After routine blood work in Wilmington Monday morning, Emily’s platelet and hemoglobin counts were low. Happy, Kristi and Emily made a trip to Chapel Hill for transfusions and ended up spending Monday night at the Ronald McDonald House. Thank goodness for our “home away from home!” Although her platelet and hemoglobin counts dropped, Emily’s neutrophil and white blood counts continue to improve. We will have biweekly lab work to check on her progress. We hope to begin some speech and motor skills therapy for Emily now that she’s home. We realize that as we end a particular phase of her treatment, that this is really just the beginning. We are thankful to be home and see the improvement Emily has made; however, she still has a long way to go. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. As we begin this season of Advent, our pastor reminded us that It is a Season of Hope. We have hope and faith that God will continue to grant the miracle of healing for Emily.