Friday, February 27, 2009

A lot sure can go on in a week.... the Carlton Gang’s week has been another busy one.

The cool thing is that it's mostly good stuff. Our lives have been blessed, eventful, and busy. One can never say it's never dull around here.

As we described from last weekend, we held the funeral for my mom’s Aunt Alice Ruth George. As funerals go, it was truly a celebration of her life and what a wonderful giving spirit she exemplified while alive. Her life in heaven will be a joyous reunion of her and her family and that is a beautiful thing. After the funeral, with family in tow, we all had a good time catching up.

For those who prayed for Chandler and her getting over the flu, she did get better and she was able to make her trip with Lauren to Cincinnati. They had fun and enjoyed visiting the Univ. of Cincinnati campus and Lauren's grandparents.

As for me, I am still struggling with these “yo-yo” mystery fevers. Some nights I’m all clear, other nights I run 101.7 fevers and sweat up a storm. I also got some strange results from my labs and blood work on Wednesday.
Dr. Weir is calling in an Infectious Disease specialist and we are going to see him soon. I guess this means they're going to “put the lime in the coconut and call me in the morning”. Infectious Disease Doctor, sounds serious. We will let everyone know as soon as we know something.

Here’s some more good news. The egg shaped Myeloma knots that were on top of my head have pretty much gone away. Even the ladies in the radiation department have been impressed by that recovery. My shoulder is better, not fully recovered, but better. And with 3 radiation treatments down I already feel my hips getting loser. Praise God for this! By getting a little bit of relief, it makes me feel more like the person I am on the outside as much as I feel like ole Frank on the inside.

Bill has recuperated to a point where the doctors we able to proceed with his cardioversion to fix the heart arrhythmia. It was this morning, and it worked, first attempt. Yee Ha! God is so good!

Finally, because of my broken tooth incident, I got a new opportunity to share my testimony this coming Wednesday at another church. I am so excited by this, because one of my goals all along has been to try and find ways to honor God with all these “struggles”.

The HOPE that I have in Christ can and is meant to be offered to others that may be facing tough times. God wants us to lean on Him for understanding, He wants us to trust in His promises, and He wants us to cast our worries on Him.

I (we) have had to do this in so many ways and I consider it a privilege to tell others how faithful He has been to me.

Psalm 55:22 “Cast your cares on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”



Anonymous said...

I am so thankful that you are getting some pain relief and you are feeling more comfortable. That is such an answer to prayer. Enjoy your breakfast date in the morning. :)

Love you,

Anonymous said...

God broke the mold when He made you Frank! You really are one amazing, awesome person! We are so blessed that you are our friend! Your strength & your faith--WOW! (I wish mine was that strong!) You outshine us all--God bless you! Much love, Colleen

John and Candy Barton said...

Thanks for the great update, Frank. It sure is exciting that you are again getting to share your wonderful faith story with others! Thank You Lord! May He continue to bless you, Peggy, Chandler, Zach, and Chase in great and unexpected ways. The Bartons continue to pray for you all.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Frank and Peggy!
The Greenes love the Carltons! I'm enjoying watching the snow fall as I type this. I hope this new week brings you peace and delight, new adventure, and wonderful family times together. We're always praying for you!
Karen and Dave

pat coe said...

Isn't the snow fabulous? Feel like we are back in Mich. but happy to say that it will disappear sooner than late April. Thrilled to hear there is progress re regression of tumors and pain. This has been a roller coaster ride for you and all who love you but as always, your faith holds us all up. Love you, The Coes

Anonymous said...

Frank you are a great witness to Gods grace and mercy. I feel the true love of Christ when you talk about the joys and hardships of your everyday walk. I want you to know Stacy and I are Praying for you and your family every night and I really praise God for you witness to others and myself!

your friend in Christ,
John David Smith

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