Thursday, August 27, 2009
While there Marissa (who was the wonderful photographer for Tim and Lisa's wedding last year) took some pictures that happen to have my sweet girls in them! I was excited to see them on her blog and asked her if she could send the pictures to me, which she did.
In these pictures of Abigail and Annah they looked older to me...one of those WOW moments when you notice they are growing up!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
What do you suppose that even means????
While we still don't know what it means, we did have our own little happy hour between the library fines and the sundaes!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
SPEED BUMP AHEAD -- how many times have we hit a speed bump in our travels? And wouldn't it be nice to have a warning ahead of time?!
Next time you see a road sign maybe you will think about it and see how it might apply to your life! It's kind of interesting! :)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This past Sunday was a day that was a mixture of feeling so far removed from the beginnings of this journey and feeling like I was gasping for air.
Back to Sunday... there we were sitting in church and I am hearing Tim singing ~ beautifully singing. That was the part that was so far removed from the trauma of cancer.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
From year to year I forget the struggle it is to go shoe shopping for Annah. I don't know HOW I can forget but it is not until we are in the shoe store and trying on 23 pairs of shoes and NONE of them are right in style, color, size or fit that I have déjà vu. I groan as the memory comes into focus and I murmur about why I didn't remember to start 2 weeks earlier because the pressure is on now to get shoes bought with school only days away.
Tim and Jacob started right away on their "man hunt" for shoes and within 15 minutes they came to show off their prize finds -- no struggles, no hassles, no grumpy faces and no complaints that in a store filled with hundreds of shoes "I can't find any I like!" Nope...the guys were good. They found what they came for an were ready to move on....to the car!
We were not so lucky with Annah. She tried to hunt but size selection and styles foiled her attempt more times than I could count. Although she was getting more impatient by the minute (as were we!) she persisted and FINALLY found something suitable.....
Waiting on Annah....
She was finally able to find ONE pair of shoes that she was willing to bond with. She loved them, they loved her and they lived happily ever after....until she outgrows them.
I think I am going to Google how to bind her feet like they did anciently in China so she won't outgrow them!!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
As casual as Tim and I want to act when he's up for another test, we feel the tension that accompanies the appointment. We could feel it Friday as we waited for Tim to be called up for his turn. It's always a hard wait even though the test itself doesn't take long at all.
We were happy with the results that came back -- things look good inside! Tim's lungs are more clear so as not to worry so much about him aspirating as he is eating more food in hopes of being able to rid himself of the feeding tube in the coming weeks. His throat looks better and even a pesky lymph node that has been a little enlarged has diminished in size! So tomorrow Tim goes on to the oncologist and no doubt she will be pleased with the progress that Tim has made! Heaven knows we are!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Yesterday took us to Tim's radiology oncologist, Dr. K , for Tim's routine check up. Tim is currently 5 months out of radiation and things are looking good!
When Dr. K had to leave the room I couldn't resist taking a quick picture of Tim's medical records from the past 8 months. He's got one FAT history for such a thin guy!
Dr. K really likes Tim. I think he most enjoys Tim's sense of humor. Tim made him really belly laugh yesterday when Dr. K was discussing Tim's surgery site on the left side of his neck. Dr. K described Tim's neck area as having a "surgical defect" meaning his neck is not normal anymore and certain things are to be expected because of that "surgical defect".
When Dr. K said the words "surgical defect" there was silence. Tim and the doctor looked at each other and Tim finally spoke, "Gee, I've never been told that I had a defect before. I'm just trying to process that." He said it with such deadpan humor that Dr. K wasn't sure whether it was a time to be silent because Tim was seriously offended or if he should laugh. If not for the muffled chuckle from the resident standing behind
Dr. K, he and Tim might still be locked in silent stare! Once the resident snickered, Dr. K realized Tim was being funny and boy did he laugh!!! In fact, his laughter was so prolonged that it made us laugh that HE was so amused! If I were a doctor I would look forward to seeing Tim come into the office! He's just a great guy with a great sense of humor and positive outlook!
So with that check up out of the way Tim has another appointment with his regular oncologist on Monday. Knowing that appointment was coming up Dr. K wants Tim to have another CT scan done just to see what's going on in his throat and lungs. That was kind of a surprise to us to need the scan done because we were thinking that the next scans would be in September -- three months from the last ones that were done.
So today Tim will have another CT and we will again hold our breath and pray that all is well. I so wish we didn't have to feel that "knot in your stomach" feeling wondering what the test will reveal but that is seemingly par for the course when you travel the cancer road. But, we are together on the road with total dependency on the Lord so it is never a road that we travel alone. We are traveling a strange road but it is familiar to the Lord and that is what we depend on. We could not have a better traveling companion.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
While he does still have his feeding tube, the good news is that he is able to try things little by little with the help of a speech therapist who spoils him with enticing lunches when he goes for his appointments! She is a vegetarian and tries hard to convince him of the benefits of veggies, yogurt and the like. I say, good luck with that! :)
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
It is hard to believe that our little girl is 12 already! It seems like not long ago I delivered her into the world weighing a whooping 11lbs. 11 oz.... a feat I will remember the rest of my days simply because I lived to tell about it.
It has been an amazing journey to see her as she grows into a lovely, confident, kind and sweet young lady. She's had a tough job of being the first girl in a family of 4 boys but she has been amazing! She is such a blessing to our family!
What a mess!
Holding a frog...age 5
Eating a carrot from the garden..age 7
Monday, August 3, 2009
It has been quite a while since I have written. Well, I have written but not published. My latest "posts" sit in my draft folder wondering if they will see the light of day. They might but they might not.
I think I am mourning the summer as it bids farewell. I am madly wanting to hang on to everyday.