Stepping Out

“When God aims us in a new direction, we have to let go of what we’ve known, be willing to embrace the unfamiliar, and trust that He will sustain us on the journey.” -Stormie Omartian Matt has been on a church staff in some capacity for twenty-five years. Two weeks ago, he resigned from his […]

Mourning and Rejoicing

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:15‬ The first friend we made on the Oncology floor was Katie. Her sweet, southern drawl and contagious smile made everyone feel at ease immediately. No matter what new battle she was fighting, Katie made others feel important and special. We found out today […]

fear.

Is it possible to feel such fear that each time you feel afraid afterward, it just can’t compare? I have two mindsets in regards to fear now. One, the smaller of the two, is terrified of relapse and long-term chemo side effects and everything that could possibly go wrong. And the other, which is young […]

School and Work: A New Normal

Quick update: Now that Will’s counts are back up and he’s had one month since his last treatment, he has begged to go back to school. I surrendered and let him go for a few hours one morning last week. I cried all the way home like I’d just dropped him off at kindergarten. It […]

A Time to Heal

I’m so thankful and humbled to say that Will finished chemotherapy today. We are on the way home after a very emotional 24 hours. I can’t explain all the feelings we are experiencing because we haven’t processed them ourselves. Will is already neutropenic (his ANC is low, which shows us how well his immune system […]

Hello, Gus.

On Tuesday morning, I saw a friend’s post about a puppy in Northwest Arkansas and was instantly intrigued. Will and I had looked at puppy pictures in the hospital all weekend to make us smile, and the family said “his only hobby is snuggling.” Need I say more? The last thing we need is a […]

Results

We are so thankful to say that Will’s PET scan on Monday was completely clear! His body is free of cancer, and we are praising God! He is still in treatment and will be receiving inpatient chemo until Sunday night. We should be able to go home Monday sometime. We’ll have a couple weeks at […]

Next Week

We may not sleep much Sunday night. On Monday morning, we will take our youngest kids to school and drive straight to Little Rock. Will has his second PET scan around noon, and the results determine so much. After his scan, he’ll be admitted and begin his third big round of chemo, which is different […]

Thank you.

I’ve been putting off this post for fear that I would not do it justice. I’ve come to the realization that there is no way I can adequately communicate our gratitude, but I would rather say something and come up short than say nothing at all. As a pastor and therapist, Matt and I are […]

What I Don’t Want You to Do

I cried all the way home after we dropped Will off at kindergarten. I’d been dreading it for years, and the day finally came. My sweet, shy little boy who had cried and clung to my leg during open house hopped out of the car and ran right in like he’d done it a million […]