I first heard this phrase a few months ago and thought, wow… this is so true. It seems we are always looking ahead and waiting for things to happen; we’ve got vacation circled on the calendar, or are willing the clock to speed up until the weekend begins. Then, once in a while, we are reminded how quickly time truly flies.
You think you have time.
Here’s an unforgettable reminder of that to all of us from a woman who doesn’t take anything for granted.
Kayla Hebenstreit and her husband, Joe, should be enjoying this first Christmas with their daughter, Kendall. Kayla should be in stores, buying every pink tutu and sparkly pair of shoes she can find for that sweet baby girl. This family should be smiling in every photo they take, just like this one.
Instead, Kayla Hebenstreit spends six days, every two weeks, getting around the clock chemo at the Nebraska Medical Center. She’s battling cancer FOR THE FOURTH TIME. One month after her ‘miracle baby’ Kendall was born, doctors told Kayla the cancer was back and she had less than a year to live.
I don’t even know how I would respond to that. THREE SEPARATE TIMES, Kayla heard the word ‘cancer’, said NO, and beat this terrible disease. Why, when she and her husband FINALLY got pregnant and had a baby, did this horrible thing, cancer, return?
The Hebenstreits’ story is one of love and incredible strength. Every kiss, every laugh means something because they truly know how precious time is. At a time of year when it’s so easy to get wrapped up in ‘my Christmas cards aren’t done’… ‘how am I going to pay off these holiday bills’… ‘I can’t STAND so-and-so at the Christmas party!’.. this little family will remind you of how lucky so many of us are.
I believe God has a plan for everything. I believe God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. But why, WHY do things like this happen to people like Kayla Hebenstreit? A beautiful woman, who dug deep to fight back so many times. All she wants is TIME, time to live life with her husband and love her sweet baby girl, not yet three months old.
I don’t know.
I DO know Kayla and her fight have inspired thousands of people, evidence you can plainly see by checking out her website, Kayla’s Crew, and her Facebook page. 1,700 people packed a recent fundraiser to show this family support and to help them cover their costs. I hope people who see Kayla’s story will have more appreciation for everything they have, as I did leaving our interview. Most of all, I pray Kayla and Joe Hebenstreit are given a miracle, the only thing they want for Christmas. TIME.