On Friday we were all packed and ready to leave for the lovely vacation home that the Hoolsema's gave us for the long weekend, however...I took Cash in to have his counts checked and right before we were going to leave, I decided to call and check on what his counts were and he needed blood...So Wendi took off to Birch Bay with Jack and Kingston while Cash and I pulled a long afternoon at Childrens'. We finally got out of there at 6:30 and were at Birch Bay by 9:00 so it wasn't too bad. The blood definitely helped Cash out - he had a lot more energy this weekend so it was definitely worth it.
Jack Jr.'s birthday was this weekend so we had two days of parties for him - the first on Saturday at the KOA with the VanderHoeks where he even had a pinata to smash. The second party was at the vacation house on Sunday with the Parriera's. We all had a great time and it was great that everyone got to visit with Cash. The house that we were given for the weekend was absolutely amazing and so well designed that our family fit perfectly in it - if anyone wants a week or weekend retreat on the Bay, please visit www.rentwithusbirchbay.webs.com. We are so thankful that we had the opportunity to get away at such a beautiful location - Thank you Hoolsema's!!!
Tomorrow Cash has surgery to remove his Hickman line and put the port in. In addition we meet with the radiation oncologist to discuss the gamma knife procedure to hit the new spot in the temporal lobe. We continue to pray that this tumor can be held at bay with the medicines he'll start receiving.
The support we continue to receive has been amazing - school starts at Zion on Wednesday and I have to be at work the next few days so my mom and Joanne are coming down to help out so I can continue to work. This is just an upcoming example and if you've been reading the blog for some time I often thank those who will drop anything to babysit, take Cash to appointments, clean the house and make dinners, etc...
In addition to those who are helping us in Seattle, there are so many unsung heroes during this trial who are behind the scenes praying and supporting those who help us out. Two people come to mind, Wendi's mom, Edna, is a prayer warrior for Cash and I know she never ceases to pray and prayer is what enables Cash to keep going throughout the days (p.s. Mom, sometimes it's ok to pray with your eyes open). The other is Wendi's Aunt Betty, who takes care of Julie's kids as she faithfully comes to Seattle often, bringing meals and much needed support.
We want to thank everyone for their prayers and support, many continue to ask, "What can I do?" The best thing you can do is pray - prayer is so essential and critical that you have no idea how it keeps Cash going and propels us to keep fighting through the power of the Spirit. Keep praying because we need it and if Cash isn't on your fridge as a reminder, email me and we'll send you a pic!
Update on the Seattle Run of Hope:
I just checked the number of participants for the Walk/Run on October 3 and it's now to 46 people, up from 24 last week. Wow it's going to be a great day for brain tumor research and your support of Cash's team is incredible! I was hoping for 50 but we're already almost there - now I'm shooting for 75! :-)
Have a blessed short weekend and I'll post multiple times this week as Cash has a lot going on. Thank you for your prayers and support!!!