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March 05, 2008


9:00 AM (Central time): We all survived this last weekend. Randall had a good trip to Western NM/eastern AZ and visited with our good friend Greg, and it was a very good meeting with some of his colleagues in ministry. My Walk to Emmaus was a really good experience, in ways I couldn't have imagined. I feel reassured and unsettled, all at the same time, and I'm finding it very hard to get motivated about work (which is why I'm writing this entry in the middle of a workday morning). I know I'll work though it, but it's a weird time for me.

We came home to find Sophie had been sick with a fever most of the weekend. When we took her to the doctor on Monday, it turned out that she had strep, so we started her on antibiotics and she stayed home from school Monday and Tuesday. Between her illness and the snowstorm we experienced Sunday night, we couldn't get her to Lubbock for the her monthly tests. She'll go on Friday instead.

Elisabeth has her "TAKS" test in writing today. She is so excited! I'll be curious to hear how she feels about it this afternoon. She's a smart cookie.

I haven't said it in a while, but I can't tell you how much I appreciate the fact that our friends and family (and people we don't even know!) read this blog and are with us in spirit. It really touches me to know that people care about us, think about us, and pray for us--even now, when everything seems to be back to normal. Every now and then we recall the early days of Sophie's diagnosis and treatment and go back to that dark place when everything was so scary; it is really good to know that we are not alone through this journey. Thank you for being with us.

March 07, 2008


3:45 PM (Central time): Just a quick note to report that Sophie had a good check up in Lubbock today. Her blood tests came back fine, and the doctor thinks she looks good. She didn't have a fever or any sign of strep, so the antibiotic must be working. She took a nap on the way to Lubbock and on the way home, so she must have been tired (and she will probably take forever to go to sleep tonight). The rest of us are doing fine too!

March 22, 2008


10:29 PM (Texas time) We have had a couple of comments about not posting in a while, and I guess there's not much to post. The girls have been home for Spring Break this past week and we've been a little harried. Sophie lost her second upper tooth last night, so she's completely toothless. We're hoping to get a picture up very soon, but Sophie isn't too keen on having her picture taken right now. Maybe we'll have to sneak one without her knowing. Both girls are doing well, growing up and enjoying school. While Susan was away in Denver this past week, I took the bunkbeds apart and converted them to two twin beds. The girls were very excited about that and although it makes their room a little more crowded, they are really enjoying being "on the same level." Elisabeth even suggested that we buy them matching bedding now!

Susan and I have been busy with our jobs. As you can imagine, this is a busy time for clergy! Susan had a presentation in Denver last week and that seemed to go well. I'm sure it was good for her to see colleagues at the conference. As it turned out, she spent an extra day in Denver since her flight through DFW was cancelled. She took the opportunity to visit with our friends Bryant and Shelli near Denver (hi Bryant and Shelli!) and enjoyed the unplanned visit. Next week I'll go help out with a camp in the conference (pray for Susan at home with girls by herself!). Later in April, we'll both be gone for two weeks to work at the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in Forth Worth. It really seems as if it'll be one thing after another for our whole family until mid-June. Welcome to our whirlwind world!

Thanks for keeping in touch and be on the lookout for pictures of toothless Sophie!

March 29, 2008


4:47 pm (Texas time)

Here is the long-promised picture of Sophie with her toothless grin:


Here is a picture of both girls last Sunday at our Easter Service:


We are all doing well--busy, as we've been saying for some time now! Week after next we'll be taking Sophie back to Lubbock for another monthly check-up. We will also be taking Sophie (and Lizzy) to the dentist, although I'm not sure what the dentist will be able to do with Sophie!

Thanks for being patient on these picture uploads. I hope you enjoyed them!