Friday, August 22, 2008

August 22, 2008

Times flies! Leah and Chloe both started school on Tuesday. They had open house on Monday night and were able to drop off their supplies and meet their teachers. Both are enjoying themselves, but don't respond with much more than "fine" when I ask how their day was. I do know that Chloe really enjoys hot lunch. Leah, however, still has me pack a lunch for her each day.

The 15th was Leah's 7th birthday. We had a party for grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins on the 16th. Back in April or May I saw that Jon and Kate Plus Eight (Leah's favorite TV show) was coming out on DVD. Somehow I managed not to mention that even once, so Leah was very surprised to get seasons 1 and 2 as a gift. She then spent the next two days glued to the TV watching every episode.

Reeve will be two next Friday. She is starting to talk more, which is much better than the grunting and screaming in order to communicate her wishes. She still loves saying "Naughty, naughty, naughty," and wagging her finger at whoever she feels is wrong. The girls have egged this on a great deal.

I started school on Monday, but don't see kids until this coming Monday. Mornings seem to come awfully quickly, so I am hoping I can sleep a bit later this weekend.

Leah's next appointment is September 4. This time there is a CT scan. UGH. Again, she looks great, and the further out we get from her end of treatment the more it seems unreal that she was ever sick to begin with, or that we may have to face cancer again. We continue to pray for her complete healing here on earth and a long, healthy life. If you are still checking in, we appreciate your prayers as well.

Two more families that need your prayers, too. The Reed family lost their son, Kyle, on March 8, 2006, and we met them while we were in Iowa City. Kyle's mom, Paula, learned just a few weeks ago that she has breast cancer. Their website is:

The Carricos of New Sharon, Iowa, also need your prayers. Their son, Jace, passed away on August 19, 2009, of a brain tumor recurrence. Travis, Jace's dad, was a funeral director in New Sharon when Leah was diagnosed and was kind enough to visit with Chris and offer words of encouragement to us. Jace's website is:

I will update again after Leah's appointment, so please check back in. Thanks for keeping her in your prayers.

I also need to find time to post a new picture. She lost her third tooth, one of her big upper ones, and looks so grown up :)