Sunday, June 12th

Sorry I haven’t written in a few days.  I’m sure you can all imagine that we are enjoying our time at home and being on the computer is one of the last things that I want to be doing, but I’m sure many of you are wondering how Jacob is doing. 

Thursday was our big trip home.  Jacob did great!  Quite tired for the first few hours of travel.  He said he felt tired and weak, but ended up perking up late morning after having an apple and did fantastic for the rest of the trip.  It was a much better trip than last time since Caleb wasn’t sick this time around, which made it much more bearable.  Ha!  We even beat Ken home from work.  🙂

Friday, Ken had to work.  Afterwards, Ken wanted to treat the kids to a movie.  We usually only do that about once a year, so it’s a pretty big treat.  We went to see Kung Fu Panda 2.  Very cute!  Although Cars 2 comes out at the end of the month, so I’m sure we’ll have to go see that too.  🙂  After the movie we went out to eat.  It was good, but very greasy.  After having greasy popcorn and a greasy dinner, none of us felt very good.  That was a bad decision on my part, but seemed like a good idea at the time.  Lesson learned!!  Jacob ended up getting sick on the way home.  It was probably a good thing so it didn’t sit in his gut like the rest of us.   We had to run up to the hospital to get some Neupogen, which are the shots that I have to give Jacob to stimulate his bone marrow to make more white blood cells.  We were supposed to get some delivered here on Thursday, but they accidentally sent it to my sisters instead.  🙁  Oh well, it all worked out!

Saturday was just a nice day to sleep in.  It felt good!  Just laying around being lazy.  🙂  Morgan (from Jacob’s class) and her dad Brad stopped by.  He was so thoughtful and got Jacob a NMU football game helmet signed by all the players.  What a wonderful gift!  Jacob is so excited to display all of his sports stuff in his room that he’s been getting.  Everyone has been so generous! 

Today was church.  What a great sermon our Pastor Kevin gave!  It was all about being tested by God.  It sure felt like the message was for us.  It was about growing in our relationship with God from what we learn from the tests and trusting Him.   All I can say is that I am trusting Him.  God is the only one who can heal Jacob and get us through this, so trusting Him is all we can do!!!  After church we went and got some flowers to plant and came home to plant them.  It was nice to make the yard seem more like home and the way it usually is.  Ken wanted that too!  He wanted things to look the way it normally does.  It helps a little.  The boys had a blast having a squirt gun fight.  It was fun watching them run around and listening to them giggle.  🙂  Tonight we headed down to Browns to get an ice cream cone.  Maybe not the best decision, but sometimes ya just need to splurge a bit!  It was delicious!!!  🙂  When we got back, we had a 2 on 2 basketball game.  Jacob and I against Ken and Caleb.  I hate to brag, but we won!  Ken claims he didn’t try his hardest – Whatever!!!  What a wonderful day!  It’s sad though to think it’s Sunday already and we only have a week left.  It all goes by way too fast!

Tomorrow Jacob will have to have chemo again.  It’ll be in Marquette at least.  Hopefully it won’t take more than a couple hours.  Please pray that he won’t have any side effects.  Normally he does fairly well with it.  It’s just the Vincristine, which usually just makes him tired and that’s it.  Wednesday we’ll have to go back in to get his blood counts checked.  Hopefully they’re good so he won’t have to have a transfusion.  If they’re low, we’ll try to get him an appointment in Marquette.  If he can’t get in there, then we’ll have to leave early back down to Grand Rapids to get the transfusion.  Please pray that everything is good and that it all works out! 

Thank you for your continuous prayers for Jacob.  I believe that is why he is doing so well with it so far.  Please pray that he keeps doing good and that his counts stay up so we can stay on schedule.  Also, we have a big decision coming up about what kind of radiation Jacob will have.  There are pros and cons with both.  Please pray that we will have the knowledge to make the best decision for Jacob and our family.  Thank you again for all your prayers and messages!  We appreciate all of them.  🙂

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