Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Looking Younger

One of the unfortunate side effects of one of the drugs I am on is an acne-type rash on my face and upper body. But as one young man in our church pointed out this morning, it keeps me looking young. Ha Ha...

I have been feeling somewhat stronger, (thank you, Jesus), and have resumed a semi-normal life style. I was blessed to have my daughter, Sarah, go to chemotherapy with me yesterday. Only 3 hours this time. As we were leaving, she was wanting to hold my bags and help me down the stairs. I assured her I was fine. "I'm sorry, Mom", she gushed, "I'm just treating you like an infidel." We had a good laugh at that! She's always mixing up her "big" words.

God is such a continual tower of strength. I am grateful to Him for His peace that is enduring, unfathomable, unexplainable, eternal.

"In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.
Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.
Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress." Psalm 71:1-3

You, my friends, are all such a blessing to is so encouraging to read your comments. We will plan a party and celebrate when this is all over.

Love you,


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Chemo Daze

Wow! what a week. I've been so weak, but fortunately not too much nausea. Thank you for checking in on me. My family has been terrific, organizing meals, doing chores...while I sit or lie down. I was so proud of my Bethany girl cooking a home-cooked meal last night. She's got the touch!

Love you all so much. Also remember to pray for Sisters Torres and Hale as they go through their valleys as well. You are all great friends to us.

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. Psalm 5:3


Thursday, March 13, 2008

Memories of Daddy

Today is my Daddy's birthday. Born March 13, 1925 in Arkansas to a poor farming family. The Depression was well entrenched long before the Stock Market felt its blow in 1929. He told me years later, "Jan, we didn't have enough to eat. I was hungry most of the time." Tough times for a kid. In 1943 his family moved to California to work in the fields and factories. He met and married my mother a few years later. And the rest, as they say, is history. He was a wonderful provider, father, faithful saint, and conscientious citizen. I still miss him. Every time I see Folgers coffee, I think of him making coffee, frying bacon and eggs, starting another day. "Another day another dollar", was a favorite saying of his. He died in 2004 of mesothelioma (asbestos cancer). Thank you, Daddy, for loving me, providing a stable home, free from fear. A real treasure in this century.


More GREAT news. Bethany has been invited to join Phi Kappa Phi, the honor society for four year colleges, that represents the top 10% of students in all fields of study. We are proud of her accomplishments.

I go to Kaiser tomorrow morning and continue on my journey.

Thanks to all of you,


Thursday, March 6, 2008

On the Schedule

I want to take this time to thank everyone who has prayed (and is continuing to pray) for me. I am grateful for the love and peace and help that I feel daily.

"Therefore, as ye abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also." 2Corinthians 8:7

I want to thank Bro. George Craft who took time out of his busy schedule to come by Napa to pray for me on Monday. My son Nathaniel and I were both touched by his concern and by his faith.

I just returned from Kaiser, and they have me on the schedule to begin Chemotherapy on March 14. If the Lord wills.

I also have some GREAT news. Our son Stan was accepted into the Bachelor's of Nursing Program at Sacramento State University. In June, he will begin his fifteen months of study. Love you, buddy.

Still trusting God,