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My sister's dog

July 29, 2016

Please pray for healing for my sister's little dog, Jerry. It would be wonderful if he could be restored to the health he had on Monday. He is a sweet little dog with physical problems but personality plus. God made a wonderful dog when He created Jerry. Thank you.

update on Hadley

July 28, 2016

Subject: Hadley Update (July 26) - Looking Ahead I can't tell you how nice it felt to have multiple days in a row where there has been nothing of interest to report to you all. We're learning our little family all craves routine more than we realize. A renewed sense of calm sets in when we can get back to that routine and so, in that way, this last weekend was such a huge blessing as we could catch up on a little bit of life. Hadley is doing great - if you didn't know she had cancer, you would never know it by watching her. She plays with toys (preferably whatever brother currently has in his hand), eats (throwing food on the floor is her way of letting us know the food is not approved), babbles (her favorite word is buh-buh which means 'brother') and lovingly attacks her brother at every opportunity (see photo). Life is good. While a few tell-tale signs remain (Hadley is now beginning to lose what little hair she had - it will grow back) there are many moments where we can briefly forget she's 'sick' at all. Hadley had a check-up at the cancer clinic yesterday - her blood work numbers were all good with her white cell count back up to a normal rage and everything else about her blood cells operating as expected. She is on track to be ready for her next round of chemotherapy. Next week will be more eventful - on Tuesday (August 2nd) Hadley will have another eye exam. This will be when we really learn how well the chemo is doing. Dr. Leverant will measure the tumor to see how much it has shrunk and then take any opportunity to laser parts of it away if possible. It should be a brief procedure and we get to go right home afterward, but brief as it may be, there's always a little tinge of stress whenever Hadley has to go under anesthesia. Then, on Thursday and Friday (August 4 and 5) Hadley will get her second round of chemotherapy. This time it will be administered in the cancer clinic and, if all goes according to plan, we'll get to come home each night. A hospital stay would only occur if she has a bad reaction to the chemotherapy which, from what we've seen this month, isn't something we're anticipating. So this week and weekend we'll look forward to enjoying a pretty 'normal' life before the process begins again. We certainly aren't 'old hat' at chemotherapy (and, frankly, never ever want to be) but there's definitely less anxiety and fear as we add in our newly gained experience to the anticipation of the process this time. We have oncology nurses and doctors and anesthesiologist cell phone numbers on speed dial, we have a formidable army of you praying for us, we have a schedule of meals parading across our dinner table. We are not the same people we were a month ago when this all began. It's almost as if God has built a wall of defense around us, through His provision and His people (that's you!), and that wall now stands strong against the fear that was clawing at the gates just 30 days ago when we started on this road. We know our current 'stability' is so fragile - after all, we're only ever one middle-of-the-night-fever away from a multi-day hospital stay. But we now have a month-long body of evidence pointing toward God's provision no matter what unknowns are yet to come. That's more than enough for us. What to pray: Praise God for Hadley's body quickly bouncing back from the effects of chemo! Pray that Hadley can get back on a regular sleep schedule which is still out of whack after so many nights in the hospital Pray that big brother Jack can continue to process through all that's happening and that he can find peace even on the days where his 'normal routine' gets interrupted by something Hadley-related Pray for amazing results from this first round of chemo as the tumor in Hadley's eye is examined next week. The idea of God being more than enough for every circumstance has stuck with me the last few days. And, of course, there's a great song about that - it's simply called "Enough" by Jeremy Camp. You can listen to it here. It's now considered 'old school' as worship songs go, but the idea is as true as ever. In 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Paul writes about a hardship that keeps slowing him down. God's response and Paul's perspective results in one of my favorite passages in the Bible: "[God said to Paul] 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I [Paul] will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." -Brendan, Jenna, Jack & Hadley

Sister Mary passed away this evening

July 26, 2016

My sister passed away at 8:00pm tonight. Please pray for our families. I am angry that she had to die. I don't understand why her.

Sister Mary passed away this evening

July 25, 2016

My sister passed away at 8:00pm tonight. Please pray for our families. I am angry that she had to die. I don't understand why her.

Sister Mary having more complications after heart surgery

July 24, 2016

I was just informed that my sister Mary is now going into surgery for the 3rd time after having open heart surgery for 12 hours on Friday. 2nd surgery was to flush out blood clots around the outside of her lungs. Today she will go in again for the 3rd surgery to remove some dead bowl tissue. She will be put on a colostomy bag and be started on dialysis. Please pray for her and for all us family & friends to stay focused on Jesus


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