Sunday, July 31, 2011

Texas, Days 7-9

Mike and I have been looking forward to this trip for a few months, because it included a fun getaway for just the two of us! My mom, dad, and sister watched Max while we snuck away to Frisco for a few days. We had a great time shopping, watching movies, and of course, eating! It was my first time to be away from Max overnight, but he was in good hands and had a great time, too.

Our hotel. So fun!

The original pancake house. I sure did get up and run so I could have pancakes. Well, and the cheesecake I ate that night. And the cookies I ate the day before. And all the guacamole. You get the idea.

Getting a pedicure. It was a long time coming. Fabulous!

Somehow Max got the most stuff here. Not shocking...he's very cute.

I have been wanting to go to the theater in Fairview forever. Reclining seats? Blankets? Food? Sign me up!

If you know me, you know how happy this shirt makes me. I didn't get it, but it would make me feel so accomplished all the time. Monica Geller would wear this shirt.

La Hacienda Ranch. Love me some beef fajitas. That running needed to be more like a marathon.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Texas, Day 6

I forgot to take pictures while we were out and about today. And we were out. And about. A lot. First, we took a trip to see Aunt Amy (Mike's sister) at work and went to lunch. We went to Market Street. Oh how I miss you, Market Street. Max managed to make a giant mess, but it was delicious.

After lunch, we headed over to the hospital to hang out with my mom and dad. They are pulling some pretty long chemotherapy days this week, but we are still trying to get in some quality time. We took Max to see my dad's nurses at his original oncology office, and they were so excited. They hear about him so much that he pretty much feels like family to them I think!

We've just been hanging out at my parent's house tonight, but I took a few pictures. And they are all of Max of course. I know what people want to see, and it's not me laying on the couch.

Must buy gate tomorrow. We may have looked away for 10 seconds and found him halfway up the stairs.

Playing inside my giraffe.

A Max-sized pool.

If it involves splashing, I like it!

So tired that he kept "holding his bottle" long after it was gone.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Texas, Day 5

Peaches. Swimming. A little Babe's Chicken for dinner. A good day in Texas.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Texas, Day 4

If you haven't guessed by now, we're in Texas! We came in Wednesday, spent Thursday hanging out with my dad and family, and now we've been with the McD's for a few days. We'll hang out here for a few more days before heading back to my parent's house

We had a great day today visiting with some old friends at WCBC in Arlington. Then, it was time for a big event in Max's life...his first Ranger game! It was h-o-t, but we had a great time and he did too. Here's to more fun in the coming days!

Ready for church!

Shoes still on...

And we're done.

This baseball thing is pretty fun!

In awe.

Hanging out with Aunt Amy.

Cheesing it up for our fellow fans.

The boys. So serious. And hot.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Texas, Day 3

Happy 6th Anniversary to us!

More swimming...this kid can't get enough.






Friday, July 22, 2011

Texas, Day 2

Bathtime at Grandpa Bill's House


My Dad

When I wrote back in March, my family had received the news that my dad's cancer had spread throughout his body. He began a new chemotherapy treatment, and his first scans showed that it was actually helping to keep the cancer from spreading. Because of the toxicity of this treatment, however, his body couldn't handle it at full strength for very long. So, they had to dial it back a bit.

This week my dad got new scans done, and they showed that the cancer has now spread significantly. It is in several new places, and the spots in his lungs are growing up around his heart. The doctor told my mom and dad that her estimate of life expectancy is about 6 months.

In the days since we received this news, my mom and dad have had to make some decisions about where to go from here. The letter my mom wrote to friends and family this morning is below if you would like to read it.

Thank you so much for your prayers over the past months. We serve a great God, and first and foremost we pray that He be glorified in this season we walk through. We may not understand but we believe. We may not like it but we trust. No matter what the outcome, we know my dad will be healed.

Greg and I asked for specific prayers to direct us in our next step regarding his treatment. We met with the doctors at Mary Crowley Cancer Research and have decided to try one last chemo. Greg has been on Ifosfamide which is known to target sarcoma tumors. After his first cycle the scans showed marked improvement. However, the toxicity of the chemo was more than his body could tolerate so Dr. Barve made the decision to only administer 75% dosage on the next cycle. Six weeks later, the cancer was back with a vengeance. The research drug is Ifosfamide but they are tweaking it to try to reduce the toxicity. This clinical trial is in phase 3 and only 24 in the United States are allowed to participate. Greg starts next Monday and it could be a very rough week. They are limited on the nausea meds they can give him due to the study guidelines so he could experience more discomfort. Additionally, we will have very long days (8-10 hours) because of the additional studies (EKG, PK,) that they will be doing. He will be there four days next week and then undergo some blood work the following two weeks. We will repeat that cycle one more time and then they will do CT scans. If those scans show improvement, we will continue in the study. We can choose to discontinue treatment at any time. Mary Crowley can also pull him from the study if he suffers any adverse side effects that are deemed too harmful.

The fact that Greg is playing a vital role in trying to find a new cancer treatment is not lost on us. We are praying that the treatment works and can someday soon be made available to others suffering from cancer. However, we can't help being concerned that we could be losing valuable time but we truly feel that this is the direction God is leading us. With that in mind, we are asking for your prayers that this could be the miracle for which we have been asking.

Specific Prayers

1. That this treatment works with minimal side effects.
2. That God give us strength to handle whatever we are dealt next week.
3. For God's comfort on our hearts. I know that God is holding us all up and that we are never too heavy for Him, but I'm still struggling a bit and I can't begin to imagine how it feels for Greg. I've known he was very ill, but hearing the news we received on Tuesday was excruciatingly painful. It literally felt like my heart was exploding in my chest. So we need lots of prayers that God heals our hearts and gives us strength to maneuver through the coming months.

Thanks so much for all the kind words, cards, and prayers. It's such a comfort to have our friends and family rally around us. We love you all!!

Greg and Rhonda


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Texas, Day 1

First trip to IHOP.

Blueberry pancakes!

I love swimming.

A lot.



The sister and me.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

More 10 Month Fun

Because he's 10 months old after all, these pictures show more of our reality around here from day to day. It's not all sitting still and looking cute!

1. What did I find?

2. Pretty proud of myself!

3. I think I'm pretty grown up...

4. What do you mean, no?

5. That's okay...I'll just find something else to do.

6. Like eating the remote. That'll work.

7. Or this sticker. Did you put this on me?

8. Look at my curls.

9. And my may have to squint!

10. Up to no good.