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Lots Going On and a Fun Week Coming Up

First of all, I want to ask that you pray with me for my stepdad, Carroll. Tomorrow he is having a tumor removed that was found on his lung by accident. They were doing x-rays on a different area and saw the tumor. He will be in the hospital for about 5 days and we appreciate your prayers for a smooth operation and good news on the biopsy. The doctor says it does not look like cancer, but until they do the biopsy, they cannot be sure. We are believing his original assessment and that everything will come back okay.

Caleb has one day of chemo this week. Tomorrow, he gets a quick injection of Vincristin, so it should be a short day at the clinic. As soon as they are done, Holly and the boys will be coming to the hospital to be with my stepdad as he recovers. Caleb has done pretty well this week. I am really glad he has an easy week coming up because next Sunday he and Joshua leave for a week at Camp Rainbow! They are so excited! Holly and I are as well as we will have a few days to ourselves and are planning on going somewhere for a few days if we can. We need it. We have had very little date time or time to ourselves since all this began. We don’t complain about it, because Caleb needs us and it is our duty as parents. But having a few days sounds so amazing.

For those that don’t follow us on Facebook, I had some big news this week. I mentioned about our Trailblazer having engine issues previously. A friend from high school that I have not seen in 25 years and not talked to except on Facebook sent a wrecker to our house to pick it up. The ambulance service he works for is repairing the vehicle for us! What a tremendous blessing that is! We continued to be amazed out how God uses people and how our friends step up and help out however they can. We are so blessed!

I also mentioned about my back pain from the car accident. I went back to the ER Thursday as the pain had continued and actually had gotten a little worse. They took x-rays this time, and the doctor thought he saw a hairline fracture, so he referred me to a orthopedic specialist. I went the next day and was told that there was no fracture, but he did see some arthritis in my lower back. He said it was quite common, but that it had been asymptomatic and the accident had jarred it and caused it to be symptomatic. He said after a couple of weeks and some physical therapy, it should be feeling better. I am thankful it was not broken!

Thanks for your continued prayers. We are counting done the weeks, days, and hours until this whole journey is behind us. We found out last night that one of the amazing young men we had gotten to know at the clinic and at the weekend retreat back in January went home to be with the Lord Friday. Please be in prayer for the Reeves family. We are grieving and hurting with and for them.

I will not be updating much unless something changes for the next couple of weeks. The week after camp, Caleb will be in the hospital for five days. I have neglected to update the Mealtrain meal scheduling website for the last couple of stays. After being asked about his schedule by someone wanting to bring a meal, I have his next stay updated in there now. Thanks again to Natalie Gonzalez for setting that up for us. It has been an amazing blessing!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and staying cool! I’ll update once we get some more news. Thanks for standing with us and blessing us with your love and prayers. We love each of you!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall directyour paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6