Wow, it’s been a while since I have updated the blog. Sorry, I lose track of the time that passes.
It’s fall already? Where did summer go? It seems like it was July just a couple of days ago. The scary part is that fall is almost over as well, most of the leaves have fallen off the trees, and some of them are raked up, (more will be this afternoon I hope, as it is a sunny day out right now) and the weather forecast had that four letter ‘S’ word in it. I do like the snow, but I’m not ready for it yet. Life goes on even if we are not ready for it, and the seasons change.
v19 The moon marks off the seasons,
and the sun knows when to go down.
We have had a busy summer and fall, not always an easy one, but God has taken care of us in ways that we would not have imagined if it were not for the circumstances that we find ourselves in. God has given us blessings uncounted, and He continues to do so, the strange thing is that sometimes it takes an unwanted change to allow Him to show us those blessings. I (Jon) am still unemployed, although I have had a chance to work for a couple of days doing some machine repair and trouble shooting for a small business that was a supplier for my former employer. I have also become at least somewhat skilled as a ‘househubby’, doing the cooking cleaning and house work. The time off work has been good in some ways, lots of things around home need attention, and so I have had some chance to do that, and I think the girls have enjoyed having me around. I walk Elizabeth to school in the mornings, and I think she looks forward to that. Lisa, Katie, and I were also able to go to school and watch the costume parade on the 30th. Elizabeth played soccer this fall, and had to suffer with Dad as a coach, but we had fun and had an awesome team this year, the girls were a pleasure to coach and we went undefeated. With Lisa struggling a bit it has been good for me to be home with Katie, and that allows her to stay home and not have to go to a sitter, although she might prefer to go to Grammy’s house. She is learning her numbers and letters and has boundless energy, way more that we (Lisa and I) have. She as also so proud that she can do puzzles without help. She loves to paint and create things, and is usually a happy little kid. We had a party for her fourth birthday in October, and she is all ready looking forward to Christmas. I enjoy the chance to spend some time with her, and I’m so happy she finally got the potty training down. I think Lisa has also enjoyed having me around, although that has not been without a little conflict, I don’t do things the same way she does and it sometimes irritates her. As she is more able to do things around the house it has become more of a challenge. We are relearning our roles with the changes in our situation and looks like that will continue for a while. Is far as a job, I had an interview last week for a contract position doing basically what I was doing before, with the possibility to be hired in at some point. I’m waiting to hear back from that interview, I felt that it went quite well. I’m a little uncertain as to how we will deal with me going back to work, it will be a challenge as Lisa is not back to 100% and I don’t know how we will manage that yet, but God can do it. One day at a time, that’s how.
The house is looking nice with a fresh coat of paint and God blessed us with so many kind people who helped scrape and paint it this summer, and we have had so many meals and gifts that we are just in awe of God’s provision. At this point we are ok financially, living carefully and we are able to carry COBRA insurance, so the medical stuff is mostly taken care of.
On to the medical stuff so I can get some leaves raked. Lisa’s mental abilities are improving, slowly, and she is able to do more things that she used to do with ease, although the short term memory is still a problem. She gets fatigued quite easily and naps often, but usually gets up and tries to do something between naps. She has done a little cooking, although that is a big effort for her, it’s hard to follow a recipe if you can’t remember if you have added an ingredient or not. The doctor that did the radio surgery is pleased with the results, the last MRI showed no new tumors and the ones that were there shrinking or gone. We will have to have an MRI about every 4 months to keep an eye on the brain, but that is very good news. The oncologist has also put her on an oral chemotherapy combination. They are Tykerb and Xeloda if you are into research and want to look them up. They are not as harsh as the infused chemotherapy, but still make her sick. They are the most likely to be able to cross the blood brain barrier and have a positive impact on the brain as well as being effective on the cancer in the bones. She has also has some problems with blood clots in her leg, and has had to take some blood thinners. Lisa’s strength is slowly returning since she has been off the steroids, and she is able to get around better. Balance is still a challenge, and she would have a very hard time passing a roadside sobriety test, but over all is able to be a little more independent.
Prayer and Praise
- Lisa’s health (physical and mental)
- Jon’s job search, especially for the right position with lots of flexibility.
- Family, for patience with each other and the ability to adjust to the changing roles as Mom and Dad try to work through the lifestyle changes and to allow Mom to be involved as much as possible without placing to much on her.
- God’s provision for our needs, and the ability to separate our needs from wants.
- Elizabeth’s soccer team