I'm realizing mass emailing updates is problematic as sites are often suspicious of spamming. And so thanks to some recommendations I am moving all the updates and prayer requests here. Please feel free to pass the link on to others who might be interested. I know some of you are very eager for updates. *If you input your email address in the box above I believe you will get these posts sent to your email. However, I don't think it is in real time (could anyone help with that?). Actually,if anyone is tech savvy and can help me optimize this site I'd really appreciate it!. If you are more tech savvy than me, you can subscribe using the links via an RSS Feeder. You can also send this post via email to others by clicking on the "envelope" icon below. Please feel free to forward our prayer requests to anyone you know who might want to serve us in prayer. There are so many people I know I have left out. We are not ashamed to ask for your help.
Until this morning all of the biopsy results were proving inconclusive, however one of the later tests in the stomach area seems to be confirming a specific type of lymphoma. We're still waiting to talk the oncologist on the details, and prognosis. Kim was scheduled to go in for surgery to have a tissue sample removed from her chest area but in one of the last tests the doctors just may have gotten exactly what they were looking for. Please continue to pray that they identify what is going on and if it's the Lord's will that she might avoid the tissue sample surgery (stenoscopy). The fluid from around her heart continues to drain fluid but it is slowing down and they hope to remove the tube in her chest soon - which would relieve some of the pain and allow her chest to begin healing. She is now able to eat whatever she wants and may even be able to walk a little bit today. She still struggles with shortness of breath and fatigue especially when she tries to talk too much and so although I know so many are eager to talk to her - I'm asking for continued patience. In typical fashion she is a big hit with all the nurses here. Some have even shared that they are praying for us and others comfortably share all about their own personal lives and their issues with Kim. What can I say? She's always had that effect on complete strangers.
This morning while I was driving the boys to a friend's house I was at a stoplight when my thoughts began to run wild and tears began to well in my eyes. When I looked in the rearview mirror Caleb was staring right back at me from the 3rd row seat of our minivan with these really big, concerned eyes. I quickly started a conversation on Star Wars legos (which is the ultimate purpose of life for my two boys) to smooth it over but I know Caleb is absorbing everything in his sensitive little heart. Please pray that I would be strong for him. I am not as strong as these emails may appear.
Selah is having her ups and downs. She has been complaining of a toothache the last couple days and it's affecting her eating so we could sure use some prayer for that. In the meantime she is having a great time playing with her younger cousin Isaiah. As you can see from the before and after pics below she has quite an influence on him. (Isaiah is doing all he can to cheer her up!)
I can't say this enough, but thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. Kim has an ipad at her disposal so when she is up for it she is reading all of your emails and notes. Often times when I look over at her she is smiling, tearing, or smiling/tearing.
In His grace and for His glory,
Peter and Kim