Friday, April 17, 2015

A Loving God

We are still in the Easter month, so that's how I justify posting pictures from our week of The Passion of the King. Its such an incredible production and outreach to be a part of and its fun to serve as a family. Inconveniently, rehearsals and/or performances are right in the middle of tax season, but God's grace allows Shaun to muscle through the early mornings and late nights.

He was on the sound crew, R worked in the kitchen, the kids were on stage and I took some pictures. My sister Amy and her family were all involved too, which makes it fun x100 for my kids.

Through this production, more than 500 people came to know Jesus as their Savior...all glory to God!

 My nephew (Issac)

 Amy sent me these on one of the nights I couldn't be there. With our buddy James, aka Thomas...

 Pop and Kiki...
 Our dear friend, writer, producer, actor Brent Grosvenor...

 And Jesus!  :)

We are still singing the songs and slinging "palm" branches. There have not been any flogging scene recreations yet this year, just one day that Amanda had the part of the song in her head when the crowd sings "He's not a god...crucify him!"

having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pleasant To The Sight

The kids have been off of school this week and we've been rejoicing in the beautiful, near-perfect weather. 

The other day, Avery invited me out to tour some of the flowers they had found, knowing I take great delight in such things. We ended up making the rounds in our yard and then walking/scooting/biking around the block. That was quite possibly the longest walk I've done in months and it felt so good to be out with the girls, discovering God's lovely creation all over again.


And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.  Genesis 2:9

Monday, April 13, 2015

Doing Battle, Week 29

I'm DONE!! Radiation and chemotherapy are a thing of the past! 

It was a super special morning! The kids are on vacation this week and Shaun cleared his schedule for the morning so we were all able to go to my 8:30 AM appointment (except Ray who slept in from a late night). Amy met us there too. Once I was done with the treatment and paperwork, the nurses gathered around while the kids rang the bell.

I cannot say enough good about the entire staff at radiation. From Dr. H to the techs and nurses and receptionists, they all make an incredible team. They were so professional and friendly and helpful and compassionate. After 30 days, we got to know some of them well.

This is Mr. Phil. He often mans the front desk of the entire cancer center. When we first started, he was all business and didn't seem like he had any use for people, particularly children. I accepted the challenge and determined to win him over. We made a special point to stop by his desk each day and engage him in conversation. Before long, he was the one watching for Aiden, offering a special treat from his desk drawer and chatting with him. As you can see, they became tight.
Little did I know, there was a huge surprise waiting for me, right there in the parking lot of the cancer center!

These are some of my people. They have prayed for me, made us countless meals, sent regular cards/texts, and just tirelessly stood by us since September. And this day they showed up (Melody was Facetiming from Italy even!). They represent so many more who couldn't be here...I have been loved well.

Amy and Meg did a great job taking was so emotional and special and fun.

This guy has carried such a heavy load. I love him so.

This girl. She pulled it all together. She's been with me from the very first. The morning of the fateful colonoscopy, she met me in this very same parking lot to pray over me. She's the kind of friend who knows what you need before you do and she's got a huge, generous heart. I love you, Ame!
So you're probably wondering...I know this because everyone has been, what's next?

Next is a break. Its going to take 3-4 weeks for the pain and fatigue to subside so I'll continue to lay low and heal. Or at least I'll have good intentions of laying low. Sometime around the middle of May we'll do some testing. The surgeon will review the results and determine whether to do surgery or not. Our prayer is that the tumor is gone and no surgery is necessary.

Thank you for walking this journey with us thus far. That seven months later you are still involved, still caring, still following our story means so much. We're closer than we've ever been!