Thursday, March 6, 2008

1 hour down, ? to go

It's 9:40AM. Shawndra has been in surgery for a little over one hour. Shawndra's parents, Les (Shawndra's cousin), Jerry (Les's collegue) and I prayed together during her pre-op phase. Shawndra was nervous and scared, but ready to get if over with. Shawndra spoke with Andrea also. I think that gave her comfort.

I just spoke with my mother. My grandfather is most likely in his last hour. What a day, huh. My mom mentioned that Papa was waiting for something... and maybe it was for Shawndra's surgery. Love you Papa.

Love you Shawndra.
- Doug


Anonymous said...

God bless you Doug.

Anonymous said...

May God bless you on this day and all days to come. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers each and every day. We love you all!
Mindy and Derek Nicholson

Dinah said...

Doug, bless you on this very stressful day. God Bless your family on this day also.

Thank you for your faithful updates. Dinah

jas said...

When I woke this morning, I immediately thought of Shawndra. Kind of a strange thing, considering I have three kids to get ready for school. Anyway, when I thought of her, I felt a sense of peace like everything was going to be alright. I truly believe that. Sometimes things have to be hard before they get better. For her, hard is having surgery, but the better (cancer free) life is coming. I am sorry to hear about your Papa. Just like in the bible, sometimes someone dies so that someone can live. I am sure you have a heavy heart. Please know that we are all here for you--ALL of you.
God bless.

Anonymous said...

May God bless you and your family on this very difficult day. The last thing I did before going to bed was pray for Shawndra, her doctors, and your family....and the first thing I did when i woke up was get on my knees in prayer.

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you all...and praying for you. God Bless you. Thanks for letting us know how everyone is doing.

the Ellis'...

Lucian said...

Yesterday I found your blog. You and your family is in my thoughts. May God bless you all! God, please help Shawndra!

Naomi,Doug & Adam in GA said...

To your entire family~ Andrea has been great with updates-- thank you Anderea!
We are all praying hard for Shawndra .....I am anxious as all heck today , just want to know it went well and she is ok, we need a MIRACLE, GOD IS LISTENING!
Doug, I am sorry about your grandfather, maybe he will now be Shawndras angel to help her through this, what a day for you all..your all in our prayers we love you all!

Melony said...


ISn't it amazing how much power we have over our own body in the last hours. Your Papa must be waiting to hear about a miracle so he can thank Jesus in person.. I pray that God fills you with peace throughout the day.. Thanks for keeping us updated.

Anonymous said...

What a difficult day. God bless you all today and every day.


Anonymous said...

Doug - I pray for strength for you during this difficult time and peace for your Grandfather.

Prayers for Shawndra always.


Leisa said...

Doug, I'm so sorry about your Grandfather. It has to be so difficult for you dealing with both Shawndra's surgery and knowing he is slipping away at the same time. My heart goes out to you. May God hold your hand and get you through this day. I will prayer for your entire family today. I have been praying diligently for Shawndra all morning and will continue to pray throughout this day. Thank you for keeping us updated. We're all right here waiting with you in spirit. Leisa

BKNR said...

I am thinking and praying for you and Shawndra today.

Anonymous said...

Thinking and praying for you all day. I can't do anything else today but that. May peace be with you and your family.
God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

I have been thinking about you/praying for you guys all morning! I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather Doug. I hope things go as well as can be expected on that.
Anxiously awaiting good news on Shawndra!
Christy Harrell

P.S. If anyone out there is reading these comments that is responsible for scheduling meals to be brought to the family after they return from Omaha, please contact me at I would love to be a part of that. Shawndra does know me and I live very close to her. I was at the prayer vigil Monday. Thanks!

Kelley said...

you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...


Brad, Victoria, Olivia and I said many prayers for you, Shawndra and both sides of the family last night and this morning.
Olivia's class (a group of 3, 4 and 5 year olds) all said prayers yesterday and today. Skyler E. told the teacher about Shawndra and the prayers beagan :)
So many times I have heard that when someone is dying they have an amazing ability to hang on until whatever they are concerned about is resolved, whether it be seeing a loved one or having permission to let go and let God open the doors to eternal everlasting life.
I wish I could take away your pain and fear. Please know so many are lifting you up in prayer to comfort you and support you during this time of unrelenting stress.

I had difficulty sleeping last night. I awoke at 3:27am this morning and the first thing I thought of was the "Footprints in the Sand" poem. I posted it early this morning and I hope it gives you some comfort. Know the Lord will carry you when it is too hard to walk and your family and friends will carry you too; right beside the Lord.

I called Q-104 to day, and e-mailed them to request that they play "She's A Butterfly" for Shawndra. I also gave them the link to this blog in hopes of recruiting more prayer warriors.

May the Lord please bless, comfort and protect you, Doug. May the Lord also quiet the fears and provide you the strength to continue on.

All our love,

nancygrayce said...

God bless you Doug. This must be such a hard time just waiting. Prayers are going up for success!

Adriene said...

Constantly thinking and praying for you. I am sorry to hear about your grandfather, Doug...he will be you and Shawndra's angel.

Anonymous said...

For Shawndra:

She's A Butterfly by Martin McBride

She remembers when she first got her wings
And how she opened up that day
she learned to sing
Then the colors came, erased the
black and white
And her whole world changed
when she realized

She's a butterfly, pretty as the crimson sky
Nothing's ever gonna bring her down
And everywhere she goes
Everybody knows she's so glad to be alive
She's a butterfly

Like the purest light in a darkened world
So much hope inside such a lovely girl
You should see her fly, it's almost magical
It makes you wanna cry, she's so beautiful


God bless the butterfly,
give her the strength to fly
Never let her wings touch the ground
God bless the butterfly,
give her strength to fly
Never let her wings touch the ground


God bless the butterfly,
give her the strength to fly
Never let her wings touch the ground
God bless the butterfly,
give her the strenght to fly
Never let her wings touch the ground

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Praying for you today!!! Praying for strength, comfort, healing and peace throught the day.

Michelle Cranford
PT school friend of Andrea's

Anonymous said...

Shawndra, Doug, and family,

PRAYING for you all. You are such

special people.

God works miracles everyday!


Anonymous said...

Praying for you all today. May you find comfort in God. I'm so thankful for the updates.

Robin Junker

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to all Beauchamps and Turners today. Your posting reminded me of this:

When God closes a door, he opens a window.

I believe your grandfather may be enabling that window to open for Shawndra.

With you in spirit.
Love, Dustin

Anonymous said...

Shawndra & Doug,

Lots of prayers are being sent your way. May you feel the love of all of those praying for you and both of your families.

Jennifer Teegarden MD

Paulette said...

You have allot on your plate today, but we serve a big God who is right in there with Shawndra and right beside your Grandfather waiting to welcome him home today Doug. May God be very real to you at this time. Go Shawndra! I am in constant prayer and awaiting each update. Love to you and your family right now as we all wait!
Blessings Doug and our sister in Christ Shawndra.

Naomi said...

Well havent heard anything yet , so I am hoping this means it will be the long surgery to remove this cancer....I hope you feel the love we are sending you Shawndra and all the prayers that are coming your way---
Cant wait to hear some good news, if anyone deserves it , Its YOU!
to your whole family!