October 31, 2014

Update on my precious man

Thank you so much for praying for my sweet husband during this difficult time. 
The large chemo treatment he had last Monday made him seem almost comatose for the better part of last week. It was very sad. He's been too weak to even talk.
This week, his head is clearer (since that treatment is wearing off) and he's talking a little more. 
He's unable to eat solid foods now due to the pain. (even drinking water is tremendously painful) Thankfully, today they changed his pain medication and we are hoping that will help. It is a great challenge to find soft foods that are appealing because everything makes him nauseous!  (he refuses to even look at quinoa anymore) I don't know why I thought sauteed mushrooms might be a good idea... then I noticed that he was out of bed and had his plate with him in the bathroom. Guess where those mushrooms went? ; )

Because of ebola, the same nurse has to ask us every.single.day. if we have been to West Africa. I have to refrain from saying "Well, not since yesterday." ; ) 
Today at 5:00 PM, Hubby will have his last treatment! Whoo-hoo!!! We just can't wait. 
It is apparently "Patient Appreciation Day" and of course, Halloween, so the hospital staff is dressing up and serving food. It really sounds fun except for the fact that eating is a nightmare for him right now. I'm looking forward to hearing him ring the bell! And on Dec 18th, he'll have a PET scan and we'll find out what the Lord has done! 

Thank you All SO much for your prayers and the encouraging text messages and cards! 

Love and hugs! 


October 30, 2014


This is my 'theme song' for this trial' It blesses my socks off every time I hear it. : )

 (and the video is so inspiring, you may need tissues!)



October 29, 2014

Wednesdays in the Word

"We glory in tribulations knowing that tribulation produces perseverance" 
                              (perseverance = the capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstances, not with a passive complacency but with a hopeful fortitude that actively resists weariness and defeat -whoo hoo! Amen!)

and perseverance character, and character, hope. ~Romans 5:3-4

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)  ; )