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 […]

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 […]

After another long night of struggling with Ty’s leaking G-tube, I found one of our cats, The Pal (yes, that’s literally his full name), bent over in an awkward position by his cat dish. His body appeared lifeless and so I shook him for confirmation of what I feared. He did not move and, although […]

“Why do I have to suffer?” TyAnn cries, while rocking back and forth trying to cope with the unbearable pain. Chemo may have ended two weeks ago, but the affects on the body have not. Seven to ten days after chemotherapy the body has extremely low red blood cells, platelets and the white count can […]

I am sitting by TyAnn’s bedside admiring the beauty of the day through her shade drawn window. The shades block out a great deal of light so she can sleep during the day but also allow me a generous view of the cloud covered, dark blue sky. In roughly seven hours, the hospital will discharge […]

I was able to catch up on some rest and even enjoyed a massage, thanks to loving friends God has placed in my life. I feel rejuvenated. Not 100% rejuvenated, but more like myself. It may seem a bit odd, but I have found driving alone to be a real downtime for me lately. It […]

Overwhelmed. That is the only word that can describe me right now. Emotionally, physically and mentally overwhelmed. My mind is constantly racing with all kinds of thoughts, but I am too tired to make sense of them all. Have you ever thought, “I can’t take it anymore. I just can’t do it?” Really though, what […]