Eli’s files have already been reviewed at MD Anderson and Louisville (we had started that process the week before which is why they knew to call us when it opened), and we have it in the works at Sloan-Kettering. We are pursing all three at this point and hopefully as the process moves along, the right choice for Eli will shake out. So, just keeping you updated because you know it changes often. I am praying that we will be in Houston and Louisville next week. New York is not as quick to move things. MDA and Louisville of course would love to get started on something right away since they just opened, so I’m sure that is why they are being a little more pursuant and responsive. But New York is phase two, so they’ve got patients already. It will be Wednesday before his case is presented to the review board there. Meanwhile, guess what besides his hair is growing.
I stayed with my mom some yesterday and last night to make sure she is steady as she recovers from her hospital stay. We will be working on the house, finishing moving, shopping for spring shoes and clothes this week. Trying to get things in place if we have to leave suddenly. So, I expect it to be yet another busy week. Please, remember to get in your t-shirt and Eli Bear orders in. The car show must go on!!
I want to close by copying a part of one of my favorite Bible events in the Old Testament. It is recorded in Genesis 22 (and notice Abraham’s confidence when he talks to his servants “WE will come back to you”):
“Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.”