Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pressing on

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2

This scripture reminds me that we need each other. When I am overwhelmed I need friends to lead me to That Rock. Thank you for your help and prayers and encouragement in these dark days.

I love you,


Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Oak Tree

A mighty wind blew night and day.
It stole the oak tree's leaves away.
Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark
until the oak was tired and stark.
But still the oak tree held its ground
while other trees fell all around.
The weary wind gave up and spoke,
"How can you still be standing, Oak?"
The oak tree said, "I know that you
can break each branch of mine in two,
carry every leaf away,
shake my limbs, and make me sway.
But I have roots stretched in the earth,
growing stronger since my birth.
You'll never touch them, for you see,
they are the deepest part of me.
Until today, I wasn't sure
of just how much I could endure.
But now I've found, with thanks to you,
I'm stronger than I ever knew."

(from a Hallmark card)

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalm 1:3

My internet connection has been down a few days, and I've only a few 'good' days before Chemo again to get laundry, etc. caught up. Thank you all for checking in. Love you all.


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Treatment #3

Just checking in with all my friends.

We enjoyed a few days with our dear friends Tom and Sandra Bracken. We go way back, so it takes no time at all to pick up where we left off at the last visit. We drove Up Valley to St. Helena on Saturday and enjoyed a visit to the original CIA (Culinary Institute of America) and sat in on a cooking demonstration. There are no friends like long time friends...but I enjoy meeting new ones too.

Yesterday was full-treatment Chemo day. Clayton started the day with me at Kaiser at 9:30 and Bethany came at 3:00 to bring me home at about 4:00. Dr. Kolevska says I'm doing ok. My symptoms are actually rather mild. The rash on my face has cleared up some. Thank you all for your prayers.

I am learning to think twice before I touch anything as the neuropathy makes my fingers and toes tingle like they are waking up from sleep. Annoying.

It was such a blessing to come home yesterday from a rather exhausting day and find that the Gooch family in our church had provided food and a gift to lift my spirits. What a blessing the saints in Napa have been through these tough days. They are a continual strength and blessing to our family.


Jehovah is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Jehovah is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me. Psalm 22:19


I love you all and pray for you often. Thank God for the family of God and friends to encourage

in times of need.