Fighting for the Fairytale

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  1. Sue Miller says:

    Disney is AWSOME ,you will have a blast

  2. The whole point of being alive is to live! I’m so glad you are living. I know we don’t know each other but I pray for a miracle for you every night. I hope you have a funtastic trip!

  3. Barbara Fiore says:

    You are right to just try to keep on living no matter how hard it may be…God Bless your beautiful family.

  4. Oh you guys, I can so relate. I’m so happy you are planning a cruise and have something to look forward to. You all need it and you deserve it.

    We found out last month that my husband’s colon cancer has spread to his lungs and abdomen and now suddenly life is put on hold. We live and plan for his “good” days but can’t do much beyond that. Now we live from chemo to chemo and scan to scan. We’ve got a baby on the way, arriving in August that gives us something to look forward to for now, and I’m so thankful for that.

    Go and enjoy every last second of that cruise!

    Best Wishes,

  5. Scott Davis says:

    Awesome… So Happy you all get to go on a trip TOGETHER

  6. PLEASE take Mira to the Bippity Boppity Boutique if they have one on board. I know she will be only 6 months old but every daddy deserves to see his little girl all done up like a princess. Please tell me how I can donate to make that happen!

  7. Martina says:

    I want to donate. Where can we help with the cruise or an outing?

  8. Allison Sutherland says:

    You know what they say about money… You can’t take it with you! These memories will last you a lifetime. Good for you guys!

  9. Sheree Freeman says:

    Have a wonderful time. I have been following your story since our daughter-in-law, Rachel, made us aware of it. I wish you all the best.

  10. Ann Williams says:

    Go enjoy and make some wonderful memories

  11. I have been where you are and I regret we didn’t plan an escape. Enjoy your trip and your dream – it will work more magic than all the meds!

  12. Karolina says:

    This is such great news 🙂 . Nothing compares to a time spent together and creating new memories. Enjoy your wonderful trip. I cannot wait to see highlights from your trip and read yet another inspiring blog. Xo

  13. Eileen says:

    So glad you’re taking this wonderful trip together. I hope you have an amazing time!

  14. Kathy Palladino says:

    Awesome! Enjoy your dream and to heck with what anyone thinks or says. You deserve it.

  15. Mary Amanda says:

    Get it, guuuhhhlll!! This is a judgement free zone! And if you let me know when y’all are going, I’d gladly spring for matching, sparkly mouse ears for whole fam-damily 8:)

    Mi Madre would agree: Disney is the happiest place on earth and the perfect setting for a fairytale 🙂 Have soooo much fun, Clarks, Evanses…Evan’s… Evensees?? Haha! So excited for you!

  16. Chris Maxwell says:

    Good for you guys. Go have fun and enjoy your family time.

  17. Marianne Dickey says:

    Good for you guys! I am SO incredibly happy for you that you are doing this! I hope you have a wonderful time with your families and that the sunshine and time away from your usual day to day help Joe feel great!!!!! Your words inspire me Amanda !

  18. Donna Prebys says:

    Live for the moment and don’t worry about what anyone says. You’re fighting the fight and no one else. It’s happy time that you both will have to enjoy and talk about for days to come. ENJOY!!!!!

  19. Patti cowhey says:

    If anyone deserves a vacation, it’s you and your family. Have a wonderful time. Prayers continue for Joe’s healing. God bless Joe and your family.

  20. Stefani says:

    NO ONE should judge what you spend your money on. We felt the same way when our son had cancer… Must explain and defend every dime. Go, have fun, make memories. I’ll happily send you more money to do it again next week.

  21. Dan Wallensack says:

    Dear Amanda, you are exactly right! The alternative to live entirely in worry and negative thoughts is horrible and not good for anyone! A lesson I have had to teach myself after personal experience! Your goals are not defined by how big or small everyone else thinks of them! They are YOUR goals, as long as you have some it`s always a good thing! When I was asked “how do you do it? Stay positive and strive to do what you can?” My answer as you know was “if my worry is can I keep a leg, and how will I ever walk/” Your stress might be,” can I cut the lawn befor it rains?” Your stress is your stress, its the same just the reason is different! The entire goal of life as I see it is to strive to be happier than the moment you are at! Risk vs reward, do what you think you can to potentially be happier, the attempt is a happy thing on it`s own! Thinking & praying often for you both!

  22. holly says:

    Enjoy, you all deserve this soo much!!! Hope to see a few pictures of the good time!!

  23. Dawn Jones says:

    I can’t think of a more deserving family.

  24. Lynda knable says:

    So happy for you! Have a wonderful time!! 🙂

  25. Kathy says:

    I think it’s absolutely wonderful that you are doing this. Enjoy and don’t worry what others think!

  26. Carla Schlenz says:

    Go and make memmories!!!

  27. Patti says:

    You go, guys! Have a fabulous, fantastic, incredible flight, yes, flight!!!

  28. Judy Eppich says:

    I also do not know you but pray for your family. It is hard to resist thinking about what others will think – so here is what we think – Fantastic, Wonderful, God Bless You, Have a Wonderful Time. Go in Joy and Peace. Each of us should live each day with the dedication to thankfulness you express. I pray your trip will be exactly what a vacation should be, and that you never give another thought to anything but the joy of spending time with those you love.

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  30. allison says:

    I hope you guys have an amazing time on your vacation, I can’t wait to hear about it and see pictures. Enjoy and make sweet, unforgettable memories:))

  31. Tonya Gullquist says:

    When do you go my daughter and I are going on her make a wish we leave the 14 and we are doing the one that leaves from Florida would love to meet you and give you encouragement.

  32. Claudette Hemenover says:

    Kendra also has a chevron addiction…I keep telling her there HAS to be a support group for that! Still praying for you and your family and I am soooo happy you are going on a trip! god Speed!

  33. Jamie says:

    You are such an amazing family and such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing and have an awesome trip filled with good days! #joestrong

  34. Carolyn Renz says:

    i am reminded of a quotation that seems very appropriate:

    “If, of thy mortal goods, thou art bereft,
    And from thy slender store two loaves
    alone to thee are left,
    Sell one & from the dole,
    Buy Hyacinths to feed the soul”
    – Muslihuddin Sadi,
    13th Century Persian Poet

    May the “hyacinths” (your trip) feed your souls and give you joy!

    I heard it first on a TV show said by Vincent Price….I never forgot hearing the words in his lovely voice. Then I read an article in Reader’s Digest about someone advising a young couple to take some of their hard-earned money, get a babysitter, and take themselves out for a nice evening and “feed their soul”. These incidents were back in the 1970s and I’ve never forgotten them and I always think of it when the hyacinths appear in spring!!

  35. Michele says:

    Go, go, go and have a great time. Your loved ones only want you to enjoy life and live it to the fullest! These memories will last longer than any money in the bank! My parents just took my entire family on a cruise to celebrate my own personal cancer journey. I am sure they would tell you that it was money well spent!!

  36. Kathy Earnest says:

    If any family has earned a fantasy trip, it’s the Clark’s. You go and enjoy every minute with each other!

  37. Cindy says:

    Amanda, My husband and I have been married for 46 years, and you two do have the fairytale marriage. Our life has consisted of, can we afford it, should be go out of our comfort zone, we need to be practical in all things. You own your life and dreams and you are making the most of all of it. God wiling you have many years together, but if not, you need not have any regrets. Go do what is good for your marriage, and if you don’t feel up to it, then that’s okay as well. Just make yourselves the most important thing, and smile about the memories you two made.

  38. mary says:

    when i was going through chemo a few years ago, at the age of 29, i was contemplating a stupid purchase. but a friend said (and i’m pretty sure there are kitschy pillows and such with this phrase), “life is short. buy the bag.” ….and she’s right. cancer drains you in many ways, financially being darn near close to the top. but i don’t care. and i took her advice. i will never be a rich woman. at times, i might not even be healthy. but i am going to do whatever i want without however little i have because in those moments something inside of me tells me to “just go for it, figure it out later. or never.” and i never look back. and i never let myself feel any judgment. because if “they” truly love and support me, no judgment is ever passed. so, go on vacation. hell, even better? go on two.

  39. Johanna Rack says:

    I am so happy you are doing this … & as for the judge mental people phooey … GO ENJOY YOURSELVES..? live … Love & laugh … GOD BLESS YOU ALL