"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

October 13, 2015

As the fight continues

On Friday, the oncologist said that chemo would always be a part of my hubby's life. That was painful to hear. I can't even fathom that right now, especially since this last treatment was so hard on him. We are believing God that that is just not the case!

My new favorite verse that I am praying for him is:
"'For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,' says the Lord." Jer. 30:17 Amen!

He has a CAT scan on the 27th and we will find out the results on the 30th. We are believing for a good report! Prayers appreciated! : )

In the meantime, we have decided to do more to fight the cancer through natural means like we were at the beginning of this journey. (last year)

A friend is coming over to teach me how to grow and juice wheatgrass today.
 I've literally dusted off the juicer and we are back to doing that. I've been making protein smoothies for him with coconut oil, flax seed, fruit and kale for awhile now.
He has been slowly becoming a vegan. (that word still freaks me out, maybe because I love cheese so much!)
His first real 'vegan day' was yesterday.
Mine wasn't. -Because someone has to finish off all the homemade cranberry, pecan chicken salad I made the other day. And I volunteered! ; )
But I plan to join him on this journey. Despite my love of cheese!

 I'm still researching how to give him enough protein by eating this way! He has to eat something every 90 minutes which keeps me on my toes. Only having half of a stomach now and being nauseous because of chemo makes it all quite the challenge.

If you are new here, here is a quick version of Hubby's situation:  Last July, he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He had a cancerous tumor at the juncture where the stomach and the esophagus meet. Apparently, only people who smoke and drink and are over 60 seem to get this... So it seemed very 'unfair' for a guy in his 40's who hasn't smoked since junior high and doesn't drink, to get this. His was caused by an acid reflux issue that could have been treated. But he didn't have any symptoms because the acid reflux issue was 'latent.' Another thing that seemed 'unfair' if I'm being whiny.
He did chemo and radiation for 6 weeks to shrink the tumor and then it was removed on January 5th of this year. He had some complications but was cancer-free (yay!) until August. The esophageal cancer was found in fluid in his left lung somehow, but thankfully, nowhere else in his body! PTL! He has had three rounds of chemo at this point and that brings us up to date.

Despite how painful it is to watch him go through all this suffering, we are surrounded by God's peace. -And blessed by the most wonderful bunch of praying friends that anyone could ask for.


October 11, 2015

Family time

Life is pretty low-key around here right now while Hubby is convalescing. There isn't a whole lot going on.

We try to keep things quiet, usually,
 except for today.
Today, we had a big Sunday lunch here with our kids and the newlyweds after church. We chose this Sunday on purpose because it was the weekend after the chemo treatment, meaning that Hubby would be on steroids and those give him a little more strength and a wee bit of energy, that he doesn't usually have to enjoy life more normally.
AND I cooked! Which I never do on Sunday afternoons! : )

Unfortunately, chemo treatment #3 must have been a doozy, because not even steroids have helped this time. He's had a rough go of it, ever since Friday. Bless his heart! Really rough!

Despite not feeling well, he was up for giving his usual speech before a family get together. (we all love those speeches)
This one was about how blessed we are to have Tiffany in our family and he thanked her for marrying Zac.
-And so did Zac! LOL And so did his siblings! : )
And Hubby reminded us that we may feel derailed during this season we are in right now, but it is just a part of the journey to get us all to our destiny.
Love him! Even in his weakest moments, he is encouraging us.

Then a very loud, fun game of charades took place, which he was somehow able to nap through.
-At this moment, certain kiddos are racing each other to the fridge for the leftovers.

Steering clear of the kitchen!

October 6, 2015

The smell of hard work

So, besides our son whose first job was fixing audio equipment, every one of our kids has come home from work with a different job related scent.

Our oldest always came home smelling like coffee! Yum! Love that smell, even if I don't drink it. Thank you, Starbucks!

Our daughter gets in our car, very often smelling like chicken, and making me hungry. Thank you, Chick-fil-A.

And yesterday, I found out that when your youngest son works in a florist, he gets in the car smelling just like roses!!! Seriously, it was like the whole car was full of them!

He wins!
Of course, when you are a guy, you are not too thrilled about smelling like a bunch of flowers! ; )


September 30, 2015

Wednesdays in the Word

So, I got pretty excited about the people who lived in Gennesaret, this morning! ~How weird does that sound? ; ) Their story is in Matthew 14.

Peter had just had his walking on water experience which rightfully blew the disciples' minds and they worshiped Jesus right there in the boat and then crossed over the sea to the land of Gennesearet.

"And when the men of that place recognized Him, 
they sent out into all that surrounding region, 
and brought to Him all who were sick,' 

What compassionate, faith-filled men! -I know some like that! And they are daily bringing my dear Hubby before Jesus, in prayer. : )

"and they begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment."

They didn't come demanding that He lay hands on and pray over each and every one of them. They just asked for the chance to touch His clothing as He walked by. So humble!
 I wonder if they had heard about the woman with the issue of blood who was healed when she did the very same thing.
I wonder if they had heard that He said to the centurion "Go! Let it be done just as you believe it will." Mt. 8:13
I wonder if they knew that He had said "According to your faith let it be done to you." Mt. 9:29
to the blind men.
Whether they knew those things or not,

"as many as touched it (the hem) were made PERFECTLY WELL." 
And I really LOVE that!


September 29, 2015

This and that

I read this quote the other day and I love it.

"Marriage is like jumping off a tall building and discovering you can fly." 
So, I had to text it to my favorite newlyweds:

I picked them up at 11:30 PM last Sunday night at the airport. On Monday night we had a get together with Tiffany's parents, who brought Chinese food over, and we all looked at their honeymoon photos! So fun! AND so good to have them back!

They had a blast! Their cruise went to Peurto Rico, St. Kits and St. Marteen.

Other big news:
Andrew is now employed! Whoo-hoo!
A dear friend from church got him job working for a florist!
How cool is that?! He trims the flowers, strips off the thorns and washes out the buckets etc...
And he makes quite a bit more than minimum wage. Every teen's dream! : )

Hubby has had a rough go of things since the last chemo treatment, but he is just now starting to bounce back. Yay!

Nathan's job is going well. He is editing videos for an evangelist who has a show on God TV which is viewed in 90 countries! Exciting stuff! He edits best at night, so he's pretty much nocturnal now. ; ) (except for Sundays) So glad to have him here!

This is an awesome story about a very brave young woman who gave up everything to follow Christ.
I read it while Hubby was in the hospital. Very encouraging!

That's it. Not much happening here just now except for caring for my sweet man!


September 25, 2015

Update on my precious man

When we found out that the cancer was back, Hubby got started with chemo right away. He had his first treatment two weeks before Zac's wedding.
Honestly, the oncologist did not offer much hope...
And we were OK with that, because God is and has always been our HOPE. : )

We were grateful he would have time to recover before the wedding. And the nurse said that he wouldn't start to loose his hair until afterwards.
Which did happen, the VERY day after the wedding!!!

The precious men that he works with, who are big, burly construction workers, set a date to pray and fast for him to have the strength to enjoy the wedding. Isn't that the sweetest thing ever?
They planned their fast for Thursday, thinking that the wedding was Saturday. But unbeknownst to them, the wedding was on Thursday evening, the day they had chosen!
And there prayers were certainly answered.
He felt great until about 10:30 PM! It was amazing!

He had his second chemo treatment last Friday. (they are 5 hours long!)  Before it took place, he had the strength to celebrate our anniversary and my birthday! His favorite thing to do, right now, (if you don't count church) is to go and see a movie. He can walk into the theater and sit down before he gets too worn out. He is not a fan of the wheelchair and never wants to use it. -That may have a little bit to do with the driver though. ; )

I went hat shopping for him the other day, but he's decided that he would rather rock the bald look. ; )
He and Andrew are sharing clothes now. That is how THIN he is, bless his heart. -It is hard to fatten up a guy who only has a part of a stomach. But I'm trying!

We are suppose to keep his exposure to germs at a minimum. He was suppose to only fist bump people at the wedding, but they ignored his fist and grabbed him into big hugs. : ) Hard to resist!

Thankfully, his blood work is excellent! And the CAT scan he had recently showed that there is no cancer anywhere else in his body. PTL!!! We were with the oncologist when he saw the scan for the first time. He was actually surprised at how good it looked. He said that Hubby just needs to eat some ice cream (to put on some weight) and have some more chemo.
One more treatment to go.

Keep him in your prayers. He's been feeling pretty crummy lately. Thanks!

Love and hugs,

September 24, 2015

Rage to Roses

The other night, our dog, Bree was going crazy at about 12:30 AM. When I let her outside, I saw that Nathan and Andrew had just parked the car and were getting out of it.
It was a school night and this was hours after I sent Andrew to BED.
I just stood in the doorway in a nightshirt with my mouth wide open in shock. (not my best moment -lol)
Andrew didn't know for sure if I had seen him, so he ducked behind the car, hoping he was out of my view. No such luck.
It also that made me think he had suddenly become some kind of sneaky delinquent. ; )
Nathan spoke up and said that he had needed Andrew to "help him with something."

I couldn't for the life of me figure out what he needed help with at that hour, unless it was eating french fries from Checkers. LOL So, I said something to the effect that Andrew was in big trouble and I shut the door and went back to bed.

In the morning I had a plan to ground Andrew that was so severe, Hubby said I needed to lighten it up!
And when I walked into the kitchen in the next morning,
I found:

 THIS IS WHAT Nathan needed help with. Apparently, it isn't easy to find flowers at midnight. : )

So, all my plans to ground Andrew until he was 30 went out the window!

They asked me later, if they had 'made the blog.' -I'm pretty sure they always 'make the blog.'
Then they thought of this title for me.

And since I somehow lost count and thought I was turning 48, -turning 46totally rocked!