unites people. How people you have never met become a friend. How just reading about someones everyday life makes you feel part of that life. So when something like this happens, you feel more raw.
I have watched your nephew and niece through your eyes and to tell you that your news shocked me is just too much of an understatement. I will be thinking about your family during this most difficult time and praying for you all.

Lee Ann said...

You go take care of that sweet little boy. Don't worry a thing about us. Real life, and that boy, is more important.

Debbie Littlejohn said...

So terribly sorry to hear of your family's challenges, especially during the holidays. My thoughts and prayers (and healing vibes) are being sent their way. Your brother is very lucky to have a loving, giving sister like you to help out. Best of luck to you all.

Kelly said...

My thoughts and prayer are with your family and that tough little guy!

ktquilts said...

Many prayers for Elijah.

Donna said...

You and your family will be in my prayers.

Kim Q said...

I'm so sorry about Elijah's illness. I'm sending along warm hugs and strong prayers that he is healed. Safe journey!

Sherri said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Thanks for sharing this! I know you'll bring much strength you your family in southern Cal.

Jenn said...

I pray for you and your nephew and entire family.

Char said...

Prayers being sent for Elijah and the rest of the family.

larissa said...

Good work, Julie, on a beautiful heartfelt quilt, and on a blog post that I know was difficult to write, but that will surely result in so many prayers and good wishes for Elijah that the forces of the universe will be unable to resist. Your strength and love will be a huge help to your sweet nephew and his parents as they conquer this illness. Wishing comfort and joy to all of you!!

DianeY said...

My prayers are with you & your family

Anna Michelle said...

julie, praying for you and your family. elijah's comfort and for peace in all of the adults in his life. i have a three year old too and i can't even imagine having to go through this with him. God bless

Kelly O. said...

I'm so so sorry.
May the Lord strengthen you.

Mom of two said...

My God bless you with stregth and courage. It will be a long road for Elijah and his family but take comfort in the prayers that you are recieving. Much love and prayers for you and your family.

Linda said...

So sorry for your nephews illness. What wonderful family support he has. Prayers and best to you all.

PamKittyMorning said...

Sorry to hear this news.Keeping you guys in my thoughts.

Natalie said...

thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sequana said...

My blessings to you and your family. May Elijah live up to his name.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Oh Julie, I'm so sorry to read this news. Sending lots of T&P's for Elijah and you all! ((hugs))

Sandy said...

I wish I could carry the burden for this child....prayers for you and your family....and espcially this little one, Sandy

Ryan said...

Elijah, Julie and family: you are in my prayers. Stay strong little man!

Julie, you know you can count on me for anything. Let me know if there's anything I can do.

Spend lots of time with your family. Don't worry about posting.

Shawn said...

Take care Julie, I know what your family is dealing with is very difficult.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Julie -- I'm so sorry for your family. Wishing for a speedy recovery for Elijah!

Jackie said...

Julie, all my best prayers and wishes and thoughts for Elijah to be better really really soon!

Christina said...

I will be thinking of you and your family in this very hard time.

angela said...

Oh Julie! He'll be added to my prayers. I know how much he means to you and it's so great that you're able to be with him right now.

Hugs

Allison said...

I'm so sorry...we'll be sending prayers your way. Love, Al

Regina said...

Poor little man. What a sweet Auntie to make him a new and bigger quilt to cuddle with. Sending prayers and good thoughts his way. I can't even imagine what your family is going through.

Blue Is Bleu said...

My best to you and your family... my thoughts will be with Elijah. Just go take care of him and help make him better... everything else can wait *hugs*

The Tulip Patch said...

Don't fiddle with replying...I know you are busy. I just wanted to let you know that I am so sorry your family has this going on and I will be saying prayers for your safe travel, Elijah's health, the medical team, and your whole family.

Keep us posted on the little guy!

maken designs said...

my thoughts are with you and your family! best wishes for a speedy recovery for your nephew! xo, courtney

Beth said...

I'm so very sorry, Julie, your family is in my thoughts. My brother-in-law had leukemia as a child and he celebrated his 40th birthday last year -- no recurrences!

felicity said...

Healing vibes are winging their way from Vancouver to you and your family and especially Elijah. I can't even begin to imagine.

Stormy Days said...

My thoughts are with you, just take care of yourself and the ones you love.

Shari said...

Oh Julie, I am so deeply sorry to hear this. Many good thoughts and prayers coming Elijah's way and also to your whole family. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help you all out <3

Vicky said...

My heart breaks for you and your family. Will keep you all close in prayer. Please keep us posted on Elijah's progress! xoox

Becky said...

Will keep you and your family especially your nephew in my thoughts and prayers. What a blessing that you can be with them to help. Take care of yourself!

sarafiedler@gmail.com said...

sending you and your family best wishes for a speedy refuah shelaima for Elijah (ben Karin?)

Sinta Renee said...

Heartbreaking news Julie. I am so glad that you will be there with your sweet little guy. My prayers and thoughts are with you, your family and that wonderful little nephew of yours. xxoo

alobsiger said...

My heart, hopes and prayers go out to little Elijah and family. Take good care, Julie!

Quiltjane said...

My prayers and thoughts are with you all as you face this disease. It will be a long, road for you all of you but one you will never walk alone.

carolinehemsley said...

I'm sorry to hear that your nephew is ill, my thought and prayers are with you all. I'm glad that the quilt went down well - just remember that he is wrapped up with your love even when you aren't there. Take care. Caroline

AllieKatMom said...

That is so sad, I am so sorry for your family. Sending our prayers to you

Starr said...

I am glad to see his little smile in the picture with his new quilt. I too will be praying for Elijah, you and your family.

Tiffaney said...

Prayers to Elijah and the whole family.

I just saw a special on a program called Beads of Courage. It seems like it really helped the kid through this process.

http://www.beadsofcourage.org/pages/beadsofcourage.htm

Manda said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your nephew. I have a daughter (named Aleah, same name different spelling than your neice). She passed away when she was 9 months old, but I have all the quilts that were gifted to us by local quilt guilds and the Linus Project. She never had a time to get "stuff", so these quilts are an important part of remembering her. I'm a new quilter, and it is one of the reasons I want to get into quilting! It's amazing how much security these things can bring.

Andi said...

Sending lots of fuzzy healing good wishes!!!

Jill said...

Oh Julie, what devastating news for your family. Know that hundreds of people out there all over the world are thinking about him and praying for your family. Just remember that modern medicine cures this disease in kids every day. You have to believe that he'll be one of those kids! How nice of you to go and help out the family. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season together.

Stephanie said...

I'm so sorry Julie, I hope he won't have to go through too much and he'll get right back to being a kid! Praying for your nephew. Take care, Steph

Laurel H. said...

Elijah--really, all of you--will be in my prayers. Blessings and safe travels, J.

cw said...

I am so sorry to hear about Elijah. It is always hard when a loved one is ill, so much more when it is someone so young. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

Georgia said...

Good luck Julie, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Safe travels!

Sandy said...

Love and prayers going your way, Julie! Prayers for Elijah and a full recovery. I got tears reading your post and bless you for going to your brother and family to help and be auntie! Look forward to any news you may send our way.

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

:( Leukemia sucks. To be a little boy with leukemia is even worse. Praying for your family.

So glad you can show him some love with a quilt. Hospitals are so sterile that a quilt from you can help make the place feel a little bit homey.

FabricJunkie said...

That really breaks my heart. I am so sorry to hear about your nephew. I will send positive vibes his way. Children should never have to go through these things...

Nellie's Niceties said...

So sorry to hear your news Julie. You and your family will be in my prayers x

The One and Only said...

Kids are resilement (I hope that's the right word)...they are tough and they do fight back...my prayers are with you, your family and that adorable lil guy!! much love coming your way! P.S., as I'm about to type the word verification is says hevin (maybe not spelled right but I see it as a good sign he's going to be alright)

Mystica said...

My prayers with you and the whole family.

Melanie said...

I am so sorry to hear this. I will be praying for you and Elijah. His quilt is beautiful and it will bring him lots of comfort.

KarrieLyne said...

Sending lots of hugs to you and Elijah!! Always in my thoughts and prayers! He's very lucky to have you come out and be with him for a spell and even luckier that you were the one who made his favourite quilt, even if he was a stinker the first time you gave it to him. :)

Kelli said...

Oh Julie, I am so sorry to hear about Elijah. It is so obvious to all of your readers how close you are to him. I am glad that you are able to go and be with him while he gets better. big hugs to you all!

DeeRoo said...

You DO know about the magic healing powers of a quilt made by a loving Auntie right?:)
All the strength in the world going out to you and your family. I will email my parents....every morning they get their breakfast and before sitting down at their breakfast counter they read a prayer for that day and then "God Bless" a list of family and then perfect strangers that they were asked to pray for....they still pray for Joe Gibbs'(past Redskins coach)grandson Tyler who is now in remission...he HAD Leukemia too...HAD!!!! Elijah will be lovingly added to their list!
xoxoxo kiddo....Stay Strong!!!

Bea said...

I hope for good health for him soon! Hugs for you all!

Barb in Mi said...

Thoughts and prayers and strength for the upcoming challenges are going out to you and your family!

momto2wasd said...

I'll be hoping for the best for you and your family!

Denise :) said...

Dear Julie, I'm so sorry to hear this news. You are all in my prayers, especially Elijah. Hugs! :)

webmailaddress2 said...

Your nephew is a trooper! I'll be thinking of you all.

Dresden Quilter said...

I was sad to hear the news. I know you will be a wonderful help. I will be keeping Elijah in my thoughts. If there is anything I can do please let me know.

tpott said...

By mistake I left a comment on the giveaway page, instead of this one.I'm so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Elijah and your family. I've had major health problems in the past few years, just having your family around you, means everything. Hugs ^-^

SarahB said...

Julie, I am so sorry to hear that Elijah has this battle ahead of him, but thankful that he has so much love surrounding him! Blog posts and emails can wait, everyone that matters will understand.

emptybobbins said...

Your post literally took my breath away. With two little kids of my own, something like that is just mind boggling. Sending you and your family many good wishes- but most of all, big prayers for Elijah.

maeve315 said...

Julie - I read your blog so often, it's as if you are a friend out there in cyberland and so your news touches me too. I will keep all of your family in my prayers daily, and especially little Elijah. Great that he has your quilt to warm his heart!

Deb said...

I can imagine all the love that went into the first quilt...but ooh, the love and prayers that went into making the second one! I wish Elijah the best. How wonderful that your brother can call on you to go and you go!

Heather said...

What a sweet boy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, especially Elijah.

pioneervalleygirl said...

*hugs* You, Elijah and your family are in my thoughts.

Jackie said...

My thoughts are with you and your family. I know that your brother and sister in law will be grateful and comforted by your presence. Tell your sweet nephew that there are many quilters out in blog land sending him hugs!

daisy janie said...

My heart goes out to you and your family and Elijah as you begin this journey. I'm glad you were able to offer such tangible comfort to him & his parents through your magical quiltmaking. It all matters.

S said...

I am thinking of you and your family through this difficult time. The quilt is lovely and cheerful.

Sarahby said...

I'm so sorry your family is having a hard time. The best part of that whole post was the look on his face all wrapped up with mom in his new cheerful quilt. Kids are so resilient and uplifting. I'm pulling for him.

Amy R said...

Sending prayers for Elijah & your family. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. . . and, love the quilt you made for him~ Such a precious gift to comfort him.

Crafty Mama said...

Poor little guy! I have a 3 year old daughter so this really hits home to me:( Hugs and prayers for little Elijah and your family!
God bless.

WoolenSails said...

Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
There is nothing like a handmade quilt to comfort someone.

Debbie

Deb said...

Oh Julie, I am so sorry to hear this. Forget the blog...family is more important than anything. Thoughts and prayers from New Zealand.

ladybugquilting said...

Lots of Hugs From Australia!!

Gillian said...

I am so sorry to hear about Elijah's illness, and you are in my thoughts! He looks so happy (and ADORABLE) cuddled up with his new quilt! Best wishes to him and his family and friends.

midnightcrafts said...

Hi Julie,

It is especially sad when it is the young ones who are suffering... My prayers and thoughts are with Elijah and your family. Thanks for sharing the pictures with the boy wrapped up in the quilts made with love by you.

*Hugs*

paisley\'s place quilts said...

Sending prayers for healing and strength your way! Hugs.

Alfa said...

I´m so sorry to hear this. your litlle one will be on my mind and good wishes.
Bye

Sally said...

I am so very sorry to hear this news. I will keep you and your entire family in my prayers as you make this journey together.

Caro said...

Bless Elijah and your family. I hope all goes as well as possible.

quiltgal913 said...

Oh, julie, so sorry to here this. It is great that you can go and help out. Prayers are being sent up for your family.

J said...

My prayers are with you and your family.
Janet

Linda said...

Just so you know, my niece had leukemia when she was 3 years old and it was touch and go for awhile. I'm happy to say, she is now 20 years old and is healthy and happy. Treatments have progressed alot since way back then and I will be praying for him, you and your family. I hope you have a safe trip and all goes well for you and yours.
Your quilt is cute too and I'm glad he likes it.

Stef said...

Julie-

I am so sorry to hear about your nephew. No child should have to go through that, but i want you to know that I work at a cancer center and kids with leukemia have such a great chance of survival and a "normal" life. Good luck to him!

If you think he might like recieving cards in the mail I'm sure my boys would love to send him homemade ones. They have done that for other children with cancer. Let me know.

Laurie said...

What a beautiful boy! I pray that our Heavenly Father wraps you in a quilt of love, peace and courage!

Kathleen said...

I am so sorry to hear of Elijah's illness; I will keep him and your brother and sister-in-law in my prayers...

Christine said...

Julie,

I am so sorry to hear of Elijah's illness. You need to be there for your family first and foremost! Take the time that you need, Elijah needs all the hugs and cuddles he can get!!

He looks so happy with his new quilt!

*hugs*

Lynne S of Oz said...

Oh dear, I hope Elijah's treatment is effective and he can forget all this ever occurred!
Do what you have to do, we'll still be around.

Jared Polin said...

you just made me cry julie. very tough stuff.

Debbie said...

Julie, I know how attached you are to this young man. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Check out my blog to see a cute picture of him in his "Superman" shirt from the Long Beach Quilt Show. It will surely put a big smile on your face. Hugs!!!

Michelle said...

Add our prayers to the list! Speedy recovery, complete remission, and total recovery!

Kristy said...

We will miss you on the blog, but we will understand. Above all else comes family...you are right where you need to be. We will be praying for you all, and we will be here when you return.

Lauren said...

Wow what do you even say to a blog post like that. My own little guy is 16 months old and I can't even imagine going through something like this. You and your nephew and his family will be in my prayers.

Beverly said...

You're all in my prayers. Elijah will be a fighter. He'll remain in my thoughts and prayers. Does he have a Caringbridge site we can follow and post encouragment? Don't worry about all of us, we'll follow you anywhere!

Patty said...

Julie, give my best to your brother and his wife, praying that Elijah will come through this scare with flying colors. I know this must be hard on everyone and very confusing for your nephew but the love a famly will help ease all the pain. Best to you little niece too.

Krista Marvin said...

We will keep your family covered in prayer . Such a shock, I am sure.

VickiT said...

Oh Julie, I'm so sorry to hear the news about Elijah. I will send prayers to him and your entire family. Such a scary thing and then to have it be such a young child too. Poor little guy. Safe travels Julie.

sharon said...

I am so sorry to hear that Elijah will have a struggle and I will keep him and all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong.

Cheryl Arkison said...

Oh man, that is every parent's (and aunt's) worst nightmare. Big hugs to the entire family.

Sheila said...

I'm so sorry to hear this bad news. I'm sure you're all terrified. Stay strong, sleep, eat, take care of yourself so that you can take care of Elijah. We'll miss you but he needs you more.

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

So sorry to hear this sad news. I can see that bright and happy quilt put a smile on his face though! Take care & God bless!
Hugs,
Kerry

Mary Anne Drury said...

Thinking of you and your little nephew and his parents and sending hugs and prayers .

Lisa said...

I have been reading your blog for several months because I find your work inspiring and beautiful. Now - know that your extended family here will be sending kind words, thoughts and prayers for your nephew and his entire family.

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Julie, what a shock for your Family. Elijah and all of your Family will be in my thoughts and prayers, even though I am on the other side of the world. I am sure that being wrapped in love from your quilt is such a comfort to Elijah! Hugs from Sandy.
sandangels1945@hotmail.com

Cathy Fry said...

Sometimes kids show the adults how to be strong. I'm adding my prayers to all the others coming your way. You may need some sewing to keep you calm - it works for me!

janie said...

my prayers are with you !

SheilaC said...

Sending hugs and prayers for your nephew and his family....

SheilaC

littlemissmk said...

so sorry to hear all your family is going through. praying for your sweet nephew...

Deb said...

What can we say?? sending {{hugs}} and prayers for recovery.

JudyL said...

Oh, Julie! I think having a seriously ill child is one of the worst things that can happen in anyone's life! I'm glad your quilts bring Elijah comfort and glad you are able to spend some time helping them.

MoeWest said...

I wish Elijah a speedy recovery. It's wonderful that you can be there to support your brother and his family.

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

Julie, wishing Elijah all the best for a quick recovery, and sending positive thoughts to you and your family. Have a safe trip.

Vesuviusmama said...

Oh, man! My heart and prayers go out to little Elijah and all of you, his family.

Katie Jean said...

Oh man, Julie. My hearts just breaks for you guys. I know how difficult it is with my husband, I can't image how hard it must be with a small child so sick. We will definitely be keeping you in our prayers. I hope that the treatment is as quick and painless as possible.

Marisa said...

Thanks for sharing so we can keep Elijah and your family in our thoughts and prayers. I hope your trip goes well. Love your new quilt for him. There is definitely something special about a warm, cuddly blanket made by someone who loves you!

OrangeRoom said...

I've been so behind with blogs this month, I just heard about this today through FB. I'm so sorry your family is struggling with this, it's devastating. I'm sure all the love and support you have to give Elijah will help him get through this tough time! I love his new quilt!

emedoodle said...

God bless your little nephew. I'll be keeping him in my prayers. I know all too well what you're going through; my 4 yr old neice has been fighting neuroblastoma for the past three years. Keep supporting your family with all the love you can send their way! Does he have a caringbridge site? I'd like to follow his treatments if you don't mind. Here's a link to my neice's page if you're interrested: www.caringbridge.com/visit/rosemarietodd God bless!

traceyjay said...

I'm crying with you. I don't know how I missed this post... :(

I feel like I "know" Elijah a bit through you... and I definitely know all the love he has.

I am praying with all my heart.