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8:15 PM (Susan posting): I stayed up too late last night, as usual, so even though Sophie slept until 7:30 (pretty late for her), I went back to bed and slept some more while she watched TV (and occasionally woke me up). We've had a good day, with lots of laughing and playing. We enjoyed some outdoor time after dinner. She's watching one Dora video, and then we have a deal that she will go straight to bed (we'll see how that works out in 45 minutes!).

She seems to be feeling well and isn't suffering any obvious side effects so far. One thing I'm noticing is bad breath, so we've brushed teeth (and tongue) several times today. She looks a little pale, but that's often true, whether her counts are low are not. Potty training is going great. I can't remember the last time she had an accident (I've probably jinxed us into having one soon by saying that!).

Randall is having a fantastic time in NM. Everyone there has made it clear that they are really looking forward to having him back in the conference when our time here is done. When I called to talk to Elisabeth today, she cried hysterically when Jeremy asked her to come to the phone. She absolutely didn't want to talk to me. I just told her I love her and miss her and that she could go back to playing with Jacquelyn. After Jeremy and I got caught up, I ended up talking to Jacquelyn for about 5 minutes. Go figure!


Hello Susan,

I pray that God blesses you and your family with days of faith, hope, and love. Sophie sounds like a special little girl and it sounds to me that she has a wonderful family, including her church family. And most of all, she has the Great Shepherd and His angels watching over her.

"May the Lord make you increase, both you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 115:14,15

Hi Susan, I am glad that Elisabeth is having a good time. I suspect she didn't want to speak with you because it then reminds her that she misses you and Sophie. It probably also reminds her how soon she will need to leave her friend again.
I seem to think that one of those chemo agents creates a metalic taste in your mouth. So I would suspect that it may also cause foul smelling breath too. I don't remember about the kids I took care of so many years ago (like 25-30 years ago). Keep an eye out for thrush in her mouth. If you have a health food store available to you, you can look for Desert Essence mouth wash with tea tree oil in it. I have found that it works very well for me keeping the thrush away (from chronic antibiotic use). The only thing is that she can not swallow the mouth wash. You aren't supposed to ingest tea tree oil.
I have reading your posts daily, but haven't had time to post. I was in DC for a conference Wednesday through Friday. I drove back and forth which usually isn't too bad, but NOT this time. It took me over three hours to get into the city on Thursday and Friday. On Friday 2 1/2 miles from the belt way, I sat stopped in traffic - all five lanes were stopped, for an hour. HOV on I 66 started at 6:30am. I was stopped 2 1/2 miles from inside the beltway so that I could continue on I 66 for an hour which meant that HOV had started for the entire highway. I decided that the state police HAD to lift HOV since it wasn't my fault that all the traffic was stopped for over an hour. I wasn't the only person alone in the car who just went right on through instead of getting off the highway and going the long way around to get to the conference. The trooper would have been in for a real verbal beating had he stopped me and most likely anyone else who continued on 66 at that time. I am very thankful to the Lord that I DO NOT work in DC any longer. The traffic really got on my nerves this time. I suppose the way people drive these days has something to do with those feelings too.
I am in PA for a few days. Christopher's church is having a special speaker Saturday and Sunday. His name is Paul Costa. He is a former Buffalo(sp) Bill linebacker. He gave a sermon that did some healing and prophetic speaking over some in the congregation. I won't get to hear him in the morning, but will be able to go to the evening service again.
I know about being tired. My eyes are burning again from being tired. I didn't get very much sleep the days I drove into DC trying to get ahead of the traffic. I think I will probably get more sleep tonight than I have recently. I've decided that sleep isn't all that it is cracked up to be, but my body is telling me HA HA.
Take care. Hugs and kisses all around. Love, Eileen