Thursday, December 31, 2009

Walking through the hospital today:
Me: sure seems empty here today.
Isaiah: ya, it's quiet. I like it quiet.
Me: why?
Isaiah: helps me focus.
All done. He did great. Just gets stronger every time. Thanks for praying.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

i must be in the front row!

Well, almost!  A friend gave us some great tickets to tonight's Kings/76ers game.  Isaiah enjoyed seeing the players up close and hearing them yell and complain.  

Jacob and Steve H. joined us.  The boys got to go out on the floor after the game for a shot.  

Tomorrow (12/31) bright and early we go back down to Sac for a spinal tap and chemo.  Isaiah will be fasting all morning.  We hope to be done by about 2 p.m.  We'll spend New Year's Eve recovering at home.  Thanks for supporting our strong son.  

Sunday, December 27, 2009

christmas hike pics

We enjoyed a beautiful Christmas Day hike near the Skyline-to-Sea Trail.

Cousin Ethan and Uncle Patrick joined us.

Matthy expressed his enjoyment of the tree-climbing by making lots of bubbles. Didn't like the wind so much, though.

christmas hike pics, 2

Monday, December 21, 2009

christmas week

So grateful for healthy kids this Christmas! Isaiah's last appointment went well: his counts are much lower but still OK. We're very aware of the memory of spending last Christmas in the hospital with a fever.

Every single piece of our Advent celebration this year seems so rich. We're breathing deeply and taking it all in. Highlights so far include our conversations with our church community which continues to demonstrate such an encouraging desire to put into practice the way of Jesus, Sienna and Carmen's making communion bread for our Sunday gatherings in Advent, and an early Christmas celebration with the Oates tribe. This week is the Emmaus Christmas gathering (Wednesday) and Christmas Day with the Rojas side.

We'll share more soon. We're loving all the Christmas cards and updates from friends. Thank you!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

dedication day

Matthias had a great party today after church. Lots of smiles between naps.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

grateful for good family times

Yesterday, as the wind blew and the rain came down, I felt thankful for our warm house, our long stack of wood for the wood stove, and that my wife and kids were all healthy and together and home. I know these days are precious and few. I'm trying to soak up every moment.
Tomorrow, at our church community's worship gathering, we'll be dedicating Matthias to God. This is a significant act of trust and surrender and obedience for us (as it is for all parents). We have been entrusted with this little boy to care for for a little while, our primary roll to teach and to demonstrate the love of God and to point him Jesus, the True Lover of his soul.

A few weeks ago we escaped for a few short days in Tahoe. The highlight of the trip for the two "big kids" (Matthy hated it) were the bike rides through the forest.

We're enjoying the Season of Advent together. Every day the kids read from a book of readings focused on the birth of Christ, we've shared some fun, interactive events with our home group (had a bonfire and read the Christmas story in the pasture near my folk's barn), and Sienna and Carmen are baking communion bread each Saturday for our community's Sunday gatherings.

We're loving seeing many of your pictures in Christmas cards! Peace to you.

Monday, November 23, 2009

looking good

We were at the clinic again today: Isaiah's blood looks very strong. His production of young, healthy red blood cells is higher than it's been in two years. So thankful.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

phone pics from the last week

glimpse of the future?
(grandpa's 70th birthday party)

nap time with the boys

oates men, early morning

even pirates gotta nurse

snack time in tahoe national forest

Friday, November 13, 2009

little brother

Here are some new, beautiful shots of Matthias.

The family has gathered for Grandpa's 70th birthday. Isaiah's feeling strong and loving time with his cousins. We just stayed up late watching "Dirty Jobs" to pass the time while Isaiah waited to take his chemo. TV...what a concept.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

halloween 09

1. A monk and a bear at sunset.

2. 5th St. trick or treat!

3. kitty cat.

4. I've heard of a cat ... but not a rock star sheep!


Here's a shot of the kids' pumpkins.

We helped with the Fall Carnival at Foskett Ranch. The kids went as Bo Peep and a Sheep!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

At Sutter. Bone scan results good: no new fractures and density has increased! Blood counts: 2100! Now off to dermatologist.

Monday, October 19, 2009

silly craziness

We engaged in all manner of hilarity with the computer tonight! (It will probably take a while to get to bed now.)

We've got a regular blood test and check in Wednesday, followed by a dermatology appointment to try to figure out a persistent rash which has been bothering Isaiah. He feels pretty good most of the time. (Mom and Dad are running on empty - not enough sleep!)