4-About Us

My name is Kate and I have been married to my high school sweetheart, John, for 34 years now. When we were first married, we lived in Northern Maine – small town called Madawaska. We moved to Northern Virginia so John could pursue his career in police work. On April Fool’s Day, 1980, I became a born-again Christian! John and I tried to have children for eleven years! It was not until we moved to Louisiana that we were blessed with our first son, Aaron! Words cannot express how overjoyed John and I were. Five months after Aaron’s birth, my husband accepted Christ as his Saviour. In 1986, we moved back to Virginia where John accepted a position with a local police department. We had our second child, Adam, in 1989.

Aaron (now 26) served a Specialist in the U.S. Army. Aaron accepted Christ at 6 years old! Such a young boy but a tender heart! Having been saved at an early age, he has had the blessing of the Holy Spirit directing his life. He has been a faithful son with a teachable heart. Raising him was an absolute joy!

Adam (now 22) served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. ย He is married and has a beautiful little boy named Ethan! ย He has quite a testimony! It is but the grace of God that he is where he is today! Adam was born again when he was 9 years old. He’s had his bumps in the road but the Lord had His hand on this young man! To God be the glory, great things He hath done! ๐Ÿ™‚

You can’t tell we are proud parents, can you?

John was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in February 2008. The terms radiation, chemotherapy and surgery are now part of our lives. This is not something we ever thought would happen to us – at least not at this time in our lives. John was a police officer since 1975 and had just put in for his retirement, which was to happen May 2098. In preparation for John’s retirement, we sold our house the previous October and had downsized to a two-bedroom apartment while we were waiting for the “big date” to move to Oregon!ย  The treatments and ileostomy reversal surgery were finished in mid October and we moved to Oregon in November 2009. ย Since then, both our sons decided to move back to the East Coast and so did we. ย We are now living in Virginia again and our family is once again together!

We are so thankful that God saw fit to allow us this trial at this very moment in time. Had we already moved, we would not have had our precious church family’s support or the support of our long-time friends. We would have been in a new area and not have been able to get the good doctors and hospitals we have here, nor would we have known our way around. God is so Good and He has blessed us beyond measure thus far! I look forward to sharing more praises and blessings as we go forward for Christ!

14 Responses to 4-About Us

  1. Amber says:

    I just wanted to let the two of you know that i am praying for you and that i love you both and youir family dearly, i know what its like and John be strong,

    Love you bunches,

  2. Dallas says:

    May you and your dear husband and family feel the Lord’s everlasting arms carrying you and strengthening you during this time.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to not only visit my blog but to leave a comment letting us know that you enjoyed my husband’s song SO AS BY FIRE. I left you a response there to your posting and just wanted to say how much we appreciated it :o)


  3. Kate says:

    Thank you Dallas! I do so appreciate your visit. I absolutely love listening to his songs and I have saved the link ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Dallas says:


      I just wanted to let you know that my husband now has that song you liked – So As By Fire available online for a FREE download as well as ALL his other songs … can be purchased as individual MP3s or albums or you can get a widget of ALL of them to put on your blog or ….

      The link is:

      Thanks so much and have a lovely day!

      PS – Tried your new link and it didn’t work :o(

  4. Kate, just popping iver to let you know you are all still in our prayers, and you are missed greatly. Hugs to you. ~Michelle

  5. Kate says:

    Thank you SO much Michelle for stopping by! Thank you also for the prayers! They are much appreciated and needed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Deby says:

    I finally am spending some time really browsing tonight.
    This was so touching and I will pray for you and your situation.
    WA. State

  7. hal wilson says:

    First let me say that I like your site.
    My name is Hal Wilson and we have the website,christianswithcancer.org,that we launched this Feb.I have also published a my WordPress blog since Sept 2006,just after being diagonsed with stage IV kidney cancer.
    It is amazing how God blesses our lifes and opens up new doors as we travel on our journey to healing.I have experienced miracles,one just last month.In fact I wrote about that miracle on my last blog(halwilson.net)
    I can relate to your caregiving,as my wife of 44 years takes very good care of me.We have 3 grown children and 2 beautiful grandsons.
    I like the picture of your husband on his bike.My wife and I ride a Harley Road Glide.
    I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  8. Kate says:

    Glad you visited our site, Hal. I’ve been over to yours as well and found much blessings there!!! Praying for you during your cancer trial!

    We use to have a Honda Goldwing but sold it recently. We plan to get another once we’re in Oregon ๐Ÿ™‚ We just love to ride ๐Ÿ™‚

    God bless you, Hal!


  9. Bruce says:

    looking forward to a good report and praying till we hear from you guys today! I forgot to find out the exact time of the surgery…


  10. Gina in Maine says:

    Hello, Kate.
    I just read this part of your blog last, I read them in order.LOL. Was amazed when I read you were from Maine. I have lived in Maine my whole life (53 yrs) I really like your blog, I will visit it often. Are you still up to date on it? I see the post before mine is Aug 2008.Just wondering. How is your husband now? And Yourself? Cancer takes a toll on the whole family.
    Glory to God—Gina in Maine

    • Kate says:

      Hi Gina from Maine ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for visiting! I have not updated my blog in a while – since January for John’s updates. I really need to get some new things on there!!! Thanks for the motivation ๐Ÿ™‚ Where in Maine are you located? I grew up in Madawaska (Northern Maine). My husband is still having some post cancer intestinal issues but God is Good and he is slowly recovering. You are right about cancer taking a toll on the whole family. It has been a growing experience in the Lord, that’s for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ God bless!!!

  11. phil12123 says:

    I live in northern Virginia, too. What church do you attend presently?

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