Well, it’s not really news. If you have followed along on this blog, you know that God has done two well-documented miracles in Caleb’s victory over cancer. But the protocol for the clinical trial we were a part of calls for follow-up scans at set intervals after chemotherapy is completed. We got the call last week that the latest scans are still showing that everything is clear and Caleb is (as he will remain!) cancer FREE!
While we were at the clinic that day for his scans to be done, we ran into a family that we have gotten to know over the last few months. They have a precious, vivacious little boy with such an amazing personality. They had been done with chemo for a few months, but they are going back in for some follow-up scans because there was a questionable area they saw on the scans he had done that day. Please pray with us for this family that the doctor’s belief that this was just a shadow or some other easily explainable blip will be confirmed and there was nothing to it. We are believing for a good report, and they would appreciate your prayers.
Caleb has been doing awesome. His hair has come back completely, and it is SO soft – like “baby”soft. He is so thrilled to not be the subject of so many stares, but he still finds opportunities to share his testimony anytime he can.
Many of you know what a tough road this journey was for us not only emotionally, but also financially. Many of you gave so generously, and there is no way we could have made it without you. Your love, prayers, and gifts left us speechless. We had another local church that we have many, many dear friends at that did a fundraiser concert for us right before Christmas. They raised just enough money to cover the rest of Caleb’s leftover medical expenses! We were so thankful for them doing that and thinking of our family. As a testament to God’s provision, we never missed a meal or were even late with a single bill during the whole ordeal! And although things were extremely tight, we always had enough gas to make the treatments, although sometimes it was provided at the last minute by an unexpected gift or unexpected renewal check in the mail. The cool thing about God being perfect is that He is never late.
The biggest reason for the tough times was that our insurance was through Holly’s employer, so I had to be the one to stay at home and provide the full-time care that Caleb needed. Well, I am back at work now, and God has been so good! We put the boys in New Hope Christian School (the school our church has) and they are loving it. Of course, I am, too, because I am a horrible teacher and I felt like I needed to be the one out providing for my family. However, we did what we had to do for our family in the situation we were in. So I am driving them to school and then going out to work during the day before picking them up in the afternoon. Things have been going very well and God has opened some amazing doors. We believe for even greater! We appreciate your prayers in that area.
I don’t know how much more updating I will do here. I have given some thought to turning this into a regular blog about healing and edification in general. If I do and you would rather not get updates in the future, you can unsubscribe at the bottom of the email that you receive. I am continuing to share healing verses and thoughts on Twitter – @healingverse.
Wow. God is SO good! I wish I could thank each of you personally for the love, prayers, support, and for just being there for us. There is no way I could do that, so let me say – on behalf of our family – THANK YOU and God bless each of you for your kindness. Words could never express the appreciation we have for you all. You are family and I thank God for each of you that are a part of our lives.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek His will in all you do,
and He will show you which path to take.”
Proverbs 3: 5-6
Caleb and I wild hog hunting last month.