A Good Friday, For Once

Fridays haven’t been kind to us in the past two months. 

Tori was given a non-specific leukodystrophy diagnosis on a Friday. 

Tori was admitted to the hospital on that same Friday. 

Tori received her Krabbe diagnosis on the following Friday.

We were told that Tori was already in stage three of Krabbe the Friday after that.

We’ve had a lot of really bad Fridays in 2015 thus far.

Yesterday, however, Fridays were redeemed for us.

Brennan had the day off and we were able to spend the day together thanks to two wonderful friends who not only came to our home to watch Tori, but to do some cleaning as well. We have been blessed beyond measure by our friends and family, and this was a huge example of that.

We went to the chiropractor for much-needed adjustments and then decided to have lunch at The Chocolate Avenue Grill in Hershey.

We enjoyed our conversation and we managed to speak about things other than Tori for once. That has been difficult lately as you can probably imagine.

I wore my Team Tori scarf (from Picket Fence Creations) for the first time!

When it came time to pay our bill, the waitress came over and told us that another table (whose members had already left) had paid our bill. We owed nothing.

When we opened up the folder to see the receipt, there was a note inside.

We were both in shock, not only because this has never happened to us, but because the women at that table clearly know who Tori is. Who we are. 

It wasn’t that we had shared our story with them over lunch or anything like that. We assume that they must be following Team Tori on Facebook and recognized us from there. 

If you are reading this blog right now and happen to be one of the ladies who paid for our lunch and left us this note, please know that you made our day. Both of us were trying not to cry at that moment. Your kindness and prayers mean so much!

We then ran a few errands and went back home. My sister Cheyenne arrived just in time to head to Palmyra for a fundraiser that some of our friends so lovingly put together for us. 

Tori did SO well in the car both ways! Praise the Lord for that. 

We arrived twenty minutes after the event began and the parking lot was packed. When we walked inside, we were amazed at how many people were there!

Tori slept through most of the event in Aunt Cheyenne’s arms 😄❤️

They had a silent auction, baked goods and other delicious food, chair massage, vendors, and more.

So many Team Tori members were there and it was SO wonderful to meet so many people who love Tori and are praying for her. Even though I am an introvert, I still enjoyed all of the conversations! 😉❤️ The grandmother of the other precious girl who had Krabbe in our township came by and it was an honor to meet her and speak with her. I’m sure it won’t be the last time we meet.

At the end it was announced that over $3,500 was raised for Tori! Incredible. 

We cannot thank you all enough for helping us through this ordeal spiritually (by praying and encouraging), emotionally (through your support and love), physically (by feeding us), and financially (by so generously donating to help us care for Tori). We love you all more than we can express!

3 thoughts on “A Good Friday, For Once

  1. One blessing after another, thanks for recounting them! It was wonderful to read. “When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged thinking all is lost, count your many blessings name them one by one, and it will surprise you what The Lord has done…” Love you.


  2. I’m from the SPA group, and I haven’t commented before. However, I did want to let you know that you are in my thoughts & prayers and I’m following your journey.


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