Finishing Up

Hi blog readers! Hope you all are having a wonderful day. We have been doing well. Last week was an exciting week with Joel finishing up chemo but it really doesn't seem real yet. I don't think that it will fully feel like it is over until after our last Houston trip. At that point it'd normally be the point where we head back for chemo. When we get to that point in time and we don't have to go-I think that's when we will really feel like we have freedom once again. It will be wonderful. For now we are gearing up for our very last trip to Houston. We leave this coming Wednesday and will be there until Sunday. Joel's final appointments are Thursday and Friday then we will head down to Galveston to spend 2 days by the ocean. We are going back to stay at the hotel in Galveston where we stayed our very first trip to MD Anderson. I remember being there and being so shell shocked at everything that the doctor's told us that it was really difficult to enjoy ourselves and our time there. To me going back under different circumstances will bring us full circle and really close out our time in Houston. Please be praying for us this trip to Houston. As you all remember there was an "area of concern" on Joel's lung. We haven't spoken much about it because our belief is that we will go back and that spot will be gone. With the disease of cancer everything can change in one instant and that makes each of the CT scan's intimidating. But, like I said then, I believe in God's faithfulness and don't believe He has brought us this far to leave us now. We fully expect to be able to give you a clear report on Friday. Thank you for your prayers for healing for Joel and also peace for us both.

A little update on Help for Healing. We are in our very final stages to getting our non-profit status from the IRS. We sent in our packet and they responded asking for more details. We sent the further requested information to them and the next time we hear from them it should be to tell us that we are approved. Very exciting! Our non-profit will be officially unveiled at Joel's party in a few weeks and we are very excited to have the website live and be able to share it with everyone. Of course after we get everything lined up I will share it here on the blog as well. It has been amazing seeing everything come together. We talked to Joel's doctor at OU and told him about our foundation and he was really excited for us and re-enforced that there is such a great need out there for a nonprofit such as ours. Hearing that was awesome because it confirmed everything that we felt in our hearts. We believe that this is a vision that God has put in our hearts for the sick and that His hand will be upon us as we move forward. I am beyond excited to see what He has in store for us.

This weekend is a full one for us with our 6th anniversary as well as celebrating the 4th. We certainly have a lot to celebrate those days and really every day. We are so blessed.

I hope you all are well. I pray for you guys often for God to bless you with health, favor and blessings. Since I am trying to close out every blog with a picture here is one of Joel. This entire year we have kept a calendar on our fridge. Marking off the days after his chemo cycle was always been a big thing for us and seeing the X's every day helped us feel like we were making progress. Here is Joel marking off his very last X as I was in the background doing my customary "drum roll". ;)



Psalm 136:1-9

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.

4 to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever. 5 who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever. 6 who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever. 7 who made the great lights— His love endures forever. 8 the sun to govern the day, His love endures forever. 9 the moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever.