Why blog? My mother brought this idea to me and I was a bit skeptical at first. However, a calling has been felt lately to somehow share my insight and journey as a soldier for Christ. It has been prayed about and I don’t want to risk missing His answer. God blessed me with the […]

The results are in! Although her follow up appointment is not until July 7th, I emailed the doctor this morning and received confirmation that the scans were good. I feel such a sense of relief and overwhelming joy. It is with this news that I am concluding the “Life’s Drastic Detour” series of blogs. I […]

Today is the day. TyAnn will have her three month, post chemo, follow up scans today. Although I am anxious, the overall mood at our home has been jovial. The peace God has given us is amazing. It truly does surpass all human understanding. I want to be clear. Our peace isn’t because we are […]

Last night at a Titus 2 meeting (our church’s small group), TyAnn prayed for me. She prayed that I would not be nervous about her upcoming scans. She asked for peace and comfort knowing that either way, even if the results showed her cancer was back, that I would know it was still good. She […]

On our way to Disneyland the other day, we were stuck in traffic next to a LA County Sheriff’s Department of Correctional Facility bus. Although we were driving side by side for quite a while, we would eventually arrive at very different destinations. What choices were made that determined whether we are going to the […]

A few months ago I joined a Facebook support group for parents of children with cancer. I met three parents whose children had the same cancer; two had relapsed. That was a hard pill to swallow, but I have worked really hard not to live in that fear. This morning a parent shared about their […]

TyAnn and I went to Disneyland this week. It was wonderful. Although she still gets tired enough to need a wheel chair, that only gets us to the front of the lines faster. TyAnn didn’t remember riding Mr. Toad’s Wild Adventure previously. For those of you who have not experienced this ride, you die and […]

It has been such a joy to watch TyAnn as she regains the parts of her that cancer, chemotherapy and radiation stole. These past two weekends we went camping at different locations. The first weekend was with Camp Ronald McDonald. This camp is just for families who have dealt with a child who has (or […]

The Bible tells us that we are made in God’s image. That is really hard for me to wrap my mind around since God is not human but, when I see TyAnn’s art and creativity, I realize that I was thinking of appearance instead of who we are. The ability to create art, music, poetry […]

A few weeks ago, TyAnn was surprised by a visit from the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Her wish of visiting Disney World in Orlando, Florida with the family had been granted. A few days later, a limousine picked us up and chauffeured us to the airport in amazing style. A greeter awaited us upon arrival to Orlando […]

Sometimes, “taking your thoughts captive” seems like an elusive idea more than an achievable goal. My mind has been racing so much lately that I can picture a little cartoon hamster running on a squeaky wheel up there. Last night I tried meditating on Psalms 62 with a Christian video. The man’s voice was soft […]

Recently while driving home I thought to myself “It is really dark and gloomy out today.” It occurred to me that I didn’t need my sunglasses anymore and, as I removed them, I realized that it was beautiful out but my dark glasses skewed my perspective. I instantly thought about all the ways we are […]

So we are four weeks out from TyAnn’s last chemotherapy treatment. We are adjusting to our new “normal” while she is still battling the side effects of her treatments. TyAnn began to have some facial swelling last week which has gotten progressively worse each day. Her doctors cannot agree on what the cause may be […]

The results are in and at first they threw me for a loop. The doctor wanted us to wait until next Tuesday to get the report and, although patience is a virtue, I am not feeling particularly virtuous today. “The scans are stable. There has been no change since the scans in October.” My heart […]