Friday, December 5, 2008

Mele Kalikimaka Family and Friends

Mele Kalikimaka Family and Friends,

2008 has been an eventful year for our family. I know that most of you know that Kit was diagnosed with acute leukemia one week before Good Friday. Before he started his chemo treatment on Oahu, he flew back to Maui and gave the Good Friday Service message at Hope Chapel. Mikey and Shae flew home from Oregon and we all spent Easter Sunday together and then Monday a.m. , he was off to Oahu to begin the treatment. Unfortunately, after 2 rounds of chemo, Kit’s body did not respond to the treatment and he was sent home to Maui after 2 ½ months in the hospital.

The chemo, infections, and antibiotics… almost destroyed Kit physically, but slowly, he got his strength back and began feeling better. Recently, his blood tests showed that his white blood cell counts were dangerously low...and he was worried that he was not going to be able to fly to Oregon and watch Mikey wrestle. (he had never seen Mikey wrestle in college yet) With God’s grace and antibiotics, Kit and Buddy flew out on Nov. 14th . They watched Mikey wrestle 7 matches, they spent time with my family( Carol, Diane, Kathie , Mike , Laura and Jared) who drove up to Oregon to see Kit and Buddy.

Kit was able to spend precious time with Mikey and Shae, the Vidlaks, the Browns, the Johnsons, the Crabtrees, the Smalls, the Hickmans, the Wilsons. The trip was such a blessing to Kit . He felt so good in Oregon and Shae’s relatives, treated Kit and Buddy with such care. They spent Thanksgiving at Danny and Steph’s house, the same beautiful house where Mikey and Shae were married on Sept. 8th 2007.

So…even though we are unsure of the future, we have so much to be thankful for. We have received so much love and support through this trial .Friends, clients, family and our church body have loved us so much that we are in awe. If you Google, Hope Chapel, Kihei, Maui, you can go on the Kit Lauer blog and see all the incredible things that our church did for us.

Maisha has been such a blessing to us. She comes over a lot and spends time with us. Kit always tells me how happy Maisha makes him and how he loves to hear her laugh. Maisha is working optometry at several places on Maui. She was able to go to Paraguay again this past summer on an eye mission trip. Maisha and Mikey and Shae bring Kit the most joy in his life.

Mikey is finishing up his senior year at Southern Oregon University. He and Shae live in Ashland and hopefully after this summer, they will move back to Maui. Mikey is wrestling and hopefully, if he survives all his injuries, he will have a good season. He wants to teach on Maui… hopefully, there will be a job here for him.

I still have my cleaning business and I have the most awesome partner, Yuko, who helps me everyday. When I was in Oahu with Kit…she ran the whole business. I have great clients, and I am thankful for the work. I have a very thankful heart at this time in my life. I appreciate each minute that I have Kit in my life. He has been the best husband and father that anyone could have. If God does not heal him, I know that Kit is not afraid to die, because he knows that he will be living eternally with the ONE whose birthday we celebrate this month. We have felt Christ’s presence through this whole ordeal…He has been our strength…”Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14

Thank you for being in our life…we love you and we pray that God will do wonderful things in your life in 2009!


Shelly and the Lauer family


Eydis said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours. God truly has blessed you with incredible family & friends and all of you have made all of our lives richer.
Love you much,

Debbie Ashcraft said...

Thank you Shelly for this beautiful update. You guys, your family, your legacy together is such an amazing testimony of faith and the love of our mighty God! You are all SO loved, you are SO cherished and we are lifting you guys up in prayer daily!
Praying you experience many answered prayers and unending blessings...Deb

lorensaved77 said...

Dear Shelly
What a Beautiful letter and Pictures!
You and your Family have inspired so many to continue the faith, to stay strong, and Not to waiver in times of trials!
Thank You for your friendship and Love.
We will always Keep Kit in our Prayers for continued Strength and healing!
Merry Christmas to you and your Sweet Family!

Love Nancy and Family!

Anonymous said...

About all I can say is AMEN!! I feel your passion with Christ and you both are good stewarts. Merry Christmas to you and your ohana.
Your friends in Christ
Nick and Sharon

Joe and Karen said...

Dear Lauer Family...we loved Shelly's Mele K letter. You are all so wonderful...really the most amazing people. Your joy in the midst of trials is so contagious and inspiring. Your gratitude is such an example. We have been so privileged to know you all and we will forever thank the Lord for that. Mele K back to you and thanks for loving all of us.
The Maui Johnson Ohana

Janet said...

Mele Kalikimaka to you all and it is merry because Kit is with us. Much love always to you and praying for direction and wisdom in 2009. Your friends are still available night or day. Thanks be to God for the blessing of the Lauer Ohana :)
Hugs & much love,

Anonymous said...

Love you guys! Miss you guys! Am praying for you too! I hope to see you soon... Aloha from Redding, California

Anonymous said...

Your Christmas letter was so well written and you were able to share allllll that has been going on in a "nutshell".
Your family continues to inspire us.You have set a high standard for all of us, in how God expects us to trust HIM at all times.We are still praying for that miracle!! Joyce and Jesse

guavatea said...

We LOVE you, too, Shelly and your beautiful family. We are continually lifting you all up in prayer.
Travis, Lisa, and family