New Year; New Hope

bob on beach(I snapped this photo of Bob at the end of January 2015 on the gulf coast of Florida).

Someday, once again, Bob will enjoy the simple pleasures of God’s creation that he loved so much.  I cherish the above photo because to me it’s filled with light and hope.

My one word for 2016 is HOPE.


After the last 5 difficult months and many more difficult months ahead, 2016 is still filled with so much light and hope

Bob had his bone marrow transplant a couple of weeks ago on January 13, 2016.  As many of you already know our oldest son, Scott, donated his bone marrow to save his dad’s life.  What a gift!

Bob’s discharge from the hospital was on January 27.  Just 2 weeks after the transplant.  The doctors and medical staff stand amazed that the engraftment of the new cells began about 4 or 5 days sooner than anticipated and that allowed his discharge to happen sooner also.

What has been impossible for us to do or the medical staff to do, continues to happen.  We know and hold on to the fact that nothing is impossible with God.

God is shining.  God is receiving the glory through our journey and even though we still have a hard road ahead we know we are not alone and His mercy will sustain us.

Bob is weak.  His immune system is compromised and won’t get better for many months.  The immunosuppressants (or anti-rejection meds) also lower his ability to fight infections so he must be protected like a new born babe.

In many respects, he is like a newborn, with new life and new hope.

One of our favorite verses since Bob’s diagnosis with the chronic form of Leukemia in 2014 and on into 2015 when it transitioned into the more serious acute type of leukemia has been Lamentations 3: 21-23:


Because the Lord’s steadfast love never ceases, we have hope for 2016 and beyond.



(To all of you who are praying for my Bob and for our entire family…THANK YOU!  That’s what is moving the hand of God and helping us through this difficult time.  Although we know God knows all things, sees all things, and is present with us, he wants us to pray and uses prayer in a mysterious way to carry out His plan.  We are grateful for the many prayers going up for us).

23 thoughts on “New Year; New Hope

  1. Hope, Faith. Love…what awesome gifts our God gives to us…we depend upon them to get through the really tough times and the good times as well. Dear Friends, we continue to pray for you and Bob as you have been through so much difficulty and still have a long road but now you can see and experience Bob’s healing day by day. We pray for strength, peace and comfort as you deal with the day to day concerns. We love you two. God Bless you and keep you.


    1. The day to day is challenging. We are in isolation a bit more now but we do see light at the end of the tunnel. Just knowing that dear friends like you continue to pray for us refreshes our souls. We rest and wait for Bob’s complete healing. Thank you dear Bonnie. You and Tom remain a blessing to us! xoxo

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  2. So happy for all of you. I know our God is good and He will continue to bless you and Bob and all of your family and friends. God is good all the time and all the time God is good. Because that is who He is. Wow! Amen


  3. What a great Scripture to hold onto the Lord’s faithfulness! I’m so glad you are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel and pray that the light grows stronger and stronger and that the Lord heals Bob and restores his wholeness. Hugs and blessings, Natalie 🙂 ❤


    1. I love that image of seeing the light growing stronger and stronger. We see it and are walking toward it out of this dark tunnel. Thank you my sweet friend!

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  4. Keep the faith. God is hearing all those prayers. Here’s a song I’ve come to love over the past few weeks. It’s part of my #musictherapy. Hope you like it!


      1. Thank you. It’s beautiful. We listen to a lot of contemporary Christian music. We’ll add this one to our list of favorites too. ❤

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  5. This verse fills my heart with joy and hope. I so needed it today! Your transparent words blessed me so know your faith encourages others, even in trial. Should have said ‘especially’ in trial. Believing alongside you for the miraculous.

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    1. God is good and I’m happy to know that He used that verse to bless you as He blesses us. Thank you, Kathryne, for your encouraging words and for believing along side us for the miraculous. ❤

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  6. Nancy, it’s so good to see such hope on your blog today. It encourages me to keep praying for you both and for the other people I’m praying for. God is hearing, God is answering.
    Blessings ~ Wendy


    1. Thank you, Dawn. I was just thinking about this yesterday and the great times we spent on the gulf. We always thought we’d go back once he recovered. That never happened as new health issues cropped up but we have some great memories.

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