Monday, October 26, 2009

Chemo Treatment

Just a quick note to let you know that Melissa is in the hospital receiving the next planned round of this new chemo regimen. She will be there until sometime Wednesday.

On a fun note, she discovered tonight that she could access Facebook on her laptop. This is the first time she's been able to do that during any hospital stay, so that was a fun thing for her to discover. I'm sure she'd love to hear from you on Facebook these next few days.

Also, I am updating the prayer calendar for her for the next couple months. Even if a day looks already loaded up, feel free to add yourself too-- the more, the better! You can choose a date by either commenting on that post on her prayer calendar , or by emailing me at
Let's be in prayer that she will have good news after her next PET scan, and that this chemo is working as we speak!

Thanks so much!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sweet Audrey Jane

Happy Birthday, Audrey!!! It is so hard to believe that two years have passed since Audrey came into this world. God knew we needed her...she is such an incredible blessing. She fills our home with lots of laughter, running feet (usually chasing after big brother and sister, Caleb and Lauren), squeals of happiness, sweet kisses, and big hugs. She is as mischievous as her mommy was as a little girl, although I am guessing Doug contributed a little of that, too. :) You can't leave her in a room alone seeing as how she can climb onto anything and everything. If she does disappear and is quiet too long, you know to find her quickly! Despite the extra fatigue this little girl may cause at times, we just can't imagine our lives without this little beauty! Thank you, Lord, for the precious gift of Audrey Jane. We love you, sweet girl!

I took these pictures this morning. She was soooo happy with her toaster strudel...a special treat for a very special day!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Birthday Celebrations!

First, let me give you a quick update on what is going on with me. I finished my last 3 day round of chemo on October 2. Other than getting my lab work done twice a week, I have just been resting and recovering over these last three weeks. I have had to go in to receive blood and platelets, which has been a pretty normal routine for me at some point following chemo. I will be returning for round two of this regimen on Monday, October 26th. (May I add how excited I am that I will be home for my wonderful husband's birthday on the 25th? Thank you Jesus!) Following this next round of chemo will be the PET scan (to be scheduled) which will tell us if there has been any improvement. If so, my treatment will most likely be moved to Sloan Kettering in New York. Please continue praying....I am trusting and believing with all of my heart! Overall, I have been feeling very good...again, thank you Jesus!

Now onto the fun birthday celebration pictures! There are no words to describe how grateful I was to be able to prepare for Caleb (Oct. 6th) and Audrey's (Oct. 21st) joint birthday party! It was so much fun! I just loved knowing how much they enjoyed their day. Our children are such a gift to all of us. As I soaked in every minute of the festivities, I kept thanking the Lord that I was able to experience that day with our children.

(Just a side note...I decided it would simplify things this year if I used the same theme for both Caleb and Audrey. Last year, I did have a "boy" room decorated for Caleb, and a girly area for Audrey. I have received some fun-loving ridicule this year that Audrey was being subjected to a solar system theme...which is what Caleb chose. Hey, she's two....and she loves anything right now! I think it was really cute. :) Here is a glimpse of our fun day...

As you will see throughout the pictures, sweet Audrey kept a straight face with the camera that day!

The birthday boy enjoying his pizza

"When's this party gettin' started?"

Lauren sat so sweetly and patiently beside her big brother while he opened every gift.

Caleb and Lauren love their cousin Megan!

...and Madi!

He was so excited to wear this gift to church the next day!

Please notice that mid-way through the party, Audrey wanted to wear this apron. My Grandma made this many years ago...I love Audrey needed to have it on!

Audrey trying out her new Radio Flyer tricycle...and Lauren and Sophie
trying to hitch a ride.

I think Lauren is posing for a senior picture....

Caleb blew out six candles and Audrey blew out two while we sang Happy Birthday.

He is serious about pinata time!

Trying to get a good hold on the bat...

Whoa...this is fun!

A little face painting to top off the day at the Rocket Rally Carnival
at Caleb's school later that evening.

This is a sign of a successful party!

A little hair coloring for Lauren...

...and Caleb.

What a wonderful day!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Caleb James!

Our sweet little Caleb James turned six years old today! He is so excited about today being his birthday! I know he knows how old he is; however, this morning when I was talking to him about what a big boy he is now that he is six years old...his eyes got really big. It must have sounded so great to him. "Six years old? (Long pause and stare) You're not joking?" Then he proceeded to strut around the living room with a little extra pep in his step! He is such a joy, and we thank the Lord for blessing us with the gift of his life!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Quick Update

Just a quick update to let you know that Melissa was able to return home Friday night. She is doing well and has been pretty worn out since getting the chemo, so she is doing a lot of resting right now. Thank you for your continued prayers for her!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Chemo, Rest, and Quietness

This morning I woke up by my own desire in my hospital room....I ate a hot breakfast while watching Good Morning America....I didn't have to reheat my coffee three times before getting to drink it...I haven't changed a diaper this morning....and I am not fixing breakfast for my little indians. I know it sounds lovely and perhaps for one day it is a welcomed rest for me, but oh how I missed having Audrey crawl in bed beside me before the sun came up...eating cereal after everyone else is fed and settled....warming my coffee up several times before having the chance to drink it....and last but not least watching Curious George with Caleb, Lauren, and Audrey laying beside me and on top of me on the sofa. I truly believe we may have broken a record for the number of times George has been watched, recorded, and replayed in our home! There is no place like home!

All is going well here. I received a call yesterday morning that a bed was available. After hugs and kisses to Caleb, Lauren, and Audrey, my beautiful mother graciously drove me to the hosptial. She and I were able to enjoy lunch together in my room, while we waited for the "festivities" to begin. (I love the time I am able to spend with my Mom, Dad, and Grandma....thank you for moving here!!!) I have completed one chemo which only took two hours to infuse. The second chemo which takes twenty four hours (I will receive two of these bags), was started very late yesterday evening. I'm so thankful that I've not had any adverse side effects! I am not sure yet if Iwill be able to go home late Friday night, or if it will be pushed to Saturday morning. I am just resting, reading, catching up on phone calls, and enjoying talking with my nurses...and continuing to trust and believe that God has brought me here again for a purpose.

I had a very handsome young man bring me dinner last night! Doug was able to leave work at a very decent time, and we were able to spend the evening together. It really was like a date.... in a hospital room. :) But all of you busy parents out there understand how wonderful it is to have some quiet time together, no matter where it is! I felt like we were being sneaky, because the children were probably anxiously awaiting his arrival at home...they always run to the door when Daddy gets home from work! I know they thoroughly enjoyed their evening, too, though. Kristen (my wonderful cousin who is living with us and helping us with the children) and the kids were invited to our neighbor's house for dinner last night. They just love going to their friends' homes! (Thank you, Debbie.) We are so grateful for all of those who are just putting their arms around us and pouring out their love through so many different ways. I'm also so grateful for those from our Indy First church family who are bringing meals! What a huge blessing!

I read something this morning I wanted to share with you. I love these verses.

Psalm 62:5-8 (New Living Translation)

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in Him at all times.
Pour out your heart to Him,
for God is our refuge.

About a year ago I heard a song the radio that just summed up my thoughts. I am placing it once again at the top of my play list on the blog. Please have your volume turned on and listen to the words....He is doing something heavenly.

All my love,