Vacation is over! Caleb and Joshua spent all last week at Camp Rainbow – a camp for cancer patients in Rutledge, GA at Camp Twin Lakes. While they were away, Holly and I had our first real break since all this began last September. We went to the beach for a few days of rest and relaxation. I thought I was doing just fine, but once I was there I realized just how badly I needed to rest and unwind without having every decision we make impacted by how it might affect Caleb during this time. I love my family beyond measure and I am glad to serve them in the way I have to during this season, but it was nice to have a little “normal” in our lives, if only for a few days.
Caleb had a huge highlight of his life that he will never forget. I was sworn to secrecy about what was happening at Camp Rainbow and how it would impact Caleb in the area of music. I had him learn a hit song from a few years ago called Shine by a group called Collective Soul, a popular Atlanta-based rock band (you’ve probably heard the song on TV – they use it in a commercial for a men’s product).
When Caleb went to camp, he was told to bring his guitar. The guy he had played with at the hospital a couple of months ago was going to be there and wanted Caleb to play Sweet Home Alabama with him again. But he was also having a guest one night. That guest was Collective Soul! And Caleb played ON STAGE with them during their concert! He played the main guitar part on the intro and all through the song. He said he was nervous and had a hot stage light right in his face. When we get a video of it, I will be sure to post it so you all can see it. He’s now a bonafide rock star!
This week we are back in the clinic for five days as we get going again. We are winding down the days until this is all over. If we stay on track, his last day of chemo will be September 7. That day cannot get here fast enough. Holly is at school getting her room ready. She has to be back officially next week. I am sad for her that this summer seemed to be so short and that we had a lot going on with all the chemo and stuff. Next summer will be much better for all of us.
We met some wonderful people at the weekend camp we went to back in January. One of the friends we made had just finished chemo and they were so excited to be done. We saw them again for the first time since January on the morning that we dropped the boys off for camp last Sunday. They were distraught as they had just found out the day before that a new tumor had been found in his brain and it was cancer again. We are hurting with them and praying for them. I ask that each of you also pray for Chad, that the tumor will be gone and he will be healed in Jesus’ name. His parents are really in a low spot and need our prayers, too. They are believers and need the church (that is, all of us believers) to rally around them during this time.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. -Jeremiah 29:11
Here is a video from Camp Rainbow that WRDW did on their broadcast Thursday night and Caleb is in it a couple of times – CLICK HERE