Friday, July 17, 2009

Round 2 is done.

Forester is home and doing well. Happy to be in his own bed...or make shift bed in the corner of our room which has been his bed since Feb. He slept great and is in a great mood today!

The results of Pete's CT scan of his chest and neck were clear. We are thankful for that! Still not exactly sure what's going on with him but a clear CT rules out a bunch of serious stuff. Last night Pete slept well for the 1st time in about 2 weeks so praise God for that!

We return to the hospital for blood labs on Monday afternoon. My sis in law, Paris and her 3 kiddos (Sam, Madison, & 8 week old Nicholas) will be arriving from Nashville on Monday. Sam is Forester's very best friend in the whole world. They only see each other a couple of times a year. Forester currently doesn't know that they're coming because there is a chance that if his counts are already plummeting by Monday then we will have to quarantine him. Pray that Forester's counts take a slow decline so that I we'll be able to surprise him with the news that his favorite cousin is in town and he can go PLAY. I'm picturing the joy on his face...I pray I can give him this good news!

I'll keep you posted on the Pete mystery. Thanks for your prayers & keep praying against those chemo side effects!

Some birthday happiness...
my beautiful flowers... my flower made by Forester...and a great gift from Kathie, hanging pictures!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Another update!

Pete is on his way for a CT scan now. They're going to work him in. And, Forester gets to come home tonight! Sometime after dinner time..yay! I'm praying I'm not taking one out of the hospital and putting another one in but whatever it takes to get everyone well. Pray for a clear diagnosis for Pete, discernment for his doctor and pray that it's nothing serious! Thanks! I'll keep you posted...

FYI: Slade is on the mend but she's still a little stuffy and I'm pretty sure her top 2 teeth are about to break through. All I can say is thank God for miracle Motrin! :o)

Video & Brief Update

I know I should update with more info but to be honest I just can't re-hash it all right now.

Brief summary: Forester has been doing really well in the hospital but won't be discharged until tomorrow which we're all sad about. We miss him & want him home. Pete continues to get worse and not better. It's freaking me out because it's bizarre. Forester's headaches were bizarre. I do not like scares me. Right now the guess is it's related to a problem with his heart. Pete has a CT scan of his chest & neck tomorrow but he feels bad enough that he was trying to see if he could get it done right away. Not possible. Pete is the glue that holds us all together. My glue is falling apart, therefore I feel....anxious and afraid and a bit like I'm free falling. I feel like my limits are being tested as far as just how much one person can handle. And somehow I know God is trying to teach me to trust him above all else. I have no choice but to trust Him and I do. But, I'm still scared. Prayers are needed. Thank you. ~Whitney

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Happy birthday dear Whitney! Happy birthday to you!

Growing up, I often wished I had a sister. I now know the Lord did not give me a sister because He wanted to give me YOU! You are my sister, and I could not love a biological sister any more than I love you. You are my very best friend and have stood by me and with me through highs and lows, through good decisions and baaaad decisions, through times of laughter and joy and through times of pain and sadness... You know me better than anyone (probably even Marty) and you love me just the same. My life is richer and more beautiful because of you.

I know you - you with your amazing gifts, your oh so human imperfections, and your brown, burgundy, blond, black, light brown, darker brown, red, straight and curly hair (hee hee!), and I am so very proud to know you and love you and call you my best friend. You are a treasure, an unbelievable girt, a perfect creation in Christ Jesus. You love Jesus with every ounce of your being and His love and His life shine through you. You touch lives in immeasurable ways, you love with the love of Christ, and you sow joy wherever you go. You are gorgeous inside and out. You are strong because of Him who gives you strength. You, as you live out your life and your authentic faith in front of all of us, are an awesome testimony to the perfect power and peace available to all of us in Jesus.

You are precious to me. You are a blessing to me. My heart aches for you, as you and your family have to walk this road with Forester, and I wish I could take it all away. Know this though: You are my family. Your family is my family. Just as nothing will separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, nothing will ever separate you from me.

My prayer for you today is that you have a day of renewed rest, perfect peace and inexplicable joy, that the stress you're feeling vanishes and that you feel the very real presence of Abba Father in new ways. I pray that you have a glimpse of the celebration occuring today because of you and that you hear the Lord singing over you. I know He is.

I look forward to decades more of bestest friendship with you! Happy Birthday! I love you and so wish I could celebrate with you today!