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9:45 PM Gosh! Today has certainly been a very full day! Fortunately, we had decent weather for all of it. It has been cold the last couple of days, but today it warmed up a bit. As Susan posted yesterday, our plan was to meet Madison Smith's family at the Chicken Man's Open House, which we did. We spent about 2 hours there. He's got all kinds of rare chickens. I understand that some of them perform tricks, but we didn't see any of that. The girls got to pet one of the chickens, though, which was pretty cool. It was great getting to spend time with Madison and her family. It's interesting to hear how another family dealt with leukemia, and how different Madi's protocol is from Sophie's. For example, Madi was allergic to many of the sedation drugs, so she had her spinal taps with no anesthesia. We sure are glad that Sophie does not react to the sedation! As it is, she wants to steer pretty clear from the "scary place" at the clinic.

After the Open House we went to lunch and to a park here in Dunn. The kids had a terrific time and (not surprisingly) Sophie made friends with another little girl that happened to be at the park at the same time. By the early afternoon, we were all wiped out, so we said goodbye and came home. Sophie and Susan laid down for a nap while Elisabeth did "chores" (voluntarily, I might add) and I finished up preparing for worship tomorrow.

This evening, we went to Clinton to see a girl from church (Caroline) perform in "Charlotte's Web." We had a great time. Elisabeth was already familiar with the story, so she really enjoyed it. For once, she wasn't constantly asking, "What's going to happen next? Why are they doing that? What is he doing?" You get the picture. Sophie was pretty wiggly, but I think she had a good time.

Needless to say, we are all wiped out. Maybe we pushed Sophie a little to hard today--hey, maybe we pushed all of us a little too hard today, but it sure was fun.