Friday, January 25, 2008


yeah let me know.......................

I'm not sure how to describe the last week. No profound thoughts are being driven lately.

My sister is back in hospital in Minot to rebuild her strength. Potassium, sodium, 2 units of blood. Serious but sounds like a good step in the long term improvement. Please pray for all of us to have strength, patience and truly release all aspects for her and ourselves to God's supernatural ways.

Some younger friends have had birthdays.
Colleen's knee is a bit better and she sees the physiotherapist today.
Work has had levels and lows, no real highs!
Zou is looking great and exciting.
Melissa has had a good week.
No news or contact from Jay & Julie.
Feeling pretty good even though I'm home 'sick' from work.
Tension has strange effects on motivation.
Tomorrow may hold relaxation and house cleaning.
and I continue to add to my Facebook friends.

And plans are coming together for a June trip to Oklahoma and Kansas for family gatherings. Then a 08/08/08 trip to Campbell River for a wedding.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

A few surprises

Thursday brought news we are going to be grandparents again, sadly from Colleen's hairdresser. One of Jay's friend's confirmed and we estimate early to mid June. Please be praying for them and the changes this will bring. How different from 3 years ago when they told us Alex was on the way. We trust God's grace.

Friday evening brought crutches into our house for the first time. Colleen's knee popped just as she was finishing work and so we spent the evening in the emergency ward. She missed a free dinner and I left Zou just as it was getting started. Her manager took her to emergency. Great husband,eh? My cell phone does not receive most calls in the church building.

Saturday we had a VERY relaxed morning and I made omelet, coffee, toast. It has been many weeks since we had a relaxed breakfast together. Not even on our Anniversary this week. We had a nice voice chat with Melissa during bkfst too.

Today was a great message at church about relationships. You can check it out here in a few days. Colleen's knee is slowly getting better. No work for her tomorrow. Alas but yes for me. Well actually I remind myself that it is a blessing to have such a well paying job.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

37 th Wedding Anniversary TODAY

37 years ago we were 2 anxious kids in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Well we didn't think we were kids in 1971, but 20 year olds sure seem young now!

One card I DIDN'T buy said marriage is like a toilet seat, it has its ups and downs! I could wax eloquently and sentimentally but the reality is that marrige takes deliberate effort and consideration each and every day.

Most of the time it is enjoyable. The days it isn't is more a function of me than Colleen. I think she should crave meeting my every desire. Hmm but she doesn't seem to.

Come on be bold, COMMENT....................

Saturday, January 12, 2008

A 4 day catch up

Deb's treatments continue to provide positive results although Friday was the first day she had without severe nausea. She said it was almost a joke how close they would get to home before they had to stop for her nausea.

Today I got to have Paul & Christa's boys, Jude and Owen, here for a few hours. LOTS of fun and pretty interesting making cone cakes with a 2 and 7 year old. Only one egg landed on the counter instead of inside the bowl. I know almost everyone reading this thinks I'm crazy for letting them do most of the work. I had a blast! A little tired, I'm out of practise!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Pray for Deb

Well today was really rough radiation day. Lower back and spine so the stomach upset and Ensure travelling back out made for a rough time. And apparently her throat and esophagus are extremely sensitive (read that as raw) so medication helps make milk tolerable.

Please pray for Deb and Bill to be sustained and refreshed on an hourly basis through this next couple weeks as they will probably be the most physically painful.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

my I got to day

I got to take my wife to work
I got to have an Egg McMuffin for breakfast
I got to relax
I got to do a small plumbing repair with a friend
I got to take my Mother in law to the bus depot
I got to relax
I got to take my wife to Moxie's for supper
I got to talk with my sister
I got to pray with her for continued healing
I got to relax

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Chemotherapy nausea has improved

Ok that is a bit confusing.......

Debbie's first chemo treatment wasn't too bad. They have done a lot to lessen the nausea effects. She is feeling reasonable and the steroid therapy has created some appetite as well as some energy. Tomorrow and Saturday bring more radiation and then a few days off before more next week. We had a nice half hour visit.

Another harsh realization was thinking back to when we were kids and how old our aunts and uncles were. Well when I was in High school the youngest Fred was 3o (younger than both my kids)! YIKES. and the others were all younger than I am now!

Okay stop laughing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008


Well I found out it's been 9 1/2 years since I last visited Crosby! And 5 since my sister and I got together. One year for each hour it takes to drive there. June is our next target to get together. I guess I need to make more space in my scheduling.

We had a nice visit. Her treatments are providing good results even though she has lost a considerable amount of weight. I think the only time she had any extra weight was when she was pregnant so she is very thin. I once again was reminded how old I am getting. It shocked me that she is looking old which I suppose a 53 year old woman fighting cancer might look. It is the reality of not seeing people regularly............she didn't look nearly as old within a few minutes.

I find I am regularly noticing how young or old those around me are looking. Then I realize I'm not 27 anymore. Wow what happened to the last 30 years! So how do I know if I am old?

Thanks for all your prayers. I pray for all of you that the pains and challenges of 2007 will turn into the joys of 2008.