It has been a few days since we updated our family and friends on how dad is doing. Dad came home from the hospital on Thursday evening. He was so glad to be able to get some fresh air and a little bit of freedom. We ate dinner together and lit a fire in the fireplace. It was a good way to celebrate the Lord helping dad through a pretty tough time. We have started to settle mom and dad into our house for the time being. So many great friends have helped us get our house a little more comfortable and safe for dad. We could never say thank you enough.
Today they met with the oncologist. Dad is having a blood transfusion and will come home late tonight. They feel that this will give him the boost he needs before starting the next round of chemo on Thursday. The pain has been pretty steady so a few days of recovery will be key. Please pray with us for the following things...
1. That Dad (and Mom) will be able to rest at night without pain.
2. That Dad would be able to enjoy some days of recovery and make it back to Eagle Bend to see their church family on Tuesday and Wednesday.
2. That Dad would be able to tolerate this next round of chemo without infection or too many side effects.
I want to say how proud I am of my Bernard parents. I know how many emotions Bob and I have circled through in the last few weeks. We've pretty much hit them all. Mom and Dad have had all of those same emotions - and much more intense. But, they faced each of them with such a reliance on God. There's not an anger in the prayers, but a sense that God will provide for them just like He always has. I'm learning a lot from a front row seat.
I think one of the hardest parts of all of this is that you never know what the day will hold. For people like me, who like to plan their lives to the "t", something so unpredictable can take you into a tailspin. It's a complete lesson in trusting God. Dad wakes up each day (no matter how hard the night was) and finds the strength to call a few of his pastor friends and share a few words. He finds the strength to pray with my boys before they go to school. I know that each day God will give both mom and dad the strength to do what that day requires. When things become day by day you draw on the years of God's faithfulness to get you through. And that is all you need.
I'm trying to find scriptures that I can lean on and pray when my mind begins to get the best of me. This one has been important to me. Maybe it can encourage someone else who is going through a battle and reading our family's blog.
Psalm 62:1-2 Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
Thank you for your prayers and support. We'll update again soon.
P.S - Thank you SO much for your Grillin' Magic orders. They bring a smile to our faces to know that so many people are enjoy dad's seasoning. It's a cool way for us to support mom and dad while giving a back little bit of our family. Thanks for your support!
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