Monday, July 18, 2011

The Crazy Lazy Days of Summer

Thank you for being patient and allowing us the freedom to enjoy summer for all it has to offer.  More choices, less schedules, less computer, more outside, later nights, later mornings....ahh summer. 

Last Monday was another milestone in Emma's treatment.  Chemo infusion # 5.  1/3 of her treatment is behind us.....10 more to go.  She had one day of feeling pretty crummy, but then improved and has had a great week since.  We visited the clinic today for her weekly blood test and her counts were great...1700, her hair is starting to come back and starting next round, she won't get the "big guns" chemo called Doxyrubicin anymore as she has reached the critical limit that her body can take. They will switch it to Methotrexate for the remainder of her regimen.  That should improve the nausea she fights and will be a pretty "mild" dose of that medication....all reasons to celebrate. 

We've had many days of summer fun mixed with clinic visits and one hospital stay.  Not bad.  Here are some photographic depictions of some of the crazy and some of the lazy. 

Girl Scout Sleepover-water balloon filling station

Girl Scout cuties

A girl on the beach loving every minute

Crazy is painting toes on the beach!

Lazy Santa Cruz days

Emma and Lily
Riding at home

Rebecca being lazy and loving it!

This is the crazy face of a girl who does not like the smell, taste or association she has with the clinic.  I don't blame her. 


Crazy x-ray of her port seen in her chest film

Folsom Lake

Family BBQ and gathering at our house.  Cousins from LA visited and we got to meet our newest baby niece Grace.
Our crazy goat checking out the construction project.

Summer dinner

Bon fire in the back yard by the apple trees with cousins

Lazy dogs and a happy girl
We continue to be blessed with dinners from family and friends that arrive on Monday evenings after our clinic days and we are always so thankful.  We are praising God for his protection over Emma's body and the energy and health she has experienced so far this summer.  We march on.  Every day is a new day and we are taking notice of the details. 



  1. So glad that you are all experiencing a good taste of summer in the midst of this storm! GOD IS GOOD!

    Hopefully we will be able to gather our families soon and do some summer celebrating before yet another one is gone. They always go way too fast, don't they?

    Love you all...

  2. Father Thomas Brindley, my spiritual director, posted this yesterday on his blog, "We cannot really hope until despondency is a real possibility."

    Like most of the truths that have moved me recently, this would have sounded like some distant, detached philosophy until just a few years ago.

    Now it makes sense.

    Now it is fiercely practical.

    Praying for grace for Emma, to learn and know the Truth, even as a young girl... and for you and Jon to continue to come alive.


    (Read Tom's full post here:


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