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Friday, June 25, 2010

To God Be the Glory

Our God is an awesome God! This week we are privileged to celebrate 47 years of God's grace in our lives. It was 47 years a go that we stood before the altar at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana and pledge our "troth" to each other! by HIS grace we are still loving each other and have enjoyed His blessings in our lives- above and beyond what we could have ever asked or thought! Dave is my very best friend, the love of my life, and I couldn't have asked for a better husband and father to my children. I love him so much! Over these years we have come to a deeper understanding of who God is and who each other is. We are blessed.
As if that were not enough for one I got an e mail from my nutritionist. I have worked with Mike and with the medical world in my battle against cancer. It was just 6 months ago today...Christmas day...that I discovered the large lump in my neck which was to be diagnosed several weeks later as Lymphoma cancer. A few weeks a go...after 5 of 6 scheduled chemo treatments, I had a PET scan which declared me Cancer Free. I have been awaiting the results of my blood test from Mike...which came today...and here is what he said...
Well, your reports are completed and attached and all your numbers are improving and at this time I cannot measure any cancer activity. The cancer activities that I could measure after your last chemo treatment are no longer measurable. It would appear at this point that your decision to discontinue the chemo at the time you did was a good choice. PRAISE AND GLORY BE TO OUR GOD WHO IS MY HEALER!
We spent the last couple of days in Little Elm with Amy and family. We met Amy and Brian at PF Changs...used to be our favorite....and had dinner...then spent the night with them...did some handy man jobs for them on Thursday then enjoyed their children and other children from their school in the summer orchestra concert. amazing! Their children are quite the accomplished musicians and we are so proud of them. God is just such an AWESOME GOD! All Praise to HIM!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Our God is an Awesome God!

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind! I'll try to catch up on what has been going on in our lives and how God has shown HIMSELF AWESOME over and over!
Dave and I have been making many trips to Tyler for Dr. appointments, tests (Echo gram; PET Scan) follow up visits. I reported on this in the last blog. The GREAT news is that the PET scan showed that I was cancer free! To God be the glory and thank you all for your prayers. I am now in DETOX mode...still in need of prayer! Started a 7 day cleanse today. I will have the port removed on the 28th and don't see the DR again for 3 months.
We were in Dallas/Little Elm for Caitlin's graduation. We are so proud of her. She completed 13 years of home schooling and graduated with honors and a National Merit Scholar- (that translates to a 4 year ride wherever she chooses. Caitlin will be attending U of Texas at Denton where she also qualified for a music scholarship in Viola. She wants to major in Writing and Literature. Caitlin delivered probably the most phenomenal graduation speech we have ever heard (do yo think we might be prejudiced? we are but it really was!) We are so thankful to God for the way HE has gifted her and how she has used these talents for His glory. That same weekend I attended a conference in the Dallas area with Kevin Dedmond from Bethal Church in Redding, CA. I went with high expectations and was not disappointed. God called me out for healing which was confirmed the next week in the PET Scan..but it is always exciting to have GOD pin point and call you out! David, Beth and I teamed up for the Ultimate Treasure Hunt where we went out and with our 3 lists given to us by the Holy Spirit, looked up people who the Lord ear marked for treasures and talked to them, prayed with them and had such an exciting time. See Kevin Dedmonds' book- The Ultimate Treasure Hunt on Amazon for a really fun time! People were blessed and so were we!
We spent 3 days the week before camp with Caitlin, Haley, Tori and AShley planning camp. Then Memorial Weekend the Smiths came on Monday along with the rest of the family to celebrate the day...and on Tuesday...let the fun begin...The 11 Grandkids all arrived for four days of fun and frolic at camp!
We had so much fun and so many activities the week the kids were all here. The counselors, Caitlin, Haley, Tori and Ashley did such a great job of running the camp this year...we could have not done it without them. See the side link for Cowboy camp for many pictures from camp and Caitlin's fun dialogue.
We are just so thankful to God for all HE has allowed us to do. For our family, for our health, and mainly for JESUS and our adoption into His forever family. We are thankful that our grandchildren all are being trained up to know Him and walking with Him. What a blessing! God, you are so awesome!