December 17, 2014

Wednesdays in the Word

Some comforting words from the book of Zephaniah:

"The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One,
will save you,
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing."

Love that He's in our midst!
May His love quiet your soul and may His song be in your heart today!


December 15, 2014

Happy update

It is a big day for us because it is Hubby's first day back to work!!! PTL!
(light-duty work, of course)
It has been exciting to see the Lord restoring his strength. The chemo and radiation treatments ended 6 weeks ago.
We were just sure that he would be back to work 2 weeks after treatments ended, which just goes to show how cute and naive we were about all that his body would go through and all that his body would have to recover from!!! Crazy!
 But he's slowly regaining his strength and he's on his way! Whoo-hoo!!!
There were 3 very hard and horrible weeks in the midst of treatments, where everything is kind of a blur in my mind now, and I think like it that way. LOL But I know he wasn't able to work during those weeks and maybe even the week before those three. -All that to say, I think it has been at least 9 weeks since he has been able to work.
has provided for us in every way! We are just so humbled and in awe of God's amazing provision! We have not lacked for any good thing. ~Psalm 34:10 "The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing."

We will be at the cancer center on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for tests and scans.
We are praying for some GOOD news and believing God that the surgery on Jan. 5th will not be
But either way, we are glad that it won't effect our Christmas! Yay!

If he has the surgery, it will take 4 hours and require a 7-10 day hospital stay with the first night being in the ICU. He will have part of his esophagus and possibly his stomach removed. Or they may replace his whole esophagus with his stomach or his colon. (that's a little hard to wrap my mind around!) He won't be released from the hospital until he relearns how to eat.
His voice may change. (boo-hoo)
He'll be out of work for at least a month to recover and may not be able to do any heavy lifting for months after that. He will have to eat small meals, 6 times a day for the rest of his life and let his food digest for 30 minutes before ever laying down, or he will throw up.

I'm sure you can see why we'd love to avoid all of this all together!!!!
Everyone we know if praying for this, and we are so thankful!!!!
"For with God nothing shall be impossible." Luke 1:37

But, if we do have to go through this, we know that He is with us.


December 13, 2014

Lead guitar

In the excitement of everything that has been going on, I haven't had a chance to post about Andrew's night as lead guitarist for the youth group's worship band. And the fact that Hubby made it out to watch!
He usually plays the bass, but guitar is his favorite!

Hubby decided he was going and it became his second outing after the treatments ended! -So, glad he had the strength! It was an awesome night and such a powerful service.


December 11, 2014

Wednesdays in the Word (on Thursday)

I didn't realize how awesome Habakkuk was (or how to spell his name) until the other day. :)
Despite everything going wrong in his natural circumstances he decides to 'joy in God.' Joy as a verb is means 'spinning around with intense emotion.'
His fellowship with God is worth leaping for joy over no matter what! Amen!

"Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines,
Though the labor of the olive may fail and the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls-

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation."
Hab. 3:17-18

Let's 'joy in God' today.
And try not to let all the spinning make you dizzy. :-)


December 9, 2014

Our Christmas photo shoot

Yesterday we took some family Christmas photos!  
  Nathan brought his camera and tripod with him and he made this magic happen! (Thanks, Nate!)

It was a crazy, mad rush to pull them off  during a break in the rain before the sun set. I really wanted to do at least one silly, fun shot with Christmasy props.
The boys took some convincing and then we did some trading around of props until everybody was happy and it all came together! And look, even our dog cooperated! : )

Our  babies!

 Right before we took the pictures, we got news from the hospital that Hubby's surgery is scheduled for January 5th. That threw us all for a loop. We thought that the scans they are doing on the 17th would determine whether or not he still needed the surgery...
We are still praying and believing that the surgery won't be necessary,
and in the mean time,
may this picture always remind us not to let anything steal our joy!!!
Because "the joy of the Lord is our strength!" : )

Merry Christmas!


December 8, 2014

The birthday bashes

We had a great time on Saturday night celebrating Nathan's birthday with a bunch of his wonderful friends!

There was lots of ping pong playing, and a little snowman building

Thank you, Joy for painting Olaf on the chalkboard for me!

and eating and a bonfire with s'mores.

We all took turns filming quick birthday messages for him to take back to CA. (his actual birthday is on Thursday)

Thanks for being our cameraman, Andrew!

Then Sunday, was Hubby's birthday!
He was actually able to go to church and teach his Sunday School class! It was awesome!
We headed home right after class though because that took all of his energy. But we streamed the worship service from home. (gotta love technology!)
By the time the kids got out of church, he was rested up and we met them for lunch at one of our family's favorite restaurants.

It was soooo fun to have the whole family together to celebrate him!  And so wonderful that he was feeling so well! What a blessing!!!

Zac's girlfriend, Tiffany also joined us! Love you, Tiff!

Our family is very blessed and thankful for all the men who were born this week!
My father, my Hubby's father, my sweet Hubby and Nathan!
Four wonderful men!: )
And what a blessing they are to all of us!


December 4, 2014