19 August 2013

Healed in the name of Jesus!

I'm not going to name the thing that the doctors say is going on in Bob's body. Instead, we believe that the name of Jesus is more powerful than any other name on earth or in the entire creation! We are praying and believing that he's healed by the stripes of Jesus from the top of his head to the soles of his feet! We would love for you to join in agreement with us.

Lots of sitting in the hospital room for the last couple of days. It's been good to sit and visit with Bob, daughters Micah and Missy, and having Josh and family come to visit for a while. (Little ones don't dig hospital rooms that much, so it was fairly brief.) We had quite a good prayer meeting with two of our kids on speaker phones. Hallelujah!

Trying to keep lists of things to do and the kids are helping a lot.

The ramp guys are back finishing up the  ramp. They kind of wondered when they saw that Josh and I had laid boards across the unfinished portion so we could get Bob to the hospital on Saturday. They thought that was quite ingenious of us!

We're awaiting the doctors' decision about when Bob goes to Fargo. It will be either today or tomorrow.

God is good, all the time! He is doing good things in Bob's body and in our lives. Thank you, Father!


06 August 2013

Update on Bob...

It seems like a long time since my last post! That very night (about midnight) I called an ambulance to take Bob to the hospital. He was worried about the way he was feeling from the hydrocodone he had been taking. At the hospital they put him in observation overnight. I got home and to bed about 3 a.m.! Then up at 8:30 so I could do chores and make preparations to go into town to pay some bills before going back to the hospital. Good thing I took some clean clothes for Bob. He insisted on going home last night. It sure doesn't seem like only last evening that we came home.

At the hospital they switched him to Tramadol for his pain. He's doing better on it, but still needs some time to form thoughts. The pain killer is making him pretty sleepy and he's sitting all the time, so it's getting harder for him to get up at all. Here by myself it's difficult to have him stand and use his muscles except when he absolutely has to. At 290 pounds I have to be very careful.

Josh and Jess are coming up this weekend and are going to move in with us and help with Bob's care. It's a real blessing that they want to do this. I  don't know how I could have found round the clock care any other way. One challenge will be two active little people. Bob seems to like things quiet, but we can't do this on our own, and I'm so grateful to the kids for doing this!

I've been making many phone calls to our seven kids over the last two days. They are all wonderful and volunteering to do what they can. Our son in Colorado is helping a lot financially and is going to pay to have a wheelchair ramp built. Our son Jordan in Ft. Worth has a great bunch of prayer warriors at his church holding us up in prayer. Our daughter in Fargo is great at hunting up information and helping us to figure out what we need to be pursuing as far as Bob's back pain and lung diagnosis go.

Yes, we did get a diagnosis on the lung biopsy. The doctor said they found "a cancer cell", so he labeled it lung cancer. I'm not going to let these words panic me. There are so many different versions of this disease and these spots have been on Bob's lungs for many years. We will do what we can to find out more, but we're not going to just let the doctors begin aggressive treatments that may do more harm than good. We have lots to learn.

The man from the medical supply company came by this afternoon and measured Bob for a wheelchair. He also checked out the house to see if he could get around in it. It looks like it will work well and Bob will be encouraged to exercise his arms. The medicine he's taking is making him weak, so we need to work on building him up with diet and exercise. My CNA training is coming in handy, though we're doing a lot of winging it. :)

God is with us! He doesn't give us disease, but he can use what Satan meant for evil, for good. When it comes right down to it, it's just us and Jesus. We all will meet Him one-to-one and our relationship is with Him alone. Help us, Lord, to learn to lean on You entirely!


04 August 2013


As you may recall, I made the brilliant decision to buy heirloom tomatoes this year. I have harvested a grand total of ONE tomato. There are a few green ones, but I'm not even going to bother with those. NEXT year, back to the good old genetically messed with versions! Yeah!

There is a cute story that goes along with that lone tomato. I brought it in the house, washed it and proudly set it on the counter to admire. A little later Miss Audrey and Miss Hazel came to visit. Audrey grabbed her little pink stroller, which she uses as a shopping cart, and disappeared around the corner of the kitchen island. We were in the living room and soon noticed that it was mighty quiet. Next we thing knew she came walking back around the corner, the big tomato in her hand and a chomp out of the side of it! I didn't even know she could reach that high!

She announced, "Mmmm, this is DEE-wish-us! This is an apple!"

I said, "No, honey, it's a tomato!"

"Oh," she said, "It's a to-MA-to. It's DEE-wish-us!" Then she crawled up on the couch and proceeded to consume it. We threw a towel over her lap and watched her with much laughter.

(If you readers already saw this on FB...oh, well!)


The drum demo...
and something for Pom Pom!
(I hope it wasn't you who posted this on FB?)

I came home early from work today to be with Bob. The pain medicine he's taking is making him very disoriented and I didn't think it was a good idea for him to be alone for too long. I'm taking the next couple of days off and hopefully the doctor and I can find a solution to the problem.

Y'all have a great day!