Anna and Zoe eating donuts for Anna's breakfast celebration for the first day of school.

Anna and Zoe eating donuts for Anna's breakfast celebration for the first day of school.

So it has been a very long time since I last blogged. So much has happened. We have been very busy with moving to a new house, visits to the doctors and all of Anna’s summer activities. I think things have settled down for a little while…well not really but that is what I keep telling myself.

Jack’s health is getting better. He has started volunteering some for the National Marrow Donor program to get people signed up for the Bone Marrow Registry. They don’t have many volunteers and it is nice the people they are talking to can see an actual person who has benefited from someone taking the time to donate.

Anna has started first grade on August 3rd. Since we homeschool Anna we decided to make her first day back to school very special so we had a donut breakfast with one of her friends. She is learning so many new things. This year’s curriculum revolves around American history so we have spent the first 3 weeks learning about the settling of St. Augustine and Jamestown.


Anna enjoying the Texas Bluebonnets.One of my favorite flowers is the Texas Bluebonnet. We actually had Bluebonnets as the main flower at our wedding. I love driving down Texas roads in the spring and looking at the sea of Bluebonnets growing along the road. Anna and I went to a field today behind a friend of ours office where the Bluebonnets covered a hill. We were going to wait until next week but I was afraid with it getting near freezing tonight that the flowers may not be as pretty after the cold weather. We had such a great time discussing how the Bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas and how they grow. We also discussed how because the Bluebonnet is a wild flower we should not pick it so that it can grow for others to enjoy. Texas Bluebonnets

Anna painting a picture of an American Flag.Sorry, I haven’t updated but we have been running since we got home a month ago.

Jack is doing great and I think we have finally gotten the kinks worked out of switching from the VA in Nashville to the one here in Dallas. We have a dr’s appointment next week for a check-up with the doctor but they draw blood once a week to check levels and everything is pretty much on track.

We have been busy looking for a house to buy. We have found several that we have liked and put offers on but apparently we have wonderful taste in houses because other people also put offers on the same houses and have outbid us. We have an offer on house #4 that is currently at the bank . It is a short sale (pre-forclosure) so the bank has to approve the offer. So we are just waiting on the bank to make a decision on whose offer they are accepting. It is the best house out of all the others we have put an offer on and is almost exactly what we have been wanting. The only thing it doesn’t have are the window looking into the backyard from the kitchen or living area but I can live with that. We need something with space since Jack is not really supposed to be outside anymore because of the tranplant. This house will give us the ability to spread out and not be stepping on top of each other when one of us is needing some alone time. It also gives us room to have families over for fellowship which is something we can’t do in the house we are currently renting. We hopefully will know something by the end of the week but it maybe next week before we hear back from the bank.  So we will see what happens.

We started back on Anna’s schoolwork last week after taking a couple of weeks off while we were traveling home and getting adjusted to being back. This week so far she has learned about the Star Spangled Banner, Davy Crockett and Lewis and Clark in history. We went to the zoo a few weeks ago for homeschool day and learned all about horses, penguins, and owls. We are fixing to start a study on butterflies. We ordered some butterfly catepillars to watch them grow and turn into butterflies while we are studing them. Anna is super excited and asks everyday when they are coming in the mail. So check back I will try to post pics of the butterfly study.

We finally get to go home tomorrow. YEAH! We will leave in the afternoon since we have to meet with the doctor first and to go over some things. We are driving to Little Rock for the night and we will get to have dinner with Jack’s brother. Then we will finally be home sometime on Wednesday.

Jack is doing very good. He had another good PET scan last week with no cancer showing up. God is so good!

So we are on day 88. Just 12 more days to the magical 100. Even though we are close to reaching day 100 it doesn’t necessarily mean that we will go home on day 100. They will continue to monitor Jack if he starts to run fever or gets sick or if they think something else is going on that would need further monitoring. We hope to be heading home around the 25 at the earliest or the 27th at the latest. Jack is doing really well which is why I haven’t updated much. Jack had mono at one point before we got married, actually I gave it to him…anyway, it has reactivated. The doctors are not really concerned they are just keeping an eye on it and have increased some of his medications to hopefully keep it from getting worse. He feels fine and the number for the mono is only at 800 and concern is at 2000 so it is not really anything of concern but to keep an eye on it.

We are basically keeping ourselves busy by watching movies, playing Wii and working on jigsaw puzzles. I have worked on getting some of Anna’s first grade curriculum together. I have been making flash card books for spelling and workbooks for her memory verses. Anna has been busy visiting the farm and seeing my Grandparents, Aunt, and Uncle. She loves to play Chinese Checkers with Uncle Chuck and making Dump cake for Gramps. She also got to play in 12 inches of snow in Indianapolis a few weeks ago.

I really have nothing new to report. We are just waiting until day 100 and we can go home again. Jack is doing really well and has had no major problems. We are down to going to the doctors two times a week unless something is going on. We thought he would have more testing this week but the doctors are going to wait until around day 100.We have been keeping ourselves entertained by working puzzles, playing Wii and watching movies. We haven’t gone out much because it has been too cold.

Anna is doing good. We won’t get to see her until we go home which is hard but we will be fine. Mom and Dad have done a really good job of keeping up with her school work so by the time we get home she will only have a few weeks left of Kindergarten.

That is about all for now.

Sorry it has been so long since I have updated the blog. Everything is going great with Jack. We are so excited that we get to start the new year cancer free. God has blessed us in so many ways in the last year.  Not only with Jack’s treatment but with family, friends and the people we have met along the way. Jack’s being cancer free is nothing but a miracle that only God could do. Even the doctors are amazed at how well he is doing. They have really expected more problems because of all the chemo he has gotten in the past. It is a miracle at all that he even qualified for the transplant. It is a miracle that they found a perfect match donor halfway around the world who was willing to give bone marrow. Some people say that God doesn’t perform miracles in today’s world that miracles only happened in the Bible. I have news for them…God is doing miracles all around us.

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