Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Smiles, School & Snow




Abbey has been feeling pretty good.  She is eating like a champ, sleeping great at night and pooping everyday!  All things that could be affected by her chemo.  We are thankful for how well she has been doing this phase and feel blessed so far that her side effects have been minimal up to this point. Tomorrow we are heading back to the clinic for her treatment.  They will increase her methotrexate so the possibility of sores, nausea, vomiting and the other side effects increase.  This is a 41 day cycle and tomorrow is day 21.  Please continue to pray for her body to handle the medications well and for her to have a good week.      

  

Homeschooling has been going really good.  We are finally getting into a groove and figuring out what works and what doesn't.  My biggest challenge so far has been getting a schedule in place that works with getting all the lessons in for the day and taking care of Micah.  Abbey has been doing almost all of the school day with us, which is great to be able to spend that time with both her and Jacob and not have to worry about keeping her 'busy' while I'm teaching Jacob.  It is such a joy to watch them learn each day and to spend this time with them.  Our days have been more structured, which is a welcomed change since we almost never leave the house.    

The video is of Jacob reciting his Bible verse from last week - Romans 3:23.  They will learn one every week.  This week the verse starts with the letter 'A' and every week following will start with the next letter of the alphabet.  Isn't it great hearing little ones hide God's word in their hearts!  (pause the blog music before pressing play)


Snow, snow, snow!!  We have gotten about 10 inches of snow since yesterday.  Soon after Jim got home from work, he was outside 'cleaning up' our driveway and sidewalks.  I am so thankful for a hard working husband who takes care of us in so many ways.  

And, speaking of Jim... He has been amazing as we've gone through this huge trial in our lives and is the calm when I feel like the storm is too hard to weather.  He is very even keeled, which helps so much as my emotions can go from being o.k. to a deep low.  We will never know why God chose us to bear this burden, but I do know that He gave Jim and I each other to lean on.  We believe that God is going to heal our daughter and as we continue on in this journey, He is teaching us what it means to fully trust Him, love each other and cherish our children. 


9 comments:

Heather said...

Abbey looks so very cute in her scarf.Darling little thing she is.Prayers to you for peace when your worries become over whelming and to Abbey .. that her tiny body weathers the storm of the latest treatment with minimal side effects and quick recovery.

Bethany said...

You mentioned here that you don't know why God chose you to go through this, but I know why!--It's because of the way you have handled this, giving all the glory and honor to Him, and because all of us watching you endure this have renewed faith and renewed strength because of you. Many lives are being touched by your courage to be candid on your blog about everything, and by your ability to pass every burden onto God through prayer during this time. I know I may not have handled things in the way you have and I don't know many who could be so positive in such a difficult time as you are being! All for HIS glory...

Ferrick said...

Bella is handling her Mexo chemo like a pro. I pray and believe both our girls will continue to glorify God in their healing. Blessings, Susie

Jake and Heidi said...

your kids are beautiful! I came across your blog through others. I wish you guys the best. I worked at a childrens hospital before I had kids and I know that parents of sick kids and the kids themselves are the strongest souls out there! God bless your family!

P.s. I love the names...I have a Jakob and and Abagail!

daisy2biker said...

So glad to hear that Abbey is doing well with this phase of treatment so far! Praise God! Jacob seems to be enjoying the home schooling. You are so blessed to have such a wonderful family! Keeping you in my prayers.
~Bekky

Anonymous said...

I agree with Bethany's comments although I was having a hard time putting what I was thinking into words....God chose you because you give Him all the glory and honor and you've shown thousands (I'm sure!) how great God is and how He can carry us through any trial. We're praying everyday for each of you! ~Beka

Becca said...

Hi! I found your blog through other people's blogs. What precious children you have! I am a Peds Hematology/Oncology nurse, and it is children like your daughter that inspire me and make me love my job. It is so sad to see what these little bodies have to go through, but it is amazing how resilent children are! When they walk into the clinic, they act like nothing in the world is wrong with them. If they are feeling good, they are always so happy!! They put life into perspective. I will be praying for Abbey that she continues to stay in remission and pray for the rest of the family because you all too are going through SO much! May God bless you all!

NN's Site said...

How great to see how much you are growing as a family & that Abbey is doing so well! We'll keep you in our prayers. Natalie is also doing very very well and may be able to come home in between chemo treatments this time. The Dr's say they don't know why she's doing so well, but her parents (and I) know it's because of prayer!
Take care,
Maritza fr. N. California

hrw102779 said...

Praying for Abbey's quick healing!
On a homeschooling note, try "block teaching." Do reading and Bible study every day then do several maths, science, social studies, (whatever else you have) in one day and only once a week. For us Mondays are Math, Tuesdays are History, ect. It has helped keep my kids focused on what we're learning and there's no "down time" between changing subjects all morning. It worked for us!