October 21, 2014

The big chemo day

All in all, we spent 8 hours at the cancer hospital yesterday!
Our dear friends had a wonderful meal waiting for us when we got home! What a blessing! (even flan! Oh my goodness!)  Thank you, A & C!!!

The nurse, who was administering the 3 hours of chemo, said that we were one of the nicest couples she'd ever met, "which means you probably keep your kids in the basement or something." ; ) LOL

Thanks so much for all the prayers. This treatment went so much better than the last one and he didn't feel as sick afterwards. So grateful!

Only 9 more days of treatments left!


October 20, 2014

The Potter fan and her pumpkin

The artist in our family doesn't just carve a pumpkin.

She sculpts it and makes it look 3D!

The pumpkins I used to carve had triangles for eyes. ; )

October 18, 2014

Our new normal

Week 4 of treatments was not much fun. Hubby felt pretty weak and crummy most of the time, but he's pressing through and is always joyful.
The kids have been writing encouraging notes for him to find inside his Bible each morning. Love them!

I've added chauffeur and nurse to my 'job' description lately.
Since he is too weak to do any driving right now, I am driving him to work each morning, where they are doing a remodel in a beautiful gated community. He checks things out and gives directions to his crew, while I wait in the car and read and then after about 45 minutes, we head home. He's pretty exhausted by then. We head home and he rests and then at 4:30 we head to the hospital for his treatments.
His last day will be October 31st. Can't wait! (that will also be the 20th anniversary of the day we bought our house)

Hubby jokes that chemotherapy is his 'truth serum,' so that has led to some funny conversations. He's pretty blunt these days. I never used to hear him criticize other drivers until now. LOL 
And, speaking of driving, I'm not going to get through this trial without becoming a better driver myself. Whenever I take a turn or a speed bump too fast, he moans. Bless his nauseous heart! So, I'm working on that and the route to the hospital gives me plenty of practice.

I used to think these signs were silly,
and maybe they still are, ; )
but I got to park in one last weekend, which was fun!

We love our Prius and spending $25 a week in gas! : )
That's about all that's going on here.
On Monday, he has a 3 hour chemotherapy treatment where they literally put platinum in his body! The first time he had this treatment done, he felt pretty rough afterwards. Prayers appreciated! : )


October 15, 2014

Wednesdays in the Word

It has been a LONG day,
(and if I don't hurry this will be a Thursdays in the Word, and that isn't as catchy) : )

Every once in awhile, I get a glimpse of the power of Neh.8:10

   It amazes me that strength is found in joy!

  And joy is found in God's presence. So, if I'm lacking in joy, then I need to go to the source!

~And if that doesn't work,
 then I probably just need to go to bed! LOL

 Because, thankfully:

(although, I think it takes some of us a little longer than others, to get our joy on in the morning)  ; )


October 13, 2014

Weekend fun

A dear woman at our church wanted to bless a couple with a date night and she thought of us!
 -And what a date night! 
She gave us a nights stay at the Hilton and tickets to the Bucs vs Ravens game!
She barely knows my hubby, but she couldn't have given him a gift he would have liked more, unless it included the Bucs winning! ; )

This week has been a game changer as far as his energy level goes. So, it was awesome that the game fell on this weekend because Hubby had just enough energy to pull it off. It was a great 'last hurrah' until this trial is behind us. 

We were staying a mile and a half from the stadium and he was really wishing he could walk that far but we took a taxi, which was cheaper than paying to park anyway. We just made it to our seats before he started feeling a little shaky, so it is a good thing we didn't try walking in the 90 degree weather. We got our socks blessed off when we found out that our seats were in the SHADE!!! Hooray!

Watching these paratroopers fly into the stadium was such a treat.

We ended up leaving the game early but it wasn't because Hubby wasn't feeling well. It was because the Bucs were down 35 points in the first inning, I mean quarter, and he couldn't stand the misery. ; )

I apparently committed 3 fouls on game day:

1. I asked if I should bring some cooking magazines to the game in case I got bored 

2. I clapped for the Ravens when they were introduced. He said 'Stop clapping' and I said "Isn't it polite?" 

3. During the cheering, the score board said 'Tampa' with an arrow to our side of the stadium and then 'Bay' with an arrow pointing to the opposite side. I didn't get the whole arrow thing and may have been the only one our side of the stadium to yell 'Bay.' ; )

Did I mention this was my first professional football game? 

We had a great time and then he watched the rest of the game from home.... in the A/C.
Not sure how the game ended since I may have been looking at cooking magazines. ; )


October 12, 2014

A close up view

 We had some cute visitors with us at chemo and radiation on Friday! 

These sweet kids wanted to "support Dad and understand what he's going through."

Joy got a kick out of how ironic this Halloween decoration in radiation is:

It was a long wait but we had fun. 

The techs were glad that we brought the kids and explained the entire process to them in detail until it was time to shoot the radiation. 
The homeschool-mom in me realized right then, that it was a cancer hospital field trip! Whoo-hoo! : )

Joy said it was too overwhelming to take in all of what they were saying. I couldn't have done it and I didn't try. This was my second time seeing it all and I was still overwhelmed. 
 The immensity of the situation and of the radiation machine itself, is hard to take in. 
One of the nurses, who checks in patients everyday, has actually never seen the machine and never wants to. I found that surprising. 

Even if she did see it, it has to be different seeing someone you dearly love under it.
That's the overwhelming part, if you ask me!

Next, we headed to chemo, where the nurses unplugged Hubby's chemo bag from his port. We love when that happens! He always feels the best when he isn't wearing it. There isn't much room in infusion so the kids had to stay in the lobby for that part. They didn't mind since they could have unlimited grape juice and coffee. LOL
There weren't many people waiting for chemo that day, so they didn't witness the sadness that I sometimes do when I'm there.
 Joy found a necklace she liked in the gift shop and then we headed out. Boy, do we love the valet parking now that Hubby is so low on energy!

Thankful for these two, who wanted a close up view.
Always blessed by all four!


October 9, 2014

This and that

I've been enjoying Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes 
 It is like a slice of comfort food in and of itself.

I think I could eat her Blueberry Crisp recipe with Greek yogurt on top, every day of my life. It's that good! I'm inspired to become more hospitable once this trial is over.
"It isn't about perfection, and it isn't about performance. You'll miss the richest moments in life- the sacred moments when we feel God's grace and presence through the actual faces and hands of the people we love-if you are too scared or too ashamed to open the door." -Come to think of it, this could apply to more than just hospitality!

Speaking of food, not much appeals to my sweet Hubby these days.The effects of the radiation have hit and the fatigue it causes is something else. He is determined to keep working as long as he can though. He's absolutely amazing! So thankful for him! 

Zac starts school at Arizona State next week. Not exactly AT, thankfully, it is online! So proud of him and thankful to Starbucks for paying the bill! Whoo-hoo!
His tests will be proctored via web cam. Wow! ~He's so hoping that a certain homeschooling, younger brother never walks by during a test and waves at the camera. ; )
He and I went to Trader Joe's today and one of the fun things I usually buy myself is a cheap bouquet of flowers. Later, he and I went toWalmart for a WiFi booster that he needs for school and before we walked inside the store, he said, "Mom, I can't let you go in there like that." I looked down and I had a large amount of BRIGHT ORANGE pollen on my dark shirt on a very noticeable part of my chest. Bahaha! It could not rub it off for anything and I totally did not want to drive all the way back home! I thankfully had a big list I could use to cover it with while I quickly picked out a t-shirt on the clearance rack. He paid for it for me so that I wouldn't have to ever lower my list! LOL Then I changed in the bathroom. That was one memorable Walmart trip. Zac may not shop with me again for a very long time! ; )

Last week, while Hubby and I were on a 'radiation date', the nurses were talking about spending their entire paychecks at the hospital's gift shop. Hubby asked what they were buying and they told us that they sell cute necklaces with matching earrings for only $5.00. I had my doubts that they were actually cute at that price, but they were! I bought a set and then had my BFF send me a picture of an outfit that needed a necklace and got her a set too. This definitely made coming to radiation WAY more fun. The nurse asked me the other day if I have a tab at the gift shop yet. LOL

I am missing Nathan bunches and bunches! A message from a friend about him recently said  this "He has taken a broken, dying youth group and has begun to shape it and build it in Christ's love, which all of those kids have been hungry to feel" and in this last year it has more than doubled in size. PTL! Kids who never talked to each other, are now hanging out together other than at church and are thanking him for what he's done! So proud of him. God has also blessed him with favor and connections and he's getting paid to make videos for several para-church organizations. He's also come up with some awesome events that are raising money for missionaries and at the same time giving college kids a place to fellowship on Friday nights. Love that guy. He's so passionate about what he does.

Someone from church has blessed our socks off with an overnight stay at a hotel this weekend and tickets to the Bucs game. My boys tell me that the Ravens will win for sure, and that we probably won't have to stay for the whole thing. ; )  Hubby isn't really suppose to be in the sun due to the radiation, so we'll have to be careful about that. He's so excited. 

Joy and Andrew want to come to radiation and infusion with us tomorrow to experience what Dad is going through. How sweet is that? The techs in radiation are going to let them go in to see the machine. And we joked that they can drink unlimited amounts of grape juice while waiting in the chemotherapy waiting room.  Joy mentioned wanting to go to the gift shop, so maybe she's found an outfit in need of a necklace! : )

Hope you have a great weekend!