Praying for A Miracle & Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Soup

  Do you remember Papa Don?  Dale’s father?  

You can go meet him here.  We took some family photos after he got sick, but before he started chemo.

  He is a very special part of our life and home, more now that he lives right next door to us, and shares our dinner table most nights.



  It’s been hard to watch him fight cancer this past year. He has lost so much weight, and the thing we miss most is the sparkle in his eye.  

Papa Don

  Praise the Lord, the cancer markers continue to fall from 8,000 down to 2,300, but we have hit a rough patch this last 2 months, and they are going back up again.

We were over to Nana & Great Gma’s for lunch yesterday, when Dale called.  He had gotten a phone call from his dads boss, saying he was not doing so good: dizzy, falling asleep, vomiting.

He has also been dealing with bouts of paralysis and loss of vision.  He can no longer drive truck, and is talking about quitting the office job now too, so he can rest.  The man hasn’t stopped working the whole time he has been on chemo.

After getting the phone call, we immediately planned to take Papa in for a check up, and to cancel his chemo treatment that afternoon.  Not when he was already so sick.

We were all playing outside, when Dale came over with some hard news from the Clinic about our Papa. The kids were playing nearby, but not so close they could hear our conversation, so I wasn’t sure they knew what was happening.  We talked very quietly, hugged each other and then he headed back to the Clinic to check on his dad.

Not long after that, I couldn’t find the kiddos….I thought I heard them “laughing” behind the fence.

When I walked around the corner, there they were, SOBBING, not laughing.  I grabbed a shot with my little camera phone so I could send it to Dale.

bad news

Destiny said they had decided to gather to pray for Papa, because they could tell something was wrong.  They just all burst into tears, because they were sad. Precious babies!

I hate to see them hurting, the utter heartbreak in their faces made me sob alongside them.  They understand so much more of the big picture then they are given credit for.  But thankfully, this opened the door for some wonderful discussion about how God sometimes heals our bodies here on Earth, and sometimes He heals us by taking us to Heaven and giving us a new body.  They know that part, but it’s still hard to understand sometimes.

After the kids went to bed, we had a big talk with Papa.  After much discussion, we have decided that we will not be continuing his Chemo at this time. The doctor is in complete agreement with us, as it is destroying his quality of life.

He sat in our home tonight in tears, I know this is so hard on him.  He couldn’t move from the chair, his entire left side was paralyzed for a good 10 minutes. This happens on and off now, sometimes an hour at a time.  We thought mini strokes, but it happens on either side of his body.  He goes in tomorrow to get some fluids drained so he can be more comfortable.

Guys, we are scared.  We are in uncharted territory for our family, going through something that you hear your PARENTS going through with your Grandparents, not your husband with his father.

The most difficult part of all, is that we truly don’t know the timeline of this journey for Papa.  So every day must count as if it is the last.

We don’t have all the answers, but we do know that we serve a Father who brings healing in various forms. We won’t stop praying for a miracle!

Thank you all for you continued love and support… means more than you know!   I will keep you posted.


  Now, on to the soup I want to share today.  Dale and Papa Don thought this was too sweet, but the kids and I LOVED the sweet and savory element that the BBQ sauce brings to this unique soup!

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Soup

Adapted from a delicious recipe at Picky Palate

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BBQ Chicken Soup txt


  • 5 whole Chicken Breasts
  • 1 whole Red Onion, Diced
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Pressed
  • 24 ounces, weight Frozen Corn (I Used Fresh That We Had Frozen Over The Summer, And It Was Amazing)
  • 2 cans (14 Oz Each) Diced Tomatoes, Drained
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce (avoid Too Sweet Of One, Think Savory Spicy)
  • 8 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • ¾ teaspoons Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 bunch Cilantro, Snipped
  • Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded

Preparation Instructions

In a large 6-7 Qt slow cooker, place uncooked chicken breasts, diced onion, pressed garlic, corn, drained tomatoes and BBQ sauce. Add 8 cups of chicken broth and seasonings.

Cook on low for 5 hours before removing chicken breasts and shredding them. Return to the slow cooker and stir everything well. Continue cooking 30 minutes up to 1 additional hour.

Serve with fresh shredded mozzarella cheese and snipped cilantro.

 Only a few more weeks left of “Soup Season”!


15 thoughts on “Praying for A Miracle & Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Soup

  1. Oh Tonya, I am praying for your family. I am going to add you to my prayer journal. We can in some way understand your situation. My F-I-L has Parkinson’s . He has had it now for about the past 3 years and it is very hard to watch a man that was once a hard working farmer now barely able to walk by himself without a walker! My heart is breaking for you all right now.
    What a wonderful picture of your kids tho. It is amazing how they know things even before we can tell them. My great Aunt just passed away a few weeks ago and so it has brought about goo chats about going to heaven.(She was 88 and has Alzheimer’s but, we are so thankful that she was a Christian and is now in heaven with a brand new body, healthy and happy!) I have been really trying to explain to them the whole works.
    Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe too. I will be adding it to my to try list.:)
    Lifting you to the LORD now.
    ❤ and {{hugs}}

  2. So sad I remember my father in law complaining about his vision months before being told he had cancer. He was so tough building his own home by himself and then one day it’s all taken like that. He died rather fast and didn’t get chemo done. He saw me me marry his son only a few hours before he died in the hospital chapel. I say let your guy enjoy life while his legs are working.

  3. Brave that is the word that come to mind after reading this. You, Dale, Don and your whole family are just that BRAVE. I read your blog each and every morning I am so happy you bring us into your life and share the good and bad times with us. My prayers are with you and your family during this hard journey. Your strength and honesty is an inspiration to us all.

  4. So sorry to hear about your Papa, and will keep you all in my thoughts & prayers. Cancer is such a horrible sickness, and I pray everyday they find a cure. We have lost many loved ones from it, and it’s so hard to watch them go through the pain they endure.

  5. I am so sorry to hear about this struggle with cancer. It is a horrible thing to go through. We too are going through this struggle with my mom. She is 52 and was diagnosed with lung cancer (she never smoked) We have her on an all organic diet, very little sugar and NO artificial sugar. I also try to keep her on mostly alkaline foods. I believe that prayer and these changes in diet have helped her chemo and reduced her tumor sizes. I know that everyone will have their input on what to do, so take it or leave it (I know I have left some advice on the table) Yours and Dale story has truly blessed and saved our marriage, so I felt compelled to share what we have been doing, with our cancer fight. Hopefully this helps! We will be praying for your family! Please feel free I contact me with ANY questions you might have!

    Some resources I have used The alkaline sisters blog Food matters website and video The Garson method book She also takes GNLD supplements (Note we are not 100% on any of these things, just provided a good amount of information) God bless!!!

    Sent from my iPhone


    • It’s so hard to get a bachelor to listen to all this, but YES, you are so right about Alkaline vs. Acidic! We have had the no sugar, no white flour talk as well as, take your silver and your probiotics talk. I can only make him do so much.
      Thankfully, we live in a town that has access to something amazing called The Life Vessel, that can help fight cancer, as well as Vitamin C IV treatments. All things we are pursuing to improve quality of life.
      THANK YOU for taking the time to write and share!!!!!! I will go check things out….

  6. Oh, my…bless their precious little hearts and yours. 😦 We’ll be praying for all of you. We went through this kind of health crisis with my dad 15 years ago. The Lord in His infinite wisdom took my dad Home to Heaven. We asked The Lord through all of it to use it for His glory. He did. Praying the same for your sweet family.

  7. My heart is heavy for you and I wish I could give a hug through the internet. The Lord is good and merciful, and does things in His own time. I lost my wonderful Daddy in 2007 to cancer, and my Mama on the anniversary of his death in 2008. It’s so hard to see someone you love suffer, and all the while you hope your own kids are not going through terrible sadness of their own. Perhaps this is a sign that you all need to slow down a little and appreciate the time you have left together. Celebrate life while you can and make special memories to share your strength. A good book to read is “Final Gifts” and I hope you will get it and share it with others. Best wishes to you and yours as you take your steps in this journey and God Bless!

  8. I understand exactly what you’re going through…every second. I have been down this road with both of my parents. Just continue to appreciate EACH moment you have and continue to say I LOVE YOU over and over again. That is the greatest gift. You are definitely in my prayers.

  9. Blessings to you and your family, you must be suffering some mixed emotions right now with the thought that Papa Don will meet his Heavenly Father but must leave his Earthly family to do so 😦 Keeping you in my heart xx

  10. Tonya, I’ve never posted on here, but love your blog. The recipes, photographs and stories of life are great, but what keeps me coming back is the authentic faith that you are living for the world to see. God is the giver of strength and wisdom and I am praying right now that he would make you aware of His power in these areas of your life… That you can support your husband well, that you can lead your children well through this valley, and for you- that you would experience His peace during this time of grieving… Not that you won’t grieve, but that you would KNOW you are not alone. And I praise Him that your children turned to their Savior in time of trouble!

    What just flashed to mind is the picture of Moses with Hur and Aaron on each arm, lifting his arms up as he lifted up the staff. As you lift up your father in law in prayer, I will lift you up to our Father.

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition and thanksgiving present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7

  11. As long as he’s still breathing there’s always hope no matter how hopeless and beyond his control the illness is. I’m living proof that miracles do happen – I had ARDS and had been on the ventilator for a month and a half and the doctors gave me a 2% chance of survival. I’m now a firm believer in the power of prayer. Because not only did I survive, I was completely healed – with zero complications which accompany most who do survive.

    Two things struck me when I was ill. I spent most of the time I was on the ventilator in a drug induced coma. The first thing that occurred to me is that I had to have enough faith to fight for my life and then to put some trust in God to do the rest

    The other thing I experienced in the coma is that thee was a door (symbolism?) where people would go through it and then didn’t. But what I felt as I was fading away was peace and love and warmth. I used to be afraid of death, but no more.. I hope Don’s setback is only temporary. Everything happens for a reason,even the tragedies of preparing to lose a loved one. Papa Don and your family are in our prayers.

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