I love to hear Eli laugh out loud at something on television, especially when it is something sweet
Eli is really excited to see his siblings who he hasn’t seen in about a month. They will be here tomorrow. The girls have been on school trips this week, and I know I have already often lamented about missing out on so many things with my other kids, ranging from overnight school trips to little things like picking out something for show and tell. When we decided to have kids (and believe it or not, we discussed not having kids at all. I didn’t think just because we could, we should. Or, that having kids made us more complete as a married couple, or that it was my duty or obligation to grow another human
Thank you to our school classes for sending things to him, and for all the mail he is getting. He is a lucky little boy. Please, continue to remember Preston in your prayers. He is not doing well, and they have had to move forward with a less optimal treatment because his tumor progression is so aggressive. And, Jake passed away during the night. I think he was one of the first I found on Facebook that was fighting Eli’s cancer. He had been enduring relapse for a very long time. And, a new relapse was announced on the parents page yesterday, as well. I think I’ve touched on this years ago, maybe, but something I read reminded me of it, and it was someone asking for support, and said “even if you just pray.” I think I’ve even said something of that
SVT Cobra, vintage, very cool cars as one would expect. Eli and Vic rode in a 2016 GT350, and in a rare 2011 Boss 302 Laguna Seca. Super nice club willing to get their cars out in a dense fog of pollen!! Today, we visited the Columbia Riverbanks Zoo in South Carolina after Eli's treatment. He did great, energy level to walk the park was normal. Praise and Glory to his Creator for that protection and gift. The weather suddenly got cool, much cooler than I expected, but we hope to take a canal ride tomorrow if we can stand it. Eli isn't finished with radiation until 1045ish each day, so that makes a day trip to savannah or charleston tough, or even atlanta, really. So, we may save those places for our check-up appointments in May.
We have had a full week, crammed into half of a week so far. First, Eli is doing fabulous. He continues to eat well, has gained weight, and has been laughing, engaged in conversation with the other kids, playing with Caleb. Cancer is a nightmare of a roller coaster, but we are definitely cruising right now, until the next plummet.
The girls and I came home late last night (Wednesday night) to have a day at home today to prepare for a weekend in Nashville at a youth event for which they have been preparing. We will be cutting
The girls and I leave for Nashville first thing in the morning, and will cut our participation short for me to have time to come home Saturday night, unpack, repack, and hit the road for Augusta early Sunday morning. Caleb stayed behind with Vic to enjoy as much Minecraft as he could. Eli has the Xbox with us in Augusta, and Caleb is an avid Minecraft guy. Watches Dan TDM on You Tube faithfully for ideas and reviews of upgrades, so he has missed having it to test out what he learns.
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