Sunday, June 7, 2009

Hopscotch Sunday

Hey friends! The men are taking their Sunday afternoon nap so it's a good time to catch you up. Just checking in to let you know Josiah is doing great. We had a rough couple of days this week, but the doctors said everything is fine. He just had some tummy trouble.

His ANC (absolute neutrophil count) is on the upswing already which is great news! It only went down to 900 so we didn't even have to fight Josiah about wearing a mask (that happens at 500) this time around. It's good that his body is bouncing back quickly now, because the more chemo he has the longer it will take him to recover. We know things won't be this smooth every time, but we're so glad this first time has been so uneventful for the most part. His next chemo will be in a couple weeks... after the wedding, Laura and Kevin!

I got a card from a friend about 'hopscotch' versus 'dodgeball' days in life, and I feel like that's a great description of life right now. Perhaps it's just the normal overflow of emotions that come with this place we're in, but everything seems to happen in extreme. One day we can take a walk at Shelby Farms, but the next day we could be in isolation at St. Jude because of an infection Josiah catches when his counts are low. A cough could mean pneumonia or just too much drool. It's so difficult not to worry and assume the worst of everything. I'm sure this week will be much more relaxing knowing he has an immune system again.

Please pray for... the Lord to renew our Hope in Him each day. We are weak and feel beaten down at the least little bump in the road.
... Josiah to stay well as he gets out to visit friends this week.
... the tumor to be affected more than Josiah's healthy body.
... the neuro-oncology clinic and our medical team at St. Jude: Dr. Bronicher, Dr. Abraham, Lindsey, and Ginny.
... a family we met in the clinic whose son is a little younger than Josiah. His name is Riley.
... Stephen as he works hard and is with Josiah and me as much as possible.
... my heart to have peace and to believe the Lord.

We got to worship with Redeemer today and we sang In Christ Alone. We sang it at our wedding, at my dear aunt's funeral, and to Josiah before he was even born. I remember praying this verse for him.

No guilt in life no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me.
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.

Here's to more hopscotch and less cancer! We love you so much.


  1. Praying often for Josiah and you guys, love, strength, recovering health. Peace be you.

  2. What a BEAUTIFUL message, Merri! LOVE YOU GIRL! YOU ROCK!

  3. is that not the most powerful song?! we, too, sang that song to MT before she was born. and still sing it.

    i'm sorry i didn't hug your neck yesterday. know that we are thinking about you, stephen, and josiah. praying, still praying...

  4. super happy it was a hopscotch day (: love you & praying!! --stacey

  5. That song always brings me to tears! Will be praying it for y'all.