Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

Hello Deqlans Army
We wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year for 2008!
We trust that this year ahead is going to be full of laughter, love, joy, happiness, family and friends, health and above all God.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for standing right beside us during this journey - for all your love, support, encouragement, meals made, gifts sent, posts created and above all prayers offered.
We look forward to 2008 with A LOT OF MORE and MORE TRUST AND FAITH THEN EVER BEFORE!
Happy Happy New Year and only the best for you and yours in 2008!
GOD BLESS AND CHAT IN THE NEW YEAR!
ALL OUR LOVE
MARK, SAMM, DEQLAN AND LOGAN
FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU, DECLARES THE LORD, PLANS TO PROSPER YOU, NOT TO HARM YOU, PLANS TO GIVE YOU HOPE AND A FUTURE!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDPA





























Darling Dee & Grandpa

Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday Dear Dee and Grandpa, Happy Birthday to you! AND MANY MANY MANY MORE!

We hope you have the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for us each day, and all the sacrifices you make to ensure that we are taken care of. You are an amazing light in our lives and we love and appreciate you so very much . Stay the amazing treasure you are and always always know how much we love you! It was a gift to spend most of the day with you celebrating - we loved every minute! We hope you enjoy the rest of your Birthday and we hope you continue to get spoilt rotten - its your turn for a change! You always bend backwards for us and we pray and hope one day we can do the same for you.

We love you so so so so so much ! Enjoy the sailing tomorow and enjoy your very special evening tonight watching the Lion King!

God Bless and protect and guide you always
We love you so very very very much
Mark, Samm, Deqlan and Logan
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Friday, December 28, 2007

DEQLAN SAW A REAL HELICOPTER
















By now you all know how much Deqlan LOVES HELICOPTERS! After going to the shops today, on our way home, Mark happened to see a helicopter in a parking lot of a shopping centre, so we immediately turned around to go and have a closer look

It was WONDERFUL - i think Mark and I where more excited the our soldier as he was just about to fall asleep. He was playing with his helicopter and when we tried to take it away to focus his attention on the real thing right in front of them . He didnt like this one bit so we gave his beloved helicopter back to him , safe in his hands!
Dada took Deqlan for a closer look but we dont think he quite realised we where standing in front of the real thing

We stuck around for a few minutes and where very fortunate to see it take off again, it was so close to us , it was awesome!

Enjoy the photos - had to share with you all!
God Bless and sleep tight
Lots of love
Mark,Samm & Deqlan
ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE!

A new look!

Hello All!

Just a quick post to introduce you to our 'new look' blogspot!

I thought it would be fitting to start off the New Year with a new look blogspot and was thrilled with the outcome

I chose the green for a number of reasons
- THE COLOUR OF HOPE AND HEALTH AD HEALING
- THE COLOUR OF FROGS - FOREVER AND FULLY RELIANT ON GOD
- GROWTH
- PART OF THE CAMOUFLAGE COLOURS WHICH WE HAVE ALL BEEN WEARING SO PROUDLY ON DEQLANS TREATMENT AND SURGERY DAYS

I thought that all of the above would definitely apply to our gorgeous and brave soldier Deqlan!
Enjoy and let us know how you all are and shall be posting more tommorow - its a very special day, its Grandpa's Birthday!!! We hope you wake up to a stunning Birthday Grandpa and hope you get spoilt rotten you deserve! Always know how much we love and treasure you and how much we appreciate all you do for us!

God Bless and lots of love
Mark, Samm & Deqlan

ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE!!!!!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Trains, Planes and Automobiles












































































































































































































Hope you all had the most beautiful, memorable, cherised Christmas ever.
We had the most beautiful day i could ever have imagined! It started off with Christmas Eve dinner made by Great Grandpa, delicious roast chicken and potatoes and salads. All the boys went off to bed and Mom, Meggie and I went for midnight mass at 1130.

The service started off singing beautiful Christmas carols - it was so beautiful and very emotional. There where tons of people there and a lot made extra effort to where very smart outfits to celebrate the occasion. I was surprised at how many children where there to - from a few week old right up until teenagers - was so wonderful to see! A lot of the carols even had different verses sung in different languages, sotha, xhosa, german, italian, portuguese, afrikaans, french you name it!
The actual service started with my favorite carol of all time Holy night, needless to say, i had tears in my eyes, what a beautiful song it is and to be in church as Father walked down , with the altar boys and girls and the candles lit on the altar, standing next to Nanna and Meggie was unforgetable. The mass was beautiful and we all went up to recieve a special Christmas Blessings - wow - what an amazing way to celebrate the birth of Jesus! He is certainly alive in our hearts and lives. We arrived home just before 2am but it was definitely worth every second.
Our beautiful soldier woke us up round 530am , so i was still very tired, but so excited to start the day off.
Deqlan was spoilt rotten! Thank you to you all for not only your gifts placed under our tree for him, but the gifts you have given us through out the year of love, support, encouragement and prayer!
He recieved a toy in every form of transport possible! I shall be sending you each personal thank you's as the list would be as long as Santa's. Deqlan recieved helicopters, cars by the dozen, trains, fire engines, books, clothes, the cutest shoes you have ever seen, blocks, little people, teddy bears, gorgeous baby einstein producrs, puzzles,frogs, even a jumping castle! Thank you to you all for the most gorgeous and thoughtful gifts! Deqlan even got two gifts from his big sister Logan that even wrote Deqlans name on the gifts herself!
I must metion my very special gift from Mark and Deqlan - Mark created 5 frames, each one with a specific theme - a dedication to me as a mom, Deqlans Christening - the start of his walk with God , all my family, and photos with mark, deqlan and me - the frames and photos took my breath away - they are magnificent and are priceless - i shall treasure them always - thank you My Love and my gorgeous Boy - i love you both more then you will ever know, this is the most stunning gift i have ever recieved! I also recieved the most beautiful and personalised gifts from the rest of my amazing family - thank you all for all the love and time you put into creating our one of a kind gifts - I love you all so very very much!
We headed off to Grandpa and Nanna's house round 1030 and our soldier fell asleep on the way there! He looked so cute, Nanna had tears of joy in here eyes when she saw him. Deqlan was dressed in his Man United outfit, with soccer shoes and gel in his hair - He looked ADORABLE - everyone wanted to eat him up.
While Our Soldier rested and caught up on some energy for the rest of the day, Great Grandpa arrived with Great Nan - what a treat it was to see her again and to have her out of her frail care home. Great Nan has not been out in nearly two years, so needless to say she was in her element. Conrad and Mark helped get her out of the car and she even remarked on Conrads strong muscles! Shame, Nan was in the best mood i have ever seen her in - she was so lovable and so grateful for her gifts and just to watch Deqlan running around was such a treat for her...this is what Christmas is really about.

We had the most DELICIOUS Christmus Lunch that Nanna so lovingly prepared ! Her table was exquisite - done is reds and golds -stunning as always! Deqlan also thoroughly enjoyed the roast turkey and lamb and roast potatoes! We all then delved into the amazing trifle Meggie made and we where all back for seconds!

Deqlan continued to run , walk , jump, sing and entertain us the rest of the afternoon!
We got home round 530 and all had a little bit of a rest after the wonderful amazing Christmas day we spent together.

Again - the real gifts of the day are The Lord sending His only Son to save us, and what we could wrap in our arms, Deqlan and each other!
We hope you also made magical memories with your families and loved ones!

To back track a bit cause its been a while since i wrote.....
Our Soldier is doing fantastically well - his appetite is wonderful, his hair gets longer by the day and he is just the light and sunshine of our lives! He has discovered a few more games he loves playing! The toilet paper, yes, the toilet paper in the bathrooms keeps him entertained for quite some time! He loves to unroll as much as he can and then tries to roll it all up again! Another favorite is Big Cook Little Cook, just like his bloved TV story , he loves to open the drawers and pull the egg lifters, spatulas, spagetthi spoons out and he walks around with his 'toys' making music by hitting them on different surfaces!
Deqlans scar looks fantastic - although it is very long and covers most of his tummy , its now a very thin line and healed beautifully.
We are still waiting on the results, but shall be patient at least into the first week of the new year for everyone to get back to work and back to normal .
Mark also went to see Logan to wish her Merry Christmas from all of us and his boot was literally packed to the brim, as she had gifts from far and wide for her Birthday and Christmas. I think she now has every single Bratz item that has ever been created - she was very chuffed! Thank you to you all for her stunning presies to! Enjoy the photos!

Nanna took on two Christmas projects this Christmas - we had a Christmas tree at church that Father asked us to decorate with spirals - this was the symbol he chose for this year showing the Jesus is the centre point in our lives.Nanna & Grandpa immediately got to work on the spirals and made all shapes and sizes for the Christmas tree , which looks to beautiful! We even made one for Deqlan, Logan and Keaton with their names on. Photos to follow soon!

The other was sweet and goody boxes for Aids orphans. A lady at our church helps this group of orphans and arranged Christmas presents for these lovely children this year . Nanna immediatley offered to put some sweets and treats together and her and Grandpa went out of there way to make the boxes look so beautiful and full of lovely goodies! Deqlan also donated some of his teddies which the children loved and clung onto ! Again, this is the true spirit of Christmas!

Aunty Sheila, Grandpas sister from Cape Town arrived yesterday! As always she brought with the most stunning presents for us all, including some very special hand made presents she put together with so much love. This included the most beautiful advent Christmas tree i have ever seen! She made this for Keaton and actually won the prize at her crafts group for best advent calender its beautiful! Among lots of beautiful gifts, was a beautiful yacht jersey she knitted for Deqlan and The cutest dungarees i have ever seen! Thanks so much Aunty Shei - its lovely to have you here and thank you so much for spoiling us rotten!

Well let me run, thank you for all your lovely Christmas wishes, we truly hope you all had a beautiful and wonderful Christmas to!
God Bless and lots of love
Mark, Samm & Logan
ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 24, 2007

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL











To Our Dearest Family and Friends, Deqlans Army,








We wish you the most beautiful, Blessed, treasured Christmas ever. May you celebrate the true meaning of the birth of Our Lord and Savior.




HE is THE WAY , THE TRUTH AND THE LIGHT.








Nanna, Meggie and I shall be attending midnight mass tonight to start the celebrations, I cant wait, wait an amazing mass this is going to be. What an honor to start the celebrations off where they first began, with Jesus.








Our presents this year, where recieved in the form of your love, support, encouragement, motivation and above all prayers. Thank you to you all for walking every step of this way with us , we are Blessed to have in our army!








Mark and my greatest gift is not wrapped in paper this year, but wrapped in our arms, our beautiful, gentle, courageous, strong, beautiful Deqlan whom who love beyond description . What a gift it is to have him on the road to great health. To see how he has recovered from his surgery so well, that he is running around and laughing and playing and enjoying himself to the max. What an inspiration he is to us, what a miracle. What a privilige it is to be his parents.








Logs, our beautiful sunshine, i miss you more then you can imagine this year. It is the first year we are not together at Christmas time. But, i can promise you big girl, that next year we are going to all be celebrating together - even though we not with you in body, we are always with you in thought and always in your heart. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas day, and always know how proud we are of you, what a blessing you are to us and how much we love you!








We are going to be spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with Nanna and Grandpa and are very priviliged to have Great Nan join us this year as Great Grandpa has arranged to bring her home for Christmas lunch! Nanna goes ALL OUT to ensure everything is just perfect, and is we speak she is whizzing round the shops gathering the last ingredients for the delicous feast she is about to prepare.








Please say an extra special prayer for all our friends fighting this neuroblastoma war - there are some spending their Christmas at the hospital, but we pray Dear Lord Jesus to fill their hearts with love, hope and peace and that they to have an unforgettable Christmas, please continue to Bless and Heal them, please comfort their families and friends.








Thank you Dear Lord Jesus for all you have done and all you continue to do for our beautiful Deqlan and our family - i dont know where in the world i would be without YOU. All the glory and honor to YOU Dear Lord.








Have a Very Merry Christmas and the best year ever ahead in 2008.








Our Little soldier is doing just great and I cant wait to celebrate with him! Promise to post more on what he has been up to in the next few days but had to make sure our Christmas Message went out in time!








Gods Richest Blessings at Christmas time and always




All our Love




Mark, Samm, Deqlan and Logan




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Friday, December 21, 2007

ANOTHER CHRISTMAS MIRACLE


DEQLAN PLAYING THE PROPELLER OF HIS FIGHTER JET FROM NANNA AND GRANDPA

MEETING CHRIS AND DALENE AND LOVING MY NEW TIGGER RADIO FROM THEM!




ME AND MY BEST BUDDY RIF RAF

ARENT I GORGEOUS

THE SHIRT AUNTY CLAIRE BOUGHT ME, THE BACK SAYS -WHOS YOUR DADDY AND THE FRONT SAYS -GODS BOY - HOW STUNNING!












MY MAN UNITED OUTFIT FROM DON, SAM , MIA AND BABY! DAD SAYS I CANT WEAR IT AT HOME , BUT MOM SAYS DADS JUST JEALOUS HE IS NOT A MAN U SUPPORTER! THE BACK SAYS FROG - FULLY RELIANT AND GOD!









ME IN THE HOSPITAL RECOVERING AFTER MY OP






ME AND MY DAD AND MAMA CHILLING AND CATCHING UP ON SOME REST






























I LOVE BATHING!
FROM THE DUNN TWINS WEBSITE

Good Afternoon,
It is with the most joyful of hearts that Michael and I are able to share that the girls test results have returned. Our prayers have been answerd and we are so blessed to say that both Isabella Grace and Madeline Ora are currently DISEASE FREE! There are no active cancer cells in either one of them and they will no longer receive chemotherapy. We know that this is a true miracle and will forever be changed. Both girls will continue to be watched closely for quite a while, but our doctors believe that they have beat this! As we fall to our knees today in thanksgiving to our Healing Heavenly Father we remember all of you who have so faithfully prayed day after day for this news. Thank you with every beat of our hearts.
All our love,
Alissa and Michael
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS MIRACLE - WE ARE SO HAPPY AND OVERJOYED FOR YOU TO!
We are still waiting on our final resuls from the tumor removal, but dont think we will get anything now as most places are closed next week, still remain positive and full of hope and patience
Deqlan is enjoying his two new favorite games - pick the Christmas decorations off the tree, like apples! The other favorite is changing the tv channels at the tv a hundred times in a row!

Enjoy some of the newest photos of our soldier
God Bless and enjoy the weekend!
Love Mark, Samm, Deqlan and Logan