Monday, March 30, 2009

Busy Weekend

It was a busy weekend. enjoyed brunch with some of the family on Sunday, had Debbie/Dale Binde overnight on Saturday and had a People of Praise Area gathering Friday night that was delightful.
Little Faustina was sick over the weekend but seemed fine today. We also had a phone call from Aaron on Sunday and we think we will visit them the weekend of April 17,18,19. Of course we can hardly wait until Leo stays in for a bit in early May.
This week Liam turns 4 so it is celebration time---Grandpa loves those times.

Medical report

We received a report on how Gail is doing last Thursday. It was test to see how her body organs are doing. Her lungs, her heart and her liver are doing fine. Her kidneys were the only organs that are still down a bit. The cancer number was the same, not up and not down. Please continue to pray for a complete healing.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Food for thought

In my prayer time this morning I was reading in Colossians. The following scripture struck me in a deep way. It is taken from "The Message" Bible which usually has quit different words and which I often find interesting.
Colossians 2:8-10 Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that's not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don't need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything.
Gail continues to feel well and is now back to her normal self, a month after her injection. So many people ask how are you and what can we do? Here's the deal!! We are doing very well now. We continue to consult medical doctors and people in the wellness field. We are very peaceful where things are at and we are living life to the fullest. Probably too full as this week was very very busy but fun.
We are looking forward to Gail's sister Debbie and her husband Dale being able to stay with us tonight and also a family brunch on Sunday. I can hardly wait to make that huge pan of eggs with the sausage and veggies. We greatly miss Aaron/Amy and Leo but hope to see them soon.

Friday, March 27, 2009

quote of the day

Yesterday grandpa and Henry were doing some errands. Of course we had to stop for a treat on the way. As we drove around a corner I heard Henry say his pop spilled. I pulled over and as I was cleaning it up and assuring him it would be OK I heard him say: "I guess that will happen when you have grandchildren"!! Did we say he is only 5????

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Liam's surgery

Today was busy, not unusual I guess. Liam had his tonsils and adenoids removed at Children's Hospital so Henry and Audrey spend several hours here. After Mary picked up Audrey Henry stayed and is here overnight. I was at men's group. When I returned at 10:00 Gail said she and Henry spent most of the evening talking. It was fun. He sure is the conversationalist for a 5 year old.
Gail and I are doing fine. It seemed like a normal day and we do need to return to those as in the last month they have been few in numbers.
We did receive 3 beautiful roses in a vase with a nice thought but no name. We have them on the dining room table. Who ever sent them, thanks.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Servant Camp Scripture

As many of you know Servant Camp is almost like family to us as we are now going into the 32 year . Last Saturday the Program Directors and I met to come up with a scripture for camp this year which will be held August 9-14. Our scripture will be:
Colossians 3:16 Let the message about Christ completely fill your lives, while you use all your wisdom to teach and instruct each other. With thankful hearts,sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God (Contemporary English Version)
We know God will work in a mighty way through this scripture at camp.
By the way, go to to see our web site and learn more about camp. We will have 2009 registration open soon and you are all invited to come and see God at work.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Our five little joys. Faustina, Liam, Leo, Audrey and Henry. Of course they are now 3 months older.

The beginning

Hi to all

This blog stuff is new to us but we will give it a try. The reason for doing this is to let you know Gail's story as it unfolds. A quick quick summary. Gail was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2003. After surgery, chemo, radiation plus a year of weekly treatments she was doing fine and the world seemed good! In December of 2008 we decided to go on somewhat of a health kick and lose weight. As we lost some weight and exercised Gail found a small lump on her chest. That was in late January. Over the last month medical tests have revealed cancer in her neck, her sternum, in her liver and perhaps in her spine. Because her cancer is now labeled HER2-negative there is limited treatment. Gail did start the recommended treatment, hormone therapy, 3 weeks ago. The side effects were not good. Because of that we have decided to not go farther with that treatment.


Gail is currently feeling well. Actually if she had not discovered the lump in January she would not know what was happening in her body. What are we doing---for now we are asking everyone to pray for a healing. We believe our God is the healer and we pray that his intent is to heal Gail. Of course we do not know God's mind but we pray daily for Gail's health to return. We invite you to pray our prayer with us. We have printed it on this blog. We pray it each night before we go to bed.
We have also changed our eating somewhat. More fruit, more veggies, less sugar and white flour and the list goes on a bit more. It seems that eating that way is a better way regardless if one is trying to beat cancer or not but we believe it will help Gail's body return to good health.
I should say that we are continuing to live life to the fullest in the ways we know so on our blog you will often see pictures of Audrey, Faustina, Leo, Liam and Henry. They certainly are a joy for us as we see and experience them growing way too fast.
On the family side Cynthia/Mike are expecting #2 at the end of August so that is exciting.