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Friday, August 11, 2006

Wow, what a journey!!!!!!

Well, things are far from over on our journey with cancer. This past week Greg had his first round of chemo. Dr.Jones found a small 4mm cancerous nodule on his liver and removed it when she did the right hemi-colectomy (hope I spelled that right) as well. Greg and I were just talking lastnight and can hardly beleive things have gone this far. We have had conversations at 32 years old that you sure wouldn't normally have. :( God isn't finished with us yet! Sometimes I wish He was though. :( I know God is good and He is in control and loves us dearly, but this is tough. His first round of chemo has pretty much just resulted in a heightened sensitivity to cold which is a wierd one, but true. Thankfully he has had a great appetite still and no nausea!!! Thank-you God!!! I don't know how I would get through this without the Lord that's for sure. He has been my strength through this so far for sure. I can actually still have a smile on my face, laugh, enjoy life and I'm not just a mess of tears and stress because of Him! God has given us both strength. We are so thankful for a wonderful doctor and his nurse. They are great! Again, God is good! Today we had a couple from the church we used to attend come and do gardening for us! It was so sweet of them!! We also have a mystery friend sending us money through another friend of ours. The day before Greg's chemo a friend from church brought by a whole meal for the night after Greg's chemo. Wow! We are so very blessed indeed!!!!!!! We are also so thankful for all those out there praying for us. We know there are many and we can feel that many prayers go up for us on a daily basis. I told Greg the other day that I had no clue when we got married that when I said in sickness and in health that it would include a journey like this. Wow! I certainly wouldn't change a thing. I love my husband dearly! He's wonderful!! Greg and I are blessed to have eachother and two wonderful kids!


Saturday, May 20, 2006

Sometimes Worry

Well, today is Saturday and it is a gloomy one at that. It is very cloudy and has rained a little bit. Greg did some yard work this morning and I kinda watched him do that and the kids.Greg's parents bought us a nice maple tree for the front yard. It looks nice. It is starting to look like a nice front yard. I was kinda grumpy. Oops! Sorry honey! :) I really think the weather does affect my mood. Maggie is going over to play with Hannah for the afternoon, so she will have a nice time.

Sometimes I get a little worried still that Greg actually had cancer in his system. I hope it never comes back!! At least he's going to be checked every six months now, so that they can catch it quick if it does come back. I worry now that I may get cancer at some point too. It feels like it has hit so close to home now that why not me as well. Not that I want it for sure, but you never know. What a wretched disease!!!!!!!! Well, I'm thankful that the tumour he had removed from his appendix wasn't really big and that his catscan and blood work was all clear!!! I guess I just have to try to not dwell on it and be thankful for all the blessings God has given our family. Well, I should go and work on my Sunday School lesson for tomorrow since we are going for a barbecue tonight. Not a great night for a barbecue cause of the weather, but oh well! We will have fun anyway I'm sure.


Monday, May 15, 2006

Good Morning!

Well, my husband is off to drop our daughter at school for JK. She loves school and I'm glad. We had a nice breakfast together! This is a new thing we have started and I'm loving it. It is so nice to sit down in the morning together and have breakfast as a family. We don't take enough time with our families. We should stop and enjoy our children and our spouses company. Today we go to the surgical oncologist to see exactly what surgery she wants to do on my husband. He's a little nervous about the whole thing this morning. I don't blame him. I'm a little nervous myself and it's not me having to actually go through it. He's my husband and I love him and don't want him to have surgery again, but I know at the same time that it's for the best. It will be better to get some of those lymph nodes out and possibly a piece of his colon. I just don't like what we have heard about recovery time, but I know the Lord will take care of us through it all. Well, I should go tidy up after breakfast. My husband just walked in the door after dropping our daughter off.

Bye for now.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Going to friends for Supper!

It shall be lovely to dine out at friends and not to worry about doing anything. I love to not have to make a meal. I get very bored of cooking. I guess I should change up our menu a bit. It is so fun to get together with friends. My husband is going to get to talk to our friend's mother about her cancer experience. I'm sure it will be enlightening and interesting. It will be interesting to see how the Lord works and changes us through our situation. I want to be changed through this, that's for sure. I want to continue to become more like Christ. I want others to see Christ living in me and through me. I hope to be a good example to others around me and an encouragement to those around me too. We go to a surgical oncologist on Monday, so we will see what she has to say. It is so hard not to worry. It should be easy to just leave situations in the Lord's hands, since he created the universe, is in control of everything, loves us, blesses us beyond what words can express and sent His one and only son to die for us. But yet, we still hold on tight to so many situations instead of giving it over to our great, wonderful, all powerful, loving God. God has been so good to us! Thank you God!

Out Shopping!!

Well, this morning I picked up Grandma Devitt and Greg's Mom and we went shopping at Zeller's with the kids. Maggie and Nolan got spoiled. It was fun! Maggie got a beautiful skirt,flip flops and a top and Nolan got shorts,t-shirt and socks. Nolan didn't really care for our shopping trip, but Maggie Grandma, Nanny and I had a great time! I like spending time with family. We all should do more of that. We take time and the people in our lives for granted sometimes.

Maggie, Nolan and I got party stuff for Nolan's birthday this morning too. We got Thomas the train stuff! We got him a trike for his birthday too and a Thomas t-shirt. I can hardly beleive he's going to be two already. Wow, time flies!! We are going to have a little party tomorrow night too for him. Nanny and Papa are coming and Jonathan,Joy-Lynn, Breanne, Leah and Rachael are coming for his party. It should be lotsa fun!!

Buh bye! :)

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Wow what a Journey!!!

Hey Everyone!!

Well, our family has been on quite an adventure (if you wanna call it that) as of late. A few weeks ago my sweetheart was in such pain his face was looking a little ashen and so off we went to Bowmanville Hospital for Greg to have his appendix out. So, that was all done and then a couple weeks later Greg was off for his follow-up appointment after his surgery which we figured would be no big deal, but unfortunately it was quite a big deal. Greg had had a cancerous tumour in his appendix. :( That was a sad day when he came home to tell me that. I would have switched places with him in a second. Many tears were shed that day. It felt like we were living someone else's life. It always feels like these things just happen to other people. Not to us plain ordinary folk. What is God trying to do with us or accomplish through this. Hmmmmmm..... we don't know. Writing on the wall would be good right about now. We certainly had some dark moments. God certainly did carry us through those hard times though. It was certainly nothing of me that Greg and I coped so well through waiting for the oncologist appointment. We finally got to the oncologist, which felt like an eternity to come. He then told us that there would be no chemo right now! Yipee!!! It felt like time for a party or a good restful sleep. His catscan had come back clear and so did the blood work. I was so happy and releived to hear that. After that we went out for a nice breakfast and shared the good news with friends and family from our cell phone.

Well, that's all for now.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Victoria Day!

Well, it was actually a pretty quiet day at our house. We thoroughly enjoyed it! We needed a day to chill out. We did laundry, cleaned up the house a little and played with our kids. Greg even actually did the laundry which made it even nicer so I didn't have to do it. Our life seems to be nothing but busyness lately. Our weekends always seem to be taken up with something or other. We just had my in-laws over tonight for supper which was just nice and not stress inducing . We certainly keep ourselves too busy. We do have friends who are even busier than us, which I certainly can't fathom. We don't take enough time to slow down and enjoy the good things in life God has given us. Well, Happy birthday Queen Victoria and thanks for a day to enjoy!

Monday, May 09, 2005

Being A Part of Community

Hey Everyone!

Well, I'm loving this beautiful day! It's a gorgeous sunny day, that's warm enough for shorts! Lastnight we had some friends over last night after church. We had such a great time! The kids had a great time too playing together! I think sometimes we think we are islands unto ourselves and forget we have a great big community of others who love the Lord and want to be encouraged and in turn encourage us. We need eachother so much and we don't even realize it at times. I find we get so wrapped up in our own little lives that we forget about everyone else out there.

I remember when I was a kid we went to someone's house every Sunday or someone came to ours. Sometimes it wasn't even planned ahead of time to have someone over for Sunday lunch. At times if you can believe it, we would just have soup and bread together and the house may even not have been perfectly clean!! We worry too much these days about having a perfectly tidied house, perfectly decorated house and the perfectly elegant meal. I'm certainly guilty of being consumed by those things. It was great and we loved it. My parents were also doing this with young kids, so no excuses everyone! It can be done! We learned when we were kids to sleep anywhere and my parents still could have a social life.

Well, just something to think about.

Catcha later!