Surprising Turn of Events

Lord, I know you will never stop being merciful to me. Your love and loyalty will always keep me safe.

Psalm 40:11 (GNT)

This past weekend didn’t quite turn out the way we had planned. Continue reading

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My Rainbow in the Storm

“So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”Genesis 2:20-24 NIV

Something that folks who have not been affected by cancer may not realize is the toll it takes on the loved ones of a cancer patient. Of course, grief and worry exists for the family and friends and that is something, if I could take away, Continue reading

March 6, 2016

Counting my blessings today:

“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.James 5:13

– Today my youngest daughter (Mallorie) and her husband (Jon) came down to visit from Tulsa. It was such a blessing to see and visit with them. I know the visit was a blessing for Dena too. Dena hadn’t been able to get away from the hospital in the past five days and I could tell it was wearing on her. Jon and Mallorie quickly agreed to take Dena out for lunch. They even brought me back an awesome red velvet cupcake!

– While Mallorie, Jon, and Dena were away for lunch, a good friend and coworker came by to cheer me up. It was great to see him as we don’t get to see each other face to face and we always enjoy a good conversation. It was so nice to have the company!

The Greatest of These is Love

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres… And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 13 NIV

Today was filled with more blessings poured upon me. As some background, I haven’t had the relationship with my father that I should have. Sadly, it has been over 10 years since I had seen him. This is solely through my fault. However, I received an email from him last night explaining he and my stepmother were coming to visit me in the hospital today and needed directions and the hospital information. It is easily a 5 hour drive one way from his home to the hospital. Continue reading

March 4, 2016

One huge blessing involves our 4 legged family member; our black lab Ninja. He is an awesome guy but really hates being crated. He has the run of the house day and night. However, with the frequency of the treatments and the fact that he could get the toxicity, we were worried about having to have him boarded as he would be crated. I contacted the lady who was fostering ninja when we adopted him and she was glad to temporarily foster him for us until I complete these treatments. We will definitely miss him but know he is in great hands and with someone he loves and someone who loves him. I know that in several months we will be able to be reunited. Thank you Terri for offering to do this! You are a blessing sent from heaven and an answer to our prayers!

Praise in the storm!

March 3, 2016

So, let me see if I can count my blessings from March 3, 2016:

– My wife is able to stay with me during the treatment — what a comfort and help she has been!

– I haven’t experienced any negative affects of the chemo so far. In fact, the pain level from the cancer appears to be reducing, which was an anticipated result once the chemo started attacking the cancer. Continue reading