Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Wow, I can't believe it's been since August since we updated. Remember, when there's no news, that's GOOD news.

Frank is doing well. He gave him self a must needed break from the chemo. Sometimes you just have to do what's right for you, you know what I mean? Dr. B is wonderful, but I think he'd have Frank taking something everyday ~ including holidays. Respectfully, of course, Frank told him he would take a few months off... and he did.

He's completed 2 (of 6) rounds. He hasn't been sick, but just some normal side effects that Frank takes in stride and keeps on keeping on. He's working hard at Elliott Data Systems, traveling more than ever, training a new sales guy, and having fun. Our chuch is having their annual Men's BBQ cooking contest. He is very excited about that and plans on having his cooking team with him on Friday. Like father, like son. And of course, Halloween is around the corner. I have no idea what he'll be this year, but if I know him like I think I do, he's already been trying to think of something.

Everybody else is doing good too. Chandler's enjoying school and is proud of her straight A's. Her notes look like she typed them... those are not my genes! She's still playing piano.
Zach is loving high school. He's also doing very well. The classes are more challenging and he loves being out of middle school..... did anybody like middle school? Do I see a hand raised? He's still playing competitive soccer, which keeps us busy. We were happy to be in Ft Smith, AR for his last tournament and got to visit some of Frank's family.
Chase had made the transition to middle school (poor guy). He is going to be in the school play ~ Cheaper by the Dozen ~ in Nov. He's practicing every day. He loves being back at ECS and is enjoying everyone he comes in contact with! Chase is very social... which makes the academic process a little more challenging! I might have to take him to a doctor, he has something that looks a lot like a phone growing out of his ear. Any thoughts? All in all they are all having a great year so far. We love seeing them grow into young adults and can't to see what God has in store for each one of them.

I'm settling down into a somewhat normal routine again after a very busy September. I spent most of the month being trained in Limited Obstectrical Ultrasound. I'll be using these new skills at Life Choices where I will work every Friday. It's a pregnancy center/adoption agency that Frank and I had been involved with many years ago. We used to be a cradle care family for them until Frank got MM in 2002. It's a wonderful ministry that we love and I'm happy to be able to use my nursing skills there. I'll also continue my job in the kitchen at Hope. I feel blessed to be serve along side the people there.

We stand in amazement and wonder at what God has done in our lives, and how far He has brought us. We are so very thankful for the healing he as granted to Frank. The 5 year mark is fast upon us. That is huge for us. With the average survival rate still reported as 3-5 years, we feel overwhelmed with how good Frank is doing after 5 years. It is humbling and leaves me at times speechless.... but not tearless.....and not without deep gratitude to the Greatest Physician... our Lord.

Thank you all for praying ~ still ~ and being so faithful for 5 years... and walking this jouney with us.

In His grace, Peg