Thursday, July 17, 2014

Give and It Shall Be Given Unto You

Hello, friends!  I wanted to share this story with you all.  It's about my (favorite) sister-in-law, Audra Padilla, and her beautiful family; her loving husband, Rob, and her beautiful children Tomas, Andres, Isaias, and Audranna.  Audra lost the sight in her left eye about a year ago with no real explanation or diagnosis.  About three months ago, Audra noticed the sight in her good eye (right eye) diminishing quickly.  She saw her physician immediately, and after extensive testing, and to make a long story short, Audra was diagnosed with brain cancer.  They removed Audra's left eye and tumor last month.  She is now undergoing radiation treatment and chemotherapy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  Her husband has been with her every day along every step of the way.  God has provided a home for them to stay in free of charge while in Rochester Monday - Friday for the next six weeks during Audra's treatment.  God has shown Himself to be faithful, gracious, and worthy of praise at every turn!  We PRAISE HIM for all He has done, and all He continues to do in helping save our dear sister, wife, mother, etc.

Needless to say, with Rob off work to care for his wife, they are encountering great financial strain.  Audra MUST have Rob with her (or someone with her, it just happens to be Rob) because she can't see.  She can't drive, she can't make her way through a hospital, parking lot, she can't see to care for herself completely.  Rob has been Audra's guiding light so to speak.  Together, they must travel from Duluth to Rochester and back every week.  That means lots of gas money is needed.  And, they must keep up with all their normal household bills, provide for the children (who are being watched by Grandma and my husband, Audra's brother, Darren), and they must also cover the ever-mounting medical bills associated with Audra's on-going care.  With Rob not working, he has no income.  Your help would be GREATLY appreciated.  Even if you can give $5 or $10, that small amount REALLY adds up and makes a difference.  They need our help, and if we all work together with even a small amount, we can help them reach their goal.  Little is much when God is in it!

Luke 6:38 says, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that ye mete withal shall be measured to you again."
If you are able, please give by clicking the following link:

If you're a mom, here is one thing Audra would share with you all.  "Take a good long look at your kids, and appreciate how beautiful they are.  Etch their faces on your heart.  For some day, you may not see their faces with your eyes, but instead with your heart."  Audra's faith has been unwavering, and she asks you to praise God along with her.  She has already seen some improvement in the sight in her right eye.  She can hardly wait to get home after this week's treatments to SEE her children's faces again.

Your help means SO much, and your prayers are appreciated as well.  God is doing great things.  Praise His name!

The Lord bless you and keep you!  The make His face to shine upon you and give you peace,


Teresa Kline said...

I am praying for her and the family! God is faithful and His ways are just! (((hugs)))

D- said...

My thoughts and prayers are with Audra and her family and friends. I bet she misses her babies like crazy. How blessed she is to have such a loving and supportive husband and friend.
Thanks for the reminder to appreciate each moment.
Hugs and prayers.

SarahGeorge said...

Praying for Audra.

DebR said...

She..and all the family are in my prayers.

CherylQuilts said...

Karen, thank you for sharing this special family need with us and for providing the link! I'm praying for them for comfort and strength for this hard journey God has given them. God is close to the broken-hearted! Hugs, sweet friend!

crafty-stamper said...

wishing your Sister-in-Law a speedy recovery
Carol x

Enchanting Stamping said...

How faithful is our God! Praising Him for the good report (on the right eye) and praying for continued healing and support. Thank you for the amazing story of faith and grace under trial.

Karenladd said...

Thank you for letting us know about this brave family and helping remind us how precious our health and dear ones are. I will be praying for the continued strength and love your sister in law and family will need to get through this.